Wednesday, August 3, 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 16,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, August 3 at 4 PM, French Music Time. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to play musical instruments, sing along with popular and traditional French songs, dance to their favorite music, learn the alphabet and how to count. This program is all about rhythm and speech stimuli that allow children to enjoy the music, memorize songs, practice their French and maybe become little musicians in the process. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Thursday, August 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “DC: Home of the March and Rally,” a Humanitini Happy Hour program, part of a year-long celebration of the 225th birthday of the Nation’s Capital. From the Bonus Army to the Million Man March, Washington, DC is the place to make your voice heard. Protesters, activists, and concerned citizens from across the country make the trek to DC where they believe they can make their case on a national stage. We’ll discuss how public protest has changed over the last 100 years in Washington. How has it been effective? How is it changing? Will the next march take place entirely on Instagram? The discussion panel is moderated by Cherie Ward, Professor of Speech at UDC Community College. Panelists include a veteran of the 1963 March on Washington, a community organizer at Empower DC, and a documentary filmmaker. Free, but registration required at . At Busboys & Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll Avenue NW.

Friday, August 4 from 6 - 8 PM, First Friday Art Event at Heurich House Museum: Pop-Up Arts & Crafts Stores. Guests are welcome to the explore the first floor of the famous brewmaster’s historic house and shop in the pop-up stores by DC makers Printed Wild, Great Hill Studio, and Carol Herwig pottery in the Conservatory. Free. The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. This event is part of the First Friday Dupont series of events -- see for the full list of exhibitions and galleries.

Friday, August 5 at 7 PM, “The Sounds of Summer Music.” Guy Mason Recreation Center would like to invite you to join the Van Ness Quintet for a musical potpourri ranging from Purcell and Strauss to Gershwin and Porter. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW. For more information, please contact Ms. Bell at 202-727-7703.

Friday, August 4 at 7:30 PM, The US Army Chorus’s 60th Anniversary Gala Concert. The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," is one of the nation's only professional men's choruses. From its inception in 1956, the US Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature. Beyond the traditional military music and patriotic standards, the repertoire of the Army Chorus covers a broad spectrum which includes pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music. More info and program at: Free. At the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW.

Saturday, August 6 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Back to School Festival, sponsored by the Greater Washington Urban League. Community health and wellness information and health screenings, dental exams. Fun for kids including a moonbounce, face painting, free popcorn & cotton candy. FREE backpacks and school supplies. First time home buyers workshop, financial literacy workshop, healthy cooking demonstrations, haircuts & hair styling, fitness dance, arts, crafts, vendors, free prize drawings, music & entertainment! Free. At the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service & Heritage, 1816 12th Street NW, more info:

Saturday, August 6 at 11 AM, Centennial Hike through Rock Creek Park. The National Park Service preserves historic houses, battlefields and natural wonders. Did you know all that can be found right here in Rock Creek Park? A Park Service Ranger will lead a 2-mile hike as we celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service. Remember to wear sturdy shoes, use sun protection and bring water. For all ages. Free. Starts at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW,

Saturday, August 6 from 7 -10 PM, “Rock the City” Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service with a benefit concert to support Rock Creek trails and parklands. Performers include Dave Bass, Terrance Richburg, Javier Starks, and the Groove Spot Band & Show. Tickets: $25 available at: At Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th St and Colorado Avenue NW.

Sunday, August 7 at 2 PM, “Herbs, Blossoms and …. Buicks?” Learn about the history of the garden at the Old Stone House in Georgetown, and find out where used cars fit in. For age 7 and older. Free. The Old Stone House is at 3051 M Street NW,

Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM, Olympian Dreams - a quadrennial workshop on how to use the Olympics to help conquer insomnia. The availability of the full range of Olympic sports, for viewing online or through your TV via an HDMI cable, is sure to prove a great boon to anyone with sleep issues. At this phenomenally helpful workshop, a professional sleep coach will show you how to select, access, record, and playback the ultimate in boring Olympic sports on display in Rio -- hours of big men grunting as they heave shotputs and hammers, long views of sailboats in the distance following an unseen course; barely glimpsed badminton birdies whooshing back and forth over a net to be whacked by indistinguishable players; plus modern pentathlon, and water polo, and some sports you never even heard of. Learn which ones are most likely to make you nod off even if you are sitting upright in a chair. Each workshop participant will be given a questionnaire to help him or her discover which aspects of international sport most quickly induce yawns and sleepiness in that individual. At UDC’s student lounge. Free, but you must register at

Monday, August 8 from 12 - 12:30 PM, Fine art photographer Stephen Voss, author of “In Training,” a photography art book about bonsai trees, will lead tours of the bonsai exhibition at the Japan Information and Culture Center. The bonsai exhibition is sponsored by the United States National Arboretum and the National Bonsai Foundation in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Founded when Japanese bonsai enthusiasts in the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai and 6 viewing stones to the people of the United States, the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America. The tour is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged -- go to -- although walk-ins are welcome. The Japan Information and Culture Center is at 1150 18th St NW.

Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” - a workshop presented by the DC Office of Human Rights. At this workshop, staff from the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR), DC's civil rights enforcement agency, will explain the civil rights laws that protect workers from sexual harassment, including how to identify and report sexual harassment. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, August 10 from 10 AM - 12 noon, “Mystery Kids Storytelling” - The Global Sleepover presents an Olympic themed mystery and storytelling activities for kids at Cathedral Commons, Wisconsin Avenue & Newark St NW. Free. More info about The Global Sleepover and ideas for activities using the Olympics and Paralympics to teach kids about 206 countries at More info about this event at

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