Thursday, Oct. 29

Memorials of the Reflecting Pool National Park Service rangers lead walking tours of the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans and World War II memorials. Daily at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Through Nov. 30. Meet at the Hawaii-Alaska Plaque, below the Lincoln Memorial Steps, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.

Hillwood’s specialty mums Go behind the scenes, where you will learn how gardeners continue the 55-year tradition of propagating chrysanthemums for fresh-cut flowers used in weekly floral arrangements. 11 a.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free.

“War Plan Red: The United States’ Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States” Author Kevin Lippert discusses the secret “cold war” between the United States and Canada in full and humorous detail, culminating with declassified invasion plans that the Canadian and U.S. militaries had drawn up in the 1920s and 1930s. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Memorials of the Tidal Basin National Park Service rangers lead walking tours of the Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson memorials. Daily at Noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Through Nov. 30. Meet at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. 202-426-6841. Free.

Jurisprudence lecture Political philosopher-Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel discusses “Justice, Neutrality and Law.” 3 p.m. Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4642. Free.

Homework help Ages 6-18, volunteer tutors help with school assignments, complete required reading and participate in creative-writing activities. Thursdays and Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Chess for kids Master chess instructor guides children from learning the basics to advancing their level of skill. Thursdays at 5 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and fashion from 1890 to 1929. Jewelry designer Andrew Prince discusses the elements that shaped the glittering period shown on “Downton Abbey,” and the social, cultural and political events and connections between the great jewelers and couture houses. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $20, students $7.

“Appomattox” preview Members of the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program perform songs and readings from the Civil War and civil rights era, with an excerpt from the acclaimed opera coming to the Opera House Nov. 14-22. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Play chess All ages and experience levels can learn how to play or how improve their game. 6 p.m. Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. 202-698-1175. Free.

Steve Case on Local Entrepreneurship Co-founder of America Online (AOL) and founding chair of the Startup America Partnership talks with Brian Park, chapter director of Startup Grind DC, about Case’s career path and journey as an entrepreneur, why he chose to launch multiple businesses in the Washington area and how the city is developing into a hub for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. 6:45-8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $30.

“Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868” Author Cokie Roberts discusses her book; question-and-answer session follows. Books available for purchase in the theater gift shop. 7 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. Free, registration required.

Conversations on the Constitution The National Archives continues its series of conversations with Supreme Court justices with an evening with Samuel A. Alito Jr. Yale law professor and constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar will lead the discussion, focusing on ideas, viewpoints, and issues related to the Constitution and their impact on Americans. 7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5056. Free.

JACK Quartet and Lightbulb Performance of new music for strings, American gamelan and the two ensembles combined in classical/Indonesian fusions. Works by John Cage, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wayne Vitale, Brian Baumbusch and Peter Steele. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or www.ticketmaster.com.

“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End” Barbara Chisholm portrays the celebrated humorist in Allison Engel and Margaret Engel’s one-woman play. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 8. Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org. $55-$90, subject to change and based on availability.

“Winners and Losers” Created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long; what begins as a playful exercise slowly reveals itself as a dangerous unpacking of privilege, status symbols and class divisions. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays except Oct. 31 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays except. Nov. 1 at 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 22. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $35-$68, subject to availability.

Friday, Oct. 30

D.C. Career Fair Job-training workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, and hiring event, 1-4 p.m., sponsored by Arena Stage and City Council members Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large); more than 10 career resources. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Registration required: www.arenastage.org/careerfair. Free.

Farmers market Last one of the year, vendors from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 866-632-9992. Admission, free.

Sweet tooth? Biochemist Beth Burrous discusses plants that impart flavor to sweet foods, the history and botany of plants such as sugar cane, coconut palm, tamarind, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, agave, coffee and chocolate; samples of unusual and familiar sweets will be provided. Noon-1:30 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

Want to visit a jungle, desert or tropical paradise? Guides lead a visit and discuss how the exotic plant world connects to everyday life, possibly giving a view of bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or insights about the next breakthrough in medical plant research. Friday, Monday and Wednesday at noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Organ recital Eric Bowman performs works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Dan Locklair, John Cook, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Matthias Michel and Leon Boellman. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. 202-232-0323. Free, donations welcome.

Crosscurrents Forum Three-part program explores the artists in Crosscurrents with Annie Cohen-Solal, Virginia Mecklenburg and Gijs van Hensbergen. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Darius & Twig” A tale of the power of friendship, based on the 2013 Walter Dean Myers novel, adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, with four actors portraying nearly 15 roles; the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves. Age 13 and older. Fridays at 7 p.m. Saturdays- Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $20.

