Friday, April 30, 2010;
Prices listed where available.The District
CATHOLIC ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM Friday and Saturday 8 to 8:30. A series of lectures on church architecture, including a keynote by the archbishop of Philadelphia. Catholic University, Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-494-6639. http://architecture.cua.edu. $75, $20 each for workshops, keynote speech is free.
ANNUAL BONSAI FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday 9 to 5. Workshops and lectures on Japan's tradition of tiny trees. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4523. http://www.usna.usda.gov. Free, though some workshops have attached fees.
AZALEA TOURS Friday 5 to 7, through May 9. A curator takes you through the garden's azalea collection. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4521. http://www.usna.usda.gov. $12, registration required.
ISABELLE ALLENDE Friday at 8. The Chilean American author of "The House of Spirits" and "The Sum of Our Days" reads from and discusses her work, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-2228. 202-537-6200. http://www.folger.edu. $16-$22.
"THE WELL-EDUCATED MIND" Saturday 9:30 to 4:15. A seminar offering a "roadmap for a classical education." S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-1000. http://www.si.edu/ripley. $131.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM DESCENDANT PRESENTATIONS Saturday 11 to 2. Those with Civil War ancestors share their experiences doing genealogy research. True Reformer Building, 1200 U St. NW. 202-667-2667. http://www.afroamcivilwar.org. Free.
"MY FAMILY'S SHRINE, MY FAMILY'S CULTURE" Saturday at 2, through July 10. A discussion of the importance of household shrines. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. http://www.asia.si.edu. Free.
DAVID HACKETT FISCHER Saturday at 4:30. A talk about the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. http://www.americanart.si.edu. Free tickets required.
SWING INTO SPRING GALA Saturday 7 to 11. A swing dance party with Doug Bowles and his SingCo Rhythm Orchestra; includes dance lesson, buffet dinner and desserts, cash bar and silent auction; proceeds benefit Capital City Symphony, Joy of Motion Dance Studio, Washington Savoyards, and the In Series. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. 202-399-7993. http://www.atlasarts.org. http://$85; couples $150.
SPRING IN THE SMITHSONIAN GARDEN Sunday 10 to noon and Thursday 5 to 7, through May 15. Tour the Mary Livingston Ripley garden, between the Hirshhorn and the Arts and Industries Building. National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets. 202-633-3030. http://www.smithsonianassociates.org. $32.
EXPANDING "MY SISTER'S PLACE" Sunday at 11. Lauren C. Vaughan, acting executive director and chair of the board of directors for My Sister's Place, discusses the need for safe sanctuary and expansion of the city's oldest and only confidential domestic violence shelter for women and children; followed by a question-and-answer session; light refreshments served. St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. 202-554-3222. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://staugustinesdc.org. Free.
MEET THE MULES Sunday at 12:15, through May 23. Pet the mules who live at the C&O Canal. C&O Canal, Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. Free.
"THE BODY OF PERFECTION, THE PERFECTION OF THE BODY" Sunday at 2. A lecture on ancient art. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. http://www.nga.gov. Free.
DRUPON NINGPO Sunday at 2. A talk on the traditions of the Buddhist shrine. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.
JOE YOUSEF DAOUD MARTIN Sunday at 5. The author signs and reads from his book, "The Rose and the Lotus." The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. http://www.cornerstorearts.org. Free.
FLORAL DESIGN WORKSHOP Tuesday 10 to noon. Designer Adrienne Summers helps participants create a fancy arrangement using hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids and other seasonal flowers, supplies provided. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. $45, reservations required.
"WORLD WAR II RECORDS ON FOOTNOTE.COM" Tuesday at 11. A workshop on finding your relatives via war records now online. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000. http://www.archives.gov. Free.
GLASS FUSING WORKSHOP Tuesday 6:30 to 8. Adult/child teams work together to make glass bowls. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. http://www.cornerstorearts.org. $80, including materials, reservations requested.
COLLECTOR'S ROUNDTABLE Tuesday at 7. A talk about amassing an art collection by Richard Kelly. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. http://www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
FELLOWS' LECTURES Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 5. The Smithsonian's fellows in American art present new research. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8353. http://www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY Wednesday at 11, through Wednesday. Archives staff members discuss basic genealogical research in federal records. National Archives, Room G-24, Research Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
ART AND SPIRIT COFFEHOUSE Wednesday at 7. Actor and film producer Michael Mack and others discuss how they learned the fundamentals of filmmaking to produce "Street Dreams," a 30-minute drama based on life in Ward 6, and show the film. St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. 202-554-3222. email@example.com. http://staugustinesdc.org. Free, donations welcome.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5 Thursday 5 to 8:30. Experimental jazz, an art installation inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. http://www.phillipscollection.org. Free with museum admission, cash bar.
