Thursday, July 10, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo of deer in Rock Creek Park 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, July 10 at 5 PM, March on the Brazilian Embassy to protest the obviously rigged results of the semi-final World Cup match between Brazil and Germany played on Tuesday. Fans need to know: Were the players subject to brainwashing to make them believe the Germans were invincible? Or was there a blackmail plot to force them to throw the match? It is certain they could not have played that badly unless there was a conspiracy afoot! Rally to demand answers! Just don’t be surprised if a large mob fails to assemble, as this is the weekly fake event.

Thursday, July 10 at 7 PM, The State of Marriage Equality. Author and Brookings fellow Jonathan Rauch will discuss “Gay Marriage: Why It’s Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America,” at Southwest Library 900 Wesley Place SW.. 

Thursday, July 10 at 7 PM The Fort Reno Concert Series is back on! Tonight’s bands are Peanut Butter & Dave, Golden Looks, and Calavera Skull. Free. At Fort Reno Park at 40th and Chesapeake Streets. More info:  

Thursday, July 10 at 7 PM, A Year in Rock Creek Park -- The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington, DC. Book discussion with local author Melanie Choukas-Bradley. During her talk, Ms. Choukas-Bradley will highlight the capital city's historic and botanically diverse trees from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson's time to the present day, as well as share stunning visual images of trees through the seasons at the White House, Capitol, National Arboretum, Mount Vernon, Tidal Basin and other storied locations. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

Friday, July 11 at 10:30 AM, “Reptiles Alive!” Get an exciting introduction to the world of reptiles. Learn snake secrets and laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa constrictor, tortoise, exotic lizards and other amazing animals. For kids 5 - 12. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, 

Friday, July 11, workshops from 12:30 - 5 PM, 3-D Digital Printing. The DC Public Library’s Digital Commons program offers a demonstration and workshop on using a 3-D printer. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. The program repeats on Saturday from 1:30 - 4:30 PM - check the website: for times of the various workshops.

Friday, July 11 from 3 - 5 for kids, 5:30 - 8 PM for adults, Bastille Day Open House at Alliance Francaise, offering mini-classes, French placement tests, wine and cheese, music, and more. Activities for adults and children. Free. Alliance Francaise of Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.  

Friday, July 11 from 7 - 10 PM, An Evening of Jazz with the International Club of DC. Discover DC’s historic Dumbarton House while you enjoy the jazz club. The gardens and museum will also be open for an evening stroll. Cafe Bonaparte will be selling a selection sweet and savory crepes. Wine and champagne will be available for purchase from Tradewinds (Wine $6 per glass or 2 for $10, champagne $8) until 9:30pm. Water and other drinks will also be on sale. At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW. More event info and tickets, $20, at  

Saturday, July 12 at 10 AM, Story Time at the Police Station, featuring books and songs about the police and safety, presented by the librarians from the Chevy Chase Library.. Kids will meet a police officer and will get to sit in a police car. Free. At the Second District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue NW. More info:  

Saturday, July 12, from 10 AM - 3 PM, The Annual Washington, DC Day of Archaeology Festival. Talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock‐excavation, hands‐on artifact displays, crafts, and demonstrations. The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants will also be featured. Enjoy live music, face painting, and visits from some of D.C.’s best food trucks! More info at: Free. At Fort Totten/ Fort Circle Park at the corner of Gallatin St. and South Dakota Ave. NE.

Saturday July 12 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Special Free Events at Peirce Mill, including children's games and activities, tours, videos, and demonstration of the waterwheel in operation. Food available for purchase from the Red Hook lobster truck. Free. Peirce Mill is in Rock Creek Park at Tilden St and Beach Drive. More info: 

Saturday, July 12 from 2 -4 PM. Lloyd Pinchback book talk and signing. The DC Legendary Musicians, Inc. in partnership with the MLK Jr. Memorial Library’s Special Collections Department presents Lloyd Pinchback, DC Legendary Musician and author in a book talk and book signing of his latest book The Soul Searchers 1968 - 1978: A Decade of Memories. Learn about the early years of the band that dominated DC’s Go-Go music scene for over 30 years. Free. Location: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Black Studies Center, 901 G St NW, more info at  

Saturday, July 12 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The Annual French Festival at Hillwood, presented by the Alliance Francaise and Hillwood Museum. Live music and dance, plays, pantomimes, games, costumed players, and food, in celebration of France’s national day and Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collection of French objets d’art. At Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave NW. Tickets $18, $15 seniors, $12 Hillwood and Alliance Française members, $10 college students, $5 Children 6-18, free for children under 6 - at

Sunday, July 13 from 5 - 6:30 PM, Patriotic Concert and Parade in the Park, presented by The Citizens Association of Georgetown, featuring Laura Tsaggaris and her band. Decorate your wagon, bike, trike, stroller and/or favorite four-legged friend for our patriotic parade to take place during half-time. In addition to great music, there will be a photo booth and prize give-away and free snow cones, free frisbees, free cupcakes and more. In Rose Park, 26th and O Streets NW.  

Monday, July 14 at 6:30 PM, Author Talk: Chris Colfer, the award-winning actor and #1 New York Times best-selling author, hosts a Q&A and book signing of his new children's book, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning, the third book in his The Land of Stories series at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Customers must have a numbered ticket to enter the signing line. Signing line tickets will be distributed by Politics & Prose Bookstore upon purchase of The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning. Fun for ages 7-12. Get tickets: Full details at

Tuesday, July 15 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM, The Japanese Information and Cultural Center presents a Kamishibai “paper theater” with storytime and games for children, puzzles, and traditional toys from Japan. Free, but reservations required at At the Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100.

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