Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column August 24 - 30, 2018

Enrichment Day at Smithsonian National Zoo
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 17,900+ 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, August 24, Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Dolley Days at Dumbarton House. As the British marched closer on August 24th, 1814, Dolley Madison fled her beloved White House, taking refuge with the Carroll family at Dumbarton House. Enjoy special self-guided tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, featuring special collection and archived documents related to the Madisons. On Saturday, August 25, bring the family and play historic lawn games, make ice cream, and enjoy kids’ activities. Meet Dolley herself to hear her first-hand account during a special story time! Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW. Free. 

Saturday, August 25 at 8 AM, Run for the Rhinos. The Friends of the National Zoo invite you to participate in the inaugural run of The Fast & the Fierce 5K - and score some swag! With your $40 registration fee you'll get: the Fast & the Fierce 5K T-shirt; 5K participant medal; official The Fast & the Fierce race bib; goodie bag. You'll also get access to your own fundraising page. The more you raise, the more prizes you receive—and the more you support African rhinos, Asian elephants, cheetahs in Kenya, Andean flamingos, and African penguins. Bring your pets and kids (strollers are welcome). Dress up like your favorite Zoo animal. And get ready to run for rhinos! Register at Starts at Freedom Plaza, 14th St and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Then, make your way to the Zoo for an after-party on the Great Meadow!

Saturday, August 25 from 9 AM - 2 PM, Zoo Enrichment Day. Celebrate Enrichment Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a variety of different training and enrichment activities: Attend demonstrations, and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals. You will learn about all kinds of enrichment, including unique forms of stimulation, such as balls, climbing structures and puzzle feeders, which give the Zoo's 1,800 animals a safe and creative outlet to demonstrate their natural behaviors. When combined with appropriate enclosures and proper socialization, these introduced objects, sounds, smells and other stimuli enhance Zoo animals' well-being. Free. The Smithsonian National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Full details and links to the schedule at:     

Saturday, August 25 at 9 AM, Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" 55th Anniversary Walking Tour. August 28 marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream" speech, delivered right here in Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Join us for a guided walking tour to learn about, and honor, the life and legacy of Dr. King. Our program will include listening to the ”I Have a Dream” speech and a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Meet at the Washington Monument Lodge, a one-story building due east from the Washington Monument at “2” 15th Street NW, between Madison and Jefferson Drive. Free - this event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend, including children and groups (unfortunately non-service animals are not allowed due to National Park Service regulations). This event will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine. Register:   

Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 AM, Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Luxurious Quilts from Nineteenth-Century America, presented by Elizabeth Lay, curator, Montgomery County Historical Society. Many of the quilts that survived the nineteenth century were created with great skill, using luxury materials in the most current fashions. Textile curator Elizabeth Lay will examine high-style quilts of the mid-Atlantic area, with examples from the Montgomery County Historical Society’s collection. Lay will illuminate the rich traditions and history expressed through fine needlecraft using examples that include the meticulously executed “Woodbourne” quilt, an important chintz medallion quilt, and an embroidered Victorian crazy quilt. Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, 

Saturday, August 25 from 12 noon - 6 PM, Community Day at Arena Stage, featuring: live music from Americana band Justin Trawick and the Common Good, Klezmer musicians Machaya, music for young audiences by Mr. Skip; percussive dance artists SOLE Defined; storytelling with the Arena Stage Community Engagement Staff, face painting; food from Masala Art, Richard’s Place, Canopy Central, Station 4, Del Mar, Muze and other great SW restaurants. Humane Rescue Alliance will have a mobile adoption vehicle. Prizes! Free and open to the public. Arena Stage is at 1101 6th Street SW, 

Saturday, August 25 from 12 noon - 7 PM, 17th Street Festival. 17th Street has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including 60 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kids zone, where the little ones can enjoy a moon bounce, a ball crawl, face painting and games. Free admission - donations come with exclusive discounts - go to On 17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks). Full details at 

Saturday, August 25 at 1 PM, The Day Martin Told Them About the Dream. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist, discusses how the March on Washington was a magnificent uprising in the Summer of '63, which we will remember. Special quest Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune, will join us. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 202-727-0232,

Saturday, August 25 from 5 - 7 PM, Picnic in the Park Concert featuring Jim & Gina. Friends of Forest Hill Playground invite you to a picnic and concert at the Forest Hills Playground at 32nd and Brandywine St NW. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket or order pizza from Armand’s truck at the park. Pre-orders of whole pizzas available online here: Concert for all ages. Free admission.

