Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column for April 5 - 11, 2019

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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, April 5 from 6 - 8 PM, “Japan in America” at the Heurich House Museum. During the month of April, Washington, DC blooms with guests from across the globe coming to view the spectacular Japanese cherry blossom trees. The trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington, DC in 1912, given to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the nations. In celebration of Japan in America, the Heurich House Museum, as part of the First Friday Dupont Art Walk [], will feature a DIY origami station. Guests will be welcome to stop by to try their hand at traditional origami folding, enjoy the first level of the Heurich House as well as our Castle Garden, and view our exhibits “Home Brewed: How the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. Witnessed DC History” and “Scenes of Dupont Festival”. There will be drinks and snacks available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public, there is no registration required! Heurich House Museum is located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. More info:   

Saturday, April 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Baseball Opening Day Family Festival at the National Postal Museum. Kick off the 2019 Major League Baseball season and the one year countdown until “Baseball: America’s Home Run” opens at the National Postal Museum! Make your own baseball-themed craft, learn about pioneering deaf ballplayer William Hoy at ASL-interpreted Story Time, watch and learn from 19th century baseball re-enactors, and see live baseball bat-making demonstrations from bat-maker Juan Baret. Fill up with some delicious ballpark grub from local vendors and enjoy! Admission: Free; no registration required; all ages welcome. The National Postal Museum is at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. More info:                               

Saturday, April 6 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Orchid Family Day: Amazing Adaptations. Orchids live on every continent except Antarctica. Visit the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and explore how orchids have adapted to variable habitats. Join experts from Smithsonian Gardens, the US Botanic Garden, SAAM, and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to celebrate orchids. Make a paper orchid while learning about what makes an orchid different from other flowers. See how orchids adapt to their homes and explore homes in various forms in the collections of SAAM and NPG. Free, no pre-registration required. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, April 6 from 12 - 9:30 PM, Petalpalooza! Throw on a cherry blossom flower crown and head to Petalpalooza on the SW Waterfront. Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more. Take in the half-mile-long stretch of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants as the National Cherry Blossom Festival transforms the waterfront community into a one-day-only springtime spectacle! This event is free and fun for all ages. Note: Fireworks show begins at 8:30PM. For visitor details please visit:

Saturday, April 6 from  2 - 4 PM, Springtime in DC: Writing Nature, Romance, and Sci-Fic. The DC Regional Authors Guild Chapter in partnership with the DC Public Library will present a panel discussion with three local authors and a staff member from the DC Public Library. Join us as they discuss genre writing, getting published and more. Q & A from the audience will follow the discussion. The discussion will take place in the first floor meeting room. Open for adults. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Saturday, April 6 from 6 - 9 PM, Spring Opening Reception at Katzen Arts Center. Mix and mingle with artists, curators, and fellow patrons at our Spring opening reception and enjoy five new exhibitions on view: Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking; Squire Broel; Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum; Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo; Peripheral Visions (1st Year). Free and open to all, no RSVP required. At American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW,  

Sunday, April 7 from 2 - 4 PM, Fairy Garden Workshop. A fairy garden is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and good with them, good luck, to your home. It’s a tiny space created and tended with love. With your imagination and guidance from Garden Club member, Stephanie Parkhurst, you will create a miniature world of enchantment. Fairy gardens make great indoor gardens year-round…. and fairies make wonderful house guests! These green places for small spaces work well in any space, making them ideal for anyone, whether you’re downsizing or looking for the perfect centerpiece for a patio table. Included in your admission: Decorative container with potting soil; Three small plants per container; A wonderful array of small decorations and other fanciful materials. Note: You are welcome to bring your own container (it should be 4-5″ deep and 10″ wide) and any miniature items to decorate your garden, or to share. You will need to: Bring a spoon or a small spade to dig in your garden; Wear comfortable clothes for playing with plants and potting soil. Pre-registration is required for this program: $10 for Museum Members; $15 non-members. Go to:  At the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 

Sunday, April 7 from 3 - 4:30 PM, Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting.Ceremony. Taking place under the cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin, this ceremony includes remarks by top US officials and Japanese diplomats, as well as traditional songs and music performed by Toho Koto Society of Washington DC and the Washington DC Choral Society. Free. At Independence Avenue and 17th Street SW. More info:      

