Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 15,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @  

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv    

Thursday, September 10 at 12 noon, “Still Standing: How an Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina.” Gerald Anderson’s memoir, written with Susan Orlins, is an inspiring story of poverty, prison, addiction, as well as the dramatic rescue of dozens of Katrina victims. It is also about one man’s determination and resilience to overcome a life of hardship and sin. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Street Sense vendor Gerald Anderson says, “If not for Katrina, I’d be dead or in prison.” Come to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to hear Anderson's story in a conversation with "Street Sense" editor Susan Orlins. Free. Books will be available for check out and purchase. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW. More info:  

Thursday, September 10 at 7 PM, Leonard Downie, author, journalist, professor, and long-time editor at The Washington Post, will speak about his career and the state of the news media. Downie is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of nonfiction and fiction books including his 2009 novel "The Rules of the Game." The event is free and open to the public. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,  

Friday, September 11 at various times, Presentation to honor our Ward 3 Fire and EMS units. All are welcome to join Councilmember Mary Cheh at our Ward 3 Fire Stations: 12 PM at Engine 28, 3522 Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park. 12:30 PM at Engine 31, 4930 Connecticut Avenue in Forest Hills. 1 PM at Engine 20, 4300 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. 1:30 PM at Engine 29, 4811 MacArthur Blvd. in Palisades. Please contact Kelly Whittier with any questions at 202-431-5697, kwhittier @  

Saturday September 12 from 10 AM - 3 PM, “This Old Warehouse,” a fall festival to celebrate old homes and the folks who love them, presented by Community Forklift, the DC area’s nonprofit reuse warehouse for building materials. Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on topics like wood window restoration and electrical systems in old homes. Browse a selection of antique tools and hardware (normally sold only online). Live music from local bands, cider and baked goods, and lunch from the Urban Bumpkin BBQ food truck. Free admission. At Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD – just 5 minutes from the DC line, near the Hyattsville Arts District. Full details at  

Saturday September 12 from 10 AM to 3:00 PM, Family Day at President Lincoln's Cottage. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers' Home. Free activities include: a petting zoo, a Civil War encampment featuring the Bucktail soldiers, tours of Sherman Tower, dramatic re-enactments, crafts and games (including DIY top hats and making cards for veterans), and live music. Register for free events at Cottage tours are not included in free Family Day activities, but you can book a tour on the Cottage online in advance at President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home, 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW.  

Saturday, September 12 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Sing, Talk And Read (STAR) Family Festival.
Parents, bring your kids to DC Public Library's STAR Family Festival and find out how singing, talking and reading with your baby and young child now will help get them ready to learn when they start school. This event features: live entertainment, fun activities for kids, safety, health and education resources, door prizes and giveaways, free lunch (while supplies last!), free books, face painting, photos taken with costumed character, Super Why! and much more! Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, September 12 at 11 AM and 1 PM, “Feeding a Growing City” History Tours  of Peirce Mill. After the American Revolution, Washington County (where Peirce Mill was located) became part of an expanding grain growing region needed to support Washington City. When Isaac Peirce expanded his property along Rock Creek (Peirce gristmill opened in 1828) he became part of the transition from agrarian to industrial American. On this tour you will learn the importance of the Peirce family and inventor Oliver Evans in feeding a growing city. For children ages 3 and up, there will be Nature Crafts at Peirce Barn from 11 AM - 2 PM: All kinds of natural and crafty materials will be on hand—feathers and sticks, twine and clay, beads and pipe cleaners. Bring your imagination, find inspiration in beautiful Rock Creek Park, and make something with your own two hands! Free. Peirce Mill is at 2401 Tilden Street NW.  

Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon - 6 PM, The 6th Annual 17th Street Festival. Art show, vendors, kid-zone at Stead Park, pet zone with fun for your furry friends, national and local entertainers, drag show divas, and more. Free admission. Along 17th Street near Dupont Circle between R Street & P Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon - 6 PM, The 10th Annual Columbia Heights Day Neighborhood Festival, featuring multiple food vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Themed tent areas let you explore the world in the cultural section, check out the beautiful work of local artisans, and take a moment to focus on your health and wellness. For the truly adventurous, run through an adult warrior obstacle course, including a moon bounce! Families can also enjoy the festival together at the Bloom Bar Fun Tent and at Fun Field (located on Harriet Tubman Elementary School yard). Free admission. Along 11th Street, from Park Road to Kenyon Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, September 12 from 1:30 - 4:30 PM, Chevy Chase Day, featuring a scavenger hunt, ice cream, music, clowns, a moon bounce, free hot dogs and chips, sandwich samples, discounts from stores, many free goodies, free books from Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library - full list of participating merchants at Along Connecticut Avenue between McKinley and Northampton Streets.  

