Thursday, June 1, 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  

Thursday, June 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini: The Cuban Presence in DC. In December 2014, President Barack Obama, Jr. announced an historic opening of American relations with Cuba.  Cuban ties to the District of Columbia long pre-date that announcement.  Let’s explore the Cuban cultural influences on DC – in terms of music, dance, food, and religion – with a panel of Cuban Americans who have lived in the area all of their lives. Free. Register at At Takoma Busboys and Poets, 235 Carroll St NW.

Friday, June 2 from 6 - 8 PM, Forklift Friday at Community Forklift Warehouse. Dine, Drink, and Rock Out While You Shop. Gather your friends, family, neighbors, and friendly leashed pets for a fun night. Tap your feet to the rhythm & roots musical styling of Jackson, Oziel & Moss, enjoy field-to-fork potato snacks from Spud Nation DC, interact with several local artists while drinking craft beers and wine from Town Center Market, and finish your night with cupcakes from Pink Confetti. More details at Free admission. Community Forklift is at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 - just outside NE DC near the Hyattsville Arts District.  

Saturday, June 3 from 9 AM - 3 PM, Meadowbrook Stables Open House. The day will feature: pony rides; pony petting and grooming; costumed pony parade; games and activities, including a horseless horse show, duck pond, bean bag toss, and more; pie eating contest; jumping competition; silent auction. All proceeds are tax deductible and benefit our Horse Welfare Fund. For more info: visit or call (301) 589-5799. Meadowbrook Foundation, Inc., 8200 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD.

Saturday, June 3 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Glover Park Day. Now in its 28th year, Glover Park Day is an annual outdoor festival co-sponsored by the Glover Park Citizens Association and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Glover Park Day 2017 will feature the best of Glover Park: good friends, great food from local restaurants, live music, crafters, community organizations, local businesses, kids’ activities and much more. Free admission. Held at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW. More info:

Saturday, June 3 from 5 - 7 PM Jelly Roll Mortals, presented by the Adams Morgan Summer concert series. Jelly Roll Mortals are a pop-rock-country-folk-R&B band; a group of seasoned musicians who play a deep catalog of originals and cover tunes.For more about the band, visit: Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Feel free to bring your own beach chair. Canceled in the event of rain - no rain date. Attendees will be encouraged to stick around after the show to get wristbands distributed by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, giving the wearer discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW.

Saturday, June 3 from 12 noon - 10 PM, The Universal Rain Date Event. This event is for anyone, anywhere, anytime, who has ever lost out on a chance to attend an event due to a weather cancellation….and there was no rain date. It doesn’t matter how long ago, or what type of event -- this will be your free makeup day! Bring the whole family! And your pets! (We know that some dog park events were rained out last month.) This event is basically a pot-luck, in that you bring your own fun. Whatever it was that you missed out on -- music, games, face-painting, dancing, bake sale -- just bring some of that yourself, and if everyone brings enough stuff and sets up enough activities, this will more than make up for whatever you missed. To accommodate everyone and everything, the Universal Rain Date Event will take up all of the Washington Convention Center….or it would, if it were not the Weekly Fake Event!

Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 11 AM - 4 PM, Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend. Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend-long celebration in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House , free of charge. In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Celebrate the grand re-opening of Dumbarton House with postcards and yoga; hear stories from WWII veterans as well as genealogy tips at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; make your own Remembrance Poppy at Wilson House and a tricorne hat or WWI overseas cap at Anderson House.  And be sure to post your Walk Weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize!  The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only. The Phillips Collection will open at 12 noon on Sunday. For directions and maps, go to:  

Sunday, June 4 from 12 - 5 PM, The Greater Brookland Garden Club's 17th Annual House and Garden Tour. Unique to Brookland, the neighborhood contains an architecturally mixed variety of homes interspersed within the original all-Victorian community. The homes on the tour provide for a marvelous contrast both in architectural style and in how the gardens are implemented. Homeowners will be available at each property to provide details and answer questions. Reception follows from 5 -7 PM. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 the day of the tour, available through (until Saturday evening) or at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, at 3906 12th St from 10 AM - 7 PM M-F and 10 AM - 5 PM on Saturday, and from 9 AM - 2 PM on Sunday. All profits from the House and Garden Tour will be used for the planting and care of community public gardens in Brookland.

Sunday, June 4 at 5 PM, Concert: The Maryland State Boychoir. The program includes gospel, sacred masterworks, contemporary, spirituals, and folk songs. Reception to follow. No admission charge but a free-will offering is appreciated. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Monday, June 5, from 5 - 7 PM, Airport 77s - A Special Monday Concert presented by the  Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series. If you like "My Sharona," the Airport 77s are the band for you. Specializing in the power pop and new wave music of the late 1970s and early 1980s, this trio of veteran DC rockers will take you back to the days of Ms. Pac Man and leaded gasoline. They've played McMansions, VFWs and fancy awards dinners, but they're at their best when rocking outdoors in the swamp of Washington. More about the band at: Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Feel free to bring your own beach chair. Canceled in the event of rain - no rain date. Attendees will be encouraged to stick around after the show to get wristbands distributed by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, giving the wearer discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW.

