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Instead of balancing my checkbook or buying groceries or reading aloud Jackie Collins novels to senior citizens, I devote most of my waking hours to sweating over life’s Big Questions. It’s a curse, really. Like, Do rats and squirrels get along? How come we never see them frolicking or, if they’re mortal enemies, brawling at twilight in the middle of P Street? And for that matter, what’s the deal with birds and bats? Shouldn’t there be winged-creature carnage from aerial dogfights littering Dupont Circle? Do bats, with their super sonar capabilities and lethal guano drops, terrorize their relatively wimpy flying peers? Unfortunately, I’m far too busy posing other mighty riddles to do any research, but maybe an evening of bat watching in Huntley Meadows Park will clear everything up. Get to the bottom of it all—and use a bat detector (very cool!)—at 8 p.m. at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Free. For reservations call (703) 768-2525. (Sean Daly)