Thursday, May 24, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Public Library - DIY corsages
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 17,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Friday, May 25 from 7 - 8 PM, Salute The Sunset Concert Series Featuring The US Army Concert Band. Headquartered in Washington, DC, The US Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The US Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.” Free. On the Plaza Stage at National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD,

Saturday, May 26 from 12 - 2 PM, Georgetown Trees - Walking Tour. Washington, DC has long been known as “The City of Trees.” But can you identify our trees by name and variety? Frederick Law Olmsted was good enough to label the ones that he had planted on the grounds of our Capitol but we don’t enjoy that luxury along our Georgetown streets and in our parks. Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, and his guest speaker, Christopher “Topher” Matthews of the Georgetown Metropolitan, on a scenic stroll of one of DC’s truly green and well-shaded neighborhoods. Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the east garden gates of the Dumbarton House). The tour will start 12 PM sharp. It will take place rain or shine. General admission tickets are $20; $18 for members of Dumbarton House; cash or check only on the day of tour or buy online at Children 3 years or younger are free, but must be in a stroller. No pets please.

Saturday, May 26 at 1 PM, Senator Charles Sumner: The Noblest Abolitionist of Them All.  Join Creators Syndicate columnist Jamie Stiehm for her talk on how Senator Charles Sumner paid a high price for his fierce attacks on the institution of slavery. The discussion will take place in the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW.

Saturday May 26 at 2 PM, Fighting Misinformation on Social Media. Challenge yourself this summer and learn all about how to spot, report and combat "fake news," misinformation and disinformation on social media. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Sunday, May 27 at 2 PM, Bhangra Dancers at Palisades. Join us for a Bhangra dance lesson and performance from the Dakshina Dance Company in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. All ages are welcome. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street, NW,

Monday May 28 at 6:30 AM, Memorial Day Memory Moment. This is the moment when your alarm clock goes off and you sit bolt upright in bed and then a half-second later, you realize your digital alarm clock was still programmed to ring his Monday morning, even though it’s a holiday. Another lost memory moment came and went on Sunday night, when you should have manually turned off the alarm to allow yourself to sleep in on Memorial Day. This is also the moment that you realize you did not need to haul your Supercan out to the curb the night before, as there are no city services today, either. And yet you are thankful that you had this Memorial Day Memory Moment now -- otherwise, you would have brushed your teeth, showered, dressed, gulped down a cup of coffee, and stumbled into your car and started driving down Connecticut Avenue in the reversible rush hour lane, only to be faced with cars coming at you head-on in a terrifying game of “chicken.” But because you are reading this item, you know that it’s the Weekly Fake Event, preventing this whole harrowing scenario from happening! Yay!

Monday, May 28 at 10 AM, Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, followed by guided tours of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. Visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers' Home National Cemetery is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Tours of the cemetery will highlight the history of the Soldiers' Home Cemetery, notable people buried there, and the history of Memorial Day. Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln's Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers' Home Cemetery. Registration is free - go to Tours of the cemetery take place at 10:45 AM and 12:30 PM. Memorial Day is also a discounted $10 admission day for tours of Lincoln’s Cottage - $5 for members or kids. Purchase online at Lincoln’s Cottage/United States Soldiers and Airmen’s Home is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW 

Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, The Scripps National Spelling Bee - it's three days of very intense and gripping competition. Free and open to the public. On Tuesday, May 29, all of the spellers get to spell live. All 275 (or so) of them. If they miss their word, they are gone. Starts at 9:15 AM on Tuesday and runs all day. On Wednesday, all remaining spellers get to spell live. Starts at 8 AM, runs most of the day. Then at the end of the day, they choose the finalists for Thursday. This includes all spellers who didn't miss a word and also scored high on the Tuesday morning written test. They use the written test to get the number down to about 60 finalists. On Thursday, about 60 of the spellers compete, starting at 10 AM. They go until there are only about 10 left - about 2 PM. Then they adjourn, and the finals -- which are broadcast on ESPN - start at 8:30 PM. No tickets are required for the May 29, 30 and 31 (morning) events. For the 8:30 PM finals on May 31, they will hand out tickets (for free) starting at 7 PM. Everything is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is the first year they've required tickets for the finals, so it's not clear how many tickets they will hand out or how competitive it will be to get the limited number of tickets. For details about the schedule and free tickets, download the Scripps National Spelling Bee smartphone app - instructions here: 

Tuesday, May 29 at 7 PM, Howard Theatre’s Crucial Role in the Community Before and After the 1968 Riots - a panel discussion moderated by Author Dave Tevelin ("Death At The Howard"), featuring presentations by Sandra Butler-Truesdale, chairperson; DC Legendary Musicians (“Honoring the Musicians Who Played at the Howard”); Derek Hyra, associate professor, American University ("Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City”); Greg Gaskins, guitarist (“Performing at Howard Theatre"), and Jimi Smooth, Musical Artist ("Backstage Memories of the Howard"). A special performance by Greg Gaskins and Jimi Smooth will follow the panel discussion. This panel, adapted from the 44th Annual DC History Conference, Echo and Resonance: 1968, is presented in collaboration with the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW, 

Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 PM, DIY Flower Crowns with Maker-in-Residence Tsedaye Makonnen. Join the DCPL Maker-in-Residence Tsedaye Makonnen for a floral crown design session. There will be an array of materials from faux flowers to colorful tissue paper and fabric to create your own flowers. Please bring any real flowers you would like to use and other materials to add to your customized crown. Some ideas are a Lego, a favorite shape or small action figure, anything vintage, a knickknack. Let's celebrate the warm weather and new season by adorning ourselves. This can also make a great gift. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Thursday, May 31 at 4 PM, Learn to Tie a Tie and Make a Corsage. Prom is around the corner: Join us to learn how to tie a tie, and impress your date by making your own corsage and boutonniere. Supplies for corsages and boutonnieres will be provided, including flowers and storage boxes. Bring your own tie. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St., 

Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 PM, K-Pop Party. Come to the library to celebrate your favorite K-Pop songs and artists, learn some basic Korean phrases and enjoy Korean snacks. Recommended for ages 13 and up. This program is presented as part of  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, May 31 at 7 PM, Film Screening and Discussion: "All Souls Church, Ward 1 and Racial Justice." Jenice L. View, associate professor of George Mason University and member of the All Souls Church Unitarian congregation since 1959, will introduce the film she co-directed with Rahima Rice about the long history of All Souls Church as a force for social justice. Following the April 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia Heights community was one of the neighborhoods that experienced riots. The All Souls Church Housing Corporation came together to reclaim the housing and dignity of the community. It grew from a sense of “faith in action,” that befitted the church's history. In the intervening 50 years, the Columbia Heights community has witnessed dramatic demographic changes, driven by political and economic forces outside of the neighborhood, including white flight, the rise and fall of black political power, the rise in immigration from Central America and gentrification. The film explores the historical role of All Souls Church and the contemporary possibilities regarding faith in action. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St,   

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Still Life with Robin: For Those Who Wish You Were There

by Peggy Robin

On a soggy, soggy day in DC, it’s nice to stay indoors and vicariously enjoy good weather somewhere else – made possible through virtual world of video and still pictures. But who would have guessed that Windsor, England would be that perfect-day place, that example of the glorious sunshine and wafting breezes? For anyone who did not get up at 5 AM to watch the live coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here’s a condensed version of a lovely, lovely day – the kind we wish we had in May.

First, a quickie race through the highlights – and you can quit after this, if you actually have things to do today - still photos, plus a one-minute overview video:

Now, for those who want a fuller view of the big moments:

The bride arrives, walks in by herself, is met by Prince Charles and then is escorted the rest of the way: (4:36 video)

The Vows (6:48 video):

The Kiss (1:01 video):

The Dress! (57 second video, plus some stills and a little background info)

The speech by American Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry (of Chicago) - being hailed as the scene-stealer of the event:
First, a few clips and some background on the Bishop – 1:22 video) 
Here's the complete 13-minute speech - for those with a good attention span:

Nice Collection of Celebrity Guests (26 stills):

The HATS! Slideshow of 34:
The top 11 chosen by Elle magazine (not sure why it’s not a top-10 list, but I would not remove one to get the number down to ten!):

The Cake – everything you need to know, plus some info on Californian cake baker Claire Ptak (just in case you, too, would like to hire her):

And now, closing with a slideshow of the 
highlights of the day, in still photos, 
from the Beeb!

Hope that brought you a little warmth and cheer 
on this dreary Saturday in DC!

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

Friday, May 18, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column

Serbian Dancers - Photo by Laslovarga
(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 17,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Friday, May 18 from 7 - 7:40 AM, Community Convoy on Bike to Work Day, 2018. This year let’s continue the tradition of having a convoy on Bike to Work Day, cycling downtown via Connecticut Avenue to Freedom Plaza. This ride should be doable by most every cyclist. Here’s the schedule: 7am: Meet at the Bus Turnaround just south of Chevy Chase Circle; 7:10am: Start the ride down Connecticut; 7:15am: Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Firehouse at Everett Street; 7:18am: Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Intelsat Building at Van Ness; 7:20am: Stop briefly at the Cleveland Park Metro to pick up more riders; 7:25am: Stop for 5 minutes Wave at the Adams Morgan pit stop - grab some swag; 7:30am: Push on down Ontario Street and cut over to 17th Street toward Lafeyette Square; 7:40am or thereabouts - Arrive at Freedom Plaza. Questions? Please email Steve Seelig at hal.ninek @ verizon dot net. More info:

