- U.S. Botanic Garden docent Marjorie Abbot will host an “October Snugglers” tour for parents and care providers with a tiny one in a snuggly (no strollers or older siblings due to narrow paths and the nature of the program). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- Joan Sherman, a job search and networking coach at Networkshops.net, will host a workshop on “Motivation & Momentum: Practical Ideas to ‘Pick Yourself Up’ & Launch an Effective Job-Search Campaign.” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm, American pianist Angelo Di Loreto and American bassist Jeff Koch will present an interactive performance to teach kids about the piano, bass and drums. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- NSO Pops will present Pink Martini with lead singer China Forbes. 7 p.m. $24 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Autumn Harvest.” Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov/programs.
Discussions and lectures
- National Portrait Gallery historian Jim Barber will discuss the 1905 portrait of Andrew Carnegie by an unidentified artist. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Student designers and faculty members from the Howard University Fashion Design Program will share the challenges and surprises they encountered as they produced upcycled wearables for their Oct. 5 sustainable fashion show. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Poet and author Ibtisam Barakat will discuss her memoir “Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
- The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a talk by Dr. Belinda Weinberg on “Making the Most of Your Technology With Low Vision.” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington Headquarters, 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-234-1010.
- Georgetown University professor David Edelstein will discuss his book “Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers.” 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- A conference on “The Garbage Patch State: Ocean Plastics Pollution” will feature artist Maria Cristina Finucci, National Geographic senior staff writer Laura Parker and Georgetown University professor John McNeill. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- Faig Ahmed — an emerging Azerbaijani artist whose work throws conventional carpet structures into chaos — will discuss “Carpet Code.” 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- John E. Chambers, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, will discuss “The Mystery of Planet Formation.” 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Broad Branch Campus, Carnegie Institution for Science, 5251 Broad Branch Road NW. carnegiescience.edu/events.
- Chezare A. Warren will discuss his book “Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving From Chicago’s South Side to Success in Higher Education.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- Robert Kirkbride, dean of the Parsons School of Constructed Environments, will discuss “The Many Phantoms of Kirkbride Hospitals,” about opportunities for reuse of 19th-century hospitals such as St. Elizabeths. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Hamdullah Mohib, ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, on the present changes in his country and its ties to the U.S. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $50; reservations required. Embassy of Afghanistan, 2341 Wyoming Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger, former manager of visitor education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will discuss “Jane Austen: From the Parlor to Politics,” about the political, social and cultural landscape of Regency England. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- “The Evolution of Alice Waters: How American Cuisine Found Its Way” will feature restaurateur Alice Waters — author of the new memoir “Coming to My Senses” — in conversation with The Washington Post’s Joe Yonan. 6:45 p.m. $45 to $55. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
- Anne Applebaum will discuss her book “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Jason Reynolds will discuss his book “Long Way Down,” a story about gang violence and the rigid “rules” of masculinity (for ages 14 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- A panel of writers, corporate leaders and government officials will examine the ethical responsibility of those who compile and track citizens’ personal data. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Historian Marjorie J. Spruill will discuss her book “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics.” 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Kramerbooks will present a talk by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson on their book “F*cked: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed.” 7 p.m. $15 to $30. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- Jim Lehrer — former executive editor and news anchor for the “PBS NewsHour” and moderator of 11 presidential and vice presidential debates during his career — will speak as part of the series “Journalists on Journalism.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a group for younger adults ages 21 and older — will discuss “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- Historian Lisa Moses Leff will discuss her book “The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust” in conversation with Edna Friedberg, historian at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- The Tregaron Conservancy will present a talk by landscape architect Glenn Stach in connection with the new report “Envisioning the Urban Wild Garden of the 21st Century: Preservation and Sustainability at Tregaron.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tregaron Mansion, Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Georgetown Library will host a screening of “Toy Story” complete with popcorn. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Kim Yong-hwa’s 2009 megahit “Take Off,” about the joy and sorrow of Korea’s first national ski jump team. Appetizer social at 6 p.m.; film at 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. KoreaCultureDC.org.
- Goethe-Institut Washington’s film series on “Luther the Reformer: 500 Year Legacy” will feature Lew Hohmann’s 1983 short film “Copyright by Luther” and Lothar Warneke’s 1988 film “Bear Ye One Another’s Burden … (Einer trage des anderen Last … ).” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Happenings Happy Hour” series will feature “The Kind of Thing That Would Happen” by Agora Dance. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- “Brews and Banter” will offer an opportunity to enjoy craft brews from Bluejacket Brewery during a casual behind-the-scenes conversation with “Antony and Cleopatra” cast members Simoné Elizabeth Bart and Nigel Gore. 6:30 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- Gardener Justin Kondrat will lead a “Horticultural Backstage Pass” tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s orchid collection that will include a visit to the greenhouse and tips on potting techniques. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility, 4700 Shepherd Parkway SW. usbg.gov/programs.
- U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility manager Ian Donegan will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the largest support facility for a public garden in the United States. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility, 4700 Shepherd Parkway SW. usbg.gov/programs.