Friday, May 18, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column

Serbian Dancers - Photo by Laslovarga
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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 18 from 7 - 7:40 AM, Community Convoy on Bike to Work Day, 2018. This year let’s continue the tradition of having a convoy on Bike to Work Day, cycling downtown via Connecticut Avenue to Freedom Plaza. This ride should be doable by most every cyclist. Here’s the schedule: 7am: Meet at the Bus Turnaround just south of Chevy Chase Circle; 7:10am: Start the ride down Connecticut; 7:15am: Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Firehouse at Everett Street; 7:18am: Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Intelsat Building at Van Ness; 7:20am: Stop briefly at the Cleveland Park Metro to pick up more riders; 7:25am: Stop for 5 minutes Wave at the Adams Morgan pit stop - grab some swag; 7:30am: Push on down Ontario Street and cut over to 17th Street toward Lafeyette Square; 7:40am or thereabouts - Arrive at Freedom Plaza. Questions? Please email Steve Seelig at hal.ninek @ verizon dot net. More info:

Friday, May 18 at 12:30 PM, Society of the Cincinnati presents “Alexander Hamilton’s Eagle Insignia.” Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons presents Alexander Hamilton's Society of the Cincinnati Eagle insignia, made in 1784 in Paris. The gold-and-enamel insignia was designed by Pierre L'Enfant and retains its original silk ribbon. Hamilton joined the New York State Society of the Cincinnati at the end of the Revolutionary War and later became the General Society's second president general, succeeding George Washington. Hamilton's Society insignia is preserved in a private collection and is featured in the exhibition Alexander Hamilton's American Revolution, on view through September 16, 2018. The lecture will last approximately thirty minutes with time afterwards for an up-close viewing of the object. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati is at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, SerbFest DC is a 3-day Serbian Festival presented by St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD. Hours are: Friday, 11am- 9pm; Saturday, 11am-9pm; and Sunday, 12noon-6pm. Featuring: Delicious Serbian Food, including spit-roasted pig and lamb, traditional foods, side dishes and desserts; Serbian beer and wine; live Serbian music and dancing; live Serbian folklore dance performances; children’s activities. Free admission and parking. Full details at Location: St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church -- the epicenter of Serbian religion and culture in and around Washington, DC -- at 10660 River Road, Potomac MD 20854.

Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19, and Sunday May 20, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival on Friday and Saturday from 12-10 PM and on Sunday from 12-7 PM. This 3-day festival features authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, traditional Greek dance performances, vendors of unique jewelry and religious art, tours of the Cathedral, Mercedes/$40K raffle ($100/ticket), activities for children, and fun for all ages! Free admission. On the Cathedral grounds, 2815 36th St NW.

Saturday May 19 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Fete Champetre at Maret School. Entertainment, food, games, flea market, and more. Open to the community. On the front lawn of Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Avenue NW. See flyer at

Saturday, May 19 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Anacostia Block Party, “Funk Edition,” presented by the DC Team at City Year Americorps. The growing tradition of the Anacostia Block Party aims to celebrate and connect a community by bringing together the amazing individuals, organizations, and businesses that make Anacostia (and all of Southeast) great! Join us for an exciting day full of food, local organizations and businesses, arts and crafts, carnival games, student and local performers, and more. Free. At Old Market House Square, 2001 14 Street SE—right by the fire station.

Saturday, May 19 at 12 noon, Pop-Up Museum: Your DC Stories 1968-2018. A Pop-Up Museum is a one-day show created by you. Share your stories, save your family treasures and learn about DC happenings in 1968. You can bring your: postcards, t-shirts, flyers, church bulletins, protest signs, letters and correspondence, buttons, school yearbooks, concert posters, newspapers, records and tapes, scrapbooks, ticket stubs, birthday and graduation photos. Don’t have an object to bring? You can share your story, make your own poster with an artist-in-residence and add your memory to our community map. This event is presented in partnership with Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter of the dc1968 project, as part of a series of opportunities to learn about local history and preserve family treasures. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St). More info:

Saturday, May 19 from 2 - 5 PM, Sports and Information Day for kids/teens with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Evan is a T1D Varsity Athlete at Landon School (6101 Wilson Lane), who wants to share how he manages sports and his blood sugar. This FREE event is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 15 with type1 diabetes. Come join Evan and his team of friends for advice, food, sports, arts & crafts and giveaways! Representatives from Children's Hospital Diabetes Care Center and JDRF will also be helping out. Rain or Shine. Please RSVP to schwrt8 @ with name.

Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 7 PM, Celebrate Takoma Festival. The Celebrate Takoma Festival features the culinary tastes, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that originate from nations around the world. Maple Avenue (Philadelphia Ave. to Lee Ave.) is transformed into a world of fun and learning; the venue for this family festival that features a large stage of free live entertainment, food vendors, exhibit areas and game area (nominal fees charged for food vendors). Incorporated into the festival again this year will be the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Awards. For entertainment line-up and other info, go to

Sunday, May 20 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Turtle Park’s MAYFAIR is rescheduled to SUNDAY,  instead of on Saturday, due to the rainy forecast. We anticipate dry skies for Sunday and hope to see you at this wonderful community event! Lots of fun, including: Big and little kids’ bounce houses! Inflatable obstacle course! Giant slide, Giant soccer darts! Inflatable jousting! Racetrack inflatable with bikes! “Human hamster wheels!” Pony rides! Carnival Games! Face painting & Balloon twisters! Deejay and dancing for all ages! Popcorn! Cotton Candy!  Snow Cones! Food trucks with a variety of cuisines! At Friendship “Turtle” Park, 45th & Van Ness Streets. Tickets: $20 first child, $10 each additional child - gives unlimited access! Adults/kids under 2 are free. More info:

Sunday, May 20 from 12 - 6 PM, Taste of Arlington. Over 60 restaurants offers food and drink, competing in this year’s “Best of the Best” competition. In addition to food, there are live performances, a KidZone play area, off-leash dog park, giveaways, and much more. Free admission. Food and drink tickets: $6 to $125.

Sunday, May 20 from 2-5 PM, The Shepherd Park Citizens Association’s 13th Annual Spring Garden Tour. This event is a self-guided walking tour that showcases the creative landscapes of homes within Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates. Unique gardens of all sizes will be featured to inspire the gardener within you. The proceeds from the tour contribute to the many SPCA beautification projects throughout the neighborhood. Tickets: $15 per person for general admission; $7 per person for SPCA members, available in advance at or they may be purchased on the day of the tour, starting at 1:30 PM at the ticket kiosk in front of Shepherd Elementary School (14th St & Kalmia Rd NW) - tour directories included. More info: 

Sunday, May 20 from 5 - 7 PM, Laser Tag at Rosedale. Laser Tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide-and-seek. Players compete in teams to find and tag their opponents using high-tech laser blasters. Participants will have the chance to play in two or more 15-minute games. This event is perfect for adults and kids 8 years old and up. The game is best enjoyed by those who understand the concept and can play along. For more information, visit Cost: $20 per person - register at Location: 3501 Newark Street Gate.

Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 PM, "Mermaid Tales," a discussion of the enigmatic water spirits of Russia, with folklorist Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University. Be careful out there. According to Slavic folklore, we're about to enter into Mermaid Week, a period in which mermaids, or rusalki, emerge from lakes and streams to water crops and to claim lives. They're mostly beautiful, with wild hair and blazing eyes, and more than happy to drag smitten young men with them in returning to the depths. Join Philippa Rappoport, an expert on Slavic folklore and rituals, as she makes an encore Profs and Pints appearance to discuss Russia's water spirits and the traditions centered around them. Tickets: $10 in advance at, $12 at the door at the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW. More info:

Monday, May 21 at 7 PM, Mosaic on the Move: "A Human Being Died that Night." The Petworth Library hosts Mosaic Theater for free performances of the second part of Mosaic Theater’s South Africa repertory, “A Human Being Died that Night,” which recounts psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's gripping interrogations of apartheid-era torturer and assassin Eugene de Kock, known by many as Prime Evil. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Mosaic performers and staff: Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Monday, May 21 from 7 - 8 PM, Free Lecture & Panel: Giraffes - The Silent Extinction. Giraffe populations have dwindled rapidly over the past few decades. Join a panel of experts at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's Visitor Center Auditorium as they discuss the efforts to save this charismatic species. Officially classified by International Union for Conservation of Nature as "vulnerable" to extinction, there are estimated to be less than 100,000 giraffes remaining in the world today. The event will kick off with an overview by Julian Fennessy, director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, on the plight of this iconic species. A dynamic panel discussion will introduce attendees to the causes of giraffe population decline and how the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and other conservationists are working together to study and help save the world’s tallest mammal. This event is general admission. An RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Please plan on arriving early to ensure you get a seat. Parking fees at the Zoo will be waived for attendees. RSVP here: The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 PM, Community Forum: “Affordable Housing and the Comprehensive Plan,” a panel discussion hosted by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. (The CPCA’s annual business meeting and election of the board will take place before the forum begins, from 6:30 - 7 PM) Panelists are: Earl Williams, President, Federation of Citizen Associations; Nancy MacWood, Chair ANC-3C; Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth; Parisa Narouzi, Executive Director, Empower DC. Free. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 34th and Lowell Streets NW, 

Thursday, May 24, all day, It’s Brothers Day! That’s right - and this is NOT a made-up holiday. Look it up: If you have never celebrated Brothers Day before, no time like the present to get started. Speaking of present, you don’t need to get one for your brother...unless he’s been getting you one for Brothers Day for years and you’ve never reciprocated (or, if you are female, if he’s been getting you a present for Sisters Day, which falls on the first Sunday in August - see - and you haven’t done a thing for him! All you really need to do is give your brother a call and wish him a happy Brothers Day. Easy enough! If you’re in the same city, well, you could take him out for a drink. On the other hand, if you’re both brothers, he could take YOU out for a drink. Why should it always be on YOU to call HIM? Yeah! And what about all the stuff he borrowed and hasn’t returned? And like, that time he told on you to Mom! And broke your rubber-band prop plane! If you’re still sore, you don’t need to do a thing for Brother’s Day - though this isn’t a made-up day, you can pretend it’s the Weekly Fake Event []!      

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