Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Fort Reno Park, National Park Service Photo
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, July 7 at 6:30 PM, Author Jane Mayer in Conversation with Hanna Rosin. Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed books, will appear in conversation with Hanna Rosin, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia podcast, and a national correspondent at The Atlantic. They will discuss Mayer’s latest book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Book signing to follow. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW,

Thursday, July 7 from 7 - 9:30 PM, Concert at Fort Reno Park by Title Tracks, Bad Moves, and Strange Avenger. Free and open to all. At Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. The Fort Reno summer concert series schedule is available at For information on rain-outs, call 202-355-6356.

Friday, July 8 at 6 PM, Author Event: “Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law.” Steeped in sunlight, wine and unforgettable food, this memoir by Katherine Wilson is a love letter to a city and a family, a coming-of-age story, and a transporting account of learning to live the Italian way. Come to Via Umbria and meet Katherine, hear a reading of the book, and join a discussion about a book that New York Times best-selling author and filmmaker Adriana Trigiani calls a “glorious memoir celebrating the holy trinity of Italian life: love, food and family." Free. Via Umbria is at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, July 8 at 7 PM, "After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?" Glenn Branch, of the National Center for Science Education, will speak on Kitzmiller v. Dover, which established the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools. This 2005 case was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Glenn Branch will discuss why Kitzmiller was the effective end of the second phase of anti-evolution strategy and what the third phase is going to be like. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit: Presented by the Washington Area Secular Humanists in the auditorium of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 100 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD.

Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM - 7 PM, French Festival at the Hillwood Estate. Indulge your inner Francophile with 18th-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Marjorie Merriweather Post’s French decorative arts collection! Add to the festive atmosphere by making and wearing a French bergère or Napoleon hat. See the festivities of the French court come to life in a short play, performed by Happenstance Theater. Meet strolling fanciful French nobles, also performed by Happenstance Theater. Experience the best of baroque dance with New York Baroque Dance Company. Immerse yourself in music of the 18th century with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar. Engage in a playful storytime or short French language lessons, led by the Alliance Française de Washington. Explore Hillwood’s luscious gardens, during a docent-led garden tour. Enjoy a glass of wine or baguette at the Parisian-style sidewalk café. Full schedule of events at Tickets: $18, $15 seniors, $12 Hillwood and Alliance Française members, $10 college students, $5 Children 6-18, free for children under 6. Reservations at: Hillwood Estate is at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM - 4 PM, The 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. Enjoy living history, music, lectures, and more at this annual event that commemorates the only Civil War battle to take place in the nation's capital. Activities include: Living history demonstrations; Live period music; Historical talks by noted historians; 19th century children's games and crafts.
Where: On the historic grounds of Fort Stevens, located with the unit block of Quackenbos Street, NW (also known as Elizabeth Thomas Way) between 13th St & Georgia Ave. NW. More info:

Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Tracey Eldridge/Music N Motion. Tracey’s show is designed to spark imaginations, to inspire creative self-expression, to enhance self-esteem, and to create a sense of community. Tracey incorporates singalongs with guitar, finger plays, storytelling through songs & puppetry, dancing and creative movement. Children hear a variety of musical styles from various cultures. Itʼs a ton of musical fun! A free presentation of the Friends of Stead Park, 16th & P Streets NW. The summer concert schedule is at:

Saturday, July 9 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Watch the Waterwheel at Peirce Mill. Visitors are invited to watch the miller fill the hopper with hard corn to make cornmeal, separate the mill stones, and release the water over the waterwheel to engage this 1820s wooden machine within a stone building. Historical games, water milling toy, nature crafts, and more will be on site for children ages 3-7 years old. Kid-friendly mill tour with Sarah Bohl at 11 AM; historic preservation tour at 1 PM with local preservationist Steve Ortado; volunteer orientation on Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm. All events are free and take place at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park at the corner of Tilden St and Beach Drive NW. More info at

