- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003


Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Drive, Arlington. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. 703/607-8052.

• Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Starting at 8 a.m. every half-hour until 5 p.m.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C streets SW. Visitors center 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Metro: Smithsonian. 202/874-2330.

• U.S. paper-currency tours every 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Valid photo ID required. Bags not allowed on the tour. 866/874-2330.

Clara Barton National Historic Site

5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo. Admission free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Tours on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. 301/492-6245.

• The 1997 discovery of Clara Barton’s 1861-1868 Office to Locate Missing Soldiers.

• 100th Anniversary of First Aid and Open House. 1-4 p.m. July 26. Free.

Department of the Treasury

15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202/622-0896.

• Tours suspended until further notice.


10th and E streets NW. 202/324-3447.

• Tours suspended until further notice.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703/838-4242.

• Candlelight tours 7-10 p.m. Friday. Last tour at 9:15 p.m. $2-$5.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Reservations required. 202/686-5807.

Jefferson Memorial

South bank of the Tidal Basin. 202/426-6841. Open 8 a.m.-midnight. Metro: Smithsonian.

• Museum exhibits 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Kennedy Center

F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Free.

Land and river tours

• D.C. Ducks, restored World War II amphibious personnel carriers. Land tours of the Mall and monuments and river tour of the Potomac. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every half-hour from Union Station. Through Oct. 15. $12-$24. 202/966-3825.

Lincoln Memorial

Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street NW. 8 a.m.-midnight daily. Metro: Foggy Bottom. 202/426-6841.

• Museum exhibits 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.


James Madison’s home and burial place on Route 20, four miles south of Orange, Va. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for tours. Admission $3.50-$7.50. 540/672-2728.

• Archaeological investigation of Mount Pleasant open to visitors. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Through Aug. 1.

Mount Vernon

George and Martha Washington’s home and burial place at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $5-$11. 703/780-2000.

• Slave Life at Mount Vernon. Guided walking tour offered daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

• Garden and landscape tour offered daily at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

• Hands-on History Exhibit. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Through Sept. 1.

• George Washington’s Gristmill, three miles from the estate on Route 235, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $2-$4.

National Archives

Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except holidays. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial. 202/501-5000.

• Rotunda closed for renovation until September.

Pope-Leighey House

9000 Richmond Highway, south of Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 703/780-4000, Ext. 27.


• Limited group tours available. Public tours suspended until further notice. 703/695-3325.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

West Basin Drive. Metro: Smithsonian. 8 a.m.-midnight daily. 202/426-6841.

• Museum exploring the legacy of the 32nd U.S. president 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spirit Cruises

• Potomac cruise and narrated tour of Mount Vernon. $32 ticket price includes admission to the estate. Cruises depart from and return to Pier 4, Sixth and Water streets SW. 866/211-3811.

Trolley tours

• Old Town Trolley’s two-hour day tours make 18 stops around town, including the White House, the Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. Tours begin 9 a.m. daily. $24 adults, $12 children. Evening tours also available. 202/832-9800.

U.S. Capitol

First Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 202/225-6827.

• Tours available 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free timed tickets can be obtained at 8:15 a.m. on the day of tour at the West Front of the Capitol.

• Exterior walking tours by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. 10 a.m. Monday. Meet at the Massachusetts Avenue exit of the Union Station Metro stop. $10. 202/543-8919, Ext. 17.

U.S. Supreme Court

1 First St. NE. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 202/479-3030.

• Public lectures in the courtroom every half-hour 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. when the court is not hearing arguments. Public seating for arguments when the court is in session is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day the court meets. Call ahead to confirm court meeting location.

Vietnam Veterans and Korean Veterans war memorials

Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue NW, and French Drive SW. 8 a.m.-midnight. Metro: Foggy Bottom. 202/426-6841.

Washington Monument

16th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/619-PARK. Grounds open 8 a.m.-midnight; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for monument tours. Tickets issued on first-come, first-served basis. 800/967-2283.

Washington National Cathedral

Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202/537-6200.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Docent-guided tours 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Sunday. No tours on holidays. $3 adults, $1 children donation.

• Tea tours 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday. Call for reservations and fee. 202/537-8993.

• Traditional garden tour and Plants of the Bible and Christian Legend garden tour. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday or group tours by reservation. Meet at Herb Cottage. 301/986-1290.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/456-7041 or 202/456-2322.

• Public tours suspended until further notice. Limited private tours available.

White House Visitor Center

1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/208-1631.

• Open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.


Adams Morgan

• Anecdotal history walk led by author/historian Anthony S. Pitch. Meet at 11 a.m. July 20 outside Wyoming apartment building, 2022 Columbia Road, NW. $10. 301/294-9514.

