Thursday, April 27, 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

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. The moderator will be Julia Baller, Medicaid specialist at Mathematica. Space is limited. Register at Suggested donation is $20 to support Forest Hills Connection. Questions? Please email: info @ foresthillsconnection dot com. More information about this event at 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 hosta this safety workshop, which will discuss Vision Zero, the initiative to end all traffic fatalities by 2024. The workshop will include a field trip to an intersection to 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.

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 - seating is first come, first served. 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,

Friday, April 28, starting at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie -“Walk on Water” (An Israeli Film) at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Assortment of games brought out  at 11 AM, lunch at 12 noon, movie at 1 PM. RSVP to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center at (202) 727-7527. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.  

Friday, April 28 from 7 - 9 PM Art Opening/Reception for “Macho - The Mask of Masculinity,” curated by Rebecca Cross and featuring artists: Damon Arhos, Michael Corigliano, Hector Emanuel, Timothy Johnson, Mark Newport, Joseph Daniel Robert OLeary, Kate Warren, Dawn Whitmore. Free. At the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. The exhibition is on until  May 28. More info:

Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM -5 PM and Sunday, April 30 from 12 - 5 PM, French Market on Book Hill in Georgetown. Sidewalk sales at a variety of Book Hill shops and boutiques. Art galleries and antiques stores will showcase and offer specials on a variety of fine arts, prints, books and home furnishings. Some of the neighborhood's best restaurants will set up curbside to nourish shoppers, grilling up French merguez sausages, filling sweet and savory crepes, offering Banh mi sandwiches and serving fresh French pastries.Also: live music, street performers, giveaways, photo booth, and more! Location: Along Wisconsin Ave, between O Street and Reservoir Road, NW. Details on participating businesses, events and activities at

Saturday, April 29 from 9 - 11 AM, “Shred It and Forget It” - free shredding and recycling event at Blessed Sacrament Church in  in the parking lot, 5481 Chevy Chase Parkway NW (enter on Western Avenue). Accepting: white or colored paper, copier and computer paper; file folders; forms; letterhead, stationery and envelopes. Sponsored by Damien Buckley, Long & Foster Real Estate.

Saturday, April 29, gathering begins at 11 AM for the  People’s Climate March. Marchers will gather in front of the US Capitol Building at 3rd and Jefferson SW, and the march will kick off at 12:30 PM, proceeding along Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House. Details at:

Saturday, April 29 at 6 PM and Sunday, April 30 at 3 PM, Concert: A Swingin’ Centennial: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald. In the spirit of celebration for Ella Fitzgerald’s life and legacy, DCYouth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) and The American Pops are partnering to bring DC families the joy and beauty of her most beloved music in two concerts free and open to the public. Featuring Rachel Fleming, Hilary Morrow, Maddie Baillio and the DC Youth Orchestra, this tribute to Fitzgerald brings music to the parks in a family-friendly environment. Come hear interpretations of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Just One of Those Things,” and “The Lady is a Tramp” among many others in the setting of two of Washington, DC’s iconic parks! Free. The Saturday concert is in Meridian Hill Park, 2400 15th Street NW - for info and map go to: and the Sunday concert is in Marvin Gaye Park, Division Ave NE; for info and map go to:

Sunday, April 30, starting at 9:30 AM, WHC Mitzvah Day. All are invited to participate in the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Mitzvah Day. Volunteers will help the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, DC community. There are dozens of opportunities throughout the metro area. Learn more and register to volunteer at At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Sunday, April 30  at 1 PM, Tour of Trees at the Tregaron Conservancy. Arborist Dan Lonergan from SavATree will discuss how trees support our animal habitat and offer tips for caring for your own trees. Dan will also tell us about how trees contribute to Tregaron's animal habitat. A Q&A session with refreshments by the Lily Pond follows the tour. Wear shoes suitable for the mulch trails and uneven terrain. Children are welcomed if accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; registration required at

Sunday, April 30 at 4 PM, “The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan.” The pageantry of the Highlands returns to the Washington National Cathedral as the Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC, marches into Washington National Cathedral for the 77th Annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan. Accompanied by its Pipes and Drums and Colour Guard, close to 100 society members pay tribute to their Scottish ancestors who struggled to preserve their liberties and religious freedoms. The public is invited to join in free of charge with no reservations required. The Washington National Cathedral is at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW.

