Thursday, March 9

Gentle yoga classes Kiersten Gallagher and Beth Lawrence help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit; all experience levels welcome. Thursdays 10:15-11:30 a.m. Through March. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-2800. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Garden tour with parents and kids in snugglers A 45-minute guided tour with different aspects weekly, strollers and older siblings will not be admitted. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Through March 30. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or usbg.gov. Free, registration required.

Washington Cathedral behind the scenes Age 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Take a camera. Weekdays except holidays at 10:30 a.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. cathedral.org. $26, age 11 and 12, $21.

We the people: making a more perfect union, one generation at a time. The museum’s signature film, a 20-minute celebration of the national ideals of democracy, opportunity and freedom, stunning footage and a soaring soundtrack take viewers on a journey from past to present, honoring the visionary ideas, significant sacrifices and remarkable fortitude of the people who built our country, one generation at a time. Daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., on the half hour. National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Cooking demonstration: Irish cuisine, staples: cabbage and potatoes, cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist and cooking instructor Danielle Cook celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two Irish staples from the garden. Thursday and March 23 at Noon-12:45 p.m. and 12:50-1:30 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov. Free.

Income Tax Assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 income tax filing. Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Through April 13. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707. Free.

Income Tax Assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 income tax filing. Thursdays at 1 p.m. Through April 13. Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255. lamondriggslibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Afterschool Lounge Need a place to sit and chat with friends, play games, or just chill? Use the library’s large conference room as a group study room, game space, lounge and snack area, board and card games available, food and drinks welcome, crafts, trivia, tournaments, video games and other activities available on a rotating basis, for ages 11-19. Thursdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Through Dec. 14. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Lego Club Ages 5-12 are invited to come and build a skyscraper, create a pirate ship or whatever your mind can dream about. Thursdays at 4 p.m. Through Aug. 24. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. 202-541-6226. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Homework Help The Northwest One Library is inviting students into the branch for Homework Help. Staff will also show students how to use D.C. Public Library databases that are designed for homework and research assistance. Feel free to stop in on Thursdays between 4 - 6 p.m. and receive assistance from Ms. Janelle. Thursdays at 4 p.m. Through June 1. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

After-School workshops with Asian American LEAD After-school program for middle and high school students with workshops on leadership development, educational empowerment and life skills. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m. Through April 27, in the large meeting room at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121 mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Words, Beats and Life Academy Hip-hop students become masters of the genre. Thursdays 5 p.m. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. 202-541-6226. Free.

Stone-carving demonstration with Nizette Brennan Sculptor and educator Nizette Brennan shows how she works in her medium and discusses the tools she uses. Visitors will be invited to try their hand at stone carving. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Art Signs: Gallery talks in American Sign Language Deaf gallery guides invite all to join this lively gallery conversation in American Sign Language. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Luce unplugged: The Galaxy Electric This psychedelic band mixed with bossanova and tribal rhythms, will set a futuristic mood with lo-fi recording techniques and design-infused sound arrangements following a staff-led art talk on a work selected by the band, snacks and drinks available for purchase at a cash bar. 5:30-7 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Neuroscience discussions Learn about the neuroscience of trauma and matter with retired Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Bill Marks, Ph.D. and attorney Jeanine Hull. Next lecture in the series is on April 6. 6 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Women’s History Month heroines Celebrate and learn about influential and creative women, coloring sheets for younger children, books and activities for older children. 6 p.m. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8698. westendlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Everyone” yoga For all experience levels; borrow a library mat or bring your own. Thursdays and Mondays, except federal holidays, at 6 p.m. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. westendlibrary@dc.gov or 202-724-8698. Free.

“Shear Madness” A comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, in which audience participation helps solve a murder. Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 and 9 p.m., Fridays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.

Yoga at Northwest One Beginner and intermediate levels. Wear comfortable clothing; mats and blocks provided. Thursdays 7 p.m. Through November. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

NSO concert: “Salute to Slava” Christoph Eschenbach leads cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the orchestra in a performance of works by Picker, Shostakovich and Schubert. Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. $15-$89.

Friday, March 10

Income Tax Assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 income tax filing. Fridays and Mondays at 10 a.m. Through April 18. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Children’s safety seat and belt inspections D.C. Safe Kids ensures the proper installation of seats and seat belts. Fridays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Arc, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org or 202-476-3618. Free.

Preschool story time Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers explore stories and activities that encourage a lifelong love of reading. Fridays 10 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. Free; tickets distributed at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program starts.

Preschool Story Time Share the fun of reading with your children, ages 3-5, explore stories and activities that encourage them to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning, sessions are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Fridays at 10 and 11 a.m. through May 26. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Move, Dance, Create Stretch your creative capacity, feel good and connect with fellow participants in a program featuring a variety of dance styles. The class is well paced for new and experienced dancers. Fridays 11 a.m. No class March 17. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Yoga in the Galleries All skill levels welcome. A Kripalu class taught by Eva Blutinger. Bring your own mat; details online. Fridays at 11:30 a.m. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-885-1300 or email museum@american.edu. $10 per class.

