Thursday, May 11

“Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together” In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Keynote address by Roswell Encina, Library of Congress chief communications officer. Noon. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-8996. Free.

Gentle yoga classes Kiersten Gallagher and Beth Lawrence lead classes that draw largely from Sivananda yoga, incorporating the mind and body and mentally focusing on relaxation; all experience levels welcome. Thursdays 10:15 a.m., Mondays 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays 6 p.m., through June 27. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

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.

Batik project Work on your own project. The popular Indonesian textile art centers the mind and liberates the heart through creativity. In this three-part series, you will decorate a pillowcase using a simple batik painting process; all materials, one pillowcase and pillow insert provided. 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 25. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $30.

“The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion saved the American Revolution” In honor of the 234th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, historian John Oller discusses his action-packed biography of Francis Marion, an original society member and famous leader of a band of South Carolina militiamen during the American Revolution. Light refreshments. 6 p.m. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Free.

Neuroscience discussions Learn about the neuroscience of trauma and matter with retired Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Bill Marks and attorney Jeanine Hull. The next lecture in the series is May 25. 6 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Crossing borders: Sausage making Chef Mark Haskell teaches how to create the “food of the people” by using the proper ingredients and cooking methods. Items on the evening menu include Mardi Gras Cajun Boudin, Chinese New Year shrimp ginger sausage, juniper duck sausage with port reduction and German weisswurst, plus a selection of sauces and salsas, been and wine. 7-9 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Register at hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172. $60.

William Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” A play about the fortunes of an Athenian who was a well-beloved and generous citizen who spent his entire fortune on corrupt hangers-on who cared only for his riches. Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 p.m., most Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., May 30 and June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $45, $50, $55.

“Ragtime” A musical based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, depicting three families who strive for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. Age 12 and older. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mondays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Through May 20. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. fords.org. $18-$71.

Friday, May 12

Reconstruction symposium Speaker topics: the utopian imagery of Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, Thaddeus Stevens, the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Speakers include Paul Finkelman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Brook Thomas of the University of California at Irvine. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044. 202-543-8919, Ext. 11. uschs.org. Free; registration required.

The Botanic Garden’s roses Sharon Hanes, rosarian and volunteer, leads a one-hour tour of the garden that houses this national floral emblem. Opened in 2006, this formal garden space dedicated to growing the rose without the use of fungicides or insecticides. Learn about new 21st-century roses that have been hybridized specifically for disease resistance. Stroll the paths and hear the roses’ background stories. Sunscreen and protective clothing suggested; bring water. Meet on the National Garrden Lawn Terrace. 11 a.m.-noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or usbg.gov. Free.

Pipe organ concert Randall Sheets, a longtime ceremonial organist for Arlington National Cemetery, performs works by Bach, Robert Schumann, Charles-Marie Widor, Pietro Yon and Théodore Dubois. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. nationalcitycc.org. Free; donations welcome.

Herring and Shad: Keystone fish species A National Park Service Ranger leads a half-mile walk and discusses schools of fish that migrate here from the Atlantic to lay eggs in the place they were born. Species include white and hickory shad, alewife and blueback herring. Capt. John Smith saw the fish 400 years ago at Little Falls of the Potomac. George Washington’s slaves and servants caught 677,000 herring at Mount Vernon in 1773. 1-1:45 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. Joseph Mohr Jr., 202-359-1532. Free.

“Talking Civil War, baseball, Lincoln and Blossoms” A National Park Service ranger discusses the first organized baseball game of the war between the 71st New York Regiment and the Washington Nationals amateur club, played in a park across from the White House that also included Civil War prisoners. “Town ball,” a forerunner to baseball and the introduction to baseball in the 1870s by a Civil War soldier. 2 and 3 p.m. Lincoln Memorial, chamber, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Edward Fleming, 240-375-5904. Free.

“Down These Mean Streets” poetry reading Martin Espada, an award-winning poet, essayist and lawyer who has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice and Latino rights, reads poems inspired by his father, Frank Espada, whose photographs are featured in the museum’s exhibition “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urgan Photography.” Local poets Naomi Ayala and Sami Miranda join Espada to read from their works. 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Saturday, May 13

National Park Service Ranger Run A trek around the Mall while listening to stories about some of the most iconic D.C. sites, plus others that are not so famous, The pace is about 10 minutes per mile, with multiple stops along the way. 8-9:30 a.m. Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Laura Abbott, 202-570-2785.

