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I was once assistant pastry chef for a catering company in Georgetown with an un-air-conditioned kitchen. Summers were a little rough for us cooks. Imagine the rush of heat we’d confront when baking cookies for someone’s ice cream, searing strawberry-shortcake biscuits on a red-hot grill, or standing over an open flame making curd for a light and fluffy mousse. Forced to wear long pants and full chef’s jackets because of the ever-present risks of hot oil, searing caramel, and oven burns, we had some pretty nasty summer days in our dear swamp city. This summer, learn how to keep your ovens cool by watching Uptown Bakers chef John London whip up some Light and Simple Summer Desserts to make the sultry days ahead a little sweeter. At 7 p.m. at Fresh Fields, 2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25. For reservations call (703) 527-6596. (Liz Eckstein)