Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 21 - 28, 2018
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 17,800+ 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 

Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24, By the People Festival. This new arts and dialogue festival is bringing large art installations, free pop-up performances, curated conversations, augmented reality, and family-friendly activities to five festival hubs in all four quadrants of the District. The inaugural festival is focused on the founding themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A free four-day pass (available at any festival hub) gets you into all the free events at all 5 festival hubs: Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building; Washington National Cathedral;  The Parks at Walter Reed; Union Market; THEARC. The festival hubs will be open each day from 10am-6pm, except for special evening hours at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, open Saturday until midnight! Full schedule for all days available here: More info:

Friday, June 22 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Bloomsday at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University). Bloomsday is an annual tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses, usually celebrated with public readings of the novel. This year we will be reading Ithaca, the 17th (penultimate) Episode of Ulysses. Joyce wrote this chapter in the form of a catechism, and literal responses to the questions posed make for a kind of humorous kaleidoscope that showcases many of the author's talents. The reading will be followed by a cast party to which all attendees are invited. The script is available to read or download as an attachment to the supporting website for this event at Bloomsday by OLLI 2018, Register for Bloomsday at: OLLI is at the American University Law School building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 

Saturday, June 23 from 10 AM - 1 PM, The 3rd Annual Family Fun Festival. Come to Sibley Hospital for a day of family fun. There will be games, activities, entertainment, snacks, Zumba, giveaways, and more, including a Diaper Drive for families in need. Please bring a pack of diapers to the Festival. Bring your family to meet others born at Sibley! This event will take place in the front parking lot (2) across from Building A. Sunshine only - no rain date. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage. Free admission. Sibley Memorial Hospital is at 5255 Loughboro Road NW. More info: .

Saturday, June 23 at 11 AM, World Cup Viewing Party with a DC United Player. Patrick Mullins, a forward for DC United, will join us to watch the World Cup match between South Korea and Mexico. During halftime, Mullins will be available to answer your questions and sign autographs. Free popsicles from Pleasant Pops. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St.,

Saturday June 23 at 1 PM, Author Talk: "Dinner in Camelot". Join author Joseph A. Esposito for a discussion of his book Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientist, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House. The discussion will take place in the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 23 from 5 -7 PM, Forest Hills Playground Free Summer Concert & Picnic in the Park - hosted by Friends of Forest Hills, presenting Crush Funk Brass! If you’ve seen Crush Funk perform their brand of jazz, R&B and funk at events in Van Ness, Tenleytown and around the District, you know you’re in for a treat. Get there around 5pm to grab the perfect picnic spot at the amphitheater (32nd and Brandywine Streets, by the tennis courts). The music starts at 5:30pm and the show will wrap up by 7pm. This event is BYOP - Bring Your Own Picnic. At the July and August summer concerts, food will be on sale, but this time, we hope you will pick up the perfect picnic at local businesses. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for weather alerts and other updates:

Saturday, June 23 from 7 - 10 PM, Van Ness Main Street Wine and Cheese Fundraiser. This is  a fun event with special wines and cheese selections by Calvert Woodley. The event will take place at the beautiful Park Van Ness building 4455 Conn. Ave. Silent auction, live jazz. Tickets $75 at: or at the door. Van Ness Main Street is a nonprofit organization supported by community members and local businesses.

Sunday June 24 from 11 AM - 5 PM, 51st State Fest. Join the DC Statehood Coalition, Students for DC Statehood, DC Vote, League of Women Voters DC, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC/Free DC, and Neighbors United for DC Statehood, along with your neighbors, kids and friends for a celebration of our 51st State to come! Activities will include live music from local DC artists, face painting, coloring and temporary tattoos for kids (and adults), trivia games, refreshments and information and updates on our #DCStatehood campaign in Congress (HR 1291 and S 1278). At the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Lamont Streets in Mount Pleasant. Free admission. At Lamont Park, 3258 Mt. Pleasant St NW,

Sunday, June 24 from 12 noon - 5 PM, Montgomery County Heritage Day. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery, this free county-wide event highlights exhibits, live music, activities for children, and much more! Special events at Sandy Spring Museum will include: Museum Jam – a bluegrass music jam for beginners and professionals alike from 3–5pm Wonderroom Create Day - open for children ages 5-11: Visit the new dedicated space filled with experiential, hands-on activities that inspire creativity through design-based problem-solving challenges.  Activities encourage parent-child cooperation and collaboration - open from Noon–4pm. To participate, please register for the 10–11am session, or the 11am-12pm session. All are welcome to stop by for coffee and there is no charge to attend the event. At the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD. Reserve your free spot:

Sunday, June 24 from 2 - 5 PM, The Shepherd Park Citizens Association 16th Annual Community Picnic. Food, music, kids’ activities, crafts, games, and presentation of community service awards. Free. At Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road, NW.

