Thursday, October 25, 2012

Get Out! The Events Column

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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
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Friday, October 26, 7:30 PM, in the Historic Mansion at Tregaron: Judith Tankard Lecture about "The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman." Followed by a cocktail reception. Lecture and reception in the historic Mansion located on Washington International School's campus; entrance at 3100 Macomb Street; proceed to top of hill. Parking on site. For more information and to RSVP (required) go to

Friday, October 26, World House: Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom, at Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th St., NW Washington, DC, featuring a Performance by Blues Alley Youth Jazz Ensemble  from 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM, followed by discussion with Randy Weston & Willard Jenkins, 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM, and Q&A until 7:30 PM, then a reception 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Introduction by John Franklin,Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History & Culture. Free. Reserve at .

Saturday, October 27, you are invited to the Pink Project - themed Glorious U, Attaining Your Best Mind and Body.  Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in partnership with Providence Hospital welcomes you to this free day conference at Providence Hospital, St. Catherine's Hall entrance. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 AM and closing with tea at 3 PM. For complete information visit

Saturday, October 27, 10 AM -3 PM, Suburban Nursery School's annual Truck Touch. This year the assembly of trucks is the biggest ever for kids (and adults) to explore and touch. Home-baked goods, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be available for purchase. At Suburban Nursery School, a 50-year-old non-profit, cooperative preschool at 7210 Hidden Creek Road; Bethesda, MD 20817. $5 per person; children under 2 free. Cash only. Rain or shine. For more information, visit

Boo at the Zoo, October 26, 27, 28 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the National Zoo. Enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with your tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. Tricks optional. Saturday's event is sold out; tickets for Friday or Sunday available at

Fall Used Book Sale on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 10 AM - 4 PM, at the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW (corner of MacArthur and V). A great selection of 15,000 books (including a very well stocked children's section) for sale at great low prices. Most books are $1 each ($10 per bag on Saturday). Additionally, there is a large selection of bargain books, available at 25 cents each ($3 per bag both days). Questions? Email FriendsOfPalisadesLibrary @

The Friends of Forest Hills Playground is hosting its annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Forest Hills Playground on Chesapeake Street. There will be a special performance by the Great Zucchini, a costume parade with the children (parents are welcome to dress up too), arts and crafts stations, face painting, and other fun activities. We'll also have a Halloween-themed bake sale with lots of treats for everyone to enjoy, and plenty of coffee for the grownups.

The Taste of Stokes Festival will take place from 11 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 27.  The theme is "Eat Right 365!" Look for an afternoon overflowing with activities, attractions, games, and of course delicious, healthy food for this year's Taste of Stokes Festival. Events include face painting, DIY candy apples, arts and crafts, delicious free samples from local restaurants and our own Stokes Kitchen, and cooking demonstrations. And of course there's no dress code - if you or your scholars want to come in a costume, we welcome that as well. Stokes school is located at 3700 Oakview Terrace, NE.

Saturday October 27 at 6 PM: The annual Ghosts and Goblets Soiree at Historic Congressional Cemetery. Come for great food, abundant drink, candlelight cemetery tours, and a chance to see our newly restored 1904 Marion Kahlert monument. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at the door or online at All proceeds go to preservation efforts at the beautiful, fascinating, and slightly creepy historic landmark.

Sunday, October 28th, Annual Pumpkin Carving at Rosedale, 3 PM - 5 PM, at 3501 Newark, Street the pedestrian gate entrance. The Rosedale Conservancy will provide carving tools, patterns, and plastic gloves. You bring your pumpkins and a blanket to sit on. More info at

The Petworth Dog Walk Halloween is in its 5th year and it will be even bigger than before, with more prizes and much more fun for dogs and their owners.  The Dog Walk is also a family-friendly event - kids are welcome!  Starting at 7 PM on Monday, October 29, dogs and owners will walk the red-carpet "pupway" at Anne's Hardware at 1240 Upshur Street NW and strut their mutt to win prizes for best costume, best trick, best twins. More info and pooch registration is here:

Palisades Library Halloween Party is on Tuesday, October 30, from 4 PM -7 PM. This event is fun for all ages. Costume parade at 4 PM, followed by crafts, snacks, karaoke, and much more fun! The library is at 49th and V Streets. Map and more info at

If you are looking for a safe trick or treating event in the city come to the neighborhood Halloween event on Lanier Place in Adams Morgan.  Lanier Place will be closed to traffic between Quarry Rd and Ontario Rd, and again from Ontario Rd to the fire station located halfway down the block. The event attracts loads of kids from all over the city every year.  And best of all, the neighbors on the street are all prepared for it with lots of treats! The street closure will occur on Wednesday, October 31 between 5:30 PM - 9 PM.

Tickets are now on sale for Guys and Dolls at Wilson High School. Featuring a well known score with songs such the rollicking "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" and show stopper, "Luck be a Lady", this musical is sure to delight all ages. Because the Wilson fall musicals have become a school and community favorite, we encourage you to reserve early. Performance dates and times are: Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, November 10 at 7:30; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM, Special Matinee Performance, Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM. Ticket prices are: Adults $15, Students/Children $5. For ordering email (wilsondramatickets @ and be sure to specify the type and number of tickets you are ordering

November 1 from 6 PM - 8 PM at the National Zoo Visitors Center, The Cocoa Tree. Join the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as they ponder, taste and learn all about chocolate! Scientists will talk about the Zoo's involvement in sustainable cocoa production. The evening of decadence includes a tasting of gourmet, fair trade chocolates. More information and tickets ($10 - $15) at

Saturday, November 3 at 10 AM, Community Walk for Friendship Place, which provides services to men and women experiencing homelessness.  The walk will take place on (rain or shine) starting at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD (just a few blocks from the Friendship Heights metro). Complimentary continental breakfast provided between 9 AM - 10 AM. Register online at ; $30 for adults, $20 for age 25 and under. 100% of fees are donated to Friendship Place. Event-day registration available.  All participants will receive a 2012 "Help the Homeless" t-shirt. More info at

Sunday, November 4, LUNGevity's fourth annual Breathe Deep DC 5K walk to raise awareness and critical lung cancer research funds takes place on the National Mall. Check-in at 9 AM at the Washington Monument grounds at the Sylvan Theater, walk begins at 10 AM, rain or shine. More info and registration at

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