Thursday, May 18, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 16,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, May 19 starting at 7 AM, Bike to Work Day Celebration at Freedom Plaza. Join a convoy of bicyclists starting from the Chevy Chase Circle Bus Turnaround and traveling to the celebration point at Freedom Plaza via Connecticut Avenue. The route will include a left onto Calvert Street for a brief pitstop in Adams Morgan at Columbia Road and 18th Street. Folks interested in joining, either at the start location or further south on Connecticut, should contact Steve Seelig [hal.ninek @ verizon dot net] or just show up at the 7 AM meet-up. At the end of the ride you will get a free T-shirt and refreshments and free entry into a raffle to win a bicycle, if you are registered at:

Friday, May 19 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: "Just Like Washington Crossed the Delaware, General Pershing Will Cross the Rhine." Executive Director Jack Warren shares "Just Like Washington Crossed the Delaware, General Pershing Will Cross the Rhine," a 1918 phonograph record, and discusses how the American Revolution is echoed in the popular music of World War I. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the record and sheet music. Anderson House is at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 12 noon - 10 PM and Sunday May 21 from 12 noon - 7 PM, St. Sophia Cathedral’s Greek Festival! Come to this annual 3-day Greek Festival featuring authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, traditional Greek dance performances, vendors of unique jewelry and religious icons, tours of the Cathedral, Mercedes/$40K raffle ($100/ticket - drawing at 8 PM on Sunday), activities for children, and fun for ALL ages!  Free admission. At 36th St. and Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 11 AM - 9 PM and Sunday, May 21 from 12 noon - 6 PM, SerbFest DC 2017 Spring Festival. Featuring: Delicious Serbian Food - Spit-roasted Pig & Lamb, Traditional Foods, Side Dishes & Desserts - Serbian Beer & Wine; Live Serbian Music & Dancing; Live Serbian Folklore Dance performances; Children's Rides & Activities; and much more! Free admission and parking. At St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road, Potomac MD 20854. Held rain or shine. More info:  

Saturday, May 20 from 7 AM - 3 PM, Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Rock Creek Nature Center. Activities include bird walks, invasive plant removal, hands-on activities for kids of all ages, exhibits, information booths, a lecture on Presidents in Rock Creek Park at 1 PM, and food. Free! Visit Rock Creek Park Nature Center is at 5200 Glover Road, NW.

Saturday, May 20 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Sibley Memorial Hospital’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Festival, Diaper Drive and Sibley Baby Reunion. There will be games, free health screenings, entertainment, snacks, Zumba, giveaways, and more, including a diaper drive for families in need. If you were born at Sibley, come back for a special Sibley Baby Reunion! Free admission, but please bring a pack of diapers to the diaper drive. Sibley Hospital is at 5255 Loughboro Road NW,

Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Acton Children's Business Fair of Washington, DC. It’s like Eastern Market run by kids! The Acton Children's Business Fairis an outdoor market where children ages 6-14 become entrepreneurs for a day. Over 90 children's businesses will be selling original artwork and photography, homemade bread, hand-drawn comic books, natural soaps and body scrubs, greeting cards, and more. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Most businesses will accept cash only. 3400 Connecticut Ave, NW, in Cleveland Park,   

Saturday, May 20 from 12 - 1:30 PM, Laser Tag at Rosedale. Laser Tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide & seek. Participants will have the chance to play in two or more 15-minute games. This event is perfect for adults and kids ages 8 and up.  Advanced registration required and is limited to the first 40 people who register and pay in full at Rosedale is at 35th and Newark Streets NW.

Saturday, May 20 at 1 PM, Lecture: Presidents and Rock Creek Park. Many US Presidents developed a close relationship with Rock Creek Valley and the acres of wilderness that are now part of Rock Creek Park. See more than 100 historic images and hear stories about President Taft taking tea at Peirce Mill to Woodrow Wilson wooing his second wife on park trails. Learn about Teddy Roosevelt skinny-dipping in the creek and John Quincy Adams’ very bad investment.  This free presentation will be led by local historian David Swerdloff, author of the recent book, Rock Creek Park A to Z. The presentation will be held in the lecture hall in the Nature Center, located in Rock Creek Park at 5200 Glover Road, NW.

