Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column, Oct 19 - 25, 2018

Dia de los Muertos Artesanias
at Mount Pleasant Library
We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. 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, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv     

Friday, October 19 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: Recruitment Broadsides. Michele Lee Silverman, research services librarian, discusses recruitment broadsides for the Revolutionary War. As America’s war for independence from Great Britain continued into 1776, the Continental Army faced depleting resources, including hundreds of soldiers whose enlistment terms were set to expire. The army needed to encourage soldiers to reenlist and entice even more to join. Broadsides, a single sheet of paper with print on one side, offered a quick and inexpensive method for the army to advertise their initiatives and the provisions they would offer—money, land, disability allowances, and reimbursements for clothes, shoes, hats, weapons, and blankets. The library’s collection demonstrates the evolution of advertising language and the financial initiatives that were used to inspire men to join in the fight for independence. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the documents. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,

Friday, October 19 from 6:30 - 8 PM, History Happy Hour: John Philip Sousa. Stars and Stripes Forever and Semper Fidelis are well-known compositions by John Philip Sousa. But did you know that he attempted to run away from home and join the circus? Or that that attempt led his father to enlist him in the United States Marine Corps at just age 13? These are just some of the quirks of Sousa's unique life, which culminated in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bring out the whole family this Friday night to hear more about this American composer! Preceded by a special performance by the Olney Concert Band,! Sign up at Includes happy hour drinks and snacks. At the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Saturday, October 20  from 11 AM - 2 PM,Glover Park Neighborhood Fix It Fest. Join us for Pumpkins, Popcorn, and Pilates (and massage!) This community event will showcase some of our favorite locally owned businesses in Glover Park! Sample delicious food and beverages from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company and Breadsoda DC; Fix Your Back with complimentary Pilates classes, GYROTONIC exercise demos, massages and stretching tips from Elements Fitness and Wellness Center; Pumpkin painting, hands-on DIY demos, and energy saving tips from Glover Park Hardware, plus a BIG sale throughout the store; Complimentary popcorn, sno-cones, and kids activities courtesy of Glover Park Hardware! Free admission. At the Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:   

Saturday, October 20 at 2 PM, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa: Preservation, Care, Librarianship: Keeping Local Memory Alive. What is the value of care in librarianship? How are libraries defining and supporting their communities? This event aims to explore the ways libraries are integral to the community and cultural ecosystems, and the current challenges with maintaining accessibility for these local communities. This event will feature workshops lead by local artists and cultural practitioners doing the work of “radical librarianship." Workshops are interactive, family friendly and facilitated by the ARTLAB, DIRT, and the Labs at DC Public Library.  Handgames Project presented by ARTLAB at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is an interactive workshop that focuses on "citation and memory" through music.  Sample previous workshops here. Shared Living Archive presented by DIRT, highlights the importance and power of beginning--not just ending--of archiving. DIRT asks participants to add their notes, ephemera, doodles, oral accounts, images, pocket contents & antidotes — that will be transformed, documented, digitized and added to a shared Google Drive for participants to access during and after the event. This program is part of the Brown Art Ink 2018-2019 “Citation and Memory” programming cycle, a project of Brown Girls Museum Blog. This event is FREE and open to the general public. Fab Lab Pop Up NoMa, 1150 First St NE,

Saturday October 20 from 3 - 4:30 PM, DC Statehood: The Struggle for Political Rights in the Nation's Capital. In conjunction with the Anacostia Community Museums’s exhibition, A Right to the City, we will provide an informative program which traces the history of DC's establishment as the nation's capital, changes over the years in DC governance, and the process for achieving statehood as set forth by the DC Statehood Commission. Free. Anacostia Community Museum is at 1901 Fort Place SE. More info:; register: 

Sunday, October 21 from 12 - 4 PM, Key School Harvest Festival. Come to the festival with the best Haunted House in town! Fun filled event with games, moon bounce, slide, haunted house, face painting, used book sale, food, prizes, music, t-shirts, and more! Mary Cheh will also be there for a "Chat with Cheh" booth. Please contact Kate Breslin at katebreslin2 @ gmail dot com with general questions. Free admission. Key School is located at 5001 Dana Place NW.

