Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, December 20 - 26, 2019

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 14,500+ 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, December 20 from 12 - 2 PM, 3 D's - Dining, Documentary, Discussion. DC Public Library in partnership with Guy Mason Recreation Center and the Interactivity Foundation present a program series 3Ds – Dining, Documentary, and Discussion. Attendees will view a documentary film, participate in a facilitated discussion and enjoy a free lunch! Registration Required. Please email guymasonevents @ gmail dot com if you will attend. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW, 202-727-7527

Winter Solstice
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Saturday, December 21 from 4 - 5:30 PM, Letting the Light In: A Gathering & Ritual For the Winter Solstice, by River and Root Ceremonies. If you feel a yearning for some reflection and peace amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, please join us for this gathering and ritual. We will begin in late afternoon as the last rays of sunset melt into the horizon, and conclude as the longest night of the year begins. We will mindfully and intentionally honor the light within each of us as we celebrate the dark and its wisdom for us. We will discuss some of the ways different cultures around the world mark the Winter Solstice, share some reflections on the year that has passed, and walk a special spiral labyrinth as we hold space for each other and what will come. No experience necessary, come as you are. Please bring a journal and something to write with (we will have extras in case anyone needs them!). Tickets: $25 at At Yoga Heights, 255 Carroll St NW. 

Saturday, December 21 from 8 - 10 PM Summer Solstice Celebration. Yes, there’s a gathering to celebrate the SUMMER solstice, the longest day of the year, taking place on this day iin the opposite hemisphere.  At this upside-down-event, come in your beachwear -- you can shed your winter overcoat at the door -- and step into summer! The heat will be cranked up to a balmy 80F, with gentle breezes, courtesy of a few well-positioned fans. Enjoy our giant sun (lamp), which will be reddened and then dimmed as the time of summer sunset approaches. Sip a fine Argentinian Malbec or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Or try a Castle Lager beer from South Africa. There’s Aussie shrimp on the barbie and Brazilian Feijoada. If you’d prefer to catch the summer solstice in real life, you can always book a plane flight or a cruise ship and head south of the equator -- and as you cross that invisible line, be sure to run some water in the sink to watch how it swirls down the drain. Does it really switch directions from clockwise (northern hemisphere direction) to counter-clockwise? For more information about this phenomenon, go to: For tickets to the Great DC Summer Solstice Celebration, go to       

Sunday, December 22 5 - 7 PM, Chanukah Menorah Lighting - Bethesda Row. Join us as we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with Chabad of Bethesda and light up the menorah on the first night of the Festival of Lights. Enjoy our annual menorah lighting on Bethesda Lane, plus live music and entertainment, food and drink, giveaways and fun for the whole family. Free and open to all. At 4950 Elm Street in Bethesda. More info:     

Monday, December 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Holiday Caroling by Sound Advice Quartet. Step into the lobby of the Willard InterContinental to enjoy a complimentary caroling performance by Sound Advice Quartet, Sip a seasonally inspired cocktail from the lobby’s pop-up bar while listening to a medley of classic holiday carols. The Willard InterContinental is at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Tuesday, December 24 from 6 - 8 PM, Jazz Concert: ChangamirĂ©. Evenings at the Garden are magical! Come hear festive seasonal music while exploring Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens. Raised on the music of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Dakota Staton and Ella Fitzgerald, ChangamirĂ© began singing at jam sessions and receiving vocal instruction around the D.C. area. In 2001, ChangamirĂ© self-released her critically acclaimed debut album, Only Human. A recipient of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Artist Fellowship, ChangamirĂ© released her second album, Love, in 2014. Please note: Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the Conservatory Garden Court of the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave, SW. FREE: No pre-registration required. More info:

Wednesday, December 25, all day, JCC December 25th Day of Service (D25). It’s DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Join hundreds of volunteers at a social service agency in the metro-DC area to prepare and serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need. You can choose from over 40 different projects based on their location, type of activity, or time of day.You can also participate in our Winter Blood Drive, making instant meal kits, creating cards for emergency personnel working on Christmas Day, and many others. Many of the projects are family-friendly – please to to the website at and read individual project descriptions carefully for the minimum age before you register for an activity. Please note that registration is required for all D25 volunteer projects except the Blood Drive. Making an appointment to donate blood is highly encouraged but walk-ins will always be welcome. We request a $20/person tax-deductible program fee to help us cover the costs of supplies, including gifts for clients, Santa suits, party decorations, arts & crafts, and games (please let us know if you need to have the cost waived). The Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC is at 1529 Sixteenth Street, NW but please check the location of the D25 activity you have selected.

Thursday, December 26 from 6 - 8 PM, Jazz Concert: Dial 251 for Jazz. Evenings at the Garden are magical! Come hear festive seasonal music while exploring Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens. According to The Washington Post, "Dial 251 is a crisp, cohesive unit with gifted soloists and a great deal to say." The sextet returns to the U.S. Botanic Garden to present an evening of contemporary jazz with a seasonal twist. Please note: Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the Conservatory Garden Court, US Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave SW. FREE: No pre-registration required. More info:      

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