Saturday, May 20 from 4 - 9 PM, Indigenous Art Party and Jam for #DCReInvest. Join us for Native food, live music, and art builds to support our struggle to divest DC funds from Wells Fargo, a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We'll be at the beautiful new Uptown Art House (former site of Uptown Tap House/4 Provinces), 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW. Help us create posters and banners for our campaign. This event is family friendly. Hosted by Rising Hearts, the Piscataway Indian Nation, & DC ReInvest.

Saturday, May 20 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series Presents Hollertown, a bluegrass and old-time music band that has played in and around Washington, DC, for over ten years. Playing everything from haunting (and haunted) originals, to old-timey standards, to tunes by Mötley Crüe, Bob Marley, and the Texas Tornados, Hollertown has been known to inspire spontaneous dancing, questionable public displays of affection, and glossolalia. Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Please feel free to bring your own beach chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled for that day. Attendees will be encouraged to stick around after the show and save some money! Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be distributing wristbands that will entitle the wearer to discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW.  

Saturday, May 20 at 5 PM, Concert: Goin’ Home: American Roots. The DC Youth Orchestra Program and the Post Classical Ensemble have partnered to present this free concert featuring world-renowned bass-baritone Kevin Deas and the DC Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mariano Vales. This concert is designed as a multi-sensory experience engaging the audience on multiple levels. The visuals by Peter Bogdanoff, narrative by Joe Horowitz, music inspired by African American spirituals and American symphonic music will invite the audience to join the journey of ‘goin home’ to an American identity rooted in African American traditions. This multimedia production, featuring works of Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Antonin Dvorak, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and more, is at Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater, 2455 6th St NW,

Sunday May 21 from 1 - 3 PM, Garden Planting and Cleanup Day at the Tregaron Conservancy. Help plant flowers and clear invasive vines in Tregaron's Klingle Stream valley. Meet up inside the Klingle Entrance (3000 block of Klingle Rd NW). Green thumbs and aspiring green thumbs are welcome. Kids who are supervised by an adult and willing to help out are encouraged to come too. Equipment and refreshments will be provided (and if we're lucky, the bullfrogs in the lily pond will be serenading us). To register, email info @

Monday, May 22 at 2 PM, SpotOn Grownups: Do Not Call Registry Sign-A-Thon. Getting telemarketing calls just as you're sitting down to dinner? Reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you get by signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s free and we’ll show you how. The DC Public Library is committed to making the District of Columbia an easier place to live, work, learn, visit and play as we grow older. SpotOn Grownups is a micro-learning weekly program designed to help our grownups with technology issues. Stop by the Tenley-Friendship branch, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, on Mondays at 2 PM for short one-on-one lessons. Free.

Monday, May 22 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features 'Duck on a Bike'. Calling all readers and actors! Please join us in the children's room for Reader's Theatre. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is the featured piece. A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too. This program celebrates Bike Month. Find more local events at Bike Month & Beyond. The Mt. Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW,

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 PM, GTW Inter-generational Learning: How to Investigate a President. The generations have so much to teach each other! Just as we learned from a recent Washington Post column about the GTG program that offers the older generation a chance to learn today’s technology from the younger generation, this new program, GTW - ”Grandparents Teaching Watergate” - offers today’s youngsters a chance to learn about the greatest presidential scandal of their grandparents’ generation, from the people who lived through it. Learn about the “third-rate burglary,” “The Saturday Night Massacre,” and the president who “stonewalled” before deciding to go “the modified limited hangout route.” Oldsters, bring your Watergate memorabilia; youngsters, find out how people communicated in a world before tweets and the 24-hour news cycle. This session will be held in the Arlington parking garage where Woodward and Bernstein met “Deep Throat” - click here for location: Click here for more details of this unique event.

