Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Apple Harvest photo by Mike McKay 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 15,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, October 1 at 6 PM, Community Meeting: DC Public Library Strategic Plan. The purpose of this meeting is to collect input from the community to help the DC Public Library System develop its strategic plan to prioritize and enhance its core programs and services. All DC residents are invited to participate. Light refreshments will be provided and participants may enter a drawing to win a Kindle, courtesy of the DC Public Library Foundation. At the Tenley Frienship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.  If you cannot attend this meeting or one of the other meetings --see for dates, times and locations-- you can take DCPL’s 5-minute online survey, available through October 14 at  

Saturday, October 3 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Oneness-Family School's 9th Annual Apple Fest, a free, fun family festival featuring a giant slide, mini-moon bounce, games, crafts, face-painting, dunk tank, food truck and more!  We will also be selling delicious Gala apples and cider hailing from Colora Orchards in Cecil County, Maryland. At Oneness-Family School, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD (in St. John's Episcopal Church). More info at:  

Saturday, October 3 from 10:30 - 5 PM,  50th Anniversary Celebration at the Chevy Chase Library of Maryland. Many special events. For kids: Tracey Eldridge with Music 'N Motion (10:30 AM). For adults and students - talks about books, reading, and libraries, including Poet Robert Frost acted by Sam Allen (1 PM); Novelist Louise Farmer Smith, "One Hundred Years of Marriage" (2 PM); Author Sara Taber, "Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter" (3 PM); Book critic for The Washington Post , Michael Dirda (4 PM). Free. At 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. Branch info at  

Saturday, October 3 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Community Zoo Day at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. Enjoy a day filled with food, fun,laughter and games! Intergenerational Art Activities: Paint a miniature canvas or make a dazzling spin-art piece to take home. Help paint a life size animal statue in the garden. The Resident Art Gallery exhibits contemporary artwork created by the talented artists of the Home. Baby Farm Animals & Pony Rides: Meet cuddly ducks & chicks, squeaky pigs, fuzzy sheep & funny goats and take a ride on a real live pony! Moon Bounce, Balloon Typhoon, Juggler and Face Painting. Refreshments: Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Snacks, Drinks. No admission fee. Small cost for rides, activities, & food. Hosted by the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, the Friendship Children’s Center & Northwest Neighbors Village, and sponsored in part by a grant from ANC3E. At 5425 Western Avenue NW, rain or shine (if it rains we’ll be inside).  

Saturday October 3 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The 22nd annual Taste of Georgetown, hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) takes place along the Georgetown Waterfront on K Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street, NW.  This year's event will feature tastes from over 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, a Craft Beer & Wine Garden, family fun games and activities at the Kids Canteen and sing-a-longs with the Georgetown Piano Bar players. Free admission. Tasting tickets: More info:  

Sunday, October 4 from 3 - 6 PM, Volta Park Day. The Friends of Volta Park invite you to Volta Park at 34th and Volta Sts NW to enjoy grilled food and drinks, rides, games, and more!  

Sunday, October 4 at 4 PM, The Most Happy Fella, performance at Mitchell Park (postponed from 9/27 due to rain on that date). Remember the classic "Standing On the Corner Watching All the Girls Go By"? 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. Free. Mitchell Park is at S and 23rd Streets NW. Contact FriendsofMitchellPark @ gmail dot com if you have any questions. 

Monday, October 5  at 12 noon, Insider’s Insights: Historical Cartography in Action. Don A. Hawkins, historical cartographer, demonstrates how modern maps are made, using historical data to shed new light on the early development of Washington, D.C. His discussion will include an example on view in the exhibition Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801. This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,  

Monday, October 5 at 7 PM, “Better Names for Hurricanes.” Have you noticed how much more creative the names of hurricanes are these days? Things were different back in the old days, when hurricanes had humdrum English names like Andrew, Agnes, Donna, and Irene. Now we have Hurricane Joaquin on the way -- much more interesting! If we get to the “O” this year, it will be “Odette.” The weather experts at NOAA are trying to be even more inclusive and inventive with hurricane names, and you can help! Attend this brainstorming session and offer up some out-of-left-field suggestions -- for example, trendy new hipster names like “Bear” or“Harlow” or “Moxie” or “Bronx” (not making these up, either - they are all real celebrity baby names). This name-generating session is open to all but you must register online first - go to:    

Tuesday, October 6 at 12:30 PM, UDC’s JAZZforum concert. Jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson serve up an afternoon of original arrangements and compositions for your lunch hour enjoyment. Free. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West) at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW,    

Tuesday, October 6 at 6 PM, Cleveland Park Library Design Community Meeting. Join your friends and neighbors for the next meeting about the new Cleveland Park Library. The design  team will present initial concept designs and gather community feedback. Library officials will provide updates on the timeline for the project. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. To learn more about plans for the new Cleveland Park Library go to: . More info on this meeting:  

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 PM, Colman McCarthy will discuss his book “Teaching Peace: Students Exchange Letters with Their Teacher.” In 1982 McCarthy, the longtime Washington Post syndicated columnist, decided not just to preach nonviolence, but to teach it. Working as a volunteer, he taught peace studies classes at one of DC’s poorest schools. In the 33 years since then, McCarthy has taught peace studies courses for more than ten thousand college and high school students (including Woodrow Wilson HSl). Large numbers of those students have faithfully kept in touch with McCarthy, often with handwritten letters, and he has answered them with the same seriousness he brought to his books and columns. In “Teaching Peace,” McCarthy presents some of the letters exchanged over the years with his former students, sharing their thoughts on a wide range of social justice issues. The exchanges rise to a rare kind of literature that blends personal warmth, intellectual honesty, and shared idealism. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW.

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