Thursday, August 10, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Elephant Cow and Calf (via Wikimedia 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 17,100+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, August 11 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: Ralph Earl's portrait of Maj. James Fairlie. Emily Schulz Parsons, deputy director and curator, presents Ralph Earl’s portrait of Maj. James Fairlie, depicting the Revolutionary War officer in his military uniform and Eagle insignia of the Society of the Cincinnati. Major Fairlie served in the American army for the entirety of the Revolutionary War and fought in the Battles of Saratoga and Monmouth Court House, helped secure West Point after Benedict Arnold’s treason, and was taken prisoner on the campaign to Yorktown. In 1786 or 1787 Ralph Earl, the most prominent artist in New York at the time, painted this oil portrait of Fairlie—one of two dozen the artist painted while he was in debtors prison in the city hall. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the portrait. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Saturday, August 12 from 11 AM - 2 PM, It’s World Elephant Day at the National Museum of African Art! Discover how elephants have inspired African artists and how the museum is preserving this heritage while also working to curb today’s illegal ivory trade. Explore the museum’s exhibitions for elephant-inspired art. Create a paper elephant to take home or to share as part of a community artwork. Visit the art cart and get hands-on experience with objects from the museum’s teaching collection. Learn proverbs highlighting the special attributes of the African elephant. Photo op: Take an “elfie” with a beaded Cameroonian elephant mask and share it @nmafa using #worldelephantday. At 11 AM, 12 PM and 2:30 PM join a docent-led gallery tour featuring ivory masterworks. At 12 PM and 1 PM enjoy performances from local D.C. storyteller Diane Macklin. At 1 PM view a screening of PBS’s documentary Soul of the Elephant. This event is free and open to the public. The National Museum of African Art is at 950 Independence Avenue SW,  

Saturday, August 12 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Health and Wellness Back to School Festival, presented by the Greater Washington Urban League. Live entertainment, food, a school supply and book bag giveaway, free health screenings, raffle prizes, and more! Free. At the Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th Street NW,

Saturday August 12 from 1 - 3 PM, CCCC’s Opening Reception for Photography Exhibit, “Multi Generational Views,” showing work by teens enrolled in the Summer Youth Employment Program’s Photo Teen Career Camp, as well as adults enrolled in CCCC’s photography program during the year. Free. At the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave NW . Questions? Contact Francesca Scott, Recreation Specialist, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, fran.scott @ dc dot gov.

Saturday, August 12 from 6 - 9 PM, Re-Opening Ceremony of Turtle Park. You are invited to an evening of live music and fun. Bring your blanket and a picnic! Jazz and also kid-oriented music. Moon bounces. Food trucks with snacks for purchase. Free admission. Hosted by Friends of Friendship Park. At Friendship “Turtle" Park at Van Ness and 45th Streets.

Saturday, August 12 at 8:30 PM, Explore the Night Sky, with National Capital Astronomers. Saturn prominent; Andromeda rising - Take a look through the lens of members’ telescopes. In the field just south of the intersection of Military and Glover Roads NW, near the Nature Center. A parking lot is located immediately next to the field. Beginners (including children) and experienced stargazers are all welcome-and it's free! More info:  

Sunday, August 13 from 1 -3 PM, English Country Dancing at Dumbarton House. English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and continues to be a presence in the 21st century. ECD in DC will practice dances that span the centuries, from Hit and Miss (1657) to Candles in the Dark (2007) and beyond. All are welcome to attend the class and no experience (or partner) is necessary, just the desire to have fun and dance! Please wear non-slip, comfortable shoes (such as sneakers or dance shoes – please no flip-flops) to respect other’s and your own safety, as well as Dumbarton House’s ballroom floor. $5.00 admission. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW. More info: Questions? Please contact ECDinDC @ yahoo dot com.

Monday, August 14 at 6 PM, Memory Workshop: Where Are My Car Keys? This is the workshop every forgetful person needs. Great for seniors, absent-minded professors, thoughtless young drivers, and anyone of any age who keeps losing those darn keys! You will learn some easy-to-practice techniques to teach yourself to imprint upon your memory the location of your car keys every time you step away from your car. Plus, you will learn about high-tech aids you can buy, such as key locators and car key finding apps, as well as low-tech, retro-style methods, such as writing notes down on paper. Then we will teach you how to find the note! This free workshop will be held in the parking lot of the Park’n’Shop, but if you forget to attend, you can always view the recorded version here:   

Tuesday, August 15  at 4 PM, Reptiles Alive! Enjoy an exciting live animal show! Friendly and professional wildlife presenters will entertain audiences of all ages with funny animal stories and facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, August 16 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, “Kids in Canal” at Canal Park. Bring your little ones to the middle block of Canal Park to enjoy magic shows, kids tunes, science demonstrations, and puppet shows. Top off your day with a refreshing splash in the Canal Park dancing water fountains. The featured show is “Mad Science.” Free and open to the public. Canal Park is at 200 M Street SE.

Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM, “All About Water,” a presentation by the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Learn how to get involved in clean water issues in your community and build a better world. Free. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar Street NW,

Wednesday, August 16 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Cobb Research Laboratory as a resource for reconstructing African American biological history. The Cobb Research Laboratory (CRL), located at Howard University,  is a leader in forensic anthropological research. Dr. Fatimah Jackson, director of CRL, will be on hand to discuss the laboratory's work in African American biological history. Free. In the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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