- Chevy Chase Library will host a “Toddler Dance Party,” with music and dancing for the entire family. 10:30 a.m. Free; tickets required. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- Takoma Park Library will host “Build a Better World Lego Club” (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St NW. 202-576-7252.
- Georgetown Library will host “Lego Playtime” (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Petworth Library will host a weekly coloring club with themed coloring sheets and all supplies provided (for ages 5 and younger). 4:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
Classes and workshops
- Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly “Gentle Gyrokinesis” class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
- A monthly short story discussion group led by Jayanthi Sambasivan will focus on a literary short story and the poetics, tensions, ambiguities and issues found within the text. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
- A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring CJ Rader and Melissa Lango of Long & Foster Real Estate and Michelle McCullough of George Mason Mortgage. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-777-4663.
- The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
- Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop to critique participants’ poems. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly “Yoga for All” restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
- The First Wednesday Concerts series will feature the Episcopal High School Chamber Choir performing seasonal music. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. stjohns-dc.org.
- The U.S. Army Chorus will celebrate the holiday season with a program of holiday favorites. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present a Christmas program by Cantus, an eight-member men’s vocal ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- Sarah Osborne Bender, director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will discuss selections from the special exhibition “Inside the Dinner Party Studio.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- Music historian Saul Lilienstein will discuss “Leonard Bernstein: Major Works: 1950s” as part of a lecture series focusing on the famous composer. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org.
- The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- A panel discussion on “DMV Artists and their Museum Community” will feature Kiyomi Iwata, an artist featured in “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads”; Claudia Lamy, a graduate student at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design; Jordan Martin, program assistant for the Washington Project for the Arts and founding editor of DIRT; Georgie Payne, exhibitions and programs manager for Transformer and founding editor of DIRT; and Ravon Ruffin, co-founder of the Brown Girls Museum Blog. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- “The Global War on Terrorism: Myths, Realities & Solutions” will feature Ambassador John W. Limbert, professor of international affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy; Christopher A. Kojm, professor of international affairs at George Washington University and former chair of the National Intelligence Council; Gawdat Bahgat, professor of national security affairs at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Study; and Ahmad Shah Mohibi, a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs and founder of Rise to Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness of the dangers of extremism and terrorism. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. risetopeace.org.
- Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano — hosts of the hit podcast and public radio show “The Dinner Party Download” — will discuss their book “Brunch Is Hell.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Former at-large D.C. Council member and five-time mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz will discuss her autobiography “Quite a Life! From Defeat to Defeat … and Back,” about her life story as well as a front-row view of local D.C politics spanning five decades. Joining her in conversation will be Andy Shallal, founder and owner of Busboys and Poets. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. The Loft, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Author and photographer Amy Davis will discuss her book “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters,” a look at the loss, change and rebirth of 72 of the city’s opulent downtown movie palaces and eclectic neighborhood theaters. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Historian John Prevas will discuss his book “Hannibal’s Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome’s Greatest Enemy.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Kevin Young will discuss his book “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- “Adventures Among Orangutans” will feature National Geographic contributors Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman on their work studying, photographing and protecting wild orangutans in Borneo for over 25 years. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- The Films Across Borders series will feature “About a Wall,” about two children who want to play together despite a growing wall; “The Wall,” about attempts by a grandmother and her grandson to surmount a seemingly endless wall; and “Trails of Hope & Terror,” about the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis and how politicians have used the issue to get elected. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. filmsacrossborders.org.
- The Reel Israel DC series will feature Or Yashar’s documentary “Sacred Sperm,” about the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community. 8 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Performances and readings
- The In Series will present “An Operetta Holiday,” featuring the music of operetta masters Strauss, Lehar, Friml, Herbert and Romberg in a program directed and conceived by Nick Olcott with Frank Conlon at the piano. 7:30 p.m. $22 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
- As part of the “Bergman 100 Celebration,” the National Theater of Norway will present the U.S. premiere of “Private Confessions,” featuring a non-linear series of “confessions” that delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within. 8 p.m. $19 to $49. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Politics and Prose will host an Acoustic Open Mic for local musicians and others of all ages, with all styles of music, poetry and performance welcome. 8 to 10 p.m.; sign up at 7:30 p.m. Free. The Den, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas will host an open-mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- The sixth annual Winternational embassy showcase will highlight the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington’s diplomatic community with displays of visual art, food, crafts and tourist information. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. itcdc.com/winternational.
- 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.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- “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 Daughters of the American Revolution’s 16th annual Christmas open house will feature live music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus, a chance for children to play with replica 18th- and 19th-century toys, and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Headquarters, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563.
- Ancient Dinners will present “Cena: An Ancient Roman Feast,” featuring a menu created by author, chef, food historian and Mediterranean diet advocate Amy Riolo and celebrity chef/restaurateur Luigi Diotaiuti with explanations of the history of each dish as well as the nutritional benefits. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $75; reservations required. Aperto Restaurant, 2013 I St. NW. ancientdinners.com.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks. 8 p.m. $30 to $269. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- Tudor Place will host a candlelight tour featuring the mansion’s glittering holiday decor and outdoor illuminations. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. The tour will also be offered Dec. 12 and 14 at 6 p.m.