Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, May 7 from 4 - 8 PM, Baked by Yael's official Grand Opening. Join the Baked by Yael team and emcee Tommy McFly from 94.7 Fresh FM for an afternoon of fun, with prizes given away every 15 minutes from 5 - 7 PM, including cakepops, a Mother's Day cakepop bouquet, Baked by Yael gift cards, and a cakepop party!  At Baked by Yael, DC's First Cakepoppery, 3000 Connecticut Avenue,

Thursday, May 7 from 6 - 9 PM, Migratory Bird Day Program, “Bringing Nature Home,” presentation by Professor Doug Tallemy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at Delaware University. Using fascinating examples from his research on food webs and the relationships between plants and animals, Dr. Tallamy makes a compelling and powerful case for why using native plants in our yards and gardens is a key to restoring our dwindling biodiversity. By choosing native plants, anyone with access to a patch of earth, no matter how small, can contribute to conserving birds and other wildlife and to maintaining healthy ecosystems. At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Free, but please rsvp at to provide an accurate head count for the event.

Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 PM, “Imagine: When Chevy Chase Was Farmland! Rural Remnants of Washington County: An Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates,” a talk by Kim Williams of the DC Historic Preservation Office, a presentation of Historic Chevy Chase DC. Free. At Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Friday May 8 beginning at 12:10 PM, World War II Aircraft Flyover, presented by the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war that changed the United States forever. To honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II and to spotlight the essential role that aircraft played in U.S. victory, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association will bring one of the largest privately owned collections of WWII airplanes ever assembled to Washington, DC to fly over the National Mall on May 8, the 70th anniversary of VE day (the public holiday to mark the Allied victory in Europe). The “Arsenal of Democracy” aircraft will fly over the Mall in 14 formations, beginning at 12:10 p.m. You can get Flyover “spotter cards” to help you recognize the planes at this link: For best viewing locations, public transportation and other information about this event go to: Flyover is weather permitting. Rain date Saturday, May 9.

Friday, May 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM, National Public Gardens Day at Tudor Place. Tour and enjoy the historic landscape at no charge in honor of National Public Gardens Day! Stroll at leisure or on free guided tours, offered at 11 AM and 3 PM. Free - no registration required. Pair your visit with a house tour (offered at the regular admission price) - go to for more information. Tudor Place is at 1644 31st Street NW.

Friday, May 8 from 5 - 8 PM, Spring Open House at the Alliance Francaise de Washington. Take a free mini-class and a free placement exam; find out about class offerings; tour the library, learn about French cultural programming. Free. Alliance Francaise de Washington is located at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. No rsvp required. More info:

Friday May 8  at 7 PM, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Featuring Brian Selznick - Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in Children's Books. Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of the 2008 Caldecott-winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, as well as many more titles, will deliver this year's lecture. Registration is free for this event geared towards adults, but tickets are required for entry - register here: Doors open at 6 PM; the lecture begins at 7. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. More info:

Saturday, May 9 from 11 AM - 7 PM, St. George’s Day Picnic - Serbian Food & Cultural Festival. Delicious Serbian food, traditional music & dancing, bounce houses & games for kids, bookstore & boutique, crafts and more. Come enjoy Serbian hospitality & culture! Dobro nam doŇ°li - Welcome! Free admission & parking available next door at Sts. Peter & Paul Church. At St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road, Potomac MD. Visit for complete details

Saturday, May 9 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Run of the Mill,” a presentation by miller Jeanne Minor and the Friends of Peirce Mill on the workings of Washington’s only surviving gristmill. Free. Peirce Mill is at Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. More info about Rock Creek Park’s miller at

Saturday, May 9 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series features the DC-based post-punk band Dot Dash. Free. At the BB&T Bank Plaza at the corner of 18th and Columbia Road. More info:

Sunday, May 10 from 1 - 3 PM, Mothers Day Celebration at the Zoo with Fiesta Asia - an afternoon of family fun, featuring cultural performances by children of all ages for the whole family. Every child has the opportunity to learn the different dances together with their moms, (and dads too!), including the debut Panda Dance, Polynesian Roll, Rabbit Hop, Bollywood Shake and even the Taiko Dog Woof! Free. At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Sunday, May 10 at 3 PM Smothers’ Day Celebration. While everyone else is celebrating Mothers’ Day, let’s not forget that this day is also Smothers’ Day, in honor of the famous comedy duo, The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tommy, whose signature line was: “Mom always liked you best!” If you are too young to remember their iconic bit, your assignment for today is to watch: . And then watch the tables get turned at: But there’s no public gathering for Smothers’ Day, because this is the weekly fake event.

Sunday, May 10 at 4 PM, Masterworks by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert will be on the program in a free concert at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. Soloists, choir, orchestra and organ will be featured in four infrequently-performed works: Haydn's "Little Organ Mass," Mendelssohn's "Hear my Prayer," Schubert "Partsongs," and Haydn's "Organ Concerto in C Major." And you'll learn about the composers’ mothers! No admission charge but donations gratefully accepted. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located on Chevy Chase Circle between Oliver and Patterson Streets, NW on the east side of Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Monday May 11 at 7PM,  District of Change: Traffic! Metro! Bikers! How to Survive the D.C. Commute. As the District of Columbia continues its rapid growth and transformation, not only is the population growing, so is the traffic! More bikes, cars and people on the road; longer waits on the metro and buses. Is there a way to improve and survive the daily commute? Join moderator and avid cyclist David Plotz in discussion with Harriet Tregoning, former director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning; Dan Tangherlini, former director of DDOT and former interim General Manager of the WMATA; and Robert Thomson, aka Dr. Gridlock, traffic reporter for the Washington Post, as they examine the daily commute in DC. RSVP at Free. At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW.  

Tuesday, May 12 from 2 - 4 PM, Presentation on Elder Financial Abuse, Fraud and Neglect - an IONA Senior Services event. Presenter: Carolyn Nicholas - President of Advocates for Elder Justice. Free. Held at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street. Registration appreciated - email: community @ or call: 202.895.9420

Tuesday, May 12 from 6 - 9 PM, Taste of Adams Morgan. Mary's Center and the Adams Morgan Partnership BID invite you, friends, and family to a fun-filled evening of sampling Adams Morgan’s most delicious eats! Partnering restaurants will serve small plates of their signature dishes to raise funds for Mary’s Center, which provides medical, educational, and social services to diverse communities throughout the metro area. Buy tasting tickets online, 4 for $20; 8 for $35 at or get tickets on the day of the event at Little Shop of Flowers, 2421 18th St or at Toro Mata, 2410 18th St. Event location: Along 18th Street in Adams Morgan.

Wednesday, May 13 at 6 PM, Meet with the Cleveland Park Library Design Team and Library Staff to tell us what you would like to see in your new library. The DC Public Library and the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library invite you to a community meeting to discuss the construction project, including plans for interim library services during the time the library is out of commission. To learn more about the project, visit: . In the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM, Author Talk: David Grimm will discuss his book “Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.” In this fascinating exploration of the social evolution of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm chronicles the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals and the pros and cons of granting citizenship to our pets, an idea that is gaining traction with some on the fringe of the animal rights movement. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 PM, Local journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe discuss their book, “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, DC.” Free. At Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street NW. More info:

Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM, Asian Restaurants of Washington. Take a tasty tour of Chinese and other Asian restaurants in Washington, DC with local author John DeFerrari. He will be speaking about popular Chinese restaurants featured in his 2013 book Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC. The program is in the first floor auditorium at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. This event coincides with Asian-Pacific Islander Month. For more about John DeFerrari, check out his website:

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