Thursday, February 11, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Frederick Douglass, before 1855 - engraving by
J.C. Buttre from a daguerretotype (public domain)
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 and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 11 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Talk by David O'Sullivan, the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, on US-EU relations. More info: Free. In the Abramson Family Founders Room at the American University School of International Service, 3400 Nebraska Avenue, NW. RSVP at

Thursday, February 11 at 4 PM, Anti-Valentine's Day Party at the Petworth Library. Teens, come out and un-celebrate Valentine’s Day with cranky crafts, moody music, and treats that are not pink. Free. The Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. More info:

Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM, “Treat Yourself,” a Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Georgetown Library. Show yourself some love this February by joining us for this special self-care celebration! Drop by to make valentines -- for yourself or a loved one -- and affirmational buttons, as well as toiletries to keep you feeling and looking good all winter. There will be sweet snacks to indulge in as we craft, and prizes for the first 20 attendees. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Friday, February 12 from 9 AM - 5 PM, Fun Day for Kids at DC Parks & Rec. On a day when DC public schools are closed due to a staff development day, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is putting on a day of kid-oriented activities, including sports, arts, and crafts, for children ages 6 - 12 at DC recreation centers throughout the city. All programs are free but you must register at before 12 noon on Thursday, February 11. More info at

Friday, February 12 at 4 PM, Valentine's Day Crafts at the Cleveland Park Library. We will be making greeting cards, bookmarks and much more. This program is for children of all ages. Children under two will need adult assistance. Come and have some fun while showing off your artistic side. Free. The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Friday, February 12 from 1 - 3 PM, How to Leave a Legacy, An Educational Workshop sponsored by the Sibley Senior Association. Judge Carolyn Miller Parr (ret.) and Sig Cohen, a mediator for the DC Superior Court, will lead a workshop on wills, trusts, power of attorney and other matters that seniors need to know when making decisions about the management of their estates. Doors open at 12:45. At Sibley Memorial Hospital, Renaissance Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Advance registration required - call 202-364-7602. Tickets cost $10 and must be paid in advance, either by credit card or by mailing your check, made payable to the Sibley Senior Association and marked “Legacy” to Sibley Senior Association, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20016. Full details at

Friday, February 12 from 5:30 - 8 PM, A Valentine Party for All Ages at Guy Mason Rec Center. Join us for an early celebration of Valentine’s Day – a day dedicated to love and caring. You can bring one of your favorite desserts. There will be music; dancing (bring a partner or enlist someone there); light refreshments, and a corner table for you to make that special Valentine a special card. Free. Guy Mason Rec Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW. For more information please call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center at 202-727-7527.

Saturday, February 13 at 10 AM, Casey Trees presents Buds Story Time at Rock Creek Park Nature Center. “Buds” is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 to 4 years). Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center at 5200 Glover Road NW. The story time will feature three to four tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring Rock Creek on their own after the Buds program has concluded. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free, but advance registration requested at

Saturday, February 13 from 1 - 3 PM, “Sweet Tea - Manners, Etiquette and Social Skills.” This event brings youth, primarily young ladies, together to experience afternoon tea. Free, but advanced registration is required. At Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. For more info email Fran Scott,  Fran.Scott @ or visit:

Saturday, February 13 at 1 PM, "Frederick Douglass/ Harriet Tubman: Parallel Lives from the Eastern Shore," a Book Hill book talk at the Georgetown Library. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how Frederick Douglass worked by day under the sun and Harriet Tubman worked by night under the stars. Free. The Georgetown Public Library is at 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Sunday, February 14 at 10:10 AM, “Just Mercy: A Conversation with Bryan Stevenson.” Join Cathedral Canon Theologian, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas as she talks with widely acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy. Under his leadership, EJI has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America. EJI has also won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Free. At the Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. More info:

Sunday February 14 from 2 - 4:30 PM, DC’s Chinese New Year Parade. This year's parade will bring out almost a dozen new groups who have never marched in the CNY Parade! From Irish Dancers to Shriner's Clowns to Whitman HS Drumline to the US Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corp, there will be something for everyone! Plus everything you have come to expect: Lions, Dragons, Firecrackers. Beauty Queens. Kung Fu. Chinese Folk Dancers. And this year, plenty of cute monkeys! Take Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red Line. Starting at H Street NW between 6th and 7th Streets.More info:

Monday, February 15 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Mrs. Peter Invites You: Presidents’ Day Open House at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. On Presidents Day, see one of our nation’s largest collections of George and Martha Washington objects, including rare artifacts not usually displayed, and meet the Martha Washington granddaughter who built Tudor Place with her husband as a showplace for capital society. “Martha Parke Custis Peter” (as played by an interpreter) will showcase her family heirlooms and share fascinating stories of life in the new and growing Federal City. For all ages. $10 for adults, $5 for children, free for Tudor Place members - tickets available at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st Street, NW.

Tuesday, February 16 at 5 PM, Vice Presidents Day Trivia Quiz. On the day after Presidents Day comes the little known, sadly neglected holiday of Vice Presidents Day. This year you will have the chance to show some respect for our under-appreciated Veeps, while you show off your knowledge of their names and histories. In this unconventional trivia contest, the top prize will go to the person with the second-best level of knowledge. For example, did you know that originally the vice-president was the one who came in second place in the Electoral College election of the President? If you did not know that, you had better bone up on your Vice Presidential Trivia at This VP Quiz Bowl will be held at CNN’s headquarters and moderated by none other than Anderson Cooper. And if you believe that, you can register for this event at
Wednesday, February 17 from 6 - 7:30 PM, A Conversation and Q&A with Jane Mayer. Chuck Lewis interviews Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker, about her recent book, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right." An award winning journalist, Mayer has written about money in politics, government prosecution of whistleblowers, and the US Predator drone program. In this latest book, Mayer describes how the Koch Brothers and other billionaires have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system and their right wing agenda. Sponsored by The Investigative Reporting Workshop and the AU School of Communication.  Free. In the Doyle/Forman Theater in the McKinley Building at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, February 17 at 7 PM, Developing Classroom Communities, a Book Hill Talk at Georgetown Library. Amy Williamson, Chair of the Education, Health and Social Work Division of the University of the District of Columbia, will be on hand to discuss her research on engaging and increasing cultural competencies of today's students. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW. More info:

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