The Smithsonian Institution's 39th annual Folklife Festival starts today on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets NW. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-633-9884 or visit www.folklife.si.edu. All schedules subject to change.

FOOD CULTURE USA

Beyond the Melting Pot

Noon Sheila Lukins

1 p.m. Brad Ogden

2 p.m. Tom Bivins with Nova Kim and Les Hook

3 p.m. Charlie Palmer

4 p.m. Aulie Bunyarataphan

Garden Kitchen

Noon Marion Spear

1 p.m. Jimmy Andruzzi

2 p.m. John Phillips

3 p.m. Sheila Lukins

4 p.m. Mark Federman and Herman Vargas

Home Cooking

Noon Mark Federman and Herman Vargas

1 p.m. Najmieh Batmanglij

2 p.m. Marion Spear

3 p.m. Jimmy Andruzzi

4 p.m. John Phillips

Around the Table

Noon Passing It On: Cookbook Writing

1 p.m. Sustainability and Marketing: Organic Standards

2 p.m. Recipes for a New Land: Immigrant Cooks

3 p.m. Passing It On: Family Recipes

4 p.m. Sustainable Menus

Edible Schoolyard Ramada

Noon Food for Thought: Children's Education

1 p.m. Garden Orientation

2 p.m. The Conversation Continues: Lunch Table Participants

3 p.m. Improving School Lunches

4 p.m. A Day in the Kitchen

FOREST SERVICE, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Sounds of the Forest Stage

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony

Noon Rita Cantu

1 p.m. Riders in the Dirt

2 p.m. Patrick Michael Karnahan

3 p.m. Chuck Milner

4 p.m. The Fiddlin' Foresters

Community Stage

Noon Logger Poetry and Song

1 p.m. Women of the Forest Service

2 p.m. Fighting Forest Fires

3 p.m. Inspirations from the Forest

4 p.m. Law Enforcement in the 21st Century

5 p.m. Forest Service Family

Camp Foodways

Noon Wildcrafters

1 p.m. Cooking in the Field

2 p.m. Dutch Oven Delights

3 p.m. Cooking Catfish

4 p.m. Plants and Dyes

5 p.m. Dutch Oven Delights

Family Activities Tent

Ongoing events for young people, including singalongs, storytelling, craft demonstrations, career counseling and nature awareness programs.

Interactive Forest

Ongoing activities in a forestlike learning environment.

OMAN: DESERT, OASIS AND SEA

Magan Stage

Noon Al Majd Ensemble

12:45 p.m. Qurayat Ensemble

1:30 p.m. Suhar Ensemble

2:30 p.m. Al Majd Ensemble

3:30 p.m. Qurayat Ensemble

4:30 p.m. Suhar Ensemble

Al Maidan

Noon Music Workshop

12:45 p.m. Omani Stories

1:30 p.m. Dance Workshop

2:15 p.m. Omani Games

3 p.m. Calligraphy and Language

3:45 p.m. Omani Games

4:30 p.m. Desert Traditions

Oasis Kitchen

Noon Omani Lunch

2 p.m. All about Halwa

2:45 p.m. Food From the Desert

3:45 p.m. Coffee, Dates and Hospitality

4:45 p.m. Meaning of Halal

Adornment Pavilion

Noon Oman Adorned: Men and Boys' Regional Dress

12:45 p.m. Workshop: Henna Decoration

1:30 p.m. Oman Adorned: Women and Girls' Regional Dress

2:15 p.m. Adorning Ships of the Desert/Ships of the Sea

3 p.m. Workshop: Making Scents -- Aroma as Adornment

3:45 p.m. Dressing the Home: Desert, Oasis and Sea