Dear Friend of BloomBars, Dear Bloom Family, Allow me to begin with an on-the-spot haiku: You are part of the/ community that grows and/ the space

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Dear Friend of BloomBars,

Dear Bloom Family,

Allow me to begin with an on-the-spot haiku:
You are part of the/ community that grows and/ the space that holds us.

We’re giving everyone who is interested an opportunity to have your words and sentiments become part of the physical home we create together.

This summer, we’ll be decorating the downstairs gallery wall with 10 haiku that reflect the theme “We Bloom” and capture some of the spirit and community of BloomBars. As you may know, haiku are three-line poems that follow a syllable count of 5-7-5.

To participate in the Bloomku haiku-a-thon, please post your haiku on Twitter [] and be sure to include both @BloomBars and #Bloomku for your haiku to be entered! Submissions will only be accepted via Twitter, with a deadline 11:59pm on June 7th. Individuals may submit up to 5 entries, which will then be narrowed down for public voting to select the 10 bloomiest of the bunch!

As we always say, “You Bloom… We Bloom.” If you’ve never tried your hand or heart at haiku before, we hope you’ll think of this as a chance to plant a seed!

Keep blooming,

Gowri Koneswaran []
Poetry Coordinator

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If you appreciate what we're doing with BloomU, please consider donating on behalf of parents and children in extra need of our compassion and support.

By donating online, you will automatically receive a receipt so you can deduct your charitable donation on your taxes.

Donate Today to Keep BloomBars Growing and YOU Blooming!

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Sunrise Cinema: June Edition

Sunday, June 3rd from 2:30 am - 6:00 am (Saturday night)

BloomBars opens its doors to prevent impaired drivers taking to the streets, and let night owls enjoy their evening for a bit longer so they don’t have to risk being on the road during the most dangerous time of the week. The audience selects the movies and we show them on the BloomBars big screen.

We request a donation of $10 to help us pay the bills, however, we will not turn anyone away for lack of funds – our goal is to provide a safe, calm place for people to relax so they aren’t risking their lives or others’ lives while on the road.

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The Garden Open Mic feat. THE MOON AND YOU (guest co-host: JOSEPH LMS GREEN)

Monday, June 4th

Sign-up starts at 8:30 pm

Performances begin at 9:00 pm

Poetry, music, comedy, storytelling and other special talents... we welcome material that is appropriate for all-ages, community-oriented, educating, advocating, appreciating and/or resuscitating.

Melissa Hussein Hyman and Ryan Gertrude Furstenberg haven’t lost their ability to write gripping, intelligent lyrics combined with innovative instrumentation. As The Moon and You, however, they employ a softer, sweeter sound that has delighted and warmed the hearts of audiences across the nation.

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BloomScreen and Citizens Climate Lobby present: Climate Refugees

Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 pm

Climate Refugees - "The Human Face of Climate Change" (2010, 95 min), by Michael P. Nash - investigates the forced migration of millions world-wide, due to droughts, sea level rise, mass floods or other climatically induced environmental change.

These disasters are causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington DC.

After the film, please join Yiming of Citizens Climate Lobby DC and Davina Wadley of the Climate Displacement Program at Refugees International for a film and a discussion that looks at a phenomenon that many are calling the greatest challenge mankind will ever face.


Wednesday Meditation Group Hosts Guest Speaker

Come learn about the ancient energy healing technique of Pranashakti Mahavidya

We have been fortunate lately to have so many wonderful guest speakers! Next Wednesday, June 6th, BloomBars will be hosting Guruji Sri Yogacharya Arun Kumarji.

Guruji Sri Yogacharya Arun Kumarji is a master and teacher of yogic sciences and a Senior Consultant of Yoga and Meditation for the Apollo Hospitals Group in Chennai, India and is a wellness consultant for many corporations. He has trained thousands of people from all-walks of life from all religious, linguistic backgrounds and nationalities. He has also trained many national and international cricketers. He has conducted various workshops and courses on Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Siddha Kundalini Yoga, Spiritual Healing, Siddha Healing, Shambhavi Healing, Shivyog Healing, Srividya Healing, Crystal Healing, Past-life Regression, Pranic Healing, Reiki, Magnified Healing, Melchizedec Method, Breath Healing, Om therapy, and Tibetan Yogic Techniques such as Fountain of Youth and Kumnye. He has helped thousands of patients suffering from various types of problems including Cancer, AIDS, Cardiac Problems, Nervous problem, Diabetes, Asthma, Digestive problems, back and neck problems.