Sunday, June 24 from 4 - 7 PM, Uptown Shuffle Dance Party. Put on your dancing shoes and come to Cleveland Park's first ever outdoor dance party! Food from local restaurants, DJ-tunes and dancing, Zumba from instructors at City Fitness, raffle prizes, and more. Bring your beach chairs and some cash for food and drink, and get ready to have a good time. Free admission. In the parking lot of Sam’s Park’n’Shop at Ordway and Connecticut Ave.,

Monday, June 25, at 3:30 PM, Public Space and the West End Neighborhood Library: A Deeper Conversation. You are invited to join in a three-part, open, inclusive and meaningful community dialogue on public space and the West End community. Our third and final facilitator-led dialogue aims to cultivate or deepen insights and perspectives on public space. What is something you would like to see and do at the West End Neighborhood Library and community? You don’t need to have attended the previous two discussions to come to this one. In the conference room of the West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St. NW,

Monday, June 25 at 5 PM, Get Your Spell On! Come take a spelling test and win prizes! All grades welcome. Ask for Mr. Z. Free. At  the Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW,

Tuesday, June 26, 11:30 AM - 7 PM, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa. The Fab Lab at NoMa space was created out of two converted shipping containers, designed and built by BC Workshop and with exterior murals by Marc Pekala. The Lab will offer programs and classes using sewing machines, 3-D printers and a laser cutter. Learn more about the Labs here: Visit the Labs at 1150 First St. NE and sign up for classes. For more info, see

Tuesday, June 26 at 4 PM, Reptiles Alive! Enjoy an exciting live animal show. Professional wildlife presenters will entertain audiences with funny and fascinating facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. A family program for children ages 5 and up. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street, NW,

Tuesday June 26 at 7 PM, MPD Chief Peter Newsham will discuss crime and public safety at the Foggy Bottom Association. He will offer insights into his plans to improve the MPD, followed by Q&A with audience. Free. At the West End Public Library, 2301 L Street NW.

Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM, Author Talk with Debut Novelist Tara Wilson Redd, who will discuss her debut novel, The Museum of Us, an intoxicating story that will leave you questioning what is real and why we escape into fantasy. Perfect for fans of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Tuesday, June 26 at 1:30 PM, Iceland-Croatia World Cup Soccer Players Name Challenge. At 2 PM EDT, the Iceland-Croatia World Cup Soccer match will be shown on FS1. This player naming contest will take place a half-hour before the match airs. Can you name all the players of the Icelandic team AND all the players of the Croatian team...and pronounce each name correctly? Those who make it through that tough challenge will move on to the toughest test of all: SPELLING the names. Here’s a taste of what you’ll be taking on -- for the Croatian side: Dominik Livakovic; Sime Vrsaljko, Mario Mandzukic. And for the Icelandic team: Birkir Már Sævarsson; Samúel Kári Friðjónsson, Jón Daði Böðvarsson. Warning: Diacritical marks count!  You can study all the Icelandic players names here: and all the Croatian players here: To enter this event, you must first register and take a short on-line name quiz at Those who pass will be given ranking to enter the public competition to be held at a sports bar to be named after the quiz results are tabulated. Check for location.

Wednesday, June 27 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, DC Vote Lunch and Learn with Tom Sherwood and Derek Musgrove. Join DC Vote for a conversation with Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History at UMBC and Tom Sherwood, analyst on WAMU 88.5 for an in-depth conversation on how issues of race and racism have impacted the District’s push for autonomy and Statehood throughout history. Tickets: $20 - includes lunch - At the HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW.

Thursday, June 28 at 10 AM, Summer Carnival. Com enjoy the summer with us with mini golf, face-painting, bubbles and more. You'll also be able to sign up for our Summer Challenge if you haven't already, or check your progress and receive your first prize. All ages are welcome; children under age 9 should be accompanied by an adult. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Thursday June 28 at 5:30 PM, Lecture: "Greetings from Hometown Washington, DC!" Join Jerry A. McCoy, special collections librarian at the DC Public Library, for a look at unusual vintage postcards of Washington, DC, and the stories behind the local sites depicted on the cards. The accompanying exhibition Greetings from Washington will be open before and after the talk. Refreshments to follow. Free; but reservations are required. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW    

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Still Life with Robin: The CP Library Is Back, Baby (and Boy, Is It Better Than Ever!)

by Peggy Robin

Coyaba Dance Theater at The Grand Opening
of the Cleveland Park Library 6-16-18
What a triumph! That’s not hype but the most accurate word I could bestow on the revamped, revised, reopened CP Library. It does every single thing that everyone on the gazillion-person-input commentariat asked of it. Except for maybe the rooftop pool. I did not see that…but then I never did make it up to the roof. Too crowded at the opening -- I simply could not manage to get everywhere -- and I’m sure I missed a few things. I did see: the two outdoor second-floor terraces; the ground-level patio; the phenomenal children’s library with its inviting “reading tree” and play area; the well-laid out information and check-out spaces up front; the four private study rooms upstairs; the capacious but dividable meeting rooms; the art on the walls by local artists (Rock Creek Park silkscreens by Lou Stovall – marvelous! -- and the Catherine Cate Coblentz glass panels, saved from the original library building) -- all bathed in natural sunlight from the spectacular building-length windows that filter out both glare and heat. Outside, on the Macomb Street side, there are outdoor benches, a rain garden, and at the far end, the rather tatty old concrete panda bear who used to sit out in front of the old building. He does look kind of confused about how he ended up around the corner.

Inside, I listened to the speakers: Mayor Bowser, CM Cheh, Council Chair Mendelson, CM Grosso, Library Director Reyes-Gavilan, who, each in turn, talked about the design (LEED certified, very environment-friendly!) and the community’s involvement from conception to today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony – and wonder of wonders – this all was pulled off without scandal or major mess-up on anyone’s part -- and ON TIME! Your tax dollars proudly and efficiently at work!
Ribbon Cutting - Photo by Alan Weinstein

The one thing I did NOT expect: An unruly crowd! There was such an overflow of people that the large front room was full to overflowing, with attendees packing the staircase going up to the second floor, where the balcony was also crammed with people. But those in the overflow areas and on the main floor far from the speakers could not hear what was being said, well-amplified though the speakers were. And not being able to hear, they chatted among themselves. And the many little children with their parents did what bored and restless children are likely to do; talk, fidget, cry, shriek. So this library-loving crowd of normally polite Cleveland Parkers made too much noise. They had to be scolded multiple times and told to HUSH! This is a LIBRARY after all!

