- The Georgetown Library will host “Song and Dance,” a weekly 20-minute program of music and movement (for ages 5 and younger). 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Tots and Toys Playdate,” during which children can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle (for ages 3 and younger, with parent or caregiver). 11 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The Mount Pleasant Library’s weekly “Friday Films” program will feature a family movie. 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- The Rock Creek National Park Service will host an informative program about park wildlife and assist in feeding the live critters at 4:30 p.m. Geared for ages 4-10. Program runs every Friday until Jan. 26. Free. Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Rd, NW. 202-895-6000.
Classes and workshops
- Bring a yoga mat and towel to Bethesda Regional Service Center for senior yoga, as part of a three-week series on Jan. 5, 12 and 19. 9:45 to 11 a.m. $30 for a three-week session; registration required. Bethesda Regional Service Center, 4508 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. 301-896-3939.
- The National Portrait Gallery will hold a creative writing session targeted at adults, which will take inspiration from the gallery’s special exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. This event will repeat on Jan. 20.
- Master fiber artist Kyoko Nitta from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will lead a class teaching participants on how to knot their own net bag and pendant using freestyle fishnet knotting. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $125 to $150; registration required. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. This event will repeat on Saturday, Jan. 20.
- A AhealthyU Yoga class will be held on the American University campus in Spring Valley Room 601. Noon to 1 p.m.
- All ages and juggling experience levels are welcome to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Juggling Workshop with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $5 minimum donation. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will hold a drop-in “Working from the Figure” class, where participants will be able to work on drawing and paintings using their own materials in front of a live model, led by artist Will Fleishell. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- Local bands Light Beams and Time is Fire will play in the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of an event presented with Washington City Paper. The museum will also offer free beer tasting with local brewery Right Proper Brewing Company. 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.
- Donna the Buffalo will play danceable, soulful electric rock, folk, reggae and country music containing messages of social and moral responsibility. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000.
- The Washington Conservatory of Music will host the Fine Arts Quartet and pianist Alon Goldstein, who will play Mozart and three piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. 8 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. 301-320-2770.
Discussions and lectures
- The National Gallery of Art will host a lecture entitled “In the Tower: Anne Truitt” from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. East Building Auditorium. Located between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6905.
- Lindsay Campbell, a research social scientist for the USDA Forest Service’s NYC Urban Field Station, will speak on her research about how individuals, groups and public agencies play roles in creating and managing urban landscapes. Noon to 1p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- Research Services Librarian Michele Lee Silverman will discuss letters that Revolutionary War Capt. Jonathan Birge of Connecticut wrote home to his wife on the losing campaign in New York in 1776, sharing details of his love for her as well as details about troop movements and struggles, ending with a letter announcing his death to his wife. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
- Artist Maren Hassinger will discuss her work “Wrenching News” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which was created in response to Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, as well as her 40-year experience as an artist and educator. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- The Potter’s House will host “Rebellious Mourning – Author Talk with Cindy Milstein” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. RSVP via Facebook. The Potter’s House 1658 Columbia Road Northwest. 202-232-5483.
- The Japan Information & Culture Center will hold a Scholar Spotlight presented by Frank Feltens on Ogata Kōrin, one of Japan’s most cherished artists. 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St. NW, Suite 100. 202-238-6900.
- Politics and Prose book store will have a reading of Niall Ferguson – The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. Check out the store’s events for the week at politics-prose.com/events. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW. 202-364-1919.
- Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. will show “Ciné-Mômes : Grand Mechant Renard et autres contes” for kids ages 5 and older. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; registration required. Alliance Française de Washington DC, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.
- Folger Shakespeare Library will present a staged reading of “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” a play about famous 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt and her preparation to perform one of the greatest roles of all time, Hamlet. 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host Turquoise Lake. 6 p.m. The John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW. 202-467-4600. Check out kennedy-center.org for more listings.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will hold the Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; no tickets required. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth Street, NW. 202-347-8355.
- The West End Library will host its twice-weekly program “Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults.” 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.