Thursday, May 4, 2017

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 16,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, May 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini: How Local Universities Are Jumpstarting Creative Industries. The District of Columbia is rapidly evolving into a center for the creative industries. In 2013, American University launched its Game Lab and Studio, “a hub for experiential education, persuasive play research, and innovative production in the fields of games for change and rhetorical play.” Let’s examine how local centers of higher education have nurtured both economic development and creative expression in the District. Free. At Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave NW. More info at; register at

Friday, May 5 from  10 - 11 AM, DC IdeasFest: Co-Creating the City: An Opening Talk with Stephen Glaude, Executive Director, Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development. This first event of the two-day IdeasFest takes a broad look at DC's path forward toward an inclusive city and an economy that provides opportunity to all. Free. At the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. For details on this and other events visit  

Friday, May 5 at 4 PM, Cinco de Mayo Story Time. Enjoy a few stories and songs in celebration of Latino culture! Afterwards, there will be a special showing of a few episodes from the cartoon Maya & Miguel. Free. At the Rosedale Neighborhood Library, 1701 Gales St. NE.,

Friday, May 5, at 6 - 8 PM, Fifth of May Party for Determined Monolinguists. Did you fail middle school Spanish? Or are you simply determined to avoid saying anything in another language, including words like “jalapeno” and “margarita”? Have you been staying home every year on Cinco de Mayo as a consequence? Your troubles are over! This night is for you! Go out with confidence, knowing that you can join with other similarly linguistically challenged English-only speakers by celebrating this day without having to say a single word in Spanish! Come to our Fifth of May Party (you don’t even have to say ¡Fiesta!), where you will be greeted with “Hiyas” and “Howdys” - never an ¡Hola! At the America First and Last Bar & Grill, which exists only in our imaginations - because this is the Weekly Fake Event (el evento broma de la semana).

Friday, May 5 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The 78th Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. Free Admission - held rain or shine. You can find a very detailed schedule of the activities, performances, vendors, and food services online at: - scroll past page 16 to see the 8-page Flower Mart insert, or go to:

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, May 6 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, Deal Middle School’s production of Hairspray JR will take you back to early 1960s Baltimore, with lots of singing and dancing. Hair Spray JR celebrates diversity with a positive, inspiring message and some big, showy dance numbers. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, available at the door or at Alice Deal Middle School is at 3815 Fort Dr NW.

Saturday, May 6  from 9 - 11:30 AM, Ward 3 Animal Health Fair at the Newark Street Dog Park. Free vaccinations; dog licenses; emergency preparedness; learn about animal laws; “ask the veterinarian” and more. Dog license is $15 for a spayed or neutered dog and $50 for an unspayed or unneutered dog (check or money order only - no cash will be accepted). You have the option of registering for your dog license online, prior to the event, at: and you can then receive the dog license at the event rather than receiving it through the mail. The Newark St. Dog Park is at 39th & Newark St. NW. More info:

Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Passport Around the World Embassy Tour. Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 40 embassies will open their doors to visitors, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Come see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors. There is no charge to participate in Around the World Embassy Tour and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you. More details at:  

Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 2 PM, International Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. This annual festival  features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the name of bird conservation. Activity booths include: Bird Banding; Nature Play; City Wildlife; Rock Creek Songbirds; Window Sticker Making (to prevent bird strikes on windows); Avian Olympics; Bird Quest; and much more! This event will be held rain or shine. All activities are free. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Complete details at:

Saturday, May 6 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Train Day Celebration. Every year, we celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad (May 10, 1869) at the Postal Museum. Finally there were train tracks connecting East and West, allowing the Post Office to quickly move mail by trains across the entire country. ​On Train Day, come and experience the Railway Post Office by checking out the inside of the train car, learn how train conductors use whistle signals to communicate, and get to know some jargon used by Postal Clerks who worked on the Railway Post Offices. We will also have model trains running through our Museum Atrium. Enjoy a special Story Time and “meet” Owney the Dog, a mascot of the Railway Post Office too! Free admission. In the atrium of the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE,

Saturday, May 6 starting at 12 noon, The U Street Festival and Funk Parade. Celebrate the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. The 2017 Festival will feature 20 different stages with over 100 musicians and dance performances in a ten hour period. The Day Fair happens from 12 - 7 PM; The Funk Parade from 3 - 4 PM, and the evening part of the Music Festival from 7 - Late Night.  If you have great costume idea, tell all of your friends, make them join you,  and head down to U Street at 3 PM. If you have a dusty old trombone, polish it off and bring it out to the festival. If you want to create a non motorized rolling spaceship or time machine and roll it down the parade route with a battery powered speaker DO IT!  If you have any questions email the parade organizers at funk @ funkparade dot com. The parade starts in front of the Howard Theater, 620 T St NW. More info at

Saturday, May 6, from 3:45 - 5 PM, May Revels at the National Cathedral. Celebrate spring with Washington Revels at the annual All Hallows Guild Flower Mart (see the Flower Mart entry, above, for details). The Washington Revels will present music, dance, May Queen crowning, maypole and more. The Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. Free and open to the public. Details at:

Sunday, May 7 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Lab School Spring Fair. The Lab School of Washington is hosting their Spring Fair at the Castle on 4759 Reservoir Rd NW. Celebrating 50 years of the Lab School with fun and games for all ages. All welcome! Always a great time for the kids. Free admission. The event takes place rain or shine,

Sunday May 7 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Hand Crafts Pop-Up Artists and Artisans Show. Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, including beautiful jewelry, pottery, stained glass, fused glass, dolls, woodcraft, baby items and more. Meet the artists who make these items! Free admission. At the Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday May 7 from 1 - 3 PM,  Art on the Green. Enjoy a day of "Art on the Green" with The Educated Artist, Amanda Hofstetter. Amanda will guide participants as they paint a community-inspired mural on a large tapestry to be displayed on Rosedale grounds. All ages welcome. No prior art skills required. There is no cost to register, but please sign up in advance at Rosedale is on Newark Street at 35th St NW.

Sunday May 7 at 4 PM, Chevy Chase Free Concert Series: George Frideric Handel wrote his "Foundling Hospital Anthem" to raise funds for a chapel at an orphanage in London. The work concludes with the Hallelujah Chorus (the same one you know from Messiah). Chorus, orchestra and soloists will come together at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church to present this and other works in a free concert. Music Director Julie Vidrick Evans has put together a program that also includes the Shaker song "Simple Gifts," gospel tunes such as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Ubi Caritas et Amor" (Where There Is Charity and Love) by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. A reception will follow. The concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW,

Monday, May 8 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features 'Mother's Day Mice' by Eve Bunting. Three little mouse brothers go into the meadow to find a present for their mother but it is the littlest mouse that comes up with the most unusual gift of all. This program is in anticipation of Mother’s Day. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Monday, May 8 starting at 6 PM, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invite you to Mayor Muriel Bowser's Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, which will also mark the 30th Year Anniversary of the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Please join us for an exciting night featuring a pre-show reception, cultural performances by renowned AAPI artists, an awards ceremony, and more! This event will be held at the Lincoln Theatre located at 1215 U Street Northwest, right across the street from U Street Metro Station on the green/yellow line. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required - go to:

Wednesday, May 10 at 8:30 AM, Bird Walk in the Olmsted Woods. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and join in the fun of this All Hallows Guild event. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. More info:

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