Thursday, June 8, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Joaquin Miller Cabin in Rock Creek Park
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 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 and sign copies of 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.   

Thursday June 8 - Sunday June 11, Capital Pride Celebration 2017. Four days of events, including a parade, concerts, a pool party, a brunch, and a festival. For the dates, times, ticket info and and other event details, go to: The parade is on Saturday, June 10 starting at 4:30 PM at 22nd & P Streets NW, traveling 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passing by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ending along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street. Free. (If you are seeking reviewing stand seats, sorry, they’re sold out.)  

Friday, June 9 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie: “First Person Singular: I.M. Pei” - a documentary about the life of the architect. Assortment of games at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12:00 noon, movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center 3600 Calvert Street, NW. If you plan to attend, please rsvp to guymasonevents @ gmail dotcom, or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 202-727-7527.

Saturday, June 10 from 9 AM - 2 PM, Truck Touch. The Department of Public Works (DPW) invites the public to attend the 10th annual summer kick-off and citywide “Truck Touch,” featuring a variety of free activities for kids and adults. A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more. Kids are encouraged to climb into the equipment, which include a police helicopter and horse, and can also take a ride on DPW Segways. Free boxed lunches will be provided to kids age 18 and under by the DC Free Summer Meals Program. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation will also provide a bevy of activities for kids and adults alike, including, tennis, basketball and fitness activities. On the perimeter of the event, the District Department of Energy and the Environment will hold their annual Electric Grand Prix, where local high schoolers compete against one another in the battery-powered electric cars they’ve constructed. At  RFK Stadium, Lot 7, 2400 East Capitol Street, SE – vehicles can enter off of Benning Road NE.

Saturday, June 10 from 9 AM - 3 PM, JoyFest at Fort Reno Park. The Joy of Motion Dance Festival (JoyFest) celebrates dance education and performance. In this unique outdoor festival, more than 800 dedicated young dancers will perform in over 100 dance pieces in a joyous celebration of all they’ve achieved in the studio this year. In addition to the performances, family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the day. Fort Reno is at 3815 Chesapeake St NW. Free. More info at:

Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Frank Lloyd Wright Day at the National Building Museum. Celebrate the great architect’s 150th birthday with special exhibits, talks about his works, and hands-on kids’ activities, including creating a (faux) stained glass sun-catcher, discovering how a cantilever works, and story time. For schedule of activities and talks, go to: The National Building Museum is at 401 F Street NW.
Saturday, June 10 from 5 - 7 PM, The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series Presents Michele McTierney, singer/songwriter. Michele blends powerful, emotionally-charged vocals, and edgy, infectious pop rock music with strong, confessional lyrics. Visit for tour dates, social media and more. Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Feel free to bring your own beach chair. Attendees who stick around after the show can pick up wristbands distributed by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID that entitle the wearer to discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW. No rain date.

Sunday, June 11 from 3 - 5 PM, Joaquin Miller Poetry Series presents Poetry Readings/Open Mic in Rock Creek Park. Come to the Rock Creek Nature Center auditorium (5200 Glover Park Road NW) to hear poetry by David Eye and William Notter. Bring a short poem for the open mic reading (sign up begins at 2:45). Plenty of free parking. The Nature Center is located at the far north side of the Horse Stables. The 2nd program is hosted by Jason Gebhardt. For visitor info call 202-895-6070. For map and other info, go to

Sunday, June 11, doors open at 1:30 PM, French Embassy Concert: Music of Friends. Please join us for a chamber music concert, hosted by the French Embassy, in support of Friendship Place. Featuring: Carole Tafoya Evans, violin, National Symphony Orchestra; Eric DeWaardt, viola, National Symphony Orchestra; Mark Evans, cello, National Symphony Orchestra; Charles Nilles, bass, National Symphony Orchestra; Cecilia Cho, piano, professor at Levine Music. Performing works by: Vivaldi, Edgar Meyer, Shostakovich, Mozart, Schoenfeld, and Schubert. Tickets $10 (students); $35 (seniors); $50 general adult admission, available at: Children 12 and under are free. Concert starts at 2 PM and will be followed by a reception at 3 PM. At the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW

Sunday, June 11 from 5 - 8 PM, Rosedale Summer BBQ. There will be live music from a most talented jazz quartet, face-painting and some outdoor fun and games (kickball, hula hoops, etc).  
The Rosedale Conservancy provides the burgers, dogs, drinks and watermelon...but please bring a picnic-style side dish to share with your fellow neighbors (e.g., pasta salad, brownies, etc.). You might want to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Please leave furry friends at home. Rosedale is at 3501 Newark St.

Monday, June 12, Tuesday June 13, and Wednesday, June 14 at 8 PM. “Uncle Julie.” Washington Women in Theatre presents “Uncle Julie” by Sidra Rausch about a newspaper man and his late-in-life romance with a Central European Holocaust survivor. At Katzen Art Center, American University, 4400 Nebraska Ave NW. Tickets $12 available at the door or online at

Tuesday, June 13 from 2 - 4 PM, - “What Is Age-Friendly DC and Why Should You Care?” - part of the Iona Spring Advocacy Series, Take Charge and Live Well in DC. Learn more about the implications of Age-Friendly DC and how new technologies might improve the lives of DC seniors.
Guest Speaker: Stuart Rosenthal, Editor of The Beacon Newspaper. Free. At St. Columba’s Church. Room 212, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Registration is appreciated - please call 202-895-9442. More info on the advocacy series at:

Wednesday, June 14, 12 noon, Flag Day Rally for the 51st State. Today is Flag Day, celebrating the Stars and Stripes - but DC is not represented among the stars on the canton of blue! Come to a Flag Day rally at Freedom Plaza to demand a 51st star on the US Flag. Why wait for statehood? We may be waiting a looong time! Use this national observance day to ask for something simpler and more immediate: the addition of a 51st star to the US flag! Print out and bring a paper flag showing a 51-star field - available here: In preparation you can watch John Oliver make the case for both the 51st state and a 51 star flag: For more details about the rally, go here:

Wednesday, June 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Author Howard Blum will talk about his latest book, “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal.” The book tells the story of Betty Pack, hailed by General “Wild Bill” Donovan, head of wartime intelligence, as “the greatest unsung heroine of the war,” Betty Pack engaged in death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory, first as a secret agent for Britain’s MI-6 and then for Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services. Code-named “Cynthia,” the intelligent and charming spy seduced diplomats and military attach├ęs across the globe in exchange for critically important ciphers and secrets involving Nazi Germany, Vichy France, and Fascist Italy. Howard Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former investigative reporter for the New York Times. The lecture will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 6:30 PM. Free. Click on to register for this event - part of the Amram Scholar Series (rescheduled from May 24). At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW,
Thursday, June 15 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, DowntownDC Live presents JoGo Project – jazz band that blends jazz, R&B, funk, rock and go-go. Bring your lunch or grab food from a nearby restaurant or food truck and enjoy music in Franklin Park (13th and I Sts NW) at this free lunchtime live entertainment series brought to you by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID). More on the series at:

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,

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