Thursday, April 20, 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 @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Friday, April 21 from 7 - 9 PM, Levine Honor Students Chamber Recital. Levine's most dedicated and talented students in the Honors Program present a Chamber Recital at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Each year Honors students ages 8-18 are selected through an application, audition, and interview process to represent Levine as the school's "Musical Ambassadors." Throughout the year, Honors students perform together throughout the DC area, participate in workshops and theory classes together, go on field trips, and rehearse together in chamber ensembles. This recital showcases their hard work in their chamber ensembles throughout the 2016-2017 school year, and concludes with a reception. Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required: Please bring a photo ID to enter the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW.

Saturday, April 22 beginning at 9 AM, March for Science on the National Mall. Turn out to show your support for science, action on climate change and other measures to protect the earth, and oppose cuts to federal funding for research. Schedule: Assemble along Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets any time after 8 AM. Teach-ins start at 9 AM. Main stage program starts at 10 AM. The march will start at 2 PM and will proceed from the Washington Monument grounds east along Constitution Avenue to 3rd St NW, ending at Union Square. Full program at  

Saturday, April 22 from  9 AM - 12 noon, Earth Day Extreme Clean-up at Melvin Hazen Park. Join Rock Creek Conservancy for our 9th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. Volunteers will clean up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek throughout Maryland and DC. Volunteers will meet on Sedgwick St NW right before the community garden (about 3031 Sedgwick St NW). Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. Trash bags and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. If you have trash grabbers or nets, please bring them. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms. Bring water and any snacks that you may want. Register here: To see the list of other “Extreme Clean-up” locations and access registration forms, go to:

Saturday, April 22 from 9 AM - 12 PM, The 2nd Annual Tenleytown Earth Day Celebration. The day starts at 9 AM with an Earth Day Community Clean-up from Fessenden Street to Tenley Circle. Volunteers will pull weeds, remove litter, and mulch the tree boxes, and clean up parks and sidewalks along Wisconsin Avenue. From noon - 2 PM there’s a free Health and Wellness Fair in Fessenden Park (rain location: Wilson HS). At 3:30 PM the Tenley-Friendship Library has a free showing of Wall-E, with free popcorn. All ages welcome. Participating merchants will be offering discounts up to 50% off all day. Details of all events at

Saturday, April 22 from 10 - 11 AM, Tudor Tots: Earth Day Children. Read, sing, and play and celebrate spring while learning to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the picturesque gardens. Tots will take home a craft they’ve made themselves. Parents/caregivers remain with children. Tickets: $5 per child; adults: free - Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st Street NW.

Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo. Spend Earth Day celebrating conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This family-friendly event features fun activities and interactive demonstrations, including a conservation scavenger hunt and multiple education stations involving red pandas, elephants, wolves, golden lion tamarins, and more. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday April 22 from 11  AM - 4 PM, Washington International School Bazaar. All are welcome to join in the fun at The Washington International School (WIS) Spring Bazaar. Come for the food: crêpes, Belgian waffles, the International Food Court, burgers and hot dogs, bake sale, The Tea Room, Beer Garden; enjoy games and activities including: bubble ball, moon bounce, rock wall, carnival games, henna, face painting and more; live music by Rockville Swing Band, The District, Grades 9&10 Band, Grades 11&12 Band; multilingual used book sale, and much more! Free admission - tickets for food and games available online at or at the welcome desk. WIS is at 3100 Macomb Street NW.

Saturday, April 22 from 12 - 3 PM, Community Recycling & Shredding Fair. St. Alban’s is celebrating Earth Day with a community recycling fair for all ages. A shredding truck will be parked on Church House Lane (behind the church) to safely dispose of documents you no longer need. Bring bicycles and parts for Rockville Bike Hub to donate to kids in our area. Donate your old cell phones to the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence to be wiped clean and given to abuse victims so they can call 911. Pick up your free gift of milkweed seeds in pots so you can plant them to attract Monarch butterflies. St. Alban’s Church is at 3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM, North and South: Setting the Stage for the Civil War. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how John Quincy Adams and John Calhoun were formidable opponents over the question of slavery (with Henry Clay in the middle). Free. In the Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW.

