Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 21 - 28, 2018
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 

Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24, By the People Festival. This new arts and dialogue festival is bringing large art installations, free pop-up performances, curated conversations, augmented reality, and family-friendly activities to five festival hubs in all four quadrants of the District. The inaugural festival is focused on the founding themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A free four-day pass (available at any festival hub) gets you into all the free events at all 5 festival hubs: Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building; Washington National Cathedral;  The Parks at Walter Reed; Union Market; THEARC. The festival hubs will be open each day from 10am-6pm, except for special evening hours at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, open Saturday until midnight! Full schedule for all days available here: More info:

Friday, June 22 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Bloomsday at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University). Bloomsday is an annual tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses, usually celebrated with public readings of the novel. This year we will be reading Ithaca, the 17th (penultimate) Episode of Ulysses. Joyce wrote this chapter in the form of a catechism, and literal responses to the questions posed make for a kind of humorous kaleidoscope that showcases many of the author's talents. The reading will be followed by a cast party to which all attendees are invited. The script is available to read or download as an attachment to the supporting website for this event at Bloomsday by OLLI 2018, Register for Bloomsday at: OLLI is at the American University Law School building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 

Saturday, June 23 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The 3rd Annual Family Fun Festival. Come to Sibley Hospital for a day of family fun. There will be games, activities, entertainment, snacks, Zumba, giveaways, and more, including a Diaper Drive for families in need. Please bring a pack of diapers to the Festival. Bring your family to meet others born at Sibley! This event will take place in the front parking lot (2) across from Building A. Sunshine only - no rain date. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage. Free admission. Sibley Memorial Hospital is at 5255 Loughboro Road NW. More info: .

Saturday, June 23 at 11 AM, World Cup Viewing Party with a DC United Player. Patrick Mullins, a forward for DC United, will join us to watch the World Cup match between South Korea and Mexico. During halftime, Mullins will be available to answer your questions and sign autographs. Free popsicles from Pleasant Pops. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St.,

Saturday June 23 at 1 PM, Author Talk: "Dinner in Camelot". Join author Joseph A. Esposito for a discussion of his book Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientist, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House. The discussion will take place in the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 23 from 5 -7 PM, Forest Hills Playground Free Summer Concert & Picnic in the Park - hosted by Friends of Forest Hills, presenting Crush Funk Brass! If you’ve seen Crush Funk perform their brand of jazz, R&B and funk at events in Van Ness, Tenleytown and around the District, you know you’re in for a treat. Get there around 5pm to grab the perfect picnic spot at the amphitheater (32nd and Brandywine Streets, by the tennis courts). The music starts at 5:30pm and the show will wrap up by 7pm. This event is BYOP - Bring Your Own Picnic. At the July and August summer concerts, food will be on sale, but this time, we hope you will pick up the perfect picnic at local businesses. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for weather alerts and other updates:

Saturday, June 23 from 7 - 10 PM, Van Ness Main Street Wine and Cheese Fundraiser. This is  a fun event with special wines and cheese selections by Calvert Woodley. The event will take place at the beautiful Park Van Ness building 4455 Conn. Ave. Silent auction, live jazz. Tickets $75 at: or at the door. Van Ness Main Street is a nonprofit organization supported by community members and local businesses.

Sunday June 24 from 11 AM - 5 PM, 51st State Fest. Join the DC Statehood Coalition, Students for DC Statehood, DC Vote, League of Women Voters DC, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC/Free DC, and Neighbors United for DC Statehood, along with your neighbors, kids and friends for a celebration of our 51st State to come! Activities will include live music from local DC artists, face painting, coloring and temporary tattoos for kids (and adults), trivia games, refreshments and information and updates on our #DCStatehood campaign in Congress (HR 1291 and S 1278). At the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Lamont Streets in Mount Pleasant. Free admission. At Lamont Park, 3258 Mt. Pleasant St NW,

Sunday, June 24 from 12 noon - 5 PM, Montgomery County Heritage Day. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery, this free county-wide event highlights exhibits, live music, activities for children, and much more! Special events at Sandy Spring Museum will include: Museum Jam – a bluegrass music jam for beginners and professionals alike from 3–5pm Wonderroom Create Day - open for children ages 5-11: Visit the new dedicated space filled with experiential, hands-on activities that inspire creativity through design-based problem-solving challenges.  Activities encourage parent-child cooperation and collaboration - open from Noon–4pm. To participate, please register for the 10–11am session, or the 11am-12pm session. All are welcome to stop by for coffee and there is no charge to attend the event. At the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD. Reserve your free spot:

Sunday, June 24 from 2 - 5 PM, The Shepherd Park Citizens Association 16th Annual Community Picnic. Food, music, kids’ activities, crafts, games, and presentation of community service awards. Free. At Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road, NW.

