Thursday, May 10, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column

World Migratory Bird Day at the Zoo, May 12
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 17,700+ 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 11 at 3:30 PM, Friday “Infection Tag” at Rosedale. Join other kids and meet new neighbors after school to run around beautiful Rosedale. Recommended for ages 6+. All Friday Infection Tag are pick-up games and weather dependent. They will not be held if it is raining or if the grounds are very soggy because of rain. Please check the Rosedale website,, before coming over to Rosedale. Parents, please note, you are encouraged to come and play or watch, and you are welcome to bring a folding chair and a glass of your favorite beverage. There will be minimal supervision so please stay at your discretion but definitely if your children are young. Rosedale cannot be responsible for your child during the games or coming or going. Questions, please contact: katie.wiegmann @ gmail dot com. Free. The Rosedale Conservancy is on Newark Street between 35th and 36th Streets. More info on Rosedale events at

Saturday, May 12, 10 AM - 1 PM, Acton Children's Business Fair. This one-day outdoor marketplace gives children ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to create a business, sell to real customers, and decide themselves what to do with the profits. There will be over 100 young entrepreneurs selling everything from original board games, Star-Wars-themed noodles, tooth fairy monsters, hand-dyed jump ropes, race car crayons, and more! Entry is free and open to the public, though we suggest you bring cash as the young entrepreneurs and their products will be hard to resist! With Special Guest, Mikaila Ulmer, CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, which sells its products at Whole Foods and other stores across the country. Mikaila appeared on Shark Tank in 2015. This event takes place along the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. Rain date is Saturday, May 19.More information:

Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM - 2 PM, World Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. This event features activities, games, and demonstrations that highlight migratory bird conservation, including ways for visitors to help protect birds year-round. Scientists and conservationists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be joined by local bird conservation organizations to discuss the vital role birds play in the ecosystem and provide new insight into some of the birds commonly seen in the DC region. Free. At the Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM, EU Open House Day. The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day, offering a rare look inside the buildings. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions. NOTE: The metro stations of Cleveland Park and Woodley Park  will be closed, and there are no trains between Dupont and Van Ness this Saturday. Instead trains will be replaced by FREE buses that visitors can catch at Dupont, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Van Ness. They are scheduled to run every 5-10 minutes. Free. More info about the embassies, including printable brochure and info on smartphone app, available here:

Saturday, May 12 from 1 - 12 midnight, The 5th Annual U Street Funk Parade and Music Festival. Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. The Day Fair is on from 1-7 PM, the Parade goes from 5-6 PM, and the Music Festival goes on until midnight! The Music Showcase starts at 8 PM. To learn more visit the Funk Parade Facebook page at; for tickets go to the Funk Parade website at or the Eventbrite ticket page at A $10 wristband gives access to over 20 venues; tickets to the Lincoln Showcase are $15 - $20, wristband included.

Sunday, May 13 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Mother’s Day at the Grant Avenue Market. More than 25 vendors will be offering an eclectic mix of vintage, collectibles and funky finds, including: furniture, housewares, clothing, jewelry, records, books, artwork, ephemera and more. Live music: Mandolin maestro Bruce Miller performs from 10 AM to 12 noon; local blues band DC Mudd performs from 12 noon - 3 PM. Free pedicab rides, sponsored by the Takoma Park Farmers Market. Free admission. At Grant Avenue and Takoma Avenue in Takoma Park, MD - rain or shine. More info:

Sunday, May 13 at 3 PM, The Da Capo (DC) Chamber Players present a recital at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street. Entrance free. Light refreshments served. The program features two lesser-known but fine works: a charming Quintet for Flute and Strings by the Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau and the dramatic Quintet No. 1 for Piano and Strings by the Hungarian composer Dohnanyi. The program will last about an hour and a half, with intermission. Delicious musical dessert if you’re celebrating Mother’s Day Brunch or tasty treat before Mother’s Day Dinner.

Monday, May 14 at 12 noon, Lecture: Asian Students in DC Public Schools During Segregation, presented by Antoinette J. Lee, independent scholar. Historian Antoinette J. Lee will examine the experiences of Asian and Asian-American students in Washington, DC, public schools during the segregation era through forgotten school yearbooks and other unusual sources. Additionally, Lee will discuss her research process and suggest related topics for historians to explore in the future. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,

Tuesday, May 15 from 12 - 1 PM, Chamber Music Concert at Dumbarton House. The free concert is in the museum’s Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The Dumbarton House Museum is at 2715 Q Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, May 15 at 4 PM, Henna/Mehndi Fun. Come for a fun Henna/Mehndi activity, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This all-natural dye has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails and fabrics for more than hundreds of years in various Indian traditions and Hindu festivals. We will have cute, simple design templates and all supplies will be provided.
Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St.),

Tuesday, May 15 at 4 PM, In the Zone: Meet Your Local Police Officers. In honor of National Police Week, come and meet police officers of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District. They will share what it is like to a be a police officer, as well as share information about their job and equipment, how and when to dial 911, stranger danger, bullying and more. Best for ages 4 - 12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, May 16 at 4 PM, Resurrection City 1968: Poster-Making Workshop. Join artist-in-residence Nando Álvarez to create posters in this hands-on workshop. In 1968, residents and visitors in Resurrection City created temporary murals to express messages of solidarity in the civil rights struggle. Inspired by the Resurrection City mural, DCPL artists have created poster-making kits allowing visitors to combine activist imagery from 1968 with their own messages for 2018. Nando Álvarez is an Ecuadorian visual artist currently based in DC. His artwork is moved by a complicated reflection on colonization, hegemony, patriarchy, white supremacy and other forms of oppression. This program is part of the The People's University history, collections and programming created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1968. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St. More info about this event at More about the Resurrection City Exhibit at

Tuesday, May 15 at 7 PM, Historic African-American Hamlets and Neighborhoods in the Tenleytown Area. Learn about the hidden history of Tenleytown. Local historian David Rotenstein will present an illustrated lecture on the historic African-American hamlets and neighborhoods in the Tenleytown area that developed along the DC-MD border in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dr. David Rotenstein is a local historian who has researched the Washington Metro area extensively. A former Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission chair and public history consultant, Dr. Rotenstein has written on gentrification, industrial history and housing in the District and Montgomery County. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday May 16 at 6 PM, Lecture: Eliza Hamilton in Washington, DC, presented by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, co-founder, Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. Alexander Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, spent her last years living in Washington, DC, where she was visited by presidents and neighbors alike. At age 97 in 1854, Eliza was one of the oldest survivors of the Revolutionary War generation. Washingtonians were curious to hear Alexander Hamilton's widow reminisce about her experiences during the fight for independence and the US's emergence as a new nation. Eliza was active in Washington, DC, and is perhaps most remembered in Washington for joining forces with Dolley Madison to raise funds for the Washington Monument. In this talk, Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will explore Eliza’s remarkable life as a “Founding Mother,” with focus on Eliza’s connection to DC. The galleries will be open before the talk for guests to explore the exhibition “Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton.” Free, but reservations are encouraged. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW.

Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM, Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture 2018: “Managing and Identifying Pests in the Garden," by Manuel Rojas, Lead Garden Educator of Love & Carrots.
Home gardens are often plagued by common pests that limit productivity. Manuel Rojas will help us identify and manage these pesky problems by explaining Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies used by Love & Carrots to protect crops and ensure our gardening success. Since 1995, the Friends of Tenley Library has sponsored annual lectures on topics of interest to local gardeners in memory of Henry Mitchell, who lived in Tenleytown/American University Park and was until his death in 1993 one of America’s great garden writers. The lectures are free and open to the public. Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Thursday, May 17 from 3:30 - 8 PM, Wilson HS ArtsFest & Choral Concert. ArtsFest is the celebration of all things creative happening at Wilson High School! Browse at the arts and crafts marketplace; learn a K-Pop dance; get a henna tattoo; enjoy music and spoken-word performances; vote for your favorite at the student filmfest; and much more! Then stay for the Spring Choral Concert at 7 pm by Wilson High School’s renowned choir. For schedule of film showings, performances, and other events, go to Children and prospective Wilson students especially welcome! Free. In the Atrium of Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW.

Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk: Celebrating Alexander Hamilton. Join us as we celebrate one of the country's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton! Travel back to the summer of 1776 while you sip on a signature cocktail inspired by Washington's right hand man. Enjoy an interactive evening of karaoke to the infamous Broadway hits and fun activities dressed in your selected period attire. Reserve your space with a suggested minimum donation of $5 at: Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW

Thursday, May 17 from 5 - 7 PM, Celebrate Mueller’s Day! This is the first anniversary of the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. All across Washington, DC bars are hosting Happy Hours where you can raise a glass to this intrepid investigator, who every day seems to find a greater, more colorful tangle of threads to unravel. Will he find out if they’re all knotted together in the end? And is the main thread being jerked by Moscow? Free drinks for anyone with a good leak! There will be a song contest to see who can write the best song using at least 7 of the following 14 words or phrases in the lyrics: Stormy, Avenatti, Manafort & Page, Papadopoulos, Deripaska, Veselnitskaya, Vekselberg, Jarvanka, Cambridge Analytica, Essential Consulting LLC, Follow the Money, Pay for Play, Flynn, and Putin’ on the Ritz. To find a participating bar and/or to enter a video of your song in the contest, go to  

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