by Tim Regan October 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

ouija-poetry-night-at-826dcLocals will have a chance to commune with spirits while writing poetry in Columbia Heights tomorrow night.

Nonprofit 826DC is scheduled to host a “Ouija Poetry Night” at its “Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co.” store (3333 14th St. NW) this Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.

During the writing session, attendees will craft poems with the help of a Ouija board they buy at the store or bring in themselves.

“Whether you consider it a harmless party game or a device for communicating with the other side, you probably haven’t tried using it to write poetry,” organizers said in a Facebook event page. “Come celebrate the end of Mercury in retrograde with a night of quick-fire writing influenced by the paranormal.”

The event will also include food, drinks, magician costumes for sale, organizers said.

Photo via Facebook / 826DC

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Giving Tuesday(This post was updated at 9:33 a.m. on Tuesday with yet another way to give.)

Black Friday is gone. Cyber Monday is almost over. Time to put the pocketbook away? Almost! But not before Giving Tuesday tomorrow.

What’s Giving Tuesday? It’s sort of like the charitable equivalent of your average consumerist holiday spending spree. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event is meant to kick off the charitable season for nonprofits across the globe.

Cool, but how do I donate? There are plenty of national charities you can donate to, many of which are mentioned on the Giving Tuesday website. Additionally, there are tons of local good causes worth supporting. Here are 13 ways to give back without leaving your neighborhood:

  • Attend a Collective Action For Safe Spaces happy hour at Right Proper Brewing (624 T St NW). The happy hour will help support the organization’s safe bars program.
  • Contribute to the Sitar Arts Center. Each donation will be matched one-for-one up to $1,000 by the Wise Owl Club.
  • Buy shoes and dance classes for kids at the Dance Institute of Washington.
  • Give to the D.C. Center for the LGBTQ Community.
  • Help beautify the Dupont Circle neighborhood by contributing to Dupont Circle Main Streets.
  • Kids need to read and write real good. Help ’em do that at 826DC.
  • Donate to Green Door, a program that “prepares women and men with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses to work, live and thrive in the District of Columbia.”
  • Help The Starfish Foundation educate 150 at-risk youth in Guayaquil, Ecuador by buying drinks at Johnny Pistolas (2333 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan.
  • Give to Martha’s Table or Bread for the City to help feed the hungry.
  • 86 cents of every donation to Thrive D.C. goes toward helping the homeless.
  • Seasonal food hub Common Good City Farm accepts donations year-round.
  • Columbia Heights performance and art nonprofit BloomBars is entirely community-funded.
  • Ride a bike near Dupont Circle in honor of World AIDS Day tomorrow and help donate to Whitman-Walker.
  • Help families with SNAP access fresh fruits and veggies by donating to the Columbia Heights Farmers Market Bonus Bucks campaign.
  • Through the Heart, a nonprofit dedicated to pregnancy loss support and education, is also accepting donations.

Photo courtesy of Giving Tuesday

by December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,933 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 


826DC will hold its annual benefit on December 12. (Courtesy of 826DC)

826DC, a local nonprofit that helps kids develop their reading and writing skills, is throwing its annual holiday benefit, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” on Wednesday, December 12, at Veracruz Gallery (2108 Vermont Avenue NW).

The evening will include food, a select open bar, dancing and music by R E V E R B E R A T I O N. There will also be a raffle with an abundance of prizes, including a week in South America and a case of wine from Grape Crate.

Tickets to the event are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. All tickets purchased are tax deductible donations.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” will begin at 8 pm and will end at 2 am. Every body at the party means more books, materials, programs and opportunity for the kids 826DC serves.

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by June 1, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,647 0

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14th and Belmont Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Sex Assault Perpetrator Posing as Cab Driver

Ladies, be on the lookout. Washington Examiner is reporting that at least one woman was picked up in Dupont Circle and assaulted near 18th Street NE. Take a look at the picture, report any info you have and be careful when taking a cab home after your summer fun.

Monument Fest’s First Birthday Bash to Benefit 826DC

You know by now that I’m a big fan of drinking for charity. When the charity in question is 826DC, the local affiliate of Dave Egger’s creative writing foundation, the drinks in question are Lagunitas AND there’s music, you really have no excuse not to go. 826DC is dedicated to encouraging and promoting writing among local school-aged youth and is doing great work (check out what their support has done for one Ballou student). MonumentFest is tomorrow, June 2, at DC9 and you can get your slightly cheaper tickets in advance here ($15, $17 at the door).



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