Thursday, October 24, 2013

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 13,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday October 24, 7 PM: Marie Laveau, Queen of the Voudous and Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House, An illustrated talk by Carolyn Morrow Long, Tenleytown resident and biographer of these two nineteenth-century New Orleans women about whom so much legend and controversy has evolved. From the 1830s until the 1870s, Laveau, a free woman of color, was the leader of an interracial, mostly female Voudou congregation. Lalaurie, a wealthy white woman, was long suspected of abusing her slaves, and in 1834 her misdeeds were revealed by a fire at her home. Come and hear the true story, based on archival research. Books and notecards will be on sale (cash or check only). The Chevy Chase library is at 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Friday, October 25 at 6 PM, Get a British Accent! Come to this free, one hour workshop on how to learn to speak with a British accent. Being able to speak with a British accent will make it easier to accomplish many things, from picking somebody up at a bar to arguing your way out of a parking ticket. Your life will be improved in many ways when you shed your American accent and replace it with an English one. Location: Tenleytown Library, behind the rare books. There is no rare books section at the Tenleytown Library, and there is no English accent workshop, either, because this is the weekly fake event.

Saturday, October 26 from 9 AM - 1:30 PM, The annual Hearst E-Cycle -- and while you are here you can swap some books and bikes, learn about compost, take a tour of our renovated school, and enjoy some baked goods and food truck cuisine. Drop off your old electronics for recycling, shred documents ($5 donation per box), electronics swap, bike swap, library book sale, and more. Go to for all the details on what can be recycled. Hearst is located at 3950 37th
Street, NW 20008.

Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM - 2 PM Suburban Nursery School’s Truck Touch 2013. The Suburban Nursery School has assembled a ton of trucks for kids (and adults) to explore and touch. Home-baked goods, refreshments, snacks, and lunch will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Suburban Nursery School. The event will be held at the school: 7210 Hidden Creek Road; Bethesda, MD 20817. $5 per person - children under 2 free. Cash only. Rain or shine. For more information, please visit us on the web at our Official Truck Touch Facebook Page or at:

Saturday, October 26, 10 AM - 4 PM, Heritage Day at Peirce Mill, Rock Creek National Park. Bring the entire family for this free and fun event at the Peirce “mill village.” The day features demonstrations by a
blacksmith, antique tool expert, spinner/weaver, baker, and drystone wall masons. Music will be provided by renowned dulcimer player Karen Ashbrook. Stone ground flour will be on sale, and apples will be made
into juice using an old-fashioned press. Afterwards, enjoy a walk on Rock Creek Park trails. Location: Tilden St. at Rock Creek.

Saturday, October 26, 12 noon - 4 PM, Murch Elementary School’s Fall Fair. There's something for everyone at the Murch HSA Fall Fair -- exciting rides, great games, fantastic food, live music, and more -- and all are welcome. Murch Elementary is at 4810 36th Street, NW. Rain date: October 27, same time, same place.

Saturday, October 26 from 12 noon - 4 PM, AU’s Neighborhood Fall Festival. Bring the whole family to the main quad of the campus for music, food, games, moonbounce, petting zoo and pony rides, arboretum
tours, and fun for the whole family. More info at:

Saturday, October 26 from 5 - 8 PM, Oktoberfest at St. Dunstan's. Come one, come all, to St. Dunstan's Oktoberfest Celebration. The price is only $5 for all the beer(and soda) and brats (and hotdogs) you can drink and eat, and all kids under 12 are free. There will be a Haunted House and live entertainment. St. Dunstan's is located near the intersection of Little Falls Parkway on Massachusetts Avenue (5450 Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda).

Sunday, October 27 from 10 AM - 12 Noon, Forest Hills Halloween Party. Are your little ones counting the days, hours and minutes until Halloween? In Forest Hills, the "spooktacular" festivities begin on Sunday, when the Friends of the Forest Hills Playground will host the annual Halloween party from 10 a.m. to noon. This year's performer is Abracadabra Alex ( There will also be be arts and crafts, a bake sale, and of course, the traditional costume parade. The Forest Hills Playground is just east of Connecticut Avenue at Chesapeake and 32nd Streets.

Sunday, October 27 from 1-3 PM: The Rosedale Conservancy invites you to the 12th annual Pumpkin Carving Party! 3501 Newark at the 35th St. entrance. Bring your pumpkins and a blanket. Rosedale will provide the carving tools and patterns. (No knives or dogs, please) The invite can be seen on our website at If you've never been to the pumpkin carving, it's really a hoot. Pictures from past parties can be seen here:

Sunday October 27 at 4 PM. Concert by New Dominion Chorale. Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art, Handel: Ode for St. Cecelia's Day, and World Premiere of Beveridge: Orpheus with his Lute. Tickets $30, $25 Seniors, $5 Students, Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria VA.

Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM, Maryland author Charles Balfoure will discuss his debut novel, The Paris Architect, set in Paris during World War II. For more information about the book, please visit At the Cleveland Park Library (first floor auditorium), corner of Macomb St and Connecticut Avenue.

Thursday, October 31 from 5-8 PM, Halloween Haunted House. Come and join the Metropolitan Police Department Second District and the CAC for a haunted house at the 2nd District police station at Idaho Avenue and Newark Street NW. Each child will receive a goody bag and go through the
haunted house.

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