Income tax assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 returns. Fridays and Mondays at noon. Through April 14. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. petworthlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Plants With an Attitude” Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens, discusses several attractive and garden-worthy, but poisonous, plants and their dire consequences for living creatures. 12 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov/Programs. Free; registration required.

Classical organ recital Bethesda native Colin MacKnight, a doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, will perform works by Mendelssohn and Duruflé. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Call 202-797-0103 or go to nationalcitycc.org. Free; donations welcome.

Global Kids A nonprofit educational organization that inspires youth to achieve academic excellence and empowers them to take action on critical issues, invites those in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders to join the citywide leadership program. Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. Through Jan. 2018. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Explore the exhibition “Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern” with objects conservator Ariel O’Connor and learn about the materials and techniques used by the artist. As a dancer-turned-conservator, O’Connor discusses Noguchi’s collaboration with modern dance icon Martha Graham and his groundbreaking set designs for her company. 4-4:45 p.m.Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

For the Love of Gene Davis: The Legacy of Color Field Painting Contemporary artists Polly Apfelbaum and Odili Donald Odita’s work echoes the formal characteristics of Gene Davis’s paintings: color, light, improvisation and abstraction. They will discuss their work in the context of color field painting. Afterward, Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, moderates a discussion about the lasting influence of Davis and the legacy of color field painting. 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Saturday, March 11

USBG Production Facility open house Rarely seen or visited, 85,000 sq.ft. under glass includes foliage and nursery crops, view orchids, medicinal plants, carnivorous plants and rare and endangered species. Light snacks and beverages provided. Directions: usbg.gov/events/2016/12/19/special-event-usbg-production-facility-open-house. On the half hour from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. USBG Production Facility. 202-225-8333. $10, pre-registration required.

Used Library book sale Sponsored by the Friends of Southeast Library, on the second Saturday of each month from History, biography, mystery, fantasy, literature, photography, cookbooks - it’s all here and most books are only $1. Proceeds from the sale supplement programs for children. Next sale on April 8. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Southeast Library, lower level, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Income Tax Assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 income tax filing. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Through April 15. Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1185. bellevuelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Practice with love yoga gatherings Bring a mat to this movement that spreads love, joy and acceptance throughout the city in a beautiful environment. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. through March 25. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory West Gallery, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Citizenship classes Saturdays through April 8. 10 a.m.-noon. Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-652-8700 or office@chevychaseumc.org. Free.

Saturday Morning Yoga Start your Saturdays with Carol and Marjorie and relaxing, stress-free yoga. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a yoga mat; a signed waiver is required. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov or 202-671-3121. Free.

Museum edit-a-thon Help the National Museum of Women in the Arts add and update Wikipedia articles about notable women artists. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000 or nmwa.org. Free, reservations required.

Family story time Children and their adult companions listen to 30 to 40 minutes of stories that promote language and literacy skills to further the lifelong love of reading and learning. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. tenleylibrary@dc.gov; and Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0058. northeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

2nd Saturday STEM Storytime Join other library fans for a STEM-themed story time, it’s never too early to introduce basic concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to our youngest learners, come for the singing, conversation and reading about numbers, colors, plants, weather and more, stick around for a simple STEM craft at the end, best for ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Yoga at Your Library For beginner adults and teens, taught by Yoga Activist. No experience necessary; bring a mat or borrow one from the library for the class. Saturdays at 11 a.m. Through Sept. 30. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Lego Club Open Lego or Duplo blocks play time for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers. Saturdays at 11 a.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov or 202-939-5946. Free.

Portrait Story Days: Marian Anderson Listen to a story about the American contralto whose invitation by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to perform at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 was a milestone in the early civil rights era. Afterward, create a piece of art inspired by someone in the gallery’s collection. Saturday 1-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Chess for all ages Play and learn from others in friendly games on a jumbo chess board.Saturdays 3 p.m. through March 25. Benning/Dorothy I. Height Library, lower level conference room, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. benninglibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Parade” The tragic and true story of the trial and lynching of a Jewish man wrongly accused of murder. Book by Alfred Uhry, music by Jason Robert Brown. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Andrew Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202, boxoffice@keegantheatre.com or keegantheatre.com. $45, $50, $55.

Sunday, March 12

Palisades farmers market Locally grown produce year-round, with music by Sherier Mountain. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. palisadesfarmersmarket.com.

Flying in the Great Hall Modern airplane workshop for ages 7-12, with adult supervision. 9:30-11 a.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. $20. Aspiring aviators can learn what keeps a plane in the air and engineer their own rubber-band-propelled model airplanes. Learn about aeronautics with the D.C. Maxecuters, and then try a test flight. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org. Free.

