Thursday, April 20

Gentle yoga classes Kiersten Gallagher and Beth Lawrence aim to help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit; all experience levels welcome. Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Through April 27. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-2800. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

“Ecosystems Alive: Students in grades 1-6 will be introduced to live reptiles from a variety of habitats and discover why healthy ecosystems are important to all life. Kids may meet a boa constrictor, a box turtle, a bearded dragon or other creatures. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. April 20 and 21. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. discoverytheater.org. 202-633-3030. $8, ages 2-16 $6, 1 and younger $3.

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”: The National Museum of American History’s signature film is a 20-minute celebration of the national ideals of democracy, opportunity and freedom. Daily at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” Author, surfer and sailor Jonathan White discusses his book, in which he recounts being under Arctic ice with an Inuit elder, hunting for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide, a race with the “Silver Dragon,” a 25-foot tidal bore that surges 80 miles up the Qiantang River, and interviewing monks who live in a tide-wreathed monastery on Mont Saint-Michel, France. Noon. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. Free.

American Art Museum verbal description tour: America InSight A docent leads a tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision, highlights of the collection described through rich verbal description and sensory experience. 3:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. 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 Northwest One Library staff members will show students how to use D.C. Public Library databases that are designed for homework and research assistance. Stop in Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and receive assistance from Ms. Janelle. Through June 1. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. northwestornelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

After-school workshops with Asian American LEAD Program for middle school and high school students. Workshops on leadership development, educational empowerment and life skills. Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6:30 p.m. Through April 27. Mount Pleasant Library, large meeting room, 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. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. 202-939-5946. Free.

“One Destiny” Actors take on the identities of people who were present the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in Ford’s Theatre and explore key facts of the event. Wednesdays-Saturdays at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Through October. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. fords.org. $5.

Kids Chess Club For children of all ages who want to learn to play or to improve their chess moves and play in tournaments. Thursdays at 5 p.m. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. chevychaselibrary@dc.gov or 202-282-0021. Free.

The Words Beats & Life Academy Master the real world through hip-hop. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Thursdays at 5 p.m. Through June 29. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. francisgregorylibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-6373. 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.

Creative writing in the afternoon Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. northeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-0058. 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 and 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 at 7 p.m. Through November. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. 202-939-5946. Free.

“Henry V” Kerry McGee directs the We Happy Few Production of Shakespeare’s history play. Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through April 29. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Black Box Theatre, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839 or chaw.org. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. $15, age 18 and younger $5.

“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.

“A Raisin in the Sun” Lorraine Hansberry’s play, directed by Tazewell Thompson. 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., Thursdays at 8 p.m. Through May 7. Noon matinees on April 12, 18, 25, 26 and May 2. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 or arenastage.org. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability.

Friday, April 21

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

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. The 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.

Children’s safety seat and belt inspections D.C. Safe Kids ensures the proper installation of seats and seat belts. Fridays 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.

Move, dance, create Stretch your creative capacity, feel good and connect with fellow participants through a variety of dance styles. For new and experienced dancers. Fridays 11 a.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Global Kids A nonprofit educational organization that inspires youths to achieve academic excellence and empowers them to take action on critical issues. High school students are invited to join this citywide leadership program. Fridays 4-5:30 p.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Evening of German games Play board and card games, including Bohnanza, Alhambra and ones you bring from home, and have a glass of wine. Drinks and snacks available. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. 202-847-4700. Reservations: www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com . $5.

Juggling workshop Christian Kloc returns to teach you how to conquer the challenge of it, includes a short demonstration, goofy warm-ups, juggling with props in your hands and professional tips to jump start your newfound circus habit and some practice with equipment, wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements. 6-7:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org. Donations requested for CHAW’s tuition assistance program.

The Practice of Impact Design Summit Hosted by Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, a two-day summit that prepares design firms with the skills to practice impact design and address social problems in their work, noted practitioners share their experiences and answer the question “how do we practice impact design sustainably and responsibly in today’s world?” Saturday sessions feature a series of workshops and panel discussions, learn how designers can effect economic, environmental, educational, social and health impacts and how design can be the driver for positive systemic change. Friday 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Call for prices per segment.

Spring Dance Concert The American University Dance Company, featuring choreography by American University students, American University faculty Britta Joy Peterson and Erin Foreman-Murray and guest artists Zoe Scofield and Michel Kouakou, participation invited for a post-performance discussion with the choreographers on Friday. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. auarts@american.edu. $10-$15.

