Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Jebulon 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 15,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 PM, Under the Sea with Andrew Wilson. Discover our Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. Learn about our local estuary and how it has changed over the centuries. For ages 4-12. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, July 9 from 7 - 9 PM, Fort Reno Summer Concert Series, featuring Boon, Near Northeast, and J.Flax & The Heart Attacks. Free. Fort Reno Park is at 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. See: for more info on this concert and the summer series.

Friday, July 10 from 5 - 8 PM, Open House at Alliance Francaise de Washington. Explore the library, try out a mini class, take a placement test, drink a glass of wine, nibble on cheese and start celebrating the French National Day. The last placement test will be at 7:45 PM. A bientôt! Free. Alliance Francaise de Washington is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, July 11 from 9:30 AM - 7 PM, French Festival at Hillwood Museum. Celebrate France’s national holiday and Hillwood-founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for 18th-century French decorative arts. Enjoy live dance and music performances by New York Baroque Dance Company and Kevin Shannon. Join in the whimsical antics of fictitious French Nobles performed by Happenstance Theater. Take part in French-inspired games and art projects. Admire the exquisite collection of 18th-century French decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post. And much more Francophile fun! Tickets $18 general admission, $15 seniors, $12 Hillwood and AFDC members, $10 college students, $5 children 6-18 years. Free for children under 6, Register at At Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave NW.

Saturday, July 11 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Free events at Peirce Mill. Pick up a snack, get directions and maps, watch a video, and start your treasure hunt. From 11 AM - 2 PM: Make a Corn Husk Doll (for ages 3 and up). At 11 AM and 1 PM: Tour Peirce Mill, the Marvelous Machine, and learn how inventor Oliver Evans linked his inventions (the grain elevator, conveyor and hopper boy among others) to change milling forever. For more information on Peirce Mill's tours, hours and location, go to:

Saturday, July 11 from 12 noon - 2:30 PM, Free Bike Clinic. Volunteers from The Bike House collective and Capitol Hill Bikes will provide bike repair services at no cost for the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages and bikes are welcome! For more info see . This program repeats on selected Saturdays throughout the summer -- see for the schedule. The Anacostia Library is at 1800 Good Hope Road SE.

Saturday, July 11 at 3 PM, Forget Perfect: Addressing Adult ADHD. ADHD expert Abigail Wurf, M.Ed., PCC, author of “Forget Perfect,” coaches professionals and entrepreneurs affected by ADHD and executive functioning issues to maximize their productivity and financial success and conducts workshops, webinars and teleseminars. Free. In the first floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Sunday, July 12 at 10 AM, Geology Walk & Talk: Piedmont and Coastal Plain, a Rock Creek Conservancy trail hike led by Geoscientist Jamie Miller. Rock Creek Park’s southern portion displays a variety of Laurel Formation metamorphic rocks, including a nice outcrop featuring metamorphism of the Rock Creek Shear Zone, and quartz veins as well as schist and also amphibolite. The hike is a 2.7 mile loop. Meet at Meet at the parking lot next to Picnic Grove 2 located at the intersection of Beach Drive and Broad Branch Road.  Free. Register at

Sunday, July 12 from 1 - 3 PM, Bastille Day for Kids with Bonjour Mama. In honor of the French national holiday, join the Alliance Francaise and Bonjour Mama, a local French language bookstore for kids, for an afternoon of fun kids' activities...tout en français! 1 PM: Heure du conte (storytime) in French; 1:30 - 3 PM: Arts and craft activities, traditional French games for kids (chamboule-tout, pêche à la ligne...) At 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD. Free, but RSVP required:

Monday, July 13 at 4 PM, Workshop: Creating Narratives Using Hip Hop, Poetry, and Theater. Got Bars? Got Poems? Or just have a story to tell? This interactive cipher is the first step to transform your stories into so much more. In this program, you’ll explore what Frederick Douglass and Cole have in common, and what drama and poetry have in common. This workshop is for aspiring, inspired, and established writers and fans of hip hop, poetry and theatre. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Tuesday, July 14 at 11 AM, Nicolo the Jester combines juggling with storytelling, poetry, comedy, music, character acting, and audience participation. For ages 3-6. Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 14 at 8 PM, Support the Aristocracy Day. Not everyone is celebrating revolution on Quatorze Juillet! Think of all those titled ladies and gentlemen who lost everything in the name of liberte, fraternite, egalite. To them, the mob that stormed the Bastille 226 years ago were nothing but a bunch of thugs. If you agree, then come to this counter-revolutionary costume party in your powdered wig and pearls, where you can sip champagne and look down your nose at the peasants. But only in your imagination, as this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, July 14 at 7 PM, City History, City Heroes: African American Heroines of the Civil War. Local author C.R. Gibbs will tell some lesser-known stories of heroism from DC's histor, highlighting African-American heroines of the Civil War. Before you come, read up on the Civil War, especially Ronald Coddington's African American Faces of the Civil War, a book of photographs. Mr. Gibbs will also speak on the District's Black Doughboys. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Wednesday, July 15 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The 125th Celebration Hike, in honor of Rock Creek Park’s 125th anniversary. A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike through Rock Creek Park, discusses the park’s past 125 years and contemplating the next 125 years. Free. Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover  Road NW.

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