Sunday, June 24 from 4 - 7 PM, Uptown Shuffle Dance Party. Put on your dancing shoes and come to Cleveland Park's first ever outdoor dance party! Food from local restaurants, DJ-tunes and dancing, Zumba from instructors at City Fitness, raffle prizes, and more. Bring your beach chairs and some cash for food and drink, and get ready to have a good time. Free admission. In the parking lot of Sam’s Park’n’Shop at Ordway and Connecticut Ave.,

Monday, June 25, at 3:30 PM, Public Space and the West End Neighborhood Library: A Deeper Conversation. You are invited to join in a three-part, open, inclusive and meaningful community dialogue on public space and the West End community. Our third and final facilitator-led dialogue aims to cultivate or deepen insights and perspectives on public space. What is something you would like to see and do at the West End Neighborhood Library and community? You don’t need to have attended the previous two discussions to come to this one. In the conference room of the West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St. NW,

Monday, June 25 at 5 PM, Get Your Spell On! Come take a spelling test and win prizes! All grades welcome. Ask for Mr. Z. Free. At  the Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW,

Tuesday, June 26, 11:30 AM - 7 PM, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa. The Fab Lab at NoMa space was created out of two converted shipping containers, designed and built by BC Workshop and with exterior murals by Marc Pekala. The Lab will offer programs and classes using sewing machines, 3-D printers and a laser cutter. Learn more about the Labs here: Visit the Labs at 1150 First St. NE and sign up for classes. For more info, see

Tuesday, June 26 at 4 PM, Reptiles Alive! Enjoy an exciting live animal show. Professional wildlife presenters will entertain audiences with funny and fascinating facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. A family program for children ages 5 and up. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street, NW,

Tuesday June 26 at 7 PM, MPD Chief Peter Newsham will discuss crime and public safety at the Foggy Bottom Association. He will offer insights into his plans to improve the MPD, followed by Q&A with audience. Free. At the West End Public Library, 2301 L Street NW.

Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM, Author Talk with Debut Novelist Tara Wilson Redd, who will discuss her debut novel, The Museum of Us, an intoxicating story that will leave you questioning what is real and why we escape into fantasy. Perfect for fans of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Tuesday, June 26 at 1:30 PM, Iceland-Croatia World Cup Soccer Players Name Challenge. At 2 PM EDT, the Iceland-Croatia World Cup Soccer match will be shown on FS1. This player naming contest will take place a half-hour before the match airs. Can you name all the players of the Icelandic team AND all the players of the Croatian team...and pronounce each name correctly? Those who make it through that tough challenge will move on to the toughest test of all: SPELLING the names. Here’s a taste of what you’ll be taking on -- for the Croatian side: Dominik Livakovic; Sime Vrsaljko, Mario Mandzukic. And for the Icelandic team: Birkir Már Sævarsson; Samúel Kári Friðjónsson, Jón Daði Böðvarsson. Warning: Diacritical marks count!  You can study all the Icelandic players names here: and all the Croatian players here: To enter this event, you must first register and take a short on-line name quiz at Those who pass will be given ranking to enter the public competition to be held at a sports bar to be named after the quiz results are tabulated. Check for location.

Wednesday, June 27 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, DC Vote Lunch and Learn with Tom Sherwood and Derek Musgrove. Join DC Vote for a conversation with Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History at UMBC and Tom Sherwood, analyst on WAMU 88.5 for an in-depth conversation on how issues of race and racism have impacted the District’s push for autonomy and Statehood throughout history. Tickets: $20 - includes lunch - At the HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW.

Thursday, June 28 at 10 AM, Summer Carnival. Com enjoy the summer with us with mini golf, face-painting, bubbles and more. You'll also be able to sign up for our Summer Challenge if you haven't already, or check your progress and receive your first prize. All ages are welcome; children under age 9 should be accompanied by an adult. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Thursday June 28 at 5:30 PM, Lecture: "Greetings from Hometown Washington, DC!" Join Jerry A. McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library, for a look at unusual vintage postcards of Washington, DC, and the stories behind the local sites depicted on the cards. The accompanying exhibition Greetings from Washington will be open before and after the talk. Refreshments to follow. Free; but reservations are required. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW    

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