Thursday, August 14, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Civil War Medicine: It's Not What You Think!
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, August 14 at 7 PM, Civil War Medicine: It’s Not What You Think! The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library are pleased to invite you to this free lecture. Historian Kyle Wichtendal, Educational Coordinator at the National Civil War Medicine Museum in Frederick, MD will talk about the work and challenges of surgeons and medical personnel during the Civil War. Kyle will be bringing reproductions of period medical equipment that you'll be able to handle and examine. This program commemorates the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and especially the Battles of Monocacy (Frederick, MD) and Ft. Stevens (DC), which were fought during the summer of 1864. Free. At the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 1st fl. auditorium, 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thursday, August 14 at 7 PM, “Energize DC.” The DC Public Library and Pepco present a class on how to use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans. You’ll also learn simple and helpful ideas to help you save money and energy in your home. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Friday, August 15 at 6:30 PM, “Art on 8th.” Dance Place and Monroe Street Market present Denise Bryant and her students at Music2YourFeet, who will lead the audience in line dances. Free. At the Arts Walk at the Monroe St Market at 8th and Monroe Streets NE (Brookland). More info: and

Saturday, August 16 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM, Birthright: Farafina Kan 10th Anniversary Concert by the Adinkra Group Farafina Kan, a celebration of West Arfrican culture with an elegant evening of pure energy sheer grace in honor of the joy, spirit of sharing and cultural legacy inspired by West African Dance and Drumming. At the University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Tickets: $18-$20 at

Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 PM, 14th Annual DC Poetry Festival, featuring The Last Poets, honoring Gil Scott-Heron. Free -- First Come-First Served. Gates open at 7 PM, Showtime 7:30 PM. At Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th and Colorado Ave NW. More info:

Saturday, August 16 at 11 AM. Walking Tour of the U Street Corridor. Washington Walks offers a guided tour to the history, architecture, and culture of the neighborhood. Meet outside the 13th St entrance to the U St Metro. Tickets $15 but no reservations necessary - simply show up. More info:

Sunday, August 17 at 4:30 PM, Synchro Swim, presented by Washington Project for the Arts. At WPA’s SynchroSwim, we celebrate creativity and enthusiasm. During the one-hour event, 4 artist teams will perform short, unique routines set to musical compositions. Some may actually be synchronized, but the vast majority will be a free expression of creativity. Performers this year include DC Synchromasters, The Docents, The Elementals, and Fluid Movement.. Free. At the Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 10 Eye Street SW. More info:

Monday, August 18 from 2 - 5 pm, Shark Day Swim-in. Shark Week on the Discovery Channel goes from August 10 - 16, but if you wake up on Monday morning still wanting more sharks, then this fun event is for you. First, create a Shark Fin hat (instructions here: Go to any public pool or public beach on August 18 and between the hours specified and take a little swim with the hat on. (Best to make it out of waterproof foam). You’ll get the optimum effect if you first set an iPod or other music-playing device to pump out a loud version of the theme from Jaws: This is most definitely the weekly fake event, but don’t let that stop you...

Tuesday, August 19 at 1:30 PM, “Reptiles Alive!” Get an exciting introduction to the world of reptiles. Learn snake secrets and laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa constrictor, tortoise, exotic lizards and other amazing animals. Free. At the Takoma Park  Library, 416 Cedar St. NW,

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