Wednesday, April 20, 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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Thursday, April 21 from 5 - 7 PM, Family Earth Day at Lafayette School, featuring fun-filled and earth inspired activities focused on environmental stewardship, including: nature crafts projects; a bike blender utilizing human energy to make delicious smoothies; park clean up with Friends of Lafayette Park; RiverSmart residential program information for sustainable gardens; dinners by Galley Foods (order at; bluegrass music; seed giveaways, composting demos and more! We will have an e-waste disposal site at the event. Bring small items that you cannot throw away in the regular trash: light bulbs, household batteries, household chemicals, and small electronics no larger that 12"x12". Free. At Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Rd NW. More info:  

Thursday, April 21 from 7:30 - 9 PM, Ensemble-in-Residence INTERFERENCE presents their fourth performance, “Washington Landscape,” in the ongoing series “Connected: Music in the Museum.” This ambulatory experience combines new music technology with the visually stimulating museum environment. Concerts are free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. At the Katzen Arts Center of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:  

Friday, April 22 from 5 - 9:30 PM, “Eight to Infinity,” a multi-media, multi-cultural, multi-generational program celebrating Ecologic Institute's 8th anniversary on Earth Day. This event features: Artworks by Terry Thomas's 5th Graders from DC's Seaton Elementary; Andrea Wulf, renowned author of The Invention of Nature; Camilla Bausch, Director of Ecologic Institute Berlin and founder of the EnergyTransitionArt project; and students presenting artworks on their perceptions of nature and the environment. Because it is our birthday, cake will be served, donated from the newest member of the neighborhood, Un je ne sais Quoi, pâtisserie française. Following the speakers, a lightly-catered reception with live music will take place. Free. Please register for the event at At the Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, behind the Phillips Collection  

Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM, The Rock Creek Conservancy’s 8th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. Join with volunteers to remove trash and debris at over 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. The three-hour cleanup will bring together kids, families, and adults of all ages to pick up litter from the creek and woodlands. Full details at To find a volunteer site near you, go to  

Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM to 9 PM, Tenleytown Earth Day. Multiple events, starting with Wisconsin Avenue Beautification, 9 AM - noon. Join with Tenleytown Main Street and Rock Creek Conservancy to help clean up Wisconsin Avenue from Fessenden St. to Tenley Circle. All ages welcome! Volunteer sign-in at Fessenden and Wisconsin. Family Earth Day Story-time and Recycled Materials Crafts at the Tenley-Friendship Library starting at 10:30 AM. Battery and Electronics Recycling at Best Buy Tenleytown from 10 AM - 9 PM. For Tenleytown Earth Day, Best Buy will waive the $30 per household fee for TV recycling. To see what will be accepted, check  

Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Earth Day Community Recycling Fair at St. Alban’s Church. Have old computers and printers? Bring them to Project Reboot to be refurbished for low-income families in our area. How about a used bicycle or parts? Bring them to Bikes for the World so they can be fixed and shipped where they're most needed. Also collecting VHS and cassette tapes for recycling, and household batteries (tape the positive terminal) and CFL bulbs for safe disposal. Representatives from DC’s Office of Recycling will be there to answer questions. Veterans Compost will show you how to make your own compost. Kids can plant milkweed seeds in pots to take home to attract butterflies. Free refreshments. At St. Alban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave.  

Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM - 2 PM, “Centennial Junior Ranger Day” at Rock Creek Park. Earn your Junior Ranger badge by completing the activities in the free Centennial Junior Ranger book (ages 5 and up). Workshops for kids: Learn how to make a map (ages 8 and up); learn how to make a cornhusk doll (ages 6 and up); learn how to tie knots (ages 6 and up). Free. At Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive.  

Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Earth Day at the Zoo. Enjoy a day of  green-themed activities. You'll have the chance to get gardening tips from our expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo's green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. If you are among the first 75 to bike to the zoo, you will receive free bike valet parking at the Zoo and a free recycled notebook! Register at  

Saturday, April 23 at 1 PM, Peabody Room Author Talks: “Secret Washington, DC.” Sharon Pendana's guidebook “Secret Washington, DC” takes the reader to a Darth Vader grotesque on a church, a giant chair, the longest escalator in the western hemisphere and even the Georgetown Neighborhood Library's Peabody Room! Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Washington, DC is a reserve of well-concealed treasures revealed only to those who know how to wander off the beaten track. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW,    

Sunday, April 24 from 11 AM - 3 PM, The Lab School’s 2016 Spring Fair at the Dragon’s Lair. Come and enjoy games and rides, laser tag, giant slide, DJ, food and drink, and prizes. Rain or shine. Free admission, tickets for games and rides are $1 per ticket. At the Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Road NW.  

Sunday, April 24 from 1 - 2 PM, Mercury Day Parade. Now that we’re all done with Earth Day for the year, it’s time to celebrate a more obscure planet. Our well-known neighbors, Venus and Mars, seem to stay in the news, and sometimes even make it into the movies….but what about poor, moonless Mercury? It seems no one ever pays much attention to that small, hot first rock from the sun. Today is the day to compensate for all the neglect by celebrating all things related to Mercury. Starting at 1 PM there will be a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue of Ford Mercuries, followed by a band of Mercury Theater Marchers (all dressed as Orson Welles), then a float in the form of a giant mercury thermometer. After that will come a string of Freddy Mercury impersonators, all taking a turn at the mike to do a few lines of Bohemian Rhapsody until the entire 6 minute song has been sung. And to end the show, runners dressed as Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will carry a banner proclaiming the brilliance of Mercury the planet. You can still sign up to join in any of the parade contingents, by registering at  

Sunday, April 24 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Folger Library. Music, theater, a special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself, swordfighting demonstrations, Shakespeare Insult Battle, food trucks, discussions from Folger curators and scholars, tours of the Folger’s reading rooms, birthday cake, and much more! Free admission. The Folger Shakespeare Library is at 201 East Capitol Street SE. Full details at  

Monday April 25 at 12 Noon, DC History: Student Research on the History of Foggy Bottom.
After a semester of working with the museum's Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection and Gelman Library Special Collections, among many other local repositories, students in GW Professor Christopher Klemek’s Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics class present their original research on Foggy Bottom and the city. The research will be the latest addition to the university’s Digital DC history website: More info on the class:  

Monday, April 25 from 3:30 - 5 PM, “How Safe Is Your Home?” - a talk by Stephen Hage of Strategies for Independent Living, presented as part of the Dupont Circle Village “Live and Learn” series to help seniors “age in place.” Discussion of design adaptations to help seniors and people with disabilities live safely in their own homes. Free for members of Dupont Circle Village, $10 for others. Please reserve by calling 202-234-2567. At the Hamilton House Apartments, lower floor meeting room, 1255 New Hampshire Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, April 27 at 7 AM, Bird Walk. Learn to identify birds through sight and sound and learn why migratory birds choose Rock Creek Park as a stopover on their long seasonal journey. Free. Ages 8 and up. Starts at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW,      

Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 PM, Historic Chevy Chase DC invites the public to a free talk by Dr. Blair Ruble, author of “Washington’s U Street: A Biography” (2010). Chevy Chase DC was planned as a white suburban enclave, with racial covenants, and experienced dramatic expansion in the 1920s. Although the housing boom subsided in the depressed '30s, another wave of arrivals associated with New Deal programs populated all of the District. Dr. Ruble will describe the appearance of the nation's first thriving black bourgeoisie and its effect on Jim Crow traditions throughout the city. Blair Ruble, a prominent urbanist, is currently Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Director of the Center's Urban Policy Laboratory. Dr. Ruble's presentation and discussion will be followed at 8:45 p.m. by a short HCCDC business meeting at which all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Free. In the Lounge of the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW, corner of McKinley St.

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