The Week Ahead… & The Samaritans of Eastern Market Metro Park

Lolita Johnson at left started serving free lunch to all comers once a month in the Eastern Market Metro Park as a personal act of kindness.  She is pictured here with her is her mother, Janice Johnson, and friend, Christina Brown. 

The Samaritans of Eastern Market Metro Park

Every fourth Saturday Lolita Johnson and her family and friends set up free lunch for all comers in Eastern Market Plaza Park on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Johnson says that last September she was religiously inspired to set up a prayer tent and offer lunch one day a month and to locate it here.  She has been doing it every month since then.  She pays the $300-400 monthly cost out of pocket with the help of contributions from work friends and church members.  She says, “I don’t make that much money, and when I started I didn’t know how I was going to pay for this. But the money just came”.  The lunch is her individual effort – it is not sponsored by a church, though she worships at All Nations Worship Assembly in Baltimore.  Her mother, Janice Johnson, belongs to the First Baptist Church in Glendale, Maryland.  Her friend, Christina Brown, belongs to the National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Johnson says, “When I get a better paying job, I can do more”.  About 60 people stop for lunch on a typical Saturday.  Johnson adds, “They don’t have to be homeless.  Anybody can stop by for food, prayer, or if they just want to talk.”

The Week Ahead… & American Legion Post 8 Fundraiser on Saturday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, February 24

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee Meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

1387 North Carolina Avenue, NE.  Public Space Application – to permit a fence over 42 inches high.

Development of questions to be addressed to DDOT Director Marootian at March 12, 2020 ANC 6A meeting.

The Hill East Taskforce meets at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1900 Independence Avenue, SE.


Discussion of why DC agencies and councilmembers are refusing to talk with the Hilleast community.

Tuesday, February 25

ANC6B Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center to set the agenda for next month’s meeting of the ANC on March 10 in Hill Center..

Wednesday, February 26

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee will meet a 7:00pm in the North Hall of Eastern Market, located at the corner of 7th and North Carolina. 

Among items on the agenda:

DGS Performance Oversight Meeting on February 27, 2020.

DGS Budget hearing April 2, 2020.

Update on the Strategic/Business Plan, Scott Betz.

Report of the Market Manager.

Status of Lease negotiations

Winter Operations Update

Marketing and advertising

Market Budget expenditures

Status of the signage

Status of the security measures

Testimony on DGS Performance

Tenant’s Council Report

Capital Improvements Report

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Update

Saturday, February 29

Musical celebration and fundraiser at American Legion Auxiliary, Post 8, 6:00pm, at 3rd and D Street, SE, to benefit the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Music Therapy Program.

The Capitol Hill American Legion Auxiliary is rolling out the red carpet for two local veterans who recently went to Nashville.  Each came back with an original song they wrote with a professional songwriter and recorded as part of Operation Song.  This workshop program in Music City, U.S.A., has as its mission “to empower veterans, active duty military, and their families to tell their stories through the process of songwriting.”  The Operation Song organization has welcomed those who’ve served in war and peace, “bringing them back one song at a time,” as its motto says.  So far more than 750 songs have been created, helping veterans to express and transform often painful experiences.  Former U.S. Army officer Calvin Tildon’s song, “My Happy to be Alive Day,” tells his story of combat in Vietnam.  John Fay became a U.S. Marine right out of high school in the late 1950s, and called his song “Squared Me Away.”

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the formal program, including musical performances by “Veterans in Harmony”, starting at 7 p.m.  Gourmet nibbles and a specialty cocktail will be served.  The Capitol Hill community is invited to attend and enjoy a fun musical evening.  The suggested donation is $10 and 100% of proceeds going to benefit the DC VA Music Therapy Program.   Tickets at the door, or buy online here.

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  1. Liz

    This is a great story, Larry