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HARAMBE with Baba Ras D Every Saturday and Monday (And now Thursday starting June 7th) at 10am - .

HARAMBE Adds a New Day: Thursdays at 10am Starting June 7th

HARAMBE every Monday and Saturday at 10:00am to 10:45am

If you've had the opportunity to take your little one to HARAMBE, you'd easily comprehend its busting-at-the-seems growth - and not just in terms of our expansion to three days a week. No, it's an 18-month old holding up a peace sign singing "pass the peace." Or a two-year-old finding the confidence to sing into a microphone and sit next to Baba playing the drums to the rhythm. It's parents and caregivers meeting and befriending other parents and caregivers, scheduling play dates. It's infants greeting each other with hugs, and offering a shaker to share. HARAMBE and BloomBars are growing a compassionate community. Come join us. Recommended for ages 6 months to 6 years. Parental consent required.


Tanzanian Dance Workshop by Msafiri Zawose

Friday, June 8th at 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Msafiri Zawose will give a workshop at BloomBars to demonstrate the traditional music, instruments, and dance of the Bagamoyo community in Tanzania. You especially will learn the steps of Gogo (not DC Go-Go!) dance.

Msafiri Zawose founded Art Promoters Foundation in 2006 in his Tanzanian community as a way to keep alive traditional Gogo music in the Bagamoyo community. All funds raised to support the foundation are used to sponsor music lessons, instrument making materials, and transportation to participate in educational music workshops, as well as dance/music festivals in Tanzania.

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Msafiri Zawose | Traditional African Gogo Music and Dance

Friday, June 8th at 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Join us after the workshop to listen and dance to traditional Tanzanian Gogo!

Tanzanian musician, Msafiri Zawose, is the son of the late Dr. Hukwe Ubi Zawose, a prominent musician who travelled around the globe under Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. Msafiri is touring solo, performing the traditional musicof the Gogo tribe, playing malimba (thumb piano), zeze (similar to West African Kora), and other traditional instruments.


BloomTV: The Making of A "Giant" Mural

As a part of the North Columbia Height's Civic Association's, "Great Day of Service," The Columbia Height Community Marketplace teamed up with BloomBars to coordinate and curate a mural project at Giant Foods in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Artists Aniekan Udofia, Johnnie "Monk" Bess, and Charles Jean-Pierre, created an inspiring work of art, painting free hand with acrylic paints, which reflects the values and diversity of Columbia Heights. The work is both reminder and celebration that we are all interconnected and share the same space and natural resources as a thriving community.

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Watch the story of Chuck Brown's Mural on Fox 5

BloomBars Ambassador Charles Jean-Piere Creates Chuck Brown Tribute Mural With DC Middle School Students

Courtesy of Fox 5

It has been almost one week since the death of "The Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown. Students from MacFarland Middle School in Petworth are already creating a masterpiece in his honor. They have taken over the giant outside wall at Sweet Mango Cafe on Georgia Avenue.

"When we proposed the idea to them, the answer wasn't 'Yes.' It was 'When are you going to get started?'" says teacher and artist Charles Jean-Pierre.

And it wasn't long before the speakers were set up - blasting Chuck Brown tunes and the paintbrushes were dancing.

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BloomBars' Samba Baby In The Washington Post Express

An article in The Washington Post Express introduces readers to a variety of unique kids' dance classes in the area, and BloomBars is proud to be on the list! Zezeh Zax's Wednesday morning Samba Baby class is described as teaching samba basics while keeping an emphasis on having fun.

“We have to teach the kids more that it’s OK for them to be themselves, to dance however they want to dance, and they should be happy and enjoy,” says Zax, who peppers the 45-minute class with Portuguese words for the body parts she’s moving.

Interested in joining the fun? Read the full article and come join us for Samba Baby every Wednesday at 10am!

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Best of DC Best Bestowed on BloomBars by Washington City Paper

In case you missed the news, we won the Washington City Paper’s “Best Of DC 2012” Reader’s Poll for “Best Arts and Culture Nonprofit!” We were super psyched to receive the honor, and humbled by all the congrats and amens that followed. As we said last week, it is great to receive recognition for the magical growth we've been incubating, but our focus is on serving YOU and your potential - and having lots of fun doing it! You Bloom. We Bloom.

