AUGUST 16, 2016
summer events continue in the mvt

MVT’s summer of events rolls on through August and early September. Our August “Tunes in the Triangle” free concert on Thursday, August 18 at Milian Park at 5th & Mass features the return of Justin Trawick with original music ranging from folk and bluegrass to funk and hip hop. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair, gather the friends, family, kids and pets, and join the MVT CID for free lemonade as we enjoy a neighborly evening with family games, including corn hole, hula hoops, bubbles and more!

On Saturday, September 10, the MVT CID is pleased to bring a free petting zoo to the FRESHFARM MVT Farm Stand at 5th & K Streets from 10 AM to Noon. Our baby zoo will feature bunnies, chicks, ducks, and a baby goat or lamb—all available for gentle petting from our residents and visitors. Stay tuned for more events as we head into the fall!


devon & blakely opens at 601 mass
Fast casual restaurant, Devon and Blakely, has opened at the corner of 6th & Mass featuring fresh and nutritious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Devon and Blakely is committed to quality and consistency in service and food to ensure return customers. They start each day with a full service coffee bar, a hot breakfast and fresh pastries. For lunch and dinner they feature 18 daily soups that rotate seasonally, made-to-order salads and artisan sandwiches. Orders may be placed on Seamless or GrubHub or by phone at 202-216-9600.
join vida fitness for community day on saturday, august 27

VIDA Fitness is opening its doors to members and non-members for a Community Day on Saturday, August 27 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Themed to the Summer Olympics in Rio, VIDA will have a competition from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the Community Day for participants of all ages and fitness levels. Up to 20 months of free membership dues will be given away as visitors compete in five events encompassing speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and agility. Enjoy protein bar samples from Best Bar Ever. While you’re having fun at the Community Day, check out VIDA’s new 480 square foot Aura Spa, offering facials, waxing, therapeutic massage and scrubs. Aura Spa is a premier revitalizing day spa treatment facility that offers relaxation and detoxification treatments. VIDA members will receive 15% off the 60- and 90-minute massages, and 60-minute nourishing or men’s facials, Mondays through Fridays in August.

mvt cid joins nps for founder's day event on national mall
The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 on Thursday, August 25 and the MVT CID is joining the celebration. NPS is holding a Founder's Day celebration on the National Mall from August 21-27 that will include a number of activities and events to both celebrate the NPS Centennial and to engage visitors in learning about American culture and history as expressed on and through the National Mall and Memorial Parks. As part of the celebration, there will be a Family Festival on Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Constitution Gardens. In addition to stage performances and family activities, NPS will have exhibitors with educational (and fun!) activities and exhibits. The MVT CID will be sharing information about our community at the Family Festival and will also be a sponsor of face painting for kids. The MVT CID is highly engaged with NPS regarding the maintenance and activation of the five NPS reservations within our community, which can be viewed on our interactive map at
mvt spotlight: capital view hostel

Six years ago, Capital View Hostel opened at 301 Eye Street, NW in Mount Vernon Triangle, offering visitors an inexpensive option for informal yet well-equipped lodging in a convenient location. This hostel is one of the multiple locations that hospitality company DC Lofty has throughout the city. Roma Matiukiene-Kursvietis, CEO of DC Lofty LLC, proudly tells us in this guest blog that the hostel has welcomed guests from 182 countries. Click here to read this fascinating story.
freshfarm markets offers matching dollars fundraiser to help shoppers in need
Our partners at FRESHFARM Markets are running a terrific six-week Matching Dollars Fundraiser that helps our shoppers in need of financial assistance to purchase food. Every person who donates $20 or more to the program and signs up for their newsletter will be entered into a raffle to win a ticket to the annual FRESHFARM Feast on Tuesday, October 18 at Union Market. Tickets are normally priced at $350/person. People can also donate by cash at the MVT Farm Stand, by credit card, or by texting “FFM” to 71777. Interested? Click here for more information or talk to Ben or Danielle at the Farm Stand on Saturday mornings.
l'hommage bistro francais welcomes "great chef" roger wiles
Georgetown’s loss as the iconic Bistro Francais closed this spring has translated to great excitement in Mount Vernon Triangle as legendary “Great Chef” Roger Wiles became Chef de Cuisine at L’Hommage Bistro Francais. Chef Wiles brings an impeccable pedigree, starting with his work as sous chef at À l’Ecu de France and chef patron at Own restaurant before becoming the executive chef of The Inn on the Park in London, UK. He then moved to Bermuda to become executive chef at Fourways Inn, and then on to the St. James Club and the Royal Antiguan Ramada Hotel, both in Antigua. In 1997, the Great Chefs television crew caught up with Chef Wiles at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where they taped him late one evening and into the early morning for their “Great Chefs of the Caribbean” television series for the Discovery Channel. In 1997, Chef Wiles moved to Georgetown to run Bistro Français. A new menu has been rolled out under Chef Wiles’ skilled direction and you can try the full menu at Restaurant Week prices the entire week of August 15-21.
mvt cid spearheads refinishing for "lift off" and "inspiration" sculptures

For the first time since their installation in 2009, the iconic “Lift Off” (David Black) and “Inspiration” (Ethan Kerber) sculptures at 5th & K Streets are being refinished and repainted. MVT CID Director of Operations, Leon Johnson, headed the effort to advocate for the work to be done. This summer, under the leadership of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a professional conservator moved forward with the painstaking work of protecting and refinishing these important pieces of public art. Refinished the week of August 8, “Lift Off” has been a bright, sunny landmark for residents and visitors and the refinishing work will ensure that it continues as the sparkling centerpiece of one of the busiest corners in Mount Vernon Triangle. The work on “Inspiration”, the large permanent decorative grate for the ground level fresh air intake at City Vista, will be completed the week of August 15. 
mvt cid joins with mpd and moapia for national night out

The MVT CID, Washington Metropolitan Police Department and DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs joined at 5th & K Streets on a beautiful summer evening to celebrate “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 2. Residents and visitors to the neighborhood came out to meet and mingle with the first responders who protect and serve our community. Children enjoyed the moon bounce and face painting and had a chance to explore and test the lights and sirens on a police car while delicious treats were available from A Baked Joint, Anytime K9, Alta Strada, Texas de Brazil, Le Pain Quotidien and Mandu. Eclectic singer/songwriter Alison Carney performed as part of our “‎Tunes in the Triangle” concert series. A special thank you goes to property owners Steuart Investment Company and Boston Properties for contributing the space needed to have a terrific event.
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