Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, January 11 - 17, 2019

Galette des Rois
Photo by Roozitaa (Creative Commons)
We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 18,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, January 11 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM, WABA's Coffee Hour at the Book Bike Library Takeout Vehicle. The Washington Area Bicycle Association in conjunction with DC Public Library's new Library Takeout Vehicle, the Book Bike, will be hosting  a Friday morning coffee hour on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. We'll have giveaways, books for checkout and can accept returns if you want to bring along that overdue book! Free coffee provided by Qualia Coffee. Come say hi on your ride to work, school or play! Free. At 4th and S St. NE,

Friday, January 11 at 12 noon, Oral History Panel: Government Shutdowns of Yore - Those were the days! Furloughed federal workers, are you looking for something to do this Friday? If you are too young to have lived through any of the TWENTY previous US government shutdowns, come and hear a panel of veterans tell what it was like back in the day. We’ll have tales going all the way back in time to the 10-day shutdown under the Ford administration (Sept 30 - Oct 11, 1976), through the multiple, repeating shutdowns of the Reagan years, to the 3-day blip under George H.W. Bush, to the longest one of all (so far), the 21-day marathon during Bill Clinton’s first term, started by Newt Gingrich in a snit because he thought the President had ignored him on Air Force One (see for an account). In the unlikely event that the government reopens before this event takes place, please check in at our website to see if this event has been cancelled.   

Friday, January 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Galette des Rois. Whilst you may learn a lot about the Galette des Rois by browsing on the web, there is no way it will be as much fun as learning about this very French tradition with AFDC’s very own Communication Coordinator, aka Raphaela! These delicious Galette des Rois will please all palates while Raphaela will entertain our soul... A merry and savory event is on its way. This event will be in English, and French after drinking Sophie's cocktail! Tickets: $10 for AFDC members; $15 for the general public - online at or at the door by credit card, check, or cash (exact change only). The AFDC cannot make change at the door. At the Alliance Fran├žaise de Washington DC, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, January 12 at 10 AM, NSO In Your Neighborhood: Family Program and Instrument Petting Zoo. Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green take a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Stay after the program for a musical instrument “petting zoo”. This free program will be located in the Children's Room on the 2nd Floor of the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW - entrance  on Lamont St.,

Saturday, January 12 at 4 PM, An Afternoon with Simba Sana. Simba Sana is the best selling author of “Never Stop: A Memoir,” and the former CEO and Co-Founder of Karibu Books, the largest and most successful black owned independent bookstore chain in the country. Following a day of fun and reading for DC Public Library Winter Challenge, join us for a discussion with this leader from the world of books at Martha’s Table at, 2375 Elvans Road SE. More info:

Sunday, January 13 from 10 AM - 5 PM, France Day at KID Museum. Join KID Museum and Alliance Fran├žaise DC to explore French culture through creative, hands-on projects, stories, and traditional foods, including: Pierrot puppets, building French castles, creating silhouette art, learning about the invention of the hot air balloon by the Montgolfier brothers, making La Tour Eiffel pop-up cards, story time with Madeline, Light Up French Map, music and story time with Achille, food from Crepes Parfait food truck, and more! General admission: $12 (includes 1 child and 2 adults), KID Museum Members: free. KID Museum is at 6400 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, 301-897-5437, info @ kid-museum dot org,  

Monday, January 14 at 6 PM, MLK Movie Screening: "The March." Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. Recount the events of 250,000 people coming together to form the largest demonstration the young American democracy had ever seen. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Tuesday, January 15 at 7 PM, Tuesday Talks: Julie Kent. Julie Kent will talk about her storied career, including 30 years at the American Ballet Theatre, and her decision to move back to her hometown to guide the Washington Ballet artistic repertoire. This is the first talk in a six part monthly series presented in partnership with the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. (For the complete list of speakers, visit Admission is free, but please register at to reserve your seat. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Wednesday, January 16 at 7 PM, The March on Washington: a discussion with Jamie Stiehm and Clarence Page. Jamie Stiehm and Clarence Page will discuss one of the most extraordinary days in memory: the March on Washington in 1963 when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us about his dream. Covering national politics and history, Jamie Stiehm writes for the Creators Syndicate. Clarence Page is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune, based in Washington. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, January 17 at 6 PM, Saving Family Treasures: Personal Archiving Workshop. Are you interested in preserving family treasures? DCPL Washingtoniana Special Collections staff will lead a workshop on preserving digital and physical personal archives, including photos, letters, newspapers and other material objects. Participants will receive information that will help them maintain their family records. Free. At UDC, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Questions? Email wash.dcpl @ or visit

Thursday January 17 at 6:30 PM, Poor People's Campaign Teach-In at Shaw Library. Celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shaw Neighborhood Library with a teach-in by the local chapter of the Poor People's Campaign. In December 1967, Rev. Dr. King announced the plan to bring together poor people from across the country for a new march on Washington. This march was to demand better jobs, better homes, and better education. Named the Poor People's Campaign, Dr. King's full vision for this project was not fully realized due to his assassination. However, in 2016, Reverend Dr. William Barber revitalized the mission of the Poor People's Campaign and they have been active across the country pushing for policies to better the lives of the poor in America. The local chapter of the Poor People's Campaign will hold a teach-in at Shaw Neighborhood Library and provide information on the history of the organization, their current activities, and how you can get involved and help make change in our community, city and country. Free. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW,

Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 PM, Debut performance of Seussical Jr - Alice Deal`s First Ever 7th Grade Musical. You won't want to miss this wacky, wonderful, family-friendly Seussical show, featuring all your favorite characters from Dr Seuss, and a wonderful musical score. Get your tickets today before they sell out - $12 adult; $5 student at: All students need to be accompanied by at least one adult. If you can’t make this show, there are two more performances, a Friday evening show at 6:30 PM on January 18 and a Saturday matinee at 1 PM on the 19th. In the Alice Deal Middle School auditorium at 3815 Fort Road NW.

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