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Community Highlight


Upcoming Events

Raymond & Tubman Elementary Back to School Block Party
Saturday, September 1, 12PM-8PM: Join the neighborhood at the 1400 block of Parkwood Place NW. If you would like to donate backpacks or school supplies to our area school kids or volunteer, please call 202-882-9790 for drop off or pick up information.

Dialogue with Neighbors
Wednesdays, September 5 & 12, 6PM-7:30PM: Talk about immigration at Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th St NW) with fellow community members at this mediated discussion circle. RSVP with

First Friday w/ Georgia Avenue Thrive (“Opt Outside Edition”)
Friday, September 7, 6PM-9PM: Celebrate the neighborhood’s small businesses on Georgia Ave NW in Park View & Petworth! We will have drink, food, and retail specials, live music, art and more.

We Are Family Community Walk
Saturday, September 15, 1PM-5PM: Join us for an afternoon of food, festivities, and fun with our older neighbors—and learn about the history of Columbia Heights at the same time! We Are Family mobilizes a large network of volunteers to reach out to isolated inner-city seniors with free services, advocacy, and companionship. The walk will begin at the triangle park at the corner of 14th and Oak.  

La Fiesta del Barrio: La Clinica’s 35th Anniversary
Sunday, September 16, 11AM-4PM: On the block of Mount Pleasant (3166 Mt Pleasant St NW), where the roots of La Clinica began, the community is invited to join us in celebrating 35 years alongside the community. Join us in sharing local food, live music, dance, health screenings, and kids activities! Grab your tickets today at or call (202) 464-0148

Grand Opening for Encounter Church
Sunday, September 16, 10AM: Encounter Church is inviting everyone in the community to celebrate the grand opening of their new location above Meridian Pint (3400 11th St NW, Suite 200). Come for service, friendship, and a good time!

2nd Annual Junk & Jam: Community Yard Sale & Concert
Saturday, September 29: A fun community wide event that begins with a multi-family yard sale stretching across several blocks from 10AM-2PM. Map will provided with specific locations of participants. Afterwards, join your neighbors in the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza starting at 4:00 PM and enjoy FREE live music, meet with representatives from a variety of District agencies, and get to know your neighbors! Contact ANC Christine Miller,, for inquiries.

7th Annual Hoop for Hope
Saturday, September 29, 1PM: Join us for a tournament at Bruce Monroe Park (3000 Georgia Ave NW) to raise blood cancer awareness. Team registration is $40 before September 8. Late registration is $50. Email to register your team.

Community Announcements

Family Literacy Book Club
CentroNía is organizing a book club to families together from all Ward 1. There will be a book club for English and Spanish. Crafts and art sessions will be planned for children of all ages. For more information, contact Catherine Brenner 202-332-4200 Ext.1006,

New Book Alert! Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth
The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) Latino Youth Leadership Council presents a collection of graphic memoirs titled Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth. The book presents the experiences of 16 immigrant youth in their own words, told side-by-side in both Spanish and in English. Visit the to learn more including how to purchase a copy!

Happy 3rd Birthday to Georgia Avenue Thrive!
Georgia Avenue Thrive is a volunteer-led non-profit making our neighborhood more connected, inclusive and vibrant. We advocate for the neighbors, businesses and visitors of Lower Georgia Avenue. We formed in 2015 as the Georgia Avenue/Lamont Street Public Safety Task Force, due to increased crime. After helping the community address these concerns, we broadened our efforts. We’re excited to work with you too! To volunteer, contact

Lou Vivas

Lou Vivas

As a resident of DC for more than 17 years, Lou is deeply committed to community service. He is an expert in residential real estate and resides in Columbia Heights with his daughter.
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