Despite the noise, a good time was had by all. And from the solid look of the construction and the building’s sound design 
and versatility, I would say that this building will continue to provide good service for generations to come!

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 15-21, 2018

Cleveland Park 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 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, June 15 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Science and Religion Festival at the Mansion on O Street - a celebration of the ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create more meaning, understanding, and purpose in our world. This day-long festival offers guests the opportunity to explore compelling new stories and thought provoking ideas presented by writers, thinkers, skeptics, and believers from various disciplines and denominations in a series of events that will challenge and inspire. Come for an hour, come for the day. The Festival–set in the magical Mansion on O St (2020 O Street NW) near Dupont Circle—will present new ways to understand and appreciate our complicated world. Free. See the line-up of speakers, workshops, classes, films, and performers at   

Friday, June 15 from 7 - 9 PM, District of Pride: DC's Premier LGBTQ Performance Artists. Please join the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the DISTRICT OF PRIDE – a performance celebration that will showcase and celebrate LBGTQ talent curated by DC’s LGBTQ millennials for the entire community, highlighting performances from the best talent that the community has to offer, and put together by Pretty Boi Drag, Sleepy Lee (Makers Lab), Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Capital Pride and the Office of Mayor Bowser. For more details on this free event, including complete line-up of LGBTQ artists and performers, and to RSVP (required), click here: on a first come, first served basis. This event will be ASL interpreted. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact lgbtq @ dc dot gov. At the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW.

Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 AM, Cleveland Park Library Grand Opening! Join Mayor Bowser, Council Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 AM, followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library: Coyaba Dance Theater at 11 AM; Memory Lab Demo: Do you have memories you’d like to preserve? Bring photos, documents, negatives, slides, VHS and Hi-8 video to be assessed and digitized - from 11 AM - 2 PM; Building Tour at 12 noon; Maret High School Jazz Quintet at 12 noon; Story Time and Drop-in Craft Activity, throughout the day. At 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,    

Saturday, June 16 from 12 - 3 PM, MPD-2D (PSA 203) Community Meet & Greet. Come out and meet the officers who serve your community! Giveaways, Balloons, Food, Fingerprinting & ID Kits for Children. Free. At 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Questions? Email Kyi Branch, Community Outreach Officer at kyi.branch @ dc dot gov.  

Saturday June 16 at 2 PM, More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble: A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252. This is a Summer Challenge 2018 event sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library. Free. The Takoma Park Library is at 416 Cedar St. NW,    

Saturday June 16 at 2:30 PM,  Elizabeth Keckley Speaks: “My Life in Washington.” Join us at Southwest Library as we celebrate Juneteenth and the life of an important Washington dressmaker. See influential African-American Elizabeth Keckley brought to life. A little-known leader, Keckley was seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. This multimedia event will include a “now and then” slideshow of downtown Washington. Performer, Ranger and Tour Guide Karima Hurt is an accomplished reenactor for the National Parks Service. She has played a variety of roles for the Parks Service, including Sally Hemings and a WWII-era canteen girl. Free. At the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level, 900 Wesley Place SW,    

Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 8 PM, The Turtle Park Jazz Project, presented by the Friends of Friendship ("Turtle") Park. First of three FREE concerts at the park will feature Taal Academy of Dance (6 - 6:45 PM) and CC Rider (7 - 8:45 PM). Variety of food and ice cream trucks on hand! Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a summer evening at the park for adults and kids of all ages! Next concerts at Turtle park will be on Saturday, July 21st and Saturday, August 18th. Turtle Park is at Van Ness and 45th Streets NW. More info:   

Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 9 PM, Opening Reception for Four Summer Exhibitions at Katzen AU Museum. Mix and mingle with fellow museum patrons and meet the artists and curators behind the four new Summer exhibitions at the Opening Reception. One of the four shows is Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987. The Washington Women's Arts Center (WWAC) was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization to provide professional support and opportunities for women in the arts. This exhibition features the art of former WWAC members and exhibitors. showcasing 90+ works produced between the years 1975-1987, some of which are iconic of that time. The show brings back the energy, passion, and talent of members when the WWAC was, for many, "the only show in town." Recent works by WWAC artists will be featured in a slideshow and select interviews with members will appear in an accompanying documentary. The reception and the exhibition, which runs through August 12, are free and open to the public. The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts is on Ward Circle, just northeast of the Massachusetts Avenue. Opening Event Website:; Latitude Exhibition website: 

Sunday June 17 at 2 PM, Talk Story: "The Third Degree" with Scott Seligman. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of "Law and Order" can recite a suspect's "Miranda rights" - the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, etc. But most people don't know that these rights had their roots in the case of a Chinese man accused of murdering three of his countrymen in Washington, DC in 1919. There was nothing quite like it: three foreign diplomats were killed in the city's Kalorama neighborhood, and no obvious motive or leads. The Washington police were baffled. But once they zeroed in on a suspect, they held him incommunicado until they had browbeaten him into a confession, which led to a seven-year journey through the legal system that drew in Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John W. Davis, and even J. Edgar Hoover, and culminated in a Supreme Court ruling that set the stage for Miranda v. Arizona many years later. Come to the I Street Conferencing Center this Sunday for a discussion on this extraordinary story, presented by author Scott Seligman. Sponsored by The 1882 Foundation, a forum airing issues important to the AAPI community - civil rights, immigration, race relations, social change, heritage, and Chinatowns. Free and open to the public. At the I Street Conferencing Center, 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW - enter through I St entrance between 6th & 7th Sts via entry to parking elevator to Level C. More info:    

