If people randomly try to high five you this Thursday, don’t freak out. April 18th, 2013 is National High Five Day and it’s all for a good cause: to help raise money for five cancer research centers nationwide. So high five!
National High Five Day sounds like a holiday slash fundraiser a bunch of college dudes would come up with. And that’s pretty much what happened. It was invented in 2002 by a group of friends at the University of Virginia. One of the students involved was Danny Lee, whom you might know as the co-owner of Mandu
. So after you’re done high fiving your colleagues and random people on the metro, head to Mandu on K Street and give the awesome bartenders there a high five as well. In exchange, they’ll give you an even better happy hour than usual (and the happy hour at Mandu is pretty awesome to start with), with extended hours through closing and a special $5 menu that will include will include sojutinis
, dumplings, chicken wings, seafood pancakes and Korean tacos. Even better… 50% of the proceeds from that menu will go to cancer charities. Double high five. But that’s not it, 100% of sales from a special ”high five” cocktail (made with Yujacha, Hendrick’s, muddled cucumber and lime) will also go to charity. Now that sounds like $10 well spent to me… high five to that!
Come and witness the incredible live performance at Kushi Izakaya & Sushi on April 11 (Thursday) this year. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kushi will host an extraordinary performance of Japanese drummers by Tamagawa University (Tokyo) starting at 8PM. This is Kushi’s 2nd year holding the event. The drummers are back in full force this year again.
Restaurant opens at 5:30pm. $5 Admission at the door.
In addition, the evening will feature a Cherry Blossom inspired cocktails and special buffet dinner. The All You Can Eat Buffet is $40 per person (+ Tax & Tip), the buffet hours are 5:30PM – 9:30PM. We will also have our “Kushi-Moto” Food Truck parked outside near our patio area serving warm donburi bowls and sushi rolls.
Help celebrate the Japanese culture and very special Cherry Blossoms with an evening of entertainment, cocktails and cuisine.
There will also be a sake tasting event on the same day at 5:30pm.
See more about the sake tasting event here: www.eventbrite.com/event/6090413591
The nation’s capital has served as the backdrop for many books, particularly non-fiction work on current events and biographies. But not only… our streets, monuments and landmarks have been featured in many fiction novels as well. These novels set in D.C. are the focus of a new interactive digital project that attempts to map out the literary fabric of the city.
Do you have a favourite novel set in the district? Please do share in the comments…
On Thursday, November 29, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will hold its third annual Photos with Santa Claus event from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the intersection of 5th and K Streets, NW. Children and those young at heart are invited to meet Kris Kringle, give him their wish list, and pose for a photo at his new workshop. All children will be given a candy cane – if they have been nice throughout the year.
Photos will be available just in time to use for holiday cards. Images taken by staff will be uploaded on the MVTCID FaceBook page, and guests are welcome to bring their own cameras to use. This event is free and open to the public and will go on snow or shine!
If interested, follow the links to Santa event recaps from 2010 and 2011.
The 3rd Annual Mount Vernon Triangle Pet Costume Contest and Parade will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
Fashion Pioneer, and
This fun event will start in the pocket park located at 5th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW (next to the House of Ruth). Pets should gather in the park at 1:00 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. will parade to the awards ceremony at 5th and K Streets, NW.
This event is free and open to the public, and will go on rain or shine. All pets are welcome to enter!
The Travel Channel, on a mission to introduce the world to popular food trucks and quick-serve food vendors across the U.S., will be taking to the streets of DC on Tuesday, July 24 to meet and film some of DC’s favorite food truck crews.
Their final stop of the day? Chinatown Coffee Co. for a Happy Hour event with the Fojol Brothers food truck!
Join us this TUESDAY, July 24 from 6:30-8:00pm for Happy Hour drink specials – $3 beers & a great selection of wine and absinthe – and some of the best food on wheels.
The truck will be parked on the corner of 5th and H Street NW . So grab food from Fojol and bring it inside to eat, drink, and make your international TV debut!
Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ChinatownCoffee) for event updates.