Zakir Hussain with the National Symphony Orchestra Classical table virtuoso and international phenomenon Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO and it joined by santoor player Rahul Sharma for a unique world music duet. 9 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $39.

Saturday, April 22

Ranger run Join a National Park Service Ranger for an exhilarating trek around the National Mall and listen to stories about some of the most iconic sites in the city and other not-so-famous ones. Pace is about 10 minutes per mile with multiple stops along the way. 8-9:30 a.m. Meet at Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street NW between Jefferson and Madison drives. Laura Abbott, 202-370-2785. Free.

Yoga in the Bishop’s Garden Bring a yoga mat and join us for a Level 1 Earth Day class led by Christina Bordeaux and Chris Howell in the All Hallows Amphitheater on the Cathedral grounds. 9-10 a.m. Washington National Cathedral, All Hallows Amphitheater, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. cathedral.org. $15, cash or check.

Tudor tots: Earth Day Ages 2-4 may read, sing and play as we celebrate spring and learn to reduce, reuse and recycle in the gardens, take home a craft you made yourself, parents and caregivers remain with the children. 10 a.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org. $5, adults free, reservations required.

Museum celebration of the 47th annual Earth Day Follow the rhythms of Bash the Trash as they perform with instruments made from recycled and reused materials or make artworks inspired by Mother Nature. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Ranger-led walk Visit the memorials that honor the courage and leadership of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, an approximate walk of 1.5 miles. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Lincoln Memorial, (street level plaza), 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Matthew Hornberger, 202-359-7080. 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.

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. usbg.gov. Free.

Auditions: “A Midsummer Night’s Musical” With original music, seeking singers in all voice parts and various roles and the show’s ensemble, rehearsals begin May 15, will fall most intensively during July/August, cast members are expected to learn and review music and dialogue on their own, they should come to the audition prepared to sing and act. Please be prepared to sing 16 bars or a musical excerpt of one minute, bring a copy of your music for the accompanist, and to sight sing/read from the book. Saturday, April 22: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Questions: Dean Reichard: drinmdnow@yahoo.com. 202-547-6839 or chaw.org. Free.

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.

#DECLASSIFIFED: “In Bach’s Hand: Notes and Accounts” In this discussion, Bach lovers may take a closeup look and listen to several treasures from the Music Division’s vaults, there will be holograph manuscripts of two of the composer’s cantatas: “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her,” showing a rare note from the composer to himself and “Meine Seel’ erhebt den Herren, BWV 10, and four handwritten receipts documenting payments to Bach for musical services rendered. 11 a.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. 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: Artists Listen to a story about Keith Haring, an artist and social activist whose work reflected 1980s pop culture. Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Sunday 2-5 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Ranger-led walk: “Over There” Listen to the historical truth of the U.S.’s role in World War I and why President Woodrow Wilson declared war in 1917. 2-4 p.m. National World War II Memorial (contact station), 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066. Free.

Gallery show opening CHAL presents “This Earth,” The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop presents the Capitol Hill Art League’s spring show, “This Earth,” a mixed-media exhibition showcasing the work of local CHAL members and brief comments by the juror serving wine, cheese and conversation with the artists and juror. Opening: 5-7 p.m. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. chaw.org. 202-547-6839. Free.

Hawai’I lecture Museum senior geographer Douglas Herman presents an illustrated lecture on traditional leadership and resource management practices in old Hawai`I with ample evidence that the management of human–environment relationships by the dominant society has brought huge imbalance, discussion includes a discussion of the values of the voyaging canoe— represented by Hōkūle`a as it winds up its worldwide voyage of mālama honua (taking care of the Earth) and lessons about how to live on a finite vessel or island Earth. 6 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements A performance of a newly commissioned work by the Library of Congress, with support from the Reva & David Logan Foundation, come early for a pre-concert lecture: “Painting Jazz,” by John Szwed, Library of Congress jazz scholar. 8 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Sunday, April 23

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.

Shakespeare birthday celebration The Folger says “Happy Birthday, Will,” with festivities that will include music and theater performances, stage combat demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts, birthday cake, tours of the reading rooms and viewings of their paintings and stained glass windows. Noon-4 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. 202-544-7077. Free.