Wednesday, May 24 at 7 PM, PAL Pajama Party at the Mt. Pleasant Library. It's a Pajama Party... with doggies! Join us in your jammies for a doggie story time and an opportunity to read to a PAL dog. The whole family is invited to join in the FUN! Free. The Mt. Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th St. NW,

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Not Enough Outlets

by Peggy Robin

Time to tackle one of the REALLY vexing problems of our age. Not enough outlets for travelers! You know the situation: You are staying at an older hotel, a lovely inn, or a quaint bed and breakfast, and you need to recharge your phone, your laptop, and maybe a few other devices. (OK, I admit it, I am traveling with my full-sized electric toothbrush and its charging stand, but hey -- it wasn’t my idea -- my dentist told me to!) All these things need power, and some of them need to connect to a USB port as well. You may find an outlet or two in the room, but once you plug in one of those big, clunky “brick” plugs, you can’t plug anything else into the same outlet.

Even when you are staying in a modern hotel meant for business travelers, you can run into trouble. You may think you’re OK when you first see that desk lamp with the outlets and ports right on the base. But if you’re sharing a room with someone who travels with the same or greater number of gadgets as you, good luck fighting over who gets to use them first. Maybe you will end up fishing behind the headboard of the bed, looking for some extra plug-in space. You can try unplugging the clock-radio, and take over that outlet. Or rummage behind the draperies, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find a free outlet there. (Of course, when you check out, you will forget all about it, leaving your expensive power cord behind, still plugged in and hidden behind the curtains.) 

I know these problems have been covered by travel and tech columnists before -- and that’s actually what’s led me to take up the question now. On Monday, May 8th the Washington Post’s tech columnist Hayley Tsukiyama gave her readers some advice – exactly the wrong advice, to my way of thinking.  She proposed that we gadget-heavy packers switch over to “analog” items when we’re on the road. Don’t bring wireless headphones that need to be charged, she says -- bring wired ones. Take a low tech toothbrush. Ditch the smart watch for one that simply tells time.

There’s actually a much more satisfying solution, one that lets you continue to pack whatever you like, without substitutions. And it will end the need for future outlet-hunting. You just need to pack one more thing: a power strip/extension cord. You can get a fairly lightweight version that will add just 1.5 lbs to your luggage. Not bad. You know it’s easier to add a pound and a half than to try to cut out things you like to have on hand. If you’re a heavy packer, be yourself, and go with it! Here’s a 5-outlet/2 USB port power strip on a 5-foot extension for for just 18 bucks:’ve. Here’s another without the USB ports, but it will take up to six “brick” plugs, and it’s still just 1.5 pounds: Bonus: It comes in bright teal, hot pink or lime green, so you’re not going to overlook it when you’re packing up to check out.

Stay connected, everyone!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 16,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, May 11 at 6 PM, “The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution.” In honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, historian John Oller discusses and signs copies of his biography of “The Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, an original Society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served. Free. At Anderson House, The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:

Friday, May 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM, National Public Gardens Day at Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens. Entry is free all day to the historic, 5½-acre garden - no registration needed. Stroll among spring blooms at leisure or join free guided tours (at 11 AM and 2 PM). Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st St. NW. More info:  

Friday May 12 at 7:30 PM, Concert: From the Canon’s Mouth - presenting two jewels, conceived almost a century apart, from the sprawling canon of great Viennese string quartets. The first jewel is Mozart's KV 465 ("Dissonance Quartet"), a member of the composer's set of six string quartets dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn, and a stunning specimen of Mozart's mature writing. The second jewel, of a remarkably different (but still stunning) cut, comes from the first set of published quartets of an admirer, performer, editor, and collector of Mozart's music: Johannes Brahms. Tickets: $10 - $40 at At the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Friday May 12 at 7 PM and Saturday May 13 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, James and the Giant Peach Jr., presented by John Eaton Elementary's 4th & 5th grade class. All are welcome to this family friendly musical performance filled with magic and heart. Glorious music and colorful creatures help to tell Roald Dahl's timeless classic story of James and his adventures in an unlikely vessel with unexpected friends. Tickets: $7 children and $10 adults. Advance tickets sales at or at the door on the day of show. John Eaton Elementary School is at the corner of Lowell and 34th Streets NW.

