Don’t pass over the fun.
D.C. Design House
What: Check out the work of fifteen local interior designers and support Children’s National Medical Center.
Why: It’s what’s on the inside that matters.
When: Sat.-May 11. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 3014 P St. NW, b/t 30th & 31st Sts.
What: Ian Svenonius gets you skulking to soul, gospel 45s, disco, and whatever else tickles his fancy.
Why: It’ll put a hop in your step.
When: Thurs., 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Bourbon, 2321 18th St. NW, b/t Kalorama & Belmont Rds., upstairs (202-332-0800).
Doggie Happy Hour
What: Hotel Monaco Alexandria hosts pups and peeps in the courtyard with cocktails and snacks from Jackson 20 for owners and water and treats for pets.
Why: You won’t need a doggie bag.
When: Thru Oct. Tues. & Thurs., 5-8 p.m.
Where: 480 King St., Alexandria (703-549-6080).
What: Drop off new and gently used books for kids in local schools.
Why: Book it.
When: Thru Apr. 20.
Where: Any D.C. police station.
Dumbarton Oaks Reopens
What: The house and gardens unveil new galleries and a shop.
Why: Home is where the art is.
When: Museum and shop, Tues.-Sun., 2-5 p.m.; garden, Tues.-Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Where: 1703 32nd St. NW, at R St. (202-339-6401).