Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Zoolights 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 16,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, November 24 from 12 noon to 2 PM, Thanksgiving Community Dinner hosted by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Free - reservations required at At St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave NW. To volunteer or donate food for this event, please register at Information for volunteers and Thanksgiving guests at:

Friday, November 25, The Fifth Annual Tenley WinterFest kicks off a week-long winter celebration by merchants, restaurants, civic groups, public schools, the library, and organizations in Tenleytown. With a Yeti scavenger hunt for all ages, Janney Winter Market, WinterFeast dining program, special events, live music, lights display, and more, the Tenley WinterFest has something for everyone! Along Wisconsin Avenue north and south of Tenley Circle. For times and locations of each of the specific events of WinterFest 2016, visit:

Friday, November 25 starting at 5 PM, It’s the opening night of Zoolights 2016!  ZooLights features live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! This year's special nights include BrewLights, Dec. 1; Military Night, Dec. 2; and Date Night, Dec. 8. FONZ Member Week is Dec. 3 through Dec. 10. Zoolights is on every night until January 1, 2017. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Friday, November 25 at 10:30 AM, Kokopelli: Drum in Belly. The Southwestern American Hopi tribe tell the tale of Kokopelli: Drum in Belly in which Kokopelli the Cicada leads the Ant People from the Dark World up to various other worlds and finally to the Green World. Playing his magical flute along the way, he helps teach them what they will need to know to survive and thrive as the First People. Following our storytelling, children will enjoy Native American flute music while every child creates their own sparkly kokopelli! Perfect for K - 3rd graders, program will meet in 2nd floor Children's room. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Saturday, November 26 at 1 PM, Misuzu Tanaka, pianist, presents music by German and Austrian composers from the Baroque to Romantic period, including J. S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. The concert is followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. This is the third date in the Anderson House Fall Concert Series. Free - seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. More info: Anderson House is at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, November 26 from 1 - 5 PM, The Third Annual Shaw Holiday Tree Lighting, hosted by the City Market at O, featuring live performances, electric train rides, moonbounce, face painting, live ice sculpting, food vendors, and more. The Tree Lighting takes place at the conclusion of the day’s festivities. Free. At 800 P St NW,

Sunday, November 27 from 1 - 4 PM, “Roots: Made in America,” an exhibition of original artwork that celebrates the success of individuals who overcame many adversities, oppression, and those who stood for oppressed people. Limited edition paper and canvas prints from the exhibit will be available on site. This is a free and family friendly event - register at: In the pop-up gallery space at 7305 Georgia Avenue NW.

Sunday, November 27 at 2 PM, “Who Built Tenleytown?” - a special 90-minute walking tour of Washington's second oldest village. Tenleytown’s development from a village to a thriving in-town suburb was influenced by a variety of individuals, families, and institutions, including Italian stonecutters, a German beer baron, and an order of nuns with roots in France. Learn about some well known (and not so well known) local architects, developers, and property owners who shaped the face of Tenleytown as we know it. The tour will focus on the west side of Wisconsin Ave. and depart from the Tenleytown library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Presented by Tenleytown Main Street in partnership with the Tenleytown Historical Society, as part of this year's Tenley WinterFest. Free. Reservations required - go to:

Monday, November 28 from 12 noon - 2 PM, “Persuasive News Coverage: Examining the Role of Media in Shaping Policy Opinions on Immigration." Speaker: Professor Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, Southern Methodist University. Discussion moderated by Candice Nelson, Professor, Department of Government at American University. Mary Graydon Center Room 5 at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  Lunch will be served. Free, reservations required by email to ccps @ american dot edu or call 202-885-3491. More info:

Tuesday, November 29 at 7 PM, From Refugee to Resettlement: A Forum on the Refugee Crisis. A panel of experts will discuss the current refugee crisis and what you can do to help. Fleeing homes, living in camps, securing immigration approval, immigrating to the U.S., and making a new life in a strange land is a process that is long, difficult, and yet filled with hope for those who come here. Panelists Ruben Chandrasekar, International Rescue Committee; Mira Mendick, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area; Jennifer Smith, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. State Department; and David Vine, Department of Anthropology, American University, will share knowledge and insights and answer questions. A reception will follow the forum. No charge, but please register at: At the Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Wednesday, November 30 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: A Brief History of the Folger Shakespeare Library with guest speaker Abbie Weinberg. The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s written works. Come learn more about the fascinating history of the collection and its founders. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW.

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 PM, “Surrender Wednesday.” After you have made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, you will be totally ready for “Surrender Wednesday.” On this 6th day of the holiday shopping season, you simply surrender to your desire to ignore all blandishments, come-ons, pleas, and enticements of the holiday season, and you cocoon yourself at home the minute the work day is done, turn off all electronic noise, and curl up with a good book. Yes, this is the weekly fake event, but it’s still a pretty darn good idea! Let’s turn it into an annual tradition!

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