Thursday, October 19, 2017

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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 & Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Friday, October 20 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM,  OLLI Lecture: A'Lelia Bundles, A Family Story: Madam C. J. Walker and A'Lelia Walker. Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles will discuss her great-great-grandmother, Madam C. J. Walker, the early twentieth-century, African-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who revolutionized the hair care industry and helped finance the NAACP’s anti-lynching movement. A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, a biography of her great-great-grandmother, which has been optioned for a television series featuring Oscar-award winner, Octavia Spencer. Free, register at . In the AU Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room A-101.

Saturday, October 21 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Hearst’s “Going Green” E-Cycle. The Hearst Elementary E-cycle is a broader green, health, and community event that provides a place for people to recycle old electronics, batteries, computers, and the like. But it is so much more than that. This is a wonderful community event that stresses the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling for a cleaner, healthier environment. Drop off your unused or broken electronics or metal objects for recycling (free, except $20 for all TVs, $10 for computer monitors, and $10 for hard drives data destruction) Document Shred: shred sensitive documents ($5 donation per box to shred). Bike Swap: donate, swap or pick up for a donation a child or adult bike Hearst Library Book Sale: buy or donate gently used children’s and adult books to support the Hearst library. Visit the student-run bake sale. Childrens' Activities: Take a bounce on the bounce house, Student entrepreneur craft tables. Drop off unused diapers to be donated to DC Diaper Bank. Drop off toiletries to the Friendship Place table for the homeless. Donate sporting goods to Leveling the Playing Field, which helps expand athletic opportunities for underprivileged children. Hearst Elementary is at 3950 37th St. NW. More info:

Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Olmsted Woods Volunteer Day. All are welcome to come help remove invasive ivy from the Olmsted Woods on the grounds of the National Cathedral. We will provide cider and donuts. Bring your garden gloves and meet at the George Washington equestrian statue on Pilgrim Road. In the event of rain, we will meet on October 28. Contact Peter Spaulding for more information - PSpaulding @ cathedral dot org - or call the Woods phone line 202-537-2319. Details at Free Saturday parking is available along Pilgrim Road. The National Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Saturday, October 21 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Cathedral Commons 3rd Annual Fall Festival. Join friends and neighbors to celebrate all things autumn, including: savory food offerings and drink specials from onsite restaurants; live music; pumpkin patch; interactive magic shows; free face painting & balloon sculpting; & more! Stage schedule: 12pm: Free outdoor fitness class with Pure Barre; 12:30-4:00pm: Live performance from Nelly's Echo. Free admission. At Cathedral Commons, Newark Avenue at Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info and registration at

Saturday, October 21 from 1 - 5 PM, The Wharf’s Pumpkin-palooza on the Waterfront! Seasonal Beer Garden & Live Music from Trailer Grass Orchestra. Plus Pumpkin Mayhem! Pumpkin Bowling Competition. Pumpkin Pie Eating Extravaganza. Clash of the Headless Horsemen. The Great Pumpkin Race. Pet Costume Contest. PRIZES for all contests! Register for contests on-site. Free admission. 7th Street at Maine Avenue - a 5 minute walk from Waterfront Metro.

Saturday, October 21 from 1 - 2:30 PM, “The Wide Circumference of Love and DC’s History with Alzheimer’s” - a panel discussion presented by the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Newseum. Novelist Marita Golden has focused on compelling characters struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, spotlighting the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s on African Americans. On the panel are acclaimed Washington novelist Marita Golden, author of The Wide Circumference of Love; Washington Post Magazine editor Marcia Davis; Stephanie Monroe, director of Us Against Alzheimer’s; and Gary Williams, whose family was featured in Golden’s Washington Post Magazine feature, “A Quiet Desperation.” The panel is moderated by Izetta Autumn Mobley, Public Programs and Outreach Coordinator for the Historical Society. The event concludes with a book signing. Free, but registration is required - go to  In the Documentary Theater at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (use C Street group entrance).

