Events calendar: Saturday, July 15

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens features a weeklong Lotus and Water Lily Festival. (photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

Children’s programs

  • The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050.
  • The National Building Museum will present “Professor Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!,” an aural journey with cross-cultural percussionist and museum creative-in-residence Steve Bloom exploring how the original master masons instilled the museum building’s geometry with distinctive sound dimensions. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Classes and workshops

  • Albuquerque-based artist, art educator and administrator Denise Rudd will lead a mixed-media sculpture workshop inspired by the creativity of contemporary artists featured in the special exhibition “Revival.” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $15 to $25; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Archaeologist Robert Stieglitz will present a seminar on “Cultures of the Ancient World: An Evolutionary Exploration From the Sumerians to the Greeks.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Bill Keene, a Smithsonian study tour leader and lecturer in architecture and urban studies, will present a seminar on “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reflections on an Extraordinary Life and Career.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Instructor Robin Glantz will present a workshop on “Yoga for Insomnia.” 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov.
  • Writer Willona M. Sloan will present “Quit Your Day Job! Create an Action Plan for Your Arts Career,” a workshop for artists, writers, dancers and musicians. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $39. Hera Hub DC, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW. quityourdayjob.eventbrite.com.
  • Heather Markowitz, founder of WithLoveDC, will lead a “Practice With Love” yoga class. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • University Legal Services will present a First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar (in English and Spanish). Noon. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Realtor Ebony Bates will present a real estate information session. 2:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
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Concerts

  • Students of Alex Jacobsen, Dan Foster and Claudia Chudacoff studying at the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute will perform works by Rossini, Smetana and Mendelssohn. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “Ladies of Jazz” will feature Julia Nixon. 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. $12.50 to $19.50; reservations required. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. mrhenrysdc.com.
  • Hard-driving bluegrass band Town Mountain will perform with I Draw Slow. 8 p.m. $12 to $17. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. thehamiltondc.com.

Discussions and lectures

  • Neslihan Jevremovic, founder of Woven Legends, will discuss “Twentieth-Century Carpet Production and Philanthropy,” including the group’s project to train young Syrian women in Turkish refugee camps to become skilled weavers. 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “The Right Soil and Fertilizer — Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potash,” about horticultural practices that can improve the structure and availability of nutrients and help ensure a bountiful harvest of fruits, vegetables and flowers each year. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Willard Sterne Randall, distinguished scholar in history and professor emeritus at Champlain College, will discuss his book “Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Siobhan Fallon will discuss her novel “The Confusion of Languages,” about two American women living in Jordan whose military husbands have been deployed. 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Writer and performer Jenny Allen will discuss her book “Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Festivals

  • Archaeology in the Community will host its sixth annual Day of Archaeology Festival, featuring local archaeologists, lectures on the science and art of archaeology, a mock excavation and hands-on artifact displays, crafts, music, face painting, opportunities to volunteer, and an array of food trucks. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. archaeologyincommunity.com.
  • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens will open its annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival with music and dance performances, live animal demonstrations and other family-oriented activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. go.nps.gov/lotus. The festival will continue through July 22 with various events.
  • DC Zinefest will host its seventh annual festival celebrating self-published magazines that cover an array of topics, from politics and comics to poetry and personal essays. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. dczinefest.com.
  • The Hillwood Estate’s French Festival will celebrate France’s national holiday and Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for 18th-century French decorative arts. Events will include games, art projects, and live dance and music performances. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • The Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival will feature taco trucks and taqueria restaurants, craft beer tastings, margarita bars, live entertainment, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, the Hot Sauce Zone and more (for ages 21 and older). Noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. $45 to $75. The Yards Lot H/I, 1st and N streets SE. tacobeertequila.com.
  • “Polish Day” will feature music, games for kids, traditional Polish food, Polish beer and vodka cocktails, trivia about Poland, traditional Polish items for sale, and a dramatic reading by playwright John Feffer focused on Kosciuszko’s “Last Will.” Noon to 4 p.m. $25; free for children 9 and younger. Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. A jazz concert by Kuba Cichocki’s Audubon Lab Experiment will follow from 4 to 5 p.m., with a suggested donation of $15.

Films

  • The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Elissa Brown’s 2016 film “Windshield: A Vanished Vision,” about the iconic house on Fishers Island, N.Y., that was modernist architect Richard Neutra’s first East Coast commission, designed for the real estate scion and art collector John Nicholas Brown II and his wife, Anne (the filmmaker’s grandparents). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The National Gallery of Art will present Victor Grauer’s 1974 film “Book of the Year 3000,” a rarely screened formalist work. In introductory remarks, film scholar Brett Kashmere will discuss Pittsburgh-based Grauer’s “Theory of Pure Film” and his influence as filmmaker, composer, theorist, poet and playwright. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Health screening

  • Giant Food will offer blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Pharmacy, Giant Food, 1345 Park Road NW. giantfood.com.

Performance

  • Capitol Tap will present a performance by the next generation of tap musicians, dancers, historians, improvisers, technicians, teachers and performers. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.

Special events

  • Union Market’s seventh annual DC Scoop event will feature ice cream vendors competing for the “Best Ice Cream” title. The event will include contests, raffles and giveaways, as well as free samples and servings available for purchase. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com.
  • Politics and Prose will host “Nerds! Trivia Night,” challenging competitors of all ages to three rounds of mind-bending trivia. Signup at 7 p.m.; game at 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “New Orleans Fun & Food,” the Comité Tricolore’s annual Bastille Day celebration, will feature an evening of music, dancing and fine food featuring jazz musician Don Vappie and his Creole Jazz Quintet. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $115 to $175. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. bastille-day.org.

Teen event

  • Joseph LMS Green will host a youth open mic poetry event with teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Tours and walks

  • A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike to learn about non-native plant species and their impacts on Rock Creek Park’s ecosystem. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will present a tour of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and through the 1950s neighborhood of Eastland Gardens. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet inside the Minnesota Avenue Metro station just beyond the turnstiles. washingtonwalks.com.
  • A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.