D.C. community calendar, July 3-10, 2014

July 1
Thursday, July 3

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.

Washington 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, bring your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to provoke others to laughter. Memorization not required; bring lunch. Moderated by Tom Reynolds. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Ground Floor, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. Register: 202-364-7602.

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.

The Great Gatsby ,” book club discussion of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. 1:30 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Thomas Hampson in concert, the baritone celebrates the 200th birthday of the “Star-Spangled Banner” with a performance of music from colonial days to the present. 2 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

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

Cathedral tour, “Jewels of Light,” for age 10 and older, docents discuss symbols and iconography in the building’s stained glass and tells how to decode the artworks’ meanings. 3 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16; reservations suggested. 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. 202-645-4297.

Music of Kenya, Charles Odero Ademson performs as part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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.

“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.

Private Lives ,” Maria Aitken directs Noël Coward’s fast-talking comedy of manners that looks into the lives of honeymooners spending time on neighboring balconies. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through July 13, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $40-$100, discounts for students, seniors, military and groups. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org .

“One Night With Janis Joplin,” a performance about the life of the rock legend, packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart,” “Summertime,” and “Mercedes Benz,” featuring Mary Bridget Davies and Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company; also featuring Sabrina Elayne Carten as a blues singer who pays homage to the performers who influenced Joplin’s blues-rock style. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays (except July 4), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, continues through Aug. 11, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$99, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

Friday, July 4

Fourth of July at Washington Cathedral, pipe organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley, Washington Symphonic Brass and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters perform a patriotic program that includes Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Callaghan’s “Patriotic Rhapsody,” Wilhousky’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and other works, radio host Michael Barone narrates. 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

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

Palisades July Fourth parade, featuring the Washington Scottish Bagpipers, Alma Boliviana, the D.C. Different Drummers Marching Band, D.C. Police Pipes and Drums, Miss D.C., and school, church and political groups (and anyone else who wants to march along), followed by a free picnic with hot dogs, juice and watermelon, hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association. Paraders gather, 10:15 a.m. Parade begins, 11 a.m., starts at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, goes along MacArthur and ends at the Palisades Park and Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW. Free. 202-363-7441. www.palisadesdc.org .

Independence Day at the National Archives, presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps, remarks by David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, readings of the Declaration of Independence by people portraying Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Ned Hector, 10-11 a.m.; family activities, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; meet Revolutionary figures including Abigail and John Adams, John Hancock and George Washington, noon-2 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Constitution Avenue parade, featuring representatives from all branches of the armed forces, marching bands, floats, balloons and more. 11:45 a.m., starts at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds along Constitution, ends at 18th Street and Constitution. 202-619-7222.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Concert Band, the Sea Chanters chorus, Cruisers and Country Current ensembles perform. 5 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Listen Local First D.C.’s Capital City Independence Bash, featuring Jonny Grave, Gordon Daniels of Lucky Dub, Candice Mills of Future and Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long of Black Masala. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

A Capitol Fourth, Tom Bergeron hosts this year’s festivities: entertainment, fireworks, appearances by Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Phillip Phillips, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O’Hara; Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and other performers including the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery and members of the Joint Armed Forces Chorus, with members of the Military District of Washington carrying the state and territorial flags with the Armed Forces Color Guard, followed by spectacular fireworks. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-619-7222.

Saturday, jULY 5

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 .

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.

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

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 .

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. Saturday and Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

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.

Biman Brothers and Family, a performance of traditional Qiang polyphonic singing and guozhuang group dancing, part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Memorials by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk through American history at night. 8-10 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Ranger Station, 202-426-6841.

Sunday, jULY 6

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

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.

Burning Washington, 1814, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses the flames seen as far as 35 miles away from the city as the British set it ablaze. 6-8 p.m., Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Music from Africa, a performance of stories and songs by Polycarp Awino Onyango infused with rich melodies sung with traditional harmonies in the Dhuluo, Kiswahili and English languages, part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, July 7

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. 10 a.m., Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

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 June 30, 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.

Bioscience in the summer, children in grades 2-3 and 4-6 will build models of plant and animal cells to learn their differences and similarities, how cells are important for life, how bacteria can be both helpful and harmful. Monday-July 10: Grades 2-3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Grades 4-6, 3-4 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free; registration required: 202-645-0218; and Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free; registration required: 202-671-3125.

Fizz! Boom! Read!, watch a screening of “Up ,” the 2009 animated film about a 78-year-old curmudgeon, and conduct an experiment with soda pop, rocks and balloons. 2 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

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.

Chess club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 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.

