Friday, December 21, 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 @

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

Friday, December 21, 1 to 3 PM. Join Rock Creek Conservancy to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine. Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools, which will be provided along with gloves and training on how to identify and cut English ivy. Bring your own tools if you have them. Ages 16 and up. Wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts that can get dirty, and sturdy boots or sneakers; no sandals. Bring a small backpack with water. Meeting location: Soapstone Valley, at the Rock Creek Park trailhead on Albemarle St NW, about 300 feet east of the Albemarle & Connecticut intersection. Metro: Van-Ness UDC. Register at:

Friday, December 21 at 3 PM - The Cleveland Park Library hosts a Mayan End of the World Party featuring books, food, music, crafts, and a photo-taking station. Free. The library is at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street.

Saturday, December 22 at 4 PM - Program on the Mayan apocalypse myth and how it relates to the night sky. At the Planetarium of the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road. For ages 7 to adult. Note: This program will be canceled if the end of the world actually occurs on December 21. Visit for more info.

Sunday, December 23 from 12 noon to 3 PM, The Old Stone House hosts a Colonial
Christmas program
of arts & crafts for families. Free. The Old Stone House, 3051 M Street NW. Visit for more info.

Monday, December 24 at 12 noon, Lego-Mania at the Dorothy Height Benning Library, 3935 Benning Road, NE. The library will provide Legos for kids to build, create, and play with others. Free. Visit for more info.

Tuesday, December 25 - times vary, depending on the project. The DCJCC is holding its 25th annual Day of Service, with volunteer opportunities for all ages and for whole families. Please register at ($20 registration fee) by noon on Sunday.

Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28 at 6:30 PM, Kwanzaa Extravaganza, a pageant of dance, poetry and song presented by the Dance Institute of Washington. Tickets $15. At Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th Street NW. Visit for more info.

Wednesday, December 26, 9 PM - 10 PM. A short class in how to Photoshop out unwanted family members from holiday photos. In one hour you'll learn how to remove annoying cousins, drunk uncles, and soon-to-be divorced spouses from so-called family photos. It's easy and fun, and can restore harmony to your holiday pictures. Location: Peet's Tavern, 1755 Connecticut Avenue, NW, in the back room. (Are you reading this event seriously? Shame on you! This is the weekly fake event.)

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