D.C. community calendar, June 12-19, 2014

Thursday, JUNE 12

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.

Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the Supreme Court justice. 10 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Contact Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

“The Great Adventures of Austin Clark and the Expedition Albatross,” actor Josh Sticklin portrays the young Smithsonian scientist as he sets sail on the high seas in 1906, and in this interactive production, take a trip to Sant Ocean Hall after the show and explore the museum that Clark called home, using your map and field journal for your own discovery of deep-sea specimens. 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 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 .

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 .

Meet the author,How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement ,” author Ruth Feldstein discusses her book, an original exploration of the little-known but central role that black entertainers, especially black women, played in helping communicate and forward the movement’s goals, including Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll and Cicely Tyson. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Tour the kingdom of rarities, nature’s best-kept secret, conservation scientist Eric Dinerstein leads a walk through the collection and discusses why some species are scarce and others are common using examples of some of the most spectacular plants and animals on Earth in some of the most exotic locations. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

An adventure with tropical fruits, botanist Kyle Wallick discusses the taste of some of the more unusual fruits of the world and tries to get visitors to sample the durian. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Carmina in concert, a performance of works for vocal chamber ensemble. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

American art: after and before, a staff member discusses a featured artwork in a gallery after it has received treatment by conservators and shows the science, art history and skilled hands that have prepared it for exhibition. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets 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 June 30, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Crafty Thursdays, age 5 and older, all materials provided. 4 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

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.

Sounds of summer, the Bruce Swaim Quartet performs jazz favorites; 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; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Gallery tour for deaf visitors, a gallery volunteer uses American Sign Language to discuss works in the museum. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

World Children’s Chorus, an evening of music, part of the Voices of Our Nation festival. 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, ideal for those who wish to become foster or resource parents. 6:30 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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.

Meditation for optimum well-being, David Newcomb teaches the joys and health benefits of meditation and walks you through a simple meditation technique. 7 p.m. Thursdays through June 26, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Choral concert, University of Maryland Chamber Singers and the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Christoph Eschenbach, perform works by Anton Brucknew and his Symphony No. 8, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

“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 newlyweds honeymooning with their new spouses as they spend time on a neighboring balcony. 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 .

“Titus Andronicus,” age 13 and older, Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs an adapted version of the Shakespeare play, directed by Matthew R. Wilson. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 22, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gallaudet University, Eastman Studio Theatre-Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25; students, military, seniors and groups, $15. 800-838-3006 or 202-503-9760. www.factionoffools.org .

“The Totalitarians,” a high-energy political comedy play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by company member Robert O’Hara, an exploration of the double-speak we invent for political gain and how this language finds itself into our everyday lives, relationships and culture. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$87.50, subject to availability. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net .

Friday, JUNE 13

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

Jazz concert, the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Combo performs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

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

Our prized native azaleas, nursery owner Steven Kristoph discusses the 17 species of brightly colored and sweet-smelling native azaleas, their culture, care and how to place them in the landscape. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns ,” Episode Four: The True Welcome. Jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country as the nation becomes mired in the Great Depression and the economy continues in tatters. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Pipe organ concert, organist Sondra Proctor performs works by J.S. Bach, Louis-Claude Daquin, Rachel Laurin and Maurice Duruflé. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Secrets of the Washington Monument grounds, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of the soaring tribute to Gen. Washington. 2-4 p.m., Refreshment Stand-Paddle Boat Parking Lot, Independence Ave. SE. Free. Michael T. Kelly, 202-359-2662.

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

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

Paint and sip art workshop, with step-by-step instruction by teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, create your own artwork, enjoy snacks and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $30, includes materials and refreshments. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

In the Mood for Love ,” Wong Kar-Wai’s 2001 period romance film about neighbors who suspect their spouses of cheating and find themselves falling in love with one another, a visual tour-de-force in the atmosphere of early 1960s Hong Kong at night, in Cantonese with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

American opera initiative, “An American Soldier,” for age 13 and older, an hour-long premiere composed by Huang Ruo with a libretto by David Henry Hwang and based on the true story of Pvt. Danny Chen, a Chinese American soldier in Afghanistan, mature content and strong language. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

“The Prostate Dialogues,” written and performed by Jon Spelman, a solo performance by the renowned storyteller as he explores masculinity and mortality in the face of disease with humanity and humor. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. most Saturdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Monday, and June 24, continues through June 29, Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$30. 202-518-9400.

Texas Chainsaw Horns, an evening of horn-driven rock music. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .

Movie music at sunset, the U.S. Army Concert Band performs music of the jazz masters. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps. 703-696-3399.

U.S. Marines on parade, Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations 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, JUNE 14

Run with a National Park Service ranger, on a three- to four-mile run around the nation’s iconic memorials, about 10 minutes per mile. 8 a.m., Washington Monument bookstore, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Survey lodge, 202-426-6841.

Ward 8 Farmers Market open, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, THEARC, Parking Lot, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org.

