Wednesday, March 9, 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  

Friday, March 11 at 6:00 pm, The Guy Mendilow Ensemble at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Embark on a musical trek to kingdoms long forgotten and bustling towns now vanished, following Washington Hebrew's Shabbat service. "Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom" is a sonic adventure masterfully brought to life by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, an award-winning group of world-class musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Free. More info at The Washington Hebrew Congregation is at 3935 Macomb Street NW.  

Friday, March 11 from 6:45 - 8 PM, The Al Fresco Jazz Trio, playing music from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, Latin, swing, and soulful ballads, featuring the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others. The Trio’s performers are: Ron Oshima – Saxes; Mark Saltman – Bass; Paul Schnur – Piano. Free. At the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW. For more info, call 202.727-7703 or email cornelia.bell @ dc dpt gov.  

Saturday, March 12 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Global Warming Walking Tour of DC, hosted by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. On foot, we’ll tour several critical forests and key neighborhoods in Northwest DC, joined by local climate activists, naturalists, and scientists. You’ll learn about how climate change is impacting DC, and what you can do about it. Meet at the front entrance of the National Zoo and for a walk-and-talk our way along Connecticut Avenue and into the lovely forested landscape of Rock Creek Park. You’ll love the people you meet and the scenery you see as we make the easy walk to the Rock Creek Nature Center, with return transportation provided. Free, but please RSVP now - - as participation is limited. We encourage you to bike or take Metro to reach the zoo entrance (3001 Connecticut Avenue NW).  

Saturday, March 12 from 11 AM - 3:30 PM, Heurich House - Museum Day Live! This is a special opportunity to the public, especially women and girls, to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life. The museum will offer self-guided tours, featuring correspondence among the women of the Heurich family, part of a recent gift to the museum. This is the first time this correspondence will be on view to the public. The recommended touring time is 30-45 minutes. No reservations or tickets required. The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW,

Saturday, March 12 at 1 PM, Peabody Room History Talk: Rachel Carson: Bringer of Silent Spring. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist to, discusses how Rachel Carson authored a brilliant polemic in 1962 that launched a major social movement, but she knew her time was short. Free. At Georgetown Library (3rd floor), 3260 R St NW,  
Saturday, March 12 at 2 PM, Coffee & Conversation at the Tenley-Friendship Library.You are invited to come for a cup of coffee, a snack, arts & crafts, and friendly conversation. Meet members of the community and talk about life with others. This hour-long program is free and open to the public. The Tenley Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 PM, Recital: National Chamber Ensemble. NCE proudly celebrates International Women's Day all week long and salutes great American music by putting the spotlight on the music of great American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944), a legendary music composer and pianist and the best woman composer of the time in the United States who also achieved great popularity in Europe. NCE's musical tribute to the USA will also include several works of great American composers of the past and present: Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Andreas Makris. At the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre,  1611 N. Kent Street Arlington, VA. Advance tickets: Free in-building parking is available in the price of our $33 ($17 youth) ticket.  

-- Don’t forget to “spring ahead” to daylight saving time before you go out on Sunday! --  

Sunday, March 13 at 10:30 AM, Bruce Hoffman, an expert in terrorism and insurgency and Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, will explore the controversial question of the efficacy of political violence in an Amram Scholar Series lecture. Focusing on Israel's struggle for independence between 1917 and 1947, he will examine the role of the Irgun, the Zionist paramilitary organization, in ending British rule over Palestine. Professor Hoffman's new book on the subject, Anonymous Soldiers, won the 2015 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award and has been praised by The New York Times as "skillfully" written and "thought-provoking." Learn more at Free and open to the public. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.  

Sunday, March 13 from 12 noon - 2 PM, The 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with over 100 marching bands, floats, pipers, Irish dancers, and lots and lots of green! Free. Along Constitution Avenue from 7th - 17th Streets NW. Complete details at  

Sunday, March 13 from 12 noon - 5 PM, Middle C Music celebrates its 14th anniversary, with live music, refreshments, and birthday cake. Free. At 4530 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Play the video at to learn more.  

Sunday, March 13 from 2 - 7 PM, 39th Annual Bach Marathon. The annual Bach Marathon at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is a Washington institution. In this, its 39th year, ten different organists from the Washington area and beyond will present the music of J.S. Bach in half-hour programs on the church's three-manual, 50-rank, 2500-pipe Rieger tracker pipe organ. A video screen allows audience members to see the performer and the keyboard. Free (donations are gratefully accepted). A catered German dinner will follow the last performance. The cost is $20 per person; the first 75 people will be served. No reservations are required. "Come when you can; leave when you must." Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church sanctuary, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW,    

Monday, March 14 at 12 noon, Anti-Pi Day Lunchtime Protest. 3.14 is Pi Day, and it is commonly celebrated with promotional deals at restaurants selling pizza pie or dessert pie -- see This year, the Society Opposed to Overly Obvious Puns (SOOOP) is calling for a protest of the tiresomely overworked Pi/Pie homophone, by rallying all who care about wit in language to show up to protest any restaurant putting forth such an offer on this day. For a list of the nearest protest site to your zip code, go to:  

Wednesday, March 16 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Nutrition Fair at UDC. The fair will include cooking demonstrations on healthy eating, using herbs and spices to reduce salt intake, and a variety of other stations and workshops centered on healthy nutrition and ageing. The Fair will be hosted by the CAUSES Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, in collaboration with the Institute of Gerontology, in celebration of National Nutrition Month. Free. In  Heritage Hall of the new UDC Student Center, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM, Author talk: Markus Zusak, author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Book Thief, will speak at Alice Deal Middle School, at an event hosted by the DC Public Library in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the international bestseller. Free. Alice Deal Middle School is at 3815 Fort Drive NW -- closest Metro stop is Tenleytown. Doors open at 6 PM. More info:    

Wednesday, March 16 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Clinical Bioethics Education. David Miller, Associate Director for Academic Programs, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University, will discuss bioethics training for health professionals. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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