Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column, September 13 - 20, 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 17,900+ 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       

WEATHER NOTE: There have already been a number of cancellations of festivals and outdoor events due to Hurricane Florence or predicted heavy rains this weekend. Please check websites, Facebook pages, or call the listed number to be sure the event you want to attend is still on.

Thursday, September 13 at 7 PM, Tenleytown History: Fort Reno. Did you know that Ft. Reno Park was once a thriving mixed-race neighborhood? Neil Flanagan presents new research on the story of this neighborhood that reveals the people and politics that shaped Reno and Tenleytown. Neil Flanagan is the author of “The Battle of Fort Reno," published in The Washington City Paper, 11/2/17. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,     

Friday September 14 at 11 AM, Stories with Sarah. Join Author/Illustrator Sarah Williamson as she reads her latest colorful story, Let’s Go!, about a taxi-driving elephant and everyone and everything he picks up along the way. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Mt. Pleasant Library 3160 16th St. NW,   

Saturday, September 15, various times, WalkingTown Tours DC. Sign up for one of many walking tours of  neighborhoods and landmarks in and around or near Cleveland Park, including the following: Tenleytown: In Search of the Village Life; Tregaron Conservancy: From Private Estate to Public Woodland Garden; Springland Farm: America's Most Important Vineyard; Discover Peirce Mill ; and Historic Chevy Chase DC. For the complete list of walking tours, go to: To register (free), go to:   

Saturday September 15, Postponed: H Street Festival. Due to the danger posed by Hurricane Florence to our area this weekend and the Declaration of a State of Emergency by Mayor Bower, this year's H Street Festival will be postponed until October 13. Join us on that day for the same food, music and fun that you've always gotten from DC's favorite community festival! #HStFest #HStNE

Saturday, September 15 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Glover Park Day, now in its 29th year, will feature the best of Glover Park: good friends, great food from local restaurants, live music, crafters, community organizations, local businesses, kids’ activities and much more. A few of the activities we have planned include: Dog Obstacle Course presented by DogChild; Dog and Cat Adoption by Washington Animal Rescue League; Craft Fair; Local Business Exposition; Community Organizations; Food Court; Moon bounce; Prize drawings throughout the day with total prizes worth over $2500! Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh will there for a “Chat with Cheh” from 11:30 AM - 1 PM, to talk about neighborhood issues -- feel free to stop by and say hi. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info:   

Saturday, September 15 from 12 - 4 PM, Korean Culture Day at Sandy Spring Museum. The day features a Korean traditional dance and drumming performance by the Peace Mission Korean Dance Group, and short workshops on Korean drumming and dance that anyone can participate in. An exhibit of traditional Korean embroidery and quilting will be on display, along with hands-on sewing activities with the artist. All ages are welcome to participate. Korean food will be available for purchase. Free. Sandy Spring Museum is at 17901 Bentley Rd. in Sandy Spring, MD. More info:   

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 - Fiesta DC has been postponed to September 29 & 30 due to Hurricane Florence. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 3rd & 7th Streets NW. Check back with for more information.

Sunday, September 16 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Drive Electric Day, sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. Come down to 100 7th Street on the Mall near the National Gallery, to see and drive Electric Vehicles (EV), to learn from the owners of several types of EVs why they love their cars, and to take a test drive. You will also find out what models are available, where you can charge EVs, and what incentives are available to EV buyers in DC, MD and VA. Free. At 7th St NW on the Mall near National Gallery of Art. More info: 

Monday, September 17 at 12 noon, Lecture: Cleveland Park Activism Yesterday and Today. American University professor Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska will explore Cleveland Park's history of community activism against development, making connections between past and contemporary efforts. Topics will include the neighborhood's activism against a proposed freeway through Northwest; efforts against the development of Tregaron, Rosedale and McLean estates; and ongoing discussions about preservation and downzoning on Connecticut Avenue. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,   

Tuesday, September 18 at 2 PM, Shakespeare for the Young: Midsummer Magic. Enjoy a puppetry version of the fairy story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare for the Young brings stories and poetry to young audiences through the medium of puppets. The event is appropriate for ages 2-8 and their adults. The program is free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities.  At Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW - Entrance is on Lamont St. More info: 

Wednesday, September 19, all day, Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ahoy, me hearties! Today be yer day to put on yer eyepatch, cozen a parrot to perch on yer shoulder (good luck w’ that!) and stump about on yer peg-leg, growling, “Arrrrgh” from daybreak to midnight. Why? Because two land-lubbers by the names o’ John Baur ‘n’ Mark Summers, back in 2002, invented Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it’s been celebrated on the 19th of September ever since. No, it’s not the weekly fake event ( one’s real as any wacky, invented holiday can possibly be. Go to to l’arn yerself up on it! (And we won’t be havin’ a fake event this week - pirates have stolen it!

Wednesday September 19 at 6:30 PM, An Evening with Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Program for Reversing Diabetes. Join author Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, as he speaks about the benefits of a plant-based diet for preventing and reversing diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has become a major epidemic in recent years, often leading to serious complications and major costs. Although medications remain a mainstay of treatment, nutritional interventions have shown surprising power in both the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Learn how a plant-based diet can help you lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels. Copies of his titles will be available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public - all ages welcome. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk: Dolley Madison Edition. Rub elbows with the first First Lady at one of her famous cocktail parties! Dolley Madison’s “Squeezes” were popular weekly events open to everyone in Washington, DC. Dolley herself will host this modern version complete with live music courtesy of Toccata Players, free food, period card games and a cash bar. At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW. Register at - suggested minimum donation, $5.

Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM, Screening of the documentary, “Afro Latinos: Washington DC Experience.” In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: The Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library presents Washington, DC: The Afro Latino Experience, a short narrative documentary about the unique and influential Afro Latinos who made significant contributions to the nation's capital. Afro Latinos have been present in Washington, DC for decades. Their contributions and assimilation to DC culture goes back generations and encompasses politics, business, advocacy and academia. Please join us in celebrating these pivotal members of the Mt. Pleasant community. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St.),       

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