Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Making of the Fairfax Village Community Garden




The Fairfax Village Community Association owns two tennis courts that have been derelict for the last decade.  The eastern most court is being transformed from an impervious surface to a community garden.  Thanks to a grant from the District Department of the Environment the tennis court was removed earlier this year.

ANC Commissioner Robert Jordan has been spearheading this project. He received the Mayor's Sustainability Award last Thursday for his efforts.

On Saturday July 27th we had a community day at the community garden.  Volunteers from Fairfax Village, Anacostia Watershed Society, and Georgetown University toiled away to build the retaining wall, remove overgrowth from the stairs, and added mulch.  We also had some youth from the Summer Youth Employment Program and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

I probably should get a flag on the play for overuse of instagram photos. LOL.

Proposed plans

Georgetown students checking in

Chris and Mary from the Anacostia Watershed Society

Georgetown students clearing vines off the steps

Ms V (aka yours truly) working hard

Georgetown students sorting concrete

Concrete for the retaining wall

Youth digging ditch fo the retaining wall

Shovels (as if you couldn't tell)

Beginning of the retaining wall

Mary from Anacostia Watershed Society giving us direction

Youth volunteer overseeing the mixing of concrete

Georgetown students

My neighbors

Working on the retaining wall

Prepping the site

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tour de Fat - Saturday June 1

 

 If you don't have plans for Saturday, come down to Yards Park for Tour de Fat. It is a great bicycle festival with music, activities for kids (and kids at heart), food, and beer (for adults, of course).

Tour de Fat 2013 
Sat., June 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Yards Park (355 Water Street SE) 
FREE Family-Friendly Event 


What is Tour de Fat? 
From WABA's website: 
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, Tour de Fat is a big, whimsical bike festival. It starts with a parade to Yards Park, where attendees can expect a festival jam-packed with entertainment, local vendors, and, of course, New Belgium beer. Costumes are heartily encouraged. Check-in for the parade is at 10 a.m., and the parade starts rolling at 11 a.m. The party at Yards Park runs from 12 to 5 p.m. Tour de Fat is family-friendly---bring your kids! Check back here for news and updates on the great games, entertainment, performances and you can expect at Tour de Fat 2013!

Tour de Fat proceeds will benefit WABA, Black Women Bike DC, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, and Phoenix Bikes.

Great, so really.... what is Tour de Fat?
Look it's hard to explain. You just need to experience it.  Here's a video from Danielle Ricks




Thursday, January 3, 2013

Skyland Meeting 1.3.13

A few others and myself live tweeted the Skyland Meeting this evening.  In lieu of a summary, here are the tweets.

Getting a new look for the new year

Life in the Village is not dead. Stay tuned for a revamp coming mid-January.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Stew: What's Cooking



Dear faithful readers.  I do apologize for neglecting the blog.  If you could see my daily schedule, you'd understand. In this week's Wednesday Stew, there is an update on the property that I've been obsessing over for the last 3+ years, 2250 38th Street SE.


According to DCRA via Twitter this morning, an building permit application was submitted in April 2012 and is currently under review.  I sent an email to Commissioner Jordan to make sure he was aware.  Hopefully this means this saga will be ending soon.



If you want to get caught up on the history it was discussed June 2009July 2009August 2009Wednesday Stews, and March 2011. We had a small victory in March when DPW came out to clean it up.  Additional updates August 2011 and November 2011.




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Family Ride



Ms V is excited about the Lion Ride.  This is the brainchild of That Kellie Girl. Oil up your chain, pump up your tires, and come on out.  Bring the whole family and let's ride.