Monday, May 1 at 7 PM, Writing and Righting the Way To Racial Justice. Former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey headlines an evening of poetry and spoken word at the National Cathedral. She is joined on May Day by acclaimed poet Ailish Hopper and literary scholar Angelo Robinson for readings and dialogue honoring past and present movements for racial justice and immigrant rights.At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Free. Register at:

Tuesday, May 2 from 4 - 6 PM,  “You’re the Only One I Can Tell” - lecture and book signing with Professor Deborah Tannen. Professor Tannen will speak about her new book and take questions from the audience. Following the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by Professor Tannen. Reception to follow the lecture. Free, but reservations required - go to: In the Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW.  

Tuesday, May 2 from 7 - 9 PM, Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings. The American criminal “justice” system has metastasized in the last 30 years, ensnaring unprecedented numbers of human beings in its web of militarized police operations, prisons, jails, courts, and community supervision programs. Teacher and civil rights attorney Alec Karakatsanis will examine the role the pursuit of profit and financial incentives plays in the expansion and perpetuation of state violence that characterizes everyday life for (some) American communities. Free. At Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 11 Dupont Circle NW Suite 400. More info and to sign up, go to:

Tuesday, May 2 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappucino City. For long-time residents of Washington, DC’s Shaw/U Street, the neighborhood has become almost unrecognizable in recent years. Where the city’s most infamous open-air drug market once stood, a farmers’ market now sells grass-fed beef and homemade duck egg ravioli. On the corner where AM.PM carryout used to dish out soul food, a new establishment markets its $28 foie gras burger. Shaw is experiencing a dramatic transformation, from “ghetto” to “gilded ghetto,” where white newcomers are rehabbing homes, developing dog parks, and paving the way for a third wave coffee shop on nearly every block. “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City” is an in-depth ethnography of this gilded ghetto. Derek S. Hyra captures here a quickly gentrifying space in which long-time black residents are joined, and variously displaced, by an influx of young, white, relatively wealthy, and/or gay professionals who, in part as a result of global economic forces and the recent development of central business districts, have returned to the cities earlier generations fled decades ago. Free. More info: At Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.

Wednesday, May 3 at 8:30 AM, Bird Walk through the Olmsted Woods. The All Hallows Guild of the Washington Cathedral invites you to take a free bird walk - no reservations required. Meet at the George Washington equestrian statue on Pilgrim Road.

Thursday, May 4 at 6 AM, Coyote Hunt! If you have been following the discussion on the Cleveland Park Listserv (starting at message #124277) about the increasingly frequent sightings of coyotes in the neighborhood, and you want to protect our vulnerable little bunnies and squirrels (not to mention Bambi!) against these fierce and relentless predators, you can sign up for the hunt! Bring your own shotguns, pitchforks, and torches. Register in advance with the National Park Service and you will be given the location of the start of the hunt: go to

Thursday May 4 starting at 10:30 AM Docent-led tour of the art collection at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Board the bus at Guy Mason Center at 10:30 AM to meet for an 11:15 AM tour of the Gallery’s highlights. Susan Papadopoulos, a popular, experienced docent will lead the free tour. After the tour, you can explore other current exhibits of interest. The bus returns to Guy Mason at 1 PM. Bus reservations should be made by May 1 but you can join the tour independently. Let us know your choice by either emailing guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or calling Guy Mason Recreation Center at 202 727 7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street, NW/ Washington, DC 20007.

Thursday, May 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini: How Local Universities Are Jumpstarting Creative Industries. The District of Columbia is rapidly evolving into a center for the creative industries. In 2013, American University launched its Game Lab and Studio, “a hub for experiential education, persuasive play research, and innovative production in the fields of games for change and rhetorical play.” Let’s examine how local centers of higher education have nurtured both economic development and creative expression in the District. Free. At Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave NW. More info at; register at   

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