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The North Columbia Heights Civic Association is committed to fostering community involvement and improving the quality of life for residents in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.


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4th Annual Columbia Heights Halloween Extravaganza!!!

The North Columbia Heights Civic Association (NCHCA) and the friends of the Trolley Turnaround Park are teaming up to give you the Fourth Annual Columbia Heights Halloween Extravaganza*! Be sure to drop by 11th Street, between Monroe and Kenyon, from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, October 31st for all the great events including: costume parades for kids and dogs, contests, holiday decorations, Halloween food and drink specials, and giveaways from local businesses. All events are free – bring your kids, dogs, and friends!

Schedule of Events:
5:00-5:30pm: Kids Costume Contest (giveaways), 11th and Monroe Trolley Turnaround Park

5:50pm: Dog Costume Parade and Contest, Columbia Heights Dog Park

5:30-6:30pm: Trick or Treating at 11th St Businesses- giveaways and contests – both sides of 11th between Monroe & Kenyon

6:30-7pm: Halloween-themed Mask Making/Face Painting at Bloombars

*We are in need of volunteers for this event to help make it a success. There is a volunteer meeting session this Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm. If interested in volunteering, please email yavonneboyd@gmail.com

Columbia Heights Day this Saturday!

2014 Festival Schedule & Information

Event: 8th Annual Columbia Heights Day Festival
Day: Saturday
Date: October 11, 2014
Festival Hours: 11am to 6pm. Outdoor Movie Screening: 7pm
Location: On 11th St NW (from Park Rd to Kenyon St NW) & Harriet Tubman School Yard

This year Columbia Heights Day will expand on to the 11th Street, an area dubbed by the New York Times as the Columbia Heights’ “Hip Strip” and one reporter describes as “a constellation of hip, idiosyncratic cafés, restaurants and bars, nestled among some of the most charming, candy-colored row houses in the city.”  11th Street from Park Rd to Kenyon St will be closed to traffic and feature a music stage with local performers identified by 11th Street’s own The Wonderland Ballroom and BloomBars (an eclectic arts & community center offering multi genre performances, events, films & workshops). In addition to the music entertainment, local businesses, community organizations, and local politicians will be exhibiting in the street area nestled between moon bounces, dunk tanks, and face painting stations for the kids.  Our 11th Street businesses will be serving up delicious street food in the festival area and their restaurants and bars will be open to enjoy an adult beverage and full menus. To make the day even more festive, we’ll have an eating contest, an adult tricycle race, an outdoor moving screening, and many more activities for both the kids and the adults.

In addition to the street festivities, Columbia Heights Day will return to the Harriet Tubman Elementary School to host a “Family Fun Field Day” on the school grounds.  Several neighborhood schools will be involved in hosting a neighborhood field day featuring games, races, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  The Family Fun Field day will begin at 10am with morning yoga by the Kali Yoga Studio, followed by a Zumba class by instructor Ashley Bacon-Ward. The school cafeteria will be transformed into an art center for families to enjoy the arts and crafts, and story time will take place on the hour in the newly renovated Tubman school library.

This year’s festival is going to be our best yet, and we hope to see you there.  Below you can find a complete schedule of events.  If you would like to volunteer for the event, please sign up here.


Street Festival Schedule – Stage lineup 

11:00-11:10   Opening of Festival
11:10-11:30   Zumba Class by instructor Ashley Bacon-Ward
11:35-11:55   Dance Performance by the Dance Institute of Washington
12:00-12:35   Harambee with Baba Ras D. (Children’s Performers) (Music)
12:45-1:20     Liz – The Singing Lizard (Music)
1:30-2:05       Pie Eating Contest
2:15-2:50       Akoma Drummers (West African Drum Troupe) (Music)
3:00-3:35       Tamika Love Jones (Jazz/R&B/Funk) (Music)
3:45-4:20       Rochelle Rice (Jazz/Blues) (Music)
4:30-5:05       Capoeira Demonstration
5:15-6:15       Justin Trawick (Music)


