Thursday, December 6, 2012

Get Out! - The Events Column

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 @

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Friday, December 7, at 6 PM, Middle C Music hosts a recital by guitar students of Magdalena Duhagon. Free: 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, The 30th Annual St. Albans Christmas House Tour begins at the school (on the corner of Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenue). Holiday marketplace and luncheon. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes from the school to 5 spectacular homes in Phillips Park, DC, festively festooned for the winter holidays by area decorators. The hours are Friday 11 AM - 4 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM. Entrance to the marketplace is free; tickets to tour the houses are $35 at the door or are available through

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. Visit Tenley-Friendship library children's desk for details or see the Janney website at

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 D.C. demonstration public charter school,

Saturday, December 8, 10 AM - 3 PM, 58th Annual Greens Sale and Christmas Bazaar at St. John's Episcopal Church of Georgetown. Sale items include homemade wreaths, sprays, Christmas decorations, delicious baked goods, homemade eggnog, vintage collectibles, and a hearty lunch. Shop while your kids make crafts at our Kid's Corner, and sing along to favorite Christmas carols with our live pianist: 3240 O St., NW.

Saturday, December 8 - Sunday, December 16, at GW's Lisner Auditorium. The Christmas Revels. This festive, fully-staged celebration of music, dance and drama will have you dancing in the aisles (really!) and singing along with a multigenerational cast of over 100. Delight in the Ghost of Revels Past, a painting that comes to life, a madcap "Twelve Days of Christmas," lively country and Morris dancing, the mysterious Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, a delightful Mummer's play with a surprise ending, and many chances to join the fun. Dec. 8 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM; Dec. 9 at 2 PM; Dec. 14 at 7:30 PM; Dec. 15 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM; Dec. 16 at 1 PM & 5 PM. More info at

Sunday, December 9, 10 AM, Chanukah Carnival at the DCJCC. This year's rockin' Chanukah Carnival benefits the December 25th Day of Service Project. Help to kick off holiday gift collections by bringing a gift worth between $5-10 to be donated to children in need this holiday season. Suggested items include: board games, stuffed animals, Nerf toys, MadLibs, Mani/Pedi kits, gift cards (gifts are needed for youth 2–18 years old). Tickets available online through December 7 at or at the door - $15 per family if paid in advance; $20 online; DCJCC member discounts available.

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.

Sunday, December 9 at 4 PM, The New Dominion Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, will present J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The Chorale will be joined by soloists from the Washington National Cathedral and a professional orchestra. Tickets are $30, $25 (seniors), $20 for individuals in groups of ten or more, and $5 for students and children, available through or at the door. Parking is free.

Sunday, December 9 at 4 PM, "Sing We All Nowell!", Christmas concert by The Thomas Circle Singers in partnership with the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Avenue NW. $20; $15 for students/seniors, at

Tuesday, December 11 at 12:10 PM, Levine School of Music faculty concert featuring flutist Rebecca Colloras, oboist Kenny Stillwell, and pianist Grace McFarlane. Free. At the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street, NW

Saturday, December 15, 10 AM - 12 Noon, St. Elizabeths West Campus Walking Tour. Join the DC Preservation League in partnership with the General Services Administration for a walking tour of the historic west campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital, a National Historic Landmark. Space is limited and reservations are required (due to security issues, walk-ons will not be permitted on the tour):

Tuesday, December 18 at 12 noon, Christmas at the Howard Theatre. Howard Theatre Restoration in partnership with the Washington Performing Arts Society will sponsor a special free holiday concert exclusively for senior citizens in the Washington, DC community at the newly restored Howard Theatre, with music from the renowned WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel. Registration required. For more information contact Shiba Haley, Director of Programs, 202-588-5595,

Thursday, December 20, 4 PM, Origami Attack - For Teens. Learn how to make paper models. Debut your paper cranes, ninja stars and anything in between at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space. Fun for ages 12-19.

Friday, December 21, groundbreaking ceremony for the Connecticut Avenue Upper Level Expressway, Dupont Circle, 12 noon. The expressway, which will stretch from Dupont Circle to Chevy Chase Circle, will add a second four lane roadway fifty feet above Connecticut Avenue, alleviating traffic congestion. Estimated completion date, fall 2016. (Once upon a time the Silver Line to Dulles Airport was imaginary, too. But don't show up on the 21st, because this is the weekly fake event.)

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