Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Get Out! The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 12 at 7 PM, “Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts that Rocked the World.” Former diplomat J. Michael Springmann will speak about his book, “Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts that Rocked the World,” which provides an insider's view of how the US has been fighting terrorism. Mr. Springmann’s service in the US diplomatic corps  included postings in Germany, India, and Saudi Arabia. More info on the author and the book at Copies of the book are available from the library. This free event will be held in the first floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW    

Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival. Authentic Greek food - indoor buffet and outdoor grills; Greek beer & wine; Greek market; international arts & crafts, jewelry, religious icons; kids’ activities, treats, crafts & games; moon bounce; Cathedral tours (Saturday & Sunday); live Greek music & dancing. Mercedes raffle. Free admission. Held rain or shine - huge outdoor tent. Hours: Friday and Saturday: 12 noon - 10 PM; Sunday: 12 noon - 7 PM. At 36th & Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, SerbFest DC! Come experience traditional Serbian food, music & culture at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church. Delicious Serbian Food: Spit-roasted Pig & Lamb, Authentic Grilled Foods & Side Dishes, Traditional Desserts & Pastries, Serbian Beer & Wine. Live Serbian Music & Dancing, Vendors, Children's Activities, Free Admission & Parking. Friday hours: 5 - 9 PM, Saturday: 11 AM - 9 PM, Sunday: 12 - 6 PM. St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church is at 10660 River Road, Potomac MD 20854. More info:

Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. Free events open to all: Bird-themed activities and crafts; Live birds of prey; Free samples of Bird Friendly coffee; Interactive displays by conservation organizations; Performances of the musical theater show "Superbirds!" Shows are 15 minutes long and begin at 10:30 AM., 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM. Special events for FONZ members and Migratory Bird Club members* include: Guided bird walks; Bird banding; Stanley crane walk; Meet an oriole. *Participants must be 8 years of age or older. For schedule of these events. locations, and other details, visit: The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Tenleytown photographer Stephen Voss will be signing his new book on bonsai trees, “In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book” at the National Arboretum. Over a year in a half in the making, the book captures the spirit of the bonsai. The photos will be on exhibit at The National Arboretum's Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue, NE.  Free. More details here: and here:   

Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM, International Mother’s Day Bazaar at the Islamic Center. The Muslim Women’s Association of Washington, DC invites you to a bazaar featuring: exotic foods, handicrafts, rugs, gifts and more, from Islamic countries around the world. Free admission, proceeds go to charities. The Islamic Center is at 2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Peirce Mill Grinding Day. Watch the mill grind corn (11 AM - 2 PM). Watch the waterwheel turn and the grinding stones spin – making cornmeal before your eyes. Come see the newly restored barrel hoist in action lifting supplies to all four floors in this giant wooden machine. Long ago, children made their own toys using materials they could find in the field or forest. This Saturday from 11:00-2:00, we'll be making corn husk dolls with children, a traditional Native American craft later adopted by European colonists. Free. At the Peirce Mill Visitor Center at Beach Drive & Tilden St. More info:

Saturday, May 14 from 11 AM - 12 noon, Tour of the Kreeger Museum grounds, presented by Casey Trees. Join Jim Woodworth, director of tree planting at Casey Trees, and Ashley Givens, Kreeger Museum’s head of education, for a tour of the rolling grounds of The Kreeger Museum, featuring five acres of sculpture-filled gardens surrounded by wild woodlands. Tour leaders will discuss various aspects of dendrology and how it relates to artistic design. Keep your eyes peeled and you may catch a glimpse of the resident fox skirting through the underbrush. Bring an extra pair of clean shoes if you’re interested in exploring the indoor collections following the tree walk. Takes place rain or shine - please dress for the weather. Free, but reservations required at: The Kreeger Museum is at 2401 Foxhall Road NW.

