- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will hold “Pop of the Tots,” a toddler dance party (for ages 5 and younger). 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Teen Scene @ Tenley,” a weekly program offering a hour of gaming, films, crafts and/or karaoke after school. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.
Classes and workshops
- Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow will lead a seasonal workshop on how to create a holiday wreath with fresh mixed evergreens, winterberry and holly, as well as an assortment of natural and fanciful man-made holiday accents and decorative ribbon. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $85 to $100. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The workshop will also be offered Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
- The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library’s “Adult Learning Lab” will offer tutoring for adults with skills at the high-school level. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- “Contemporary Art Crash Course: Constructed Realities — Dioramas in Contemporary Art” will survey the work of contemporary artists who create miniature models and large-scale installations that mimic reality and make us question the truth of what we see. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will present an introductory workshop on resources available for researching the history of houses and other buildings in the District. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (use group entrance on C Street between 5th and 6th streets NW). dchistory.org.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center will hold a twice-weekly interval training class. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527. The class will also meet Thursday at 6 p.m.
- Facilitator Catharin Dalpino of the Washington English Center will lead an Evening English Conversation Group for members to talk about ideas and events and practice conversation skills. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- A workshop on “Immigration & Allyship” will focus on the everyday realities facing immigrants in the Washington area and how participants can help local immigrants. 6 p.m. Free; registration requested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.
- The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Beau Soir Trio with Jennifer Ries on viola, David Lonkevich on flute and Michelle Lundy on harp. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
- The University of the District of Columbia’s “JAZZforum” will present a recital by pianist, composer-arranger and jazz studies major Samuel Munguia. 12:30 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Building 46-West, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. jazzaliveudc.org.
- Levine Music will hold an honors tribute to pianist Arthur Rubinstein, one of the first Kennedy Center honorees, with an event featuring some of Levine’s most virtuosic students as well as faculty artists from the piano department. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- The Around the World Book Club will hold a discussion of “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World” by Seth Siegel. 2 to 3 p.m. Second-floor meeting room, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- “Afghanistan: America’s Forgotten War” will feature Benjamin Hopkins, director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University; Marlene Laruelle, research professor of international affairs, director of the Central Asia Program and associate director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University; and Stephen Biddle, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/afghanistanpanel.
- Former New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker will discuss his book “Obama: The Call of History.” 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Panelists Kate Andersen Brower, Sara Elizabeth Dill, Adalphie Johnson and B. Williams will discuss the connection between gender and performance in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and in the world around us. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- Tom Manatos — founder of the top job and internship website for Capitol Hill jobs as well as policy and political jobs nationwide — will discuss “Finding a Job in DC.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- John Feffer will discuss his book “Aftershock: A Journey Into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- Georgetown University professor and retired CIA officer Richard E. Schroeder will discuss his book “The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, the Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War.” 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- Artists Sylvia Snowden and Shinique Smith will share their stories and discuss their artwork featured in the special exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15 to $25. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- Author John Pfordresher will discuss “Secret Selves: Charlotte and Emily Brontë,” about the lives of the English authors in a small, isolated family home and the forces of creative imagination and personality that allowed them nonetheless to cast a critical eye on the issues of their time through passionate female characters. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Former MSNBC, CNN and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren will discuss her book “Everything You Need to Know About Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid).” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
- Bruce Handy will discuss his book “Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- An expert panel will discuss “Prison Labor: Reform or Abolish?” 7 p.m. Free. Social Room, Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- “Nuclear Weapons: America, North Korea, Iran and the World at a Crossroad” — a panel discussion on the threat of nuclear weapons and global efforts to reduce the likelihood that they will ever be used — will feature former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, former U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley, author Susan Eisenhower, journalist Ray Suarez and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. 7 p.m. $15. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Tim Ferriss will discuss his book “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World,” in which he shares secrets for success, meaning and more. 7 p.m. $20 to $45. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.
- Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library will host “Mid-Morning Movies,” a weekly popular-film screening geared toward those with developmental disabilities but open to everyone. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
- As part of a film series on “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration,” the Embassy of France will present Philippe Lioret’s 2009 film “Welcome,” about a Kurdish teen who decides to swim across the English Channel after traveling all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. frenchculture.org. The series will continue Dec. 12.
- Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.
Performances and readings
- The Lannan Center author series will feature readings by writers Helon Habila and Hari Kunzru. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. lannan.georgetown.edu.
- Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Gowri Koneswaran. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Busboys and Poets and @BeltwaySlamDC will present “Beltway Poetry Slam.” 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s 14th annual tree lighting ceremony will feature holiday entertainment by the Georgetown Visitation Madrigals, holiday craft decorating for children, guest appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. 5:30 p.m. Free admission; guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program. Outdoor courtyard and lobby, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW. 202-429-2400.
- “Dinner at the Chef’s Table” will feature a four-course meal created by Via Umbria chef Liam LaCivita and Bevagna chef-owner Simone Proietti Pesci featuring black truffles. 7 p.m. $90; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. viaumbria.com/events.