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June 9th, 2017

The Education of Master Dong

Teacher Brings Philosophy of Love from Capitol Hill to Syrian Refugee Camps

He wants it to be about the children. As they take their places for a photograph, Dong Sik Kim, known to children in the District as Master Dong, literally puts the children first. They stand in front of him holding a banner showing a tree with roots deep into the earth, the symbol for his non-profit organization, Home Do. 

To get involved with the Capitol Hill Home Do Community, email Laura at To become involved withlearn more about the Home Do schools in Turkey, email Joel at

Fire Starts on Playground Bench at Miner Elementary

DC Fire Department Extinguishes Fire Before It Can Breach School Walls

A fire that apparently started on a playground bench at Miner Elementary School (601 15 St. NE) was extinguished by DC Fire Department late Thursday evening.

The DC Fire Department responded to a call received at around 8 p.m. reporting an outside fire at Miner Elementary School. When they arrived, they found that a bench located near the building in the playground area was on fire. DC Fire was able to stop the blaze before it spread into the structure, though heat from the fire cracked the window above the bench. The bench is twisted and melted.

H Street Life - June 2017

June is generally a pleasant month in the District. The spring showers have receded, but summer’s heat hasn’t yet fully set in to stay. It might be the perfect time to explore through a stroll or a ride on the streetcar. H Street NE has been the birth of many things, including Taylor Gourmet and &Pizza. Now a fried chicken franchise, well established in South Korea, hopes to launch its American expansion from our corridor. Will we see a repeat of these earlier successes? Only time and taste will tell.

For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE, you can visit my blog at You can send me tips or questions at

June 8th

Slipstream Opens on I Street SE

Shop Offers Specialty Espresso, Cocktails and Full-Service Dinner

Slipstream Coffee has opened at 82 I St. SE, and it is a beautiful, clean and light-filled space. Dominated by a bar serving coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening, the space is so new that there are still a few paint cans standing in the corner.

This is Slipstream’s second location. The other is located at 1333 14 St. NW in Logan Circle.

“We used to be regulars at the other location. We were so happy when this one opened —it’s much closer,” says a customer as the Slipstream clerk talks to his baby, cooing in her stroller.

Capitol Riverfront

Kid-Friendly and Family-Centric Programs

As everyone makes plans for the warm months ahead, the Capitol Riverfront will be the center of daily activity and summer celebration. An exciting weekly lineup of free outdoor events is planned throughout the neighborhood. With support from the Near Southeast Community Partners, two new programs include Kids in Canal and the FRESHFARM Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market. Returning events include the Thursday Night Outdoor Movie Series in Canal Park and Friday Night Concerts in Yards Park.

Robbin Lee is the Parks Events and Programming Coordinator at the Capitol Riverfront BID. She has years of experience as the director of one of DC’s largest food festivals as well as a background in putting together all-around fun at art places like the Phillips Collection in DC and Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. Robbin holds a B.A. in Art History and Media & Communication Studies from UMBC and spends her free time coaching volleyball, Instagramming, and reading restaurant menus. Robin can be found at

How to Spend a Day in Ivy City

Known as the unofficial distillery capital, Ivy City is quickly becoming more than collective of spirit makers, adding restaurants, bars, and studios to the rapidly growing neighborhood.

Nestled in a deceptively quiet part of the District, the tiny neighborhood of Ivy City has emerged as the unofficial capital of local distilleries, not to mention a handful of restaurant concepts, bars, and fitness studios.

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Get in the Swim

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June 7th

Capitol Hill Establishments Open Early to Show Comey Hearing

Food and Drink Specials Also on Offer During Former FBI Director's Testimony

Capitol Hill establishments are opening early Thursday so that residents can grab a drink and watch the day’s big event. 

At 10 a.m., former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Capitol Hill watering holes will have special drinks and special hours. 

Know of any more Hill watering holes opening early Thursday to show the hearing? Send the details to