Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Bill Adler
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 15,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, July 31 at 10 AM and 11 AM, “Tree Wise” - Casey Trees education program for kids ages 6 - 10, featuring hands-on activities, including leaf and bark rubbings, scavenger hunts, water relays and more. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. More info:  

Friday, July 31 at 5:30 PM, The 2nd Annual “Picnic in the Park” Concert Series at the Forest Hills Playground, featuring lively and upbeat music of internationally loved Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass band. More info: Free. The Forest Hills Playground is east of Connecticut Avenue between Brandywine and Chesapeake Streets.

Friday, July 31 from 5 - 7 PM, The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a Piano Concert by Mark Damisch, who is on his 40th anniversary tour. More info: At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Free, but you must RSVP:  

Saturday, August 1 from 10 AM - 12 noon, “The Lazy Gardener: How to Save Space, Time and Effort in Your Garden,” workshop led by Neighborhood Farm Initiative garden manager Caroline Selle, presented by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The first hour will be an overview of the topic and a tour of the NFI demonstration garden to show techniques in action; second hour will be an interactive design workshop where participants can begin putting these ideas into practice. Includes a walk-through of NFI’s demonstration garden showing creative methods that can increase efficiency, yield – and beauty – in your garden space. Free. Reservations required go to and scroll down to “The Lazy Gardener” and then go to the “register now” link. At Fort Totten Farm, 100 Gallatin Street NE.  

Saturday, August 1 at 6 PM, Story District’s Kick-off Party to celebrate its name change -- it used to be SpeakEasyDC -- with artists, community partners, performances, booze, on-site T-shirt screen printing by Soul & Ink (bring your own T or buy one there), dancing and every possible coming-of-age celebration we can think of rolled into one epic night. Free admittance with RSVP: At Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St NW. More info: 

Sunday, August 2 at 1:30 PM, “Women in Glass and Stone” art and architecture tour of the National Cathedral. Where else can you see Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt in one place? Women of great influence are to be found in the statues, needlepoint, and stained glass of the Cathedral. Hear their tales and look upon the faces and symbols of these revolutionary thinkers, visionaries, and saints.For visitors aged 10 and older. Tickets $16 - $20. Reservations suggested but not required -- go to The tour meets at the west-end docent station, nave level, just inside the main doors of the Cathedral.  

Monday, August 3 at 1 PM, “Visions of Liberty,” a discussion about the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties in America, with Ira Glasser, retired executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and documentary photographer Bob Adelman. Free and open to all - no tickets needed. In the Mumford Room of the Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE. More info:  

Monday, August 3 at 8 PM, The Fringe After The Fringe: “Post-Dishwasher.” You may have read about “Dishwasher,” the edgy, experimental piece of performance art that was the surprise hit of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival (see The show ends on Sunday, but on the day after, join a group of theater-goers and critics for a post-performance appraisal, in which everyone who shows up is invited to wash dishes, and then vote to decide whether anyone has washed the dishes better than actor/director/creator Brian Feldman. To sign up for this unique piece of theater mixed with participatory democracy, go to      

Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 PM, Brilliant Minds, Great Thinkers: Steven Gimbel on Albert Einstein. 2015 is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Einstein was the first scientific superstar, and his international fame allowed him financial security at a time of economic collapse in Germany, instant credibility on topics both scientific and non-scientific. Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein: His Space and Times, explains Einstein’s science in terms anyone can understand, and shows how Einstein’s powerful ideas emerged from the particular world he occupied and continue to shape the world we inhabit today. Tickets $10 - $12 - go to: At the Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th St NW.  