"THE TRANSFORMATION OF FIRST CENTURY ROME" Thursday 6:45 to 8:45. A lecture on the religious history of the Roman Empire. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. http://www.smithsonianassociates.org. $40.
SIMON SCHAMA Thursday at 7. A lecture on "the Beast in contemporary art." Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.
LAURA BUSH Thursday at 7:30. The former first lady talks about her life thus far. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-633-3030. http://www.smithsonianassociates.org. $28.Maryland
AZALEA GARDEN FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday. A three-day festival and plant sale featuring azaleas, annuals, flowering shrubs and roses, herbs and vegetables, wildflowers and perennials. Plus, home and garden items, jewelry, furniture and more. A FunLand for children will include carnival games, crafts, inflatables, and food. Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. 301-320-1014. http://www.Landon.net. Admission, free.
TOMATOMANIA Friday-Sunday. See more than 150 varieties of heirloom tomato and learn how to grow your own. Greenstreet Gardens, 391 W. Bay Front Rd., Lothian. 410-867-9500. http://www.greenstreetgardens.com. Free.
RUMMAGE SALE Friday 10 to 3 and Saturday 9 to noon. Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-652-8700. Free.
WHAT COMES NEXT Friday at 7:30. A staged reading of a new black comedy by Laurence Klavan, presented by American Ensemble Theatre. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. http://www.americanensemble.org. Free.
SPRING BIRD WALK Saturday at 7:30, through June 5. Check out natural fauna. Fran Uhler Natural Area, 10300 Lemons Bridge Rd., Bowie. 410-765-6482. Free.
MAKER'S MARKET Saturday 9 to noon. Buy handmade goods from local vendors. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. http://www.annmariegarden.org. Free.
PLANT SALE Saturday 9 to 1. Buy plants and garden accoutrements. Baldwin Hall, 1348 Millersville Rd., Millersville. Free.
ANNUAL MAY FAIR Saturday 10 to 2. Children's activities, games, Derby race, music, silent auction, a raffle, cakewalk and more. Sponsored by Montgomery Childcare Association, which is dedicated to quality child care for families of all income levels. Holy Cross Hospital Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. 301-593-9641, Ext. 12. 301-754-7000. http://www.mccaedu.org. Admission free; Nominal cost for activities.
DROP-IN ART ACTIVITIES Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3, through May 30. Every weekend the museum will host a different art activity related to ancient Middle Eastern crafts. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000. http://www.thewalters.org. Free.
HARLEM RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Saturday 10 to 7. Featuring R&B artist Ginuwine and rapper Wale as well as spoken word, kids' activities, a screening of "For the Love of Liberty," crafts, food vendors and more. Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. 301-918-8418. Free.
INDIA FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday 10 to 4. Discover the culture of India through food and dance; vendors of herbs, plants, arts and crafts, cooking and gardening lectures, games, live animal exhibit and more. Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7817. Free.
LATIN AMERICAN SPRING FIESTA Saturday 6 to 10. For all ages, entertainment, a craft sale, music, dancing, traditional Latin food, and a silent auction. Sponsored by the Latin American Taskforce Network, an organization that supports economic and educational development in Santa Marta, El Salvador, and local Latino groups. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-0400. http://www.rruuc.org. $30; ages 13-19, $15; ages 2-12, $10.
BENEATH THE MASK CELEBRATION OF ART AND ADOPTION Saturday 8 to 11. A fund raising event featuring live jazz and swing music, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and desserts. Remarks by Carol Trawick, a youth dance performance, artwork by foster and adopted youth and more. Cocktail attire requested. Sponsored by the Center for Adoption Support and Education and the Metropolitan Center for The Visual Arts. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-476-8525. 301-704-4613. firstname.lastname@example.org. 301-315-8200. http://www.adoptionsupport.org/btm-register. $55.
BULL AND OYSTER ROAST Saturday 8:30 to 1. Prizes, food and live music. Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Dr., Glen Burnie. 410-766-7474. $40.
LYNNE GLASSMAN Sunday at 10:30. The self-styled "Doctor of Dress" doles out advice. Sylene's, 4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-654-4200. http://sylene.eventbrite.com. Free, reservations required.