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. 6-8 p.m., Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd, a performance of jazz with bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott and guitarist Graham Dechter, part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Out of the Basement,” a screening of Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers’ documentary short about D.C.’s boxing subculture, a question-and-answer session follows. 6 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Blake Edwards’s 1961 romantic comedy about a New York socialite who takes an interest in a newcomer to her apartment building, starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

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

Yoga at Georgetown Library, taught by Yoga Activist. 7:15 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. Register: erika.rydberg@dc.gov . 202-727-0232.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Country Current ensemble performs country music favorites. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday, July 8

Christylez Bacon, human beatbox, the master of hip-hop, beats and rhymes plays the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar and the human beatbox, tells stories from his life and heart. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-July 11, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .

Natural gas safety and solar power, a representative from Washington Gas discusses how natural gas works in our homes, tells how fuel becomes energy using natural gas or solar panels and what to do in an emergency. 10:30 a.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Guided garden tour: historic and growing, an hour-long guided walk through 200 years of landscape design and garden trends, a center for heirloom trees, plants and flowers. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10. 202-965-0400.

Author Alan Rems discusses his book,South Pacific Cauldron: World War II’s Great Forgotten Battlegrounds ,” about the many forgotten battlegrounds including Buna, the torpedo-infested waters off New Georgia, the deadly skies over Rabaul and Wewak and many others. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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. Free. 202-727-1288.

Classical piano recital, Mayron Tsong, a piano professor at the University of Maryland, performs works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Magna Carta, local law experts discuss “Trial By Jury: Magna Carta and Influence in Criminal Law and Legal Representation.” 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-4642.

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 misbister@cathedral.org .

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

Germ transmission and HIV workshop, for ages 13-19, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League offers a series of workshops that focus on how germs are transmitted and how they affect the body, with emphasis on HIV and AIDS, part of the D.C. Public Library Teen Summer Program Spark A Reaction, earn badges and prizes. 3:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. 202-671-3121; and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

HIV/STI screening, for 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.

Explorers club: phases of matter, for ages 5-12, learn why some things are solid and some are not. 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. christina.mctighe@dc.gov or 202-727-1488.

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.

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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

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

Classical music, a performance by the finalists in the NSO Summer Music Institute’s concerto competition. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Business planning workshop, a two-hour seminar by the D.C. Small Business Development Center to give an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and a discussion of the reasons why. 6:30 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

National Zoo’s newest arrivals, reproductive physiologist Pierre Comizzoli discusses how wild species are benefiting from modern reproductive science in ways ranging from a widening understanding of the complexities of species biology to assisted breeding and biobanking that helps reestablish endangered populations. 6:45 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Yoga for teens and adults, Doriel Hall teaches a step-by-step program for beginners’ health and well-being. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752; and a class taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners but all are welcome. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Yoga at the library, bring a mat, instructors from Yoga Activist. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Commodores jazz ensemble performs. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300 or 202-433-2525.

U.S. Air Force Band concert,the Max Impact ensemble performs. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps). Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, July 9

Seniors workout, Carolyn Gichner leads six weeks of a total body workout for active seniors, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association; bring a mat and light weights. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Aug. 1, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $60 for one day per week; $100 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Job readiness training, James Kendlin assists with constructing a résumé and discusses interview 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.

Getting to know Degas and Cassatt, for age 4 and older, two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books,” learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, National Park Service rangers in 1864 period clothing discuss the battle and what daily life was like. Noon-4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Bereavement support group, for people widowed two years or less, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Widowed Persons Outreach, meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-364-7602.

Fizz! Boom Wednesdays! for age 5 and older, participate in a science experiment, activity or craft. 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.

Hook and needle club, for ages 10-18 at all experience levels, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks provided, monthly meetings. 3:30 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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.

“Side Show” look-in, company members give an insider’s look to their art, questions welcome. 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

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

Teen game night, for ages 13-19, play board and Wii games. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Breast cancer support, for women in treatment for breast cancer, learn relaxation techniques, imagery and cognitive coping skills to help with worry and stress. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and the second Wednesday of each month, Patient Services Conference Room, fourth floor, Renaissance Building, 5255 Loughboro Rd NW. Free; registration requested. 202-686-6335.

Sweet Crude in concert, the New Orleans-based indie rock group performs progressive music that embraces South Louisiana’s French-speaking tradition, with the aim of keeping the language relevant via art. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Curator gallery talk: Mark Lombardi’s “Inner Sanctum,” curator Joann Moser leads a tour of one of artist Mark Lombardi’s most fascinating artworks. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Tea across time, presenters Louise Cort, curator of ceramics at Freer and Sackler Galleries; Michael Harney, vice president of Harney & Sons Tea of New York; and Calli O’Brien, director of sales and marketing for DoMatcha, a line of Japanese green teas, provide insights into the customs that surround tea drinking, the beautiful vessels created to store, brew and serve it, the history of matcha, a specialized tea with ancient traditions, and the industries that grew up around the cultivation, processing and distribution of tea. Tastings follow. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $45. 202-633-3030. 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. 202-645-4297.

