Wednesday, March 2, 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, March 3 from 5:30 – 8 PM, World Wildlife Day at the National Zoo. Join the Directors of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and National Postal Museum for a public lecture featuring Nancy Stahl, the artist for the Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp, and Bryan Arroyo, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Assistant Director of International Affairs. Learn about the process behind the creation of a semi-postal stamp, and discover how funds from the sale of that stamp have contributed to saving species around the world. The public lecture will begin at 6:30 in the Visitor Center Auditorium. A stamp-signing and reception will take place prior to the lecture, beginning at 5:30 in the Zoo’s Visitor Center lobby. Stamp sheets will be available for purchase during the reception and any donations will support the National Zoo’s conservation efforts. This is a free event at the National Zoo.The Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Thursday, March 3 from 6 - 8 PM, Neuroscience Seminar with Dr. William Marks and Jeanine Hull. Recent gains to the understanding of matter, consciousness, and trauma are nothing short of astounding. William Marks, Ph.D. and Jeanine Hull will discuss trends and developments in the field of neuroscience over the course of five talks.Dr. Marks was a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University and at NIH's Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Ms. Hull, an attorney, researches trauma and conflict. This discussion series is free. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Ave,  

Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM, Cottage Conversation: The Lives of Frederick Douglass, presented by author Bruce Levine. Dr. Levine will discuss and reflect on Douglass's many narratives to present a more complete and fascinating look at the social reformer. Joining Dr. Levine for this discussion on his book and Douglass's life will be Mr. Cosby Hunt, Senior Manager for Social Studies Education at Center for Inspired Teaching. There is a reception beforehand starting at 6 PM in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center; lecture: at 6:30. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz @ or call 202-688-3735. President Lincoln's Cottage is at Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW,  

Thursday, March 3 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Jewish Literature Live presents Judith Viorst, author of “Necessary Losses” Judith Viorst is an American writer and psychoanalyst, who has written over fifty books—both for adults and children—including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Murdering Mr. Monti, and Imperfect Control. A DC native and recipient of the 2011 Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Research Center for Women & Families, Viorst will be reading from her book Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Marvin Center, Room 307. First come-first serve seating. Please direct all inquiries to jewishlitlivegwu @ gmail dot com. At the Marvin Center (Room 307) of George Washington University, 800 21st Street,  

Friday March 4 from 4 - 5 PM, “Inequality and Extraction: Lessons After Latin America's Resource Boom.” The GWU Department of Geography presents: Dr. Anthony Bebbington, Director of the Graduate School of Geography and Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University. There will be refreshments, Q & A, and social hour after the talk. Free, but please RSVP at In Old Main, Room 219, at George Washington University, 1922 F Street NW.  

Friday, March 4 starting at 4 PM, “March Forth!” This is the only holiday celebration for which the pronunciation of the date becomes the command for the observance of the event. On March 4th, participants will assemble at the flagpole at Fort Reno, array themselves into a formations of four, and commence a four-mile march along Nebraska Avenue heading northeast toward Military Road, and then eastward across Military Road to Glover Road, head south a short distance to arrive at the two-mile halfway point, Rock Creek Nature Center. Marchers will enjoy a brief, four-minute rest before re-forming into their marching units, and then start the two-mile walk back to Fort Reno, completing the four-mile circuit. Please note that while this is indeed the weekly fake event, March Forth is NOT a made-up holiday -- see  

Saturday, March 5 at 1 PM, “Current Trends & Issues in Public Library Programs & Services,” presentation by Manya Shorr, DCPL Director of Public Services. We’ve seen the latest drawings and plans for the new Cleveland Park Library, and we have a good idea of what our new library will most likely look like on the OUTSIDE: Now it's time to explore what’s possible on the INSIDE! Come and ask questions, offer suggestions. Following the speaker, the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold their Annual Meeting. Free and open to all. At the Cleveland Park Library, First Floor Meeting Room, 3301 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

Saturday, March 5 at 9;30 AM, The Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable Presents Loretta Neumann, Co-Founder and President of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington on “Photos Past and Present – Civil War Defenses of Washington and the Battle of Fort Stevens.” For nearly 19 years Loretta Neumann has studied and photographed all of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, the ring of forts that protected the nation’s capital from Confederate assault. In 2008 she co-founded with Tersh Boasberg the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, for which she is now president. She has presented numerous talks on the Civil War defenses and the crucial 1864 Battle of Fort Stevens. This lecture will also serve as a briefing in preparation for visitation to several of the forts in the Washington Metropolitan area. If you have ever wanted to know more about the history of the forts, Loretta will give you a quick course and increase your curiosity to know much. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 

Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 PM, “Close-up Tour: Women in Glass and Stone.” Where else can you see Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt in one place? Women of great influence are to be found in the statues, needlepoint, and stained glass of the Cathedral. Hear their tales and look upon the faces and symbols of these revolutionary thinkers, visionaries, and saints. Tickets: $21 per adult; $17 for children, seniors, military, students (includes admission), available at: The Cathedral is at the corner of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW.  

Monday March 7 at 1:15 PM, “Sally Ride: Shoot for the Stars!” presented by actress Mary Ann Jung of History Alive! In 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Dr. Sally Ride became America's first female astronaut. What was it like to be our first woman in space? How do you eat, sleep, and work in zero gravity? Get ready to learn all about Dr. Ride, and blast off in an exciting game: Who Wants to be an Astronaut? Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,    

Tuesday March 8 at 12:15 PM, WAMU political commentator Mark Plotkin talks about “DC, the Last Colony, and Other Matters” - a presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. With his trademark irreverent insight, Mark Plotkin will review the current state of the presidential campaign, the challenges facing both parties, and the prospect of an independent run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He will discuss the battle for control of the US Senate and examine the seats that are in play. Turning his attention to important local races, he will look at the faceoff between Maryland Congressional candidates Kathleen Matthews and Jamie Raskin. He will discuss the dream for DC Statehood, his view that President Obama has been indifferent to the city, and end with a few outrageous Chicago political stories. Mark Plotkin is the former political analyst for WAMU Radio, News Channel 8, and WTOP Radio. Free. At Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue NW,   

Wednesday, March 9 at 7 PM, UDC’s JazzAlive series presents Zev Feldman of Resonance Records, discussing the new release “Larry Young - In Paris: The ORTF Recordings and other Resonance projects.” At the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West)

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