Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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

For a listing of all the Halloween events hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation this week, go to:  

Thursday, October 29 at 3:30 PM, After-Ghoul Lounge. Spirits, zombies, and ghouls have taken over the After-School Lounge! Enter if you dare. There will be free snacks, a photo booth, a creepy craft, and music. Costumes are welcome. Free. For ages 11 - 18. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Thursday, October 29 at 5 PM, Halloween at the Library. Put on your favorite costume and come to the Cleveland Park Library for stories, snacks and songs. For children of all ages. Parents and caregivers are welcome to dress up as well! The Cleveland Park Library is at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW,  

Thursday, October 29 at 6 PM, “Keep Our Pumpkins Intact!” Rally outside the gates of a Maryland pumpkin farm to protest the annual desecration of pumpkins by those who conform to social or cultural norms by participating in the ritual removal of parts of the pumpkin’s natural flesh. Bring signs with photos of intact pumpkins, or bring the actual pumpkins! At this 100% natural event, you will also learn how you can decorate your pumpkins for Halloween using leaves, sticks, acorns, seeds, raisins, and other organic materials, as well as vegetable-based dyes, paints and stains -- without any injurious carving! For the address and directions to the pumpkin farm, go to  

Friday, October 30 from 3:30 - 6 PM at the Macomb Recreation Center, Halloween Costume Party for children and youth. Free. 3409 Macomb Street NW. Phone: (202) 282-2199  

Friday, October 30 from 4 - 6 PM, Celebrate Halloween with free treats, tricks and more! Prize for best costume! For toddlers, tweens and teens. Then join in on a community trick-or-treat extravaganza on Connecticut Avenue. Free. At Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave NW.  

Friday, Oct. 30, 4 - 6 PM, Spooktacular on the Avenue. Please join the Chevy Chase DC businesses and community as we celebrate Halloween Spooktacular for children in costumes. The businesses from Livingston Street to Chevy Chase Circle and community organizations including the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will have tables out with candy and other treats for children to trick-or-treat from 4 - 6 pm. Then stop by the Community Center for more fun and treats. Free. 

Friday, October 30 from 4 - 8 PM, Haunted Garage and Fall Festival 2015 at Oyster Adams School. Get ready for a family evening of friendly fright and ghoulish crafts. Hold on to friends and loved ones as you walk through our Haunted Garage. Pumpkin decorating, candy skull decorating, food and costume contests, games, and more. $10 per family. Contact volunteer @ with questions. At the Oyster-Adams campus, 2801 Calvert Street NW.  

Saturday, October 31 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Rosedale’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Party. All you need to bring is your pumpkin - the Rosedale Conservancy supplies all the rest (e.g., carving utensils, stencils, etc.). Enter at the bottom of the stone staircase facing Newark Street.  

Saturday, October 31 from 11 AM - 2 PM, The Second Annual Masquerade Dog Show at Chevy Chase Recreation Center, 41st and Livingston Street NW. There will be a parade, prizes and giveaways. So bring your pooch and strut your stuff with them! Come One, Come All….Woof!! For more information, contact the recreation center directly at 202.727.7714.  

Saturday, October 31 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 for all ages. Inter-generational Art Activities including spin art and the opportunity to help paint a life size animal statue in the garden. Baby Farm Animals & Pony Rides. Moon Bounce, Balloon Typhoon, Juggler, Face Painting and Fortune Teller, plus a Roller Skating Clown. Refreshments include popcorn, hot dogs, pizza, snacks, and drinks. No admission fee. Small cost for rides, activities & food. The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home is at 5425 Western Avenue NW. Rain or shine — if it rains we’ll be inside. More info at  

Sunday, November 1 from 1 - 4 PM, Volta Park Day. The Friends of Volta Park invite you to Volta Park at 34th and Volta St NW to enjoy grilled food and drinks, rides, games, and more! Free. This event was rescheduled from October 4 due to bad weather.  

Sunday, November 1 at 2 PM, DC Reads event: All Aunt Hagar’s Children Book Discussion at the Cleveland Park Library. You can read a NY Times review of author Edward P. Jones’s All Aunt Hagar's Children here and check out copies from any DC branch library. Other DC Reads events focused on discussion of this book will continue through November 9 - for complete schedule go to: The Cleveland Park Library is at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St NW,    

Sunday, November 1 from 4 - 9 PM, “Haunted History and Ghost Hunt.” Join us for a night of chills and thrills! Part One - History Presentation, 4-5 PM - an overview of the history of the location/area/library. Part Two - Paranormal Investigation (Ghost Hunt), 5-9 PM: We will introduce techniques, key terms and equipment with a chance for hands-on practice, and then get into teams and investigate the location using the tools you just learned, and then review the evidence. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Tuesday, November 3 at 12:15 PM, “The New Golden Age of Washington,” a talk by Mary Fitch, executive director of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Washington Architecture Foundation. The current pace of change and development in Washington, DC, is unprecedented. Learn about the projects that are transforming the city and helping to achieve its rightful place as a global capital. For years Washington has suffered from a lack of access to the waterfront and from gashes in the urban fabric that have separated neighborhoods. This lecture will examine four of Washington’s largest new development projects, which you may not even know about and how they are addressing major flaws in the city. This talk is one of a series of lectures presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of American University. Free and open to all. At Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue NW.  

Tuesday, November 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., will speak about his father's ordeal in the 1960 U-2 Incident over the former Soviet Union. Before you come, see the Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies, with Tom Hanks, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes negotiations to free Gary's father. Reception at 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:15 PM. Reservations required at At the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU, Lindner Commons Room 602, 1957 E Street NW.  

Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM, Writer, lecturer and tour guide Garrett Peck will discuss his book “Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet” at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Peck, in his sixth work of local history, revisits the years 1863 to 1873, the decade Walt Whitman spent in the capital. It was a pivotal time for Whitman, who came to Washington in search of his wounded brother, and left as one of the nation’s best-loved poets. Peck covers Whitman’s volunteer work in hospitals, his relationship with Peter Doyle, his work as a federal clerk, and, of course, his writing. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the  Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW.

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