Saturday, May 18, 2024

Still Life with Robin....and a few other funny animals

 by Peggy Robin


At the end of a dreary, rainy day, it's good to have something to lighten the mood. Funny animals will usually do the trick.

At least these did for me. Scroll through these and see what you think:


Thanks to Christine M. for sending along the link to this year's finalists in the Comedy Pet Photo Contest.

Here are my 3 favorites of the finalists....but it's a close call....they're all good!






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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Get Out! Go Greek! It's the Annual Greek Festival at St Sophia's on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

by Peggy Robin


Go on Friday if you can! It's on, rain or shine, but the weather should be great on Friday -- and it's on until 10pm. 

Saint Sophia’s Greek Festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. An annual tradition, the festival will be held in May 17-19, 2024

Fri 4pm -10pm
Sat 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM

Live Music and Dancing (LIVE BAND BEGINS AT 5PM on FRI-SAT and 2PM on Sunday)

Every evening under the stars, enjoy live Greek music played by local musicians. Spirited festival goers are welcome to join in and dance … OPA!

LIVE GREEK DJ XENIA ON SATURDAY 1PM-5PM

SURPRISE GUEST SINGER ON SATURDAY 6PM-10PM

LIVE GREEK BAND
(FRI- 5PM-10PM)
(SAT- 5PM-10PM)
(SUN- 2PM-7PM)

Our Greek Language School children will perform on Saturday at 4:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00PM

Byzantio Greek Folk dancers will perform on Saturday at 6:00 PM 

Food & Beverages

Saint Sophia’s festival is proud to offer a wide variety of Greek delicacies – made fresh and daily across the festival weekend.

2024 Greek Cuzina (“Kitchen”)

ONLY SPANOKOPITA, TIROPITA, MOUSSAKA, PASTICHIO AND GRECIAL GREEN STRING BEANS WILL BE SERVED INSIDE THIS 2024 YEAR!

The Grills
Outside on the festival grounds, festival goers can sample traditional Greek sandwiches as they are freshly cooked over coal fires and burners. The line for the gyro sandwich may reach incredible lengths, but it’s worth the wait as the fresh sliced meat melds with feta and tzaziki (cucumber yogurt sauce), lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Traditional pork souvlaki (roasted on skewers) sandwiches are also a favorite as the meat is seasoned in Mediterranean spices and cooked over coal fires.

Taverna

Soft drinks, water and Greek beer and wine are available from the taverna – Under the 100 ft tent.

Greek Pastry & Kaffenio (“Coffee Shop”)

Taste the nectar of the gods with Saint Sophia’s Greek pastry! From the traditional baklava with its mix of honey, walnuts and spices to more exotic finikia (spiced walnut cookies) and kataifi (shredded phyllo with honey and nuts), the pastry booth has something to tempt any sweet tooth. If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, grab an iced frappe or traditional hot Greek coffee.

Loukoumades (“Greek Donuts”)

Served fresh and hot with drizzles of honey and sprinkled with cinnamon, the loukoumades booth prepares these treats across the weekend.

Lemonade

Support our youngest parishioners by buying fresh squeezed lemonade from our Little Angels children volunteer group.

Marketplace

The marketplace showcases vendors with wares including fine and costume jewelry, pottery and home goods, clothing, music, Byzantine icons, and a traditional Greek grocer.

Children’s Games

A variety of children’s games and activities are available across the festival weekend including balloon toys, sand art and a moon bounce.

Tours of the Cathedral

Guided tours of the interior of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral are available on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. With your guide, experience the Cathedral’s fully mosaic tiled interior, while learning about this special house of worship, Byzantine design and the Orthodox faith. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FESTIVAL MAP.


Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral 2815 36th St NW, Washington DC 20007
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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Still Life with Robin: Did you see it?

by Peggy Robin


Over the years I've had quite a few friends undertake elaborately planned trips to the far north in hopes of seeing the aurora borealis. Wherever they went -- Alaska, the Yukon, Finland, Iceland, Norway -- I have yet to hear of a single trip that was anything other than five nights of freezing in a cabin for maybe a fleeting glimpse of a greenish hue through the clouds. What have I learned? It can cost many thousands of dollars to see a full week of overcast skies. It's quite an expensive crapshoot; I'm sure there must be some very big winners -- it's just that I don't know any of them.