Georgetown Homes of the Famous and Infamous

• Anecdotal history walk led by author/historian Anthony S. Pitch. Meet at 11 a.m. July 27 at base of R Street steps to Georgetown library, corner of Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10. 301/294-9514.

Washington Walks

• Weekly walks in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Lafayette Square, other neighborhoods. Call for schedule. Most tours $5-$10. 202/484-1565 or www.washingtonwalks.com.

• Capital Hauntings. 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Meet at McPherson Square Metro, White House exit. $5-$10. 202/484-1565.


Arlington Planetarium

1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday unless otherwise noted. $1.50-$2.50. 703/228-6070.

Audubon walks

• The Audubon Naturalist Society holds free weekend walking tours. 301/652-9188.

The Baltimore Zoo

Druid Hill Park, one mile off Interstate 83 (Exit 7), Baltimore. 410/366-LION. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $11 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children 2-11, free for children younger than 2. Children under 12 free 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month (with paying adult).

Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301/962-1400. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, tours. Free admission. Registration required for programs.

• “Wings of Fancy.” Live butterfly show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Through Sept. 21. $3-$4.

Green Spring Gardens Park

4603 Green Spring Road, west of Alexandria. 703/642-5173.

• Horticulture Center. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

National Aquarium

Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last admission 4:30 p.m. $3. Discounts for children, seniors. 202/482-2825.

• Shark feedings 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.

• Piranha feedings 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 E. Pratt St., Pier 3 at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, July and August only. $9.50-$17.50. 410/576-3800 or 410/727-FISH.

• “Seahorses: Beyond Imagination.” Through December.

• “Coastal Connections: Dolphins at Our Shores.” High-tech graphics and natural behaviors demonstrate the mammal’s abilities. Call for times.

• “SharkQuest: Dispelling the Myths.” Through Dec. 31.

National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE. Grounds open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.Open Friday evenings through 7:30 p.m. Closed Christmas. 202/245-4523.

• “Painting Aquatics in Oil.” Workshop with Jean Brinton-Jaecks. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19. $60. Reservations required. 202/245-5898.

• Bonsai demonstration. 1-2 p.m. July 26, 27. Free.

National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Grounds open 6 a.m.-8 p.m., buildings open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas. 202/673-4800.

• “The Gathering.” Chimpanzee sculptures by Bart Walter. On permanent display.

• Panda exhibit open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

• Sea lion training and elephant care session 11:30 a.m. most days.

• The Amazonia Science Gallery depicts a living river system, a rain forest and field-research exhibits. A biodiversity study center has a scanning electron microscope and a collection of living insects and amphibians.

Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium

5200 Glover Road NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. All activities free. 202/895-6070.

• Planetarium programs: “Tonight’s Sky,” 4 p.m. Wednesday; “The Night Sky,” 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; advanced planetarium show, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Free tickets available a half-hour before programs.

• “Creature Feature.” A close-up look at the center’s resident animals. 4 p.m. Friday.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

1644 31st St. NW. 202/337-5815.

• House and garden tours available Sunday afternoons and all day Tuesday-Saturday. $3-$6.

U.S. Botanic Gardens

100 Maryland Ave. SW. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 202/225-8333. For reservations, 202/226-4082.

• “Backyard Wildlife Habitat: 30 Years of Making a Place for Wildlife.” West Orangerie. Through Aug. 24.

• “Growing our Inheritance: Heirloom Plants.” Conservatory Terrace. Through Oct. 12.

• “Plants, People and Biodiversity Protection.” Through Aug. 24.

• “A Healing Nature.” Photographs by Patricia Gunter. Conservatory West Gallery. Through Aug. 24.

• “Medicinal Plants.” Tour by Amy Pollock. Noon-1 p.m. July 18. Reservations required.

• “Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stone.” Workshop by Gayla Hassett. 10:30 a.m.-noon. July 19. $49. Reservations required. 202/225-8333.

• “Herbal Soap.” Demonstration. 1-2:30 p.m. July 25. $8. 202/225-8333.



• Northern Virginia Baseball Umpires League needs adults interested in umpiring college, high school and youth baseball. Extensive training is provided. Call 703/978-3601.


Open Gym

• Pick-up basketball. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sunday. $2-$3. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, Va. 703/792-4242.


College Park Bicycles

• Bicycle-repair classes, training races, roller races. 301/864-2211.

Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts

• Mountain-bike rides around the region for all levels. 703/502-0359 or www.more-mtb.org

Potomac Pedalers

• Area rides for all levels. 202/363-TOUR for schedule. www.bikepptc.org.


