Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, November 29 - December 5, 2019

Photo by Smithsonian National Zoo 
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 14,500+ 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, November 29 from 10 AM – 4 PM Native American Heritage Day: Family Fun Day. The National Museum of the American Indian’s unique family celebration of Native American Heritage Day showcases Native culture through interactive dancing, games, storytelling, hands-on activities and make-and-takes, as well as music and dance presentations. Join us in recognizing the many contributions of Native Americans to all aspects of life in the United States. The program features the Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers throughout the day. Free. At the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St and Independence Ave SW, 

Friday, November 30 from 5 - 9 PM, Opening Night of ZooLights! A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland! New this year: enjoy dozens of large, glowing animal lanterns and stroll through thousands of reflecting lights as part of the interactive ⁠— and highly Instagrammable — art exhibit called "Entre Les Rangs." More info: At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW. On through January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 & 31)

Saturday, November 30 from 12 - 5 PM, Shop Arts Saturday at Glen Echo Park. Browse art studios and galleries in search of unique, handmade gifts. See demonstrations of resident artists at work and try your hand at a few techniques. Fine arts and crafts for sale include glass, ceramics, photography, jewelry, painting and drawing, plus a variety of works in our annual Holiday Art Show & Sale. Take a break from your shopping and enjoy complimentary hot cider and music by the Washington Conservatory of Music. Free admission. Remember to #ShopSmall and #ShopArts for this year's Small Business Saturday. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 Macarthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD. More info: 

Saturday November 30 from 6 - 8 PM, Light Up the Wharf. Kick off the holiday season at The Wharf as we officially light our Christmas tree and transform the waterfront into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights. Free. At District Square, District Pier, The Wharf, 760 Maine Ave SW. More info:

Sunday, December 1 from 12 noon - 7 PM, Holiday Festivities at Belair Mansion in Bowie, MD. For over 50 years, the Bowie community has come together in early December to sing holiday songs and celebrate the lighting of Bowie's Christmas tree. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit, courtesy of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, to meet all of the children on Sunday. So please join us at Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie. Tree lighting at 7 PM. This event is free, no reservations needed. Come early and take a tour of this historic mansion which has been festively decorated and has musical entertainment and cider and cookies. Tours are from 12 - 6 PM. More information:

Sunday, December 1 at 3 PM, Tales with Tails. Share your favorite tale with a P.A.L. dog. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library and People.Animals.Love are inviting children ages 4-12 to read aloud to a certified therapy P.A.L. dog. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Monday, December 2 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, DC: Architecture of an Asylum." National Building Museum Curator Sarah Leavitt traces the architectural evolution of St. Elizabeth's, a mental health hospital since 1852, and the way its specialized architecture and landscape served the mentally ill. Free, no reservation needed. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW. More info:

Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 PM, Author talk: Jenny Masur. Local author Jenny Masur will discuss her book Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, DC. A book sale and signing will follow. For more information and questions, please call the Shepherd Park Library Information Desk at 202-541-6100. Free. The Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library is at 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. More info:

Wednesday, December 4, all day, It’s “Get Me Off This Email List” Wednesday! Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, and after giving the matter some careful consideration you picked some wonderful charities and you donated as generously as you could. In addition to your payment, you also gave them your email address. And now are you sorry! Each charity you favored has added you to their daily plea for more money, and you’re already swamped with appeals. On GMOTEL Wednesday, it’s time to stop the flood! Today, you sit down and unsubscribe yourself from every organization that has added you to their mass-blast list. You will need patience to open each and every email and scroll far down the page to find the teeny-tiny “unsubscribe” link and click on it. But that may not be enough. You will likely be asked to answer some nosy questions about why you want to take your name off the list. Worse still, they may require you to tell them the email address you want removed, and if you have several, you may not remember which one you used when you signed up. It’s a hassle. But on this special “Get Me Off This Email List” Wednesday, we are pleased to offer you our own custom-designed shortcut to email control: one convenient “Unsubscribe from ALL” link that will undo all those pesky sign-ups with a single click. Go to:

Thursday, December 5 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Kathleen Day and "Broken Bargain." Author and veteran business journalist, Kathleen Day will discuss her book, Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street Day is a frequent Washington Post contributor and professor of financial crises at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She is now also a professor of financial crises at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. In her book Broken Bargain, Day examines in plain English the history of financial regulation and of government oversight of corporations—which is intertwined with banking and goes back to the founding fathers and the famous arguments between Jefferson and Hamilton. She explains that we have lost sight of the fact that to have a corporation—especially an incorporated bank—is a privilege bequeathed by the government, one that requires oversight to ensure against abuse. She shows how the current oversight system was created as a result of the great stock market crash of 1929, a time when the public's view of the federal government’s role in the economy shifted, and people began to look MORE to Washington for oversight of Wall Street and of their savings. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Broken Bargain will be available for purchase. Book signing will take place after the event.  FREE | Adults | First Come, First Served. In the first floor meeting room at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:      

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