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Get ready for traffic backups along Rock Creek… for the fish

Get ready for traffic backups along Rock Creek… for the fish

Think the traffic is bad on Connecticut Avenue at rush hour? Try being a herring in Rock Creek during spawning season.

If the creek’s water levels are high enough this spring, thousands of herring will make their way north from the Potomac River’s Tidal Basin, swimming against the Rock Creek current …

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Wilson High School sponsors Earth Day cleanup of Soapstone Creek

Wilson High School sponsors Earth Day cleanup of Soapstone Creek

Wilson High School is sponsoring a trash clean-up and invasive plant removal on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, at the Soapstone Creek headwaters next to the Wilson aquatic center.
The event will start at 2 p.m. and continue to 5 p.m., and neighbors are welcome to drop by and …

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Backyard nature: A rarely-seen but frequent visitor mugs for the camera

Backyard nature: A rarely-seen but frequent visitor mugs for the camera

“I heard the calls for days,” says our neighbor, David Cohen. Then one morning in late March, Cohen spotted it: A barred owl. He went back inside his home to retrieve his camera, fully expecting the owl to be gone when he returned. Instead, the owl stayed and posed for …

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A gardening business takes root in Forest Hills

A gardening business takes root in Forest Hills

A neighbor has launched a new business that puts her green thumb to work. Adriana Delgado, who is also a Murch parent, specializes in designing vegetable and ornamental gardens that are pleasant for humans and attract wildlife that will entertain you through the seasons. We asked Delgado to introduce herself …

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ANC 3F April 21 agenda: Preserving historic homes, books for Hearst

ANC 3F April 21 agenda: Preserving historic homes, books for Hearst

At its April meeting, advisory neighborhood commission will discuss a historic designation for one property and will hear an argument for creating so-called conservation districts to protect others. A grant for buying books for Hearst Elementary’s new library is also on the agenda.
ANC 3F will meet at 7:30 p.m. …

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A ‘gem of a house’ watching over a treasure of a valley

A ‘gem of a house’ watching over a treasure of a valley

by Barbara D. Bates

The Mediterranean-style house at 3020 Albemarle Street, NW stands at the side of the Soapstone Valley Trail, and its landscape slopes down to the valley.
This attractive structure was designed in 1924 by an accomplished and internationally-known architect in a landscape setting that respects the valley below …

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Update: Kickoff party on April 23 for 1942 Forest Hills mystery novel

Update: Kickoff party on April 23 for 1942 Forest Hills mystery novel

Next week, step back in time with author Anthony Dobranski, Forest Hills Connection and a special guest speaker. The setting? 1942 Forest Hills.
Dobranski is writing a mystery novel that will be published in Forest Hills Connection like many novels from days of yore: In serialized form. And we are celebrating …

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Forest Hills week ahead: Windom parklet cleanup; Open studio

Upcoming events in the neighborhood:

Monday, April 13th
Celebrate the life and music of Shirley Horn, 7 p.m. (free): Join Horn’s daughter Rainy Smith as she shares rare stories and perspectives on her mother’s career, and her roots in Washington. The event is hosted by the UDC JAZZforum at the …

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Partial sidewalk will return to Park Van Ness site at year-end

Partial sidewalk will return to Park Van Ness site at year-end

Our ANC commissioner charged with overseeing the Park Van Ness construction project says this is the question she hears most: “When will we get our sidewalk back?”

ANC 3F04’s Sally Gresham opened last Tuesday’s community meeting at Forest Hills of DC with this question, and soon got an answer from …

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Parents from Wards 2, 3 and 4 join call to restore Wilson funding

by Marlene Berlin

The fight to restore funding cut from the mayor’s proposed Wilson High School 2015-2016 budget now extends beyond current Wilson staff and parents, and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. A coalition of parent and community leaders from the elementary and middle schools that feed into …

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You’re invited: Explore 1967 films at Avalon Theatre benefit

You’re invited: Explore 1967 films at Avalon Theatre benefit

by Sarah Pokempner

Get out your calendar and circle the date! On Sunday, April 26th the Avalon Theatre will host its fifth annual spring benefit and it promises to be a fun and interesting evening.

The theme of the event is “1967: Revolution in Hollywood.” Esteemed film journalist Mark Harris will explore …

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OP revealing plans for Van Ness DC retail and public space at 4/28 open house

OP revealing plans for Van Ness DC retail and public space at 4/28 open house

The DC Office of Planning has been collecting input on the Van Ness commercial district from community stakeholders including the Van Ness Vision Committee and members of the community since December. It needs your input once again, this time on the strategy it’s unveiling for Van Ness at a an …

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More than cherry blossoms: A guide to the other blooming trees

More than cherry blossoms: A guide to the other blooming trees

by Marjorie Rachlin

Spring burst out with a “Wow” over Passover/Easter weekend. Forsythia and daffodils in yellow, cherry trees in pink, magnolias in white – Forest Hills is beautiful.
I knew spring was coming when, on April 1st, my neighbor called to say that the spring peepers were trilling in …

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Forest Hills playground invites you to clean and play April 25th

Forest Hills playground invites you to clean and play April 25th

The Forest Hills Playground’s annual spring cleanup is Saturday, April 25th, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome regardless of ability to help. Bonus: Thanks to last summer’s complete renovation, the cleanup will be easier than ever!

That will give volunteers more time to enjoy the coffee, cocoa and donuts provided …

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Peirce Mill is open for visitors again, and it needs volunteers

Peirce Mill is open for visitors again, and it needs volunteers

Peirce Mill is open again after a winter break. And the group that formed to restore the mill and support its educational functions is seeking volunteers for this season – and beyond.

Friends of Peirce Mill will hold two special tours this month for prospective volunteers, the …

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Tue 21

ANC 3F Meeting

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 23

Upper Northwest Knitters

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 27

Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival

$20/$15/$10
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April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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