- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008

Audubon Naturalist Society

Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase. 301/652-9188 or www.audubonnaturalist.org

• Audubon Nature Fair. The largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the region holds its annual welcome to spring. Hands-on nature activities, local arts and crafts, food and drink, live animals from Scales and Tales, entertainment by Banjo Man Frank Cassel, Billy B, the Washington Revels. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4. Adults $5, children free.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed January and national holidays. $5-$12. 202/686-8500; information and advance reservations 202/686-5807 or [email protected]

• Spring garden tours. Docent-led tours explore the history of the gardens and identify the scores of plants, including lilacs; irises; Japanese pieris; daffodils; forsythia and spring-flowering shrubs and trees; azaleas; crabapple, dogwood and cherry trees; tulips; and rhododendron. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. April 27. Through June 22. Admission included in estate donation.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Annual event, in its 75th season, sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. More than 30 tours of more than 250 gardens, homes and historic landmarks statewide April 19-27. Proceeds go to restore historic gardens and grounds across the state. Local listings follow; for full information on both local and statewide tours, see www.vagardenweek.org.

• Alexandria: The Hunting Creek Garden Club and the Garden Club of Alexandria. Walking tour of six properties in Old Town 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19. Full-tour ticket $40 ($20 children younger than 12, babes in arms free) includes six properties with gardens, admission to six nearby historic properties, refreshments. Single property or garden admission $10. Tour-day tickets at the Ramsay House (221 King St., 703/838-4200) or at any of the tour properties. Advance tickets $35 online with credit card (for an additional charge) at vagardenweek.org or at the Ramsay House.

• Fauquier and Loudoun counties: The Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club with the Leesburg Garden Club. Driving tour of five properties in the Mosby Heritage Area of Middleburg 1-5 p.m. April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21. Full-tour ticket $35 (children 6-12 half price, children 5 and younger free) includes admission to all five properties. Single-site admission $15 (same discount for children). Tour-day tickets at the Hill School Dornin Science Center, 1753 The Plains Road, Middleburg, and at each house on tour. Advance tickets $30 by mail (see Web site for details), at information centers or online with credit card (additional charge) at vagardenweek.org.

• Fairfax and Great Falls: The Garden Club of Fairfax. Shuttle bus tour, from two parking lots, each shuttling to two homes/gardens in Great Falls 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. Full-tour ticket on tour day $25; single-site admission $15 (children 6-12 half price, children 5 and younger free). Tour-day tickets at Christ the King Lutheran Church parking lot, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; on shuttles leaving from the Great Falls Library parking lot, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; or at any of the tour properties. Advance tickets $20 by mail (see Web site for details) or online with credit card (additional charge) at vagardenweek.org.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage

Annual tour, in its 71st year, of gardens and homes in almost every architectural style found between the 17th and 21st centuries. This year’s tour between April 26 and May 18 will feature more than 60 noteworthy properties in Talbot County (April 26), Kent County (May 3), Mount Vernon in Baltimore City (May 4), Calvert County (May 10), Washington County (May 17) and Oella in Baltimore County (May 18). Tickets for each day’s tour $30 in advance, $35 on tour day. Complete details at 410/821-6933 or www.mhgp.org.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, at the Inner Harbor. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Admission $12.95-$21.95, with a range of packages at $14.95-$28.95. 410/576-3800, 410-659-4278, www.aqua.org. Tickets through the Web site or ticketmaster.com, both with service charges.

• Hundreds of exhibits with more than 16,500 animals. Popular exhibits include “Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes,” “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors,” “Play! The Dolphin Show” and the new 4-D Immersion Theater. See the Web site for details.

National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Commerce building, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; last admission 4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving. Admission $2.50-$5. 202/482-2825, www.nationalaquarium.com

• Animal keeper talks and animal feedings 2 p.m. daily: sharks Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; piranhas Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday; alligators Friday.

National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Grounds open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, buildings 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Free. 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu

• Kids’ Farm. New 2-acre exhibit helps children understand where food comes from. Cows, donkeys, goats, vegetable garden. Opportunities to groom the goats and donkeys. Near the zoo’s Rock Creek Park entrance, at the bottom of Olmsted Walk. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Free.

Planetarium: David M. Brown Planetarium

1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Admission $2, $3. No reservations needed. Doors open 15 minutes before the show. 703/228-6070, www.apsva.us/planetarium

• “Just Imagine.” Exploring “what-if?” questions such as the Earth without a moon, the sun as a different kind of star and more. Ages 10 and up. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 27.

• Public multimedia programs 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday during school year. Stars Tonight program, live interactive talk with the planetarium director and a dome full of stars, 7:30 p.m. first Monday of the month (second Monday when first Monday falls on a legal holiday) during the school year.

Planetarium: The Einstein Planetarium, National Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza. 202/633-1000, www.nasm.si.edu/visit/theaters/planetarium. Imax theater schedule: 877/932-4629.

• Planetarium shows: “Cosmic Collisions,” “Infinity Express,” $6.50-$8.50; call for showtimes. “The Stars Tonight — Open Your Eyes to the Skies,” 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Free.

Planetarium: Rock Creek Park

Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Closed major holidays. 202/895-6070 or www.nps.gov/archive/rocr/planetarium

• The only planetarium in the National Park system. Planetarium shows 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday for children 4 and older; 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday for children 7 and older. After-school show 4 p.m. Wednesday. Outdoor evening stargazing sessions once a month April-November at adjacent Military Field, off Military Road.

Second Chance Wildlife Center

7101 Barcellona Drive, Gaithersburg. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 301/926-9453, www.scwc.org

• The only rehabilitation facility for wildlife in the metro area, offering volunteers the chance to care for orphaned and injured wildlife, especially newborns.

• Annual fundraising yard sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 and 27. Donations accepted (no clothes) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21-25.

U.S. Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW, adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. Conservatory 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; National Garden 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 31. Free. 202/225-1116, www.usbg.gov

• Springtime in Bartholdi Park. Explore the home landscape demonstration garden in Bartholdi Park with Robert Pritchard, the gardener who oversees the USBG”s outdoor garden spaces. Tour will not run in case of rain. 1-2 p.m. April 23. Free. Advance registration preferred.

• “One Planet — Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century.” The garden’s summer exhibition focuses on how each of us and our communities can live for tomorrow as well as today. May 24-Oct. 13

• “How Plants Work: A Guide to Being Green.” The daily realities of life as a plant. East Gallery. Permanent exhibit.

U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas and federal holidays. Free. 202/245-2726 or www.usna.usda.gov

• Ikebana International Exhibit. Annual show of Japanese flower arrangements by the Washington, D.C. Chapter No. 1 of Ikebana International. Free demonstrations by master teachers 1-2:30 p.m. April 19 and 20. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through April 20. Free.

• Full Moon Hikes. Arboretum grounds regardless of weather. 8-10 p.m. April 18-20 (all full), May 18-20 (all full) and June 15-17 (all full). $19. Registration required online or by mail; 202/245-4521 for information.

Washington National Cathedral

Tours of the grounds at Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW sponsored by the All Hallows Guild. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road, on the south side of the Cathedral. All programs free; no reservations required. Programs will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. Woodlands information line 202/537-2319, www.cathedral.org

• Olmsted Woods walk. Leader Annette Lasley, native plant specialist, focuses on the history and folklore of flowers. 10 a.m. April 24.

• Bird walks. The woods have been restored with ground covers, shrubs and trees attractive to birds and other wildlife. Experienced birder Sheila Cochran leads the way. 8:30 a.m. May 8 and 15.

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