Friday, May 18 at 12:30 PM, Society of the Cincinnati presents “Alexander Hamilton’s Eagle Insignia.” Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons presents Alexander Hamilton's Society of the Cincinnati Eagle insignia, made in 1784 in Paris. The gold-and-enamel insignia was designed by Pierre L'Enfant and retains its original silk ribbon. Hamilton joined the New York State Society of the Cincinnati at the end of the Revolutionary War and later became the General Society's second president general, succeeding George Washington. Hamilton's Society insignia is preserved in a private collection and is featured in the exhibition Alexander Hamilton's American Revolution, on view through September 16, 2018. The lecture will last approximately thirty minutes with time afterwards for an up-close viewing of the object. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati is at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, SerbFest DC is a 3-day Serbian Festival presented by St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD. Hours are: Friday, 11am- 9pm; Saturday, 11am-9pm; and Sunday, 12noon-6pm. Featuring: Delicious Serbian Food, including spit-roasted pig and lamb, traditional foods, side dishes and desserts; Serbian beer and wine; live Serbian music and dancing; live Serbian folklore dance performances; children’s activities. Free admission and parking. Full details at Location: St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church -- the epicenter of Serbian religion and culture in and around Washington, DC -- at 10660 River Road, Potomac MD 20854.

Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19, and Sunday May 20, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival on Friday and Saturday from 12-10 PM and on Sunday from 12-7 PM. This 3-day festival features authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, traditional Greek dance performances, vendors of unique jewelry and religious art, tours of the Cathedral, Mercedes/$40K raffle ($100/ticket), activities for children, and fun for all ages! Free admission. On the Cathedral grounds, 2815 36th St NW.

Saturday May 19 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Fete Champetre at Maret School. Entertainment, food, games, flea market, and more. Open to the community. On the front lawn of Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Avenue NW. See flyer at

Saturday, May 19 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Anacostia Block Party, “Funk Edition,” presented by the DC Team at City Year Americorps. The growing tradition of the Anacostia Block Party aims to celebrate and connect a community by bringing together the amazing individuals, organizations, and businesses that make Anacostia (and all of Southeast) great! Join us for an exciting day full of food, local organizations and businesses, arts and crafts, carnival games, student and local performers, and more. Free. At Old Market House Square, 2001 14 Street SE—right by the fire station.

Saturday, May 19 at 12 noon, Pop-Up Museum: Your DC Stories 1968-2018. A Pop-Up Museum is a one-day show created by you. Share your stories, save your family treasures and learn about DC happenings in 1968. You can bring your: postcards, t-shirts, flyers, church bulletins, protest signs, letters and correspondence, buttons, school yearbooks, concert posters, newspapers, records and tapes, scrapbooks, ticket stubs, birthday and graduation photos. Don’t have an object to bring? You can share your story, make your own poster with an artist-in-residence and add your memory to our community map. This event is presented in partnership with Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter of the dc1968 project, as part of a series of opportunities to learn about local history and preserve family treasures. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St). More info:

Saturday, May 19 from 2 - 5 PM, Sports and Information Day for kids/teens with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Evan is a T1D Varsity Athlete at Landon School (6101 Wilson Lane), who wants to share how he manages sports and his blood sugar. This FREE event is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 15 with type1 diabetes. Come join Evan and his team of friends for advice, food, sports, arts & crafts and giveaways! Representatives from Children's Hospital Diabetes Care Center and JDRF will also be helping out. Rain or Shine. Please RSVP to schwrt8 @ with name.

Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 7 PM, Celebrate Takoma Festival. The Celebrate Takoma Festival features the culinary tastes, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that originate from nations around the world. Maple Avenue (Philadelphia Ave. to Lee Ave.) is transformed into a world of fun and learning; the venue for this family festival that features a large stage of free live entertainment, food vendors, exhibit areas and game area (nominal fees charged for food vendors). Incorporated into the festival again this year will be the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Awards. For entertainment line-up and other info, go to

Sunday, May 20 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Turtle Park’s MAYFAIR is rescheduled to SUNDAY,  instead of on Saturday, due to the rainy forecast. We anticipate dry skies for Sunday and hope to see you at this wonderful community event! Lots of fun, including: Big and little kids’ bounce houses! Inflatable obstacle course! Giant slide, Giant soccer darts! Inflatable jousting! Racetrack inflatable with bikes! “Human hamster wheels!” Pony rides! Carnival Games! Face painting & Balloon twisters! Deejay and dancing for all ages! Popcorn! Cotton Candy!  Snow Cones! Food trucks with a variety of cuisines! At Friendship “Turtle” Park, 45th & Van Ness Streets. Tickets: $20 first child, $10 each additional child - gives unlimited access! Adults/kids under 2 are free. More info:

Sunday, May 20 from 12 - 6 PM, Taste of Arlington. Over 60 restaurants offers food and drink, competing in this year’s “Best of the Best” competition. In addition to food, there are live performances, a KidZone play area, off-leash dog park, giveaways, and much more. Free admission. Food and drink tickets: $6 to $125.

