Saturday, October 22, 2016

Still Life with Robin: What's the Deal with Teal?

Image by FARE
by Peggy Robin

I want to publicize –and at the same time criticize—the teal pumpkin campaign. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful program, a true boon to the millions of American with serious food allergies, but it could definitely be improved upon. Here’s the concept in a nutshell (I won’t make a pumpkin-shell pun here – though I could have!):

One out of thirteen* kids have some sort of food allergy serious enough to require complete avoidance of the allergy triggering food. Trick-or-treating is a scary thing for these kids and their parents. Children love to get treats but and especially when young and unaware they may just rip into something they’re given, not realizing that it could put them into anaphylactic shock. Even when parents do their best to screen candies, it may be difficult to root out all problematic offerings. Not everything is well marked for ingredients. To help to make trick-or-treating a fun, relaxing time, those who offer the treats can carefully pre-screen what they are handing out. And those who do this can mark their houses as safe houses, places that will offer an allergic child choices from a guaranteed nut-free bowl. The bowl could contain non-candy items such as stickers, temporary tattoos, little toys, or guaranteed nut-free candies, or (gasp!) healthy treats, such as packets of raisins or a fresh clementine. The way you signal your participation in the allergy safe trick-or-treat campaign is by putting out a pumpkin painted teal.

All the details are here:

This is a great thing, and I’m all for it. Just not 100 percent for the way it’s put into practice. The stumbling block is that color—teal?! Who chose that one? It’s not exactly a household hue. It’s not even a secondary color, much less a primary one. I’m not even sure that the majority of elementary school aged kids even know what color teal is! I'm not sure myself. Wikepedia defines it as a dark blue-green – not easily seen at night. The color shown on the Teal Pumpkin Project looks to me more like turquoise or aquamarine – it’s bright, almost sea-green. Which is it?

On top of that, it’s not a paint color you can find when you run to the drugstore to pick up a set of poster-paints to paint your pumpkin. You’re either going to have to try to mix it yourself – try blue and green and hope it comes out not too green and not too blue! – or you’ll need to do what one listserv member has already done and see if you can borrow some teal paint from a neighbor who has already solved this problem -- just enough to cover one pumpkin.

This was such an easily avoidable thing! How simple it would have been to create a “White Pumpkin Project.” White would have been easy to spot at a distance. Everyone has white paint. White would have been my first choice to signify an allergy safe house. And then there’s green. Green means, “Go” or “OK” or “Healthy Growing Things.” A green pumpkin would be easy to teach kids to recognize. Make it a fluorescent green if you want it to stand out at night.

It’s too late now to change the color. But maybe if the creators of the Teal Pumpkin Campaign get enough feedback from color critics,  they’ll switch to white or green in time for next year’s Safe Trick or Treat campaign.  In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to mix up some blue and green paint!

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Dmytro Ivashchenko via Wikimedia Creative Commons
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, ”Pointing the Telescope Down: Seismo-vision into the Earth’s Interior” lecture by Dr. Lara Wagner, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Department  of Terrestrial Magnetism. Free, but registration required at The Carnegie Institution is at 5251 Broad Branch Road NW.

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM, "Is There a Partisan Divide on Israel/Palestine?" - a talk by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of hundreds of organizations against US support for Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and supporting a US policy that upholds freedom, justice and equality. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. The talk is part of the Middle East Lecture Series at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW - in Geneva Hall (in the Education Building at the east end of the building.) The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Angus at rcangus @ verizon dot net.

Friday, October 21 at 7 PM, Documentary: “World War II at My Doorstep – 1937-1945” (China)  The 45-minute documentary “World War II at my Doorsteps” is narrated by an American professor who teaches at a university in Shanghai. This 2016 documentary centers on the bravery of an American journalist in Shanghai who published anti-Japanese articles in his magazine, and the difficulties he encountered when Japanese forces occupied the city (August 1937). Many US/UK/French residents then left for their respective home countries while Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe fled to Shanghai where entry visas were not required. Dr. Liliane Willens, born and raised in Shanghai, will introduce this documentary. After a brief Q&A session, a light reception will be served. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info: 202-727-7703.

Saturday October 22 from 10 AM - 3 PM, St. John's Episcopal Preschool Annual Book Fair and Fall Festival. Bring your preschoolers and elementary school kids for face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, arts & crafts, a sing-along at 11:30 AM, and a BBQ lunch at noon. You will find a fantastic selection of new & classic young children's books for sale (great for holiday gifts!), a bake sale, and coffee. Free admission. At St. John's Episcopal Church - Blake Hall, 2340 O Street, NW.  

Saturday, October 22nd from 12 noon 4 PM, Cathedral Commons 2nd Annual Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase, featuring live music, local food, craft beer tastings, a pumpkin patch, free kids activities and more! At Newark Street and Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free fun for everyone! More info:

Sunday, October 23 at 10 AM, Tregaron Conservancy's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Party. Bring your kids and creativity to make these pumpkins look spooktacular! Seasonal breakfast treats will be provided. Pumpkins and decorating materials provided, but please consider donating to support the Conservancy. We will also be using acrylic paints so please either bring a smock or clothes you don't mind getting messy in. Register for the number of kids you will be bringing, so we will have enough pumpkins for everyone - register at: For GPS, the entrance is located through the gate across the street from 2948 Klingle Road NW.

