Thursday, September 6, 2012

Get Out! - The Events Column

We wanted to share some events and activities that look exciting. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that should be in next week's column, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
All Life Is Local
The Cleveland Park Listserv

The National Capital Area Mac User's Group will meet Saturday, September 8 at 10 AM at the Cleveland Park Public Library (Macomb & Connecticut NW). The topic is "Running with Mountain Lion."  Apple Representative Aaron Davis will provide an in-depth review of the new Mac OS 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion. All are welcome.  For more information, visit

The 4th Annual Free Green Living Expo DC is on Saturday, September 8, 10 AM to 4PM, rain or shine. Featuring 50+ green vendors, free energy & water audits, walking & bike eco-tours, kids activities, fun for all ages. At UDC's Dennard Plaza. Van Ness Metro or park off Van Ness Street, one block west of Connecticut Ave. Pre-register at to win a prize.

On Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to noon the Rock Creek Conservancy is hosting an event to tackle invasive periwinkle in Little Forest, a lovely pocket park off Military Road NW. Hop out of your car or off your bike, see this hidden treasure, and pull some weeds. Gloves and training on how to identify and pull periwinkle will be provided. No experience needed. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes, and a hat. Meet on 28th Street NW between Military Road and Newlands Street, one block west of St. Johns College High School. Sign up at

The 2012 9/11 Unity Walk along Embassy Row in DC takes place on Sunday, September 9. Join people of all ages, backgrounds, faiths, and no faith to walk on Sunday, starting at the Washington Hebrew Congregation at 1:30 PM (3935 Macomb Street NW, intersection of Massachusetts Ave.) Registration opens at 12:30 PM. Please bring gently used shoes to donate (all sizes, children's needed especially). This year we walk for and with the Sikh Community after the horrific shootings in Wisconsin and for all victims of hate. More information at

The 34th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival takes place on Sunday, September 9, from noon until 7pm, with arts, performers, music, vendors, kids pavilion, and more! Come to 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, NW. Visit

Takoma Park Folk Festival, Sunday, September 9, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM, rain or shine. Music & dance on 7 indoor & outdoor stages, plus crafts, kids' activities, food, community tables, Woody Guthrie tributes, and more. Free shuttle from the Takoma Metro. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD. More info at

Celebration Of Grant Road Historic District, Garden Tour and Block Party,  Sunday, September 9, 4500 Block of Grant Road, NW,  2 PM - 4:30 PM. The 4400 and 4500 blocks of Grant Road, NW became a Historic District in 2002.  Seven homeowners have agreed to open their gardens – and one has agreed to run the electric train in his backyard.  Light refreshments will be served.

Councilmember Mary Cheh presents Ward 3 Movie Night, Fort Reno Park, 3900 Chesapeake Street, NW, postponed until Sunday September 9Movie begins at 7:30 PM. Bring a blanket/lawn chair, and head to the green space to watch E.T. Free Reese's Pieces for the first 100 attendees. Local food trucks will also be there selling snacks during the movie.

District Sample Sale (DSS) to benefit the Sitar Arts Center, Tuesday, September 11 on the lower level of Mazza Gallerie (formerly Filene's Basement). More than twenty top designer boutiques will sell their end-of-season wares at liquidation-level prices. Event features cocktails, hors d'oeuvres from participating restaurants, a fashion-focused silent auction, a raffle, and more. For ticket information and more about the DSS, visit; for more about the Sitar Arts Center go to .

On Wednesday, September 12, Whole Foods-Tenleytown will donate 5% of the store's net sales from that day to the Murch Elementary School PTA (HSA). Shoppers do not have to identify Murch or do anything special -- just do your shopping at the Whole Foods-Tenleytown store on September 12. So save your grocery shopping for Wednesday next week or gather your friends for Happy Hour at the new Whole Foods wine and beer bar.

The inaugural meeting of a support group in NW DC for the parents of children with food allergies will be held on Thursday, September 13, at 8pm. Come and meet other parents in the community and learn about the resources available to you to help you navigate your way. Allergist David Jeong, MD, will be on hand to answer questions. This is an informal, in-home gathering, hosted by Tess Finnegan and Laurent Pavageau at 3600 Porter Street NW, to ascertain how a support group can best serve the community. RSVP to tess @

Teddy Bear Clinic, Saturday, September 15 10 AM to 12 PM. Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. Recommended for children in PreK-2nd grade. At the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD, Free and open to the public, no RSVP required. For more information, call 301-319-3303 or email medicalmuseum @

Grant opening of the newly renovated Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 AM. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 AM. Face-painting, music for young kids, master storyteller Diane Macklin, art workshop, building tours, refreshments, and more. The new library is at 3160 16th Street, NW.

Join the Cathedral 20s and 30s Group Evensong and Evensocial, where every month the young and young at heart gather for the Cathedral's Sunday service of Choral Evensong followed by a reception.  Join us for a wonderful evening of prayer and reflection.  You can learn more about Evensong on the Cathedral website and preview the experience on YouTube at The next event is on Sunday, September 16, starting at 4 PM.

On Sunday, September 16, 11 AM - 5 PM, celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo Fiesta. With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone. Free. More information at .

The Tenley Friends annual fall used book sale is Saturday, September 22 on the second floor of the Tenley-Friendship Library.  The official hours are 10:30 am to 4:00 p.m., with a Friends Only hour between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Children's books, cookbooks, history, politics, science, art and architecture and all sorts of fiction, mysteries and much more. Most of our books have never been in another book sale. Cash or check only. The Tenley-Friendship Library is on Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street, NW.

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