Friday, January 11, 2013

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 @

Have a happy New Year!

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

Friday, January 11, 1 PM - 3 PM: Join Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service to save trees from the chokehold of English ivy. Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Volunteers must be 16 and up to use tools; younger volunteers can pick up trash and pull vines by hand. Students can earn SSL hours. Meet at Massachusetts and Observatory Circle, in front of the British Embassy for work on the Normanstone section of Rock Creek Park. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers. Bring water and your own hand tools; if not, tools and gloves will be provided. To register go to:

Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, Concert, "Paris: Music for the City of Light" by the Folger Consort and the Washington Cathedral's chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, performing pieces by Lully, Charpentier, Couperin, and others. Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM Friday only, concert starts at 8 PM. Saturday concert starts at 7 PM. In the nave of the Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues. For tickets go to .  

Saturday, January 12 from 10 AM - 12 Noon: The National Capital Area Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG) meeting will feature a demonstration of Bento, the personal database from Apple that lets you organize contacts, track projects, plan events, and manage lists and sync with your iPhone and iPad. Free and all are welcome. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue at Macomb Street,

Saturday, January 12 at 11 AM. Tour of Historic Congressional Cemetery, starting at the Chapel, which is directly up the hill from the front gate. The tour takes about an hour and 20 minutes. No dogs on the tour due to cemetery regulations. For more information email Susan at (susteacher @

Saturday January 12 from 12 Noon - 2 PM. Cat/kitten adoption event. Many cats have been waiting patiently for a chance at rescue. Please consider helping Little Rambo; see . Please consider fostering even temporarily. PetMAC DC, The Marketplace and Adoption Center, 4220 Fessenden Street NW, 202-966-7387, and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue,

Saturday, January 12 at 8 PM: The Electric Maid, Your Community Living Room, is pleased to welcome "Forever in Motion" ( and opening act, Jim Shirey, author of "My Girl Friend Only Loved Me for My Beard."  Suggested $10 donation, at the door, to the artists and space. Waters, sodas, and snacks available for a nominal donation. Please RSVP to 202-545-3980 or and come to Electric Maid Community Living Room, 268 Carroll St, NW, one block from the Takoma Metro Station.

Monday, January 14 at 4 PM - As part of the DC Public Library's King Week celebration, we will be reading "Martin's Big Words." Children can make a picture celebrating Dr. King's legacy. This program is for ages 5 and up, and begins at 4:00 pm. At Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, 202-243-1188.

Monday, January 14, 5 pm - 7 pm, Better Handwriting Course, sponsored by the US Postal Service. Is your handwriting abysmal? Do you write like you used to write in second grade? Do you have trouble reading your own notes? Come to this free two-hour program and relearn the art of good penmanship. The US Postal Service is proud to sponsor this class, because the better handwriting Americans have, the less the USPS has to spend on manually reading envelopes. Location: Main Post Office near Union Station and in your dreams, because this is the weekly fake event.

Wednesday, January 16: Kids' Inaugural Ball at 6 pm. Dress to impress and come for for family photos, music, snacks, inaugural themed games, trivia and crafts. Registration is required; please call 202-645-8337 to register. Ages 5 and up. At Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave, NW.

Thursday, January 17 from 12 Noon - 2 PM at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Second Floor Meeting Room). Come hear Deb Rubenstein, IONA's Director of Consultations, Care Management, and Counseling, speak on "Successful Aging: How Iona and Other Community Resources Can Help." This meeting is open to the public. NARFE Chapter 1795 will provide a light lunch. For more info contact chapter president Randy Clarke at rtclarkeiii @

Sunday, January 20 from 8 - 10 PM,  Inaugural Party at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Streets, NW. The DC Statehood Coalition is hosting a rocking party to celebrate President Obama`s 2nd term and honor delegates from around the country who support DC statehood. Join the celebration by purchasing your tickets on the New Columbia Vision website at - $25 each, or become a sponsor for $50 per ticket (sponsors will be honored as well).  Event capacity limited so order tickets now.

Saturday, January 26 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, March on Washington for Gun Control. Beginning at Union Square (between 3rd St NW and the Reflecting Pool just west of the U.S. Capitol), the March will proceed west on Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, concluding with speeches and performances at the Washington Monument. Full program will be announced the week of January 14. For more information visit or Facebook:

Now through February 24 at the Sackler Gallery "Road of Arabia" exhibit at the Sackler gallery. Highly recommended to Cleveland Park Listserv members by a local paleontologist/biologist, this extensive exhibit includes beautiful artifacts from two centuries BCE, many of which were recently discovered archaeological materials never before seen in North America. More info at

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