Saturday, July 23, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Welcome to the Heat Dome

Photo by Bill Adler
by Peggy Robin

You can’t have escaped hearing by now that we’re under a “heat dome.” We, meaning Washington, DC along with 26 other states. Temperatures are expected to go into triple digits, and even if not, the heat index –what it feels like outside-- will certainly do so.

For those of you sitting in your nicely air-conditioned room, reading this on your phone, tablet, or computer in comfort, and wondering idly, “What’s a ‘heat dome" and “Didn't Stephen King make up that term and use it in a horror novel about a supernaturally-caused oven-effect that kills almost everyone but spares just an odd band of misfits?” – here are the answers:

What’s a Heat Dome?

And where did the phrase actually come from? The New York Times explored this question almost five years ago to the day during a heat dome in the Southwest (July 22, 2011): but notes that “heat bubble” is a more fitting term. That may be so, but it’s nowhere near as menacing-sounding. Would people take care to protect themselves from the possibly lethal effects of a bubble? Or would they think of it as something that could pop at any moment? Best to stick with the scary dome, I say.

And speaking of that, here are some basic tips from for keeping yourself from becoming overcooked during our time under the dome:

One of the tips in the article above is to stay well hydrated – which, in typical internet fashion, was accompanied by a link to a related article about staying hydrated with cold liquids, and from there you get to the recipes for 12 different varieties of homemade ice pops:,,20937930,00.html. They all look fun to make and cool to eat (in all senses of the word).

Happy Heat Dome, everyone!

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Astronaut David R. Scott (Public Domain)
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 PM, “Open Shelves” Exhibit/Artist Talk. Dialogue with professional book artists and community members who participated in the Open Shelves exhibit. Artists will discuss the handmade artists' books on view as well as community curation, collaborative art, the concept of 'open works' and their experiences creating art and books that grow and change while the exhibit is on view. The exhibit is on view from July 1 - July 31, 2016. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW,   

Friday, July 22 from 1 - 4 PM, Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes. Come to the Spy Museum Store and “Meet A Spy” – uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally. Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service who—along with her colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille—helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Free - no registration required. The International Spy Museum is at 800 F Street, NW, 202.393.7798.​

Saturday, July 23 from 11 AM - 4 PM, The 2nd Annual DPR Rec Day! The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month with an extravaganza featuring fun activities, entertainment and food for the whole family. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, rock wall, face painting, Madden & NBA Playstation 4 challenge, jewelry making, quick start tennis, line dancing, tee ball exhibition, obstacle course, moonbounce, fashion shows and much more, including competitive fun each hour. There will be giveaways and over 20 information stations from nonprofits and commercial sponsors. Free and open to all. At Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center, South Capital and I Streets SW. More info:

Saturday, July 23 from 7 - 10 PM, Square Dancing at Peirce Mill. Join the Friends of Peirce Mill as they present a night of square dancing beside the mill with the DC Square Dance Collective. Free. Peirce Mill is at the corner of Beach Drive and Tilden Street NW,

Sunday, July 24 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Craft Activity for Kids. A park ranger will guide kids in a craft activity in honor of the 47th anniversary of the moon landing (July 20, 1969). Free. All ages. At the Nature Center at Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Road NW.   

Sunday, July 24 at 3 PM, Go for the Record High. With temperatures predicted to hit 100°F and a heat/humidity index of 112°F, Sunday is sure to be a scorcher - but will it be hot enough to break a record? The number to beat is 101°F set back in 2010 (source: Washingtonians, we can do it -- so let’s bring on the heat and make this one for the record books! We will assemble at the National Weather Station at Reagan National Airport, where DC’s weather measurements are taken, at 3PM - typically the hottest time of day - and please bring a pile of highly flammable kindling to add to the giant bonfire we will create to ramp up the heat as much as we can, as close to the temperature recording spot as the NWS will allow. For directions to our gathering spot, go to:

Monday, July 25 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Financial Planning 101 for All Ages and All Stages - a seminar presented by the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Free; please call (202) 615-5853 by July 18 to register. In the Assembly Room of Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 26 at 4 PM, It’s Harry Potter Night at the Palisades Library. Join us at the library in celebration of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's birthdays! Get in the Hogwarts spirit by dressing as your favorite character. We'll start with crafts at 4 PM and then show “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at 5 PM. This film is 142 minutes long, and rated PG. Free. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street NW,

