Thursday, November 30, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Holiday Card Crafting at the Georgetown Library
Sunday, December 3
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, December 1 at 2 PM, African Art on the Go: Kingdoms of Ancient Africa. Bringing the museum to you! Hear about the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms in Africa. By exploring the arts of kingdoms like Mali, Benin, Ghana, and others, you will develop an appreciation regarding the heritage left behind. Ages 6 and up, under 9 with adult. Free. At Chevy Chase DC Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave NW,    

Friday, December 1 at 4 PM, Opening of the Ice Lounge. CityCenterDC will open a life-size, modern, ice igloo made of 36,000 pounds of ice blocks in The Park at CityCenter. Styled with plush interiors by Joseph Ireland of JD Ireland Interior Architecture + Design, this one-of-a-kind, frozen structure will allow Washingtonians to fulfill their subzero dreams for a weekend. After the public opening on December 1, the Ice Lounge will also be open to the public December 2 and 3 from 10am - 6 pm. CityCenterDC invites you to share your photos of any CityCenterDC Holiday d├ęcor on Instagram using hashtag #CCDCHolidays for the chance to win a $350 CityCenterDC gift card. Details at:  Free admission. CityCenterDC is at 825 10th Street NW.

Friday, December 1 at 6 PM, Guy Mason’s 3rd Annual Holiday Dinner Sing-along, hosted by the staff of Guy Mason Recreation Center and the Friends of Guy Mason. Experience the “Joy of the Season” with your children, neighbors friends. At 6 PM sit down to a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Bring a dessert for sharing if you can. The sing-along starts at 7:30 with songs of the holiday season, accompanied by much admired pianist Ann Glendinning. Please rsvp to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202-727-7527 with the number of people who plan to attend. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Friday, December 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Tree Lighting at Cathedral Commons. Live entertainment. Giveaways for the kids. Food and drink. Free photos with Santa (pets welcome - dogs and cats only). Tree lighting is at 8 PM. At Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street NW. See flyer at:

Friday, December 1 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, December 2 at 2:30 PM, Shakespeare's “As You Like It” at Alice Deal Middle School. Betrayals and marriages and disguises, oh my! “As You Like It” is filled with all of these themes and more. Deal’s production will bring this story, originally set in 16th century France, to 2017 Washington, D.C. The play starts with brothers, Oliver and Orlando, at war with one another over broken promises while brothers, Duke Senior and Duke Frederick, struggle with the idea of power. Cousins Rosalind and Celia remain faithful to one another and take on disguises for protection and to win love. A traditional Shakespearean comedy, this five act play ends with a wedding celebration and love and happiness for all. Runtime is approximately 1 hour. Buy tickets online at: Alice Deal MS is at  3815 Fort Drive, NW.

Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 AM, The Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable Presents a Talk by Marvin T. Jones: “An Army of Educators." During and after the Civil War, Union officers and missionaries expanded literacy and skills in the south, resulting in a great rise in the reading population and creating schools, some of which exist today. A school established in a Washington, DC army barracks in 1864 is still going strong. Fisk, Hampton, Howard and Shaw are among the universities that rose in the first five years after the war.  Within ten years after the war, Howard University was graduating men and women with degrees in medicine and law. Marvin T. Jones will give an overview of the people and organizations that propagated education among people of color and how southern whites also greatly benefited. This lecture includes many stories and images of portraits, documents and places. Marvin is a resident of Ward 4 and uses Civil War study to understand his community's past and many events of today. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, N.W. (Off Military Road). After the lecture, attendees may reconvene the conversation at Ledo's Pizza. All are welcome.

Saturday, December 2 from 12 noon - 4 PM, The 13th Annual Winter Market at Janney. Browse the wares of 100+ vendors, from crafty kids to professionals, offering unique gifts, homemade items, and food savory and sweet while listening to music performances by students at local schools. At Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle Street NW. Free admission.

