Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 30 at 4 PM, “Under the Sea.” Learn about the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood creatures, and how sharks, stingrays and skates are important to marine ecosystems. This is a great introductory program for participation in our Science in the Summer Program focusing on oceanography. ​For ages 5 - 12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 PM, A Walk Through Palisades History. You are invited to go on a  walking tour to historic sites in the Palisades. Assemble at the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, at 6:30 PM for a brief history at the library; the walk begins at 7. It will stay within a 1.5 mile radius of the library and will be at a leisurely, strolling pace, returning to the starting point by 8:30 PM. Water will be provided. Please dress comfortably for walking and bring a sunhat or an umbrella as necessary. The walk will proceed in light rain but will be canceled in thunderstorms. In advance of the walk, you might want to check out “The Palisades of Washington, DC” by Alice Fales Stewart. Please call the library at 202-282-3139 for more information.

Thursday, June 30 at 7 PM, Hamilton vs. Burr, a talk on the epic duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton by Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to Learn about the event that was the basis for this year’s most exciting Broadway musical. A pivotal event in US history, starring two of our most dynamic forefathers, will be illuminated with a short talk followed by a public Q&A session. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

Friday, July 1 at 6 PM, A Continuing Talk On Race (A.C.T.O.R.) - a recurring open discussion series, which provides opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action! The topic for the evening is Jim Wallis’ book “America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” Free, but reservations required at At the Haskell Center of the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Saturday, July 2 at 4 PM, Music to Celebrate the Second of July. Celebrate the day on which the Continental Congress voted for independence with music that the Founding Fathers knew well. David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform 18th-century songs—including ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs—in costume with period instruments. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, July 2 at 9:30 AM, Civil War Roundtable: "Living history: My Journey Through Reenacting" - a talk by Bryan Cheeseboro, a historian of the American Civil War era, about the history of reenacting, as well as how and why he got involved in reenacting. This will be a presentation to recruit, as well as encourage and reinforce the mission of reenactors. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Saturday, July 2 from 12 noon - 4 PM, The 3rd Annual Polish Day! Celebrate the Spirit of Poland with the Kosciuszko Foundation in a day filled with music, karaoke songs, games and great Polish food. A traditional Polish lunch will be prepared by the chef of the Polish Embassy, Mr. Andrzej Bielach. There will also be Polish beer, vodka cocktails as well as juices and soft drinks. Plus an art show of original prints by Dr. Andrzej Zmudzki, and a farewell ceremony to departing Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf. Free for Kosciuszko Foundation members (a donation of $10 is requested); $20 for non-members, children under 10 are free. You can join when you arrive. Please rsvp to Barbara Bernhardt, bbernhardt @ thekf dpt org. At the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, July 2 from 1 - 4 PM, A Bicentennial Birthday Party for Tudor Place. Celebrate America’s independence and the 200th anniversary of the historic house at a festive garden party for all ages. Play traditional American outdoor games, plant an heirloom seed to take home, make a patriotic fan, write a thank-you postcard to America's servicemen and women, and of course, enjoy a piece of the giant Tudor Place birthday cake from Dog Tag Bakery (while it lasts). Tickets: $3 - $5 at; free for veterans and military families. Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens is at 1644 31st Street NW.

Sunday, July 3 at 2 PM, “By the Dawn’s Early Light,” a walking tour to honor the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. Free. For ages 7 and up. Meet at the water fountain at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW.

Sunday, July 3 from 5 - 8 PM, Hoedown on the Green. Everyone in the family is invited for a special Palisades Centennial evening of live music, square dancing, and free ice cream from Mac Market. Pack a picnic and come out for this community event at the Palisades Rec Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) – rain or shine. Music and dancing by Laura Brown (caller), Joe DeZarn (fiddle) and Liz Donaldson (piano). Hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association,

Monday, July 4 at 11 AM, Independence Day Palisades Parade. Come one, come all to celebrate the 4th of July and take part in the Palisades community’s proudest tradition – now in its 50th consecutive year! The parade runs down MacArthur from Whitehaven to Edmunds Place. All marchers welcomed - no need to register. After the parade, the party continues at the Rec Center with free hot dogs, watermelon and tons of family fun. More info:

