MODERN ARF SIDEWALK CHALK PAINTING -- Today, 1-3 p.m. Learn the art of sidewalk painting. Meet by the Clarendon Metro. 1116 N. Hudson St., Arlington. Suggested donation $8-$10. For reservations, call 703-528-4800.

GARDENS OF BLUE AND GOLD -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Decorate a plate to take home after exploring the "Arts of the Islamic World" exhibit. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, classroom, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

VIVA MEXICO -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 6-9 with an adult. Join Elena Velasco for a mural-making workshop after viewing Roberto Cueva del Rio's mural at the Mexican Cultural Institute and Gabriel Orozco's "Directions" at the Hirshhorn. Pack a lunch. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-3382.

MASONRY SCULPTURE -- Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Use tile and masonry to create your own work of art. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5, museum members $3. 202-272-2448.

C&O CANAL KIDS DAY -- Saturday, noon-2 p.m. Learn

the history of the canal,

with art workshops, music

and hands-on science activities. C&O Canal Georgetown

Visitors Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

ADJOA J. BURROWES -- Aug. 29, 3-5 p.m. The author and illustrator of "Grandma's Purple Flowers" talks about the

process of creating children's books and demonstrates her paper-collage technique. Illustrate a haiku or poem of your own. Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. For reservations, call 202-610-3292.