PROPERTY TAX APPEALS, City Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and representatives from the Office of the D.C. Tax Assessor discuss how to appeal recent property tax assessments (April 1 application deadline); meeting for Ward 3 residents of the American University Park area, 7 p.m. today, Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Ward 3 residents of the North Cleveland Park and Wakefield areas, 7 p.m. Friday, Guy Mason Recreation Center, Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street NW; Ward 4 residents of the Petworth and 16th Street Heights areas, 1 p.m. Saturday, Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8064.
CLASSICAL RECITALS, soprano Marlissa Hudson, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; mezzo soprano Patricia Simmons, 12:15-12:45 p.m. April 3, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
ROCK CREEK CHILDREN'S HIKE, for ages 4-12, a park ranger leads a half-mile walk on Woodland Trail searching for wildlife, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
"THE HOURS" BOOK DISCUSSION, a librarian discusses Michael Cunningham's novel, 4:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1295.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND JAZZ, a staff member discusses Margaret Bourke-White's shots of New York City's Chrysler Building and others, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz piano by Howard Feinstein, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS, Farhang Mehr, Iran's former deputy prime minister, discusses the impact of religion on Middle East politics, 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0022.
AVIATOR LECTURE, Marta Bohn-Meyer, the first woman to pilot an SR-71 reconnaissance airplane, discusses her career as a pilot and chief engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight research center, where she oversees about 40 test projects, 7:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free; tickets required; $2.75 ticket service charge. 800-539-2440.
"1776" MUSICAL, David Huddleston, Lewis Cleale and Kate Baldwin star in Sherman Edwards's work about the Second Continental Congress at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through June 1, call for complete matinee schedule, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $29-$45. 202-347-4833.
DOO-WOP CONCERT, two groups, the Jewels and the Orioles, perform, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.
CLINT EASTWOOD FILM, "Dirty Harry" (1971), about a San Francisco cop who pursues a psychotic killer, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Poulenc and others, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
AFRICAN DOCUMENTARIES, "In Danku the Soup Is Sweeter: Women and Development in Ghana" (1992), about female entrepreneurs, in Dagomba and English with English subtitles, and "The Virgin Diaries" (2002), about a Muslim woman and a nonreligious European woman who discuss marriage, virginity and sex and the topics' relationship to Islam in contemporary Morocco, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
BOTANIST LECTURE, Shirley Sherwood discusses her passion for plants, noon, National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
LITERATURE READING, Ludmila Ulitskaya reads from her book "Medea and Her Children," about a childless woman in the Crimea and her support of her troubled nieces and nephews, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10; students, $5. 202-783-7370.
14TH STREET HEIGHTS EVENTS, City Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) and a representative of Comcast help plant cherry trees to beautify the 14th Street Heights commercial district, 11:30 a.m., Arkansas Avenue and Webster Street NW; performances by the Eastern High School Marching Band, Buffalo Soldiers and Black Cowboys on horseback, Afro-Brazilian dancers, a hip-hop fitness team and the D.C. Junior Olympic Tai Kwon Do Team, plus face-painters and other children's activities, sponsored by the 14th Street Heights Main Street Program, noon-3 p.m., 14th, between Buchanan and Decatur streets. Free. 202-431-2952.
ARCHEOLOGY LECTURE, archeologist Henry Miller discusses artifacts from the dig at historic St. Mary's City, Md., including fragments from a 17th-century chapel, a crucifix and a rosary, 3 p.m.; an array of artifacts will be on display, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 1, Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. Free. 202-635-5434.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, soprano Sarah Adams Hoover and the Melomanie group perform early music and contemporary works, with period instruments, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $20; seniors and students, $10. 202-363-4119.
ORIGAMI BUILDINGS, staff members help visitors create an origami city, pop-up cards of pyramids and other structures, Japanese origami masters demonstrate their craft, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
SAXOPHONE PROGRAM, Rhonda Buckley, founder and director of the Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts, discusses the history of the saxophone and its use in jazz, pop and classical music, and saxophone students will perform, sponsored by Community Help in Music Education, 2 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-232-2731.
ARCHIVES GENEALOGY TALK, Willis Else discusses the Soundex system and researching census records, 10 a.m.-noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $15; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig in "The Return of Lot's Wife," 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18. 202-269-1600.
PATIO GARDENING, a horticulturist discusses techniques for growing plants in traditional and nontraditional containers, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Greenhouse, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-537-6263.
TOM HANKS FILM, "The Money Pit" (PG), co-starring Shelley Long, about a couple that buys a Long Island, N.Y., home with many problems, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
EGYPTIAN RUGS EXHIBIT, research associate Carol Bier leads a tour of the exhibit "Mamluk Rugs From Egypt: Jewels of the Textile Museum's Collection," 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, for ages 6-14, a staff member leads a gallery tour and discusses how picnics and parties are depicted in Japanese screens, then helps create a miniature screen to take home, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 13, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
FEMALE ASTRONOMERS, Space History curator David DeVorkin discusses the contributions of Caroline Herschel, Margaret Geller and others, 6 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Einstein Planetarium, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
JAPANESE ANIMATED FILMS, four short films, some dubbed and some with English subtitles, 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Sumner Jenkins, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free; donations requested. 202-537-6200.