Monday, July 4 from 6 - 7 PM, Britain, Come Join Us! A Rally to Reunite America and Great Britain, now that Brexit has cut Britain off from the E.U. If it’s true that many of the Brexit voters have regrets about going it alone, then consider this solution: Britain can again become part of a powerful, economic engine - this time by reuniting with her former colonies. Call it a “Reverse Independence Day.” Join this rally to invite England and Wales to become the 51st and 52nd states of the Union. (Scotland will, of course, vote to become independent and rejoin the E.U., while Northern Ireland will rejoin the rest of Ireland.) Rally in front of the British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free signs, T-shirts, and noisemakers will be distributed; to make sure there’s enough for all, register at

Tuesday, July 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Brain Games and a History of Puzzles” - A two-hour class examining the most popular types of puzzles and why they fascinate us and remain timeless classics. Participants will learn some of the mathematics, logical deduction, and language skills behind these puzzles. Free. At the Tenley-Frienship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, July 6 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Alex Finley - Victor in the Rubble. Former CIA officer, turned blogger and satirist, Alex Finley will be on hand to discuss the sights, sounds, and absurdities of the complex relationships connected with the War on Terror. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Strawberry Moon Night and Leon Day

USFWS via Wikimedia Creative Commons
by Peggy Robin

Yes, I know it was six days ago, but here’s a belated nod to the astronomically amazing summer solstice we enjoyed earlier this week, which was accompanied by the “Strawberry Moon” – a rare confluence of events:

The link above goes to Slate’s “Bad Astronomy” blog, which regularly provides intelligible-to-the-layperson write-ups of the latest in astronomy, as well as clear photos and diagrams. For local photos, my number one go-to source for images of anything that can be seen and photographed overhead in DC is the user photos section at Capital Weather Gang:

My second-best source is DCist:

If you don’t want to take the time to read a blog entry or scroll through photos, then try this 35-second newsclip from CBS:

1967 was the last time the Strawberry Moon fell on the summer solstice, and it won’t happen again until 2062.

Today, June 25, is also a day of note: It’s LEON Day, marking the halfway point to Christmas. The name is NOEL spelled backwards – and this is not a made-up holiday (at least not by me!).  Here’s what you get if you Google it:
(These are just two of the many online calendars that come up in response to “Leon Day” as a search term.)

Yes, you can start your Christmas shopping now!


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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Living the American Indian Experience:
Chevy Chase Library Program, June 28, 2pm
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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 PM, “BioArt: The Brain.” Using images from the BioArt exhibit, kids can investigate how the brain sends signals to the body, and participate in a role-playing activity about neural connections. For ages 7-12. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is lending images from the BioArt collection to be displayed publicly at Palisades Library in the Children's Room through mid-August. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW,

Thursday, June 23 at 9 AM, REeducation: Jazz & GoGo Meet the Orchestra. The Capital Fringe Festival in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, present a free public art commotion — bringing music to the masses. A 30-piece orchestra highlights the talents of the GoGo Symphony and Great Noise Ensemble in a special 90-minute program. This event is free and viewable from the street, cars driving by, nearby businesses, and public sidewalks. At Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, intersection of 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Rush hour may never be the same. More info:   

Thursday, June 23 at 6:30, Refugees Then & Now: What Has Changed? The situation of refugees has made it into the headlines in the past year with the arrival on European shores of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and others fleeing war and other crises. There are more displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. This program aims to raise awareness of the situation of refugees then and now. Among the speakers will be someone who fled Europe in the 1930s to escape from the Nazis and sought refuge in the United States, and a Syrian refugee who was forced to leave Syria in 2007. A representative of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), an organization that works around the world to protect refugees, will talk about the current situation in Europe and elsewhere and how history can guide us in our response. The event is free of charge; attendees will be invited to make a contribution. For tickets, go to: At the Goethe Institut Washington, suite 3, 1990 K St NW.

Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, Film Screening & Panel: The Last Witness. They are the last survivors and witnesses. They speak up and tell us their stories. Stories about how they escaped and survived from the Holocaust. Over 75 years after the Shoah, seven survivors share their terrible experiences and stories about colleagues who turned into robbers, neighbors into murderers, and friends into traitors. Together with ensemble members of Vienna's Burgtheater, these Last Witnesses bring their memories back on stage. The subtitled screening will be followed by a talk with former Washington Post Editor and current Opinion Editor of Moment Magazine Amy E. Schwartz and Ari Rath, one of the protagonists of the film. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW. Tickets are free but reservations are required - go to:

Friday, June 24 at 12 noon, Lunch and a Movie at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. The movie is "Educating Rita" starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. The lunch starts at 12 noon (lunch reservations needed to be in by Wednesday June 22); The movie starts at 1 PM. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, June 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Friends of Forest Hills Playground Summer Concert featuring Spread Love - a free, all-ages show. The four trombonists and percussionist of this versatile group perform Dixieland jazz and jazz standards. Armand's Pizza truck will be selling slices and whole pies (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the playground) starting at 5:30; live performance at 6 PM. Bring a picnic (or cash for pizza) and get ready to groove! At the Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake Streets, NW.

Saturday, June 25 at 1 PM, Farewell Yarrow! The Georgetown Library invites you to bid "farewell" to the Peabody Room's 1822 portrait of Yarrow Mamout, which is being borrowed by the Smithsonian Institution for display at the National Portrait Gallery through 2019. Brief presentations will be given by: James H. Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an American Family”; Mia Carey, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida who was the field director for the 2015 archaeological survey of Georgetown property that Yarrow owned; Muhammid Abdur Rahim, Ph.D. candidate at Howard University specializing in enslaved Muslim African-Americans. Free. In the Peabody Room (third floor) of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 from 1 - 4 PM, Open House at Swain’s Lockhouse on the C&O Canal. For the first time since the beginning of its rehabilitation, Swains Lockhouse will be open to the public! The C&O Canal Trust welcomes visitors for a first-hand look at the changes that have been made to this historic gem. You can also hear about the preservation process for this beloved lockhouse that will be joining the award-winning Canal Quarters program. Free. At Mile Marker 16.6 along the C&O Canal towpath in Potomac, MD. More info:

Sunday, June 26 from 1 - 3 PM, Kids at Katzen Family Day offers children from the ages of 5 to 12 and their parents a unique opportunity to engage in art. Participants are introduced to an exhibition on view Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil by participating artists and are then led in creating their own project inspired by the artwork. In the Kreeger lobby at the American University Museum. Tickets: $15 per family of four and $5 for each additional child after that - go to: Advance reservations strongly recommended. The American University Museum is in the Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Sunday, June 26 at 5 PM, “Welcome Summer” Concert, The Palisades Community Church invites you to enjoy chamber music on the lawn. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, friends, neighbors. The family-friendly concert is free but donations will benefit the families of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims. At the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue NW.

Monday, June 27 from 3:30 - 5 PM, Live and Learn: Continuing Care Decisions, presented by Dupont Circle Village. How long will I be able to stay in my home? What continuing care facilities are available for me? What should I consider now in making future living decisions? Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, will outline living choices as we age. He is the author of “Caring for Our Parents,” and speaks and writes frequently on health and aging. He also is co-convener of the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative, a non-partisan project to develop a consensus solution to the challenges of financing long-term care. Free for Dupont Circle Village members, others $10. At St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church Street, NW. More info:  

Tuesday, June 28 at 2 PM, Living the American Indian Experience. Papitám (Algonquin for “Let’s Play”) is a learning through play experience that educates young kids with culturally appropriate Native American explorations such as pottery creation, jewelry-making and wildlife games. Papitám is designed and presented by Maryland’s only state recognized Native Nation: the Piscataway. For ages 8-12. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, June 28 at 6 PM, Rally for the Salmon Run at Cleveland Park Metro. Last Tuesday, June 21, during the height of the rush hour, flash flooding turned the escalator and stairs at the Cleveland Park Metro into a magnificent waterfall -- see the video at Just imagine how great it would be to having leaping salmon going up that waterfall! If you agree, come to a rally in front of the Metro this Tuesday to support a plan to turn the Cleveland Park Metro entrance into a permanent waterway, with sustainable salmon fishing, to supply local fish markets as well as allow for catch-and-release fun for tourists -- a wonderful way to cap off a visit to the nearby National Zoo. As part of this plan, a new, cascade-free Metro entrance would be constructed on the south end of the station at Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW, at an estimated cost of $11 billion, with a projected opening date of June 28, 2029. To view the architectural plans go to:

