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The revitalization of H Street continues with the recent debut of the H Street Martini Lounge, which celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 14. The lounge is now making an effort to reach out to the community that has given it a home.

On Wednesday, the lounge staff is hosting “Neighbors Night Out” for H Street denizens. As part of the event, the lounge is offering complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m., in addition to $5 fresh fruitini martinis all night.

The lounge is composed of two floors, each offering a different atmosphere. According to the lounge’s Web site, the bottom floor offers the visitor a lounging experience, while the top floor features live jazz entertainment. The menu includes a variety of martinis, as well as nonalcoholic drinks and appetizers.

The H Street Martini Lounge is located at 1236 H St. NE. For further information, call (202) 397-3333.

Theological Union Honors House Chaplain

The Washington Theological Union honored the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin last week with its Distinguished Service Award for his “achievement in the integration of theology and public life.”

Coughlin, who has served as Chaplain for the House of Representatives since March 2000, was recognized Wednesday for his work at the parish level and in government.

“In his position as chaplain, Fr. Coughlin has melded and molded theology, ministry and public life,” Interim President the Rev. John Burkhard said in a press release.

Coughlin is the first Roman Catholic priest to serve as chaplain in the House. Prior to his work there, he led parishes in the Chicago area. He also worked with missionaries in India.

Acadiana Plans Second Po’ Boy Fundraiser

If you weren’t able to make it to Acadiana, D.C.’s new Louisiana-themed restaurant, for its Po’ Boy Power fundraiser last month, you have another chance.

The second installment of Po’ Boy Power will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant, located at 901 New York Ave. NW. D.C. chefs will join forces with Louisiana politicians, including Rep. Charlie Melancon (D), former Sen. John Breaux (D) and former Reps. Lindy Boggs (D) and Bob Livingston (R), to assemble po’ boys, the classic Louisiana-style sandwich.

The cost is $25, and all proceeds will be divided between Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Program, which will benefit Louisiana farmers directly, and the Louisiana Economic Culture Foundation, recently established by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, who will be on hand with his staff to enjoy the po’ boys.

The first installment of Po’ Boy Power raised more than $27,000 for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
— Tom Gottlieb, Elizabeth Brotherton and Amy Carlile

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