Thursday, August 17, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Don't Forget Your Solar Eclipse Glasses!
Image by NASA
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 17,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, August 18 from 2 - 4 PM, Back to School Field Day, hosted by the John Wall Family Foundation, features interactive games, vendors, and music - and 250 students from first through eighth grade will receive backpacks filled with school supplies. Wall will speak at 3 pm. Free. At Rosedale Community Center & Library, 1701 Gales Street NE.

Saturday, August 19 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Van Ness Neighborhood Social, hosted by UDC and Van Ness Main Street. There will be free food, music, a petting zoo, games, face painting and a balloon artist. The event will take place on the plaza in front of the new UDC Student Center at 4200 Connecticut Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone in the community. View the event flyer at:

Saturday, August 19 from 3 - 7 PM, The 3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day will take place at Chuck Brown Memorial Park in Northeast DC (formerly Langdon Park). Celebrate what would have been Chuck's 81st birthday with bands playing his music - free! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a full afternoon of entertainment with the We Are One Tribute Band, EU Feat, and Sugar Bear, closing out with the Chuck Brown Band hitting all of your Chuck favorites. Hosted by Chris Paul, and presented by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Limited free parking on the field at the corner of 24th Street and Franklin NE. More info:

Saturday, August 19 from 6 - 9 PM, Turtle Park Jazz Project/Grand Opening, featuring jazz, food and fun! Starting at 6 PM, Dinorock will play for the kids. This band has toured coast to coast with fanciful puppets bringing their dinosaur theme to life! From 7 - 9 PM, The Bob Diener Trio will play for all. Food trucks will offer snacks for purchase. Bring your blanket and a picnic and come enjoy the newly renovated park. Friendship (“Turtle”) Park is at Van Ness and 45th Streets NW.

Sunday, August 20 from 1 - 4 PM, Beach Drive Reopening Block Party. Let's hit the Beach! Beach Drive, that is. Before the commuters arrive, we're throwing a party! Come celebrate the reopening of Segment 1 of Beach Drive. No cars allowed! The National Park Service, Smithsonian's National Zoo, and Rock Creek Conservancy have teamed up to bring the party before the road opens to traffic. Featured programs include a hike and a ranger-led bike tour, hands-on activities for kids, and information booths. Guests will be invited to walk, as well as ride bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles, on the fully reconstructed roadway and the wider, smoother multi-use trail. Bring a bike, running shoes, walking shoes, rollerskates, picnic supplies, binoculars, or whatever you need to have fun outdoors! Free. At the Harvard Street/Beach Drive entrance to the National Zoo. More info: and    

Monday, August 21 from 11 AM - 4 PM Eclipse Viewing at the Air & Space Museum and the National Archives. Visit for the full schedule of activities planned at the Air & Space Museum on the Mall, and find links to events at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport. Free eclipse glasses will be available. View the eclipse through an eclipse-safe telescope, learn how to make a pinhole viewer, hear speakers and storytellers, attend planetarium events, and more! All free.

Monday, August 21 from 1 - 4 PM, Solar Eclipse Viewing at the National Zoo. View the solar eclipse through a safe solar telescope and pick up free safe eclipse glasses. Timing: Observers located in Washington, DC will see a partial eclipse, with the moon blocking up to 82 percent of the sun. The eclipse will be visible here from 1:17 to 4:01pm EDT, with maximum eclipse at 2:42pm EDT. Throughout this time period, visitors will be able to observe the moon gradually moving across the face of the sun and blocking a portion of its light. Free. At Pachyderm Plaza outside the Elephant Community Center. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Monday, August 21 at 1:17 PM, Anti-Eclipse Rally: Keep Our Sun Shining! Remember - Democracy Dies in Darkness. Don’t just stand there passively accepting the darkening of our friend, Mr. Sun. Protest this lunar cover-up! Come to Freedom Plaza in front of the Wilson Building. We will all stand together and sing songs, including “I”m Being Followed by a Moon Shadow” and other songs listed here: If and when the sun returns, we will sing, “Walking on Sunshine” (the sunniest song ever). To register for this free event, go to:

Tuesday August 22 from 9 - 10 AM, Bei Bei’s Birthday at the National Zoo. It’s a Giant Birthday for a Giant Panda! Bei Bei will receive a special ice cake and you can join in the celebration if you are a member of Friends of the National Zoo. You can join here: The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 PM, “Idea to Reality: How to Make Your First Video Game.” Dorothy Phoenix, local game developer, software engineer, and owner of Cloudy Heaven Games, will present this hour-long talk on how anyone can make a video game with no prior programming experience. She will cover the following topics: What skills are required to make a game; Tips for writing out your game idea; Choosing a realistic scope for your idea; Suggestions for beginner-friendly game development software and tools; Ideas for monetizing games; And more. The main audience for this presentation is teens and adults, but children with an interest in video game design and/or coding are welcome, too. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,   

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