Animal rights activists to protest at Agriculture Dept.

Local animal rights activists and members of the national nonprofit group Farm Animal Rights Movement have planned an animal rights protest at the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters, 14th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday as part of World Day for Farmed Animals, a series of demonstrations at slaughterhouses and other animal agriculture facilities around the world.

Vigils, marches and demonstrations are planned nationwide on or around Oct. 2, in conjunction with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi, who led the Indian independence movement, was also an outspoken advocate of nonviolence toward animals.

For information, go to www.farmusa.org.

UDC and hunger relief group to unveil ‘hoop house’

Project EDEN (Everyone Deserves to Eat Naturally), a sponsor of urban gardening and hunger relief programs, and the University of the District of Columbia will unveil an aquaponics hoop house — a moveable greenhouse — at 11 a.m. Saturday at 3754 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

The partners began work last year on a project in aquaponics, the science of growing plants and fish in an ecologically recirculating system. The hoop house is a partnership among Project EDEN, the university and ReGeneration House of Praise, a ministry in Ward 8. The church envisions the program as part of a workforce development initiative for female ex-offenders and other at-risk members of the Ward 8 community.

For information, go to www.thechurchinthefield.com/eden.shtml or call 202-704-3946.

Adams Morgan Farmers Market celebrates 40 years

The Adams Morgan Farmers Market, 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, will celebrate its 40th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a free heirloom apple tasting at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. presentation with speeches by City Council member Jim Graham, ANC1C Chairman Wilson Reynolds and others. The event will include music by folk singer Lucy Murphy and local bands.

Michael Tabor of Licking Creek Bend Farm in Takoma Park began bringing produce to 18th and Columbia in the early 1970s. When a bank opened on the adjoining property, residents negotiated a long-term lease for the market, and the D.C. City Council designated parking for farm vehicles on Columbia Road.

The market is open Saturdays from May through late November. Vendors accept WIC and SNAP subsidy cards.

Mayor to host citywide discussion of mental health Oct. 12

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is hosting a citywide discussion on mental health from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW.

The event, Creating Community Solutions D.C., will consist of small group discussions with District residents to develop strategies to reduce the stigma associated with mental health care. The program will focus on developing a community-wide action plan with more than two dozen community and organizational representatives from the private and nonprofit sectors and the government.

To register, go to www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org and select the red “Washington, D.C.” button on the map. Registrations may also be mailed to 1050 17th Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20036 or faxed to 202-775-0404.

The event is part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, which President Obama called for in January and coincides with Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12.

Local history group sponsors guided D.C. walking tours

WalkingTown DC, a series of more than 40 neighborhood tours, is Monday through Oct. 6. The tours, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, will be led by professional guides, community leaders and historians.

Offerings include a Tuesday tour of prohibition-related sites by author and prohibition authority Garrett Peck; a Wednesday cemetery tour that includes Rock Creek Parish and Washington’s only Colonial Era church and churchyard, Rock Creek Cemetery; and an Oct. 5 examination of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy investigation, with a costumed reenactor playing Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty when the president was shot at Ford’s Theatre.

All tours are free; some require registration in advance. For information, go to www.culturaltourismdc.org.

Hamilton Playground reopens with nature design

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation recently opened the newly renovated Hamilton Playground at the Hamilton Recreation Center, 1340 Hamilton St. NW, in Ward 4.

The playground’s nature-design theme features climbing boulders, logs and a megatower play structure. Other new features include a soccer court, all-ages play equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, renovated basketball courts, a shade shelter and a community garden with a storage shed and a compost bin. The playground is the 12th to be renovated under the District’s playground improvement initiative and the fifth playground opening in Ward 4.

For information, go to dpr.dc.gov.

Concert and awards program to celebrate D.C.’s African community

The D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities are having the annual D.C. African Heritage Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW.

At the free event, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) will honor seven community leaders who have made unique contributions to the District’s African community.

There will be live performances by Ethio­pian singer Haile Roots and the Chiggae Band, D.C.-based Ni­ger­ian group Eme & Heteru, the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, jazz vocalist Loide, Senegalese rapper Wageble, Kenyan actress and dancer Anna Mwalagho and Afrobeat disc jockey DJ Underdog.

To register, go to 4thannualafricanheritagecelebration.eventbrite.com .

— Compiled by Terence McArdle