Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Picnic - photo by Jerskyo via Creative Commons
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 17,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Friday, July 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Picnic in the Park (with Music!) Series presents the band Crush Funk Brass, hosted by the Friends of Forest Hills Playground. Check the event Facebook page for weather updates: The Forest Hills Playground is at 32nd and Chesapeake Streets NW.

Friday, July 28 at 8:30 PM, Hilarious for Health Care comedy show. Support local comedians and enjoy delicious Cuban cuisine and drinks as you watch the show. Hosted by Jelani 'J' Wills, the comedy show stars Jeff Hysen, Eva Mozena Brandon, Rend Alsaadi, Kevin Tit, Adelle Gresock, Sarah Roche, Eric Steele, Danny Rolando and Theresa Concepcion. Proceeds support  Mary's Center, a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. For online tickets - $10 - go to; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 8 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM. At Habana Village, 1834 Columbia Road NW.

Saturday, 12:05 AM, News Overload Syndrome Support Group. Are you exhausted from staying up past midnight every night following cable news? Can’t sleep for fear you will miss the fallout from the latest White House tweet-storm? At dawn the next day, do you find yourself flipping furiously among the morning shows so that you won’t miss a word of whatever the next “breaking news” chyron is about? Then you may be suffering from News Overload & Stress Exhaustion (NO&SE). Help has arrived in the form of the News Overload Support and Help Team (NOSHT)! The first meeting will be held just after the end of Friday night's Eleventh Hour with Brian Williams, shortly after midnight. This is an online support group, with a meeting in cyberspace, so that you do not have to tear yourself away from your screen. Free and open to all NO&SE sufferers - register now at:   

Saturday, July 29 from 10 AM - 3 PM,  Dog Days of Summer Family Festival at the Postal Museum. On behalf of Owney the Dog, our famed four-legged friend (he is on a stamp!), the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum cordially invites you to the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. When his original owner had to leave him behind, Owney was adopted by the owner’s colleagues at the Albany, New York post office. In 1888, he began to ride with the mailbags on trains across the state and then later throughout the entire country. It was not his assigned duty to guard mail during his travels, but historic accounts suggests he was very protective of mail bags. Owney’s dedication often lead him to acts of selfless heroism, once even staying behind with a mailbag that accidentally fell off the train. In honor of Owney’s story, the Postal Museum has teamed up with local animal rescue groups and the Amtrak Police K-9 Unit and is offering demonstrations to showcase the work of K-9 dogs and other fun and hands-on activities inside the museum. In the outdoor terrace space, rescue groups will hold an adoption fair featuring both dogs and cats. Free. At the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE,  

Saturday, July 29 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Astronomy Crafts. It was 48 years ago this month (July 20, 1969) that Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Kids of all ages, led by a Park Ranger, can create a craft to commemorate this achievement. Free. At the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Saturday, July 29 from 7 - 10 PM, An Evening of Outdoor Music and Dancing in Rock Creek Park. Friends of Peirce Mill and the DC Square Dance Collective are joining forces to fill the grounds of Peirce Mill with old-time music and square dancing 'til the stars come out. Music will be provided by Jake Gillie and friends. Members of the DC Square Dance Collective will call the figures. As always, no lesson, experience, or partner needed. Everyone is welcome!  This dance is free but with a requested donation of $10 to cover the cost of the musicians and caller.  Everyone is welcome. Please wear your dancing shoes, but no glass bottles or jars please! Peirce Mill is located at 2401 Tilden Street, NW at the intersection of Tilden and Beach Drive – on the end of Rock Creek Park. RSVP:

Sunday, July 30 at 11 AM, “By the Dawn’s Early Light.” A Park Ranger will discuss the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key in DC. Meet by the fountain (Wisconsin and K) in Georgetown Waterfront Park. Free. For age 7 and older.

Sunday, July 30 from 1 - 6 PM, Silver Spring Record Fair. The first-ever Silver Spring Record Fair will take place on Sunday afternoon at Denizen’s Brewing Co. The fair will bring together over 20 vendors from across the area, and local DJs will provide music all afternoon long. Free to attend. At Denizens Brewing Co, 1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD,

Monday, July 31 at 6:30 PM, Jouons! - French Game Night at Alliance Francaise de Washington. Join fellow students of French and native French speakers for a fun game night and practice your French in an informal setting at the Alliance Francaise library. Games in the library collection include Taboo, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Clue, and Apple to Apples, among others. Request your favorite game at the next Jouons! Free for members of Alliance Francaise; suggested donation for non-members : $5. Location: 2142 Wyoming Ave NW. Register:  

Tuesday, August 1 at 2 PM, Circuits, Switches, and Lights! Create a light show you can carry in your pocket! Design and create a breadboard-based circuit with FutureMakers. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Tuesday, August 1 from 6 - 8 PM, MPD 2-D’s National Night Out at Hardy Recreation Center. Join the Second District Police for our National Night Out. Festivities will include a game truck, moon bounce, 22ft slide, clowns, face painting, fingerprinting, and more! Food & refreshments will be served. Come out to have some fun and meet members of the Second District Police. Free. Hardy Recreation Center is at 4500 Q Street NW. Questions? Contact Kyi Branch, kyi.branch @ dc dot gov or call 202-360-5392. For information on other MPD locations for National Night Out events, go to:

Wednesday, August 2 at 6 PM, Know Your News: Do you ever wonder if the news you read is true? Have you been fooled by a news story someone shared with you via social media? In this program, trained librarians will discuss several strategies for evaluating news stories and provide you with a toolbox to take with you on the go. No matter where you are, you'll have the resources you need to Know Your News. Free. At the Chevy Chase, Maryland Public Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD. Go to: and click on “upcoming events.”

Wednesday, August 2 at 6 PM, The Mystery of the Five Vachels: Challenges in Researching Revolutionary War Ancestors - a lecture and book signing. Tripp Onnen, a Society of the Cincinnati genealogist, shares the challenges of tracing the military service of a commonly named ancestor and the process of confirming the correct identity. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Wednesday, August 2 at 6:30 PM, Learning from Julia Child to Cook More, Laugh More, and Eat Less in Our Kitchens Today. Listen to author Pamela Heyne discuss how Julia Child's kitchen design and practices influence the modern home. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 PM, Washington National Cathedral Summer Concert Series: Mendelssohn and Purcell. Explore complementary and contrasting ideas in the works of Felix Mendelssohn and Henry Purcell. Featuring Laura Choi Stuart, soprano; George Fergus, piano and harpsichord; Grace Brigham, violin. $5 discounted admission. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. Info on this concert and the series at

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