Sunday, October 22 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Historic House Expo on Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill Restoration Society will hold a free House Expo at the Eastern Market North Hall, featuring over 30 home service exhibitors. Experts and informative speakers will show ways to improve, repair and enjoy your home: architect, building supplies, energy conservation, interior designers, general contractors, house histories, painting, iron work, chimney sweep, solar installers, roofing, water usage, electrical, window repairs, tuckpointing, landscaping, mold/termite remediation, home securing, house tax incentives for your historic home, home inspection, house security, HVAC and additional service providers. Eastern Market is at 225 7th St SE. More details are here: 

Sunday, October 22 from 1 - 4 PM, The Tenleytown Block Party at Citizens Heights Church. All are welcome to this free event, 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; Inflatable Slide 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! At Citizen Heights Chruch, 4100 River Road NW,  

Sunday, October 22 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, NW Neighbors Village Gala and Auction. NPR’s Ari Shapiro and Susan Stamberg will entertain attendees in an informal conversation. Leading up to the Gala, an auction is being held online. Buy Gala tickets ($100), bid on auction items, or purchase salon seats at At the Chevy Chase (MD) Town Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue.

Monday, October 23 at 12 noon, Lecture: Adapting Washington's Historic Buildings, by Jacqueline Drayer, community outreach and grants manager, DC Preservation League. Adaptive use is the conversion of a building from its original function to a new one. This practice is economically beneficial, environmentally sustainable, and preserves a tangible and often beautiful link to history. Learn about the economic, environmental, and cultural benefits of adaptively using Washington D.C.’s historic buildings through case studies of Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Franklin School.  Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. More info:

Monday, October 23 from 6 - 8:30 PM, Workshop: “How to Resolve Recycling Vs. Trash Arguments in the Modern Home.” Is your recycling bin the subject of frequent arguments? Do you want your spouse to stop tossing plastic bags in the blue bin? Does your partner keep trying to block you from recycling cardboard pizza boxes (which are now OK)? And what about those clamshell and styrofoam takeout containers - where do they go? Does anyone really know? How about regular batteries? Trash or e-cycle? If your recycling disputes are ongoing and getting more heated, despite multiple visits to DPW’s website, then this practical and timely workshop is for you. Co-moderated by a sanitation/environmental engineer and a couples counselor, this one-session workshop promises to remove the cause of many domestic disputes. Register now at -- and if you sincerely wish this could be turned into a real event, contact the Director of DPW to request a real workshop on the subject!  

Tuesday, October 24 from 12 - 1 PM, Chamber Music Concert at at Dumbarton House. The Friday Morning Music Club will hold a free chamber music concert, including works by Galliard, Handel and Beethoven, in the museum’s Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. (Yes, the Friday Morning Music Club is holding this event on a Tuesday.) Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW. More info:

Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM, Screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate (46 minutes) followed by a panel discussion. A team of journalists investigates how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interviews both proponents and opponents of the alleged practices, using hidden camera techniques to delve into the world of cocoa plantations. This event is part of ArtWorks for Freedom | Action DC! ArtWorks for Freedom is an arts non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Dumbarton House Fall Festival to Benefit the Red Cross.Enjoy live music, complimentary snacks and beverages and family-friendly activities. Enter the Pumpkin carving contest - pumpkins and carving materials provided. Enjoy a pumpkin Carving Demonstration at 6:30 by a past year’s winner. Let the kids paint pumpkins and color all while enjoying live music! Finally, pose and say “Halloween” with your masterful creation at out jack-o-lantern photo booth! Entry is a suggested donation of $10 per person. All proceeds will directly benefit The American Red Cross. Reserve your spot before October 25 -- go to Limited tickets will be available at the gate. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW.

Thursday, October 26 from 7:30 - 9 PM, The Urban Wild Garden of the 21st Century: Preservation & Sustainability Planning at Tregaron - A Report to the Community. Join us for the release of a new planning report and a lively discussion about how the Conservancy will aim to meet the dual goals of preservation and sustainability in the coming years. The event is free of charge and will be held in Davies Hall in the Mansion at the Tregaron Estate. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available along the driveway past the Mansion. Registration is appreciated but not required; email info @ tregaronconservancy dot org.  

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