Thursday, November 29, 2012

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S. Mann

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 next week's column, email us at events @

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

Friday, November 30 at 10 AM or 1 PM: Wreath making workshop for adults, using garden materials (provided) including holly, pine cones, cedar & magnolia. At Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW. $48 - reservations required.Visit for more info.

Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 8 PM: American University Chorus presents traditional American songs by Aaron Copeland, Alice Parker and other American composers. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW. Tickets: $15 ($10 for seniors),

Saturday, December 1, open to the public from 10 AM - 4 PM, The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library invite you to their Fall/Holiday Book Sale at the Cleveland Park Library, 2nd floor (3310 Connecticut Ave & Macomb Street.) Thousands of books in all subjects at great prices: mysteries & thrillers, history, sports, fiction, politics, romance, fine arts, kids books, cookbooks, travel, science & nature, poetry, foreign language, self-help, plays, business & economics, diet & fitness, science fiction & fantasy, reference -- many in pristine condition suitable for gift giving.

Saturday, December 1, 12 noon - 4 PM: Alternative Gift Fair. Fun, festivity and holiday shopping the generous way. All money donated for gifts goes to the participating local, national, and international charities. Credit cards accepted this year with all fees covered so 100% of your donation will go to the organization. Music, kids corner, massage station, cookie decorating for a local food pantry, bake sale, raffle and more! More info: . Location: Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Avenue.

Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 PM, Concert "Great Glad Tidings" by the Washington Bach Consort in National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, an all-Bach program of Cantatas for the holiday season performed by music director J. Reilly Lewis on the church's magnificent pipe organ. Offered with a neighborhood discount of 20% (for seats regularly priced at $23 - $65) with the special code SANTABACH, which you'll enter at checkout on our online ticketing (offer expires at 3 pm on Friday, November 30). Student tickets $18 (available by phone only, 202.429.2121) and if your age is 18-38 you can pay your age.

Saturday, December 1, Ross Elementary School's annual Holiday Tree Sale 10 AM - 4 PM, Bake Sale 9 AM - 2 PM, Open House 10 AM - 12 Noon, and Book Fair 10 AM - 1 PM. Every year Ross kicks off December with a day of one-stop shopping fun for the holidays.  In one sweep of the Ross building and grounds you can purchase your holiday tree, a cake for a party, cookies for an afternoon treat and books for every child you know. The Tree Sale continues every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through December 16th or until the last tree is sold.  All the details at

Saturday, December 1 at 3 PM - Master Class with Eric Michael Gillett, award-winning Broadway performer, cabaret director, and teacher. Recognized for his work within the Manhattan cabaret scene, Mr. Gillett will share his expertise on cabaret performance in a master class for adult voice students. At the Levine School of Music, NW DC Campus, Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton Street NW. For more info:, 202-686-2000 X1051

Saturday, December 1st from 10  AM - 4 PM and Sunday, December 2nd from 9 AM - 2 PM: St. Thomas Apostle Church holiday bazaar. Enjoy holiday shopping, fellowship and lunch at the cafe. Jewelry, holiday items, new and gently used clothing, and white elephant table. 2665 Woodley Road - use the 27th street entrance to the Parish Hall.

Sunday, December 2: Pajamarama. Don't miss this fun, annual Old Takoma event! Shop early in your pajamas and receive discounts at Old Takoma participating businesses! Location: Old Takoma participating businesses: Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, December 4 at 12:15 PM: Talk on the history of chess by author and chess player Arnold Liebowitz. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW.

Wednesday, December 5 at 12:10 PM, Music of the Season by Madrigal Singers from St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th & H Streets, NW. Free.

Wednesday, December 5 at 7 PM: Book talk by James Johnston, author or "From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Marmout and the History of the African American Family" at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Free.

Saturday, December 8, 2 - 6 PM, Tenley WinterFest. A festive indoor-outdoor seasonal celebration in Tenleytown. At Janney Elementary: annual craft market, gently-used toys, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, food vendors, Children's Winter Garden of Lights, musical performances. At Tenley-Friendship Library: used children's book sale, winter storytime and crafts, music. At IONA Senior Services: art exhibit and sale, art and wellness center tours. At area merchants: Tenley Yeti scavenger hunt, Dec. 1-8. Visit Tenley-Friendship library children's desk for details, see the Janney website at, or email janneywinterfair @

Saturday, December 8, Second Annual Inspired Teaching School Winterfest, 9 AM - Dusk. Buy books and educational games, buy a tree or other holiday greenery, buy candles for winter holidays, attend an open house info session, enjoy a bake sale and hot cocoa. Inspired Teaching School is at 1328 Florida Ave NW. All proceeds benefit the Inspired Teaching School, a DC demonstration public charter school,

Sunday, December 9, the Cleveland Park Historical Society's Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party will be held in two sessions at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Pl., NW. First session, 1 PM - 2:30 PM is sold out; second session, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM still has openings.
Houses to decorate are $30 for CPHS members and $50 for non-members. Reserve online at

Sunday December 9 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Japanese Americans' Care Fund, 2012 Arts & Crafts Fair, Kena Shriners Annex Building, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA. Admission $2.00 (free for children under 12). Arts & Crafts, Japanese food,  locally grown Japanese vegetables, Kimono and Obi, Antiques, Japanese books including manga, Various household items, and much more. Visit for more information.

Monday, December 10, Join Nate Silver at Politics and Prose bookstore. Nate Silver will be using his power in a new way: Everyone who purchases his book, "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't," will receive a personal reading about your own future. Is this the right year to get married? Should you ask for a raise?  What will happen if you tell your best friend that you really hate her new hair? (Yes, this is the weekly fake event.)

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