Wednesday, July 13, 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 16,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, July 14 at 4:30 PM, Reptiles Alive! Meet exciting live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. For ages 5 and up.Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Thursday, July 14 at 6 PM, Background Checks: Know Your Rights! Are you a job applicant with concerns about what employers might find when running a background check? Come to this interactive workshop to learn about your rights during the job search if you have a criminal record or problems with credit reports. Attorneys from the Neighborhood Legal Services Program will discuss how to seal criminal records in Washington DC, ways to respond to employers who are asking about criminal records during the job search process, how to file a complaint under the Fair Criminal Records Screening Act (“Ban the Box”), and how to address problems with a credit report. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Free. At the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE,

Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7 PM, “The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington” - a discussion with the artists - part of the series, Free Parking: Salon-Style Conversations at the Alper Initiative space. Hear powerful stories of artists from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay, who left Latin America for reasons of safety, freedom, and opportunity and made their homes and artistic careers in the Washington region. Featured artists: Joan Belmar, Juan Downey, Carolina Mayorga, Ric Garcia, F. Lennox Campello, Jose Bermudez, Muriel Hasbun, Frida Larios, Irene Clouthier, Naul Ojeda. Free, but you must register at The Alper Initiative Space is in the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Thursday, July 14 at 6:45 PM, Quatorze Juillet Workshop on Numbering the French Way. Schoolchildren in France are brought up with the idea that their native language is “clair, precis and logique.” On France’s National Day, you are invited to this informative session on the logic and clarity of numbering in French. We will begin with the number 70, which is to say, sixty-ten, and will count up, sixty-eleven, sixty-twelve, etc., through sixty nineteen, and on to 80 --that is, four twenties-- and then four-twenties-one, four-twenties-two, and so on to 90 --four twenties ten-- until we end at 99 --four twenties nineteen. Then we will move on to telling time, noting, for example, that the workshop started at 19 hours minus a quarter and it will end at 19 hours and half. An exam will be given during the last 15 minutes of the class, and certificates awarded to those who pass. At the French Embassy, Registration required at:; please bring 6 documents of identity, all notarized with apostille, as required by the Hague Convention of 1961.

Friday, July 15 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: The Charleville Musket. Robert Selig, historian, shares the evolution of the Charleville musket and its importance during the Revolutionary War. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of various Charleville musket models. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,  

Saturday, July 16 at 9:30 AM, Casey Trees presents “Buds,”a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 to 4 years). Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd NW. The story time will feature three to four tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project.  Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring Rock Creek on their own after the Buds program has concluded. Please bring sun protection, bug protection, and water for exploring Rock Creek Park after the Buds story time has concluded. The program is free, and free parking is available on site. More info:

Saturday July 16 from 10 AM - 3 PM, The 5th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival. Come meet local archaeologists and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology, learn about local volunteer opportunities, and local history. There will be activities for all ages: mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the Dumbarton House Museum, music, face painting, and some of DC’s best food trucks. Both local and worldwide participants will feature the event live, across Facebook and Twitter (#ArchaeoFest16, #AITC_DC, and @dayofarch, respectively). Free. At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW. More info:  

Sunday, July 17 at 1 PM, Caring Angels Therapy Dogs Demonstration. Caring Angels provides highly trained, affectionate and caring dogs of all types that share their loving paws and happy tails with people in need in places like hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, veterans, underprivileged children and more. They'll demonstrate their work including the Warrior's Angels program at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St NW,  202-265-6280,

Sunday, July 17 from 1 - 4 PM, The 6th Annual DC Scoop “Best Ice Cream” competition, with free ice cream samples from 11 contenders for the title. This event also features raffles, giveaways, sales, and more. Free admission. At Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NW,

Sunday, July 17 at 2 PM, Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series: A History of Rock Creek Park by Scott Einberger. Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, DC? Then come to this discussion of A History of Rock Creek Park by Scott Einberger. Copies are available to check out from the library. Free. In the second floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Monday, July 18 from 7 - 9:30 PM Fort Reno Summer Concert Series 2016, featuring Makeup Girl, Mirror Motives, and Brushes. Free. Fort Reno is located at 40th and Chesapeake, across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School. Rain Info: If you’re ever wondering if a show is happening or not call 202-355-6356 for information.

Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 AM, Pacific Rhythm. Experience the culture of the Pacific Islands through music and dance. See traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes and learn some Polynesian dances. For kids of all ages. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

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