Thursday, April 9, 2015

Get Out! - Cleveland Park Listserv Events Column

Anacostia Park NPS photo: M. Marquez
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, April 10 from  8 – 9 PM, American University Jazz Orchestra: A Jazz Spring Swing Fling. Along with the Frederick Community College Jazz Ensemble, the American University Jazz Orchestra will feature bop, swing, cool jazz, and funk. Tickets: $10 general public; $5 AU community and seniors. RSVP (required) at In the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Saturday, April 11 from 8 AM - 2 PM, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Rummage Sale. Housewares, clothes for all ages, books, toys (none older than 2007) and sports equipment. In the Gym at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW.

Saturday, April 11, 10:30 AM - 6 PM, Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th Streets. The Sakura Matsuri festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US -- featuring food vendors, crafts, 50+ cultural groups and performances, and plenty more. Tickets are $8 in advance online at; day-of tickets are $10 online or at the gate, or $5 after 3 p.m. Kids age 12 and younger get in for free.

Sunday, April 12 from 12 Noon - 4 PM, The First Annual Anacostia River Festival, part of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring free kayaking and canoeing, fishing, water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a bike parade, music, food, and more. No admission charge. At Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE. More info:

Sunday, April 12 from 12:30 - 3 PM, The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will celebrate the 74th anniversary with a Gate Reopening Ceremony at 12:30 PM, followed by the Park Celebration Festival from 1 - 3 PM. Learn about the park through interactive exhibits focused on conservation landscaping and environmental protection; children’s arts ‘n’ crafts activities; and more. Confirmed exhibitors include the Rock Creek Park Division of Interpretation, American Society of Landscape Architects-Potomac Chapter, George Washington University Landscape Design program, Rock Creek Conservancy, British School of Washington, and more. Free. At Dumbarton Oaks Park - for directions and more info, visit:

Sunday, April 12 from 12:30 PM - 2 PM, Feast of the Peeps. Last Sunday, April 5, the Washington Post announced the winners of its 2015 Peeps Diorama Contest. You can view the winners here: or see them in real life on display at National Harbor through April 30 ( -- but have you ever wondered what happens to the losers? There are dozens of entries that didn't make the cut. This year, for the first time ever, they will become the stuff of the Grand Peeps Eating Competition. Come this Sunday to National Harbor to watch champion speed eaters from around the world tear down the losing dioramas and gobble up their components in the most unusual eating contest ever held ….or *never* held, as this is the weekly fake event).

Monday April 13 at 6 PM, Grand Poetry Salon. April is National Poetry Month. Come celebrate it at this "One Night Only" event.Take the mike and take the room, as you join a community of poets sharing their work at your favorite downtown library. Attendance is open to all, but participants must register online at: Presentations will be limited to three minutes. In Room A-5 of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW. Free.

Tuesday, April 14 from 2-4 PM, Iona Senior Service Center presents Ambassador Training Workshop, a free program designed to reach out to older adults and their caregivers to help them learn about the services and resources available to them through DC Office on Aging. Learn about all of the programs and services that DCOA offers to the community, information on how to access resources, and how to become an Ambassador. Presented by Darlene Nowlin, Customer and Information Services Specialist ‐ DC Office on Aging. At Iona Senior Service Center, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. More info:

Wednesday, April 15 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me,” by Jennifer Teege. When Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List. The more Teege learns about Amon Goeth, the more certain she becomes: If her grandfather had met her—a black woman—he would have killed her. “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past” details her quest to unearth and fully comprehend her family’s haunted history. Buy tickets online: $12; 2 free tickets with book purchase: $25 at

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