The singing voice: a celebration, performers and music educators soprano Karin Paludan and tenor Doug Bowles explore the ranges and types of voices, what can make a voice outstanding, the power of text and tone and the nuts and bolts of the physical mechanisms that drive this marvelous machine, live demonstrations and clips of recordings by Enrico Caruso, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Maria Callas, Tony Bennett, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Europe 1900: The Golden Ages of Vienna, Paris and London, Smithsonian lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three distinctive urban milieus, each nourished by the energy and excitement of new ideas and a new century. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Shakespeare’s the thing, for ages 6-12, explore how Shakespeare created his plays and how they continue to capture our imagination 400 years later. 10 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

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.

Genealogy: Revolutionary War military and patriotic service, archivist Claire Kluskens teaches beyond-the-basic archival research skills for genealogists on Revolutionary War military and patriotic service, all skill levels welcome. 10 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Buds, stories, music, crafts and discovery time, all focused on trees and nature, for children, in partnership with Casey Trees. 10 a.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15. Free. 202-245-4521.

Children’s music concert, children’s performer Mr. Gabe engages children in a program of interactive songs, family-friendly pop songs including “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba,” and originals from his award-winning CD. 10:30 a.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Suggested donation, $6. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org . www.mrgabemusic.com .

Book cover design, a discussion on what makes a successful book cover and the common do’s and don’ts, bring examples of covers you love and hate. 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Meditation for healthy living, Karin Silverman discusses the benefits of meditation and how it improves the overall physical, mental and spiritual health of the body and mind. 11 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Kids’ tour at the FDR Memorial, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the memorial to the only four-term president in history and tells of his accomplishments, earn a ranger badge. 11 a.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Laura Abbott, 202-570-2785.

Yoga for adults and teens, geared to beginners but open to age 13 and older, bring a mat or borrow one of the library’s. 1 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Family reunion celebration, bring the family for a day of live music performances, a photo booth and scavenger hunts, or come for the most popular craft activities. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Bike clinic, volunteers from the Bike House provide free repair service for all ages outside the library. Noon-2:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

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 .

Yoga for adults and teens, geared to beginners but open to age 13 and older, bring a mat or borrow one of theirs. 1 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Dog Catcher! local historian Hayden Wetzel describes the history of animal control and the city pound from the establishment of the District, when residents and police were expected to take stray animals off the streets, to the organization of a D.C. pound in 1872, and into the 20th century. 2 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

Breast cancer survivor talk, local activist Thelma Jones discusses her experience as a patient and as a survivor, a question-and-answer session follows. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Great Turkey Shoot, a National Park Service ranger discusses what the term meant to American pilots in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and its significance in World War II. 2 and 4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

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.

“Raise it Up!” Anthem for America, gather on the museum’s Mall terrace at 2:30 p.m. to sing along with a 500-person choir, Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre and MacArthur “genius” fellow Francisco J. Núñez, the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants and commander and conductor Col. Larry Lang in an open-air performance of the national anthem, led by a celebrity at 4 p.m. 2:30-4 p.m., National Museum of American History, between 12th and 14th streets NW. Free; registration required. 202-633-1000 or anthemforamerica.si.edu .

Parent-child yoga, instructor Sarah Alim teaches ages 2-9 and their caregivers, bring a yoga mat or towel, pick up a waiver form to turn in before your first class. 3 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Art show, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop opens its annual student art show with works in the fields of watercolor, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture; prizes to be awarded by show juror Wade Carey. Reception 5:30-7:00 p.m. Saturday, show continues through June 28, gallery open 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Capital City Showcase, a variety show with comedians Pete Bergen, Chris DeBo, Olney Mike B, Pat Riley and Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and rock music by the Mercy Alliance. 10 p.m., D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org .

Sunday, JUNE 15

Martha’s Table ministry, which helps feed the homeless through its McKenna’s Wagon soup kitchen, collects sandwiches and fruit from volunteers. Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of the avenue’s lesser-known facts. 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Global economy book talk, author Larry Doyle discusses his book “In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy .” 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

The Lodger ,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent thriller film based on a novel inspired by the exploits of Jack the Ripper, a mysterious stranger with odd behavior who takes a room in a London family’s house. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, join fellow needlers to create items for those in need; instruction, needles and yarn provided. 1 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org or 202-537-6200.

Homework/creative writing help, for teens. 1 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, Lower Level, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

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

Civil Rights Act of 1964, a National Park Service ranger discusses the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation, exploring the effects of the law and its relevance in the 21st century. 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.

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

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.

“Crossroads,” Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1928 silent film, a story of sexual obsession set in Edo-period Japan, live musical accompaniment by pianist Burnett Thompson. 3:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cáceres/Ramos Santana Duo, a performance of music for two pianos and four hands by Puerto Rican composers. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Benefit concert, the U.S.-Philippines Society hosts Broadway star Lea Salonga, apl.de.ap [Allan Pineda Lindo] of The Black Eyed Peas, Metropolitan Opera star Rodell Rosel, Lou Diamond Phillips and many other celebrities pay tribute to the Philippines and the rebuilding of post-Typhoon Haiyan. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$250. 202-467-4600. www.after-the-storm.org .

Monday, JUNE 16

Knit Wits, for adults, learn to knit and crochet. 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4532.

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 .

