Thursday, May 18, 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 @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, May 19 starting at 7 AM, Bike to Work Day Celebration at Freedom Plaza. Join a convoy of bicyclists starting from the Chevy Chase Circle Bus Turnaround and traveling to the celebration point at Freedom Plaza via Connecticut Avenue. The route will include a left onto Calvert Street for a brief pitstop in Adams Morgan at Columbia Road and 18th Street. Folks interested in joining, either at the start location or further south on Connecticut, should contact Steve Seelig [hal.ninek @ verizon dot net] or just show up at the 7 AM meet-up. At the end of the ride you will get a free T-shirt and refreshments and free entry into a raffle to win a bicycle, if you are registered at:

Friday, May 19 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: "Just Like Washington Crossed the Delaware, General Pershing Will Cross the Rhine." Executive Director Jack Warren shares "Just Like Washington Crossed the Delaware, General Pershing Will Cross the Rhine," a 1918 phonograph record, and discusses how the American Revolution is echoed in the popular music of World War I. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the record and sheet music. Anderson House is at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 12 noon - 10 PM and Sunday May 21 from 12 noon - 7 PM, St. Sophia Cathedral’s Greek Festival! Come to this annual 3-day Greek Festival featuring authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, traditional Greek dance performances, vendors of unique jewelry and religious icons, tours of the Cathedral, Mercedes/$40K raffle ($100/ticket - drawing at 8 PM on Sunday), activities for children, and fun for ALL ages!  Free admission. At 36th St. and Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 11 AM - 9 PM and Sunday, May 21 from 12 noon - 6 PM, SerbFest DC 2017 Spring Festival. Featuring: Delicious Serbian Food - Spit-roasted Pig & Lamb, Traditional Foods, Side Dishes & Desserts - Serbian Beer & Wine; Live Serbian Music & Dancing; Live Serbian Folklore Dance performances; Children's Rides & Activities; and much more! Free admission and parking. At St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road, Potomac MD 20854. Held rain or shine. More info:  

Saturday, May 20 from 7 AM - 3 PM, Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Rock Creek Nature Center. Activities include bird walks, invasive plant removal, hands-on activities for kids of all ages, exhibits, information booths, a lecture on Presidents in Rock Creek Park at 1 PM, and food. Free! Visit Rock Creek Park Nature Center is at 5200 Glover Road, NW.

Saturday, May 20 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Sibley Memorial Hospital’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Festival, Diaper Drive and Sibley Baby Reunion. There will be games, free health screenings, entertainment, snacks, Zumba, giveaways, and more, including a diaper drive for families in need. If you were born at Sibley, come back for a special Sibley Baby Reunion! Free admission, but please bring a pack of diapers to the diaper drive. Sibley Hospital is at 5255 Loughboro Road NW,

Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Acton Children's Business Fair of Washington, DC. It’s like Eastern Market run by kids! The Acton Children's Business Fairis an outdoor market where children ages 6-14 become entrepreneurs for a day. Over 90 children's businesses will be selling original artwork and photography, homemade bread, hand-drawn comic books, natural soaps and body scrubs, greeting cards, and more. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Most businesses will accept cash only. 3400 Connecticut Ave, NW, in Cleveland Park,   

Saturday, May 20 from 12 - 1:30 PM, Laser Tag at Rosedale. Laser Tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide & seek. Participants will have the chance to play in two or more 15-minute games. This event is perfect for adults and kids ages 8 and up.  Advanced registration required and is limited to the first 40 people who register and pay in full at Rosedale is at 35th and Newark Streets NW.

Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM, Lecture: Presidents and Rock Creek Park. Many US Presidents developed a close relationship with Rock Creek Valley and the acres of wilderness that are now part of Rock Creek Park. See more than 100 historic images and hear stories about President Taft taking tea at Peirce Mill to Woodrow Wilson wooing his second wife on park trails. Learn about Teddy Roosevelt skinny-dipping in the creek and John Quincy Adams’ very bad investment.  This free presentation will be led by local historian David Swerdloff, author of the recent book, Rock Creek Park A to Z. The presentation will be held in the lecture hall in the Nature Center, located in Rock Creek Park at 5200 Glover Road, NW.

Saturday, May 20 from 4 - 9 PM, Indigenous Art Party and Jam for #DCReInvest. Join us for Native food, live music, and art builds to support our struggle to divest DC funds from Wells Fargo, a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We'll be at the beautiful new Uptown Art House (former site of Uptown Tap House/4 Provinces), 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW. Help us create posters and banners for our campaign. This event is family friendly. Hosted by Rising Hearts, the Piscataway Indian Nation, & DC ReInvest.

Saturday, May 20 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series Presents Hollertown, a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for over ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia. 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. 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.  

Saturday, May 20 at 5 PM, Concert: Goin’ Home: American Roots. The DC Youth Orchestra Program and the Post Classical Ensemble have partnered to present this free concert featuring world-renowned bass-baritone Kevin Deas and the DC Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mariano Vales. This concert is designed as a multi-sensory experience engaging the audience on multiple levels. The visuals by Peter Bogdanoff, narrative by Joe Horowitz, music inspired by African American spirituals and American symphonic music will invite the audience to join the journey of ‘goin home’ to an American identity rooted in African American traditions. This multimedia production, featuring works of Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Antonin Dvorak, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and more, is at Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater, 2455 6th St NW,

Sunday May 21 from 1 - 3 PM, Garden Planting and Cleanup Day at the Tregaron Conservancy. Help plant flowers and clear invasive vines in Tregaron's Klingle Stream valley. Meet up inside the Klingle Entrance (3000 block of Klingle Rd NW). Green thumbs and aspiring green thumbs are welcome. Kids who are supervised by an adult and willing to help out are encouraged to come too. Equipment and refreshments will be provided (and if we're lucky, the bullfrogs in the lily pond will be serenading us). To register, email info @

Monday, May 22 at 2 PM, SpotOn Grownups: Do Not Call Registry Sign-A-Thon. Getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you get by signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s free and we’ll show you how. The DC Public Library is committed to making the District of Columbia an easier place to live, work, learn, visit and play as we grow older. SpotOn Grownups is a micro-learning weekly program designed to help our grownups with technology issues. Stop by the Tenley-Friendship branch, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, on Mondays at 2 PM for short one-on-one lessons. Free.

Monday, May 22 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features 'Duck on a Bike'. Calling all readers and actors! Please join us in the children's room for Reader's Theatre. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is the featured piece. A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too. This program celebrates Bike Month. Find more local events at Bike Month & Beyond. The Mt. Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW,

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 PM, GTW Inter-generational Learning: How to Investigate a President. The generations have so much to teach each other! Just as we learned from a recent Washington Post column about the GTG program that offers the older generation a chance to learn today’s technology from the younger generation, this new program, GTW - ”Grandparents Teaching Watergate” - offers today’s youngsters a chance to learn about the greatest presidential scandal of their grandparents’ generation, from the people who lived through it. Learn about the “third-rate burglary,” “The Saturday Night Massacre,” and the president who “stonewalled” before deciding to go “the modified limited hangout route.” Oldsters, bring your Watergate memorabilia; youngsters, find out how people communicated in a world before tweets and the 24-hour news cycle. This session will be held in the Arlington parking garage where Woodward and Bernstein met “Deep Throat” - click here for location: Click here for more details of this unique event.

Wednesday, May 24 at 7 PM, PAL Pajama Party at the Mt. Pleasant Library. It's a Pajama Party... with doggies! Join us in your jammies for a doggie story time and an opportunity to read to a PAL dog. The whole family is invited to join in the FUN! Free. The Mt. Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW,

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