Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

National Math Festival: The Bridges Organization
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

Thursday, April 16 from 2 - 3:30 PM, DC Emancipation Day Program: “Marian Barry, DC Emancipator,” a panel discussion about Barry’s life and legacy, featuring: Bernard Demczuk Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for District Relations, George Washington University; Former US Representative Charles Moreland (D-DC); Al-Malik Farrakhan, Founder, Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers Inc.; DC Councilmember Anita Bonds; Moderator Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher, Washington Informer. Free. At Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, 801 K St NW. Reservations required:

Friday, April 17 at 12:15 PM, Arts@Midday: Halleluia. Soprano Mary Shaffran will perform works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, a new work by David Caleb, and some surprises, including the chance to sing along on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”  Free.St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,  3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, April 17 from 8 - 11 PM, American University Workshop Living Composers Series: The Music of Steve Antosca. The AU Workshop will explore the music and influences of local composer Steve Antosca whose works focus on integrating acoustic instruments with computers for audio technology and spatialization. Antosca’s work has been described as "spectacular and wonderfully provocative" by the The Washington Post. Tickets: $10; $5 AU community and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. RSVP Required:

Saturday, April 18 from 9 AM - 4 PM, Horizons: Uniting Energy Technology and Consumers. Featured speakers: Hon. LaDoris Harris; Joelle Novey, Moderator, Community Institutions Going Solar; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Keynote Address. Presented by the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia. Free and open to the public - register at At the David A. Clarke Law School, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 4 PM, National Math Festival, an event for all ages, celebrating the delight and power of math in everyday life, featuring interactive exhibits, live performances, talks and demonstrations. At the museums along the National Mall. All free. More details at

Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Kids’ Farm Day at the Zoo. Kids will enjoy a variety of activities with arts and crafts throughout the day and giveaways for visitors to the Kids' Farm exhibit. Special performances featuring children's entertainment will take place on the Lion/Tiger Stage. Free. The National Zoo is at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, April 18 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Revolutionary War Living History Day at Congressional Cemetery. Talk to reenactors from the College Company of William and Mary about life in the Revolutionary War; tour Revolutionary War graves to learn about the fascinating stories of the fight for liberty; learn about the musket through firing demonstrations, and listen to a concert featuring the music of the time as performed by the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. This year, Dr. William Clift will also interpret 18th-century medicine and surgery displays. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. At Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE. More info:

Saturday, April 18 from 12 noon - 5:30 PM, Georgetown University Native American Student Council’s 3rd Annual Pow Wow, featuring dancing, singing, and food. Free. On the Copley Lawn at Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW. More info:

Sunday, April 19 at 10 AM, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Walk & Talk. Sandy Burk, fisheries biologist, naturalist, and author of Let the River Run Silver Again, and naturalist Bill Yeaman, lead this tour in search of blueback herring as well as alewife and gizzard shad at Peirce Mill. Meet at Picnic Grove 1 across from Peirce Mill at Tilden St. NW and Beach Drive. Free. More info:

Sunday, April 19, at 4 PM, Flute Concert by DCFlutes. Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra, will lead the group in a wide-ranging program that will include "Fantasie" by Gabriel Fauré. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert downstairs in Chadsey Hall. Free, but donations are appreciated. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW (on Connecticut Ave., NW between Oliver & Patterson Sts.) More info:

Monday April 20 at 7 PM, Poets on the Fringe, a Glover Park based poetry writers’ group, will have a public reading of original works, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Free. At the Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM, Annual Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture by Local Garden Writer Carole Ottesen: “Twenty Plants That Work So Hard You Won't Have To — In Honor of and with Advice from Henry Mitchell.” At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the 2nd floor large meeting room. More info:

Tuesday, April 21 from 7 – 8:30 PM, Books That Shaped America Series: Leaves of Grass. The Books That Shaped America is a series of conversations about literary works that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text, but the conversations stretch beyond the pages of the books themselves. The discussion leader for Leaves of Grass is Marianne Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free and no RSVP is required to attend. In the Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 PM, The 10th Annual Green Meeting: The Chevy Chase Citizens Association is celebrating Earth Day by featuring two local green projects. The first is a short film recently shown at the Environmental Film Festival produced by DC Greenworks about the green roofs in DC. The second is a talk by the project director of the 11th Street Bridge Project that converts the old bridge into an elevated urban park above the Anacostia River similar to New York's High Line. The meetings are free and open to everyone. In the DC Chevy Chase Community Center at 5604 Connecticut Avenue NW. Light refreshments will be served. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM, The Cleveland and Woodley Park Village Volunteer Orientation Meeting. Learn how you can get more involved in your neighborhood while helping your neighbors out. The orientation is held at the Village office located at the Broadmoor Coop, 3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Free. For more information call 202-615-5853  or go to

Wednesday, April 22 from 11 AM - 1 PM. Earth Day Sustainability Tours at the National Zoo. Celebrate Earth Day with the National Zoo's Sustainability Committee: Learn about the many green achievements and continued efforts across the National Zoo. Group tours of the green features of American Trail leave from the Carousel at 11 AM and 1 PM. The National Zoo is at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 from 9 AM - 12 Noon, DC Department of the Environment’s Earth Day “Path to Zero Waste" Summit. Mayor Muriel Bowser, DDOE Director Tommy Wells, and invited guest speakers from California and Canada will discuss the future of waste management and answer questions such as, “How do we turn waste collection and disposal into materials recovery and economic opportunity?” At the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. More info:

Wednesday, April 22 at 3 PM, Green Earth Day = Red Birth Day? You may not be aware that Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is on the same day as Lenin’s birthday. Coincidence? Or Communist conspiracy? Come to this eye-opening lecture and learn the Truth about an insidious plot to plant anti-capitalist seeds in the fertile soil of young minds. Skeptical? Just Google “Earth Day and Lenin’s Birthday” to see the number of links to sites explaining the connection. (See for one example.) If there are lots of websites asserting something, there must be something to it. For further in-depth research into this earth-shattering thesis, go to:

Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 PM, Lecture: Healthy Gardening for Nature. Chevy Chase Village will present Prof. Douglas Tallamy, who will speak on “Bringing Nature Home: How to green your garden and landscaping practices in a way that restores native fauna and flora and creates the basis for a healthy ecosystem.” This is a great opportunity to hear from one the leading practitioners of restorative landscaping in the world. In the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Coffee is served at 7PM: the lecture will begin promptly at 7:30PM. Please RSVP no later than April 17 to the Chevy Chase Village office at 301-654-7300 or email ccv @

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