Monday June 18 from  6 - 8 PM, A Shared History: Wessyngton to Washington. Don't miss the unusual opportunity to see a rarely exhibited letter from George Washington to his wife, Martha, which reports a major event in U.S. history. Then learn about Washington Old Hall, the 17th-century English manor house which is the ancestral home of George Washington. At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street NW. Free - please RSVP:   

Tuesday June 19 at 4 PM, Summer Challenge: Library Scavenger Hunt at Palisades Library. Join the Summer Challenge. How well do you know your library? Get to know Dewey (it's like a secret code!): Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Decimal system over 135 years ago and it is still used in most public libraries. This program is for ages 6 - 12. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street, NW, 

Tuesday June 19 at 6:30 PM, The Future of Public Space: A Panel Discussion with SOM. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) will have a book panel discussion inspired by the book release of The Future of Public Space, which is part of the SOM Thinkers series and will focus on themes explored in the book. This panel discussion will help people better understand the histories, shifts and impacts of public space, as well as its future possibilities. SOM will provide a number of free copies for the first 20-30 guests. Note: This event is not to be confused with another upcoming library program called Public Space and the West End Library: A Deeper Conversation, which will be a facilitated dialogue and not a book panel discussion. Free: The West End Library is at 2301 L St. NW,   

Wednesday June 20 at 11 AM, Moving In/Moving Out: How Gentrification Affects Your Life - Part 2. Join us for coffee—and a deeper conversation about gentrification—and how it has affected your life. Enjoy this opportunity to gather with people who see and feel the effects of gentrification, and to share insights and ideas with the community. This is the second in a three-part series of dialogues; feel free to join us even if you missed the first part. The third part of the dialogue will take place on Thursday, June 28 at 11 AM. We will be meeting on the lower level conference room at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St,   

Wednesday June 20 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Novel Narratives: Playing with Print in the Digital Age. Eleanor Shevlin, professor of English, graduate coordinator and director of the graduate certificate in publishing at West Chester University, will provide an analysis of recent trends in publishing. Free. In the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,    

Thursday June 21 at 5:43 AM EDT, Summer Solstice Ceremony for Druids and Druid Wanna-bes. This event will start promptly at dawn -- so locate your nearest standing circle of stones and be sure to arrive in time to catch the sun’s rays beaming through the gap in the stones when the  ritual chanting and dancing will commence. Please bring your own flower garlands. No other clothing allowed. If you have been properly initiated, you will not need further instructions. If you have not been properly initiated, register here - - to receive your How-to-Druid manual and your FREE sacrificial totems. For more on the summer solstice, see: and

Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 PM, What Does it Mean to Be a Washingtonian? Throughout this city's history, the definition of what it means to be a Washingtonian has changed and continues to change. Join us for the second of a three-part structured community conversation and learn more about the power of dialogue as we discuss this question. We will exchange ideas together and hear from different voices in the community. Light refreshments will be provided. [The first part took place on June 14; the third part will take place on June 28 at 6:30 PM] All are welcome. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,      

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Still Life with Robin: What's Worse Than Robo-calling?

Photo by Damian Yerrick (Wikimedia Creative Commons)
by Peggy Robin

The DC Primary election is on June 19 and that means we are smack-dab in the middle of political robo-calling season. A long, long time ago, I took a holy vow never to vote for any candidate who would send an invasive, inhuman, mechanical voice into my home phone system to attempt to influence my vote.

That vow was observed for all of one election cycle. The very next election season, I was dismayed to find every single candidate for major office -- and quite a few running for minor ones,too -- using this tactic. If I stuck to the vow, I would never vote for anyone. So much for that.

You might assume the solution to this problem is to get a robo-call-blocking program such as NomoRobo. Well, I did that. But after a while, I gave it up, for the following reasons:

1. Sometimes a robocall would trigger half-ring and then stop. This was very annoying.
2. I worried that under certain circumstances I might be notified about something important by robo-call but would not be able to receive the call. The robo-call-blocking program is supposed to recognize and permit a doctor’s reminder robo-call to come through….but I found myself anxious that I would miss one of these calls.
3. Some family members reported trying to call me but having their calls cut off at the first half-ring. Phone tech experts assured me that the robo-call-blocking program could not be the culprit, but I couldn't help but put the two things together: the problem arose only after I signed on with NomoRobo. With worries number one and two already troubling me, this was the final straw and I terminated my use of the program.

For the first few years after quitting NomoRobo, I think I got just a few robo-calls a week. Over the years the number has crept up. Now I get several a day. So I have adopted a policy of never picking up the phone unless a recognizable name and number appears on the Caller ID. This has been a good strategy and I am content to stick with it. If I fail to recognize a friend's number, the friend always leaves me a message and I can call back. So I have found a tolerable way to live in a robo-calling world, even during election season.

Until yesterday. That's when I learned there's something more annoying than robo-calling out there. And what is this thing I hate more than the robo-call?

It's the ROBO-TEXT.

Yes, my phone text messaging system has been discovered and invaded by a text message from a slate of candidates who are after my vote. It's a local race but I won't name the culprits. Maybe they're not the only ones doing it. I just worry that this is the beginning of a whole new and even more intrusive trend. And there's not even a Nomo-Robo-Text service to join if things start to get out of hand!

