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by Borderstan.com — September 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm 0

St. Francis door (Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church)

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Fall Flavors Cooking Class with From the Farmer
YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Students can learn to make fall foods such as “an all natural pumpkin spice latte” during this cooking class. Tickets are $25 for  YMCA and From the Farmer members and $35 for everyone else.

Banned Books Panel
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Deb Heard, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a former editor of the Washington Post Style page and Dana Williams, professor of African American literature and chair of the English department at Howard University, are scheduled talk about diversity, censorship and supporting authors in need of help.

Wednesday

Underground Comedy
The Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m

Comedian Carlos Anthony will bring his stand-up act to the Big Hunt. Admission is free.

Friday

Funk and Fire Fundraiser
Old City Farm & Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will host Kung-Fu Lion Dancers and fire performers to raise money for a dance group to put on the first-ever, first full-length flow arts show in the District. Admission is $10.

Podcast Culture Presents: #PodcastDay Happy Hour 2016
Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Sudhouse will celebrate Podcast Day with music, drinks and podcast trivia. Podcast hosts Cerrome Russell from the “Bad Advice Show” and Nicaila Matthews from “SideHustlePro” will run the party. Tickets are $20, which includes one drink ticket and podcast swag.

Saturday

PorchFest
Adams Morgan (various locations)
2-6 p.m.

Stoops and porches around Adams Morgan once again will become intimate venues for jazz, rock and other music. At 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, concertgoers can pick up maps to guide them around the shows.

Witches’ Night: Octoberween Celebration
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
9 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Dupont Circle comic book store will celebrate “all things spooky and scary” for “witches and magical women of all types,” according to a Facebook event post. Costumes are encouraged.

Fitness & Health Day in the Triangle
457 Massachusetts Ave. NW
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will have neighborhood fitness and health businesses, live music and food.

Sunday

Feed the Homeless at Franklin Park
Franklin Park (901 14th St. NW)
12-3 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to bring food and clothes to help the homeless at Franklin Park.

Pet Blessing
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave. NW)
2-3 p.m.

Luther Place Memorial Church will host a blessing for pets in front of the St. Francis door.

Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

PorchFest (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan PorchFest)Stoops and porches around Adams Morgan once again are set to become intimate venues for jazz, rock and other music this weekend.

PorchFest, Adams Morgan’s annual fall music festival, is slated to return with three dozen free concerts in front of a dozen homes and businesses in the neighborhood Saturday, according to organizers. The performances are scheduled to run from 2 to 6 p.m.

The music is set to include Afro-Brazilian female percussion band Batala and “blues, jazz, rock, soul, folk and much more,” PorchFest co-founder Nathan Ackerman said in an email. Additional details on the performers weren’t immediately available.

Festival organizers will have maps for the concerts online and at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW Saturday.

Started in 2013, PorchFest is put on by the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District.

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan PorchFest

by Tim Regan — September 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Flier for Exiles 'Hootenanny'A hangout on U Street has plans for a big party next week.

Exiles (1610 U St. NW) is scheduled to host a “hootenanny” next Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The party will include a pig roast, beer pairings, spiked apple cider and a family-style buffet, according to the bar’s co-owner, Brian Hillery.

“We will host the hootenanny on our back patio where our smoker Suzie Q lives,” Hillery said. “As we recently installed outdoor televisions, I was planning on screening The Last Waltz at some point.”

The event will also include games like cornhole and darts along with a chance for partygoers to make some music.

“We’re also encouraging attendees to bring along guitars, banjos, harmonicas, fiddles, and empty jugs with ‘XXX’ printed on them,” Hillery said.

Tickets to the “hootenanny” cost $45. Those interested in attending can email the bar to make reservations.

Flier courtesy of Bryan Hillery

Pet of the Week: Miles

by Borderstan.com — September 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Miles, a loving, older dog who sports a gray beard. Here’s a little bit about him from his owner, Cathy:

Miles was adopted from City Dogs Rescue in November 2014. Mostly miniature schnauzer with some Pekingese and Australian cattle dog thrown in, Miles is 100 percent sweet.

He loves long walks in the morning to chase the squirrels in Lafayette Square or to visit his friend Fala at the FDR Memorial. He also loves cuddling on the couch, homemade treats and playing fetch with squeaky tennis balls and soft toys. At the end of a long day, Miles loves to visit Logan Circle and say hello to his dog friends.

