Thursday, June 28, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 17,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Friday June 29 from 12 - 2 PM, Handi-hour Pop-up at Golden Triangle. Enjoy fun in the park, food trucks, and try your hand at a Handi-hour craft inspired by Burning Man, as part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Renwick. Free. Outside the Renwick Gallery at 17th and K Streets NW. More info:

Saturday, June 30 from 8 AM - 1 PM, City Wide Truck Touch. This event will feature a variety of free activities for kids and adults. A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 40 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile healthcare and more. Kids can climb aboard, work the gears and honk the horn! This event is free for everyone. At RFK Auxiliary Turf Field, 279 Oklahoma Avenue NE, Stadium Lot 7. More info:

Saturday, June 30 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Celebrate Independents Day in Georgetown. Join over 30 participating stores and restaurants for special discounts, plus Fourth of July-themed refreshments, activities and entertainment! Kids' activities include face painting, balloon artist, and photo op with an Uncle Sam stilt walker. Free admission. Some activities are at the TD Bank lot at 1611 Wisconsin Ave and at the FORNASH lot, 3217 P St. More info:   

Saturday, June 30 from 11 AM - 12:45 PM, Asteroid Day: Defending Planet Earth - a panel discussion at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Explore how we protect ourselves from asteroids. On June 30, 1908, an asteroid caused a massive air blast that flattened thousands of square miles in Siberia. To mark the 110 year anniversary of the largest impact-related event in modern history, we're bringing in asteroid experts to discuss the threats asteroids pose and how we are protecting ourselves from the danger they may cause. Bring your questions as we talk all things asteroids! The discussion will be moderated by the Applied Physics Laboratory's Cheryl Reed, who works on the asteroid deflection demonstration mission. Speakers include: Museum geologist Jim Zimbelman on the importance of impacts throughout the solar system, NASA astronaut Tom Jones on the asteroid hazard from a scientist-astronaut's perspective, NASA scientists Lindley Johnson and Kelly Fast on NASA's planetary defense activities. Free. Presented online and at The National Air and Space Museums at Independence Ave at 6th St, SW,     

Saturday, June 30 at 2 PM, Top Secret/Undercover Games. Uncover the identity of the werewolf in One Night Werewolf. Prove your team has what it takes to survive the world of espionage in Spyfall and Codenames and go wild with the speedy word game Anomia. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Sunday, July 1 from 4 - 7 PM, It’s the annual Rosedale BBQ! Rosedale will provide the burgers, dogs and watermelon. What Can You Bring? Please bring (1) drinks for your family, and (2) a side dish to share with your neighbors (fruit salad, side salad, brownies, chips, etc.). This year marks the first annual "Best Brownie" contest - with "Kid" and "Adult" divisions. Bring your best baking skills and try to take the secret prize. A plate of your best, home-baked brownies is all you need to enter. Music by The Cleveland Park Jazz Quartet.  We will also have face painting, balloon twisting - and as a special treat, a sampling of specialty beverages provided by Silver. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs. Please leave furry friends at home. Rosedale is at 35th and Newark Streets NW.

Monday July 2 at 1 PM, Passport to Wakanda. Learn about the roots and meaning behind West African Adinkra symbols and create your own unique stamps and characters. This is the first of a series of “passport” events in July. Other programs are: Nakia Ring Fling Arena (July 9); Killmonger Mask Museum (July 16); Shuri Design Laboratory (July 23). All programs are free. For children ages 5-11. Each participant will receive a Wakandan passport, and a "customs" stamp for every program they attend. Lunch is also provided. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. For more about  Studio Lab Express, see More about the Passport to Wakanda programs here:

Monday, July 2 from 7 - 9:30 PM, The Fort Reno Summer Concert Series kicks off with Lotion Princess, Time Is Fire, and Des Demonas. This free concert series has the same rules as in years past:  Do not bring glass bottles, alcohol, or drugs; do bring your friends, babies, and dogs. Fort Reno Park is at 4000 Chesapeake St NW, map at Summer concert line-up here: 

Tuesday July 3 at 3:30 PM, Art Attack. Study great artists, then create your own masterpiece inspired by their work. Artists include Picasso, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Matisse and Aboriginal Dot Painting. This free program is for ages 6 and up. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Wednesday, July 4 at 11 AM, The Palisades Fourth of July Parade and Picnic – the best small town parade in DC! The parade goes from Whitehaven Pkwy, down MacArthur, takes a left on Edmunds, a left on Sherier and ends at the Palisades Rec Center. Following the parade, there is a free picnic for all at the Rec Center featuring hot dogs, watermelon, drinks, live music and moon bounces. Come one, come all! Come early, between 10 - 11 AM if you want to line up to march in the parade. For what to wear, what to bring, what things you can toss to the crowd, go to: 

Wednesday, July 4 at 9:10 PM, Soundless Fireworks Show for People Who Startle Easily. Do you like to watch fireworks but just can’t stand all that BANG-BOOM-BANG? Here’s the 4th of July event you’ve been waiting for! We will meet in an underground former fallout shelter -- completely soundproof! So no matter who’s outside making noise -- whether they’re setting off firecrackers or putting on a big, professional fireworks display -- you won’t hear a thing! We’ll have a big-screen TV set up to watch “A Capital Fourth” with the sound off. And we’ll play our own gentle soundtrack as we watch the silent but colorful bursts of embers shot from cannons; our playlist includes choral hymns to America such as America, the Beautiful, and “This Land Is Your Land,” plus some gentle folk songs about the land, like this version of Oh Shenandoah. We will serve apple pie and ice cream. Doesn’t this sound appealing! And don’t you wish we were really doing this, instead of just making it up as our Weekly Fake Event!

Thursday July 5 at 12:30 PM, DowntownDC Live: Rock the Stacks All Stars with Renell & Ardamus. Head over to Franklin Park on your lunch break for some great tunes and progressive dialogue with DC Public Library's Rock the Stacks Allstars, featuring local hip hop artists, Renell & Ardamus. What is Rock the Stacks, you ask? Watch this Promo Video from the 2017 gala event: This concert is part of DowntownDC BID's LIVE at Franklin Park Thursday series of local music in the park! Franklin Park is located at 13th and Eye St. NW. This event is free and open to the public. Complete details at:   

Thursday, July 5 from 7 - 9:30 PM, Fort Reno Summer Concerts Series presents No Plans and Don Zientara, owner of famed recording studio Inner Ear. This free concert series has the same rules as in years past: Do not bring glass bottles, alcohol, or drugs; do bring your friends, babies, and dogs. Fort Reno Park is at 4000 Chesapeake St NW, map at Full summer concert line-up here:    

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