4th Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

Begun in 2018, the Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk is an annual local community event that weaves together neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. All are welcome! Come join us in shining our lights in the darkness, promoting unity over division, remembering the past and taking steps toward a brighter future…

WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2021 (Rain date: Sunday, November 14, 2021 )
Gather at 5:15pm, Lantern Walk will commence at 5:30pm

WHERE: 4th Avenue and Hanover Street (North Woodside)
to Talbot Avenue and Lanier Road (Lyttonsville), via Brookville Road
See below for three different ways to participate
View route

BRING: Warm clothing, a lantern, and a bell to ring, if you have one
Any type of lantern will do, from a tea light candle in a glass jar to something more elaborate, either handmade or store-bought. You can find many ideas online. If you have the time and energy, you are encouraged to get creative!  Extra lanterns and tea light candles will be available for anyone who needs them.

For more information, any event updates, and to RSVP for this event visit:
bit.ly/TABLanternWalk

Questions? Contact the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee (consisting of Lyttonsville, North Woodside, and Rosemary Hills residents): talbotavenuebridgecommittee@gmail.com

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

1) Join for the whole lantern walk.  As the route is again not a loop, as in previous years, this means that North Woodside residents will need to walk back or have someone pick them up in Lyttonsville.

2) Join for a portion of the lantern walk.  For example, some North Woodside residents could join for the portion that goes through the neighborhood (e.g. 4th Ave -> Warren St/A Wider Circle)

3) Watch the lantern walk pass by.  Neighbors who live along the route can come out of their homes to watch, wave, and hold a candle or lantern of their own in solidarity.  Neighbors who live elsewhere can come stand along the lantern walk route and do the same.

Safety Precautions: Any young children who participate should be closely supervised by adults. And all participants are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time, so we have a good sense of expected numbers and can adjust safety precautions accordingly.

Video of the inaugural Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk (2018):

Labor Day Block Party 2021

For 30-odd years Luzerne Avenue has had a Labor Day Block Party to which the rest of the neighborhood was invited. 

Some years not much happened; some years there was a bouncy house, baking contests, face painting, fire truck tours, and lots more.

This year, due to various reasons (including the pandemic), the block party has been scaled down to a street closure between 2-8pm on Monday, September 6, 2021.

It will give neighbors on Luzerne Avenue a day of rest from traffic, and everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to wander over and take a stroll on the street.

There will be sidewalk chalk out (want to contribute to a block-long art project to greet the school buses on Tuesday?)

At very least it will turn Luzerne Ave. into a day-long pedestrian walkway. Neighbors welcome to expand the festivities.

Anyone up for organizing water balloons? If so, email the neighborhood listserv for neighbors willing to provide a hose. And if any musicians want to give an impromptu concert, go for it!

UPDATE: The Luzerne Avenue Block Party PARADE has been resurrected!!🎉 At 3pm on Monday all kids (on or off bikes, scooters, wagons etc) interested in parading should line up at Luzerne and 2nd just before 3pm (Don’t be late!). Leashed dogs are also invited and we love to see decorations on both bikes and dogs!

After the parade stay and play in the closed street. And if you’re not interested in parading, come on over to Luzerne to spectate, meet some neighbors, and get your bike tuned.

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