Saturday, May 13 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM, Bird Walks Come to Tregaron! Did you know that Tregaron is a birding "hot spot," with over 76 bird species identified here? Join us for Springtime Early Birds, our first-ever expert-led bird walk. Our leader will be Jim Nelson, who has been birding for over 30 years and regularly leads walks for the Audubon Society, Maryland Ornithological Society and other organizations. Tregaron is at 3100 Macomb Street NW. Space is limited and registration is required:

Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The  2nd annual DCPS World Language Festival at Deal Middle School. DCPS welcomes students, families and community members to come together to celebrate World Language instruction across the District. The theme of this year’s celebration is Growing up Global at DCPS. Get ready for a day full of fun featuring student activities, food tastings from International Food Days, parent and family information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners, and embassies, and so much more! World Language Teacher of the Year and World Language Student of the Year awards will also be presented at the culmination of the event. It is an open event, but please register in advance at For any questions please contact Allyson Williams, DCPS World Language Specialist, allyson.williams @ dc dot gov. Deal Middle School is at 3815 Fort Drive NW.

Saturday May 13 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Lafayette Spring Fair. Back at Lafayette, Home, Sweet Home, after a construction break last year, join us for this neighborhood event as we celebrate with: carnival rides, relay races, karaoke, face painting, music, food, and more! Bike swap of bikes to be traded in or donated. All local families welcome! Lafayette ES is at 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. More info and advance sales of food tickets and KidPasses at:  

Saturday, May 13 from 12 noon - 9 PM, The 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival - a celebration of spring in DC and the amazing talent of our friends and the natural beauty in our Nation's Capital. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need. Details at: Tickets: $30 general admission at; higher prices for admission with food/drink included. Enter Kingman Island and Heritage Islands Park at RFK Lot 6.

Saturday May 13 at 3:30 PM, Mother's Day Card Making. Join West End Library Children's Staff as we will be making cards and will have tissue paper on hand for any other designs you have in mind! Free. Appropriate for Ages 3 and up. The West End Library is at 2522 Virginia Avenue NW,   

Saturday, May 13 from 5 - 7 PM, Adams Morgan Summer concert series presents Oxymorons. This seriously-fun eight-piece band has been playing the DC area for more than 25 years, reeling off favorite party tunes spanning four decades and witty, well-crafted originals. Free - seating is limited, and is first come, first serve, so show up early! Please feel free to bring your own beach chair. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled for that day. Due to the nature of the series, there will not be a rain date. Attendees will be encouraged to stick around after the show and save some money! Adams Morgan Partnership BID will be distributing wristbands that will entitle the wearer to discounts on food, drink, and merchandise at a variety of participating Adams Morgan merchants. At 1801 Adams Mill Rd NW,

Sunday, May 14 at 8 AM, Temple Sinai’s 3rd annual Tricia Davis 5K Walk/Run in support of Sinai House, a residential social service program for homeless families in Washington, DC. The race begins at 8 AM at Rock Creek Park Grove 24, 4850 Colorado Ave NW. Sign up for any of 6 different races, including a virtual race or a 5K Walk/Run for Your Dog. Registration fees, $10 - $40 - at

Sunday, May 14, all day, Mudders Day. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day….but it’s also Mudders Day! After so many days of heavy rains, it’s great to see the sun again! But let’s also take this day to appreciate the squishy-squashy greatness of mud! On Mudders Day, you can make mud pies. And you can celebrate the racehorses who run fast on muddy tracks, like this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming. What song do you sing on Mudder’s Day? It’s “Hello Mudder, Hello Faddah,” of course! Where and when do you celebrate Mudder’s Day? Find all the details here:

Sunday, May 14 at 5:15 PM, Organ Recital: George Fergus. Cathedral organist George Fergus plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation. At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW,

Monday, May 15 at 6:30 PM, The Regulatory Process of Starting a Small Business. Are you interested in starting a small business in the District? Do you know about the necessary regulations to get started? The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has partnered with DC Public Library to educate prospective business owners on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. Come and learn about: Business Licensing; Corporate registration; Certificates of Occupancy (C of O); Home Occupancy Permits (HOP); Grant Opportunities; Vending; Farmer markets; Certified Business Enterprises (CBE); and More! No pre-registration required. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,   

