- Drum Lady K will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Audrey will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- The Petworth Library will host a weekly playgroup with toys (for ages 4 and younger and their caregivers). 10:30 a.m. Free. Second-floor children’s room, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- The Petworth Library will hold “Kids’ Club: STEM Time!” (for ages 5 to 12). 4:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
Classes and workshops
- The Museum of the American Cocktail will hold its 10th annual D.C. Holiday Cocktail Seminar, featuring six local mixologists demonstrating the recipes for their favorite holiday cocktails. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $37.50 to $50; reservations suggested. Archipelago, 1201 U St. NW. tinyurl.com/dcholidaycocktail.
- Author Ingrid Anders will present a Short Fiction Writing Workshop. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. dclibrary.org/node/55755.
- The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will begin a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Washington Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- The Millennium Stage will host the 44th anniversary of “Merry TubaChristmas,” featuring hundreds of tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from the area coming together to play traditional Christmas music. Rehearsal at 4:15 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free; tickets for the public will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30 p.m. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- “Conversations at The Kreeger Museum,” a program for those with memory disorders and their caregivers, will feature a discussion of Monet’s “Sunset at Pourville.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050, ext. 318.
- George Washington University students will share their findings after a semester of in-depth research about George Washington at Mount Vernon. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Dr. Rachel Lance, an expert in biomedical engineering from Duke University, will dig into mysteries surrounding the sinking of the Union ship USS Housatonic by the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley during the Civil War. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
- A panel discussion on “Reclaiming Urban Spaces” — about projects bringing parks, housing and offices to sites once ignored or considered unbuildable — will feature Braulio Agnese, freelance architecture and design journalist; Isabel Castilla, principal of James Corner Field Operations; Bradford McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine; and Mark Strieter, senior associate at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Lisa Baumann, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, explores, will discuss “Early-Renaissance Florence and Siena: Dueling Artistic Traditions.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- “Unpublished Black History: Rediscovered Images From The New York Times” will feature Darcy Eveleigh, photo editor at The New York Times; Rachel Swarns, a journalist and author who writes about race and race relations as a contributing writer for the newspaper; and Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Georgetown Library will present Albert Maysles’ documentary “Iris,” about fashion icon Iris Apfel. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 2016 film “Genius,” a chronicle of book editor Max Perkins’ time at Charles Scribner’s Sons, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen Rachel Israel’s 2017 romantic comedy “Keep the Change.” 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW. wjff.org.
Performances and readings
- The DC Oral History Collaborative, a citywide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents through recorded interviews, will highlight the work of last year’s partnership grantees. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Poet, author and feminist literary critic Sandra Gilbert will read from the poetry of Emily Dickinson as well as her own work as part of the annual tribute evening at Folger Shakespeare Library. Gilbert will discuss grief and death in the context of her work, with a signing and reception with black cake from Dickinson’s own recipe to follow. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).