Thursday, August 24, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Friendship ("Turtle") Park
DC Dept of Parks & Recreation
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 25 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Sustainability Fair at the Fairmont Hotel. This event showcases the eco-efforts of many DC-based organizations as well as the Fairmont Hotel’s green program. Activities include: honey tastings from the hotel’s rooftop hives; drawings for prizes, complimentary samples of baked goods,and giveaways of energy-saving light bulbs and other products. Free info on composting, beekeeping, energy-saving programs, public services, and much more. All free and open to the public. In the Colonnade Room of the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street NW. Register here:

Friday, August 24 from 12 - 1 PM, “What Is Hospice? Debunking the Myths.” The journey toward a better understanding of the true nature and benefits of hospice begins by addressing and dispelling widespread myths associated with this unique form of care. Allison Kuchar, of Capital Caring Hospice, will cover what hospice services are available and the history of hospice care including the modern hospice movement, myths about hospice, frequently asked questions, the role of the hospice interdisciplinary team, and the services provided by hospice that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and other insurances. Free. No RSVP needed. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info: Questions? Call 443-417-3738.

Friday, August 25 from 4 - 8 PM, Family Fun Day at Friendship “Turtle” Park. Please join Mayor Muriel Bowser, District Government officials, community leaders and residents for a day of fun and festivities to officially reopen Turtle Park (45th and Van Ness Street NW). Popcorn, moon bounce, a fun wagon, face painting, and Leaf the Mascot will all be there! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be screened as soon as it gets dark (estimated at 8:00 - 8:15 PM). Guests are asked to bring their own blankets, chairs and bug spray if needed. Free. If you would like to request more information or reasonable accommodations, please contact John Stokes at 202.288.7275. More info:

Saturday, August 26 from 11 AM - 1 PM  Meadowbrook Stables Fall Open House. Tour the barns, meet the horses, and learn about riding opportunities. Children ages 4-12 can take an introductory lead-line lesson. Activities for the whole family. Free. Meadowbrook Stables is at 8200 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD. More info:

Saturday, August 26 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Run of the Mill” at Peirce Mill. Miller Jeanne Minor and the Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to drop in and discover Washington DC's only surviving gristmill in action. Be sure and explore the exhibits and watch the film in adjacent Peirce Barn as well. Children's activities also available. This event is free. For questions call 202-895-6070. Peirce Mill is at 2401 Tilden St NW.

Saturday, August 26 from 11 AM - 3 PM, The 2nd Annual Taste of the World Festival is an international festival that celebrates the breadth of traditions and cultures of the city's diverse communities as expressed by music, dance, traditional food, arts & crafts, vendors and other cultural expressions. Performances from: Grupo Folklorico de Panama; Baba Funke - Afro Cuban Folklore; Los Raizales del Pacifico - Colombian Dances; Coyaba Dance Troupe - West African dances; Gato's Group - Cuban Music; Vicky's Show - Afro-Peruvian Music & Dance; plus a steel band. Hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Taste of the World Festival takes place at the Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue NW. Free admission. More info: (but be warned that this website plays music upon opening!)

Saturday, August 26 from 12 noon - 6 PM. The 17th Street Festival has everything you want in a street fair, including: mariachi, marching bands, flamenco dancers, Chinese dragon dancers, a dog parade, kids’ games and activities, and over 150 artists and craftspeople selling of all kinds of creatively made things. Free admission. Food and drink discount tickets available for $10, good at restaurants and bars up and down the street. Along the 1500 and 1600 blocks of 17th Street NW. Full details at

Saturday, August 26, from 12 - 6 PM Community Day at Arena Stage. Community Day is a showcase of America’s cultural past, Arena Stage’s artistic present and Southwest DC’s culinary future -- and it’s fun for the entire family. Scheduled activities include: Live music; Aerialists; Dance performances; Face painting; Photobooth and Costume Trunk; Historic and cultural presentations; Storytelling; Poetry readings; Jugglers and Hand Balancers. Also, Moving Stories Workshops, Arena Stage’s interactive literacy program for young students. Using song, movement, sign language and storytelling, we will explore “Zomo the Rabbit” through creative drama. Great food from restaurants on the Wharf and in Southwest including Mike Isabella’s Requin, Del Mar, Masala Art, Richard’s Place and Station 4. Free Admission, No RSVP Needed. At Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW. More info:

Saturday, August 26 from 6 - 8 PM, The Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream” March on Washington Meet-up and Walking Tour. Have you ever listened to the entire seventeen minute “I Have a Dream” speech? Have you ever listened to the entire speech where it was actually delivered by Dr. King, at the Lincoln Memorial? With this being the 54th anniversary of the speech (1963), has the Dream been achieved? For the third consecutive year Washington, DC History & Culture will present a guided walking tour complete with a listening of the entire “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Before arriving at the Lincoln Memorial the tour will pass several noteworthy Washington, DC sites associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. including: Freedom Plaza, the Willard Hotel, the White House, the MLK Memorial and finally the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way we’ll contemplate the legacy of Martin Luther King and his Dream. The walking tour will cover two miles over approximately two hours, or slightly longer depending on questions and comments. Free. Meet at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets NW. Register:  

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, from 10 AM - 3 PM, Dolley Days at Dumbarton House. Enjoy free museum admission, historic lawn games, and ice cream! Bring your family, grab a picnic and enjoy the grounds throughout the day, Saturday and Sunday. Go on a special guided or self-guided tour in celebration of Dolley Madison’s stop at Dumbarton House on August 24, 1814 during the burning of Washington! Guided tours will be offered at 10:30 AM, 12 noon, and 2 PM, and self-guided tours will be available throughout the day. Last entry to the museum is at 2:45 PM. On Sunday, the English Country Dance group will host an open, free rehearsal and performances from 12 - 3 PM in the Bellevue Room. Come and take a spin around the ballroom! Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW. More info:

Sunday, August 27 from 9 - 10 AM, It’s a Giant Birthday for a Giant Panda! Tian Tian is turning 20 years old on Sunday. He will get a special ice cake in his yard on his birthday. Come celebrate in the panda courtyard at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free.

Monday, August 28 at 4 PM, Readers Theatre Presents: “Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books!” by Diane De Groat. Let’s read! Let’s act! Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM, “Collective Memories: Afro-Cuban in Washington DC.” Discuss the past, present and future of Afro-Cubans in the District with Rosa Grillo, a community engagement strategist born in the District to Cuban parents, and neighborhood author and professor Nancy Raquel Mirabal, author of Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Wednesday, August 30 at 4 PM, Last Hump Day of the Summer. Everyone knows that Wednesday is Hump Day, marking the halfway point of the work week (see or -- but this Hump Day is special because it’s the last one before September, the last one before you start seeing Halloween candy on display at the supermarket, and hot on the heels of that, Thanksgiving ads everywhere, and before you know it, you’re hearing Christmas music in the elevator! To savor this last Hump Day before the Labor Day Weekend, come to a Hump Day/Goodbye to Summer Party. Since you will probably have to sneak out of work early to attend, and you don’t want to be caught, go to this secret Hump Day Party Page to find out the place and time of this event:  

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