Thursday, June 2, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 2 at 10 AM, “Being Nixon.” Author Evan Thomas gets past the stereotypes and tropes about Richard Nixon--the paranoid criminal mastermind and cartoon version of "Tricky Dick"--to understand what it was like to be Nixon. Thomas attempts to be empathetic without glossing over Nixon's many real flaws. In his book, he looks closely at Nixon as a family man and explores the mystery of how someone who was almost pathologically shy at times became one of the most successful politicians and statesmen of the 20th century. Thomas also examines how he destroyed himself. Evan Thomas is a former writer and editor at Time and Newsweek and the author of nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers and biographies of Nixon, Eisenhower, and Robert Kennedy. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free, no rsvp needed, but seating is limited and on a first-come first serve basis. More info:  

Thursday, June 2, at 5 PM,  Zemer Chai, the Jewish Chorale of the Nation's Capital, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert at Adas Israel (near the corner of Porter and Connecticut Ave. NW). Tickets, $20 - $40 at!store/cdd4. Full details of the concert at!upcoming-performances/c13d9.  

Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Destination DC - a Humanitini Happy Hour program. The discussion topic for this evening (part of a year-long series celebrating the 225th birthday of the nation’s capital) is how the monumental structures on the National Mall built under the McMillan Plan became national and international symbols and tourist attractions. The panelists will think about how DC’s tourism industry has evolved over the last 114 years since the McMillan Plan was written, and will try to get a sense of what brings people to the city today. Free. At Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St NW. RSVP at  

Friday, June 3 at 7 PM, French Summer Wine Tasting. An expert sommelier from local wine boutique “Cork & Fork” will guide guests on a tasting through the different wines of France. Learn about all that goes into the process of growing, harvesting, and making wine and then taste the differences. Cheese and Saucisson will accompany wine. This event will be in English, + 21 only. At Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.Tickets: $25 for members; $30 General Admission - reserve at

Saturday, June 4 from 9 AM - 2 PM, Truck Touch. Come experience the high-tech equipment and vehicles used to provide vital city services. Mayor Bowser will be there. Climb aboard, work the gears, honk the horn! Free and fun for the whole family. Kids and teens eat free. Location: RFK Stadium Lot 7.    

Saturday, June 4 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The Acton Children’s Business Fair, featuring over 30 children’s businesses, including cupcakes, jewelry, toiletries, face painting, hair braiding, artwork, and more. Children ages 6 - 14 will be showcasing their enterprises, selling their wares to customers, and competing for cash prizes in four age categories. Free. On the Cleveland Park commercial strip along Connecticut Avenue between Macomb St and Ordway Street. [Rained delayed from May 21.]  

Saturday, June 4 from 11 AM - 5 PM, The 27th Annual Glover Park Day, an outdoor festival co-sponsored by the Glover Park Citizens Association and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Glover Park Day 2016 will feature the best of Glover Park: good friends, great food from local restaurants, live music, crafters, community organizations, local businesses, kids’ activities and much more. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center at the corner of Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW.  Full details at  

Saturday, June 4, from 4 - 5 PM: Piano Concert to benefit Iona Senior Services. Enjoy Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Bach and Ravel — and support Iona! This piano concert, featuring two talented local high-school students, will benefit Iona’s Music and Memory Program, which helps older adults with Alzheimer’s stay connected through their favorite music. Free, with donations requested. At Cleveland Park Congregational Church,3400 Lowell St. NW.  

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 12 noon - 3 PM from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, St. Nicholas Cathedral Festival of Multinational Cuisine. Taste the traditional cuisines of Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Germany, Greece, and America. Free admission. St. Nicholas Cathedral is at 3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW. See flyer at

Sunday, June 5 from 11 AM - 2 PM, The 4th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival Day in the Park. Bring your whole family to the park for a day of free concerts, games and fun! The Macaroons’ catchy pop-rock mixes with The Brothers Yares’ Middle Eastern-inflected Folk and Americana sound. Ari Jacobson is our musical master of ceremonies, and there will be face painting, games, and workshops throughout the day. The Washington Animal Rescue League will be there with adoptable puppies! When you’re ready for some grub, grab a falafel or grilled cheese nearby from DC Ballers and The Big Cheese before putting your dancing shoes back on. Free and open to the public. In Stead Park, 1625 P St NW. Rain Location: Edlavitch JCC of Washington. More info:

Sunday June 5 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Community Flea Market sponsored by Palisades Georgetown Lions Club. Gather yourself for the biggest flea market and the only flea market (crafts too) in the DC Palisades Community. Catering by Simply Delicious! Free admission. Location: Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, MacArthur Blvd. and Arizona Ave. NW  

Sunday, June 5 from 1 - 5 PM, Flea Market With a Difference. This flea market is exactly what it says: a market selling fleas, with everything from trained circus fleas to household dog and cat fleas. And not just fleas -- you can also get swarming flies, maggots, mosquitoes, ticks and gnats! Please wear protective gear. You must register in advance and pay a deposit (fully refundable) in case of inadvertent swatting or squashing the merchandise. Location: In the plaza in front of the Insect House at the Zoo. For directions and discount coupons, go to:  

Sunday, June 5 from 5-8 PM, The Rosedale Conservancy's 11th annual Community BBQ & Picnic. There will be music, soft drinks, hot dogs & hamburgers on the grill. Bring a potluck side dish or dessert, your blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees, families and friends, and come join us!  (Please keep furry friends at home, though). Music by the Cleveland Park Jazz Quartet! Rosedale is at 3501 Newark Street NW. More info:  

Sunday, June 5 at 5 PM, Concert by the Washington Conservatory Orchestra. Made up of adult amateur musicians, the Washington Conservatory Orchestra will perform a program of pieces by Ippolitov-Ivanov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saens (with violin soloist Diana Rumrill) and Borodine.  A reception follows. For more information or inquiries from prospective players, please contact the Personnel Manager, gail63music @ verizon dot net. 

Monday, June 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Weathering the Storm: Innovative Flood Management on the National Mall.” In June 2006, tropical downpours inundated the District of Columbia, causing severe flooding along the National Mall. Water infiltrated key federal buildings, including the IRS headquarters, the Commerce and Justice departments, and the National Archives. Several Smithsonian museums closed their doors. Hear from representatives from the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Capital Planning Commission about the extent of the damage and measures taken since to protect downtown Washington, including a remarkably sensitive and compatible levee constructed within Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens.Tickets: $15 for Members of DCPL or the Historical Society of Washington,$25 for Non-members. Register at At the Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW.  

Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM, “Aging and Relationships: Stingers, Clingers & Love in the Golden Years,” presented by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Glover Park Village. Dr. Patricia Webbink, a licensed psychologist, will speak on the subject of relationships between older adults and her theory of "the intimacy pattern", drawing on her more than 40 years of experience in psychological practice. Please RSVP to Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or by calling 202-436-5545. Free. At the Georgetown Librar, 3260 R Street NW,  

Wednesday, June 8 from 8 AM - 12 noon, "Mighty Mole Gardens" will lead gardening activities for children. They will enjoy interactive learning, games, and the chance to decorate their own planter box (while supplies last). This program is part of the outdoor "Mornings with Mommy & Daddies, Too!" series of free interactive programs for children of all ages. Location: Cathedral Commons at Newark Street & Wisconsin Avenue (in front of Giant Food).  

Wednesday June 8 from 7 - 9 PM, Memorials for the Future, presented by the National Capital Planning Commission, National Park Service, and Van Alen Institute, as part of the Memorial for the Future ideas competition to explore new approaches to designing and experiencing memorials in the next century. At this event the finalists for the Memorials for the Future ideas competition will be announced, and following this announcement, a distinguished panel will examine possibilities for the next generation of commemoration including areas of identity, narrative, place-making, and innovative design. Panelists include: Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs, National Endowment for the Arts (moderator); Janet Echelman, Artist; Brent Leggs, Preservation Division Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Dr. Edward Linenthal, Professor of History at Indiana University. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP Recommended: Learn more about the competition: At the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW. (Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.)

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