Tchaikovsky and Sibelius anniversaries Yaniv Dinur directs the American University Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Jess Bauer. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 7 p.m. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. AUarts@american.edu. 202-885-1300. $10, seniors $5.

“Oliver!” Molly Smith directs a reimagined production that blends contemporary and Victorian London. Fridays at 8 p.m., most Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., some noon matinees, no performances Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve night. Through Jan. 3, 2016. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org. $74-$119, subject to change and based on availability.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Bat hunt for kids Learn why bats matter. Children’s education specialist Lee Coykendall invites all to come dressed as a bat or as a plant pollinated by a bat or just come and be part of bat-related activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Museum-wide events for holiday said to be inspired by monarch butterflies going home to Mexico. Food demonstrations, cultural presentation of La Danza de los Tecuanes (Dance of the Jaguars and Dance of the Old Men); learn how to create papel picado butterflies, marigolds and sugar skulls. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Trick or treat at Tudor Place “Spooktacular” for all ages, come in costume, paint pumpkins, participate in other crafts, face-painting and active period games. 10 a.m.-noon. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Register: www.tudorplace.org. $10 per child, accompanying adult $3.

Yoga for adults Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Through Dec. 26. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

Yoga in Mount Pleasant Carol and Marjorie lead relaxing, stress-free yoga. All experience levels welcome; wear comfortable clothing, bring water and a yoga mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Congressional Cemetery A docent-led introductory tour; walk through the burial place of John Philip Sousa, Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and Marion Barry. 11 a.m. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org. Free.

Halloween SPOOKtacular concert and reception CHAW music students perform, costume and artwork display, doughnuts and cider. 2-3:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org. Free.

Halloween concert Yaniv Dinur leads the American University Symphony Orchestra in a frightfully fun family concert under the spell of witches and ghosts. Come in your spookiest costume. 3 p.m. American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. AUarts@american.edu. $10, seniors $5.

Comedy show Story League performs a costumed comedy-story show with frighteningly funny artists from D.C., New York and beyond, with magical tricks, treats and surprises. Mature themes and strong language. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Haunted Museum Ghost Tour Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum. See a different side of the museum on this lantern-light tour, where mysteries and surprises await. 8 and 9:15 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $25.

Sunday, Nov. 1

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

Makerspace: Practicing Creativity Celebrate the imaginative and innovative spirit in the exhibit “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” by tapping into and practicing your creativity. This self-directed drop-in program provides access to various craft/art materials, tools and ideas, as well as the time and space to play. Like processes? Explore and experiment! Want a product? Make and take! Enjoy NMWA’s first pop-up “makerspace” on your own or with family and friends. Noon-5 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. reservations@nmwa.org. http://nmwa.org/events/free-november-community-day-makerspace. Free.

Sunday Yoga at the library Jenny of Yoga Activist leads people 18 and older in a class perfect for beginners; bring a mat or towel. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Hillwood’s specialty mums Behind-the-scenes look at how gardeners continue the 55-year tradition of propagating chrysanthemums for fresh-cut flowers used in weekly arrangements. Sundays 2 p.m. Tuesdays 1 p.m. Thursdays 11 a.m. through Nov. 8, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free.

It’s my body! Art and movement workshop A complement to the D.C. Rape Crisis Center’s “Good Touch Bad Touch” sexual abuse prevention curriculum for students in pre-school through sixth grade, designed to create a shared learning experience between adults and youth; incorporates theater, art and games to explore the concepts of expression, communication and boundaries. 2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

P.A.L. (People Animals Love) dog visit Ages 4-12 are invited to gain confidence in their reading by doing it aloud to a dog named Tommy. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Kids Euro Festival: “White Lullaby” The story of a little bunny who travels to a dream world where he reunites with his mother, Rabbit, and meets grandmother Cow and neighbor Duck who teach him that no matter how far away your loved ones are, they are always thinking of you and caring about you. 3 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Free.