The most enamored aurora-viewer I ever encountered was an old high school classmate who went to Dartmouth and just happened to hear that the night sky was lighting up one night. He and his college girlfriend went out to a field with a blanket and a bottle of wine and spent many hours gazing up in wonder at nature's most spectacular show.

Last night was just such a spectacle for any aurora fans who were lucky enough to live in a part of the US that had clear skies and a nearby field free of urban light pollution. With just enough schedule flexibility and the ability to drive, plus the determination to get to the right spot by nightfall, you were virtually guaranteed to check this item off your bucket list (as proven in this set of tweets: https://twitter.com/jessicarnewman/status/1789142631928262875)

Alas, I was not one of those spontaneous aurora-chasers. But I am a great armchair traveler, and I do appreciate photos posted by others.

If you, too, get a vicarious thrill from other people's aurora-gazing, this column's for you.

First, from the Capital Weather Gang, a worthy compilation of local pix:

In the CWG compilation, this time-lapse video was my favorite:

The DC area residents who hopped into a car and drove to Charlottesville really got their money's worth:

The Blue Ridge was one of the best viewing spots:
https://twitter.com/forecaster25/status/1789150172812816515/photo/1 

But Reston, VA had a pretty good show, too:

Here's one taken from the window of the plane, after taking off from DCA on the way to Chicago ORD:

Back on the ground, you could be as far south as FLORIDA and look up to see this:

Meanwhile, across the pond in England, a great landmark fell under the dancing lights:
And of course, you must see Stonehenge: 

Another European landmark that saw the light was Mt. St. Michel in northern France:

And saving the farthest away for last....New Zealand!

Sorry you missed it? You may get another chance tonight. That solar storm is really throwing some wild colors around!
Photo credit: Aurora over Grottoes, VA by Jessica Newman @jessicanewman
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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Get Out! It's EU Open House Day on Saturday, May 11, 10AM - 4PM

by Peggy Robin

On Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM to 4 PM, the European Union and its Embassies will open their doors to the public for a day of culture, food, music, and more. No registration, tickets, or passport required!

This event falls every year on the first Saturday after Europe Day on May 9. This date marks the signing of the Schuman Declaration on May 9, 1950, which established the European Coal and Steel Community, a multinational entity that would eventually become the European Union as we know it today.

We celebrate Europe Day by opening our doors to the public so that Americans can catch a glimpse of the European cultures that make up the European Union. Normally you have to cross the Atlantic to visit the EU, but at Open House, you just have to cross the street!

Opening page of website:

Plan your route on Google Maps:

Embassies and Activities:

Austria & Slovakia
Two Countries – One River: Discover Austria and Slovakia, connected by the River Danube. Austria and Slovakia are neighboring countries in Europe and embassies in D.C. We will proudly present our culture, beautiful sights, famous music, as well as products. Learn about both countries, participate in a quiz to win prizes, and enjoy traditional food and drinks!

Bulgaria
Step into the Embassy of Bulgaria for a cosmic journey through our space exhibition, featuring Earth views captured by satellites. Enjoy traditional cuisine, marvel at Shevitza embroidery, and indulge in the presentation of Bulgarian essential oils. Experience the vibrant culture with live music and dancing, uplifting spirits throughout the day!

Croatia
Welcome to a country of rich cultural heritage and unique natural beauty, a gastronomic hub of both the Mediterranean and Central Europe, and take a stroll down a path teeming with historical memorabilia and sensory pleasures, the birthplace of Nikola Tesla, the neck tie, and the parachute.

Cyprus
Discover Cyprus — an island rich in history and culture, full of wonderful experiences just waiting to be enjoyed. Head to the Embassy of Cyprus to experience fun and hospitality — a day of knowledge, culture, and fun! Cyprus: a fusion of experiences!

Czechia
Celebrate the year of Czech music through the life of Bedřich Smetana! Enjoy a folk fashion presentation, live music, a dog show, an exhibition, bounce house, beer, and food! Commemorate the 20th anniversary of Czechia in the EU and the 25th anniversary of Czechia in NATO.

Denmark
Visit the Embassy of Denmark to learn about Danish design and architecture while touring the Ambassador’s Residence. Ask our colleagues about their work enhancing Danish green solutions in the United States, learn about our defence collaboration, Danish culture, language, and democracy – and taste delicious Danish beer and food!

