Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

English Beers by Rama via Wikimedia Commons
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 @ fastmail.us.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, May 28 at 4 PM, “Theatre d’ombres” shadow puppet play presented by Alliance Francaise de Washington -- a whimsical story time and craft workshop - en fran├žais! Children will make their own shadow puppets to take home and will listen and watch stories in French performed in a shadow puppet theatre. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. See http://www.francedc.org/Events/?id=336 for more info.

Saturday, May 30 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Ivy Removal and Cleanup of Montrose Park. Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers to save park trees from the choke-hold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and eventually weakens and kills the tree. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. This event is suitable for ages 16 and up. Volunteers will meet at Montrose Park at 3041 R St NW. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/1HIY2ZZ.

Saturday, May 30 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Beer Festival - the “Tour de Fat” hosted by the New Belgium Brewing Company. Festivities kick off at 10 AM when you can register your bicycle for the bicycle ride/parade through city streets, which takes place from 11 AM - 12 noon. The festival includes live entertainment, a wide variety of food and beer, a dance contest, and more. Free admission. At The Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE. More info: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/washington.aspx

Saturday, May 30 from 10:30 AM - 3 PM, Superhero Craft Day -- part of the Summer Reading Kick-off of the DC Public Library System. Get information on how to collect prizes for completing a summer reading program when you come to Tenley-Friendship Library for Superhero Craft Day. Story time starts at 10:30 AM. There will be stations where you can make masks, logos and other superhero-themed crafts from 11:15 AM - 3 PM. Free. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Saturday, May 30 from 11 AM - 1 PM, The 5th annual “Saying Their Names” event at Walter Pierce Park. You are invited to share your own family’s freedom story, as part of this program to honor the 8,428 black and white Washingtonians -- soldiers in the Civil War and anti-slavery activists -- who were laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant Plains Cemetery and Quaker Burying Ground at Walter Pierce Park. Volunteers will read the names of African Americans and Quakers who were buried beneath what is now the park at Adams Mill Road and Calvert Street. No RSVP required. In case of bad weather, this outdoor event will be rescheduled. More info: http://walterpierceparkcemeteries.org/

Saturday, May 30 from 5 - 7 PM, The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series presents La Unica band, performing live at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road.

Sunday, May 31 from 10 AM - 4 PM,  The Biggest Flea Market and Crafts Market in DC Palisades, sponsored by the Palisades Georgetown Lions Club. In the Wells Fargo parking lot at Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, NW.

Monday, June 1 at 4 PM, “Cute as a Junebug” Cuteness Competition. Have you wondered how many things are cuter than a Junebug? A Junebug may be cute, but let’s face it -- it’s still a bug, and there’s a limit to how cute a bug can be. It’s not a kitten, or a puppy, or a baby bunny, or any number of things that are cuter than the cutest bug. Want to see how cute? Come to this unique beauty contest, where you will watch Youtube videos from Cuteness Overload (http://cute-overload.tumblr.com/) and then vote for the cutest of all. For location and how to register to vote for your favorite, see: http://bit.ly/cpfakeevent.  

Monday, June 1 at 6 PM, Students from the Wilson High School Vocal Music Program perform at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. Free. http://bit.ly/1RozsSR

Wednesday, June 3 at 7 PM, Voice and Piano Concert by Narda Munoz and Jason Solounias.  Join the Cleveland Park community for a special evening of music, featuring rising stars Narda Munoz and Jason Solounias as they perform operatic works. At Cleveland Park Congregational United Church, 3400 Lowell Street, NW. Suggested donation $25 or pay what you can at the door.

Wednesday, June 3 from 7 - 9 PM, Author Talk by Rhoda Trooboff, local author and Tenley Friends board member, on her first novel, Correspondence Course: The Bathsua Project. The novel takes place in summertime 2002 DC as Dee Young is mourning the death of her husband. But out of Dee's annus horribilis comes a celebration of the endurance of love, evolution of grief, and the healing power of love. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  http://dclibrary.org/node/48525

Thursday, June 4 from 10 - 11:50 AM, A talk on “Police Use of Force” by Carlos Acosta, Inspector General of the Prince George’s County Police Force and an adjunct associate professor of law at American University. The US again has witnessed its citizens engage in civil disobedience in response to what they perceive to be decades of heavy-handed police use of force. Carlos Acosta reviews what courts have ruled to be legitimate use of force by police and explores that in the context of recent civil disturbances arising from police actions. In this light, he will discuss how the use of force affects police interaction with the communities they serve, and what changes, if any, can improve this interaction. This is a free program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series. Location:  In the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “All ‘Ale the Ladies,” program about women in the craft beer industry. Interested in learning more about the world of craft beer and the women behind it? Join the Heurich House Museum and DC beer writer Tammy Tuck for a discussion with inspiring women in the craft beer industry. Hear featured panelists talk about their paths into the beer profession and discover opportunities to learn about and enjoy craft beer while sampling two beers featured at SAVOR. Additional information and tickets ($10)  available at http://bit.ly/1cjHRHj. The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

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