Tuesday, May 16 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The Zika Virus, a presentation by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the US National Institutes of Health. In 2015, an obscure mosquito-borne virus began spreading in the Western Hemisphere, causing a new pandemic. It received scant attention until the infection broke out massively in Latin America and the Caribbean and was associated with an abrupt increase in birth defects. Since the initial reports of Zika virus disease in Brazil, the pandemic has spread rapidly to more than 60 countries and territories in the Americas. Dr. Fauci will discuss the history of Zika virus, the current pandemic, and the biomedical research response. He is a leader in the worldwide fight against infectious diseases and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Free. Reservations required at This lecture is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) spring series, held at the AU Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, May 17 at 7 PM, A Conversation with Alejandro Palomas. Awarded with the 2016 Spain’s National Book Award for Children’s Literature, Alejandro Palomas joins local author Maud Casey in a conversation moderated by Matthew Davis.Alejandro Palomas is the author of several novels which have been translated into 8 languages. In 2016, he received the National Award for Children’s and Youth Literature for his novel Un hijo (A Son). Free, but reservations required at: At the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St NW.

Thursday, May 18 at 5 PM, Curator Tour: "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." Join Curator of Contemporary Art Camille Ann Brewer as she guides you through the exhibition “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” which tells the story of the iconic fashion show and its creator Eunice Johnson through stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement pieces by leading designers. Free; no reservations required. At George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW,  

Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM, Federal Worker Rights. Attorneys Debra D'Agostino and Sarah McKinin of the Federal Practice Group will discuss the rights Federal Employees have on and off the job. Federal Workers are facing unprecedented attacks and restrictions. Can Feds express political opinions? Attend protests? Raise money? Blow the whistle without getting fired? This important topic will is the subject of the next meeting of the Chevy Chase (DC) and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Free and open to the public. At IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St NW,  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Vive la France, Vive Le Parc-Cleveland

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By Peggy Robin

It’s over! The French elections, I mean. Here I was, holding my breath (metaphorically, at least) since April 23rd, when it became an actual possibility that the far right, anti-EU, anti-NATO candidate Marine LePen could become President of France. The polls gave her slim chance of winning….but we’d seen the polls proved wrong before, in both the Brexit vote and in the US Presidential results

And what has this to do with Cleveland Park, you might ask. This is, after all, a column about things much closer to home....

Well, if Marine LePen had won, that would have started the process to pull France out of the European Union, and let’s face it, that outcome, following on the heels of Brexit, would surely mean the beginning of the end of the EU. Not much of a leap from there to the end of NATO. And with NATO gone, what’s to stop Putin from taking the rest of Ukraine, then Estonia, and then on to the other Baltic states? Chaos in a disintegrating Europe would surely brings with it worldwide economic instability, including the collapse of currencies, the breakdown on social order, and the rise of dictatorships. Which was the pattern that led up to both the first and second world wars. We would have every reason to assume that running the pattern a third time would unleash a third world war on a scale even greater than the first two. And how could that not affect us all here in Cleveland Park? So Macron’s victory today is something for us to celebrate....and it underscores the meaning of the title, "All Life Is Local"! 

Still Life with Robin is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local, usually on Saturdays, but on some special occasions (such as following a major French election) on Sundays. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 16,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, May 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini: How Local Universities Are Jumpstarting Creative Industries. The District of Columbia is rapidly evolving into a center for the creative industries. In 2013, American University launched its Game Lab and Studio, “a hub for experiential education, persuasive play research, and innovative production in the fields of games for change and rhetorical play.” Let’s examine how local centers of higher education have nurtured both economic development and creative expression in the District. Free. At Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave NW. More info at; register at

Friday, May 5 from  10 - 11 AM, DC IdeasFest: Co-Creating the City: An Opening Talk with Stephen Glaude, Executive Director, Coalition for Non Profit Housing and Economic Development. This first event of the two-day IdeasFest takes a broad look at DC's path forward toward an inclusive city and an economy that provides opportunity to all. Free. At the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. For details on this and other events visit  