Sunday, August 26 from 8 AM - 5 PM, Capital Dragon Boat Regatta. Dragon-boat racing dates back 2,000 years, when, the legend goes, fishermen had to thrash their oars to scare off fish during a rescue mission for a Chinese statesman. This Potomac River regatta is only in its fourth year, but it still features that unique rowing style along with boats sporting carved dragon heads and drummers. Spectators can watch the race from the Gangplank Marina on a somewhat more modern device: a Jumbotron (at 600 Water Street SE). Free. More info: with link to schedule of boat races.

Sunday, August 26  from 4 - 6 PM, Piano Recital by Tzuyi Zoe Chen: Tributes to Great Musicians During Wartime. Program: Beethoven Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor op.57 "Appassionata"; Ravel Gaspard de la nuit; Tchaikovsky Dumka; Prokofiev Piano Sonata No.6 in A major op.82. Doors open at 3:30 PM. Tickets ($10 - $20) online at Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the concert: adult tickets (age 13+) $25; children (6-12) $15. No children under 6 years old will be admitted to the concert. Cash or check only for tickets sold at the door. General admission, no assigned seats. Dress Code: Business Attire. Free parking at National Cathedral Garage. The concert is at Grace Chapel inside Whitby the National Cathedral School.

Sunday August 26 at 4 PM, Book Talk at Nanny O’Brien’s Irish Pub. You are invited to Nanny O’Brien's, Cleveland Park's favorite local Irish pub and restaurant, as we reminisce and celebrate the city's historical support for the National Zoo with Kara Arundel, author of Raising America's Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo. This unique story shares the heartbreak and triumphs of the zoo’s first family of gorillas and their caregivers as the zoo transitioned from an antiquated animal park to an internationally-respected animal conservation center. Learn about this neighborhood and the Washington, D.C. community’s contributions to modernize the zoo. Families are welcome. Nanny O’Brien’s is located at 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Monday, August 27 at 6:30 PM, Mayor Muriel Bowser's Women's Equality Day Mixer, by Mayor's Office on Women's Policy & Initiatives. Please join Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives and DC Commission for Women to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. This event celebrates the day women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was certified as law. Attendees are asked to wear something yellow or gold to show your support of Women’s Equality! Free. At City Winery, 1350 Okie St NE. Valet parking will be available at the venue. Register: 

Tuesday, August 28 at 6 PM, Lecture: Washington and Hamilton: The Great Collaboration. Stephen Knott, professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, examines the most important collaboration in American history—the unlikely alliance between a wealthy Virginia planter and a brash immigrant from the Caribbean who went on to establish a “new order for the ages.” George Washington and Alexander Hamilton fought for the better part of twenty-five years to secure the American experiment in the face of bitter partisan opposition at home and determined enemies abroad. What makes Washington and Hamilton unique from other founding collaborations is that their bond was forged in the crucible of the Revolutionary War. This collaboration was vital to winning that war, adopting the Constitution, and creating the institutions necessary to secure liberty at home and respect abroad. The lecture will last 45 minutes with time afterwards for questions. Free. At Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 

Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 PM, Film screening: “Through Chinatown's Eyes: April of 1968.” The film examines the impact of the civil disturbances and street violence in DC's Chinatown after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968. The story, from the perspective of people recalling events as school children and young adults in Chinatown, explores ideas about ethnic identity and race relationships. It tells how the street violence affected the growth of the neighborhood and its commercial development today. The film was produced by Penny Lee and Lisa Mao. It is a product of the 1882 Foundation's DC Chinatown Oral History Project. The project seeks to record the oral histories of people who have a stake in preserving the history and heritage of DC Chinatown. Learn more about the project and the 1882 Foundation. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW, 

Wednesday, August 29 at 6 PM, Dialogue with Neighbors on Immigration. The Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library will host, "Immigration: Exploring how our identities, experiences and values shape our views". This is a facilitated dialogue that will take place over three sessions.  Share your perspective on how current local and national immigration issues are affecting community life. Community members are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as each will build on the previous one.The second date is Sept 5 and the third is Sept 12 -- all at 6 PM at the .Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,   

Thursday, August 30 at 6 PM, Overcoming Procrastination: A Workshop. Are you always putting things off? Can’t seem to meet deadlines or goals? Then this is the workshop for you! Learn effective strategies to stay on schedule and on task! This session was previously set for July 30 but had to be postponed due to many cancelled RSVPs. Sign up at Please be sure to check the website one hour before the event, in case it needs to be postponed again due to last-minute cancellations.     

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