Monday, April 8 at 12 noon, Lecture: Red Cross in DC. Speaker: Susan Robbins Watson, archivist and manager of historical programs and collections, American Red Cross. During World War II, the District of Columbia Red Cross provided support for the military at home and abroad all while balancing the needs of local residents. Support provided by the DC Red Cross included a blood donor program, production corps, nurse recruitment, and service to military families along with an array of other Red Cross services including disaster response and safety training. Free. No registration required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, 

Tuesday, April 9 at 6 PM, Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints. Explore the influence of mass media on American art and politics during the Vietnam War era in this conversation between Melissa Ho, SAAM’s curator of twentieth-century, and Harry R. Rubenstein, curator emeritus of political history at the National Museum of American History. Presented in conjunction with SAAM’s newest exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975, Ho and Rubenstein expand on some of the central themes permeating throughout the exhibition. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & G Sts NW - meet in the G Street Lobby. More info: 

Tuesday, April 9 at 7 PM, Tuesday Talks: Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve. Novelists and neighbors, Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve, will discuss the writing life – the importance of writing in their lives, how their writing routines differ, and how friendship has played into their work. They also will discuss their latest books and projects. This talk is the 4 of a 6-part monthly series presented in partnership with the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Open to the public and admission is free, but please register at to reserve your seat. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:

Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Panel Discussion: The Ethics of Using Fear in Politics -
A collaboration with GW’s Graduate School of Political Management and its Paul O'Dwyer Lecture Series for Political Ethics. As part of the continuing celebration of the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedom, GW's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is hosting a panel considering the ideal depicted in Rockwell's painting, Freedom from Fear. While Rockwell suggests that the freedom attending democracy provides people with a sense of security and ensures their right to live without fear, leaders often intentionally use fear to motivate people to take action. But is it ethical for leaders to use fear, and if so,where does one draw the line between motivation and abuse? Join Matt Dallek, GSPM professor and author of Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security, and experts from across corporate, military, and political sectors to discuss how our nation has historically used fear in politics and the myriad ways we see fear intersecting within the fields of communications and advocacy today. Free, but reservations are required. RSVP online by Friday, April 5: . Registration includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Schedule: 5:30-6:30 PM: Registration & Reception; 6:30-7:30 PM: Panel Discussion with Q&A; 7:30-8 PM: Post-Panel Networking. At the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, City View Room, 7th Floor.

Wednesday, April 10, 6 PM. Urban Beekeeping Information Session. Biologist Natasha Garcia-Andersen of DC’s Department of Energy & Environment will be coming to Mt. Pleasant Library to present a talk and answer questions about the rules and restrictions (and the how-to’s) of urban beekeeping. Free. The Mt. Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW, (entrance on Lamont St),

Wednesday April 10 at 7:45 PM, Sweet Honey Without the Beekeeping. This brief program will follow after the Urban Beekeeping information session described above. It’s for those who attended but at the conclusion of the session have decided that urban beekeeping is not for them. We will discuss the various ways in which you can have all the benefits of freshly harvested honey without any of the costs, risks, or hard work of keeping bees. It’s called “grocery shopping”!  Learn how you can walk into any grocery store and buy a jar of very good honey, made by someone else’s bees, just by handing over some money. You can even get honey straight from the beekeeper, if you shop at certain local farmers markets. We will share all the arcane secrets of best honey-shopping practices at this short (5 minute!) practical information session. At the Mt. Pleasant library, 3160 16th St. NW, (entrance on Lamont St). If you can’t make the event, you can watch a live-stream of the program here:

Wednesday April 10 at 7 PM, DC Music Salon: Images of DC Jazz. DC music lovers, join us at Shaw Library to discuss the new book "Images of America: Washington, DC, Jazz" with co-author Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler and Foreword writer Willard Jenkins. "Black Broadway," the Howard Theatre, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine, Shirley Horn, Bohemian Caverns, One Step Down all make an appearance. If you love DC and/or good music, you'll enjoy spending time with photographers, musicians and some surprise guests. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW,

Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM,  Trump on the Couch. Best selling local author Justin Frank will be discussing his newest book, Trump on the Couch. Dr. Frank's talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. Free. At Palisades Library, 4901 V Street, NW, 

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