Virginia Academy of Fencing

• Classes for ages 8 and older. 5410 Port Royal Road, Springfield. 703/321-4922.


C&O; Canal Walks

• C&O; Canal National Historical Park, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Guided walks may be available on weekends. $4 per car or $2 per walker or biker. 301/299-3613.

• The C&O; Canal Association. Walks, canoe trips, bike trips and opportunities to restore the canal towpath. 301/983-0825.

Capital Hiking Club

• Year-round Sunday hikes using chartered bus with pickup points in the District, Virginia and Maryland. Monthly moonlight hikes on the C&O; canal from early spring to late fall. www.capitalhikingclub.org.

Center Hiking Club

• Weekend and Wednesday evening hikes. 703/527-2349.

Freestate Happy Wanderers

• Walks every day on six walking trails throughout Maryland. 410/437-2164 or 301/490-5850 before 9 p.m. to request a brochure.

Mountain Club of Maryland

• Day and overnight backpacking hikes; bike and canoe trips; cabin, car and tent camping. Beginners and experienced hikers welcome. Call for schedule. 410/377-6266.

Northern Virginia Hiking Club

• Weekly hikes. www.nvhc.com. 703/440-1805.

Sierra Club

• Dial-a-Hike: 202/547-2326.

Wanderbirds Hiking Club

• Chartered buses depart from 17th and K streets NW at 8 a.m. every Sunday, with pickups at selected suburban stops. Bring lunch and water. Beginners and experienced hikers. $14. Reservations required. See www.wanderbirds.org for schedule. 301/460-3064.


Broad Run Riding School

• Riding lessons for children and adults and summer day camps for children 6-16. Midland, Va. 540/439-9586.

Brundage Equestrian Enterprises

• Guided trail rides by appointment. 966 Millwood Road, Great Falls. $46 for two hours. 703/759-2474.

Equilibrium Horse Center

• Indoor and outdoor arenas, lessons, trails and cross-country courses. 1685 Underwood Road, Crofton, Md. 410/721-0885 or 410/573-0545.

Fairfax County parks

• The Fairfax County Park Authority Equestrian Center features practice jumping in the indoor and outdoor rings and on the cross-country trail. $3.50-$6. Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon. 703/437-9101.

Fort Valley Stables

• One- to two-hour guided horseback tours or half-day or full-day horseback riding in the Massanutten Mountains. 540/933-6633 or 888/754-5771.

Gone Away Farm

• Guided trail rides for any level. Saturday by appointment and 11 a.m. Sunday. The Potomac Polo Club, 18410 Beallsville Road, Poolesville. $40 per person for two hours. 301/972-7757.

Greenway Stables

• Unguided trail rides by appointment. Racefield Road, Aldie, Va. $21 for one hour. 703/327-6117.

The Marriott Ranch

• Guided trail rides. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. weekends and holidays; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 5305 Marriott Lane, Hume, Va. $28.50 weekends and holidays, $26.50 otherwise. 540/364-3741 or 540/364-2627.

Merry Mount Equestrian Center

• Group lessons Monday-Thursday, Saturday; private lessons available Monday-Saturday. 8801 Frank Tippett Road, Upper Marlboro. Prices vary. 301/868-2109 or www.merrymountequestrian.com.

Patuxent Manor

• Boarding stables and lessons. 15607 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro. www.erols.com/svtcobra. 301/627-3631.

Wheaton Regional Park Stables

• Beginner and advanced riding classes for children and adults. Escorted trail rides Sunday afternoons, $25 per person for one hour. 1101 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. 301/622-2424.


Sportrock Climbing Center

• Equipment and indoor and outdoor rock-climbing instruction for individuals and groups. 14708 Southlawn Lane, Rockville. 301/762-5111.

Rockville recreation

• Rockville’s recreation department offers daily indoor and outdoor rock climbing, along with classes. 301/217-6890.


D.C. Road Runners

• Weekly runs throughout the area. 703/241-0395, Ext. 3.

Montgomery County Road Runners

• Weekly training runs and semimonthly races. 301/353-0200.

Road Runners of America

• The club updates its race hot line every week. 703/683-RRCA.


Colesville Tennis Ladder

• Colesville Tennis Ladder offers competitive games in the Colesville area for all playing levels. www.tennisladder.com. 301/595-5744.

Fairland Athletic

• Fairland Athletic Complex. Tennis and racquetball lessons. 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel. 301/953-0030.


American Volkssport

• Local chapters. Call for schedule. 703/354-1735 or 410/730-3514.

Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club

• 5/10 K walk from 7-10 a.m. July 26 in Cabin John Park. Meet at Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Free unless obtaining American Volkssport Association credit which is $3. 301/229-1356.

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