- 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.
- 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
- Taproot will present Speed Consulting, a half-day event pairing nonprofits with a series of professional experts for quick but targeted consulting and advice on key organizational needs. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- 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.
- The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will present a workshop on “Archiving Digital Photography.” 5 to 7 p.m. $20 to $30; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. dchistory.org.
- 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.
Discussions and lectures
- National Museum of Women in the Arts director of education and digital engagement Deborah Gaston will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- Historian Edward L. Ayers will discuss his book “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America,” about two communities in the Great Valley: Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Pa. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Rebecca Stein, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, will discuss “‘Fake News!’: The View From Israel’s Occupation,” about Israeli efforts to repudiate state violence against Palestinians. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum deputy chief curator E. Carmen Ramos will discuss the artistic development of Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo from his urban-themed paintings to his dreamlike canvases. 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Georgia State College of Law professor Stephen B. Bright will discuss “Race & Poverty in the Criminal Courts: The Death Penalty, Debtors’ Prisons, Mass Incarceration and Other Injustices” in conversation with civil rights leader Wade Henderson. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Moot Court Room, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. law.udc.edu.
- Susie Moore, life coach and founder of Side Hustle Academy, will discuss her book “What If It Does Work Out?” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak will lead the “News in Longform” book club in a discussion of Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Blaine Harden will discuss his book “King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea,” the first full biography of Donald Nichols. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- New novelist Malu Halasa will discuss her book “Mother of All Pigs,” a story set in a small Jordanian border town. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
- Experimental journalist A.J. Jacobs will discuss his book “It’s All Relative,” which chronicles his adventure to help to build the “World Family Tree.” 7 p.m. $15 to $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.
- The Evenings With Extraordinary Artists Series will feature a panel discussion with Julie Kent, the new artistic director of the Washington Ballet, and Elvi Moore, the former general director of the Washington Ballet and founder of the Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts. 7 p.m. $25. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- “God, Faith, and the Law: How Religion Has Shaped American Values” will feature Jenna Weissman Joselit, professor of Judaic studies and history at George Washington University and author of “Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments”; and Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of “The End of White Christian America.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $11.50 to $41.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre’s sixth annual international film festival “Reel Time at GALA” will feature the 2015 documentary “Refugio/Refuge,” about the lives in Mexico of two former refugees who fled Guatemala on foot; and the D.C. premiere of Carolyn Brown’s 2017 documentary “The Salinas Project,” about children of migrant farm workers living in a predominantly Latino neighborhood with high poverty, gang violence and deplorable housing conditions. A Q&A with Brown will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-234-7174. The festival will continue through Dec. 3.
Performances and readings
- Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will pay tribute to past Kennedy Center honoree George Balanchine with a performance from some of Balanchine’s most famous ballets, including dances from “The Nutcracker.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Georgetown University Dance Company will perform diverse programs of dances ranging from hip-hop to classical ballet by professional guest and student choreographers. 8 p.m. Free. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m.
- Jonathan Tucker 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 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).
- An information session on “What it Takes: Shabbat at Home” will feature tips from Rabbi Shira Stutman and Aaron Shneyer on how to make Havdalah on your own. 7 p.m. $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.