Five Things for Today: July 15, 2020

Evening picnics in the park

1. Today, Opera Starts with Oh! is kicking off a weekly summer series with new opera lessons and experiences especially for kids every Wednesday. Sessions are live from 11:30am – 12pm on Zoom, and shortly after registrants will receive “at-home” activities to enjoy on their own time. Classes are ideal for ages 4-8, but all ages are more than welcome. Register for today’s “I Love to Act”-themed session and others coming up in July in August. Cost is pay-what-you-want ranging from free to $15.

2. Kids and families can embark on an urban farm adventure with the DC Farm Field Trip Challenge. Washington Youth Garden, Common Good City Farm, and City Blossoms have teamed up to bring youngsters across the DMV this fun challenge. It could be a backyard garden, an ant hill on your sidewalk, a local park — they want to see kids putting on their explorer eyes and learning about the natural world right in their own neighborhood or backyard. Enter by July 19 (it says June 30 on the website, but it’s still open) for a chance to win some cool prizes.

3. The annual Books in Bloom book festival — Columbia, Maryland’s ultimate celebration of the joy of books and reading — has gone virtual this year. Over the next six weeks, it will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest authors with panels, contests, workshops, and event partnerships with local businesses. This year’s festival will also continue its tradition of activism through literature by encouraging open dialogue on themes of diversity, racism, inequality, and culture through the art of books. Headlining the festival is sociologist Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. View the schedule of upcoming events here.

4. Tips for picnicking during a pandemic. And a bunch of easy picnic food ideas.

5. Say his name: DJ Henry.

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