America InSight Verbal description tours, led by docents, for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Discover highlights of the collection through rich verbal description and sensory experience. 1:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Family Funday Sunday A variety of family-friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies, sign language and more, for age 12 and younger. 2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Fei Fei Dong, classical Chinese pianist 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Shaw Knitting and Crochet Circle All experience levels welcome, with special instruction for beginners. In-house training materials provided, but please bring needles and yard for your take-home projects. 3 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Classical music concert Cappella Pratensis, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s death. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. Free.

Monday, March 13

Children’s safety seat and belt inspections D.C. Safe Kids ensures the proper installation of seats and seat belts. First, second and third Mondays 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave. NW. thearcdc.org. 202-476-3618. Free.

Yoga Mondays A 75-minute class of gentle movement; bring a mat. Mondays 10:30 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Medicinal and poisonous plants Biochemist Beth Burrous leads a walking tour of the conservatory where poisonous and medicinal plants are growing, and discusses some famous, interesting and sometimes fatal cases of poisoning by plants. 1 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov/Programs. Free; registration required.

Income tax assistance Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2016 income tax filing. Mondays 2:30 p.m. Through April 10. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW. 202-724-4752. southwestlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Reader’s Theatre For readers in grades 2-4, children will bring stories to life by reading them aloud from scripts created from children’s books. Most Mondays at 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Mandala Mondays For ages 13-19 to bring out their true colors with these colorful religious and spiritual designs representing the universe, designs, colored pencils and fine-tipped markers provided. Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0058. northeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Wii game night For age 6 and older. 5 p.m. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707. Free.

Yoga in Takoma Park De-stress your way back to your natural state of balance in this restorative practice, led by Tara Bishop. Wear comfortable clothes. First-time attendees will be asked to sign a waiver. Mondays 7:30 p.m., except Feb. 14. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. takomaparklibrary@dc.gov. 202-576-7252. Free.

PEN/Faulkner fiction Angela Flournoy, Margo Jefferson and Marcus Guillory: Class in the Black Community. These authors write on race and class, privilege and oppression and offer funny and heartbreaking stories that are caught at the intersection, this evening’s focus. 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger.edu. $15, discounts available.

Tuesday, March 14

Children’s safety seat and belt inspections D.C. Safe Kids ensures the proper installation of seats and seat belts. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Through March. Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum St. NE. 202-476-3618. thearcdc.org. 202-476-3618. Free.

Pop of the Tots Dance party for babies and toddlers up to age 5, who can experience popular music, motion and dance, and try various instruments. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free, ticket required.

Chair yoga classes Led by Beth Lawrence, gentle adapted yoga to perform safely when seated and supported in poses that promote deep relaxation and mental clarity. All experience levels welcome. Tuesdays at 12-1 p.m. through March 28. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25/month.

Classical music concert The Carya Ensemble and pianist Sonya Sutton perform Debussy’s rarely performed Cantata L’Enfant Prodigue. 12:10-1 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Tuesday yoga Age 18 and older. Beginner class taught by Lindsey Crawford of Yoga District. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring your own mat or towel; a waiver must be signed. Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Sketching: Draw and Discover Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches and objects on display in the Luce Foundation, and then sketch on the center’s workshop. Bring a sketchbook and pencils; other materials provided. Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Through March 31. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Ice Edge: Wild Canada” Directors Sacha Mirzoeff and Jeff Turner’s film about the alarming rate of Arctic ice change and the possibility of an ice-free Arctic ocean in the future. 4 and 7 p.m. Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-342-2564. Film and reception reservations, free with reservations at dceff.org/film/ice-edge.

Lego playtime and engineering challenge For ages 4 and older. Like to build with Legos and solve puzzles? Find yourself challenged to a different situation each week. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. georgetownlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Creative Capital: DC Art Then and Now” A look back at the influential artists of the Washington Color School and their impact on today’s contemporary art scene, in conjunction with “Gene David: Hot Beat.” 5:30-7 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Pajama story time An evening story time, 30 to 40 minutes, in which pajamas are encouraged but not required, for children of all ages and an adult companion. The program is designed to encourage a lifetime of learning, especially in language and listening skills, and expand a child’s imagination. Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through Aug. 29. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Water and Power: A California Heist” From the Environmental Film Festival, director Marina Zenovich’s look at the drought that has gripped the valleys of California for years as it allows the purveyors of the water to profit from the scarce commodity as small communities and family farmers struggle in a state of crisis. 6:30 p.m. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-342-2564. Tickets: dceff.org/film/water-power. $30, includes opening reception.

Yoga classes Elizabeth Goodman teaches all experience levels, bring your own mat, proceeds given to William Penn Quaker workcamps. Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560. Pay-what-you-can.

