Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Living the American Indian Experience:
Chevy Chase Library Program, June 28, 2pm
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 23 at 3:30 PM, “BioArt: The Brain.” Using images from the BioArt exhibit, kids can investigate how the brain sends signals to the body, and participate in a role-playing activity about neural connections. For ages 7-12. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is lending images from the BioArt collection to be displayed publicly at Palisades Library in the Children's Room through mid-August. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW,

Thursday, June 23 at 9 AM, REeducation: Jazz & GoGo Meet the Orchestra. The Capital Fringe Festival in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, present a free public art commotion — bringing music to the masses. A 30-piece orchestra highlights the talents of the GoGo Symphony and Great Noise Ensemble in a special 90-minute program. This event is free and viewable from the street, cars driving by, nearby businesses, and public sidewalks. At Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, intersection of 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Rush hour may never be the same. More info:   

Thursday, June 23 at 6:30, Refugees Then & Now: What Has Changed? The situation of refugees has made it into the headlines in the past year with the arrival on European shores of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and others fleeing war and other crises. There are more displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. This program aims to raise awareness of the situation of refugees then and now. Among the speakers will be someone who fled Europe in the 1930s to escape from the Nazis and sought refuge in the United States, and a Syrian refugee who was forced to leave Syria in 2007. A representative of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), an organization that works around the world to protect refugees, will talk about the current situation in Europe and elsewhere and how history can guide us in our response. The event is free of charge; attendees will be invited to make a contribution. For tickets, go to: At the Goethe Institut Washington, suite 3, 1990 K St NW.

Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, Film Screening & Panel: The Last Witness. They are the last survivors and witnesses. They speak up and tell us their stories. Stories about how they escaped and survived from the Holocaust. Over 75 years after the Shoah, seven survivors share their terrible experiences and stories about colleagues who turned into robbers, neighbors into murderers, and friends into traitors. Together with ensemble members of Vienna's Burgtheater, these Last Witnesses bring their memories back on stage. The subtitled screening will be followed by a talk with former Washington Post Editor and current Opinion Editor of Moment Magazine Amy E. Schwartz and Ari Rath, one of the protagonists of the film. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW. Tickets are free but reservations are required - go to:

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 (lunch reservations needed to be in by Wednesday June 22); The movie starts at 1 PM. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, June 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Friends of Forest Hills Playground Summer Concert featuring Spread Love - a free, all-ages show. The four trombonists and percussionist of this versatile group perform Dixieland jazz and jazz standards. Armand's Pizza truck will be selling slices and whole pies (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the playground) starting at 5:30; live performance at 6 PM. Bring a picnic (or cash for pizza) and get ready to groove! At the Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake Streets, NW.

Saturday, June 25 at 1 PM, Farewell Yarrow! The Georgetown Library invites you to bid "farewell" to the Peabody Room's 1822 portrait of Yarrow Mamout, which is being borrowed by the Smithsonian Institution for display at the National Portrait Gallery through 2019. Brief presentations will be given by: James H. Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an American Family”; Mia Carey, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida who was the field director for the 2015 archaeological survey of Georgetown property that Yarrow owned; Muhammid Abdur Rahim, Ph.D. candidate at Howard University specializing in enslaved Muslim African-Americans. Free. In the Peabody Room (third floor) of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 from 1 - 4 PM, Open House at Swain’s Lockhouse on the C&O Canal. For the first time since the beginning of its rehabilitation, Swains Lockhouse will be open to the public! The C&O Canal Trust welcomes visitors for a first-hand look at the changes that have been made to this historic gem. You can also hear about the preservation process for this beloved lockhouse that will be joining the award-winning Canal Quarters program. Free. At Mile Marker 16.6 along the C&O Canal towpath in Potomac, MD. More info:

Sunday, June 26 from 1 - 3 PM, Kids at Katzen Family Day offers children from the ages of 5 to 12 and their parents a unique opportunity to engage in art. Participants are introduced to an exhibition on view Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil by participating artists and are then led in creating their own project inspired by the artwork. In the Kreeger lobby at the American University Museum. Tickets: $15 per family of four and $5 for each additional child after that - go to: Advance reservations strongly recommended. The American University Museum is in the Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Sunday, June 26 at 5 PM, “Welcome Summer” Concert, The Palisades Community Church invites you to enjoy chamber music on the lawn. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, friends, neighbors. The family-friendly concert is free but donations will benefit the families of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims. At the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue NW.

Monday, June 27 from 3:30 - 5 PM, Live and Learn: Continuing Care Decisions, presented by Dupont Circle Village. How long will I be able to stay in my home? What continuing care facilities are available for me? What should I consider now in making future living decisions? Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, will outline living choices as we age. He is the author of “Caring for Our Parents,” and speaks and writes frequently on health and aging. He also is co-convener of the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative, a non-partisan project to develop a consensus solution to the challenges of financing long-term care. Free for Dupont Circle Village members, others $10. At St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church Street, NW. More info:  

Tuesday, June 28 at 2 PM, Living the American Indian Experience. Papitám (Algonquin for “Let’s Play”) is a learning through play experience that educates young kids with culturally appropriate Native American explorations such as pottery creation, jewelry-making and wildlife games. Papitám is designed and presented by Maryland’s only state recognized Native Nation: the Piscataway. For ages 8-12. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, June 28 at 6 PM, Rally for the Salmon Run at Cleveland Park Metro. Last Tuesday, June 21, during the height of the rush hour, flash flooding turned the escalator and stairs at the Cleveland Park Metro into a magnificent waterfall -- see the video at Just imagine how great it would be to having leaping salmon going up that waterfall! If you agree, come to a rally in front of the Metro this Tuesday to support a plan to turn the Cleveland Park Metro entrance into a permanent waterway, with sustainable salmon fishing, to supply local fish markets as well as allow for catch-and-release fun for tourists -- a wonderful way to cap off a visit to the nearby National Zoo. As part of this plan, a new, cascade-free Metro entrance would be constructed on the south end of the station at Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW, at an estimated cost of $11 billion, with a projected opening date of June 28, 2029. To view the architectural plans go to:

Tuesday, June 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Brain Games and a History of Puzzles - a two-hour class examining the most popular types of puzzles and why they fascinate us and remain timeless classics. Participants will learn some of the mathematics, logical deduction, and language skills behind these puzzles. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday June 28 at 7:30 PM, Architectural History Talk: Phoebe Hearst, Hearst Hall, and the Site of the Cathedral. Please join CPHS’s Executive Director Carin Ruff for an illustrated talk on the selection of a site and a style for the Cathedral and National Cathedral School’s Hearst Hall. The talk will cover the search for a site for the Close and its relationship to the development of Cleveland Park; the original plan for the Cathedral’s architectural program; Phoebe Hearst’s role; and the place of Hearst Hall in the vogue for Beaux-Arts architecture in Washington. The talk is free and open to everyone, but please register at so we can be sure we have enough seating. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St., NW Questions? Email Carin Ruff at staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org.

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