Thursday, January 5, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Images by NASA (public domain)
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 16,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @   

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, January 5 at 7 PM, Poetry Reading/Open Mike Night. Sarah Browning and Marty Sanchez-Lowery will read from their original works. A brief open mike will follow the reading. The series is facilitated by Herb Guggenheim. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW,

Thursday, January 5 at 7 PM, Town Hall and New Year Reception with the President of AU. Neighbors of American University are invited to a Town Hall, beginning at 7 in Room 201 of the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking available in the Katzen garage. The Town Hall will be followed by a New Year’s reception at 8 PM on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Both events are free and open to the entire community. More info:

Friday, January 6 from 6 - 8 PM, First Friday Art Walk. Connect with modern and contemporary art by national and international artists with a special emphasis on local and up-and-coming artists. With more than a dozen galleries and attractions within walking distance, including The Phillips Collection and The Textile Museum, the First Friday Art Walk covers DC’s burgeoning art scene, should your taste run to fine art or contemporary. To see lists of participating galleries and exhibitions, start at and click on “Galleries.”

Friday, January 6 at 8 PM, JUNO’s Exploration of Jupiter - a lecture by Scott Bolton, Principal Investigator, JUNO Mission, Associate Vice President for Space Science & Engineering, SWRI. NASA's Juno is a mission of discovery and exploration that will conduct an in-depth study of Jupiter, the most massive planet in the solar system. Juno is designed to peer for the first time through Jupiter's thick clouds deep into its atmosphere. Learn how JUNO will help us better understand the origin and evolution of this gas giant planet, and pave the way to a better understanding of our solar system and of the planetary systems around other stars. Free. Sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. In the Powell Auditorium at the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, January 7 at 9:30 AM, Civil War Roundtable: Speaker Matthew Shirley will discuss General Ulysses S. Grant’s 1863 Vicksburg campaign. Vicksburg is the home of a river fortress in Mississippi and a key Union victory during the American Civil War. Free. Ages 10 and older. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW,

Sunday, January 8 at 11:30 AM and 2 PM, Fiesta de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day). GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration features bilingual Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood, and gifts for every child. Free for the entire family! Tickets will be distributed at the GALA Box Office at 10 AM for the 11:30 AM show, and at 12 noon for the 2:00 PM show. No tickets reserved by phone. Maximum 6 tickets per person in line. The GALA Theatre is at 3333 14th St NW. Details at:

Monday, January 9 from 6:30 - 8 PM, “Documenting Downtown DC” - an exhibition and panel discussion. Join photographers Chris Earnshaw, Phil Portlock, Bill Lebovich, Joseph Mills and moderator Jeff Krulik, filmmaker, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, for insight on documenting downtown from the 1960s onwards, through their street, architectural, and subterranean photography. The introduction of Metrorail, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., grass-roots and codified historic preservation efforts: These developments are among the many influences on the built and social environment of downtown DC during decades of rapid change. The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition DISTRICT II, which will be open from 5:30–6:30 PM. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Tickets: $12 for NBM and Historical Society of Washington DC members; $5 Student; $20 Non-members. More info:  Register at (advance registration is not required).

Monday, January 9 at 6:30 PM, The Legacy of the Military Road School. The Military Road School, established in 1864 for the children of former slaves, was one of the District's first public schools for African American children. It served as a public school for African American students until Brown v. Board of Education brought about its closure in 1954. Today the site houses the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School. The building is listed on DC's Inventory of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.The program will feature testimonies from alumni and members of the Preservation Trust. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW,

Tuesday, January 10 from 10 - 11:30 AM, “Weathering the Storm: Flooding in the Nation’s Capital." Did you know Washington has its own levee system? Or that many memorials and monuments on the National Mall and buildings in Federal Triangle are prone to flooding? Nick Bonard, a planner at the National Capital Planning Commission, will illustrate the city’s history of flooding and describe some of the collaborative flood protection projects undertaken in the past few years. Free - registration required at: (registration opens on the Friday prior to the lecture.) At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University, Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Tuesday, January 10 at 4 PM, “In the Zone: Pipe Cleaner Crowns.” Children’s craft activity: Make yourself the king or queen of the New Year! Make a crown out of pipe cleaner and beads. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday January 10 at 7 PM, “Hero Origins of Batman and Superman” - an author talk for all ages. Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman” and “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman” will discuss the origins of these iconic American comic book heroes. Free. At  Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Ave, Kensington MD 20895 Call 240-773-9515 for more information.

Wednesday, January 11 at 11 PM, Singles Day (Western Version). You have probably heard that throughout most of Asia -- most notably in China -- Singles Day, a Valentine’s-Day-like celebration for all those who have not paired off -- takes place on November 11 (that is, 11-11). Singles Day is a wonderful concept, a special day when the unattached can declare the fullness of their lives, buy themselves a treat, and go out and enjoy themselves. But November 11 is not right for this event in the West, where the date is already in service for the more somber observance of Veterans Day (originally Armistice Day, the end of World War I). So singles in the West are in need of a different date on the calendar, one that features several ones in a line. So we arrive at this date, 1 - 11. If you are not currently married, engaged, or committed to a partner, claim this as your holiday, and go out and celebrate! But don’t look for any actual places offering Singles Day specials or events, because, sadly, this event exists only in our imaginations….for now: it’s the Weekly Fake Event.

Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM, Georgetown Trivia Night. It’s the library’s first monthly trivia night. Team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home the prize... and the GLORY. For adults and savvy teens. Free to attend, brain snacks provided. No registration required. At 3260 R Street NW,

Friday, January 13 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie, "Romancing the Stone," starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW. Games start at 11 AM; lunch is at noon (lunch reservations must be made by Wednesday, Jan 11 - call 202-727-7527); movie at 1 PM. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

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