Friday, May 5 at 4 PM, Cinco de Mayo Story Time. Enjoy a few stories and songs in celebration of Latino culture! Afterwards, there will be a special showing of a few episodes from the cartoon Maya & Miguel. Free. At the Rosedale Neighborhood Library, 1701 Gales St. NE.,

Friday, May 5, at 6 - 8 PM, Fifth of May Party for Determined Monolinguists. Did you fail middle school Spanish? Or are you simply determined to avoid saying anything in another language, including words like “jalapeno” and “margarita”? Have you been staying home every year on Cinco de Mayo as a consequence? Your troubles are over! This night is for you! Go out with confidence, knowing that you can join with other similarly linguistically challenged English-only speakers by celebrating this day without having to say a single word in Spanish! Come to our Fifth of May Party (you don’t even have to say ¡Fiesta!), where you will be greeted with “Hiyas” and “Howdys” - never an ¡Hola! At the America First and Last Bar & Grill, which exists only in our imaginations - because this is the Weekly Fake Event (el evento broma de la semana).

Friday, May 5 from 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 5 PM, The 78th Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. Free Admission - held rain or shine. You can find a very detailed schedule of the activities, performances, vendors, and food services online at: - scroll past page 16 to see the 8-page Flower Mart insert, or go to:

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, May 6 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, Deal Middle School’s production of Hairspray JR will take you back to early 1960s Baltimore, with lots of singing and dancing. Hair Spray JR celebrates diversity with a positive, inspiring message and some big, showy dance numbers. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, available at the door or at Alice Deal Middle School is at 3815 Fort Dr NW.

Saturday, May 6  from 9 - 11:30 AM, Ward 3 Animal Health Fair at the Newark Street Dog Park. Free vaccinations; dog licenses; emergency preparedness; learn about animal laws; “ask the veterinarian” and more. Dog license is $15 for a spayed or neutered dog and $50 for an unspayed or unneutered dog (check or money order only - no cash will be accepted). You have the option of registering for your dog license online, prior to the event, at: and you can then receive the dog license at the event rather than receiving it through the mail. The Newark St. Dog Park is at 39th & Newark St. NW. More info:

Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Passport Around the World Embassy Tour. Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 40 embassies will open their doors to visitors, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Come see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors. There is no charge to participate in Around the World Embassy Tour and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you. More details at:  

Saturday, May 6 from 10 AM - 2 PM, International Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. This annual festival  features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the name of bird conservation. Activity booths include: Bird Banding; Nature Play; City Wildlife; Rock Creek Songbirds; Window Sticker Making (to prevent bird strikes on windows); Avian Olympics; Bird Quest; and much more! This event will be held rain or shine. All activities are free. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Complete details at:

Saturday, May 6 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Train Day Celebration. Every year, we celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad (May 10, 1869) at the Postal Museum. Finally there were train tracks connecting East and West, allowing the Post Office to quickly move mail by trains across the entire country. ​On Train Day, come and experience the Railway Post Office by checking out the inside of the train car, learn how train conductors use whistle signals to communicate, and get to know some jargon used by Postal Clerks who worked on the Railway Post Offices. We will also have model trains running through our Museum Atrium. Enjoy a special Story Time and “meet” Owney the Dog, a mascot of the Railway Post Office too! Free admission. In the atrium of the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE,

Saturday, May 6 starting at 12 noon, The U Street Festival and Funk Parade. Celebrate the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. The 2017 Festival will feature 20 different stages with over 100 musicians and dance performances in a ten hour period. The Day Fair happens from 12 - 7 PM; The Funk Parade from 3 - 4 PM, and the evening part of the Music Festival from 7 - Late Night.  If you have great costume idea, tell all of your friends, make them join you,  and head down to U Street at 3 PM. If you have a dusty old trombone, polish it off and bring it out to the festival. If you want to create a non motorized rolling spaceship or time machine and roll it down the parade route with a battery powered speaker DO IT!  If you have any questions email the parade organizers at funk @ funkparade dot com. The parade starts in front of the Howard Theater, 620 T St NW. More info at

