Thursday, May 9, 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 @

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Publishers, All Life Is Local
Cleveland Park Listserv 

Photo by Thomas S. Mann
Friday, May 10 at 11 AM, Breakfast with Mommy in the Garden, outdoor Mother's Day program with story time and muffins, best for ages 2 - 5. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info at

Saturday, May 11 from 9 AM - 3 PM, In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center are co-hosting a migration celebration, welcoming back the millions of migratory birds that spent the winter in Latin America. This free, family-friendly event features guided bird hikes, bird banding demonstrations, live birds of prey, some fun & educational games & crafts for kids, interactive exhibits by conservation organizations, live music and Latin American dance performances, and a bird-themed planetarium show. At the Rock Creek Park Nature Center. For more information visit:

Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM to 12 Noon, The National Capital Area Mac Users Group is holding its next meeting. The main topic is: Build Your Own Website - Or Are There Better Alternatives? NCA-MUG Exec Committee member Paul Suh compares practical alternatives like Linkedin, Wordpress, Google+, Facebook, or Yahoo Groups to creating and maintaining a web site. Free. All are welcome. The NCA-MUG meets at the Cleveland Park Public Library, Connecticut and Macomb Streets NW. More info at

Saturday, May 11 at 10 AM, The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present an Ikebana demonstration with Ikebana master Jane Redmon, making some remarkable flower arrangements. The event is free. Bring your camera! The Tenley-Friendship Library is on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street.

Saturday, May 11, 12 Noon - 5 PM, The 9th Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour, featuring 17 venues, 70 studios, over 130 artists. This highly popular event showcases professional artists representing nearly every visual arts medium. You'll have access to art galleries, studios, cultural centers and performing spaces throughout the Prince George's County Gateway Arts District. Tour begins at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD. A free shuttle bus, with limited seating, is available to transport art enthusiasts to these locations, with some studios within walking distance. After the Studio Tour, there's the Gateway Arts Center Opening Reception & After Party from 5:30 - 8 PM, featuring artists from 39th Street Gallery & Brentwood Arts Exchange. For more information, visit or call 301.864.3860.

Saturday, May 11, from 1 - 2 PM "Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity," a free lecture/workshop series on reducing stress and increasing wellbeing and life satisfaction led by psychotherapist/art therapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson of Creative Wellbeing Workshops. Designed for people experiencing stress, chronic illness, low energy, and/or burnout. Free and open to the public. At the Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R Street, NW. To register email rebecca @ or call 202-352-5225 or just show up.

Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 PM, Discussion of Anthony Grooms's book "Bombingham" with speakers who have firsthand knowledge of the events of the civil rights movement in 1963. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue & Macomb Street NW. For more info go to

Saturday, May 11 at 2 PM, The Know Your Neighborhood program series presents a walking tour of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood with author and historian Mara Cherkasky, who will point out buildings and sites that date to Mount Pleasant's days as a country village and an early streetcar suburb, and along the way, provide an overview of the neighborhood's history. Meet on the steps of the old main entrance to the corner of 16th Street and Lamont Street, NW.

Sunday, May 12 at 5:30 AM, Cicada Watch. Come meet at the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park to watch the first cicadas emerge at dawn. If you've never seen this before, it's a sight to behold: Tens of thousands of cicadas emerging from the earth! Or you could just stay in bed like a normal person, because this is the weekly fake event.

Monday, May 13 at 12 Noon: To mark Jewish American Heritage Month, the Library of Congress will present a talk by documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, featuring clips from the newly expanded 2-disc DVD edition of her 2001 Peabody Award-winning film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Kempner's film depicts how America's first Jewish baseball star helped break down the barriers of discrimination in American sports and society and became a beacon of hope to American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression and World War II. Free and open to all. Location: the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Avenue SE. More information at      

Tuesday, May 14 at 1 PM, Pulitzer prize winning literary critic Jonathan Yardley will discuss his book Second Reading at the next meeting of the History Book Club at the Chevy Chase Library. Free and open to all. More info at

Tuesday, May 14 at 5 PM, Experts on elder law and tax law discuss estate planning, a free program presented by the Palisdades Village. Free. At Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW.

Tuesday, May 14 from 6 - 8 PM, Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament, a benefit for the DC chapter of Playworks. Compete against Redskins players! Tickets: $15 - $20. At Penn Social, 801 E Street NW. For more information and tickets visit:

Wednesday, May 15, concert by the American University Chamber Singers, "The Art of Tradition: Choral Music of Russia and the United States." Tickets $7 - $20. At the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW,

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