Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column, September 7 - 13, 2018

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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 17,900+ 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, September 7 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Ice Cream Social & Deejay Dance Party! School’s back in session and we’re all in town! The Friends of Friendship Park bring you a FREE ice cream & FREE family dance with Deejay! First come, first serve for ice cream while it lasts. Friendship “Turtle” Park is at 45th and Van Ness Streets NW. Friends of Friendship Park (FOFP) is the 501(c)3 non-profit that supports, beautifies and holds special events at Turtle Park roughly monthly. To help us build traditions like this, email Volunteer @ turtlepark org.

Friday, September 7 from 6 - 9 PM, “Friday Night in the Heights,” featuring Kelly Bell Jazz Band. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and join us at Cathedral Commons, Newark Street at Wisconsin Avenue, for a free performance from Kelly Bell Band, with local food and drink, and fun for the whole family. Free. More info on the series:   

Friday, September 7 from 6 - 8 PM, First Friday Dupont, featuring “National Beer Lover’s Day” event at Heurich House Museum. Take a free tour of the museum’s first floor while learning about DC’s historic brewer Christian Heurich, and end your visit by designing your own beer label! This month’s First on First event will also include the “Art of Beer,” a new exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery, featuring works from prominent local artists and their craft beer designs. Complete a puzzle hunt through the exhibit for a change to win a prize! This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase during the event. More info at For more information about other “First Friday Dupont” events at participating museums and galleries, visit: The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Friday, September 7 at 7 PM, Popov Family Chamber Music Concert. Guy Mason Recreation Center invites you to a special musical event to open the season. The Popov Family will perform a program suitable for audiences of all ages, featuring cellist Vasily Popov, Artistic Director of the Levine Chamber Orchestra, joined by his two young sons, Vladislav Popov, cello, and Yuri Popov, violin. Works include solo pieces and duos by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, and Rameau, among others. A reception to meet the artists will follow. Please rsvp to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center at 202-727-7527. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Saturday, September 8 at 11 AM, STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk And Read. Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. It's never too early to give your kids a smart start. Come to DC Public Library's Sing, Talk & Read Family Festival featuring: Fun activities for kids; Live entertainment; Prizes and giveaways; Free lunch provided (while supplies last); Much more! Special guest appearance from a DC United soccer player. Come to the STAR Family Festival and see how easy and fun early learning can be. Free. At Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE,   

Saturday, September 8 from 11 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, September 9 from 11 AM - 5 PM, St Nicholas Fall Bazaar. Enjoy cuisine from Eastern Europe and Georgia, watch ethnic musical and dance performances, bring your children for kids' activities, shop for gifts, and tour our spectacular Cathedral. Free admission. St Nicholas Cathedral is at 3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW, on the corner of Edmunds St., NW. For more information:   

Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9 from 12 noon - 7 PM, Gelato Festival! Gelato Festival World Masters is the most important event dedicated to Artisan Italian Gelato. It is a challenge of Gelato Chefs that recognizes the greatest flavors through competition. Over the next 3 years, 5,000 Gelato Chefs from all over the world will be competing against one another for a chance to participate in the 2021 grand finals in Italy. In the United States, Gelato Festival America selects the best gelato chefs through 24 touring festivals. The DC event gives visitors the opportunity to experience the secrets of high-quality gelato, learn about the production techniques by watching the Artisans at work in the ‘laboratory’, and taste all the competing flavors, voting for their favorite one. The Gelato School is where show cooking demonstrations revolving around the world of gelato take place as well as fun activities for both adults and kids. Tickets include one-day admission, one sample of each competing flavor, one sample of each unique flavor, admission to the Gelato school, participation in all contests and activities, and a vote for your favorite. Adults: $25-30; children under 12: $25-30; under 2, free: at At City Market at O, 800 P St NW

Sunday, September 9 from 12 noon - 6 PM, Adams Morgan Day. Celebrating its 40th year this year, Adams Morgan Day is Washington’s longest running neighborhood festival. Adams Morgan Day is a family-friendly celebration with music, art and activities for all ages. To see the music line-up, list of neighborhood stores and restaurants offering deals, and other details of the day, visit Free admission. Along 18th Street from Columbia Road to Wyoming Avenue.

Sunday, September 9 at 4 PM, American Jazz. Benjamin Gates, cellist, performs American jazz pieces by American composers. Mr. Gates began playing the acoustic cello as a young child and continued to train in several different orchestral programs in elementary, middle, high school and college. He is classically trained and plays most genres. Benjamin has recently performed at the National African American Museum History and Culture. Free - seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,

Monday September 10 at 4 PM, Harry Potter Movie Night. Join us for our first official event of our Harry Potter celebration week! We will make edible wands and watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Check out our Sorting Hat quiz and the Horcrux Hunt while you here to ensure you get top marks on your report card! Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Monday, September 10 at 6 PM, Who Is the Fellow Harry Potter and Why Should We Care?: A Workshop for People Who Have Been Asleep for the Past Two Decades. It’s the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book in America. If you are one of those non-Potterites -- you’ve never read so much as a single page of the 4,224 pages in the seven-volume in the Harry Potter series, nor seen a single one of the eight movies, and you have no idea where or what Hogwarts is, or what a muggle is -- then this 20-year catch-up session is for you! In under an hour we will speed-race through all the major personae of the series and define all the terms you need to know. By the end of the session you will either feel like you’ve just won the Tri-Wizard Tournament….or you will feel like you’ve been kissed by a dementor. Either way, you will be in an unreal state of mind, because you’ve just experienced The Weekly Fake Event.

Tuesday, September 11 at 4 PM, Design a Book Cover. Give a book a new look for the beginning of the school year. Come choose a book from our selection and create a new cover for it using collage, decorative papers and unique hole punches. Afterwards, you can take your book home to look stylish on your bookshelf. This program is for ages 4 and up. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,   

Wednesday, September 12 at 6 PM, Alexander Hamilton's New York. Discover the intriguing life, accomplishments, and legacy of America’s most dynamic and controversial founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and his relationship to the city he called home - New York. Jimmy Napoli, animated lecturer, tour leader, and historian, discusses how Hamilton impacted the political character of New York City and why he is beyond question the most influential New Yorker of all time. The lecture will last 45 minutes with time afterwards for questions. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info: 

Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM, An Evening with Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Program for Reversing Diabetes. Join author Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (, as he speaks about the benefits of a plant-based diet for preventing and reversing diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has become a major epidemic in recent years, often leading to serious complications and major costs. Although medications remain a mainstay of treatment, nutritional interventions have shown surprising power in both the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Learn how a plant-based diet can help you lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels. Copies of his titles will be available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public - all ages. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, September 13 at 4 PM, Japan-in-a-Suitcase. Join us in the Children's Programming Room as our partners at the Japan-America Society present Japan-in-a-Suitcase. They will bring a suitcase of items from modern Japanese life, and we might: learn basic Japanese greetings and words; practice origami; practice writing Japanese; try on traditional clothing. For children ages 6 and up with their caregivers. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,    

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