Sunday, May 20 from 2-5 PM, The Shepherd Park Citizens Association’s 13th Annual Spring Garden Tour. This event is a self-guided walking tour that showcases the creative landscapes of homes within Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates. Unique gardens of all sizes will be featured to inspire the gardener within you. The proceeds from the tour contribute to the many SPCA beautification projects throughout the neighborhood. Tickets: $15 per person for general admission; $7 per person for SPCA members, available in advance at or they may be purchased on the day of the tour, starting at 1:30 PM at the ticket kiosk in front of Shepherd Elementary School (14th St & Kalmia Rd NW) - tour directories included. More info: 

Sunday, May 20 from 5 - 7 PM, Laser Tag at Rosedale. Laser Tag is an exciting combination of tag and hide-and-seek. Players compete in teams to find and tag their opponents using high-tech laser blasters. Participants will have the chance to play in two or more 15-minute games. This event is perfect for adults and kids 8 years old and up. The game is best enjoyed by those who understand the concept and can play along. For more information, visit Cost: $20 per person - register at Location: 3501 Newark Street Gate.

Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 PM, "Mermaid Tales," a discussion of the enigmatic water spirits of Russia, with folklorist Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University. Be careful out there. According to Slavic folklore, we're about to enter into Mermaid Week, a period in which mermaids, or rusalki, emerge from lakes and streams to water crops and to claim lives. They're mostly beautiful, with wild hair and blazing eyes, and more than happy to drag smitten young men with them in returning to the depths. Join Philippa Rappoport, an expert on Slavic folklore and rituals, as she makes an encore Profs and Pints appearance to discuss Russia's water spirits and the traditions centered around them. Tickets: $10 in advance at, $12 at the door at the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW. More info:

Monday, May 21 at 7 PM, Mosaic on the Move: "A Human Being Died that Night." The Petworth Library hosts Mosaic Theater for free performances of the second part of Mosaic Theater’s South Africa repertory, “A Human Being Died that Night,” which recounts psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's gripping interrogations of apartheid-era torturer and assassin Eugene de Kock, known by many as Prime Evil. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Mosaic performers and staff: Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Monday, May 21 from 7 - 8 PM, Free Lecture & Panel: Giraffes - The Silent Extinction. Giraffe populations have dwindled rapidly over the past few decades. Join a panel of experts at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's Visitor Center Auditorium as they discuss the efforts to save this charismatic species. Officially classified by International Union for Conservation of Nature as "vulnerable" to extinction, there are estimated to be less than 100,000 giraffes remaining in the world today. The event will kick off with an overview by Julian Fennessy, director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, on the plight of this iconic species. A dynamic panel discussion will introduce attendees to the causes of giraffe population decline and how the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and other conservationists are working together to study and help save the world’s tallest mammal. This event is general admission. An RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Please plan on arriving early to ensure you get a seat. Parking fees at the Zoo will be waived for attendees. RSVP here: The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7 PM, Community Forum: “Affordable Housing and the Comprehensive Plan,” a panel discussion hosted by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. (The CPCA’s annual business meeting and election of the board will take place before the forum begins, from 6:30 - 7 PM) Panelists are: Earl Williams, President, Federation of Citizen Associations; Nancy MacWood, Chair ANC-3C; Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth; Parisa Narouzi, Executive Director, Empower DC. Free. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 34th and Lowell Streets NW, 

Thursday, May 24, all day, It’s Brothers Day! That’s right - and this is NOT a made-up holiday. Look it up: If you have never celebrated Brothers Day before, no time like the present to get started. Speaking of present, you don’t need to get one for your brother...unless he’s been getting you one for Brothers Day for years and you’ve never reciprocated (or, if you are female, if he’s been getting you a present for Sisters Day, which falls on the first Sunday in August - see - and you haven’t done a thing for him! All you really need to do is give your brother a call and wish him a happy Brothers Day. Easy enough! If you’re in the same city, well, you could take him out for a drink. On the other hand, if you’re both brothers, he could take YOU out for a drink. Why should it always be on YOU to call HIM? Yeah! And what about all the stuff he borrowed and hasn’t returned? And like, that time he told on you to Mom! And broke your rubber-band prop plane! If you’re still sore, you don’t need to do a thing for Brother’s Day - though this isn’t a made-up day, you can pretend it’s the Weekly Fake Event []!      

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Still Life with Robin: The Usual Mother's Day Stuff....with a Twist

Card by UrbanPhase (Wikimedia Commons)
by Peggy Robin

In advance of this Mother’s Day, I thought I would give everyone some chocolate, a teddy bear, and kitten story, and some lovely flowers – each with a bit of a twist.

The twist on the chocolate delivery is that it did not make it to its destination but ended up being the biggest highway chocolate spill in the history of Poland: 

Here’s a story of a mother who wants her little one to get down from that tree! Don’t worry – it all ends happily (but not for the tree!) 

