2021 North Woodside Dog Scavenger Hunt

At long last, the updated North Woodside Doggie Directory, featuring 33 fine neighborhood furry (and one not-so-furry) friends, is ready to be unveiled!  North Woodside residents may request a copy by email.

The dogs — of many ages, sizes, types and colors — have traveled from near and far (in one case, as far away as Kosovo) to live in North Woodside. One recently moved with his humans to the neighborhood, and another will be moving away soon (so try spotting him while you still can!).  There are four pairs of “doggie doubles” (dogs who live in the same household) and many rescue dogs, including a rather sedentary one.

Now for the fun….

Between now and June 21, 2021 (not quite the “dog days of summer”, but the beginning of summer, nevertheless), neighbors of all ages are invited to participate in the 2021 North Woodside Doggie Scavenger Hunt. 

Directions

  • Record the name and home street of each dog you spot in the neighborhood. Note:  You may not include canine members of your own household, but the more you walk them the more likely other neighbors will spot them!  Put a star next to all dogs spotted who are listed in the Doggie Directory.  These will be worth bonus points.
  • Keep track of how many times you spot each dog. Note: Maximum of one tally per walk (i.e. if you encounter the same dog twice during a walk, you may count them only once; but if you encounter them once during a morning walk and once during an evening walk, you may count them twice.) “Per walk” refers to the dog’s walk and/or your walk, if applicable; it is fine to sit in front of your house and record the dogs that pass by!
  • Submit your final tallies by June 21 to be eligible for prizes, and to allow the prize-winning dogs and amount raised for a local dog rescue organization to be determined.  The nature of this scavenger hunt is that dog sightings of any quantity will count toward determining the dog winners and final donation amount — so all are encouraged to submit their tallies, regardless of how many or few dogs spotted.  

Would you like a handy dandy dog tallying sheet? Email the organizer to receive one.

Prizes and awards for: the human neighbors who spot the most dogs, the most-spotted dog, the most-spotted dog listed in Doggie Directory, and more! 

BONUS: All dogs spotted will help raise funds for a local dog rescue organization!

Dogs have helped many get through this past pandemic year. Let’s give some love to one or more local organizations that have been working hard to find rescued dogs loving homes, e.g. Knine Rescue (“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”).  Feel free to suggest others.

For starters, for every dog spotted 25 cents will be donated. But if enough pledges come in, we may be able to raise this amount.  You may pledge: a specific amount or an increase in the amount donated per dog spotted.  If your contribution is in honor of a dear canine companion, living or deceased, please note.

Questions? Want to make a pledge?
Email the organizer

Have a WOOF-iful time spotting and getting acquainted with the dogs (and their humans) of the neighborhood!

A few of the many you might get lucky to spot…

2021 North Woodside Graduation Parade

The 2020 North Woodside Graduation Parade proceeds up Hanover St. Photo by Rebecca Doran

The 2021 North Woodside Graduation parade took place on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Kids graduating or being promoted – all levels – participated, most traveling in decorated cars, with two riding bicycles. The parade started at Woodlin and ended at the parking lot across from Sniders (see parade route below).

Thanks to Heather Lair for organizing!

Took any good photos of the parade? Please email them to NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Flat Tire-Repair Workshops

A flat tire is one of the most common mishaps that can occur while riding a bike. A piece of metal, glass, or even a thorn can end an otherwise enjoyable ride. I am offering a free hands-on workshop to show you how to repair a flat tire while on the road or trail. At the end of the two-hour session you will know how to remove a damaged wheel, identify the cause of the flat, locate the puncture, repair the inner tube, and what basic tools you should carry to take care of such an emergency. All materials, including patches, cement, practice tubes, and written step-by-step instructions will be provided.

Sessions will be limited to two participants, ages 16 and up, and will be held outdoors on my deck with plenty of spacing between us. Masks will be required. Bring your bikes to practice removing a wheel and mounting it when the repair is completed. We will practice patching a puncture on inner tubes that I provide. I plan to hold these sessions through the spring and summer. If interested, please contact me to schedule our workshop.

–Manuel Vera

Kudos to Manuel who has serviced a whopping 98 bikes for free since April 2020 and fixed up and given away 32 donated bikes!

For more information about Manuel’s bike tune up services and bike donation project:

A pandemic project: Fixing up bicycles and giving them away free
by John Kelly, Washington Post, May 4, 2021

NPR: Retiree Finds Purpose Restoring Unwanted Bikes, Gives Them Away
NPR, Morning Edition, May 6, 2021

Get Ready to Order: Food Trucks!