Saturday, December 2 from 12 - 5 PM, Pics with Your Pets at the Made In DC Holiday Shop at Van Ness Main Street. The Holiday Shop features a selection of highly curated items all created by local makers and local artists. Pet Santa features photography by Carole Douglis  The Pop Up is located at 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW. right next to the temporary Cleveland Park Library. More info:  

Sunday, December 3 from 10 AM - 12 noon, “Breakfast with Santa” - an annual tradition put on by The Friends of Volta Park. Your child can meet Santa, you can take pictures, and your child will get a toy. Enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, crafts, and more. Free. At Volta Park Playground, 1616 34th St. NW,

Sunday, December 3 from 2 - 4 PM, Holiday Card Crafting. Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal crafting, where we will be making holiday-themed greeting cards and gift tags. All materials will be provided. Due to the projects included, this event is recommended for ages 18+. Free. At Georgetown Library 3260 R St. NW,

Sunday, December 3 from 3:30 to 5 PM, Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the Cleveland Park Club. The houses are hand-baked by former board member Robert Jenkens and come with all the fixings you could possibly want to decorate them with. Tickets $30 - $60 at The first session from 1 - 2:30 is sold out, but there are a few places left in the second session for 3:30 - 5 PM. The Cleveland Park Club is at 3433 33rd Place NW. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Park Historical Society, 

Monday, December 4 at 12 noon, Artist Talk: “Picturing Kenilworth.” Artist Bruce McNeil discusses the stories behind his art depicting Washington, DC’s Kenilworth neighborhood, part of the exhibition For the Record: Picturing DC. This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW,

Tuesday, December 5 at 4:30 PM, Mark Siegel, children’s author and illustrator, will provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at making his epic graphic novel series 5 Worlds and award-winning picture book Oskar and the Eight Blessings. The first 15 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior provided by the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library (Limit: one per family). Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free.  At the Chevy Chase DC Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave NW,

Wednesday December 6 at 10:30 AM, Toddler Dance Party. Music and dancing for the whole family. Tickets required; available on a first come basis the morning of the program. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday December 7 from 6:30 - 8 PM, “Surviving Homelessness in DC.” A Humanitini Happy Hour/Panel Discussion. The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP)'s 2017 Point in Time study found that on any given night there are 7,473 homeless people in Washington, DC - 31% of whom are minors. In 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched an initiative to end homelessness in Washington, DC, which includes the closure of DC General to replace it with smaller, short-term family shelters throughout the District. Given the alarming figures and the plethora of obstacles homeless families and individuals face, many Washingtonians asked, "How? And how much will it cost?" In Utah, Dr. Sam Tsemberis helped end chronic homelessness through his Pathways Housing First philosophy - an alternative approach and now a national model. And saved the state tax dollars in doing so. Can his approach work in DC? Join Dr. Tsemberis, Kristy Greenwalt, Director of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, a representative from Pathways to Housing DC,and a survivor of homelessness to explore what works for our unique city as we embark on this ambitious initiative and understand what it means to survive homelessness in DC. Moderated by Pamela S. Perkins, Founder, CCO of the Human Communication Institute, LLC and currently an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Free; reservations required - go to At Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE.

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 PM, UDC’s Annual Holiday Concert. The University of the District of Columbia presents its annual holiday gift to the Washington, DC community. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sounds of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie. The UDC Jazz Ensemble directed by Allyn Johnson closes the program with big band jazz sure to spread the holiday spirit. Free. In the University Auditorium, Theatre of the Arts—Bldg. 46-East, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.  

Thursday, December 7 at 8:30 PM, Pets’ Holiday Concert at UDC. After the human holiday chorales and bands are done, let’s give our pets a chance to make a little music! If your dog can howl, your cat can meow, and your parrot can talk -- or screech! -- then bring them to this first-time holiday musical event that we hope will become a cherished annual tradition. We will attempt to get the pets to chime in at the appropriate moments in “The Little Drummer Boy” (Ra-ruff-a-ruff-ruff), and “Deck the Halls” (Arf-fa-woof-a-wah, me-ow, wow, wow). To get your pet in the holiday spirit, let them listen to these cats’ mewing “JIngle Bells” ( and these dogs barking,“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” ( To register your pet to perform a solo, go to:   

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