- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

LECTURES/READINGS/FILMS

Environmental Film Festival

Various venues. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org .202/342-2564.

• Annual festival screens more than 90 films pertaining to the environment. Through March 28.

National Geographic Society

Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

• “The Whiskies of Scotland” with beverage authority Michael Jackson. 7 p.m. $45-$50.

• “The Diane Rehm Show.” Live broadcast. 10 a.m.-noon. Friday. Free.

Olsson’s Bookstore, Court House

2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/525-4227.

• “Aloft.” Book signing and discussion with author Chang-rae Lee. 7 p.m. March 25. Free.

• “I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? An Illustrated Memoir.” Book signing and discussion with author Suzy Becker. 7 p.m. March 26. Free.

• “The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age.” Book signing and discussion with author Jeffrey Rosen. 7:30 p.m. March 30. Free.

NATURE

Arlington Planetarium

1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 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. 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month (with paying adult).

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.-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 and Saturday.

• Piranha feedings 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and 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. $9.50-$17.50. 410/576-3800 or 410/727-FISH.

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

National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE. Grounds open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 202/245-5898.

• “Native Plants : Landscapes in Balance.” 19th Annual Lahr Symposium. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27. Call for registration.

• Native plant sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 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. 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 biological-diversity study center has a scanning electron microscope and a collection of live insects and amphibians.

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.

• “Closely Observed: Photographs of the Natural World.” Through March 27.

SPORTS

BASKETBALL

Open Gym

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

CYCLING

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.

FENCING

Virginia Academy of Fencing

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

HIKING

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 through 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.

HORSEBACK RIDING

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. 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.

ICE SKATING

Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

• An outdoor ice-skating rink surrounded by sculptures at the National Gallery. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Seventh Street and Madison Drive NW. 202/289-3360. $5-$6, $2.50 skate rental.

ROCK CLIMBING

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.

RUGBY

West Potomac Rugby Club

• West Potomac Rugby Club, a social and competitive Division III club, is looking for recruits of all ages. For more information on practices and team events, see www.dcrugby.org or call 202/236-3548.

RUNNING

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.

SOFTBALL

Northern Virginia Senior Softball

• Northern Virginia Senior Softball seeks men 50 and up and women 40 and up to play slow-pitch softball on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Season begins mid-April and runs through mid-August. Fees range from $60-$80 and include team T-shirt and ball cap. Call Dave, 703/524-5576, or Joyce, 703/860-1876, for more information.

SKIING

Potomac Appalachian Trail Ski Touring

• Weekly cross-country ski trips. 202/364-7055. www.patc.net/chapters/ski

VOLKSSPORT

American Volkssport

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

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