Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Image from Palisades DC Public Library
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 15,100+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at (events @ fastmail dot us).
Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Friday, May 1 at 4 PM, Mother’s Day Crafts. Children will learn to make tissue paper flowers and decorate a jar to hold their flowers. While this program is for children of all ages, the very young may need adult assistance. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Friday, May 1 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday, May 2 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. The theme this year is “Celebrating Asia.” Dance performances, concerts, craft demonstrations, rides, games, food and drink, vendors, flower arrangements from around the world, and more. This is the 76th year of the Cathedral fair. Free and open to all. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. For more information see:
Saturday, May 2, during DC Public Library hours, Free Comic Book Day. Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day; a national event to promote reading for all ages. As long as supplies last on May 2, many DC public libraries will be giving away various comics donated by multiple comic book distributors. Comics will be available until the library closes or we run out of comic books to give away. To see which libraries are participating, go to For more information about National Free Comic Book Day, visit
Saturday, May 2 from 10 AM - 4 PM, “Around the World Embassy Tour” by Cultural Tourism DC. Nearly 40 embassies will open their doors to DC visitors and residents. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations. Free - reservations are not required. Many embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness Metrorail stations. For tips and recommendations about the tour, go to:
Saturday, May 2 at 10:15 AM, Concert by Washington National Cathedral Voices: Renaissance Faire - a program of music from the first golden age of English sacred music, performed at the High Altar, directed by Christopher Betts. The Renaissance Faire program includes works by Batten, Byrd, Tallis, Weelkes, Tomkins, and Tye. The concert is one of the free performances during the Cathedral Flower Mart. More info:
Saturday, May 2 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Lafayette School’s Spring Fair. Attractions include carnival rides, bounce houses, dunk tank, games, face painting, arts & crafts, photo booth, book sale and lots of yummy food for sale, including the ever-popular bake sale. Bring in your old bike to trade in at the bike swap, or pick up a used bike at a great price. This year's theme is "Lafayette Under Construction: Everything is Awesome!" This is the last fair before the wrecking ball comes to Lafayette in June. The blow-out annual event won't be held next year while the school is being remodeled, so don't miss this time. Ride tickets available forpurchase on site. Or you can find more details and pre-purchase KidPass bracelets for unlimited rides here: fair is held on the grounds of Lafayette Elementary School at 5701 Broad Branch Rd. NW, rain or shine. 
Sunday, May 3 at 1 PM, Tregaron Spring Cleanup and Arborist Talk on Urban Woodlands. The Tregaron Conservancy will be hosting its annual spring clean-up, which will begin with a short walk on the trails led by Master Arborist Shawn Siefers of The Care of Trees. Shawn will talk about the challenges of maintaining urban woodlands. Meet at the top of the "sledding" hill facing Macomb Street. Bring gloves and loppers if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided. For more information, visit
Sunday, May 3 at 4 PM, The Georgetown Chorale presents its 2015 Spring Benefit Concert. Celebrate spring with a program of American choral classics inspired by folk traditions and ancient harmonies, from the beloved Old American Songs of Aaron Copland, to Paul Halley’s charming Love Songs for Springtime, and the iridescent harmonies of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Advance tickets: $22 (adults), $10 (students and children) available online through May 2 at Tickets at the door: $25/$10 Students. Concert proceeds will benefit the First Star Greater Washington Academy summer college prep program for foster students. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, NW. More info:  
Sunday, May 3 at 4 PM, New Dominion Chorale Concert of Gilbert and Sullivan plus Classical Broadway Musical Theater favorites, directed by Thomas Beveridge. In the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria Va. 703-442-9404. Adults $30, Seniors $25, Children/students $5 - ticket information and directions at
Sunday, May 3, at 5:30 PM, Golden Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Celebration. Join Moment Magazine and The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute for “A Great Civil Rights Partnership: A celebration in honor of the struggle for racial equality, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.” Moderated by journalist Steven V. Roberts, the event will feature former Congressman Barney Frank, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and civil rights leader Julian Bond, as well as music and dance from students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. There will also be a live photo exhibition of some of the era’s iconic photographs.The event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP at At Newseum's Annenberg Theater, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - Use Group Entrance on C Street
Monday, May 4 at 7 PM, Author Talk - Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, both Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists for the Washington Post, will appear with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were kidnapped and held for a decade in Cleveland by Ariel Castro. In Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, Berry and DeJesus share their harrowing, yet inspiring, story of the courage, ingenuity and resourcefulness that ultimately delivered them to their freedom, their lives and their families. This event will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. This event is presented by Politics & Prose at Sidwell Friends Meeting House, 3825 Wisconsin Ave NW. There will no public signing at this event—books will be pre-signed. No recording or photography of any kind is permitted at this event. Doors and check in start at 6 PM. This event is free. Register to attend at
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, “Urban Gardening 101” presented by Josh Singer, community gardens specialist at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Free. In the large meeting room on the lower level at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,
Tuesday, May 5 at 3:30 PM, Cinco de Mayo. We're celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the culmination of our Dia de Los Ninos festivities with an afternoon of bilingual stories and crafts. Break goodies out of our library-made piƱata, listen to fun music, and make luchador masks to take home! Free. At the Palisades Library, Recommended for ages 4-7 but all are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, May 6 at 4 PM, Mayo de Mayo. Yesterday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo, honoring Mexican heritage and culture -- including spicy Mexican cuisine with its hot, flavorful, fresh salsas. The next day, Seis de Mayo, we honor the non-spicy condiment originally from France -mayonnaise- on this new but rapidly spreading holiday, Mayo de Mayo. Come to your local participating sandwich shop and order a plain ham or turkey sandwich on white bread -- with mayo. Globs and globs of bland, white mayo on white bread. To see the list of participating restaurants, go to:

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