Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, February 22 - 28, 2019

Bei Bei in the Snow [Smithsonian National Zoo]
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 18,100+ 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, February 22 from 10:30 AM - 12 PM, Aquatic Amore Family Discovery Day. Join DOEE fish & wildlife biologists for Aquatic Amore to enjoy family-friendly Valentine-themed activities at the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) in Anacostia Park. Aquatic Amore will feature a Swimming Sweethearts aquarium tour with feedings, Looking for Love aquatic animal presentation, and Art from the Heart themed crafts and activities. Come discover how aquatic animals communicate…and “date”! Please note that advanced registration is required and that participants must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Acquire a ticket for each family member planning to attend. This program series is geared towards school aged children and their families and information is presented at an elementary school level. FREE, but space is limited. To register go to: The Aquatic Resources Education Center is located in Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, next to the Skating Pavilion. Questions may be directed to doee.arec @ or 202-727-7400.

Friday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Prohibition in Washington, DC. In 1929, right in your own back yard, it was estimated that every week bootleggers brought 22,000 gallons of whiskey, moonshine and other spirits to Washington, DC’s 3,000 speakeasies. Twin Valley Distillers’ Garrett Peck will you back to this iconic time in American history...where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz. You’ll sample: The Scofflaw; Between the Sheets; French 75; *Three additional prohibition style cocktails will be available for purchase. Advanced ticket sales end at noon on 2/22. All guests are $25 at the door. Tickets: $20 for Sandy Spring Museum members, $25 for non-members available at The Sandy Spring Museum is at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD

Saturday, February 23 from 9 AM - 2 PM, Giant Panda Housewarming Party. The new visitor exhibit in the panda house is finished and we would love for everyone to come visit and see it. After a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 AM, the housewarming party will begin! The day will be filled with fun activities for pandas and panda enthusiasts alike. The giant and red pandas will receive special frozen treats throughout the day. Bei Bei and the red pandas, Asa and Jackie, will receive their treats in their yards at 9:30 AM. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will receive their baskets at 1 PM. Guests will be able to sample dumplings courtesy of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China until 11 AM. Free hot chocolate will be available until 2 PM, courtesy of sponsor Airbnb. Panda fans will be able to talk with panda scientists and keepers throughout the day. While supplies last, guests who visit the Zoo’s Panda Plaza gift shop can take home a very special commemorative print, courtesy of Friends of the National Zoo. The print is a copy of a painting created by Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei. The numbered prints will be available one-per-family while the 5,000 copies last. No purchase is necessary. At the Panda Pavilion of the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:   

Saturday, February 23 from 9 AM - 4 PM,  Rooting DC, a free, all-day urban gardening forum, provides education about urban agriculture and food systems, cultivates health and protection of the environment, and builds community. The program includes dozens of interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, as well as panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event also hosts 60+ green businesses and nonprofits from throughout the region at an information fair. The full list of workshops will be posted on the event website, At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, 4800 Meade St NE. Register at   

Saturday February 23 at 2 PM, Black History Month Author Talk with Sonja D. Williams, Howard University professor of Media, Journalism and Film. She has worked as a broadcast journalist and media trainer in the Caribbean, Africa and throughout the United States. In her incisive and in-depth biography, "Word Warrior," Prof. Williams tells the story of  Richard Durham, who was a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation. More information: Free. At the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW

Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 PM, Stories and Songs of Hope - a concert in support of refugees seeking asylum in the US. Our choir and guest musicians will perform musical selections on the theme of “sanctuary,” with several asylum seekers sharing their stories. Admission is free with donations encouraged for the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project, Reception following. At Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell St. NW, 

Sunday February 24 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: Liz Prince and the Stage Dog Trio. Enjoy an afternoon of jazz chamber music inspired by the Penguin Cafe. Jazz in the Basement is a monthly concert series featuring local artists, coordinated with the assistance of volunteers Bertrand Uberall and John Cook. The concerts are intended to highlight young artists, new composers, or unique jazz sounds to broaden the listening landscape of our Washington, D.C. audiences. Stage Dog Trio is Liz Prince (tuba), Jon Birkholz (guitar), and John Dierker (bass clarinet and reeds). This concert is located at the Goethe-Institut Washington at 1990 K St. NW (use the 20th Street entrance).  Free and open to the public. More info: 

Sunday, February 24 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, North American Premiere: Saltzman - A Choral Symphony: Halevi. The combined forces of the AU Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers are joined by the Strathmore Children’s Chorus and guest soloists Janice Meyerson and Rob McGinness to perform the North American premiere of Arnold Saltzman’s A Choral Symphony: Halevi. For tickets,$5-$15, go to At the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW.

