Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 PM, Talk by Atallah Shabazz, Ambassador-at-Large of Belize and daughter of slain civil rights activist Malcom X will speak on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination. In the Theater of the Arts Auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free but reservations requested at

Friday, February 27 at 10 AM, Memories of the Kids of Birmingham, 1963 - Speaker: Ann Jimerson. Tenleytown resident Ann Jimerson spent four years of her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, during the early 1960s when her father, a minister, moved her family to Birmingham to participate in the civil rights movement. Her website,, collects first-person accounts from people, both black and white, who were children in Birmingham during those turbulent times. More info: At Wilson High School in the Library Media Center, 3950 Chesapeake St NW.

Saturday, February 28 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Janney Elementary School Book Sale. Fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, CDs, DVDs and more. Great bargains. At Janney Elementary, 4130 Albemarle Street NW.

Saturday, February 28 from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Temple Sinai`s Annual Authors` Roundtable. This year participating authors are: Ruth Kassinger, author of A Garden of Marvels, Laura Lippman, author of Hush Hush, Naomi Harris Rosenblatt, author of Bless the Bitter and the Sweet: A Sabra Girl's Diary during the Last Days of British Rule and the Rebirth of Israel, and Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of Til the Well Runs Dry. Temple Sinai is at 3100 Military Road, NW.  Tickets $18 available at: More details at  

Saturday, February 28 at 1:30 PM, Steve Dryden, author of "Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation's Capital," will discuss the slaveholding legacy at Peirce Mill and what is known about the people who were freed when the District became the first jurisdiction below the Mason-Dixon Line to end slavery. Free. At Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden Street NW,

Sunday, March 1 from 3 - 5 PM Anne Henninger lecture on espionage during the American Revolution. Free, but please rsvp to mayhugh2 @ verizon dot net. At Abner Cloud House on the C&O Canal at Canal and Reservoir Roads NW. The Colonial Dames of America will also be conducting free tours of Abner Cloud House, the oldest original building along the Canal, between 1 - 3 PM.

Sunday, March 1 from 5 - 7 PM, Leap Day Birthday Party, a celebration for everyone unlucky enough to be born in a leap year on February 29. What do people do if they’re born on a day that disappears from the calendar three out of four years in a row? They are forced to celebrate on the wrong day….but it’s not such a bad thing if they can get some public recognition of their plight. Now “leaplings” (that is indeed the correct term for those born on February 29 -- see and their families will be honored at a public birthday party and picnic to take place at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, where NPS rangers will sing Happy Birthday to You. Free cake and ice cream, but you must register and submit proof of your February 29 birthday at

Wednesday, March 4 at 4 PM, Purim Party at the Cleveland Park Library. Children ages 3 and up, come dressed up as a hero or a villain and listen to stories of princesses (and princes!) who rescue themselves and their communities. You will also get a chance to make your own paper crown.
Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM, "Civil War to Civil Rights: The Last Great Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr." On the 150th anniversary of our sixteenth president’s second inaugural address, explore how the powerful words of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., still speak to the polarizing divisions of our nation—and call today for a unified American identity. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moderates this free panel discussion focusing on Lincoln’s address and King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Presented by Ford’s Theatre and Washington National Cathedral. Free, but registration required at At Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. More info:

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