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Don’t miss the last installment of the Summer Films in the Park series presented by Mt. Pleasant Mainstreet. The curtain will go up on the final film of the summer at 9pm on Saturday in Lamont Park, featuring The Goonies. The movie will be in English with Spanish subtitles. Everyone had a great time at the last movie night, so make sure you’re in on the fun before you have to wait until next summer for another outdoor, bilingual, cinematic experience!

Main Street is also looking for volunteers 30 minutes before and after the movie. Email Rebecca at rebecca@mtpmainstreet.org. We did it last time and its a great way to get to know your neighbors.

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We’re smack dab at the height of tomato season, Kids! What a great reason to head over to the Farmer’s Market to choose from no fewer than eight different varieties of luscious, vine-ripened goodies (as well as some fresh, homemade sauce from the Quaker Valley Farm stand). Also new from Quaker Valley this week: red and yellow seedless watermelons and white and green cantaloupes. AND there are enough varieties of potatoes available to keep you knee deep in exotic spuds until Labor Day!

Interestingly, Truck Patch Farms has something available called “chocolate and pineapple mint.” Now I’m not sure if those are two different kinds of mint, one crazy kind of mint, or they are just missing punctuation so they actually have chocolate, pineapple, and mint, but believe you me, I’ll be checking it out.

Richfield Farm is looking for help at their stand during the morning rush, so let them know if you’re interested in community focused employment (or better, volunteering)!! Better get there early to help out, I’m sure there will be some farm fresh produce in it for you!

Note: We’re so sorry we’ve been slightly remiss about keeping you updated these past few weeks, but we pledge to do better. Stay tuned for upcoming posts about: breakfast at Don Jaime’s, late-night Bibim Bab at Adam Express, and a full review of Ramona’s Day Spa!

On Friday: We spotted a film crew shooting driving scenes for the television show Bones.  Though the show is mainly filmed in Los Angeles, the story takes place in Washington, DC, and one of the characters is purported to live above Sportsman’s Liquors, necessitating the Mt. Pleasant filming.

On Saturday: We picked up tomatos, basil, fresh-cut flowers, and free-range pork from the farmers market before heading over to Ramona’s Day Spa for excellent pedicures (details to follow).  At night, there were a whopping four of us at the Intercambio at Dos Grigos (which, at a 100% increase of last week’s two, is pretty excellent progress).

Don’t forget to go support a local business and Mt. Pleasant Mainstreet tonight at Haydee’s! The excitement is from 6pm to midnight at 3102 Mt. Pleasant Street. Burritos for everyone!!

We have incredible news! The Mt. Pleasant Community Garden is up and running! The garden was organized by community activist Rachell Williams, who attended PTA meetings at Bancroft Elementary and lobbied the school for permission to build the garden on school grounds. Permission she received, and today six plots line Mt. Pleasant Street north of Newton.

Together with Lee Cain, an Environmental Educator for the Anacostia Watershed Society, Rachell hoed, dug up rocks, and built the terraced gardens. The wood that encases each plot was generously donated by Community Forklift, an organization that recycles salvaged building materials. The wood is all organic, beneficial for gardens to keep contaminants away from the growing plants. The entire garden, in fact, is organic and eco-friendly, Rachell even hopes to install rain barrels on the side of the school to catch runoff to be used to water the plants.

Rachell opened the garden first to Bancroft parents and neighbors in the immediate area and many were interested, so all of the six existing plots are claimed. There is, however, plenty of room for garden expansion. Rachell plans to build several more plot as well as a communal herb garden at the top of the hill. Each plot is $25, which covers only the cost of the materials (like nails and mulch) used to build the garden. And although Rachell is willing to help, interested individuals must be willing to get their hands dirty in the plot construction process.

If you’re interested in having your own plot in the Mt. Pleasant Community Garden, or you just want to volunteer to help, email Rachell at RachellWill@gmail.com. (Also email her to tell her how much you want to attend a garden grand opening party. I’m going to make deviled eggs.)

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 22, Haydee’s is hosting a fundraiser to benefit our favorite neighborhood association, Mt. Pleasant Mainstreet.  Between the hours of 6pm and 12am, Haydee’s will generously donate a portion of their proceeds to MPMS.  Come out and support the organization that brings you our weekly farmers markets, the summer films series, and numerous other great community events.  And definitely try the fajitas burrito, it’s Courtney’s favorite.

