Thursday, DEC. 13
Computer classes, learn the basics of the Internet. 10 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
Jeffersons and Peales: Friendship among families, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the Peale family of 17, which included explorers, natural scientists and portrait painters, and the Jefferson grandson who lived with them. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.
The Building Zone, for age 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.}
“Baby Rex’s Holiday Surprise,” for ages 2-6, from Dinorock Productions, the story of dinosaurs in jolly holly green — with a bit of red — getting ready for the holiday and midwinter celebrations. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200.
Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu/calendar.
“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and talks about being a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Cathedral tour: Angels High and Low,for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.
The Pilgrimage of World Christianity, visiting scholar Wesley Granberg-Michaelson discusses the major demographic changes in the Christian world. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, first floor, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in playing video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Merry Tuba Christmas! area tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music; bring your own instrument and join a 3 p.m. rehearsal. Performance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Evening in the conservatory, Klezmer music by Lox & Vodka. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
An Empire of Beauty, Textile Museum executive director Holly Shimizu discusses the plants of the sultan’s gardens, their diversity, why many of them are considered modern-day horticultural treasures and how a rich array of bulbs, woody plants and perfumed plants are still an essential aspect of traditional Ottoman gardens. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $45, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
NSO Pops concert, Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the National Symphony Orchestra and New York Voices in a performance of holiday works, includes a visit with Santa Claus and other special guests. 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$85. 202-467-4600.
“American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama,” author Rachel L. Swarns and National Public Radio journalist Michele Norris discuss their book of how the Obama family was touched by the major shifts in our nation’s history. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“The Sleeping Beauty,” performed by students of the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kirov Academy of Ballet, 4301 Harewood Rd. NE. $20-$55. 202-636-0629 or www.kirovacademydc.org.
A Flutar Christmas, a flutist and a guitarist perform classical and folk music from around the world. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.