Saturday, September 12 from 12 - 4 PM, The 7th Annual Doggy Day Swim hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Following the end of the summer pool season, this annual event will provide dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in three of DC's pools:
Upshur Pool - 4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW (75 dogs); Francis Pool - 25th & N Street, NW (150 dogs); Randall Pool - South Capital & I Street, SW (75 dogs). Admission is free, but before you go make sure you know all the requirements for dogs and their humans - go to to learn more. 

Saturday September 12 from 4 - 6 PM, The 1st Annual Kitty Climb Day, hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. After the fun of Doggy Swim Day, it’s time for cats to have their day, too. Of course, they don’t like to swim, but they do like to climb. Bring your kitties to one of the 3 designated community rec centers, which will be set up with stair-stacked boxes, varying heights of bookshelves, and lengths of curtains of appealingly scratchable textures, all perfect for the adventurous feline climber. There will be many well-placed knickknacks and vases to knock over along the way. Prizes given to the cat that can climb the highest. Firefighters with ladders will be on hand to retrieve any kitties that go up but won’t come back down. For addresses of the rec centers and to read the rules for participating cats, go to  

Sunday, September 13 from 12 noon - 6 PM, Adams Morgan Day 2015. Live music on the Spotlight Stage, Rooftop Music, Craft Beer, Children’s Tent at Marie Reed Playground, games, cooking demonstrations, food and drink, bike safety check, gardening expo, Peruvian Flashmob, street karaoke dance party, balloon animals, face painting, far too much to list it all -- see for more details. Free admission. At multiple locations in Adams Morgan -- see  

Sunday, September 13 at 2 PM, The Legends and Lore DC Book Discussion Series meets to discuss “Cane” by Jean Toomer. Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, DC? The Cleveland Park Library hosts a local book discussion series and the September selection is Cane. Originally published in 1923, the book is based on Toomer's experiences as a teacher in rural Georgia. It remains an important work of the Harlem Renaissance. Copies are available from the library system. At the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Sunday, September 13 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM, Back to School Picnic, hosted by American University’s Office of Community Relations and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, featuring “celebrity” grill masters, a petting zoo, moon bounces, food, and friends – a perfect way to kick off the new school year. The whole community is invited – bring your friends and neighbors of all ages. AU and Metropolitan will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, soft drinks and desserts. Bring a salad to share. Free. At MMUMC, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW,    

Monday, September 14 at 12 noon, Screening of Documentary: “Carousel of Memories.” More than a fun ride, Glen Echo Park’s Dentzel carousel became a symbol for civil rights activists and a treasured memory for generations of Washingtonians. Listen to their stories as you join filmmaker Cintia Cabib at this screening of her documentary, “Carousel of Memories.” Free; no reservations required. In the Myers Rooms at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,  

Wednesday, September 16 at 1 PM, “A Day on the Farm” presented by the Leesburg Animal Park and area 4-H clubs. Everyone loves a summer’s day on the farm. Spend your lunch hour in Tenleytown with animals, 4-H, fun and food. There will be a petting zoo of pettable ducks, chicks, bunnies, lambs, and…a pony! Friendship Terrace will also have a special lunch of hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream with the proceeds benefiting the Friendship Terrace Resident Services Fund. At the Seabury at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW, just two blocks from the Tenleytown Metro Station. More info:  

Wednesday, September 16 at 7 PM, Author talk: Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families. Law professor Martha Ertman delves into the legal cases, anecdotes and history of family law to show that love comes in different packages -- each shaped by different contracts -- which family law should and sometimes does recognize. Beginning with Ertman's own story about becoming part of a family of two moms and a dad raising a child, she then shows that many people -- straight and gay, married and single, related by adoption or by genetics -- use contracts to shape relationships. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

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