- Marsha Goodman-Wood 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. Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- 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.
- 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 Washington English Center and the Georgetown Library will present an English conversation class for adults. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will hold the English Conversation Circle, a drop-in group for adult speakers of other languages to improve their oral skills in American English. 10 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- The Petworth Library will hold a computer-basics class led by certified trainers. 10:30 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- 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.
- Library Express will offer an advanced computer course on Excel. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, but seats are limited to 12 so participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early. Library Express, 1990 K St. NW. 202-727-0324.
- Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- Tenley-Friendship Library will host the Tenleytown Memoir & Essay Writing Club for all aspiring and amateur writers. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Company members from Camille A. Brown & Dancers will lead an intermediate- to advanced-level master class for adults. 7 p.m. $15. Meet in the Hall of Nations at the Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- In a concert presented in collaboration with the Strathmore Artist in Residence program, bassist and composer Ethan Foote will lead a quartet in performing original works and favorite arrangements, including settings of poems by Foote and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- Diana Kohn, president of Historic Takoma, will discuss “The Grocery Shopping Evolution in the D.C. Region, 1880-Present.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- As part of its Tech Talk Mondays series, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host “Assistive Technology for Low Vision,” a discussion led by adaptive-technology librarian Patrick Timony about the technology available for those with low vision. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-234-1010.
- Profs & Pints will present “What Hurricanes Are Telling Us,” a look at the forces that generated this year’s big storms and the risks that such weather trends pose to the Washington region, with Raghu Murtugudde, professor of atmospheric and oceanic science and earth-system science at the University of Maryland at College Park. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. profsandpints.com.
- Peter Edelman, professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Brian Dear will discuss his book “The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the Plato System and the Dawn of Cyberculture.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 2000 film “High Fidelity,” starring John Cusack. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
Performances and readings
- Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens will read from their newly authored heroic narratives. A Q&A with the students will include discussion of what makes a true hero or heroine in today’s complicated and changing world. 6 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic poetry night hosted by Lissa Piercey. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- 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.
- “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).