Thursday, June 6, 2013

Get Out! - The Events Colulmn

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, June 7 at 1 PM, The Uncle Devin Show: In a cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock, Uncle Devin uses drums and storytelling to delight children. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info at

Friday, June 7, from 6 - 8  PM, Opening Reception for Dupont Drawing Group Members' Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings. Members of the public are invited to attend. At the Dupont Pilgrims Art Gallery, Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P Street NW,

Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM - 12 PM, Make Magic With Your MAC. MAC Guru Phil Shapiro will present two powerful programs; Apple's iBook Author for creating ebooks, and Google's SketchUp, a free 3-D drawing application. More information about the National Capital Area Mac Users Group at Free and open to all. At the Cleveland  Park Library, corner of Connecticut & Macomb Streets NW.

Saturday, June 8 starting at 10 AM, The Chevy Chase Library's Summer Reading Kick-off stars a special guest, Dr. John Pojeta, a scientist from the paleobiology department at the Smithsonian Institution.
Children will be able to examine and handle real fossils, and Dr. Pojeta will talk about fossils found in rock and clay. Intended for children ages 6 and older; there will be a story time for younger readers and their caregivers at 10:30 AM. Refreshments and fun crafts afterward. At the Chevy Chase DC Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, June 8, 12 PM - 2 PM, Friendship Place Help the Homeless Kickoff. Everyone can play a role in helping us end homelessness in DC. Info sessions will be offered at 1pm on how you can partner and plan for community events with Friendship Place.Free and open to the public, but kindly RSVP: rsvp @ or (202) 503-2967. At St. Luke's Mission Center, 3655 Calvert Street NW.

Friday June 7, Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9 -- all day long for 3 days: Supernova Performance Art Festival, with dozens of performers throughout Rosslyn, Virginia, in raw spaces, office lobbies, rooftops, parks, the Metro station, and other public places. See the website for the schedule of all performances, activities and events, including the Big Bang Dance Party at Artisphere on Saturday night from 9 pm to 2 am, and the Grandma Parade on Sunday at 3 PM at Gateway Park.

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, Capital Pride Parade and Festival. The 38th Annual Capital Pride Parade steps off Saturday, at 4:30 PM, at 22nd & P Streets, NW. The parade is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators and will include more than 170 contingents: floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment, consisting of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens and much more. Complete parade info at On Sunday the Capital Pride Street Festival returns to Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd & 7th Streets. The US Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of performances from local and national entertainers, politicians, and activists. This year the festival has extended evening hours to enjoy the US Capitol with a sunset dance party. The new festival exhibit hours are 12 Noon - 7 PM and the main stage will go on until sunset. For all the details go to:

Sunday, June 9, 12 - 5 PM, Israel@65: A Food, Wine & Music Festival sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Imagine you're strolling through Jerusalem, stopping by a falafel stand here, a kosher burger place there, maybe grabbing a coffee and sitting outside a cafe. Try some wonderful Israeli wines and award winning Israeli beer. Shop the local artisans' ware, listen to some hip Israeli music, watch some food demonstrations and let the kids play in the kids' zone. You don't need to fly to Israel to experience this magical day -- just hop on the Red Line and get off at the NoMa/Gallaudet University stop. More info at and you could win a trip to Israel on the Federation's Israel Your Way Mission November 4-13. The Israel@65 Festival is at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NW.

Monday, June 10, 5 PM - 6 PM, support group meeting for people afraid to use the pedestrian-activated HAWK signal in Cleveland Park. If you're afraid to active a street light, cause traffic to stop, and stoll merrily across Connecticut Avenue, you're not alone. A lot of people are afraid: They worry that cars won't stop, that they'll get an electric shock if they press the button, that something ominous will occur if they cause the light's colors to change from yellow to red. In this one hour session at the Cleveland Park Library, you'll learn to overcome these fears. Or not, because this is the weekly fake event.

Monday, June 10 at 1:30 PM, Storyteller Arianna Ross captivates children ages 6-12 with a show weaving together music, dance, visual arts and theater. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Tuesday, June 11 at 7 PM, Steve Hammond and Erin Boorheis will discuss the book "The Washington Arsenal Explosion" by Brian Bergin. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info at

Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 PM, Washington Summer Sings: Mendelssohn: Elijah (Choral excerpts), Thomas Beveridge, conductor, Artistic Director, New Dominion Chorale and National Men's Chorus, Pianist: Thomas Pandolfi. Tuesday evening sing-alongs in June are delightful evenings to enjoy singing with top choral conductors including Tom Beveridge, Robert Shafer, and Reilly Lewis, with professional soloists. Cost is nominal, rental scores provided, no need to sign up ahead. At Western Presbyterian Church, 24th and G Streets NW, near the Kennedy Center. Full details at:

Wednesday, June 12 at 12:30 PM, Dumbarton House researcher/historian David White talks about Samuel Jackson, the first owner of Dumbarton House, and describes some recent acquisitions to the Dumbarton House's historic collection. Bring a bag lunch, and questions. At 2715 Q Street NW. Free, but registration suggested - go to

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 8:30  PM, MoveDC Initiative. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting the second round of public workshops in June to discuss strategies to help create a new transportation vision for current and future generations. The June workshops build on what was learned from the workshops held in March 2013 and will offer attendees an opportunity to view the performance of today's transportation system, better understand anticipated growth and share specific ideas on how to meet the District's future transportation needs. Participants will be asked to identify the positive and negative elements of each scenario, suggest projects that should be included in each, help identify priorities, and share thoughts on trade-offs they'd be willing to support. Presentation: 7 PM at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street, NW. More info at

Thursday, June 13 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM: A Systems View of Anti-Semitism, presentation by Eileen B. Gottlieb, Director of the Florida Family Research Network. Free. At the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd NW. More info at

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