Thursday, May 15, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Maret Fete Champetre
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

Friday, May 16, Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, St. Sophia Cathedral’s Greek Festival. Authentic Greek food, Greek market, international crafts and art, moonbounce, kids’ games and activities, Cathedral tours (Sat Sun only), live Greek music and dancing, Mercedes raffle - drawing at 6 PM Sunday - and more! Free admission. Huge outdoor tent, rain or shine, at St. Sophia’s, 36th Massachusetts Avenue.

Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 Bicycle Month Events at the DC Public Library. On Friday, May 16, visit the DC Public Library table at two Bike To Work Day events at Freedom Plaza, 7 - 9 AM at 12th and E Sts. NW and at National Geographic on 16th L Sts,. NW, 7:30-10 AM. Flash your library card, or sign up for one to get a bike-friendly gift. On Saturday, May 17 at 9 AM, the 5th Annual “Tour de DCPL” will depart from the Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE, and will visit Northeast, Rosedale, Deanwood, Benning and Anacostia Libraries. Participants will enjoy this free community bike ride while touring library locations and fueling up on snacks along the way. Register for the Tour de DCPL at 

Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Huge book sale by the Friends of Mount Pleasant Library. Most titles priced less than $2. Free and open to all. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th Street NW.

Saturday, May 17 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Maret’s 61st Annual Fete Champetre. This festive tradition combines the amusements and treats of the boardwalk with the charm and delights of a country fair. Enjoy all your favorite pastimes, games and foods. Relax while browsing among the flea market or try your hand at some carnival games. Open to the whole community. A rain-or-shine event. At Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Avenue NW. More info at

Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 PM. Story Swap in North Cleveland Park - Part of a 25-year monthly storytelling swap sponsored by the Washington Folklore Society and the Voices in the Glen storytelling Guild. Attendees can bring a story to share, or just come to listen. Light refreshments are served. Professional guild members will come and tell stories, and it’s also a place where prospective guild members come to audition, so the stories are usually varied and interesting. Email Robert Rovinsky at robertrovinsky @ to RSVP and get directions or call 202 237 1036.

Sunday, May 18, 12:45 - 1:45 PM, A talk on hunger and poverty in DC with special guest Patty Stonesifer, the current CEO of Martha’s Table and former CEO of the Gates Foundation. Learn how you can make a difference in our city! This event at National Presbyterian Church is free and open to the public. At Stone Hall at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW. More info: 

Sunday, May 18 from 1-4 PM, the 22nd International Vegetarian Food Fair. Unlimited sampling of authentic international cuisine. $15 per person; free for children 10 and under; $10 for 60 and over. At Capital Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St NW, 2 blocks east of Connecticut Ave. Free Parking or take Metro to Van Ness-UDC.

Monday, May 19 at 6 PM, MLK Library Design Presentation. Please join your friends, neighbors and library users as the architect team of Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo presents preliminary designs for the
renovation of MLK Library. The community is invited to offer feedback and we look forward to your participation. Free. At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, More info at 

Monday, May 19 at 7 PM, Coping Without a Keyboard, a support group for people switching from Blackberry to iPhone. Has your company finally ditched Blackberry, and are you struggling to type on a phone that has no physical keyboard? You're not alone. Come talk with others who are suffering, too. Get over your phobia of leaving your fingerprints on the glass. But this meeting will have to take place in virtual reality, because this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, May 20, Cleveland Park Historical Society Annual Meeting and Talk on Guidelines for the Cleveland Park Historic District. This meeting is open to all current members. If you are not currently a
member, go to to join. After a reception beginning at 7:30 pm and a short annual meeting (around 8 PM), Nore Winter of the firm Nore Winter Co. will present a draft of design guidelines for the Cleveland Park Historic District, in cooperation with the Historic Preservation Office. He will refine the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the DC Historic Preservation Review Board’s guidelines
to reference the features that make Cleveland Park unique. He would also like to hear from you which important aspects of your neighborhood landscape and architecture you would like to see preserved. At Tregaron campus of WIS, 3100 Macomb Street. Parking on site.

Wednesday, May 21 at 6 PM, Financial advisor Mark Keen gives a talk on how to prepare for a successful retirement - presented by the Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. Free. In the 2nd floor meeting room of the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue.

Wednesday, May 21 at 7 PM, District of Change: a new DCPL series produced by Slate Editor Daniel Plotz and author Hanna Rosin in conjunction with the DCPL Foundation. The first event in the series explores DC’s changing art and music scene, and is hosted by Matthew Yglesias, executive editor of Vox Media. Panelists include Holly Bass, a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director; DC musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, and former Fugazi drummer, Brendan Canty; and Victoria Reis, co-founder and executive artistic director for Transformer D.C., a nonprofit that supports and promotes local artists. Upcoming topics for District of Change will include education, gentrification, transportation and more. RSVP for this event at 

Thursday, May 22 from 4-8 PM, The Wilson Arts Fest. Performances: Contemporary and classical music; poetry readings; dance; vocal selections. Exhibits in a wide variety of media styles. Activities and
games: scavenger hunt; crafts; face and mural painting. Arts and crafts for sale. Food and drink. More info: 

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