Next, the story of a mom who rescued some kittens found abandoned in the woods – only to discover the hard way (ouch!) that these were not exactly cuddly little fluffballs: 

Let’s cap it all off with a blooming bunch of flowers:

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column

World Migratory Bird Day at the Zoo, May 12
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 17,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, May 11 at 3:30 PM, Friday “Infection Tag” at Rosedale. Join other kids and meet new neighbors after school to run around beautiful Rosedale. Recommended for ages 6+. All Friday Infection Tag are pick-up games and weather dependent. They will not be held if it is raining or if the grounds are very soggy because of rain. Please check the Rosedale website,, before coming over to Rosedale. Parents, please note, you are encouraged to come and play or watch, and you are welcome to bring a folding chair and a glass of your favorite beverage. There will be minimal supervision so please stay at your discretion but definitely if your children are young. Rosedale cannot be responsible for your child during the games or coming or going. Questions, please contact: katie.wiegmann @ gmail dot com. Free. The Rosedale Conservancy is on Newark Street between 35th and 36th Streets. More info on Rosedale events at

Saturday, May 12, 10 AM - 1 PM, Acton Children's Business Fair. This one-day outdoor marketplace gives children ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to create a business, sell to real customers, and decide themselves what to do with the profits. There will be over 100 young entrepreneurs selling everything from original board games, Star-Wars-themed noodles, tooth fairy monsters, hand-dyed jump ropes, race car crayons, and more! Entry is free and open to the public, though we suggest you bring cash as the young entrepreneurs and their products will be hard to resist! With Special Guest, Mikaila Ulmer, CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, which sells its products at Whole Foods and other stores across the country. Mikaila appeared on Shark Tank in 2015. This event takes place along the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. Rain date is Saturday, May 19.More information:

Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM - 2 PM, World Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. This event features activities, games, and demonstrations that highlight migratory bird conservation, including ways for visitors to help protect birds year-round. Scientists and conservationists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be joined by local bird conservation organizations to discuss the vital role birds play in the ecosystem and provide new insight into some of the birds commonly seen in the DC region. Free. At the Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM - 4 PM, EU Open House Day. The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day, offering a rare look inside the buildings. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions. NOTE: The metro stations of Cleveland Park and Woodley Park  will be closed, and there are no trains between Dupont and Van Ness this Saturday. Instead trains will be replaced by FREE buses that visitors can catch at Dupont, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Van Ness. They are scheduled to run every 5-10 minutes. Free. More info about the embassies, including printable brochure and info on smartphone app, available here:

Saturday, May 12 from 1 - 12 midnight, The 5th Annual U Street Funk Parade and Music Festival. Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. The Day Fair is on from 1-7 PM, the Parade goes from 5-6 PM, and the Music Festival goes on until midnight! The Music Showcase starts at 8 PM. To learn more visit the Funk Parade Facebook page at; for tickets go to the Funk Parade website at or the Eventbrite ticket page at A $10 wristband gives access to over 20 venues; tickets to the Lincoln Showcase are $15 - $20, wristband included.

Sunday, May 13 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Mother’s Day at the Grant Avenue Market. More than 25 vendors will be offering an eclectic mix of vintage, collectibles and funky finds, including: furniture, housewares, clothing, jewelry, records, books, artwork, ephemera and more. Live music: Mandolin maestro Bruce Miller performs from 10 AM to 12 noon; local blues band DC Mudd performs from 12 noon - 3 PM. Free pedicab rides, sponsored by the Takoma Park Farmers Market. Free admission. At Grant Avenue and Takoma Avenue in Takoma Park, MD - rain or shine. More info:

Sunday, May 13 at 3 PM, The Da Capo (DC) Chamber Players present a recital at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street. Entrance free. Light refreshments served. The program features two lesser-known but fine works: a charming Quintet for Flute and Strings by the Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau and the dramatic Quintet No. 1 for Piano and Strings by the Hungarian composer Dohnanyi. The program will last about an hour and a half, with intermission. Delicious musical dessert if you’re celebrating Mother’s Day Brunch or tasty treat before Mother’s Day Dinner.