Apollo Orchestra concert Stephen Czarkowski leads the ensemble in a program of works by Richard Wagner and Georges Bizet with singers from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Sidwell Friends Upper School Chorus. 3 p.m. Sidwell Friends School, Upper School, Robert Smith Meeting House, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 240-498-0119. www.apolloorchestra.com. Free.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle All experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn for a take-home project. Sundays at 3 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Inscape Chamber Orchestra A performance of works by Dallapiccola, Górecki, Hallman, Scriabin, and Young. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Constitution Avenue and Sixth Street NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Monday, Nov. 2

Bilingual book fair More than 500 Spanish, English and bilingual children’s books geared to young readers will be sold. Proceeds benefit the primary and middle school library programs. Monday-Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW. 202-671-6130. Admission free.

Kids Euro Festival From Luxembourg, multi-percussionist Sven Kiefer leads a fun trip through the world of percussion with Drum Bommel on various instruments. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“Kebab Connection” Anno Saul’s 2005 film about a Hamburg-born man who is determined to make the first German kung-fu movie, until his German girlfriend gets pregnant. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. $7, seniors and students $4.

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific Anthropologist Sanford Low’s documentary film about the routes taken by the Pacific’s earliest settlers and how they got to the islands of Polynesia; discussion follows the screening. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $42.

Pro Musica Choir concert The 25-member ensemble from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania, performs works by Jenkins, Abaris, Faure and Newton; reception follows. 7 p.m. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-526-3800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.org.

Yoga for beginners All experience levels welcome. Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 29., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Fall frolic Ages 2-4 and an accompanying adult are invited to read, sing and play in the garden or indoors with a new theme each week; interactive read-alouds and movements related to the current topic. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Through Nov. 17. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org. $5/child plus adult pair.

“Bulldozer’s Big Day” Ages 3-5, staff member reads the Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann book about a bulldozer’s excitement over being on a construction site and working among bigger trucks. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. $3.

Chair yoga Beth Lawrence teaches how to connect the body and mind and relax deeply through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels of experience welcome. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Through Nov. 24. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10.

Happy tails Bring a book, make up a story or borrow a library book to read aloud to a dog brought by volunteers from People Animals Love (PAL). Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Stacy Schiff: “The Witches: Salem, 1692” Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her book that describes a dark, unsettled time when the colony braced itself daily against Indian attack and English oversight, and other questions about women’s central roles in American history. 6:45-8:45 p.m. U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. $42 or $62 with a copy of the book.

Madhur Jaffrey puts the spice in vegetarian cooking Authority on Indian home cooking in America talks with Washington Post food and dining editor Joe Yonan about her new recipes that might reshape the way you think about and cook Indian food. 6:45-8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. $30.

“Toast” Cookbook author Raquel Pelzel talks with National Public Radio contributor and food writer Bonny Wolf about her book’s 50 seasonal recipes, from savory to sweet, with innovative combinations of simple ingredients; reception follows. 7 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172. Free.

Meet Drew Barrymore Actress discusses her recently published book “Wildflower.” 7 p.m. Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. www.sixthandi.org/event/drew-barrymore/. $20-$45.

Flower-Bird-Wind-Moon Soprano Asako Tamura, a Kyoto, Japan, native and opera star and pianist Mariko Furukawa perform songs by Japanese composers and Mozart, Chausson, Bellini and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-397-7328. www.ticketmaster.com. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Yoga in the galleries Eva Blutinger leads a peaceful yoga class for all experience levels; bring a mat. Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. $10.

Gallery talk Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso discusses highlights from special exhibition “Pathmakers.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Urban Innovation Gabe Klein, a creative leader in making cities better, discusses his book “Start-Up City,” delivering inspiration coupled with real-world ideas that are anchored in results, to remake cities into places that will be more resilient, sustainable and enjoyable places to live. 12:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. $10.

Kids Euro Festival Master storyteller Julia Tasheva spins an ancient legend, “Baba Marta’s Yard,” a traditional Bulgarian folk tale told with puppets and props made of yarn. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” Journalist Wil Haygood discusses his book on the first African American Supreme Court justice, who brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools and fought for human rights and human dignity; the politicians, lawyers, civil rights activists and others whose lives were intertwined with Marshall’s, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, Rep. Adam Clayton Powell and Harry T. and Harriette Moore, the Florida NAACP workers who died at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. 6:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. $30.

“Barely Composed” Poet Alice Fulton talks with The Washington Post’s Ron Charles about her career and discusses her works and the major events that shaped them. 7 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Kings and Queens Ages 2-5 with an accompanying adult. Explore a new mansion room each week in this three-part series through make-believe, art projects and imaginative play. Thursdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Through Nov. 19., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $12 per child with one adult, $30 per series per child with one adult.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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