ESL English conversation club Practice your skills in a casual environment, Drop in anytime between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Zumba For teens and adults who want routines that are aerobic with fitness interval training within a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Through March 28. Bellevue/Lockridge Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1185. Free.

Washington Jewish Literary Festival Opening Night Noa Baum speaks about her memoir “A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace,” about her compelling discussion with a Palestinian woman during a chance encounter. 7:30 p.m. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $21.50/ticket. 202-518-9400.

Wednesday, March 15

Demonstration: Orchid repotting Gardeners Eric Leavit and Justin Kondrat discuss the type of potting medium preferred by orchids, how large the container should be, at what stage they should be repotted and more. This is an ongoing demonstration; chairs will not be provided. 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Tropics Overlook, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or usbg.gov. Free.

Outside the Lines A facilitator helps you reclaim making art as a healing tool through guided creative projects, supplies available at the center for all to use. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Donations requested.

Toddler dance party Music and dancing for the whole family. Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. chevychaselibrary@dc.gov. Free.

National Museum of Women in the Arts gallery talk Curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon discusses a selection of artwork in the exhibition “New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin.” 12-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Inscape concert Julia Adolphe, Rebecca Clarke, Jennifer Higdon and Joan Tower perform. 12:10 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Harlem Heroes gallery talk John Jacob, McEvoy family curator for photography, discusses the exhibition and the relationships photographer Carl Van Vechten had with some of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including James Baldwin, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ella Fitzgerald, Althea Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Bessie Smith. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Are the Cards Collapsing?: A ‘House of Cards’ Season 5 preview Stef Woods, who explores the intersection of television, politics and ethics in a course at American University, finds plenty of juicy material in “House of Cards,” and examines what might be in the cards for the power-hungry Underwoods. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.

Knitting in the nook Discover how to reduce stress through knitting in a safe and welcoming environment; all skill levels welcome. Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m. through March 29. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Free, $15 starter kit.

Words, Beats and Life Academy Hip-hop students master the real world through their beats. Wednesdays 4 p.m. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. 202-541-6226. Free.

Introduction to American Sign Language Beginning level of learning a fun language. Review what you know, learn new signs and grammar rules and practice your conversation skills. All are welcome to join. Wednesdays 6-7:15 p.m., through April 26. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377 or Janice Rosen, Deaf Services Librarian, 202-559-5368. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures” Robert Nixon’s film about ocean explorer and conservationist Sylvia Earle, renowned underwater National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, author and captain Max Kennedy and their crew of teenage aquanauts on a year-long environmental quest to turn the next 100 years into a blue centennial by protecting vital habitats and underwater natural wonders. A discussion with Nixon, Skerry and aquanaut Robe Edwards follows. 7 p.m. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. 202-342-2564. Tickets: $10 at dceff.org/film/sea-of-hope.

Documentary: “Death By Design” Director Sue Williams’s film about the dark side of the devices endlessly pouring into the market and the environmental degradation, health consequences and the tipping point between consumerism and sustainability. 7 p.m. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. 202-342-2564. Free tickets: dceff.org/film/death-by-design.

Environmental Film Festival short films “Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries” Humans construct boundaries — around our homes, our neighborhoods and our nations — to bring order to a chaotic world, but how do these affect other creatures? “Think Like a Scientist: Vulcan and the Power of Ideas,” Ever heard of the planet Vulcan? There’s a good chance you haven’t, because it doesn’t exist. “Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa,” the story of Greg Carr and his involvement in the restoration of Gorongosa National Park after its destruction from 30 years of war in Mozambique. “Think Like a Scientist: Inside Alzheimer’s Disease,” journalist Greg O’Brien reveals his struggle with Alzheimer’s as Harvard scientist, Rudy Tanzi, explains how the disease insidiously robs the identities of those affected. “End of Snow,” View tropical ecologist Jane Zelikova as she embarks on a journey into the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado to discover the past, present and future of snow. 7 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, seventh floor, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-342-2564. Reservations: dceff.org/film/think-like-scientist-gorongosa. Free.

Thursday, March 16

Female Filmmakers Spotlight “Guided,” by Bridget Besaw, making an in-person appearance; “Canyon Song,” two sisters learn about their Navajo culture and history within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, with directors Amy Marquis and Dana Romanoff in person; “Elk River,” meet back-country guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone home, and meet directors Jenny Nichols, in person, and Roe Rils. 7 p.m. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. 202-342-2564. dceff.org/film/guided. 202-342-2564.

“Voices From Chernobyl” Adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich’s book. Eyewitness reports from the survivors of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Scientists, teachers, journalists, couples and children recount the short- and long-term horrors of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. The remnants of the catastrophe are seen in the abandoned, dystopian landscapes that now mark the Ukrainian city of Pripyat near the reactor. 7 p.m. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-342-2564. dcenvironmentalfilm.org. Free.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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