Thursday, February 1, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Black History Month - STEM Programs
at Petworth Library
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, February 2 at 8:30 AM, Groundhog Day Festival at Dupont Circle. Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions. Phil will let us know whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Live accordion music, polka dancers, puppet show, VIP celebrities and more. Dupont Circle, at the fountain. Potomac Phil will emerge at approximately 8:30 AM or whenever he damn well pleases. More info:     

Friday, February 2 at 8:30 AM, Marmot Day. It’s time to retire the name “groundhog,” which is full of negative associations with nasty, rooting hogs, and things that get ground down. Given that the groundhog is a member of the marmot species (Marmota monax), let’s rebrand it as a marmot. What a euphonious word! If you’re into this cause, then come to the DC Groundhog Day Festival (see above) in time to sign and present a petition to change the name to Marmot Day. To add your name to our online petition in advance, go here: All advance petitioners who come to the festival will get a free button inscribed with the slogan, “Groundhog = Marmot!” and a bumper sticker: “A Groundhog by Any Other Name Is Still a Marmot.” While supplies last.

Friday, February 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, The Arts Club of Washington Presents an Opening Reception for Art Exhibit Featuring Works by Residents and Artistic Director of Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. During February works by residents of the LLDH Home will fill the Monroe Gallery and works by Chris Alvear, artistic director, will hang in the MacFeely Gallery. Erich Keel, Head of Education at the Kreeger Museum (Emeritus) curated the show. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. At the Historic James Monroe House, 2017 I Street NW. RSVP:

Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 AM, Civil War Roundtable: Filtered "Glory," Euro-Centric Messages in an Afro-Centric Film. Asa Gordon, Civil War Historian, Lecturer, and Re-Enactor, will speak about the representation of African Americans in the Civil War film, “Glory.” Glory's deliberately superficial treatment of the dynamics of white racism in this shared adventure of black and white Americans, suppresses the heightened cinematic dramatic impact that is inherent in the actual historical events. In 2016, Mr. Gordon was the keynote speaker and presenter at the National Civil Rights Conference (NCRC) in Meridian and Philadelphia, Mississippi. He serves as Secretary-General of the Sons & Daughters of the United States Colored Troops (S&DUSCT) heritage organization. The S&DUSCT is chartered by the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation. The program is free and open to the public. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW,       

Saturday, February 3 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Crêpe Day: Celebrate La Chandeleur at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden like the springtime sun. In addition to eating crepes, you can also: listen to classic French tales inspired by scenes from La Fontaine fables that are pictured on tapestries covering chairs from France displayed in the mansion; explore Hillwood's French treasures through interactive, docent-led, family-friendly gallery talks and a printed activity guide; decorate a plate with fanciful designs and flourishes inspired by Hillwood's French Sèvres porcelain. For complete schedule of activities and tickets, go to:  $18 General admission; $15 Senior; $12 Member; $10 Student; $5 Child (ages 3-18); free for children under 3. Ticket includes 3 crepes per person. Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens is at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

Saturday, February 3 from 10:30 AM - 12 noon, La Chandeleur at Alliance Francaise de Washington, DC. Come and celebrate La Chandeleur with many fun events: 10:30-11:15AM Do Re Mi les amis/music hour; 11:15-11:30AM Dégustation de Crêpes/Crêpe tasting; 11:30AM-12PM, Atelier et Jeux/Games and crafts. Tickets $5 Alliance Francaise members; $8 non-members. Register here: Questions? Please email library @ or children @ Alliance Française is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, February 3 from 2 - 4:15 PM, You Should Run for Congress - by John Krizel. The world premiere staged reading of You Should Run for Congress - Starring Ellen Barr, Josh Benjamin, Evan Chiacchiaro, Cameron Chong, Samantha Dercher, Lindsay Filardo, and Micah Lubens. Synopsis: March 2017. Emboldened by the Women's March and horrified by the first two months of the Trump administration, former Hillary Clinton field organizer Alex Mackenzie urges her best friend, high school social studies teacher James Crandall, to run for Congress in the Northern Virginia district where he teaches. Encouraged (and occasionally foiled) by his campaign staff, entirely consisting of his friends and students, James attempts to overcome his inexperience, and establishment politics, to earn a shocking victory. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St NW

