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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm 0

Borderstan, Local 16, Capital Pride 2011

Click on the collage for the slide show: Board members, volunteers and staff of Capital Pride 2011 got together for brunch at Local 16 on May 22. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades and Luis Gomez

“Paving the Way” is the theme of the 36th Annual Capital Pride, which is the celebration of D.C.’s lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Appropriately themed “Celebration and Opportunity: Paving the Way,” it recognizes the pioneers who have fought for LGBT rights over the years.

The 12 days of Pride begin June 1, and run through the festival on Sunday, June 12.

The Dupont Circle neighborhood has long been considered the center of the gay community in D.C. and Borderstan.com is proud to be among this year’s sponsors. We will cover a number of Pride events, including the June 11 parade (from what better perspective than inside the parade itself!) and the June 12 festival.

Two big events: The parade begins Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 pm at Dupont Circle and winds its way to Thomas Circle NW. The festival on Pennsylvania Avenue is Sunday, June 12 at 11 am. Check out Luis’ photos from the 2010 parade.

Dog lovers that we are here, it should come as no surprise that we will also cover the 18th Annual Pride of Pets Fun Dog Show, which benefits PETS-DC; this year’s dog show in Dupont Circle is Saturday, June 18, at 4 pm.

You can find the entire list of Pride events at the Capital Pride website calendar. Dupont, and increasingly Logan, are the heart of the LGBT community in D.C. We created a list for you of events close to home in the Borderstan area. Also, keep an eye out for our Breaking News section on the landing page — we will be highlighting Pride events of the day.

Happy Pride!

by Borderstan.com May 31, 2011 at 10:40 am 0

From the DC Department of Public Works… residential trash and recycling collections to begin at 6 am Tuesday and Wednesday due to heat and poor air quality.

 

  • The DC Department of Public Works’ trash and recycling crews will begin their collections one hour earlier, at 6 am, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1, due to a forecast of 90 degrees and above temperatures and unhealthy air quality.
  • Residents may put their trash and recyclables out for collection starting at 6 pm the night before collections so they do not have to change their morning schedules to make sure these materials are collected.
  • Throughout the season, when the temperature is predicted to be 90 degrees or higher or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announces unhealthy air quality (Code Orange or Code Red days), DPW collection crews will begin their work at 6 am to avoid environmental issues and to protect the quality of their health.
  • DPW will continue to monitor the weather throughout the week and make adjustments to the collection schedule as the weather dictates.

by Borderstan.com May 31, 2011 at 6:24 am 0

Borderstan, 9th Street NW, ewilfong

“9th Street NW” was shot by Borderstan Flickr contributor ewilfong.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “9th Street NW,” was taken by ewilfong on May 24.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com May 31, 2011 at 12:00 am 1 Comment

Logan Circle, Tori Tyree, baby stroller

Baby on the way? Better prepare the pooch for a big change in her dog life. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree. Questions? Leave a comment or send her an email at [email protected]

So you’re having a baby! Congratulations. I’m sure you’ve got everything in order from the colors of the bedroom to the style of running stroller. Just don’t forget that the pets in your family need some preparation as well.

It may come as a surprise, but one of the top reasons people turn animals over the animal shelter is that they had a baby and the animals “act differently” so they have to get rid of them.

Remember, your dog or cat was there first, and is used to being the center of attention. It’s understandable that she may experience something similar to sibling rivalry when you introduce the newest family member to the household.

You can minimize this feeling by working with her before you bring home the new baby. For example, because your new baby will demand a lot of your time and energy, gradually accustom your pet to spending a little less time with you. Drastically decreasing attention and frequently scolding, ignoring or isolating your pet after the baby comes homes will likely make your pet feel stressed and act out in ways that may surprise you.

Below the fold: What to do both before and after the baby arrives.

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by Borderstan.com May 30, 2011 at 9:04 am 0

Borderstan, U Street NW, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Thunder, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for the slide show: Members of the Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers on Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial at U and 12th Streets NW. Their bikes were lined up on Vermont Avenue between T and U Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. You can view photos of Sunday’s Buffalo Thunder event on Flickr.

Thousands of members of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers from chapters across the country from gathered Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street. They were there for “Buffalo Thunder,” which honored African Americans who served in the U.S. military. Some were also in town to participate in Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle event held each Memorial Day weekend; Rolling Thunder is dedicated to prisoners of war and those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? As they explain on their Facebook Page, “The name, patch, purpose, and charter specifically pay homage to the original 9th and 10th cavalry black Army units authorized by congress in 1866 and who were subsequently named Buffalo Soldiers by native-American Indians. We are bonded by a camaraderie of military service or uniformed civilian service and an affection for large motorcycles that we enjoy riding.”

The African American Civil War Memorial is at 1200 U Street NW; the Museum is now at a new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

by Borderstan.com May 30, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Borderstan, Corcoran Street, ok-oyot

“Colorful Houses on Corcoran Street NW” is from ok-oyot in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Colorful Houses on Corcoran Street NW,” was taken by ok-oyot on April 17 on the 1500 block of Corcoran Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com May 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm 1,991 1 Comment

Logan Circle, United House of Prayer, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for the slide show of Saturday’s United House of Prayer Parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Check out my slide show of Saturday’s UHOP Parade.

