Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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, November 5 at 7:30 PM, “YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation,” lecture by historian Cecile Esther Kuznitz, who tells the compelling story of how a group of European intellectuals built a world-renowned institution of secular Yiddish culture in the midst of dire poverty and anti-Semitism. Free. Reservations required at At the DCJCC, 1529 16th St NW.  

Friday, November 6 at 8 PM, “Microbiomes and Microbiomics,” a talk by Jo Handelsman, Principal Assistant Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and HHMI Investigator & Rose Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, Yale University. The microbiome is the community of microorganisms that inhabits an environment, such as the human body, animals, soil, oceans, and every other ecosystem on Earth. The last decade has witnessed an explosion of knowledge about microbiomes in many habitats. Scientists now realize that microorganisms control the health of virtually every ecosystem on Earth. This lecture will discuss what we have learned about microbiomes and how we may be able to use this knowledge to improve health, enhance agricultural techniques, and  preserve our environment.  This talk is part of a lecture series of the Philosophical Society of Washington ( Free and open to all. At the Wesley Powell Auditorium, next to the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue NW.  

Saturday, November 7 from 8 AM - 3 PM, The United Methodist Women's Annual Bazaar. Jewelry, Collectibles, Gifts, Housewares, Boutique Jackets and Accessories, Christmas and Hand-made items. There will be a Luncheon CafĂ© and baked goods for sale. Free admission. Free parking lot, enter on New Mexico Ave. At 3401 Nebraska Ave. (at New Mexico Ave., across from American University),  

Saturday, November 7 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Hearst Elementary School’s Annual E-Cycle Community Day. Drop off your unwanted electronics for recycling and your documents for shredding, and you can swap or donate working electronics, kids’ and adults’ books and bikes, cleats and sports equipment. Shop at the rummage market, adopt a pet from the Washington Humane Society, donate your extra diapers to the DC Diaper Bank (open packages accepted), grab a snack at the bake sale and play in the bounce house. Hearst ES is at 3950 37th St. NW. For more information go to

Saturday, November 7 at 1 PM, “Still Standing,” by Gerald Anderson with Susan Orlins. Hear the inspiring story of a man whose life changed for the better when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Gerald Anderson was an ex-con who found the courage to rescue people from the ravages of the storm. Meet the author in person at the event. Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Saturday, November 7 at 2 PM, "Tangled Web: Race, Gentrification, and Urban Renewal in the Nation's Capital." This is the complex story of the modern urban transformation of Washington, DC from the 1950s onward through the eyes of the winners and the losers, as well as how the city's policies and practices aided some and discomfited others. Free. At the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.,

Saturday, November 7 from 7 - 8 PM, Free Veterans Day Concert at the Mormon Temple Visitors Center. In honor of our veterans and military families there will be a free concert featuring the Navy Color Guard, full Washington DC Temple Symphony Orchestra, Mormon Choir of DC performing songs like the Battle Hymn of the Republic, dramatic readings of letters written on the battlefields of America's wars from the Revolution to Iraq, and a keynote address by Major General Peter Cooke, and more. This is a free, family oriented event, with plenty of parking. The Visitors Center is at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD. For more info see:

Monday, November 9 from 5:30 - 7 PM, "En Route to Hell: Dreams of Adventure and Traumatic Experiences among West African Boat People to Europe,” a talk by Papa Sow, Ph.D., a migration scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany. Light refreshments following lecture. Free, but reservations are required - go to: At the GWU School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), room B07, 805 21st Street NW.  

Tuesday,  November 10 at 7:30 PM, Simon Johnson, Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, will perform at National Presbyterian Church as part of his tour of the southeastern United States.
Johnson has had the honor of playing for the daily round of services at St. Paul’s, as well as historical national services and events, including the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. More recently he performed in the presence of Holiness the Dalai Lama and numerous dignitaries of the Church of England and of the State for the presentation of the Templeton Prize. All in the community are invited to attend - no tickets required. At the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Ample free parking available onsite.

Wednesday, November 11 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Generations of Service: Honoring Veterans. Six generations of a family descended from Martha Washington and Maryland’s Calvert clan lived at Tudor Place from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War. Get to know their history of service by joining a house tour, offered on the hour, highlighting memories and artifacts of war and the home front. In honor of Veterans Day, retired and active-duty service members and their families receive free admission. For more info and to buy tickets for non-military families go to: At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street NW, 202.965.0400.    

Wednesday, November 11 at 11 AM, Veterinarians’ Press Conference on Veterans Day. For too long we’ve let the word “vet” do double duty, for both military veterans and doctors of veterinary medicine. This Veterans Day, The Association of American Animal Doctors (AAAD) will be issuing a statement to call for an end to this unfortunate ambiguity, declaring that from this day forward, veterinarians should be called “bestiological doctors,” or “bestiologists,” or more colloquially, “animal doctors,” while the term “vet” will apply only to those who have served in the military. At the National Press Club - for full details go to

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