Sunday, February 4 from 12:30 – 2 PM, Super Bowl Sunday Pre-Game Sweat & Sip to Help Tackle Cancer. Join Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at District Hardware & Bike, where you can earn those nachos and wings by getting an indoor cycling workout in before the big game and learn more about Team In Training over a drink in the café directly following. Please note that this event is B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Bike Trainer). No trainer? No problem! Come for a drink and learn more about the incredible endurance events you can participate in with Team In Training. What to bring: Your bike, an indoor cycle trainer, water bottle, sweat towel, Garmin or similar watch/fitness tracker, and a smile! At District Hardware And Bike, 730 Maine Avenue SW. More info and registration:

Sunday, February 4 at 2 PM, Fighting for Freedom: Black Women in the Women’s Army Corps. During World War II, African-American women were allowed to join the military for the first time. The first contingent of African-American women who joined the Women's Army Corps trained in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where they were housed in segregated barracks, ate at separate dining tables and used segregated recreational facilities. Despite the hardships and discrimination, the women persevered and 36 of the original group graduated and were assigned to Officers Candidate School, Cooks and Bakers School, the Transportation Pool or the Clerical School. A PowerPoint presentation by Janet Sims-Wood discusses the courageous example set by the first African-American WAC units in the United States and Europe. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,       

Monday, February 5 at 4:30 PM, STEM Time: Black History Month Edition. This month, each Monday afternoon activity will be inspired by the discoveries and work of a different black scientist, engineer, mathematician or inventor. Inspirational figures include: Norma Merrick Sklarek, Mae Jemison, Granville Woods, Madame C.J. Walker, Benjamin Banneker, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Dr. Daniel Hale. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to come learn, experiment, build and create. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,   

Monday, February 5, sessions at 6:30; 7:15 or 8 PM, Seeing Deeper: Space, Light, and Sound.  Experience the darkened interior of Washington National Cathedral bathed in moving lights. Please note that the light show will be held for one night only. Free. Space is limited. Please RSVP for one of three 45 minute sessions - go to:   

Tuesday, February 6 at 4:30 PM,  Valentine's Day Card Workshop. Why buy Valentine's Day cards when you can make them for free at the library? We will also be collecting hand made cards to donate to the Children's National Medical Center. All supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,     

Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM, Frederick Douglass, Haiti and the Civil War. Local film producer Marvin Jones will speak about Frederick Douglass's service as US Minister to Haiti and provide an overview of the island's history during the 19th century.Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue NW, 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30 PM, Mass Incarceration: Racial Disparities in the United States. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system continue to be a concern in the United States today. According to data from the D.C. based organization, The Sentencing Project,  the number of incarcerated Americans increased from approximately half a million in 1980 to slightly over 2.2 million by 2015. However, African Americans are imprisoned at more than five times the rate of whites. In recognition of Black History Month, Karl A. Racine, the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia, will discuss mass incarceration and other ways that the criminal justice system perpetuates racial disparities. Free. At the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE,   

Thursday, February 8 at 4 PM, Valentines for Veterans. This Valentine's Day, make a veteran smile. The library will provide card-making supplies and ideas, you supply the cheer. Cards will be given to veterans living at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Free. At the  Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,   

Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 PM, History Talk: Who Was George Parkins? Tracking the Exploits of George Parkins, Takoma Resident Who Left His Mark in the Grand Canyon in 1903 - presented by Dr. Jonathan Upchurch. For decades the inscription "Geo Parkins DC 1903" on the rock wall along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon was a mystery. Who was Parkins? Our speaker was curious enough to research the question. That led him to Takoma Park where Parkins grew up in the 1890s before leaving for a career as a builder and a rancher out West. Dr. Upchurch tells how he deciphered George W. Parkins' story, clue by clue, from many different sources. His findings include Parkins' connection to Takoma's Trinity Episcopal Church. This kind of painstaking research in history expands what we know about our community. We hope you will join us for this journey. Presented by Historic Takoma. Free - All Welcome. Location: 7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD,    

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