Capitol Hill Kid Turns 1

It’s Capitol Hill Kid’s birthday!

Capitol Hill Kid is celebrating its first birthday. Now a toddler, Capitol Hill Kid is up on its feet and taking steps. The baby blog was born a year ago (actually March 27, but I was too tired to post yesterday). It sure has grown, and made a lot of friends, too.

If you’d like to show the Kid some birthday love, there is nothing it would like better than … Read the rest

Porch Happy Hour Is Happening Again, Tonight at 5

Councilmember Charles Allen invites you to hang out on your porch, balcony or stoop tonight at 5 p.m. to get to know your neighbors better. Reminder: Stay six feet away! Share photos with hashtag #Ward6HH.

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New Theme for Window Art Hunt: Flags

A new theme for the Capitol Hill Community Window Art Hunt has been announced: flags. Display flags starting tomorrow (Friday). Also, there is now a schedule of themes through April. See note from organizers below.

There has been a lot of interest in posting flags in our windows as a Window Art Hunt theme, so that is the one we are going to do next! Official “due date” is Friday March 27. 

You can post a national flag of personal significance to you, or

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News and Notes: City, Schools, Parks and Kids’ Activities

“Who Are the Helpers in Your Neighborhood?” Councilmember Allen will hold a Q&A for kids on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Here’s a roundup of news and notes about the city, schools, parks and kid activities.


  • The mayor announced last night a third death in DC due to coronavirus (COVID-19), a 75-year-old woman.
  • As of 7:30 p.m. last night, the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) data includes 48 new positive cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case
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Social Distance Diary, Day 10: “Homeschool” Hurdles

AJ talks to his teacher on Zoom on my laptop (which he isn’t usually allowed to touch).

I was feeling conflicted–grumpy, really–about technology-based distance learning for my 3-year-old.

This is the third installment of my Social Distance Diary. The purpose is to share, connect and record some of the details of these strange times. I’ll will keep this up regularly (not daily) for the duration.

But then we tried it today, and it was … Read the rest

Step Out Your Door and Smile: It’s the #FrontPorchDC Project

Photo by Holly Harper

Step out your door and smile: Holly Harper, a Hill mom and photographer, is taking portraits of families on their own front steps–from a very safe distance on the street–as part of her #FrontPorchDC project. Holly hopes to bring joy and connection to the community during this time of social isolation and will use 100 percent of money earned to support locally owned Hill businesses.

Photo by Holly Harper

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Mayor’s Briefing: First Day of Distance Learning, Equity Fund, Closing of Non-Essential Businesses: Updates

Did you hear? “Spring break” is over, and today is the first day of distance learning. At an 11 a.m. briefing today, Mayor Muriel Bowser talked about school resuming via distance learning and announced the DC Education Equity Fund,, an effort to meet students’ basic needs and provide internet access and devices during the COVID-19 outbreak. The mayor will issue an order to close non-essential businesses, like salons and barber shops. More guidance … Read the rest

Social Distance Diary, Day 8: A Preschool Version of “Pay It Forward”

“A Rainy Day Indoors” by AJ.

It was rainy, and we stayed inside all day. AJ looked longingly out the window at a family in colorful ponchos playing in the field despite the weather–bright spots of red, blue and pink against the gray/green background.

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A Clarification on DPR Dog Parks, Open Green Spaces; Online Kids’ Fitness Class and More

I just received a DPR Alert email that provides clarification on what is open and closed as far as parks and open spaces. Closed: Playgrounds, rec centers, gated parks and athletic fields. Open: Dog parks, skate parks, trails and open green spaces. Also of interest: There is a kids’ #FITDC class to broadcast on DCN weekdays at 3 p.m.

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