Wednesday, August 5 at 3:30 PM, “Japan in a Suitcase” brings traditional toys, clothing, school items, and crafts to encourage a deeper understanding and awareness of Japan and Japanese culture to school children through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, August 5 at 7 PM, “Every Hero Has A Story” - Comics Panel featuring Fantom Comics, Big Planet Comics, and Shawn Martinbrough. In celebration of this year's Summer Reading theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” join us for a comics panel that will discuss the artistic inspiration, creation, and distribution of graphic novels and comics. The panel will be moderated by Esther Kim, manager of Fantom Comics in Washington, DC and will feature fellow comic bookstore manager of Big Planet Comics of College Park, distributor and publisher of comics, Peter Casazza, as well as local comics artist Shawn Martinbrough. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, August 5 from 7 - 8:30 PM, An evening to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the  atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki: this event will include testimony by a Hibakushi (a survivor of the atomic bombings) and performance by the children of Little Friends of Peace. The accompanying Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition will include 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as six twenty-four foot folding screens that depict the horrors of the event. The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Iri and Toshi Maruki, created a total of 15 screens over 32 years from 1950. More info: Free. The art exhibition is on view until August 16. At The Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.  

Thursday, August 6 at 7 PM, Local author Liliane Willens will discuss her memoir, Stateless in Shanghai. Born in Shanghai to Russian Jewish parents who fled the Bolshevik Revolution, Liliane Willens is a "stateless” girl in the world's most cosmopolitan city. But when the Far East explodes in conflict, the family's uncertain status puts them at risk of being stranded, or worse. Stateless in Shanghai recounts Willens’ life and trials in a China collapsing under the weight of foreign invaders and civil war. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3301 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Hot Stuff in July

Photo by Thomas S Mann
by Peggy Robin

Happy National Cowboy Day, everyone!

This final week of July is jam-packed with fun and interesting holidays, including my personal favorite, Olavsoka Day, which I will tell you about in a minute. Here’s how the week rolls out:

Today: July 25 (the 4th Saturday in July) is National Cowboy Day. Yee-hah!

Tomorrow, July 26 (the 4th Sunday in July) is Aunt’s Day. Thank the Hallmark Card Co. for inventing that one.

Monday, July 27 is Bugs Bunny’s birthday. The “wascally wabbit” first sprang to life on screen on this date in the 1940 Warner Brothers cartoon, A Wild Hare (

Tuesday, July 28 is Buffalo Soldiers’ Day. This day, first declared in 1992, commemorates the regiments of black soldiers who fought in the Civil War and subsequent wars and conflicts. (For a brief history of the Buffalo Soldiers, see this account: 

And Wednesday, July 29 is Ólavsøka Day! (See write up below.)

Thursday, July 30 is Father-In-laws’ Day….or is that Fathers-in-law Day? Whatever it is, it’s another occasion for Hallmark to sell cards.

Friday, July 31, is (as all J.K. Rowling fans know) Harry Potter’s Birthday.

And now for all who want to know what Olavsoka Day is…. Ólavsøka Day is the National Day of the Faroe Islands. What and where are the Faroe Islands, you may ask. The answer: The Faroe Islands are a self-governing democracy of eighteen islands, under the auspices of Denmark, located due north of Scotland, about halfway between Iceland and Norway, at 62 degrees of latitude (Thank you, Wikipedia.) The Arctic Circle is at 66.5 degrees north latitude, to give you an idea of how far north we’re talking about.  The Faroese people – about 49,000 strong – are descendants of Vikings who speak Faroese, a language rooted in Old Norse and spoken nowhere else except among the population of these islands. Olavsoka, also known as St. Olaf’s Day, marks the annual opening of the Lagting, the Faroese Parliament. But anyone, anywhere can celebrate Olavsoka Day. You just need to learn the Chain Dance! It’s easy to do – so grab a bunch of friends, hold hands, and dance in a circle, or in swaying/stomping lines. It’s the singing in Faroese while dancing that will be the tricky part….

