Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

"View of the Soldiers' Home in Lincoln's Time" 
by William Woodward, 2007 
President Lincoln's Cottage
[National Park Service]
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 11 from 2 - 7 PM, “Beat the Streets 2016” community festival sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District Station. Come out for public safety, health and education info, free school supplies, games, a climbing wall, a moon bounce and more. Free. At the Rita Bright Recreation Center, 14th & Clifton Terrace NW.  

Thursday, August 11 at 7 PM, Photos of Petworth Showcase. The Petworth community was invited to tell stories of their daily lives through photography last spring. Come see 50 favorite photos, curated by the Open Stories Committee. Light refreshments will be provided. Want to be a part of the showcase? Upload photos of Petworth neighborhood to the Photos of Petworth Flickr group, Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Friday, August 12 at 11:30 AM, Friday Gallery Tours at The American University Museum. Docent-led tours of the summer exhibitions are free and open to the public. Tours begin by the front desk on the first floor of the museum and last approximately one hour. Current exhibitions: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil; The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington;  Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism; Art Cart: Honoring the Legacy. The American University Museum is in the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW,

Saturday, August 13 from 10:30 AM - 2 PM, Family Tour and Ice Cream Making at Peirce Mill. The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better way to escape the heat than a free family tour plus a free demonstration of homemade ice cream. Ice cream samples will be handed out after the demo. Demos at 10:30 AM and 1 PM. Tour at 12 noon - watch Washington, DC’s only working gristmill in action. Come for picnicking, ice cream, history and much more. Peirce Mill is at 2539 Tilden Street. More info:

Saturday August 13 at 1 PM, The Peabody Room Presents "Isabel Briggs Myers: She’s Got Your Type!" Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses the life of Washington, DC native Isabel Briggs Myers. Myers, with her mother Katharine Cooks Briggs, developed the personality inventory known as the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which became a global success. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St, NW

Sunday, August 14  at 1 PM, Make Art with Lasers. Please join the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library for our 3rd Makers Workshop with Billy Friebele and Mike Iacavone. Laser cutting is a way of taking digital images and burning them into physical materials. In this workshop Billy and Mike will demonstrate how to take a photograph, turn it into a vector image on the computer, and use the laser cutter to etch the image in wood, plexiglas, cardboard and a variety of other materials. They will also demonstrate how 3D printers work.Billy and Mike will discuss their upcoming exhibition at the Flashpoint Gallery, which was created using the tools and equipment from the Fab Lab in the Martin Luther King, Jr Library. Light refreshments will be served. Free. In the large conference room of the Tenley Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Monday, August 15 at 12 Noon, “It’s the Middle of August - Where Has Everyone Gone?” Is your block littered with uncollected copies of The Northwest Current? Are you sick of having your urgent emails bounce back with one of those annoying “Out of Office” vacation auto-replies? Do you actually miss the sight of schoolkids congregating at local hangouts and Metro entrances, even if they are often rowdy and rude? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you need this workshop to help you relieve the anxieties of mid-August in semi-deserted Washington, DC. You will learn how to reassure yourself: “Don’t worry, the usual over-scheduling is soon to resume.” Our laid-back counselors will teach valuable tips and tricks to help any Washington Type-A workaholic chill through the next week -- but if you show up at the workshop to find you’re the only one here, it’s not because everyone else is on vacation; it’s because this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, August 16 from 1 - 4 PM, Police / Neighbors Ice Cream Social: “Neighbors Serving Those Who Serve Us”  Neighbors and volunteers will be serving ice cream, generously donated by Giant Food, to our Officers and Staff  at MPD 2D. Any neighbors who would like to drop by and add a note of personal thanks to the officers are encouraged to attend! Just drop in to say thanks, and have some ice cream. Free. In the Community Room of the Second District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW.

Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30 - 8 PM, DC Open Doors Homebuyers' Informational Session. Statistics prove that homebuyer education contributes to successful homeownership. Come out and learn how you can purchase your home in the District of Columbia using a DC Open Doors mortgage product. All DC Open Doors Homebuyers' Informational Sessions are free and co-hosted by the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, a participating lender and Realtor. This session's presenters are Mike Cooper, George Mason Mortgage and Leisel Taylor, Keller Williams. At District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW, a short walk from the U Street Cardoza metro station (green line); free parking available in garage accessible via the V Street NW side of the building. Register at

Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 PM The Two Faces Comedy Show at Lincoln’s Cottage. “I leave it to my audience: If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln, 1858. Drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln’s Cottage and The DC Improv are partnering to present Two Faces Comedy, the first comedy series performed at the Cottage. Come enjoy the comedic stylings of Kasha Patel, Rahmein Mostafavi and Tok Moffat as they each humorously recall the experience of growing up as first-generation Americans. This comedy series is recommended for adult audiences. Tickets are $5, available in advance at Open Bar: Beer and wine available for $5 a drink at each show. Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

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