Wednesday, July 27 from 2 - 7:30 PM, “Beat the Streets” Community Festival presented by the Fourth District MPD. Enjoy musical performances from local bands and artists, as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature distributed by local social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun. Free. Full schedule of “Beat the Streets” summer events at Flyer:

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Still Life with Robin: News from France

Nice - Photo by Narje (public domain via
Wikimedia Commons)
by Peggy Robin

My tip for the day is for anyone who is interested in more in-depth coverage of the news from France -- not just to follow the aftermath of the July 14 attack in Nice -- but on an ongoing basis. France 24 is a 24-hour news channel that brings you news from France and around the world from a French perspective. You don’t need cable or satellite TV to watch France 24 – it’s available live online at in English or in French at The English language programming is not just a translation of the French broadcast but has its own English-speaking anchors, reporters, cultural and sports segments, and more.

If you’d like to watch via your smartphone or tablet, go to and click on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Nokia, or Site Mobile to download the appropriate app for your device.

If you have a cable or satellite dish TV, go to and enter you location and then find your provider to show France 24 channel on your TV, or use your on-screen channel guide to look up France 24.  

France 24 is not just a good source for a closer view of France but it also provides excellent coverage of the rest of Europe, as well as the Francophone countries of Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world, often focusing on events and areas that hardly ever rate a mention in American news media. On France 24, America is not the center of the universe -- but when the channel does cover news in the US, it can be very revealing to see how we appear when seen from an ocean away.  

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, July 14 at 4:30 PM, Reptiles Alive! Meet exciting live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. For ages 5 and up.Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,

Thursday, July 14 at 6 PM, Background Checks: Know Your Rights! Are you a job applicant with concerns about what employers might find when running a background check? Come to this interactive workshop to learn about your rights during the job search if you have a criminal record or problems with credit reports. Attorneys from the Neighborhood Legal Services Program will discuss how to seal criminal records in Washington DC, ways to respond to employers who are asking about criminal records during the job search process, how to file a complaint under the Fair Criminal Records Screening Act (“Ban the Box”), and how to address problems with a credit report. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Free. At the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE,

Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7 PM, “The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington” - a discussion with the artists - part of the series, Free Parking: Salon-Style Conversations at the Alper Initiative space. Hear powerful stories of artists from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay, who left Latin America for reasons of safety, freedom, and opportunity and made their homes and artistic careers in the Washington region. Featured artists: Joan Belmar, Juan Downey, Carolina Mayorga, Ric Garcia, F. Lennox Campello, Jose Bermudez, Muriel Hasbun, Frida Larios, Irene Clouthier, Naul Ojeda. Free, but you must register at The Alper Initiative Space is in the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Thursday, July 14 at 6:45 PM, Quatorze Juillet Workshop on Numbering the French Way. Schoolchildren in France are brought up with the idea that their native language is “clair, precis and logique.” On France’s National Day, you are invited to this informative session on the logic and clarity of numbering in French. We will begin with the number 70, which is to say, sixty-ten, and will count up, sixty-eleven, sixty-twelve, etc., through sixty nineteen, and on to 80 --that is, four twenties-- and then four-twenties-one, four-twenties-two, and so on to 90 --four twenties ten-- until we end at 99 --four twenties nineteen. Then we will move on to telling time, noting, for example, that the workshop started at 19 hours minus a quarter and it will end at 19 hours and half. An exam will be given during the last 15 minutes of the class, and certificates awarded to those who pass. At the French Embassy, Registration required at:; please bring 6 documents of identity, all notarized with apostille, as required by the Hague Convention of 1961.