For a good example of the song and dance, go to Or you can look up other examples by searching for “Faroese Chain Dance” on Youtube. Here’s another version – unfortunately, with rather poor lighting – but this one shows you the lyrics as subtitles: . The song in this video is called Regin Smiður and it tells a long story – in 131 verses!—of a warrior’s quest to slay a dragon.  You probably won’t want to learn the whole thing, but the chorus, which repeats after each verse, is just four lines long, and surely you can learn to sing it time for the celebration on Wednesday.  All together now:

Grani bar gullið av heiði,
brá hann sínum brandi av reiði,
Sjúrður vann av orminum,
Grani bar gullið av heiði.  

Has any of this left you with curiosity to see the Faroe Islands? Mid-to-late summer is the perfect time for a trip. Here’s a sneak peek at what you might see:


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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Get Out! - The Weekly Events Column

Georgetown Public Library Program "Pacific Rhythm"
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 15,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 23 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Spotlight on Design: “Snarkitecture.” The Brooklyn-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture manipulates and reinterprets existing materials, structures, and programs to reveal new ideas about architecture. Founding principal Alex Mustonen and senior associate Benjamin Porto discuss the firm's work, which includes the BEACH, the 10,000 square foot, interactive architectural installation at the National Building Museum that includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. For more info and tickets ($7 - $20) go to

Friday, July 24 at 7:30 PM, Reggae Night, featuring Monsoon & S.T.O.R.M. Reggae Band, Puma Ptah, Ras Biruk & Ras Band. Presented by The Washington Post Going Out Guide. Free. More info:  At Carter Barron Amphitheatre in
Rock Creek Park, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW.  

Saturday, July 25 at 9 AM, Mayor Muriel Bowser invites you to a FitDC walk in Georgetown, part of the FitDC Billion Steps Challenge. Free. The walk starts at the Jelleff Recreation Center, corner of Wisconsin & S Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, July 25 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Stomp and Boogie with Uncle Devin - a live, interactive musical experience that takes children on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion. Along with his flute-playing sidekick, Mr. Grasshopper, Uncle Devin will introduce kids to different genres of music. Part of the Children’s Summer Concert Series. Free. At Stead Park, 16th & P Streets NW. More info:  

Saturday, July 25 at 6 PM, The Petworth Jazz Project. Children’s show featuring Planet Swagg, followed by the Mark Meadows Quartet at 7 PM. Free and on the lawn at 8th and Taylor Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, July 25 from 11 AM - 4 PM, National Parks & Recreation Day, presented by the DC Department of Parks & Recreation. Bring the whole family and enjoy an extravaganza of fun activities, and entertainment. Residents from across DC can enjoy music, swimming, soccer, basketball, softball, moonbounce, dodgeball, horseshoes, sack races, tug of war and more, including competitive fun each hour. Free. At Randall Field, South Capitol and I Streets, SW. Complete details at  

Sunday, July 26 from 2 - 6 PM, Artists & Artisans Summer Jam, presented by the 3 Stars Brewing Company, featuring live music, beautiful art work, multiple food trucks, an oyster roast, tons of BBQ, and some amazing limited and rare beers. $15 admission price includes a goblet and your first beer. Food & drink tickets, $5. Buy tickets in advance at or pay with cash on site.  

Sunday, July 26 at 4 PM, “Wacky Weather of the Solar System.” Think the weather on earth is strange? Wait till you see what other planets in our solar system have to offer. For kids age 7 and up. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center & Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW.  

Monday, July 27 at 4 PM, Joe Romano, Magician. Comic books, graphic novels, and all books related to “heroes” come to life through the art of magic and illusion! Free. For ages 5-10. The Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Avenue NW,  

Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 AM, “Pacific Rhythm.” Enjoy an engaging performance of traditional dances and music from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa. Free. For all ages. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW,  