Estonia
Visit our 120-year-old building on Embassy Row — designed by Marsh & Peter Architects — which reopens after a two-year restoration! It combines authentic American architecture with modern, light-filled Nordic interiors and Estonian contemporary art specifically commissioned for the embassy.

European Union
At the EU Delegation, you will learn all about what Europe is doing to create a more sustainable home, from fashion to food. Also, catch up with the latest on the European Parliament Elections, test your skills at EU geography, and bring a spare piece of clothing to partake in a clothing swap!

France & Germany
Two countries, one venue, zero jet lag! The French Embassy’s Maison Française showcases the best of France AND Germany at this year’s EU Open House. Enjoy food, music, culture, and more in a family-friendly atmosphere with a special highlight on the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Greece
Join us at the Embassy of Greece to celebrate Europe Day by enjoying Greek music, take part in Greek dance and language workshops, and view a photo exhibition featuring some of Greece’s hidden gems.

Hungary
Experience the Vizsla and Puli Hungarian breed dog show, and learn folk dancing with a live band! Come hungry to the authentic gulyás and wine bar, master the Rubik's cube with a tutorial. All is possible at the Embassy of Hungary!

Ireland
Visit the Residence of Ireland to get a taste of all things Irish. Be entertained by performances from Irish dancers and traditional music, try your luck speaking Irish and playing Irish football, and learn about opportunities to explore Irish culture in D.C. and by visiting our shores!

Italy
Explore the enchanting world of Italy and immerse yourself in Italian culture and language. Bring the kids for some outdoor fun and indulge in scrumptious pizza, ice cream, and coffee! And don't forget to view the wonderful exhibition on photojournalism and the "Made in Italy" cars and motorcycles!

Latvia
Experience the charm of Latvia at the historic Barney Studio House! Delve into business and study opportunities while tasting food produced by Latvian companies — all while enjoying performances of Latvian folk singers and dancers as you learn about Latvian history and tourism!

Lithuania
Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Embassy of Lithuania and 20th anniversary of Lithuania in the EU and NATO! Learn about our historic building,  Lithuanian music and dance, win a prize at our quiz, try some Lithuanian sweets, and much more!

Luxembourg
Experience Luxembourg-U.S. relations then and now through emigration and a vivid exchange between their peoples. Peek inside the magnificent Embassy building, while experiencing Luxembourg City in 1957 through the eyes of an American family.

Netherlands & Belgium
When neighbors are best friends, they throw a party together! Join the Netherlands and Belgium for a special European celebration with free waffles, fries, and more yummy treats, plus refreshing drinks, outdoor games, an interactive light experience, and a dance to the rhythm of DJ music with the Smurfs.

Poland
Unlock the wonders of science and immerse yourself in the legacy of Maria Skłodowska-Curie at the Embassy of Poland! From a spectacular fashion show and captivating chemical workshops to inspiring stories of discovery, non-stop concerts, and molecular cuisine, don't miss the chance to explore the intersection of science and culture!

Portugal
You can’t skip Portugal! Come and enjoy unique Portuguese dances, art, delicious food, drinks, and more! Meanwhile, get the chance to win free trips to Portugal, courtesy of TAP Air Portugal and SATA. Come visit!

Romania
Visit Romania by joining us at the Embassy! You will see one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, plus discover our traditions and culture. Through dances, exhibitions, and samplings, you can also learn about traditional Romanian performances, costumes, and dishes!

Slovenia
Visit the Embassy of Slovenia on May 11 for a day of lively Slovenian folk music, dance, mouthwatering Carniola sausage/klobasa, and delicious handmade potica! And this year, we're bringing a group of Kurenti — the traditional Slovenian carnival mascots — to amp up the fun! #SLOinUSA

Spain
At the Spanish Cultural Center, you’ll be able to try a wide variety of Spanish foods, enjoy Spanish graphic design, and listen to the greatest hits of Spanish music!

Ukraine (Partner Venue)
Experience the vibrant culture of Ukraine! Stop by Ukraine House to discover Ukrainian music and musical instruments, explore the art of making traditional necklaces and paintings, witness unforgettable performances by Ukrainian folk dancers, and try your hand at making mouthwatering Ukrainian dumplings, Varenyky. 

View photos from the 2023 edition of EU Open House!


