D.C. community calendar, Aug. 7-14, 2014

August 7
Thursday, AUGUST 7

Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, with free parking. 202-364-7602.

National Cathedral behind the scenes, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Laugh café, take your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to provoke others to laughter. Memorization not required; bring your lunch; coffee and dessert served. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free; registration requested. 202-364-7602.

Grains of wisdom: botany, evolution and the history of cereal crops, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses how humans have used the various members of the grass family and how they have changed the plants over thousands of years. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Portraits Alive! D.C., Virginia and Maryland teens lead a theatrical tour that brings the Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through original student-written portrayals of the people represented in various photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures or prints. Noon and 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday, National Portrait Gallery, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Maker Camp at Georgetown Library, for age 8 and older, join others doing experiments and projects, sponsored by Maker Camp and Google. Thursday, 1-3 p.m.: do it yourself music; Friday, 2 p.m.: streaming field trip to Blue Man Group; Aug. 11: making your imaginations come true, learn about special effects, makeup and more. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232 or www.dclibrary.org .

Victory garden tour, a horticulturist leads a tour of the garden and discusses some of the vegetables and flowers in the museum’s re-created WWII-era Victory garden. 1 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 21, National Museum of American History, Welcome Desk, Constitution Avenue entrance, first floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Beginner computer class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet and use online library services. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Book discussion,The Accidental Tourist ” Anne Tyler’s 1985 novel about a Baltimore man who writes travel books for business travelers, his memorable quirky family members and Edward the Dog. 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 219, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Cathedral wrought iron tour, a docent shows the magic of wrought iron in fantastic creatures, flowers and other creations. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Origami nights, for ages 7-12, learn how to create paper cranes, frogs, foxes, ties and other designs using the Japanese art form; beginners welcome. 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Sounds of summer concert, Justin Trawick and the Common Good perform Americana, bluegrass and folk music; bring a blanket or cushion, sunscreen and water. 5-7 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden Lawn Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Big Maze late night, visit exhibitions, navigate a really big maze and nosh at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue. 5-9 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission, free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Wii dance-off, for ages 13-19, a weekly competition that uses Wii. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Charanjit Singh recital, the Indian multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger performs a concert of raga to a disco beat, featuring several variations on Indian classical music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Anacostia Library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Quest for the best American art, Phillips Collection associate curator Susan Frank discusses “From Ryder to Rothko,” the current Phillips Collection exhibition of 200 works by more than 120 artists. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 207, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Anacostia Library yoga, develop your mind, body and spirit. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Reversing diabetes, physician, nutrition researcher and author Neal Barnard discusses reversing Type 2 diabetes with simple diet changes, lowering cholesterol levels, protecting your memory and greater vitality. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Evening with Gloria Swanson, a screening of three silent films starring the iconic actress, sponsored by Southeast Library. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Poetry reading at the library, Pamela Murray Winters and Nancy Naomi Carlson read from their works. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Meditation and mindfulness, a facilitator teaches and leads techniques that help those whose stress response is triggered by a recent cancer diagnosis; cancer patients, their family members and caregivers welcome. 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, second floor, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Job seekers support group, get new ideas for networking and develop strategies for finding jobs. 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 18, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride,” members of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and others perform. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; matinees, $10. bwashington@chaw.org , 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

“Hope,” a film about record-setting cyclist Maria Parker’s fight against her sister’s terminal brain cancer by taking on a 3,000-mile race across the continent, proceeds go to 3000 Miles to a Cure and its partnership with Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. 8:15 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $35. 202-289-1200. www.dchopescreening.splashthat.com .

U.S. Army Band concert, the Downrange ensemble performs a combination of pop, rock and patriotic music. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps. Free. 703-696-3399.

Rudy,” David Anspaugh’s 1993 film about a boy who defies his worst critics by getting into Notre Dame, getting on coach Ara Parseghian’s team and getting his one shot at gridiron glory, starring Sean Astin and Jon Favreau. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .

Friday, AUGUST 8

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Magic, for ages 5-12, magician Joe Romano answers the question “Is it science or magic?” Children will witness a glass of water defy gravity, smoke rings fly over their heads and more. 11 a.m. Friday, Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. 202-698-1175.; and 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

A Five Star Life ,” a film about a woman whose job takes her to some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels, acting as an undercover hotel critic until an unexpected life change upsets her lifestyle, in Italian with English subtitles. 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

U.S. Air Force band concert, the Concert Band performs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Helping Our People Engage, in the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents weekly movie matinees on Friday mornings, a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

The Nixon Tapes ,” historian Douglas Brinkley and co-author Luke Nichter discuss their book containing the captured words of President Richard M. Nixon as he spoke them in key White House and Camp David discussions between 1971 and 1973 on a voice-activated taping system; view Nixon’s resignation letter and President Gerald R. Ford’s pardon of Nixon on display in the East Rotunda Gallery from Aug. 8 to 11. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

The Hundred-Foot Journey ,” a film about a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch, displaced with his Indian family to a quaint village in the south of France and on the brink of opening an Indian restaurant that rivals an already established Michelin-starred restaurant, starring Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal. 11:30 a.m. and 2:15, 5 and 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 14. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

Science Friday, let’s watch Bill Nye! for ages 8-12, watch two episodes of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” a TV show that makes science fun for kids. 3 p.m. Fridays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover or create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Jazz in a sculpture garden, Origem performs Brazilian jazz. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Jazz concert, Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, composer and arranger César Orozco performs with Venezuelan bassist Rodner Padilla and Venezuelan multi-percussionist Francisco Vielma. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Back to Zero in concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .

Reggae in the park, a performance by Junior Marvin’s Force One (formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Ruth-Ann Brown, Ras Lidj and Deep Bad, sponsored by The Washington Post. 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free, no tickets required. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr .

Memorials of the Mall by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 8-10 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

U.S. Marine parade, U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations are admitted at 7:15 p.m.; visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 29, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-4011 or 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil .

Saturday, AUGUST 9

Ward 8 farmers market, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org .

Sumi-E workshop, teaching artist Jon Leniz explores Chinese ink-wash bamboo paintings. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $76. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

“The Ugly Duckling,” performed by Bright Star Theatre, a young duck is bullied until a miraculous transformation turns her into a beautiful swan. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Let’s talk photography, a presentation and discussion about macro photography, learn about the kinds of equipment used to make close-up images, lighting for macro images and techniques used to help create those images. 10 a.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Fruits and berries on city lots, horticulture specialist and long-time fruit grower Guy Ames discusses the challenges and opportunities of commercial urban fruit production. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Yoga at the library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist. No experience required; bring a mat or use one from the library. 10 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Traditional Japanese architecture, architect Mira Locher discusses why thick, thatched roofs, rough mud-plaster walls and precisely woven tatami mats are grounded within the natural environment and culture of Japan. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $10. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Children’s film, “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt,” for age 4 and older, two animated films about the artists based on Mike Venezia’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists ” books. 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-3030.

Cemetery tours, a docent leads a tour of the cemetery that provides a final resting place for John Philip Sousa and other famous people. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 1, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Free. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org .

Library of Congress lecture, Holly Gilbert, chief of the NASA Goddard Solar Physics Laboratory, discusses “The Moody Sun,” solar storms and how they can interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

Beach party family festival, summer crafts, sports and live music. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Tomato technology, local gardener Lori Kenepp discusses Aunt Lou’s Underground Railroad, Sicilian Saucer and Halladay’s Mortgage Lifter, all varieties of heirloom tomatoes being raised in the area; growing tips will be given. 12:30 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Haiku workshop, Pamela Perkins leads an hour of learning about and writing haiku, followed by readings and a contest, bring a small piece of nature, a rock or a leaf or a picture of nature that inspires you. 1 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Girls’ songwriting workshop, for ages 11-13, learn the fundamentals of songwriting as you explore your world through emotions and senses, no previous instrumental or musical training necessary. 1:15-3:15 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $25; registration required. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Yoga at Georgetown Library, teachers from Yoga Activist lead the classes. 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and noon Tuesday, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Reptiles Alive!, learn about snake secrets, laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales, meet a live boa constrictor, tortoise, lizard or other animal. 2 p.m. Saturday, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. 202-671-3121; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232; and 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Tango lessons, for adults, learn and practice the Argentine tango with Rendezvous Tango’s Bahman Aryana, all skill levels welcome. 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Literary art tour, writers perform their literary works beside the artworks from the “Altered Ego” exhibit that inspired them, a short reception follows. 3:30-5 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

Full STEAM ahead! for ages 5-12, a fun, inquiry-based, hands-on experiment and literacy workshop to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 30, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

U.S. Marine Band concert, the saxophone quartet and brass quintet perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Blues in the park, a performance by Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band. 7 p.m., Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St. SE. Free. 202-426-7723 or www.nps.gov .