MPMS Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 22, 6pm-midnight
Haydee’s Restaurant
3102 Mt. Pleasant St.
Washington, DC 20010
202-483-9199

Tomorrow morning brings the 200th day of the year, the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, and yet another installment of our favorite outdoor green market extravaganza — the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market.

This will likely be your last chance to pick up the season’s final sour cherries, but don’t get down, there will be plenty to fill the void. The market will provide a sneak peek of the late summer fruit that is just starting to arrive, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and blackberries.

Of course, all of the usual suspects will be there: the bread guy, the cheese guy, the herb guy (who also has free-range pork and eggs), and the rest of the customary fruit and vegetable hawkers. Also (and very importantly) available: peach pie, my favorite.

It’s going to be a scorcher, so make sure you get to Lamont Park early to pick up that watermelon to enjoy by the pool once the sun hits high noon. We’ll see you there (the market AND the pool… invite us to the pool, dammit!)

Or “Venez aux Dos Gringos!”  How about “來到英美人士!”?  (That’s Chinese, if it’s wrong blame babelfish, not me.)  

If you understood any of the above beckonings, then you speak a foreign language.  Good for you, you smart, worldly person.  And guess what?  This Saturday (and every Saturday), you have a chance to practice that language with other Mt. Pleasant residents. 

Dos Gringos is hosting what they call an Intercambio, an informal get together where attendees can practice their Spanish, French, Chinese, or Vietnamese, the main four languages spoken in Mt. Pleasant.  The restaurant managers will put us into groups by language, give us a topic, sell us fantastic sandwiches, and let the converstation fly. 

Don’t worry if you only speak a little bit of a language.  This is completely informal, so no one will make fun of you (to your face).  The multi-lingual fun starts at 6pm and lasts as long as you’d like to stay.  Come join us this Saturday so I can ask all of you how you are in Spanish (since that’s pretty much all I can remember) and Courtney can dust off her semi-fluent “I lived in Paris for a semester” French.    

Intercambio at Dos Gringos
Saturday, July 19, 6-9pm
3116 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

DCist and The Examiner are reporting a surge in rapes in the District that MPD is now attributing to one offender.  In the latest in a series of four similar cases, a woman was raped in her home in Mt. Pleasant.  On Thursday around 4am, a young Hispanic man broke into her home on 18th and Park Road, the woman reported, raped her and stole some of her belongings.

Though this case may not be related to the previous three, the police see strong enough similarities to consider the possibility of a serial rapist.  The reports of these three earlier rapes occured on May 16, May 25, and June 26.  In each case, the man broke into the woman’s home in the early morning hours.  None of the women report having known their attacker, which makes this offender especially dangerous. 

This attacker is still on the loose, so please, be safe.  The women are not aware of exactly how the intruder entered their homes, so it is important, despite the nice weather, to keep doors and windows locked, particularly at night.

It was a beautiful Saturday night in Lamont Park, where community members gathered to enjoy a night of local business fun, music, games, and Shrek, all brought to you by Mt. Pleasant Mainstreet.  Volunteers from Think Local First (a GREAT organization we’ll tell you about in more detail at a later date) were on hand to educate consumers about the benefits of supporting local businesses.  July happens to be “Independents Month,” a time for community members to pledge their support by buying local whenever possible, so the Think Local First gang was busy campaigning away for their great cause.  

Father/son jazz duo Franko Jazz provided musical entertainment before the movie.  The movie, despite earlier advertisements, ended up being in English with Spanish subtitles instead of vice-versa, but we’re not complaining.  We were a little worried about some of the funnier inuedo getting lost in translation.  The crowd, young and old, heartily enjoyed both the music and the movie.  (Of course! Who doesn’t love Shrek?  Or teenage jazz drummers??) 

Missed this one?  Don’t worry!  Join us for the next film in the series, The Goonies (in English with Spanish subtitiles) at 9pm on August 9th.  (Don’t worry, e-friends, we’ll remind you again closer to the date.)

Note: Sadly, we don’t have any pictures of Films in the Park.  Do you?  Send them our way and we promise to give you a very special, Local Business-related prize we have yet to decide upon. 

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