Thursday, April 13, 2017

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 16,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net. 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, April 13 at 7 PM, Jewish Lit Live presents Geraldine Brooks, author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works, Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence, and The Idea of Home: Boyer Lectures 2011. Free and open to the public. At the Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st Street NW,

Friday, April 14  at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie, “Sense and Sensibility,” starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman. An assortment of games will be brought out at 11 AM, lunch starts at noon (reservations needed to be in by Wed, Apr 12), and the movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Friday, April 14 from 12 - 4 PM, The 3rd Annual Food Justice Youth Summit - an afternoon of youth-led workshops focusing on issues of food justice. Session tracks include: Food Sourcing, Food Policy and Laws, Food Production, Food Waste and Composting, School Lunches and Food Access. Presented by the University of the District of Columbia and Capital City Public Charter School. Free; reservations required at At the Student Center, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Friday, April 14 from 4 - 6 PM, The 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the  Macomb Recreation Center. This event will consist of egg hunts and Easter crafts, followed with refreshments. Join us at the Macomb playground with friends and the family for this free community event. For any concerns or questions, call Alexus Grant, Macomb Recreation Specialist, 202-282-2199. The Macomb Recreation Center is at 3409 Macomb Street NW. 

Saturday April 15 at 9 AM, MPD Community Bike Ride. The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go on a bike ride! Come join MPD mountain bike officers from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Police Districts! We will be riding through the neighborhoods of Lamond-Riggs, Manor Park, Brightwood Park, Petworth, Shaw, Logan, and Georgetown. Everyone is welcome! We ask that everyone wear safety helmets. Ride for as long as you want or as little as you want, there will be several  stopping points along the way feel free to join in anytime! We meet at 9 AM at the Riggs La Salle Recreation Center 501 Riggs Road, NE (meet on the Nicholson St NE side). Free. For all the details and route information, go to: 

Saturday, April 15 at 10 AM, Tregaron’s 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Grab a basket or bag and join us to hunt for thousands of treat-filled eggs and to celebrate spring. We will gather at the Lily Pond (Klingle Entrance, 3000 block of Klingle Rd NW) at 10 AM sharp! This is a free event, but donations are gratefully accepted to support our programs. RSVPs are appreciated; email us at: info @ tregaronconservancy dot org, noting how many kids you'll be bringing. More info on this event and other spring events at

Saturday April 15 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Egg Hunt at Stead Park. Hop on over to Stead Park for the 12th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. For children ages 0-9 years old. Enjoy selfies with the Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks after your little ones have filled their baskets with eggs. To ensure the safety of all children at this event, registrants will be divided into these three groups: 10:30–11:00 AM: Baby–3; 11:15–11:45 AM: Children 4–6; 12:00–12:30 PM, Children 7–9 & Late Arrivals. Please bring your own basket. Child must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. Stead Park is at 1625 P Street NW. Register Online: Details:

Saturday, April 15 from 1 - 2:30 PM, The Rock Creek Morris Women at Peirce Mill. Come listen to the song and dance of the Rock Creek Morris Women as they fill the mill with hopes of spring prosperity and chase away the cold and gloom of winter. This dance troupe, in the style of the 400 year old Morris Dancers of England, will enliven Peirce Mill as they have done for 30 years. Free! Peirce Mill at 2401 Tilden St NW,

Sunday, April 16 at 4 PM, “Revolutionary Skies: Deflating Patriot Myths.” This planetarium program will explore the night sky during famous events of the American revolutionary period and examine famous artworks to see if they got it right! No admittance to the planetarium will be allowed after 4 PM. Free. For ages 7 and older. At the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Road NW,

Monday, April 17  from 10 AM - 2 PM, Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Throughout the day, the Zoo will offer family-focused activities, from an Easter egg hunt with prizes to field games, special animal demonstrations and live entertainment. And don't miss a chance to meet Easter Panda! Free. At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Please note that there will be screening prior to entry that includes but is not limited to all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. Zoo entry wait times are possible during the spring break period. More info:  