All-Bach organ concert Former Washington Cathedral organist and commercial airplane pilot Erik Wm. performs for the church’s 125th anniversary concert series on its 1969 Beckerath organ. Proceeds will be given to the church’s food pantry. 1 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. christlutherandc.org. 202-829-6727. Free, but bring non-perishable food items or a donation to the fund.

Art signs: ASL gallery talk Gallery conversations held in American Sign Language and led by deaf gallery guides. 1 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 kids 12 and younger. Sundays 2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Out of Cordoba – Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours” A documentary film that explores the lives and writings of two of the most important thinkers to emerge from medieval Spain – one Muslim and one Jewish – and their importance for interfaith relations today, sponsored by ten religious organizations from the metropolitan area, representating each of the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-669-3857. cathedral.org. Free admission and parking.

East Coast Chamber Orchestra concert A performance of works by Caplet, Lutoslawski, Suk and Theofanidis. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Mozart Requiem, K 626 The Choral Arts Society of Washington pairs works of Mozart, Bach and a world-premiere commission from composer Jake Runestad. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Tickets: choralarts.org or 202-244-3669. $15-$69.

Monday, April 24

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 at 10:30 a.m. through June 5. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Lesser-Known City Histories and Mysteries A discussion by Sandy Clunies of the Ward Circle Chapter of AARP. Social time 12:30 p.m., program 1 p.m. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. 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.

Wii game night Come on most every Monday to play Wii games, for age 6 and older. 5 p.m. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707. anacostialibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Radio Finds Its Voice Jill Ahrold Bailey, producer of WAMU 88.5’s “The Big Broadcast,” describes 1920s radio as a new frontier—and like most frontiers, it was lawless, experimental and exciting, enlivened by vintage sound clips and a sound-effects demonstration, she traces a period in which stage and vaudeville performers like Abbott and Costello and Jack Benny found even bigger stardom in radio, new styles of singing made possible by the microphone emerged, seen in performers like Gene Austin, the first “crooner,” and the role of the band leader expanded into emcee, giving rise to all-around entertainers such as Phil Baker and the wildly popular Rudy Vallee. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.

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

Yoga with Tara Bring water and a mat, and wear comfortable clothing. All experience levels welcome. Mondays at 7 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Michael Witmore on “The Wonder of Will” The Folger Shakespeare Library Director delivers this annual lecture on the British poet and playwright, bringing the year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary “The Wonder of Will,” to a close. 7 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. 202-544-7077. Free with reservations.

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, April 25

Toddler story time A 20-30 minute program with books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills. 9:45 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Toddler story time at All Souls Episcopal Church 10 a.m. In this location until the Cleveland Park Library re-opens. Twenty-thirty minute programs full of books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills, for age 18-36 months and their adult companions. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through May 30. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244. Free.

Preschool story time Children ages 3-5 and their grownups explore stories and activities that encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning in these 30-40 minute programs that also promote language and listening skills. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Northeast Library, lower level, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183. northeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Tudor Tots: dancing For children 2-4 with a parent or caregiver. Kids learn about the world around them with songs, stories, crafts and movement. 10-10:45 a.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. tudorplace.org. Children $5, adult free.

Toddler story time at All Souls Episcopal Church In this location until the Cleveland Park Library re-opens. Twenty- to 30-minute programs using books, songs and activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills. For age 18-36 months and their caregivers. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through May 30. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244. Free.

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 April. Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum St. NE. 202-476-3618. thearcdc.org. 202-476-3618. Free.

Preschool story time Children ages 3-5 and their grownups explore stories and activities that encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning in these 30-40 minute programs that also promote language and listening skills. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Northeast Library, lower level, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183.

Pop of the tots Dance party for babies and toddlers up to age 5, who experience popular music, motion and dance, and try musical 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.

Preschool Story Time Children ages 3-5 and their grownups explore stories and activities that encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning in these 30-40 minute programs that also promote language and listening skills. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

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

Classical music concert The Dvorak Duo: flutist Julianna Nickel and harpist Melissa Dvorak, perform a program offering insights into the relations between Arts and Society. 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.

Baby lap time Introduce your walking-age child to books, songs, rhymes, tickles and more to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. In this location until the Cleveland Park Library re-opens. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244. 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.

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.

French story time at All Souls Episcopal Church In this location until the Cleveland Park Library re-opens. For children of all ages. Songs, music and motion, all very interactive. Learn French songs, practice speaking the language and connect the words with motion. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. through May 30. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-232-4244. 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.

