Check out greater 14th and U Streets this weekend for the great sidewalk sale that is Mid City Dog Days. Many businesses will be participating, but here are a few highlights for you to keep in mind:

  • Home Rule: seems to have the greatest markdowns with 50% to 75% off selected merchandise
  • Vida Fitness: on U Street and 15th Street and P streets is offering free workouts
  • Quarter Life: will be having a vintage pop-up shop at Source. You will be able to meet vintage vendors and get a little fashion history while you shop
  • ACKC: will be giving out free samples of Giffords ice cream, perfect for a hot day
  • Washington Improve Theater: will offer free drop-in improv workshops Saturday at 1 pm and 2 pm

Chili flights from last year's cook off

Saint Ex is having its third annual Chili Cook Off on Monday. If you’re in town – do stop on by, if I recall $10 will buy you a sampler of the chilis. There will also be face painting and wash-off tattoos for the kids, and a  lemonade stand for all.  The event goes from 12 to 4 pm – all of the proceeds benefit Garrison Elementary. See you there!

This sounds like a fascinating event, please check it out. Architectural historian Kimberly Prothro Williams, DC Office of Planning, will give a presentation on the history of the Meridian Hill neighborhood.
She will answer questions like:
  • What is that piece of stone castle wall at 16th Street and Florida Avenue?
  • How did Meridian Hill become a park?
The event is tonight from 7-9 pm at the Community Room, in View 14 – on 14th and Florida.

There’s some good stuff happening in the area this weekend. Here are some fun events for good causes to check out.

Tonight, there is a benefit at Comet Ping Pong to support Transformer, a non-profit visual arts space at 14th and P NW.  There’s a $10 cover and $1 PBRs, featuring an art installation, live music, a DJ set and dancing. 

This Saturday is the 17th Street Festival. It will be taking place on 17th Street between Riggs and P St NW from 2-6 pm. There will be musical performances, vendors, and activities for pets and kids. In conjunction with this festival, there will be a showing of Batman at 8pm at Stead Park (1625 P St NW). Profits from the festival will go towards Ross Elementary.

There are some great events going on this weekend, around U street and beyond. Check them out:

  • Did you make it out to ReadySetDC’s Activation 2719 in Columbia Heights over the winter? Well if you did or did not, they’re hosting another pop-up gallery, this time in the Shaw neighborhood, titled Activation 440 (at 440 Rhode Island Ave). They will have opening nights tonight (which is sold out!) and tomorrow. The event is free but you need to RSVP to attend. There will be a ton of artists showing, as well as DJs and a cash bar. If you can’t make it out this weekend, the exhibit will be open through the end of the month.
  • Nocturnal Vibe will be hosting its first Capitol Skyline Hotel Saturday afternoon pool parties. Nocturnal Vibe is the brainchild of Doug Van Sant, who writes about and takes photos on DC nightlife on a U Street Girl favorite blog, Urban Marinade. It will be $15 at the door and will include $8 drink specials and $5 beers all day long, including a Liquid Lounge cocktail for $5. Sounds like a good time!

Chili flights from last year's cook off

Tomorrow, Saint Ex will be hosting a chili cook off, with chili, lemonade, face painting, and a good time. All proceeds will benefit the Fillmore Art Center. I went to the event last year and had a great time. The event is from 12-4. Go out, have some chili, support a good cause.

You’ve been reading about this event on other blogs, I’m sure, but it’s well worth it for me to repeat the information of a fun event that will benefit a great cause. The 9:30 club will be hosting DC chefs and musicians this Sunday to benefit DC Central Kitchen. For the first time 9:30 club will expand to its exterior, making this the first indoor-outdoor event at 9:30.

Tickets are only $30, which gets you samplings from 18 popular DC restaurants – including U street area favorites Busboys and Poets, Church Key, Commonwealth Gastropub, Cork, Marvin, and Masa 14 (and other U Street Girl faves like Jaleo, Taylor Gourmet, and Sauca). 

 The crowd will also be treated to the sounds of DJ Will Eastman, US Royalty, Bluebrain, Fatback DJs, Beautiful Swimmers and Midnight Kids over the five-hour event.

If you didn’t know, DC Central Kitchen is celebrating its 21st year of combating hunger and creating opportunity. The Kitchen works 365 days a year to provide the area’s neediest people with nutritious food and empower chronically unemployed men and women with the skills they need to get their lives back together. In the past year, 47 men and women, many of them ex-felons, gained jobs through the Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program.

Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is taking place in DC on June 5 on the National Mall. If you don’t know, the race raises money to help end the battle on breast cancer – you run/walk a 5K and find people to sponsor you. I’ve been doing similar events (the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston) since I was 10 so this is a cause dear to my heart – so sign up and walk/run!

Last year, the race raised $4.7 million for local education and community outreach programs that work tirelessly to assist vulnerable populations. Thanks to a Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant, wait times for a biopsy at a major cancer center in DC were cut by 17 percent. U Street area organizations like La Clinica del Pueblo at 15th and V; Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at 16th and U; and the Whitman-Walker Clinic on 14th Street have received grants from Susan G. Komen.

What's the Deal DC

What's the Deal DC

It’s the recession, we’ve all felt it one way or another. But, don’t you still want go out and have fun? I know I do. I have a feeling that’s what local company What’s the Deal DC, had in mind when they launched their company last week.

Similar to Groupon, but with a much more DC-centric flair, you can sign up for their free listserv where they’ll notify you when they have special deal. Then, you decide of you want to buy in (right now the deal is $25 worth of food/drinks at LeftBank in Adams Morgan for $15). If enough people buy in then you get the deal, if they don’t, no worries – you’re not charged. So, if you’re looking to do something in DC at a discount, I think What’s the Deal DC is a great place to start.