Monday, April 17 at 12 PM, Lecture: “U.S. Presidents and Rock Creek Park” by David Swerdloff, journalist and author of “Rock Creek Park A to Z.” Presidential visits along Rock Creek have produced a rich history of recreation and conservation, ballots and bullets, and alliances and dalliances. David Swerdloff shares delightful anecdotes and historic images chronicling the outdoor exploits of George, Abe, Teddy, Franklin, Ronnie, and dozens more occupants of the White House. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. More info: 

Monday, April 17 at 12 PM, Tax Day: Public Reading of Trump’s Taxes. Finally, the President has released his tax returns and there will be a public unveiling of this heretofore hidden document, taking place in Lafayette Square in front of the White House. Sir Patrick Stewart will perform a dramatic reading of selected sections of the President’s long-form 1040, beginning with Schedule A, line 16, list of charitable contributions -- estimated reading time, .6 seconds; followed by the reading of list of deductible expenditures, such as business entertaining, golfing trips, and commissioning self-portraits in oil - estimated reading time, 2.45 hours (though you may have guessed from the event title that this is the Weekly Fake Event!)

Tuesday April 18 at 12:30 PM, UDC’s JazzForum: Meet the Artist on the Bandstand - Allyn Johnson. Favorite pianist and UDC Jazz Studies Director Allyn Johnson curates a JAZZAlive series featuring performance and conversation. In the Recital Hall at UDC (Performing Arts--Bldg. 46-West), 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 - 8 PM, “Native Bees — Protecting Our Urban Pollinators.” Wild bees (as opposed to the more domesticated honey bee) are found in all landscapes, urban to rural, often at high densities and usually with many species present. The close kinship between specific flowers and specific bees means that what you plant makes a difference. During this lecture, noted Wildlife Biologist Sam Droege will outline the critical importance of native bees to our food supply, debunk the most pervasive myths the public perceive about bees, and give attendees tips about how to foster healthy, thriving habitats for our pollinators. The program will be peppered with extreme close-ups of beautiful regional bees, examples of beescapes, as well as introductions to their life history and their co-dependency with plants. Offered as part of Architecture Month at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW. Tickets: $10 - $15 at

Wednesday, April 19 from 6 - 8 PM, “Young, LGBTQ and Homeless” - This year’s annual Friendship Place Education and Advocacy Symposium will center around the local and national challenges of homelessness among LGBTQ Youth, and what organizations like Friendship Place are doing to ensure these individuals have a place to call home. Moderator: Ray Suarez, Former Host of Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story and PBS Newshour. Featured speakers include: Timothy V. Kane, MDiv, MTh, Associate Director of Inclusion Initiatives, Multicultural Student Services Center, GWU; Leandrea D. Gilliam, Program Analyst & Housing Specialist, Office of the Mayor; Sean Read, Director of the Welcome Center, Friendship Place; Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR, Director of Policy, PFLAG; Kahlib Barton, Vice Chair, Young Black Gay Mens Leadership Initiative , and Member, National Youth Forum on Homelessness. Free. At George Washington University – Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street, NW. RSVP:

Wednesday April 19 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Spotlight on Design: Into the Wild...The Art and Nature of Ellen Biddle Shipman. Heralded as the profession’s most prolific woman landscape architect, Ellen Biddle Shipman’s pioneering practice shaped the Country Place era and redefined contemporary views on garden design. Preservation landscape architect Glenn Stach details Shipman’s approach to design and the natural world, highlighting current efforts to renew the Platt-Shipman landscape at Tregaron Estate in Washington, DC. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. Tickets: $12 Members | $10 Students | $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required - go to: Walk-in registration based on availability.

Thursday, April 20 at 4 PM, Cherry Blossom Talk. A National Park Service Ranger will share information about Cherry Blossom Trees and their importance to DC. After the presentation, Ranger Ruffing will lead families on a "field trip" to Mt. Pleasant Library's three Cherry Blossom trees, a gift from the Japan-America Society. Free. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St NW,   

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