Thursday, May 30, 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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Saturday, June 1, 8:45 AM for 9 AM start time: National Trails Day Hike. Join Rock Creek Conservancy for a 6-mile loop from Boundary Bridge at the MD/DC line to Joyce Road NW along Rock Creek Park's Western Ridge and Valley Trails.  Rain or shine (unless there is lightning). Meeting Location: The Boundary Bridge Parking lot, just off Beach Drive at the DC/MD line south of Meadowbrook Park/Candy Cane City. Bring your own water, lunch, and snacks. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather and walking. All ages welcome.  Please come for just part of the hike, if you can't do the whole loop. All the details and maps at:

Saturday, June 1 from 11 AM - 4 PM The 20th Annual Taste of Georgetown, showcasing the spectacular cuisine of 30 of Washington, D.C.'s finest restaurants, benefiting Georgetown Ministry Center's services supporting the homeless. And, introducing this year, "The Georgetown Chef Showdown." This Iron Chef-style competition will take place at 12 PM: Each competing team will be aiding by a profession coach, including; Anthony Lombardo of 1789 Restaurant, Jakob Esko of Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, Adam Newton of Clyde's Restaurant Group & Bryan Yealy of Capital Restaurant Concepts. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: - $5 - $50 depending on ticket type.

Saturday June 1 from 11 AM - 5 PM, New Belgium Brewery's bicycle-themed carnival called Tour de Fat! The day starts with a bicycle parade where costumes are encouraged, there are bicycle themed games, there are kinetic bicycle sculptures that people can ride, and there is music, food, and beer -- New Belgium Brewery Beer (giving the profits of this event to bicycle advocacy groups).. At Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE. For more info visit:

Saturday, June 1 from 11 AM - 5 PM, The 24th Annual Glover Park Day, featuring a flea market, dog obstacle course, arts & crafts, children?s games, music, food and fun. Free. At Guy Mason Rec Center, Calvert Street & Wisconsin Avenue. More info at

Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon - 4 PM, DC Public Library's Summer Reading Block Party, featuring: special performances for all ages; zumba workshop; Dakshina Dancers; hip hop poetry with Words, Beats & Life; Blue Sky Puppet Theatre; Grammy nominated hip hop artist Christylez Bacon with Nistha Raj. Sign up for summer reading, play games and win prizes, book giveaways, face painting, photo booth, crafts, refreshments & more. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW. For more info, visit

Saturday, June 1 from 3 - 6 PM, Backyard Habitat Workshop, offered by the District Department of the Environment in partnership with City Blossoms at their Marion Intergenerational Garden in Shaw. instruction on gardening with native plants, how to attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and using edible native plants in your yard or garden. Participants will be planting a garden with these qualities at each workshop. Attendees will receive a book (Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy) a native plant guide, a birdhouse kit, a gardening tool set, and live plants. The workshop are free and open to all District residents. To register by email to backyardhabitat @ with "City Blossoms Workshop" in the subject line and the names of the attendees in the body of the email and you will receive directions and other instructions by return email.

Saturday, June 1 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series is on! Alt-country band Kid Goat will be performing in the public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mill Road & 16th Street. More info:

Saturday, June 1 from 5 - 8 PM, Turtle Park Fair hosted by the Friends of Turtle Park, featuring a moon bounce, family dance party, ice cream and pizza. Free. Turtle Park is at 45th & Van Ness Streets. More info at

Sunday, June 2, Open Water Swim Across the Potomac, 1.3 miles. A water taxi will take swimmers across the Potomac River from National Harbor to Alexandria.  Washington's Crossing is a 1.3 mile swim that is fun, unique and a fantastic way to begin the summer open water season. You don't have to be an expert swimmer to have fun with this race! 6:00 AM - check in opens; 7:25 AM mandatory safety meeting; 7:45 AM - Potomac riverboats depart National Harbor; 8:05 AM race starts in Potomac River, Alexandria, VA. Complete details at

Sunday, June 2, from 12 Noon - 5 PM, The Greater Brookland Garden Club's 13th Annual House and Garden Tour will take place rain or shine. Come see what is behind the door of the house or garden gate that you have always admired! Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the tour.  Buy online at or at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, at 3906 12th St. between 9:30 AM -  6:30 PM Friday and 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM - 3 PM Sunday. Unique to Brookland, the neighborhood contains an architecturally mixed variety of homes interspersed within the original all-Victorian community.  The 2013 event will feature a cross-section of our typically eclectic neighborhood. The homes on the tour provide for a marvelous contrast both in architectural style and in how the gardens are implemented.  Homeowners will be available at each property to provide details and answer questions. More info at

Sunday, June 2 from 4 - 6 PM, Northwest Neighbors Village invites the community to enjoy a festive afternoon listening to the spectacular hit show tunes from the Golden Age of Broadway at American University's Katzen Arts Center. This original performance will feature songs from favorite shows such as 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, and many others. After the concert enjoy a Taste of Northwest DC reception showcasing a sumptuous array of heavy hors d'oeuvres from neighborhood restaurants such as Jake's Blue 44, Maggiano's Cheesecake Factory, Al Dente, Masala Art, Spring Valley Catering, Edible Arrangements, and others. Tickets are $45, all inclusive, and can be purchased online at or by check to NNV Fundraiser, 5425 Western Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20015. The Katzen Arts Center is completely accessible with free underground parking. Website:

Monday, June 3, 6 - 9 PM, Everyday Cooking With Just a Hair Dryer. For those times when you don't have access to a stove or microwave, you can use a hair dryer to prepare quick and easy meals. Come to this free program at the Mayflower Hotel, sponsored by the DC Restaurant Collective, and learn how to cook with a hair dryer. These techniques are especially helpful when you want to make dinner in your hotel room, and all you have to cook with is a hair dryer. Don't throw out your microwave quite yet, though, because this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM, Washington Summer Sings: Tuesday evening sing-alongs in June. These are delightful evenings to enjoy singing with top choral conductors including Tom Beveridge, Robert Shafer, and Reilly Lewis, with professional soloists. This Tuesday?s program: Faure: Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Robert Shafer, conductor, Artistic Director of the City Choir of Washington and Director of Choral Activities, Shenandoah Conservatory, Pianist: Thomas Pandolfi. Cost is nominal, rental scores provided, no need to sign up ahead. At Western Presbyterian Church, 24th and G Streets NW, near the Kennedy Center. Full details at:

Thursday, June 6 at 7 PM, The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a book talk with author Scott Seligman, discussing his book The First Chinese-American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo. Free. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info at

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