Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, July 19 - 25, 2019

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
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, July 19 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Family Day: Discover the Moon Day -- a day of educational and fun family activities at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. On this day you can: Talk with real moon scientists; Trace the path of the Apollo 11 astronauts, starting at the Lunar Module and stopping at stations through the Museum; See real meteorites that came from the Moon; Learn how we can study the Moon from Earth and orbit using radar; Learn about the spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon and see stunning images; Learn about the rocks found on the Moon by seeing similar rocks from Earth; Work with mini-robots in a hands-on activity; See a demonstration of how craters form; See the newly restored spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong on the Moon; See a Planetarium show; And more activities too numerous to list! All free. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW. For event schedules and other details go to:

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: The 1786 Published Edition of the Marquis de Chastellux’s Account of His Travels. Join Executive Director Jack Warren for a discussion of a treasure from our library — the 1786 published edition of the Marquis de Chastellux’s account of his travels in America, which offers remarkable insights into how European intellectuals imagined the natural world at the end of the eighteenth century and how they related those ideas to the American Revolution. Chastellux was a major general in the French army and the liaison between George Washington and General Rochambeau. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the travel account. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info about this and other Anderson House events at: 

Friday, July 19 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, History Happy Hour: The Women of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion. In February 1945, a massive backlog of letters and packages intended for US troops, government, and civilian personnel serving in Europe, was being held in airplane hangars and warehouses in England and France. As troop movements and incomplete addresses brought mail delivery to a standstill, morale began to decline. But who would tackle the enormous project? The 6888th Battalion, nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight,” was a unit of African-American women who braved dark, freezing, and rat-infested warehouses, working around the clock to create a tracking system and get the mail to its recipients. Led by Major Charity Adams, the women maintained their dignity and professionalism while enduring segregation and the resentment of male service personnel. The program begins with film clips from “The Six Triple Eight” directed by James Theres, and continues with a panel discussion with the director, producers Lizz Helm-Frazier and Edna Cummings, and Stanley Earley, the son of battalion commander Major Charity Adams. This History Happy Hour is free of charge. Reserve your spot at At the
Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD

Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20 starting at 9:30 PM, Go For the Moon: Apollo 50 Projection Show. This once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 features a 363-foot Saturn V rocket projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and a special "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" show, a 17-minute show that will combine full-motion projection mapping artwork and archival footage to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first Moon landing. The show will unfold on the face of the Washington Monument and supporting screens, including a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock. The free show will run 3 times: 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday. Best viewing areas for "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" are on the National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Castle between 9th and 12th Streets. Check the website at for updates and additional details. Text Apollo50GO to 888777 for live updates on the days of the shows.

Saturday, July 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM, 8th Annual Archaeology Day Festival at Dumbarton House. The International Day of Archaeology aims to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology in the modern world. This festival is dedicated to the archaeology, history, and preservation of Washington, DC area and invites the public to learn in fun and interactive ways. For the 8th year, Archaeology in the Community (AITC) is bringing together archaeology organizations from DC, Maryland, and Virginia to celebrate the Day of Archaeology Festival. This event is a fun-filled day for both adults and children. Children can get hands-on with mock-excavations, crafts, and 3D printed artifacts. Speak with archaeologists in person and learn about their projects locally and globally. There will be live music, family activities, face painting and food trucks for all to enjoy. Free. At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street, NW. Complete details at:   

Saturday, July 20 from 3 - 4:30 PM, Gallery Talk: Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley, presented by the AU Museum Project Space. The exhibition title takes its name from bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 to echo the central role of the Black church in bringing communities together, inspiring hope, and acting as a vector for social change. Panelists will consider the Black history of Montgomery County and western Washington, DC and pay homage to the communities of Scotland, Tobytown, and Macedonia-Moses, which championed fights against racial discrimination through faith, family, and fellowship. Free and open to the public. At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Register at: 

