Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons
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 23, all day, Food and Friends Dine Out for Life. 90+ restaurants in the DC Metro Region will donate 25%-100% of their sales to Food & Friends to provide over a million meals to neighbors in need this year. Simply grab your friends and family and dine out at a participating restaurant (the list is here: You can make reservations through OpenTable or by contacting the restaurant directly. Can't dine out? Donate at this link and you'll be entered to win a $1,000 American Airlines gift card.

Thursday, April 23 at 7 PM, Edward Snowden’s attorney Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union will speak about the civil liberties issues at stake in this important case. In the Moot Court Room of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free and open to the public - register online at

Thursday, April 23 at 7 PM, Finding “novel” inspiration in Forest Hills' history: Anthony Dobranski, author of the serial mystery novel, The Scientists and the Spy, invites the community to join him, Forest Hills Connection and special guests for a kickoff event at the Forest Hills of DC home (4901 Connecticut Avenue). The novel describes the important and largely invisible work done by the scientists and other workers in Washington during the Second World War, particularly at the National Bureau of Standards at what is now Van Ness. Enjoy refreshments while local historians fill us in on the era and Dobranski does a reading from the novel. You’ll find parking on site, and plenty of street parking. Free. Please send an email to info @ if you plan to come.
Friday, April 24 at 10 AM, Spring Nature Walk with Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Melanie brings her intelligence and passion to guided walks in the park, sharing her wisdom about trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Witness the fresh green foliage of the newly leafed canopy, search for spring wildflowers and listen for the return of the musical wood thrush, DC’s official bird. Location: Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive at the District line. Bring: Water and snacks and/or a light lunch. The walk covers up to 2½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. Trip limited to 20 participants. For more info about the hike and to register, go to  

Friday, April 24 from 1 - 4 PM, Meet a Spy, featuring Tony and Joanna Mendez. Uncover the world of espionage and intelligence with people who practiced professionally. As the CIA’s leading disguise specialists, husband and wife Tony and Joanna Mendez spent decades creating false identities for America’s undercover agents. And on November 4, 1979, when the CIA needed a cover story to extract the six, they turned to top exfiltration expert Tony Mendez who devised a scheme that revolved around a Hollywood crew scouting locations for a fictitious movie. His rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis was depicted in the now famous film, ARGO. Free - no registration required. More info:

Friday April 24 at 7 PM, Moving Toward an Age-Friendly City: What’s Next? Were you one of the thousands of DC residents who told us how DC could be an even better place to live, work and play as we grow older? Whether or not you were, you can still play a critical role in making sure the Age-Friendly D.C. Strategic Plan is implemented. Come learn about key elements of the Strategic Plan and what is happening now and beyond 2015 to make sure the plan is implemented, and how you can be involved. At the Chevy Chase DC Public Library,  5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. More info:

Friday, April 24 at 8 PM, American University Symphony Orchestra and American University Chorus: War and Peace. American University’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus join forces to present musical reflections on war and peace. The orchestra will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by performing Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, with a narrator reading from Lincoln's own words. The chorus will join the orchestra for a concert opener and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, an epic and somber work written as a call for peace in 1936 amidst growing fears of the Second World War. Tickets: $10; $5 AU community and seniors. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Reservations required:  

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Georgetown French Market. Stroll the sidewalk sale and open air market this weekend along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road. You will find fashion, French fare, quaint shops, galleries, live music, and more. Free parking on Saturday at Hardy Middle School. Free. More info:

Saturday, April 25 from 10 AM - 4 PM, The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library invite you to their one-day-only Annual Spring Book Sale. Choose from thousands of books at great prices -- mysteries, thrillers, biographies, sports, fiction, romance, fine arts, history, business economics, science nature, foreign language, science fiction fantasy, reference, travel, hobbies, psychology self-help, kids books, cookbooks, graphic novels, CDs, DVDs, and more! All items have been donated by your friends and neighbors -- many are brand new and in perfect condition.  Proceeds support branch and city-wide library programs. On the second floor of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW.

Saturday April 25 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Tree Fest: Majestic, Green & Growing Tree-Palooza! Tudor Place celebrates trees that have seen (almost) everything -- including 19 new ones -- with a family-friendly day of games, crafts, tours, concerts, and a Cafe Under the Canopy with lunch served by Geppetto Catering's BBQ specialists. Sing along with Nature Jams at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Members: $5; Non-Members: $7; under-5s attend free. Register online, or walk in: At Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW.

Saturday, April 25th from 11 AM - 4 PM, Washington International School Spring Bazaar. There will be the annual delicious authentic British Tea with homemade scones, berries and cream, cakes, tea sandwiches and more. There will be a bake sale, as well as crepes, Belgian waffles, empanadas, and hamburgers and hot dogs. Entry to the Bazaar is free, but tickets, which carry a value of $1 each, are required for food and games. Please bring family and friends for a taste of the world! On the Tregaron Campus of WIS, 3100 Macomb Street NW.

Sunday, April 26 from 2 - 4 PM, Local florist Allan Woods will present a floral demonstration (a prelude to the National Cathedral’s annual Flower Mart on May 1 and 2) in the 7th floor Perry Auditorium of the National Cathedral. Light refreshments. Tickets: $30 at Ample free parking in the Cathedral garage.

Monday, April 27 at 7 PM, Community Meeting to Provide Input for Alternative Metro Access to Van Ness Station. You may have read the news that the west entrance to the Van Ness Metro station will be closed for three years for repairs to the escalator. Metro is soliciting passengers’ views on three alternative ways of entering the station that can be implemented while the escalators are out of commission. At this community meeting, held at UDC right by the station, you will see schematics and models of the alternative means of entry and will be able to vote for your favorite. The three possible designs are: 1. Fireman’s pole; 2. Spiral slide; and 3. Zipline. Please note that these are all methods of descending into the station. At the present time there are no designs being offered that would bring passengers back up to the street, although a couple of creative approaches (catapult, ski-lift chair) are being considered. To view the proposals, go to:

Tuesday, April 28 at 6 PM, screening of the film A Whole Lott More - part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival 2015. This 83 minute documentary is about employment options for the differently-able and, in particular, the threatened shutdown of Lott Industries. Lott's 1200 employees with development disabilities are faced with potential unemployment in the face of the recent recession and we watch with them as the clock ticks down over a 12 month period. All films in the film festival will be followed by a guest speaker associated with either the making of the film or otherwise intimately acquainted with the subject matter of the film.  Facilities are wheelchair accessible and any other asked-for accommodations may be directed to Jessica.Tischler @ jccnv dot org. Free. Location: First floor auditorium of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info and reservations: More info about the film festival:

Tuesday, April 28 from 6:45 PM - 8 PM, "Fun things to do and places to go in nature!" Join a fun evening for parents, with guest speakers Julie Dieguez and Karen Mullin, who will share inspiring ideas and tips for parents & teachers to create exciting opportunities for children to explore, discover and play in nature, their community, at school and in their own backyards. Julie & Karen work with schools, community organizations, non-profits and individuals as consultants on the development of wildlife habitat projects, native plantings, outdoor classrooms, schoolyard habitats, and nature play spaces.  Free. At the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue NW.

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