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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Still Life with Robin: Why I Stay

 by Peggy Robin


All my friends and family have fled from Twitter, many leaving almost immediately after it was taken over by the evil Musk-Rat -- even before he slapped an X on it as if to rebrand it with a well-known symbol of both pornography and poison.

My friends kept predicting, as the site grew more and more toxic, that I would soon follow them, but I've stuck it out -- mainly because there is a core of tweeters who comment daily on my favorite NYT word games, Spelling Bee, LetterBoxed, Wordle, Connections. and Strands. I have followers among that crowd who depend on me for hints. I won't abandon them, despite all the falsehoods, bigotry, rage, and garbage proliferating on that site.

And there is one other reason for not jumping ship: Amid all the dross, one finds an occasional treasure. Quite often it's a stunning nature photo. Here's one I saw just yesterday (Friday, May 3), by Ted Smith @Tedsmithimages:


This makes up for a lot.

For more of Ted Smith's images, go to: https://twitter.com/Tedsmithimages

My last refuge is the hope I still hold that the Musk-Rat will lose interest, or more likely, tire of losing money, and will sell the whole thing to a more responsible party.
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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Get Out! It's the 85th Annual Flower Mart at the Cathedral

 by Peggy Robin


This is the DO-NOT-MISS event of May! It's up there with the Kentucky Derby as a beloved annual tradition in May!

Start here:

Flower Mart 2024 will take place Friday, May 3rd, 10 am-6 pm, and Saturday, May 4th, 10 am-5 pm. Our theme is "In Bloom" as we celebrate the power of flowers!

We hope to have you join us for two days filled with flowers and fun in support of the Cathedral's gardens!

Free!

The beloved spring tradition is back! Join us on Friday from 10 am-5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am-6 pm at All Hallows Guild’s Annual Flower Mart, one of the biggest yearly events held at the Cathedral. There’s something for everyone!

Inside the Cathedral:
  • Check out the International Floral Display that highlights national and cultural heritage
  • Explore the Cathedral LEGO® exhibit
  • See the new Now and Forever windows

Outside the Cathedral:
  • Explore booths with garden plants, flowers, antiques, books, artisan-crafted merchandise, and more
  • Browse the Flower District and speak with expert Cathedral horticulture staff
  • Ride the family-favorite antique carousel and enjoy a dedicated Children’s Area with games and carnival rides (ride/game tickets can be purchased at nearby ticket booth)
  • Enjoy free entertainment – talented singers, dancers, musicians, and choral groups – on the Main Stage (west front steps)
  • Eat fantastic food – everything from barbecue and smoothies to funnel cakes, crepes, artisan pizza and even lobster rolls

For details about the various treasures and traditions of the Flower Mart, here are the links:

For the carousel:

For The White Elephant Sale (with so many fantastic items donated by generous Listserv members!):

For the Floral Displays from Around the World:

And of course, as always, there will be...

Free Entertainment
Throughout both days of Flower Mart, entertainers perform on the main stage in front of the Cathedral (or inside in the event of rain). We will present a wide-ranging array of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and choral groups.

Entertainment in Front of the Cathedral - Activities For Children
In addition to our carousel, Flower Mart has an entire Children’s Area with a huge array of games and carnival rides. Tickets for the carousel, rides, and games, can be purchased at the ticket booth in the Children’s Area.

Cathedral Tower Climb
The Tower Climb returns to Flower Mart this year! Experience Washington DC like never before with a climb to the top of the Cathedral towers, where you’ll experience panoramic vistas from the highest geographical point in the nation’s capital.

Please note: Prepare for rigorous activity. The Tower Climb is not for those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces, or for those with limited mobility – stairs include both enclosed stone staircases and also open metal, spiral stairs. Participants must be at least 11 years old, and the minimum height requirement is 48 inches. Infants cannot be carried on Tower Climbs.

Great Food
Flower Mart has everything from barbecue and smoothies to funnel cakes, crepes and artisan pizza. Don't miss grabbing a lobster roll - a Flower Mart favorite!

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone:(202) 537-6200
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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Still Life with Robin: Supervocalic Palindromatic

by Peggy Robin

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Get Out! Allons-y! Le marché français c'est ce week-end!

JE T'AIME GEORGETOWN!