The annual parade of the United House of Prayer For All People drew thousands of marchers from congregations around the country on Saturday. The congregation is based in D.C. in the Shaw neighborhood.

The group kicked its march from 6th and M Streets NW and and made its way through Shaw and Logan Circle before returning to its headquarters. It took about 75 minutes for the 15 bands, choruses and congregants to make their way around Logan Circle.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace, the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

by Borderstan.com May 29, 2011 at 9:41 am 0

Borderstan GAllery plan b, 14th Street NW

Click on the collage for photos from the May 21 artist reception at gallery plan b for Binder, Bos and Gordon. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

A new exhibition, “Works by Gordon Binder, Tanja Bos, and Beverly Ryan” opened May 18 at gallery plan b. See the photos from the artist reception on Saturday, May 21.

Overview: Each artist in this exhibit chooses a different way to paint his/her environment. While Gordon Binder captures the world around him through natural landscapes and cityscapes, Tanja Bos uses ink and paper to create ethereal scenes “that seem to glow from within” (gallery plan b) and Beverly Ryan’s “narrative paintings are populated with soul-searching figures amongst decorative and colorful patterns” (gallery plan b).

Gallery hours at 1530 14th Street NW are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

by Borderstan.com May 29, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

There were two gun robberies in the area early Sunday morning, May 29. Based on the Police Alerts, it appears they may have been committed by the same suspects.

The first one was at 1:39 am at 17th and V Streets NW, which is next to the Third District headquarters of the DC police:

“Robbery (Gun) 0139 hrs 17th & V St NW LOF: (2) B/M, all black clothing & ski masks DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110268747”

The second robbery was 32 minutes later at 15th and T Streets NW:

“Robbery (Gun) 0211 hrs 15th & T St NW LOF: (2) B/M in ski mask, Suspect 1: light complexion, black jeans, black sneakers  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110268820”

by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm 0

The Memorial Day Cafe Saint-Ex Chili Cook Off is Monday from 11 am to 5 pm, 1300 block of T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! Welcome back, barbecues, sparking wine, summer-y beers, white dresses, humidity, DC summer sweaty lower back…you get the picture. Here’s your guide to local eating, drinking, museum-ing, and partying all weekend long:

BONUS: Tunes to rock out to all weekend! Your Memorial Day Weekend mixtape, courtesy of my favorite local music blog Audionugs.

Friday, May 27

  • Run breezily out of work — early if you can swing it–and celebrate the long weekend at the first Jazz in the Garden of summer 2011 at the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden. Pro tip: get there early and be prepared with a blanket, wine, and snacks. Sangria is also available for sale but a DIY picnic is part of the fun.
  • Later in the evening, the Liberation Dance Party at DC9 will be in full swing. Doors open at 9 pm, rail open bar from 9 to 10:30, $7 cover.
  • Or, party-hop and swing by BYT’s vitaminwater uncapped LIVE (it’s still going strong throughout the month of June after the kickoff blowout last weekend) where you can check out the art on display, enjoy a cocktail, and dance the night away listening to Project Jenny/Project Jan, Sugarplums, and Lipstick DJs.

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by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1,239 0

"The Salute," Rolling Thunder 2010, Luis Gomez Photos, Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery

Hog-watch in the hood! The annual Rolling Thunder Parade is Sunday, May 29. “The Salute” was taken by Luis Gomez at Rolling Thunder 201o.

From Matty Rhoades. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @borderstan and Flickr. Remember that we love to get photos from readers; you can submit them to our Flickr group pool.

Staying in town? We’ve got options for Saturday, Sunday and Monday — most of them in the hood. And, please, remember why you have the day off from work on Monday: it’s Memorial Day and it’s dedicated to those men and women who died fighting for our country.

Wikipedia has a nice summary: “Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States.First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following theAmerican Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.”

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by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Welcome to Summer: “Hot, Hazy & Humid, With a High of 90”

I know the rapture didn’t happen, but are we sure? It is hot as Hades out there. No records were broken, but it is full on sauna out there. The The Washington Post has a fun poll up where you can vote on how hot you think it will get this summer. Go check it out, remember to hydrate but as WJLA reminds us, do NOT do so with city fire hydrants.

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by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 7:15 am 0

From the DC Department of Public Works regarding Memorial Day on Monday, May 30…

Trash Collection: There will be no trash and recycling collections. Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week. For example, Monday’s trash and recycling collections will be made on Tuesday and Tuesday’s collections will be made on Wednesday. In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday. Collections normally made on Tuesday and Friday, will be made Wednesday and Saturday. Trash and recycling containers should be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection.

Parking Enforcement: Parking enforcement, including ticket writing for residential parking, expired meters, street sweeping and rush-hour violations will be suspended. DPW also will suspend towing abandoned vehicles. Enforcement will resume Tuesday, May 31. Since the Nationals will play at Nationals Park during Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day, DPW will enforce parking restrictions in the Nationals Park neighborhood.

by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, Dupont Circle, Paul Frederiksen

“Warren” was taken by Paul Frederiksen.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Warren,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on April 27. Frederiksen says: “From an ongoing series of portraits of the interesting people I run into in Dupont Circle. The plan is to try to get one up at least three times a week, so keep looking for updates!”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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