Friday, July 15 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: The Charleville Musket. Robert Selig, historian, shares the evolution of the Charleville musket and its importance during the Revolutionary War. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of various Charleville musket models. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,  

Saturday, July 16 at 9:30 AM, Casey Trees presents “Buds,”a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (2 to 4 years). Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd NW. The story time will feature three to four tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project.  Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring Rock Creek on their own after the Buds program has concluded. Please bring sun protection, bug protection, and water for exploring Rock Creek Park after the Buds story time has concluded. The program is free, and free parking is available on site. More info:

Saturday July 16 from 10 AM - 3 PM, The 5th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival. Come meet local archaeologists and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology, learn about local volunteer opportunities, and local history. There will be activities for all ages: mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the Dumbarton House Museum, music, face painting, and some of DC’s best food trucks. Both local and worldwide participants will feature the event live, across Facebook and Twitter (#ArchaeoFest16, #AITC_DC, and @dayofarch, respectively). Free. At Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW. More info:  

Sunday, July 17 at 1 PM, Caring Angels Therapy Dogs Demonstration. Caring Angels provides highly trained, affectionate and caring dogs of all types that share their loving paws and happy tails with people in need in places like hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, veterans, underprivileged children and more. They'll demonstrate their work including the Warrior's Angels program at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St NW,  202-265-6280,

Sunday, July 17 from 1 - 4 PM, The 6th Annual DC Scoop “Best Ice Cream” competition, with free ice cream samples from 11 contenders for the title. This event also features raffles, giveaways, sales, and more. Free admission. At Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NW,

Sunday, July 17 at 2 PM, Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series: A History of Rock Creek Park by Scott Einberger. Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, DC? Then come to this discussion of A History of Rock Creek Park by Scott Einberger. Copies are available to check out from the library. Free. In the second floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Monday, July 18 from 7 - 9:30 PM Fort Reno Summer Concert Series 2016, featuring Makeup Girl, Mirror Motives, and Brushes. Free. Fort Reno is located at 40th and Chesapeake, across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School. Rain Info: If you’re ever wondering if a show is happening or not call 202-355-6356 for information.

Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 AM, Pacific Rhythm. Experience the culture of the Pacific Islands through music and dance. See traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes and learn some Polynesian dances. For kids of all ages. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Still Life with Robin: On with the Fringe!

Capital Fringe Festival 2016
by Peggy Robin

The Fringe is back! It’s Washington’s eleven-year-old theater festival, returning to stages and venues scattered around Downtown and Trinidad, with over 100 shows, running from now (it actually started two days ago on July 7) through the end of the month. Okay, it’s not quite in the same league with Edinburgh’s 69-year-old Fringe Festival, which has over 3,000 shows to choose from, most of them performed at impromptu theaters set up within a couple of square miles in the very compact historic center (or should I say “centre”?) of the old city.  For three weeks in August, you can spend each morning strolling along the Royal Mile, where you will encounter costumed actors handing out flyers for their plays and sometimes performing scenes or selected musical numbers. You could well be plucked from the crowd to join in an interactive skit. By the time you’ve gone a few blocks, you’ll have a good idea of what’s on that day, and then it’s easy enough to wander over to the box office and pick up tickets for whatever you’ve decided to see later that afternoon or evening. DC’s more spread-out nature and its typical summer heat makes the stroll-and-view-costumed-actors marketing method unworkable here, so you are well-advised to look over your choices online, indoors, with the air-conditioning on full-blast.

Start here:

There’s a PDF booklet arranged by theater here:

Your online calendar guide is here:
-- in chronological order, starting with today’s date.

Your A-Z guide is here:
Names of shows are in alphabetical order, with tabs on the side to give you the shows by genre. Do you like serendipity? Try the "Random Show" tab and plan to see whatever pops up!

Too much detail? Then go for an overview of the venues, with a few select recommendations, courtesy of the Washington Post:

And don’t forget your button! You will need a Fringe button to get into any show, so start here:


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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Fort Reno Park, National Park Service Photo
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 PM, Author Jane Mayer in Conversation with Hanna Rosin. Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed books, will appear in conversation with Hanna Rosin, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia podcast, and a national correspondent at The Atlantic. They will discuss Mayer’s latest book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Book signing to follow. Free. At the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW,

Thursday, July 7 from 7 - 9:30 PM, Concert at Fort Reno Park by Title Tracks, Bad Moves, and Strange Avenger. Free and open to all. At Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. The Fort Reno summer concert series schedule is available at For information on rain-outs, call 202-355-6356.