ABORETUM DOG STROLL, horticulturist Beth Finney leads owners and their dogs on a stroll and discusses good manners for pets in a public garden and the arboretum's history, 9 a.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $7; preregistration required. 202-245-5898.
SKETCHING IN ROCK CREEK PARK, for 7 and older, a park ranger leads a hike to Rapids Bridge, where hikers may sit on rocks and draw, all materials provided, 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BOOK, Julia Meech discusses her work "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Japan: The Architect's Other Passion," about his Japanese art collection and how it influenced his work, 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
CLASSICAL CONCERT, Opus 3 Trio performs works by Beethoven, Leshnoff and Dvorak, 5 p.m., Hearst Hall, next to Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20; seniors and students, $15. 703-404-9722.
MOUNT PLEASANT WALKING TOUR, Brian Kraft discusses how the area changed from one with a few large estates to a community of diverse people, sponsored by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 2 p.m., meet outside the west entrance of the Columbia Heights Metro station, 14th and Irving streets NW. $12; preregistration required by Friday. 202-785-2068.
RUBY GLOVER JAZZ TRIO, a concert with jazz vocalists Teri Kee and Pearlie Homicile, Glover discusses the role of women in jazz, 4 p.m., Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. $5. 202-635-5434.
INTEGRATION OF BASEBALL, Brad Snyder discusses his book "Beyond the Shadow of the Senators: The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball," about Sam Lacy, a journalist for a weekly African American newspaper, and his crusade to force major league baseball to integrate; a bagel breakfast will be served, 11 a.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 Q St. NW. $10. 202-777-3254.
PLAY READINGS, professional actors read five original short plays written by city public high school students, sponsored by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Young Playwrights Theater, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, American Film Institute Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-289-2443, Ext. 520.
PANPIPE WORKSHOP, the four Lopez brothers of Ecuador teach visitors how to create a musical instrument and perform a traditional Andean song, all materials supplied, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, Rehearsal Room 1, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
ANC 8E MEETING, the monthly meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, 7-9 p.m., Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free. 202-562-9751.
J.S. BACH RECITAL, the Washington Bach Consort performs, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
NAVY BAND COMMODORES, performance of jazz and big-band music, noon, National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700 or 202-433-2525.
CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION, for ages 12-18, craftspeople demonstrate their skills and discuss their trades with students considering these careers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.
"MILLICENT FENWICK: HER WAY," Amy Schapiro discusses her biography of the former congresswoman, United Nations ambassador and pipe-smoking grandmother who was the inspiration for a "Doonesbury" cartoon character, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
POETRY, Barry Wepman, Wendell Hawken and Anne Shelton read from their works, 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park branch library, 418 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
CORCORAN JAZZ, performance by the Elsworth Gibson Quintet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.
SOUTH AFRICA DICUSSION, Njongonkulu Ndungane, Episcopal archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, discusses AIDS, poverty and racial conflict in the nation and his ideas for solving the problems, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
SPANISH DANCE, the Ziva Spanish Dance Ensemble performs traditional flamenco and other styles with guest artist Jorge Navarro, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.
SILENT FILM DOUBLE FEATURE, Edward Everett Horton and Clara Bow in "Helen's Babies" (1924), about a bachelor author of child-rearing books who finds himself at a loss when asked to baby-sit his mischievous nieces; and William Boyd in "Yankee Clipper" (1927), about a Boston shipbuilding family's determination to control the China tea trade, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.
POETRY READINGS ON FILM, a fifth-grader recites Roethke's "The Sloth," a college student reads Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and Bill Clinton recites Emerson's "Concord Hymn," 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Gerald Schwab, from Freiburg, Germany, discusses his 1939 escape to Switzerland on a children's transport train and arrival in the United States in 1940, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION, Kate Chopin's "The Awakening," about a woman who finds her married life restrictive, 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281.
CATHEDRAL WOODS WALKS, a staff member leads a walk focusing on wildflowers, native plants and budding trees, wear sturdy waterproof shoes, 10 a.m., meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319.
ZOO DIRECTOR LECTURE, Lucy Spelman discusses "Renewing the National Zoo," 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
HOLOCAUST SYMPOSIUM, scholars discuss "Children and the Holocaust," about emigration, Jewish children from mixed Jewish and Christian marriages, the quality of life in the ghetto and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-488-6162.
RENAISSANCE MUSIC, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band performs works from the late Medieval and Renaissance periods on period instruments, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.
PRINT EXHIBIT RECEPTION, for "The Illuminating Art of Collaborative Screenprinting," an exhibit of 50 prints by 17 artists using powders, waxes, adhesives, glass beads and dust, 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 3; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, through April 26, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 15.
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER TALK, an exhibit staff member discusses the history of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through April 24, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer
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