Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column for August 2 - 8, 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 18,300+ 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, August 2 from 6 - 8 PM, National Beer Appreciation Day at Christian Heurich House - The Brewmaster’s Castle. In celebration of International Beer Appreciation Day, local author Garrett Peck will be at the Heurich House Museum to talk about the history of DC beer, as part of the First Friday Dupont events of the participating museums and galleries around Dupont Circle (http://www.firstfridaydupont.org/).The museum’s doors will be open for guests to explore the family home of DC’s most successful brewer, Christian Heurich, and learn more about his historic brewery in the exhibit HOME/BREWED: How the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. Witnessed DC History. This is event is free and open to the public.  Local beer will be on tap and snacks will be available for purchase. The Castle Garden will be open weather permitting. Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. More info: http://www.heurichhouse.org/first-friday-dupont-lets-appreciate-beer     

Friday, August 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, History at Sunset: Civil War Tour. This tour will walk visitors from the grounds of President Lincoln's Cottage to the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.  During the program, Ranger Steve and Joan Cummins from President Lincoln's Cottage will explain the evolution of President Lincoln as commander-in-chief and the experiences of the First Family at their summer retreat to escape the heat of downtown Washington. The one-mile walking tour starts outside President Lincoln’s Cottage, at the intersection of Upsher Street, NW and Rock Creek Church Road, NW. The tour goes on, rain or shine.  Please bring rain gear and a government issued ID to get through security. Free! More info on the Civil War Defenses of Washington website: https://www.nps.gov/cwdw/planyourvisit/history-at-sunset.htm

Saturday, August 3 at 6 PM, Tanya DePass: Barriers Are Meant to be Destroyed, Not Just Broken. Learn about diversity in the gaming industry from Tanya DePass, founder of the non-profit organization, I Need Diverse Games, who presents a keynote talk that explores the theme of SAAM Arcade 2019, “breaking barriers.” DePass explains how video games fit into unconventional spaces such as art museums, and expands upon how programs like SAAM Arcade serve as a critical aid to promote this idea. She also discusses how her organization seeks to highlight projects and research by marginalized groups within the gaming industry, and talks about her past and current work that encourages a more diverse gaming environment. ASL interpretation will be available during this program. Free. In the McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. More info: https://americanart.si.edu/events/tanya-depass-barriers-are-meant-be-destroyed-not-just-broken-august-3-2019

Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, 11:30 AM - 7 PM,  SAAM Arcade. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is turning into an arcade! Enjoy 2 days of play with a free, family-friendly event for gamers of all levels. The 5th annual SAAM Arcade features 13 select indie games, vintage consoles, arcade cabinets, traditional table-top board games, and new games created for old consoles. This year, the Arcade showcases indie games that recognize the diversity of gaming audiences, makers, players, characters, and cultures, encouraging the industry to break barriers and celebrate underrepresented segments within the gaming community. ASL interpretation will be available during this program. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F Streets NW, Kogod Courtyard. Tickets: Free. More info: https://americanart.si.edu/events/saam-arcade 

Sunday August 4 at 2 PM, Free Bike Repair Pop Up with Gearin' Up Bicycles. Need to dust off that bike sitting in the garage? Have to fix that flat tire? Visit Gearin' Up Bicycles at a neighborhood library near you to receive free basic bike repair and maintenance. Limit one adult bicycle or two children's bicycles per customer. Parts, tools, and skills are provided by Gearin’ Up. For a complete list of Gearin' Up Bike Repair Pop-Up dates and locations at DC Public Libraries visit https://www.dclibrary.org/bike. Free. At Northwest One Library, 155 L Street, NW, https://www.dclibrary.org/node/64567

Monday August 5, all day, National Underwear Day. To celebrate this nationally observed annual event, go outside in your underwear! Good thing this holiday falls  in one of the hottest months of the year. If you happen to be in New York City you are likely to find a crowd of people in their underwear outside City Hall or at the Stock Exchange or in Times Square. Sure, you might find someone in their underwear any day of the year in Times Square, but on National Underwear Day, you could see a lot of them. You probably were thinking this must be the weekly fake event (http://bit.ly/cpfakeevent) but in fact it’s a real day that’s been observed since the underwear company FreshPair first declared it in 2003. In 2013 the event had grown so big in New York that the gathering on August 5 of that year broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people in their underwear ever assembled! In the years since the holiday was established, FreshPair has organized all kinds of events to celebrate, including handing out free underwear to all comers and putting up a runway for an outdoor show by underwear models. Why doesn’t DC have a public observance of National Underwear Day on August 5? Silly Question! Because everyone is at the Vineyard in August, of course! More info: https://nationaltoday.com/national-underwear-day/

Monday August 5 at 6:30 PM, Ten Strong: Women of Barry Farm/Hillsdale. Curator and author Alcione M. Amos from the Anacostia Community Museum will recount the lives of 10 women from the historic African American settlement of Barry Farm/Hillsdale. Located in Southeast Washington, DC and established in 1867 by the Freedmen's Bureau, this community counted 47 women among its first settlers. Amos will tell the life stories of inspiring women such as Georgiana Rose Simpson, the first African American woman to receive her PhD in the United States, and Winnie Banks, who as an enslaved young girl was separated from her parents. Free. At the Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE, https://www.dclibrary.org/node/64154 

