Thursday, September 14, 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 17,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, September 15 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: “National Woman's Party Banner.” Museum Collections Manager Katherine Hill discusses the symbolism behind the National Woman’s Party banner, ca. 1913-1920, currently on display in the exhibition, “The Great Crusade: World War I and the Legacy of the American Revolution” (on loan from the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Washington, DC). Women mobilized for World War I in unprecedented numbers as nurses on the Western Front, as factory workers, as volunteers, and in dozens of other roles. Their entrance into the workforce furthered their ongoing campaign for the right to vote, which was finally ratified in 1920. Tricolor banners like this one were among the numerous popular objects used to represent their cause. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes and will conclude with viewing the banner in the exhibition. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, September 15 at 8 PM, 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. The National Endowment for the Arts presents the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. Celebrate our nation’s master folk and traditional artists in a concert featuring music, dance, crafts, and conversations. For more information about performers and artists, visit: To reserve your free tickets  --maximum 6 per order-- go to and click on “2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.” At GWU’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st NW.

Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Enrichment Day at the National Zoo. Celebrate Enrichment Day when you: participate in training and enrichment activities, attend demonstrations and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals. What is Enrichment? Unique forms of stimulation, such as balls, climbing structures and puzzle feeders, give the Zoo's 1,800 animals a safe and creative outlet to demonstrate their natural behaviors. Activities include: Recycled Enrichment - discover the many ways the Zoo recycles or "upcycles" items, such as fire hoses, to create animal enrichment. Then, play a fire hose browser game! Edible Enrichment - see how diets and treats factor into an enriching experience for Zoo animals. Scavenger Hunt: Participate in a digital hunt around the Zoo. Take photos, scan QR codes, answer trivia questions and check-in at various locations, as you make your way through Enrichment Day challenges. Download the scavenger hunt app for Android or iOS, so you're ready to play when the Zoo's scavenger hunt launches on Enrichment Day. Free. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM - 3 PM, “Homecoming” at President Lincoln’s Cottage. For the first time ever, Lincoln’s Cottage will combine two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun called Homecoming. During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year everyone is welcomed “home” for a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln. Come for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both! Please note, you must register for the Freedom 5K. All Family Day activities are free, but you still need to register for the head count. Registration links are here: The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

Saturday, September 16 from 11 AM - 3 PM, STAR Family Festival (Sing, Talk And Read). Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It's never too early to give your kids a smart start. The STAR Family Festival features: Fun activities for kids; Live entertainment; Prizes and giveaways; Free lunch provided (while supplies last); Much more! Special guest appearance from a DC United soccer player. Free. At the Deanwood Public Library, 1350 49th St. NE. For more info, call 202-727-0321 or visit:

Saturday, September 16 from 12 noon to 7 PM, H Street Festival - with 12 performance venues, vendors, arts and crafts, food and drink, everything you could want in a street festival, stretching for ten blocks along H Street NE from 4th to 14th Streets. Performance schedule here: More about the festival here:

Sunday, September 17 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Interschool Student Competition - Design Charette. The Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) convenes teams of students from the Washington, D.C. area’s six collegiate architecture programs—The Catholic University of America, Howard University, University of the District of Columbia, Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland. Teams participate in a day-long design challenge in which they are tasked with producing a creative solution that addresses real world architecture, planning, and landscape architecture issues. Past competitions have challenged students to design tornado disaster shelters and public pavilions or to re-design existing parks and plazas. This event does not require an RSVP but if you would like to receive event reminders, go to: Free. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. The awards ceremony for the winners will be held on Tuesday at 5 pm.

Sunday, September 17 from 3 - 4 PM, “Reptiles Alive!” show at the Rosedale Conservancy. Reptiles Alive will bring several reptilian friends, which they will then introduce to the audience with educational and interesting background.  At the end of the program, there will be an opportunity for a more up close meet and greet with the reptiles. This event is a wonderful experience for children of all ages (and adults too) - so come pet a live snake and have a toadally good time! More info about Reptiles Alive at; more info about the Rosedale Conservancy at The show is free but donations of any amount are welcome to help defray the cost of the program. Rosedale (at 3501 Newark Street) is a non-profit organization that relies entirely on neighborhood contributions to maintain the grounds and for programming activities.

