Thursday, December 7, 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      

Friday, December 8 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch & Movie “The Bishop`s Wife," starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. An assortment of games is brought out at 11 AM, lunch is served at 12 noon, and the movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. If you plan to attend, please reply to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, (202) 727-7527.   

Friday, December 8 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: Gibraltar in the Revolutionary War.  France and Spain had entered the Revolutionary War not just to support American independence from Great Britain, but also to recover territory around the world from their enemy and colonial rival. Gibraltar, a strategically important peninsula off the Spanish mainland at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, was one of those prizes. The Franco-Spanish forces failed to retake Gibraltar, but their efforts helped to direct British resources away from America. Join Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a look at two recently acquired artifacts of the Siege of Gibraltar: an oil portrait of British general William Green, chief engineer at Gibraltar, and a Spanish Model 1757 flintlock musket used during a British sortie on the Spanish lines in November 1781. Painted about 1784 by George Carter, the portrait depicts Green in his apartment at the Rock alongside military books and a plan of the defenses. The musket was captured by the British and presented to Green as a token of the successful defense of Gibraltar. Free. The lecture will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the objects. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,   

Saturday December 9 at 10:30 AM, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Opening of New West End Library. Join Mayor Bowser and other officials us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new West End Library. The new 21,000 square foot  library features: Welcoming spaces for adults, teens and children; A  meeting room for 100 people with an assistive listening system; 2 conference rooms for 8-12 people; 5 quiet study rooms; Energy efficient and sustainable elements. To reflect the community’s history, the Library commissioned two artworks for the space: A 200-foot long mural, by Adrienne Gaither, features the names of pivotal historical figures who have lived in the West End neighborhood; A colorful mural for the children’s area, by Nekisha Durrett, celebrates the curiosity of children and the discoveries they can make by reading, learning, and playing. Free. The new West End Neighborhood Library is located at 2301 L St. NW.   

Saturday, December 9 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Saturday for Santa - Photos at Tails High Inc./Petco. Come have your photo taken with Santa - with or without your pet. Proceeds go to animal rescue here in DC. Adoptable Tails High cats will be at Petco, 3505 Connecticut Avenue NW, this Saturday from 11 AM - 5 PM.     

Saturday, December 9 at 5 PM, The Colonial English Handbell Ringers invite you to “A Concert of Classics,” featuring holiday favorites such as Silver Bells and a beautiful rendition of Silent Night, a medley of classic Gershwin songs, Pachelbel’s Canon, the incredibly lively March Trepak from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, our traditional Carol Sing-along and much more. The program is about an hour in length and is great for ALL ages. Beautifully costumed in Colonial, Renaissance, or traditional dress, the Colonial English Handbell Ringers are a unique visual and auditory experience. Although most shows are free to the public, donations toward equipment costs are gratefully accepted. At The Center in Tenleytown, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW.  

Saturday, December 9 from 6 - 8:30 PM, Jazz@Wesley: A Jazzy Christmas, featuring Bobby Felder and Friends with Vocalists Tiya! and Dick Smith. Arrive at 6 PM sharp for line dancing demo and instruction by Michelle. Complimentary coffee and tea with additional food and beverages available for purchase. Enjoy local jazz in an alcohol-free, family-friendly neighborhood venue. Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 seniors; $5 students, Free for ages 12 and under. Tickets available online at At UMC Church, Wesley Campus, 5312 Connecticut Ave NW. Enter on Conn. Ave. through the glass doors.   

Saturday, December 9 at 3 and 4 PM and Sunday December 10 at 3 PM, End-of-Year Concerts by the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Beginners wind and strings concert: Saturday, December 9 at 3 PM and 4 PM at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St NE. And on Sunday, December 10 at 3 PM, performance by THEARC Youth Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra concert (our two top ensembles) at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. All concerts are free. See what DCYOP’s young musicians are doing! Inspire your children to join the growing DCYOP family! More info:   

Sunday, December 10 from 10 AM - 4 PM,  “As the Wheel Turns.” Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with park volunteers from the Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service ranger. All ages welcome. Drop-in—staff-led tours or self-guided tours available until the mill closes at 4 PM):00 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill is in Rock Creek Park at  Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW.    

Sunday, December 10 from 10 AM - 12 Noon, Rockin’ Chanukah Party. “Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah! This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party at the DCJCC will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family. Pre-registration tickets (register online before December 8 at are $23; $18 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member Rate. After December 8, tickets are by walk-in registrations only: $25 per family; $20 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member At the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW.  

Sunday, December 10 from 2 - 4 PM, Santa visits the Van Ness Main Street Holiday Pop-up Shop. The Van Ness Pop Up Shop features DC-made arts, crafts, apparel, food and more. Happy hours, live music, too. At 4340 Connecticut Ave NW 4340 Connecticut Ave NW.   

Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 PM, The Capital Piano Conservatory is hosting its annual “Collaborative Piano Concert”, featuring pianist James Hillis. Bring your budding concert artist to be inspired by our gifted young pianists accompanying professional musicians. With guest professionals: Violinist and international chamber musician Rohan Gregory, coloratura soprano Rebekah Eden, mezzo soprano Lillian Kern, & DC’s “Queen of the Blues” Carly Harvey. Classical works by Grieg, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Catalani, Ernst Bloch; pop songs from “Years & Years,” “Galantis” and “Coldplay”; movie music from “Sound of Music,” “Harry Potter” and “The Snowman.” Free and open to the public. At St. John’s Episcopal Church 6701 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase MD at the corner of Bradley Blvd & Wisconsin Ave. Reception with performers to follow.  

Sunday December 10 at 4 PM, Christmas Concert by the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, conducted by Julie Vidrick Evans, and accompanied by harp and soloists, performing Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.” Also on the program are choral masterpieces by English composer John Rutter and Venezuelan composer C├ęsar Alejandro Carrillo. Hand bell ringers, an organ work, the junior choir and community sing along will complete the afternoon. Reception to follow. Free (donations are gratefully accepted). At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW (Connecticut Ave. NW, between Oliver & Patterson Streets NW),     

Sunday, December 10 at 5 PM, Handel's "Messiah" performed by the National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra. This concert is open to the public and no tickets are required. There is ample free onsite parking for the concert and complimentary childcare for children under 4 with advanced RSVP to childcare @ nationalpres dot org. At the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, 202-537-7553.  

Monday, December 11 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Panel Discussion: “Reclaiming Urban Spaces.” Learn how cities across the country are reclaiming marginal space for new uses. Parks, housing, offices and retail are rising on urban spaces that were once ignored or considered un-buildable. Projects such as Hudson Yards in New York City, Capitol Crossing in Washington, DC, and The Underline in Miami, FL are combining innovative thinking about urban space and cutting edge building technology to create vibrant urban places to live, work and play in places previously ignored or considered unbuildable. Panelists: Braulio Agnese, freelance architecture and design journalist; Isabel Castilla, principal, James Corner Field Operations; Bradford McKee, editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine; Mark Strieter, PLA, ASLA, senior associate, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Tickets: $12 to $20; reservations required - go to At the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Event details:    

Monday, December 11 from 6 - 9 PM, DC Oral History Collaborative Partner Celebration. Last summer, the DCOHC partnered with 10 local organizations and individuals to produce exciting new oral history projects around the city. At this free event you will find out what our community partner oral historians learned about the city through their narrators, and what they learned about oral history through the process. Oral histories include: Buzzard Point Oral History Project; Latino DC - Collective Memory and the Mt. Pleasant Riots; Black Broadway on U: a Transmedia Project; Howard University Nursing History Project; Anacostia Unmapped 2.0; The Intersection of Whitman-Walker Health and HIV/AIDS in DC; DC Jazz Festival Oral History Project; Mapping Segregation in DC: School Integration in Ward 4; ARTS DC: CETA and the Arts in the District of Columbia 1977-1982; DC's Fight for Affordable Housing and an End to Gentrification and Homelessness. Free, but please register at In the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.  

Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM, Author Talk: Harriet Elam-Thomas. Former US Ambassador to Senegal, Harriet Elam-Thomas, will speak about her new memoir “Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Free. At the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,   

Tuesday,, December 12 at 7 PM, Santa and the Safe Space: A Reconsideration. This panel discussion looks at a beloved figure anew, in light of growing recognition that boundary-crossing behavior needs to be called out wherever we find it. Should we still welcome the arrival, in the dead of night, of an older man, who enters houses via the chimney, without so much as knocking? And what about the lyrics, “He knows when you’ve been sleeping/He knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good/so be good for goodness’ sake!” How DOES he know so much? Finally, the discussants will consider all the implications of “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus.” Just who initiated the kiss? Was permission granted by the kissee? The panel will include Frosty the Snowman, The Tooth Fairy, and Cupid, and will be moderated by The Easter Bunny. Free, but you must register for this event at:      

Wednesday, December 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Chanukah Community Candle Lighting. Come light the menorah, followed by latkes, donuts, dreidel games, music, and more! Open to all ages and abilities. This is a community wide event and is set up to be inclusive of all abilities. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program. Candling Lighting at 6:45 PM. Free. In the Kay Community Hall, Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW,   

Thursday, December 14 The National Museum of American Jewish Military History hosts its annual Hanukkah Party. Come for the latkes, jelly doughnuts, gelt and song! Explore the museum and eat, play games and sing. You will also learn about the ways Jews in the American military have continued the tradition of the Maccabees. Bring your own Hanukkah menorah for a group lighting. Free. The museum is also collecting winter coats to benefit the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's (DCVAMC) Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) for homeless and at-risk Veterans. Tour the museum at 6 PM before the party begins at 6:30 PM. The museum is at 1811 R Street NW,  

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