ROUNDTABLE REMINISCENCES Sunday at 10:30. A public forum where former National Park College students can talk about their experiences. National Park Seminary Ballroom, 9610 Dewitt Dr., Silver Spring. Free.
FIRST SUNDAY ARTS FESTIVAL Sunday noon to 5. Live music, street performers and art vendors convene at West and Calvert streets in Annapolis. Free.
SUNDAY FUNDAY Sunday 1 to 3. Family-friendly art programs involving clay. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. http://www.annmariegarden.org. Free.
ISRAEL FESTIVAL Sunday 2 to 6. For all ages, performance by Israeli pop star Rami Kleinstein, field games, a bonfire and a "Falafel Throwdown." Plus an opening parade by the Israeli Scouts followed by Israeli dancing, a ga-ga tournament and arts and crafts. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3861. email@example.com. http://www.jccgw.org/IsraelFestival. Free.
"THINGS UNCERTAIN" Tuesday-Thursday, through May 30. Printed works by Ellen Winkler. Washington Printmakers Gallery, Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660.
EARLY EVENING BIRD WALK Thursday at 6, through June 17. Check out natural fauna. Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Ruatan Street and Berwyn Road, College Park. 301-459-3375. Free.
SUZANNE KIECHLE Thursday 7 to 9. A vocal master class. Resurrection Church, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. 301-520-8921. http://www.suzannekiechle.com. $30, $20 to audit without participating.
HAITI RELIEF BENEFIT Saturday 7 to 9. A silent art auction to help Haitian refugees. Aloft Washington National Harbor, 156 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-943-8520. Free.Virginia
SPRING PLANT SALE Friday and Saturday 10 to 5. Perennials, annuals, vegetable transplants, flowers, herbs and container shrubs on sale to benefit the farm's educational programs. Rain or shine. Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-442-7557. Free.
"NEW BROW: CONTEMPORARY UNDERGROUND ART" Friday at 7. A documentary-style film featuring firsthand accounts from artists, galleries and collectors who started and continue the new American art movement with origins in underground comics, punk music, hot rod street culture, graffiti, tattoo, surf culture and other subcultures. Workhouse Arts Center, Gallery W-16, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001. http://www.workhousearts.org. $5-$10.
SPRING-SUMMER FASHION SHOW Friday at 9. A show benefiting breast cancer research. Caribbean Breeze Restaurant, 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. 703-812-7997. $20, $15 in advance.
BALL'S BLUFF BATTLE TOUR Saturday 8:30 to 2. A tour of the Civil War battlefield. Caleb Rector House, 1461 Atoka Rd., Marshall. 540-687-6681. http://www.mosbyheritagearea.org. $50 for the tour, $100 includes tour, pre-tour bus ride and a copy of a book about the Ball's Bluff battle.
GARDEN MARKET Saturday 9 to 1. Local growers offer shrubs, native plants and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. Master gardeners available to answer questions. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. Free.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA REPTILE EXPO Saturday 9 to 3. Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. 717-432-5807. http://www.mdreptilefarm.com/shows. $7.
CONTAINER GARDEN DESIGN DEMONSTRATION Saturday 9:30 to 11:30. Landscape designer Nancy Moitrier gives advice on design principles, plant selection, soils and nutrient and water management. Take home a plant for your own container. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. $20, registration required.
LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND Saturday 9:30 to 3:30. Civil War re-enactors will display campsites and firing demonstrations throughout the day. Small troop skirmish at 1 p.m. Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Ball's Bluff Road NE, Leesburg. 703-737-7800. http://www.nvrpa.org. Free.
VIRGINIA GOLD CUP Saturday 10. This rite of spring in the Washington area includes six hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, and vendor booths for food and shopping. Great Meadow Events Center, The Plains. 540-347-2612. http://www.vagoldcup.com. $85 per car, for up to six adults. Children under 12 are free with paying adult
CAPITAL HOSPICE PLANT SALE Saturday 10 to 2. Perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, bulbs and gardening items. Refreshments available. Capital Hospice - Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, 4715 N. 15th St., Arlington. 703-820-1311. 703-538-2044. Free.
CONTAINER GARDEN WORKSHOP Saturday 10 to 5. Learn how to garden without a yard. Admission includes a small pumpkin, a pumpkin fort play area, farm animals and assorted children's activities. Heather Hill Gardens, 8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-690-6060. Free.
