Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

Photo by Bill Adler
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 15,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday September 24 at 7 PM, “From Outpost to Icon: A Century of Science at Broad Branch Road.” You are cordially invited to attend Carnegie's first 2015-16 Neighborhood Lecture by Shaun Hardy in the Greenewalt building of the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science, 5251 Broad Branch Rd NW. As part of this special presentation on our campus' history, we are offering a guided tour of select laboratories beginning at 6 PM. Please RSVP at to ensure your spot. This is the first installment in an annual series of public lectures examining the latest scientific discoveries made by Carnegie scientists who work in your community. All are welcome to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be served.  

Friday, September 25 from 7 - 10 PM, Opening Reception for “Uncensored: Banned Books Week at the DC Public Library.” At this kick-off event, attendees will be able to meet the artists, listen to live music by local bands, and drink cocktails based on censored books—created by some of the city's most talented mixologists from 2 Birds 1 Stone, Mockingbird Hill, Jack Rose, Collectif 1806, Zaytinya, and Red Eye Menus. Beer will be provided by DC Brau. Musical Performances by: Reginald Cyntje, Delafield String Band, Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists, plus a Pop-up Market with: DeNada Knitwear, Kiki Lynn Clothing, Hero Heads Clothing, Cloud Terre, Tablewear, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, and Kicheko Goods. Tickets: $50 for the general public, $50 for library staff , $250 for host level - available at At the MLK, Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW  

Saturday, September 26 at from 10 AM - 12 noon, National Public Lands Day and the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park. Come and celebrate with the Rock Creek Conservancy at this family-friendly volunteer event. Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with the Songbird Project and the National Park Service, will host a special volunteer cleanup event at Picnic Area #29 in the Piney Branch section of Rock Creek Park. Community members will gather to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park with brief remarks at 10 AM; then participate in the newly announced stewardship program. Community members and volunteers will help remove invasive plant species; clear vines from trees, fences, and stone walls; and remove trash and litter. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Free. Picnic Area #29 is near 17th Street NW & Piney Branch Parkway. Details at  

Saturday, September 26 from 11 AM -2 PM, “Run of the Mill,” presentations at Peirce Mill, Washington’s only surviving working gristmill. Activities include: the Family Tour (11 AM and 12 noon) for age 4 and up; “Gravity, Gears and Grain” - watch the waterwheel in action and see how it works to turn corn into cornmeal; traditional toys and games for children (age 3 and up) in Peirce Barn. Free. Peirce Mill is at the corner of Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Events repeat on Sunday. More info:  

Saturday, September 26 at 11 AM, Historic Chevy Chase DC presents a walking tour in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC. This easy 1-hour walk will begin at the Avalon Theatre at 5612 Connecticut Avenue and will be led by Keene Taylor Jr., long-time resident and neighborhood business owner. The history of both residential and commercial areas of Chevy Chase DC will be covered. No need to reserve a space; just show up at the Avalon, and you will also get a discount coupon from the Avalon to use on an ice cream purchase. More info:  

Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM - 4:30 PM, Barracks Row Festival. Lots of musical performances including CMI Hip Hop Kidz, Marine Corps Brass Quintet, Georgetown Chimes. There will be a donkey procession, and docent-led tours of the Marine Corps barracks. Other events include an illusionist/mentalist performance, a martial arts demonstration, dance troupes, and awards to military chefs. For full schedule of activities go to: Free. Along 8th Street SE from E Street SE to I Street NE.  

Saturday, September 26 from 7 - 10  PM, Rock Creek Park’s 125th Anniversary Gala and Benefit Auction. Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park with the Rock Creek Conservancy! Join us as we commemorate the signing of legislation that created Rock Creek Park in 1890. At Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave NW. Tickets: $250 (must purchase by Friday, Sept. 25) at    

Sunday, September 27 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Rock Creek Park Day. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park with a full and varied schedule of activities and events for adults and children, including author talks by naturalists and landscape experts, outdoor workshops on a wide variety of topics, African American history walk, yoga hike, stream hike, and ending with cake and selfies at 2:30 PM. See for full schedule. All free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. Free parking. Overflow parking at St. John's College High School with free shuttle to the Nature Center. Entrance on Oregon Avenue.  

Sunday, September 27 from 11 AM - 7 PM, Turkish Festival, featuring: Authentic Turkish Cuisine; Turkish Coffee House and Fortune Telling; Traditional Turkish Music and Folkdance; Turkish Bazaar - Arts & Crafts; Kids' Games and Activities in the Kids’ Tent; Cultural Activities. For more information visit Free admission. Along Pennsylvania Ave NW between 12th and 14th Street NW.  

Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 PM, The Walk DC, an interfaith event taking place along Embassy Row. Ten different faith communities offer open houses to walkers of all backgrounds, cultures and belief, down a magnificent mile of Massachusetts Avenue. 30,000 pounds of potatoes will arrive on a truck from Maine, to be distributed to kitchens serving the homeless and hungry. And the Islamic Center of Washington will virtually welcome Pope Francis on their south lawn, via a live stream of the Pope's arrival into Philadelphia for his final, public address in the US before departing to Rome. Inspirational remarks, live music, free food, gifts and more. Free and open to all. Assemble at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St NW at 1:30 PM. The walk will go along Massachusetts Avenue, ending with a ceremony at 4:30 PM at the Islamic Center, 2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:  

Sunday, September 27, at 3 PM, Concert by Colombian-born flutist and vocalist Verny Varela and four other musicians.The Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church invites you to celebrate DC's Hispanic Heritage Month with an afternoon of Latin jazz and other Latin music (salsa, bolero, merengue). Following the concert, there will be a reception and the opening of a show of Haitian art. Free. All are welcome, including children. The church is at 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, corner of New Mexico Ave.  

Sunday, September 27 at 4 PM, A concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 2,500-pipe organ at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, beginning with a talk by music director emeritus Ken Lowenberg on the organ’s history. Organist: Julie Vidrick Evans; guest trumpeter: Woodrow English. Free and open to all. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW,  

Sunday, September 27 at 4 PM, The Most Happy Fella, performance at Mitchell Park. Remember the classic "Standing On the Corner Watching All the Girls Go By"?  It's coming to Mitchell Park The stars of Catholic University's “Most Happy Fella” will sing highlights from their upcoming production.  It's a family and date friendly event, not to be missed. There is limited seating, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Light refreshments will be served. Rain date is October 4. Mitchell Park is at S and 23rd Streets NW. Contact FriendsofMitchellPark @ gmail dot com if you have any questions.  

Monday, September 28 from 12:30 - 2 PM, “Smart Growth: How We Get Around.” NPR Cities editor and All Things Considered senior producer Franklyn Cater facilitates a panel conversation examining transportation challenges facing the modern metropolis. The panel includes portions of three on-air stories from the NPR Cities project that prompt a discussion on transportation equity, resilience, and sustainability in three different urban areas. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. Free for museum members, $10 for non-members. Pre-registration required - go to Walk-in registration based on availability.  

Monday, September 28 from 5 - 6:30 PM, “Stuck in Traffic: How We Don’t Get Around,” a virtual meeting for everyone who would be unable to attend a real meeting that takes place anytime during the worst part of the evening rush hour when the greater DC metropolitan area is often in a state of utter gridlock. Instead --while you are trapped in your car, or stuck on a bus, or you are waiting in a crush of people at a Metro station for a train that is too packed to board by the time it finally shows up-- you can tune in to this online discussion panel and learn why you are not going anywhere fast. Panelists include traffic engineer Eukood B. Homebinow and urban transportation planner Skip D'Kommiute. Tune in to this online event at  

Tuesday, September 29 from 12 noon - 1 PM, AU’s “Books That Shaped America” series continues with a discussion of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” an early socially conscious novel that examines poverty, alcoholism, gender roles, loss of innocence and the struggle to live the American Dream in an inner city neighborhood of Irish American immigrants. The discussion is led by Alan M. Kraut, American University Professor of History. Attendees are encouraged—but not required—to have read the featured text. Admission is free for this series and no RSVP is required to attend. In the Training and Events Room of the Bender Library at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Tuesday, September 29 at 4 PM, “Uncensored: A Conversation with Banned Authors.” Join Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig, two award-winning authors of banned young adult books, for a conversation about censorship and intellectual freedom in recognition of Banned Book Week 2015. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a Newbery Award winner, whose 28-book Alice series is one of the most banned book series of the last decade. Deborah Hautzig is a National Book Award finalist whose first novel, Hey, Dollface, is frequently challenged or banned due to "gay-positive themes". Free. At the Tenley Frienship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 PM, The Cleveland Park Historical Society presents a workshop in how to research your home’s history. Learn what kinds of research into your home’s history can be conducted via your own computer, as a prelude or supplement to visiting local libraries and archives. CPHS Executive Director Carin Ruff will share strategies for searching digitized newspaper archives, census records, city directories, historical photographs and maps, DC agency databases, and more. She will also cover how to make the best use of online library catalogs in planning an onsite research visit. Everyone will receive an illustrated guide to the search techniques covered in the workshop.$15 for CPHS members, $30 for non-members - register online at At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St. NW. Questions? Email Carin at staff @  

Wednesday, September 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM, The Walgreens Wellness Tour offers free health tests for glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and bone density — a total value of more than $100 per person. The tour also provides free health education materials to visitors. Free. At the Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th Street NW,  

Wednesday, September 30 from 7 - 9 PM, Makers-in-Residence Event: Robotics/3-D Printing. Meet the DC Library's new Makers-in-Residence, Billy Friebele and Michael Iacovone, who will discuss the evolution of their collaborative approach to art production, which often includes input from the viewing public. Recent projects include an interactive photographic archive of the city; a robotic sound machine that reacts to the position of the viewer, and a three-dimensional map of Arlington, VA with projected walks by the artists and public. The talk will include video and images of their work as well as an invitation to participate in a unique walking workshop that will take place at the Tenley Library on October 10th.Free. For ages 10 and up. In the large second floor conference room at the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

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