Renwicj Gallery Spring Family Day Celebrate the joys of spring by viewing two exhibitions: “June Schwarcz: Invention & Variation” and Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years,”and then try your hand at a clay-related craft, listen to music performances, join a spring scavenger hunt through the galleries and view the changing colors of Janet Echleman’s work, “1.8 Renwick,” hanging in the Grand Salon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Library used book sale Sponsored by the Friends of Southeast Library, on the lower level of the library on second Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes books on history, biography, mystery, fantasy, literature and photography, plus cookbooks. Most books are only $1. Proceeds from the sale supplement programs for children. The next sale will be June 10. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-3377. Free.

National Portrait Gallery Conversation Circle Practice English in small groups as you learn about American history through portraiture. Fridays at 10 a.m.-noon. Through May 26. National Portrait Gallery, G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Saturday morning yoga Carol and Marjorie start your day with relaxing, stress-free yoga, Beginners welcome; wear comfortable clothes, bring water, a signed waiver form and a yoga mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. through Dec. 30. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Fitness event: Practice With Love yoga gatherings Bring a mat. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory West Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Move, dance, create Group warm-up, stretching, improvisation and choreographed sequences from a variety of dance influences, led by Kelly King. Fridays at 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Second 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 the youngest learners. Come for the singing, conversation and reading about numbers, colors, plants, weather and more, and then stick around for a simple STEM craft. Best for ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226 or woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Classical music concert Winners of the 2016 Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition perform, presented in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts. Noon. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Movies at SAAM: “Hockney” Director Randall Wright goes on an exclusive tour of artist David Hockney’s archives and studio. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“The Fixer (Fixeur)” A fledgling journalist, acting as translator and go-between for a French television network trying to scoop a sensational story, finds himself in the midst of a painful dilemma, trying to get footage of a deported underage Romanian woman abducted by a prostitution ring and pitting his conscience against his career ambitions in the wake of an imprecise case, in what is ultimately a journey of self-discovery. 3 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“Moving Dialogues: When Am I Happy?” Kelly King, artistic director of Contradiction Dance, discusses individual person experiences through physical movement and expression by answering the question and inspiring participants to create language and movement that will inform your creative process as you explore and share personal experiences through dance. Experience isn’t requited. 6:30-8 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $15.

Sunday, May 14

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.

Chamber music series The U.S. Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra perform “Fantasiestucke,” Opus 73, by Robert Schumann’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 13, by Felix Mendelssohn; Suite from “The Victorian Kitchen Garden,” by Paul Reade; “Avalon,” by Vincent Rose, Al Jolson and B.G. “Bud” DeSylva; and “Last Round,” by Osvaldo Golijov. 2 p.m. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. marineband.marines.mil. 202-433-4011. Free.

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

Steinway Series: Henry Kramer and the Jasper String Quartet A Steinway Series debut of a Juilliard School pianist and the winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award. Concert, 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Meet at 2:30 p.m. in G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Boreal Trio concert Three international-competition laureates and clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and pianist Wonny Song perform works by Max Bruch, Jean Françaix, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Uriel Vanchestein. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Emerson String Quartet concert A performance of Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”; Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor; and Dvorak’s String Quartet in C major, Op. 61. 6 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $72.

Monday, May 15

Gentle yoga Beth Lawrence leads a class that draws largely from Sivananda and Integral yoga. Mondays 10:30-11:45 a.m. Through May 22. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Free.

“King Solomon’s Table” Joan Nathan discusses her book about Jewish cooking from a global perspective. 12 p.m. Library of Congress, African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-3780. Free.

Reading the Gilded Age Authors Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading group in a four-session course of works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser and Anzia Yezierska, exploring their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. 6:45-8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $35.

Zumba Instructor Roshaunda Jenkins leads this one-hour fitness and dance workout; all fitness levels welcome. 7:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. southwestlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Tuesday, May 16

Yoga in the galleries All skill levels are welcome to this rejuvenating Kripalu class taught by Eva Blutinger. Please bring your own mat, details online. Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through July 26. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300 or email museum@american.edu. $10 per class.

