Thursday, January 11, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Library Event - Jan 16
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

Friday, January 12 at 11 AM, Tots and Toys Playdate. The Tenley-Friendship library hosts an informal, indoor playdate. Kids can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle. We'll set out toys to develop motor skills and books to encourage early literacy. For children ages birth to 3 with their parents or caregivers. Free. The Tenley-Frienship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Go to to see other Tots and Toys Playdates in the series.

Saturday, January 13 at 1 PM, “Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here.” Former Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie L. Buhler will discuss the nearly three centuries of history revealed in the stories of Georgetown's Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark, through its people, architecture and contents. Free. In the Peabody Room of Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,  

Saturday, January 12 from 1 - 5 PM, The 5th Annual Winter Ice Festival and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition in Leesburg, VA. Bundle up and join the FREE fun! See 8 world renowned ice carvers in action as they compete for prizes in this mega block competition. Stroll the boulevard and enjoy music, an iceless ice skating rink, plus warming stations and photo ops with the Washington Capitals Red Rockers and Slapshot. Take a picture by the larger than life Village at Leesburg signature sculpture in the Plaza and custom sculptures outside at Leesburg boutiques and restaurants. You can start watching the competition as early as 9 AM. Festival starts at 1 PM. In the Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd SE,    

Saturday, January 12 from 1 - 3 PM, Watch Ice Carvers from a Warm Cozy Spot in Front of a Fireplace. This is the best ice-carving event ever, because you can stay toasty warm while watching sculptors work their icy magic in below-zero temperatures. How? By watching videos! Like this one: or this one: or this: You don’t need tickets - you don’t even need to leave your comfy armchair - just sit at home and watch these videos on your laptop and while you're watching one, you will see suggestions for others popping up on a sidebar. How cool is that? Cool enough to be this week’s fake event!

Sunday, January 14 at 10:30 AM, “Sing for Freedom,” an old time Gospel Service and Sing-Along in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Folksinger and acoustic musician Diana Wagner will lead the singing, and acoustic musicians are welcome to come play (please arrive at 9:30 if you're bringing an instrument). Free. At Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell St. NW,  

Monday, January 15 at 9:30 AM, Grand Opening Party at the West End Library. Celebrate the opening of the new West End Library with a full day of special events, including: Story time and drop-in craft activity, 10 AM; Special performance from children's musician Mariana Irzani, 11 AM; 3D printing demonstrations, 10 AM - 3 PM; Know Your Neighborhood Document Scanning: Do you have memories of the West End neighborhood that you would like to preserve? Bring photos and documents related to the neighborhood to be digitized. Leave with a flash drive with up to 10 8’’ x 11’’ or smaller documents per person. Consider donating a digital copy to DC Public Library’s Special Collections - 10 AM - 3PM. Refreshments. Free. The West End Library is at 2301 L St. NW,

Monday, January 15 starting at 10 AM, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk. The Peace Walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and nonprofits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington DC metropolitan communities. Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in SE DC. Notable previous year attendees include Nick Cannon, Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and Current Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, radio personality Donnie Simpson, music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins, and the late civil rights legend Dick Gregory who spoke at the beginning and end of our 2014 Peace Walk. The 2018 Peace Walk will begin at 2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the Barry Farm Recreation Center.

Monday, January 15 from 4 - 6 PM, “Awake and In Motion: Celebrating 50 Years of MLK.” In his final Sunday sermon, preached at Washington National Cathedral 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, preached on "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution." Through excerpts from Dr. King's sermon, echoed in song, prayer, movement and dance, we urge our community today to stay awake and in motion in service of the Dream. Doors open at 3:30 PM, music begins at 3:45 PM, featuring: Music by Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel and the Cathedral house band. Contemporary dance and movement performances Truthworker and Jennifer Harge of Harge Dance Stories. Free - register here: 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30 - 7:45 PM, “40 Years of Evolution of Darwin’s Finches” - a lecture by Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant. Darwin said evolution was too slow to be observed, but modern studies have corrected this assertion. The Grants will discuss their decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the Gal├ípagos Island of Daphne Major, as chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Their research showed that Darwin’s finches evolve repeatedly when the environment changes. They have even observed the initial stages of new species formation! At the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. Free but a $10 donation is appreciated - register at

Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 PM, Local author Paula Young Shelton will speak about her personal experiences of being involved with the Civil Rights Movement as told in her book Child of the Civil Rights Movement. This event is part of the Library's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Week. Free. At the Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Wednesday January 17 Community Sing at Levine Music. Singers of all ages can join our joyful Community Sings led by Ysaye Barnwell, who will have all attendees singing five-part harmonies within minutes. Tickets: $5 at the door. At the Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton Street NW,

Thursday, January 18 at 12 - 1:30 PM, An Ethics Agenda for 2018 - Featuring Walt Shaub. Walt Shaub is the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics. Mr. Shaub currently serves as the Senior Director, Ethics for The Campaign Legal Center. Following his remarks, Mr. Shaub will take questions from attendees. In the Warren Bldg NT01, Washington College of Law, American University, 4300 Nebraska Avenue NW. Free - register here:  

Thursday January 18 at 6 PM, "Cloathes and provisions on their Backs": The Soldier's Knapsack. During the American Revolution, soldiers primarily carried all their comforts on their backs in what was known as a knapsack. Made from materials ranging from linen to bearskin, knapsacks were a key piece of equipage for the infantry soldier. Neal Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg's associate curator of costumes and textiles, explores these rare surviving pieces of soldiers' equipment from the Continental Army. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes with time afterwards for questions. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

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