Thursday, June 15, 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 17,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday June 15 at 7:30 PM, “Imagine a World” - Music for Humanity, featuring the Credo Community Choir and Dallas Street Choir, with special guest Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-Soprano, Jonathan Palant, Music Director. At Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. Free and open to the public - no reserved tickets. Doors open at 7 PM. More info:

Thursday June 15 from 7 - 10 PM, DC Jazz Prix. Now in its second year, DC Jazz Prix is a national competition created to recognize the finest rising jazz band talent from across the US. The winning band is to be honored with a $15,000 award and receive pivotal professional development and visibility through a year-long association with DCJF. Free entry, but registration is  required - . At the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue  NW.

Friday, June 16 from 12 noon - 2:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: A Cannon Named “George.” Join Executive Director Jack Warren for a discussion of the history of "George," a very rare American-made bronze cannon that spent more than 200 years in Charleston, South Carolina, before becoming the centerpiece of the Great Stair Hall of Anderson House in 2016. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the cannon. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, June 16 at 6:30 PM, Sing-Along and Pizza Party at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Come sing the songs from the most popular Broadway musicals, Carousel, South Pacific, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, West Side Story, and many more! The very popular Ann Glendinning will lead us down memory lane. Pizza party starts at 6:30 PM and the Sing-Along starts at 7:30. Free. The Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW. Please RSVP to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 202-727-7527.

Saturday, June 17 from 11 AM - 6 PM Columbia Heights Day Street Festival. The best local DC street party is back and you’re invited! Join us in celebration of diversity and community with the neighborhood’s finest food, drink, and entertainment. Discover artisans, entrepreneurs, and area businesses in the heart of Columbia Heights. With three stages of live music, dance, and free fitness classes. Kids can play at the carnival on the Harriet Tubman field while adults make their own fun at the Meridian Pint beer garden. Free admission. Along 11th Street between Park Road and Irving Street,

Saturday, June 17 at 2 PM, DC 1968 History Project and Archiving Workshop. The 50th anniversary of 1968 is right around the corner. Marya Annette McQuirter, a native Washingtonian and historian, is producing a history of DC in 1968. Want to contribute to DC 1968? Bring your 1968 photographs, yearbooks, report cards, church bulletins, letters, diaries, holiday cards and more. Get your items scanned and return them safely home armed with the knowledge of how to correctly preserve them for future generations. During this workshop, you will also learn basic concepts and practices for preserving photos, papers, memorabilia, email, and other media. Create a plan for your personal archive - both the stuff on paper and on your computer. There are simple things you can do now to keep your memories alive. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Saturday, June 17 from 4 - 8 PM, Strawberry Festival at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For 151 years St. Paul’s Church has celebrated the beginning of summer with a Strawberry Festival. There are tents to cover the food (including, of course, fresh strawberries and strawberry shortcake) and the items offered for sale—baked goods, hand-crafted items, jewelry, plants, and more, plus activities -- games, laughter, music and more -- that will bring together the whole community as we kick off to summer. Free admission. St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish is at Rock Creek Church Rd. and Webster St. NW. More info:

Saturday, June 17 at 9 PM, “Exploring the Night Sky.” If the sky is clear you are welcome to join the gathering in the meadow at the corner of Glover & Military Rds in Rock Creek Park. National Astronomers club members bring telescopes to observe the night sky. Free. Near Picnic Grove 13 Parking Lot. Map and directions:

Sunday, June 18 from 12:30 - 2 PM, Father’s Day Kite Flight. Celebrate Father’s Day by building and flying your own mini-kites on the grand South Lawn of Tudor Place. Tour the 5 ½-acre garden, craft your own mini kite using recycled materials, make family buttons, take part in a kite race, and bring home a prize. For families with children ages 6-12. This outdoor event will take place rain or shine. Tickets from $5 - $10 at Tudor Place is at 1644 31st Street NW.  

