Thursday, August 9, 2012

Get Out! - The Events Column

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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that should be in the next edition of Get Out!, email us at events @

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Publishers, All Life Is Local
The Cleveland Park Listserv

DC Public Library Hosts Cirque du Soleil Free Day, Friday, August 10 at 1 PM at MLK Jr. Public Library, 901 G St NW. Members of the Cirque du Soleil street team host an afternoon of face painting, juggling workshops, and other activities in anticipation of the upcoming Big Top touring production TOTEM, performing from August 15 to September 30 at the Plateau at National Harbor.

"Ward 3 Night at The Shakespeare Theater." This year's play is "All's Well That Ends Well" on Saturday, August 25 at 2 PM. Councilmember Cheh has 100 tickets to distribute free  to residents. Tickets will be distributed at the theatre, "first-come, first-served," meaning; you must RSVP to ensure you receive tickets. Use this link: and don't forget to include your name and phone number so the theater can give you a courtesy/reminder call the day before the show. The guest list will be given to the theater by Thursday, August 23.

Sign Language Story Time on Friday, August 10 at 10am at the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue & Macomb Street NW. Janice Rosen reads and signs to children and teaches words in ASL. Free.

Civil War History program at the Lincoln Memorial. National Park Rangers dressed in period costumes will discuss the events of August 1862 in the Civil War, Friday, August 10 and Monday, August 13, from 11 PM - 4 PM. Free. For more information call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Empty Chair Theatre's "Shakespeare in the Circle," Saturday, August 11, 8:30PM. As part of the ongoing slate of Dupont Festival events, Empty Chair Theatre will present a special performance, "Hamlet" at Dupont Circle Park. Join Empty Chair Theatre Company's cast of seven as they perform a crisp and intimate rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet. For more information visit

"Outside of a Dog" Book Festival and guided tour at historic Congressional Cemetery on  Saturday, August 11 from 3:30 - 6:30pm. Meet authors, participate in a book exchange, and tour the cemetery at 1801 E Street, SE. Free. More information at

"L'Enfant's Vision" - a discussion of Pierre L'Enfant's original concept for the capital city, and what was and wasn't built, led by  US Park Service Rangers on Sunday, August 12 at 10:30am  at the Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin Statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. For more information call Jason Bama, 202-425-3442.

Bike Tour and History Talk - a 3-hour tour of the Mall, led by Park Rangers on Sunday, August 12 from 11am - 2pm. Stops at memorials and sites of famous protests and demonstrations. Bring water, bike, and helmet (required). Starts at the Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive SW. Free.

Children's Conservation Workshop on Wednesday, August 15 at 3:00 PM at the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW. Children (ages 8-11) will learn how historic documents are conserved and will see how experts authenticate artifacts. Featuring a reading from "Ruth and the Green Book" by Calvin Ramsey.

Kid's Graphic Novel Book Club, Thursday, August 16, at 5:30  PM at the Cleveland Park Library at Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, NW. Stop by the children's desk to register and pick up a copy of the book. There will be pizza, too. This month's book is "Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword" by Barry Deutsch. This is the story of Mirka Herschberg, an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight dragons, even though everyone knows dragons don't exist. For children 8 and up.

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