Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Let There Be Light - Film Screening at the National Cathedral
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  

Friday November 3 at 1 PM, Board Games/Video Games Bonanza. Come to Tenley Library and enjoy video games and board games as we celebrate games with libraries across the country! This program is part of International Games Week. From 1 - 3 PM: Board Game Bonanza;  from 1:30 - 3 PM: Video Game Tournament (Prizes awarded for participation!). Fun for all ages. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Friday, November 3 at 6:30 PM, Politics & Prose & Dry Cleaning. Following the announcement from the owners of Politics and Prose that the bookstore will expand into the recently departed dry cleaning store, the former owner of the dry cleaners has been invited to give a farewell talk on how to do your own dry cleaning at home. Those who wish to have a signed copy of the dry cleaner’s print-on-demand book can have one created in time for the lecture, or you can simply bring in a stained piece of clothing to be signed by the dry cleaner. And then you can learn how to make the inked signature completely disappear! Free. At the former Regal Dry Cleaners which has turned into the expansion site of Politics & Prose. Please register in advance at for your copy of the print-on-demand book, “Out Damned Spot!” If this event is filled to capacity, you can watch the lecture, which will be live-streaming here:

Saturday, November 4 from 8 AM - 3 PM, United Methodist Women's Annual Bazaar. Peruse a wide range of  nearly new merchandise: Attic Treasures, Collectibles, Christmas items, Gifts, Crafts, Jewelry, Accessories, Baked Goods to-go and Lunch on site. This year's collection of gently-used donated items is particularly high-quality, and you won't want to miss the Harvest Soup for lunch. You never know what you'll find ... lovely frames on older art to re-purpose for your own artwork, all things bird-themed or cow-themed, yards and yards of tulle ... you name it! Address is 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW. Plenty of free parking. Bazaar entry door faces the parking lot. Every dollar spent at the bazaar will help women and children here and around the world through such organizations as Amara Legal Center, Asylum Seeker Assistance Project, Bikes for the World, Educare, DC Greens, Iona House, and Children's Inn at NIH. For more information, e-mail metroumw @ gmail dot com, see, or call 202-363-4900.

Saturday, November 4 from 9 AM - 4 PM, The National Italian American Foundation’s Expo Siciliana. Enjoy the familiar tastes, sights and sounds of Italian American life and mingle among the Sicilian and Italian American exhibitors. Enjoy free tastings of food, drinks, coffee, and sweets, provided by Italian and Italian American brands, and all-day fun! Throughout the day, there will be Italian music, dancing, and entertainment, including an incredible and historic Sicilian marionette performance by Tony De Nonno (as seen in The New York Times), music, film screenings, bocce courts, talks on Italian culture, language, and travel, and FREE LUNCH brought straight from the Bronx. This is the largest Italian festival in DC. Free and open to the public. At the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW,

Saturday, November 4 at 9:30 AM, “An American Life: The Life of Clara Barton,” presented by The Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable. How did a shy girl born on a New England farm in 1821 break through the barriers that so often confined women to the domestic sphere. How did she go on to have a sixty year career of public service that touched people all over the world? What gave this woman the courage to go where the fighting was taking place during the American Civil War, a place women did not go? What was the driving force in her life that caused her to become an advocate for the expansion of rights for African Americans and women? This illustrated talk by Ranger Kevin Patti will use photographs from Clara Barton’s life and times to answer these questions and describe the development of her remarkable career. Free. At 5200 Glover Road NW,  

Saturday, November 4 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Czech Christmas Market, hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Relish in the magic of the season with stands filled with beautiful handcrafted ornaments, renowned Czech crystal and glass products, exquisite jewelry, and toys, while enjoying the taste and smell of mulled wine and eggnog as well as an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods and savory cuisine. Children will adore the array of live animals from the Nativity scene, handled by shepherds. Oh, sing, choirs of angels! The children of Sokol Washington will perform Czech Christmas carols at 11:30 AM. am. Free admission; reservations not required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW,   

Sunday, November 5 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, The Forest Hills Playground Harvest Hoedown (rebranded after the Halloween Spooktacular was rained out last week). Keep the Halloween spirit going and wear your costumes! Performance by Abracadabra Alex; story time by Jackie from the Cleveland Park Library, plus: Fire truck visit, dance party, bake sale and much more! 100% of bake sale proceeds and donations support playground improvements and programming like the popular summer concert series. The party closes at 12:30 PM with the annual costume parade. Free admission. At Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake Streets NW.  

