Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, February 14 - 20, 2020

It's Presidents Day on Monday,
and This Is President Grover Cleveland,
Who Gave His Name to Cleveland Park
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 14,600+ 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, February 14 at 12 noon, Lecture: Growing Food in Urban Spaces, presented by Meredith Sheperd, Love & Carrots. Growing a productive vegetable garden isn’t only for folks with unlimited space and time. Explore your site and learn tips on how to create a tailored garden that will bring you joy for seasons to come! In the  Conservatory Classroom of the United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave SW. Free, but registration required:    

Saturday, February 15 from 11:30 - 1 PM, Walking Tour: Women Activists of Cedar Hill. Learn the history of women activists of Cedar Hill working alongside Frederick Douglass in reform movements across generations & geography. Meet the poets, actresses, musicians, principals, lawyers, seamstresses, journalists and women reformists, including the Honorable Miss Gladys Parham, who have inhabited the sacred space of Cedar Hill from the years of Frederick Douglass to the decades of preservation activism which secured the home and grounds as a flagship of the National Park Service. Learn about women from the Eastern Shore to Paris to around the corner who have made contributions to the residual history of Cedar Hill and the neighborhood of Old Anacostia. Questions and photography are encouraged throughout the walking tour! The tour is led by John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, DC: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) has been a local reporter in Old Anacostia and adjacent communities for the past decade for a variety of print and online publications. Meet at the visitor’s center of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE. Tour will cover the grounds of Cedar Hill for the first half and cover the neighborhood of Historic Anacostia for the second half. Wear walking shoes, total travel is 1.5 miles. Parts of the tour are not accessible for people with mobility issues. Tour is not ADA accessible. Family friendly. Children under 8, free. Students anywhere. Tickets $5 – $10 at 

Saturday, February 15 from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Presidential Family Fun Day. Celebrate the kick-off of Presidents’ Day weekend with a presidential party loaded with crafts, music, dancing, games and special tours of “America’s Presidents.” Celebrate the presidents with the Portrait Gallery, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the DC Public Library, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, artists, and experts from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing! Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), 8th and F Streets NW. More info:      

Saturday February 15 from 12 - 2 PM, I Love DC Family Activity. Join us for a fun, crafty lesson on DC Statehood. Create fun outreach postcards, exhibit your DC pride at the selfie station and learn about DC Statehood. Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to come to the Woodridge Public Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE, for this free, public event, which is sponsored by the DC League of Women Voters &  Brookland Huddle for the Future. More information at:    

Saturday, February 15 at 2 PM, The Beloved Community: MLK and Activism in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital has always been associated with civic activism, particularly during the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement. No single person stood out as much as a beacon of civil engagement and activism during that time than Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s concept of the “beloved community.” This would be a principle for all people to follow who were concerned about making positive changes regarding injustice, economic and social inequality. Derek Gray, Archivist, DC Public Library, will give a presentation on King’s activism in Washington, DC, including his social organizing efforts and speeches. This program is being presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, A Right To The City, and in partnership with DC Public Library. Registration is requested - This talk will be held at Anacostia Community Museum located at 1901 Fort Place SE. More information:   

Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 PM, Black History Quiz - Family Fun for Everyone. Enjoy Black History Month with your family. Test your knowledge of famous African Americans for prizes!  We will play "Famous African Americans J-I-N-G-O” - a Bingo-style game; it's fun for all ages.  Then enjoy stories and a song highlighting some of the followers of the north star. All ages are welcome. Free. At Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE,

Sunday February 16 at 4 PM, Concert: Violinist Leah Tagami Meredith will perform works by Bach, Brahms and Beethoven, accompanied on piano by her husband, Bulgarian pianist Petar Andonov. On the program are Bach’s D Minor Partita & Chaconne, Brahms’ Sonata I in G Major and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Leah is currently first violinist in the Oslo Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.  A reception will follow the concert to meet the artists.Free and open to the public - no RSVP is needed. At the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle.  

