Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by  CJuneau (via Wikimedia 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 15,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 PM, Concert: “Elements: Five transfigurations for solo cello and computer" by composer Steve Antosca - part of the free concert series “Connected: Music in the Museum” put on by American University. In the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, October 9 from 11 AM - 11 PM, The Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. Come for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night fun at the Fairgrounds (Half & M St SE across the street from the Navy Yard/Ballpark entrance). Great food from over 20 food trucks, plus beverages, music and games are on tap! Free admission and plenty of seating is provided. Complete line-up of trucks at

Friday, October 9 and, Saturday October 10 from 12 noon - 10 PM and Sunday October 11 from 12 noon - 7 PM, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival. Authentic Greek cuisine, Greek beer and wine, Greek market, international arts & crafts, religious icons, fine jewelry, moonbounce, caricature artist, kids’ food, treats, crafts and games, Cathedral tours (Saturday and Sunday), live Greek music and dancing, raffle drawing for a Mercedes or $40,000 cash. Rain or shine (huge outdoor tent). Free admission. At 36th St and Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, October 10 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Heritage Day at Peirce Mill, a free, full-day festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids, and a chance to step back in time to experience 19th century history, culture and milling. Activities: Lost in the Park - hike from the mill with a park ranger and learn mapping skills (at 10:30 AM). Demonstrations in the arts of the blacksmith, stonemason, carpenter and family medicine (11 AM - 3 PM); Learn how to roast a pig and try your hand at working an antique apple press; Nature crafts and old-time games; Music by local fiddler Kate Saylor and friends; Mill tours (10 AM - on) and corn milling (11 AM - 2 PM). Peirce Mill is at the corner of Tilden St and Beach Drive NW. More information:

Saturday, October 10 at 3:30 PM, Workshop ~ Tenley Walking Tour with Makers-In-Residence 3D and Robotics Workshop ~ Walking As Drawing. Join the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library and Freespace Collective, DCPL's Makers-In-Residence group, in their first interactive program of the 2015-2016 season. Participants will help create a 3D-printed map of the area around Tenley Library. The map, entitled "Walking As Drawing," will function as a collective time-based map of the city. Participants will explore the area around the library, and the paths walked will be integrated into the map. Free. For ages 10 and up. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 - both days from 12 - 7 PM, The Taste of DC Festival, a multi-day culinary and cultural event in the heart of the nation’s capital. This expansive festival packs 4 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW with area restaurants, great drinks, lively entertainment, engaging corporate partners, and fellow Washingtonians and visitors. Click on to see the list of over 60 participating restaurants.. Admission Ticket Prices (Cash Only) General Admission: $20; 12 & Under: $10; Children 5 & under: free. More info:

Sunday, October 11 at 10 AM, Chef and cookbook author Alice Waters and illustrator Fanny Singer discuss their book, “My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own” at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, 20th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Hillyer Place. Free. More info:

Sunday, October 11 at 1 PM, Children’s Halloween Costume Swap. Take a costume, leave a costume! Have children's dress-up clothes that don't fit? Has your little one refused to be a firefighter for yet another year? Bring past costumes to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, and find something new! Drop in anytime between 1 - 4 PM with your gently-used and clean costume clothing and accessories. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW,

Sunday, October 11 from 2 - 4 PM, Fall Foliage Stroll. A park ranger will lead a 2-mile hike along the creek and to one of the more picturesque spots in the park. Wear proper shoes for hiking and bring water. Free. Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Monday, October 12, Anti-Columbus Day. To protest the glorification of a colonialist, enslaver, and exploiter of native peoples, join in the growing nationwide movement to treat Columbus Day as a non-holiday. If you get the day off, go to work anyway! Pay your parking meter, even though the fee is suspended for the holiday. At the very least, refuse to buy bedding in a Columbus Day mattress sale! And attend your local Anti-Columbus Day rally. To find the one nearest to your zip code, go to:  

Tuesday, October 13 from 12:15 - 1:15 PM, “When Art and Politics Collide: The Making of the Mosaic Theater Company.” Mosaic Theater Company Founding Artistic Director Ari Roth and Resident Director Jennifer L. Nelson discuss the relationship between art and politics in this exciting talk. Having now come together as partners at Mosaic, Roth and Nelson will share their extensive experience producing sensitive and important work which compels consideration and action, as well as their thoughts on why socially-relevant theater is more important today than ever before. Free. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. Free. At Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM, Author talk by David Nicholson: “Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret City.” In this collection of seven short stories, Nicholson writes of the Washington, DC worlds away from the heroic statues, white marble monuments, and broad, tree-lined avenues. His characters are ordinary working men and women -- maids, taxi drivers, janitors, barbers and handymen. ​Theirs is a city of neighborhoods and back-porch summer nights, a city where men swap lies in barber shops, toasts are proclaimed on street corners, and fathers pray their legacy will, one day, allow their children to stand on their own. Copies of Flying Home will be available for sale and autograph by the author at this event. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

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