In case you missed it, we've received some media sunshine from...

CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, WUSA9-TV, NBC4, Works & Conversations, DCist, 356 Things to Do in DC, Street Sense, The GW Hatchet, THE HILLTOP, and On Tap.

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Volunteer Opportunities at BloomBars

ALERT - IT'S A PAINT PARTY!!! TOMORROW Noon to 4pm -- WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! (Bring a brush, or not)

As a startup, we rely on the passion and commitment of our volunteers to operate our organization, ensuring the performances and classes you enjoy will continue every single week. BloomBars volunteers have created an invaluable network of artists, activists and professionals through their work with us!

Currently we are looking for these key volunteer roles:

Videographers/Video Editors - To help us capture the magic and broadcast to the world!
Project Leaders - We've got so much going on inside and outside BloomBars we need folks to take a lead and a leap of faith
Greeters - aka the person you meet at the front door who welcomes you to BloomBars
Music Bookers - Help us get our scheduled filled with inspiring music events!
Sound Engineer - aka the silent musician who sits up in the Bloom Sound Boat and tries to make sweet music sound sweet.
Graphic Designers - gosh, where do we start...let's just leave it at there is a great need.
Bloggers - Come to an event, tell us what you think!

As always, if you have the time and passion to volunteer with us but do not fit in the above roles, please email us at! Include your availability and what area of expertise you think would help grow BloomBars further.

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Salon Contra: Red Line D.C.

When: Tuesday, June 5th from 7-9pm



Location will be emailed after you RSVP.

Red Line D.C. | In Washington, D.C., the most accessible art form isn't in the museums, it's on the metro. And nowhere within the city's subway system can you see more art on the walls than on the Red line train between Union Station and Silver Spring. The ride along this outdoor segment of the Red line is a showcase of various works done illegally by graffiti writers. Large, colorful, boisterous, tags brandishing the names of unknown assailants. Now, with the introduction of the Metro-Branch Trail, commissioned murals have emerged within this storied graffiti. How do everyday commuters see the shifting view outside their window? And what does it represent about the city? Red Line D.C. is a transmedia exploration of what happens when public space, public art and public transportation intersect.

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The DC Premiere of Puerto Rico...¡fuá!

Puerto Rico...¡fuá!, the most popular Puerto Rican musical of all time by Carlos Ferrari, will have its DC Premiere at GALA from June 7 through July 1, 2012. Directed by Luis Caballero from Puerto Rico, this lively production is performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Puerto Rico...¡fuá! is a hilarious take on the island’s most notorious times in history. An instant hit when it first opened in Puerto Rico in 1974, this satirical musical spins tales from the taíno natives, to foreign invaders, to the ups and downs of contemporary life on the Enchanted Island.

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__Using Art To Re-Frame History__

If you have seen a small white sign in Cherokee and the surrounding area, proclaiming in the Cherokee syllabary and in English, “We are still here,” then you have seen the latest work by artist Jeff Marley. The signs are part of a larger project that he hopes will create a new conversation about history and Native peoples.

One of Marley's signs is displayed at Judacilla Rock. Marley has been working as an artist for almost 20 years. His latest work with the signs represents a dramatic shift away from the more traditional painting and drawing he is known for. “Art is a tool for change, it doesn’t always have to hang on the wall or sit on a shelf.”

“My goal for this project is to reframe how we think about and question our history,” said Marley. “Instead of seeing history as something static and inactive, history is something that is created each day; it is participatory by nature.” Continue reading...

Courtesy: Cherokee One Feather

Bloom for Thought is a weekly feature, usually an article, that we feel is worth pause and deeper pondering

:: about BloomBars ::

BloomBars is working to inspire and unite communities through the arts. Our goal is to help foster personal and collective growth, and cultivate a legion of artists to be the catalyst for community transformation across the globe. BloomBars is a safe space for creative expression, honest conversation, personal health and wellness, and entertainment in a rich cultural environment. We redefine the perception of a bar, and provide a space for a multi-generational community to gather in an alcohol-free environment.

BloomBars hosts a wide variety of arts classes for people of all ages and experience levels. Every day of the week, professional instructors lead community members in dance, theater, visual arts, music, poetry, and film.

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