Saturday, April 22, 1-4 PM, The 9th Annual Taste of Dupont. For the 9th straight year, Dupont Circle restaurants will open their doors to showcase their signature appetizers, entrées, drinks, and desserts to benefit a job training program through Central Union Mission. Your master ticket ($25 in advance or $30 on site) will give you access to 10 or more Taste locations. Go to to purchase and learn more about the participating restaurants.

Saturday, April 22 from 6 - 9:30 PM, Jazz: Concert and Conversation. Join jazz musicians and scholars for a panel discussion at 6 PM in AU’s Katzen Museum (doors open at 5:30) moderated by Joshua Bayer, AU Jazz Orchestra. Panelists include Rusty Hassan, WPFW jazz host, and musicians Elijah Jamal Balbed, Antonio Parker, and DeAndrey Howard. Reception to follow. Panel discussion is free and open to the public. At 8 PM the Jazz Orchestra’s annual spring concert will be held in the Abramson Family Recital Hall. Tickets: $5-10 available at At The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, just NE of Ward Circle.

Sunday, April 23 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Happy Birthday, Will! From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone, including: A tour of the Folger reading rooms and paintings and stained glass windows; Sword fighting demonstrations; Musical and theatrical performances; A special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself; Discussions from Folger curators and scholars; And...birthday cake! Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle. Free admission. The Folger Shakespeare Library is at 201 East Capitol Street, SE. More info:

Sunday , April 23 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Defenders of the Earl of Oxford Silent Vigil outside the Shakespeare Library. If you believe in your heart that “William Shakespeare” was actually Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, then join us as we stand in silent protest on the sidewalk while the relentless PR machine for that semi-educated glovemaker’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon steamrolls on. Come dressed in Elizabethan period costume if you can, and be prepared to stand mute, for hours, symbolically representing the 400+ years that the Earl of Oxford’s supreme literary achievement has been credited to a second-rate, litigious actor and theater-owner. For more on the case for the Earl of Oxford as the true author of the works of Shakespeare, see For more details of this event and other forthcoming actions in the Oxfordian campaign, go to

Sunday, April 23 from 3 - 5 PM, Friends of Rose Park Spring Fling and Petting Zoo. Come to Rose Park at 26th and P St NW, for the annual annual Spring Fling / Petting Zoo! Lots of family-friendly fun. Don't miss the Ice Cream truck! More info:

Sunday, April 23 from 3 - 5 PM, Book Talk with Anthony Dobranski, author of “The Demon in Business Class” - a Forest Hills literary event. Local resident Anthony Dobranski discusses and reads from his debut novel, “The Demon in Business Class.” A demon-possessed spy trying to start the next global war falls in love with a psychic trying to stop it. A romantic fantasy dressed as a corporate thriller, “Demon” has complex characters, a crisp literary style, and settings around the world, including many scenes in Washington. Anthony will discuss the novel’s influences, both in literature and in his previous career opening overseas offices for AOL, and read selections from the novel. A book sale and signing will follow the book talk. A portion of all book sales will go to Forest Hills Connection. Space is limited. Please register at At Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Monday, April 24 at 1 PM, “Washington, DC: Some Lesser Known Histories and Mysteries,” presented by Sandy Clunies. This meeting is hosted by the Ward Circle chapter of AARP but is free and open to all. Refreshments served at 12:30 PM. Location: In the vestry of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Free parking.

Tuesday, April 25 at 6 PM, Children's Author Eric Litwin at the Mount Pleasant Library. Get ready to sing, dance and laugh with best-selling children's author Eric Litwin. Mr. Eric will sing, play the guitar and share his new book, “The Nuts Keep Rolling,” along with the original “Pete the Cat” books and “Groovy Joe.” Join in the big, musical, literary fun. This will be a bilingual (English and Spanish) family program. Entry is free, but space is limited. To RSVP and pre-purchase books please visit: The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St NW, at Lamont St. More info:   

Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM, “Social Media for the Non-Tweeter,” presented by TechMoxie. Have you been hearing about “Hashtags,” “Tweets,” and wondering what all the fuss is about? Take a tour of the most popular social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Learn how these sites are being used to conduct business, promote the arts, connect with friends and promote political views. We will also discuss how social media is changing views on privacy. Free and open to the public. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue. Full details at

Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: David Vine, author of “Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.” David Vine, Associate Professor, Anthropology, American University, will be on hand to discuss his work on the effects of US military installations around the world. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, author of “How the Gloves Came Off.“ Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, Director of Teaching, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, will be on hand to discuss her book, “How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers and Norms in the Debate on Torture.” Questions will follow. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Wednesday. April 26 at 7 PM, “Transforming the Campus: The Evolution of American University’s Arboretum & Gardens.” This is the 2017 Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture by American University Arboretum Manager Michael Mastrota. AU’s Arboretum & Gardens are a DC landscape jewel. The 84-acre campus is home to 3000+ trees — 150+ different species and varieties — providing a shady canopy for a thriving layered understory of flowering trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, seasonal plantings, sculpture, pocket parks, ponds, and streams. Beds displaying striking plant combinations are carefully chosen by landscape architects and meticulously tended by staff arborists and horticulturists. This event is free and open to the public. Presented by the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW - 2nd floor large meeting room,  

Thursday, April 27 at 6 PM, The Future of National Health Insurance - a discussion jointly presented by Forest Hills Connections and UDC David Clarke Law School. Alice Rivlin and Stuart Butler, both senior fellows in economic studies and health policy at the Brookings Institution, will discuss the future of national health insurance. Butler, who was formerly at the Heritage Foundation and an architect of many market-based proposals, and Rivlin, a former Federal Reserve vice-chair and the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the challenge of understanding the changing face of health care in our country. They will bring to the discussion the most up to date research on what has worked and what hasn’t with the Affordable Care Act and what future legislative action portends. The moderator will be Julia Baller, Medicaid specialist at Mathematica. Space is limited. Please register here: Suggested donation is $20 to support Forest Hills Connection. Questions? Please email: info @ foresthillsconnection dot com. More information about this event at The event is at the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Walk, Bike or Drive…We Want You Alive: A Vision Zero Safety Workshop.” The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will host this safety workshop, which will discuss Vision Zero, the initiative to end all traffic fatalities by 2024. Next, the workshop will include a field trip to an intersection and look at ways to redesign it and make it safer for all roadway users. You will have an opportunity to make sure your voice is heard and help make the streets you use in your neighborhood safer. The meeting is free and open to all. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Register at:

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 PM, “Rocks from Space: Be Grateful and a Little Afraid.” ‘Rocks’ from space have had a profound influence on the evolution of Earth – from the giant impact that created the Moon, to the asteroids that killed off the dinosaurs and, more locally, created the Chesapeake Bay, to tiny grains that may have brought prebiotic molecules that helped kick start life on Earth. The rate at which the Earth has accreted material from space has decayed dramatically since it formed. Nevertheless, ignoring the occasional large ‘hiccup’, some 30-40 thousand tons of extraterrestrial material fall to Earth every year as meteorites and cosmic dust. In this talk, Dr. Conel Alexander, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at Carnegie Science, will review where and how meteorites and cosmic dust are collected, and what they have taught us about the origin and early evolution of our Solar System. Free, and tickets are not required, but seating is limited, so registration is suggested - go to: Light refreshments will be available before the lecture at 6 PM. In the  Greenwalt Building of the Carnegie Institution, 5241 Broad Branch Road NW.

Thursday, April 27 at 7 PM, Jewish Lit Live Presents a Reading by Faye Moskowitz, author of “And the Bridge Is Love” and other books, including “A Leak in the Heart” and “Whoever Finds This: I Love You.” Free. In the Marvin Center Amphitheater of the George Washington University, 800 21st Street NW. More info:

Thursday, April 27 at 7 PM, “Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Brightwood's Historic African American Community & How Real Estate Developers Shaped the Racial Landscape of Ward 4."  In 2015, Prologue DC launched the first installment of the project, "Mapping Segregation in Washington DC," under the guidance of historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. Learn about the project's recent work on the history of the Military Road School and its community, and on the replacement of other historic black enclaves in Ward 4 with whites-only neighborhoods. Questions? Email info @ prologuedc dot com. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

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