Thursday, June 7, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 8 - 14, 2018

Photo by Ludovic Bertran, NYC, via Wikimedia Creative Commons
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 June 8 at 8:30 (or dusk), “Straws” - a documentary film by Linda Booker, will have a free screening at the NW corner of the Washington Monument grounds near 17th and Constitution. Christine Figgener, the marine biologist in the film who filmed the viral video of the straw in sea turtle's nose video, will be in attendance. Every day in the USA, half a billion non-recyclable plastic straws are used once and tossed, ending up in landfills, littering streets and reaching beaches. Actor and director Tim Robbins narrates a colorful history of man’s origins and obsession with using straws; marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how they’re making a sea of plastic straw at a time. More info:

Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM - 3 PM, DC’s 10th Annual DC Housing Expo and Home Show at the Washington Convention Center. Packed with information for current and future residents, and small businesses, the Expo will offer over 30 workshops and over 150 exhibitors — including government agencies, nonprofit community organizations, lenders and realtors. It will provide invaluable information and guidance for homeowners, home buyers, tenants, seniors, youth, small businesses -- something for everyone. There will be celebrity speakers, cooking demos, workshops on many subjects, plus free credit reports and credit counseling, as well as prizes and giveaways. Learn more at Register( free) here: The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Saturday June 9 at 11 AM, Coyaba Dance Theater. Experience the spirit of Africa with the Coyaba Dance Theater. Enjoy traditional West African dance and drumming while learning about the region’s history and culture. A family program for children of all ages. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:

Saturday June 9 from 12 noon - 3 PM, Worldwide Knit in Public Day. If you knit or crochet or want to learn, please come to your local “Knit in Public Day”event at Laliguras Nepalese/Indian Restaurant 4221 Connecticut Ave. You can bring your own knitting, crochet or other project or learn to knit or crochet. Yarn and needles provided - plus lemonade, iced tea, or water.  Meet inside the restaurant. For more about WorldWide Knit in Public Day, go to: NOTE: This is a real event - but it so much resembles something that could be The Weekly Fake Event -- the wish-it-were-true-but-we-made-it-up event that we add each week to the real events in this column, that we decided not to throw in a fake event this week. So, everyone, get out there with your knitting needles and knit up a storm! Need some ideas for what you can create? How about these: - or these:  These are not fake things either!

Saturday, June 9 from 12 noon to 2:30 PM, Free Bike Repair. Volunteers from The Bike House, Gearin' Up Bicycles, Phoenix Bikes, and Velocity Coop will provide bike repair services at no cost to the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages and bikes are welcome! This program is made possible with support from DDOT Vision Zero, the DC Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Location: 1800 Good Hope Road SE. More info:     

Saturday June 9 at 1 PM, Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics. Join author and folklorist Jean R. Freedman for a discussion of her book “Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics.” The discussion will take place in the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday June 9 from 4:30 - 10 PM, Capital Gay Pride Parade and Block Party. Join the LGBTQ+ community, in the historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the Pride 2018 Parade in the Nation’s Capital, one of Washington, DC’s, favorite parades! More than 200 contingents consisting of floats, vehicles, marchers, and entertainment will traverse the 1.5 mile route in support of our community. The Family Area will again be located on Stead Field, and for a second year there will be a Block Party occurring adjacent to the Parade route with a beverage garden and entertainment. The Parade starts at P and 22nd and finishes at 14th and R Streets. Two announcement stands available with sign language interpreters and wheelchair accessibility. Judges Review Stand and Bleacher Seating: New Hampshire Avenue at Q Street. Announcement Stand and DJ: 14th Street, north of P Street. The Block Party will occur at 15th and P Sts. NW. More info on the parade: More info on the Block Party: Here’s the meta-site with links to all Capital Pride events from June 7 - 15:

Sunday, June 10 from 12 noon - 10 PM, Capital Pride Festival. Join the LGBTQ+ community, on America’s Mainstreet, historic Pennsylvania Avenue, for a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration. The Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent, and features over 300 exhibitors including local community groups and businesses, food vendors, and organizations. This family friendly event is FREE and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and go to support the Capital Pride Alliance and LGBTQ+ partner organizations. The Festival is on Pennsylvania Ave. from 7th to 3rd NW. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, it’s recommended that you leave pets at home. Please note that bags/backpacks will be subject to search, so consider leaving them at home for your convenience. The schedule of events is here:

Sunday, June 10 from 12 - 5:15 PM, Healthy Aging Forum: Navigating Life’s Choices, featuring keynote speaker Kojo Nnamdi. We are very excited that Kojo Nnamdi, host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU and NPR will reflect on his career and getting older – transitions we all experience or anticipate, as well as entertain questions from the audience. The event features a Resource Fair with many exhibitors, including experts in home care, case management, advocacy, technology support and much more, and eight workshops covering topics to help us lead healthy, engaged lives. Full details at To register click on: Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcomed. We’ll also have food trucks: DC Ballers (falafel and shwarma) and DC Empanadas food trucks will be on site from 11:45 AM - 1 PM. This event is ADA accessible. Registration fee: $33 general admission; $18 for DC Area Village Members and WHC Members. Questions? Call 202-777-3435. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW. Co-sponsored by Northwest Neighbors Village and Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Sunday, June 10 at 1 PM, Collection of Memory Objects for "Against Domestic Violence" Art Installation. Marta Perez Garcia, a Puerto Rican artist living in DC, has won a Public Art Building Communities grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Garcia has partnered with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is passionate about giving a voice to those who suffer and those who love and support those who suffer in and through domestic violence. Her public art project titled, "I'm Gonna Get You...Body, Woman, Rupture (Si te cojo....cuerpo, mujer, rotura)" will be exhibited at the Reeves Building, 14 & U St. NW, from mid-September through October 2018. For her project, Garcia is collecting objects of memory, like (but not limited to): images of hope, books, photographs, poems, figures, letters and charms, or any object that reflects relevant aspects of the survivor's experience. In support of this effort, we invite any person interested to anonymously donate an object of memory that can help break the silence and take action against domestic violence. The objects will be displayed on the installation as a symbol of our community's rising consciousness and commitment to speak out, reflect and act. At this presentation, Garcia will speak about the project "Against Domestic Violence," and she will also collect the Objects of Memory that are going to be an important part of the installation (art project). Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St. More info:

Monday, June 11 at 3:30 PM,  Public Space and the West End Neighborhood Library: A Deeper Conversation. Please join us for a three-part, open, inclusive, and meaningful community dialogue on public space and the West End community. Our first facilitator-led dialogue aims to establish a collaborative relationship with participants and explore what public space means to you. Additional discussion dates are Monday, June 18 and Monday, June 25, both at 3:30 PM. We welcome and encourage you to join us for all three sessions, which will take place in the conference room of the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. More info:

Monday, June 11 at 5 PM, “The Great Zucchini” at Lafayette Elementary School - “Send A Kid to Overnight Camp” fundraiser - a great cause and lots of laughs. Performance starts at 5:15 PM. Tickets $8 will be sold at the door. 100% of the proceeds will go to give a child memories to last a lifetime. At Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW

Monday June 11 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “Stanley Johnston's Blunder.” Journalist Elliot Carlson tells the story of Stanley Johnston, a Chicago Tribune reporter who may have exposed a vitally important U.S. naval secret during World War II, long before "leakers" were making the headlines. Join Mr. Carlson as he discusses his 2017 nonfiction book, in which he draws on 75-year-old grand jury testimony only recently released. Free. At the Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE,

Tuesday, June 12  at 4 PM, Summer Challenge: Fairy World Craft. Join the Summer Challenge. Can you make a fairy doll with felt and pipe cleaners? Can you make a stool for your fairy world? Come and have a crafty afternoon. This program is for children ages 6 - 12. Free. At Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Wednesday, June 13 at 7 PM, “Washington, DC’s Early Farms and Estates” - a presentation of the Tenleytown Historical Society. Speaker: Kim Williams, architectural historian and the National Register coordinator in the DC Historic Preservation Office. For twenty-five years Kim has been researching and writing about historic buildings and communities in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and she has a particular interest in the evolution of place. She has published articles in Washington History Magazine, and is the author of "Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation’s Capital" and "Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia." Her recent book "Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC" will be available for purchase: $20 by cash, check or credit card. Free admission. At Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.  RSVP required to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ yahoo dot com Space is limited.
Wednesday, June 13 from 8:30 - 10:30 AM, DC Biz Chat: Building an LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace. More than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBTQ in the US, approximately 1.75 million more compared with 2012. Learn how companies can create safe spaces for LGBTQ employees, consumers and stakeholders. Come early from 8:30 – 9:00 AM and connect and network with other entrepreneurs, panelists, and Washington DC Economic Partnership staff. The learning portion begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Location: Washington DC Economic Partnership, 1495 F Street NW. Registration is FREE:

Thursday, June 14 from 11 AM - 1 PM, Flag Day, hosted by National Museum of the United States Navy. Have you ever wondered why Flag Day is on June 14th? We will look at the evolution of the American Flag throughout history and organize the events in chronological order, using some math to get it right. Learn the evolution of the American Flag from its genesis in 1777 to present day. This program also covers how to properly handle a flag and the ceremonies related to our National Flag. Free - but be sure to read the access information here: Advance permission, photo ID required. The National Museum of the United States Navy is at 736 Sicard St SE.         

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