The holiday season is upon us, and there is no greater time than now to help your community. On top of the holidays, the colder temperatures are here to stay, and donating the winter clothes you no longer need is a great way to de-clutter your space and give back to those in need.
Goodwill of Greater Washington makes donating easy. Without having to leave your home, you can donate to Good Will with these three easy steps. It’s time to clean those closets out and start donating!
Good Will Mail-In Donations
- Box Up Your Donation. Clothing, footwear, and accessories are all accepted, and merchandise without corporate or event logos is preferred. Individual packages must be under 70 lbs.
- Print & Attach Shipping Label. Free mailing labels are available exclusively for Goodwill donations for the Greater Washington service area.
- Mail Your Donation Packages for Free. Schedule a free package pickup through USPS. Your donations will be picked up from your home and mailed directly to Goodwill. Your donation packages can be dropped off at a local US Post Office as well.
Goodwill Pack & Ship takes any sort of inconvenience out of donating unwanted clothes. Giving back to the community is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. With these three easy steps, your closet will be de-cluttered, you will have made a contribution to the community, and you can go into the winter months knowing you’ve made a difference. There is no greater way to start the holiday season!
Join Us In The DC Share-A-Bag Initiative!
Beginning on June 7th, 2M will be participating in the Share-A-Bag pilot, led by the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Share-A-Bag DC will give residents and visitors to NoMa access to free, reusable bags. Bags can be left for others to use at the exchange kiosks as well. Bags are simply returned to the kiosks once participants are finished using them. The kiosks will be in various locations throughout the neighborhood, 2M being one of them.
While the $0.5 bag fee has decreased the use of single-use plastic bags, they are still clogging our waste streams and trash traps. The DOEE has decided to launch the Share-A-Bag pilot to see if easy access to reusable bags will motivate consumers to utilize them more frequently.
What You Need To Know:
When: June 7th – June 30th
1. DOEE Headquarters | 1200 1st Street NE
2. REI | 2 M St NE
3. Hyatt House | 33 New York Ave NE
4. 2M | 2M St NE
Bags: 16x4 Heavyweight Canvas Bags
As a LEED Gold Building, efforts to create a more healthy and environmentally sound neighborhood are very important to us. Whether you use a free bag or leave one for someone else, any participation will make a difference. Join us in the Share-A-Bag Pilot to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in NoMa and the District of Columbia!
Summer in NoMa: Summer Screen & Union Market Drive-In
The warmer temperatures are here to stay, summer is just around the corner, and the NoMa neighborhood is coming alive! We love summer in NoMa for a variety of reasons, but the NoMa Summer Screen and the Union Market Drive-In Movie Series are two of our favorites. With so much going on in the neighborhood, it’s time to get ready for a fun summer in NoMa!
NoMa Summer Screen
WEDNESDAYS | SUNSET | JUNE – AUGUST | FREE | DOGS ON LEASHES OK | MOVIES SUBTITLED
Each summer season, the NoMa BID puts on twelve Wednesday evening movie screenings for neighborhood residents to enjoy. Named as one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Movie Theaters in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine, NoMa Summer Screen is a great way to get outside and enjoy the neighborhood, for free! Pack a picnic for the show, or grab a bite to eat at the variety of food trucks that show up each week.
NoMa Summer Screen will begin in June and run through August. The 2018 theme is Wonder Women! Get ready for a variety of noteworthy films, all of which feature a strong female lead.
Location: The Lot at First and Pierce (1150 First St. NE)
2018 NoMa Summer Screen Schedule:
- June 6th: Ten Things I Hate About You (PG-13) | 8:40 pm
- June 13th: Mulan (G) | 8:44 pm
- June 20th: Chicago (PG-13) | 8:46 pm
- June 27th: Mad Max: Fury Road (R) | 8:47 pm
- July 4th: No movie on account of Independence Day
- July 11th: Matilda (PG) | 8:44 pm
- July 18th: A League of Their Own (PG) | 8:40 pm
- July 25th: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) | 8:35 pm
- August 1st: Pitch Perfect (PG-13) | 8:29 pm
- August 8th: Moana (PG) | 8:21 pm
- August 15th: Thelma & Louise (R) | 8:12 pm
- August 22nd: Ghostbusters (2016) (PG-13) | 8:03 pm
- August 29th: Wonder Woman (PG-13) | 7:52 pm
- September 5th: Rain Date | 7:42 pm
Union Market Drive-In
ONE FRIDAY/MONTH | MAY – NOVEMBER | $10 PARKING FEE | FREE FOR WALK-UPS
The Union Market 2018 Drive-In Movie series is back! One Friday a month, enjoy great films from the comfort of your own car. Union Market vendors will be open, so delicious food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pre-show activities will take place while you wait for the movie to begin, and all movie-lovers will be able to appreciate the selection of movies. The evening is free for those who walk or bike, and $10 for those watching from their car.
