Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Mardi Gras beads - photo by Tulane PR (via Creative Commons)
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 16,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 23 from 7 - 8:30 PM, “Writing in Israel - Can You Avoid Politics?” Award-winning Israeli Writer Assaf Gavron, author of “The Hilltop, ”a sprawling, daring novel, which dismantles the extreme and absurd reality in the Israeli-occupied West Bank," will discuss the topic question. Gavron's books have been translated into more than ten languages. While his primary residence is in Tel Aviv, Gavron also lived in London, Vancouver, San Diego, Omaha and Berlin. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the reception following the talk and Q&A. Free but RSVP required: At American University, Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info: 

Friday, February 24 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM,Cosby Hunt, a prominent educator in the District of Columbia and the course creator and instructor for Real World History, will be the speaker at this Black History Month program at the Lincoln Cottage. Free. Please check in and gather in the atrium of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln's Cottage at 1:15 pm. Program will be held in the Scott Building of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and members of the public will walk over together from the President Lincoln's Cottage grounds. Register at: Entrance to the Lincoln Cottage Campus is at Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW.

Saturday, February 25 from 9 AM - 1 PM, “Kids in the Kitchen,” a Junior League of Washington event. Kids can eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Targeted to children ages 3-13, this event features local chefs demonstrating healthy cooking, fitness experts leading high-energy exercise sessions and certified nutritionists on hand to answer questions. Kids in the Kitchen is a fun-filled day of games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting prizes - all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy. Free. At the Anthony Bowen YMCA, 1325 W Street NW. More info: Questions? Please email jlwkitk @ gmail dot com.

Saturday, February 25 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Remembering the Literary Achievements of August Wilson. Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, Professor of English at Howard University, will lead a lively discussion of topics portrayed in the works of author August Wilson, focusing on his masterpiece “Fences", now a film featuring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This free event will be held in the A.J. Edwards Fellowship Hall at Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Avenue NW. A book signing and light refreshments will be offered immediately following the discussion. 

Saturday, February 25 at 1 PM, "The Electoral College Strikes Again." Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses the presidential election of 1876, which installed Rutherford B. Hayes in one of the dirtiest deals in American history. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. More info:

Sunday, February 26 from 12 noon - 1:30 PM, Community Conversations: “Armor Down.” Ben King, veteran of the Iraq War and founder of Armor Down and The Mindful Memorial Day Foundation, will describe how he is helping himself and others to “armor down” from their war experience, while bringing together veterans and civilians to mindfully honor the fallen each Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery. Friendship Place will also update us on its ongoing Veterans Program and let us know how we can best support and advocate for this work. Free. At Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell Street NW. Free and open to all. Coffee and snacks provided.

Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM, Teach-in on Immigration at Politics & Prose. How do we honor our history as a nation of immigrants while also ensuring security in a dangerous and uncertain world? What are the legal, political, economic and social costs to the Trump Administration's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and restrict arrivals from majority-Muslim countries? How do we protect the rights of immigrants already in our country and strengthen our pluralistic values and traditions? The speakers are: Scott Michelman, senior staff attorney of the ACLU of DC; Nithya Nathan-Pineau who manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Program at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition; and Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Politics & Prose is at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info: 

Monday, February 27 at 4:30 PM, A Black History Month Craft. February is Black History Month! To celebrate, every Monday at 4:30 PM, we'll do an after-school craft celebrating different heroes. We'll also make a special button each time - see if you can collect them all! Free. For ages six or above. All supplies will be provided. At the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Monday, February 27 at 12 noon, A Black History Month Forum: 50 Years of Civil Rights Since Thurgood Marshall. As 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s appointment to the US Supreme Court, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will moderate a panel to discuss civil rights, voting rights, Thurgood Marshall, and the Supreme Court. Panelists include: Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean of Howard University Law School; Todd A. Cox, Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Angela Rye, CEO of IMPACT Strategies and former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus. Free. At the Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St NW. More info:

Tuesday, February 28  at 11 AM, Pancake Races at the Washington National Cathedral. Join in the fun for the last day of frivolity before Lent as the Cathedral celebrates “Mardi Gras” with races in the nave on Shrove Tuesday. Races include the Gargoyle Gallop and the Satterlee Special - find out who will win the grand prize of the Golden Skillet! All are welcome. Free. The Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW, 

Wednesday, March 1 at 11 AM, Workshop: Repurpose Your Old Mardi Gras Beads. At this practical and timely workshop, you will learn about the dozens of practical uses for those plastic, beaded necklaces that get tossed from floats at Mardi Gras parades. Don’t throw them away! Use them instead to make a “groovy” 1960s style doorway curtain! Or replace the pull-chain on your ceiling fan with a colorful, beaded string! Braid many strands together to make a festive yet strong dog leash. Cut the beads apart to use as the “checkers” in a homemade Chinese checkers set. Thread them onto wires within a box frame and you have an abacus! You won’t believe how many creative ideas we have for you! So sign up now at -- and hurry, spaces are filling up quickly!

Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM, Veteran Broadcast Journalist Ray Suarez will discuss his book “Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped A Nation.” The book chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shape the US and have become, with more than 57 million people, the fastest-growing and largest minority in the nation. With controversy swirling around the recent arrest of several hundred people by US immigration authorities and the Trump Administration’s plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, Suarez’s “Latino Americans” is more relevant than ever. Suarez, 59, a Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn, New York, is a renowned broadcast journalist, who has spent more than 30 years in the news business. The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Thursday, March 2 from 1:30 - 3 PM, Jason Dring, President of the DC Physical Therapy Association, will speak about the benefits of physical therapy in improving balance and strength in the elderly. Free. At the Chevy Chase DC Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Thursday, March 2 from 5 - 6:30 PM, Help Make a Museum! The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington offers a sneak peak into its plans for a new Jewish Museum in Washington, DC, and gives participants an opportunity to share feedback. At the The George Washington University & Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. Free, but reservations are required. To register, contact the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington at 202-789-0900 or rsvp @ jhsgw dot org, or sign up at

Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Humanitini: The Creative Economy and the DC Cultural Plan. John Howkins coined the term “creative economy” to identify the intersection of arts and humanities entrepreneurship, government policy, and private foundation support. The DC Council’s recent foray into shaping the local creative economy – the DC Cultural Plan – may shape the District’s identity for years to come. A panel discussion with: Uwe S. Brandes,, faculty director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown Univ. and principal of Brandes Partners LLP; Sakina Khan, Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis at the DC Office of Planning; George Koch, currently serving as Chair Emeritus for Artomatic, Inc.; Ronald Dixon, Founder/CEO+Creative of ideaPlexDC; moderated by Pamela S. Perkins, adjunct professor at UDC Community College. Free, but please register at At Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW.  

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