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 15,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail.net.
Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 PM, “The Color of Courage.” Book discussion with author Julian Kulski. This remarkable diary follows Kulski, a 10-year old Boy Scout when the war begins, through his recruitment into the Polish Underground Army. When he undertakes a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto, he is captured by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz, rescued and fights in the Warsaw Uprising. He ends up as a 16-year old German POW. Join the Glover Park Community as Kulski unfolds his true life adventure from adolescence to near manhood. There will be light refreshments and book signing after the event. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW, 202-727-7527.
Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM, “Why the United States Keeps Losing Wars.” The US has fought a number of wars since 1945 and lost (or, at least, not won) quite a few of them. Military historian Dr. David Silbey, of Cornell University, will analyze why in this talk. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, https://dclibrary.org/node/48099
Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM, "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret," a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Anderson as he investigates animal agriculture, the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, responsible for more greenhouse gasses than the transportation industry. This showing coincides with the COP21 talks in Paris dealing with the climate crisis and sustainability. Q&A to follow the film. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library (1st floor room) 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info: http://bit.ly/21NzJoz
Friday, December 11, at 7 PM, The Van Ness Players - Popular and Classic Music for the Holidays. Carol Bartholomew & Stephanie Linehan Astilla, violin; Sara Edwards, viola; Ed Fizdale, cello; Arthur R. Smith, piano; Come join the spirit of the season at Guy Mason Recreation Center in a special musical presentation. Free. At Guy Mason Rec Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW, 202-727-7527.
Saturday December 12 from 11 AM - 3 PM, EdFest, DC’s citywide school fair. Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s many public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DC public schools and DC public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC common lottery application on December 14, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections for the 2016-17 school year common lottery. EdFEST also features many free services and fun activities for the whole family, including: Flu shots for adults, immunizations and dental services for kids and teens, free health screenings and lots more family fun, games and entertainment brought to you by the DC Department of Health; Sports activities for all, such as soccer, basketball, and tennis brought to you by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, including information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps, Cooperative Play, and more; and Story time with DC Public Library. Free. At the DC Armory, 2001 E Capitol St SE. More information at http://www.myschooldc.org/events/edfest/
Saturday, December 12 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Holiday Photos with your Pet, hosted by the Washington Humane Society. Stop by to visit with Santa and have your holiday photo taken with the whole family, including the non-human members. $20 donation includes a printed photo in magnet frame and a digital copy. Please note that unless your pet is a talking parrot or a sign-language-speaking chimp, it will be up to you to tell Santa what your pet would like for Christmas (and no, this is NOT the weekly fake event). At Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Center, 5104 MacArthur Blvd. NW.
Saturday, December 12 at 1 PM, “Walt Whitman in Washington, DC: The Civil War and America's Great Poet.” Join author, historian and tour guide Garrett Peck as he details in his new book the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital. Peck has authored books on the District of Columbia's history of Prohibition, beer production, the Potomac River, the Smithsonian Castle, and the Seneca Quarry. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/51125
Saturday, December 12 at 3 PM, The Georgetown Chorale presents: A Holiday Concert, “Sweet Was the Song.” Delight in a wide variety of seasonal music from John Tavener's haunting "O, Do Not Move," to Rachmaninoff’s "Bogoroditse Devo" from All-Night Vigil (Vespers) and Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Contemporary carols by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Gerald Near, Paul Halley, and others complement beloved arrangements of seasonal favorites from the musical traditions of King’s College, Cambridge. Audience members will also join the 80 voices of the Chorale in a festive carol sing-along. Advance tickets: Adults: $25; Students/Children: $15; available online through December 11 at www.georgetownchorale.org. Tickets at the door: Adults: $30; Students/Children: $15. At the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, NW.
Sunday, December 13 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Chanukah Celebration 2015 at the DC JCC. This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family. Pre-registration prices (register online before December 11): $18; $15 Discounted DCJCC or DC Minyan Member Rate. After December 11, walk-in registrations only: $20 per family;$18 Discounted DCJCC or DC Minyan Member Rate. At the DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW.
Sunday, December 13 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, “Awaken the Force at the Library,” Calling all young Jedi, Wookies, Ewoks, Stormtroopers, and other friends: come celebrate the new movie and all things Star Wars with crafts, a photo booth, music, books, and more. This is a drop-in event. Craft stations will be open until 3:30 PM or while supplies last. May the Force Be With You! For ages 12 and under. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, https://dclibrary.org/node/50748
Sunday, December 13 at 3 PM, Concert by the Washington Conservatory Orchestra. Program: Handel - Water Music Suite; Grieg - Norwegian Dances ; Hellmesberger - Danse Diabolique;
holiday season selection. Free, but donations welcome at the door. Reception follows. At Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda. For more information go to: http://www.washingtonconservatory.org/html/concerts.htm
Sunday, December 13 at 5 PM, David Broza in Concert at Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Called Israel's Bruce Springsteen, David Broza is considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His music, ranging from flamenco-flavored rhythmic and percussive techniques to whirlwind finger picking to rock'n'roll, fuses together the sounds of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England. Tickets at http://whctemple.org/Hanukkah: Concert + Reception - $72, includes a special wine, cheese, and sufganiyot reception with David Broza following the show; College Students with ID - $18; WHC Members - $25; Non-Members - $36. WHC is at 3935 Macomb Street NW.
Sunday, December 13 at 5 PM, “Light Up the Night,” Concert of Christmas and Chanukah Music by the National Men’s Chorus, Thomas Beveridge, Conductor and Artistic Director; Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist. No admission charge but a free-will offering would be appreciated. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW, http://www.annunciationdc.org/
Monday, December 14 at 3 PM, How Do You Spell (C)Han(n)uk(k)a(h)? On the last day of this year’s Festival of Lights, we will convene to discuss, debate, and ultimately vote on the best spelling of the 8-day holiday. It’s chai time to get this question settled for once and for all: Is it Chanukah? Or Hanukkah? Or Hanuka? A panel of experts in Hebrew transliteration and phonetics will make the case for each of the 16 different spellings that return the most Google hits -- see http://joemaller.com/601/sixteen-ways-to-spell-hanukkah/ for the list of contenders. At 6th & I Historic Synagogue….well, we wish 6th & I Historic Synagogue would host this fascinating event, but they’re not, because this is the weekly fake event.
Tuesday, December 15 at 4 PM, “Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries” with author and Georgetown children’s librarian Ruth Fitts. Program includes author reading plus crafts, trivia and other activities from around the world for children ages 5 - 12. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW, https://dclibrary.org/node/51076
Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 PM, “The Internment of Japanese Americans, Past Present, and Future” - a panel discussion with Ms. Jean Kariya (Internee of Topaz Internment Camp); Mr. Dan Sakura (Vice Chair of Friend of Minidoka); Ms. Shirley Higuchi (Chair of Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation). At the Japanese Information and Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St. NW Suite 100. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes. Doors open at 6 PM and will close once seating is full or promptly at 7 PM. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. More info: http://bit.ly/1XWTaMi.