Thursday, October 6, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

SerbfestDC 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, October 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Marion Barry and Dream City,” a happy hour discussion presented by  HumanitiniDC as part of a year-long series celebrating the 225th birthday of the nation’s capital. This month’s discussion focuses on the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in Washington. The seminal event of this time period was the election of the Honorable Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. Mayor Barry represented a generation of African American leaders who transitioned “from the streets to the suites,” moving from the ranks of the civil rights movement to the corridors of power. His strengths – and his evident weaknesses – have become a symbol of the challenges and opportunities found in African American participation in the civic life of the country. The program will be held at the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Street NW. For more info and link to registration for this free event, go to:

Friday, October 7 from 5 - 8:30 PM, Ward 3’s “Funky Fitness First Friday” at the Wilson Aquatic Center. The DC Department of Parks & Recreation will showcase various instructor led fitness activities with funky music, healthy food and fun. Bring your workout gear and train with DPR for free in Ward 3. Activities will include: zumba, bootcamp, yoga, tai-chi or water aerobics; activities for children; healthy food options; cooking demonstrations; giveaways; and live radio station broadcast. More info and flyer at The Wilson Aquatic Center is at 4551 Fort Drive NW.

Friday, October 7, Saturday, October 8, & Sunday, October 9, Serbfest DC! Come experience traditional Serbian food, music, & culture at SerbFest DC! Delicious Serbian food, including spit-roasted pig & lamb, authentic grilled foods and side dishes, traditional desserts & pastries, and Serbian beer & wine. Live Serbian music by Srpski Sinovi orchestra & dancing; vendors; children's activities. Free admission & parking. Hours: Fri & Sat from 11 AM - 9 PM; Sun from 12 noon - 6 PM. More info: email serbfestdc @ svluka dot org or 

Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Peirce Mill Heritage Day. National Park Service and Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to step back in time to 1820. Visitors can watch the hand-assembly of a dry stone wall, see logs hewn with an ax, and crank an old-fashioned cider press. And for your musical entertainment, a bluegrass band will play throughout the day – local musician Orrin Star.  A new addition this year will be a presentation on Latino bread-making culture, with on-site preparation of tortillas using cornmeal. Spanish language tours of the mill will also be held throughout the day. Free! At center stage is the last remaining water mill in Washington, DC. Visitors can witness the intricate workings of this four-story machine as it grinds corn into meal, powered by a giant water wheel.  Milling demonstrations take place approximately every 15 minutes from 11 AM - 2 PM.  There will be children's hands-on arts and crafts activities, including water mill toys, corn husk doll making, cornmeal play dough, flour sacks, and Peirce Mill stamps. Free as well! Location: In Rock Creek Park at the intersection of Beach Drive and Tilden Street, NW (Park Road More info about Peirce Mill at

Saturday, October 8 from 2 - 3:30 PM, The Creative Process of Bringing Truth to Power: The Art of the Black Panthers and AFRICOBRA - a panel discussion with artists and scholars of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s, held in conjunction with the exhibition "It Takes a Nation" at the Alper Initiative in the American University Museum, September 6 - October 23, 2016. Free. Register at AU’s Katzen Art Center is at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, October 8 at 2 PM, Young Adult Author Rahul Kanakia will be discussing his new book, "Enter Title Here," which explores just how far one overachiever is willing to go in order to get into her dream college. For more information about the book here’s a review:
Free. At the Chevy Chase Library of Montgomery County, 8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD, 

Saturday, October 8 from 1 - 8 PM and Sunday, October 9 from 11 AM - 6 PM, The Taste of DC. Experience more than 60 DC area restaurants over two days on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the US Capitol. Taste of DC also features more than 100 specialty beers & wines, all day live performances & culinary demonstrations on three stages. Festival entrance at 7th St & Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Admission & tasting ticket packages from $10 - $80, available at: Full details at 

Sunday, October 9 at 5:15 PM, Concert by the Lafayette Square Duo, featuring Michael Lodico, organist, and Rebecca Anstine Smith, harpist. $10 suggested donation. At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Program details at

Sunday, October 9 at 2 PM, Georgetown Waterfront Walk. A National Park Service Ranger will lead a waterfront stroll and discussion of how Georgetown evolved from an active port town to a vibrant community. Free. For ages 7 and up. Meet at the fountain at the corner of Wisconsin and K St NW.

Monday, October 10 from 12 noon - 1 PM, DC Murals, 1970 to Today. Trace the development of Washington’s street murals through all eight wards from 1970 through today with Perry Frank, founding director of "DC Murals: Spectacle and Story," and Cory Stowers, project associate. Free; no reservations required. At the the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, October 10 at 8 PM, Columbo Day. This is the day to honor the late Peter Falk, star of the repeatedly watchable TV detective show, Columbo. What made Columbo so different from all other TV detective shows is that it took no mental effort whatsoever to follow each case to its always-satisfactory conclusion. The show  always opened by showing you who-dunnit, why, and how it came about. The rest of the show centered on the eponymous detective in a rumpled raincoat, who knew almost from the get-go that he was onto the killer; he just needed find some way to prove it. So he kept circling back, asking more questions each time, until he ultimately tripped up the suspect in the lie that proved his guilt. This formula never varied by a smidge. You can celebrate this unwavering vision of perfect police work by gathering with fellow fans at a free screening of the original Columbo TV movie - details at If you can’t make the gathering, you can celebrate at home by watching old episodes here:

Wednesday, October 12 from 12 noon - 1:30 PM, “What Can Iona Do For You?” Leland Kiang, Information and Referral Manager, Iona Senior Services Inc., will discuss Iona's nationally recognized and highly regarded programs for seniors. A free presentation of the Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. At Iona Senior Services Center, 4125 Albemarle St NW,

Thursday, October 13 at 4:30 PM, Haunted House Craft. Who needs to go to a haunted house when you can make your own? You will have a spooktacular afternoon as we make a miniature house that can be decorated for Halloween. Halloween related books will be available to read or for check out. It's ghastly, it's ghoulish - it's just plain fun! For ages 6 and up. All materials will be provided. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,   

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