Tuesday, October 23 at 10 PM - 12 midnight, Scary Clown Desensitization Session. You’ve seen the news about the recent spate of scary clown sightings -- see You may be shaking at the very thought of scary clowns lurking somewhere. Maybe you haven’t had clown phobia before, but you do now. Whether it’s a new fear or an old one, you can find timely and practical help at this clown desensitization session. We will start out slowly by viewing photos of benign clowns, including the the DC area’s own Willard Scott as Bozo the Clown in 1961. We will move on to Ronald McDonald before working our way up to some more adult opera clowns, and then on to images of scary clowns from recent news reports. We will repeat the mantra, “They are not real, they are just pranksters in stupid masks.” By the end of this 2-hour session, you should be able to remain in your seat and not pass out as a real-life actor in a clown suit jumps out at you ….with a fake ax! Age 18+ only. Doctor’s certification of fitness needed to attend. Register at:

Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM,  Book Hill Talks: Discussion of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and series editor for NoPassport Press's Dreaming the Americas Series, will be on hand to discuss William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Still Life with Robin: (Not) Given the Slip

Photo by USPS
by Peggy Robin

For the last couple of days the Postal Service has been playing a little game of ping-pong with me over the delivery of a small Amazon package. On Tuesday, I put in an Amazon order for some odd-sized batteries – not the type you can reliably find at the corner store. I got the emailed order confirmation immediately, and on Wednesday I got the Amazon shipping notice: “Your item has shipped!” (Exclamation point theirs – Amazon always want me to know how thrilled they are that they’ve fulfilled my order.) However, the supposed arrival day, Thursday, came and went, and there was no package. Then on Friday, there’s another email from the nice people at Amazon, letting me know that USPS has informed them that the mail carrier was unable to deliver the package. I was directed to click on the USPS link in the email to find out what went wrong and what I’m supposed to do about it.

Except there is no explanation. The USPS link says the mail carrier left a slip at my door with the reason for the failed delivery. If I will fill out the form online, I can let USPS know whether I want to schedule a re-delivery attempt or come to the post office to pick the package up. All they need is the tracking number on the slip to handle my request.

The trouble is I never received a slip. And I am completely baffled as to why USPS would have been unable to deliver the package with the rest of my mail that arrived that day. The package is small enough to fit through my mail slot. (I know, because I have ordered these batteries before.) It did not need a signature – and even if it did, I work at home and I’m sure I was there when the mail arrived; there’s no reason why I wouldn’t have been able to sign for it. But that doesn’t explain why I did not receive a failed-delivery-attempt slip.

Without this slip I can’t really complete the USPS online request for re-delivery. I did the best I could with the frustrating form and hit “submit.” I just had to hope they'd be able to find my package without the tracking number. I also had to assume that someone else along my mail carrier’s route had received my “failed delivery attempt” slip and was even more baffled by receiving this piece of paper than I was by not receiving it. Someone’s got to be wondering who sent them a package….a secret admirer? A secret enemy? That person has even less of a clue what’s going on than I do.

At least for me, the frustration ended this afternoon when I heard a light thump on the front porch. By the time I went downstairs to open the door, the mail carrier was gone, but there was a little padded envelope left at the door, and inside, the packet of batteries. And through the mail slot….the rest of today’s mail....and a few items addressed to my next door neighbor, as well. Thank you, USPS!

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by SDWelch (via Creative Commons)
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Friday October 14 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. Assortment of games at 11 AM, lunch at noon (reservations were needed by 10/12), movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Saturday October 15 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Palisades Village Spring Valley House Tour. View a sampling of vintage, traditional, and updated homes in Spring Valley. This 4th annual house tour benefits Palisades Village, a nonprofit organization that helps area neighbors stay in their homes as they age. Advance tickets: $30 at or call 202.244.3310. Day of tour tickets: $35. Start at 5018 Tilden Street NW. Doors open at 10:30 AM.

Saturday, October 15 from 12 noon - 3 PM, Open House Fun Day at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Enjoy Art For Kidz, Sister To Sister, and Story Hour, and learn about fall programs. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Saturday, October 15 from 2 - 3:30 PM, “Riffing on the Legacy of the Black Arts Movement" - a moderated artist's talk featuring members of the Delusions of Grandeur Artists Collective. Panelists include: Shaunte Gates, Larry Cook, Amber Richmond Edwards, Wesley Clark and Sheldon Scott. Moderated by Kimberly Camp. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition “It Takes a Nation” on view at the Alper Initiative in the American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW through October 23. Free, but please register at:

Saturday, October 15 from 3 - 5 PM with movie 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Lafayette Fall Festival has something for everyone - scarecrows, tin men, lions, and lost little girls included. “Wizard of Oz” showing on the big screen as the sun goes down. Enjoy moon bounces,,balloon twisters, a photo booth, crafts, pumpkin decorating, tattoos, a haunted house, DJ, pizza, baked goods, drinks, games and activities from Tippie Toes, HoopEd, Circle Yoga, Sport & Health. Go to to learn more and buy wristbands and food tickets. Lafayette School is at 5701 Broad Branch Road NW.

Saturday, October 15 at 6 PM, Concert by ‘TALIJA,’ internationally renowned Serbian Folklore Group, at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD. A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to meet and dance with members of ‘TALIJA’. ‘TALIJA’ is a dance, instrumental and voice company which preserves and performs the traditional folklore music, dance & songs of the Balkans. Founded in Belgrade, Serbia in 1998, they have toured around the world to international acclaim. St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church is at 10660 River Road in Potomac, MD. Tickets are $25 per person in advance (online only at and $30 at the door.