Friday, July 8 at 6 PM, Author Event: “Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law.” Steeped in sunlight, wine and unforgettable food, this memoir by Katherine Wilson is a love letter to a city and a family, a coming-of-age story, and a transporting account of learning to live the Italian way. Come to Via Umbria and meet Katherine, hear a reading of the book, and join a discussion about a book that New York Times best-selling author and filmmaker Adriana Trigiani calls a “glorious memoir celebrating the holy trinity of Italian life: love, food and family." Free. Via Umbria is at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, July 8 at 7 PM, "After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?" Glenn Branch, of the National Center for Science Education, will speak on Kitzmiller v. Dover, which established the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools. This 2005 case was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Glenn Branch will discuss why Kitzmiller was the effective end of the second phase of anti-evolution strategy and what the third phase is going to be like. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit: Presented by the Washington Area Secular Humanists in the auditorium of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 100 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD.

Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM - 7 PM, French Festival at the Hillwood Estate. Indulge your inner Francophile with 18th-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Marjorie Merriweather Post’s French decorative arts collection! Add to the festive atmosphere by making and wearing a French bergère or Napoleon hat. See the festivities of the French court come to life in a short play, performed by Happenstance Theater. Meet strolling fanciful French nobles, also performed by Happenstance Theater. Experience the best of baroque dance with New York Baroque Dance Company. Immerse yourself in music of the 18th century with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar. Engage in a playful storytime or short French language lessons, led by the Alliance Française de Washington. Explore Hillwood’s luscious gardens, during a docent-led garden tour. Enjoy a glass of wine or baguette at the Parisian-style sidewalk café. Full schedule of events at Tickets: $18, $15 seniors, $12 Hillwood and Alliance Française members, $10 college students, $5 Children 6-18, free for children under 6. Reservations at: Hillwood Estate is at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM - 4 PM, The 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. Enjoy living history, music, lectures, and more at this annual event that commemorates the only Civil War battle to take place in the nation's capital. Activities include: Living history demonstrations; Live period music; Historical talks by noted historians; 19th century children's games and crafts.
Where: On the historic grounds of Fort Stevens, located with the unit block of Quackenbos Street, NW (also known as Elizabeth Thomas Way) between 13th St & Georgia Ave. NW. More info:

Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Tracey Eldridge/Music N Motion. Tracey’s show is designed to spark imaginations, to inspire creative self-expression, to enhance self-esteem, and to create a sense of community. Tracey incorporates singalongs with guitar, finger plays, storytelling through songs & puppetry, dancing and creative movement. Children hear a variety of musical styles from various cultures. Itʼs a ton of musical fun! A free presentation of the Friends of Stead Park, 16th & P Streets NW. The summer concert schedule is at:

Saturday, July 9 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Watch the Waterwheel at Peirce Mill. Visitors are invited to watch the miller fill the hopper with hard corn to make cornmeal, separate the mill stones, and release the water over the waterwheel to engage this 1820s wooden machine within a stone building. Historical games, water milling toy, nature crafts, and more will be on site for children ages 3-7 years old. Kid-friendly mill tour with Sarah Bohl at 11 AM; historic preservation tour at 1 PM with local preservationist Steve Ortado; volunteer orientation on Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm. All events are free and take place at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park at the corner of Tilden St and Beach Drive NW. More info at

Saturday, July 9 at 1 PM, “Mrs. Roosevelt: Muse to Hillary.” Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how Eleanor Roosevelt was the indispensable First Lady of the people who helped write the nation's story and the figure Hillary Clinton saw as her soul mate. Free. In the Peabody Room at Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,  

Sunday, July 10 at 2 PM, String Quartet Concert. Let classical music enhance your summer! A string quartet from the DC Chamber Orchestra will perform selected works for the public. This event is free and will seat guests on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Sunday, July 10 from 5:30 - 7 PM Concert at Rose Park by the Walkaways. Concertgoers will tap toes and sway to the Roots Rock/Americana band, The Walkaways. There will also be special treats and activities for cooling off. A free presentation of the Citizens Association of Georgetown at Rose Park, 26th & P Streets NW. More info:

Monday, July 11 at 6 PM, Housing Discrimination Workshop. Staff from the DC Office of Human Rights will provide a “Know Your Rights” presentation to ensure you can identify housing discrimination and know what you to do if it happens to you. We will discuss discrimination against people who use housing vouchers, people with disabilities, people of color and more. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th Street NW,

