Thursday, June 12, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo of Peirce Mill 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 @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Thursday, June 12 at 7 PM Book Talk: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, a conversation with author Benjamin Ross. This book explains the role of neighborhood opposition and government subsidies and regulations in creating automobile-dependent suburban sprawl. Ben was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit, which under his leadership became the nation’s largest grassroots transit advocacy group. Free. RSVP not required, but appreciated at Presented by Ward3Vison,

Saturday, June 14 from 10 AM - 12 noon, 3rd Annual Mount Pleasant Block Party, in support of the Bancroft Elementary PTA. There will be food and beverages and fun for all ages, with Father's Day arts crafts, moonbounce and live music. Free admission. In the 1900 Block of Kenyon Street NW. More info at

Saturday, June 14 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Special Free Events at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek National Park. Mill in Operation (11 AM - 2 PM) - watch the waterwheel turn and learn how the flow of water into the "buckets" brings the wheel to life and sets the machinery inside the mill in motion Visitor Center (10 AM - 4 PM) - learn about the Peirce family and the other mills that operated along Rock Creek. There will be games for children, including a self-guided treasure hunt, water flow and gravity toys, checkers, and other simple toys from the milling period. More info at

Saturday, June 14 starting at 11 AM, Summer Reading Festival Kick-off at the DC Public Library, featuring Juggler Nicolo Whimsey, Zumba, Words, Beats Life Performance, Under the Sea: Experience Live Marine Animals, Beat Club: Create Digital Music, Story Time, Face Painting, Crafts, STEM Activities, Giant Chess, and more. See for performance schedule and all details. Free. At the MLK Jr. Public Library, 901 G Street NW.

Sunday, June 15 at 2 PM, Mark Twain in DC Book Discussion. Before he was a famous novelist, Mark Twain was a newspaper correspondent here in Washington. We'll be discussing “Mark Twain in Washington: Tales of a Capital Correspondent,” by John Muller, who will be joining us. In the first floor auditorium of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. More info at  

Saturday, June 14 at 3 PM, Dumbarton House Flag Day. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem with punch and cookies on the front lawn while learning about The Star Spangled Banner -- part of a series of national events organized by the Smithsonian. Free, but you must reserve at Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW.

Sunday June 15 at 10 AM, Movie Morning for Girl Scout's Share Her Annual Real Expenses (SHARE). Girl Scout Service Unit 42-4 is hosting a showing of the great Girl Power movie, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, with proceeds going toward paying for camp for low income scouts. Tickets: $12. Can’t attend but still want to help? Go to and click on donate. Any questions, call Anne Chase at 202-425-3711. All are welcome including non-scouts and boys! Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Service Unit 42-4 includes some portions of Cleveland Park, and SHARE benefits girls and families across the city and beyond.

Sunday, June 15 from 5 - 6:30 PM, a Father’s Day celebration concert featuring the Dixie Power Trio. Free. In Volta Park, 34th Q Streets NW. Presented by the Citizens Association of Georgetown.

Monday, June 16 at 6:45 PM, Bloomsday event: Joycean scholar Coilin Owens, professor emeritus at George Mason University, will discuss James Joyce’s Dublin. Tickets $35 - $45. A Smithsonian Associates event at the Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. More info and tickets at: 

Monday, June 16 at 7 PM, Bloomsday for Kids. Introduce your children to James Joyce’s greatest work, Ulysses, in a kid-friendly way. In the traditional Bloomsday celebration that occurs annually on June 16, there is a reading of part or all of Ulysses, but in this special PG-rated version, there will be a reading of the famous soliloquy by Molly Bloom that ends the book, with passages revised to turn Molly’s stream-of-consciousness interior monolog about her sexual encounters into a self-empowering, positive message about healthy life choices, aimed at girls age 8 - 12. In the “rebooted” soliloquy, Molly reflects on the power dynamics of relationships in a patriarchal society and explains her choice to abstain from risky activities. Each “Yes, I said yes,” in the original version is replaced by a girl-empowering, “No. I said no.” To find the location of this free Bloomsday event, go to, where you will discover that this event exists only in our imaginations.

Monday, June 16 at 7:30 PM, “Fed Up.” Medical writer and physician Susan Okie discusses Fed Up: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity. This program is intended for adults. Free. At the Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley Place SW. More info at

Tuesday, June 17 at 6 PM, The Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-along. Bring the whole family and sing along with Dorothy and friends while watching the greatest musical ever made. Costumes encouraged. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, 

Tuesday, June 17 at 7 pm, French novelist Marc Levy discusses his thriller, Replay, at the Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Avenue. Tickets $15 at 

Thursday, June 19 at 2 PM, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres. Kids ages 5 and younger can sing, shake and dance while learning Spanish words. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. 

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