Thursday, September 21, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

The Kreeger Museuem - Sculpture by Richard Deutsch
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 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Party with a Purpose” Dance Party at City Fitness, to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims. Minimum donation is $25 and all proceeds will be sent to the Houston Food Bank Harvey Disaster Relief Fund (
There will be light refreshments and great music! Wear your dancing shoes, celebrate the Autumn Equinox and all while helping those in need! For more information & registration contact City Fitness Gym at (202) 537-0539 or email co-owner Dega Schembri at dega @ cityfitnessgym dot com. City Fitness Gym is at 3525 Connecticut Avenue NW in Sam's Park-n-Shop.

Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 AM and 2 PM, “Art and History Are Alive at the Cemetery.” Stroll through 300-year-old St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish and Rock Creek Cemetery. Occupying 86 manicured acres, this cemetery is Washington's only active Colonial Era church and churchyard. It is home to some of the most beautiful sculptures in the city rendered by many of America's greatest artists, including Auguste St. Gaudens and James Earle Fraser. The tour takes about 90 minutes and is a gentle walk. It’s free and all are welcome! At Rock Creek Church Road & Webster Street NW. More info:

Saturday, September 23 from 12 - 6 PM, The 10th Annual Hyattsville “Arts and Ales” Festival. This year’s festival includes over 100 artists and artisans, and will feature food vendors, Maryland craft brewers (servings available for purchase for 21+), live music and dance, and activities for the whole family. Directions, parking information, and more available at Free admission. In the 4300 blocks of Gallatin and Farragut Street, Hyattsville, MD.

Saturday, September 23 from 5 to 7 PM, Champagne in the Sculpture Garden. Raise a glass... and funds for education programs at The Kreeger Museum, which provides arts education to all students in the Washington metropolitan area. Kreeger programs reach many in underserved communities: this year, nearly 70 percent of participating schools were recipients of Title I funding. The Champagne celebration includes the presentation of two recent additions to the Sculpture Garden, "Against the Day" by Richard Deutsch and "Portals" by Sandra Muss, works that will be incorporated into education programs in the coming school year. (See Live music by the Samuel Prather Trio. Tickets: $50 per person available here: The Kreeger Museum is at 2401 Foxhall Road NW.

Saturday, September 23 from 7 PM - 3 AM, Tenleytown Art All Night Festival 2017. Tenleytown Main Street kicks off Art All Night with live music and dancing at the Metro Plaza (Wisconsin Ave & Albemarle St) at 7 PM - follow the Afro-Brazilian drum corps Batala along Wisconsin Avenue as they herald the start of the arts festival, passing each of Tenleytown’s 14 art and performance venues. The procession ends across from Keller Williams Capital Properties (4000 Chesapeake St) with a concert by Batala. Explore art, music, dance, the culinary arts, and more. Free. Full details here:

Sunday September 24 from 12 - 4 PM, Fall Garden Day 2017 in the Bishop’s Garden at Washington National Cathedral. Garden Day is sponsored by All Hallows Guild, which is celebrating its 101st birthday. Free lawn games for children and adults. Garden docents to answer your questions. Food available for purchase from Rocklands Barbeque and A&B Ice Cream. Free All Hallows Guild carousel coloring books – coloring and craft table for kids. Live music in the All Hallows Amphitheater. Artists in the Garden. Scavenger hunt. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Sunday along Pilgrim Road. More info:

Sunday, September 24 from 11 AM - 4 PM, ZooFiesta. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Zoo with visits with South American animals, including a demo with a live sloth. Also, live music, performances, food. Free. At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. See the schedule of activities at

Sunday Sep 24 11 AM - 8 PM, DC State Fair. The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural and creative talents and a daylong celebration of all things homegrown. While the DC State Fair is inspired by time-honored state fair traditions—growing and gardening, animal husbandry, and deep-fried foods—it also honors the things that make the District of Columbia unique. This means the DC State Fair holds competitions to find the best pupusas, mumbo sauce, and Double Dutch jumpers in the city, puts on a Pet Parade instead of a pig race, and works with local businesses and organizations that are committed to helping our community thrive. The Fair will be packed with activities and entertainment for everyone. The Education Stage will feature demonstrations and workshops coordinated by Knowledge Commons DC. The Main Stage will feature live competitions and performances from local artists. The Kid’s Corner will feature free activities for children and kid-specific contests like Ice Cream Eating and a Water Balloon Toss. Find all the wonderful details at or At Waterfront-SEU Station, 375 and 425 M St. SW.

