Thursday, June 11, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Rosedale Conservancy Community Picnic
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 15,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12 at 8 PM, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each year that the Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade has put on a free outdoor Shakespeare play, they've expanded the number of performance weekends; now in their third summer, they are back with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 11-12; also on June 18-20, and June 25-27, at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW. You may want to show up an hour early to get a prime blanket laying spot. More info:

Friday, June 12, Women’s World Cup Soccer  (USA vs Sweden) Viewing Party, presented by the Embassy of Sweden and the Dupont Festival. Viewing begins at 7:30, fun and festivities, with DJ and pre-game program get started at 5:30 PM. Free. At Dupont Circle, see for details. 

Friday June 12 and Saturday, June 13, 11 AM - 7 PM, the National Maker Faire will give curious, inventive people a place to share what they love to make. Attendees at this family-friendly, free, fun-for-all-ages event will have the opportunity to interact with hundreds of makers showcasing STEM projects, crafts and more. At the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Learn more and get your free tickets at:  

Saturday, June 13th, from 10 -11:30 AM, Shape Tenleytown's Future. Ward3Vision and Tenleytown neighbors have been working on a "visioning" exercise to identify problems, discover opportunities, and imagine how the area might grow and evolve. Now it's time to for the next steps toward making Tenleytown a model of livable, walkable and sustainable development. Ward3Vision needs input. Join neighbors for a couple of hours and share thoughts about how to improve the center of our neighborhood. Metro creates special opportunities and challenges for our neighborhood, and we need to be able to tell developers, city planners, the educational institutions, and the traffic engineers what we, as the residents, want for Tenleytown’s future. Please RSVP to info @ ward3vision dot org. Registration and coffee starting at 9:30 AM. Free. In Room 200, Mary Graydon Hall, on the campus of American University.  

Saturday June 13 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Free Events at Peirce Mill. Learn about the Peirce family and the other mills that operated along Rock Creek. A 20-minute orientation video presents the mill as it would have operated in the 19th century. Games for children ages 3 and up from 11 AM - 2 PM: Mills are giant machines; learn how they work, play with our toy water wheels and make your own wind-powered wheel from paper, then step inside Peirce Mill to watch our big wheels in action! Mill in operation from 11 AM - 2 PM: Watch the waterwheel turn and learn how the flow of water into the "buckets" brings the wheel to life and sets the machinery inside the mill in motion. Peirce Mill is at 2401 Tilden St NW,  

Saturday, June 13 from 10 AM - 12 PM, Creek Critters - Macroinvertebrate Sampling Made Easy. Join Rock Creek Conservancy and Audubon Naturalist Society to learn to use the newly-released “Creek Critters” smart phone app, which guides beginners through the process of getting into a stream, collecting small aquatic insects that live in the stream, and identifying those critters to create a stream health report. This is a great activity for parent-child teams. Please download the free "Creek Critters" app before you come to the stream (iPhone users download from the Apple App Store, android users download from Google Play). Where: Meet in the fields behind Ohr Kodesh Congregation at 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD. What to bring: Bring your smartphone. Wear shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting wet and plan on staying for at least 30 minutes. What will be provided: We’ll provide all collection and identification materials, including waterproof pouches for your phones.  More info:  

Saturday, June 13 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library Book Sale. Great prices on books for gardeners, cooks, art aficionados, children, and more. CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, Members of the Friends of the Library may come at 10 AM for special members-only sale. Not a member? Come at 10 and join at the door. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The sale is in the large meeting room on the second floor.  

Saturday, June 13 from 3 - 8 PM, Family Fun Zone - part of the Capital Pride 2015 Festival. Balloon art, face painting, snacks and drinks for kids and their parents. Free. At Stead Park, 1625 P Street NW. For more info on all the Capital Pride 2015 events, see

Saturday, June 13 from 4 - 8 PM, Strawberry Festival at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, featuring fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, picnic foods, baked goods, plants for sale, jewelry and other crafts, pony rides, moon bounce, games, face painting, climbing wall, entertainment, tours of historic Rock Creek cemetery. Free admission. At St  Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, The 40th Annual Capital Pride Festival and Parade. Two days jam-packed with events -- see for ticketed and free events. The parade takes place on Saturday at 4:30 PM from 22nd and P Streets NW and travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street. The review stand is located at 15th and P Streets, NW; another announcement stand is just east of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue. A sign language interpreter will be available at the 15th and P Streets review stand.  