Union Market 2018 Drive-In Schedule:
- May 11th: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark | Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes at 8:15 PM | Movie begins at 8:30 PM
- June 1st: Clueless (PG-13) | Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes at 8:30 PM | Movie begins at 8:45
- July 6th: Like Water for Chocolate (R) | Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes at 8:40 PM | Movie beings at 8:55 PM
- August 3rd: Black Panther (PG-13) | Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes at 8:15 PM | Movie begins at 8:45 PM
- September 7th: The Lion King (G) | Lot opens at 6:00 PM, closes at 7:30 PM | Movie begins at 8:00 PM
- October 5th: Cool Runnings (PG) | Lot opens at 5:30 PM, closes at 7:45 PM | Movie begins at 8:15 PM
- November 2nd: Hocus Pocus (PG) | Lot opens at 5:30 PM, closes at 7:45 PM | Film begins at 8:00 PM
Enjoy your summer in NoMa, it is sure to be a good one!
Springtime in DC is one of the best times! As the temperatures begin to rise, there are more and more ways to get out and enjoy the city. Festivals, baseball games, and outdoor events are just a few of our favorite ways to spend our weekends during the spring. During the month of April, the city will be bustling with both residents and tourists enjoying the plethora of events going on. We don’t want you to miss out on anything, so we have compiled a list of our favorite, must-do events in DC this April. Enjoy!
Top Things to do in April in DC:
- National Cherry Blossom Festival
- National’s Home Opening Weekend
- Anacostia River Festival
- Film Fest DC
- DC Beer Festival
- Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo
- Wine & Food Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival
What: One of the most anticipated spring events in DC, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the celebration of 3,000 cherry trees that were given to the United States from Japan in 1912. Throughout the month-long celebration, there are several events taking place throughout the District.
When: March 17th – April 15th
Specific Dates to Remember:
Petalpalooza: April 7th | 1:00-9:30pm | Fireworks at 8:30PM
Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple: April 14th | 9:00-10:00am
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: April 14th | 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Locations vary based on the event.
Petalpalooza: Southwest Waterfront
Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple: Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th St NW
Cost: Costs vary based on the event.
Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple: free | pre-registration required
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: parade route free | $20 Grandstand Seating
National’s Home Opener
What: Watch the Washington Nationals home opener game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. This will be an exciting weekend in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, with additional games on Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it into one of the games, local restaurants and bars are sure to be celebrating opening weekend as well!
When: April 5th 1:05pm | April 7th 1:05pm | April 8th 8:00pm
Where: Nationals Park
Cost: Tickets begin at $44
Anacostia River Festival
What: A celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park and the closing of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Canoe on the River, ride a bike in the bike parade, play lawn games, and explore the Artist Market, featuring local Southeast DC artists.
When: April 15th | 1:00-5:00pm
Where: Anacostia Park
What: Washington DC’s 32nd annual International Film Festival, featuring 80 films over 11 days. The festival is made up of movie showings, discussions, and special events. The 2018 opening film is This is Our Land, a French-Belgium film that speaks to common social issues in today’s society. Several other genres will be featured throughout the festival.
When: April 19th – 29th
Where: Locations vary, read more info for event specifics.
Cost: Stay tuned, cost specifics have not been announced.
DC Beer Festival
What: Craft breweries, food trucks, and live music all throughout Nationals stadium make DC Beer Fest one of the top April events in DC. There are two sessions that make up the day, both of which consist of unlimited tastings. Food from a variety of food trucks is available but sold separately.
