Thursday, December 14, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Menorah - photo by Dov Harrington
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 15 at 8 PM, Front Porch Concert: Mount Pleasant Christmas Chorus,.led by Tara McCredie. Corner of 17th and Kilbourne Place. Celebrate the season with music and hot cider. Free. At 17th and Kilbourne Street.

Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 AM - 12 PM, Fête de Noël (Children’s Christmas Party) at Alliance Francaise. Calling all elves and merrymakers! Have a holly jolly Noël at the Alliance Française with crafts, Christmas stories and a holiday themed snack. For kids age 5 and up. (Kids younger than 5 with parent supervision). $5 members; $8 non-members - reserve at At the Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. Contact library @ or children @ with any questions.

Saturday, December 16 at 11 AM, “Eccentric Poet Joaquin Miller as Environmentalist and Civil Rights Activist.” Join Rock Creek Conservancy for a presentation to learn Joaquin Miller, "The Bard of snow, of wind, of pine, and of the mountain." Just north of Picnic Grove #6 and the Military Road overpass in Rock Creek Park stands a small, unmarked log cabin. This is Miller Cabin, the 1880s home of the one and only Joaquin Miller, the self-described “Poet of the Sierras” and “Byron of the Rockies.” Learn about this eccentric poet and why he can be considered an early environmentalist and civil rights activist during this unique program with Rock Creek Conservancy’s Scott Einberger, an environmental historian, and author. Free. In the Rock Creek Park Nature Center Auditorium, 5200 Glover Rd NW. More info:

Saturday, December 16 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Book Hill Winter Wonderland. There’s plenty of holiday cheer in the charming Book Hill section of Georgetown. Bring the kids to the TD Bank lot, 1611 Wisconsin Ave, and enjoy festive music, food and drinks—including hot chocolate, cookies and mocktails—plus kids’ activities, a Letters to Santa station, ugly sweater competition, and photos with Santa (beginning at noon). Plus specials and treats at over 20 shops and cafes along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road. See the listing of Winter Wonderland events and promotions, and RSVP here:

Saturday, December 16 at 3 PM, UDC’s Ensemble Showcase Concert. The DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) accepts all students of any level or even without experience. This is possible because DCYOP has 9 different ensemble levels and group classes for every instrument and every level. At this concert student musicians from Levels C & D, Wind Ensemble, Young Artists Orchestra, and Repertory Orchestra will put on a delightful concert in the auditorium of the University of District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. More info:

Saturday December 16 from 4 - 6 PM,The Earth Harp Performance by William Close. William Close is a performance artist, renowned for affixing 1,000-foot strings to skyscrapers, mountain peaks and canyon walls. He will fill CityCenterDC with the magical musical stylings of his Earth Harp. Free. In the Plaza at CityCenter, Palmer Alley between H and I Streets NW,

Sunday, December 17 at 3 PM, Hanukkah Crafts for Kids. Create your own dreidel decorations and get some ideas for other fun Hanukkah-themed crafts you can do at home. Children ages 2 and older will enjoy this simple holiday craft. Free. At the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, For questions about the program, please contact Elaine Pelton at 202-541-6100.

Monday, December 18 at 3 PM, Chanukah Spelling Bee. At this unusually challenging spelling bee, only one word will be given, as all participating children will be asked to provide a different but widely used spelling of the name of the eight-night-long Festival of Lights. The hard part is that the child will have to guess which of the 16 spellings the judges would like to hear at that moment! The winner will get a golden dreidl (maybe it’s a dreydl….or a dreidel...or no, it’s a draydle). To register your child, go to:   

Tuesday, December 19 at 4 PM, In the Zone: “Jingle All the Way.” Oh, what fun it is to make crafts with jingle bells during this month’s “In the Zone” program. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun. Best for ages 4-12. Free. At the Tenley Frienship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, December 19 at 4:30 PM, A Winter Holiday Party. Children, teens, and parents will enjoy cookie decorating, festive crafts and holiday films - all free. At the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Wednesday, December 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, “Holiday Lobbying” Concert Series features Philomela, A Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Free. In the lobby of the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. More info on Philomela at

Thursday, December 21 at 6 PM, Pajama Movie Night: Toy Story. Put on your PJs and join Cowboy Woody, who is jealous that the new Buzz Lightyear has replaced him as Andy’s favorite toy, in the original Toy Story movie. Food, pillows and blankets are welcome.  Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,      

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