Thursday, March 29, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Easter Monday at the National Zoo 
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 17,500+ 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, March 30 from 4 - 4:30 PM, Creature Feature. Calling all kids! Come meet Pokey, Atwee, Tiki, Oscar, and Fire during this informal program. Learn about park wildlife and then assist us in feeding the Nature Center's live critters. Geared for ages 4 to 10. Free. At the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Rd, NW,

Saturday, March 31st, 9 AM – 11 AM, The First Annual Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll. Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd invites you to join him at Walter Reed for the First Annual Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll. The event will provide fun for all ages, including a DJ, live music, Easter egg roll and hunt with prizes, arts and crafts, face painting, and the Easter Bunny. Complimentary and open to the public, all Ward 4 residents and families are welcome to celebrate the arrival of Spring and enjoy the Walter Reed campus. Attire: Easter festive. Rain date is April 7th, to be activated only in the event of heavy rain or thunder. To learn more and RSVP, visit the Facebook event at Questions? Contact Dolly Turner at dturner @ dccouncil dot us or call (202) 724-8052. The Walter Reed Campus is at 1010 Butternut St NW. 

Saturday, March 31st from 10 AM - 12 noon, Easter Event at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in historic Anacostia, DC. Celebrate 200 years of Frederick Douglass’s life and legacy at the National Park Service's annual Easter Egg Hunt. At this FREE community event, the first 200 children will receive a special bicentennial edition wooden egg in honor of the yearlong bicentennial celebration of Frederick Douglass, “The Lion of Anacostia.” Check in begins at 9:30 AM at the Visitor Center Welcome Table. See and take pictures with the Easter bunny, have fun in an exciting scavenger hunt, play games on the lawn of Cedar Hill, enjoy storytelling circles, create arts and crafts, and experience the power of place with ranger led tours of Douglass’s historic home. Please bring your own basket to collect eggs. At Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St SE. More info:

Sunday,  April 1 at 1 PM, Embassy Church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Community Celebration for kids of all ages, with face-painting, food, music, story-time, a photo booth, and of course, an epic egg hunt. For more information, call at 202-363-4090, or email office @ representjesus dot com. Free and open to all. At 3855 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 2 blocks from the National Cathedral.

Monday, April 2 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Talk: Live in My Backyard: Accessory Dwelling Units for Washington, DC. Discover the challenges and opportunities of making room for housing in DC with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Harriet Tregoning, former DC Planning director, (moderator), Cheryl Cort, policy director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, M. Jennifer Harty, AIA, architect and Aakash Thakkar, ADU homeowner, explain the roles of design and policy practitioners, present case studies, and share strategies that homeowners and property owners can use to build ADUs. This program complements the exhibition Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, which will be open prior to the program.The National Building Museum is at 401 F St NW,. Tickets: $12 Member | $10 Student | $20 Non-member. Pre-registration required - go to Walk-in registration based on availability.

Monday, April 2, 10 AM - 2 PM, The National Zoo will celebrate Easter Monday with a day full of holiday-themed activities including an Easter Egg hunt, interactive field games, animal demonstrations, education booths, and live entertainment. And don't miss a chance to meet Easter Panda! Visitors, please note that due to increased visitation during spring break, security screening measures will be implemented at all Zoo entry points. Screening prior to entry includes but is not limited to all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. Visitors who exit the Zoo must participate in security screening before re-entry is permitted. Zoo entry wait times are possible during the spring break period. Thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation and assistance in keeping everyone safe. Free. At Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888,

Monday, April 2 at 12 noon, Film: "Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968," with Ted Gong, executive director, 1882 Project Foundation. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ensuing civil disorder, Chinatown in Washington, DC, found itself caught amidst a deep-seeded racial struggle. Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968 explores how residents experienced and navigated the historical moment as it unfolded on their doorsteps. Free. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, April 2 at 7:30 PM. Historic Buildings and Accessibility: Adapting Historic Buildings
for Accessibility: Exteriors. This free talk on adapting historic buildings for accessibility. is the second in a new series of programs on aging in place and historic preservation offered by the Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Steve Callcott, Deputy Preservation Officer at the DC Historic Preservation Office, will discuss solutions for creating handicapped accessibility in historic buildings, both private homes and public buildings. Steve will discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act and the historic preservation law work together, and options for preserving historic character while improving access. The talk is open to the public and reservations are not required, but if you plan to come, please RSVP to 202-615-5853 or info @ ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage dot org -- which is helpful in planning seating and refreshments. For questions about the program, email Carin Ruff at staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org. At Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street, NW.

Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Talk: “The People of the Pilot District Project.” Hear how some of Washington, DC’s most well-known and powerful figures worked to improve community and police relations in the late 1960s through The Pilot District Project. Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D., assistant professor of American Studies at Skidmore College, tells the story of this community policing program, developed by Robert Shellow, and how it engaged many of Washington's politicians and activists including Marion Barry, Erieka Bennett, Walter Fauntroy, Susan Meehan, Frank Reeves, and Carlos Rosario. This program complements the exhibition Community Policing in the Nation’s Capital: The Pilot District Project, 1968–1973, which will be open prior to the program. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. Walk-in registration begins at 5:30 PM. Free. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration link available here:

Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Lynne Olson. Historian and New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson will discuss her book Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War. When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the leaders and armed forces of six occupied nations, who escaped there to continue the fight. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to the Nazi-occupied countries as “Last Hope Island.” Olson chronicles how Britain became the base of operations for the leaders and armed forces of six defeated countries (Norway, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia), along with Gen. Charles De Gaulle, the self-appointed leader of the Free French Forces. Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,   

Thursday, April 5 at 9:30 AM, Tax Encouragement Pep-talk for Procrastinators. What if you know how to do your taxes -- you just can’t seem to get your act together to file? You don’t need an accountant or tax preparer, you need a motivation coach! Come to the DC Public Library and be prepared to be cajoled, wheedled, and sweet-talked into getting the job done. Bring us your unopened envelopes marked “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT” and we will open them for you, to get you started. We will also have soothing New Age Music, hot herbal tea, aromatherapy, and papusan cushions to help you mellow out as you face this stressful chore. Once you are done with our Tax Encouragement Pep-talk for Procrastinators Program (TEPPP), you are ready to go on to the room in the library where people who know something about taxes will actually answer your questions (see next item, below). To find the nearest TEPPP, go to:     

Thursday, April 5 at 10 AM. Free Tax Assistance. From February 1 through April 18, meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2017 income tax filing.To find other sites offering tax assistance, please visit the DC Public Library Tax Help Events Page: . Free. At Lamond-Riggs Public Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE,     

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