Tuesday, June 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Brain Games and a History of Puzzles - a two-hour class examining the most popular types of puzzles and why they fascinate us and remain timeless classics. Participants will learn some of the mathematics, logical deduction, and language skills behind these puzzles. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday June 28 at 7:30 PM, Architectural History Talk: Phoebe Hearst, Hearst Hall, and the Site of the Cathedral. Please join CPHS’s Executive Director Carin Ruff for an illustrated talk on the selection of a site and a style for the Cathedral and National Cathedral School’s Hearst Hall. The talk will cover the search for a site for the Close and its relationship to the development of Cleveland Park; the original plan for the Cathedral’s architectural program; Phoebe Hearst’s role; and the place of Hearst Hall in the vogue for Beaux-Arts architecture in Washington. The talk is free and open to everyone, but please register at so we can be sure we have enough seating. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St., NW Questions? Email Carin Ruff at staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Still Life with Robin: It's the On-Off Switch, Stupid!

by Peggy Robin

There are things everyone should do before calling in a repair person – things so simple you might think no one could forget to do them. But any repair person could tell you a story about being called to someone’s house to fix a broken light fixture, and it turned out to be nothing more than a burned-out light bulb. That’s $60 for a few turns of the wrist [or two men and a ladder – insert your favorite light bulb joke here]. Or the time the computer tech guy came to find out why the printer didn’t work, and it turned out that it was no longer plugged in.

Sometimes you think you’ve checked to see that the plug hasn’t become dislodged – but you skip something else along the power route, something almost as obvious, such as an inadvertently flipped on-off switch on the power strip. Or a connector cable that’s not snugly pushed into the USB – it’s pulled out just by a millimeter and that’s all it takes to kill the connection.

Here’s my latest experience with the “check the switch” syndrome. I pressed the crushed ice button on the ice-and-water-through-the-door dispenser of my refrigerator – and nothing happened. It had worked just fine the day before. I tried the water dispenser, and water flowed – so at least part of the system was working. Next, I tried the cubed ice button – again, nothing. I thought maybe there was something clogged up inside, preventing the ice from coming through. As far as I could see, everything looked normal. But that was only as far as I could tell. What do I know about ice making? I very rarely put ice in my drinks. The trouble is, I use the ice dispenser so infrequently that I forgot how it works. There’s an ice bin in the freezer and the icemaker keeps on making ice until the bin is full; when the ice in the bin reaches a certain level, it pushes up a bar into the off-position to tell the icemaker there’s no room for more ice. While the ice-making is going on, the process is fairly noisy: you can hear the icemaker whirring and hear the cubes dropping into the bin, and sometimes you can hear water dripping. A long time ago, I must have decided that these noises were bothersome, and so I opened the freezer door, saw that the bin was almost full of ice, and manually pulled up the bar to stop further ice-making. Then forgot about it. That was so long ago, and I have used so sparingly over so many months, that I didn’t realize that I had finally used up all the ice in the bin. And the bar was still up, so the icemaker was not making any new ice.

Here's where the story could go either of three ways. I could do the dumbest thing and call a repair person. I could do the smartest thing, which would be to recall having turned off the icemaker, and turn it back on. Or I could take a middle course, and consult the wisdom of crowds (i.e., go to the Internet to try to find the answer).

I took Door #3 and Googled “refrigerator stopped making ice” and one of the first things to come up was a video showing me how to check the ice-making stop lever. The video is for a different brand of icemaker, which has a spring lever, not a drop-down bar, but the idea is the same. And the outcome is the same – no need for a visit from an expensive repair person, who would just move the bar back into the ice-making position, while simultaneously making me feel very stupid and $85 poorer!

Just to make sure this column is not limited to helping anyone who may have mistakenly turned off the icemaker, I will close with a few other basic to-do’s, also gleaned from the internet, that may be of help any time you are contemplating calling a repair person:

For anything involving electricity: check the power from the device/appliance through any cables, extensions, power strips, plugs/outlets, or circuit breakers. Is everything connected, plugged in, turned on? If there are batteries involved, are the batteries good? Are they firmly in place with compartment doors clicked shut? You checked for rust, dust, or chemicals on any of the contact surfaces? If there are red or green power lights, are they on?

For anything involving air or water flowing through ducts, hoses, filters, etc.: check for clogs and obstructions, kinks, or gaps. Are the cleanable parts clean (filters and coils have been vacuumed or dusted or de-linted or washed – whichever is applicable)?

