Thursday, October 26, 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 17,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

October 26 - 31, Halloween events at DRP Recreation Centers. Fall has arrived and DC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is taking Halloween to new heights from October 26 – October 31, with 26 free events for parents looking for a safe place to take their children in conjunction with the holiday. Each event is unique and offers something different to residents. The events range in title from “Monster Mash Toddler Bash” to “Lil Goblin Parade and Festival” and “Spooktacular Costume Party” to a “Spook House.” Go to and find the Halloween at DPR event nearest you - RSVP at Note: Some events are already at capacity, so please RSVP. Find the hashtag #DPRHalloween to stay informed in real time.

Friday, October 27 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie “Sliding Doors” at Guy Mason Recreation Center. An assortment of games will be brought out at 11 AM. Lunch starts at 12 noon. And the movie “Sliding Doors” starring Gwyneth Paltrow starts at 1 PM. If you plan to attend, please reply to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202-727-7527. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at  3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday October 27 from  5:30 - 7:30 PM, Turtle Park Halloween Parade & Dance with DJ. Plus Costume Contest and Free Pizza/Sweets. Free admission. Friendship “Turtle” Park is at Van Ness and 45th Streets, in AU Park.

Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 AM, Spooktacular Story Time. Start your day off with a spooktacular fun story time for the whole family, filled with Halloween-themed songs, rhymes, and books. Wear your costumes. Your librarian will be wearing hers! Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, October 28 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Community Fun Fest at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home in Friendship Heights  Enjoy a fun day filled with food, fun, laughter, and games for all ages. There will be intergenerational art activities, a petting zoo with baby farm animals, pony rides, moon bounce, hay maze, juggler, face painting, and four clowns making free, fabulous balloon creations. Wear your Halloween costume! Admission is free with a small cost for rides, some activities, and food. The facility is the big red brick complex at 5425 Western Avenue across from the Chevy Chase Giant.

Saturday, October 28 from 3 - 5 PM, Rosedale Pumpkin Carving Party. Bring your pumpkins (bigger is better), and we will provide the patterns and carving tools. We'll have cider on hand, as well as a spider piñata for additional thrills and! Come to the lower part of Rosedale in front of the gated entrance. Rosedale is at 3501 Newark Street. Free admission.

Saturday, October 28 from 3 - 7 PM, 1st Meeting of the  Van Ness Social Club. Come see the newly created space and enjoy live music, dance lessons, a Cakewalk, giant chessboard, human bingo, and bubble performance art! And a whole lot more! Punch and cookies will be provided. Location: 4250 Connecticut Avenue on the Plaza above the Van Ness Metro. All ages welcome, handicap accessible, free admission. More info: visit or contact philippa @ pinklineproject dot com

Saturday, October 28 from 4 - 8 PM, Oyster Adams Haunted Garage and Day of the Dead Festival. Take a walk through the haunted garage and join in traditional Day of the Dead activities such as decorating sugar skulls. Wear your costumes. There will be an inflatable obstacle course, pumpkin painting, spooky cake contest and a fortune teller. Ticket price: $10/child over 2 years of age; food concessions sold separately. Location: Oyster Bilingual School garage at ‪2801 Calvert Street NW.‬ Questions? Call 443-527-0895.

Sunday, October 29 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Friends of Forest Hills Playground Halloween Spooktacular, including story time with the Cleveland Park Library @ Van Ness, a fire truck visit, face painting, balloon artist, a Halloween song dance party, bake sale and the annual costume parade. 100% of bake sale proceeds and donations support playground improvements and programming like the popular summer concert series. Costumes encouraged but not required! Free admission. Forest Hills Playground is at 3200 Chesapeake Street. More info: Facebook:

Sunday October 29 at 10:30 AM, Amram Scholar Series Opening Lecture: Thomas Friedman.  Internationally renowned New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman will open Washington Hebrew Congregation's 2017-2018 Amram Scholar Series, examining the stresses and challenges of succeeding in our current world of dizzying accelerations. A bestselling author and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for commentary and reporting overseas, Mr. Friedman examines with wit and clarity the qualities required of us as individuals and nations to adapt, even in the face of change that seems overwhelming in pace and scope. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Monday, October 30 from 6 - 7:30 PM, “Howl-O-Ween: Trick or Treating for Dogs.” Here’s your chance to dress up your dog and help other less fortunate dogs at the same time. Stop by the Fairmont Hotel with your canine companion in a costume -- or just come to enjoy the show and the cash bar (for humans)! For dogs donning costumes, prizes will be given for most creative, most adorable and funniest. Fairmont’s Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treating for Dogs is free and open to the public. For those who would like to help less fortunate dogs in our city, a collection box will accept monetary donations for the Humane Rescue Alliance. In the Courtyard Garden of the Fairmont Washington, 2401 M St. NW (enter through the M St Alleyway) Details at

Tuesday, October 31 from 7:45 - 8:45 AM, “Is That Your Costume?”Fast-Answer Cards. Has this ever happened to you: You arrive at school or work on the morning of Halloween to find your fellow students or co-workers asking you a silly question, “What ARE you?” or “What’s THAT costume supposed to be?” This year, you need not say a word -- just hand out a card with a printed response. You will have these choices: “No, I am not a child and so I am not dressed up for Halloween. These are my normal clothes.” Or “I am a ______ [fill in your own answer]. Thank you for asking.” Or: “Use Your Imagination.” The free Halloween response cards will be handed out at the Cleveland Park Metro on Halloween morning….or they would be, if this were not the Weekly Fake Event.

Tuesday, October 31 from 3:45 - 5:30 PM, Macomb Park Annual Halloween Party and Parade,  including a costume contest and light refreshments. Looking for a great turnout with all those great, crazy, and scary costumes this year. Free. Location: 3409 Macomb Street NW.

Tuesday, October 31 from 4 - 6 PM, Chevy Chase DC Halloween Spooktacular. Children are invited to go trick-or-treating at the businesses along Connecticut Avenue from Livingston St to Chevy Chase Circle. And there’s a Halloween party hosted by the Chevy Chase Community Center and the 2nd District MPD in the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 

Wednesday, November 1 at 4 PM, Dia de los Muertos Crafts. Decorate a sugar skull for Day of the Dead with sequins, feathers and more! ¡Decora una calavera para el Día de los Muertos con lentejuelas, plumas y más! Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Thursday, November 2 from 10 - 11:30 AM, “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital” by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove. Please join the Historical Society of Washington, DC, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture as we celebrate the publication of Chocolate City, a new comprehensive history of Washington, DC, that Kirkus Review calls, “Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion.” The book lecture and signing takes place in the Oprah Winfrey Theater of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Seating is limited. Free admission is by advance registration only - go to:    

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