Monday, May 14 at 12 noon, Lecture: Asian Students in DC Public Schools During Segregation, presented by Antoinette J. Lee, independent scholar. Historian Antoinette J. Lee will examine the experiences of Asian and Asian-American students in Washington, DC, public schools during the segregation era through forgotten school yearbooks and other unusual sources. Additionally, Lee will discuss her research process and suggest related topics for historians to explore in the future. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,

Tuesday, May 15 from 12 - 1 PM, Chamber Music Concert at Dumbarton House. The free concert is in the museum’s Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The Dumbarton House Museum is at 2715 Q Street NW. More info:

Tuesday, May 15 at 4 PM, Henna/Mehndi Fun. Come for a fun Henna/Mehndi activity, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This all-natural dye has been used to dye skin, hair, fingernails and fabrics for more than hundreds of years in various Indian traditions and Hindu festivals. We will have cute, simple design templates and all supplies will be provided.
Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St.),

Tuesday, May 15 at 4 PM, In the Zone: Meet Your Local Police Officers. In honor of National Police Week, come and meet police officers of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District. They will share what it is like to a be a police officer, as well as share information about their job and equipment, how and when to dial 911, stranger danger, bullying and more. Best for ages 4 - 12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, May 16 at 4 PM, Resurrection City 1968: Poster-Making Workshop. Join artist-in-residence Nando Álvarez to create posters in this hands-on workshop. In 1968, residents and visitors in Resurrection City created temporary murals to express messages of solidarity in the civil rights struggle. Inspired by the Resurrection City mural, DCPL artists have created poster-making kits allowing visitors to combine activist imagery from 1968 with their own messages for 2018. Nando Álvarez is an Ecuadorian visual artist currently based in DC. His artwork is moved by a complicated reflection on colonization, hegemony, patriarchy, white supremacy and other forms of oppression. This program is part of the The People's University history, collections and programming created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1968. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St. More info about this event at More about the Resurrection City Exhibit at

Tuesday, May 15 at 7 PM, Historic African-American Hamlets and Neighborhoods in the Tenleytown Area. Learn about the hidden history of Tenleytown. Local historian David Rotenstein will present an illustrated lecture on the historic African-American hamlets and neighborhoods in the Tenleytown area that developed along the DC-MD border in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dr. David Rotenstein is a local historian who has researched the Washington Metro area extensively. A former Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission chair and public history consultant, Dr. Rotenstein has written on gentrification, industrial history and housing in the District and Montgomery County. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday May 16 at 6 PM, Lecture: Eliza Hamilton in Washington, DC, presented by Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, co-founder, Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. Alexander Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, spent her last years living in Washington, DC, where she was visited by presidents and neighbors alike. At age 97 in 1854, Eliza was one of the oldest survivors of the Revolutionary War generation. Washingtonians were curious to hear Alexander Hamilton's widow reminisce about her experiences during the fight for independence and the US's emergence as a new nation. Eliza was active in Washington, DC, and is perhaps most remembered in Washington for joining forces with Dolley Madison to raise funds for the Washington Monument. In this talk, Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will explore Eliza’s remarkable life as a “Founding Mother,” with focus on Eliza’s connection to DC. The galleries will be open before the talk for guests to explore the exhibition “Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton.” Free, but reservations are encouraged. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW.

Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM, Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture 2018: “Managing and Identifying Pests in the Garden," by Manuel Rojas, Lead Garden Educator of Love & Carrots.
Home gardens are often plagued by common pests that limit productivity. Manuel Rojas will help us identify and manage these pesky problems by explaining Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies used by Love & Carrots to protect crops and ensure our gardening success. Since 1995, the Friends of Tenley Library has sponsored annual lectures on topics of interest to local gardeners in memory of Henry Mitchell, who lived in Tenleytown/American University Park and was until his death in 1993 one of America’s great garden writers. The lectures are free and open to the public. Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Thursday, May 17 from 3:30 - 8 PM, Wilson HS ArtsFest & Choral Concert. ArtsFest is the celebration of all things creative happening at Wilson High School! Browse at the arts and crafts marketplace; learn a K-Pop dance; get a henna tattoo; enjoy music and spoken-word performances; vote for your favorite at the student filmfest; and much more! Then stay for the Spring Choral Concert at 7 pm by Wilson High School’s renowned choir. For schedule of film showings, performances, and other events, go to Children and prospective Wilson students especially welcome! Free. In the Atrium of Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW.

Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk: Celebrating Alexander Hamilton. Join us as we celebrate one of the country's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton! Travel back to the summer of 1776 while you sip on a signature cocktail inspired by Washington's right hand man. Enjoy an interactive evening of karaoke to the infamous Broadway hits and fun activities dressed in your selected period attire. Reserve your space with a suggested minimum donation of $5 at: Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW

Thursday, May 17 from 5 - 7 PM, Celebrate Mueller’s Day! This is the first anniversary of the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. All across Washington, DC bars are hosting Happy Hours where you can raise a glass to this intrepid investigator, who every day seems to find a greater, more colorful tangle of threads to unravel. Will he find out if they’re all knotted together in the end? And is the main thread being jerked by Moscow? Free drinks for anyone with a good leak! There will be a song contest to see who can write the best song using at least 7 of the following 14 words or phrases in the lyrics: Stormy, Avenatti, Manafort & Page, Papadopoulos, Deripaska, Veselnitskaya, Vekselberg, Jarvanka, Cambridge Analytica, Essential Consulting LLC, Follow the Money, Pay for Play, Flynn, and Putin’ on the Ritz. To find a participating bar and/or to enter a video of your song in the contest, go to  

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Glad to Be Here, Not HI

Photo by Jerry Eaton, USGS
Public Domain
by Peggy Robin

There are lots of times I have Other-Land Envy. Like when I went to Hawaii – the word “paradise” did not seem to be mere tourist-hype. The average temperature all year round ranges from the upper sixties to the mid-eighties. Flowers are in bloom year round. Hard to get closer to perfect than that.  