Sunday, September 24 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Georgetown - benefitting Georgetown Ministry Center's Homeless Assistance Programs. Tasting tickets sold in packages: 5 tickets for $22, 8 tickets for $33, 11 tickets for $44. Over 40 delicious dishes offered by some of Georgetown’s most exciting chefs. Buy tickets online at: Along  K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street. List of participating restaurants at

Monday, September 25 at 12 noon, “Meridian Hill Park,” Author talk by DC tour guide and blogger, Fiona Clem. Meridian Hill Park, a twelve-acre neoclassical park reminiscent of an Italian villa garden, is a National Park Service property, one-and-a-half miles due north of the White House. Prior to becoming a national park, the park was home to Columbian College, a precursor to George Washington University; a Civil War encampment; a seminary; the site of nature poet Joaquin Miller’s cabin; and part of a senator’s estate called Meridian Hill. Free, no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, September 25 from 3 - 4 PM, Tour: The US Botanic Garden, led by Nancy Ragsdale, USBG Volunteer Docent. Learn about the history of the National Garden, plants butterflies like, native plants of the mid-Atlantic area, and roses that grow well in the Washington environment.
Free - no pre-registration required. Meet in the Lobby of the Conservatory, USBG, 100 Maryland Avenue SW.

Tuesday, September 26 at 7 PM, Drawing Inspiration with Cartoonist Jim Toomey. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey, who has been drawing the newspaper comic strip "Sherman's Lagoon" for almost two decades, uses live drawing to demonstrate how he weaves an environmental message into his work, and how he has taken what he has learned in "old media" and applied it to creating short films and animations for an online audience. Reception at 6:30 pm with refreshments. Free. In the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater - 2nd Floor, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Wednesday, September 27 from 7:30 - 10 PM, Two Faces Comedy Night at Lincoln’s Cottage. Back by popular demand, and drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln's Cottage and The DC Improv are again partnering to present Two Faces Comedy, the first comedy series to transform Lincoln's living room into a comedy den. This will be a series of three comedy nights, the first of which is September 27. (October and November dates to be announced.) Tickets: $5 Tickets at: President Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Wednesday, September 27 at 8 PM, Book Club Meeting for People Too Busy to Read the Book. Here’s just what you’ve been waiting for: a book club that does not require you to spend hours slogging through a book you will probably conclude is a waste of time. Now you can have all the fun of going to a book club but none of the stress….because no one else has read it either. Just get right down to what you really came for….to critique the other people who are there! Complain about the food they brought. Give possibly snarky compliments about what people are wearing. Imply that people are not as “woke” as you. And all without any advance preparation for interacting with this group of strangers. If you’re wondering if such a book club really exists….well, stop wondering about this week’s Fake Event.

Thursday, September 28 at 6 PM, UNCENSORED: Banned Book Button Bonanza. Join us at the Cleveland Park Interim location (at 4340 Connecticut Ave NW) to create your very own banned books themed button! We will have options for kids and adults alike. Free. This program is part of Banned Books Week at the DC Public Library -- see for other activities and events.

Thursday, September 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Opening Reception for “Shipwrecked! Preserving Our Underwater Heritage.” This audiovisual exhibit unveils the untold stories of Spanish shipwrecks found on US coasts. The exhibit seeks to raise awareness about the need to preserve and protect our underwater heritage. Free, RSVP required at At the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th Street NW. More info:  

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