Wednesday, October 19, 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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, ”Pointing the Telescope Down: Seismo-vision into the Earth’s Interior” lecture by Dr. Lara Wagner, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Department  of Terrestrial Magnetism. Free, but registration required at The Carnegie Institution is at 5251 Broad Branch Road NW.

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM, "Is There a Partisan Divide on Israel/Palestine?" - a talk by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of hundreds of organizations against US support for Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and supporting a US policy that upholds freedom, justice and equality. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. The talk is part of the Middle East Lecture Series at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW - in Geneva Hall (in the Education Building at the east end of the building.) The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus at rcangus @ verizon dot net.

Friday, October 21 at 7 PM, Documentary: “World War II at My Doorstep – 1937-1945” (China)  The 45-minute documentary “World War II at my Doorsteps” is narrated by an American professor who teaches at a university in Shanghai. This 2016 documentary centers on the bravery of an American journalist in Shanghai who published anti-Japanese articles in his magazine, and the difficulties he encountered when Japanese forces occupied the city (August 1937). Many US/UK/French residents then left for their respective home countries while Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe fled to Shanghai where entry visas were not required. Dr. Liliane Willens, born and raised in Shanghai, will introduce this documentary. After a brief Q&A session, a light reception will be served. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info: 202-727-7703.

Saturday October 22 from 10 AM - 3 PM, St. John's Episcopal Preschool Annual Book Fair and Fall Festival. Bring your preschoolers and elementary school kids for face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, arts & crafts, a sing-along at 11:30 AM, and a BBQ lunch at noon. You will find a fantastic selection of new & classic young children's books for sale (great for holiday gifts!), a bake sale, and coffee. Free admission. At St. John's Episcopal Church - Blake Hall, 2340 O Street, NW.  

Saturday, October 22nd from 12 noon 4 PM, Cathedral Commons 2nd Annual Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase, featuring live music, local food, craft beer tastings, a pumpkin patch, free kids activities and more! At Newark Street and Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free fun for everyone! More info:

Sunday, October 23 at 10 AM, Tregaron Conservancy's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Party. Bring your kids and creativity to make these pumpkins look spooktacular! Seasonal breakfast treats will be provided. Pumpkins and decorating materials provided, but please consider donating to support the Conservancy. We will also be using acrylic paints so please either bring a smock or clothes you don't mind getting messy in. Register for the number of kids you will be bringing, so we will have enough pumpkins for everyone - register at: For GPS, the entrance is located through the gate across the street from 2948 Klingle Road NW.

Tuesday, October 23 at 10 PM - 12 midnight, Scary Clown Desensitization Session. You’ve seen the news about the recent spate of scary clown sightings -- see You may be shaking at the very thought of scary clowns lurking somewhere. Maybe you haven’t had clown phobia before, but you do now. Whether it’s a new fear or an old one, you can find timely and practical help at this clown desensitization session. We will start out slowly by viewing photos of benign clowns, including the the DC area’s own Willard Scott as Bozo the Clown in 1961. We will move on to Ronald McDonald before working our way up to some more adult opera clowns, and then on to images of scary clowns from recent news reports. We will repeat the mantra, “They are not real, they are just pranksters in stupid masks.” By the end of this 2-hour session, you should be able to remain in your seat and not pass out as a real-life actor in a clown suit jumps out at you ….with a fake ax! Age 18+ only. Doctor’s certification of fitness needed to attend. Register at:

Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM,  Book Hill Talks: Discussion of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and series editor for NoPassport Press's Dreaming the Americas Series, will be on hand to discuss William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

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