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Free and Easy: Food swap, verbal gymnastics, drinking-straw weaving

Neus Ballús, director of "The Plague / La Plaga." (credit: Lorenzo Cerrina)
Neus Ballús, director of "The Plague / La Plaga," screening at Gala Hispanic Theatre on Sunday. (Lorenzo Cerrina)

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

MONDAY

Food swap

If you need new ideas about what to feed the family, this food swap might be just the ticket. You'll have to register to receive the address of the food swap, but then just show up with one of your prized dishes to share with other cooks.

1:30 to 3 p.m. Location will be disclosed upon registration. Register at Alexandria.food.swap@gmail.com.

TUESDAY

Holiday concert

Running low on holiday spirit? Every December, the University of the District of Columbia's JAZZAlive concert series hosts a free holiday concert. This year, performers include the UDC Chorale, gospel group the Voices and the UDC Jazz Ensemble.

7:30 p.m. University of the District of Columbia, University Auditorium, Theatre of the Arts Building, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5000. www.lrdudc.wrlc.org/jazz/events.php

WEDNESDAY

Under Armour boot camp

Why wait until the new year to start a fitness plan? Under Armour is hosting a free outdoor boot-camp workout led by a trainer from Vida Fitness. Participants will get a coupon for Under Armour gear as well as a chance to win some raffle prizes.

6 p.m. City Sports Gallery Place, 715 Seventh St. NW. 202-638-3115. www.citysportsblog.com/city-sports-events

THURSDAY

Yule crafts

Learn about Scandinavian holiday traditions, including Saint Lucia's Day and the Winter Solstice. Children will get to make Saint Lucia wreaths.

6 p.m. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. www.dclibrary.org/thornton.

FRIDAY

Verbal gymnastics

Get a lesson in verbal gymnastics from playwright and poet John Johnson, whose workshop encourages participants to use their personal experiences and observations in their poetry and storytelling.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu.

SATURDAY

Drinking-straw weaving

Kids can have some fun at the Textile Museum, where they'll learn to make a loom out of plastic drinking straws. (Think of all the friendship bracelets they can make!) Get there early as supplies and space are limited.

2 to 4 p.m. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. www.textilemuseum.org.

SUNDAY

'REEL Women - Mujeres en el Cine'

Gala Theatre is rounding out its festival of female-centric films by Mexican and Spanish directors with the D.C. premiere of Spanish director Neus Ballús's "The Plague/La Plaga." The 85-minute film is in Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles.

2 p.m. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org.

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