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 PM - Architectural Talk: Two Historical Dupont Circle Mansions. Join Sheila M. Byrnes, National League of American Pen Women 2nd VP and Historian, and Anna Eleanor Fierst, great granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and immediate past president of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, as they discuss the architecture of two prominent Historical Dupont Circle Mansions. The talk will be preceded by the dedication of the restored 1905 Steinway Parlor Grand Piano and a performance by Sophia K. Pileggi, Master of Music, Piano Performance, 2017, The Catholic University of America. Free, but please register by email to: nlapw1 @ gmail dot com. At the Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th Street NW. More info:

Saturday, October 15 from 11 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, October 16 from 11 AM - 5 PM, St. Nicholas Fall Bazaar, featuring Russian, Georgian, and Bulgarian food; live traditional music and dance troupes; fun activities for kids; cathedral tours; sales booths: rummage sales, icons, gifts, books and more. Free admission. St. Nicholas is at 3500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 

Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM, Talk & Walk at Hearst Park with Tony Fleming, licensed professional geologist & Cleveland Park native. Tony Fleming will guide a tour and talk on Hearst Park and vicinity’s unique history, and his observations of its topography, geology, and hydrology. All are welcome to attend and ask questions. Please meet at 10 AM at the tennis courts, 37th St  near Quebec St NW.

Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM, “Millennial Voices: Values and Expectations.” Speaker Shirley Sagawa, CEO, Service Year Alliance, will give a talk on the values and expectations of the millennial generation. Shirley is the founding CEO of Service Year Alliance, whose mission is to make a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Shirley is an architect of AmeriCorps, has advised presidents and senators on youth and national service policies, and organized the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers while serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for First Lady Hillary Clinton. Free. At St. John's Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Sunday, October 16 at 1 PM, Geology Tour of Tregaron. Join the Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Tregaron Conservancy for another of Tony Fleming's popular geology tours of Cleveland Park. This year's tour will explore the geology of the Tregaron Conservancy and the relationship of its historic landscape to the urban environment. The tour is free but space is limited, so please register at to reserve your place. Schedule: 1 PM: Meet at the Macomb entrance of Tregaron, 3100 Macomb Street NW. 3:30 PM: Enjoy refreshments by the Lily Pond, with time for questions and discussion. 4 - 5:30 PM: Optional extension of the Tour: We will continue to explore other features of geological interest near Tregaron. The terrain features sloped mulch trails and some stairways without railings. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Families with kids old enough to follow the tour are welcome. Email Carin Ruff at staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org with questions about registration or Lynn Parseghian at lynn @ tregaronconservancy dot org for questions about the tour.

Monday, October 17 at 11 AM and 2 PM, “Conversations at the Kreeger Museum: Charles Hinman.” Hinman lived in a community of inventive and avant-garde artists in NYC in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Wesselmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Gottlieb, and Lichtenstein- they were all full of imagination and new ideas. Hinman came up with the 3-D shaped canvas, in which one is asked to think about the boundary between sculpture and painting. We will address that boundary as well as Hinman’s thinking about how putting a frame around a painting affects our perception of the art itself. “Conversations” is a program for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers. Conversations provides a forum for dialogue and connection through art and music. Each program includes a musical component provided by our partner, Levine Music, and is designed to stimulate reflection, reduce stress, and increase communication and sociability. Free, but registration is required. Please call 202-337-3050 ext 318 or email conversations @ kreegermuseum dot org. The Kreeger Museum is at 2401 Foxhall Road NW. More info:

Tuesday, October 18 at 2 PM, DC Reads: Give us the Ballot. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law. This program is part of the DC Reads: Democracy series. To see more events in this series please visit Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, October 18 from 3:30 - 9:30 PM, Workshop: Gridlock Games. Now that a portion of Beach Drive is closed, Connecticut Avenue, Porter Street, and some other major and minor arterials are experiencing the predicted congestion, leaving drivers sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for long, boring stretches of time. At this fun and stimulating workshop, you will learn safe, hands-free games and activities to keep yourself and your passengers occupied engaged during extended times in traffic, while still able to keep your eyes on the road. Games include: “I Spy with My Little Eye,” “the License Plate Game,” GHOST” (very appropriate for this time of year!); and on rainy days, “Windshield Raindrop Race.” We will also learn some great time-passing songs, from classics such as “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” to bouncy, bopping new tunes made famous by James Corden in “Carpool Karaoke” (see This is a free program offered by DDOT in conjunction with DC Department of Parks and Recreation - registration required at

Wednesday, October 19 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Developing Classroom Communities.
Amy Williamson, Chair of the Education, Health and Social Work Division of the University of the District of Columbia, will be on hand to discuss her research on engaging and increasing cultural competencies of today's students. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,    

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Heavy Keys

by Peggy Robin

My keychain is both heavy and bulky. I can’t stuff it into the pocket of a slim pair of jeans. If I’m wearing a light sweater or jacket, and I drop it in the pocket, that side of the garment will droop down asymmetrically. My keychain, loaded down with everything I put on it, weighs in at five ounces –almost a third of a pound -- the weight of the meat in a decent-sized hamburger. But much as I’d like to slim it down, I’m unwilling to part with anything on it. That’s because I need or want to carry all of the following:

  1. Car key. It’s one of those big, clunky ones with a remote fob. When I was growing up, a car key was just slightly thicker and longer  than an ordinary house key. There was no electronic chip in the head of the key, and no remote door locker/unlocker. And you could get a key maker at any hardware store to duplicate your car key for a buck or two. Now most drivers carry these brick-like keys paired with electronic openers that cost hundreds of dollars to replace if lost.
  2. Tile.” This is a white plastic square with a locator chip inside it. You can read about it here: You register your Tile, put it on your keychain, and then if you ever lose it, you can find out where it is: I used to lose my keys all the time. Since I’ve had the Tile, I haven’t misplaced them once. I feel confident that as long as I have this square blocky thing adding bulk to my keychain, I won’t ever forget where I’ve put my keys. Of course, the minute I decide it’s too much trouble and take it off the keychain, that’ll be the day I drop my keys behind the radiator and have no idea where they’ve gone.
  3. Store club cards. I’ve got six of ‘em, which give me discounts or bonuses when I shop. Two are from grocery stores, one’s from a drugstore, one’s from a hardware store, one’s from the DC Library system (it can be used to check out books), and the last one is from the place that services my car. In addition to the consumer benefits, these cards also serve as ID tags. If anyone ever found my keys, they could drop them off at one of the stores, where someone would look up my customer number and notify me that they had my keys.
  4. Flashlight. It’s a bright little thing made of brass, and it’s something I never want to be without. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out walking after dark and found myself on some unlit pathway and was glad I had a way to see what was ahead. I’ve even returned home late at night after a trip to find my porch light burned out, and used my handy but tiny little flashlight to make it possible for me to see the lock. Yes, I know there’s a flashlight app on my iPhone, but I need my flashlight to help me find my iPhone first!

So there you have it: five ounces of things I am willing to lug around to save me from pounds of trouble. Though I do sometimes miss the days when I could easily slip my keychain under the laces of one of my sneakers!


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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

SerbfestDC 2016
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “Marion Barry and Dream City,” a happy hour discussion presented by  HumanitiniDC as part of a year-long series celebrating the 225th birthday of the nation’s capital. This month’s discussion focuses on the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in Washington. The seminal event of this time period was the election of the Honorable Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. Mayor Barry represented a generation of African American leaders who transitioned “from the streets to the suites,” moving from the ranks of the civil rights movement to the corridors of power. His strengths – and his evident weaknesses – have become a symbol of the challenges and opportunities found in African American participation in the civic life of the country. The program will be held at the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Street NW. For more info and link to registration for this free event, go to:

Friday, October 7 from 5 - 8:30 PM, Ward 3’s “Funky Fitness First Friday” at the Wilson Aquatic Center. The DC Department of Parks & Recreation will showcase various instructor led fitness activities with funky music, healthy food and fun. Bring your workout gear and train with DPR for free in Ward 3. Activities will include: zumba, bootcamp, yoga, tai-chi or water aerobics; activities for children; healthy food options; cooking demonstrations; giveaways; and live radio station broadcast. More info and flyer at The Wilson Aquatic Center is at 4551 Fort Drive NW.

Friday, October 7, Saturday, October 8, & Sunday, October 9, Serbfest DC! Come experience traditional Serbian food, music, & culture at SerbFest DC! Delicious Serbian food, including spit-roasted pig & lamb, authentic grilled foods and side dishes, traditional desserts & pastries, and Serbian beer & wine. Live Serbian music by Srpski Sinovi orchestra & dancing; vendors; children's activities. Free admission & parking. Hours: Fri & Sat from 11 AM - 9 PM; Sun from 12 noon - 6 PM. More info: email serbfestdc @ svluka dot org or 

Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Peirce Mill Heritage Day. National Park Service and Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to step back in time to 1820. Visitors can watch the hand-assembly of a dry stone wall, see logs hewn with an ax, and crank an old-fashioned cider press. And for your musical entertainment, a bluegrass band will play throughout the day – local musician Orrin Star.  A new addition this year will be a presentation on Latino bread-making culture, with on-site preparation of tortillas using cornmeal. Spanish language tours of the mill will also be held throughout the day. Free! At center stage is the last remaining water mill in Washington, DC. Visitors can witness the intricate workings of this four-story machine as it grinds corn into meal, powered by a giant water wheel.  Milling demonstrations take place approximately every 15 minutes from 11 AM - 2 PM.  There will be children's hands-on arts and crafts activities, including water mill toys, corn husk doll making, cornmeal play dough, flour sacks, and Peirce Mill stamps. Free as well! Location: In Rock Creek Park at the intersection of Beach Drive and Tilden Street, NW (Park Road More info about Peirce Mill at

Saturday, October 8 from 2 - 3:30 PM, The Creative Process of Bringing Truth to Power: The Art of the Black Panthers and AFRICOBRA - a panel discussion with artists and scholars of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s, held in conjunction with the exhibition "It Takes a Nation" at the Alper Initiative in the American University Museum, September 6 - October 23, 2016. Free. Register at AU’s Katzen Art Center is at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Saturday, October 8 at 2 PM, Young Adult Author Rahul Kanakia will be discussing his new book, "Enter Title Here," which explores just how far one overachiever is willing to go in order to get into her dream college. For more information about the book here’s a review:
Free. At the Chevy Chase Library of Montgomery County, 8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD, 

Saturday, October 8 from 1 - 8 PM and Sunday, October 9 from 11 AM - 6 PM, The Taste of DC. Experience more than 60 DC area restaurants over two days on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the US Capitol. Taste of DC also features more than 100 specialty beers & wines, all day live performances & culinary demonstrations on three stages. Festival entrance at 7th St & Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Admission & tasting ticket packages from $10 - $80, available at: Full details at 

Sunday, October 9 at 5:15 PM, Concert by the Lafayette Square Duo, featuring Michael Lodico, organist, and Rebecca Anstine Smith, harpist. $10 suggested donation. At the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Program details at

Sunday, October 9 at 2 PM, Georgetown Waterfront Walk. A National Park Service Ranger will lead a waterfront stroll and discussion of how Georgetown evolved from an active port town to a vibrant community. Free. For ages 7 and up. Meet at the fountain at the corner of Wisconsin and K St NW.