Sunday, October 21 from 12 noon - 5 PM, The Corniest Corn Maze Ever! Enjoy a corn maze like no other. And no chance of getting lost! This corn maize is done on an actual ear of corn. It has certain rows of kernels removed, vertically and horizontally, forming a maze within the ear of corn. We will hand you a red marker. You start at the circled X and use your marker to trace a continuous path around your ear of corn until you make it to the mid-point, a circled Y, and then you can navigate your way through the various maze paths until you make it to the circled Z at the end of your ear of corn. If you successfully complete the entire path of your ear of corn, you can exchange it for a normal ear, which we will roast for you and return for you to eat. You can watch us feed your marked-up corn-maize ear to our hogs….but don’t worry, we use nontoxic waterbased marker. Price of each ear of a-maze-ing corn is $10, with the proceeds going to fund a rescue mission to those who are lost and can’t find their way out of a real cornstalk maze out in the country. You can reserve your ears of corn here:   

Sunday, October 21 at 3:30 PM, Happy Tails Story Time. We kick off this story time with a book, some songs and then it is your turn. Bring your own book, make up a story, or grab a book here in the library to read to a lovable doggie. Many thanks to the volunteers with People Animals Love (PAL) for bringing in their pets. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Monday, October 22 at 12 noon, Lecture: Lafayette in Washington, 1824-25, presented by Mark Hudson, executive director, Tudor Place. During his triumphal tour of the young republic in 1824 and 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette came to Washington on multiple occasions, including a visit to Tudor Place in 1824. Through contemporary accounts of his visit, we learn how the Federal City greeted their hero and get a glimpse of life in the city during this period. Visit the exhibition Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of D.C.'s Past to see 1825 Washington captured in a large-scale painting by Tudor Place artist-in-residence Peter Waddell. Mark Hudson is executive director of Tudor Place Historic House and Garden and has served as director of museums and historical societies throughout the U.S. for almost twenty-five years. Free; no reservations required. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,   

Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM, Passport to Latin America: Cuentos de la Noche. We have been enjoying Tuesdays in October doing spooky Latin American themed activities, celebrating folklore and religious traditions from Guatemala, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Mexico. The final program will culminate with a celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM, American University’s Moonlight Arboretum Tour. This fall, enjoy the cool weather and changing season by taking a special moonlight arboretum tour of the AU campus. We will meet in front of the School of International Service. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Designed originally by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., America’s most noted landscape architect and the designer of the US Capitol grounds and New York’s Central Park, AU’s entire campus grounds were designated officially as an arboretum in 2004. The campus currently is home to more than 2,500 trees, pocket parks, sculpture gardens, ponds and streams, rain gardens, green roofs, and even beehives. To participate in the arboretum and garden tour, please RSVP to AU Landscape Architect Michael Mastrota at mastrot @ american dot edu. Free. You also may schedule an arboretum tour throughout the year. AU’s landscape architects and staff arborists offer free tours to neighbors, garden clubs, and schools. If you are interested in planning a tour, contact Michael Mastrota or Grounds Operations Coordinator Stephanie DeStefano at destefan @ american dot edu.

Wednesday, October 24 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: UDC Community Listening Project, Featured Speaker: Faith Mullen - University of the District of Columbia. Faith Mullen, associate professor of law and co-director, General Practice Clinic, UDC, will discuss the University's Community Listening Project that examines the high cost of being poor in the District. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,   

Thursday, October 25 at 3 PM, Estonian Folk Dance Class. Celebrate Kids Euro Festival at Deanwood Library! Estonia has a long history of song and dance. During the workshop children will learn some of the Estonian traditions, how they have evolved and will learn a dance themselves. Märt Agu is a well- known folk dance teacher and choreographer. He was the artistic director of the XI Youth Song and Dance Festival in 2011 and was also a dancer himself. In June 2019 Estonia will celebrate 150 years of song and dance festival tradition, so it’s time to start preparing! Free. At Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE, 

Thursday, October 25 at 4 PM, Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts: Skull Painting. Join us in celebrating Day of the Dead by preparing an altar. We will be doing arts and crafts to decorate an altar at the Mt. Pleasant Library in the Children's Room. This activity is open to all ages: children, teens, and adults. Altar decorating activities have been taking place on Thursdays through October and will finish up the series with Papel Picado on November 1 at 4 PM. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St.,   

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