Thursday, May 22, 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 22 from 4-8 PM, The Wilson Arts Fest. Food and drink; contemporary and classical music; poetry readings; dance; vocal selections; exhibits in a wide variety of media styles; arts and crafts for sale; activities and games: scavenger hunt; craft making; face and mural painting. For all ages - free. More info: At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW.

Thursday, May 22 at 7 PM, Bike Communities in the District - a panel discussion at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. Free. 

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2 PM, Cleveland Park Village, in recognition of Older Americans Month, welcomes Elizabeth Fox, Coordinator with the DC Senior Advisory Coalition, who will speak on the topic of aging in place, the philosophy of being allowed and able to remain in one's home, in one's community, as one grows older without regard for income or ability level. The talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. At Cleveland Park Library, corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St NW. Free.

Saturday, May 24 at 10 AM, A Literary Walking Tour of “Books of the Harlem Renaissance." The Humanities Council of Washington, the DC Public Library and DC By The Book present a guided tour of Shaw highlighting works of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Meet at the U Street Metro, 13th St entrance. Free, but you must RSVP to: 

Saturday May 24, 11 AM - 2PM, Learn How Peirce Mill Operates in Rock Creek Park. Opened in 1829, Peirce Grist Mill stands today as a reminder of Washington DC’s role as America changed from an agricultural to an industrial nation. On Saturday you can watch the waterwheel work and learn how the flow of water into the "buckets" brings the wheel to life and sets the machinery inside the mill in motion. You will see the corn grinding millstone turn corn into cornmeal and learn why Oliver Evans (holder of US patent #3) designed mills to be tall. There will be games for children and guided tours. Free. Peirce Mill is at the corner of Tilden Street (same as Park Road), NW and Beach Drive. More information at

Sunday, May 25 at 2 PM, Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC, a discussion of the book by John deFerrari, presented by the Legends  Lore DC group. Revisit bygone restaurants and find out how the culinary scene changed over two centuries in D.C.'s history. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info: 

Wednesday, May 28 at 8:00 PM, Performance by the Wonderland Circus, featuring musician Jacob Panic, burlesque artist Private Tails, and comedians Benjy Himmelfarb, Jeff Hysen, and Becca Steinhoff. Free - $5 donation suggested (all proceeds go to the performers). You must be 21+ or over to attend. At the Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St NW. More info:

Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29, Scripps National Spelling Bee competition at Gaylord National Harbor. Preliminary rounds on Wednesday, semi-finals and final on Thursday. See for the start times for each round and other details. At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, international attention will shine on young spellers vying for the coveted title of Champion. All onstage spelling will take place in the Maryland Ballroom at Gaylord National. The competition is free and open to the public. For more information visit; for directions, parking info, etc. visit 

Friday, May 30 at 4 PM, The National Creative Spelling Bee. Like the National Spelling Bee (see above), this Bee encourages all of us --even the worst spellers among us-- to feel good about ourselves through appreesheeAsh’n of kree8tivity and injinoowitty in spelling. Points will be awarded for most inventive orthography; points deducted for use of standard, dictionary-approved spellings. Open to all who are in elementary school or who have ever been inside an elementary school. Presented by Scraps Newspapers -- the fake sponsor of this week’s fake event.

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