Thursday, June 22, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Payton Chung (via Creative Commons)
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

Friday, June 23 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch, and a Movie at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Board games will be brought out at 11 AM, lunch starts at 12 noon, and the movie, "Pavarotti Forever" (a documentary featuring performances by Luciano Pavarotti) will start at 1 PM. Please RSVP to If you plan to attend, please reply to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, (202) 727-7527. The Guy Mason Center is at 3600 Calvert St NW.

Friday, June 23 at 5:30 PM, Free Family Concert and Picnic in the Park at the Forest Hills Playground. Friends of Forest Hills Playground is excited to announce the third annual Picnic in the Park concert series, starting this Friday with our returning performer: Marsha and the Positrons. Bring a blanket and kick off the weekend. Please stop by the Friends of Forest Hills information table to say hello and purchase an annual membership ($15/family). T-shirts will be available for $15-20. All proceeds support the playground and the performers. Check for weather-related cancellation and for more info about the concert series here:  

Friday, June 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Art reception at Hera Hub. Come for food, drinks, and art as Hera Hub welcomes a new show featuring a number of different local artists: Kathy J. Karlson; Rachel Ann Cross; Rachel Ann Cross; Nora Simon;  Imani Pierre; Katie Jett Walls; Rachel Westfall. Free. Hera Hub is at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue NW, suite 100. Free but please register at:

Saturday, June 24 from 10 AM - 3 PM, The 9th Annual DC Housing Expo and Home Show. An amazing resource for anyone who is thinking about buying, renovating, or financing a home. Learn about home purchase assistance programs, get design and decorating tips, free credit reports and credit counseling, and much more. This is your one-stop resource for homeowners, home buyers, tenants, landlords and small business people. Free. At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Register at or visit  

Saturday, June 24 from 11 AM - 1 PM, Guided Tour of the DC Fire and EMS Museum. Join the DC Historical Society for a lively discussion and tour of the DC Fire & EMS Museum. Housed on the third floor of historic Engine Co. 3, the DC Fire and EMS Museum and the Friendship Fire Association was officially chartered by the District of Columbia government in the late 1940s. On display in the museum are artifacts and memorabilia of firefighting dating back to more than 125 years ago. Tickets $5 at All profits generated from this program will be split between the museum and the Historical Society. The DC Fire and EMS Museum is at 439 New Jersey Avenue NW.

Saturday, June 24 from 2 - 3 PM, Painting with Frederic Kellogg. Artist Frederic Kellogg will give a demonstration of watercolor painting en plein air. Using sketchbook and easel, Kellogg will focus the class on finding composition through sketches to develop larger watercolor paintings. The artist encourages participants of all levels to bring a sketchbook or easel and take part. Kellogg’s exhibition Works in Oil and Watercolor will be on view at the Katzen Arts Center at American University (4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW) through August 13. Free and open to the public. Rain date: Sunday, June 25, 2-3 pm.

Saturday, June 24 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Concert: Batida Diferente — "A Different Beat” — is a Washington, DC based quartet that plays Brazilian classics and American Jazz with colorful modern energy and rhythm. Songs feature Latin originals and American standards with new lyrics, cool covers, and fresh arrangements that make audiences want to dance. More info 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.

Sunday, June 25 from 3 - 5 PM, Poetry in the Park: The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series features readings by poets RG Evans and Amber West. Feel free to bring a short poem for the open reading (sign-up begins at 2:45). Free parking. The Nature Center is located at the far north side of the Horse Stables, 5200 Glover Road NW. Wheelchair accessible. For visitor info call 202-895-6070 or visit Free. For more information on the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, including history and detailed directions, visit:

Sunday, June 25 at 11 PM to …..whenever, Poetry in the Dark. At this first-of-its-kind event, participating poets and attendees will enter a completely dark auditorium. A guide will lead you to your seat. You will have no idea how many people are in the room -- so you will not know how many poets will be reading, or how long each poet will take. You may find someone handing you a microphone, and if you like, you can stand and read a poem you have composed and committed to memory. Then hand the microphone to someone else. No smartphone flashlight apps or actual flashlights allowed. No matches! If no one speaks for five minutes after the last poet has performed, the event will be declared finished. Free. At the Nature Center Auditorium in Rock Creek Park -- but if you show up there at 11 at night, you will discover that you have come to The Weekly Fake Event.

Monday, June 26 at 7:30 PM, Talk: Origins of the Humane Movement in Washington, DC. Local historian Hayden Wetzel will speak about the early years of the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League. This talk draws on his book-length study, Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal Control in the District of Columbia from the Beginnings to About 1940. The talk is a presentation of the Cleveland Park Historical Society. Free, but please register to ensure sufficient seating - go to At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St NW. More info:

Tuesday, June 27 at 7 PM, Grief 101. Learn about grief, its stages, and moving on in this helpful workshop. Steve Asher, MSW, LICSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, will facilitate this free event: Open to the public, it is a class about the grieving process, not an actual therapy session. The workshop will seat audience members on a first-come, first-served basis. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, June 28 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - David Silbey, Cornell University: "The Battle That (Pretty Much) Ended World War II in the Pacific: Leyte Gulf, 1944”. The Battle of Leyte Gulf had everything:  aircraft carriers attacking each other; an old fashioned battleship duel; an amphibious landing; MacArthur returning to the Philippines; and the first kamikazes.  It was the last battle at which the Imperial Japanese Navy could manage substantial resistance, and it was a much closer run thing than it should have been.  This talk will look at the Battle of Leyte Gulf and discuss what happened, why, and how the phrase “the world wonders” caused the American Admiral "Bull" Halsey to break into tears. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Thursday, June 29 at 2 PM, Health Care Apps for your Smartphone. Not all health websites on the Internet offer good health advice. Learn to identify and use websites and apps that offer reliable first-aid advice, check for symptoms, or remind you when to take medications. Bring your smartphones/tablets and questions. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

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