Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Wilson High School Arts Fest
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, May 21 from 4 - 8 PM, Wilson High School’s 2nd Annual ArtsFest. Performances include: Poetry and open mic on the outdoor stage from 4 - 8 PM; vocal selections by Wilson choral students in the choir room from 4 - 5 PM; excerpts from plays in the Black Box theater from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Hands-on activities in the cafeteria include: Photo paper silhouettes; watercolor painting techniques; melted crayon art. Food and drink: Food trucks - and the Wilson Hospitality Academy will provide desserts, snacks and drinks. Free admission. At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW. Full details at

Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Humanitini: DC’s New Americans. Humanitini, a free monthly happy hour program by HumanitiesDC, brings Washingtonians together to discuss issues that are timely, engaging and entertaining. May’s Humanitini will be an unforgettable look at the history and cultures of DC's New Americans: Ethiopians, Chinese, Greeks, Salvadorans, and many more immigrant groups have established vibrant enclaves in Washington, DC over the years. How long will these communities retain their unique identities in wake of so much historical assimilation and displacement? Come join our panelists as they talk about the historical forces that have driven the development – or the eclipsing - of these communities. Panelists: Christine Warnke, Ted Gong, Quique Aviles, Joel Makonnen, and William Gilcher. Free. At The Coupe, 3415 11th St NW. Register at

Thursday, May 21 from 7:30 - 9 PM, The Middle East Lecture Series at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church concludes this season's lectures with an address by Mr. Matthew Duss on “The Implications for Peace in Israel with the Reelection of Mr. Netanyahu.” Mr. Duss is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and was previously a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, where his work focused on the Middle East and US national security, and director of the Center’s Middle East Progress program. All are welcome to attend. No admission fee. A reception will follow the lecture. In the Geneva Hall on the second floor of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW.

Friday, May 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Free docent-led tours of  current exhibitions at American University’s Katzen Art Museum. The Katzen Art Museum is at 4400  Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, May 22 at 6:30 PM, “Screen on the Green” Movie Night. Please join Hearst Elementary, in conjunction with DC Department of Parks and Recreation, for our spring show, Big Hero 6, on the upper turf field near the school starting at 8 PM. The family fun activities start at 6:30 PM with a picnic. You can bring your own picnic basket or purchase drinks and pizza, while supplies last. Popcorn is free!  Glow lights will also be available for purchase (cash only). Best hero costume contest with prizes. No lawn chairs, please -- backrests OK. Free and open to the community. Hearst Elementary is at 37th and Tilden Sts.

Saturday, May 23 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Run of the Mill” at Peirce Mill. The National Park Service’s official Miller, Jean Minor, will show how Washington’s only working gristmill grinds grain. Sponsored by the Friends of Peirce Mill. Free. Peirce Mill is at Tilden St and Beach Dr.

Saturday, May 23 from 1 - 4 PM, The 2015 Cleveland Park Historical Society Garden and History Tour. Tickets at ($20 member; $30 non-member), The tour starts at the corner of Reno Road and Upton Street and includes 16 gardens, 215 years of history, and the only surviving 19th-century spring house in Washington. This is a chance to explore the properties tucked into the hills west of Reno Road on Springland, Tilden, and Upton -- the site of an early 19th-century farm and vineyard that produced grapes that Thomas Jefferson admired. Representatives of the RiverSmart Homes program will be on hand to talk about Rock Creek-friendly, sustainable gardening strategies. Questions? Email staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org.

Saturday, May 23 at 2 PM, Ceremony for the unveiling of a bust of George Peabody, in honor of his 220th birthday. Georgetown artist Jeannette Murphy is the sculptor. In the Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. Free. More info:

Sunday, May 24 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Sand Garden Tour of Cleveland Park. Many people learn a lot about gardening by going on garden tours, like the Cleveland Park Garden Tour that was held on Saturday. But many others look at lush, verdant plant-life and despair: the “brown thumbs” among us know we could never duplicate such beauty and bounty. But everyone can create a sand garden! On this inspirational garden tour, you will view 12 different tabletop sand gardens, each one a masterpiece of sand design and execution. The participating Sand Gardeners will leave their creations out on their front porches on the morning of the tour; each garden will have a docent who will explain how the sand pattern was created and will also protect the garden from mischievous fingers. You can find information on how to create your own sand garden here: and examples of the art here: For ticket information for the event click on    

Sunday, May 24 from 12 noon - 3 PM, Adoption Force One, the mobile pet adoption unit of the Washington Humane Society, will be at the Cleveland Park Petco with adoptable dogs and cats. Free. Petco is at 3505 Connecticut Avenue NW, in the Park’n’Shop. More info:

Monday, May 25 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Memorial Day events at the Lincoln Cottage and US Soldiers and Airmen’s Home and National Cemetery. Free guided tours of the cemetery: Meet at the bandstand adjacent to the Cottage at 10:15am and 12 noon. Wreath-laying ceremony: Meet at bandstand adjacent to Cottage at 9:30am. Reservations requested for free events at For guided tours of the cottage, tickets are $5 - $15 - reserve at The Lincoln Cottage is at Upshur St and Rock Creek Church Rd.

Wednesday, May 27 from 6 - 9 PM, The Historical Society of Washington celebrates its 121st anniversary and presents its Visionary Historian award to author and architectural historian James M. Goode. Tickets $50 - $75 at At the Carnegie Library, 801 K St NW.

Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM, Gargoyles and grotesques of the Washington Cathedral: A slideshow and outdoor tour. Tickets $15 for adults, $6 for children under 12. Reservations suggested - All attendees must obtain a tour ticket at the Welcome Desk (located at the main entrance for walk-in visitors, adjacent to the underground parking elevators). Binoculars recommended. Cameras welcome. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues.

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