Thursday, April 5, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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, April 6, 5:30 – 8 PM, Japan and Jazz - Live at the Freer. Join the Freer|Sackler to celebrate the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival at this special after-hours event. Get an unexpected view into Japanese culture through live jazz by Japanese musicians, Q&A with artists, and exclusive curator tours of Japanese art exhibitions. Enjoy small bites and a cash bar. And at 7 PM, catch The Stormy Man, a classic film about dueling jazz drummers, which kicks off a retrospective of films by legendary Japanese director Umetsugu Inoue. Free. At the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW. For more information

Saturday, April 7 from 10 – 11:30 AM, The 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Tregaron Conservancy. We will gather by the Lily Pond at 10 AM sharp. Thousands of candy-filled plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the woodlands. A special area will be set aside for kids under the age of five. Bring a bag or basket for collecting eggs. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy after the hunt. This is a free event. Donations in any amount — at the event or online — to support the conservancy’s free, year-round community programs will be gratefully accepted. RSVPs are appreciated by email to info @ tregaronconservancy dot org, noting the size of your group. 
Enter the Tregaron Conservancy at 3031 Klingle Road NW.

Saturday, April 7 at 10 AM, Litter Patrol at Fort Stevens Park. Join the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service as a volunteer at Fort Stevens Park Day and help remove litter. Volunteers should wear protective clothing for working outside on the battlefield. Also have bug repellent, sunblock, and water bottle to refill. Water will be provided on-site. Fort Stevens Park is located at 13th and Quackenbos Streets, NW. To learn more and register (required), visit 

Saturday April 7 from 1 - 9:30 PM, Petalpalooza. Come to the first annual Petalpalooza at the Wharf, where you can enjoy: interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a roller rink, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico (weather permitting), and much more. All are encouraged to release their inner Picasso with bike spin art, Japanese calligraphy, Gyotaku fish prints, plein air artists, and more. Plus, there will be no shortage of selfie-worthy snapshots, including an interactive “flower-by-numbers” wall and life-sized photo frames.In the Samuel Adams Beer Garden on the District Pier and Transit Pier, guests can stay hydrated with free samples from LaCroix and Coca-Cola soft drinks for sale. FreshDirect will be giving away special snack packs for attendees, L’Occitane En Provence cherry blossom product samples will be distributed from the L’Occitruck, and children can make their own T-shirts with Harbor Patrol. Even four-legged friends can join the festivities with special amenities for dogs at Petalpalooza’s Pop-Up Parklet. Guests can also view the car display from Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise. Fireworks start at 8:30 PM -- a dazzling choreographed display of more than 4,000 effects lights up DC’s night sky above the Washington Channel. At The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue, SW. Free admission. More info:

Saturday, April 7 starting at 12 noon, Allergenapalooza. Got tree allergies? Now is the time to high-tail it outta DC! Get yourself to the desert, the tundra, or a small deserted island in the middle of the ocean -- anywhere but this town with its tens of thousands of flowering trees, just bursting with a phenomenal array of histamine-exciting pollens. Can’t or won’t flee? Then band together with your fellow allergy sufferers at today’s Allergenapalooza and enjoy the beauty of the trees while you sneeze! We will gather at the paddleboat kiosk, armed with eye droppers, nasal sprays, Zyrtec, Claritan, and Allegra, and then proceed to march clockwise around the Tidal Basin, sneezing in unison. At the end we will get T-shirts emblazoned with this line: “I SAW THE CHERRY TREES AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS POLLEN-DUSTED T-SHIRT.” Register in advance and provide your T-shirt size here:

Sunday, April 8 at 11:15 AM, 50 Year Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. King’s Final Sermon at Washington National Cathedral. On March 31, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his final Sunday Sermon at Washington National Cathedral. On April 8th, we will recall his presence at the Cathedral through a service including recorded excerpts of Dr. King’s sermon along with music and prayers from the service on that day. Free and open to all. At 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Sunday, April 8 from 12 - 5 PM, The Abner Cloud House - Open House. The Abner Cloud House, a three story house built and completed in 1801 by Abner Cloud Jr., a Quaker from Pennsylvania, and operated as a museum along the C & O Canal by the Colonial Dames of America, will be open to the public. The house is of the Federal Period and furnished with antiques from that period and was designated by the Interior Secretary in 1976 as the finest example of Federal architecture in Washington. Admission is free. Location: Canal National Park, Canal and Reservoir Roads NW. For further information, please email Mayhugh2 @ verizon dot net,

Monday, April 9 at 12 noon, Lecture: Oral Histories of the 1968 Civil Disturbances, presented by Kyla Sommers, PhD candidate, GW Department of History. Through an examination of candid personal reflections on the April 1968 upheaval following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, GW PhD candidate Kyla Sommers provides new insights into the politics, chaos, and even the humor of the moment. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Tuesday, April 10 from 6 - 8 PM, Lecture: Prague Spring Music Festival - Witness of Central European History. Conversations in Culture will feature the history of the Prague Spring Music Festival, founded shortly after the WWII. Festival Director Roman Bělor will speak about the relationship between music and politics, especially "normalization," the dark period following the Soviet occupation. Bělor would also address how music was used and misused by the communist regime. Location: Delegation of the European Union to the United States, 2175 K Street NW (Entrance on 22nd Street). Free, RSVP required - visit and click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Latrobe Chapter Lecture: Waddy B. Wood. Lecture by Emily Hotaling Eig, EHT Traceries, Inc. Virtually forgotten by the 1970s, Waddy Butler Wood was one of the most successful architects in Washington, DC during the first half of the twentieth century. Known for his persuasive charm, Wood began his career by designing townhouses in Washington. Following a successful ten-year partnership with Edward Donn and William Deming from 1902-1912, Wood went on to great fame on his own, gaining commissions from senators and congressmen, churches and libraries, private businesses and the Federal government, while speculating on residential property as he designed, occupied, and then sold numerous houses around the city to keep his practice afloat. This talk will present an overview of Wood’s career, introducing numerous examples of his work within the context of Washington’s stylistic development and the architects who shared these times. Reservations are not required. $10 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $15 for non-members. At the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street NW. More info:

Wednesday, April 11 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. This class is a walk-in, so no registration is required. Sewing machine time is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Thursday, April 12, all day, Dine Out for Life! When you eat out today at any participating restaurant, your meal will help provide thousands of nutritious meals a day to adults and children battling HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. Learn more at: See the list of participating DC restaurants and make your reservations here:

Thursday, April 12 at 6 PM, Film Screening: "Enslavement to Emancipation." In commemoration of the Emancipation Compensation Act of 1682, Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library is proud to screen the documentary film Enslavement to Emancipation. Documentary produced by Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia and DC Office of Cable Television. Free. Film screening will be held in the Main Meeting Room on the second floor of the  Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE,        

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