Dance concert, the annual New Releases Choreographers Showcase with new works by established and emerging choreographers and performances by Akosua Akoto, Katie Sopoci Drake and others. 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $25; seniors and artists, $20; college students and age 17 and younger, $15. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org .

Sunday, AUGUST 10

Palisades farmers market, locally grown seasonal produce, music provided by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .

Computer basics, a four-week series of workshops for beginners to learn how to use a mouse and keyboard, navigate the Internet and use e-mail; curriculum and training provided by ByteBack. 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free; registration required. 202-529-3395.

Family MESS, for ages 3-12 to learn about math, engineering and science in the world around them through experiments, building and other activities; parental/caregiver participation encouraged. 1 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Petworth Pacers, walkers age 50 and older should bring a water bottle and face towel, dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing for a low-impact 60-minute walk around the neighborhood. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, second-floor Program Room, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. Register: 202-243-1187.

Summer steps with Step Afrika! students perform with Step Afrika!, the nation’s leading professional touring step troupe. 2 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org .

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 2 p.m. Sundays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1278.

Fizz, Boom, Read! the library’s summer program to explore and get creative with STEAM-related crafts. 2:30-4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Forged in fire: Cathedral ironwork tour, a docent shows the magic of wrought iron in fantastic creatures, flowers and other creations. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk at main visitor entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students $16; reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Extreme life of the sea, marine biologist Stephen Palumbi and novelist and technology writer Anthony Palumbi discuss their dive to the limits of the aquatic world to see the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans, from marlins that swim and feed at 40 mph to corals that live for more than 4,000 years, a question-and-answer session follows. 3 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Smooth jazz and Scrabble, relax to the sounds of many different artists. 3-5 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Lounge in the Main Meeting Room, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Liberators of Latin America, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. 3-6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31, Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.

Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with your friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn for your own take-home projects. 3 p.m. Sundays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Zumba kids, for ages 4-13, dance to peppy music and follow kid-friendly moves. 3:30 p.m. Sunday and the second and fourth Sunday of every month, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Organ recital, Michael Britt performs. 6 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free; donations accepted. 202-526-8300 or www.nationalshrine.com or muslit@bnsic.org

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra concert, some of the best high school and college jazz musicians in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, August 11

English conversation classes, volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center facilitate classes twice a week. 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 27, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Yoga at West End, Smita Kumar from Yoga District teaches a weekly class, bring a mat or use one of the library’s. 12:30 p.m. Mondays, West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free; registration required: teresa.sakon@dc.gov or 202-724-8698.

Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.

Team STEAM theme hour, for ages 41 / 2-9, a combination of book and Web-based crafts and activities, with Ms. Tea’s creative spin, that incorporate math, science, art and recreation; earn summer reading prizes. 2:30 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.

Anacostia Library game mania, play board games, card games and Wii games. 2:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Reader’s theatre, for those in grades 2-5, bring stories to life, read aloud scripts from popular children’s books and hone your acting chops; parent participation encouraged. 4 p.m. Mondays, Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

STEM Mondays, for ages 7-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and a desire to do experiments, study nature, solve real-world math problems and take the Hour of CODE challenge. 4:15 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration required. 202-698-3873.

Woodridge Checkmates, for ages 7-19, learn how to play and win. 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn to create projects to take home. 6 p.m. Mondays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Cardinal Sons in concert, the New Orleans indie rock band of three brothers performs a mix of folk and pop music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

The Children’s Hour ,” William Wyler’s 1961 film about how a malicious child’s lie can destroy the lives of her private school teachers, starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Miriam Hopkins and James Garner. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Yoga, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist, some mats available. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. 202-698-6373; and a mostly beginner’s class taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Panama: Crossroads of the World, biodiversity specialist Bob Szaro discusses the variety of Panama City on the Pacific coast and the intriguing Indian villages along Gatun Lake as it celebrates its centennial year. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Zumba class, taught by certified instructor Christine, no experience necessary, all participants must sign a waiver. 7 p.m. Mondays, Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Conversation with Michael Kaiser, Rebecca Sheir, host of WAMU’s Metro Connection, talks with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts president, two weeks prior to his departure to run the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Kids’ night at the library, for ages 6-12, hang out with friends, participate in games, crafts, movies. 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Concert Band performs, part of the Concerts at the Capitol series. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps). Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday, August 12

Yoga at noon, led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris, bring a mat. Noon Tuesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288; and a class taught by teachers from Yoga Activist. Noon, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration requested. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Sundance Trio in concert, a performance of music for solo wind instruments. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Cathedral tour and tea, a docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or e-mail misbister@cathedral.org .

