Thursday, December 12, 2013

Get Out! The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S. Mann
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, December 12 at 7 PM, Local sci-fi author Bill Gourgey will discuss Nu Logic, the second book in his acclaimed Glide Trilogy. In the Glide Trilogy, Gourgey incorporates his professional knowledge of science and technology into the story of two courageous teens, the Prophet and, returning in book two, the reclusive inventor Captain Magigate. The first book in the series, Glide, chronicles the captain’s quest to change the world through technology, and in Gourgey’s newest release, Nu Logic, Magigate comes face to face with a sinister scientist who plans to unleash a devastating virus. Mr. Gourgey will also be selling and autographing copies of Nu Logic and Glide after the presentation. At Chevy Chase DC Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW,

Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM - DC History tourguide Tammy Belden will provide a brief history of the District along with some entertaining local stories, and some good suggestions for exploring today. Perfect for anyone with friends or family visiting for the holidays.

Thursday, December 12, Friday December 13, and Saturday December 14 at 7:30 PM: The Man Who Came to Dinner. Wilson Players present the 1942 acclaimed classic comedy about a notorious radio talk show host who slips on the icy steps of a prominent mid-western family and insists on recuperating in their home during the Christmas holidays, turning the entire household upside down. In the Black Box Stage at Wilson High School, entrance on Chesapeake Street, NW. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students, sold at the door.

Friday December 13, 6:30 - 9PM - Annual Glover Park Toys For Tots Holiday Party, at the Glover Park Community Center/Stoddert School, featuring Santa Claus, two moon bounces, popcorn, pizza, drinks, Hanukkah games, door prizes, crafts, music by Ricky the DJ. You can provide a dessert or entree and a new unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more) for the USMC Toys For Tots. Each toy donated will make you eligible for a door prize. The Stoddert School is located at 4001 Calvert Street, NW.

Saturday December 14 from 11 AM - 5 PM.Cat Adoption Fair by Tails High Inc will be at Petco, 3505 Connecticut Avenue, with beautiful cats looking for caring homes. They are fully vetted and ready to return the love! Go to our website and meet Brinkley, Fondu and others -- read their stories at and come visit them at the Cleveland Park Petco.

Saturday December 14 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Upshur Street Art Craft Fair, a free, outdoor arts and crafts festival sponsored by Petworth’s diverse community businesses to celebrate the local arts community and the holiday season. Fine arts and handmade gift items from DC-area artisans will be presented to view and purchase and local musicians will provide free entertainment throughout the day. In case of rain the fair will relocate indoors in the 800 block of Upshur. Details at

Saturday, December 14 from 10 PM - 11:30 PM - Christmahanukwanzakah Holiday Show presented by Capital City Showcase at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW. Tickets $15 - $20 at All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen. Details at

Sunday, December 15 from 10 AM - 12 Noon, Breakfast With Santa. Deliver your list to Santa in person! Please join us for Breakfast with Santa at Saint Ann's gym, 4404 Wisconsin Ave NW. Hot breakfast buffet, arts and crafts, games, and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $10 for students (age 3 to 17) and $15 for adults (18 and older). Tickets available at

Sunday, December 15 from 12 noon - 3 PM, WARL’s Holiday Open House, featuring pet treats, pet photos with Santa, gift baskets, music and fun. Free but donations of unopened pet food requested. At the
Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St NW,

Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM, Choral Concert of French music. Célébrer les fêtes avec nous! The Georgetown Chorale, 60 voices strong, offers community service through music and provides grants to local charities. The concert features excerpts from Camille Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, Hector Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ, and seasonal music and carols by Pierre Villette, Arthur Honegger, and others under the
direction of Richard Giarusso. The Chorale will be joined in this performance by organist Andrew Jonathan Welch and a string ensemble from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. At Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. Advance tickets: $20 (adults) $10 (students/children) available at or at the door for $25.

Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM, Sing We All Nowell! St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave., NW. A popular Washington tradition featuring a choral procession with bells and an audience singalong of favorite carols. TCS and the Bel Canto Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington, the Commonwealth Brass, organ, harp, and percussion will perform an uplifting concert of holiday music by John Joubert, Francis Poulenc, Frank Ferko, Brian Holmes, David Willcocks, John Gardner, John Rutter, and many more. This season, TCS is offering its concerts in partnership with Thrive DC, which works to prevent and end homelessness. Tickets at

Monday, December 16 at 7 PM, Friendship Hospital for Animals’ Dr. Ray Phillip talks about the benefits of regular dental cleanings and checkups for pets. Free. At Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Tuesday, December 17, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Dogs and Santa: A Behavioral Seminar. Each year when a strange old man in a red suit comes down your chimney with a sackful of presents, does it put your dog in a barking panic? Has your dog even attacked this beloved visitor, making him reluctant to return to your hearth and home? Or does your dog cower in fear under the couch? If your dog exhibits any of these problematic behaviors toward your December 25 nighttime guest, you need this behavior modification seminar. With gentle but effective training techniques your dog will learn to stay calm and allow Santa to complete his visit without disruption. Free, in the Fireplace Room of the Tenley Friendship Library -- but both you and your dog must believe in Santa to participate in the seminar, and you also must believe it will take place at the time and place specified; otherwise, you will show up and find no one else there and will conclude that this is the weekly fake event.

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