Thursday, May 11, 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 16,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

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Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM, “The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution.” In honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, historian John Oller discusses and signs copies of his biography of “The Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, an original Society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served. Free. At Anderson House, The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:

Friday, May 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM, National Public Gardens Day at Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens. Entry is free all day to the historic, 5½-acre garden - no registration needed. Stroll among spring blooms at leisure or join free guided tours (at 11 AM and 2 PM). Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st St. NW. More info:  

Friday May 12 at 7:30 PM, Concert: From the Canon’s Mouth - presenting two jewels, conceived almost a century apart, from the sprawling canon of great Viennese string quartets. The first jewel is Mozart's KV 465 ("Dissonance Quartet"), a member of the composer's set of six string quartets dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn, and a stunning specimen of Mozart's mature writing. The second jewel, of a remarkably different (but still stunning) cut, comes from the first set of published quartets of an admirer, performer, editor, and collector of Mozart's music: Johannes Brahms. Tickets: $10 - $40 at At the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Friday May 12 at 7 PM and Saturday May 13 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, James and the Giant Peach Jr., presented by John Eaton Elementary's 4th & 5th grade class. All are welcome to this family friendly musical performance filled with magic and heart. Glorious music and colorful creatures help to tell Roald Dahl's timeless classic story of James and his adventures in an unlikely vessel with unexpected friends. Tickets: $7 children and $10 adults. Advance tickets sales at or at the door on the day of show. John Eaton Elementary School is at the corner of Lowell and 34th Streets NW.

Saturday, May 13 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM, Bird Walks Come to Tregaron! Did you know that Tregaron is a birding "hot spot," with over 76 bird species identified here? Join us for Springtime Early Birds, our first-ever expert-led bird walk. Our leader will be Jim Nelson, who has been birding for over 30 years and regularly leads walks for the Audubon Society, Maryland Ornithological Society and other organizations. Tregaron is at 3100 Macomb Street NW. Space is limited and registration is required:

Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The  2nd annual DCPS World Language Festival at Deal Middle School. DCPS welcomes students, families and community members to come together to celebrate World Language instruction across the District. The theme of this year’s celebration is Growing up Global at DCPS. Get ready for a day full of fun featuring student activities, food tastings from International Food Days, parent and family information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners, and embassies, and so much more! World Language Teacher of the Year and World Language Student of the Year awards will also be presented at the culmination of the event. It is an open event, but please register in advance at For any questions please contact Allyson Williams, DCPS World Language Specialist, allyson.williams @ dc dot gov. Deal Middle School is at 3815 Fort Drive NW.

Saturday May 13 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Lafayette Spring Fair. Back at Lafayette, Home, Sweet Home, after a construction break last year, join us for this neighborhood event as we celebrate with: carnival rides, relay races, karaoke, face painting, music, food, and more! Bike swap of bikes to be traded in or donated. All local families welcome! Lafayette ES is at 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. More info and advance sales of food tickets and KidPasses at:  

Saturday, May 13 from 12 noon - 9 PM, The 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival - a celebration of spring in DC and the amazing talent of our friends and the natural beauty in our Nation's Capital. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need. Details at: Tickets: $30 general admission at; higher prices for admission with food/drink included. Enter Kingman Island and Heritage Islands Park at RFK Lot 6.

Saturday May 13 at 3:30 PM, Mother's Day Card Making. Join West End Library Children's Staff as we will be making cards and will have tissue paper on hand for any other designs you have in mind! Free. Appropriate for Ages 3 and up. The West End Library is at 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,   

Saturday, May 13 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer concert series presents Oxymorons. This seriously-fun eight-piece band has been playing the DC area for more than 25 years, reeling off favorite party tunes spanning four decades and witty, well-crafted originals. Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Please feel free to bring your own beach chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled for that day. Due to the nature of the series, there will not be a rain date. Attendees will be encouraged to stick around after the show and save some money! Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be distributing wristbands that will entitle the wearer to discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW,

Sunday, May 14 at 8 AM, Temple Sinai’s 3rd annual Tricia Davis 5K Walk/Run in support of Sinai House, a residential social service program for homeless families in Washington, DC. The race begins at 8 AM at Rock Creek Park Grove 24, 4850 Colorado Ave NW. Sign up for any of 6 different races, including a virtual race or a 5K Walk/Run for Your Dog. Registration fees, $10 - $40 - at

Sunday, May 14, all day, Mudders Day. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day….but it’s also Mudders Day! After so many days of heavy rains, it’s great to see the sun again! But let’s also take this day to appreciate the squishy-squashy greatness of mud! On Mudders Day, you can make mud pies. And you can celebrate the racehorses who run fast on muddy tracks, like this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming. What song do you sing on Mudder’s Day? It’s “Hello Mudder, Hello Faddah,” of course! Where and when do you celebrate Mudder’s Day? Find all the details here:

Sunday, May 14 at 5:15 PM, Organ Recital: George Fergus. Cathedral organist George Fergus plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation. At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW,

Monday, May 15 at 6:30 PM, The Regulatory Process of Starting a Small Business. Are you interested in starting a small business in the District? Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. Come and learn about: Business Licensing; Corporate registration; Certificates of Occupancy (C of O); Home Occupancy Permits (HOP); Grant Opportunities; Vending; Farmer markets; Certified Business Enterprises (CBE); and More! No pre-registration required. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,   

Tuesday, May 16 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The Zika Virus, a presentation by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health. In 2015, an obscure mosquito-borne virus began spreading in the Western Hemisphere, causing a new pandemic. It received scant attention until the infection broke out massively in Latin America and the Caribbean and was associated with an abrupt increase in birth defects. Since the initial reports of Zika virus disease in Brazil, the pandemic has spread rapidly to more than 60 countries and territories in the Americas. Dr. Fauci will discuss the history of Zika virus, the current pandemic, and the biomedical research response. He is a leader in the worldwide fight against infectious diseases and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Free. Reservations required at This lecture is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) spring series, held at the AU Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, May 17 at 7 PM, A Conversation with Alejandro Palomas. Awarded with the 2016 Spain’s National Book Award for Children’s Literature, Alejandro Palomas joins local author Maud Casey in a conversation moderated by Matthew Davis.Alejandro Palomas is the author of several novels which have been translated into 8 languages. In 2016, he received the National Award for Children’s and Youth Literature for his novel Un hijo (A Son). Free, but reservations required at: At the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St NW.

Thursday, May 18 at 5 PM, Curator Tour: "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." Join Curator of Contemporary Art Camille Ann Brewer as she guides you through the exhibition “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” which tells the story of the iconic fashion show and its creator Eunice Johnson through stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement pieces by leading designers. Free; no reservations required. At George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW,  

Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM, Federal Worker Rights. Attorneys Debra D'Agostino and Sarah McKinin of the Federal Practice Group will discuss the rights Federal Employees have on and off the job. Federal Workers are facing unprecedented attacks and restrictions. Can Feds express political opinions? Attend protests? Raise money? Blow the whistle without getting fired? This important topic will is the subject of the next meeting of the Chevy Chase (DC) and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Free and open to the public. At IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St NW,  

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