Tuesday, July 28 at 7 PM, “100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die.” You've probably had a half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl, but have you been to the gospel brunch at the Howard Theatre? Did you know there is a Darth Vader mask built into the National Cathedral? Do you know where to find the "Exorcist stairs"? Join local author Shannon Morgan as she shares these highlights and more hidden gems of the District from her new book 100 Things to Do in Washington D.C. Before You Die. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, July 29 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: "Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm" Screening and Discussion. What does the future hold for books? Booksellers? And (most importantly) libraries?
Stop by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library for a screening of the Deutsche Velle TV Arts 21 short documentary (26 min.) called “Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm,” followed by open discussion. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW. More info:  

Wednesday, July 29 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Reggie Pobbin discusses his book, A Journey Around My Apartment: Reflections on All the Roads Not Taken, a series of essays on life lessons the author would have learned if he had actually traveled the world. Instead, the reclusive Mr. Pobbin has found it much more comfortable, convenient , and certainly less expensive to stay home and learn about exotic lands by watching travel documentaries on Nat Geo and the Discovery Channel -- and all for the price of cable at the “basic-plus” level. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library -- or it would be, if this were a real book by a real author, and not the weekly fake event.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


National Weather Service 
by Peggy Robin

I’m a huge fan of the Capital Weather Gang and I rely on it for accurate, readable, even enjoyable weather forecasts. Take today’s forecast for example. Here they are describing in a chatty, breezy way the moist, hot air mass that’s bringing scattered thunderstorms to our area. They make it sound something like a familiar visitor – rather like an annoying neighbor who will drop in for a bit but won’t stick around for too long. You immediately get we’re in for:

“Showers are quickly progressing through the area, with the heaviest activity on the front end and light to moderate stuff behind. The batch is weakening overall as well. It should be out of here before too long. A few have asked where the rain came from. Well, it basically popped up just to our west, possibly on an old boundary from previous activity.” []

Now take a look at the same forecast, this time from the National Weather Service:


See what I mean? The NWS version not only is a lot  less interesting to read – it’s barely intelligible. And even if you are the type to be able to translate all the meterological jargon, you still have to grapple with that ALL CAPS format. What’s with that? There is no reason on earth that the NWS can’t post in normal sentence case. 

People have been campaigning for this change for years – like this well-known weather blogger Mike Smith in his column of June, 2013: - or as reported in this October 26, 2012 article from Mother Jones magazine: 

Well, here it is, two to three years later, and (sigh) there’s been not one jot of progress on the change-of-case front. The sigh is because I am resigned to the idea that this small simple change may never come about. I can see from a quick study of the history of the problem that many stronger, more influential voices than mine have tried and failed to organize against the ALL CAPS tide. And they could not beat it back. But what if the Capital Weather Gang were to take it on? They are so clever! And they have so many loyal followers behind them. It seems if anyone has the force to push for this reform, they do. 

How about it, gang leaders? Jason, Angela, Dan, Ian, and A. Camden….could you help? I mean, HELP!



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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Fairy Garden - Tenley Friendship Library
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 15,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 16 from 5 - 7 PM, Vision Zero Safety Awareness event. Representatives of the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be outside the Cleveland Park Metro Station to talk with residents about pedestrian and bicycle safety and solicit public input via the agency’s own crowdsourcing map on transportation-related safety hazards spotted around the city. Vision Zero is an initiative to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries to users of the District’s transportation system by 2024. For other Vision Zero event dates, times and locations, go to:

Friday, July 17 at 12:30 PM, “Capitaine's Map of the Theater of War in America.” Lunch Bites program: Join Jack Warren, executive director, as he discusses this rare map printed in Paris in 1779 for the Marquis de Lafayette's use in lobbying for a French army to be sent to America. The map covers the theater of war in America and depicts the troop movements and battles of the war. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the map. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More on this and other programs at

Friday, July 17 at 6 PM, Nat Geo Nerd Nite! Nerd out this summer with a stellar lineup of Nat Geo storytellers, including journalist Susan Poulton, photographers Jon Brack and Anand Varma, conservationist Gabby Salazar and more! Begin the evening in the Indiana Jones and Monster Fish exhibits and enjoy happy hour offerings from Dogfish Head brews and several of DC’s favorite food trucks. Then at 7:30 PM get your geek on as Nat Geo’s intrepid explorers share funny and fascinating tales from the field. This event is 21+. Tickets $15 available at In the Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Bldg, 1600 M Street NW.

