Events calendar: Monday, July 17


Children’s programs

  • Mr. Banjo Man 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.
  • “Pacific Rhythm” will feature traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes. 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

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.
  • Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Petworth Library will host “Fix (Nearly) Anything,” a monthly fix-it session offering assistance, tools and support so attendees can make needed repairs to various items. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.


  • The Fort Reno concert series will feature Teen Mortgage, Dissonance and Tubefreeks. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW.
  • The U.S. Navy Band’s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.

Discussions and lectures

  • Allison M. Kuchar, a certified health education and end-of-life specialist with Capital Caring Hospice, will discuss “What Is Hospice — Debunking the Myths,” about the true nature of hospice and palliative care. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 443-417-3738.
  • A panel discussion on “How the Puerto Rico Medicaid Cliff Affects Your State” will feature Mario Marazzi, executive director of the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute; Marta Rivera, chair of the board of directors of the Puerto Rico Hospitals Association; María Fernanda Levis, CEO of Impactivo Consulting; and Pedro Montenegro, government affairs director of the National Hispanic Medical Association. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE.
  • Palisades Village will present a talk by AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly on “Medicare Fraud, Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft: How to Prevent, Report and Detect Them.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, 5428 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-244-3310.
  • John Pfordresher, a professor of English at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “The Secret History of ‘Jane Eyre’: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Fiona Barton will discuss her psychological thriller “The Child,” about the tenacious hold of the past and the ways secrets affect lives. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present Christopher Guest’s 2000 film “Best in Show.” 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “RSC Live” will feature a screening of director Iqbal Khan’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty. 7 p.m. $20. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants butterflies like, native plants of the middle Atlantic area and roses that grow well in the Washington environment. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Meet by the entrance to the National Garden on the Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.