Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Public Library: Washington Color School 
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 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv     

Thursday, December 28 at 6 PM, Concert: Holiday Music in the Garden - Capital Accord Chorus. Join the U.S. Botanic Garden for a festive evening of holiday music. Please note: Limited seating will be available. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will open around 5:30 PM. Capital Accord Chorus is a women's chorus performing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Their fun and engaging repertoire ranges from jazz to pop, through standards and show tunes -- they sing it all. Free, no pre-registration required. In the Conservatory Garden Court of the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW,

Friday, December 28 from 1 - 4 PM, The 4th Annual Cookie Decorating and Craft Making Event at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW. The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will supply cookies, icing and decorations. Free.

Friday, December 29 at 4 PM, Art and Creativity Hour: Washington Color School Inspired Art. Create artwork inspired by a homegrown, D.C. art movement. In the 1950s and 1960s, a group of Washington artists were inspired by how color alone could be the subject of a painting. Help us celebrate these artists by making art inspired by color yourself. No materials required. Recommended for ages 6-12. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW,

Saturday, December 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM, “As the Wheel Turns.” Learn about the power of water and its connection to food when you tour a mill 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). Free. Mill tours also offered on Sunday, same times. Peirce Mill is in Rock Creek Park at 2401 Tilden St NW.

Sunday, December 31 at 12 Noon, Stamp Out Roman Enumeration System (SORES). Just before the year turns MMXVIII, join the movement to stamp out Roman numerals! This irrational and anachronistic system of enumeration, along with Mayan tied-knot accounting and the Sumerian/Babylonian base-60 system, should be left to archaeologists, scholars of ancient history, and pedants. These days, who would see MCMLXXVII in tiny type at the end of a rerun of the Mary Tyler Moore show and be able to decipher it correctly as 1977? Especially when we have smartphones with access to IMDB and you can get the answer with a few short clicks. Why waste children’s time in school on teaching M=1,000 and D=500 when they could be learning to code and create the next billion-seller video game? At this organizing session/rally, you can help to move us out of the first century and into the 21st! Click for the time and place of the meeting:

Sunday, December 31 from 10 AM - 1 PM “Noon Yards Eve.” Ring in 2018 with the Noon Yards Eve balloon drop! Family-friendly activities for kids of all ages, including trackless train rides through The Yards, face painting, balloon artistry, music, and more. Free. At Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE,

Monday, January 1 at 10 AM, Fresh Start DC 5K Run. Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and hundreds of DC residents for the FitDC Fresh Start 5K! As part of our One Billion Steps Challenge, we are inviting people of all ages to join us for this fun fitness activity. Registration and packet pickup begins at 9 AM and the Fresh Start 5K begins at 10:00 AM. Shuttle service between the Anacostia Metro station and Start/Finish line in Anacostia Park will be available beginning at 8:30 AM. Participants are encouraged to utilize public transportation as there may be limited parking at the station. Anacostia Park is at 1900 Anacostia Drive. Free. Register at For additional information about FitDC, visit

Wednesday, January 3 at 7 PM, DIY Mending Workshop. Have a loose button or a popped seam you're not sure how to fix? Bring your (clean) garment to this workshop and learn how to repair it. We will provide know-how as well as a sewing machine, needles, thread and limited notions. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Thursday, January 4 - by appointment all day. Fun with Family History - Genealogy and Personal Archiving Clinic. Come to the library to take your genealogy or personal archiving session to the next level using library resources and technology. Library staff are available to help with: genealogy and family history research; house history research; photo scanning; online and social media sharing. Because this is a one-on-one session with a library staff member, we ask you to make an appointment with Cynthia Vrabel via email - cynthia.vrabel @ dc dot gov. Free. At the Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th St. SE,

Thursday, January 4 at 12 Noon, Lunchtime Chamber Music: Vasily Popov (cello) and Ralitza Patcheva (piano), a husband and wife duo, plus special guests, will perform standards from the classical repertoire. Vasily Popov has performed extensively both as soloist and chamber musician in Germany, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Italy and the United States. He is a prize winner at the All-Russian Competition and the Gartow Foundation Competition. Ralitza Patcheva is a versatile pianist, equally adept at performing early, classical, and modern music. She is a prizewinner at international competitions and has soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), the Jena Philharmonic (Germany), the Haydn Orchestra (Italy), Arlington Symphony, Alexandria Symphony and Williamsburg Symphonia, and has performed at major international concert venues. This free concert is sponsored by the DC Public Library and Goethe-Institut Washington, and will take place in Suite 3 at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW. Enter on 20th St, lower level. No registration needed. More info on the concert series:  

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