Monday, July 11 at 6:30 PM, Metropocalypse Live! A discussion/podcast with Martin DiCaro, reporter at WAMU 88.5 and co-host of the Metropocalype Podcast. Station closures and continuous single tracking. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro, which is spending a year rebuilding its tracks and re-engineering its culture. Metropocalypse is a weekly podcast and Facebook group from WAMU 88.5, which explores the latest developments in Metro’s SafeTrack plan, answers riders’ burning questions and finds humor and insight amid our region's commuting nightmares. This event will be recorded and used in future episodes. Please bring questions, ideas, and stories!  Free. At Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 AM, Christiana Drapkin & Bop Goes the Weasel: Jazz for Kids. Christiana Drapkin and her jazz group, Bob Goes the Weasel, introduce young audiences to the fun of live jazz performance. You will want to sing along, clap to the rhythm, snap your fingers and get up and dance! For ages 3-10 At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM, Digital Estate Planning Workshop. Traditional estate plans account for physical and financial assets, but what about email and social media accounts, digital photos and files, and additional elements of modern technological life? Come to this introduction to digital estate planning and learn how you can get started with the process of managing your digital assets. Questions? Email julia.strusienski @ dc dot gov. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, July 12 at 6 - 7 PM, No Votes for Women: Why Politically Savvy Women Opposed Votes for Women" - lecture and book signing. Isabel Anderson was a follower of national politics and participated in political life, including serving on the Republican Party’s Committee on Women’s Work in 1912. Like many female anti-suffragists, she believed that the influence of elite women in successful legal reforms in factory and working conditions, property ownership, child custody, and age of consent laws, proved that women could be highly effective without the vote. Susan Goodier, professor of women’s history at SUNY Oneonta, discusses how intelligent, politically savvy women publicly decried the call for votes for women and resisted their own enfranchisement. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,   

Wednesday, July 13 at 4 PM, Home Movie Magic. Have old video tapes lying around but no way to watch them? Come to Tenley Library and learn how to convert old home movies to new digital formats using commercial methods or the DC Public Library Memory Lab. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

Wednesday, July 13 at 6 PM, Home Movie Magic, Part Deux. After you have attended the preceding workshop, you are ready to move on to this sequel, which will teach you advanced techniques to turn your incredibly boring old home movies into digital blockbusters. Shh, don’t tell the copyright police, but in this exciting follow-up workshop, you will learn how to intercut chase scenes from Hollywood thrillers such as “The French Connection” and “Bullitt” with your vacation driving movies, or use sci-fi classics to fill the skies with aliens from “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “Independence Day” (1996 and 2016 versions). Because of the nature of this workshop, you must apply off-line, and after you sign the confidentiality agreement, we will email you the location. Go to:  

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: America's Diplomats - Screening & Discussion. Former Ambassadors Herman Cohen and Edward Marks will be on hand to discuss "America's Diplomats," a look at the multifaceted roles diplomats play in shaping global views of the United States. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Still Life with Robin: Seven Two Sixteen

The Continental Congress Original painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, 1848.
By Peggy Robin

As we enter the long holiday weekend, there’s a lot to celebrate.

For one thing, Saturday, July 2 is World UFO Day:

Although it’s a day late to celebrate Canada Day, it’s never too late to sing a chorus of “Oh Canada” while gazing at a photo of the dreamy PM, Justin Trudeau

Today’s the day the Continental Congress actually declared independence from Great Britain. If you want to know why the official holiday is on July 4, read this:

On Monday, you can march in an Independence Day Parade - - or just sit back and enjoy it, while contemplating how far the British Empire has fallen since the colonies declared their “Amerexit” in 1776.

And if you would rather laugh about the Brexit than brood about its implications, here’s a handy compilation of Internet Comedic Brexit Memes (or ICBMs for short):

Numerologically speaking, the date 7 2 2016 consists of 7 + 2 which equals 9, which is equal to the digits of the year added together, that is, 2+0+1+6 = 9. How cool is that? (OK, it’s pretty commonplace.) But then consider this: both 9s added together = 18, which in Hebrew is the number that represents Chai (Life) –

So – to July 2 – to Life!

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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