Thursday, Sept. 14

Preschool activity: "Fanciful Heroes" Parents and preschoolers explore art projects and imaginative play. Classes are limited to 10 children, ages 2 to 5, with one adult per child. Today and Sept 21 and 28, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807, Three-class series: $30 per child (age 2-5) with adult; $25 member child (ages 2-5) with adult; $18 per additional adult. Individual class $12 per child with adult.

Snugglers A 45-minute guided tour of the U.S. Botanical Garden Conservatory, designed for parents and care providers who have an infant in a snugly. Strollers and older children are not permitted on the pathway. 10:30-11:30 a.m. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333, Free with registration.

Lecture: "Exploring the Costume Collections of GW Theater and Dance" As part of the weekly Textiles at Twelve series, Sigrid Johannesdottir, assistant professor of costume design and technology, discusses vintage clothing, reproductions and haute couture costumes from the theater and dance department. Noon. The Textile Museum, George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Free.

Housing provider stakeholder meeting A discussion and workshop for District real estate agents, property managers and small landlords. Topics include conversion and sale, rent control, zoning and housing resources. Noon to 2 p.m. Housing Resource Center Conference Room, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, 1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 202-442-7251. Free; register by email.

Friday, Sept. 15

Hirshhorn gallery talk: "The Utopian Projects" Curatorial assistant Sandy Guttman discusses the whimsy of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's utopian installations. Meet at the information desk. 12:30 p.m. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000, Free.

Jazz in D.C. Pianist Greg Lamont and his quintet perform as part of the weekly jazz series. 6-9 p.m. Dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. Westminster Church, 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. $5

"El Acordeon" Poet and actor Quique Aviles and designer Fidel Salvador Medrano present an installation of 10 short poems written, folded and bound by Aviles. The poems touch on identity, migration and the idea of belonging. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays 2-7 p.m. Through Jan. 21, 2018. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 16

National Park Service ranger walk: "Obscure Memorials of the Mall" Abour a two-mile walk to lesser-known memorials on the Mall that celebrate John Paul Jones, John Ericsson, the Founding Fathers and others. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Repeats Sept. 23. World War II Memorial (contact station), 1964 Independence Ave SW. 202-359-7080. Free.

Live tarantula feedings Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors can touch and hold, and answer questions about the Insect Zoo. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. O. Orkin Insect Zoo, second floor west, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

"Spinning Yarns"A hands-on family event teaches how clothes were made in Colonial days. Children can brush and spin wool to make yarn and then weave it into cloth. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-628-1776. Free.

Film: "The Balcony" A 1963 adaptation of Jean Genet's play, starring Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy and Lee Grant. 2:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art East Building, 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Cooking demonstration: "The New Southern-Latino Table" Chef and author Sandra Gutiérrez discusses migration, activism and the culinary movements in the Nuevo South and signs copies of her book, "The New Southern-Latino Table." 2-4 p.m. Demonstration kitchen, National Museum of American History. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Ranger talk: "Market Garden" After liberating Paris and driving the Germans back to their border, the Allies launched an operation to end the war quickly. Why did Operation Market Garden fail? How did it affect the overall plans of the Allies? 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. World War II Memorial (contact station), 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 202-438-7066. Free.

Art book talk: "The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists" Matthew Israel discusses his book on works that have changed contemporary art. 2 p.m. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000, Free.

Film: "Dawson City: Frozen Time" Artist Bill Morrison introduces a cinematic tapestry created from silent nitrate film footage discovered beneath the Yukon permafrost. The footage includes long-missing Hollywood narratives and scenes of the 1919 World Series. 4 p.m. National Gallery of Art East Building, 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Classical piano recital: "Scenes and Fantasies" Eli Hackmey interprets a program of Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann and Alberniz. 4-6 p.m. St. Mark's Church, 301 A St. SE. $15; $10 students with I.D.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Palisades farmers market Locally grown produce year-round, with live music. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW.

Freshfarm Capitol Riverfront farmers market Locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, beer and coffee every Sunday through the fall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Canal Park, southern block, 200 M Street SE. 202-362-8889,

Interschool Student Design Competition Teams of students from the Washington area's six collegiate architecture programs — Catholic University, Howard University, UDC, Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Morgan State University, and U-Md. — must solve a challenge involving real world architecture, planning and landscape issues. Past teams have designed tornado disaster shelters and public pavilions, and have redesigned parks and plazas. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Awards ceremony, 5 p.m. Tuesday. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Free.

Introduction to Natural Dyes A workshop with textile artist An-Phuong Ly on creating a natural dye bath with foraged plants and flowers as well as dye extracts. 2-5 p.m. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free with registration.

Art lecture: "The Art of Working with Visitors with Memory Loss" The National Gallery of Art's Lorena Bradford shares insights from the pilot phase of an education program for people with memory loss. The program attempts to help people with memory loss connect with their loved ones and the gallery's collection. 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Monday, Sept. 18

Citizenship prep An all-day event highlighting the resources for D.C. residents preparing to become U.S. citizens. Most Mondays except holidays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE., 202-698-3377. Free.

Baby and toddler story time Featuring 20- to 30-minute story times with books, songs, rhymes and finger plays, for infants to 2-year-olds. Parents are encouraged to actively participate. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. except holidays. Through Dec. 30. Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. 202-727-5012. Free.

Baby lap time Books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces, for children from birth to walking. This 20- to 30-minute story time is designed so the babies will be in caregivers' laps and grown-ups are actively involved. Mondays 10:30 a.m. Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Free.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Tudor Tots: "Five Senses" Songs, stories, crafts and other learning activities for toddlers in the historic Tudor Place garden. Each week has a different theme. Tuesdays 10-10:45 a.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. $5 with online registration.

Garden tour: "Rediscover Bartholdi Park!" USBG horticulturist Ray Mims shares the park's history, new gardens and sustainable landscapes. Take sunscreen, protective clothing and water. Meet at the Barholdi Park water fountain; canceled during extreme weather. 10:30-11:30 a.m. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free with online registration.

Classical music concert The Carya Ensemble with pianists Sonya Sutton and Sophia Vastek performs two works by Claude Debussy. Tuesdays, 12:10-1 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10

National Park Service ranger talk: The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Explore the memorial (dedicated Oct. 5, 2014) and learn about its symbols. 4-5 p.m. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, 150 Washington Ave. SW. 202-426-6841. Free.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Preschool story time For children ages 3-5 and accompanying adults. The theme for September is Frederick Douglass's "Escape From Slavery." 10-11 a.m. Boeing Learning Center, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866-272-6272. Free.

Garden tour: "Phenomenal Plants" Learn about the species of medicinal plants on display at the U.S. Botanical Garden Conservatory. The tour meets in the Medicinal Plants house. 10:45-11:30 a.m. U.S. Botanical Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free with online registration.

Exhibition: "Melody of Hope" Lukman Ahmad's paintings offer a glimpse into his Kurdish culture and the Syrian conflict. Reception with live Kurdish folk music 6-8 p.m. Through Oct. 4. Syra Arts, Canal Square, 1054 31st St. NW. Free.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle


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