Thursday, May 2, 2013

Get Out! - The Events Column

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 should be in next week's column, email us at events @

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Friday, May 3, 5:30 PM - 8 PM, La Fete du Muguet - Lucky Lily Day, Celebrating Cultural Tourism's Passport DC. Come to the courtyard of the Willard InterContinental Hotel for wine, beer, live music and authentic tastes of France from the regions of Brittany, Bordeaux & Southwest, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Provence and Rhone Valley. Guests will be greeted with small, fragrant bouquets of Lily of the Valley, a token of love and friendship in France. Tickets start at $20 for four items and can be purchased at the event. The Willard is at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. More info at

Friday, May 3 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday, May 4 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Cathedral Flower Mart. It's all here -- as it is every year! The carousel, the Tower climb, performances by choirs, bands, Morris dancers, puppet shows, rides, games, food, drink, and vendors. Free admission. More info at

Saturday, May 4 from 8 AM - 2 PM, The third annual American University Project Move Out Community Sale. Clothing, small furniture, electronics, books, linens, and other household items collected from AU students moving off campus will be on sale for $10 or less. All proceeds and left over items will be donated to local charities. At the Tavern in the Mary Graydon Center at American University. $5 early  bird entrance fee from 8 - 9 AM, free admission from 9 AM - 2 PM. More info at

Saturday, May 4, 9 AM - 3 PM, Oyster-Adams Car Wash, to raise money for the 8th grade trip to Costa Rica as part of a community service and cultural exchange program. The school's goal is to include every 8th grade student who wants to participate in this very special opportunity. Location: Driveway of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School,  Oyster Campus, Corner of 29th and Calvert Streets NW. Cost: $20 per vehicle (includes outside wash & dry and inside vacuuming)

Saturday, May 4 from 11 AM - 4 PM rain or shine. The Lafayette Spring Fair. Enjoy food and fun for all ages, arts and crafts activities, rides, games, face painting, vendor booths, plant sale, and much more. Bike Trade-in: If you have a bicycle you would like to trade in, you can take one for $10. You can also pay $20 and buy one without a trade-in. At Lafayette School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW.

Saturday, May 4 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Mundo Verde Public Charter School ( is holding its first "Mercado" Community Sale, featuring Children/Infant Clothing and Shoes, Books and Toys, Sporting Equipment, Kitchen Wares, Household Items, Small Electronics, and Furniture. Activities include face painting, dancing, music, door prizes, food from local vendors, and a chance to meet parents from Mundo Verde and learn more about the school. Location: Corner of 16th Street and Park Road, NW.

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM, The Washington International Chorus, a DC-based chorus, will be performing their spring concert entitled "Of Poets and Composers." The chorus will sing works of poetry set to music. Poets and composers include Shakespeare, Goethe, e.e. cummings, Barber, Britten, Liszt, and Schumann. Location: 1920 G St NW. Admission is free and there will be a wine and dessert reception to follow. (Donations gratefully accepted.)

Sunday, May 5, 6:30 AM - 9 AM, Pigeon Appreciation Day. We'll meet at Lafayette Park across from the White House, pigeon central. Learn your pigeons! Yes, there are baby pigeons in Washington, DC; you can join us as we spot them. (They are very cute!) Learn about pigeon mating habits, pigeon language, and more. If you've ever wanted to know about pigeons, then you'd better read a book because this is the weekly fake event.

Monday May 6 at 6:30 PM, The Know Your Neighborhood series of programs is holding a workshop at Mount Pleasant Library to help DC residents learn how to research the history of their homes. Jerry McCoy and Michele Casto from the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will present strategies for using plat maps, finding building permits, researching previous owners and occupants, using the wealth of resources available both online and at the Washingtoniana Division. Anne McDonough from the DC Historical Society will also present a segment on doing photo research as part of a house history. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th Street NW. More info at

Tuesday, May 7 at 10 AM and 3 PM, docent-led tours of the landscape of Tudor Place. Learn how the 5.5 acres of fields, orchards, gardens, stables, and grazing lands were turned into lawns, rose gardens, fountains and more. At Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW. Tickets $10 - go to

Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 - 9 PM, Casey Trees presents a class on Trees and Storms, where you?ll learn what makes a tree a hazard and the importance of the right tree for the right place. Participants will hear from a representative from Pepco about how to prevent street trees from becoming hazards and interrupting city services. A representative from the Audubon Naturalist Society will emphasize how the right tree provides the greatest amount of benefits. Come prepared with questions and ready to learn about your role in protecting our urban canopy. Free. At the Audubon Naturalist Society?s Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. More info at

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