Thursday, August 21, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Smithsonian National Zoo
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

Friday, August 22 from 11:30 AM - 2 PM, Fairmont’s 5th Annual Sustainability Fair, showcasing the eco-efforts of many DC-based organizations as well as the hotel’s own green program. Guests will be treated to honey tastings from the hotel’s rooftop hives along with vegetable dips seasoned with herbs from the hotel’s garden. Many of the participants bring complimentary samples for attendees such as energy saving light bulbs. Free and open to the public. In the Colonnade Room of the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St NW,

Saturday, August 23, 9 AM - 4 PM, The Capital Dragon Boat Races (formerly the National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta) is being held along the pristine waters of the Washington Channel along the beautiful southwest waterfront, celebrating Asian culture and bringing a family-fun event to the Washington DC area. The regatta is an open competition, seeking participants of ages 12 years of age or older. No experience is required and training sessions are being offered. Dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years. At 600 Water Street, SW. More info:

Saturday, August 23, 11 AM - 2 PM. Bao Bao’s Birthday Party! The National Zoo is celebrating Bao Bao's first birthday with special activities, entertainment, and giveaways for all to enjoy. Decorate a birthday card, take home a commemorative coloring sheet, and enjoy delicious treats! If you are a Friend of the National Zoo ( you are invited to a members-only party from 9 AM - 11 AM. Location: Members meet across from the Visitor's Center at the upper entrance of Asia Trail. The public celebration will be held at Clint Fields Plaza and around the panda yards, both in the upper and lower viewing areas. Parking gates open at 8 AM.

Saturday August 23 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Peirce Mill Open and Running. Learn about the Peirce family and the other mills that operated along Rock Creek in a 20-minute video shown at the Visitor Center; plus games for children including a self-guided treasure hunt (with small prize), water flow and gravity toys, checkers, and other simple toys from the milling period. Watch the mill in operation from 11 AM - 2 PM. See 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, grinding corn into cornmeal, and learn why inventor Oliver Evans (holder of US patent #3) designed mills to be tall. Tours of the mill from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Saturday, August 23 at dusk, showing of Macbeth, a filmed production by the Folger Theater company, directed by Teller (of Penn Teller) in 2008. Free. Gates open at 7 PM. At Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street Colorado Avenue. More info:

Sunday, August 24 from 4 - 8 PM, Dogs and Tails, a U St. neighborhood barbecue hosted by City Dogs Rescue and Vinoteca, featuring hot dogs, cocktails, bocce, and adoptable dogs. Vinoteca will be donating $1 for every homemade hot dog and Dog Days of Summer punch purchased. Donate $10 to CDR, and get happy hour prices on the back patio. And don't forget the bocce -- it's just $25 for teams of 4 to enter the DC Bocce Charity Bocce tournament and compete for some great prizes. Sign up at RSVP for the event at:

Tuesday, August 26 at 12:30 PM, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” by Jonathan Foer. Book discussion by the West End Book Club. Free and open to all. At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,

Tuesday, August 26 at 7 PM, “The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro,” book discussion with author Zachary M. Schrag. Free. In the Great Hall of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St NW,

Wednesday, August 27 from 2 - 3 PM, Young Adult author Claire Griffin will discuss her book, Nowhere to Run, which tells the story of. Calvin, a senior and track star at a DC public high school, who lives in a world filled with violence and threats of violence, yet offering the promise of avenues of escape. Kirkus Review says, “Dialogue, situations, relationships and issues all ring pitch perfectly but ever so discouragingly true. This brief debut packs a serious punch and will leave readers stunned with Calvin’s grim options.” The novel is aimed at readers age 12 and up. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the DC Public Library. At the Tenley Library, Large Meeting Room, 4450 Wisconsin Ave,

Wednesday, August 27, 7 PM,  DC premiere of Above All Else, presented by the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The film is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of a segment of the Keystone XL pipeline. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker John Fiege; Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., CEO President of the Hip Hop Caucus; Steven Mufson, energy reporter for The Washington Post, who has driven the length of the proposed pipeline, and Julia Trigg Crawford, a landowner who appears in the film. At the E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, NW. Tickets $10 at: More info:

Thursday, August 28, Brew NOT at the Zoo. Every year the National Zoo throws a big bash and the tickets are always sold out far in advance. Even if you could get tickets, why pay $85 to $100 to drink craft beer at the Zoo when you could be enjoying Brew NOT at the Zoo for free? This special event is for brew lovers with independent spirits. All you do to participate is stay at home, crack open a bottle of your favorite independently crafted beer and park yourself in a comfy chair and watch Nat Geo or Animal Planet instead of going to the zoo. Wait, you don’t even have to watch animals on TV -- go ahead and watch sports if you prefer. There, that was easy! We don’t even need to tell you that you’re attending this week’s fake event, because anyone can enjoy Brew NOT at the Zoo, anytime.

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