Thursday, October 5, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Hispanic Heritage Festival
at Smithsonian American Art Museum
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

Thursday, October 5 at 7 PM, First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading. Two featured local poets will read from their original works. Open mic follows the featured readings. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM, Chester A. Arthur’s Birthday Party and Celebration of Civil Servants. All civil servants and their friends are invited to honor the life of the 21st President of the United States, who pressed for the passage of the Pendleton Civil Service Act, ensuring that those who worked for the US government were chosen by merit rather than through political patronage. This was the outstanding achievement Chester A. Arthur’s presidency. He was born on this day in 1829, and became president in 1881, following the assassination of President Garfield. The Arthur Birthday Parties should be held in all federal buildings where civil servants spend their underappreciated workdays, but it won’t be, because this is the Weekly Fake Event (although October 5 really is Chester A. Arthur’s birthday)!

Friday, October 6 at 6:30 PM, MPD Community Movie Night. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Second District Police invite you to a free movie in the Community Room of the 2nd District Police Station. The movie is Zootopia. It’s free -- and so are the hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, nachos and snacks. Seating is limited - you must RSVP to kyi.branch @ dc dot gov. The Second District Police Station is at 3320 Idaho Avenue NW.

Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM - 2 PM, The 5th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival Day in the Park. Bring your whole family to the park for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities, and musical performances by Mister G and Joanie Leeds! The Humane Rescue Alliance will be nearby with their mobile adoption center so you can take home a new furry family member. Free. At Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW,   

Saturday October 7 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Bethesda. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid's corner for face painting and arts & crafts. Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine. Admission is free and taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. The event is held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell,   Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle - just 3 blocks from the Bethesda Metro. Complete details at:

Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Cathedral Fall Festival. Come one, come all to the first-ever National Cathedral Fall Festival! Enjoy the autumn weather and experience the beauty of the National Cathedral as you browse vendors’ selections of jewelry, books, knitwear, ornaments and other treasures! Food trucks and caterers onsite provide barbeque, Mexican cuisine and dessert! Funnel cake! Pumpkin carving! Balloon animals! The event takes place on the west front, rain or shine. The Cathedral is on Wisconsin Ave. at Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Saturday, October 7 from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Dance in the courtyard, create colorful crafts, and participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt! Discover works by Latino artists, which are part of a major initiative at SAAM to build a significant collection of Latino art in the nation’s capital. Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Sts NW. 202-633-1000,

Saturday, October 7 from 1:30 - 6 PM, The 5th Annual Adams-Morgan PorchFest, a community music festival in Adams Morgan, featuring 44 bands playing on 16 porches this year! Opening concert at 1:30 PM, followed by overlapping 45-minute sets from 2 to 6 PM at various locations. Free. Maps will be available at the BB&T Plaza near 18th St and Columbia Rd NW, the site of the opening concert. More info:

Saturday October 7 from 10 AM - 10 PM and Sunday October 8 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Taste of DC. Bringing together friends and families since 1989, Taste of DC is a weekend full of delicious bites, beverages and captivating entertainment. Taste of DC 2017 offers: Tastes from 65+ restaurants; DC’s largest beer garden; 3 stages of live music and culinary entertainment; artisan market; kid zone for family friendly fun; and more. Free admission. Location: The festival grounds at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St SE - walking distance from Stadium-Armory stop on the Green Line of the Metro. Free admission. Food and drink packages from $9.99 to 49.99 at

Sunday October 8 from 1 - 4 PM, The Fantastic Tenleytown Block Party, featuring: Free Grilled Burgers/Hot Dogs/Drinks/Desserts & More; Free Ice Cream by local area favorite food truck; 45' Inflatable Obstacle Course For Kids/Teens/Adults; Children’s Ferris Wheel & Bounce House; Face Painting/Balloons/Live Entertainers; The Fan Zone- Featuring Live Viewing Tent For NFL Games; Shaded Seating Areas; Heroes Spotlight with local Police and Fire Dept; 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament; Live DJ/Music; Cornhole & Football Toss; Help put together 150 care packages that will be distributed by Martha's Table to neighbors in need; Cupcake Baking Competition: And Much More! Free and open to all. At Citizen Heights Church, 4100 River Road NW,   

Monday, October 9 from 1 - 2 PM, Tour: Medicinal and Poisonous Plants at the US Botanic Gardens, led by Beth Burrous, Biochemist and USBG Volunteer Docent. Many important medicines are derived from plants, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. During a walking tour of the Conservatory, Beth will feature poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the USBG. She will talk about famous, interesting, and sometimes fatal cases of poisoning by plants. You will also see and learn about plants used to make lifesaving medicines. Free, no pre-registration required. Tour meets in the Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW,

Tuesday October 10 at 6:30 PM, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. Professor Derek Hyra from American University will speak about his new book, “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.” Free. At Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,,  202-541-6100.

Wednesday, October 11 at 12 noon, David Major, retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and former director of Counterintelligence and Security Programs at the NSC staff at the White House, will discuss the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Free. At the International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, 202-393-7798,

Wednesday, October 11 at 4:30 PM, Author event: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author and Newbery Medal Honor recipient for her novel, “The War that Saved My Life,” will discuss her new follow-up book, “The War I Finally Won,” followed by a Q&A and book signing. The first fifteen attendees will receive a complimentary copy of The War I Finally Won for signing, provided by the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library. Books will be for sale at the event and in advance at Barston’s Child’s Play at 5563 Connecticut Ave NW or (202) 244-3602. Free admission. At Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave NW,

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