And finally, if it’s something that can be re-booted (power-cycled off and re-powered), have you rebooted it? Don’t think this is just for your computer. You never know what kind of appliance now has a computer inside it, telling it what to do. It’s always worth a try!


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

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

James Joyce (public domain)
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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, June 16 at 10 AM, Dennis Ross, diplomat and former advisor to three presidents, will discuss his book “Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.” This lecture is part of the free series of spring lectures by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). No RSVP needed. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Thursday, June 16 from 1:30 PM - 6 PM, Bloomsday at the Tenley-Friendship Library. You are invited to attend this reading of highlights from James Joyce’s Ulysses by OLLI members, who will be joined by Robert Aubry Davis reading the third episode of Ulysses (Proteus) in its entirety. We will be joining Joyce enthusiasts around the world to honor him and sample his wares. Ulysses is, arguably, the funniest novel ever written, and we expect that a good time will be had by all – to be enhanced by a cash bar cast party to follow the performance. If you are new to Ulysses, this event can provide a convenient introduction (basically having a radically abridged edition of the novel read to you). Whether or not you can attend, you are invited to make use of the Joyce resources at the Bloomsday/OLLI website at Free. The Tenly Friendship library is at the corner of Albermarle St and Wisconsin Ave NW – near Tenleytown Metro.

Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, A Walk Through Palisades History. Gather at the Palisades library for a brief history of the neighborhood, and then at 7 PM the walk will proceed at a leisurely, strolling pace. Water will be provided. Please dress comfortably for walking and bring a sunhat or an umbrella as necessary; the walk will be canceled if it thunderstorms but will go on in light rain. Free. In advance of the walk, leaf through “The Palisades of Washington, DC” by Alice Fales Stewart, available at the library. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street NW,

Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 PM, Meet the Author: “Sky Above Clouds” by Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen. Through their scientific research and clinical practice, husband and wife team Gene D. Cohen and Wendy L. Miller uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline. Cohen, considered one of the founding fathers of geriatric psychiatry, describes what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. Miller, an expressive arts therapist and educator, highlights stories of creative growth in the midst of illness and loss encountered through her clinical practice. Cohen and Miller draw deeply on their own lessons learned as they struggle through aging, illness, and loss within their own family and eventually Cohen's own untimely death. What happens when the expert on aging begins to age? And what happens when the therapist who helps others cope with illness and loss is forced to confront her own responses to these experiences? The result is a richly informative and emotional journey of growth. Free. At Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St NW. RSVP to Patricia Dubroof at 202-895-9407 or

Friday, June 17 from 6 - 9 PM, Concert: Sojourne - part of the Cathedral Commons “Friday Nights in the Heights” series. Start your weekend with dancing, shopping, great food offerings and a free concert. Bring your family and friends, or meet up with neighbors. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs! At the corner of Newark Street & Wisconsin Avenue. Full series schedule at

Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM - 3 PM (with a 30 minute lunch break), Workshop: Home Buying 101. In one day of training, learn the entire home buying process from start to finish, and how to stay on track as a responsible homeowner. You will learn about: different types of loans; tips on how to improve your credit score; pros and cons of home ownership; working with lenders; down payment assistance programs; working with realtors; home inspections; what to expect at a closing. Free, but this workshop is first come, first served and space is limited. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Saturday, June 18 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Columbia Heights Day Festival, a celebration of the diversity and community of Columbia Heights. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment from the Main and Bloombars Stages, a beer garden, six group tents full of fun and unique vendors, as well as many unique stand-alone vendor tents scattered throughout the festival. This year on the Harriet Tubman Field there’s a carnival to rival any you’ve been to in the city! Bring your kiddos out for a fun free day of excitement and activities! The festival will stretch along 11th Street blocks between Park Road and Kenyon Street. More info:

Saturday, June 18 at 2 PM, Award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier will read from his children’s book, “City Shapes,” and lead a hands-on collage workshop for kids ages 6 and up. Books will be available for purchase from Politics & Prose Bookstore. Book signing will begin around 3:30 At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. Register for free tickets at

