Thursday, September 15, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Tenley-Friendship Library: Robotic Toy Takeover
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  

Friday, September 16 from 11 AM - 11 PM, Truckeroo! Come out and enjoy the tastiest food trucks DC has to offer, live tunes, and cool beverages all day! 25+ Food Trucks, Live Music, Tasty Beverages. All ages welcome (21+ to drink). Dogs welcome. Free entry. Located at the Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St SE, Navy Yard Metro (Nats Ballpark Exit). More info:

Saturday, September 17 from 12 - 3 PM, Chevy Chase Day. Fun activities for the whole family,  including free ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, moon bounce, face painting, and a dunk tank with MPD's finest in the tank. There will also be a prescription drug drop-off at the Chevy Chase Community Center for safe disposal of unused medications, and a book sale by Friends of the Chevy Chase Library. Free. On Connecticut Avenue between Northampton and McKinley Streets.

Saturday,September 17 from 12 noon - 7 PM, H Street Festival, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE with 14 staging areas, dozens of interactive attractions and displays and over 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors.Come for the great entertainment, food, drinks, contests, family-friendly activities and more! All the details at: and video at Free admission.

Saturday, September 17, 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, September 18, 10 AM -  5 PM, Alexandria King Street Art Festival. At this community festival, art enthusiasts discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more, offering extraordinary art for every taste. More than $15 million in art will be on display, providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind wares and meet the artists behind the work, hearing firsthand what inspires them. Plus, enjoy a variety of local activities and performances throughout the weekend, including live music, hands-on activities and art happenings. The Art League's popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser returns, featuring 1,400 handmade ceramic bowls and local artisanal ice cream, all for only $15 per bowl. The festivities continue across Union Street at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visitors can peruse 82 open studios and find even more works of art for purchase. On Saturday, September 17, visitors can watch artists while they work, dance to live music, and get creative at the DIY station. Free Admission. At 480 King St. in Alexandria, VA. RSVP:

Saturday, September 17 from 10 - 11:30 AM, Tregaron’s 2nd Annual Leashed Dog Social. Join Tregaron's "canine community" by the Lily Pond near the Klingle Road Entrance for breakfast treats and conversation. RSVPs appreciated to info @ tregaronconservancy dot org. Directions at

Sunday, September 18 from 10 AM - 5 PM, ZooFiesta at the National Zoo. “Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia.” There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America. Meet Zoo scientists who are working to save native species and learn about their research. Animal keepers will host talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of animals native to the region, including Andean bears, sloths, giant anteaters, armadillos, golden lion tamarins, Panamanian golden frogs and more. Full schedule of events at:

Sunday, September 18 at 1.30 PM, Robotic Toy Takeover! Kids of all ages! You are invited to the Friends Makers-in-Residence Workshop with Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone, who will focus on creating small digital toys that interact with the viewer. We will work in teams to build small robotic interfaces using Arduino microcontrollers. Come learn how sensors work and use them to make things happen! We will learn simple electrical wiring to activate LES lights or tiny speakers. Create a new look for the bot - then we will write some basic code and upload it to bring it alive! Please bring a laptop computer with a USB port, if you can. If you have a USB cable, that will come in handy as well. This workshop is for kids of all ages who have an interest in robotics (including grownup kids!) While you won't be able to take the electronics home, you'll learn the skills to make them yourself. Free. At the Tenley Library/Large Conference Room, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Sunday, September 18 at 3 PM, Arts Council Concert: Two Titanic Sonatas. The excellent pianist Carlos Rodriguez will be performing two majestic pieces, Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” and Liszt’s “Grand Sonata.” The MMUMC Arts Council is co-sponsoring this concert with Levine Music. Tickets: $15 in advance at and $20 at the door, free to Levine students. Call 202-363-4900 for more information. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW.

Monday, September 19 at 3 PM, Concert: Trio on Pocket Combs and Blade of Grass. Virtuoso Comb-meisters Ronja and Mario (shown here: along with Grass Reed Player Mr. Guest (shown here: perform “Music for Well-Groomed Hair and Lawns.” Free, but donations gratefully accepted in support of Society for Preservation Of Musical Instruments Made From Items Purchased At the Dollar Store Or Plucked From the Ground (SOCPMIMFIPDSOPFG). At Fort Reno Park. Free tickets can be reserved at this link and then printed out and used in bicycle spokes to create an pleasing sort of music while pedaling to this week’s Fake Event.

Tuesday September 20 at 7 PM, “Isabella: The Warrior Queen.” Pulitzer-prizewinning journalist and author Kirstin Downey will discuss her book about Isabella of Castile (1451-1504), who modeled herself on Joan of Arc; but she was hardly a Saint; she unified a country, but expelled its non-Christian people. She sponsored Columbus’s voyages but empowered the Spanish Inquisition. While Ferdinand of Aragon has always gotten first billing, Isabella was the driving force of 15th-century Spanish – and therefore European – politics. Downey’s book is a compelling portrait of one of history’s most complex leaders. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free admission. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Wednesday September 21 7 PM , Keeping You in Stitches - The Business of Fashion. LaTisha Winston, Professor of Fashion Design & Merchandising, Marymount University and a Mentor with the District of Columbia Fashion Incubator, will be on hand to discuss the business side of the fashion industry. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Wednesday, September 21 at 7 PM, “God’s Gonna Trouble the Water: Freedom’s Call and Response in African American Spirituals.” In celebration of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, musicians and scholars will lead a moving evening of song, narratives, and reflections in the Great Choir of Washington National Cathedral. Selections to include Wade in the Water, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Woke up this Morning, Go Down Moses, This Little Light of Mine, We Shall Overcome, and John Coltrane’s searing composition Alabama, composed as musical response to the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. The event will also honor the scholarship of Dr. Eileen Guenther, whose new book, In Their Own Words, focuses on the genesis and power of the Spirituals. Speakers and Musicians: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Rev. Dr. Rose Duncan, Kehembe Eichelberger, Stanley Thurston and Dr. Eileen Guenther. "God's Gonna Trouble the Water" is presented in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Free - but please reserve your tickets at The National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW.

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