Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Mapping Segregation Project of Prologue DC

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, March 5 at 4 PM, Manga Madness: Ninja vs. Samurai. For kids ages 11-19 -- join us at the Tenley Library for a celebration of all things otaku. Read manga, watch anime, have fun! Light refreshments will be served. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-727-1488, [Please check with the library in case of cancellation due to snow.]

Friday, March 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Spring Open House at Alliance Francaise. Meet the teachers, learn about the programs and mingle with fellow francophiles. Free. At Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. This event is in French and English. More info: [Alliance Francaise weather cancellation policy follows OPM closings, available at]

Friday, March 6 at 6 PM, Veterinary Workshop: “Get Your Dog Ready for Daylight Saving Time.” Before we “spring ahead” on Sunday, March 8, you can learn how to prepare your dog adjust to the new time at this practical and fun workshop for humans and their animal companions, held at Petting Time Pet Shop. While your dog will never grasp the concept that the clocks have been moved forward and we’ve “lost” an hour of sleep, you can apply time-tested techniques to ease the transition. The only downside to attendance at this veterinarian-led workshop is that it is the listserv’s weekly fake event -- though it does seem like a great idea for a real event! 

Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 AM, “The District of Columbia During the Reconstruction Era,” a talk by John Hampton about events in the nation’s capital from 1865 - 1877, illustrated by drawings and photographs from the Library of Congress - part of the Rock Creek Park Civil War Roundtable series. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 

Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 AM, Chinese New Year Celebration, including the exciting Lion Dance, at the Chevy Chase, MD Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Parking is free. For more information call 240-773-9590 or see

Saturday, March 7 at 11 AM, Police Dog K9 Program, followed by a Dog and Cat Adoption Fair from 12 - 2 PM. Chevy Chase Library staff members will be at the Second District Police Station to read books and sing songs about police dogs. A K9 Officer will show kids a K9 dog, and McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance. The Second District Police Station is at 3320 Idaho Avenue NW, Phone: (202) 715-7300. View flyer at

Sunday, March 8 at 3 PM, “Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Focusing on historic housing segregation in the Northwest DC neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Park View, and Pleasant Plains.” Come learn why many of D.C.’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how more recent shifts in the city’s racial identity have been shaped by this history. Come see for yourself the maps created to show restricted neighborhoods, the legal battle lines, and who lived where over the years. Maps tell stories that words cannot. “Mapping Segregation in Washington DC” is a collaboration among historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Sunday, March 8 at 5 PM, Concert by award-winning pianist Sahun Hong, performing works by Handel, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms. No admission fee but a free-will offering would be appreciated. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Monday, March 9 from 6:30 - 9 PM, “Welcome, Pierre!” Dumbarton House’s 27th annual toast/reception in honor of Pierre-charles L’Enfant’s 1791 arrival in what would become Washington, DC. Tickets $30 at; more info: Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW.

Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 PM, “History Alive!” Who lived in Washington before it was Washington? Margaret Brent, a colonist who became the first woman landowner and the first woman lawyer in America, takes kids on an interactive journey where they can become early settlers and Indians, and learn what life was like in the 1600s. Ms. Brent is portrayed by award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung.  This free performance is in celebration of Women's History Month. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Thursday, March 12, 7 PM, Author Talk: “Wild Women of Washington, DC: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District” (History Press 2014), Author Canden Schwantes Arciniega will entertain you with tales of the women who both fascinated and shocked Washington society during the Civil War. Copies of the book are available throughout the library system. This event coincides with Women's History Month and the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Canden Schwantes Arciniega is a historian and tour guide in Washington, DC, and manages Free Tours By Foot, an international walking tour company. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

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