Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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 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 30 at 4 PM, “Under the Sea.” Learn about the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood creatures, and how sharks, stingrays and skates are important to marine ecosystems. This is a great introductory program for participation in our Science in the Summer Program focusing on oceanography. ​For ages 5 - 12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 PM, A Walk Through Palisades History. You are invited to go on a  walking tour to historic sites in the Palisades. Assemble at the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, at 6:30 PM for a brief history at the library; the walk begins at 7. It will stay within a 1.5 mile radius of the library and will be at a leisurely, strolling pace, returning to the starting point by 8:30 PM. Water will be provided. Please dress comfortably for walking and bring a sunhat or an umbrella as necessary. The walk will proceed in light rain but will be canceled in thunderstorms. In advance of the walk, you might want to check out “The Palisades of Washington, DC” by Alice Fales Stewart. Please call the library at 202-282-3139 for more information.

Thursday, June 30 at 7 PM, Hamilton vs. Burr, a talk on the epic duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton by Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to Learn about the event that was the basis for this year’s most exciting Broadway musical. A pivotal event in US history, starring two of our most dynamic forefathers, will be illuminated with a short talk followed by a public Q&A session. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

Friday, July 1 at 6 PM, A Continuing Talk On Race (A.C.T.O.R.) - a recurring open discussion series, which provides opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action! The topic for the evening is Jim Wallis’ book “America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” Free, but reservations required at At the Haskell Center of the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Saturday, July 2 at 4 PM, Music to Celebrate the Second of July. Celebrate the day on which the Continental Congress voted for independence with music that the Founding Fathers knew well. David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform 18th-century songs—including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs—in costume with period instruments. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, July 2 at 9:30 AM, Civil War Roundtable: "Living history: My Journey Through Reenacting" - a talk by Bryan Cheeseboro, a historian of the American Civil War era, about the history of reenacting, as well as how and why he got involved in reenacting. This will be a presentation to recruit, as well as encourage and reinforce the mission of reenactors. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Saturday, July 2 from 12 noon - 4 PM, The 3rd Annual Polish Day! Celebrate the Spirit of Poland with the Kosciuszko Foundation in a day filled with music, karaoke songs, games and great Polish food. A traditional Polish lunch will be prepared by the chef of the Polish Embassy, Mr. Andrzej Bielach. There will also be Polish beer, vodka cocktails as well as juices and soft drinks. Plus an art show of original prints by Dr. Andrzej Zmudzki, and a farewell ceremony to departing Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf. Free for Kosciuszko Foundation members (a donation of $10 is requested); $20 for non-members, children under 10 are free. You can join when you arrive. Please rsvp to Barbara Bernhardt, bbernhardt @ thekf dot org. At the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, July 2 from 1 - 4 PM, A Bicentennial Birthday Party for Tudor Place. Celebrate America’s independence and the 200th anniversary of the historic house at a festive garden party for all ages. Play traditional American outdoor games, plant an heirloom seed to take home, make a patriotic fan, write a thank-you postcard to America's servicemen and women, and of course, enjoy a piece of the giant Tudor Place birthday cake from Dog Tag Bakery (while it lasts). Tickets: $3 - $5 at; free for veterans and military families. Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens is at 1644 31st Street NW.

Sunday, July 3 at 2 PM, “By the Dawn’s Early Light,” a walking tour to honor the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. Free. For ages 7 and up. Meet at the water fountain at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW.

Sunday, July 3 from 5 - 8 PM, Hoedown on the Green. Everyone in the family is invited for a special Palisades Centennial evening of live music, square dancing, and free ice cream from Mac Market. Pack a picnic and come out for this community event at the Palisades Rec Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) – rain or shine. Music and dancing by Laura Brown (caller), Joe DeZarn (fiddle) and Liz Donaldson (piano). Hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association,

Monday, July 4 at 11 AM, Independence Day Palisades Parade. Come one, come all to celebrate the 4th of July and take part in the Palisades community’s proudest tradition – now in its 50th consecutive year! The parade runs down MacArthur from Whitehaven to Edmunds Place. All marchers welcomed - no need to register. After the parade, the party continues at the Rec Center with free hot dogs, watermelon and tons of family fun. More info:

Monday, July 4 from 6 - 7 PM, Britain, Come Join Us! A Rally to Reunite America and Great Britain, now that Brexit has cut Britain off from the E.U. If it’s true that many of the Brexit voters have regrets about going it alone, then consider this solution: Britain can again become part of a powerful, economic engine - this time by reuniting with her former colonies. Call it a “Reverse Independence Day.” Join this rally to invite England and Wales to become the 51st and 52nd states of the Union. (Scotland will, of course, vote to become independent and rejoin the E.U., while Northern Ireland will rejoin the rest of Ireland.) Rally in front of the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free signs, T-shirts, and noisemakers will be distributed; to make sure there’s enough for all, register at

Tuesday, July 5 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 Tenley-Frienship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, July 6 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Alex Finley - Victor in the Rubble. Former CIA officer, turned blogger and satirist, Alex Finley will be on hand to discuss the sights, sounds, and absurdities of the complex relationships connected with the War on Terror. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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