Here in DC, on the other hand, the average day in January starts out at 25 degrees F and the average day in July is a steamy 89. That’s both too cold and too hot for comfort. And we have a risk of hurricanes from June to November every year. After December 1, we slide into Fear-of-Snowpocalyspe Season, when we know the city can be shut down for a week at a time if we get a heavier-than-usual snowfall -- and we don't emerge till March. Of course, the shelves of the stores will be stripped bare in panic-buying the day before anything hits.

So many times during the worst of the heat waves and the depths of freezes, I look back on those idyllic past travels to Hawaii and dream about how beautiful it all was. How amazing it would be to live in a place like that all the time. I recall the rainbows we saw, like this one:

….and then I wake up today to the news that people are fleeing their homes in droves on the big island to escape from the toxic volcanic fumes, the spewing lava, and the earth-splitting quakes now wreaking havoc and raining down destruction -- all due to the activity of the most violent volcano on earth: Kilauea!

Take a look:

The Washington Post has both video and still pictures, along with an article to fill you in on what you are seeing in all its pyrotechnical power:

And I am no longer jealous. Washington, DC, you are my cozy, safe home…come hurricane or blizzard but no lava!

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Ride the Antique Carousel at the 79th Annual Flower Mart
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 17,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, May 4 from 6 - 9 PM, Friday Night in the Heights Concert, featuring Justin Trawick & the Common Good (Americana). Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes as this free concert series kicks off on May 4 - continuing on the first Friday of every month through October. Enjoy local food and drink and fun for the whole family. At Cathedral Commons, Wisconsin Avenue at Newark St NW. Visit for more about this event and to see the line-up for First Fridays of the coming months.

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 PM, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, at Alice Deal Middle School. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is a science educator known for his television show. He’s also an author of the bestselling series, “Jack and the Geniuses.” The latest in the series is “Lost in the Jungle,” co-written with Gregory Mone, which includes a glossary of terms and an experiment kids can do at home! Nye will be in conversation with Politics and Prose bookseller and Planetary Society member, Michael Triebwasser. For ages 8 to 12. This event is free and no RSVP is required. To guarantee a copy for signing, pre-order books online for pick up at the event, or purchase at the door. This event in partnership with DC Public Library. At Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Dr NW. More info/book orders:

Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 10 AM - 6 PM, The 79th Annual Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral. An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal and boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, once again fills the nave and grounds of the Cathedral at this year’s Flower Mart. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun celebrates All Hallows’ Guild’s antique carousel—a fixture at Flower Mart for decades. Visit to read more about this year’s Flower Mart events. Free admission. To buy advance tickets for the Tower Climb, go here: For reservations for the “Taste in the Tower” luncheon, go here: The Washington National Cathedral is at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW.

Saturday, May 5 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Tregaron Conservancy Volunteer Planting & Clean Up Day. At this annual spring event volunteers will gather at the base of the north meadow (a.k.a. "sledding hill") for a variety of stewardship projects, including planting native woodland plants and meadow wildflowers, removing vines and other invasives, and clearing storm debris. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take a brief tour highlighting current landscape projects and sustainability initiatives. Registration is required via email to info @ tregaronconservancy dot org, noting the size of your group. Gardening novices and supervised kids are welcomed. All equipment will be provided. For more details, visit  

Saturday, May 5 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour. With 52 participating embassies, prepare for long lines! Admission is free, reservations are not required. Many embassies require photo ID for admission. Embassies on International Drive are larger and often have shorter lines than those on Embassy Row. Street parking is available but difficult at many embassy locations. Free parking will be available at UDC, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW (Van Ness Street entrance). Many embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness/UDC Metrorail stations. For tips and recommendations on enjoying this day, go to: For more info on participating embassies, go to:

Saturday, May 5 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Free Comic Book Day! Walk into any participating Comic Book shop and get a free comic book! Can’t beat that deal! Find the nearest participating comic book shop here: Learn all about this awesome national event at

Saturday, May 5 from 12 - 4 PM, MoCo GreenFest 2018! GreenFest is the largest, annual environmental festival in Montgomery County, MD. A free event, GreenFest has tons of fun activities for the whole family from kids’ tree-climbing to live music and dance, and featuring over 100 exhibitors, artisans and food trucks. Electric vehicle and car show. Free workshops: Backyard Beekeeping and Pollinator-Friendly Yards; Quick Pickling;  Can't Fail Container Gardening; Find the Right Green Job. At Jesup Blair Local Park, 900 Jesup Blair Dr, Silver Spring - right next to Montgomery College. Schedule of workshops and much more info at:

Saturday, May 5 at 1 PM, Remembering the Riots: A Conversation on the Mt. Pleasant Disturbances of May 5-7, 1991. Come learn and connect at this free presentation, discussion and community listening period on race, place and the Mt. Pleasant riots, moderated by Patrick Scallen from Georgetown University's Department of History. This inquiry forms part of his ongoing research into the history of Salvadorans in metropolitan Washington, DC, and the culmination of a series of Mt. Pleasant oral histories carried out on behalf of the DC Oral History Collaborative (a partnership of the DC Public Library, the Historical Society of Washington, DC and Humanities DC). Patrick Scallen is a 13-year Mt. Pleasant resident and a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. He is currently writing a history of Salvadoran immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area (1950-2000) for his doctoral dissertation. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, enter on Lamont St. More info:

Saturday, May 5 at 5 PM, History Talk: Cinco de Mayo Is NOT Mexican Independence Day. At this eye-opening, myth-busting lecture, you will learn the truth about Cinco de Mayo. Not only is it NOT Mexican Independence Day (that’s on Sept. 16) - it’s not even a national holiday in Mexico. It commemorates a military victory fought in a small town in the Puebla region, occurring during a war with France over the repayment schedule of Mexican debt. Really! (See Its popularity in the US took off in the 1980s when the makers of Corona beer and the owners of some Mexican chain restaurants realized what a marketing opportunity it would be to have a Mexican holiday equivalent to St. Patrick's Day in terms of sales. Their branding strategy for the day took off, and now every May 5 you find yourself bombarded by offers of margarita specials from bars and restaurants, each one blasting mariachi music onto the street, while inside, patrons wearing ridiculously oversized sombreros drink till they fall over. This Cinco de Mayo join us in boycotting the crass commercialization of Mexican culture! If you sign up now, you will receive a handsome stick-on button urging all to “Celebrate Mexican Independence Day….on September 16, NOT May 5!” To register for the free lecture and your free sticker, go to  

Sunday, May 6 from 10 AM - 2 PM, International Family Equality Day at the National Zoo.
Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Enjoy family-focused activities including field games with prizes, live entertainment, special animal enrichment demonstrations (with elephants, orangutans, tortoises, lions and tigers and Andean bears (Oh my!) and more. Free. More info, including schedule of events at The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday May 6 from 10 AM - 6 PM, The Fiesta Asia Street Festival in Silver Spring brings together the diverse Asian cultures on one street where participants can experience the richness of the arts and tradition the region has to offer. The event is free and open to everyone. From music to dance; from martial arts to crafts; from food to shopping; Fiesta Asia has it all. Come party with us the Asian style! Location: 916 Ellsworth Avenue Silver Spring, MD. Free admission. More info and schedule of performances at

Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: featuring Just Another Foundry and Dauda. Just Another Foundry, a contemporary Jazz trio from Cologne, Germany includes: Jonas Engel, Saxophone; Florian Herzog, Bass; Stephen Boegehold, Drums. Dauda aspires to create Afrofuturist music—drawing from the breadth of the art of the African diaspora to create new works that are both familiar and otherworldly, incorporating the rich harmony and spontaneous interaction of jazz, the storytelling of hip-hop and the melodic and rhythmic complexity of traditional African music into performances that fully embody each of these qualities while exploring a theme with the audience. David Dauda Jacquil Diongue, Alto Sax; Michael Gary II, Bass; Charles Wilson, Drums; Michael Esber, Guitar; Ignatius Perry, Piano. Free. At the Goethe-Institut Washington (1990 K St NW, lower level, enter on 20th St) - co-sponsored by DC Public Library and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. More info:  

Monday, May 7 at 12 noon, Lecture: The DC Oral History Collaborative, with Jewel Addy, Anna F. Kaplan, and Maggie Lemere. The DC Oral History Collaborative is a partnership project between the Historical Society of Washington, DC, HumanitiesDC, and the DC Public Library. The goal of the initiative is to preserve the memories of Washington residents by making existing oral history archives easily accessible, and by giving residents the training and finances to conduct quality interviews. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM, Women Leadership, Lesbian Activists and the DC AIDS Crisis: A Historical Discussion. The Rainbow History Project is proud to host this public panel to talk about women’s leadership and lesbian AIDS activism in Washington, DC. Panelists will share stories of their experiences of how the AIDS crisis built bridges between different segments of the city beginning in the 1980s, especially between gay men and lesbian women. They will offer their perspective of how women’s leadership during the epidemic shaped the politics and culture of the ascending LGBT rights movement in the District. With panelists Papaya Mann, Colevia Carter and Patricia Nalls; moderated by Kate Ruane. Free. At Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW,