Thursday, September 1, 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 @ 

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Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, September 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini Happy Hour program, “Laboratory of Democracy.” This year’s HumanitiesDC happy hour events are celebrating the the 225th birthday of the Nation’s Capital by carrying out a year-long series of historic and cultural programs, all of which will engage DC residents and visitors in learning about the city’s illustrious history. The “Laboratory of Democracy” program brings together a panel of historians, social justice advocates, journalists, and DC rights activists to discuss the role DC has played as as a proving ground for the national government’s most ground breaking political experiments. From compensated emancipation nearly nine months prior to Lincoln’s famous proclamation to Bolling v Sharpe which was decided in favor of integrating the city’s public schools, major societal transformations always seem to happen first in Washington. At Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts NW. Free, but please register at  

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at 7 PM each night, Labor Day Weekend Music Festival, presented by the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities. Three nights of jazz, blues, rock, funk, go-go, Americana, and more. Free admission at the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW - but please reserve your seats at

Saturday, September 3 from 12 noon - 7:30 PM, The 28th Annual DC Blues Festival, presented by DC Blues Society, National Park Service, and WPFW 89.3 FM. Performers include: DC Mudd with Gayle Harrod; The Countess & Royalty Blues Band; Lauren Mitchell; Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers; Slam Allen; Dr. S.O. Feelgood (aka Chet Hines) Workshop Stage; Children's Musical Petting Zoo; Guitar Workshop with David Cole; Harmonica Workshop with Geoff "Stingy Brim" Seals; Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Ensemble. Free, family-friendly fun at Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th St & Colorado Ave NW. More info: 

Sunday, September 4 from 10:45 AM - 1:45 PM, “Pray, Eat, Love,” a hands-on community service project for all ages. Help fill backpacks with school supplies and share a community buffet lunch. Games and activities for children. Free and open to all. Prayer service starts at 10:45; community service project, buffet and other activities start at 11:45 AM. At the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW,

Sunday, September 4 from 5 - 7 PM, Police Relations and Race in the District.” This discussion is part of the A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series, hosted by Busboys and Poets as a community service. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action! This month’s topic, Police Relations and Race, will feature Ron Hampton of the National Police Accountability Project. Ronald Hampton retired from the DC Metropolitan Police Department after 23 years of service as Community Relations Officer. His extensive experience and knowledge in community relations and policing has led to speaking engagments and leadership opportunities for Mr. Hampton locally, nationally, and internationally. Free and open to all. At Busboys and Poets,14th & V St NW, 

Monday, September 5 from 12 noon - 2 PM Labor Day Picnic for Itty-Bitty Critters. All over the city on the first Monday in September, neighborhood associations, clubs, and activity groups are hosting Labor Day Picnics. And at every one of these picnics people lay out their picnic blankets and food hampers and hope they are not attacked by bugs or other crawling things. No one EVER thinks about what’s good for these undersized beings with whom we share the planet. They are never welcome at these events….until today! Here’s a Labor Day Picnic with a Difference, one that is held expressly for all kinds of insects and arachnids. Bring a sandwich for yourself but bring a spoonful of honey to lay down for the ants...and something to attract the bees, gnats, flies, and spiders, too! To reserve a picnic table in Rock Creek Park so you can lay out a banquet for our under-appreciated multi-legged exoskeletal friends, go to:

Tuesday September 6 at 1 PM, Moveable Feast - Classics Reading Group. The Classics Reading Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at alternating locations (Cleveland Park, Georgetown, Palisades). In September we will be discussing "Sorrows of Young Werther" by Goethe, at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. (Please note this is a change of location.) Free -- please join us! For more information contact: Betsy (Cleveland Park)  202-282-3080; Jay (Georgetown) 202-727-0232; Meredith (Palisades) 202-282-3139. More info:

Wednesday, September 7 at 7 PM, PAL (People Animals Love) Pajama Party at the Mt. Pleasant Library. It's a Pajama Party...with doggies! Join us in your jammies for a doggie story time and an opportunity to read to a PAL dog. The whole family is invited to join in the FUN! Free. In the children’s room of the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,  

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