Courtyard garden tour, horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens lead a tour of the interior plantscape of the Kogod Courtyard and discuss the plant selection for this indoor space and how it is designed and maintained, get some tricks of the trade and watch a plant-care demonstration. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, follow Rufus through his adventures in science class with Dr. Science, an interactive puppet show with science, technology, engineering and math. 2 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Hook and needle club, for ages 10-19 who want to learn how to knit or crochet, all experience levels welcome, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks provided. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

HIV/STI screening, for teens and young adults, ages 13-24, by Metro TeenAIDS, with information on how to live a healthy life. 4 p.m., Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

D.C. Youth Slam Team poetry, for ages 13-19, a poetry workshop. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration required. Jonathan Tucker, 202-787-5279.

Teen advisory group, join the group that plans upcoming teen parties and other events. 5 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Classical piano recital, the 2014 winner of the International Young Artist Piano Competition performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Yoga in the evening, one-hour lesson, all skill levels welcome, mats provided. 6:30 p.m. most Tuesdays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Gravity ,” Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 heart-pounding thriller film about a medical engineer on her first space mission, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. 6:30 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Holy icons of Medieval Russia: reawakening to a spiritual past, Scott Ruby, associate curator of Russian and Eastern European art at Hillwood Museum, discusses how the appreciation and understanding of medieval icons developed, as well as some of the aspects of medieval iconography that differentiate it from the work of later centuries, looks at some of the superlative icons of Andre Rublev, a Russian monk who some consider the greatest icon painter and discusses how icons function in the context of public and private devotions. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Petworth purls knit and crochet club, a fiber arts club for anyone who wants to knit and crochet with talk and tea. 7:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard performs. U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the band and Singing Sergeants perform “How Can I Keep from Singing.” 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps. 202-767-5658.

U.S. Navy Band jazz concert, the Commodores ensemble performs jazz classics. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, August 13

Temporary tattoos, for ages 12-19, create your own tattoos that will stay on your skin for three to four days using eyeliner and bandage spray, earn a “crafty” badge. 10 a.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Job readiness training, James Kendlin assists with constructing a résumé and discusses interviewing skills and general job readiness. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Art talk, digital media specialist Laura Hoffman leads a conversation about a video by artist Margaret Salmon. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Persian book in pre-modern Turkey, a lecture by the University of Maryland’s Ahmet Karamustafa. Noon, Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4518.

STEAM Team, for ages 6-18, explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math with hands-on activities. 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 20, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Bereavement support, for persons who have lost a spouse in the past two years, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-364-7602.

Forensic mystery workshop, for teens, CSI enthusiasts meet with educators from the National Museum of Health and Medicine for exciting forensic investigations. 2 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Fizz! Boom Wednesdays! for age 5 and older, participate in a science experiment, activity or craft each week. 3 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of the avenue’s lesser-known events, places and people. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Fizz! Boom Read! for age 5 and older, participate in a science activity each week. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

STEM summer fun, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, come and design, construct, discover, create. 4 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

Board game hangout, for ages 9-12, bring your friends or make new ones to play Clue, Candy Land, Life, Monopoly and other games. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188; and for ages 4-12, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and the first Wednesday of each month, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4532.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team workshops, for teens who want to participate in weekly poetry and spoken word workshops and learn to speak up about issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Handwriting analysis, view the exhibit “Making Their Mark” and learn the basics of handwriting analysis from Edda Manley, see what you discover about a person from the mark they make. 5:30-7:30 p.m., National Archives, Boeing Learning Center, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

NSO Summer Music Institute concert, Elizabeth Schulze conducts a performance of works by Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Baltimore’s deaf heritage, author Kat Brockway shares stories and photographs outlining the 200-year history of Baltimore’s deaf community, a reception follows, ASL and voice interpreters provided. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-10, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Theatrical program, members of the Synetic Theatre’s Summer Camp perform an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” using mime, pantomime and acrobatics with original songs and dance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Foster care information, make a difference in a child’s life by providing a safe, nurturing home for children or teens who are temporarily separated from their families through no fault of their own, ideal for those who wish to become foster or resource parents. 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Burning Bush ,” Agnieszka Holland’s film that returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history, a reconstruction of the shocking act of a Czech university student, who in protest of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Jan. 16, 1969, and died four days later, bringing about mass protests during the student’s funeral, in Czech with English subtitles. 6:45 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