Monday, October 10 from 12 noon - 1 PM, DC Murals, 1970 to Today. Trace the development of Washington’s street murals through all eight wards from 1970 through today with Perry Frank, founding director of "DC Murals: Spectacle and Story," and Cory Stowers, project associate. Free; no reservations required. At the the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, October 10 at 8 PM, Columbo Day. This is the day to honor the late Peter Falk, star of the repeatedly watchable TV detective show, Columbo. What made Columbo so different from all other TV detective shows is that it took no mental effort whatsoever to follow each case to its always-satisfactory conclusion. The show  always opened by showing you who-dunnit, why, and how it came about. The rest of the show centered on the eponymous detective in a rumpled raincoat, who knew almost from the get-go that he was onto the killer; he just needed find some way to prove it. So he kept circling back, asking more questions each time, until he ultimately tripped up the suspect in the lie that proved his guilt. This formula never varied by a smidge. You can celebrate this unwavering vision of perfect police work by gathering with fellow fans at a free screening of the original Columbo TV movie - details at If you can’t make the gathering, you can celebrate at home by watching old episodes here:

Wednesday, October 12 from 12 noon - 1:30 PM, “What Can Iona Do For You?” Leland Kiang, Information and Referral Manager, Iona Senior Services Inc., will discuss Iona's nationally recognized and highly regarded programs for seniors. A free presentation of the Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. At Iona Senior Services Center, 4125 Albemarle St NW,

Thursday, October 13 at 4:30 PM, Haunted House Craft. Who needs to go to a haunted house when you can make your own? You will have a spooktacular afternoon as we make a miniature house that can be decorated for Halloween. Halloween related books will be available to read or for check out. It's ghastly, it's ghoulish - it's just plain fun! For ages 6 and up. All materials will be provided. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,   

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Rising Raccoon IQs

US Fish & Wildlife Service
By Peggy Robin

I read something in yesterday's Slate Magazine that was not news to me: urban raccoons are incredibly smart. And thanks to the challenges they habitually face while living in such close proximity to humans, they are getting smarter all the time. Here’s the link to the article: "Perfect Little Urban Warriors: Raccoons are getting smarter and more populous and it's all our fault."

I’ve had numerous encounters with these crafty night prowlers over the years, starting from the very first day we moved into our current home, back in the winter of 1988. I went outside that first evening to take out a plastic bag full of trash, and there was a very fat, very entitled raccoon around the side of the house, standing upright with his front paws against the Supercan, as if he were just waiting for me to drop the goodies off for him. There was snow on the ground, and so I quickly made a snowball and threw it in the direction of the can. I thought that would scare him off. He did what could only be described as a contemptuous shrug, showing no inclination whatever to move away. I’m the one that fled inside.

Over the next several years, I looked for various ways to secure the lid of the Supercan. I put heavy objects on top, and would find them on the ground the next morning. The most effective technique the raccoons liked to employ was to tip the whole can over, causing the lid to pop open as it hit the ground. Though I have never seen the raccoons do this, I assume they must work together as a team to exert the force needed upon the side of the can. Maybe one stands on top of another raccoon's shoulders to get the leverage they need. I believe they’re capable of that. Finally, after so many years of losing to them, I devised a wire loop that serves as a tight latch. It’s so strong that it holds the lid in place, even when the can is tipped over. In fact, it clamps the lid down so securely that sometimes the garbage crew has trouble opening it themselves on trash day. But one day, I have no doubt, the raccoons will learn how to undo the latch. It’s all a question of when. They’ve got time on their hands – those skillfully manipulative little hands of theirs.

Eventually, I think I will need to buy a combination lock. Let them take a crack at that!

To see them in action with another type of garbage can top, take a look at this video:

And to see what a whole family of raccoons can get up to if allowed inside a kitchen, go to:

Now that it’s fall, they’ll soon be looking to move inside our attics, so everyone, guard/reinforce your vulnerable entry points.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Logo, Banned Books Week 2016
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM, Bonnie Friedman, author, speaking on "Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One," a guide for working with health professionals in the complex, often overwhelming hospital environment and getting optimum care for loved ones. The book grows out of the author’s 24 years advocating for her husband during his hospitalizations. Book signing and reception to follow. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM, Uncensored: Harry Potter, Profanity, and the Banned Book. Harry Potter scholars Tolonda Henderson and Kylie Madden share their unique expertise in this lecture double feature in honor of Banned Books Week. Many attempts have been made to ban the Harry Potter series from libraries across the country, but within the narrative itself, only the books on Horcruxes are entirely removed from the library at Hogwarts based on their content. This is not to say that all information flows freely, however. An entire section of the school library is dedicated to books only allowed to circulate to advanced students, and various people throughout the series are forbidden to discuss certain things.This presentation will explore what gets banned in Harry Potter (including items and activities), how access to information is conceived of in the series, and the role of the library in Rowling’s Wizarding World. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St NW,

Friday, September 30, 7 to 9 pm, Square Dance! Open to all - with Caller Kenny Harris. Light refreshments available. $5 per person. In the lower level (vestry) of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW; parking lot entrance on New Mexico. Call 202-363-4900 for more information.

