Thursday, August 1, 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 the 13,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

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

Saturday, August 3, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, DC Building Heights, presentations, discussion and modeling, put on by the DC Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission. Public participation is encouraged. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, corner of Wisconsin and Albemarle. More info at

Saturday, August 3 at 11 AM, Walking Tour of the Columbia Heights Cultural Convergence Heritage Trail, put on by Meet by the north exit of the Columbia Heights Metro Station. Tickets $15 at

Saturday, August 3 from 12 noon - 2:30 PM, Bark in the Park Hike for humans and their canine companions, led by Park Ranger Michael Zwelling and his dog Brooke. Starts at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. Free - reservations required. Email michael_zwelling @

Saturday, August 3 at 5 PM, SynchroSwim 2013, a synchronized swimming performance, presented free by Washington Project for the Arts. At the Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 101 I Street SW. More info at

Sunday, August 4 starting at 8:30 AM: HarborFest Water Swim in the Potomac. Open water swims at National Harbor! Choose among 3 distances: 750 meters, 1.2 miles, or 2.4 miles. Participants can register at or register in person by 8 AM on race day. $50 entry fee ($10 extra for same day registration) benefits Special Olympics swimming programs.

Sunday, August 4, 3 - 4 PM, Umbrella Safety Class. Have you ever been poked in the eye by an umbrella? Have you narrowly turning a friend or stranger into a cyclops? Do you worry about umbrellas in lightning storms? Are you concerned that during a heavy wind, your umbrella will be yanked out of your hand and impale a passerby? At this Umbrella Safety Class, sponsored by GW University Hospital, you'll learn how to be a safer umbrella user, and what to do if you see an umbrella flying toward your face. The class is being held rain or shine or not, because this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, August 6 at 10 AM, Storytime in the Garden: Dig Into Reading. Enjoy stories, songs, and art in an expansive historic landscape in this joint event hosted by neighbors Tudor Place and the D.C. Public Library's Georgetown (Book Hill) branch. This program is free and open to the public. At Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street, NW,

Tuesday, August 6 at 1:30 PM, Tea & Tour of the National Cathedral. Enjoy a traditional English tea followed by an in-depth tour of the Cathedral. Tickets $30 at the Washington National Cathedral, (This event is also available on Wednesday at 1:30.)

Tuesday, August 6, from 4:30 - 7 PM, National Night Out - Events at the Second District Police Station. Meet and greet with MPD 2D Officers, neighborhood watch sign up, home burglary check sign up, safety tips, fingerprinting kids, VIN etching to mark your valuables, child safety seat inspections, giveaways, drug prevention information, free emergency safety kits, games for kids, food, and more. Meet members of the canine unit, the mounted horse unit, and the US Attorneys Office. My Sisters Place will be in attendance for domestic violence information. Bring your old prescription drugs to dispose in DEA's drop box. Bring your whole family and meet your district's Commander, Commander Reese. At the Metropolitan Police Department Second District, 3320 Idaho Ave NW.

Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, class on removal of non-native invasive species of plants. Ana Chuquin of Rock Creek Park and Mary Farrah of the UDC Cooperative Extension Service teach this class in removing invasive plants. Free. Reservations required at At Casey Trees, 3030 12 Street NW. The classroom session is followed by a hands-on field session on Saturday, August 10 from 9 - 11 AM in Rock Creek Park.

Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 PM, Screening of Beijing Flickers, part of the Global Lens 2013 film series co-presented with the Global Film Initiative. In Mandarin with English Subtitles. Acclaimed Chinese film
director Zhang Yuan's gorgeously gritty, droll, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequalities, and unfeeling ambition. Free. In the first floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW,

Tuesday, August 6 & Wednesday, August 7, 8 - 10 PM, the Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival 2013 presents Art Intersections: an Asian-Latino Pop-up Museum. Curators Eric Nakamura, Shizu Saldamando, and Adriel Luis will project artwork onto the public surfaces of Veterans Plaza, telling the visual stories of Asian-Latino cultural connection over the sounds of Asian-Latino fusion music. 1 Veterans Place, in downtown Silver Spring. More info at:

Wednesday, August 7 from 10 AM - 2 PM - It's Gorilla Day at the National Zoo! See the gorillas up close, learn about projects to protect them in the wild, and take part in some fun gorilla-themed activities. For all ages. At the Gorilla House of the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Wednesday, August 7 at 4 PM, Chess for Kids, ages 5 - 12, all instruction levels welcome. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Avenue & Macomb Street NW.

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