Classes and workshops
■ Adrienne Cook and Danielle Cook will lead a cooking demonstration on how to prepare “Winter Pick-Me-Ups,” including teas, soups, stews, broths and other winter favorites. Noon. Free; no registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The event will repeat at 12:45 p.m.
■ 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.
■ Youth Fellow musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra will present chamber music and solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
■ Melanie Nezer will lead a discussion titled “65 Million and Counting” about the road ahead for refugees now that the U.S. has retreated from its traditional leadership of helping those who cannot stay in their original country. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 601. 202-895-4860.
■ The artist behind the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum’s “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads” exhibit, Helena Hernmarck, will give a talk on capturing the material qualities of things like folded paper, watercolors and wool in textile art. 5:30 p.m. $10 to $15; advance registration required. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
■ Journalist Atia Abawi will discuss “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes,” a book recounting the struggles and nightmares of refugees, with the intention of reminding readers of the importance of warmth and empathy towards refugees. 7 p.m. Free; no reservations required. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-364-1919.
■ The National Museum of American Jewish Military History will hold an International Holocaust Remembrance Day program with Bruce Henderson. 7:30 p.m. Tickets available through Bender JCC. Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. 301-348-3756.
■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will hold a screening of “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee,” about the famed Washington Post editor in charge of the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7763.
■ The second screening of the International Shorts Film Festival at the French Embassy will feature ten short films selected from more than a thousand submissions around the world. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. 202-944-6000.
■ Members of the homeless population employed by Street Sense Media will perform excerpts from “Timone of DC,” a play created as part of a “Staging Hope” theater workshop directed by George Washington University theater professor Leslie Jacobson. Noon. Free; no reservations required. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
■ Georgetown University students alongside professional actors will take part in “The Lathe of Heaven,” a play based on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin about a man who realizes his dreams can alter reality. 8 p.m. $7 to $18. Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-0100. This event will run in multiple performances until Jan. 27.
■ The National Theatre brings America’s hottest dance company to its stage for one performance as it presents Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound After The Curtain.” 7:30 p.m. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-0399.
■ The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold a special “January 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.
■ The Threat of Genocide Today will host a benefit event at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Learn more about the museum’s mission and its recent work to bring attention to the plight of victims fleeing atrocities committed by ISIS. 6:30 p.m. $40. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-314-7877.