DEL RAY OUTDOOR ART SALE Saturday 10 to 4. Features painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, accessories, fabric art and more, by the Del Ray Artisans. Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, near the Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. http://www.thedelrayartisans.org. Free.
FAIRFAX CIVIL WAR DAY Saturday 10 to 5. Living history demonstrations, cannon firings, speakers, house tours, music, an authors tent, hayrides, youth activities, barbecue and ice cream. Proceeds support the restoration of Historic Blenheim. Historic Blenheim House, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. 703-591-0560. http://www.fairfaxva.gov. $5; youth $3.
PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS DAY Saturday 10 to 2. Tours of the 911 call center and other activities. Sean T. Connaughton Community Plaza, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. Free.
RESTON PET FIESTA Saturday 10 to 4. A community dog walk, a pet adoption event, exhibitors, pet rescue groups, pet contests, entertainment and more to benefit GoodDogz.org. A complete schedule of activities is available on the web site. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston. 571-233-4557. http://www.petfiesta.org. Free.
CIVIL WAR WEEKEND Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4. A living history program with demonstrations, drills and talks that focuses on how Prince William prepared for war, sponsored by the PWC Historic Preservation Division. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow. 703-365-7895. http://www.pwcgov.org/historicsites. Free; donations accepted.
HOLLIN HILLS HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR Saturday 11 to 6. Informational lectures on Hollin Hills architecture, landscape and design will be held at 11 a.m., prior to a self-guided walking tour of mid-century modern architecture and landscape. Hollin Meadows Elementary School, 2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria. 703-768-2235. http://www.hollinhills.org. $25.
APOTHECARY WONDERS OF SCIENCE 1, 1:15, 2, 2:15, 3 and 3:15 p.m. Tours showing fossils, specimens, flora and fauna collected in the 1700s. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 703-746-3852. http://www.apothecarymuseum.org. $6, registration required.
SAVE THE FROGS DAY Saturday 1:30 to 2:30. Learn how to make a habitat for an amphibian. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. 703-941-1065. 703-941-1065. $5.
"URBAN DECAY" OPENING RECEPTION Saturday 7 to midnight. Live music, art, tattooing, snacks and hobknobbing open up the 'Urban Decay" exhibit. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001. http://www.workhousearts.org. Free.
ART EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION Sunday 1 to 3. An exhibit of paintings by members of Potomac Valley Watercolorists. The exhibit runs through June 27. Green Spring Gardens, Horticulture Center, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. http://potomacvalleywatercolorist.com. Free.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL Sunday 1 to 4. Live music, games, food, a juggler, art work, Taylor Elementary School maypole dance and an open house featuring an exhibit on electric vehicles and guided tours on energy conservation. Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. 703-528-5406. Admission, free.
AVEDA EARTH FASHION SHOW Sunday at 6. Styles inspired by the earth, sponsored by Potomac Conservancy. Lorien Hotel, 1600 King St., Alexandria. 703-535-8538. 703-535-8254. 703-894-3434. http://www.potomac.org. $25.
"MERCURY CONTAMINATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM ME TO SHINING SEA" Wednesday at 7. Dr. David Krabbenhoft, a USGS scientist and noted mercury expert, discusses scientific advancements that allow predictions of which surface waters contain high mercury-contamination levels. He will explain how atmospheric mercury emissions and long-range transport contaminate food webs worldwide. U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. 703-648-4748. http://www.usgs.gov/public_lecture_series/default.asp. Free, photo ID required for entry to Federal facility.
SPIRITS TASTING Wednesday 7:30 to 9:30. John Vickers-Smith leads participants through tasting Maker's Mark products. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. 703-548-1789. http://www.leefendallhouse.org. $25, registration required.
GARDENING TRIP Thursday 7:30 to 6. A bus trip to tour the house and gardens of Ladew Topiary Gardens, tour the private gardens and shop at Putnam Hill Nursery and make a final stop at a private garden. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. $89, includes bus transportation, admission, lunch and tip, registration required.
GARDEN STROLL AND TEA Thursday 1 to 3. A docent led stroll through the gardens and tea. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-941-7987. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. $27, registration required.
OATLANDS AFTER FIVE Thursday 5:30 to 7:30. "Gardens at Sunset." Music, garden tours, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase or take a picnic. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. http://www.oatlands.org. $12; Oatlands members, $6; age 5 and younger, free.
TOAST TO FASHION Thursday 6:30 to 10. A fashion show and raffle to showcase spring fashion. Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria area. 703-549-0111. $45 in advance, $50 at the door.