When: April 21st | 12:00-8:00pm | First Session 1:00-3:00pm | Second Session 5:00-8:00pm
Where: Nationals Park
Cost: $45 per session
Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo
What: Celebrate Earth Day at the National Zoo with hands-on learning, interactive demonstrations, and family-friendly activities, all led by Zoo experts. In honor of Earth Day, the focus is on conservation, the solutions being used to save species, and what we can do to help.
When: April 21st | 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Wine & Food Festival
What: Taste and enjoy over 150 different wines, beers, and spirits at the 2018 Wine & Food Festival. Tasting is unlimited and includes all types of adult beverages. There will be food available for purchase from both local restaurants and food trucks. Guests receive a souvenir wine glass, and there is a wine store on site where any wines from the event can be purchased.
When: April 28th & 29th | VIP 12:00-6:00pm | General Admission 1:00-6:00pm
Where: National Harbor
Cost: Tickets begin at $39
When is the DC Cherry Blossom Festival?
The 2018 DC Cherry Blossom Festival Festival begins March 20th and lasts until April 15th. Peak Bloom is expected to be from March 17th through the 20th. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most-anticipated spring events in DC. There are several festival events that take place throughout the month-long celebration. Read more to learn about our favorite events.
By the time March rolls around, most of DC is itching for signs of spring. Warm and sunny days are upon us, and that means it is time to get outside and enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most-anticipated spring events in DC. The 2018 Festival begins March 20th and lasts until April 15th, and peak bloom is expected to be from March 17th through March 20th. The festival celebrates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912.
While there are festival events all throughout the District, the trees are growing in three locations: West Potomac Park around the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park, and the Washington Monument. There are several festival events that take place throughout the month-long celebration, and we have compiled a list of our favorites. These events will get you outside to enjoy the spring weather and to appreciate the beautiful Cherry Blossoms while they are in bloom.
Blossom Kite Festival
Saturday, March 31st; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Washington Monument Grounds
The Blossom Kite Festival marks the beginning of kite season, and it is an official Cherry Blossom Festival event. Extravagantly made kites, skilled kite flyers, and exciting competitions make this a spectacular event. You can bring your own kite, purchase them at the festival, or even build your own – the perfect activity for children. Rokkaku Kite Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown are the main events of the day and you don’t want to miss them.
Saturday, April 7th; 1:00 – 9:00 pm; Fireworks at 8:30 pm; The Wharf
Petalpalooza is a day-long festival of music, art, and outdoor fun at Southwest DC’s waterfront, The Wharf. The day is filled with all sorts of entertainment including interactive art, live music, and a firework show to close out the evening. The Wharf is one of DC’s newest and finest attractions, and Petalpoalooza is the perfect way to experience all that the area has to offer. Admission to the festival is free. Parking will be limited, so public transportation to The Wharf will be the easiest way to enjoy the day.
SAAM & Byt’s Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple
Saturday, April 14th; 9:00-10:00 am; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Relax and get your flow on with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Brightest Young Things for the annual Cherry BlossOM free yoga class. The class will take place in a room-sized exhibit at the Smithsonian – No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man by David Best. This practice is for all levels – just be sure to pre-register to secure a spot. The No Spectators: Art of Burning Man demonstrates and celebrates the influence that Burning Man has on art and culture. This exhibit is an extraordinary place for a celebratory yoga class in honor of the Cherry Blossoms.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 14th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Constitution Avenue (7th – 17th St. NW)
The final Cherry Blossom event is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, ending the month-long spring festival with a bang. The parade is known for being one of the largest spectator events in the District. It runs down Constitution Avenue with views of the Washington Monument and several other DC attractions.
You can expect a fun-filled day with intricate floats, live bands, various performances, and much more. There are several celebrity performances – Carla Hall, Arrested Development, Ty Herndon, and many others. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is not an event you want to miss – the city is filled with energy and excitement to celebrate our treasured Cherry Blossoms and the arrival of spring.
What is the best DC neighborhood for date night?
H Street is a DC neighborhood with plenty of date night options. Various happy hours, restaurants, and entertainment options are available on H Street to make for the perfect DC date night. Enjoy the Valentine’s Day specials at Smith Commons or the giant Jenga and mini golf at H Street Country Club. Read more…
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it is time to start planning. Whether you prefer a casual, low key evening or enjoy all-out romance, the H Street Corridor has plenty of options to choose from for your date night in DC. Great news – these plans are foolproof for both friends and loved ones. With our help, your Valentine’s Day can be stress-free and full of love this year.
