Thursday, June 16, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

James Joyce (public domain)
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 16 at 10 AM, Dennis Ross, diplomat and former advisor to three presidents, will discuss his book “Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.” This lecture is part of the free series of spring lectures by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). No RSVP needed. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Thursday, June 16 from 1:30 PM - 6 PM, Bloomsday at the Tenley-Friendship Library. You are invited to attend this reading of highlights from James Joyce’s Ulysses by OLLI members, who will be joined by Robert Aubry Davis reading the third episode of Ulysses (Proteus) in its entirety. We will be joining Joyce enthusiasts around the world to honor him and sample his wares. Ulysses is, arguably, the funniest novel ever written, and we expect that a good time will be had by all – to be enhanced by a cash bar cast party to follow the performance. If you are new to Ulysses, this event can provide a convenient introduction (basically having a radically abridged edition of the novel read to you). Whether or not you can attend, you are invited to make use of the Joyce resources at the Bloomsday/OLLI website at Free. The Tenly Friendship library is at the corner of Albermarle St and Wisconsin Ave NW – near Tenleytown Metro.

Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, A Walk Through Palisades History. Gather at the Palisades library for a brief history of the neighborhood, and then at 7 PM the walk will proceed at a leisurely, strolling pace. Water will be provided. Please dress comfortably for walking and bring a sunhat or an umbrella as necessary; the walk will be canceled if it thunderstorms but will go on in light rain. Free. In advance of the walk, leaf through “The Palisades of Washington, DC” by Alice Fales Stewart, available at the library. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street NW,

Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 PM, Meet the Author: “Sky Above Clouds” by Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen. Through their scientific research and clinical practice, husband and wife team Gene D. Cohen and Wendy L. Miller uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline. Cohen, considered one of the founding fathers of geriatric psychiatry, describes what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. Miller, an expressive arts therapist and educator, highlights stories of creative growth in the midst of illness and loss encountered through her clinical practice. Cohen and Miller draw deeply on their own lessons learned as they struggle through aging, illness, and loss within their own family and eventually Cohen's own untimely death. What happens when the expert on aging begins to age? And what happens when the therapist who helps others cope with illness and loss is forced to confront her own responses to these experiences? The result is a richly informative and emotional journey of growth. Free. At Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St NW. RSVP to Patricia Dubroof at 202-895-9407 or

Friday, June 17 from 6 - 9 PM, Concert: Sojourne - part of the Cathedral Commons “Friday Nights in the Heights” series. Start your weekend with dancing, shopping, great food offerings and a free concert. Bring your family and friends, or meet up with neighbors. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs! At the corner of Newark Street & Wisconsin Avenue. Full series schedule at

Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM - 3 PM (with a 30 minute lunch break), Workshop: Home Buying 101. In one day of training, learn the entire home buying process from start to finish, and how to stay on track as a responsible homeowner. You will learn about: different types of loans; tips on how to improve your credit score; pros and cons of home ownership; working with lenders; down payment assistance programs; working with realtors; home inspections; what to expect at a closing. Free, but this workshop is first come, first served and space is limited. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Saturday, June 18 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Columbia Heights Day Festival, a celebration of the diversity and community of Columbia Heights. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment from the Main and Bloombars Stages, a beer garden, six group tents full of fun and unique vendors, as well as many unique stand-alone vendor tents scattered throughout the festival. This year on the Harriet Tubman Field there’s a carnival to rival any you’ve been to in the city! Bring your kiddos out for a fun free day of excitement and activities! The festival will stretch along 11th Street blocks between Park Road and Kenyon Street. More info:

Saturday, June 18 at 2 PM, Award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier will read from his children’s book, “City Shapes,” and lead a hands-on collage workshop for kids ages 6 and up. Books will be available for purchase from Politics & Prose Bookstore. Book signing will begin around 3:30 At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. Register for free tickets at

Saturday, June 18 at 2 PM, Melvin Kohn talks about his memoir, “Adventures in Sociology: My Life as a Cross-National Scholar.” Melvin Kohn, former President of the American Sociological Association and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, author of "Class and Conformity" and several other books and articles, reconsiders a long lifetime of research, culminating in a widely accepted theory of social structure and personality. Free. In the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Sunday, June 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Fabulous Father’s Day Concert, featuring the Weathervanes, performing their own original folk-rock tunes - part of the The Citizens Association of Georgetown “Concerts in the Park” series. In addition to great music, there will be special treats to celebrate the dads. Free. In Volta Park at 34th & Q Streets NW,

