Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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 14,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, March 12, 7 PM, Author Talk: “Wild Women of Civil War Washington, DC: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District”. 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. At the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Friday, March 13 from 7 - 8:30 AM, Overcoming Your Superstitious Fears on Friday the 13th. This breakfast workshop will give you a good reason to get out of bed on a day when many are left cowering under their covers until the day is done. Not only will you learn to face this often-dreaded date with sang-froid, but at this super-efficient 90 minute session, we will also have you walk back and forth under ladders, boldly step on sidewalk cracks, open umbrellas indoors with abandon, and at the grand finale, we will all smash a giant wall mirror together! Free, but you must rsvp to:

Friday, March 13 from 12 - 6 PM, Middle C Music celebrates its 13th anniversary with musical performances, cake and other treats. Free. More info:

Friday, March 13 from 5 - 8 PM, Haitian Art Exhibit at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Day School. Paintings, sculptures and other works by various artists, including sculptor Janvier Louis Juste. Reception first, with student performances. Proceeds of sales benefit St. Patrick’s sister church and school in Haiti. Free admission. At St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway. The art exhibit continues on Saturday from 11 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from 1 - 6 PM.

Saturday, March 14 from 5 - 6 PM, Children's Concert at St Columba's. A concert featuring children's choirs from five area churches will be hosted by St. Columba's Church, 4201 Albemarle NW. Reception following the concert. Free. More info:

Saturday, March 14, 8 AM - 3 PM, Gently Used Book, CD and DVD Sale + Bake Sale. The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan invite you to browse to your heart's delight among the stacks: hardbacks, paperbacks, memoirs, travel books, cookbooks, and children's books. An accompanying bake sale will offer homemade tea breads, cookies, and other sweets that make stealing time with a book even more delicious! Free parking in large lot. Proceeds benefit health and education programs for women, children, and youth in the US and in 110 countries. In the church vestry at 3401 Nebraska Avenue (at New Mexico, across from AU).

Saturday, March 14, 10 AM - 12 PM, “Rock Creek Park IS Your Back Yard.” Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park! Learn more about the wild heart of Washington, hidden places you can explore, and what you can do to protect and connect with this urban forest. Hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with Friends of the National Zoo, and the Rock Creek Park Partners Network. Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers inspiration from her book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC; Arborist Marty Frye from Casey Trees, talks leafy canopy;  Rock Creek Conservancy announces a new program—Rock Creek Park in Your Backyard: Creating wildlife-friendly, water-wise natural landscapes; and special presenter Pete Marra, Head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, talks about the birds nesting in and around Rock Creek Park. Free. Register at:  Location: National Zoo Visitor Center Auditorium.

Sunday, March 15 from 2 - 7 PM, 38th Bach Organ Marathon. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church presents the music of J.S. Bach in half-hour programs on a wonderful 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. The featured music this year will be all six Trio Sonatas for Organ (bwv 525-530) played by Julie Vidrick Evans in 3 half-hour slots at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 PM. J. Reilly Lewis returns with other notable organists of our area and beyond. A catered German dinner by Alex Brown will be available for $15. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended -- RSVP to julie @ with “dinner” in the subject line. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW.

Tuesday, March 17 at 7 PM, “Bikes vs. Cars,” a film about bicycling in a world dominated by cars. This Swedish documentary is the opening night film of the DC Environmental Film Festival. A reception and discussion with the filmmakers Margarete Jangard and Chris Paine will follow. Tickets $25 at At the Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P Street, NW. More information about the festival at  

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