Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Fairy Garden - Tenley Friendship Library
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 15,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 16 from 5 - 7 PM, Vision Zero Safety Awareness event. Representatives of the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be outside the Cleveland Park Metro Station to talk with residents about pedestrian and bicycle safety and solicit public input via the agency’s own crowdsourcing map on transportation-related safety hazards spotted around the city. Vision Zero is an initiative to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries to users of the District’s transportation system by 2024. For other Vision Zero event dates, times and locations, go to:

Friday, July 17 at 12:30 PM, “Capitaine's Map of the Theater of War in America.” Lunch Bites program: Join Jack Warren, executive director, as he discusses this rare map printed in Paris in 1779 for the Marquis de Lafayette's use in lobbying for a French army to be sent to America. The map covers the theater of war in America and depicts the troop movements and battles of the war. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the map. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More on this and other programs at

Friday, July 17 at 6 PM, Nat Geo Nerd Nite! Nerd out this summer with a stellar lineup of Nat Geo storytellers, including journalist Susan Poulton, photographers Jon Brack and Anand Varma, conservationist Gabby Salazar and more! Begin the evening in the Indiana Jones and Monster Fish exhibits and enjoy happy hour offerings from Dogfish Head brews and several of DC’s favorite food trucks. Then at 7:30 PM get your geek on as Nat Geo’s intrepid explorers share funny and fascinating tales from the field. This event is 21+. Tickets $15 available at In the Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Bldg, 1600 M Street NW.

Saturday, July 18 at 10 AM, Meet Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett. Are you a kid who loves baseball?  The Mount Pleasant Library will be the spot to meet Washington Nationals player Aaron Barrett. He will read stories and answer your questions. Free book give-away while supplies last. Best for ages 5-12. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Saturday, July 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM, The Fourth Annual DC Day of Archaeology Festival at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street, NW - part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology. Archaeology organizations from DC, MD, and VA will be present, so you can talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures. Learn about the archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants of the area. Visitors will also have an opportunity to enjoy the Dumbarton House Museum. Plus live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks. Free, but you can register and are encouraged to make a donation at

Saturday, July 18 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Polish Day 2015. Spend the day partaking in fun activities with Poles and friends of Poland! Musical entertainment, a mini Chopin recital, a dramatic monologue about Tadeusz Kosciuszko, trivia about Poland, karaoke, a children’s program, a silent auction, and more. Special guests include officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Traditional Polish lunch prepared by the Polish Embassy chef, Andrzej Bielach. Polish beer and vodka served, as well as juices and soft drinks. Free for Kosciuszko Foundation members, children and students, $15 for non-members.At the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O Street NW.  More info:

Saturday, July 18 from 1 - 4 PM, Union Market’s 5th Annual DC Scoop Ice Cream Competition. DC’s sweetest event is back! Sample and purchase frozen treats and savory snacks from your favorite ice cream shops and local food trucks. Participants this year include: Milk Cult; Little Baby’s Ice Cream; Gifford’s; King of Pops; Carmen’s; NiceCream; Ice Cream Jubilee; Faithfully Sweet; Dangerously Delicious Pies; Suga Mama Sweets. The event will be held in Dock 5 and the alley behind Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE. For more information go to:

Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM, “Fire and Ice: Moons of the Solar System.” Did you know that Planet Earth is not the only place in our solar system to have saltwater oceans and active volcanoes? A park ranger will talk to kids about the moons of our solar system. For children age 7 and up. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Sunday, July 19 at 9:45 PM, “Wombat Drool.” Wombats! Easily distracted K wants to tell you about wombats. And red pandas. And silent German films. And sleeping siamangs. And vertigo. And moonrat vaginas. And sex education movies. And wombats! Exalt in the remarkably unremarkable in this one-hour play by David S. Kessler. No, this is NOT the weekly fake event! Once we saw the write-up of this play (copied verbatim from the Capital Fringe 2015 website we knew we did not need to invent a fake event this week -- this is far better than anything we could have made up! Tickets, $17. At The Argonaut, 1433 H Street NE. Also playing Tuesday 7/21 at 6 PM and Saturday 7/25 at 2:45 PM.

Monday, July 20 from 7 - 9 PM, Fort Reno summer concert series, featuring Hemlines, Proxy State, and Two Inch Astronaut. Free. Fort Reno Park is at 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. See for info on this and other concerts in the series.

Tuesday, July 21 at 4 PM, “In the Zone: Create a Miniature Fairy Garden.” Create your own magical, miniature garden world. Paint some mini toadstools and lay some pebbles or sand for a stream. We'll supply the container, soil and decorations. You bring your imagination. Free. Best for ages 6-12. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 PM, Concert by Teething Veils, a band consisting of songwriter/guitarist Greg Svitil with violist Hannah Burris and cellist Alexia Kauffman. Presented by the Capital Fringe Festival 2015 and the DC Public Library Foundation. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 PM, Voluntary Preservation: The Work of the L'Enfant Trust. Lauren McHale, the new Executive Director of the L’Enfant Trust, will introduce the Trust's Conservation Easement Program, which safeguards the future of properties throughout the District of Columbia, and its newer Historic Properties Redevelopment Program, which rehabilitates distressed historic properties in DC neighborhoods. Ms. McHale is eager to take questions from residents interested in the Trust's programs. Hosted by the Cleveland Park Historical Society. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St. NW. The talk is free for CPHS members and $10 for non-members. Reserve your space at Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, July 23 from 6 - 9 PM, Brew at the Zoo. Raise your glass to conservation! Join FONZ at the Zoo’s annual beer fest, where you'll sample beers from more than 70 craft breweries and food from popular food trucks, and enjoy lawn games, animal demonstrations. and live entertainment by local band The Bachelor Boys. Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation science at Smithsonian's National Zoo. Must be 21+ to attend (photo ID required). Tickets from $30 (sober ride) up to $100 (non-member VIP), available at:

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