Thursday, October 12, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Birds That Inspire  Conservation Storytelling
at American University, Oct 17
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 October 13 from 7 - 9 PM, Blues Jam at Levine Music. Musicians of any age and proficiency are welcome to practice their skills in a supportive, fun environment. In addition to facilitating each session, Levine faculty provide general instruction on improvisation, theory, and ensemble skills, so you don't need to worry about being perfectly prepared. Instrumentalists, vocalists, and observers are all welcome. Pianos, guitar/bass amplifiers, drumkits, and some sheet music are provided. All you need to do is come out and play! Cost is free to the public, no RSVP required. In Lang Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW,

Saturday, October 14 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Pumpkin Carving and Painting Workshop. Glover Park Hardware hosts a patio party with warm apple cider, grilling, games & free pumpkin decorating with purchase of a pumpkin. Friends, family, and pets welcome! 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:

Saturday, October 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Heritage Day at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Step back in time for the Heritage Day festival at Peirce Mill. Master Weaver Chapuchi Bobbo Ahiagble from Ghana will demonstrate West African Kente strip cloth weaving. Chapuchi grew up among the Ewe weavers near the town of Agbozume, the largest market for Ewe Kente cloth in the world. There will also be a quilting demonstration by the Needlechasers of Chevy Chase that will include "make and take" quilting for children. Tour the orchard with Tim Makepeace. A blacksmith, carpenters, bluegrass music, cider press, and corn sheller will round out the activities. And we'll have hands-on children's crafts. A food truck will provide lunch options. The waterwheel will be turning from 11 AM - 2 PM to showcase the magic of the giant wooden machine, designed by Oliver Evans. Built in 1820-1829 by Isaac Peirce as part of his large estate, the gristmill brings to life the agricultural history of Washington County. Free! Peirce Mill is at 2401 Tilden St NW,

Saturday, October 14, 11 AM - 12 PM, Tenleytown Mural Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration. Join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Mary Cheh, mural artist Jarrett Ferrier and the Tenleytown community in celebrating the new historic Tenley mural at a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.  Local music, dance and athletic performances, food trucks, free mural cake and a huge gift card giveaway from Tenley restaurants. The first 100 attendees will receive a gift card to Whole Foods Tenley. Grab your very own “Greetings from Tenleytown” postcard! See the new mural and a hip-hop performance from CityDance POP! Listen to music from the Middle C Jazz Ensemble! Eat a slice of free mural cake and have lunch from local food trucks (Rocklands BBQ, Mangia Tutti, DC Crab Cake & Co., Dogs on the Curb)! Win gift cards from local Tenleytown businesses (Angelico's, Beefsteak, Bourbon Coffee, Burger Tap & Shake, CAVA Grill, District Taco, Masala Art & Panera)!​ Kids can make their own Tenleytown mural at the Tenley-Friendship Library after the ceremony. At the park by the mural at 4425 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday October 14 from 12 - 4 PM, John Eaton Block Party. One of the most fun events of the year - on the school playground and you'll enjoy food, rides, games, face painting and much more. John Eaton Elementary School is at 3301 Lowell St NW. Ticket packages and wristbands available online at:

Saturday, October 14 from 12 - 4 PM, Murch School Fair. Fun, food, and games, including: Live musical performance by Marsha and the Positrons, wacky games with prizes, the famous used book sale, bake sale, pizza/ice creaml/hot dogs/snacks for sale, hair coloring and body art, bouncy house, and much more! Free admission. At Dennard Plaza, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.  

Saturday, October 14 from 6 - 9:30 PM, Rock Creek Gala at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Rock Creek Conservancy welcomes guests to celebrate Rock Creek at the enchanting Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Enjoy delicious food, creative cocktails, and bid on exciting auction items. All proceeds support the Conservancy’s mission to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.For tickets go to: Questions? Email Kate Arion at karion @ rockcreekconservancy dot org. The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is at 4155 Linnean Ave NW.

Sunday October 15  at 3 PM, Free concert version of La Boheme. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial Church (now named National United Methodist Church) will present a free concert version of Puccini's beloved opera La Boheme with four excellent young singers and a superb pianist. The concert will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of sumi-e paintings. National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW,  202-363-4900

Sunday, October 15 starting at 11 AM, The 50th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour and Afternoon Tea (held from 2 - 4:30 PM). This year’s house tour focuses on the 16th Street Historic District stretching from Scott Circle to Florida Avenue. This stretch of 16th Street represents one of the best-preserved and visually interesting late-19th-early 20th-century streetscapes in DC. The imaginative, varied facades of these buildings create a rhythmic streetscape and a continuous visual experience seldom so well preserved in the District of Columbia. Tour-goers will enjoy a lavish afternoon tea at the Temple of the Scottish Rite. House Tour booklets (which serve as your ticket) are available for pickup at 11am at the Masonic Temple, located at 1733 Sixteenth Street NW. You can buy tickets online in various packages starting at $40 each ($50 for day of the tour) at:   

