Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, September 27 - October 3, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month
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 18,400+ 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, September 27 at 12 noon, Lecture: Creating Outdoor Spaces That Connect Children to the Natural World - presented by Nancy Striniste, Founder and Principal Designer at EarlySpace, LLC. Nature play can awaken children’s senses, challenge their bodies, inspire their imaginations, and build self-confidence. In order to grow up healthy and happy, children need abundant, unstructured time to play and explore in the natural world, but today’s children rarely have the opportunity to roam free outdoors. Bringing nature to the places where children spend their time is an answer. Well-designed nature play spaces are inviting and endlessly engaging for children AND good for the planet.With rich, inspiring images from around the world, author, educator, and landscape designer Nancy Striniste explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more. In the Conservatory Classroom at the US Botanic Garden,100 Maryland Ave, SW. Free - registration required. More information and registration link at

Friday, September 27 from 5 - 8 PM, Made in DC Art Fair at the Wharf. Pop-Ups showing made-in-DC art, from Screen Print, Mixed Media, Watercolor, Oil and Acrylic Artists. All artwork is for sale. Free and open to the public. 10 District Square SW.

Saturday September 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM, The 3rd Annual Anacostia River BioBlitz. What is a BioBlitz? It is an opportunity to explore the natural treasures of your Anacostia River, but more importantly, it will be your opportunity to do citizen science to help us document the biodiversity of the Anacostia River Watershed. The goal is to identify and document as many species as possible along the Anacostia River. We'll primarily be using the free, crowd-sourced app iNaturalist, At the event, you can learn how to use iNaturalist, explore nature with other naturalists and experts and learn about the identification and ecology of some of the river's fascinating species. At Kingman Island near RFK stadium - park in the Northern section of RFK Lot 6. If using GPS, you can use the address 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE. Bike parking is available. This site is also accessible by the X2 bus or a mile walk from the Stadium-Armory metro. Please register for every person who plans to attend, including children or family members - Be sure to look at the “what to bring” list on the Anacostia Watershed Society registration page. Free. Rain or shine.

Saturday September 28 from 10 AM - 4 PM, ¡Fiesta con la Familia! Join us at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library for our family fun day, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Play lotería, take your chance at carnival games and enjoy a theatrical performance by Las Estrellas Fabulosas. This event is free and open to all children, teens and families! So, bring your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, too! 10-11:30am: Lotería is from; 11am-3pm: Carnival Games; Las Las Estrellas Fabulosas Performance: Magnificent Folktales from Latin America, a 45 minute bilingual Spanish-English performance featuring three traditional tales: Martina y Perez, Tio Antonio the Fox y Cuy the Guinea Pig, and a Chupacabra story. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St. More info:

Saturday, September 28 at 11:30 AM,  "¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Festival.” Join DC Public Library at the National Portrait Gallery's family-friendly "¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Festival" taking place in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery at 8th and F St NW. The colors, sounds and styles of Latin America come alive in this festival of Latinx art, artists and sitters. The day will feature special tours and art activities, along with performances, workshops and story times, with the Washington Ballet, the Discovery Theater and the DC Public Library. Bilingual story time from a curated collection of children's books related to Hispanic Heritage Month will take place at 12:45 PM and at 2 PM. Free. More info: 

Saturday, September 28 from 1 - 3 PM, Rock Creek Park Day. Celebrate the anniversary of the creation of Rock Creek Park in 1890 -- it’s the third-oldest national park. We’ll have speakers, information booths, ranger-led talks (hiking, biking, camping tips), fun facts about history in Rock Creek Park, and more. Free. At the Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. Please note: All slots for the volunteer activities for National Public Lands Day (NLPD) that are scheduled to take place from 9 AM - 1 PM at Rock Creek Park are full. More info at 

Saturday, September 28 at 2 PM, National Good Neighbor Day. Say Hello! It's the first step to being a good neighbor. If weather permits, we will hold a story time outside and express ourselves with sidewalk chalk. For children ages 3 - 10. Free. At the Palisades Library,
4901 V Street, NW,

Saturday, September 28 from 7 - 9:30 PM, Stop Deportations Dance Party! What do you do when migrants are under attack? STAND UP & DANCE! You won't be able to sit down as Latinx dance band Ocho de Bastos music pulsates the air. Local Latin Pop Rock group Ocho de Bastos serves up infectious bi-nation and multi-culti music. If the music is not enough, let our global appetizers, homemade desserts and more bring you in! Tickets are free - but please donate all you can: Questions? Contact Denise Woods woodsasoc @ gmail dot com or text 202 415 9757. At All Souls Unitarian,16th and Harvard Street NW.

Sunday, September 29 from 12 - 4 PM, Tudor Place Fall Picnic, Plant Sale and Garden Tour. By popular demand: enjoy a fall plant sale and picnic! Spend an afternoon experiencing our historic gardens. Take a “de-tour” through the fall foliage and blooms with our gardeners and educators. Bring your own picnic and blanket to relax in this spectacular setting. Rain or shine, Tudor House will also be holding a plant sale featuring heirloom plants traditionally grown by the Peter family, including perennials for locations in sun, part-shade, or shade. Your purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place. Free tickets at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st Street NW .

Sunday, September 29 from 1 - 5 PM, Tenleytown Block Party! Join us for our annual fun, family-friendly and completely free Tenleytown Block Party! Featuring: Free Grilled Burgers/Hot Dogs/Drinks/Desserts and More (food served from 1-5pm); Free Ice Cream by local area favorite food truck; Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice and Popcorn; Children’s Ferris Wheel; Inflatable
24 ft Rock Climbing Wall; Face Painting, Balloon Artists, Airbrush Tattoo Artists; The Fan Zone - Featuring Eating Area with Live Viewing of NFL Games; Rides and Amusements for all ages; Live DJ/Music; Tour a Metro Police Car; And Much More! This free community event takes place at Citizen Heights Church, 4100 River Road NW, next to Container Store and AU/Tenley Metro Stop). More info: (Rain date: October 6th)

Sunday, September 29 at 4 PM, Broadway at Mitchell Park. Join us for a concert of songs from “9 to 5: The Musical” sung by the super-talented stars of Catholic University’s upcoming production. It’s at Mitchell Park, 23rd and S Streets NW. Refreshments will be served, and we will provide some seating. Family friendly. Free admission.

Monday, September 30 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Larry Felder Candidate" by Bob Levey, author. Join former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey for a talk about his time at the paper during an earlier Golden Age, and how that relates, or doesn’t, to his new novel. “Larry Felder, Candidate” is a close-up look at a big-time newspaper and contemporary Washington-area politics. Free; no reservations required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. More info:

Monday September 30 at 6 PM, Community Conversation: Hispanics in the Legal Profession. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is hosting a community conversation with DC’s Hispanic leaders to discuss the importance of Hispanics in the legal profession. The event, which is in collaboration with the DC Hispanic Bar Association, is open to the public and will highlight the stories of Hispanic legal professionals in DC. Free. At Crowell and Moring LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Free - but seating is limited and you must RSVP:

Monday, September 30 at 7 PM, A Debate: Resolved, Oktoberfest Should Be Changed to SeptemberFest. Every year millions around the world lift their beer steins in celebration of Oktoberfest… mostly in September. The beer festival, begun in 1810 was originally set entirely in October but once it took hold in Germany, beer garden hosts realized they could sell more beer during the 16-days of celebration if they started it in September, when the weather was warmer and the days were longer. So they set the ending date of the festival on the first Sunday in October. If that falls on the first or second of the month, OctoberFest is barely in October at all! Come to hear two experienced teams of debaters argue the merits of the name change. The Traditionalist Team will defend keeping the historic name, while the Realist Team will argue that the name should reflect the reality that September is the month with the greatest number of days of beer drinking fun. The audience will be polled both before and after the debate - also before and after four rounds of beer. Free admission. Pre-debate first vote may be done online at More about the history of Oktoberfest at

Tuesday, October 1 at 7 PM, Organ Concert: Christopher Houlihan in performance with the St. Ann Festival Orchestra, Washington, Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting. This program features the thrilling, rarely-heard Symphonie Concertante by Joseph Jongen. On, "Organ phenom" (Cincinnati Enquirer) Christopher Houlihan is joined by the St. Ann Festival Orchestra (Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting) for a performance of Joseph Jongen's thrilling Symphonie Concertante. Our recently restored organ has over 3000 pipes ranging from 16 feet to 1/2 inch in length! The image of Mr.Houlihan playing the organ will be projected onto a jumbo screen so the audience will have a close up view of his performance. Full details are available at The performance is at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW, and also includes solo organ works by Saint-Saëns, J.S. Bach, and more. Free.

Wednesday October 2 at 4 PM, Celebrate Culture, Community, and Cuentos. Enjoy being creative? Does your inner artist yearn to experiment with new styles? Then, join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by creating art in traditional Hispanic forms such as molas, paper flowers, and papel picado. This free event is best for ages 5 to 12.  At the West End Library 2301 L St. NW, 

Thursday, October 3 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Judges Russell F. Canan; Frederick H. Weisberg, and Gregory E. Mize will discuss the book they edited, Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made. Elián González, Terri Schiavo, Scooter Libby — we know the arguments presented in these legal cases, but next to nothing about what the judges were thinking as they heard the evidence. In the González case, Judge Jennifer Bailey had to decide whether to return a seven-year-old boy to his father in Cuba after his mother drowned trying to bring the child to the United States. In the Schiavo case, Judge George Greer had to decide whether to withdraw life support from a woman in a vegetative state over the wishes of her parents. Gathering essays from judges across the country about their most difficult case, this book gives us a rare and illuminating perspective on the American judicial system, tracing the judges’ moral dilemmas and the personal biases they struggle to recognize and shut out as they hear a case. The editors, current or former judges themselves, will discuss the book and offer further comments on the challenges judges face. Free, but space is limited; seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Book sale and signing to follow event. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. If you can’t attend, watch a livestream of the judges’ Author Talk on the Friends of the Tenley Library’s Facebook page at: More info:    

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