Saturday, July 20 from 7 - 10 PM, Sunset Square Dance in Rock Creek Park. The Friends of Peirce Mill and the DC Square Dance Collective are once again joining forces to bring you a fine summer evening of square dancing in Rock Creek Park! Gather under the lights for some old-time string-band music and live calling. As always, no experience or partner needed, and everyone is welcome. Wear your dancing shoes, but no glass bottles or jars please! Free--no reservations required. At Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden Street NW - more info:

Saturday, July 20 from 8 PM - 2 AM, “The Eagle Has Landed" Late-Night Celebration. On July 20, 1969, humans walked on another world for the first time. Fifty years later, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum invites you to a late-night celebration of the first Moon landing. Activities include: Trivia games; "Eyewitness to Space: Art and the Apollo Program" at 9 PM,Rebroadcast of Moon landing and first steps at 10:30 PM; A special countdown at 10:56 PM ET to celebrate the exact time Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon. Apollo 11-themed musical performance by electronic-duo Quindar from midnight to close. Spacesuit Fashion Show at 1 AM. Film screenings - for titles, times, and tickets (some free, some for a small fee) go to: Other activities: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo-themed scavenger hunts; Astronaut costume designing; “Lunar traverse” activity that traces the steps the astronauts took from the lunar module across on the Moon’s surface (starting from our LM!); Hands-on activities and science demonstrations; Stargazing at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory; And much more! At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, 200 Independence Avenue SW 

Sunday, July 21 at 2 AM, Lecture: How We Faked the Moon Landing. The Truth comes out in this myth-busting lecture that unmasks a 50-year cover-up! Top NASA officials (who will be wearing paper bags over their heads so as not to blow their cover) will present documents, a Power Point, and their original production notes to show how they doctored photos, staged and carefully filmed the “moon landing” on a hidden soundstage in the basement of the Houston Space Center, and how, in an incredibly well-coordinated campaign with their secret collaborators in the media, they convinced the world that it had all really happened. Finally, the true purpose of this 50-year hoax will be revealed. Free. The lecture and presentation will take place at the Washington Monument in the early hours of Sunday morning, just after the closing events of the official NASA "The Eagle Has Landed" show has wrapped up its showings on the Washington Monument and nearby screens. The masked scientists will project their truth-telling evidence on the same screens which were just used to perpetuate the moon landing hoax. As proof, they will hold up for your inspection the ACTUAL BLUE MARBLE (one inch in diameter) used to represent the “earthrise” in the famous (faked) photo. To RSVP to this unprecedented revelatory event, go to: 

Sunday, July 21 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, The Longest Ice Cream Sundae in the Capital!  This National Ice Cream Day, July 21, 2019, join Ice Cream Jubilee at The Yards Park to share a 100-foot ice cream sundae. We're going to create a new record for Washington, DC's longest ice cream sundae! Each ticket holder will get a spot at the sundae for two scoops and generous sundae toppings! It'll be the best Sundae Sunday ever! There will be 40 free tickets available for the first 40 in line at the Yards location, or you can purchase an overflow ticket or sign up for our waitlist. Buy tickets, $6, at At Ice Cream Jubilee, Yards Park, 301 Water Street SE.

Sunday, July 21 from 1 - 4 PM, Christmas in July at the Sandy Spring Museum. Have you ever wondered what goes on under the kissing ball? Come to the Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club‘s July workshop and learn all about the under structure of the kissing ball, boxwood Christmas tree, hurricane and greens centerpieces and arrangements. You will learn all this and more as you help in the preparation for their fresh greens workshops scheduled for early in December. Join in the fun by helping make the festive bows that adorn the beautiful arrangements and wreaths which we sell at the Holiday Green Sale. Learn, laugh and enjoy delicious refreshments. Reserve your spot at this free event: Located in the Garden Shop Workshop in the basement of  The Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road in Sandy Spring, MD.

Sunday, July 21 at 2 PM, Garden Concert Series: Full Power Blues. Join us for an afternoon of music in the beautiful garden area beside Northeast Library. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the sounds of Full Power Blues. Formed in 2009, Full Power Blues has played many yearly festivals in the Washington metropolitan area such the Silver Spring Blues Festival, the College Park Blues Festival and most notably the Annual DC Blues Society Festival at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Please note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held inside the library. Free. The Northeast Library is at 330 7th St. NE. More info: 

Monday, July 22 at 7 PM, Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street - an author talk with Kathleen Day. Ten years after the Great Recession, a history of major financial crises—and how taxpayers have been left with the bill​. In the 1930s, battered and humbled by the Great Depression, the US financial sector struck a grand bargain with the federal government. Bankers gained a safety net in exchange for certain curbs on their freedom: transparency rules, record-keeping and anti-fraud measures and fiduciary responsibilities. While these regulations have evolved over time, the underlying bargain played a major role in preserving the stability of the financial markets and the larger economy. By the free-market era of the 1980s and ’90s, however, Wall Street argued that rules embodied in New Deal–era regulations to protect consumers and ultimately taxpayers were no longer needed—and government agreed. This engaging history documents the country’s financial crises, focusing on those of the 1920s, the 1980s, and the 2000s, and reveals how the more recent crises arose from the neglect of this fundamental bargain, and how taxpayers have been left with the bill. Kathleen Day has worked for thirty years as a business reporter for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2013 as a professor of financial crises. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Tuesday, July 23 from 9:30 AM - 12 noon, Forest Bathing at Tregaron with Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Join author and certified forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a morning "forest-bathing" walk through Tregaron Conservancy on Tuesday. Forest bathing is a mindfulness practice, developed in Japan in the 1980s, that involves tuning into the beauty and wonder of your natural surroundings, using all of your senses. Space is limited and registration is required. For details and the registration link, visit Enter the Tregaron Estate on the Klingle Road side at 3031 Klingle Road NW.

Tuesday July 23 at 7 PM, Jeopardy Watch Party (show starts at 7:30). You are invited to the Cleveland Park Bar & Grill to watch Cleveland Park Listserv moderator and Jeopardy contestant Peggy Robin compete against two players in the second show of the final week of the 35th season of the popular TV game show hosted by Alex Trebek. Free admission, food and drink available for purchase. At Cleveland Park Bar and Grill,  3421 Connecticut Ave NW, If you’re planning to come, please email to peggyrobin @ gmail dot com.

Wednesday July 24 from 2:30 - 8:30 PM, MPD Beat the Streets Festival, featuring DC Public Library's new Library on the Go-Go Tech Truck. Come out for this public safety, health, and education event! This community outreach event serves as a traveling Community Festival and is a partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department, local social service agencies and community vendors. In a 3 to 5-hour block of time, community members (of all ages) enjoy musical performances from local bands and artists, as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature distributed by local social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun. Free. At the Fourth Police District, Petworth, 9th and Taylor Streets, NW. This is the fifth of the eight events in the summer series put on in all 8 wards by MPD - more info about the series at:

Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 PM, The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution. Historian Aaron Sullivan discusses and signs copies of his book that chronicles the experiences of Quakers, pacifists and others who were pursued, pressured and at times persecuted during the British occupation of Philadelphia, not because they chose the wrong side of the Revolution, but because they tried not to choose a side at all. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. 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:     

Thursday, July 25 at 7 PM, Commemorating the Stonewall Uprising. June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, nearly a week of unrest sparked by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The uprising is often cited as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. How did the events in New York City affect the gay rights movement in Washington, DC? Did they have an effect on the LGBTQ+ resistance in our city? Join us for a panel discussion on what the queer resistance movement in DC looked like in 1969 and the years shortly after. Please register here. Speakers will include: Lou Chibbard, Jr., Senior Reporter at the Washington Blade; Eva Freund, an early member of the Mattachine Society of Washington and the National Organization of Women DC chapter, who coordinated the efforts of NOW and the LGBT community to support the passage of Title 34 (the Human Rights Law of DC); Richard Rosendall, former President of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance; Otis "Buddy" Sutson, co-founder and organizer for the Best of Washington, a social group for Black gay men. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Get Out! The Events Column is published on All Life Is Local on Wednesdays and on the Cleveland Park Listserv on Thursdays.

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