Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, January 4 - 10, 2019

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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 18,000+ 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, January 4 at 4 PM, Got Games? Do you feel competitive? Board games are a great way to develop and maintain cognitive skills while having fun. We've got games. Grab a friend and challenge them to a board game. You will be glad you did. Stop by on Friday and let's play. This program is free and open to the public. At the Capitol View Library, 220 49th Street SE, 202-645-0755,

Friday, January 4 from 5 PM - 3 AM, Friday at The Park with Friends by @MamboRankin. Love to Eat? Enjoy Great Music? Join Mambo Rankin this Friday at The Park at 920 14th Street NW. Unwind with the sounds of latest Hip-Hop + R&B + Afro-Beats + Reggae and much more as our Food, Cocktails and DJ’s keeps you rocking from dinner to the late night. Please note that attendees must comply with all Park rules (see for rules about appropriate dress; intoxicated persons will not be admitted). Free admission until midnight with RSVP:

Saturday January 5 at 10 AM, Kids’ Galette du Roi in the Library. Who wants to become King or Queen for the day? Join us in the Alliance Francaise Library to learn more about this quintessential French pastry, grab a slice of the galette, and hopefully find la fêve inside! Galette slices will be available for $3 for AFDC members and $5 for non-members. Questions? Email Adeline D’hondt or Kelsey Hammer at children @ francedc dot org. Buy tickets at Alliance Française de Washington DC is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, January 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Teen Night at the US Botanic Garden. Ever wanted to explore the Conservatory after hours? Ever wondered what plants do after dark? Join the US Botanic Garden Education Team for an evening of exploration and discovery! Spend the evening wandering through the Conservatory and learning about the USBG plant collection through hands-on science stations. Please note: This program is intended for those aged 13-17. No adults may enroll without registered teens. Doors will open at 6:15 PM. p.m. Please note: The US Botanic Garden is open as scheduled, having been funded for the current fiscal year. Free. In the Conservatory - pre-registration required: In the Conservatory of the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW.

Sunday, January 6 from 2 - 3 PM, Fiesta de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day). This year, 2019, due to funding and permitting challenges, GALA cannot offer its complete Three Kings Day program as in past years. Instead, the Magi will greet children in the lobby and gifts will be distributed. We appreciate your understanding and will return to the larger event in 2020. Free. At GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. For more information, email info @ galatheatre dot org. Website:

Monday, January 7 at 7 PM, Poetry Workshop - Poets on the Fringe. The Poets on the Fringe (POTF) are local poets who meet every Monday from 7 to 9 PM at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library to read and critique one another's poems. Please bring one of your own poems with copies for the group to read and workshop. For more information, please call 202-727-0232. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, January 8 at 10:15 AM, Elvis’s Birthday Bash. Celebrate the 85th birthday of the King. The party starts on Graceland's north lawn where fans from around the world will gather to sing "Happy Birthday" to Elvis and enjoy an epic birthday cake. Can’t make it to Tennessee on Tuesday? You will feel like you are there when you live-stream the event at Because this is such an awesome real event, we thought there’s no need to make up the Weekly Fake Event.

Tuesday, January 8 at 4 PM, Explorer's Club: Marble Mazes. Join us as we explore all things STEAM (that's science, technology, engineering, art and math; something for everyone!). This month, come create your very own marble maze! Marbles will be provided. One marble per maze while supplies last. Recommended for children ages 4-12 and their caregivers. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, January 9 at 7 PM, Board Games / Trivia Night for Grown Ups. Join your neighbors and friends at the Chevy Chase Library the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM for an adult board game and trivia night. Themed games, strategy games, cooperative games and every-player-for-themselves games—we’ll have a board game that makes you want to play. We will alternate between trivia night and playing the board games. For ages 18 and older. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, January 10 at 7 PM, The Nathalie V. Black Book Discussion Series: American Autobiography: From Colonial to Contemporary Times, led by resident scholar, Philip Burnham, associate professor in the English Department at George Mason University. The series looks at how the style and themes of American narratives have evolved over the span of several centuries. The January 10 book discussion topic is “Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions,” by John Fire Lame Deer. An outspoken Lakota Sioux medicine man from South Dakota, John Lame Deer does not fit the usual profile of a “great American.” But this ‘community autobiography’ breaks the mold of the genre as we know it. By turns reverent and profane, amusing and grim, eager and disparaging, Lame Deer calls into question many of the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” assumptions so common in American writing. Free and open to the public. There is no need to have attended previous programs in the series. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday January 10 at 4 PM, Snowflake Craft. Design and cut out unique snowflakes for winter! This craft is for children ages 5-12 and will involve cutting with scissors. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,   

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