Yoga classes Elizabeth Goodman teaches all experience levels. Bring your own mat; proceeds will be 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.

Telling fact from falsehood: skills to expose pseudoscience Paleontologist Thomas Holtz introduces the toolkit assembled by astronomer, science communicator and detector of scientific baloney Carl Sagan, drawing out questions to help us penetrate the web of faux facts and fake news, is the claim consistent with otherwise well-established evidence, does the proposer accept they are wrong when contradictory evidence is brought to light, have the facts been independently confirmed and debated by knowledgeable people with opposing points of view, are the facts quantifiable, in a world where claims are often regarded as true until proven false, learn when to be skeptical and develop the skills to spot false narratives. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.

ESL Conversation Circle Volunteers from the Washington English Center facilitate the practice of your conversational skills. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Wednesday, April 26

Hat sale and reception Bring your friends and browse for the perfect spring topper; all proceeds support Tudor Place education and preservation. 10 a.m.-noon. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. 202-965-0400.

Toddler story time Children ages 18-36 months and their grown-ups engage with the stories and activities and the other children. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. chevychaselibrary@dc.gov. Free, ticket required.

Toddler story time Children ages 18-36 months and their grownups engage with the stories and activities and the other children. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. Free, ticket required.

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.

West Garden Trio Performance of classical music. 12:10 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. Free.

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

Lego construction crew For ages 4-12, we supply the Legos, you bring the imagination and creativity. Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

The Words Beats & Life Academy Hip-Hop students become Hip-Hop masters: turning fans into community legends. Join Words Beats & Life to master the real world through Hip-Hop. Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Teen advisory group An interesting way for teens (ages 14-18) to earn Community service hours and have fun as they help with service projects and planning teen events at the library, snack provided. Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

Introduction to American Sign Language Beginning level. Review what you know, learn new signs and grammar rules, and practice your conversation skills; all are welcome to join. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through April 26. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Early music seminar: The Play of Love Robert Eisenstein, co-artistic director of Folger Consort, shares insights about the weekend’s program, highlighting the music and poetry of the 13th century troubadours, country and court dances, and Adam de la Halle’s “Play of Robin and Marion,” a wine reception included. 6 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, Folger Board Room, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $20, discounts available.

Evenings with extraordinary artists: Andrew Simpson The composer, university professor, pianist and organist Simpson performs a medley of his favorite scores from the Silent Film Era. Arts Club of Washington, Monroe House, 2017 I St. NW. Register by Monday: 202-331-7282, Ext. 3 or administrator@artsclubofwashington.org. $25, includes performance and reception before and after.

From Shtetl to Synagogue: Jewish heritage sites in Eastern Europe Journalist and author Ruth Ellen Gruber redraws the map of extraordinary Jewish places in the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe and reveals the remarkable vestiges of the rich and dynamic culture that flourished for centuries in the region, discussing elaborate art-nouveau synagogue in Subotica, Serbia to the wooden synagogues found in small villages scattered around Lithuania, along with Ukraine’s Sataniv synagogue and elaborately carved tombstones, followed by an examination of beautifully painted synagogues in Romania, the baroque synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Mad, Hungary, and other places where old Jewish quarters are still standing and medieval shtetls are still home. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $45.

Maly Drama Theatre: “Three Sisters” Lev Dodin and one of Russia’s premier theater companies present this retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $19-$49.

Thursday, April 27

Garbage to Gardens For ages 5-10. Smithsonian naturalists from the Green Team in the Haupt Garden of the Castle have a welcome session, discuss how compost becomes dirt and tell how throwing a “seed bomb” can make a bare patch of ground bloom. April 27 and 28 at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Discovery Theater at Enid A. Haupt Garden, outside of Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700. discoverytheater.org. $8, ages 2-16 $6, 1 and younger $3.

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 May 11. 6 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Jane Austen: from the parlor to politics Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger takes Austen readers on a journey through the political, social and cultural landscape of Regency England, a time of royal accesses and desperation among the lower classes and provides context for an understanding of power and social structure as reflected in the characters Lady Catherine deBourgh and Emma Woodhouse. Lloyd Stanger also explores the changing view of members of the military in society, the significance of the militia being quartered in the village of Meryton and the differences displayed by such characters as Col. Brandon and Mr. Wickham, explaining how Austen weaves subtle elements of Regency England into the lives of her characters that bring about a new level of appreciation for her work. 6:45-9 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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