Thursday, February 6, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Dwight Burdette via Creative Commons
We wanted to share some events and activities that list embers 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

Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 PM, Kennedy Center Dance Performances by DC-based Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Among the 4 works performed is "Leaving Pusan" - the story of Burgess' great-grandmother’s decision to leave Korea in 1903 to begin a new life on the plantations of Hawaii and become one of the first Koreans to settle in America. At the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center. Tickets are $25-$31 at For more info about
all four dances go to:

Saturday, February 8 from 10:30 AM - 12 noon or 1:30 - 3 PM, Be My Valentine: Tour/Workshop for Children. Tour the historic Tudor Place mansion in search of Valentine's greetings from years past. Then design your own Valentines to take home, taking artistic inspiration from historic cards in the Tudor Place archive. More info and tickets ($5 - $10 per child; accompanying adults are free):

Saturday, February 8 from 1 - 3 PM, Save Rock Creek Park Trees in Cleveland Park. Join your neighbors and Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers as we save Rock Creek Park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and will eventually weaken and kill the tree. Volunteers (age 16 and up) will use hand tools to cut ivy from tree trunks. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Location: The Melvin Hazen section of Rock Creek Park - We will meet at the corner of Rodman St Quebec Pl NW, Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy
shoes, no sandals. Bring water and feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms.

Sunday, February 9 at 10 AM, Kids` concert at Adas Israel’s Gan HaYeled Preschool. Children’s entertainer, singer, and pre-school wonder John Henry will be performing at Adas Israel (doors open at 9:30 AM). John Henry is guaranteed to get your little ones jumping and singing and to provide a break for the February blues! Price per Family: $10 at the door, $5 if preregistered - go to

Tuesday, February 11 at 4:30 PM, The Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for Teens. Celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day, a holiday just for those of us who don't want to celebrate Valentine's Day. Eat mean conversation heart-inspired cookies and decorate angry Valentines for the people you don't like, then rip them up and throw them away. If you have too much love in your heart to be so mean, make Valentines saying all the things you like about yourself and hang them in your room! At the Northwest One Library, 155 L Street, NW. Free. More info at (and no, this is NOT the weekly fake event -- it’s really happening!)

Tuesday, February 11 at 6 PM, The History of Chocolate: An interactive presentation and tasting, just in time for Valentine's Day. Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. The presentation will be followed by a tasting of hot chocolate the Aztec way, an 18th century-style chocolate tart, a 19th century-style chocolate pudding,
the 20th century chocolate bar, and the latest 21st century chocolate incarnation, with sea salt! At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW. Tickets: $10 - $15 at

Tuesday, February 11 from 7 - 9 PM, The Ward 3 Democratic Committee hosts an issues forum for candidates for mayor in the April 1st 2014 Democratic primary election. At St. Columba’s Episcopal Church (Great Hall), 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Confirmed candidates in alphabetical order: Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Gray, Reta Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Tommy Wells. The forum will be moderated by ABC 7/WJLA-TV journalist Bruce DePuyt with political analyst Mark Plotkin. More info at

Wednesday, February 13 at 8 PM, How to Hack a DC Parking Meter. In the Community Room of the Tenley-Friendship Library. Now that DC parking meters are all electronic and use apps for payment, they're easier than ever to hack. No more having to find exact-fitting foreign coins to get free meter time. And shame on you for even reading this far and thinking that it might be a good idea to attend this week’s fake event.

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