75 Years on the Yellow Brick Road: Things You Likely Never Knew About “The Wizard Of Oz,” Michael Patrick Hearn discusses his great friend Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch, revealing many of the behind-the-scenes secrets she told him, and little-known facts found in the MGM files owned by Turner Entertainment. 6:45-8:45 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

How to live to be 100, internal medicine physician John Whyte discusses seven strategies for increasing your chances of living longer, explains the role that blood tests and CT and MRI scans play in predicting how long you will live, whether drinking red wine or eating chocolate make a difference and more. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Chess club, for players of all ages and abilities. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Mystery thriller book club, a librarian leads a discussion of William Landay’s novel “Defending Jacob ,” the story of a suburban Massachusetts district attorney who is blindsided by his 14-year-old son’s arrest for the murder of a fellow student. 7 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

U.S. Marine Band concert, 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west terrace. Free. 202-433-4011.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the band and Singing Sergeants perform “How Can I Keep from Singing.” 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Thursday, August 14

Inside diplomacy, a retired ambassador brings a chief-of-mission’s work to life, discussing how our embassy system works, taking a closer look at the life of a U.S. ambassador, how an aspiring diplomat becomes an ambassador, their duties, how they handle potential threats and dangers abroad and more; members of the Foreign Service Institute discuss how they provide diplomats and staff members the practical tools to navigate the worlds of domestic politics and foreign affairs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E St NW. $135. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Cartoonists’ artistic responses to disabled Civil War veterans, Swann Foundation fellow Erin Corrales-Diaz discusses “Empty Sleeves and Bloody Shirts: Disabled Civil War Veterans and Presidential Campaigns, 1864-1880.” Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9115.

Botany and chemistry of baking, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses how the demands of baking changed the crops and how the crops and baking shaped civilizations. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

American art: after and before, conservators discuss a featured artwork after it has received treatment, continue on to the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the way the museum’s conservation staff apply science, art history and skilled hands to artworks before they are unveiled in exhibition spaces. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Reptiles Alive!, learn about snake secrets, laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales, meet a live boa constrictor, tortoise, lizard or other animal. 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288; and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Free.

Vibrations: the science of sound, for ages 6-12, performed by musician Slim Harrison using homemade and recycled instruments, participants will have the opportunity to experiment. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Parkinson’s support group, and for those with other movement disorders, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 3-4 p.m., Grand Oaks Assisted-Living Facility, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Free; registration required. 202-364-7602.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Art signs: gallery talk in ASL, a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. wilsoncl@si.edu or 202-633-1000.

NSO Summer Music Institute concert, Elizabeth Schulze conducts a performance of chamber music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Theatrical program, participants in the Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts Summer Teen Program perform scenes from the musicals “Evita ” and “West Side Story .” 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Mary Poppins ,” sing along with the film, bring snacks and a pillow for a comfortable film screening, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 6:30 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Book talk, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan ,” historian and journalist Rick Perlstein discusses his book and traces the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s and how they shaped what it means to believe in America. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Pina ,” director Wim Wenders’s 2011 film about modernist choreographer Pina Bausch who died suddenly in 2009 as he was filming her, a groundbreaking visionary whose cogent and compelling work with Tanztheater Wuppertal transformed the history of dance as she believed in blending the formal vocabularies of theater, dance, sound and design, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ,” read Hunter S. Thompson’s book about an oddball journalist and his attorney’s trip to Las Vegas, discuss the book with others and see the film that stars Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire and Ellen Barkin. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 207, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

“The Cameraman,” a screening of three silent films starring iconic actress Gloria Swanson, sponsored by Southeast Library. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Energize D.C., a representative from Pepco discusses how to take control of your energy use and gives simple and helpful ideas to help save money and energy. 7 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188. www.takecontroldc.com .

Civil War medicine, Kyle Wichtendahl, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, discusses the challenges faced by doctors and nurses and the innovations that led to modern military medical systems. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

A League of Their Own ,” director Penny Marshall’s 1992 comedy film about a team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, all underdogs who eventually get the team to the World Series, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Jon Lovitz and Rosie O’Donnell. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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