Thursday, March 14, 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 @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin

Publishers, All Life Is Local
Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, March 15 from 5 - 8 PM, Wine tasting at Cleveland Park Liquors. Cleveland Park native James Henry will be introducing Teavine, his innovative new sparkling wine drink. Teavine is an effervescent combination of white wine, green tea and honey.  Come enjoy a taste and meet one of our local entrepreneurs.  Free. 3423 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Friday, March 15, at 8 PM, Guitarfest concert with Sharon Isbin. Internationally renowned, Grammy winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for her lyricism and versatility. At Church of the Epiphany. Tickets: Adults $25; Children 12 and under $12,

Saturday, March 16, 10 - 11 AM, "Reducing Stress: How to feel Happier and Increase Well-Being," by psychotherapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW. More info at .

Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM,  special screening of "Chasing the Hill," a political drama with an environmental twist, featuring Richard Schiff and Melissa Fitzgerald (both formerly with the NBC drama 'The West Wing'). The event will be hosted by newly elected Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and will feature a post viewing discussion with actor and filmmaker Richard Schiff, star Melissa Fitzgerald (cast member, formerly of The West Wing) and series creator Brent Roske. VIP Ticket-Holder Reception to follow. Ticket/Reservation Info: $25, General Admission, Screening and Discussion only; $75 includes VIP events, At the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St., NW.

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, Eat and Read for John Eaton Elementary School. Support Cleveland Park's John Eaton Elementary School this weekend as you dine and browse at Comet Ping Pong and Politics and Prose -- 20% of proceeds support the school's reading, music and art programs. Highlights of the weekend at Politics and Prose include story times (Saturday, 10:30-11:30 AM and Sunday, 1:30-2:00 PM) and a sneak preview of the school's spring musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on Sunday at 2:15 PM.

Sunday, March 17 starting at 12 noon, it's the Washington DC St. Patrick's Day Parade. It steps along from 7th to 17th Streets, led by Grand Marshal Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (ret.). One of the honorees this year is our local Olympic gold medal winner, Katie Ledecky. There will be floats, bands, dogs, and everything you expect in a parade. Grandstand tickets $15: go to

Sunday, March 17 at 12 noon, "Idle Threat," about self-described vigilante, George Pakenham, who walks the streets of New York to stop what many see as a victimless crime: idling their cars. What they don't realize is how they are contributing to the oil crisis, asthma, air pollution and global warming by trying to control the climate inside their automobiles. Pakenham's quest is to make the world a better place for everyone to live, and show that if you try hard enough, one person really can make a difference. Free. Register at At the Abraham Lincoln Hall  at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 202-549-4172.

Sunday, March 17 from 1 - 4 PM, St. Patrick's Day seminar on hand bell ringing by Celtic hand bell ringer Sue Mosher. Learn about the bells used by the early clerics, including the bell of St. Patrick in the National Museum of Ireland. At the Washington National Cathedral. Info and tickets ($35) at

Sunday March 17 at 3 PM. Recital by two pianists, Wen-Yin Chan (who teaches at the Levine School of Music) and Hanchien Lee, performing a Mozart sonata written for four hands plus two dazzling pieces arranged for four hands: "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens and Gershwin's beloved "Rhapsody in Blue." Followed by a reception and the opening of an exhibition by the six-artist group Art Spirit. Music, art, food, fellowship. All are welcome. Free admission and parking. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW.

Monday, March 19, 5 PM - 7 PM. Stain removal class. Learn how to remove stains from any kind of clothing. Special emphasis on beer. Location: any bar you want because this is the weekly fake event. But we hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 18 at 12:30 PM, The Ward Circle Chapter of the AARP presents a talk by Chevy Chase Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Allen Beach on DC's Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Free. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW.

Monday, March 18 from 3 - 5 PM, "Healthy Cooking and Aging Well" workshop led by chef Juliette Tahar and nutrition counselor Martha Rebour on the health benefits of plant-based and fermented foods.
Sponsored by Glover Park Village and Healthy Living Inc. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. Reservations requested, 202-664-9679.

Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM, "Battle of the Brontes." Teens and Adults are invited to join Michael Bevel, sensational facilitator of Bethesda Library's long-running Victorian Literature reading group, in reading and discussing Wuthering Heights -- part of Love and Other Disillusions: Novels from 1760-1960. Free. At the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda.

Tuesday, March 19, 8 - 9 PM Orientation Meeting for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. An invigorating aerobic workout will kick off the meeting at City Fitness Gym, followed by a presentation by an Avon Walk staff member. If you just want to attend the presentation, please arrive no later than 8:30 p.m.). Attendees will receive an Avon Walk Training Kit and $20 off the registration fee for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (May 4-5).  Learn all the basics of the Avon Walk, enjoy a free aerobics class and walk away with everything you need to get started. For more information and to RSVP call 202-469-3474 or visit or call City Fitness Gym at 202-537-0539. At City Fitness Gym 3525 Connecticut Ave, NW (Sam's Park-n-Shop).

Thursday, March 21 at 11 AM, Read-a-long Story Time for Beginning Readers, ages 4-7. More info: Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Continuing through March 24, The 21st annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, presenting 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children's films. Screenings in and around Cleveland Park include: March 18: Potomac: The River Runs Through Us and Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision at Sidwell Friends School; on March 21: The People the Rain Forgot and Bottled Life at the University of the District of Columbia; Solar Eclipse at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Many films are free. For the complete schedule, visit the Festival website at

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