Saturday, May 14 from 12 noon - 5 PM, Spring Festival at Cathedral Commons. Arts, music, food, shopping, and family fun! Come celebrate the blooming season with a Spring Festival, curated by Art Soiree.This year’s Spring Festival will take place on Newark Street in between Idaho Ave. and Wisconsin Ave. and will transform Cathedral Commons into a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and flavors. Stroll the streets as you listen to live musical performances, peruse local art, and taste delicious food and beverage offerings from a number of neighborhood businesses and restaurants. Free. For more information, please visit:

Saturday, May 14 at 1 PM, Peabody Room Talks: “Andrew Jackson / Roger Taney / Francis Scott Key: A Grim Trio in Town and Country”. President Andrew Jackson appointed Roger Taney Chief Justice of the United States. Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott decision, was related to Francis Scott Key, lawyer and composer of "The Star Spangled Banner." Key was a member of Jackson's inner circle. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses the ties that made this trifecta a Southern political force. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,   

Sunday, May 15 at 3 PM, Concert and Photography Exhibit at MMMUC. The US Army String Quartet will play a varied program of Beethoven, Elliott Carter, Charles Ives, and Gershwin. There will be a light reception afterward, and some nice recent photos of Cuba will be on display. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is at 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, corner of New Mexico. More info:      

Sunday, May 15 at 4 PM, The choirs of Georgetown Presbyterian and Chevy Chase Presbyterian Churches will combine for a free concert featuring works for double choir and soloists. There will also be performances by a brass quintet and on the organ. Choral pieces will include "Jubilate Deo" by Giovanni Gabrieli and "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" (BWV 226), a motet by Johann Sebastian Bach. Compositions by Antonio Lotti, Charles Wood and William Harris are also on the program. Free (Donations are gratefully accepted). Post-concert reception to meet the artists.  At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle,

Sunday, May 15, time TBD, Sun Glimpsing & Welcome Ceremony. Some sunshine is predicted to emerge on Sunday after a record-breaking run of rain -- see:. If the prediction proves correct, you are invited to participate in timeless sun-welcoming ritual. When the sun first breaks through the clouds, rush outside, raise up your arms to salute the warm rays, stomp your feet in celebration, and shout welcoming words. To receive maximum sunshine on your body, you may opt to perform the ritual naked or partially naked (taking under advisement laws on public nudity in your jurisdiction). For more specific details on how to perform the Sun Glimpsing and Welcoming Ceremony, please visit Note: This ceremony will be postponed in the event of rain.  

Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM, The Regulatory Process for Starting a Small Business. Are you interested in starting a small business in the District? Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. Come and learn about: Business Licensing; Corporate registration; Certificates of Occupancy (C of O); Home Occupancy Permits (HOP); Grant Opportunities; Vending; Farmer markets; Certified Business Enterprises (CBE); and More! No pre-registration required. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Tuesday, May 17 at 4 PM, “World Travel for One: Tips for Stress-Free Solo Trips.” To travel alone is to discover your true self. Most solo voyagers book trips with tour groups, but it is possible to plan your own adventure and see the world without a lot of hassles. Veteran traveler Eleanor Adkins will show you what it takes to go from country to country while feeling in control, having fun, and staying within budget. To participate in this free program, presented by Glover Park Village and the DC Public Library, please RSVP by writing to Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or calling 202-436-5545.

Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 PM, Reading and Discussion: Austrian-Slovenian poet Cvetka Lipus. The Embassy of Austria and the Embassy of Slovenia are pleased to invite you to a poetry evening with an Austrian-Slovenian poet. The reading and discussion will be in Slovenian, German, and English. Introductory remarks and moderation will be done by Prof. Dr. Vesna Kondrič Horvat, University of Maribor. Cvetka Lipuš, member of the Slovenian minority in Austria’s province of Carinthia, is an award-winning author, who writes poetry in her first language despite having lived outside the Slovenian community for most of her adulthood. After residing more than 15 years in Pittsburgh, PA, she relocated to Salzburg, Austria in 2009. Ms. Lipuš has published seven collections of poetry, much of which has been translated into different languages, and she has received numerous fellowships and literary awards. At  the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. Free and open to the public, but you must reserve your ticket at:  

Wednesday, May 18 at 12:30 PM, “Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora.” Join Curator Lee Talbot for a tour of the exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora, which features works by forty-four textile artists from around the world. Free. At the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, This program is part of Art Museum Day 2016.To see a list of museums around the US offering free admission on Wednesday May 18, go to   

Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM, Sherman Alexie, author and National Book Award winner for his young adult novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," will share his new children’s book, Thunder Boy, Jr., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Book purchase is required to enter the signing line. Books will be for sale at the event and in advance at Politics & Prose bookstore. Free admission to the author talk. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St NW,  

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