Thursday, February 13, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

MLK, Jr. Library (Public Domain)
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, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 PM, Olympic Speed Skating Viewing Party, a benefit for the United Capital Blades Speedskating Club, with special guest Nathaniel Mills, a 3-time member of the US Olympic team. Free. In the Boiler Room of Jake’s American Gille, 5016 Connecticut Avenue NW, 301-979-9456. (Yes, Jake's is open despite the snow.)

Saturday, February 15 at 10 AM, MLK Library Design Forum. You are invited to the Library Design Forum at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The three architect finalists will present their design ideas to the public for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Share your thoughts on what you want to see in the new library. Designs available at:

Saturday, February 15 from 5 -7 PM, Tudor Place hosts Vintage Valentines: An Evening with the Washingtons, featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a look at some rare objects from the Washington Collection at Tudor Place. The evening also offers a rare chance to view a personal letter from George Washington to Martha – one of only three in existence and too fragile for frequent display – written in 1775 as he took command of the Continental Army. Tickets $10 - $15 each or $16 - $25 per couple, available at At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St NW. More info at

Sunday, February 16 from 1:30 - 3 PM, Joe Hairston, a long-time prominent government attorney and a leader of integration in the Shepherd Park neighborhood, and Henry Wiencek, author of The Hairstons -
An American Family in Black and White
, will discuss the book and the legacy of slavery and racism in the US. Books are available for signing. Free. At the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, 202-882-6650. More info at

Sunday, February 16 from 2 - 3:30 PM, Walking Tour of Georgetown, led by a park ranger. Did you know that Lincoln, Washington, and several other presidents had connections to Georgetown? Take a two-mile walk through this historic neighborhood and discover its hidden presidential histories in honor of Presidents' Day Weekend. Be sure and dress warmly. Free. Starts at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St NW. More info at

Monday, February 17 at 9 PM, Really, Really Obscure Presidential Trivia Night. Sure, anyone can do well at Presidential trivia when the questions are about Washington, Jefferson, Madison or Monroe.
In honor of Presidents Day, this Presidential Trivia contest aims to bring needed attention to our neglected and forgotten presidents: Chester A. Arthur, John Tyler, Benjamin Harrison, Franklin Pierce...names that the average American wouldn't know from Adams (and I don't mean John Quincy!). At the Millard K. Fillmore Bar Grille...which doesn’t exist because no one would name a bar after our 13th president - which means that (you guessed it!) this is the weekly fake event. If you’d still like to know some trivia about obscure presidents, here’s a website:

Tuesday, February 18 at 7 PM, American University’s Community Books That Shaped America Series presents a community discussion of The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin, with Kyle Dargan, Director of Creative Writing,Assistant Professor, Department of Literature. Free and open to all. At American University - Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service. More info:

Wednesday, February 19 at 6 PM Mellow Mushroom Clothing Swap. Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan is holding its 2nd Fashion Clothing Swap. Exchange clothes you bring for something new, while you mingle and eat pizza topped with fresh produce from local farms and drink local craft beers, as DJ Chooky brings the beats. Guidelines: Clothing should be clean and in good condition. Each item you bring allows you to take an item in exchange. More details of the event found here: Mellow Mushroom is at 2436 18th St NW, 202-290-2778.

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