The Georgetown BID is hosting their 21st annual Georgetown French Market April 26 - 28, 2024. This popular open-air market - originally inspired by those often seen in France - will feature sidewalk sales and specials from more than 40 locally-owned boutiques, cafés, and galleries along Wisconsin Avenue from O St to Reservoir Rd., plus live music, stilt-walkers, face painting, a mime, and more. Neighborhood restaurants will also offer food and drink specials featuring French cuisine and beyond - from pastries, croissants, and macarons, to lunch items grilled outside, and wine discounts. 

The 21st annual Georgetown French Market is sure to be magnifique


  

2024 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

LIVE MUSIC  
11 am - 2 pm (Patisserie Poupon alley at 1645 Wisconsin Ave NW): Little Big Band - performing jazz.

STROLLING PERFORMERS

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

12-2 pm (TD Bank lot - 1611 Wisconsin Ave NW): Barbara et les Bon Vivants featuring Barabra Papendorp (vocals), Cyndy Elliot (bass) and Craig Gildner (guitar) perform live jazz from the American and French Songbook, plus some seasonal songs.

2:15 - 4 pm (TD Bank lot - 1611 Wisconsin Ave NW): Veronneau - a duo featuring Québécoise vocalist Lynn Veronneau performing classic French chanson and jazz in both English and French.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

12 – 3 pm (TD Bank lot – 1611 Wisconsin Avenue NW). Laissez Foure - performing jazz from the 1930s-40s with a nod to New Orleans.

FUN FOR ALL

FACE PAINTING

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12 - 2 PM
Get in the spirit with some fun spring designs - at the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Ave).

RELAX & RECHARGE

SATURDAY (10 AM - 5 PM) & SUNDAY (12 PM - 5 PM)

Recharge & people-watch at bistro seating while enjoying French fare - including crepes, ice cream and more - at the TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Ave):

Rosewood Washington D.C.’s CUT D.C. and Cakes by CUT - serving up CUT Steak Salt, CUT Pretzel Bread, Assorted Cookies, Savory Popcorn and more!

Delicious crepes by Crepes by C

Maman - sweet and savory French pastries, and cold drinks, including cold brews and iced tea

Cool off with ice cream in a cup or cone from Haagen Dazs and ice pops from Dent Place Market.

Shop the English Rose Garden’s pop up flower shop - Chase Bank lot (3237 P St)

Enjoy tropical ice pops by Maracas Pops - Chase Bank lot (3237 P St)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

The young and young-at-heart can enjoy roaming entertainment, from stilt-walkers to a mime and a unicyclist. They’ll be showing off their stuff Saturday (12 - 3 pm) & Sunday (1 - 3 pm).

POP-UP BOOK SALES

SATURDAY, 10 AM - 5 PM & SUNDAY, 12 PM - 5 PM

Stop by Carpe Librum’s pop-up book sale in the Chase Bank lot (3217 P St NW)! Browse thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, all benefiting Turning the Page, a non-profit linking public schools, families, and our community to ensure students receive valuable resources and a high-quality public education.

SATURDAY, 10 AM – 4 PM & SUNDAY, 1 PM - 3 PM
Georgetown Library Friends is selling hundreds of paperbacks for $1 each at the corner of Wisconsin & Reservoir Rd. Then, head up the hill to Georgetown Neighborhood Library for an even bigger sale of donated books, plus a café style set-up on the back patio with

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Still Life with Robin: The Problem with Porch Pirates

 by Peggy Robin


I hate porch pirates. Not just what they do, I hate what they are called. The "porch" part -- that's OK, although it implies you need to have a front porch to be a victim. "Porch" pirates are stealing from stoops, doorsteps, walkways, mail rooms, and any other conceivable place a package could be left. It's the "pirate" part that I find objectionable; however, it does seem to have caught on and is undoubtably the most widely-used term.

The Washington Post print edition just recently used that phrase in the headline of a front page story on the problem: "D.C. targets ‘porch pirates’ with sting operations and tougher penalties" (Thursday, April 19 print edition, online April 13). 
 
So what's wrong with calling them pirates? It's a fine old word for roving thieves, and there's a fun bit of alliteration in the P - P sound. Yes....too much fun, and that's my problem with it. Say "pirate" these days and the first thing that comes to mind might be Disney/Depp's dashing Captain Jack Sparrow or maybe Long John Silver or any of a plethora of comical villains from kiddie lit and legend. Who's afraid of Captain Hook? 

