- Lee Coykendall, a children’s education specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a workshop for children to create a kite inspired by orchid designs just in time for the kite festival on the National Mall. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- “When Architecture Tells a Story,” a creative writing and art workshop for students enrolled in grades eight to 12, will explore what D.C. will look like 1,000 years from now. Working with artist Jamila Zahra Felton, participants will create pieces to be compiled into a zine. 1 to 5 p.m. Free; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. email@example.com.
- No rocketship is necessary to discover distant galaxies and nebulas at Rock Creek Park’s “Exploring the Universe.” Recommended for ages seven and up. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free; obtain tickets 30 minutes in advance at the Nature Center front desk. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
Classes and workshops
- One Giant Meditation will kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a guided relaxation session to welcome the arrival of spring. Participants should bring their own mats. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $10 to $12. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Billy Smith, a dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, will conclude Joy of Motion’s Master Class series. 5 to 7 p.m. Individual classes range from $30 to $45. Joy of Motion Bethesda, 7315 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 180E, Bethesda. 301-986-0016.
- On the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Claude Debussy, pianist Benedetto Lupo will perform a concert of his most famous works. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
- Weekly Concert will host TK as part of the Phillips Collection concert series. 4 p.m. $20 to $40. International Student House, Grand Hall, 1825 R St. NW. 202-387-2151.
Discussions and lectures
- Mary Morton, curator and head of the National Gallery of Art’s French paintings department, will lead an introduction to the exhibition, “Cézanne Portraits.” 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
- Speaker Maryl Walters, a spiritual healer, teacher of Christian Science and interfaith activist, will lead a talk entitled “Our Government: Under the Healing and Unifying Power of Divine Love.” Free parking and childcare provided. 4:30 p.m. Free. Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202.966.2565.
- Phil Grabsky will attend a screening of his film, “Cézanne – Portraits of a Life,” a deep dive into the French artist’s biography. 4:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
- In conjunction with the Globe Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will show “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Shakespeare’s comedy that incorporates many characters from his “Henry IV” plays. 2 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.
- Washington National Cathedral will hold a performance of Handel’s choral epic “Israel in Egypt,” in time for Christians to celebrate Holy Week and Jewish people to celebrate Passover. 4 p.m. $25 to $95. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
- International championship-level dancers from the McGrath Academy of Irish Dancers will host a complimentary lesson in Irish step dancing to the participants of the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 5:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Taína Caragol and Asma Naeem, curators for the National Portrait Gallery, will lead a special tour of the gallery’s special exhibition “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light.” 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8300.
- “Make Room For Matzah” will welcome families with children 3 and older to participate in crafts, cooking, stories and mitzvah projects for Passover. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 per family for registration before March 23; $15 per family for registration after March 23. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.
- At the “John Wilmerding Community Celebration of American Art,” take part in a “Story Chorus” led by D.C. artist Holly Bass, pop-up exhibits and a collaborative sidewalk project. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
- The annual Theater J Benefit will feature food, cocktails and a conversation with sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Festive attire encouraged. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. Contact Skye Landgraf at 202-777-3225 to purchase tickets.