Saturday, July 9 at 1 PM, “Mrs. Roosevelt: Muse to Hillary.” Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how Eleanor Roosevelt was the indispensable First Lady of the people who helped write the nation's story and the figure Hillary Clinton saw as her soul mate. Free. In the Peabody Room at Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,  

Sunday, July 10 at 2 PM, String Quartet Concert. Let classical music enhance your summer! A string quartet from the DC Chamber Orchestra will perform selected works for the public. This event is free and will seat guests on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Sunday, July 10 from 5:30 - 7 PM Concert at Rose Park by the Walkaways. Concertgoers will tap toes and sway to the Roots Rock/Americana band, The Walkaways. There will also be special treats and activities for cooling off. A free presentation of the Citizens Association of Georgetown at Rose Park, 26th & P Streets NW. More info:

Monday, July 11 at 6 PM, Housing Discrimination Workshop. Staff from the DC Office of Human Rights will provide a “Know Your Rights” presentation to ensure you can identify housing discrimination and know what you to do if it happens to you. We will discuss discrimination against people who use housing vouchers, people with disabilities, people of color and more. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th Street NW,

Monday, July 11 at 6:30 PM, Metropocalypse Live! A discussion/podcast with Martin DiCaro, reporter at WAMU 88.5 and co-host of the Metropocalype Podcast. Station closures and continuous single tracking. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro, which is spending a year rebuilding its tracks and re-engineering its culture. Metropocalypse is a weekly podcast and Facebook group from WAMU 88.5, which explores the latest developments in Metro’s SafeTrack plan, answers riders’ burning questions and finds humor and insight amid our region's commuting nightmares. This event will be recorded and used in future episodes. Please bring questions, ideas, and stories!  Free. At Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 AM, Christiana Drapkin & Bop Goes the Weasel: Jazz for Kids. Christiana Drapkin and her jazz group, Bob Goes the Weasel, introduce young audiences to the fun of live jazz performance. You will want to sing along, clap to the rhythm, snap your fingers and get up and dance! For ages 3-10 At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM, Digital Estate Planning Workshop. Traditional estate plans account for physical and financial assets, but what about email and social media accounts, digital photos and files, and additional elements of modern technological life? Come to this introduction to digital estate planning and learn how you can get started with the process of managing your digital assets. Questions? Email julia.strusienski @ dc dot gov. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 6 - 7 PM, No Votes for Women: Why Politically Savvy Women Opposed Votes for Women" - lecture and book signing. Isabel Anderson was a follower of national politics and participated in political life, including serving on the Republican Party’s Committee on Women’s Work in 1912. Like many female anti-suffragists, she believed that the influence of elite women in successful legal reforms in factory and working conditions, property ownership, child custody, and age of consent laws, proved that women could be highly effective without the vote. Susan Goodier, professor of women’s history at SUNY Oneonta, discusses how intelligent, politically savvy women publicly decried the call for votes for women and resisted their own enfranchisement. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,   

Wednesday, July 13 at 4 PM, Home Movie Magic. Have old video tapes lying around but no way to watch them? Come to Tenley Library and learn how to convert old home movies to new digital formats using commercial methods or the DC Public Library Memory Lab. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

Wednesday, July 13 at 6 PM, Home Movie Magic, Part Deux. After you have attended the preceding workshop, you are ready to move on to this sequel, which will teach you advanced techniques to turn your incredibly boring old home movies into digital blockbusters. Shh, don’t tell the copyright police, but in this exciting follow-up workshop, you will learn how to intercut chase scenes from Hollywood thrillers such as “The French Connection” and “Bullitt” with your vacation driving movies, or use sci-fi classics to fill the skies with aliens from “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “Independence Day” (1996 and 2016 versions). Because of the nature of this workshop, you must apply off-line, and after you sign the confidentiality agreement, we will email you the location. Go to:  

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: America's Diplomats - Screening & Discussion. Former Ambassadors Herman Cohen and Edward Marks will be on hand to discuss "America's Diplomats," a look at the multifaceted roles diplomats play in shaping global views of the United States. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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