Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by By Kingkongfive via Creative 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 15,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 25 at 4 PM, French Story Time - includes songs, music and motion for children of all ages. A very interactive program - children have the opportunity to learn French songs, practice their French, and connect words with motion, as well as enjoy stories. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Thursday,June 25 at 6 PM, Talk by veteran CBS news correspondent Bill Plante on “Selma Fifty Years Later.” Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks will be served. A presentation of the Georgetown Village. Free, but please RSVP to 202-999-8988 or email lynn @ georgetown-village dot org. At St, John’s Episcopal Church, 3420 O Street NW,  

Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 PM, “A Century of Challenges: The Holocaust's Impact on Second and Third Generation Survivors” featuring Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness. The impact of WWII has had far-reaching effects on survivors’ families, even two and three generations later. In her first novel, Even in Darkness, Barbara Stark-Nemon preserves a lifetime of family stories, exploring her family's German identity and the impact of the Holocaust on their lives and on her own. Part of the the Washington DCJCC Literary Festival. At the Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW. Tickets $11.50 - $13.50 at More info on other literary programs at  

Friday, June 26 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Meet Linda Shrewsbury, author of “Cursive Logic: An Intelligent New Way to Teach Cursive Handwriting.” Free. At Fahrney’s Pens, 1317 F Street NW,

Friday, June 26 at 7 PM, “From Bucharest to Manhattan" with Paul Cosma-Cimpoieru, hosted by Bucharest Inside the Beltway. Using music and dance Paul Cosma-Cimpoieru fervently explores a Romanian immigrant’s experiences in the Big Apple. From the subways, bodegas, tourists, Uptown, Downtown, he reveals through this interpretive dance work what it feels like to wake up in the city that never sleeps and strive to be a part of it. Tickets are $15; email bucharestinsidethebeltway @ gmail dot com to reserve -- space is limited! Location: Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street, NW.

Saturday, June 27 at 8 AM, Book Hill Dog Park’s Dog Parade and Show, with prizes for the best dog costume, best trick, best couple, and more. Meet Uncle Sam. Free. At Book Hill Park, behind the Georgetown Library at Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Rain date: June 28.

Saturday, June 27 from 10 AM - 7 PM, Friends of MacMillan Park’s Sidewalk Benefit Sale to raise funds to help prevent overdevelopment at MacMillan Park. Free admission. Over 300 items for sale from 40 donors, including everyday items such as appliances, coffee table books, furniture, and dinnerware, as well as unusual items such as: an antique Turkish Kelim rug, wrought iron decorated gates suspected of having been designed by Samuel Yellin, antique Chinese artifacts, a 19th Century mahogany and gilt cornucopia mirror, the services of a local artist who will paint a portrait of your beloved dog or human in acrylic, an Albert Einstein impersonator to entertain your party or another event, a professional-run tour of the city for 8 people, a licensed wedding practitioner who will conduct your wedding ceremony, and a professional facial massage at one of DC’s finest hotels. On the patio of Dupont Italian Kitchen, 17th and R Street NW. More info about this event and about the MacMillan Park cause at

Saturday June 27 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Free Events at Peirce Mill. Take a guided tour, learn about mill machinery, try your hand at traditional children’s games. Pick up a snack. "Follow the Grain" - join a 30 minute tour demonstrating how Oliver Evans (holder of US Patent #3 granted 1789) turned milling from a labor intensive process into a continuous system using gravity and new technology. This Saturday, families can try grinding wheat the really old-fashioned way—by hand!  We will also turn flour and water into bread starters, and shake up some cream to make butter (11 AM - 2 PM). Pierce Mill is at Tilden & Beach Drive. More info:  

Saturday, June 27 from 11 AM - 5 PM, The Seventh Annual DC Housing Expo and Home ShowDC. This FREE event features workshops, demos, and exhibits with financial, rental, home ownership, and small business information. Learn about home improvement, energy efficient products, senior housing, home finance assistance, and much more. Prizes and giveaways! Free and open to the public. At the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, L St entrance. More info: To register go to:  
Saturday, June 27 from 3 - 5 PM, Mini Science Quest, Growing Curiosity for Science, presented by Acton Academy. Hands-on projects and scientific inquiry for kids, ages 6 - 10. Free but reservations requested at  At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday, June 28 at 4 PM, Learn to Finger-Sign! How often has this happened to you? You have just purchased an item from a craft vendor or some other independent seller, who has put through the charge using a card-reader attached to an iPad or tablet computer; you are then asked to sign your name with your fingertip on a virtual line on a touchscreen. You do so as requested but when you finish signing, you see that your signature looks like ridiculous squiggle drawn by 3-year-old. It’s nothing at all like the dignified, even elegant cursive that you normally produce with a pen in your hand. Now, with this 45-minute intensive workshop, you can learn to finger-sign with style and grace! Free. At the Calligrapher’s Nib - click here to register:

Monday, June 29 at 7 PM, The Spy Museum Presents: "Heroes or Villains?" Vincent Houghton of the International Spy Museum will share true stories of what makes a hero or villain in real-life situations. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Tuesday, June 30 from 6:30 - 8 PM, “Murder Bay, Hell’s Bottom, and Other Long-Gone Neighborhoods from 1800s Washington,” a seminar led by Allison Arlotta - part of the DC Public Library/Knowledge Commons DC series of free classes. Free, but reservations required at At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW

Wednesday, July 1 at 3 PM, “Heroes Brought to Life.” Magician Joe Romano will bring the heroes of comic books, graphic novels, and stories to life through the art of magic and illusion. For ages 5-10. Free. At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,  

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