Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, April 19 - 25, 2019

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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 18,100+ 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, April 19 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: The Loyalist Prisoner Experience. Anderson House Library Assistant Kieran O’Keefe discusses the loyalist prisoner experience during the Revolutionary War, featuring an engraving of the notorious underground prison at Simsbury Mines in Connecticut, published in 1781 in a London periodical. While revolutionaries in New York contended with British forces based in New York City and Canada, they also faced an internal threat from the state's loyalist inhabitants. Fearing that loyalists might undermine the Revolution through insurrection or by aiding the British army, patriot leaders chose to arrest and jail thousands of suspected dissidents. Incarceration became a definitive part of the loyalist experience. This free presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the engraving. At the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info: 

Friday, April 19 at 1 PM, Eggstravaganza! Bring your baskets and a friend to the Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt at the Dorothy I Height/Benning Library. Seek and you shall find eggs, eggs and more eggs waiting just for you. Free - best for ages 3-8. At the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, 3935 Benning Road NE, 

Saturday, April 20 at 10 AM, Tregaron Conservancy’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for a festive morning at Tregaron! Thousands of candy-filled eggs will be hidden along our paths. We will gather by the Lily Pond near the Klingle Road Entrance. The hunt begins just after 10 AM, so don't be late or you might miss the best selection of hidden eggs! In addition to your basket for collecting eggs, consider bringing along a picnic lunch (and blanket). RSVPs by email to info @ tregaronconservancy dot org are appreciated but not required. Map and directions at:   

Saturday, April 20 from 4 - 6 PM, Brews and Q's: A special Beer Release of "Cabin & Cottage" and Trivia Night at Lincoln’s Cottage. Join us as we raise this special beer high to toast Abraham Lincoln, an honest leader who aimed to forge a nation of equals. History tells us that beer, like Lincoln, has its own distinct way of bringing us to the table. A union seemed only natural. The official DC beer launch happens at President Lincoln's Cottage with a special trivia night with Lincoln and beer history as the focus. Meet the brewers from Powers Farm & Brewery as well as colleagues from the Chicago Brewseum in between trivia rounds. We’ll discuss a bit about the beer, its connection to Abraham Lincoln, and share insight into the unique collaboration. Trivia teams will be made up of 4-6 people, so bring your friends, or we’ll pair you up with smaller groups. Your $10 ticket, available at, includes a pint of "Cabin & Cottage" and additional pints may be purchased throughout the evening. On-site parking is free but limited. This event is recommended for 21+ and guests will need to provide valid ID. President Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 AM. Rosedale Easter Egg Hunt. Meet at the gate on Newark Street (between 34th and 35th Streets) on Easter morning to see what the Easter Bunny has hidden! More info:     

Monday, April 22 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration. This year it's double the fun, as the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's Easter Monday event coincides with Earth Day and the Zoo's Earth Optimism celebration. Enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how you can help save species. This free event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world. Free. Visitors, please note that due to increased visitation during spring break, security screening measures will be implemented at all Zoo entry points for all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. All details of this event are available at: The Smithsonian National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Monday, April 22 at 12 noon, Lecture: Sacred Spaces in the Story of DC's Neighborhoods, by Elizabeth Laird, executive director, Sacred Spaces Conservancy. DC's religious congregations have historically been at the forefront of the most important causes of the day, including the Civil Rights Movement and care for the poor. Sanctuaries provided a place of welcome for the displaced and new immigrants, fed the hungry, and also provided healthcare. In this talk, Elizabeth Laird, executive director of the Sacred Spaces Conservancy, will share the history and social impact of DC's sacred spaces in the city's neighborhoods. Free, no reservation required. At the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday April 22 at 7 PM, Lecture: Why Is Earth Day Celebrated on Lenin’s Birthday? If you have used the internet to research this question, you should already have learned about the secret origins of Earth Day, and how a communist and convicted murderer named Ira Einhorn (a/k/a The Unicorn) selected April 22 to show his devotion to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, whose birthday is today. However, if you’ve been reading the so-called fact-checking site, you’ll see just how desperately some people will try to “debunk” this truth! (Go to For a rousing defense of the Unicorn/Communist connection to Earth Day, come to this fascinating lecture that will tie everything together in a neat bow for you -- and throw in a little dash of the Illuminati, the faked moon landing, and Flat Earth, while we’re at it. Wear your tinfoil hat to this hair-raising talk. To find out the secret location of the meeting, you must register in advance at this link - and once we’ve checked you out, we will tell you where to go.

Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 PM, “Early Gardens in the Chesapeake” - a presentation by garden designer Elin Haaga. This presentation is part of the biannual membership meeting of the Rosedale Conservancy. After a short membership meeting and election of the Rosedale Conservancy’s new board of directors, Elin Haaga will give a slide presentation, “Early Gardens in the Chesapeake.” Elin is a garden designer and teaches History of the Landscape at George Washington University. Non-members of the Rosedale Conservancy are welcome to attend this free meeting. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info: 

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM, Author Talk: Son of the Maya. Local author John McKoy discusses his novel Son of the Maya. A book sale and signing will follow. This event is presented in partnership with the Shepherd Park Friends of the Library. Free and open to all. At the Shepherd Park  (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM, Heroes of the Underground Railroad around Washington, DC. In celebration of DC Emancipation Day, join anthropologist and author Jenny Masur as she tells the stories of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad who lived and worked in Washington, DC. Men and women, black and white, operatives and freedom seekers--all demonstrated courage, resourcefulness and initiative. Leonard Grimes, a free African American, was arrested for transporting enslaved people to freedom. John Dean, a white lawyer, used the District courts to test the legality of the Fugitive Slave Act. Anna Maria Weems dressed as a boy in order to escape to Canada. Enslaved people engineered escapes, individually and in groups, with and without the assistance of an organized network. Some ended up back in slavery or in jail, but some escaped to freedom. Masur will share their stories and discuss the impact for the DC community. Free. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, 

Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 - 7:45 PM, "The gravity of volcanoes: Using gravity data to probe magma reservoirs" - a talk by Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Staff Scientist Dr. Hélène Le Mével. This talk is part of the Spring 2018 series of Neighborhood Lectures at Carnegie's Broad Branch Road campus, 5241 Broad Branch Rd NW.. These lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture, when doors open at 6 PM. Can't make it? The lecture will be streamed live at For more information and registration go to:

Thursday, April 25 at 7 PM, Chevy Chase Library Facilities Planning Meeting. DC Public Library is in the process of developing a Facilities Master Plan to help guide the next 10 years of planning for library services across the city. Join your friends and neighbors for a meeting focusing on the Chevy Chase Library. What programs and services do you want from your library? Are there potential partnerships that the community would value? What impact should the new community center have on plans for the library? Learn more about the Library Facilities Master Plan at Free. At the Chevy Chase Library,
5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,    

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