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D.C. community calendar, June 17 to 24, 2010

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday 17

CHANGING A LAWN TO A MEADOW, Catherine Zimmerman, author of "Urban and Suburban Meadows," discusses how to make a natural landscape where a manicured lawn once grew. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-1116 or

VICTORY GARDEN TOUR, a Smithsonian horticulturist leads a tour of the museum's World War II-era Victory Garden and discusses some of the plants. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

WHITE HOUSE AREA FARMERS MARKET, chef Dean Gold demonstrates summer Italian recipes and invites shoppers to taste samples, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; shop for farm products, cheese and baked goods, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, Freshfarm Market, Vermont Avenue NW, between H and I streets NW. 202-362-8889 or

ROCK MUSIC BY LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT, take a blanket. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

JOHN WAYNE PORTRAIT TALK, historian Amy Henderson discusses the actor. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"EL BOLA: CUBA'S AMBASSADOR OF SPOKEN SONG," Hector Quintero's play about composer, singer and pianist Ignacio Villa. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 27, GALA Hispanic Theatre. 3333 14th St. NW. $10-$38. 202-234-7174.

HORROR FILM: "KONGA," Herman Cohen's 1961 story of a mad scientist, growth serum, jungle drugs and Konga, a colossal chimp who makes mincemeat of central London. 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

U.S. MARINE BAND CONCERT, works by Edwin Franko Goldman, Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

Friday 18

"SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO," for ages 4-12, musical program, featuring education and entertainment. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free. 202-633-8700.

JAZZ DOCUMENTARY, "Cecil Taylor: All the Notes." 3 p.m. Friday and June 25, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

"AQUATIC LIVE: WET 'N' WILD," for age 12 and older, learn about aquatic creatures from Louis McClam's interactive show. 4 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

MUSEUM JAZZ CONCERT, musicians Ron and Ryan Diehl perform a Father's Day tribute. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

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