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 @ fastmail.net.
Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, May 19 at 4 PM, Opening of “BioArt,” an exhibit that crosses science with art! Learn about BioArt from a special guest. Enjoy fun activities relating to the exhibit, and view the exhibit in the Children's Room. (Exhibit will be open through August 19.) This event is recommended for families with children ages 6 and up. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, https://dclibrary.org/node/52697
Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 PM, “Beyond Pluto: The Hunt for Planet X,” a talk by Dr. Scott Sheppard, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science. The Kuiper Belt, which has Pluto as the largest member, is a region of comet-like objects just beyond Neptune. This belt of objects has an outer edge, which we are only now able to explore in detail. For the past few years we have been performing the largest and deepest survey ever attempted to search for distant solar system objects. The ongoing search has discovered the object with the most distant orbit known in our solar system and several of the largest known objects after the major planets. These extremely distant objects are strangely grouped closely together in space, which suggests a yet unobserved planet more massive than the Earth is shepherding them into these similar orbits. Dr Sheppard will discuss the most recent discoveries at the fringe of our solar system. Free, but registration is required at http://bit.ly/1ssHPp4. More info: http://bit.ly/1YCUlN0
Friday May 20 at 6:30 PM, School Without Walls Choir Concert, a special bon-voyage benefit concert to support the ensemble’s travel to Cuba. They have been invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to participate in a prestigious choral music exchange program at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana. The choir will perform pieces from their current repertoire. They will be joined in performance by world-renowned opera singers Anamer Castrello (mezzo-soprano), Peter Burroughs (tenor), who will sing excerpts from the Cuban Zarzuela. There will be a reception immediately following the performance. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Tickets: $10 - $20, available at http://www.eventbee.com/v/swwchoircuba/event?eid=112147784. Location: The United Church, 1920 G Street NW.
Friday, May 20 and Saturday May 21, 9 AM - 5 PM, National Geographic/National Parks BioBlitz on the Mall. Grab your backpack, your Metro card, and explore the wilds in and around Washington, DC like never before. Teams of scientists, students, teachers, and the general public will join in a two-day race to discover and document the flora and fauna in the region’s national parks. Signing up for a free inventory is a unique chance to explore parks with experts and learn in outdoor classrooms about biodiversity in and around the National Capital Region. Free. More info: BioBlitz 2016: Washington, D.C. and http://bit.ly/1XmrX35.
Saturday, May 21 from 7 AM - 3 PM, 4th Annual International Migratory Bird Day Festival at Rock Creek Park. For generations, migratory birds have connected communities across continents, providing unique opportunities for international collaboration and inspiring people to improve conditions for birds, all wildlife, and for ourselves. This year we celebrate the birds that call Rock Creek Park home, even if it is just for part of the year. Enjoy bird walks, hands-on activities and exhibits, food, art, and family-friendly entertainment. Special performance by Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. To see the schedule of bird walks, performances, and other details, visit https://www.nps.gov/rocr/imbd.htm.
Saturday, May 21 from 10 AM - 7 PM, Fiesta Asia Street Fair, featuring outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts demonstration, talent show, cooking demo, and much more.Over a thousand performers + artisans + participants take part in the festivities throughout the day. Free admission. Along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, http://bit.ly/1OAMslE
Saturday, May 21 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Maret School’s Fete Champetre.This festive tradition is now in its 63rd year. Enjoy all your favorite pastimes, games and foods. Relax while browsing among the flea market or try your hand at some carnival games. Free admission. The Fete goes on, rain or shine. Full details at http://www.maret.org/parents/fete_champetre/index.aspx.
Saturday, May 21 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The Acton Children’s Business Fair, featuring over 30 children’s businesses, including cupcakes, jewelry, toiletries, face painting, hair braiding, artwork, and more. Children ages 6 - 14 will be showcasing their enterprises, selling their wares to customers, and competing for cash prizes in four age categories. Free. On the Cleveland Park commercial strip along Connecticut Avenue between Macomb St and Ordway Street.
Saturday, May 21 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Spring Fling! Not your usual Spring Fling. No moon bounce, no face painting, no food, no performances. Why come to this Spring Fling? Because at this Spring Fling, we will actually take a giant steel spring -- an 8 foot Slinky-like coil -- and fling it off the top of the clock tower at the new student center at UDC, and see how many times it bounces when it hits the ground. This will be the coolest Spring Fling ever….or it would be if this were not the weekly fake event!
Sunday, May 22 at 8 AM, The 2nd Annual Tricia Davis 5K Walk/Run for Sinai House. The race begins at Rock Creek Park Grove 24. Participants should arrive by 7:30 AM for the 8 AM race start. The Fun Run for kids 13 and under will begin shortly after the timed race (approx. 8:45). Aaron Gamble, of Beyond Belief Health and Wellness, will lead warm-up exercises before both the race and the fun run. After the Race: Munch on Bullfrog bagels, bananas from Whole Foods and an assortment of Mars goodies. An award ceremony will take place at the park at about 9:45 am. Fastest participants in different age categories will win gift cards from sponsors. To register to run or to become a virtual runner (by donating), go to http://bit.ly/1TgA6Xl. Registration fees range from $18 - $36. All proceeds benefit Sinai House, a residential social service program for homeless families in Washington, DC.
Monday, May 23 at 3:30 PM, Live & Learn: Consumer Empowerment for Utilities (Telephone,Electricity, Gas, Water). Learn how to cut costs, whether a homeowner or apartment dweller. Ask questions and receive a handy resource guide from Jean Gross-Bethel. Free for members of Dupont Village; $10 for others. Wheelchair accessible. Contact Linda Harsh at: 202-234-2567 or lindajkh @ mac dot com. At the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, http://bit.ly/1U0DIXA
Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 PM, Money Smart for Older Adults: Preventing Financial Exploitation. DC Public Library and the Glover Park Village invite you to attend "Money Smart for Older Adults", an instructor-led training developed by the federal government to increase awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision-making. This session is will be lead by Idriys Abdullah, a consumer protection advocate with the DC Department of Insurance Securities, and Banking. The class is free and open to everyone, but attendees are requested to please register in advance by emailing Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or by calling 202-436-5545. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/53006
Wednesday, May 25 at 6:45 PM, “Finding Your Inner Fish.” What do fish fossils tell us about the human body? Ancient fossils, like the Tiktaalik roseae that Dr. Neil Shubin discovered, illustrate the transitional form between fish and land animals. They teach scientists about how our limbs came into being, among other things. But how can scientists predict where to find such transitional fossils? Dr. Shubin, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, The University of Chicago, will take us from the anatomy laboratory to the Canadian Arctic in search of answers. Lecture is free, but registration is required - go to http://bit.ly/1YE3J2Q. At the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P Street NW.