Thursday, February 12, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Grover Cleveland, Photo by
Frederick Gutekunst, Library of Congress
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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 12 at 7 PM, “Literature of the English Speaking World” Discussion Series continues with  “Runaway,” by Alice Munro (Canada). The facilitator is Professor Phil Burnham of George Mason University. About this session: The Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 2013, Alice Munro is the anchor to our series. In a collection set in Ontario about the lives of restless girls and women, our concluding text brings us back to North America with stories that, while set in a place closer to home, are exquisite and extraordinary in their own right. The Book Discussion Series is free and open to all -- you don't have to be a member of the Friends of the Library or have gone to any of the previous discussions to attend but you do need to register -- please call the library at 202 282-3072. More info:

Friday, February 13 at 4 PM, Valentine's Day Crafts. We will make bookmarks and 3-D heart ornaments.This program is for children of all ages. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, February 14 from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Chinese New Year Family Festival. Welcome the Year of the Sheep with an afternoon of fun, featuring craft activities with the Confucius Institute, a reading corner with the DC Public Library, puppet performances by the Shaanxi Folk Arts Group, calligraphy demonstrations by John Wang, traditional dance performances by the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, and much more.  Get there early to see the Lion Parade around the building (weather permitting) by the Young Han Lion Dance Troupe, followed by an Awakening Ceremony to start the festivities. Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and G Streets NW. More info:

Saturday, February 14 at 7 PM, Bassappella: The Art of Solo Bass. Experience the full spectrum of electric bass in this Valentine’s themed spectacular featuring music from Bach to Daft Punk and U2. Performed by Levine faculty artists Christopher Brown, electric bass and Manny Arciniega, percussion. Special $10 tickets for members of the Cleveland Park listserv with the promo code “CPFriends” during  online registration at or $20 at the door. Location: Levine Music, 2801 Upton Street NW.  

Sunday, February 15 at 4 PM,  Planetarium program: “Under African Skies.” Sure we know about the stars and constellations in the northern hemisphere, but below the horizon each night in the southern hemisphere, there's a different view of space. Join a park ranger for a unique look at sub-Saharan Africa's night sky and star stories in honor of Black History Month. The African American "Night Sky to Freedom" will also be discussed. Recommended for ages 5 to adult. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Sunday, 11 AM - 12 Noon, Georgetown Presidential Stroll. Come for a one-mile walk through Georgetown and see some of the historic spots connected with presidents, with a focus on George Washington in honor of his birthday. Meet at the Fountain at the Georgetown Waterfront Park (at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street). We will walk rain or shine; remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water and dress appropriately for the weather. Free. More info:
Sunday, February 15 at 4 PM  the Gerdan Trio in Concert. The violin, guitar and tylynka (a shepherd's flute from the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine and Eastern Europe) are among a few of the instruments that will be featured as the Gerdan Trio presents a free concert. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW (Connecticut Ave. between Patterson and Oliver Sts).

Monday, February 16 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Presidents’ Day Guided Tours of Woodrow Wilson’s House. Dust off your top hat and dig out your pince-nez: the President Woodrow Wilson House invites visitors of all ages to dress as their favorite President or First Lady on Presidents’ Day. Those showing up in costume will receive free admission. Regular admission fees to those not in costume: $5 - $10. Woodrow Wilson House is at 2340 St Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, February 17 at 12:30 PM, Pancake Races at the Washington National Cathedral. Join in the fun for the last day of frivolity before Lent as the Cathedral celebrates Mardi Gras with pancake races on Shrove Tuesday. Location: On the west front grounds of the Cathedral. Staff, school students, clergy, and others compete in races including the Gargoyle Gallop and the Satterlee Special, in attempts to win the grand prize of the Golden Skillet! Free and open to all. The cathedral is at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues. More info:

Tuesday, February 17 at 4 PM, Chinese New Year Celebration at the Georgetown Library. 2015 is the year of the Goat! Help us ring in the Chinese New Year with stories, crafts, games and fun! This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, February 17 at 4 PM, Mardi Gras Celebration. Come and make masks, enjoy music, and eat King Cake. We will show off our masks with a "second line" parade to music from the Big Easy. Free. At Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

Wednesday, February 18 at 3 PM, The Great Combined Valentines/Presidents/MardiGras/
ChineseNewYear Parade will toss all the top February celebrations into a blender to create this crazy-mixed-up melange of marchers for many things. The parade will be headed by 44 costumed American Presidents (Grover Cleveland will be there twice, representing his two non-consecutive terms), who will toss out Valentine’s candy hearts to the crowd. They will be followed by a New Orleans band playing hot jazz on a float while bikini-clad beauty queens toss out Mardi Gras beads. Next comes the Chinese Lion Dancers celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Ram, also called the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Sheep, which is why there will be a herd of goats AND sheep, kept in line by a troop of talented sheepdogs, bringing up the rear. The Parade will start at the corner of J Street and District of Columbia Avenue, but since neither of these streets can be found on the map, you know this has to be the weekly fake event.

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