Thursday, March 27, 2014

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 14,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, March 27 from 6:30 - 8 PM, How Washingtonians Talk - Humanitini Happy Hour Event, sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington. Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates will moderate a panel on the language styles of Washingtonians. Linguistics experts Natalie Schilling and Minnie Annan will report on the results of their research into the speech patterns of Washington, DC residents. Free, but reservations suggested at At The Couple, 3415 11th St NW.

Saturday, March 29 from 8 AM - 3 PM, United Methodist Women's Book Sale. Browse through gently used fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs, and CDs. Enjoy coffee and baked goods while you browse. A children's reading nook will have story time from 10 - 11:30 AM. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW, at New Mexico. All proceeds benefit global missions that support women and children.

Saturday, March 29, 10 AM - 3 PM, Tree Fest at Tudor Place.This free event marks the planting of a white oak in the North Garden to replace the towering sentinel lost last year. The festival includes an artisanal crafts market, guided landscape tours, information and tips from local environmental organizations, and tree-focused crafts, games, and storytelling for children. Tudor Place is at 1644 31st Street NW, 202.965.0400,

Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 AM, Cherry Blossom Tea Party Storytime at the Cleveland Park Library. Children and parents are invited to a special Tea Party Story Time to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival. We will serve tea and Miss Patty will be reading cherry blossom- and spring-themed books and introducing some new springtime songs.Free. The library is at 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Sunday March 30 at 5 PM Concert by Soprano Alessandra Marc and Issachah Savage accompanied by Pianist Francis Conlon, performing Songs, Operatic Scenes and Spirituals. Free. Voluntary contributions will benefit the Hairi Relief Charities. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW, one block west of Wisconsin Ave.

Monday, March 31 from dusk to 11 PM, Virtual Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin. As the cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom late this year (April 8-12, when for the past 21 years the average has been March 31, the National Park Service has arranged a special event to bring the colorful floral spectacle to us on time through the use of CGI technology. “Green screens” will be placed behind the trees along the walkways encircling the Tidal Basin, and from computer-outfitted barges afloat in the center of the Tidal Basin, images of the trees in full bloom will be projected onto the screens, delivering a virtual explosion of blossoms before our eyes. Cost to the taxpayers: $0, as this triumph of computer-generated artistry is happening only in our imaginations. We wish it were real, but alas, it is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, April 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Exclusive one-night art show, “An American Story” - the kick-off event to the 75th Anniversary Celebration.of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. Please RSVP by March 28th to dlyle @ The LLDH Home is located at 5425 Western Avenue, NW, For more about the 75th Anniversary Gala, visit:

Tuesday, April 1 from 7 - 8 PM, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein: A community conversation. American University’s Books That Shaped America Series continues on April 1 with a community dialogue on the first science fiction novel to become a bestseller. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Assoc. Dean for Undergraduate Education, SIS, leads the discussion. Personnel from the new Museum of Science Fiction (MOSF) will also be in attendance. This event is free and open to all members of the Washington, DC community. Attendees are encouraged—but not required—to have read the book. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. In the Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more info go to:

Thursday, April 3 at 6 PM, Tudor Nights: Japonisme, Inspiring Western Tastes. To celebrate the return of the Japanese cherry blossoms, Tudor House is hosting an event featuring Asian-inspired appetizers, wine and other beverages including the evening’s signature cocktail, and an exploration of the mansion’s reception rooms by evening light. Best of all, enjoy an insider’s close-up with objects from the collection that reflect the late 19th-century fascination with Japonisme. For ages 21+. Tickets: $20 for non-members; free for members - go to:

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 12 noon - 2 PM, From Cargo to Vase: Floral Imports 101. Step into spring at this skill building luncheon event hosted by WIIT (Women in International Trade) where you’ll learn from Caroline Feitel of the Embassy of the Netherlands about the scope and variety of floral imports from the Netherlands. Take a walk through the Aalsmeer flower auction, learn how you can decorate your office and home with tulips and daffodils, and get tips from local floral designers. A few lucky attendees will be able to leave with one of the floral arrangements demonstrated. Sandwich luncheon served. At Amgen, Inc., 601 13th Street NW, Suite 1200. WIIT Members: $25, Non-Members: $50; Advance registration required - visit:

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