Visit www.chinatowncoffee.com for more information.
Drink the District will be held on July 28, 2012, at 500 New York Avenue NW in Mount Vernon Triangle. There will be two sessions from 12-4 and 5-9 PM, and guest can purchase tickets to one of the sessions online for $30 (tickets will also be available at the door for $40). Guests receive unlimited tastings of all beers; entertainment and water will be provided. 10 of DC’s favorite food trucks will be on-site, but food is not included in the ticket price (sorry!). For more information and to buy tickets, go to drinkthedistrict.com. Tickets are limited.
Drink the District appeals to this market’s existing interest in craft beer while allowing guests to sample a wide variety, including beer enthusiasts’ favorites like Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Ommegang, and New Belgium.
“As a Mount Vernon Triangle resident, this event will be one of the first celebrations that brings our community together around everyone’s favorite summer drink- an ice cold beer,” explains event producer John Leader, 23. With such accessibility and variety, Drink the District is a true community event that brings together great food, friends, and drink in a celebration of summer and beer.
Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle — Saturday, May 5; 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Explore the new restaurants of Mount Vernon Triangle by dining around the neighborhood tasting appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts from eight different locations! Buy a master ticket for $20 in advance; $30 at the door to participate in this event. Tickets can be purchased in advance through PayPal (visit www.mountvernontriangle.org
for paypal link). On the day of the event, tickets will be for sale at the Will Call table at 5th
and K Streets, NW.
Participating restaurants are:
Sixth Engine, an American bistro with firehouse style
Mandu, a Korean restaurant that started in Dupont Circle,
Kushi, a Japanese-style pub,
Henry’s Soul Café, with its jaw-dropping southern menu,
Papa John’s, hand-tossed pizza,
Busboys and Poets, creative American cuisine,
Taylor Deli, Philadelphia hoagies,
Tunnel Liquor, showcasing international beers, and
Subway Liquor, featuring a wine and cheese reception.
Volunteer for Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle
We need your help to staff the third annual Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle on Saturday, May 5th from 1:30-5:00. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, staff restaurant locations around The Triangle, check tickets, and relieve volunteers. For volunteering, you get a free ticket to the event, worth $20. If you are able to volunteer, please email Bill McLeod at info at email@example.com or call (202) 216-0511 ext. 23. Thanks for helping with this fun event!
News of an upcoming event at BicycleSPACE:
Rub wheels with internet royalty. Give cycling’s most notorious blogger a piece of your mind. BikeSnobNYC begins his nationwide book tour at BicycleSPACE.
Join us for an evening social ride through the heart of DC with special guest, Eben Weiss. Let’s see if we can make him bristle and earn his “seal of disapproval”. Are you smug enough?
This party on wheels should not be missed–it promises to be at least 20% more laterally stiff and vertically compliant than anything else you can do on a Wednesday night. Participants who can garner the most disapproval will win prizes. Come dressed up as any of the types of cyclist that Bike Snob loves to skewer. Tridork, Retro-Grouch, Fred, Lone-Wolf? Extra points for a Mario Cippolini skin suit.
Be sure to find us at our new location on 7th Street by the Convention Center– Mount Vernon Square’s shoulder hair?! Lend a disembodied hand to your friends and pass on the info.
Wednesday, March 14th, the Downtown DC Kids (website | facebook) playground group will meet at Calvary Baptist Church at 6 pm. The agenda includes updates, organizational planning for creating a new friends group and planning of their second pop-up play event on Saturday, April 21st at an outdoor location. Downtown DC Kids need lots of volunteers to help make the event a huge success, which they hope will draw a lot of attention from our public officials.
Children are welcome to play in the gym while during the meeting.
WHAT: Downtown DC Playground Group Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 6 pm
WHERE: Calvary Baptist Church, Shallenberger Hall/Gym
For more information on the organizations playgrounds initiative read the op-ed that Downtown DC Kids founders Caroline Armijo and Danielle Pierce contributed to Greater Greater Washington yesterday.
Image Credit: Playground image is from flickr user xcode