Friday, September 30 at 7 PM, Cocktail party to celebrate the opening of DC Public Library’s Banned Books Week, featuring literary cocktails from various local bars, live music by DC musicians including Chain and The Gang, and provocative art. Pop-up Market with: DCPL Fab Lab. All ticket sales for this event will support DC Public Library programs and services. Tickets available at: - $50 Guest; $250 Host. At Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. For all the details about Banned Books Week events - including the exciting Scavenger Hunt for Banned Books - visit

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Georgetown - now in its 23rd year. This foodie event, featuring more than 60 signature dishes from over 30 popular Georgetown dining spots, takes place in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This event benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission to support the homeless. Tasting tickets sold in packages of $20 (5 tastes), $30 (8 tastes) and $40 (11 tastes) - buy online at Complete details at

Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The Taste of Bethesda. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kids' corner for face painting and arts & crafts. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5; food servings cost 1-4  tickets. The event is held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine. More info:

Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM - 4 PM, B-CC Rescue Squad’s Open House and Rescue Day - see Just two blocks away from the Taste of Bethesda Festival is the free annual Open House and “Rescue Day 2016” at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, featuring fire and rescue activities and displays for all ages, including tours of the station; live demonstrations of emergency medical, rescue, and firefighting equipment; free kids’ firefighter hats; a moon bounce; and more. Also scheduled is a special visit by a helicopter used to transport critically injured patients to area hospitals when time is truly of the essence. Visitors will get an up-close view of the helicopter and have the opportunity to meet the flight medics. (Because the helicopter may need to respond to emergencies throughout the day, its appearance at our event is subject to change.) Visitors can learn about volunteering with the Squad and receiving free training to become EMTs, Firefighters, and Paramedics. Another special treat will be “Rescue 15,” the Squad’s sleek 1972 Cadillac ambulance. The last Cadillac to serve in the Squad’s fleet, “Rescue 15” now serves in a ceremonial function at Squad open houses, parades, and other events and has become a favorite of kids and families. Free. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is located at 5020 Battery Lane, at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road.

Saturday, October 1 from 2 - 6 PM, The 4th Annual Adams Morgan PorchFest - over 3 dozen musicians will play at this free event. With maps in hand (electronic version available before and paper maps handed out on the day of the festival at 18th and Columbia Road NW) music fans, families and neighbors can follow their ears through the tree-lined streets of Adams Morgan to experience a wide range of music styles, from brass and blues, to rock, jazz and soul. The all-female Brazilian drumming group, Batala,, will be a featured act at Adams Morgan PorchFest headquarters after performing at the Kennedy Center earlier in the day. Details can be found at

Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 AM - 12 noon, Book Signing and Goodies at Baked By Yael, featuring renowned author and comedian Sarah Cooper, who will be signing copies of her new book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying.” Free. At Baked by Yael, 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more info or to RSVP, go to:  You will also get 10% off your entire purchase when you buy Sarah’s book at Baked by Yael

Sunday, October 2 from 1 - 4 PM, The Fantastic Tenleytown Block Party, featuring: Free Grilled Burgers/Hot Dogs/Drinks/Desserts & More; Free dessert by local area favorite food trucks; 45' Inflatable Obstacle Course For Teens/Adults; Children’s Ferris Wheel; Face Painting; Balloons; Live Entertainers; The Fan Zone Featuring Live Viewing Tent For NFL Games; Shaded Seating Areas; 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament; Live DJ/Music; Cornhole; Service Opportunity for our city; And Much More! A free, community event sponsored by The City Church, 4100 River Road NW. Website:

Monday, October 3 at 12 noon, Campaign History and the Current Race, a lecture by Professor Matthew Dallek, assistant professor in GW's Graduate School of Political Management. Delve into presidential campaigns of years past to put today’s race into perspective. View the related exhibition, Your Next President: Campaign Art from the collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman - Free. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,

Monday, October 3 at 4:30 PM, Paper Plate Vampire Craft. In celebration of Halloween, we will be making a paper plate craft inspired by everyone's favorite vampire - Count Dracula! (We promise he won't bite.) All supplies will be provided. Free. For ages 6 and up. At the Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Tuesday, October 4 at 3 PM, Corn Maze Navigation Workshop. Planning to visit a corn maze sometime during this busy season of multiple Fall Festivals? Don’t go unprepared! With this helpful, time-saving workshop you will learn techniques so that you and your family can whiz on through the most complicated and devious corn maze layouts. Aerial photos of all the corn mazes within a two-hour drive will be given out to all attendees, and for an extra fee, you can download a GPS add-on for each maze, giving you turn-by-turn directions. Basic course registration: $125; upgrade to the $175 level which includes Maze app. Ten percent discount if you register in advance at

Wednesday, October 5 at 7 PM, Book Talk: First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s First Ladies. Author Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources to tell the stories of the ten remarkable women who have defined the role of First Lady of the United States since 1960. From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, she offers new insights into this privileged group, and shares stories exploring everything from the first ladies’ political crusades to their rivalries with Washington figures; from their friendships with other first ladies to their public and private relationships with their husbands. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Crash!

