Thursday, November 6, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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, November 6 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Free Pie Tasting at the Slice of Life Thanksgiving Pie Sale from Food & Friends. Stop by for a bite and vote for Apple vs. Pumpkin Pie. The winner of our "In Pie We Crust" election will go on sale from 3 PM - 12 Midnight on Thursday. Your vote will enter you into a drawing to win a full Thanksgiving dinner for 4 plus 2 pies.  Location: Farragut Square (corner of 17th & K St, NW) You can also participate in the "In Pie We Crust" election on Twitter. Post about your favorite flavor and be sure to include @foodandfriends and #SliceofLifeDC. More info:

Thursday, November 6  at 6 PM, Art Deco in Washington and Baltimore, co-sponsored by Tenleytown Historical Society and Friends of the Tenley Friendship Library. Richard Striner, author of the recently released Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities and an earlier book Washington Deco: Art Deco in the Nation’s Capital (1984) will share his considerable expertise on the subject. A founder of the Art Deco Society of Washington, Mr. Striner will touch on examples of the Art Deco style in our immediate area – including the Sears/BestBuy building in Tenleytown and the Pepco building in Friendship Heights, and will discuss his new book (not for sale at this event but available at a discount by calling 800-537-5487 and mentioning code NAF). Free. Tenley Friendship Library, 2nd floor. Corner of Wisconsin Ave.& Albemarle St NW.

Friday, November 7 at 7 PM, “Letters from War,” a Veterans Day Tribute, with readings of letters from Chapman University’s Center for American War Letters, and performances by “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra and the National Cathedral Singers. Free and open to all, no reservations needed. The Cathedral is at Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues NW. More info:

Friday, November 7 from 11 AM - 9 PM and Saturday, November 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School’s annual Esprit de Noel Holiday Bazaar, featuring over 50 specialty boutiques, festive decorations, tasty treats, a moon bounce, car raffle, and lots of fun. Free. 1524 35th Street NW. More info:

Saturday, November 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Blessed Sacrament Holiday Bazaar -- a great neighborhood bazaar that benefits those in need. For kids: everybody wins game, plus fun car ride, candy guess, photo with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and more! 25+ specialty vendors: jewelry, bath luxuries, scarves, bags, gifts, stationary, home goods, crafts, artisan goods, etc. Raffle baskets: iPad mini, money tree, Moms Day Out, $200 Macon Bistro Gift Certificate and more. Bake sale and delicious lunch from Panera Bread and Chick-fil-A. Huge used clothes and white elephant sale. At Blessed Sacrament, Western Ave & Quesada St NW.

Sunday, November 9 at 2 PM, Reception and Walking Tour for the Georgia Avenue Window Walk, a temporary public art project that engages residents, businesses and visitors to the community by placing art installations in storefront spaces along the lower Georgia Avenue corridor. Reception at 2 PM at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW; walking tour with artists and business owners starts at 3 PM. More info:; to read about the artists and installations, go to:

Monday, November 10 at 11 PM, “Art in Asphalt: The Beauty of Angled Lines.” Gain a whole new perspective on the simple, clean aesthetics of the parking lot as you view this curated exhibition composed entirely of images of large-scale open-air lots as seen, devoid of cars, from above. Staggered stalls, straight stalls, and angle-in rows, painted in vibrant shades of yellow or white will awaken you to the deeper meaning of the patterns you drive over and walk over every day without thinking. This gallery talk at American University’s Katzen Art Museum will include a tour of the museum’s underground lot after all the cars have gone for the day. So please park on the street. Free…unless you get a parking ticket. But that seems unlikely, as this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, November 11 at 7 PM, “Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids.” Parent educator and author Vicki Hoefle speaks on hands-off approach to parenting with a focus on developing and deepening the relationship between parents and kids without anyone feeling like a doormat or a dictator. At Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport Street NW. Free. More info:

Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 PM, Remembering Kristallnacht - Looking for Strangers: The Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood. Holocaust survivor Dori Katz will share her story with at the annual Interfaith Kristallnacht Commemoration Service. Dr. Katz's talk is presented by Washington Hebrew Congregation’s  Amram Scholar Series in memory of the night in 1938 that the Nazis unleashed their first violent assault against Jews in Germany. Professor Katz was only two years old in 1942 when her father was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, and just three when her mother sent her to live, first for a year and a half with a Catholic family under a Christian identity, and then after a brief reunion, in an orphanage for nearly two years. She survived the horrors of the Holocaust hidden in plain sight. Co-sponsored by WHC, Annunciation Catholic Church, and St. Alban’s Parish. Free. At St. Alban’s Parish Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 PM, Oyster Adams Bilingual Book Fair Special Event, "Animals at the Book Fair" with Walter the Critterdude and his Great-Horned Owl "Bubo" and 20 year-old Rat/Pine Snake "Gregory". Free. Visit for book sales dates and times and info on other special events.

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 PM, “Cannons For The Cause.” Martin R. Ganzglass speaks on his historical novel, set during the American Revolutionary War, which tells the story of a remarkable feat that helped end the hated eight-year British occupation of Boston; the 300-mile transport of 59 cannons, some weighing more than a ton, on wagons and sleds from Fort Ticonderoga, NY, to Cambridge, MA, during the brutally cold winter of 1775-1776. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 PM, Catherine Bell discusses her book, “Rush of Shadows.” World traveler, former Peace Corps. volunteer, and teacher Catherine Bell will be discussing her historical  novel, chronicling the violent clashes between pioneers and Indians in 1850s and 1860s California. Amidst the violence and greed of their people, two women, Mellie, a pioneer woman, and Bahé, an Indian, come to an unlikely understanding. Rush of Shadows is the winner of the 2014 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. Location: Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, in the large meeting room on the main floor.

Thursday, November 13 at 7 PM. The Moor's Last Sigh, by Salman Rushdie, is the featured book for discussion in the Cleveland Park Library series "Literature of the English-Speaking World." The library has multiple copies of the book available for you to borrow. There is no cost to join the discussion series but please call  Cleveland Park Library at 202 282-3072 to register so that you can receive study questions from the facilitator in advance. Information about this series also appears on the Cleveland Park Library's web page About the book: The Moor's Last Sigh is vintage Rushdie -- fast-paced, allusive, stunning in detail, a saga of family feuding that spans generations and continents. Though not the best known of his work, it ranks with his finest fiction and won the Whitbread Prize in 1995. Free. At the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, corner of Connecticut & Macomb.

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