Thursday, September 29, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Logo, Banned Books Week 2016
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM, Bonnie Friedman, author, speaking on "Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One," a guide for working with health professionals in the complex, often overwhelming hospital environment and getting optimum care for loved ones. The book grows out of the author’s 24 years advocating for her husband during his hospitalizations. Book signing and reception to follow. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM, Uncensored: Harry Potter, Profanity, and the Banned Book. Harry Potter scholars Tolonda Henderson and Kylie Madden share their unique expertise in this lecture double feature in honor of Banned Books Week. Many attempts have been made to ban the Harry Potter series from libraries across the country, but within the narrative itself, only the books on Horcruxes are entirely removed from the library at Hogwarts based on their content. This is not to say that all information flows freely, however. An entire section of the school library is dedicated to books only allowed to circulate to advanced students, and various people throughout the series are forbidden to discuss certain things.This presentation will explore what gets banned in Harry Potter (including items and activities), how access to information is conceived of in the series, and the role of the library in Rowling’s Wizarding World. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St NW,

Friday, September 30, 7 to 9 pm, Square Dance! Open to all - with Caller Kenny Harris. Light refreshments available. $5 per person. In the lower level (vestry) of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW; parking lot entrance on New Mexico. Call 202-363-4900 for more information.

Friday, September 30 at 7 PM, Cocktail party to celebrate the opening of DC Public Library’s Banned Books Week, featuring literary cocktails from various local bars, live music by DC musicians including Chain and The Gang, and provocative art. Pop-up Market with: DCPL Fab Lab. All ticket sales for this event will support DC Public Library programs and services. Tickets available at: - $50 Guest; $250 Host. At Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. For all the details about Banned Books Week events - including the exciting Scavenger Hunt for Banned Books - visit

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Georgetown - now in its 23rd year. This foodie event, featuring more than 60 signature dishes from over 30 popular Georgetown dining spots, takes place in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This event benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission to support the homeless. Tasting tickets sold in packages of $20 (5 tastes), $30 (8 tastes) and $40 (11 tastes) - buy online at Complete details at

Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Bethesda. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kids' corner for face painting and arts & crafts. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5; food servings cost 1-4  tickets. The event is held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine. More info:

Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM - 4 PM, B-CC Rescue Squad’s Open House and Rescue Day - see Just two blocks away from the Taste of Bethesda Festival is the free annual Open House and “Rescue Day 2016” at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, featuring fire and rescue activities and displays for all ages, including tours of the station; live demonstrations of emergency medical, rescue, and firefighting equipment; free kids’ firefighter hats; a moon bounce; and more. Also scheduled is a special visit by a helicopter used to transport critically injured patients to area hospitals when time is truly of the essence. Visitors will get an up-close view of the helicopter and have the opportunity to meet the flight medics. (Because the helicopter may need to respond to emergencies throughout the day, its appearance at our event is subject to change.) Visitors can learn about volunteering with the Squad and receiving free training to become EMTs, Firefighters, and Paramedics. Another special treat will be “Rescue 15,” the Squad’s sleek 1972 Cadillac ambulance. The last Cadillac to serve in the Squad’s fleet, “Rescue 15” now serves in a ceremonial function at Squad open houses, parades, and other events and has become a favorite of kids and families. Free. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is located at 5020 Battery Lane, at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road.

Saturday, October 1 from 2 - 6 PM, The 4th Annual Adams Morgan PorchFest - over 3 dozen musicians will play at this free event. With maps in hand (electronic version available before and paper maps handed out on the day of the festival at 18th and Columbia Road NW) music fans, families and neighbors can follow their ears through the tree-lined streets of Adams Morgan to experience a wide range of music styles, from brass and blues, to rock, jazz and soul. The all-female Brazilian drumming group, Batala,, will be a featured act at Adams Morgan PorchFest headquarters after performing at the Kennedy Center earlier in the day. Details can be found at

Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 AM - 12 noon, Book Signing and Goodies at Baked By Yael, featuring renowned author and comedian Sarah Cooper, who will be signing copies of her new book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying.” Free. At Baked by Yael, 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more info or to RSVP, go to:  You will also get 10% off your entire purchase when you buy Sarah’s book at Baked by Yael

Sunday, October 2 from 1 - 4 PM, The Fantastic Tenleytown Block Party, featuring: Free Grilled Burgers/Hot Dogs/Drinks/Desserts & More; Free dessert by local area favorite food trucks; 45' Inflatable Obstacle Course For Teens/Adults; Children’s Ferris Wheel; Face Painting; Balloons; Live Entertainers; The Fan Zone Featuring Live Viewing Tent For NFL Games; Shaded Seating Areas; 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament; Live DJ/Music; Cornhole; Service Opportunity for our city; And Much More! A free, community event sponsored by The City Church, 4100 River Road NW. Website:

Monday, October 3 at 12 noon, Campaign History and the Current Race, a lecture by Professor Matthew Dallek, assistant professor in GW's Graduate School of Political Management. Delve into presidential campaigns of years past to put today’s race into perspective. View the related exhibition, Your Next President: Campaign Art from the collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman - Free. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,

Monday, October 3 at 4:30 PM, Paper Plate Vampire Craft. In celebration of Halloween, we will be making a paper plate craft inspired by everyone's favorite vampire - Count Dracula! (We promise he won't bite.) All supplies will be provided. Free. For ages 6 and up. At the Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Tuesday, October 4 at 3 PM, Corn Maze Navigation Workshop. Planning to visit a corn maze sometime during this busy season of multiple Fall Festivals? Don’t go unprepared! With this helpful, time-saving workshop you will learn techniques so that you and your family can whiz on through the most complicated and devious corn maze layouts. Aerial photos of all the corn mazes within a two-hour drive will be given out to all attendees, and for an extra fee, you can download a GPS add-on for each maze, giving you turn-by-turn directions. Basic course registration: $125; upgrade to the $175 level which includes Maze app. Ten percent discount if you register in advance at

Wednesday, October 5 at 7 PM, Book Talk: First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s First Ladies. Author Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined the role of First Lady of the United States since 1960. From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, she offers new insights into this privileged group, and shares stories exploring everything from the first ladies’ political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

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