Sunday, September 17 from 5 - 8 PM, "Barks and Brews" - benefit event. Join Van Ness Main Street and Cleveland Park's City Paws for the first annual Barks and Brews Event. Bring your canine (no dog- come anyway!) and enjoy dozens of craft beers, giveaways for your dog, live music, and local food trucks (Timber Pizza and Westrays Finest Ice Cream). All proceeds will go to Van Ness Main Street, People Animals Love, and Hurricane Harvey Pet relief. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event and include access to the event, souvenir beer mug, and complimentary beverages for its duration. For tickets go to: The event will be held at the Calvert Woodley parking lot, 4339 Connecticut Ave NW - rain or shine.

Monday, September 18 at 12 noon, "Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War—for Better and for Worse" - a book talk withy Candace Shy Hooper, independent scholar. The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. Most important, the women’s own attitudes toward, and relationships with Lincoln had major historical significance. Relying on a close reading of letters, memoirs, and other primary sources—and, for the first time, mapping the women’s wartime travels—Hooper explores their very different responses to the unique challenges of being married to Lincoln’s generals.  Free, no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, September 19 at 4 PM, Arrr Pirates! Talk Like a Pirate Day Program at Tenley-Friendship Library. Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (observed worldwide every September 19th - see Come and learn some Piratese and make crafts. Best for ages 4-12. Free. At Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Tuesday, September 19 at 6 PM, Live Like a Pirate Day. Why limit yourself to words like “Aaargh,” and “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum,” when on this September 19th, you can do so much more? Find out about real life aboard a 17th Century pirate ship, including amputation without anesthesia (how do you think a pirate got his peg leg? Or that hook for a hand?) Taste some genuinely moldy hard tack. Listen to a medical expert describe the effects of scurvy. You can even have a parrot sit on your shoulder….but watch out, this one really bites! This program is not for the faint of heart. Please be sure to register and sign the online liability waiver here: Cost: Many dubloons!    

Tuesday, September 19 at 12:30 PM, JAZZAlive Presents: Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand—Anthony Nelson. Favorite pianist and UDC Jazz Studies Director Allyn Johnson presents an up close and personal session of conversation and performance featuring saxophonist, composer/arranger and band leader Anthony Nelson. Free. At UDC’s Recital Hall - Performing Arts Building 46 West, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Tuesday, September 19 at 7 PM, George Pelecanos in Conversation. The Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library present an author talk with George Pelecanos, the critically-acclaimed DC-based novelist and television producer. Mr. Pelecanos will discuss his childhood in Ward One and the impact that has had on his writing. Many of his books take place in the Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Georgia Ave. and Dupont Circle neighborhoods and reflect actual locations and occurrences in the area over a range of decades. There will be a moderated question and answer session after the talk, followed by a brief reception and book signing. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Wednesday, September 20 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Planning for Incapacity, Durable Power of Attorney and the Alternatives. Uncertainties in life are all too certain to occur sooner than we would like. Faith Mullen, Visiting Associate Professor of Law & Director, General Practice Clinic, David A Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia will be on hand to discuss the timely topic of planning for incapacity. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3160 R Street NW,

Thursday, September 21 at 6 PM, Memorializing George Washington: Why We Do It, What It Means - a lecture and book signing. Join Executive Director Jack Warren for a discussion of the memorialization of George Washington in light of recent demands to dismantle and remove memorials to the leader of our Revolution. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with time afterwards for questions. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:

Thursday, September 21 from 6 - 7:30 PM, Music on the Lawn: Yamomenem  (as in “How’s ya mom an ’em?”) performs New Orleans style brass. Free, but donations welcome. At Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Grounds open at 5:30 PM. More info:   

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