The only thing Miles doesn’t love is being away from his mother. But with a lot of love, patience and hard work, he now understands that allowing her to go to work means more squeaky tennis balls, treats and soft toys for him!

Miles will be celebrating his 10th birthday this fall and looks forward to sporting an even more distinguished gray beard.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment

900 block of T Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man’s friends had some advice for him when he threatened to shoot someone who police said he hoped to rob near the U Street corridor over the weekend: Don’t do it.

The attempted robbery occurred on the 900 block of T Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was about a block south of the east entrance to the U Street Metro station when the man appeared, police said.

“Give me everything in your pockets or I will shoot you,” the man said, according to authorities. “I have a gun.”

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by Tim Regan — September 26, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Meridian Hill Park’s Joan of Arc is armed once again. Technically, anyway.

Someone slipped what looks to be a foam sword into the statue’s hand sometime over the weekend. The sword, which has a slightly rounded edge and a yellow handle with a green guard, is considerably shorter and flimsier than the cast iron weapon vandals broke off and stole last Tuesday.

But at least it’s something?

The sword’s disappearance — which we were first to report last week — has kicked off plenty of speculation. Who took the sword? How did they remove it? Why did they take it?

Neither the National Park Service or the U.S. Park Police know exactly what happened, but both are actively investigating the crime.

The last time someone disarmed Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d’Arc, was in 1978, according to local history blog Ghosts of DC. The statue finally got its sword back in 2011.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 9:25 am 5 Comments

A cyclist is in critical condition after a collision with a dump truck in Columbia Heights this morning, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The crash happened near 11th and Euclid streets NW about 8:30 a.m. The area is about a block north of the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus.

The cyclist was conscious after the collision, but had “potentially life-threatening” injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. He described the cyclist as a “young lady.”

She was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Dupont Metro station

Protesters Spotlight Police-Involved Shooting Near Shaw — Demonstrators with “Justice for Terrence” signs this morning gathered near 3rd and M streets NW, where a cop fatally shot 31-year-old Terrence Sterling, who drove his motorcycle into a police car earlier this month. [NBC Washington]

Grohl, Jazz Band Parade Down 14th Street — Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band marched down 14th Street NW early Saturday morning after performing at a concert celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Washington Post]

D.C. Seeks Developer for Major Affordable Housing Project — The D.C. government is looking for a company to construct a building with 211 affordable units on two vacant lots at North Capitol Street between K and L streets NW. [Washington City Paper]

Petco to Open on H Street Corridor Today — Petco is set to land at 625 H St. NE today. [Twitter/District Cuisine]

Philadelphia Restaurant from Le Diplomate Owner Faces Wage Theft Probe –The U.S. Labor Department is investigating claims that a Philadelphia restaurant from Le Diplomate owner  Stephen Starr forced its employees to work without pay. Aimee Olexy, a co-owner of the restaurant, Talula’s Garden, told Philadelphia magazine she had now knowledge of the allegations. [Philadelphia magazine]

Diddy Gives Benjamins to Howard — Sean “Diddy” Combs has donated $1 million to Howard University to create a scholarship fund for undergraduate business students. Combs attended the college in the 1980s, but didn’t graduate. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Howard in 2014. [DCist]

by Tim Regan — September 25, 2016 at 9:40 am 0

jumbo-pizza-u-street-photo-via-google-street-view(Updated at 11:43 a.m.) An argument that began inside of a U Street pizzeria early this morning ended in a stabbing and an assault, D.C. Police said.

The stabbing and fight occurred outside of the Jumbo Pizza at 1344 U St. NW just before 4 a.m.

Two people got into an argument over skipping line to order pizza at the restaurant, according to a police report. The two people then took their argument outside, where one of them took a knife out of their backpack and stabbed the other.

The person who was stabbed, a man, retaliated by punching his assailant, knocking him unconscious, police said. One of the victim’s companions then kicked the suspected stabber in the head.

Police arrested the alleged stabber, 20-year-old Jose Nelson Melendez Rodriguez, and the person suspected of kicking him in the head, 20-year-old Justin Anthony McKinney. Information on either of their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.

The victim of the stabbing was taken to the hospital, authorities said.

ABC News reporter Mike Levine tweeted a photo this morning that appears to show the aftermath of the crime:

Photo via Google Street View

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