Sunday November 5 from 12 - 12:45 PM, Tour of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church: Downtown Headquarters for the Poor People’s Campaign - Led by John O’Brien. Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and Abraham Lincoln all worshiped at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on a regular basis. The present church building opened in 1950 and is the third structure to be erected on the site. Under the leadership of Senior Pastor George Docherty and Rev. Jack McClendon, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church played a significant role in the events of 1968. It was the downtown headquarters for the Poor People’s Campaign where press conferences and meetings were held about that march and the opening of the protest community, Resurrection City on the Mall. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke here, along with his widow, Coretta Scott King, and Andrew Young. The tour is free and open to the public; registration required - go to This tour is presented as part of the 44th Annual Conference on DC History. Meet in the sanctuary of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue NW.

Sunday, November 5 from 3:30 - 5 PM, “Quite a Life! From Defeat to Defeat … and Back,” by Carol Schwartz. The former at-large DC councilmember and five-time mayoral candidate will discuss her newly released autobiography and talk about her five decades of experience with DC politics. Free. At Oohhs & Aahhs Soul Food Restaurant, 5933 Georgia Avenue NW.

Sunday, November 5 at 4 PM, Chevy Chase Historical Society’s “Kit House” Talk. Chevy Chase was a natural home for the catalog houses that sprang up across America in the early 1900s in communities with freight railroad tracks nearby. Residents here could order a complete “home by mail” and have the parts delivered to a B&O rail station in Bethesda or at Chevy Chase Lake. The well-built houses are prized today. In an illustrated lecture, veteran kit house authenticator Kathryn Holt Springston will describe the national catalog house craze of yesteryear and kit houses she has authenticated so far In Chevy Chase, MD. The community is welcome at the free lecture, where signature CCHS refreshments will be served. At the Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD.  

Monday, November 6 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital," by Chris Myers Asch, editor, Washington History, and Derek Musgrove, professor of history, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Monumental in scope and vividly detailed, Chocolate City tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. The authors highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights. Free. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW,

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM, Two Faces of Comedy Night: “With Malice Toward None.” 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 third and final night of the series will feature stand-up comedian Bengt Washburn. This comedy series is recommended for adult audiences. Purchase tickets ($5) at Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road.

Wednesday, November 8 at 7 PM, “The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy'' by Dr. Neal Barnard. We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Even worse, cheese contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. Dr. Neal Barnard founded the non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in 1985. PCRM advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet. Dr. Barnard is a best-selling author, who has written 17 previous books about nutrition. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Wednesday November 8 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM, “For the Record: Picturing DC” - Opening Reception.The Historical Society of Washington, DC, will announce winners of its latest “For the Record” juried exhibit, which features 44 works capturing and interpreting eight neighborhoods across the city, including Burleith/Georgetown, Palisades and Shepherd Park. Free and open to the public. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. The exhibition, “For the Record: Picturing DC” will be open from November 9, 2017 – March 4, 2018. More info:

Thursday November 9 from 6 - 8 PM, Jazz Combo Recital at Levine Music. Join adult and teen students enrolled in the Levine Jazz Combo program for an end-of-session recital. Free and open to the public. At Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW,

Thursday November 9 at 7 PM, “Let There Be Light,” a documentary film following Rowan LeCompte and Dieter Goldkuhle as they make their last window for Washington National Cathedral. Producer/director Peter Swanson is joined by artists Mary Clerkin Higgins and Andrew Goldkuhle for a discussion following the screening. Told with stunningly beautiful images, this is a story of passion and creation–about the struggle to create great art using glass and light. It celebrates the power and beauty of light. Its aim is to inspire and ignite that inner creative light that is within all of us. Free. Please register at The Washington National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW.  

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