Date Night Ideas on H Street:
Happy Hour on H Street
What better way to start your evening than with happy hour? H Street is lined with bars and restaurants offering fabulous happy hour deals. While the options are endless, we have a few favorites.
With its cozy atmosphere and comfortable seating, The Pursuit Wine Bar is perfect for those looking for a romantic feel to start their evening. Happy hour has drink specials that are perfect for sharing or ordering individually – $3 off wine flights, $2 off glasses of wine and cocktails, and $1 off beers. If you are in the mood for an appetizer, enjoy $2 off any of their small plates. Happy hour is from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Select bottles of wine are $19 on Wednesday, so that is another option for Valentine’s Day drinks.
For a happy hour with a view, check out Ben’s Upstairs. The enclosed rooftop has beautiful views of the H Street Corridor – who doesn’t love that? Draft beers, draft wines, margaritas, and mojitos are $6, while champagne is $5. There are a handful of happy hour snacks available as well, all for $9 or less. Toast champagne and enjoy a rooftop sunset with your loved one or friends to kick start your Valentine’s evening. Happy hour starts at 5:00 and goes until 8:00 pm.
Dinner & Dessert on H Street
Whether you are continuing happy hour festivities into dinner, or your evening is beginning with dinner, H Street has plenty of Valentine’s worthy restaurants. Many places are having Valentine’s Day specials, which will help make the evening extra special.
Suitable for both dates and friends, Smith Commons is another great Valentine’s Day dinner choice. The restaurant is three stories – a first-floor dining room, and lounge rooms and bars on the second and third floors. For $39 you can enjoy a 3-course meal from Smith Commons’ specialty Valentine’s Day menu. There are various appetizers, entrées, and dessert options on the specialty menu, but their regular dinner menu will be available as well. They do take reservations, so be sure to call ahead and secure your spot.
DC Harvest is a popular and intimate farm-to-table restaurant on H Street. With their Valentine’s Day specials, this is a great place to take your special someone for a romantic evening. To secure your spot, make a reservation and pay a $5/person deposit, which will be refunded in full. On top of their seasonal menu, there will be Valentine’s Day specials, a new reserve wine list, and Valentine’s Day cocktails. The wide variety of seasonal appetizers, entrees, freshly made pasta, and desserts do not disappoint.
The famous Dangerously Delicious Pies is the perfect place to go if you’d like to end your evening on a sweet note. There are a variety of pies to choose from, and they can be ordered by the slice or by the whole pie. Go all out and top your pie with ice cream and whipped cream, both are available. Dangerously Delicious Pies is known for having the best pie in DC, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to go see for yourself.
Things to Do on H Street
Sometimes going out and enjoying an activity together beats simply going to a restaurant, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. There are a variety of entertainment options on H Street ranging from movies to mini golf. Great for groups or dates, these activities allow for a unique Valentine’s Day experience.
Spice up your evening with a game night at H Street Country Club. Shuffleboard tables, skeeball machines, giant Jenga, and an indoor nine-hole mini golf course are available. All games are first come, first serve. Food and drinks are available while you enjoy the games, so you can definitely make a night out of this. A Valentine’s Day game night may be unexpected, but there is no doubt that it will be fun and full of laughs.
Catch a movie at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Angelika Pop-Up is an independent movie theater where you can view specialty films while enjoying craft beer, wine, and snacks. Drinks and food can be enjoyed before or after your film in the lounge, or while you watch. Three films will be playing on Valentine’s Day: Fifty Shades Freed, The Final Year, and The Post. Viewing times vary for each and seating is reserved, so be sure to plan ahead.
Toasted Bingo at the Rock and Roll Hotel is the perfect Valentine’s Day group outing. The event is free, the bar opens at 7:00 and the first Bingo game is at 8:00 pm. Their usual Boozy Bingo nights occurred throughout December and January, but as a Valentine’s Day special, Toasted Bingo will take place. Happy hour lasts all night long and includes $3 Tecate, $4 Bud and Bud Light, $4 rail drinks, ½ price wings, and $1 off all other menu items.