Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by by Phil Stanziola, NYWT&S staff photographer
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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 15,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin & Bill Adler 
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 PM, Middle East Lectures: "The Middle East, Yesterday and Today," lecture by Ambassador Edward Peck, as part of the The Middle East Lecture Series at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. Born to immigrant parents, Ambassador Peck served as Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Nixon Administration. He is currently President of Foreign Services International, a consulting firm that works with governments, businesses and educational institutions across the world. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the evening. The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located at One Chevy Chase Circle NW, on the southeast corner of Chevy Chase Circle between Patterson and Oliver Streets. Geneva Hall is at the east end of the building on the second floor. For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus, rcangus @     

Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 PM, Panel discussion of the film “Rosenwald” with documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, syndicated columnist Clarence Page (a graduate of a Rosenwald school) and Rabbi David Saperstein, former director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Inspired by the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tz’dakah (charity), philanthropist Julius Rosenwald joined forces with African-American communities during the “Jim Crow South” to build over 5,300 schools. The three panelists will  explore social change and the role both Jews and African-Americans can play in our communities now. At Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St NW. Free, but please RSVP at    

Thursday, January 14 at 8 PM, Seasonal Shape-up: A Procrastinators’ Workshop. Are your holiday lights still up? Does your lawn still have an inflatable Santa or a snowman who’s past his prime? Then you need this “Seasonal Shape-up” session designed to help chronic procrastinators recognize that the holidays really are over. With a series of simple but focused exercises we will get you motivated to put those lights and decorations away and move on to a new season. We will start off with a few simple, future-oriented activities, such as planning for Valentine’s Day (it’s not too early to call a romantic restaurant for reservations!) Then we will do some light calendar-marking around occasions such as Presidents Day and St. Patrick’s Day, eventually working up to planning for a major spring cleaning. Free. Workshops held at various locations throughout the city; register at  to find the one nearest you.   

Friday, January 15 from 9 AM - 4 PM, “Messages from the Mountaintop.” Join members of the GW community who will share the wisdom and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King with passersby through the public reading of King’s letters, sermons and speeches. To register to become a reader and select a message, please visit Rain or shine, warm beverages provided. Kogan Plaza at George Washington University, 2121 I St NW. Free. For more information on this event and other events throughout “King Week,” visit:  

Saturday, January 16 from 11 AM - 12 Noon, “E-reader Rescue Hour.” Is your Christmas present a source of woe? If you need help with your new e-reader device or just want to learn how you can check out digital library books, stop by our clinic. We will offer individual help with Overdrive, Kindles, iPads, and so on. Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,   

Sunday, January 17 from 12 noon to 4 PM, Battle of Cowpens in Miniature. Ever wanted to watch a battle unfold from above? We are staging a miniature Battle of Cowpens at the Museum. 235 years ago January 17, the Continental Army won a dramatic victory over the British Army near the town of Cowpens, South Carolina. Drop in as David Fisher, owner of Your Hobby Place, leads a miniature re-enactment scenario of the Battle of Cowpens. The Spy Museum’s historian, Dr. Vince Houghton will be on hand to answer questions about the battle and its significance in the Revolutionary War. Free, suitable for all ages. Location:  Special Events Space (Ultra Room), 2nd Floor of The International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW.  More info:   

Monday January 18 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Martin Luther King Day of Service at Tregaron.  The Tregaron Conservancy is co-hosting this event with Rock Creek Conservancy. You can help to remove English ivy to improve the health of the trees. Tools, gloves, and training will be provided. Meet up at the 3100 Macomb Street entrance to Tregaron. More info:; to register go to and click on the registration link.   

Tuesday, January 19 at 10 AM, “How Can I Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?” - a presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. Dr. R. Scott Turner, professor of neurology and director of the Memory Disorders Program at the Georgetown University Medical Center will discuss his research into memory loss with aging, mild cognitive impairment, and early Alzheimer’s disease. His studies focus on developing early biomarkers (predictors) of cognitive decline with aging, as well as seeking more effective treatments for individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Free. At the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info on this and other OLLI programs at:    

Wednesday, January 20 at 7 PM, “Why Ethics?: Blacks, Jews and the Crisis of Political Solidarity in an Age of Terror.” Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a talk on the subject of political solidarity, presented by Dr. Terrence Johnson, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Free. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St NW,   

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