Photo by Michael Jastremski (via Wikimedia Commons)
by Peggy Robin

I usually write a column on Saturdays. I was thinking about it on Friday, planning to write something about an obscure holiday, or maybe some astronomical phenomena. There’s “Eat Like a Lumberjack Day” ( coming up on Monday, but I was thinking maybe I would say something about last week's phenomenal Harvest Moon ( Well, Saturday came and went, and no column. Why? Because some time on Friday my computer experienced a sudden and complete catastrophic failure, and I ended up spending every waking minute of the day dealing with the fallout. By the end of the day, I had managed to get a new computer and retrieve all the essential data from the backups I had running, but it was difficult, stressful, and certainly not cheap.

I’m still completely wrung out from this experience. Many years ago I was in a parked car that was rear-ended by a UPS truck. The whole back half of my car crumpled in like an accordion. The car was a total loss. In the immediate aftermath, I wasn’t sure if I was hurt; I was too shook up to think straight. UPS wanted to take care of everything right away, but someone advised me not to sign anything saying I was OK until enough time had passed to make sure I didn’t have any hidden injuries. That turned out to be good advice, as I didn’t start to feel anything until I woke up the next morning, aching all over. So far this computer crash has been much like that car crash. I may think I’m OK – I have a new computer and I think I have all my data – but I won’t really know for sure until enough time has gone by and I’ve found out what it’s like to try to use this or that part. I still feel all turned upside-down, the way I did waking up on the morning after the crash.

In time, I think everything will be OK. I hope it will. I keep telling myself it’s only data. I have all my photos. They’re in the cloud somewhere, not organized the way they were in my computer files. But I know they all still exist…somewhere in cyberspace.

As with most bad experiences, I have learned a few things. Here goes:

1. Backup. There’s no such thing as too much backup. I thought I had three working backups. It turned out that I had only two. One of my two hard-drive backups was not, in fact, backing anything up. The other one was working, but it gave back the files in not quite the same filing order as I wanted them. I also had Carbonite online backup, but it took me quite a while to find the proper access to my account. Backup information should always be kept in an accessible PAPER file, with all the info you need to get to your data quickly. Storing it in a computer is a bad idea!
2. Computers can crash without warning. In the past, I always had some signs (slow rebooting; screen freezing) warning me that something was going wrong, giving me time to move from one computer to another. I never believed a computer could just go in an instant, without owner abuse or misuse. I thought I was so careful. Now I understand that anyone is vulnerable, careful or not. I'm a lot less smug than I was before.
3. Do as much as you can “in the cloud.” Everything in the cloud will stay accessible, no matter what computer you’re on. If I had followed this advice, there would have been far less restoration work to do.
4. The hard part isn’t putting the data back. It’s getting the programs to run with the customized displays, sounds, reminders – all these little touches you’ve put in over time or didn’t even know you depended on – and every one of those settings needs to be reset. You won’t know it until the first time some annoying little reminder chimes, and you have to figure out how to turn the damn thing off.
5. Get help ASAP. I was fortunate that Mamadou Diallo was available on short notice. He’s earned plaudits on the listserv before. I called him (301 346 0339) in a panic, and once he confirmed that yes, the poor thing was dead, and I should go out and get a new one, he did everything possible to make that new one work the way my old computer used to work. This was no simple task, but he was patient and calm, when I was anything but. I should also give a shout-out to the techies at UBreakIFix, who examined my computer which I brought in as a walk-in to their shop on Connecticut Ave; they told me within twenty minutes that it was not salvageable, and did not charge me anything for the bad news.

There is still much left to do. It may take a few weeks to get everything running the way I want it to run. I’ve accepted that it will never really, truly be the way it was before. Things change. You have to adapt, make the best of it. This new computer will grow on me…..I hope. And next week I expect to be back to writing about kooky holidays, odd weather phenomena, and quirky little things about life in Cleveland Park.

Still Life with Robin is usually published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and All Life Is Local on Saturdays, except in the event of a major computer meltdown, in which case it is delayed until Sunday.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by NMAAHC
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 16,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

This weekend - so much to do! All through Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are events to celebrate the opening of the National African American Museum of History and Culture on the Mall; the full schedule is here: And then there’s the all-day Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday. You can plan ahead using the schedule or you can wander around and walk into any number of talks and discussions featuring lesser-known literary lights and discover new things!

Thursday, September 22 at 6 PM, Lincoln’s Cottage Conversation: Lincoln's Generals' Wives.
Author Candice Shy Hooper and C-SPAN CEO Susan Swain discuss Hooper's new book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. Hooper and Swain will explore the American Civil War by examining the influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant. Wives to John Frémont, George McClellan, William Sherman, and Ulysses Grant, respectively, these women served as confidantes to their husbands influenced their ambitions and actions. The reception starts at 6 PM at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center; the lecture starts at 6:30 PM.  Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz @ lincolncottage dot org or call (202) 688-3735. More info: Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM, “Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens,” a documentary telling the story of Elizabeth Thomas, a free woman of color who owned land in Washington, DC during the 19th century. A discussion, enhanced by re-enactor Patricia Tyson, will follow with Washington, DC film producer Marvin T. Jones. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, September 22 at 5 PM, Isle of Man in the News Day. Celebrate the day that the tiny, quasi-independent Isle of Man, a dependency of the UK in the Irish Sea, rated 32 column inches and 3 color photos in the print edition of the New York Times (9/22/16). The voters among the population of 85,000 went to the polls today to elect their chief minister and members of the Tynwald, as their ancient parliament is called. Polls close at 20:00, or 5 PM EDT, which is when you may wish to start following the elections results: Go to For a list of pubs in Washington, DC where you can mingle with fellow Manx-election watchers, go to:

