Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cherry Tree Planting - Again

What: Cherry Tree Planting
Where: Scott Mongomery Elementary School (421 P Street NW)
When: June 4, 2006 - noon

For those of you who didn't have a chance to help us plant trees in April, here's your chance to re-live the fun! DC Greenworks received a bad batch of trees this year, which means we need to replant 2 of our trees at Scott Montgomery School (421 P Street). The good news, is that it should be easier than last time, since the dirt should still be soft.

Water, tools, dirt, treees, and fun provided.

Memorial Day in Logan Circle

Wreath on LoganCeremonies and celebrations in commemoration of Memorial Day were held in Logan Circle Park yesterday. Organized by the National Park Service, with support from a throughout the community (including the LCCA), the program brought together a wide variety of people from all over the nation to remember those who have died in service to our nation. Highlights included music courtesy of the high school band from General Logan's hometown of Murphysboro, Illinois, a stunning rendition of "God Bless America" performed by Mrs. Virginia Hayes Williams (mother of Mayor Williams), and a solemn ceremony presenting a wreath at the base of the memorial to General Logan.

All in all, it was a beautiful day in the circle, and a fitting capstone on the day. Thanks to everybody who helped out or attended!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Summer in the Park - Mark Your Calendars

LCCA is in the process of planning some events in Logan Circle Park for the summer. Join us June 24th and June 25th for our annual stoop sale and picnic. Details below!

Also, we are working on a summer music series in Logan Circle Park, which we are tentatively planning for a few Thursday evenings in July in August. If you know anyone who may be interested in performing, please contact us.

June 24th Annual Stoop Sale
9 a.m. - noon
1300 Block of Vermont Ave, NW

Join your neighbors in our annual stoop sale. We request a $15 donation for use of a table, and encourage you to drop of donations at 1344 Vermont Ave NW at 8 a.m. the day of the sale. We are also exploring a swap-o-rama, with extra clothing and donations to be provided to local community organizations. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

June 25th Annual Picnic and June Membership Meeting
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Logan Circle Park

Join us for our annual picnic in Logan Circle Park. Bring your family and friends. Bring a chair and blanket. It is a potluck event and don't forget to bring a covered dish. Any questions, please contact Chasta Piatakovas at nckaos@aol.com or 202-320-1205.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Upcoming Events

Artist Open Studio Tours

When: May 20-21
Where: Art studios around Logan Circle/Dupont Circle

What: The Mid-City Artists Open Studios will be held on the weekend of May 20 and 21. Many artist studios within walking distance of the Dupont/Logan Circles will be open for visitors with over 30 artists exhibiting. This is a unique opportunity to see some of DC's most exciting artists in their "home environments." Check out the burgeoning local art scene that is finding its focus in the dynamic Mid City neighborhoods, and visit some of the supporting Galleries and art related businesses that have recently opened following the artists into this upscale urban environment. For more information, including a map and list of artist pages, click here.

Book Reading and Signing with Author James Carroll

When: Tuesday, May 23 (6:30 p.m. - Reception & Cash bar; 7:00 p.m. Program)
Where: Women's National Democratic Club, New Hampshire and Q NW.

What: Ward 2 Democrats is sponsoring Forum 2020, a non-partisan series designed to provide a forum for discussing important current events. Meet Author James Caroll, author of House of War for a book signing, reading and discussion. James Carroll is the author of the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword. He won the 1996 National Book Award for his memoir An American Requiem. His ten novels include the best sellers Prince of Peace and Mortal Friends.

*LCCA is providing this information as a community service to keep you informed of events of interest within our community. LCCA is not affiliated with, nor does it promote or endorse any political party or candidate.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

LCCA May Newsletter

Dear LCCA Members and Friends:

Our May newsletter is available for viewing at: http://www.logancircle.org/news/May2006.pdf. For those of you around on Memorial Day Weekend, we'd like to invite you to join LCCA, the National Park Service, and the Illinois State Society of Washington as we celebrate Memorial Day in Logan Circle Park.

We're also looking for volunteers to help out with the celebration. A volunteer coordinating meeting will be held by NPS on May 22. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at logancirclenews@gmail.com.

Happy Memorial Day!
-Jennifer Trock

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Logan Circle House Tour Committee

The Annual Logan Circle House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2006.

Logan Circle Community Association needs you. Get involved, meet your neighbors and have fun.

We need volunteers, committee members, and houses.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm at the home of:
Tim Christensen & Walter Ochinko
1320 13th Street, N.W. Apt. 13

We will be discussing the selection of the homes for the tour this year!!

Come be a part of Logan Circle history and tradition.

Please contact Heather Vargas at 571.215.2339 or heathervargas@10forward.com for more information or to RSVP for this month's meeting.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Celebrate Memorial Day in Logan Circle Park

LCCA is a proud sponsor of the National Park Service's Memorial Day Celebration in the Park. Below is the National Park Service's Press Release:


Washington, D.C.—The National Park Service, the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC and the Logan Circle Community Association will hold a wreath-laying ceremony Monday, May 29, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

May 5th, 1868 marks the date when Congressman John A. Logan, serving as the Commander and Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal veteran’s organization, issued General Order No. 11 establishing May 30th as Memorial Day to honor fallen American war heroes.