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 8 - 14, 2018

Photo by Ludovic Bertran, NYC, via Wikimedia Creative Commons
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 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 June 8 at 8:30 (or dusk), “Straws” - a documentary film by Linda Booker, will have a free screening at the NW corner of the Washington Monument grounds near 17th and Constitution. Christine Figgener, the marine biologist in the film who filmed the viral video of the straw in sea turtle's nose video, will be in attendance. Every day in the USA, half a billion non-recyclable plastic straws are used once and tossed, ending up in landfills, littering streets and reaching beaches. Actor and director Tim Robbins narrates a colorful history of man’s origins and obsession with using straws; marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how they’re making a sea of plastic straw at a time. More info:

Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM - 3 PM, DC’s 10th Annual DC Housing Expo and Home Show at the Washington Convention Center. Packed with information for current and future residents, and small businesses, the Expo will offer over 30 workshops and over 150 exhibitors — including government agencies, nonprofit community organizations, lenders and realtors. It will provide invaluable information and guidance for homeowners, home buyers, tenants, seniors, youth, small businesses -- something for everyone. There will be celebrity speakers, cooking demos, workshops on many subjects, plus free credit reports and credit counseling, as well as prizes and giveaways. Learn more at Register( free) here: The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Saturday June 9 at 11 AM, Coyaba Dance Theater. Experience the spirit of Africa with the Coyaba Dance Theater. Enjoy traditional West African dance and drumming while learning about the region’s history and culture. A family program for children of all ages. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:

Saturday June 9 from 12 noon - 3 PM, Worldwide Knit in Public Day. If you knit or crochet or want to learn, please come to your local “Knit in Public Day”event at Laliguras Nepalese/Indian Restaurant 4221 Connecticut Ave. You can bring your own knitting, crochet or other project or learn to knit or crochet. Yarn and needles provided - plus lemonade, iced tea, or water.  Meet inside the restaurant. For more about WorldWide Knit in Public Day, go to: NOTE: This is a real event - but it so much resembles something that could be The Weekly Fake Event -- the wish-it-were-true-but-we-made-it-up event that we add each week to the real events in this column, that we decided not to throw in a fake event this week. So, everyone, get out there with your knitting needles and knit up a storm! Need some ideas for what you can create? How about these: - or these:  These are not fake things either!

Saturday, June 9 from 12 noon to 2:30 PM, Free Bike Repair. Volunteers from The Bike House, Gearin' Up Bicycles, Phoenix Bikes, and Velocity Coop will provide bike repair services at no cost to 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! This program is made possible with support from DDOT Vision Zero, the DC Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Location: 1800 Good Hope Road SE. More info:     

Saturday June 9 at 1 PM, Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics. Join author and folklorist Jean R. Freedman for a discussion of her book “Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics.” The discussion will take place in the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday June 9 from 4:30 - 10 PM, Capital Gay Pride Parade and Block Party. Join the LGBTQ+ community, in the historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the Pride 2018 Parade in the Nation’s Capital, one of Washington, DC’s, favorite parades! More than 200 contingents consisting of floats, vehicles, marchers, and entertainment will traverse the 1.5 mile route in support of our community. The Family Area will again be located on Stead Field, and for a second year there will be a Block Party occurring adjacent to the Parade route with a beverage garden and entertainment. The Parade starts at P and 22nd and finishes at 14th and R Streets. Two announcement stands available with sign language interpreters and wheelchair accessibility. Judges Review Stand and Bleacher Seating: New Hampshire Avenue at Q Street. Announcement Stand and DJ: 14th Street, north of P Street. The Block Party will occur at 15th and P Sts. NW. More info on the parade: More info on the Block Party: Here’s the meta-site with links to all Capital Pride events from June 7 - 15:

Sunday, June 10 from 12 noon - 10 PM, Capital Pride Festival. Join the LGBTQ+ community, on America’s Mainstreet, historic Pennsylvania Avenue, for a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration. The Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent, and features over 300 exhibitors including local community groups and businesses, food vendors, and organizations. This family friendly event is FREE and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and go to support the Capital Pride Alliance and LGBTQ+ partner organizations. The Festival is on Pennsylvania Ave. from 7th to 3rd NW. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, it’s recommended that you leave pets at home. Please note that bags/backpacks will be subject to search, so consider leaving them at home for your convenience. The schedule of events is here:

Sunday, June 10 from 12 - 5:15 PM, Healthy Aging Forum: Navigating Life’s Choices, featuring keynote speaker Kojo Nnamdi. We are very excited that Kojo Nnamdi, host of the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour on WAMU and NPR will reflect on his career and getting older – transitions we all experience or anticipate, as well as entertain questions from the audience. The event features a Resource Fair with many exhibitors, including experts in home care, case management, advocacy, technology support and much more, and eight workshops covering topics to help us lead healthy, engaged lives. Full details at To register click on: Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcomed. We’ll also have food trucks: DC Ballers (falafel and shwarma) and DC Empanadas food trucks will be on site from 11:45 AM - 1 PM. This event is ADA accessible. Registration fee: $33 general admission; $18 for DC Area Village Members and WHC Members. Questions? Call 202-777-3435. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW. Co-sponsored by Northwest Neighbors Village and Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Sunday, June 10 at 1 PM, Collection of Memory Objects for "Against Domestic Violence" Art Installation. Marta Perez Garcia, a Puerto Rican artist living in DC, has won a Public Art Building Communities grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Garcia has partnered with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is passionate about giving a voice to those who suffer and those who love and support those who suffer in and through domestic violence. Her public art project titled, "I'm Gonna Get You...Body, Woman, Rupture (Si te cojo....cuerpo, mujer, rotura)" will be exhibited at the Reeves Building, 14 & U St. NW, from mid-September through October 2018. For her project, Garcia is collecting objects of memory, like (but not limited to): images of hope, books, photographs, poems, figures, letters and charms, or any object that reflects relevant aspects of the survivor's experience. In support of this effort, we invite any person interested to anonymously donate an object of memory that can help break the silence and take action against domestic violence. The objects will be displayed on the installation as a symbol of our community's rising consciousness and commitment to speak out, reflect and act. At this presentation, Garcia will speak about the project "Against Domestic Violence," and she will also collect the Objects of Memory that are going to be an important part of the installation (art project). Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St. More info:

Monday, June 11 at 3:30 PM,  Public Space and the West End Neighborhood Library: A Deeper Conversation. Please join us for a three-part, open, inclusive, and meaningful community dialogue on public space and the West End community. Our first facilitator-led dialogue aims to establish a collaborative relationship with participants and explore what public space means to you. Additional discussion dates are Monday, June 18 and Monday, June 25, both at 3:30 PM. We welcome and encourage you to join us for all three sessions, which will take place in the conference room of the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. More info:

Monday, June 11 at 5 PM, “The Great Zucchini” at Lafayette Elementary School - “Send A Kid to Overnight Camp” fundraiser - a great cause and lots of laughs. Performance starts at 5:15 PM. Tickets $8 will be sold at the door. 100% of the proceeds will go to give a child memories to last a lifetime. At Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW

Monday June 11 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “Stanley Johnston's Blunder.” Journalist Elliot Carlson tells the story of Stanley Johnston, a Chicago Tribune reporter who may have exposed a vitally important U.S. naval secret during World War II, long before "leakers" were making the headlines. Join Mr. Carlson as he discusses his 2017 nonfiction book, in which he draws on 75-year-old grand jury testimony only recently released. Free. At the Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE,

Tuesday, June 12  at 4 PM, Summer Challenge: Fairy World Craft. Join the Summer Challenge. Can you make a fairy doll with felt and pipe cleaners? Can you make a stool for your fairy world? Come and have a crafty afternoon. This program is for children ages 6 - 12. Free. At Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Wednesday, June 13 at 7 PM, “Washington, DC’s Early Farms and Estates” - a presentation of the Tenleytown Historical Society. Speaker: Kim Williams, architectural historian and the National Register coordinator in the DC Historic Preservation Office. For twenty-five years Kim has been researching and writing about historic buildings and communities in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and she has a particular interest in the evolution of place. She has published articles in Washington History Magazine, and is the author of "Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation’s Capital" and "Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia." Her recent book "Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC" will be available for purchase: $20 by cash, check or credit card. Free admission. At Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.  RSVP required to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ yahoo dot com Space is limited.
Wednesday, June 13 from 8:30 - 10:30 AM, DC Biz Chat: Building an LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace. More than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBTQ in the US, approximately 1.75 million more compared with 2012. Learn how companies can create safe spaces for LGBTQ employees, consumers and stakeholders. Come early from 8:30 – 9:00 AM and connect and network with other entrepreneurs, panelists, and Washington DC Economic Partnership staff. The learning portion begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Location: Washington DC Economic Partnership, 1495 F Street NW. Registration is FREE:

Thursday, June 14 from 11 AM - 1 PM, Flag Day, hosted by National Museum of the United States Navy. Have you ever wondered why Flag Day is on June 14th? We will look at the evolution of the American Flag throughout history and organize the events in chronological order, using some math to get it right. Learn the evolution of the American Flag from its genesis in 1777 to present day. This program also covers how to properly handle a flag and the ceremonies related to our National Flag. Free - but be sure to read the access information here: Advance permission, photo ID required. The National Museum of the United States Navy is at 736 Sicard St SE.         

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Still Life with Robin: CP, Getting Cooler All the Time

Photo by Bill Adler
by Peggy Robin

“Sababa brings Israeli ‘cool’ to Cleveland Park” – that’s the headline on Tom Sietsema’s restaurant review in the Sunday Post magazine (6/3/18 – and the online version was posted 3 days earlier:     

I’m not sure that the Washington Post’s restaurant critic, Tom Sietsema, a middle-aged white guy, is actually the best arbiter of “cool’ – but I’ve become so used to hearing Cleveland Park bemoaned as an old fuddy-duddy’s neighborhood – at least compared to U Street and Shaw and Barracks Row and the Wharf, and all those other up-and-coming, trendy, millennial-magnet places – that I’ll take praise of my neighborhood anywhere I can get it, from anyone willing to dish it out.

I’ve been to Sababa, too, and think it deserves the kudos, both for food and ambience. And it’s not overpriced either – another plus. 

I suspect Cleveland Park will get cooler still, when Streets Market opens for business. I think it's going to have a wine bar, too.  

But you know what would really be the coolest thing to happen to the neighborhood? A new panda cub at the Zoo! The panda watchers have put the word out that Mei Xiang’s hormone levels are rising. (See:  A new little butterstick could well be on the way. And if that should come to pass, the new addition to the panda family will be a huge draw to our Zoo, which is, as we all know and must one day get Metro to admit, just as close to the Cleveland Park Metro as it is to “Woodley Park/Zoo”. And it’s an easy, level walk to the Zoo’s entrance, rather than a steep, uphill slog. You take a nice, leisurely, level stroll past a block of varied and interesting restaurants, cafes, and shops, and you know that's a really cool thing!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv on Saturdays.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Library Photo: Glowing Selfies
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

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, 

Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, both days at 6 PM, "Willy Wonka, Jr." Murch Elementary students have been working extremely hard to put together this production of Willy Wonka Jr and it is a MUST-SEE! About Willy Wonka Jr: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is an enigmatic candy manufacturer who stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. Willy Wonka will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination! Tickets: $5 on the Murch website at or at the door the night of the performance. Location: in the Theatre of the Arts Building 46E, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, both days at 8 PM, Willy Wonka: A Freudian Interpretation. After you have seen the elementary school production of Willy Wonka, come to this adults-only (age 18+) discussion and explication of the underlying meanings and analyses of the symbols of Willy Wonka. Aside from the obvious Oedipal drama (e.g., Charlie Bucket sharing a bed every night with his grandparents) and the explicit phallic symbolism of a tall glass elevator shaft that spurts its passengers out at the top, we will examine the anxiety-fraught death wishes dealt out to each of the children on the tour (two examples: Augustus Gloop is sucked up into a drainage pipe after falling into the Chocolate River - is this his symbolic return to the womb? -- and Violet Beauregard is blown up like a giant blueberry….representing a phobia about  pregnancy?) And what of the sexually repressed Oompa-Loompas, who slave without pay or families in the very heart of this forbidden Kingdom of Candy? There’s enough here to keep a psychiatrist occupied for hours on end, but we will wrap this up in one 50-minute session -- or we would do so, if this were not the Weekly Fake Event.