And that trivializes what is going on here. You see, it's not just luxury gadgets and overpriced non-essentials that get robbed from the rich (who can always get a prompt replacement). It's packages of vital medications. It's the one-of-a-kind heirloom quilt that your grandmother made for you, and you are shipping to your daughter to use in her new home. It's the replacement smoke detector that you'd better install before you go on vacation for two weeks. It's the specially-formulated pet food that your vet said is the only thing your poor, sick dog can digest.

It's also your sense of safety and your belief in the goodness of your fellow human beings that takes a hit, when people can just brazenly walk up to your front door and walk away with your stuff. And they keep doing it, again and again. And it's how you feel when you report the crime, and the police shrug and say, "Next time, just have your package delivered to a secure box inside the police station."

Is that how we want to live? Or, to put it more cynically, is that the best we can do?

Like the police, I have no power to make this go away. My beat isn't crime-stopping, anyway. As an editor, my expertise is with words and how we use them. So I'll limit my comments to objecting to the term "porch pirate." Here's what I prefer: the plain, descriptive, non-alliterative "package thief."

Can we make it go viral?

Oh, I wish...but I don't think so. (Remember, you can't "make 'fetch' happen.")

How does that make me feel? I will tell you in one word: AAARRRRRGH!

p.s. If you've never seen Mark Rober's "Glitter Bomb 1.0 vs Porch Pirates" video, spend 8 minutes watching. It won't help you solve the problem, but it's still very satisfying:


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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Get Out! Earthy Takoma Park Is the Place to Celebrate EARTH DAY!

by Peggy Robin


The original Earth Day was declared (back in 1970) to fall on April 22 but that's a work day for most of us....and it's also the first night of Passover for a lot of us. Saturday is going to be a gloriously beautiful day, and that makes it a great day to celebrate Earth Day. And what better place than progressive, organic, solar-loving, hippy-dippy Takoma Park? And it's FREE.

What: Takoma Park Earth Day Celebration!
When: Saturday, April 20 · 10am - 2pm EDT
Where: Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park Playground, 8101 Sligo Creek Pkwy
Why: Because there is no Planet B.


In honor of Earth Month, the City of Takoma Park will host a celebration in the Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park! This event will feature 20+ exhibitors from both city departments and local environmental partners and will offer a variety of activities including free snow cones, face painting, art activities, energy efficiency prizes, and educational materials about sustainability programs for the whole family! 

Come check out the EV showcase, attend a guided tree walk, and learn about the various environmental involvement opportunities in our community. 

Rain date is Sunday, April 21st.

FREE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-takoma-park-earth-day-celebration-tickets-874088571447?aff=ebdssbdestsearch  

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Still Life with Robin: More News Is Good News

by Peggy Robin


Which do you want first, the good news? Or the other good news?

The good news is that many of the fired writers of DCist/WAMU have come together to launch a new local news outlet. I learned this in a tweet -- see below:

Elahe Izadi | الهه

@ElaheIzadi
NEWS: a group of former WAMU/DCist staffers are launching a "worker-led, community-based, local outlet." They want help naming it.

It's great news because, with the demise of DCist, we lost one the very best sources of local news -- leaving us in what's virtually a "local news desert" -- but now I am very hopeful that this small group of dedicated and talented journalists will create a news oasis to give us sustenance. 

And now for the other good news? They'd like our help in choosing a name! There's nothing I love so much as a good naming contest. (Here's one of the many columns I've written on that  theme:  https://alllifeislocal.blogspot.com/2024/02/still-life-with-robin-cafe-by-any-other.html.)

As with most other naming contests, you're not getting a fill-in-the-blank, free-style choice; they have given you a ballot with five names and you are asked to vote for one. 

Which of these name options is your favorite? 

O  WashRag
O  DC Free Press
O  The DC Star
O  51st News
O  DCish
However, it's not that cut-and-dried. You do get some free-form space to talk about your word associations with the names, and give a reason for what you like or don't like. And I suppose, if you came up with a new name that is outstanding and hits everyone with a Eureka moment, your suggestion could just trump the pre-selected five.

So let them know how you feel....and whatever it's called, whenever it debuts, let's welcome it and cheer it on, and hope they make a go of it!

I will be sure to update you when the name is selected and the new local news site is up and running.
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