Thursday, December 21, 2017

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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 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Friday, December 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Holiday Lobbying Concert Series: “Sound Advice Quartet” at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Free. In the lobby of the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. More info on Sound Advice Quartet at

Saturday, December 23 from 2 - 3:30 PM, “Art in the Park: Holiday Sketch and Stroll.” Join Rock Creek Conservancy for a special holiday hike! Discover a secret grove of American holly trees in Rock Creek Park and learn the fundamentals of art and sketching during this unique holiday program. You’ll walk away with a holiday masterpiece you can take home (or give as a gift)! Warm drinks and yummy treats will be available at the grove. Recommended for ages 8 to adult. This event is hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy. To register for this free event, go to or email Scott Einberger at Seinberger @ rockcreekconservancy dot org.  Meet across from 1801 Parkside Drive NW in the northwest corner of Rock Creek Park. Street parking near the trailhead is available.

Saturday, December 23 at 2 PM, Kids Club: Bird Feeders. Get creative! Little ones will be able to create their own bird feeders out of Popsicle sticks to hang outside and enjoy as their feathered friends come to feed. Children ages 3 to 12 are welcome (ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Sunday, December 24 starting at 12 noon, The Third Annual Chevy Chase DC Christmas Caroling. You are invited to share or find your holiday joy. Bring your family and dogs! Wear festive attire. Contrive homemade noisemakers. Songbooks and little jingle bells will be provided. Meet at the corner of Connecticut and Livingston in front of Starbucks. Look for the red wagon.

Monday, December 25, All Day, The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is holding its 31st annual Day of Service. Choose your activity: serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need. Many of the projects are family-friendly - please read individual project descriptions carefully for the minimum age to volunteer at each site. Go to to see the project descriptions and register. If you can’t register online by midnight on Friday, walk-in registration is available on Christmas day from 7:30 am - 10:30 AM. The DCJCC is requesting a donation of  $20/person (tax-deductible) to help cover the costs of supplies, including gifts for clients, Santa suits, party decorations, arts and crafts, and games. The DCJCC is at 1529 Sixteenth Street, NW.

Tuesday, December 26 from 11 AM - 1 PM, The 50th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration with Nana Malaya Rucker, "The Dancing Diplomat & Nubian," hosted by the Anacostia Community Museum. This exciting family program combines the masterful skills of dance, music, storytelling and more by Nana Malaya Rucker, "The Dancing Diplomat," with plenty of audience participation and African percussive instruments. The program includes introducing the audience to the history of Kwanzaa, its seven guiding principles and associated symbols, songs, dances and customs. This program is free and open to everyone but please register at Program will take place at the Fort Stanton Recreation Center, located one block from the museum at 1812 Erie Street SE. See Nana Malaya Rucker performing Funga Alafia at the Kennedy Center:

Tuesday, December 26 at 12 noon, Boxing Day Event. This holiday always falls on December 26 but it’s more readily associated with the UK, Canada and Australia than with the USA. This year presents an opportunity for us here in the States to participate in this beloved annual tradition. So what is Boxing Day? We googled it but got a bunch of suspect stories about giving gifts in boxes or dropping alms into the poor-box -- and nothing at all to do with the exciting sport of boxing. Didn’t seem like much fun, so we propose celebrating Boxing Day here in DC by staging a series of boxing matches. Come to Freedom Plaza at noon and bring your boxing gloves and mouthguard -- or we'll fit you up with the necessary equipment -- and we’ll weigh you in and then match you up with someone of appropriate weight class, gender, and pugilistic experience. One round per matched pair, judged by a referee in a Santa suit. The winner of each round will get a leftover Christmas fruitcake as a prize, which can also double as a doorstop after you haul it home. Register online by Monday, December 25 at:

Wednesday, December 27 at 6:30 PM, The West End Library presents “Reindeer Games.” Recently released from prison, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) wants nothing more than to change his life and settle down with the woman of his dreams, Ashley (Charlize Theron). Their future seems bright until Ashley’s unhinged brother, Gabriel (Gary Sinise), and his seedy clique of criminals, want the insider information they believe Rudy is withholding about the casino he formerly worked for—the target of Gabriel and company's next hit. Please note that Reindeer Games is rated R. Free. The West End Library is at  2301 L St. NW,

Thursday, December 28 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Winter Read-in hosted by the DC Public Library and The National Building Museum. Celebrate reading and learning as we kick-off DC Public Library’s annual Winter Reading challenge. The National Building Museum will be transformed into a fun, cozy reading space for families. Wear your comfiest clothes and bring your books, tablets, blankets and pillows to participate in an exciting day of activities. Activities will include Story Times and arts and crafts stations for kids, as well as eBooks and digital streaming content for teens. Great prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. Free - drop-in, no advance registration needed. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW,

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