Energize D.C., a representative from Pepco discusses how to take control of your energy use, use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans, and gives simple and helpful ideas to help save money and energy in the home. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Bach Festival, organist Roland Maria Stangier of Essen, Germany, performs works by J.S. Bach. 7:30 p.m., Grace Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100. www.gracedc.org .

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Max Impact ensemble performs. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

U.S. Marine Jazz Combo concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday and July 10, U.S. Capitol, west terrace. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday, July 10

Constitution-in-action family learning labs, explore history, learn about the National Archives and discover the Constitution’s impact on our daily lives as you become researchers and archivists tasked with a special mission: to assist the president and his communications director in preparing for a very special news conference. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., National Archives, Boeing Learning Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; reservations required 24 hours in advance. 202-357-5000. www.archivesfoundation.org .

Amber waves of grain: an overview, Ari Novy, Botanic Garden deputy executive director, leads a walk through the world of wheat, discussing how humans have utilized this crop and how one man saved a billion people from starvation in the 20th century with this simple grain; bring sunscreen, protective clothing and water. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, terrace in front of the Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Gen. Early invades Maryland, 1864, National Park Service rangers in period attire talk to Junior Ranger Program members about the event that led to the Battle of Fort Stevens. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Washington’s Civil War forts and parks, B. Franklin Cooling, historian, author and National Defense University history professor, and Loretta Neumann, vice president of Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, discuss the development of Washington’s Civil War forts, their role in the war and their transformation into the public parks and cultural resources known as the Fort Circle Parks. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, small ensembles from the Airmen of Note perform. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Beautiful containers, rose and butterfly gardener Margaret Atwell and gardener Beth Ahern demonstrate the proper techniques for planting and maintaining flowers, herbs or vegetables in containers at home. 1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory West Gallery, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

American art: after and before, a staff member discusses a featured artwork that has received treatment by museum conservators then leads a tour of the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind-the- scenes look at the way staff members apply science, art history and skilled hands to address the artworks before they are unveiled in exhibition spaces. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Victory garden tour, a horticulturist leads a tour of the garden and discusses some of the vegetables and flowers in the museum’s recreated WWII-era Victory garden. 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Aug. 7 and 21, National Museum of American History, Welcome Desk, Constitution Avenue Entrance, first floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue 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., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.

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.

Ruthie and the Wranglers in concert, the classic country musicians perform as you walk around the National Garden. 5-7 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden Lawn Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

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. 202-633-1000.

Classical music concert, a performance by middle, high school and college students who are studying with George Washington University faculty artists. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Jazzy nights in Shaw: a stroll through 1920s Washington, author and local historian Garrett Peck leads a 1.5 mile walking tour that focuses on Shaw during this colorful era, starting at the legendary Howard Theatre and heading to several clubs along U Street, the Minnehaha Theatre and Ben’s Chili Bowl, and discusses the city’s race riot of 1919, the unusual tale of a policeman-turned-bootlegger and the African American artists, performers and poets who turned this neighborhood into a vaunted nightlife scene rivaled only by Harlem; bring a Metro card for portions of the tour that use the subway. 6-8 p.m. Thursday or Wednesday, meet in front of the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

“Jesuit Missions in the Early Modern World.” Thomas Cohen, associate professor of history and director of the Oliveira Lima Library at Catholic University, examines the work of the Jesuits in overseas missions from 1549 to 1773, looking at their establishment of missions in a wide range of settings, from the Chinese and Mughal courts to the frontiers of the Iberian empires in the Americas and tell of their pioneering contributions to fields including geography, mathematics, agriculture, astronomy, comparative ethnology, music, art and linguistics. He will trace the key ways in which their pastoral ideals and practices—including the real and alleged contributions of Jesuits to the armed resistance of Indians to Spanish and Portuguese authorities in Paraguay in the mid-1750s—generated opposition that eventually led to the suppression of the Society by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

“Mayor for Life,” four-time mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-727-0321.

City of trees and Rock Creek Park, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C.,” discusses the city’s historic and botanically diverse trees from colonial times to the present and shows stunning visual images of them through the seasons at the White House, the Capitol, National Arboretum, Mount Vernon, the Tidal Basin and other locations, Choukas-Bradley also discusses her book about Rock Creek Park, to be published in October. 7 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

The State of Marriage Equality, Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow in governance, Brookings Institution, discusses his book “Gay Marriage.” 7 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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