Friday, June 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Friday Nights in the Heights: The Reflex. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and join us on Newark Street at Wisconsin Ave. for a free performance from The Reflex, an 80s tribute band. Local food, drink specials, fun for the whole family. This event is part of a series of free concerts taking place on the first Friday of the month through October 2018. Full schedule at

Friday, June 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Dupont Circle Art Walk. Art galleries and historic houses will be open for two hours for a self-guided Art Walk around galleries and art spaces in greater Dupont Circle. This art walk is a fun way to explore fine art and decorative arts! Visit for a full list of participating locations. Some galleries offer special programs with wine or beer. ArtJamz is offering Party Like Banksy: visit for more info. Church of the Pilgrims’ Gallery is hosting Postcards from the Border, a compelling new exhibition about US-Mexico border issues by Nancy Arbuthnot. The Embassy of Peru presents one of the most representative Peruvian painters of the last decades, Enrique Polanco, who will exhibit his pictorial work for the first time in the United States capital. The Heurich House Museum will open its first floor from 6-8 pm. Grab a beer from this month's sponsor brewery while exploring decorative arts and shopping local makers Langdon Wood Syrup and Bicycle Trash. Other participating galleries and art sites include: The Korean Cultural Center; Hillyer Art Space (in the carriage house behind the Phillips Collection); Q Street Fine Art; Shop Made in DC; Studio Gallery; Take Five Meditation; and Washington Studio School. 

Saturday, June 2, from 11 AM - 2 PM, Chinatown Community Festival. Come out and experience the tastes, sounds and feel of Asia at the 2018 Chinatown Community Festival in Chinatown Park at 5th and I Streets NW. Featuring: street food provided by local Asian and Pacific Islander restaurants; lively performances including Wushu, a lion dance and a dog tricks show; tinikling, rice flour drawing, kimono dressing, and other cultural demonstrations; live screen printing; fitness demonstrations; free face painting, balloon twisting, henna and other Asian arts and crafts. Register (free): - or just show up!   

Saturday, June 2 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Kids in the Castle (Heurich Mansion). Bring your children to the Heurich House Museum to explore the wonder of an American castle - with suit of of armor, wood carvings of animals and magical beasts, and towering ceilings. Kds can wander through the house at their own pace, complete photo scavenger hunts to win prizes, and take a more detailed self-guided tour if they desire. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Guests may arrive at the museum anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM. Touring through the house will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Reserve at .Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Saturday, June 2 from 11 AM - 5 PM, The 29th Annual Glover Park Day Festival, co-sponsored by the Glover Park Citizens Association and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Glover Park Day was started 29 years ago and it has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, shop the wares of local crafters and artists, and enjoy our local businesses and restaurants. You can also: Learn about community service groups. Enjoy kids’ activities: face painting, a mechanical bull, a moon bounce, sno cones. Have your pet try out the dog obstacle course by Dog Child. Get the annual Glover Park Day Commemorative T-Shirt. Buy raffle tickets for many prize drawings. Free admission. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info:   

Saturday June 2 from 11 AM - 6 PM, The One Journey Festival is a day-long, large-scale celebration of refugee talents and contributions. The FREE event will take place on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral and is expected to draw 3,000+ participants. The OneJourney Festival aims to connect cultures through food, fashion, music and dance as we celebrate refugee talents and stories, begin to change the negative narrative about refugees, and empower participants to take actions to stand in solidarity with our global displaced brothers and sisters. Among the day’s highlights, Chef Jose Andres and a refugee chef will collaborate on a food show. Actor, model, and UN spokesperson Ger Duany will recount his story as one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. The celebrated Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Chorus will debut a song written especially for the Festival. Refugee and immigrant music and dance groups will perform. Kid’s Corner features henna, make-a-kite, calligraphy lessons taught by refugee families and more. The “global marketplace” offers wares and creations from the original home countries of refugees. The festival also features virtual reality films and participants can live chat with refugees living in Iraq, Rwanda and Mexico via Shared Studios immersive video technology. Participants will meet refugees and their families from around the world and learn about global and local ways to get involved. Visit and RSVP your free tickets now through Eventbrite:    

Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM, DC Public Library’s Summer Challenge Kick-off/50th Birthday Party for Chevy Chase Library. Celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Challenge. Plus, the Chevy Chase Library celebrates its 50th birthday. Join us for cake, crafts and celebration. To register for prizes in the DC Library Summer Reading Challenge, go to The challenge: Read 20 minutes a day and/or attend an event at the library for at least 10 days out of each month, June-August. Log your reading online or pick up a game board at your neighborhood library to track your activity. Visit the library to get your prizes starting on the 20th of each month and throughout the month of August (while supplies last). Register for the Reading Challenge here: The Chevy Chase DC public library is at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:  

Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, both days from 11 AM - 4 PM, The 35th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk. Five diverse museums open their doors free of charge for the weekend. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House - all free of charge - and celebrate one of Washington, DC's most beautiful neighborhoods. In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Meet the artist Curtis Woody as you explore the new Sketch of Slavery exhibit at Dumbarton House. Send a message of support to military families at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection. Write a postcard to the past at Wilson House, and take your picture with Alexander Hamilton at Anderson House. The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only. The Phillips Collection will open at noon on Sunday. For more information visit  

Saturday, June 2 from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday, June 3 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair at the Sandy Spring Community Museum. The museum’s grounds are transformed into a fun-filled community fair with live music and entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and activities for children of all ages. Over 50 arts and crafts vendors will be participating in this year's Festival. Ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, gourmet vinegars and handmade clothing are just a few of the wonderful things available. Over the years the Strawberry Festival has featured a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more! This year, the main stage lineup is eclectic and exciting! From classic rock to folk, bluegrass to Latin, there is something for everyone.  We even have the winners of MoCo's Got Talent! The Community Stage, generously sponsored by Studio of Ballet Arts, is home to great, local young talent. See vocalists, dancers, musicians, martial artists and even some amazing magic!  For the full schedule, visit: Buy your tickets in advance and save time at admissions. Tickets are $3 each and $10 for a family (up to 6 individuals) at The Sandy Spring Community Museum is at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Sunday, June 3 from 10 AM - 6 PM, The Taste of Peru is an annual gastronomical event in DC that celebrates the cultural influences and the creativity of Peruvian chefs in all of the United States. The event promotes the unique culinary perspectives of local and international chefs.offering the best of the award winning Peruvian cusiine. At the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW. Admission tickets: $15 online at; $20 at the door; children under 10 are free. Each vendor will charge for food or products separately. Prices could be between $3-$10. Full details at 

Sunday, June 3 at 4 PM, Rosedale Neighborhood Barbecue. Everyone is welcome for fun, food, and music.The Rosedale Conservancy will provide the burgers, hot dogs and watermelon. Special treat: a sampling of specialty beverages provided by Silver. Please bring a side dish to share with your neighbors (fruit salad, side salad, brownies, chips, etc.). Live music from The Cleveland Park Jazz Quartet. Fun for kids: face painting and balloon twisting. Don't forget your blankets, lawn chairs, and any additional beverages of your choice. Please leave furry friends at home. Free. Rosedale is on Newark Street between 35th and 36th Streets.

Tuesday, June 5 at 4 PM, DC Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off: Kazoos. Can you kazoo? Come create a comb kazoo at our cool Summer Challenge kick-off. This is a drop-in event. Crafts will be open from 4 5 PM, while supplies last. This program is for toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,    

Tuesday, June 5 from 5 - 9 PM, The 6th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan - a benefit for Mary’s Center. Stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhood, while supporting nearly 50,000 children and families served by Mary's Center's life-saving programs every year! First, buy your "taste" tickets online. Ticket pricing varies by date - so hurry! Each ticket is valid for one “taste” or bite-size menu portion at any of the participating restaurants. Tickets are sold in packages of 4 and 8 and must be picked up from Little Shop of Flowers (2421 18th St NW) or the BB&T Plaza the day of the event. Each participating restaurant offers at least two tasting options of choice, highlighting their signature dishes or cocktails. Taste Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes they are offering will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your culinary adventure. From there, you decide where to go and what to taste, making this a great event for large groups, families, or even date night. VIP tickets also available, good for VIP beer glass, access to VIP pop-up lounges for beer samples, and chance to win an exclusive raffle item. All tickets at More info: 

Wednesday June 6 at 7 PM, Untold Normandy, 1944: Why the Fight After D-Day Won WWII in the West. David Silbey, professor of history at Cornell University and associate director of Cornell in Washington, will lead a discussion about Normandy in the days following the June 6 invasion. Free. In the Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, June 7 at 12 noon, Chamber Music at Noon. DC Public Library, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut of Washington, presents a chamber music series (formerly titled the Brown Bag Chamber Recital), free and open to the public. Standards from the classical repertoire are presented by internationally-known, local musicians Vasily Popov (cello) and Ralitza Patcheva (piano), a husband and wife duo, who co-chair the Chamber Music Department at Levine Music. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Register for free tickets here: At the Geothe-Institut of Washington, 1990 K St NW, entrance is located on 20th St midway between I & K Sts. More information: 

Thursday, June 7 at 4 PM,  Light Painting Lab: Glowing Selfies. Imagine making a painting using lights and movement. Learn how by making special brushes using LEDs, batteries and conductive materials. Come out to create selfies with glowing effects. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, Entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St.    

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Memories of the Old Neighborhood

By Peggy Robin

This Memorial Day Weekend is a good time for memories – and I have to thank the Cleveland Park Historical Society for posting this 5:46-minute video full of memories/history of Old Cleveland Park on its Facebook page:
Scroll down to the video “No Two Houses the Same”
Or you can view the video directly on this Youtube link:

And when you’ve finished with that one, watch the next one, about the Faulkner family of architects and their influence on Cleveland Park:

Both videos were created by students in the American University Program in Public History, under the direction of CPHS member and AU professor Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska. And I want to give a special shout-out to the narrator, David Kramer, who adopts that rather distinctive 1950ish travelogue-style modulation of voice that makes everything sound so, so unquestionably right.

Just hoping the team will produce more along these lines…and if they do, I’ll be sure to let the listserv know!

And now, for a bit of modern history in the making – here’s a photo taken on Connecticut Avenue as the old Brookville Supermarket sign came down (it went up in October 1987, almost a third-of-a-century ago). The store will soon become a Streets Market.

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

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 this 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,