Friday, October 14 Sin Fronteras Café Reading and Open Mic
The Smithsonian Latino Center announces a virtual Second Life literary event. This reading features a group of notable Latino writers, including the award-winning Daniel Chacón, author of the short story collections Unending Rooms and Chicano Chicanery. An open mic will follow the reading, with poets and writers invited to share their own work. Free. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Hosted on Second Life, an avatar account is needed to participate.
Saturday, October 15 Owney the Dog Family Day
Come to Family Day for an Owney-themed festival of activities. Owney was a mutt who, in the 1880s, toured the country on mail trains and became the U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial mascot. He is now represented on a new postage stamp, the subject of a look-alike contest and featured in an exhibit in the museum. Stop by Family Day to make an Owney puppet, learn about other animals in the mail service and enjoy an Owney storytime. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Postal Museum
Sunday, October 16 Henna Body Art
From ancient times, cultures from Africa, the Middle East, and India have used the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis) to dye skin and to create unique tattoos. Come learn about this fascinating history from henna artist Samirah Ali, who will explain the special properties of the plant. Afterward, design some henna tattoos for your hands and arms. Free. For ages 13 and up only. 2 to 4 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum