Thursday, October 24, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, October 25 - 31, 2019

We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 14,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Friday, October 25 from 12 - 5 PM, Opportunity in America: What Does It Mean? Presented by The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Is America living up to our aspirations to be a real “land of opportunity?” Even as the economy’s now decade-long expansion continues, mobility is in decline while inequality reaches alarming heights. How should we define opportunity in the era ahead? How can we ensure that everyone has equitable access to it? Join an afternoon of discussion with distinguished and diverse panels to explore the changing nature of opportunity, who is and isn’t included, and concrete ideas for expanding access to quality economic opportunities. This event is part of a new conversation series, Opportunity in America by Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard of The Democracy Collaborative, which will consider the changing landscape of economic opportunity in the US and implications for individuals, families, and communities across the country. Register for this free event at: At The Aspen Institute, 2300 N Street NW, #700.

Saturday, October 26 from 8 AM - 1 PM, 8 - The 5th Annual Adams Morgan Apple Festival! Fall is finally here, and the 5th Annual Adams Morgan Apple Festival returns on Saturday with a homemade apple pie baking contest. Area bakers compete for the title of Best Apple Pie, and attendees can purchase pie slices for $5 each to support Platform of Hope, a new initiative based in Adams Morgan that provides self-directed, holistic services to cohorts of low-income families. Free festivities take place at SunTrust Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, beginning with an heirloom apple tasting at 10:30 AM. Local celebrities and foodies will judge the apple pie contest, including Pichet Ong, James Beard-nominated pastry chef at The Line Hotel DC, and Tom Sherwood, Political Analyst, WAMU Politics Hour and contributing writer for The Washington City Paper. More info:

Saturday, October 26 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt. The Heurich House Museum will open its doors at 9 AM for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt gives families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich family home. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden (weather permitting). This German influenced family home provides visitors a glimpse of the past, and exposes children to a different time in DC’s history. Children can let their imaginations wander as they take in three floors of this ornate mansion, while also learning about history in a fun and engaging environment. Touring through the house will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. There will be two levels of hunting to accommodate all ages! This event is free, but registration is suggested and donations are welcome! Go to: The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Turtle Park Fall Fest + Pop Up Farmer’s Market at Friendship (Turtle) Park. This event has FREE admission and is guaranteed to be fun for kids and adults of all ages. Explore the farmer’s market (featuring organic produce, cider, pumpkins and baked goods for purchase from New Morning Farms); don your best costume and march in our beloved costume parade at 11 AM - prizes for scariest, funniest, and crowd favorite; enjoy live music from our friends at Middle C Music; and decorate a pumpkin (bring your own or purchase one onsite from New Morning Farms). Free! At Turtle Park, 45th and Van Ness Streets NW. For more information, visit: 

Saturday, October 26, 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Día de los Muertos Family Day. Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with SAAM! Enjoy a day full of Mexican folk-dance performances, a live Mariachi band, and face painting! Leave your handmade ofrendas (offerings) including paper marigolds, calaveras (skull masks), and paper monarch butterflies on our beautiful Day of the Dead altar. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, October 26 from 1 - 3:30 PM, Broadcom Masters Project Showcase - UDC Middle School Science Expo. Join 30 of the top middle school scientists in the country as they compete in the Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S., the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students! These talented students will be on hand to discuss their science and engineering projects with students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers and members of the general public who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering during this project showcase. Free and open to the general public. At the University of the District of Columbia Student Center, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info: Learn more about this year's top 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists here:

Saturday, October 26 from 1 - 4 PM, Rosedale Pumpkin Carving Party. Halloween fun for all ages! All you need to bring is a medium to large-size pumpkin - Rosedale provides the stencils and carving tools). Plus: Pinata Fun: Back by popular demand is the Halloween piñata with sweet treats for the taking. Games/Songs from 2-3 PM: While the bigger kids are busy carving, a special guest will lead the little ones with Halloween-themed games and songs. At the Rosedale grounds, corner of 36th and Newark. Free. 

Saturday, October 26 from 1 - 4 PM, Fall Frolic at Glen Echo Park. This Halloween-themed family event is open to the public, and visitors of all ages are invited to the Park to explore the arts through hands-on crafts, Halloween activities, trick-or-treating and visiting open studios. It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Most activities are FREE. Pumpkins are available to decorate for $2.Come in costume and maybe you can win a prize in one of these categories: Best Child's Costume (0 - 6 years old); Best Child's Costume (7+ years old); Best Adult Costume; Best Group Costume (2 or more people).  Be sure to register at the table near the stage to be included in the contest! Lots of free parking! This event take place rain or shine, but some activities are weather-dependent. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD. More info:

Saturday, October 26 from 4 - 6 PM, Pumpkin Fest: An Afternoon of Mystical Music and Merriment at Cleveland Park Church. There will be Halloween organ music, Poe’s The Raven, selections from Phantom of the Opera, and games/treats for kids. Admission is free, but we ask that you bring canned food for St. Paul's food pantry. You can also bring your jack-o-lantern to display. (If you're going to the Rosedale Conservancy pumpkin carving event at 35th and Newark, bring your creation along!) After the program, join us for some fall-inspired treats.At Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell St. NW.

