Wednesday, December 16, 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 15,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv    

Thursday, December 17 at 3:30 PM, Cookie Decorating Party at Tenley Friendship Library. Tweens and teens (11 to 18) are invited to Afterschool Lounge to decorate sugar cookies, hang out with friends, and listen to holiday tunes. Free. The Tenley Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Friday, December 18 from 3 - 8 PM, Holiday Caroling at Guy Mason Recreation Center. If you’re in the spirit of the holiday season and you like to sing, come for a day of celebrating the holiday season with sing-a-long caroling preceded by a nice turkey dinner. More info: Contact: andrenette.willis @ dc dot gov. Guy Mason Recreation Center is located at 3600 Calvert Street NW. 

Friday, December 18 at 4 PM, Holiday Crafts at the Cleveland Park Library. Children will decorate their own fleece winter hat or scarf and explore their artistic side by making pop-up holiday cards. They will also learn how to make kirigami greeting cards. There will be a variety of books on display to inspire them, all available for checkout. For children of all ages (children under age 3 will need adult assistance). Free. The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,    

Saturday, December 19 at 10 AM, “Why Are There No Bears in Rock Creek Park?” A Park Ranger reads to kids and then leads them in a craft activity (making a bookmark). For children ages 4 and older. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.  

Saturday, December 19 from 10:30 - 12 noon, Kids' Fête de Noël, a holiday party at the Alliance Francaise de Washington. The party will include a craft activity, snacks and caroling in French. At 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. Tickets: $8 non-member, $5 member, available at:    

Saturday, December 19 at 2 PM, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - Staged Reading at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Charles Dickens' iconic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” was first published in London on December 19, 1843. Inspired by the poor children during the mid-19th Century, Dickens tells the story of a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his conversion to a kinder person after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner (Jacob Marley) and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. This event is free and open to the public. ASL Interpreters will be present. Free, but please visit Eventbrite to RSVP: In the Great Hall of the MLK Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. For further information or questions, please contact Kari Mitchell or Celeste Bishop via  

Sunday, December 20 at 10 AM, Meet Pokey the Turtle. A Park Ranger will introduce children to Pokey, the Nature Center’s resident Eastern box turtle, and children will draw pictures of Pokey. For children ages 6 and older. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.  

Monday, December 21 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Speed-Snap Santa. Sure, there are lots of Santas around at this time of year, but here’s one with a difference: He’s fast! No long lines -- it’s sit, snap your photo, next! Just like speed dating, you come for one purpose, and in this case, it’s to get your kid’s photo taken quickly so you can move on to your next holiday errand. No long chats about wish lists, or inquiries into naughty or nice behavior over the past year! No conversation at all - this is strictly a photo op: you place your kid on Santa’s lap, snap, and go. Perfect for busy families with a lot of shopping to do. For times and locations, see  

Tuesday, December 22 at 4 PM, Winter Holiday Party at the Cleveland Park Library. You are invited to an around-the-world winter holiday celebration with books, music, snacks and crafts for children of all ages. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, December 23 from 11 AM - 12 noon, Christmas Caroling in Chevy Chase. All are welcome to help spread Christmas cheer through song. Meet outside Starbucks at 5500 Connecticut Avenue NW (corner of Livingston St).

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