Saturday, May 6, from 3:45 - 5 PM, May Revels at the National Cathedral. Celebrate spring with Washington Revels at the annual All Hallows Guild Flower Mart (see the Flower Mart entry, above, for details). The Washington Revels will present music, dance, May Queen crowning, maypole and more. The Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW. Free and open to the public. Details at:

Sunday, May 7 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Lab School Spring Fair. The Lab School of Washington is hosting their Spring Fair at the Castle on 4759 Reservoir Rd NW. Celebrating 50 years of the Lab School with fun and games for all ages. All welcome! Always a great time for the kids. Free admission. The event takes place rain or shine,

Sunday May 7 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Hand Crafts Pop-Up Artists and Artisans Show. Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, including beautiful jewelry, pottery, stained glass, fused glass, dolls, woodcraft, baby items and more. Meet the artists who make these items! Free admission. At the Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday May 7 from 1 - 3 PM,  Art on the Green. Enjoy a day of "Art on the Green" with The Educated Artist, Amanda Hofstetter. Amanda will guide participants as they paint a community-inspired mural on a large tapestry to be displayed on Rosedale grounds. All ages welcome. No prior art skills required. There is no cost to register, but please sign up in advance at Rosedale is on Newark Street at 35th St NW.

Sunday May 7 at 4 PM, Chevy Chase Free Concert Series: George Frideric Handel wrote his "Foundling Hospital Anthem" to raise funds for a chapel at an orphanage in London. The work concludes with the Hallelujah Chorus (the same one you know from Messiah). Chorus, orchestra and soloists will come together at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church to present this and other works in a free concert. Music Director Julie Vidrick Evans has put together a program that also includes the Shaker song "Simple Gifts," gospel tunes such as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Ubi Caritas et Amor" (Where There Is Charity and Love) by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. A reception will follow. The concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW,

Monday, May 8 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features 'Mother's Day Mice' by Eve Bunting. Three little mouse brothers go into the meadow to find a present for their mother but it is the littlest mouse that comes up with the most unusual gift of all. This program is in anticipation of Mother’s Day. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Monday, May 8 starting at 6 PM, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invite you to Mayor Muriel Bowser's Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, which will also mark the 30th Year Anniversary of the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Please join us for an exciting night featuring a pre-show reception, cultural performances by renowned AAPI artists, an awards ceremony, and more! This event will be held at the Lincoln Theatre located at 1215 U Street Northwest, right across the street from U Street Metro Station on the green/yellow line. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required - go to:

Wednesday, May 10 at 8:30 AM, Bird Walk in the Olmsted Woods. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and join in the fun of this All Hallows Guild event. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. More info:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Old Books for All

by Peggy Robin

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair
You have many opportunities throughout the year to donate your old books to worthy causes – and many of these opportunities are advertised on our sister site, The Cleveland Park Listserv. But one day you may look around at your neatly de-cluttered bookshelves and think to yourself, “Why are my shelves so bare?" And you realize that you would really love to have are some mysterious and dusty piles of old books – antique atlases, turn-of-the-century school readers, leather-bound sets of Dickens, and maybe some Robert Louis Stevenson with gorgeous full color plates by N.C. Wyeth. Or maybe you would just like to find that one in-depth work on the obscure topic that only you and about twelve other people in the world really care about. Well, if you have ever had anything resembling those thoughts, then you are in luck, because the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair is for you….and it’s in town today.

The first day, Friday, April 28, is happening right now, and then you have a full day on Saturday when it's on from 10 AM–4 PM to see rooms full of antique books. The book fair is downtown at the Washington Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street NW. More info here:

And while I’m plugging annual events that I look forward to every year, I’ll pass along this reminder for the next great Friday & Saturday activity – the Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart – in its 78th year – where you can taste food from around the world, watch a variety of performances and demonstrations, buy crafts, plants, and all manner of other things, go on tours of the Cathedral, play games, put your kids in the moonbounce, have tea in the bishop’s garden, and of course, ride on the historic carousel.

The Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart
Friday, May 5 from 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, May 6, from 10 AM – 5 PM

Oh yes, and they have a great used book tent there, too!


Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.