Thursday, December 18, 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 @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 PM, Author Boris Fishman will discuss his novel, “A Replacement Life” at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St NW. This presentation is part of the Authors Out Loud series. Tickets $11.50 - $13.50 available at

Friday, December 19 at 4 PM, Winter Holiday Crafts. Make and decorate a fleece hat. We missed the first snowfall, but you will have a toasty hat for yourself or to give as a gift. The very young will need adult assistance. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue at Macomb St NW. More info:

Friday, December 19 at 7:30 PM, A Winter Concert in many languages, performed by the Washington International Chorus, with Joshua Brown conducting. The concert includes songs in French, German, Russian, Swedish, English, Latin, and Portuguese. At the United Church of Christ (the German church) at 20th and G Sts NW. The concert is followed by a reception in the church social lounge. Free, but donations appreciated. For more info:

Saturday, December 20 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Fete de Noel for kids. Families are invited to decorate winter houses sweetened for the holidays – using candies, cookies, and more. This event is in French and English. At the Alliance Francaise, Tickets $8 - $10 at At Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW.

Saturday, December 20 at 3 PM: The Georgetown Chorale presents A Mediterranean Christmas, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity a little-known gem setting a medieval text to a neo-baroque score for chorus, soloists, winds, and piano. Richard Giarusso conducts the Chorale, instrumentalists, and sopranos, Allison Mondel and Laura Choi Stuart. The concert also includes an array of seasonal music from Italy and Spain accompanied by keyboard artist Andrew Jonathan Welch and members of Divisio, an award-winning early music ensemble. Visual depictions of the scenes described in the piece, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, will be projected during the performance. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, t945 G Street, NW. Tickets available in advance through 12/19 at for $22 (adults) and $10 (students and children, or at the door for $25 Adult, $10 Child/student.

Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 PM, It’s Christmahanukwanzakah! Capital City Showcase presents the second annual presentation of its holiday special to benefit DC Central Kitchen, featuring comedy by Danny Chamley, Matty Litwack and Haywood Turnipseed Jr,, and music by the Army of the Potomac and Don Kim, and musical comedy by Romane & Lettuce. At the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street. Tickets $10 - $15 available at

Sunday, December 21 from 2 - 4 PM, Annual Holiday Open House - Come visit Santa! Hosted by: Cleveland Park Citizens Association, Cleveland Park Club, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Cleveland & Woodley Park Village. Please bring a new, adult sized, article of outdoor clothing for Ward 3 homeless neighbors (hat, gloves, scarf, jacket). Enjoy refreshments and visit with Santa! Cookie decorating: let your little ones frost, ice and sprinkle to their heart's content. We'll provide the baked sugar cookies and the fixings for decorating. Holiday movie: upstairs in the kids lounge, we'll be showing a Christmas classic (exact movie TBD, but will be appropriate for all ages). Story time: we'll also read some winter and Christmas classics aloud; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and The Snowy Day. At 5 PM: Caroling and/or Sing-a-Long (interest allowing). At the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Pl NW.

Monday, December 22 at 7 PM, Santa for Skeptical Children. At last! A Santa for children who no longer have to pretend to believe he’s anything other than a guy dressed up in a funny red suit. Non-believing youngsters can now have their photo taken with Santa, just as the grandparents wish, without the embarrassment of having anyone think they still fall for this toddler-gulling tale. Our Skeptic’s Santa won’t ask your child what Santa should bring for Christmas or initiate any creepy conversation about knowing how naughty or nice your child has been. This Santa is businesslike and efficient: it’s a quick sit on the lap, a pose, a smile, and a snap. The only drawback to this Skeptic’s Santa is that it’s the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, December 23 at 4 PM, “Around the World Winter Holiday Celebration.” Children will enjoy stories and songs, followed by hands-on activities: making and decorating fleece winter scarves and making pop-up holiday cards. Light refreshments will be served. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue & Macomb St NW. More info:

Thursday, December 25, throughout the day, The DCJCC’s 28th Annual Day of Service. Volunteer for any of 60+ Christmas Day activities that bring joy to thousands in the DC area. Projects range from 2-4 hours in length and include serving meals, preparing food for the homeless, visiting seniors, painting, and throwing Christmas parties. For general information go to; for information on projects for families with kids of all ages, go to

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