SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN LECTURE: POLSHEK PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS -- Friday at 6:30 p.m. The New York firm's partners discuss their work, including the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock and the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $19, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.
Art and Crafts
BEGINNING CROCHET -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Learn the basics and make a scarf. Bring yarn and a hook. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. 202-797-5102.
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FABERGE EGGS: WINDOWS ONTO HISTORY -- Saturday at 11 a.m. Curator of Russian art Karen Kettering discusses the connection between the fancy eggs and events important to the Russian imperial family. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15, students $5. For reservations, call 202-686-5807.
RACING TO ERADICATE GUN VIOLENCE DAY -- Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Horse races, a silent auction, lunch and more. Benefits Guns Aside, which targets at-risk youth. Laurel Race Park, 3600 Fort Meade Rd., Laurel. $75. 410-792-7775 or 202-332-7668.
Books and Authors
ZANE -- Monday at 1 p.m. The best-selling author signs her new novel about love, passion and dating, "Afterburn." Borders, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads. Free. 703-998-0404.
THOMAS 'HOLLYWOOD' HERDERSON -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. The former Dallas Cowboy discusses his book, "In Control: The Rebirth of an NFL Legend," about recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, spending time in prison, working as a community activist and winning a $28 million Texas lottery. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.
DANNY BIEDERMAN -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. The expert in pop spy fiction discusses his book "The Incredible World of Spy-Fi," a profile of more than 200 cool gadgets, trivia and insider stories. Thursday: Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW, 202-347-0176; Friday: Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, 703-248-8244; Saturday: Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston, 703-437-9490. Free.
PAUL KENDRICK -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The local NAACP chapter president discusses his book "Sarah's Long Walk: How the Free Blacks of Boston and Their Struggle for Equality Changed America." Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.
Food and Drink
INTRODUCTION TO MEXICAN COOKING -- Today at noon. Lean how to make savory sauces and intensify flavors at this four-dish demonstration, which includes lunch and wine. Also tips on where to purchase the best cooking supplies. Cabanas Restaurant, 3050 K St. NW. $60. 202-244-3700.
GREEN MATTERS SYMPOSIUM: EARTH FRIENDLY, PEOPLE FRIENDLY LANDSCAPES -- Friday at 9 p.m. Learn how sustainable landscaping and gardening have little or no negative impact on native ecosystems. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $79. For reservations, call 301-962-1400.
PROPAGATION WORKSHOP: START PLANTS FROM SEEDS AND CUTTINGS -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn how to start annual and perennial plants from seeds and cuttings. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Horticulture Building, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $5. For reservations, call 703-255-3631.
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY -- Monday at 10:15 a.m. A wreath-laying, Revolutionary War battle demonstration, music and more. Mount Vernon, southern end of George Washington Pkwy., Mount Vernon. Free. 703-780-2000.
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE BERLIN WALL: HOW THE GERMANS ARE COPING WITH THE COMMUNIST PAST -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. A lecture by Hope Harrison, associate professor of history and international affairs. The Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 602, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-994-1667.
SPIES OF THE KAISER -- Thursday at noon. Historian Thomas Boghardt discusses the scope of German covert operations in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century. International Spy Museum, Second Floor Museum Complex, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.