Festival Highlights

Adult Tricycle Race
Community Yoga & Zumba Classes
Face Painting
Family Fun Field
Gardening 101
Live Music & Dance Performances
Food by 11th Street Restaurants and local businesses!
Outdoor Movie Screening
Petting Zoo, Moon Bounce & a Dunk Tank
Pie Eating Contest by The Coupe


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10:00 am    Community Yoga by Kali Yoga Studio
12:00 pm    Family Fun Field Day Begins with 20+ Field Day Stations
12:00 pm    Arts & Crafts in the Tubman School Cafeteria (ongoing)
12:00 pm    Petting Zoo opens (closes at 4pm)
1:00 pm      Story Time in the Tubman School Library Begins (stories read every hour, on the hour)
2:00 pm      Gardening workshop
3:00 pm      Open house with Tubman School Principal, Amanda Delabar
7:00 pm      Outdoor Movie Screening (ET: The Extra Terrestrial)
9:00 pm      Family Fun Field Day Closes


All performances and activities are subject to change without prior notice.
Columbia Heights Day is a rain or shine event.

Other Activities

  • Check out dozen of local vendors
  • Screen print your own t-shirt with The Arcade
  • Learn how to fix your bike with The Bike House (12 to 3 pm)
  • Play bocce with DC Bocce
  • Plus, more to do all along 11th Street in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights Day – Saturday, October 11th

Columbia Heights Day is a fun, one day annual festival to celebrate our neighborhood. The festival highlights our local businesses and artists, and it has several activities to entertain people of all ages. Activities this year include: eating contests, local musicians, a dunk tank, face painters, and adult tricycle race, and family field fun day.

For more info: http://www.columbiaheightsday.org/

To volunteer: http://www.columbiaheightsday.org/volunteers/

Columbia Heights Carnival – Saturday, June 21st

The North Columbia Heights Civic Association (NCHCA) is putting on a neighborhood carnival in the Trolley Turnaround Park (11th & Monroe St NW) on Saturday, June 21st from 11am-3pm. There will be carnival games, face painting, food, and a clown for all to enjoy. Bring your kids, families and friends to enjoy a day of community summer fun in Columbia Heights! :)

We are in need of volunteers to help run this event, so if interested, please email brittany.kademian@gmail.com

Clean-Up and Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow!

On Saturday, April 19th, the NCHCA and the Friends of the Trolley Park are putting on two events for the community.

- from 10am-12pm, we are doing a neighborhood clean-up, with all supplies included!  Meet at the corner of 11th St NW and Monroe St NW (at the corner of the park) for the start of the clean-up.

- at 11:30am, there is a kids’ easter egg hunt in the Trolley Turnaround Park (11th & Monroe)!  All babies and kids up to 9 years old are welcome to participate; have them bring their own Easter baskets for this fun, free event.  Must be attended by parent or older sibling.  If you want to volunteer to help hide the eggs, come early, as they need volunteers! :)



April Meeting this Thursday at 6pm

We will have our NCHCA April meeting this Thursday, April 10th at 6pm, held at Coffy Cafe (3310 14th St NW).  We will discuss and plan out all of our upcoming events, including:

- neighborhood clean-up in April

- community yard sale and bike registration drive in May

- kids neighborhood carnival in June

All Columbia Heights residents are welcome to the meeting – please bring ideas of anything else you envision us doing to help the community! :)

NCHCA Spring/Summer Community Events

We have a bunch of great events planned for our community this spring/summer, starting with:

- Ward 1 Council Member Candidate Forum next Monday, March 10th at 7pm in the basement of Meridian Pint. Come on out to hear what candidates Jim Graham and Brianne Nadeau have to say about why they are running and what their plans are for improving our community before the primary on April 1st.