Tuesday, June 6 from 5 - 9 PM, The 5th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan. Stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods - a benefit for Mary’s Center. Bring your appetites because 15 of DC's best restaurants are opening their doors and serving samples of their chef's signature dishes. Purchase your tickets, either 4/$35 or 8/$50, and you're off to explore Adams Morgan! Each ticket is valid for 1 taste at any of the participating restaurants, highlighting their signature dishes or cocktails. All physical taste tickets must be picked up from Little Shop of Flowers, 2421 18th St NW, the day of the event. Taste Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes offered will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your culinary adventure. Tickets and details about restaurants at   

Wednesday June 7 from 5 - 7:30  PM, Tenleytown Community Mix & Mingle at Whole Foods Market. Come and say hi to familiar faces and learn “what’s brewing” at Whole Foods, and take this opportunity to offer your in-person feedback, both the good and the areas of opportunity. Small bites and light refreshments available. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this event to Todd Schrecengost, Metro Marketing Team Leader (Washington, DC) at todd.schrecengost @ wholefoods dot com. Free. At  Whole Foods Market Tenleytown, 4530 40th Street NW.

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM, The French Legislative Elections - a panel discussion at the Alliance Francaise de Washington. The French Legislative Elections are just around the corner!
The Alliance Française partners with the Washington campus of NYU to organize this roundtable of 5 political experts who will discuss these elections and their importance in France. Panelists are: Philippe Gélie (Le Figaro); Sonia Dridi (France24); Emma-Kate Symmons (The Australian); Jorgen Ullerup (US Correspondent for Jyllands Posten - TBC). Moderator: Joseph Bahout, Carnegie Mellon Institute. A light reception will follow the event. At the Washington DC Campus of NYU, 1307 L Street NW. This event will be in English - free event but registration is required - go to:

Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM, "In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem," a docudrama premiere hosted by Washington Hebrew Congregation. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, "In Our Hands" tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade with firsthand interviews and historical reenactments. After the screening of "In Our Hands," there will be a reception. Free - please RSVP to Washington Hebrew Congregation is at 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Wednesday, June 7 at 8 PM, Heather Booth: Changing the World. Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. The newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, is an inspiring look at how social change happens. Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work this inspiring film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Stay after the film for a discussion with director Lilly Rivlin and subject Heather Booth, moderated by Susan Barocas, former director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $7 - $12.25 available at More info:

Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM, Author Talk: City of Dreams: The 400-year Epic History of Immigrant New York by historian Tyler Anbinder. This history of immigrants in New York City, from the city’s founding to the present, is for anyone who loves NYC and wants to know how it got to be the way it is. It comes at a time when the historically fraught issue of immigration is being fiercely debated. Anbinder’s book won the prestigious $10,000 Mark Lynton History Prize. A previous book about the Five Points neighborhood led to his work as an advisor to Martin Scorsese on the movie, The Gangs of New York. Tyler Anbinder is a professor of history at George Washington University specializing in American immigration history and the politics of the Civil War era. Seating for this free event is first-come, first served. Book sale and signing to follow event. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, June 8 at  6 PM, Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era. Glenn F. Williams, a historian at the US Army Center of Military History, will discuss his book, which tells the story of  the 1774 campaign against a Shawnee-led Indian confederacy in the Ohio Country, marking the final time an American colonial militia took to the field in His Majesty’s service and under royal command. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:  

Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 PM, Guided Tree Walk in Soapstone Valley. An arborist from Casey Trees will conduct  an hour-long guided tree walk in the Soapstone Valley, the finger of Rock Creek Park that extends into Forest Hills. The Soapstone Valley Trail is one of the finest trails in Rock Creek Park, just a few steps into the woods from Van Ness. The trailhead on Albemarle Street NW -- about a block east of the Connecticut Avenue intersection -- is marked by a Potomac Appalachian Trail Club sign.  Increase your enjoyment of one of Washington's best features -- our trees -- and learn the basics of tree identification by observing a variety of native DC trees. Skills learned will help you identify trees in your neighborhood or participate in an upcoming park tree inventory this summer. Rain or shine! Wear appropriate foot gear for walking on wooded paths. Gather at the Cleveland Park Interim Library, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, to start the walk promptly at 6:30 PM. Questions? Call the Cleveland Park Interim Library at 202 282-3080. Free.   

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