Thursday, December 15, 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 16,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “F Street: A Place on the Ridge.” This video portrait of downtown DC’s historic Main Street looks at the history of F Street, NW, from 3rd to 15th Street. The filmmaker examines how F Street has held its own for nearly 200 years as the tide of commerce has ebbed and flowed, often leaving in its wake empty streets and vacant buildings. In addition to historic views, the filmmaker photographed a year in the life of F Street from 1980 to 1981. Join Anne McDonough, Library & Collections Director, Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and Phil Portlock, photographer, writer, film documentary producer, social justice activist and native Washingtonian, for a conversation after the screening. This program is part of the exhibition, “District II,” organized by the Historical Society of Washington, DC and presented in partnership at the National Building Museum. Free, but reservations are required at

Friday, December 16 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: “Sacred to the Memory of Washington.” To commemorate the 217th anniversary of George Washington's death on December 14, 1799, Ellen Clark, library director, presents “Sacred to the Memory of Washington.” The elegantly bound volume of eulogies and orations celebrating his life and achievements was assembled in 1800 by Mary Ellis of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The selection of twenty-five printed pamphlets are representative of the hundreds of public tributes to Washington that were given around the nation at the request of Congress in early 1800. The compiler of the volume, Mary Ellis, was the sister-in-law of Col. Anthony Walton White, a legendary figure of the southern campaign during the Revolutionary War and an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the volume of eulogies and other items from the collections commemorating the death of George Washington. Free - seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Saturday, December 17 at 1 PM, “Stars of the Holiday Sky.” A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on winter sky stories from cultures around the world. Travel back in time 2,000 years in search of a scientific explanation of the Star of Bethlehem (for ages 5 and older). Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info on this program and other Rock Creek Park programs at

Saturday, December 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Holiday Cookie Decorating Party, hosted by the Chevy Chase Citizens Association. The CCCA will provide the undecorated winter-themed sugar cookies and icings and sprinkles. In addition, crafts will be offered, include decorating Styrofoam gingerbread men and snow globe scenes and making holiday cards. This is a free event and all materials needed to decorate cookies, make cards, or for arts and crafts will be provided. Fun for all ages and all skill levels. At the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Sunday, December 18 at 3 PM, Pre-Chanukah Event. All are invited to the Pre-Chanukah event at Candy Cane City, featuring: Giant candy Menorah-building; Magic Show entertainment: by the amazing Anthony Ware; Raffle - everyone attending will enter into a raffle for a chance to win "the Mensch in the Bench" as seen on Shark Tank; Refreshments - traditional Chanukah food; Chanukah crafts for children of all ages; Holiday music: to get you in the mood; Dreidel man - take a picture with this cute, plush mascot. Free. Candy Cane City (officially called Meadowbrook Park) is at 7901 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD, just south of East West Highway. Please RSVP to allow for planning for the right numbers:

Monday, December 19 at 4:30 PM, Snow Globe Craft. Behold the wonder of the season! It will be a fun afternoon as we make a snow globe themed craft that you can make and take home. For ages 5 and up. All supplies will be provided. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Tuesday, December 20 at 3 PM, A Visit with “Santa.” This event is for all parents who want to bring up children in a fact-based world with the idea that they will be less likely to be taken in by “post-truth” rumors spread by those who would exploit the more gullible among us. Promptly at 3 PM, a man dressed in “Casual Friday wear” will arrive by Segway and introduce himself as an actor playing the fictional character of Santa Claus. In front of the assembled audience of children and adults, he will change into the traditional red Santa suit and apply a fake beard. He will then invite the children to line up, and one by one, he will listen to each child’s request for a Christmas present, and will nod and wink and respond, in character: “Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa will bring your present in his sleigh.” Then he will step out of character to address the child’s parents: “Your child wants [fill in the blank] for Christmas” -- making sure the child can see the difference between the man playing a role and the one communicating with the real gift-givers, the parents. While children are waiting in line, they will be shown a short video about reindeer in the arctic, how their habitats are endangered by global warming, and how flight is impossible for the non-aerodynamic, land-bound species that weigh, on average, 400 pounds. To preview the video your child will see, to make sure it is age appropriate, go to:

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