In today’s Weekend section, we suggest 25 volunteer opportunities that allow you to give back to the community while learning new skills and meeting new people. Options include working with sick children, planting seeds at an urban farm, serving as an usher at a theater or pouring beers at Oktoberfest.
Here’s what else you can find in the paper and online:
• Our Friday, Saturday and Sunday picks, including the Truckeroo food truck festival, games and rides at the Montgomery County Fair, an Irish festival in Old Town Alexandria and a deep-sea adventure for kids in the Natural History Museum’s Sant Ocean Hall.
• Restaurant Week begins Monday, and we have some last-minute advice for those who haven’t booked tables yet.
• The Identity Festival rolls into Jiffy Lube Live next Thursday, and David Malitz talks with headliners Crystal Method, who roared onto the electronica scene in the late ‘90s and now serve as elder statesmen on the country’s first-ever touring festival of electronic music.
• Album reviews of bands playing in the area over the next seven days: Pentagram (tonight at Jaxx), Six Organs of Admittance (Tuesday at DC9), Tally Hall (tonight at Rock and Roll Hotel), the Wood Brothers (Wednesday at the Rams Head Tavern) and Scattered Trees (Sunday at Red Palace).
• A preview of the beer tastings, tappings and happy hours taking place at local bars during D.C. Beer Week, which kicks off with a cruise on Sunday.
• Craving an old-school cold-cut sub? Mangialardo and Sons has been serving carry-out subs to FBI agents, Hill staffers and Capitol Hill residents since 1953.
• Need a weekend getaway? New York’s Summer Streets program brings yoga, rock climbing walls, guacamole-making classes and free bike rentals to a busy strip of Manhattan.
• The cerebral Longacre Lea theater company, which has produced plays by Harold Pinter and Kurt Vonnegut in the past, looks inward for its 14th season, performing “Something Past in Front of the Light,” written by company artistic director Kathleen Akerley.
• An exhibit of snapshots of famous artists at the American Art Museum demystifies the names that we come across in great museums, including Jasper Johns, David Hockney and Jackson Pollack.
• Try this: Tour the National Cathedral, then sit down for tea and sandwiches with an unparalleled view of the Cathedral grounds.
• Reviews of this weekend’s new movies, including “The Help,” “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” and “The Guard.”