Whether you’re fresh out of school or a few years (or decades) removed, you’re never too old to learn something new. If you’re looking to brush up on your historical facts or travel to the outer edges of the galaxy, these are the educational events to try this week.
Monday, 3-4:30 p.m.
Over the past 60 years, NASA has gone from its first space mission to exploring Mars with a rover. Join Dr. Joyce Winterton to learn about the different missions of the space programs past and future, as the country explores farther into the Milky Way. free
Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.
Have you started a juicy book, but have no one to discuss it with? Then this is the activity for you. Join other book lovers to share your latest, favorite, and oldest reads, all while sharing recommendations to add to your to-be-read pile. free
Tuesday, 8 p.m.
With all of this space talk, take a deep dive into what’s out of our world. Look through the observatory’s telescope for a tour of the planets, constellations, stars, and galaxies surrounding Mother Earth. The Turner Farm: 925 Springvale Rd., Great Falls; $8
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The perception behind France’s most famous military leader has always been divided. While he was a smart and analytical military mind, many remember him for ego and exploitation. This lecture discusses the many facets of the historical figure that still have influence on today’s society. $30-$35
Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Celebrate the birthday of the beloved wizard, Harry Potter at the Apothecary Museum. Take a tour to explore the different historic medicines that inspired the potions and herbology found in the wizarding world. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $6
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