Thursday, September 12, 2013

Get Out! - The Events Column

Peirce Mill - NPS Photo
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
Publishers, All Life Is Local
The Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, September 13 at 6 PM, "The Case of the Cuban Five: Justice or Injustice?" Actor and activist Danny Glover will be joined by members of the Cuban Five legal team to discuss the case of five Cubans serving lengthy prison sentences in the US. Read about the case at To register for this free event go to:

Saturday, September 14 from 10 AM - 12 Noon, National Capital Macintosh Users Group (NCA MUG) meets to discuss the following topics: Enhancing your desktop/online experience with free mini-applications; Web browser extensions for Safari Google Chrome Firefox; MAC OS Dashboard Widgets. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, visit At the Cleveland Park Library, Macomb St and Connecticut Ave NW.

Saturday, September 14 at 11 AM - 2 PM, "It's Miller Time: Peirce Mill in Action." Watch an actual working mill turn corn into cornmeal as the waters of Rock Creek power the gristmill. Free. At Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park, Tilden Street at Beach Drive. Details at

Saturday, September 14, 12 noon - 2 PM, Zumba Day Party! Come and party yourself into shape! Participants in any shape can dance and burn hundreds of calories throughout the day. There will be hot dance moves, healthy refreshments, health awareness vendors and oh don't forget shopping! Tickets: $15 advance $20 door. At the Thurgood Marshall Cultural Center, 1618 12th Street. Register online at, more info from YouthSpire, 202.906.0532.

Saturday, September 14, 3 - 5 PM, Washington Murals: Spectacle and Story. A panel of muralists discuss public art in upper northwest Washington. Presentations showcase diverse styles and themes in a basket of color stretching from Dupont Circle (Toy Theater, Peter Waddel, 2012) up Connecticut Avenue (73 Cents, Regina Holliday, 2009) to Takoma Park (From a Model to a Rainbow, Sam Gilliam and Steve Frietch , 2011). Caitlin Carroll previews her documentary film on the murals of DC. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Sunday September 15, 1 - 3 PM, Cat Adoption Event. Meet cute, sweet adoptable cats at the Unleashed by Petco in Aspen Hill. These cats were rescued from dangerous situations and are now looking for their "forever homes." They have all been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Location: Unleashed by Petco, 13685 Conn Ave, in the Aspen Hill shopping center. For more info visit Rock Creek Cats at

Sunday, September 15, 2 - 3:30 PM. Walking tour of RiverSmart Washington projects in the Lafayette neighborhood. Learn how well "green" landscaping soaks up rainwater, by viewing dozens of rain gardens, BayScapes, and pervious surfaces installed on private properties. Representatives from the District Department of the Environment and John Shorb Landscaping will be present to answer questions about "green" landscaping, discuss opportunities to participate in District programs to reduce runoff and protect Rock Creek, and update you on District Department of Transportation plans for "greening" public space. Meet outside at the corner of 33rd Street and Quesada Street, NW, rain or shine. More info about RiverSmart Washington at

Monday, September 16, 9 - 10 PM, Dupont Circle Escalator Race. Think you're in shape? You may be in for a surprise at the Dupont Circle Escalator Race. Competitors will dash up the escalator at the north end of the Dupont Circle Metro Stop. The top 10 times will win a pair of the newly released Nike Free Hyperheel shoes, which retail for $175. There's no entrance fee for this race; just show up at the north entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro before 9pm. Note: There will be no race if all escalators are working, but what are the chances of that happening? Another note: You may be all alone if you come because this is the weekly fake event.

Thursday, September 19, 7 - 8:30 PM, Book discussion: Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcon (first book in the award-winning young fiction writers book discussion series) In a decade-long bloody civil conflict between government and guerrillas in a fictional South American country, Norma is the on-air voice of hope for Indians in the mountains and the poor in the barrios. The book opens this way: "They took Norma off the air that Tuesday morning because a boy was dropped off at the station. He was quiet and thin and had a note." Discussion leader: Phil Burnham, George Mason University. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut and Macomb St NW.

Saturday, September 21 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Age Friendly Forum. Do you care for your parents or other older family members? Do you care for or help adults who are older? Are you getting older and have ideas on ways to make the city a better place to live? Then come to the Age-Friendly DC Forum featuring Mayor Vincent C. Gray and hundreds of people interested in making neighborhoods and the city as a whole eminently livable. Participants will have an opportunity to comment on the 10 areas of civic life that shape an Age-Friendly DC, including transportation, housing, and health and wellness. Your comments and ideas will directly feed into the development of age-friendly programs and policies that will benefit you, your family members, your neighborhood. Location: The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street, NW. Light refreshments will be served and transportation will be provided - visit RSVP for the Forum at or by calling 202-724-5622.

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