The Murphysboro High School Band, of Murphysboro, IL., the birth place of Congressman John A. Logan, will kick-off this event with a pre-program concert starting at 1:00 p.m. Followed by, the Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard opening the ceremony with the posting of the colors at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature speeches from National Parks Service officials, and a mayoral ambassador. Our guest speaker is Michael Jones director of the John A. Logan Museum of Murphysboro IL. The musical selections will be preformed by the Murphysboro High School Band, led by band director, Justin Klarer. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony followed by an open house and garden reception at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, to promote public understanding of the history and special places that have been included in the national park system. For more information and reserved seating call (202) 673-2402.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Update on Mayor's Omnibus Crime Bill 16-247

For those of you who missed LCCA's Spring Fling last night, Councilmember Mendelson spoke about key provisions of the Mayor's Omnibus Crime Bill, which was marked-up and passed by the Council's Judiciary Committee last week and scheduled for presentation to the full Council on June 6, 2006.

Some of many new the provisions include (taken directly from the preamble to the bill):
  • To provide for the seizure and impoundment of vehicles used in furtherance of prostitution;
  • To amend An Act For the suppression of prostitution in the District of Columbia to make it unlawful for any person to engage in or to solicit for prostitution, to amend all prostitution related statutes to define the terms “prostitution”, “arranging for prostitution” and “soliciting for prostitution”;
  • To permit the Chief of Police to declare any public area a prostitution free zone for a period not to exceed 120 consecutive hours;
  • To make it unlawful for a person to congregate in a group of 2 or more persons within a prostitution free zone who thereafter fail to disburse after being told by a member of the Metropolitan Police Department who reasonably believes the person is congregating for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or related offenses;
  • To make it unlawful to solicit for the crime of murder or any other crime of violence;
  • To amend An Act To establish a code of law for the District of Columbia to create an enhanced offense of assault where bodily injury to the victim results; and
  • To make it unlawful for any person to install an electronic recording device, mirror or peephole in such manner as to surreptitiously observe individuals engaged in personal activities including sexual relations, changing clothes or use of a restroom, or to record any of those activities, to provide criminal penalties therefore, and to create exemptions for law enforcement, home security, or buildings where there is posted notice of such recording.

If you would like a full copy of the marked-up committee print, please email us at: logancirclenews@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

May LCCA Meeting Announcement

LCCA's Spring Fling
May 10, 7 p.m.
Washington Plaza Hotel
Join us for LCCA's May Membership meeting and "spring fling" wine and cheese reception on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Weather permitting, we'll be poolside at the Washington Plaza Hotel. We'll be discussing Voter Registration, the District's Emergency Preparedness Plan, and some of LCCA's exciting initiatives for the year, including the upcoming Memorial Day celebration in Logan Circle Park, new membership initiatives, music in the park, and website redesign.

A Hopeful View on Crime?

The Washington Post published an interview with D.C. Police Chief Ramsey discussing his tenure as the longest-serving police chief in the district in recent history.

On a related note, stay tuned for a follow-up public safety forum this fall - LCCA and ANC2F's Crime and Public Safety Committee are planning a follow-up public safety forum for the fall.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thomas Circle Restoration Project Update

We have been informed by DDOT's project manager for the Thomas Circle Restoration Project that the project is scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2006. The project has 6 phases and will be entering the 5th phase on Thursday, May 4, 2006. We understand that Phase 5 will include realignment and restoration of lanes on 14th Street.

We'll keep you posted as we receive additional updates.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities in Logan Circle

It's that time of year again - the weather is getting warmer, days are longer, and we have lots of great activities and events in Logan Circle - from a picnic in the park to a survey of infrastructure needs to a community rummage sale and a diabetes support group. If you have a community event you'd like us to publish, please email us. We plan to publish upcoming events every Monday.

Walk-Through Survey of SMD2F06
Saturday, May 20 - 10:00-noon

The ANC2F Committee on Crime and Public Safety is pleased to announce that it will conduct a survey of Single Member District 2F06 to identify public-safety infrastructure-related concerns, including graffiti, downed/missing signage, missing street light plates, abandoned vehicles, broken windows, overflowing trash - basically anything that makes our neighborhood more attractive to criminals. We intend to pass along the results of our survey to city officials for appropriate follow-up.

We are looking for at least 9 volunteers to join us on Saturday, May 20th at Azi's Café at 1336 9th Street, NW at 10:00 a.m., and we expect the survey to last approximately 2 hours (just in time for a late brunch/ lunch). We hope to have enough volunteers to divide up into teams to survey the neighborhood. Digital camera's are welcome and we are looking for at least three people with bikes to assist. If you are interested please send an e-mail to: anc2fccps@gmail.com. Stay safe!

Whole Foods Vegetarian Series: A Picnic in the Park!
Thursday, May 16th and Thursday, May 25th
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Spring brings out the very best in our region, and there is no better way to enjoy it than the simple pleasure of a picnic in the park. Come with us for an all-vegan spring picnic, where we'll be sampling and learning about a variety of seasonal dishes suitable to pack for your outing. Weather permitting, part of the class will be held at Logan Circle, so dress accordingly!
Whole Foods Community Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required. To sign up for a class, just stop by our Customer Service desk, call us at 202-332-4300 or send an email to zachary.stein@wholefoods.com.

Luther Place Rummage Sale
Saturday May 13, all day.

Proceeds support the many ministries of Luther Place Memorial Church. Please stop by and find some treasures, or donate your rummage to the church on Sundays before May 7.

Diabetes Support Group
May 18, 7:00 P.M.

A Diabetes Support Group is being formed at The Church of the Ascension & St. Agnes, 12th & Massachusetts Ave., NW, WDC, 20005. The first meeting is on 18 May, at 7:00 p.m. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects all aspects of daily life and is an increasingly serious public health issue. A support group is very helpful for many diabetics and their families who find coping with the daily glucose monitoring, diet restrictions, exercise, and etc. difficult. To aid in coping with diabetes, this group will provide personal support, general information, newest research results, and diet modification information. For more info. call 202-347-8161.