The local food scene has gotten a big boost, thanks to Debra Zatz who has begun organizing monthly food truck visits to the neighborhood. On March 20, Timber Pizza set up shop on Glen Ross, selling a whopping 210 pizzas in just a few hours. On April 16, Seoul Spice delivered 42 orders, and on May 4, Hangry Panda delivered 43 orders.

Next up:

May 18: Pakos
May 26: Money Muscle
May 31: Call Your Mother
June 1: Timber Pizza
June 11: Little Sesame
June 17: Little Serow
June 22: Puddin’
June 30: PhoWheels
July 5: Call Your Mother (9am-1pm)
July 6: Mina’s Tamales
July 10: Timber Pizza
July 13: Muchas Gracias
July 17: Money Muscle
July 21: Shouk
July 27: pop-up poutine and patisserie (5-7:30pm)
August 1: Queen’s English
August 5: Little Sesame
August 12: Bund Up
August 25: Timber Pizza
September 14: Silver and Sons 
September 23: Little Serow
September 24: Cipollo Rossa
September 30: pop up patisserie 
October 7: Silver and Sons
October 14: Little Sesame
October 20: Timber Pizza

Many of the upcoming food trucks will offer both pre-orders and walk ups between 4-8 pm. For more details, stay tuned to the listserv or join the North Woodside Eats (Facebook)

NWCA Board Meetings

NWCA Board Meetings have been virtual for the past year. See you on zoom!


The first meeting of the year had record attendance and a full agenda. Stay tuned to this website for information about future meetings. All neighbors are welcome to attend. To request the zoom link and/or minutes of the last meeting, contact the NWCA Secretary. Minutes will also be posted in a folder in the neighborhood listserv’s file section.

Historical Maps of North Woodside

North Woodside in 1929. Source of Map: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Some links to a bunch of historical maps that show North Woodside in its younger days  (zoom in just above the northern tip of DC to where it says “Woodside”)

  • 1891 (year after our neighborhood was established)
  • 1893 (shows the neighborhood lies ~7.5 miles from White House)
  • 1917 (shows bridge that preceded the historic Talbot Avenue Bridge, built in 1918 and demolished in 2019) Note: if you live in one of the oldest houses in the neighborhood you should be able to find your house on this one.
  • 1918
  • 1924
  • 1929 (#1)
  • 1929 (#2) Note: many more neighbors should be able to find their houses on this one — particularly those living in bungalows and Sears Kit houses on Grace Church, Hanover, Glen Ross, Luzerne, and 2nd.

So interesting to imagine what this area looked like back then. Very little development and no Beltway yet!

New! Neighborhood Gardening Group

North Woodside now has a gardening interest group! You might ask, why create a group now, months before the next growing season? Well, I say why not? In the midst of winter, why not get our imaginations and our green thumbs itching to grow prize-winning tomatoes! Or find out why a particular crop (e.g., my potatoes) had a low yield last year? The North Woodside Gardening group exists so that all gardeners (novice and experts) can learn, share ideas, get advice, and (most importantly) grow relationships within the community.

Who can join? Anyone on the NWCA listserv who is interested in gardening is welcome! Our gardens appear as various types, planted in the ground or in pots or planters. Some may grow plants for fundraising, as a hobby, or for food. Some might be interested in the naturalistic approach by planting native flora and herbs to attract butterflies and birds. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please go to the NWCA subgroup and follow directions to subscribe.

— Glenn Santos

Inauguration Eve Luminary Display

Luminaries line 2nd Avenue on January 19, 2021

In response to the U.S. Capitol attacks and the Inauguration Committee’s Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial, Scott Vicary organized a neighborhood display of luminaries (brown paper bags with LED tea light candles inside). He envisioned them as a symbol of community solidarity in honoring lives lost, a lighted path to a better era, and a step toward healing.

Well over 50 households participated, including all those along Glenridge Rd. and Rookwood Rd. As neighbors lit their luminaries, 400 lights were lit along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to represent the 400,000 lives lost in the U.S., a grim number reached that day.

Black Lives Matter Vigil

The Black Lives Matter Vigil continues every Friday, rain or shine. North Woodside and Woodside neighbors stood there on Christmas Day 2020 and New Year’s Day 2021 (during a cold downpour). And nearly 30 people, a vigil record, showed up on the Friday after the attack on the U.S. Capitol and racist vandalism marked cars in Woodside. The following week the most enthusiastic honker was a woman who works in the White House, just down the road.

For those who attend weekly, the event has provided a meaningful way to meet neighbors and match masked faces with names from the listserv. All are welcome!

Update (October 2021): The Black Lives Matter Vigil has concluded and may resume at a later date. For more information, contact the organizer.