Thursday, August 18, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

BioArt at Palisades Library
FASEB winner Xiawei Ou
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 18 at 3:30 PM Explore BioArt: The Brain. Using images from the BioArt exhibit, investigate how the brain sends signals to the body, and participate in a role-playing activity about neural connections. For ages 7-12. More About BioArt: The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) initiated its annual BioArt competition in 2012 to showcase images taken the incredible variety of biomedical and life science research topics, ranging from how bones grow to how eye cells talk to each other. The images are created using many different technologies, including data visualization, electron microscopy, and fluorescence microscopy. The BioArt collection is on display free to the public in the Children's Room at the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Friday, August 19 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: “A list of the uniform and personal effects of Captain Anthony Morris, Jr.” Jack Warren, executive director, will discuss an original 1777 document, the only list known to survive from the Revolutionary War of the uniform and personal effects carried into battle by an American soldier,. Anthony Morris, Jr., a captain in the Pennsylvania militia killed in the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. The list of his personal effects, written on the battlefield where he died, reveals the types of equipment carried into battle by an average American soldier and how the Battle of Princeton was fought.The free presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the document. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, August 19 at 8 PM, American University in the Neighborhood Movie Night: “Zootopia.” Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy a free screening of "Zootopia" at AU's outdoor Woods-Brown Amphitheatre. Free popcorn. Rain location is Mary Graydon Center on the AU campus. For more information, call 202-885-2167. American University is at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM - 2 PM, “Hatch Day” celebrating the birthday of Pokey the Turtle, the Nature Center’s 21-year-old resident turtle. Kids will enjoy nature-themed arts & crafts, a turtle obstacle course, story time “Box Tutle at Long Pond,” an activity about what turtles eat, and a “Turtle Dance Competition.” For kids age 3 - 8. Full schedule of events at Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Saturday, August 20 at 4 PM, Art Show/Wine & Cheese Reception - Exhibit by Dr. Andrzej Zmudzki. Dr. Zmudzki, an artist, a psychiatrist, neurologist and behavioral health therapist, spent more than 40 years working in many professional programs and private practice, both here and in Poland. The show presents an unexpected side-product of his professional life: his prints which unite graphic and verbal language to illustrate some striking elements and events of our contemporary life. Free. At the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St NW,

Saturday, August 20 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Giant Panda Birthday Celebration at the National Zoo. Come celebrate the birthdays of giant pandas Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian Tian on August 20, It's Bei Bei's first birthday! Bao Bao will be turning 3 and Tian Tian will be 19. Visitors can watch as the giant pandas devour frozen birthday "cakes" and see animal demonstrations. At 1 PM Bei Bei, Bao Bao, and Tian Tian will be served their frozen birthday cakes. The Chinese Embassy will offer guests a complimentary tasting of Dan Dan (dahn-dahn) noodles to enjoy. If you’d like to be in on a smaller, earlier celebration, become a member of Friends of the National Zoo, and then you’re invited to the party at 9 AM -- meet at the top entrance of Asia Trail nearest to the Connecticut Avenue entrance for a welcome from FONZ Executive Director, Lynn Mento. No RSVP required, but please present proof of active FONZ membership with photo ID. More info on both open-to-the-public and the FONZ-members-only event at:

Saturday, August 20 from 2 - 2:05 PM - The Un-Cute Animals Birthday Celebration. The National Zoo invites you to pause for 5 minutes to wish a happy birthday to all those animals at the zoo that are not cute enough, not popular enough, not special enough, to merit their own dedicated event. We’re not talking about the so-ugly-they’re-adorable naked mole rats, or the so-scary-they’re-amazing bats or snakes, but the garden variety species that never draw a crowd, such as the Swamp Sparrow ( or the Emperor Newt ( Admit it, you’ve never stopped to see them or give their birthdays a moment’s thought. Now the Zoo offers you this opportunity to sing happy birthday to them and all the other unheralded animals like them. Just stick around for 5 minutes after the panda event on Saturday and pause wherever you may be, and blow out an imaginary birthday candle on a non-existent cake… because this is the weekly fake event.

Sunday, August 21 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Bicycle Ride with US Park Police. Established by President George Washington and continuously on duty in the Nation’s Capital since 1791, the United States Park Police protect the monuments and memorials of the National Mall. Join Park Police officers and park rangers on a three-mile ride to Hains Point and back, and learn about the history of East Potomac Park. Younger riders can try out an orange-cone obstacle course and a half mile loop around the Park Police headquarters. Guest Services will have their ice cream and beverage cart available during and after the event. The Mini Golf course at Hains Point is having a special after the ride - click here for details. Free. Meet at 1100 Ohio Drive SW. More info:

Monday, August 22 at 7 PM, “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal behind the World’s Favorite Board Game” by Mary Pilon. Join the discussion by the History/Biography Book Club at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

Tuesday, August 23 at 1 PM, American Glass Now: 2016. “American Glass Now” is the premier juried show of contemporary stained glass. Now in its second year at the National Cathedral, it brings together the work of leading artists, with a fresh and versatile take on a treasured medium. The exhibition encourages artists to explore what they find fascinating and evocative, and share their vision with an expanded public. Located in the Pilgrim Observation Gallery (seventh floor of the Cathedral; accessible by the west narthex elevators). Free. The National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW,

Wednesday, August 24 at 4 PM, End of Summer Reading and Back to School Craft Party. Celebrate the end of summer and the start of the school year! Grab a fun book to read for when you are not doing school work, create some scribble art, learn how to use a DC One Card to check out library books, and redeem any unclaimed summer reading prizes. Free. For all ages. At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,

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