Monday, February 25 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Lipstick Brigade" with Cindy Gueli, author. You’ve heard of Rosie the Riveter, but do you know about Washington’s Government Girls? Almost a quarter of a million adventurous young women swarmed the nation’s capital to help America fight World War II. Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising, and moving first-person stories she collected for Lipstick Brigade, her book about how these incredible women triumphed over the challenges of war and the chaotic, frustrating, and often deadly capital boomtown. This program relates to the exhibition "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms." Free; no reservations required.At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, 

Tuesday, February 26 at 7 PM, Library Facilities Master Plan Community Meeting. Help shape the future of Library services in DC. Join your friends and neighbors for a meeting about the Library Facilities Master Plan, which will help guide the next 10 years of planning across the city. Learn about the Plan's objectives and goals; review current Library usage and facility condition data; share your thoughts on current and future Library needs in DC. The Library is hosting four community meetings across the city. Visit to learn more and see the dates/locations of the other meetings. Free. The community meeting for Ward 3 is at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, February 27 from 8:30 AM - 6 PM, DC Statehood Congressional Education Day, organized by DC Vote. We'll be meeting with the new members of the House and Senate and their staff to introduce them to DC Statehood, DC Home Rule and Voting Rights for DC. This is a great opportunity for you to come talk to the decision makers about why DC Equality matters to you. There will be two shifts available from 8 AM-1 PM or 12-5 PM - choose one or both. We will provide training and breakfast and/or lunch. You'll be teamed up with leaders of the Statehood movement who will help lead the meetings and make sure you have a successful day. If you've never done advocacy or if you are a long-time citizen lobbyist, we will make sure you are set up for success! Free. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue SW. Register   

Wednesday February 27 at 4 PM, Art Attack: Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn about the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in honor of Black History Month and create an art project in the style of his bold colors and jazz inspired art. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Wednesday, February 27 at 7 PM, Forest bathing talk - no bathing suit required. The benefits of spending time in nature are being proven by more and more recent scientific studies. These benefits include physical and mental health. Here’s an opportunity to get these benefits for yourself. Chevy Chase resident Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest therapy guide, will discuss her latest book, The Joy of Forest Bathing. It’s a guide for reconnecting with wild places and being present in nature. Come and enjoy dessert, discussion, and a chance to win a copy of Melanie’s book! Free admission. In the Chevy Chase Town Hall, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD. RSVP to 301-654-7144 or townoffice @ townofchevychase dot org.

Thursday, February 28, 12 noon, Rally to Demand a February 29th on the Calendar EVERY YEAR! Three out of every four years, those unfortunate enough to be born on February 29, Leap Day, are left without a recognized date to celebrate their birthday. And people make cruel jokes out of their predicament, telling a 12-year old, for example, they’re really only 3, or a 16-year-old that they’re 4. Time for all “Leaplings” (as they are known) to demand an end to this birthday stress! Even if you are not a leapling, you can still add your voice to their plea not to be erased by the calendar in non-leap-years. We will rally in front of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (in charge of timekeeping/calendar-standards for the US) at 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, where we will present a petition for the calendar to be altered and this day to be officially designated “February 28/29” in all non-leap-years; only in a leap year when there is a separate February 29th will there be a February 28 without the slash-29. If you can’t attend, please add your name to the online petition, at this link:

Thursday February 28 at 6 PM, AfroLatinas in Washington, DC. In celebration of Black History Month, Mt. Pleasant Library is honored to host a panel discussion on AfroLatinas in DC. This panel discussion will focus on contributions and efforts from AfroLatinas, using Casilda Luna as a reference point to what has been accomplished, and the needs and opportunities for AfroLatinas. We are looking to specifically emphasize areas of public health, representation, gender inequalities and intersectional AfroLatina issues in the diaspora. Speakers/Panelists: Tonija Hope Navas, Director of Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center; Dr. Aisha Cort, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Howard University; Alicia Sanchez Gill, Executive Director at Collective Action for Safe Spaces; Johanna Figuera, History and Math Teacher at Washington Latin Public Charter School; Evette Hernandez, Director of Midwifery at Mary’s Center; Moderated by Rosalyn Lake Montero, Spanish Teacher at Seed School of Washington and Johanna Figueroa Camilo, History and Math Teacher at Washington Latin Public Charter School. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St),   

Thursday, February 28 at 6 PM, Washingtoniana: Saving Family Treasures: Personal Archiving Workshop. Are you interested in preserving family treasures? 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. Washingtoniana is at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:   

Thursday February 28 at 7 PM, E. J. Dionne of The Washington Post Speaks on Freedom of the Press in the Age of Trump. Since President Donald Trump has called the media “the enemy of the people,” and the public has witnessed the administration’s pulling of a CNN reporter’s White House press credential, as well as the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Americans are beginning to wonder about some of their basic freedoms, especially the right to participate in governance by being informed by a free and independent press.This presentation is the first of a free, three-part public affairs series hosted by Church of the Pilgrims called “What’s Going On?” (WGO). Church of the Pilgrims is located near DuPont Circle at 2201 P St. NW. Please visit for more information.

Thursday, February 28 at 7 PM, African American Migration to Washington, DC During the 19th and 20th Century. In honor of Black History Month, George Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, will deliver a presentation on African American migration to Washington, DC. Dr. Musgrove is currently an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. At the Juanita E.Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 2nd floor meeting room. This event is free and open to the public. It is suitable for ages 13 and up.       

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