Costume designs of Miles White The Music Division’s Walter Zvonchenko discusses the creations of Miles White from 1914-2000, his reputation as one of the finest costume designers in 20th- century performing arts, and his designs for theater, film, circus, ice shows, ballet and cabaret. Noon. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Chair yoga classes Beth Lawrence teaches gentle adapted yoga that connects body and mind. All experience levels welcome. Tuesdays at noon. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Ronn McFarlane, lute artist A performance of ancient Scottish and Irish tunes. 12:10-1 p.m. 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

“African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers” Local historians W. Fisher and Joann H. Buckley discuss their book. which was inspired by Fisher’s grandfather’s diaries and letters, and the stories of the doctors who cared for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd divisions, the Army’s only black combat units. An overlooked story of African American achievements in World War I. A selection of World War I artifacts collected by the speakers will be displayed. 12:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2963. Free.

Leadership for freedom: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A National Park Service ranger discusses civil rights leadership decisions and what they reveal about the drama within the struggle for civil rights. Topics include how the large number of leaders meant that King had to be more of a diplomat, and his sharing of leadership with Ella Baker, Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson. 1-1:45 and 3-3:45 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. Joseph Mohr Jr., 202-359-1532. Free.

“Americans” by Paul I. Tanedo The stories of Americans in World War I, a photographic epilogue to the Boat People retrospective. 1:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3233. 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 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center information desk, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

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

“The World War I Navy: Second to None” James C. Rentfrow, permanent military professor in the history department at the U.S. Naval Academy, examines the growing role of the Navy in peace and war during the early decades of the 20th century; the launch of the first American dreadnaught battleship, USS South Carolina; the creation of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and the announced intention in 1916 to build a “Navy second to none” as steppingstones toward shaping the Navy that entered action in 1917. Rentfrow examines the importance of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, between the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet; the crucial American work of convoy escort and the deployment of a battleship squadron to join the Grand Fleet; and the role of Adm. William S. Sims as the London-based liaison to the Royal Navy. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $45.

Wednesday, May 17

Storytime for preschoolers and adults Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds, the program provides the opportunity to practice listening skills, sing songs and make crafts. May’s theme: “The Race to Space.” National Archives, Boeing Learning Center, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

“Outside the Lines” Learn to use making art as a tool for healing through guided creative projects. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10.

“Thomas Jefferson: President No. 3” Meet the amazing and multitalented man, discover the symbolism of his memorial statue and chamber and listen to how his memorial fit into the city’s plan. 11-11:45 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Joseph Mohr Jr. 202-359-1532. Free.

Yoga in the galleries All skill levels welcome to this rejuvenating Kripalu class taught by Eva Blutinger. Please bring your own mat, details online. Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through July 26. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300 or museum@american.edu. $10 per class.

National Museum of Women in the Arts gallery talk Sarah Osborne Bender, director of the library, discusses the installation “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. Free.

Tomas Kaco, classical piano concert A program of works by J. S. Bach, Chopin, Paganini and others, presented as part of the European Month of Culture. 12:10 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Lunder Conservation Center tour Learn how Smithsonian American Art Museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Handi-hour A special crafting happy hour in honor of the centennial of World War I, featuring throwback crafts embodying the American spirit of supporting the troops during the war years. Follow a pattern based on the embroidery of the area or create your own design and make a poppy pin to commemorate the doughboys. A local band provides swing music. Beer served; must be 21 or older to attend; bring a valid ID for entry. 5:30-8 p.m. Renwick Gallery, Rubenstein Grand Salon, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. $25.

“Epidemics Past and Present: Causes, Responses, and the Human Impact” The eradication of smallpox in 1980 is considered the greatest achievement in international public health. David Morens, senior advisor to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, presents a survey of the most significant epidemics in human history, and an examination of contemporary research, response and reaction from various partners in a global effort to eradicate epidemic diseases. Morens discusses the epidemiology of significant diseases including smallpox, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, chikungunya, Zike, cholera, TB and malaria, the background on the organisms that cause infectious diseases, how epidemics emerge and the human cost of these diseases. 6:45-8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $30.

Thursday, May 18

U.S. Air Force Band recital Jazz sextet featuring members of the Airmen of Note. 12:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, Hall of Music, Third Floor, West Wing, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. Free.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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