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Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights returns for a second year! Guests can enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries and sample savory foods from top local restaurants, all under the bright lights of Washington, D.C.'s favorite holiday tradition, ZooLights. (Image: Courtesy Friends of the National Zoo)

Out and About: From free beer to new books, here are 7 can't-miss events

Monday, November 28

Zachary Barnes Book Signing: Local author Zachary Barnes will be hosting a book signing for his first book, Avengarde, during the Church Street Holiday Stroll. Come in and warm up with us and enjoy some Butternut Squash Soup and Hot spiced Cider, and learn all about a great new book you can cozy up with this winter. Chase the Submarine, 132 Church St NW, Vienna, Virginia, 6 p.m., free

Girls on the Bus -- Reflections on Campaign 2016: If you just can't get enough of politics, come on out to Georgetown University and hear reflections on the 2016 election from the women who covered it. You'll hear from panelists like S.E. Cupp, Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar all discussing their campaign experience and thoughts from this election cycle. Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, 37th and O Streets NW, 6:30 p.m., free

Tuesday, November 29

Habitat for Humanity's Giving Tuesday Happy Hour: Everyone deserves a home (and not just for the holidays). Join DC Habitat for a special #GivingTuesday happy hour at Hawthorne to celebrate the spirit of giving and raise money to help local families build stable, safe, and bright futures for their families. A suggested donation of $15 will get you great drink specials and that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from helping others. Hawthorne - U Street, 1336 U St NW, 6 p.m., free but a suggested donation of $15.

Georgian Table Cooking Class: If you're a fan of Compass Rose's khachapuri, or Georgian food in general, you'll want to be at the YMCA tomorrow as you learn how to make your own khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) from scratch. Two other dishes featuring classic Georgian ingredients such as walnuts, pomegranates, garlic and fresh herbs will be taught. At the end of class, you'll devour everything you've made for dinner! YMCA Anthony Bowen - 1325 W St NW, 7 p.m., $40

Wednesday, November 30

Grand Opening Party of the Winter Wunderland: This year, Wunder Garten is installing a heated tent so that the beer hall can be decked for the holidays and open year-round for guests. The opening party will include a DJ, food and free beer to the first 100 guests in the door. Wunder Garten at NoMa, 1st and L Street NE, 4 p.m., free

Thursday, December 1

Fashion Group International of Greater Washington's Rising Stars Awards: The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington DC will host an awards reception to recognize the next generation of fashion talent residing in the DC market. Finalists will be announced in 10 categories ranging from Women's RTW to Personal Stylists. Enjoy libations, dinner from Chef Jonathan Dearden and a fashionable feast for the eyes. Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, 7 p.m., $50-$75

Brew Lights: Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights returns for a second year! Guests can enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries and sample savory foods from top local restaurants, all under the bright lights of Washington, D.C.'s favorite holiday tradition, ZooLights. Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, 5 p.m., $55

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