Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 14,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 19 at 4 PM, Build a Marshmallow Catapult, a workshop for budding engineers, ages 7 to 12. Build a catapult and then test how far it can fling a marshmallow under various test conditions. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. More info: 

Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 PM, Former mayor and current councilmember Marion Barry discusses his autobiography, “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” Tickets $5 - $10, a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute, 529 14th St NW. Reserve at: 

Thursday, June 19 at 6:45 PM, Beau Willimon, the creative force behind the Netflix series “House of Cards,” will discuss the show with New York Times culture critic David Carr. Tickets $25 - $30 at At the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW.

Friday, June 20 at 7 PM, “Let’s Talk About Les Bleus: A World Cup Discussion” with Washington Post sports blogger Cindy Boren, online Post columnist Clinton Yates, historian Lindsay Krasnoff, and Alliance Francaise cultural program director Sylvain Cornevaux and others, talking about the French national soccer team and their uphill battle to World Cup 2014. $8 to $12 at Location: Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, June 21 from 4 - 8 PM, St Paul’s Episcopal Church Annual Strawberry Festival. Enjoy everything strawberry, including cakes, pies, and other desserts, plus non-strawberry baked items and picnic foods for sale, and other items, such jewelry, crafts, and plants. There will also be games, a scavenger hunt, a moon bounce, and tours of Rock Creek Cemetery. Free admission. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster St NW. More info: 

Saturday June 21 at 2 PM, Author Talk with Luis Montalván. Luis Carlos Montalván and his dog Tuesday will be reading from their book Tuesday Tucks Me In, at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW. Montalván is the author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him. Book sale and signing follows. Free. More info at 

Saturday, June 21 at 4 PM, AU Museum Gallery Talk: SYZYGY. Join the artist Bill Newman for a discussion on his photographs, photorealist paintings and sculptures. Seen together, photographs that take a click to create and paintings that required years to produce join to represent nature’s fleeting beauty, its life through memory and desire, and its timeless eternal renewal. At American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW. Free. More info: 

Saturday, June 21 at 4 PM, A Summer Solstice Celebration: A Benefit For The Rock Creek Conservation Corps.Join us at the edge of the park for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the beginning of summer and support important conservation work in Melvin Hazen Park. As the Summer Solstice celebration will be benefiting the conservation program, donations are requested and can be given at the event or online at The event will take place at the home of Cynthia Ferranto and John Welsh in Cleveland Park - go to: for more information.

Saturday, June 21 at 7 PM, Dupont Circle Community Summer Solstice Celebration, a community event with food, yoga, and activities for all ages. The gathering will include a dedication of garden and hives, including a new beehive made possible through a grant from the Dupont Circle Citizens’ Association. Free. At the Church of the Pilgrims, at the corner of 22nd P NW. More info: 

Sunday, June 22 from 1 - 3 PM, Ice Cream Sundae at Dumbarton House. Make your own ice cream sundae and sample flavors that were popular when Dolley Madison served ice cream at the White House. Tickets $8 per adult or child at At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW.

Monday, June 23 at 2 PM, “Open Doors at Friendship Place,” discussion of ways to find permanent solutions to homelessness. Free, but reservations appreciated - call Benjamin Bradburn, 202-503-2963. Location: AimHire Center, 4652 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info: 

Monday, June 23 at 8 PM, World Cup Do-Overs. If you are not enjoying the 2014 World Cup because your favorite team has been defeated, you will love this World-Cup watching spectacular, courtesy of video-editing masters at Video Magic at 22nd and L Streets NW. Come to the studio ready to vote for the game you most want to seen redone, and the editing team at Video Magic will use their computer tools to make it happen! Watch that missed goal bounce into the net for your side. See the other team’s goalie dive for the ball and miss instead of making the save to win for the team you hate. Best of all, bad referee calls will be reversed! Get there early to vote for the game you want altered -- but only in your dreams, because this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 PM, Blue Sky Puppet Theater. Follow Rufus through his adventures in science class with Dr. Science. Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presents an interactive puppet show incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. More info: 

Tuesday, June 24 at 3 PM, Juggler Nicolo Whimsey delights children, ages 5-12, with juggling, storytelling, music, comedy, and audience participation. Free. At Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, June 24 at 8:30 PM, Outdoor screening of “Rushmore,” Wes Anderson’s 1998 film, presented by the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District and the Marie Reed Learning Center PTA. Free. Location: Marie Reed Learning Center soccer field, 18th California Sts NW.

Wednesday, June 25 through Sunday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 6, The Smithsonian’s Annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Free. This year’s festival --the 48th-- features folk arts and performances from Kenya and from China. See the full schedule of events at 

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