Sunday, June 14 from 1 - 4 PM, Community Fun Day at the Forest Hills Playground. Moon bounce, face painting, games, snacks and drinks, puppet show, activities for all ages. Sponsored by Capital Memorial Church. Free. At Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake Streets NW. 

Sunday, June 14 at 5 PM, Beau Soir Ensemble in concert, featuring Carrie Rose, Flutist, Jennifer Ries, Violist, and Michelle Myers Lundy, Harpist. Works by Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Leclair and others. Free -- free-will offerings accepted. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW,  

Sunday, June 14, 5 - 8 PM, Rosedale's Annual Community BBQ and Picnic. The Cleveland Park Jazz Quartet will be performing. Bring a potluck side dish or dessert, your blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees, family and friends and come join us -- all are welcome! On Newark Street between 34th Place and 36th St NW. Free. More info:  

Sunday, June 14 from 5 PM - past midnight, The 4th Annual DC Flag Day Festival at Dupont Circle. Bring your DC flags or get one when you arrive. 5 - 6 PM: Gearing up, face painting, flag distributing. 6 - 7 PM: Speakers, including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dan Silverman - Prince of Petworth, and Shana Glickfeild - & BeeKeeper Group. 7 - 8pm: DC Flag and Tattoo Flash and Flesh Mob + March to Eighteenth Street Lounge for party-time and musical performances from Bluebrain, Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, Fire and the Wheel, and Adrian Parsons (DJ set). The Flag Day event is free, but donations of $5 or $10 greatly appreciated.

Monday, June 15 at 12 noon, Washington History: Walking the Spirit of Black Foggy Bottom. Join Dr. Bernard Demczuk, assistant vice president for District relations in GW’s Office of Government and Community Relations, on a walking tour of Foggy Bottom. This 2-hour tour will encompass 33 significant African American sites on GW’s campus and across the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, which was predominantly African-American from the early 1800s to 1970. The tour will explore the significant role African Americans played in developing the nation’s capital. Wear your walking shoes. The tour will go on rain or shine, and will meet in the museum lobby for introductory remarks. Free, but reservations are required. Location: Meet at the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum lobby at 701 21st St NW. RSVP:  

Monday, June 15 at 4 PM, Happy Birthday, Magna Carta! Though we won’t have a cake big enough for 800 candles, we can still celebrate -- although the barons who forced King John to accept the “Great Charter” were definitely not in a party mood when they confronted him in the field at Runymede in 1215. But put on your chain mail and bring your own homemade birthday “carta” to this anniversary feast, where you may sing “Happy Birthday” in Anglo-Saxon (if you’re on the side of the barons) or in Norman French (if you take King John’s part) -- or in Latin, if you want to sing in the language of the Magna Carta itself. For details of the celebration in England, go to: For more about the party here in Washington, DC see

Tuesday, June 16 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Bloomsday and Yeatsday. The Embassy of Ireland invites you to celebrate Irish authors James Joyce and W. B. Yeats with readings and music and a bicycle rally. Participants are encouraged to dress in the style of the early 1900s. Free. At Dupont Circle. More info:  

Tuesday, June 16 at 7 PM, Local Author Shannon Morgan talks about her book 100 Things to Do in Washington, DC Before You Die. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,  

Wednesday, June 17 at 1 PM, “DC by the Book.” The Georgetown Library hosts a free class on using the “DC by the Book” website, a public resource about literature set in Washington, DC. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW,  

Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM, “Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC” is a public history project documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, recreation facilities, and other public venues. The project’s website, to go live in June, reveals the widespread presence in DC of racially restricted housing, mainly east of Rock Creek Park. Discover why many of DC’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how the city’s racial geography has been shaped by segregation. Learn about legal battles over covenants fought along racial dividing lines, and find out why DC was central to the struggle to abolish covenants nationwide. “Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC” was organized by Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld, and GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group. Free. In the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW    

Wednesday, June 17 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Celebration of Reno School Restoration and Exhibit. Tenleytown Historical Society and James Albright, Principal, Alice Deal Middle School invite you to visit the restored Reno School (at Alice Deal Middle School) and see the new glass connector joining Reno and Deal schools, and the "unveiling" of Tenleytown Historical Society’s exhibit on the history of Reno School and the Reno community that existed on the site of today’s Fort Reno Park from just after the Civil War to the 1930s. At 7:15 PM: Short program with remarks from Tenleytown Historical Society, Council Member Mary Cheh, and Deal Principal James Albright. Place: Reno School, 4820 Howard Street, NW (behind Alice Deal Middle School) – enter through door to new connector at rear of Reno School. Free. More info:   

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