Thursday, October 18, 2012

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Bill Adler
We wanted to share some events and activities that look exciting. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that should be in next week's column, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
All Life Is Local
The Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, October 19, 9:30 AM - 8 PM, and Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM - 4 PM, Sidwell Friends School's Annual Sale of quality used books, furniture, clothes, artwork, knick knacks, Halloween costumes and more is open to the public at the Upper School campus at 3825 Wisconsin Avenue. In addition to raising money for student scholarships and recycling high quality used items, each year about 100 bags of wearable clothing are donated to Martha's Table; truckloads of damaged clothing is sent to textile recycling; towels and bedding are sent to the Humane Society; unsold children's books are sent to DC public schools; and finally local charities benefit from leftover items.

Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, join a Rock Creek Conservancy crew to plant 4,500 daffodil bulbs and 1,500 native perennials along Rock Creek Parkway. Lunch provided for all participants prior to the event at 12:30. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flipflops). Meet at the planting site, near Rock Creek Parkway within the ramp just south of the Pennsylvania Avenue exit.  Sign up at More information at

Saturday, October 20 from 10 AM to 7:30 PM, The Vassar Club of Washington, DC will hold its eighth annual Vassar FilmFest at the Letelier Theatre, 3251 Prospect Street NW. See new films and hear the filmmakers discuss their work. Filmmakers include Damon Ross, VP of Dreamworks Animation, and Noah Baumbach, who will present "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Other films include "The Atomic States of America," narrated by Alec Baldwin and based on Kelly McMasters' memoir about growing up in Shirley, Long Island, home to a nuclear reactor, and "The Pier" by Jim Stark,, a beautiful and contemplative film, set in a village in West Cork, Ireland, about the efforts of an estranged father to get his son to come back from America. A complete schedule and ticket information can be found at

Sunday, October 21 from 1-4 PM, The Cleveland Park Historical Society presents the Cleveland Park House Tour. View historic houses along 36th Street between Woodley Road and Ordway Street. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Buy tickets on the day, cash or check only, at 3521 Ordway Street. For all the details of the tour visit: 2012-cleveland-park-house-tour/

Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 PM, "The Glory of France" concert by the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral. Under the patronage of the Ambassador of France, the life, textures and colors of Maurice Duruflé's Requiem and two festive psalm settings are brought to life. Complementing these masterworks is "The Organ Symphony" by Camille Saint-Saëns featuring the Cathedral's Great Organ, the largest pipe organ in the city.   Subscription tickets starting at $25; single tickets starting at $31. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (202) 537-2228.

Tuesday, October 23 at 6 PM – DC Councilmember Tommy Wells discusses the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, as part of his "Tommy's Traveling Book Club." At the - Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue at Macomb Street, NW.

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM: Award-winning author Azar Nafisi, at a Special Event Book Talk & Signing, Reading Lolita in Tehran at the West End Library. More information at

Friday, October 26, 7:30 PM, in the Historic Mansion at Tregaron: Judith Tankard Lecture about "The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman." Followed by a cocktail reception. Lecture and reception in the historic Mansion located on Washington International School's campus; entrance at 3100 Macomb Street; proceed to top of hill. Parking on site. For more information and to RSVP (required) go to

Boo at the Zoo, October 26, 27, 28 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at the National Zoo. Enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with your tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. Tricks optional. Saturday's event is sold out; tickets for Friday or Sunday available at

Saturday, October 27, 10 AM - 3 PM, Suburban Nursery School's annual Truck Touch. This year the assembly of trucks is the biggest ever for kids (and adults) to explore and touch. Home-baked goods, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be available for purchase. At Suburban Nursery School, a 50-year-old non-profit, cooperative preschool at 7210 Hidden Creek Road; Bethesda, MD 20817. $5 per person; children under 2 free. Cash only. Rain or shine. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 28th, Annual Pumpkin Carving at Rosedale, 3 - 5 pm, at 3501 Newark, the pedestrian gate entrance. The Rosedale Conservancy will provide carving tools, patterns, and plastic gloves. You bring your pumpkins and a blanket to sit on. More info at

Palisades Library Halloween Party is on Tuesday, October 30th, from 4-7 PM. This event is fun for all ages. Costume parade at 4 PM, followed by crafts, snacks, karaoke, and much more fun! The library is at 49th and V Streets. Map and more info at

Thursday, November 1 from 6 - 8 PM at the National Zoo Visitors Center - The Cocoa Tree. Join the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as they ponder, taste and learn all about chocolate! Scientists will talk about the Zoo's involvement in sustainable cocoa production. The evening of decadence includes a tasting of gourmet, fair trade chocolates. More information and tickets ($10 - $15) at

Saturday, November 3 at 10 AM, Community Walk for Friendship Place, which provides services to men and women experiencing homelessness.  The walk will take place on (rain or shine) starting at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD (just a few blocks from the Friendship Heights metro). Complimentary continental breakfast provided between 9 - 10 AM. Register online at, $30 for adults, $20 for age 25 and under. 100% of fees are donated to Friendship Place. Event-day registration available.  All participants will receive a 2012 "Help the Homeless" t-shirt. More info at

Sunday, November 4, LUNGevity's fourth annual Breathe Deep DC 5K walk to raise awareness and critical lung cancer research funds takes place on the National Mall. Check-in at 9 AM at the Washington Monument grounds at the Sylvan Theater, walk begins at 10 AM, rain or shine. More info and registration at

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