Saturday, July 18 at 10 AM, Meet Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett. Are you a kid who loves baseball?  The Mount Pleasant Library will be the spot to meet Washington Nationals player Aaron Barrett. He will read stories and answer your questions. Free book give-away while supplies last. Best for ages 5-12. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Saturday, July 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM, The Fourth Annual DC Day of Archaeology Festival at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street, NW - part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology. Archaeology organizations from DC, MD, and VA will be present, so you can talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures. Learn about the archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants of the area. Visitors will also have an opportunity to enjoy the Dumbarton House Museum. Plus live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC’s best food trucks. Free, but you can register and are encouraged to make a donation at

Saturday, July 18 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Polish Day 2015. Spend the day partaking in fun activities with Poles and friends of Poland! Musical entertainment, a mini Chopin recital, a dramatic monologue about Tadeusz Kosciuszko, trivia about Poland, karaoke, a children’s program, a silent auction, and more. Special guests include officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Traditional Polish lunch prepared by the Polish Embassy chef, Andrzej Bielach. Polish beer and vodka served, as well as juices and soft drinks. Free for Kosciuszko Foundation members, children and students, $15 for non-members.At the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O Street NW.  More info:

Saturday, July 18 from 1 - 4 PM, Union Market’s 5th Annual DC Scoop Ice Cream Competition. DC’s sweetest event is back! Sample and purchase frozen treats and savory snacks from your favorite ice cream shops and local food trucks. Participants this year include: Milk Cult; Little Baby’s Ice Cream; Gifford’s; King of Pops; Carmen’s; NiceCream; Ice Cream Jubilee; Faithfully Sweet; Dangerously Delicious Pies; Suga Mama Sweets. The event will be held in Dock 5 and the alley behind Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE. For more information go to:

Sunday, July 19 at 4 PM, “Fire and Ice: Moons of the Solar System.” Did you know that Planet Earth is not the only place in our solar system to have saltwater oceans and active volcanoes? A park ranger will talk to kids about the moons of our solar system. For children age 7 and up. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Sunday, July 19 at 9:45 PM, “Wombat Drool.” Wombats! Easily distracted K wants to tell you about wombats. And red pandas. And silent German films. And sleeping siamangs. And vertigo. And moonrat vaginas. And sex education movies. And wombats! Exalt in the remarkably unremarkable in this one-hour play by David S. Kessler. No, this is NOT the weekly fake event! Once we saw the write-up of this play (copied verbatim from the Capital Fringe 2015 website we knew we did not need to invent a fake event this week -- this is far better than anything we could have made up! Tickets, $17. At The Argonaut, 1433 H Street NE. Also playing Tuesday 7/21 at 6 PM and Saturday 7/25 at 2:45 PM.

Monday, July 20 from 7 - 9 PM, Fort Reno summer concert series, featuring Hemlines, Proxy State, and Two Inch Astronaut. Free. Fort Reno Park is at 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. See for info on this and other concerts in the series.

