Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

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, July 2 at 6 PM, Music to Celebrate the 2nd of July. Celebrate the day on which the Continental Congress voted for independence with music that the Founding Fathers knew well. David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform 18th-century songs,  including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs, in costume with period instruments. Free; no reservations needed. More info:  

Friday, July 3 at 5 PM, Move to Canada Seminar for Americans. Just one day before America’s Independence Day and two days after Canada Day (July 1), the Canadian Embassy hosts this annual, informative seminar for Americans who declare “Now that the US has [fill-in-the-blank with e.g., gay marriage, government-mandated health care] I’m moving to Canada.” Canadian embassy officials will patiently and politely school you in the laws and culture of your intended refuge away from American government overreach, including seminar sub-sections on: the Canadian system of universal health care; its hate speech laws; its decade-long record of national, legal gay marriage; its elimination of the death penalty back in 1976; its tight regulation of the possession of firearms; and its language laws (start learning French now, mon ami - you’re going to need it!). Participants must register for each of the six required sub-sections by filling out the online form at  

Saturday, July 4 starting at 11 AM, the 49th Annual Palisades Fourth of July Parade, with marching bands, dancers from many countries, floats with people throwing out candies and red-white-and-blue beads, bagpipers, bicyclists, city officials (including Mayor Bowser, who invites you to march with her -- register at, vintage cars, clowns, horses and riders, the anti-leafblower brigade, and much more! The parade starts at MacArthur and Whitehaven and proceeds along MacArthur to the Palisades Rec Center at Sherier & Dana Place for a post-parade picnic. Free and open to all. (If marching in the parade, meet your group at 10 AM at Whitehaven Parkway near MacArthur Blvd.)  

Sunday, July 5 at 1 PM, Author talk by Marc Leepson, about his book, “Saving Monticello,” the story of how US Navy Commodore Uriah Levy and his family helped to save Thomas Jefferson’s historic home. Free. At the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R Street NW. More info:  

Monday, July 6 from 3:30 - 6 PM, Wilson High School Science Club presents physicist, neuroscientist and robotics expert Bill Marks leading an open discussion of current issues in science for students and adults. Free. At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW in room B101. Questions? Email wmbmarks @  

Monday, July 6 at 6:30 PM, Compassion & Choices presents a screening of How to Die in Oregon. Councilmember Mary Cheh invites you to join her at a free viewing of the documentary. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize aid in dying. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. On January 14th, Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the Death with Dignity Act of 2015 to expand a patient's end of life treatment options. Based upon the model in Oregon, this bill would authorize aid in dying for terminally-ill people in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Cheh will be available afterward to answer questions from the community. Refreshments will be provided. Location: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW. To RSVP for the screening, please email balexander @  

Tuesday, July 7 at 10 AM, Tudor Tots, Summer Fun in the Sun. Children enjoy interactive read-alouds, songs, and themed movements related to the week’s topic, sharing a shady green and tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Ages 2-4. Admission is $5 per child. Admission for adults is free. Register at . At Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, 1644 31st Street NW. 

Tuesday, July 7 at 7 PM, Concert: “Crossing Over: Musical Journeys in American Faith.” Throughout our nation’s history, American composers have explored questions of faith in music. Vocalists Lena Seikaly and Laura Choi Stuart and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez will present American music from the folk, jazz, spiritual, and classical traditions. Tickets: $6 per adult and $3 per child (12 years and younger), military, student, and senior (65 and older). At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, NW. More info:  

Tuesday, July 7 from 7:30 - 9 PM, Concert by the Kinder und Jugendsingakademie Graz Choir, hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria. Free, but reservations required at The Embassy of Austria is at 3524 International Court NW.  

Thursday, July 9 at 5 PM, Ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the largest food-producing green-roof garden in DC at the University of the District of Columbia. UDC’s newly appointed president Ronald Mason Jr will join Mayor Bowser and officials from the Mayor’s office, the DC Department of the Environment and the US Department of Agriculture for the ceremony. On the penthouse of Building 44 of UDC, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free, but please RSVP at

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