Monday, February 17, on the hour from 11 AM - 3 PM, Tours of Woodrow Wilson House. For Presidents Day only, Woodrow Wilson House is giving FREE tours of the S Street mansion that was the final home of our 28th president. Woodrow Wilson House is at 2340 S Street NW. More info:    

Monday, February 17 at 8 PM, Obscure Presidents Trivia Night. It’s the same every Presidents Day -- you could almost believe there were no other presidents besides Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and maybe one or both Roosevelts. Can you even name one thing about Rutherford B. Hayes? Have you even heard of Chester A. Arthur? Or is it Arthur A. Chester? Are you sure? What about President Harrison? Did you know there were TWO of them? This President’s Day we will focus on the ones who get no glory. The one-termers. The never-been-on-the-money Presidents. This is an interactive event! Before you come, choose one obscure president and bone up on some trivia about him, and arrive prepared to compete in our game. Or play along at home online at: This event will be held at the Gerald R. Ford House in suburban VA. Register at the link above and we will email you a free ticket. For those who have chosen Gerald Ford as a lesser-known president (never elected nationally and served just 30 months), here’s a free sample of the sort of questions you may want to study up on:    

Tuesday, February 18 at 7 PM, Tuesday Talks: Traveling the World Without Flying. World travelers Joe and Embry Howell have visited some 50 countries during their 54 year marriage. In 2015, Embry got the idea of traveling around the world without flying. This turned into a four-month adventure traveling by train across Europe, central Asia and China, and crossing two oceans by ship. Joe and Embry Howell, will share planning tips, surprises and insights learned along the way. Please join us for this talk, part of the Tuesday Talk series presented in partnership with the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. This event is open to the public and admission is free, but please register at to let us know you are coming. Seating will be first come, first served and doors will open at 6:30 PM. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:   
Wednesday, February 19 at 7 PM, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” Film Screening & Discussion. 2018 was a contentious year featuring a high stakes mid-term election with several marquee races making news globally. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald examines that year's voter suppression efforts through the eyes of the Georgia voters affected by changes in state election policies. Post screening discussion led by Noah Wills, President, Students for DC Statehood. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Thursday, February 20 at 10 AM, End of Life Conversations: Put My Body to Good Use. What will happen to your body after you die? Perhaps donation is an option for you -- your family will save money and others will benefit. Learn how your body can be donated to science and avoid excessive after life funeral costs. When the time arrives, decisions need to be made quickly. Ronald Rivenburgh, retired Navy Chief Mortician and licensed Funeral Director will let us know how to make sure that your wishes are followed and the steps that need to be taken. Dixcy Bosley, RN will share information about organ donation. Find out more and register here - Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Thursday, February 20 at 4:30 PM, Songs of Freedom. Hear some of the songs that inspired the Civil Rights Movement sung by Ms. Valerie Harris-Gregory. Ms. Gregory is a lyric soprano, who has been singing in the Washington metro area for many years. For ages 5 and up. For additional information, please contact Yvonne Harris at 202-645-4532. Free. At Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Avenue SE,      

Thursday, February 20 at 5 PM, Rayceen Pendarvis Is Living Black History. Please join us for an evening of performances, interviews, artwork and more, starring emcee, columnist, community advocate and lifelong Washingtonian Rayceen Pendarvis. Together with LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, Rayceen will guide the audience through a program celebrating the accomplishments of people of African descent. The program will include fantastic performers and historians who will entertain, inform, educate and inspire. All are welcome and admission is FREE. Starting at 5 PM,  join us for our artwork showcase and special exhibitors, including Black Broadway on U. The main program will begin at 6:30 PM. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,      

Thursday, February 20 from 7 - 9 PM, Exploring Jewish Paris, an Illustrated Lecture by Gary Kraut, presented by Alliance Fran├žaise de Washington, DC (AFDC). Gary Lee Kraut, a historian traveler, will present 25 sites, individuals and neighborhoods that reveal various aspects of the history of France and its relation with Jews. The lecture covers medieval Jewry, medieval expulsions, the liberating laws of the French Revolution, major synagogues, the appeal of France to European Jews throughout the 19th and into the 20th centuries, the Dreyfus Affair, Jewish artists of the 1920s, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Sephardic immigration of the 1950s and 60s, major French Jewish figures over the past 200 years, and contemporary Jewish life as the traveler may encounter it. Gary Kraut is an award-winning Paris-based travel writer, the editor of the web magazine France Revisited,, and a lecturer on both sides of the Atlantic. This event will be in English. Light refreshments after the Q&A session. Tickets at AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees; General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees. The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member. Guests must pay the non-member price. The Alliance Fran├žaise de Washington DC is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW       

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