Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

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 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, March 27 at 7 PM, The Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture on Historic Preservation in DC. Georgetown University law student William King will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s annual Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture, describing his proposal to strengthen the protections of DC’s Historic Preservation laws by limiting the power of the Mayor’s Agent to approve demolitions turned down by DC Historic Preservation Review Board. Free. In the HIll Center of the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SW.

Saturday, March 28 at 9 AM, Tenley Tiger Run 5K, Fun Run at 10 AM. Register now for the 2.5K, the 5K, or the Fun Run at Don’t forget to tell your friends and family and form a team! Packet Pickup/Late Registration: At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, on Friday, March 27 from 4 - 7PM and on race morning from 7 - 8:45 AM. Cost: $35 for the 5K and 2.5K, $10 for the Fun Run. Course: Run the loop once for a 2.5K and twice for the 5K. A map is available on the website under “Race Info.” Parents are welcome to run with their children. Not a runner? Want to volunteer instead? Sign up at Please join us at CAVA, 4237 Wisconsin, after the race! In addition to being a race sponsor, CAVA is generously hosting a post-race fundraiser to continue the celebration. Enjoy lunch or an early dinner between 11 AM - 4 PM and tell them you support Wilson Track to give the track team 10% of your bill.

Saturday, March 28, 11 AM - 1 PM, Cherry Tree Walk with Casey Trees. Join Washington Walks and local non-profit Casey Trees for a walking tour recounting how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District and learn about the different varieties found in the area. The walk will include up-close looks at notable trees in the Enid Haupt Garden (located on the south side of the Smithsonian Castle), along the National Mall, and on the grounds of the Department of Agriculture headquarters. Led by Carolyn with special guest Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees. $20 per person; $5 discount with military or federal government ID. Go to: to buy tickets and find out the meeting point. 

Saturday, March 28, 8 PM, Sing Out for Shelter Concert. Join Friendship Place for the 23rd annual Sing Out for Shelter benefit for the homeless. This concert will feature some of the best contemporary a cappella singers: DC's own Augmented 8 with special guests, The Capital Hearings, Euphonism, and the Maret School Gracenotes. All proceeds will benefit Friendship Place, Christ House, and Metropolitan House. For more information, contact Jayme Aronberg at 202.503.2963. Tickets available online at; tickets also be sold at the door. Free parking. Location: The Metropolitan Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW.

Sunday, March 29 at 2 PM, The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital presents the DC premiere of “Divide in Concord.” Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, cares deeply about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Adriana Cohen: mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, unequivocally defends individual freedoms. When Jean tries to ban single-serve plastic bottles in Concord, Massachusetts, Adriana rallies the local merchants, the International Bottled Water Association and national news outlets in opposition. Can one old lady make history once again in a town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau’s environmental movement? Discussion follows screening. Free. No reservations required. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 PM, Vocal recital by student opera singer Faith Snyderman. Faith will be studying opera this summer at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. The program will include a mix of Rossini, Schubert, Hahn, Hundley, Weill and more, for a mix of classical and operatic repertory AND musical theatre!  She will be accompanied by the amazing Aline Otten, St. Paul's very own Music Director at the piano. There will be a light reception to follow. At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. This event is free and open to the public; however, donations would be appreciated. Donations by check should be made out to AIMS, noting that the donation is for Faith’s studies. AIMS ( is a nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. 

Monday, March 30 at 6:30 PM, Pelecanos in Petworth: Exploring DC Noir with Author George Pelecanos. Join DC-based novelist and critically acclaimed television producer George Pelecanos as he reads excerpts from The Martini Shot, his new novella and collection of short stories. After the free author reading at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue NW), come to the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur Street NW) for Happy Hour with George ($35/person) Proceeds will benefit the DC Public Library Foundation and 10% of the bar tab will go to the Friends of the Petworth Library. Go to to RSVP to one or both events. More information:

Tuesday, March 31 from 7 - 8:30 PM, The Books That Shaped America Series presents a discussion of “Family Limitation” by birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. This session is led by American University’s interim dean of academic affairs Mary Clark. All discussions in the series are free and open to the general public. It is not required to have read the book before attending the discussion. More info at In the Training & Events Room at the Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, April 1 at 2 PM, Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour of the Tidal Basin. This year forget the crowds and avoid the pollen and the nuisance of all those teeny-tiny petals falling into your hair -- take the Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour instead of an actual walking tour. No strollers running over your feet, no bicyclist dinging their bells at you! All you do is relax in the comfort and security of your own home and click on photos of cherry trees on your computer or iPad screen. Go to to start, and from there you will see any number of other cherry blossom videos available with a click. If you insist on dragging yourself down to any of the non-virtual cherry blossom tours starting this weekend, go to the US Park Service link: to find actual events; the Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour is this week's fake event. More info at:

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