Sunday, June 19 at 7 PM, Farter’s Day Concert. While everyone else is celebrating Father’s Day, we are doing our part to help spread awareness of a lesser-known and perhaps not-yet-ready-for-primetime event called Farter’s Day, which falls on the same Sunday in June. It honors anyone of any gender who can cut the cheese on command. We were first made aware of Farter’s Day by music historian Professor J.P. Harter, who possessed a peculiar talent, which he popularized in a limerick: “There was a professor named Harter/Who was a magnificent farter/He could fart anything/From “God Save the King” to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.” Free and open to all able to break wind in harmony. Bean dip will be served. To get an accurate idea of how much is needed, be sure to RSVP at  

Monday, June 20 from 6 - 8 PM, World Refugee Day Discussion. Migration & Refugee Services (MRS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the world’s largest non-governmental resettlement organization. MRS just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is proud to have helped over one million refugees fleeing persecution and violence start new lives in America. Learn how you can help when you come for food, drinks, and important conversation on this timely issue. Hear from refugees firsthand as they share their inspiring and heartbreaking personal stories, and learn from refugee resettlement experts as they explain both the resettlement process and what you can do to help. Free. At Busboys & Poets in Brookland, 625 Monroe St NW. More info:

Tuesday, June 21 at 10 AM, Marsha and the Positrons. Through original songs, children learn about health & fitness, science and how the world works. The audience is encouraged to dance & sing along with guitar player Marsha Goodman-Wood and DC jazz bass player, Wardell Howell. For ages 5 - 12 Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, June 21 from 1 - 8 PM, Make Music Day in Tenleytown. Tenleytown Main Street has organized free outdoor music performances at a dozen locations from Fessenden to Tenley Circle along Wisconsin Avenue. All kinds of music will be featured, from funk to punk, a gospel chorus to a ukulele mass appeal, classical to jazz. Like the neighborhood itself, the music represents the harmony of Tenleytown, offering old and new, big and small, for an eclectic mix of summery sounds. Free. More info:

Tuesday, June 21 at 4 PM, “Who Gets Grandma’s Diamonds? Planning Now for What’s Left Behind.” Getting a will in order is important but it’s only one part of the estate planning process. Is there a piece of jewelry, a vase, or a picture that you’d like to be sure a friend or relative receives after you die? Then you should think about getting those wishes on paper and this program is for you. Skilled in estate planning, Eleanor Adkins, former owner of Eleanor Adkins Interiors, will give you tips for organizing your cherished possessions, documenting your wishes for passing them along, and letting those you treasure know about your plans.RSVP to this free program, presented by Glover Park Village, by emailing Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or by calling 202-436-5545. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, June 21 from 2:30 - 9 PM, Fete de la Musique, hosted by Alliance Francaise de Washington and Dupont Festival. A French festival of many programs during the afternoon and evening. Alliance Francaise DC members and musicians will will party together and will also have French outdoor games! For the adults, there will be bands playing French and American songs. From 5pm to 6:30pm there will be a special area for kids with workshops (creation of musical instruments, calligraphy and face painting). Come and join in this "oh so" French event! In France, we celebrate the Summer "en musique". Free. At Dupont Circle. More info:

Wednesday, June 22 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM, The War on Science: Book Launch & Discussion. The Center for International Science and Technology is excited to host Shawn Otto, in conversation on his latest book “The War on Science.” In the book, Otto, a distinguished science advocate, author and speaker, investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for which evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses before it's too late. Otto will be joined in conversation by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Albert Teich, Research Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs. Light refreshments. Book sales & signing. Free. Reservations required at In Room 602 of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW.

Friday, June 24 at 12 noon, Lunch and a Movie at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. The movie is "Educating Rita" starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. The lunch starts at 12 noon; please call 202-727-7703 to reserve your meal by Wednesday, June 8. The movie starts at 1 PM. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

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