Sunday, June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM, Father’s Day Concert in the Park. Celebrate Father’s Day in Volta Park (1555 34th St NW) with the rock’n’roll band, The Walkaways. Food trucks, free ice cream. Sponsored by the Citizens Association of Georgetown. More info:

Monday, June 19 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Post-Father’s Day Great Tie Giveaway. Did you get ANOTHER tie for Father’s Day? Got a zillion ties hanging in your closet and never wear half of them? Here’s just the event you need: Re-gift your excess ties to The Ties That Bind America Together Art Project. On the Monday after Father’s Day, all across America, people will be donating ties, which, after sufficient numbers are collected, will be tied together, end to end, to create one, unbroken chain of ties, 3,061 miles long. The project organizers expect the collection of ties to take up to a decade, but at the culmination of the years of tie collections and tie-chain-making, there will be a week-long, ceremonial unrolling of the “Ties That Bind America Together,” stretching from Ocean City, MD on the Atlantic to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Pacific. Bring your ties to the Great Tie Giveaway collection point at the District Building and receive a certificate that you have contributed a tie to For complete details about this monumental project, go to:  

Monday, June 19 at 6:30 PM, Sports Nutrition Seminar. Are you an athlete or gearing up to train for your next race? Come join Roxana Ehsani, Giant Food's in-store Nutritionist and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, to learn how food impacts your performance on and off the field. Learn when to eat and what to eat to help you maintain your peak performance. This free event will take place in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 T St NW. RSVP required: More info:

Tuesday, June 20 at 6 PM, Author Roxane Gay will be in conversation with Alicia Montgomery, editorial director, WAMU at a DC Public Library event. Roxane Gay, author of “Bad Feminist” and “An Untamed State,” is one of the outstanding female voices of our times. Gay will speak about her latest book, “Hunger.” Event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP here: At All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. Book signing to follow.

Wednesday June 21, All Day, Tenleytown Make Music Day. Celebrate the start of summer with Tenleytown Main Street, with free, live music performances all day, all along Wisconsin Avenue. Originally celebrated as La Fête de la Musique in Paris, Make Music Day has expanded to more than 700 cities worldwide – including right here at home! Music lovers of all ages can enjoy live performances spanning all musical genres at public parks and local businesses. Plus budding musicians can learn to play the ukulele, take part in a drum circle, or join the Global Jam 4 Peace. Find all the details and a schedule of events on the Tenleytown Main Street website at   

Wednesday, June 21 from 3 - 8:30 PM, La Fete de la Musique presented by the Alliance Francaise and the Embassy of France. La Fête de la Musique is an international event that started in France in 1982. On the first day of summer, people throughout France come together to celebrate music, life and freedom. Every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical specialty—takes to the street, as well as parks, plazas and porches to share his or her music with friends, neighbors and even strangers. For the 35th anniversary of the event, the Alliance Française invites Washington, DC to be part of this now worldwide musical phenomenon. During the afternoon, there will be French outdoor games, and from 5pm to 6:30pm, a special area for kids with workshops (creation of music instrument, calligraphy and face painting). For the adults, various bands will be playing French and American songs! The world has changed a lot in the past year. But we believe that now more than ever life needs to be enjoyed: we must sing, play music, dance, laugh and stand up for culture and liberty. Please join us in Dupont Circle on June 21!  

Thursday, June 22 from 6 - 8 PM, Food Photography Workshop. Learn how to photograph food with your camera or cell phone. Disposable cameras can also be provided. This workshop will last two hours and will be taught by photography teacher Amanda Archibald. Free. Space is limited, so register now - - to be guaranteed a spot, or e-mail Lisa.Warwick @ dc dot gov. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. More info:

Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 PM, Midsummer’s Eve Concert at St. Columba’s Church, featuring pianists Sonya Subbayya Sutton and Sophia Subbayya Vastek, with vocalist Joan Phalen. They offer their musical talents to support the work of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and its “Empower the Homeless” campaign. Featuring works by Gershwin, Glass, Bernstein and Sondheim, the concert will include some two-piano pieces.The concert is free; donations to Samaritan Ministry will be invited. Doors open at 7 PM and light refreshments will be served. The concert starts at 7:30. For more info email Joe Kolar (samaritan @ columba dot org). St. Columba’s Episcopal Church is at 4201 Albemarle Street NW. More info:

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