Tuesday, July 21 at 4 PM, “In the Zone: Create a Miniature Fairy Garden.” Create your own magical, miniature garden world. Paint some mini toadstools and lay some pebbles or sand for a stream. We'll supply the container, soil and decorations. You bring your imagination. Free. Best for ages 6-12. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 PM, Concert by Teething Veils, a band consisting of songwriter/guitarist Greg Svitil with violist Hannah Burris and cellist Alexia Kauffman. Presented by the Capital Fringe Festival 2015 and the DC Public Library Foundation. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 PM, Voluntary Preservation: The Work of the L'Enfant Trust. Lauren McHale, the new Executive Director of the L’Enfant Trust, will introduce the Trust's Conservation Easement Program, which safeguards the future of properties throughout the District of Columbia, and its newer Historic Properties Redevelopment Program, which rehabilitates distressed historic properties in DC neighborhoods. Ms. McHale is eager to take questions from residents interested in the Trust's programs. Hosted by the Cleveland Park Historical Society. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St. NW. The talk is free for CPHS members and $10 for non-members. Reserve your space at Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, July 23 from 6 - 9 PM, Brew at the Zoo. Raise your glass to conservation! Join FONZ at the Zoo’s annual beer fest, where you'll sample beers from more than 70 craft breweries and food from popular food trucks, and enjoy lawn games, animal demonstrations. and live entertainment by local band The Bachelor Boys. Proceeds benefit animal care and conservation science at Smithsonian's National Zoo. Must be 21+ to attend (photo ID required). Tickets from $30 (sober ride) up to $100 (non-member VIP), available at:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Let's Eat for the Library

by Peggy Robin

Today’s column is short and appetizing. Cleveland Park has a library, and we’ve also got a Chipotle, and if you eat at Chipotle on Tuesday, July 14, it will help the library. (Just don’t take your Chipotle meal into the library, as that won’t help the library.)

Thanks to Jill Bogard, President of Friends of the Cleveland Park Library, for passing along the details of this fundraiser:

Chipotle will donate 50% of their daily proceeds to the DC Public Library (DCPL) on Tuesday, July 14.  Just show them [the image on this page] (print it or keep it on your phone) when you make your purchase.  Last year the Chipotle Fundraiser resulted in an $8,000 contribution to help fund the many programs that DCPL hosts throughout the year.

I would add one thing about this fundraiser – it certainly seems to me that the money goes to productive use. In all the years that I have been compiling the weekly events column for this listserv, I have repeatedly been stuck with admiration at the amazing variety of events put on by the DC Public Library system, at the branch libraries as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr central library. Each week there are far more happenings than I can include in the column, and with very few exceptions, they are free of charge. There are author events, neighborhood meetings, lectures, debates, career seminars, hands-on workshops, story-time and craft activities for kids, plus many unusual and hard-to-categorize events that you would never expect at your local library. (To give just one example: Last Thursday at the Chevy Chase branch library there was a marine biologist who brought along live sea creatures for kids to examine.)

The DC Public Library System is one of the things that makes DC a great city, and if by ordering a burrito on Tuesday, we can help to make it even greater…..let’s eat!


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays -- or occasionally on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Jebulon via Wikimedia 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 15,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 PM, Under the Sea with Andrew Wilson. Discover our Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. Learn about our local estuary and how it has changed over the centuries. For ages 4-12. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, July 9 from 7 - 9 PM, Fort Reno Summer Concert Series, featuring Boon, Near Northeast, and J.Flax & The Heart Attacks. Free. Fort Reno Park is at 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW. See: for more info on this concert and the summer series.

Friday, July 10 from 5 - 8 PM, Open House at Alliance Francaise de Washington. Explore the library, try out a mini class, take a placement test, drink a glass of wine, nibble on cheese and start celebrating the French National Day. The last placement test will be at 7:45 PM. A bientôt! Free. Alliance Francaise de Washington is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, July 11 from 9:30 AM - 7 PM, French Festival at Hillwood Museum. Celebrate France’s national holiday and Hillwood-founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for 18th-century French decorative arts. Enjoy live dance and music performances by New York Baroque Dance Company and Kevin Shannon. Join in the whimsical antics of fictitious French Nobles performed by Happenstance Theater. Take part in French-inspired games and art projects. Admire the exquisite collection of 18th-century French decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post. And much more Francophile fun! Tickets $18 general admission, $15 seniors, $12 Hillwood and AFDC members, $10 college students, $5 children 6-18 years. Free for children under 6, Register at At Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave NW.

