Five Things for Today: January 13, 2021

A view down East Cap, the Capitol dome visible through the leafless trees


1. The National Portrait Gallery ‘s programs for children that used to be offered in person are available online.  Introducing…  is essentially the new Portrait Story Days, highlighting some of our country’s historymakers and their portraits in the museum’s collection. Today at 11am they will be Introducing… Abraham Lincoln.  Young Portrait Explorers takes place monthly via Zoom, also on Wednesdays 11-11:30am and 3-3:30pm, and explores portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes along with the stories behind them. Free registration is required.


2. Weekdays are a great time to visit Great Falls, when you can enjoy some of the most scenic nature in the area without the weekend crowds.  Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you really can’t go wrong. Take in spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks and hike easy trails along the river or through the woods.  Open 7am to 30 minutes after sunset. Admission is $20/vehicle. (You can also opt to hike there from Riverbend Park, where admission is free.)


3. Are you looking for a way to celebrate and honor MLK? Join Rock Creek Conservancy’s MLK Weekend of Service. Register to help with trash clean-up and invasive removal throughout Rock Creek Park — there are opportunities to volunteer on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


4. AOC speaks about the attack on the Capitol (long but worth the watch/listen).


5. Such a powerful, human moment.


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