Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 5 at 11 AM, Cinco de Mayo Storytime and Craft. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at DC’s main library! Enjoy a special storytime at 11 AM; after storytime, children can create their own sombreros. For ages birth through five and caregivers. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW,

Thursday, May 5 at 5 PM, Cinco de Cinco. On 5/5 at 5 PM, come to play a trivia quiz that will take 5 minutes. Be prepared to answer one of 5 rotating questions: Can you name the 5 Great Lakes? The 5 boroughs of New York? The Dionne Quintuplets? The 5 lands of the original Disneyland? And for Spanish speakers: ¿QuiĆ©nes fueran los cinco originales miembros de Menudo? Meet at Pentagon City Mall. Everyone who can give 5 correct answers to one of these questions will win a prize worth either 5 dollars or 5 cents. To view the prizes go to:

Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Who’s the Boss?” - A Humanitini Happy Hour. Alexander “Boss” Shepherd defined local government for a generation in Washington, DC, and his, at times, autocratic rule set off a tug of war between local politicians and the federal government that continues to this day. Join a panel of local historians, biographers, and advocates, to discuss just just who runs this town. Humanitini programs are part of a year-long celebration of the 225th birthday of the nation’s capital. This program is free, but please RSVP at
At Busboys & Poets in Brookland, 625 Monroe Street NE.

Friday, May 6 from 3:30 - 7:30 PM, Westbrook Elementary School’s 72nd Annual Carnival. Jump on a moonbounce, surf on the mechanical surfboard, climb the rock wall, play Superchance, try out Bottlemania, ride the Reckless and walk the Cake Walk! Great game prizes ranging from iPad minis to Fitbits.Hear local middle and high school bands such as Sonic Boom and the F-35s.  Great food trucks such as Jose Andres’ Pepe, DC Far East Taco, CapMac, Go Fish, Armands and Captain Cookie and the Milkman. Free admission. Westbrook Elementary School is at 5110 Allan Terrace in Bethesda. For more info email laurakolton @ msn dot com.  

Friday, May 6 from 12 - 12:45 PM, Outdoor concert by the Washington International School Jazz Band at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. Twenty five students dedicated to filling life with music will perform. Bring the kids. Bring a lunch. Free. More info:

Friday May 6 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday May 7 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The 77th Annual Flower Mart, celebrating the Centennial of the All Hallows Guild. The Flower Mart has everything you want in a spring fair: rides, games, food, live performances, plant sales, all kinds of vendors -- plus all the glories of the Washington National Cathedral, including the tower climb, a floral show with arrangements from around the globe, an elegant tea, and more. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW. Full details at:

Saturday May 7 at 9:30 AM, Civil War Roundtable at the Nature Center. Marvin T. Jones discusses “The Resistance Within: The Anti-Confederates,” focusing on how people of color and loyal southern whites opposed the Confederacy in words, subterfuge, and combat, from North Carolina to Texas. For ages 10 and up. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW,

Saturday May 7 from 10 AM - 4 PM, “Around the World Embassy Tour.” DC residents and visitors can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music at embassies of  more than 40 different countries. In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations. Free; no reservations needed. For map of participating embassies and other information, go to

Saturday May 7 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Lafayette Spring Fair: “Hands Across Chevy Chase.” Open to the whole community. Because of the construction, this year’s Spring Fair will take place at the Episcopal Center for Children, corner of Nebraska & Utah, 2 blocks from Lafayette Elementary School. Featuring: Carnival rides and moon bounces; Karaoke machine; Face painting; Book sale; Plant sale; Bike swap: Bring your old bike and trade it in, or just get a “new” one at a great price; Pizza, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Jamaican Food, homemade salads, cotton candy, ice cream, and Bake Sale! The KidPass bracelet gives you unlimited rides all day, plus a turn at face painting. Get your KidPass at where you can also buy advance tickets for food in $10, $20 or $30 packs. Also, pre-pay for Galley Foods: offerings include breakfast boxes, and 3 delicious lunch menus as well as a family style BBQ chicken to take home for a post-fair evening - 20% of all sales during the event will be given back to Lafayette. Order at More fair info at:

Saturday May 7 from 12 noon - 10 PM, U Street Funk Day Fair & Parade, a one-of-a-kind fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC's vibrant music and arts scene in the U Street neighborhood. The parade will be from 4 - 5 PM, starting at  620 T St. NW and ending at 13th & U. Multiple performance stages, an art installation, food, demonstrations, vendors at the fair -- followed by a music festival from 7 - 10 PM. Details at

Saturday May 7 at 11 AM, The Annual Blessing of the Bicycles. Kick off National Bicycle Month with a non-denominational blessing of your bicycle. All are welcome "regardless of religious (or any) affiliation, fat or thin tires, and brand of bike." Featuring speakers from the DC Department of Transportation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), and the Episcopal Bishop of Washington and avid cyclist Mariann Budde. Free. At Ascension and St. Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Avenue NW .More info:

Saturday May 7 at 2 PM, Seasonal Stroll from Peirce Mill. Take a 2.5 mile hike starting at Peirce Mill and taking in landmarks such as Pulpit Rock and Boulder Bridge, while learning about the flora and fauna of Rock Creek Park. Wear sturdy shoes, sun protection, and bring water. For all ages. Free. More info at   

Sunday, May 8 at 10:10 AM, The United State of Women - Sunday Forum with Tina Tchen. This Mother’s Day, join Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to celebrate women’s achievements and explore ways to improve women’s lives. Tchen will discuss the upcoming White House Summit: The United State of Women and efforts to advance women’s health, economic and educational opportunities as well as other key gender equality issues. Free. At the Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW,

Monday, May 9 at 6 PM, Woodrow Wilson High School Vocal Music Program comes to the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. Enjoy the school’s award-winning Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and The Wilson Singers as they perform a varied repertoire of music under the direction of Lori Williams. Free. The Kennedy Center is at 2700 F Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, May 10 from 12 noon - 1 PM, “The Art of Lily Spandorf.” Join Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough and Washington History managing editor and exhibit curator Jane Freundel Levey for a hands-on look at Spandorf’s archives and selected additional works from her Washington Never More collection. Held in the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Research Library, on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building, 801 K Street NW. Free, but please register at (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 PM, The Stars & Stripes: Little-Known Origins of the US Flag. Glover Park Village and the DC Public Library invite you to a free presentation on the origins of “Old Glory,” by Earl P. Williams, Jr., author of “What You Should Know About the American Flag”. A longtime history and social studies teacher, Mr. Williams'  curiosity about the American flag started him down the path of a thirty-year research journey into its origins, which revealed some surprising facts about how the “Stars & Stripes” came to be designed - not by Betsy Ross, but by little-known historical figure figure Francis Hopkinson. Please RSVP for this event by emailing Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or by calling 202-436-5545. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW, 

Wednesday, May 11, 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Clinical Bioethics Education at Georgetown University. David Miller, Associate Director for Academic Programs, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University, will be on hand to discuss bioethics training for health professionals. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,   

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