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Calling All Cooks and Bakers for the Penn Branch Recipe Project!


We need your recipes for the Penn Branch Community Cookbook

The PBCA Board is putting together a Penn Branch Community Cookbook and we want to include you!  Since we have fewer opportunities to plan in-person events and interact with families across the neighborhood during the pandemic, this is an opportunity for long-time residents and younger families to connect through cooking.

We will gather together the recipes into a document and post them on the PBCA website.


Visit DC’s African American Heritage Trails During Black History Month


It’s Black History Month! As you continue to practice social distancing remember to get out for some fresh air and check out Cultural Tourism DC’s Neighborhood Heritage Trails–the official walking trails of Washington, DC. These self-guided walking tours provide a glimpse into the rich diversity of DC’s neighborhoods, past and present. Each trail offers a one- to two-mile trek punctuated by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps to bring DC history and culture to life. There are 17 heritage trails throughout the city to choose from. Pick one, bundle up and get out there on the trails!

Download one of the 17 guidebooks here: DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails – (

PBCA Official Statement Regarding Violence at the U.S. Capitol


We are outraged by the violent extremist attacks on the U.S. Capitol today that aimed to subvert our sacred democratic processes and principles.

Our first concern is for the health and safety of our community and our fellow Washingtonians, especially when so many are already suffering the consequences of a failed response to COVID-19. Many in Penn Branch have dedicated their lives to public service, and we stand in solidarity with those brave civil servants and elected officials working now to ensure our democratic procedures continue and the will of the American people is upheld.

Though these abhorrent events happened just blocks away from our community, they could not be farther from the values we stand for in Penn Branch. We cherish democracy, justice, peace, and unity. We abide by the U.S. Constitution, the law, and the agreements we have adopted as a community. We believe in truthfulness and public debate informed by verifiable facts. We respect each other and resolve disagreements peacefully through dialogue.

Today’s violence is the predictable outcome of years of anti-democratic escalation by national leaders and some of their supporters. The attacks, the unacceptable incitement that preceded them, and the woefully inadequate response were fueled in-part by longstanding injustices in the United States.

Systemic racism undermines democracy and must be fully dismantled if our country is to live up to its founding ideals and thrive. Civil society organizations, including ours, have an important role to play in perfecting our union. We pledge to work with all of you to find the best ways to carry-out this responsibility.

We call on all community associations in the District of Columbia and nationwide to speak-out in defense of our democracy and join our community in taking action to address these existential challenges.


Statement from the Penn Branch Community Association Board of Directors (01-06-2021)

In Memoriam (Week of January 8, 2021)


This week we are sad to report the loss of two long-time Penn Branch residents:

•On December 30th, Mr. Charles G. Dorse, Sr. of Highwood Drive passed away¬.
Mr. Dorsey and his wife Joe have been residents of Penn Branch for over 40 years. In addition to being actively involved in the community, Mr. Dorsey was known for knocking on neighbors’ doors every New Year’s morning with a hug and Happy New Year greeting. This year, his son, Charles Jr., knocked on doors and said he knows his father would want the tradition to continue.

Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron
Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron

Robert “Bobby Chandler” Jr. passed away on January 5th after a long illness. Bobby grew up in Penn Branch and returned to our neighborhood two years ago.


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