Thursday, May 3, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Ride the Antique Carousel at the 79th Annual Flower Mart
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 17,600+ 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, May 4 from 6 - 9 PM, Friday Night in the Heights Concert, featuring Justin Trawick & the Common Good (Americana). Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes as this free concert series kicks off on May 4 - continuing on the first Friday of every month through October. Enjoy local food and drink and fun for the whole family. At Cathedral Commons, Wisconsin Avenue at Newark St NW. Visit for more about this event and to see the line-up for First Fridays of the coming months.

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 PM, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, at Alice Deal Middle School. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is a science educator known for his television show. He’s also an author of the bestselling series, “Jack and the Geniuses.” The latest in the series is “Lost in the Jungle,” co-written with Gregory Mone, which includes a glossary of terms and an experiment kids can do at home! Nye will be in conversation with Politics and Prose bookseller and Planetary Society member, Michael Triebwasser. For ages 8 to 12. This event is free and no RSVP is required. To guarantee a copy for signing, pre-order books online for pick up at the event, or purchase at the door. This event in partnership with DC Public Library. At Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Dr NW. More info/book orders:

Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 10 AM - 6 PM, The 79th Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal and boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, once again fills the nave and grounds of the Cathedral at this year’s Flower Mart. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun celebrates All Hallows’ Guild’s antique carousel—a fixture at Flower Mart for decades. Visit to read more about this year’s Flower Mart events. Free admission. To buy advance tickets for the Tower Climb, go here: For reservations for the “Taste in the Tower” luncheon, go here: The Washington National Cathedral is at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW.

Saturday, May 5 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Tregaron Conservancy Volunteer Planting & Clean Up Day. At this annual spring event volunteers will gather at the base of the north meadow (a.k.a. "sledding hill") for a variety of stewardship projects, including planting native woodland plants and meadow wildflowers, removing vines and other invasives, and clearing storm debris. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take a brief tour highlighting current landscape projects and sustainability initiatives. Registration is required via email to info @ tregaronconservancy dot org, noting the size of your group. Gardening novices and supervised kids are welcomed. All equipment will be provided. For more details, visit  

Saturday, May 5 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour. With 52 participating embassies, prepare for long lines! Admission is free, reservations are not required. Many embassies require photo ID for admission. Embassies on International Drive are larger and often have shorter lines than those on Embassy Row. Street parking is available but difficult at many embassy locations. Free parking will be available at UDC, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW (Van Ness Street entrance). Many embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness/UDC Metrorail stations. For tips and recommendations on enjoying this day, go to: For more info on participating embassies, go to:

Saturday, May 5 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Free Comic Book Day! Walk into any participating Comic Book shop and get a free comic book! Can’t beat that deal! Find the nearest participating comic book shop here: Learn all about this awesome national event at

Saturday, May 5 from 12 - 4 PM, MoCo GreenFest 2018! GreenFest is the largest, annual environmental festival in Montgomery County, MD. A free event, GreenFest has tons of fun activities for the whole family from kids’ tree-climbing to live music and dance, and featuring over 100 exhibitors, artisans and food trucks. Electric vehicle and car show. Free workshops: Backyard Beekeeping and Pollinator-Friendly Yards; Quick Pickling;  Can't Fail Container Gardening; Find the Right Green Job. At Jesup Blair Local Park, 900 Jesup Blair Dr, Silver Spring - right next to Montgomery College. Schedule of workshops and much more info at:

Saturday, May 5 at 1 PM, Remembering the Riots: A Conversation on the Mt. Pleasant Disturbances of May 5-7, 1991. Come learn and connect at this free presentation, discussion and community listening period on race, place and the Mt. Pleasant riots, moderated by Patrick Scallen from Georgetown University's Department of History. This inquiry forms part of his ongoing research into the history of Salvadorans in metropolitan Washington, DC, and the culmination of a series of Mt. Pleasant oral histories carried out on behalf of the DC Oral History Collaborative (a partnership of the DC Public Library, the Historical Society of Washington, DC and Humanities DC). Patrick Scallen is a 13-year Mt. Pleasant resident and a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. He is currently writing a history of Salvadoran immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area (1950-2000) for his doctoral dissertation. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, enter on Lamont St. More info:

Saturday, May 5 at 5 PM, History Talk: Cinco de Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day. At this eye-opening, myth-busting lecture, you will learn the truth about Cinco de Mayo. Not only is it NOT Mexican Independence Day (that’s on Sept. 16) - it’s not even a national holiday in Mexico. It commemorates a military victory fought in a small town in the Puebla region, occurring during a war with France over the repayment schedule of Mexican debt. Really! (See Its popularity in the US took off in the 1980s when the makers of Corona beer and the owners of some Mexican chain restaurants realized what a marketing opportunity it would be to have a Mexican holiday equivalent to St. Patrick's Day in terms of sales. Their branding strategy for the day took off, and now every May 5 you find yourself bombarded by offers of margarita specials from bars and restaurants, each one blasting mariachi music onto the street, while inside, patrons wearing ridiculously oversized sombreros drink till they fall over. This Cinco de Mayo join us in boycotting the crass commercialization of Mexican culture! If you sign up now, you will receive a handsome stick-on button urging all to “Celebrate Mexican Independence Day….on September 16, NOT May 5!” To register for the free lecture and your free sticker, go to  

Sunday, May 6 from 10 AM - 2 PM, International Family Equality Day at the National Zoo.
Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Enjoy family-focused activities including field games with prizes, live entertainment, special animal enrichment demonstrations (with elephants, orangutans, tortoises, lions and tigers and Andean bears (Oh my!) and more. Free. More info, including schedule of events at The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday May 6 from 10 AM - 6 PM, The Fiesta Asia Street Festival in Silver Spring brings together the diverse Asian cultures on one street where participants can experience the richness of the arts and tradition the region has to offer. The event is free and open to everyone. From music to dance; from martial arts to crafts; from food to shopping; Fiesta Asia has it all. Come party with us the Asian style! Location: 916 Ellsworth Avenue Silver Spring, MD. Free admission. More info and schedule of performances at

Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: featuring Just Another Foundry and Dauda. Just Another Foundry, a contemporary Jazz trio from Cologne, Germany includes: Jonas Engel, Saxophone; Florian Herzog, Bass; Stephen Boegehold, Drums. Dauda aspires to create Afrofuturist music—drawing from the breadth of the art of the African diaspora to create new works that are both familiar and otherworldly, incorporating the rich harmony and spontaneous interaction of jazz, the storytelling of hip-hop and the melodic and rhythmic complexity of traditional African music into performances that fully embody each of these qualities while exploring a theme with the audience. David Dauda Jacquil Diongue, Alto Sax; Michael Gary II, Bass; Charles Wilson, Drums; Michael Esber, Guitar; Ignatius Perry, Piano. Free. At the Goethe-Institut Washington (1990 K St NW, lower level, enter on 20th St) - co-sponsored by DC Public Library and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. More info:  

Monday, May 7 at 12 noon, Lecture: The DC Oral History Collaborative, with Jewel Addy, Anna F. Kaplan, and Maggie Lemere. The DC Oral History Collaborative is a partnership project between the Historical Society of Washington, DC, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Public Library. The goal of the initiative is to preserve the memories of Washington residents by making existing oral history archives easily accessible, and by giving residents the training and finances to conduct quality interviews. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM, Women Leadership, Lesbian Activists and the DC AIDS Crisis: A Historical Discussion. The Rainbow History Project is proud to host this public panel to talk about women’s leadership and lesbian AIDS activism in Washington, DC. Panelists will share stories of their experiences of how the AIDS crisis built bridges between different segments of the city beginning in the 1980s, especially between gay men and lesbian women. They will offer their perspective of how women’s leadership during the epidemic shaped the politics and culture of the ascending LGBT rights movement in the District. With panelists Papaya Mann, Colevia Carter and Patricia Nalls; moderated by Kate Ruane. Free. At Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW,

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