Saturday, July 11 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Free events at Peirce Mill. Pick up a snack, get directions and maps, watch a video, and start your treasure hunt. From 11 AM - 2 PM: Make a Corn Husk Doll (for ages 3 and up). At 11 AM and 1 PM: Tour Peirce Mill, the Marvelous Machine, and learn how inventor Oliver Evans linked his inventions (the grain elevator, conveyor and hopper boy among others) to change milling forever. For more information on Peirce Mill's tours, hours and location, go to:

Saturday, July 11 from 12 noon - 2:30 PM, Free Bike Clinic. Volunteers from The Bike House collective and Capitol Hill Bikes will provide bike repair services at no cost for the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages and bikes are welcome! For more info see . This program repeats on selected Saturdays throughout the summer -- see for the schedule. The Anacostia Library is at 1800 Good Hope Road SE.

Saturday, July 11 at 3 PM, Forget Perfect: Addressing Adult ADHD. ADHD expert Abigail Wurf, M.Ed., PCC, author of “Forget Perfect,” coaches professionals and entrepreneurs affected by ADHD and executive functioning issues to maximize their productivity and financial success and conducts workshops, webinars and teleseminars. Free. In the first floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Sunday, July 12 at 10 AM, Geology Walk & Talk: Piedmont and Coastal Plain, a Rock Creek Conservancy trail hike led by Geoscientist Jamie Miller. Rock Creek Park’s southern portion displays a variety of Laurel Formation metamorphic rocks, including a nice outcrop featuring metamorphism of the Rock Creek Shear Zone, and quartz veins as well as schist and also amphibolite. The hike is a 2.7 mile loop. Meet at Meet at the parking lot next to Picnic Grove 2 located at the intersection of Beach Drive and Broad Branch Road.  Free. Register at

Sunday, July 12 from 1 - 3 PM, Bastille Day for Kids with Bonjour Mama. In honor of the French national holiday, join the Alliance Francaise and Bonjour Mama, a local French language bookstore for kids, for an afternoon of fun kids' activities...tout en français! 1 PM: Heure du conte (storytime) in French; 1:30 - 3 PM: Arts and craft activities, traditional French games for kids (chamboule-tout, pêche à la ligne...) At 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD. Free, but RSVP required:

Monday, July 13 at 4 PM, Workshop: Creating Narratives Using Hip Hop, Poetry, and Theater. Got Bars? Got Poems? Or just have a story to tell? This interactive cipher is the first step to transform your stories into so much more. In this program, you’ll explore what Frederick Douglass and Cole have in common, and what drama and poetry have in common. This workshop is for aspiring, inspired, and established writers and fans of hip hop, poetry and theatre. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,

Tuesday, July 14 at 11 AM, Nicolo the Jester combines juggling with storytelling, poetry, comedy, music, character acting, and audience participation. For ages 3-6. Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Tuesday, July 14 at 8 PM, Support the Aristocracy Day. Not everyone is celebrating revolution on Quatorze Juillet! Think of all those titled ladies and gentlemen who lost everything in the name of liberte, fraternite, egalite. To them, the mob that stormed the Bastille 226 years ago were nothing but a bunch of thugs. If you agree, then come to this counter-revolutionary costume party in your powdered wig and pearls, where you can sip champagne and look down your nose at the peasants. But only in your imagination, as this is the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, July 14 at 7 PM, City History, City Heroes: African American Heroines of the Civil War. Local author C.R. Gibbs will tell some lesser-known stories of heroism from DC's histor, highlighting African-American heroines of the Civil War. Before you come, read up on the Civil War, especially Ronald Coddington's African American Faces of the Civil War, a book of photographs. Mr. Gibbs will also speak on the District's Black Doughboys. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Wednesday, July 15 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The 125th Celebration Hike, in honor of Rock Creek Park’s 125th anniversary. A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike through Rock Creek Park, discusses the park’s past 125 years and contemplating the next 125 years. Free. Meet at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover  Road NW.