Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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 15,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 18 at 4 PM, Harry Potter Week begins at the Georgetown Library, starting at 4:00 with the Opening Ceremony and Sorting, followed by a showing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 4:30. Visit to read about the full week of Harry Potter themed festivities, crafts, book clubs, films and more. Harry Potter programs are appropriate for children and teens ages 6-18. Film ratings are listed and parents can judge whether the films are appropriate for their child. Questions about Harry Potter Week? Please contact the Georgetown Library staff at 202-727-0257. All programs are free and located at 3260 R St. NW  

Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 PM, “Iran and Saudia Arabia,” lecture by Dr. Michael Hudson - part of the Middle East Lecture Series at CCPC. Dr. Hudson is an American political scientist, the Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He is also Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, where he was professor of International Relations since 1979 and the Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies since 1980 in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Refreshments and fellowship following the lecture. All are welcome. For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus (rcangus @ verizon dot net). At the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Geneva Hall (east end of the building), One Chevy Chase Circle NW (southeast corner of Chevy Chase Circle).

Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 PM, Author Talk - Gareth Hinds. Graphic novel illustrator Gareth Hinds talks about his upcoming title Samurai Rising. Discover the life and world of a real 12th-century, Japanese warrior with the artist who brings him to life for today’s readers. For ages 11 and up - adults too. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, February 20 at 1 PM, “Under African Skies.” Sure we know about the stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, but below the horizon each night in the southern hemisphere, there's a different view of space. Join a US Park Ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa's night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month. The African American "Night Sky to Freedom" will also be discussed. Recommended for ages five to adult. Free. At the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Road NW,

Saturday, February 20 from 12 noon - 2 PM, “Social and Political Changes in ’60s and ’70s Washington.” The Historical Society of Washington and Joshua Gorman, Collections Manager of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, present a discussion relating to the social, economic and political changes that shook and shaped Washington from 1963-1975. At Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street NW. Free and open to the public. Prior registration requested at

Sunday, February 21 at 10:30 AM, Journalist Sarah Wildman, the author of "Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind," will speak about her journey of memory and history in an Amram Scholar Series lecture at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Years after her grandfather's death, Ms. Wildman stumbled upon a hidden box of his letters that would prove to be a path into his past and the story of the love he left behind when he escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938. Determined to learn the fate of the girl described as the "true love" of her grandfather's life and what he had done to help her, Ms. Wildman began a quest that lasted years, spanned continents, and forced her to re-examine her family history. A former New Republic staffer and the recipient of the Peter R. Weitz Prize from the German Marshall Fund, she has reported across Europe and the Middle East for numerous publications including The New York Times, Slate, and The New Yorker. Washington Hebrew Congregation is at 3935 Macomb Street NW. For more information, visit

Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM, “Fort Stevens: Three Centuries of Changing Landscape.” Join us as we examine the changing landscape of Fort Stevens from the time of the Civil War to today. Learn how the area changed from farm land during the Civil War to densely packed urban area in the 21st century.  All ages. Free. At Fort Stevens, 13th St and Quackenbos St,

Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM, “The Regulatory Process for Starting A Small Business.” Are you interested in starting a small business in the District? Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. Come and learn about: Business Licensing; Corporate registration; Certificates of Occupancy (C of O); Home Occupancy Permits (HOP); Grant Opportunities; Vending; Farmer markets; Certified Business Enterprises (CBE); and More!
Free. No pre-registration required. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St NW,

Monday, February 22 at 7:30 PM, “Birmingham Jail Players Present.” You are cordially invited to a performance by the Birmingham Jail Players in celebration of Black History Month. We will be presenting readings by African Americans from the District of Columbia. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Tuesday, February 23 at 11 AM at 11 AM, Election 2016 Panel Discussion (American University Faculty Forum). In this panel discussion, AU School of Communication professors Jane Hall, Molly O’Rourke, Leonard Steinhorn and Deen Freelon will deliberate over the results of 3 states’ primaries and look prospectively at Super Tuesday. Free and open to the public. In the Media Innovation Lab, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. (scroll down to Feb 23)

Tuesday, February 23 from 12 noon - 1 PM, Books That Shaped America: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” - book discussion. In celebration of Black History Month, Theresa Runstedtler, Associate Professor, Department of History, will discuss “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” a classic American autobiography that expressed for many African-Americans what the mainstream civil rights movement did not: their anger and frustration with the intractability of racial injustice. Free, and the whole community is invited to participate. In the Bender Library, Training & Events Rm. 115 at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For information about the complete book discussion series, visit:

Tuesday, February 23 at 12 noon, International Dog Biscuit Day Competition at the Newark Street Dog Park, Newark & 39th Streets NW. Bring your dog and you can both watch as top chefs of canine cuisine compete to see who can create the dog biscuit that causes the most excitement (measured by our dog salivation meter) in the lucky dogs belonging to our panel of judges. Register your dog in the International Dog Biscuit lottery and you could take home a bag of the prize-winning chef-designed dog biscuits! To enter your dog in the contest, go to (While this may be the weekly fake event, it’s not a made-up day -- see

Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Tenleytown Community Vision Forum. Share your vision for Tenleytown's future! Tenleytown Main Street is still collecting feedback on what you want to see our local business district from Tenley Circle to Fessenden Street become – from what it should look like to the kinds of stores and restaurants you’d like to have in the neighborhood. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please complete our brief online survey: The forum will be facilitated by Doug Loescher, who has more than 30 years of experience working with Main Streets across the country and right here in the District. Through the survey and the forum, Tenleytown Main Street hopes to identify common themes for the future of the commercial district that can help guide our work and help us better serve residents and businesses. Free. At St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

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