1776 visits the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Park Service rangers and volunteers in period clothing learn about life in 1776 and how it affects us today. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

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 .

Archives film, from the vaults: 80th Anniversary of the National Archives, screenings of “Your National Archives” and “The Washington Parade: The Archives.” 1 p.m. Monday, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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

Under the Sea S.T.E.A.M. Mural, for ages 4-12, help Ms. Tea create an aquarium-themed mural to celebrate Zoo and Aquarium Month with summer S.T.E.A.M., all art materials provided. 3:45 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.

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

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

A Tale of a City: A Bloomsday Celebration of James Joyce’s Dublin, Coilin Owens, a Joycean scholar and professor emeritus at George Mason University, offers insights into how the once-controversial novel offers rich and fascinating perspectives on Joyce, his writing, and the city he loved, Owens reads passages from “Ulysses,” highlighting the novel’s distinctive literary language, which Joyce often considered more effective when heard rather than read on the page. Afterward, raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of Bloomsday. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $45. 202-633-3030.

Animal hospital class, staff members from the Friendship Animal Hospital teach you how to handle pet allergies and common skin conditions. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Yoga class, taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners but all are welcome. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Aerobics for adults, one-hour sessions. 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Tuesday, JUNE 17

Insight painting, artist Shanti Norris shows how to discover your creative self through painting, drawing or collage. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through June 24, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $10 per session; $30, all 4 sessions. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

Guided garden tour, an hour-long walk through 200 years of landscape design and garden trends. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org .

“Theatre Musick: Songs from Shakespeare’s Troupe,” a performance by alto vocalist Barbara Hollinshead and lutist Howard Bass. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Yoga for lunch, bring a mat; instructors from Yoga Activist. 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; register: erika.rydberg@dc.gov . 202-727-0232.

Meditation and Qigong,Eve Soldinger discusses how to relieve stress and foster a healthy emotional state by using therapeutic meditation. 6-7:15 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $10. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.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.

Homework help, for ages 13-19, aid with homework and special projects. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

HIV/STI screening, 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.

U.S. Army Band concert, the U.S. Army Blues performs a salute to veterans with Big Band tunes from the greatest generation. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 703-696-3399.

“Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition,” an evening of choral music performed by men and women of the armed forces, including the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters and U.S. Army Chorus. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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. Free. 202-724-4752.

Band concert, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants perform a program themed “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (West Steps). Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, JUNE 18

Treaty of Versailles, a National Park Service ranger discusses the period following World War I when President Woodrow Wilson and U.S. diplomats helped reshape the world and tried to persuade Congress to join the League of Nations. 10 a.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Genealogy: War of 1812 U.S. Navy records, archives specialist John Deeben discusses War of 1812 Navy records. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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. , 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 .

Heartbreak Ridge, a National Park Service ranger discusses why the actual Korean War was so different from the Hollywood version of it. 2 and 4 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Art and history of the U.S. Botanic Garden, volunteer Susan Klusman discusses how it got its present site, what its architectural style is, how Bartholdi’s Fountain became part of it, where many of the first plants came from and more; bring sunscreen, protective clothing and water. 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, meet in the Conservatory’s Front Lobby, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Lunder Conservation Center behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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.

Band concert, the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants perform a program themed “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

From Skylab to interplanetary space weather: The next frontier, program scientist Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta discusses living with a star. 8 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Thursday, JUNE 19

Conserving museum collections, conservators discuss the techniques used to treat and preserve the array of modern American artworks presented in the exhibition “Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.” Noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” photographer Bert Stern’s 1958 chronicle of the Newport Jazz Festival featuring Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk, filled with illuminating images of late 1950s America. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Saxophone Quartet Chamber Group performs. Noon, 1 and 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.

Cathedra sings, Michael McCarthy leads the ensemble from Washington National Cathedral in a program of works by Herbert Howells, in collaboration with the Anglican Association of Musicians. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Smart growth, happy city, Charles Montgomery, author of “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design ,” demonstrates how cities influence how we feel, behave and treat other people in ways most of us never realize, explaining how we can change our lives by changing our relationship with our cities. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

NSO Young Soloists concert, Ankush Kumar Bahl leads the orchestra, violinist Rhea Chung, cellist Daniel Tavani, pianist Nicholas Biniaz-Harris and cellist Peter Eom in a performance of works by Sibelius, Elgar, Barber and Dvorak. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Refreshing taste of complementary therapies, Laura Pole, Susan Beilby-Magee and Kevin Mutschler discuss the benefits of a variety of complementary therapies in a hands-on evening. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

Jazz in the USA: on the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a panel including George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist, and Dan Morgenstern, author and archivist, film clips of the 1960 festival will be shown. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Healthy approaches to weight control and reversing diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine discusses how to reach those sometimes elusive goals and more. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Responding to Cataclysms and Climate Change, professor Victor Zabielski discusses examples of natural cataclysms from Earth’s past to understand how the planet responded in each of the different scenarios and what to expect in the near future for our planet. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

“The House of Mirth,” the Georgetown Book Club invites new members for a discussion of the Edith Wharton novel about a socialite’s struggles to find love and security in New York City’s Gilded Age. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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