Saturday, June 18 at 2 PM, Melvin Kohn talks about his memoir, “Adventures in Sociology: My Life as a Cross-National Scholar.” Melvin Kohn, former President of the American Sociological Association and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, author of "Class and Conformity" and several other books and articles, reconsiders a long lifetime of research, culminating in a widely accepted theory of social structure and personality. Free. In the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Sunday, June 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Fabulous Father’s Day Concert, featuring the Weathervanes, performing their own original folk-rock tunes - part of the The Citizens Association of Georgetown “Concerts in the Park” series. In addition to great music, there will be special treats to celebrate the dads. Free. In Volta Park at 34th & Q Streets NW,

Sunday, June 19 at 7 PM, Farter’s Day Concert. While everyone else is celebrating Father’s Day, we are doing our part to help spread awareness of a lesser-known and perhaps not-yet-ready-for-primetime event called Farter’s Day, which falls on the same Sunday in June. It honors anyone of any gender who can cut the cheese on command. We were first made aware of Farter’s Day by music historian Professor J.P. Harter, who possessed a peculiar talent, which he popularized in a limerick: “There was a professor named Harter/Who was a magnificent farter/He could fart anything/From “God Save the King” to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.” Free and open to all able to break wind in harmony. Bean dip will be served. To get an accurate idea of how much is needed, be sure to RSVP at  

Monday, June 20 from 6 - 8 PM, World Refugee Day Discussion. Migration & Refugee Services (MRS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the world’s largest non-governmental resettlement organization. MRS just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is proud to have helped over one million refugees fleeing persecution and violence start new lives in America. Learn how you can help when you come for food, drinks, and important conversation on this timely issue. Hear from refugees firsthand as they share their inspiring and heartbreaking personal stories, and learn from refugee resettlement experts as they explain both the resettlement process and what you can do to help. Free. At Busboys & Poets in Brookland, 625 Monroe St NW. More info:

Tuesday, June 21 at 10 AM, Marsha and the Positrons. Through original songs, children learn about health & fitness, science and how the world works. The audience is encouraged to dance & sing along with guitar player Marsha Goodman-Wood and DC jazz bass player, Wardell Howell. For ages 5 - 12 Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, June 21 from 1 - 8 PM, Make Music Day in Tenleytown. Tenleytown Main Street has organized free outdoor music performances at a dozen locations from Fessenden to Tenley Circle along Wisconsin Avenue. All kinds of music will be featured, from funk to punk, a gospel chorus to a ukulele mass appeal, classical to jazz. Like the neighborhood itself, the music represents the harmony of Tenleytown, offering old and new, big and small, for an eclectic mix of summery sounds. Free. More info:

Tuesday, June 21 at 4 PM, “Who Gets Grandma’s Diamonds? Planning Now for What’s Left Behind.” Getting a will in order is important but it’s only one part of the estate planning process. Is there a piece of jewelry, a vase, or a picture that you’d like to be sure a friend or relative receives after you die? Then you should think about getting those wishes on paper and this program is for you. Skilled in estate planning, Eleanor Adkins, former owner of Eleanor Adkins Interiors, will give you tips for organizing your cherished possessions, documenting your wishes for passing them along, and letting those you treasure know about your plans.RSVP to this free program, presented by Glover Park Village, by emailing Events @ GloverParkVillage dot org or by calling 202-436-5545. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, June 21 from 2:30 - 9 PM, Fete de la Musique, hosted by Alliance Francaise de Washington and Dupont Festival. A French festival of many programs during the afternoon and evening. Alliance Francaise DC members and musicians will will party together and will also have French outdoor games! For the adults, there will be bands playing French and American songs. From 5pm to 6:30pm there will be a special area for kids with workshops (creation of musical instruments, calligraphy and face painting). Come and join in this "oh so" French event! In France, we celebrate the Summer "en musique". Free. At Dupont Circle. More info:

Wednesday, June 22 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM, The War on Science: Book Launch & Discussion. The Center for International Science and Technology is excited to host Shawn Otto, in conversation on his latest book “The War on Science.” In the book, Otto, a distinguished science advocate, author and speaker, investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for which evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses before it's too late. Otto will be joined in conversation by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Albert Teich, Research Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs. Light refreshments. Book sales & signing. Free. Reservations required at In Room 602 of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW.

Friday, June 24 at 12 noon, Lunch and a Movie at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. The movie is "Educating Rita" starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. The lunch starts at 12 noon; please call 202-727-7703 to reserve your meal by Wednesday, June 8. The movie starts at 1 PM. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.