August 21, 2020 at 2:38 pm EDT | by Kaela Roeder
Calendar: Aug. 21-27
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The Smithsonian National Zoo has reopened following coronavirus closures. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Aug. 21

The DC Area Transmasculine Society is hosting a Trans Art Sale now until Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m., an art showcase for trans artists to bring visibility to their work and to help raise money for trans-led organizations. Participating artists have agreed to sell their work to buyers who pledge the highest donation to the DC Area Transmasculine Society. Details at

Saturday, Aug. 22

Join the DC Center and volunteer with Food and Friends today, an organization that prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses every fourth Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. Duties include peeling, dicing, portioning, sorting, bagging and labeling. Details at

Sunday, Aug. 23

Summer Restaurant Week, presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, is live and runs until Aug. 30. This year, the event has expanded to include a to-go program with a variety of family-style offerings as well as alcoholic options available over the two weeks. Details at

Monday, Aug. 24

The Smithsonian National Zoo has reopened. Visit the zoo today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with crowd restrictions and time entry passes. Details at

Tuesday, Aug. 25

The Smithsonian Associates Streaming series will present the Retelling Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey tonight at 6:45 p.m. Classical archeologist Frederick Winter will analyze the Iliad and Odyssey and examine the Greeks’ experiences of war from the perspective of the latest scholarship and archaeological findings.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives and the DC Commission for Women will virtually celebrate the 6th Annual Women’s Equality Day Celebration tonight at 6 p.m.This event celebrates the day women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was certified as law. Attendees are asked to wear something yellow or white to show support. Admission is free. Details at

Thursday, Aug. 27

Become skilled in Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness, an online training by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DHS, SMYAL and Casa Ruby today from 10 a.m. – noon. This workshop is for Washington-area youth service professionals to gain knowledge about LGBTQ DC laws, LGBTQ homeless youth legislation and more. Login credentials will be sent to participants 48 hours prior to training. Details at the respective Eventbrite page.

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