Saturday October 26 at 4PM, Benefit Concert in Memory of Tom Marmet, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Inc. On October 24, 2018, Tom Marmet was shot and killed while driving home from work at So Others Might Eat. Please join electronic pop-duo Overcoats in honoring Tom's memory in concert. If you cannot make the concert, please consider an additional donation to Moms Demand Action, an organization working to end the gun violence that kills 100 Americans every day. The concert takes place at Bannockburn Community Clubhouse, 6314 Bannockburn Drive, Bethesda, MD. Seating is limited, so please arrive early if you would like a seat. Purchase your tickets before the event: $30 at More info about Overcoats at; listen to their Tiny Desk Concert on NPR here:

Saturday, October 26 from 5 - 8 PM, Wilson HS Halloween Fall Festival and .5K Fun Run. Come to the Wilson Stadium to celebrate fall, Halloween, and of course the beautiful game of Ultimate Frisbee! We’ll have a 0.5K run (about 1/3 mile J), prizes for best costumes, a Frisbee clinic run by current Wilson Ultimate players (boys and girls teams), other fun games, crafts, and food! All ages welcome! Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for families. All proceeds will support the Wilson Ultimate program and the Wilson Boosters. Wilson High School is located at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW – enter the stadium from Nebraska Avenue. Any questions? Contact lely.constantinople @ gmail dot com.

Sunday, October 27 from 1 - 3:30 PM, Lil Goblin Parade and Festival at Stead Park and Recreation Center, 1625 P Street, NW. Free.

Sunday, October 27 from 4 - 5:30 PM, Burleith Halloween Party. The annual Burleith Halloween party is held at the Washington International School Playground. The playground is behind the parking lot on the corner of 36th Street and R. Free admission.

Monday, October 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Annual Diwali Celebration, presented by DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Please join Mayor Muriel Bowser as we celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with a lamp lighting ceremony, cultural performances and light refreshments! Pre-Event Activities from 5 - 6 PM: Diwali Story Book Making with Sushmita Mazumdar, Rangoli Art with Shanthi Chandrasekar and Gallery Tour. Each Session has limited seating, first come first serve only. Free. Register: At the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave SW. Have questions about Diwali Celebration? Contact DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs at oapia @ dc dot gov.

Tuesday, October 29 at 4 PM, Halloween Party at the Georgetown Library. Come dressed in your costume to enjoy spooky games, crafts, stories and more at our annual Halloween party.Free. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is at 3260 R St. NW, 

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM, The 33rd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race, presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The High Heel Race is one of the District's most unique events with a rich history of “Crossing The Line Since 1986”. Thousands of spectators pack the Dupont Circle Neighborhood to watch hundreds of costumed drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down Historic 17th Street, NW. The race starts at R Street and ends at P Street, but the entire neighborhood will be lively all night! The event kicks off with a parade starting at 7 PM. The race starts at 9 PM (the entire race will last less than 10 minutes). Race location: 17th Street between R and P Streets. Free. More info: 

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM, Halloween Party at the Chevy Chase Library. Come celebrate Halloween with scares, crafts and surprises. Costumes are not required for the party, but encouraged. Free. The Chevy Chase Public Library is at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, October 31 at 12 noon, Film: "Artbound, 'Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead." Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to east Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions, with renditions enacted in communities all around the world. In contrast to the glamorous fanfare Dia de los Muertos now receives, Artbound offers a more intimate look at this ritual through the story of artist Ofelia Esparza, who continues the tradition of building altars to remember the dead. Journey with Esparza as she travels back to Mexico in search of her ancestral roots. (KCET and BCurious Productions, 2019, 60 minutes.)Free, no registration required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Thursday, October 31 at 4 PM, Cleveland Park Halloween Parade and Party. Every year kids and adults in costume line up on Macomb Street in front of the Macomb Street Playground, behind a firetruck, and march around the block and then return to the Macomb Street Playground for a Halloween party. [NOTE: We have not received confirmation of this year’s Halloween event from the parent organizers or DC Parks and Recreation. We will send a message to the CP Listserv when the event is confirmed.]

Thursday, October 31 from 4 - 6 PM, All Hallows Eve at Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 - 8 PM, MPD 2D’s Community Fall Festival. Please join the Metropolitan Police Department (Second District) for our "Community Fall Festival" at the Friendship Recreation Center (field) located at 4500 Van Ness Street NW.. Bring the entire family out to enjoy food, moon bounce, face painting, candy egg hunt, sack race, story time, slime station, and more! The candy egg hunt starts at 5:30 PM. To participate in the pumpkin carving contest, please register by emailing kyi.branch @ dc dot gov. Costumes encouraged, but not mandatory.

Thursday, October 31 at 4 PM, No-Boo Halloween. Have a sensitive child who does not enjoy being scared? Now there’s a Halloween event for kids -- and for squeamish adults, too! -- who would like to enjoy an October 31 that is all treats and no tricks. Come to this toddler-safe event, where there’s no boo-ing or whoo-ing, no scary costumes, no fake blood, no death references. Allowed: Disney princesses and princes, super-heroes but no super-villains. The only ghost you will see is Casper the Friendly Ghost. Count Chocula is OK, but not Count Dracula. To see the complete list of acceptable characters, items, decorations, go to    

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