Friday, September 23 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Games, Lunch and a Movie.” The movie is “Our Town” starring Paul Newman. Assortment of board games will be brought out at 11 AM; lunch served at noon (lunch reservations needed by 9/21); the movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, September 23 at 7 PM, An Evening of Dance With “Errant Movement.” Errant means "traveling in search of adventure." The choreography explores the world we live in through dance, using unexpected movement patterns and ideas. Artistic director Rachel Turner’s choreographic style incorporates technical dance with pedestrian gestures to create movement that is visually pleasing and easy to connect with. Featured artists: Rachel Turner, Mariana Barros, Emelia Kawashima, Kaya Simonson. Free. For more information, please contact the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center, 202-727-7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert St NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM, NMAAHC Livestream Opening Party. Watch a livestream of the grand opening and dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 11 AM, Historic Chevy Chase DC Walking Tour. Again this year, Historic Chevy Chase DC, in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC, a city-wide organization, will be sponsoring a free walking tour of the neighborhood. This easy 1-hour walk will begin at the Avalon Theatre, led by Keene Taylor Jr., long-time resident and business owner in the neighborhood. Keene will discuss the history of both the residential and commercial areas of Chevy Chase DC. No need to reserve a space, just show up at 11 AM at the Avalon, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW. At the end of the tour, the Avalon Theatre will offer a coupon to tour participants -- buy one small ice cream and get the second free.

Saturday, September 24 from 2 - 4 PM, Workshop: Energy Efficiency and Old Homes, presented by the DC Preservation League in partnership with the Cleveland Park Historical Society. Come learn about energy audits and what home improvements are the most cost effective with particular attention to the issue of window repair and replacement and integrity. Speakers are Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, a managing member of ENCORE Sustainable Design, working to combine historic preservation with energy efficiency and sustainable design; and John Sandor, an architectural historian and expert in the repair and replacement of windows in historic buildings. Free, but please register at At Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street NW.

Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM, Time Travel with Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson’s last visit to Washington DC was in 1855. Writer, performer, and educator MiMi Zannino, dressed in authentic attire of the period, takes us back  in time to meet  the “Belle of  Amherst” in this one-woman play that brings American poetry and history to life. MiMi Zannino is a poet-in-residence with  the Maryland State Arts Council and a  Chautauqua actor/scholar. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Saturday, September 24 from 7 PM - 12 Midnight, Art All Night Tenleytown. Art All Night is a celebration of contemporary art in all its forms; ten venues up and down Wisconsin Avenue, including Whole Foods, the Tenley Library, Tenley Bar and Grill, and others will be transformed into pop-up galleries and performance spaces. The lineup is awesome and includes more than 30 artists and performers, most of whom work and live in the greater Tenleytown area.  Art events and installations will include photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more. There will also be lots of live music, dance, and literary readings. Art Night attendees can celebrate their inner artists through interactive crafts and art projects, open dance and yoga mini-classes, and interaction with local artists. Free. Details at Printable map and brochure at

Sunday, September 25 Fall Garden Day at the National Cathedral - a fun family afternoon in the garden! Enjoy: Food for sale, featuring Rocklands Barbecue; Music; Croquet and other games on the lawn; Garden docents to answer all your questions; Herb Cottage mini-cart with specialty jam, tea,and other gifts for sale; Free tote bags and “Color the Cathedral Close” coloring books. Free and open to the public. In the Bishop’s Garden and Lawn of Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW. Event flyer at

Sunday, September 25 from 11 AM - 7 PM, The 14th Annual Turkish Festival. Enjoy: Authentic Turkish Cuisine; Turkish Coffee House and Fortune Telling; Traditional Turkish Music and Folkdance Performances; Turkish Bazaar – Arts & Crafts; Kids' Games and Activities; Cultural Activities. Free admission. Along Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets NW. Full details at

Monday, September 26 from 3:30 - 5 PM, Seminar: “Live and Learn: "Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft and Email Fraud," presented by Dupont Circle Village. How do you protect yourself from online, telemarketing, investment, home improvement, health care and other types of scams?  What about identity theft and financial exploitation? Philip Ziperman, Director of the DC Office of Consumer Protection, will discuss how you can protect yourself from different types of fraud and what you can do if you become a victim. Mr. Ziperman’s newly-created office is part of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. At St. Thomas Church /1772 Church Street, NW. Free. More info: or call 202.436.5252.

Monday, September 26 from 6:30 - 9 PM, AU’s Visiting Writers Series Presents Jacqueline Woodson. 2014 National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson writes for children, young adults, and adult audiences. She is perhaps best known for Miracle's Boys, which won the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award, and Brown Girl Dreaming, which was a 2015 winner of the Newbery Medal. Of Woodson's forthcoming novel, Another Brooklyn, Angela Flournoy writes: "In this elegant and moving novel, Jacqueline Woodson explores the beauty and burden of growing up Girl in 1970s Brooklyn through the lens of one unforgettable narrator…. Full of moments of grief, grace and wonder, Another Brooklyn proves that Jacqueline Woodson is a master storyteller." Q&A from 6:30 - 7:30, public reading at 8 PM. Free and open to the public. In the Butler Board Room, 6th Floor, Butler Pavilion building at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday September 28 at 7PM, Discussion of August Wilson's “Radio Golf.” Otis Ramsey-Zoe, Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University, and Series Editor for NoPassport Press's Dreaming the Americas Series, will be on hand to discuss August Wilson's Radio Golf. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,