Events calendar: Thursday, Feb. 15

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Children’s programs

  • Children ages 2 to 5 and their parents have a chance to explore Hillwood through art projects and hunting for hidden gems in the “Treasure Quest” preschool series. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. $12 per class for a child and one accompanying adult; $10 for members. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.

Classes and workshops

  • Lee Coykendall, the U.S. Botanic Garden’s children education specialist, will lead a workshop for middle and high school teachers to use the Garden as an extension of their classroom. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • A weekly class on “Basic Knitting: Casting On, Garter Stitch, Purl Stitch” will offer instruction for beginners who want to learn the essential foundations of knitting. 5 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Discussions and lectures

  • Jason Beske and David Dixon will discuss the future of suburban planning and design and sign copies of their book, “Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free for National Building Museum members and students; $10 for non-members. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • The Goethe-Institut Washington and the D.C. Public Library will present a lunchtime German-language conversation group every third Thursday of the month, with this month’s conversation focusing on “Ausbildung” or “apprenticeship.” 12:30 p.m. The German Cultural Center at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW. 202-847-4700.
  • Authors Chris Meyers Asch and George Derek Musgrove will discuss their book “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital,” which will be followed by a book signing and cupcake reception. 6 p.m. Free; registration required. University of D.C. Student Center Ballroom, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-7437.
  • The American University School Of Communication will host a panel of journalists to discuss The Kerner Report on the 1967 race riots, 50 years after it was released. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact Sherri Williams at sherriw@american.edu.
  • Elsa Smithgall, the curator of the “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” exhibit at The Phillips Collection, will discuss Paul Klee’s impact on American artists featured in the exhibition and his importance within the history of the collection. 6:30 p.m. Free with special exhibition admission ticket. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • Dr. Debórah Dwork, a Rose professor of Holocaust History and the founding director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, will lead a discussion on Americans who traveled around the globe to offer relief and to rescue those targeted by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II. 7 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. 202-488-0460.

Performances

  • Characterized by beautiful sculpture, exquisite performance and colorful music, Chengdu Puppets sing, dance and even perform acrobatics as part of the Lunar New Year on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • American University will host a production of “Assassins,” Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the men and women throughout history that have attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents. 8 to 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Multiple performances will take place through Feb. 17.

Special events

  • Educators are welcome to a special happy hour at The Phillips Collection focusing on tips for arts integration activities based on the “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” exhibit. 4:30 to 7 p.m. $10 for educators; registration required. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • Dumbarton House will remain open after-hours for “Dumbarton at Dusk,” featuring food, music, a cash bar and pop-up history activities. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $8 for students; $10 general admission. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • Nat Geo Nights will host a “Bird Nerds” event with interactive activities, food, drink specials and music. Speakers will include wildlife filmmakers and photographers, ornithologists, birders, ecologists and National Geographic explorers. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $20. National Geographic Campus, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Tours

  • The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold a special “February Snugglers” tour of the Conservatory for parents with infants in a snuggly. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.