- Jason Dinder & The Jungle Gym Jam 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.
- Groovy Nate 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.
Classes and workshops
- The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will hold its annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. – titled Let Freedom Ring! – as part of its daily Millennium Stage performance, featuring music by Grammy-nominated Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Free, with limited tickets available at the door starting at 4:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 202-426-8441.
Discussions and lectures
- Patrick Timony, the adaptive technology librarian for the D.C. Public Library, will hold a discussion for the technology available for those with low vision as an event hosted by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; registration preferred. 233 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-1010.
- Busboys and Poets Books and the Washington Peace Center’s “Before the Next Bomb Drops” event will feature author Remi Kanazi, who will present poetry on Palestinian people living under occupation and and their lives as refugees around the world. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations preferred. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K streets NW. Books@busboysandpoets.com.
- Busboys and Poets will host a tribute poetry night to celebrate the work of Dolores Kendrick, a poet who served as the second Poet Laureate of D.C. and has been awarded the Ansfield-Wolfe Award for her book, “The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 14th and V streets NW. Books@busboysandpoets.com.
- The Washington National Cathedral will host a Fiction Fun! at 7 p.m. Continuing in the spirit of Dean Gary Hall’s Fiction Fun, join us for lively discussions of the human soul shown in current fiction. Free, but RSVP required to email@example.com. Perry Auditorium on the 7th floor of the cathedral.
- The Washington DC Police Foundation and the Metropolitan Police Department will host a screening of “From India with Love,” a documentary about six Americans traveling to India in March 2016 to deepen their understanding of nonviolence. The film will be followed by a nonviolence workshop. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; registration suggested. Black Box Theater, Anacostia Art Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Brownpapertickets.com/event/3207383.
- 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.
- Washington National Cathedral will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last sermon, which was at the Cathedral, about “Remaining Awake during a Great Revolution.” The event will include excerpts from King’s sermon as well as music and dancing by Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel, Howard University Choir, the Cathedral House Band, Truthworker and Jennifer Harge of Harge Dance Stories. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
- Busboys and Poets Books Brookland hosts the A.W.E. Open Mic hosted by Carolyn Malachi. For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Books 625 Monroe St NE. 202-636-7230. Check out busboysandpoets.com/events/2018/01/1 for more weekly listings.