Thursday, May 1, 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, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday May 3, 7:30 PM: Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker” presented by the Wilson Players at the Black Box Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Tickets: $3 - $10.

Friday, May 2 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday, May 3 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The 75th Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. Performances, vendors, crafts, displays, games, rides, etc. Special feature: concert by “Cathedral Voices” inside the Cathedral at 11 AM on Saturday. The full schedule of events at the Flower Mart is at:

Saturday, May 3 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Lafayette Elementary School’s Spring Fair, with kids’ rides games, petting zoo, food, book plant sale, bike swap, and more! Free. At Lafayette ES, 5701 Broad Branch Road. 

Saturday, May 3 from 10 AM - 2PM, Save the Amphibians Day at the National Zoo. Smithsonian scientists are on hand to discuss conservation projects around the world. Kids’ activities, keeper talks, animal demonstrations. At the Reptile Discovery Center. Free. More info at

Sunday, May 4 from 12 noon to 5 PM, May Revels at Strathmore. Washington Revels will perform their 30th annual celebration of western English Spring traditions. The performance includes singing by Revels adults, teen and kids choruses -- plus a crowning of the May Queen, the Padstow May 'Oss, Maypole dances, mummers plays, and more audience participation. Full details at Free. Rain or shine on the grounds of Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM, “May the Fourth Be With You.” Celebrate all things Star Wars on this annual Star Wars Day with a game of Star Wars Jeopardy, origami, video gaming, music, and books. Light refreshments. Free. For ages 5 - 12. At Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave

Saturday, May 3 from 2 - 3:30 PM, Pinata Making at the Palisades Library. Kids can make a papier mache pinata for the Library’s Cinco de Mayo celebration or make one to take home. Fun for ages 5-12. Come prepared to get messy! More info:

Sunday, May 4, 4 - 6 PM. Literary Festival at Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, showcasing the creative talents of Unity Woods' students, staff and teachers in workshops, book talks, readings and a community book swap. Free. 4853 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, in the Triangle Towers building, Suite PH7, 16th Floor. For more information:

Monday, May 5 at 7 PM, Chinelo Okparanta, author of the short story collection “Happiness, Like Water” will discuss her work. Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info at

Tuesday, May 6 at 10:30 AM, Spring Into Good Health: A Hands-on Tutorial on Medline Plus, a National Institutes of Health website with information about medical problems and treatments, healthy lifestyle choices and more. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Wednesday, May 7 at 2 PM, Remote Exercise. Improve your hand-eye coordination, speed up your reaction times, and strengthen those wrist and finger muscles by learning a series of exercises you can perform by pushing buttons on your TV remote control. Speed flip from channel to channel; jump over vast swaths of infomercial programming; toggle between inputs, so that you can change seamlessly from your cable provider’s content to streaming internet and other sources of entertainment. Bring your own remotes. At the Media Center of UDC, but only in concept; in actuality, this is the weekly fake event.

Thursday, May 8 at 7 PM, Henry Mitchell Garden Lecture at Tenley Library. Neal Gregory will deliver the annual lecture honoring gardening columnist Henry Mitchell, who wrote his "Earthman" column for the Washington Post for 23 years, chronicling the trials, tribulations and pleasures of the garden. His column surfaced all over the country, through the Post's wire service, and the best of his work was collected in two books, "The Essential Earthman" and "One Man's Garden." Gregory, recently retired from a career in journalism and public relations, began his career in Memphis in the 1960’s as a reporter for the daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, where he became friends with the multi-talented Henry Mitchell. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


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