- DC At-Large Council Member Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 18th at 7pm at the Park Road Community Church (1019 Park Rd NW)

- Neighborhood Clean-Up on Saturday, April 19th

- Community Yard Sale & Bike Registration Drive on Saturday, May 17th

- Neighborhood Carnival in the Trolley Turnaround Park on Saturday, June 14th.

Hope to see you at one of these great events!  If interested in volunteering or helping to organize one of them, please contact us at brittany.kademian@gmail.com

3rd Annual Columbia Heights Halloween Extravaganza!

The North Columbia Heights Civic Association (NCHCA) and the friends of the Trolley Turnaround Park are teaming up to give you the Third Annual Columbia Heights Halloween Extravaganza*!  Be sure to drop by 11th Street, between Monroe and Kenyon, from 5-7 P.M.  on Thursday, October 31st for all the great events including: costume parades for kids and dogs, contests, holiday decorations, Halloween food and drink specials, and giveaways from local businesses.  All events are free - bring your kids, dogs, and friends!


Schedule of Events:5:00-5:30: Enchanted Costume Craft Workshop, Bloombars

5:30-5:50: Kids Costume Contest (giveaways), 11th and Monroe Trolley Turnaround Park

6:00-6:15: Dog Costume Parade, Columbia Heights Dog Park

6:00-7:00: Trick or Treating at 11th St Businesses, both sides of 11th between Monroe & Kenyon


Participating Businesses:

The Coupe:  giving out candy to kids via table outside; may give a prize to kids for costume contest.

Maple:  offering candy to kids via table on sidewalk.

Kangaroo Boxing Club (KBC):  offering candy to kids; drink special = pumpkin cocktail on menu for adults.

Meridian Pint:  giving out balloons out front to kids; other giveaways.

Red Rocks:  handing out goodies to kids; Halloween-themed drink specials for adults.

El Chucho:  handing out candy to kids.

Room 11:  giving out candy to kids, mini cupcakes to the adults, and warm cranberry-apple cider

Arthur’s: handing out candy to kids.

Claws & Paws:  handing out candy to kids.

Bloombars:  having enchanted costume crafts workshop.

Wonderland Ballroom: offering candy and a few small toys to kids via decorated table on sidewalk; food and drink specials.  Costume contest & DJ for adults later in the night.

*We are in need of volunteers for this event to help make it a success; if interested in volunteering, please email brittany.kademian@gmail.com


Last NCHCA Meeting of 2013 Tonight!


We will have our last NCHCA meeting tonight at The Coupe.  We will meet in the couch seating area at 7pm to discuss and plan upcoming Halloween events – our third annual Halloween Extravanagza of kids’ costume contest, costume parade, dog costume parade, and trick or treating up and down 11th St).  We need a lot of volunteers to help set-up/decorate the trolley turnaround park; manage the costume contests and awards; and act as crossing guards for kids going trick or treating to 11th St businesses.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Brittany at brittany.kademian@gmail.com

We will also open the floor to any suggestions of things to do for the community during the Fall/Winter months.  Hope to see you there!

Columbia Heights Dog Park Clean-Up

This Saturday, October 19th the NCHCA is sponsoring a clean-up of the Columbia Heights Dog Park at 11th St and Park Rd, NW.  We’ll be sweeping, scooping, raking, and collecting trash from 10am-2pm.  Thanks to a grant from ANC1A, we have purchased pet friendly fencing/barrier material so that we can repair the fence perimeter and prevent little dogs (or balls!) from escaping.  If the manpower is there, we’ll have topsoil and bark/mulch available to freshen up the tree boxes.  All other clean-up materials (bags, gloves, rakes, brooms, shovels) will be provided.

If you would like to volunteer, please email ANC1 Commissioner Pat Flynn at patrick.flynn@anc.dc.gov

As a thank you, Kangaroo Boxing Club (KBC) is offering a 15% off discounted brunch (or free drink) to all dog park clean-up volunteers.