Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian
American Art Museum - photo by Tim Hursely

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, January 8 at 5 PM, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Palisades Library invites you to a Mad Hatter's Tea Party to celebrate the birthday of author Lewis Carroll and the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Make Wonderland crafts and enjoy "tea" and refreshments, followed by a screening and sing-a-along of Disney's animated movie based on the book. More info:

Thursday, January 8 at 7 pm, “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles is the featured book for discussion in the Cleveland Park Library series "Literature of the English-Speaking World." The library has multiple copies of the book available for you to borrow. There is no cost to join the discussion series but please call  Cleveland Park Library at 202 282-3072 to register so that you can receive study questions from the facilitator in advance. About the book: When Port and Kit Moresby travel to the Sahara to test their faltering marriage, they get more than they bargained for. This classic, published in 1949, made a name for Paul Bowles, an American composer and writer who spent most of his adult life based in Tangier. Like other books in the series, the theme of expats negotiating the distance between homeland and the greater world beyond is central. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St,

Friday, January 9 at 10 AM, Casey Trees presents “Buds Story Time,” a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 years to 4 years). The story time will feature three to four tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate scavenger hunt items to track down while exploring the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) on their own after the Buds program has concluded. Free tickets available at .

Saturday, January 10 from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Smithsonian American Art Museum is putting on a Winter Family Festival in celebration of the exhibit “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.” Don’t fly south for the winter, flock to the museum! There will be feathery fun as the whole family enjoys crafting for the birds, including a printmaking workshop with Lily Press. Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F Streets NW.

Saturday, January 10 at 11:30 AM, “DC School Lottery: How Does It Work? What Do I Need to Know?” meeting for parents. Bring your questions and get helpful answers from a professional from MySchoolDC. Find out the best way to get your children into the charter school of their choice, and learn about all your options for your child’s public school education in DC. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. More info:

Sunday, January 11 at 5:15 PM, Cathedral Organ Recital with guest organist Janet Yieh from New York City, performing on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. Works include Te Deum, Benedictus, Op. 59, and Prelude and Fugue in A Minor. $10 suggested donation.The Washington Cathedral is at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. More info:

Monday, January 12 at 7 PM, Workshop: Eco Wrap Alternatives. When DC's law banning the sale and use of gift wrapping paper took effect on January 1, 2015, were you ready? (See the DC Gift Paper Preservation Act of 2014 for what the law covers.) Come to this free workshop on wrapping with reusable cloth - a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gift wrapping paper. We will teach you how to iron sharp creases on the wrapping cloth and sew seams that are tight and stitch-perfect. We will also be distributing FREE seam-ripper tools so that your children can zip through the unwrapping process at birthday parties and other present-giving events, just as the did in the ecologically wasteful days of paper gift wrap. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW. Free, but you must register at

Tuesday, January 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, “Smart Growth: Reimagining Industrial Areas in Washington, DC.” Andrea Limauro and Tracy Gabriel of the DC Office of Planning discuss Ward 5 Works, a recently released plan calling for the transformation and reuse of the industrial areas in Northeast DC to diversify the district’s economy and grow emerging industries, as well as develop hubs for a creative economy, green jobs, and food production. Tickets are free - register at Limited walk-up registration may be available.

Tuesday, January 13 at 7 PM, Friendship Bracelet Party at the Mount Pleasant Library. Colorful string! Snacks! 90's music! Nostalgia! Make friends, or make things for your other friends. We’ll provide the materials and the instructions, you provide the knots. All ages welcome. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW. More info:

Wednesday, January 14 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “History of Rock Creek Park” by former interpretive park ranger Scott Einberger. Rock Creek Park celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Ranger Einberger traces the history of the park, from 4,500 years ago when Native Americans quarried stone in the Rock Creek Valley, through the era of early mills and mansions, the area’s links to the Civil War and the park’s establishment by Congress in the late 1800s. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, Wisconsin Avenue at Albemarle Street. Book sale and signing to follow event. More info:

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