Monday, August 5 at 7 PM, Author Talk/Q&A/Book Signing by Randon Billings Noble. Join local author Randon Billings Noble as she discusses her new book, Be with Me Always. With a little bit of something for everyone, Be with Me Always is a collection of essays that explore hauntedness - not through conventional ghost stories, but by considering the way our pasts cling to our imaginations. About the author: After graduating with high honors from the University of Michigan (where she won a Hopwood Award in 1994), Randon earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University in 2001. She was a full-time writing instructor at American University from 2001 to 2009, and has since taught at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Politics and Prose, and the Washington National Cathedral. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Be with Me Always will be available for purchase after the event. Book signing will take place after the event. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, https://www.dclibrary.org/node/64364

Tuesday August 6 at 10:30 AM, Animal Activities with Friends of the National Zoo. Here in Washington, DC, nature is all around us! Join the Friends of the National Zoo education team to learn about some of the animals we find in our own backyards. During this program, we will play a pollinator-themed game and take part in an animal coverings craft. This program is best suited for children ages five to 12 and their caregivers. Free. At Capitol View Library,  5001 Central Ave SE, https://www.dclibrary.org/node/64732

Tuesday, August 6 from 5 - 8 PM, National Night Out. The Metropolitan Police Department invites you to join our officers and other community leaders to celebrate the 36th Annual National Night Out event. This year's festivities will be held on the grounds of Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. We have a fun-filled day in store for everyone (food, music, moon bounce, 22-ft slide, kids and cops basketball game, car seat safety inspections, child fingerprinting kits, information tables, giveaways, pet adoption truck, and SO MUCH MORE! We will also be celebrating MPD's 158th Birthday! Please be sure to stop by the red carpet photo station! Questions? Contact Kyi Branch, Community Outreach Coordinator, MPD Second District, kyi.branch @ dc dot gov

Wednesday August 7 at 10:30 AM, Trash Free DC! Are we drinking our bath water?! Did you know that 80% of the people in the region get their drinking water from the Potomac River? This means that the yucky litter found in our watershed is in the same water that eventually comes out of your faucet. For instance, in April 2010, a cleanup of the Potomac River found*: 503,800 pounds of trash; 21,597 plastic bags; 14,802 cigarette butts. [*Source: Alice Ferguson Foundation] Join us in welcoming the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative team at this interactive program where we will learn all about what we can do to help our community stay clean and thrive! Recommended for children and their families. Free. Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library 115 Atlantic St. SW, https://www.dclibrary.org/node/64692   

Wednesday, August 7 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Walking Stick “Trunk Show” to benefit Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Susan Miller is a wood artist specializing in canes and walking sticks, who will be coming to DC in August, and will host a “trunk show” for the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Come out and purchase one of her beautiful hand-carved pieces for yourself or a friend, and 25% of the sales will be donated to the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Cash and checks only. Make an appointment at 202-615-5853 or email info @ ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage dot org to get the house number of the of the private residence on 29th Street NW where the show will be held. (Accessible) 

Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 PM, Documentary Film Screening and Talk: The Lafayette Escadrille. At the beginning of World War I, young Americans rushed to France as volunteers to defend America’s oldest ally. The Lafayette Escadrille, the only all-American squadron in the French Air Service, is the subject of a new documentary film co-directed by Paul Glenshaw. Following the film screening, Glenshaw will comment on the production, including presenting the deep connections several of the pilots had to the Revolution and to the Society of the Cincinnati. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more info about this and other Anderson House events go to: https://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/events/public         

Thursday, August 8 from 5 - 8 PM, Over the Line: Opening Reception for Zenith Gallery Exhibition, Works by Andrea Fried, Guigui Kohon, Joyce Werwie Perry, Judith Pratt. The exhibition is on from August 8 – October 12, 2019. Free. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2K65ckc. At Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW.

Thursday, August 8 from 6 - 8 PM, Can DC Take the Heat? If you’ve spent a summer in DC, you know that heat can constitute anything from an annoyance to a crisis. In fact, extreme heat is the most widespread and deadly weather-related hazards in the United States, and it is worsening due to both climate change and urban development patterns. Join a panel of expert practitioners from the public and private sectors to hear how extreme heat is addressed in the new Resilient DC Strategy and how extreme heat can be mitigated through sustainable design and urban planning. The discussion will focus on lessons learned, offered in a new Urban Land Institute report on extreme heat and real estate, and how the District is keeping residents safe from extreme heat by mitigating the effects of climate change and preparing for the future.  This event is $10 for Greater Greater Washington Neighbors (who will receive a code via email) and $20 for the general public. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/2K4uVJJ. Location: 700 Penn Rooftop, 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE. More about Greater Greater Washington at https://ggwash.org/     

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