Monday, October 16 at 6:15 - 9:15 PM, The Washington National Cathedral will host “Gracious and Courageous Conversations: Deepening Understanding About Race, Community, and Country," an evening of guided conversation about the nation’s long struggle with race and racism. Recent events in our country and the Cathedral’s recent removal of the Lee-Jackson windows are the catalyst for this dialogue. Although we do not expect to achieve racial reconciliation in this one event, this moment calls the Cathedral, our community, and our country to reflection and renewal of our commitment to respect the dignity of every person, and to end racism. Free; Light dinner provided. Reservations required - go to: At the Washington National Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Questions? Contact Michelle Dibblee, Cathedral Program Director, at mdibblee @ cathedral dot org.

Tuesday, October 17 at 4 PM Northwest Neighbors Village Happy Hour Get-together. Come out and meet your neighbors and strengthen our community! Northwest Neighbors Village invites all to join us for casual conversation at Soapstone on Connecticut Avenue at Yuma Street, which has a nice offering of food and drink. Northwest Neighbors Village seeks to build connections between neighbors and help seniors stay independent and connected to the community. More info about Northwest Neighbors Village at:

Tuesday, October 17 at 7 PM, Birds and People That Inspire Conservation Storytelling, with Aditi Desai. As Director of Multimedia at American Bird Conservancy, Aditi Desai produces stories to promote bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere. From a 10-second clip featuring the charismatic Lear's Macaw on Facebook to a short documentary about the impact of free-roaming cats on birds on YouTube, Aditi leverages visual media to take viewers on a journey and highlight interesting bird-related stories. Her work has taken her from young forests in Minnesota to the arid grasslands of Mexico to share stories that raise awareness of threats to birds and foster conservation action. Reception at 6:30 pm with refreshments. The event is free and open to the public – no reservations required. In the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater - 2nd Floor, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For links to directions and other information about the series, visit

Tuesday, October 17 Farewell to AOL Messenger Party. Buh-bye! You have probably heard the news that the old chat program is going away for good. (See Launched 3 years before the Millennium (1997), this 20-year old dinosaur probably won’t be missed by many -- but if you are one of them, come to a farewell party to mourn the loss. Wear your 90s hair gel, denim overalls, plaid skirts, Doc Martens, whatever you have from that era….but we’re not sure where you can meet your fellow AOL Messengers, because this is the Weekly Fake Event!

Wednesday, October 18 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: "On the home front: Tudor Place and the Peter Family during World War I." Tudor Place was the Georgetown home of the Peter family from 1805 until 1983. This lecture will look at how the house, the family, and their servants were impacted by US entry into World War I. Using documents, photographs, and objects from the Tudor Place archive and museum collection, Curator Grant Quertermous will examine Armistead Peter 3rd's WWI-era military service as a Naval Radio operator here in Washington as well as his parent's support of the war effort through the purchase of Liberty Bonds, canvasing for the United War Work Campaign, and a generous Christmas gift they presented to the troops in 1917. The lecture will also examine the ways the Tudor Place household staff made up for shortages related to rationing - such as the baking of "war bread" - bread that was made with one-third the normal amount of wheat flour with either rye, hops, or rice used in place of the absent flour. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM,  “Is DC Ready for a 500 Year Storm Event?” Recent hurricanes are an unfortunate reminder of the necessity of preparation for a 500-year flood, an event that is considered so rare it has a 1-in-500 chance of happening in a single year. How will the Washington, DC region handle a similar storm event? What infrastructure is currently in place or being planned to mitigate flooding from these storms? Hear about local action in the D.C. metropolitan area as new studies are underway to assess the coastal storm risk in the region. Kevin J. Bush, chief resilience officer for Washington, DC, Jeffrey Gowen, branch chief of facility operations, National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Stephen Walz, director, Department of Environmental Programs, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments join Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum, to discuss D.C.’s flood resilience strategy and infrastructure to protect the National Mall and surrounding buildings. This free program will be presented at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. and livestreamed.  Pre-registration required at The livesteam registration link can be found at the link above, as well. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM, Discussion of the federal budget and other legislative issues affecting federal employees and retirees, hosted by the Chevy Chase DC and Georgetown chapters of NARFE  (National Active and Retired Federal Employees). In this Congress, Federal benefits are more acutely on the line than usual. A member of the legislative staff on the federal budget will address concerns that federal benefits may be at risk. The meeting is free and open to the public. At Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW,

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