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Out and About: 9 events worth skipping out of work a little early for

Monday, April 23

Sip and Savor: Every Monday, recharj hosts a 60-minute vinyasa yoga class, combined with elements of meditation and mindfulness, at Wunder Garten. Refresh after class with happy hour specials and lawn games. Bring your own mat. Tickets are $18.

Tuesday, April 24

Eat a Little Better with Sam Kass: Former White House Chef Sam Kass (also the executive director of Michelle Obama's Let’s Move initiative) will be chatting with Washington Post food and dining editor Joe Yonan about his new book, "Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World." The book outlines his plan on how making small changes to your personal diet, which will benefit your body in the long run, can have far-reaching positive effects on the environment as well. He includes more than 90 recipes to get you started. Tickets are $17.

Wednesday, April 25

N Street Village HH: DECLARATION Shaw is hosting a fundraising happy hour benefiting N Street Village, to aid with their efforts of empowering homeless women in D.C. Guests can enjoy $8 cocktails, $7 house wines, $6 select beers, $6 rail drinks and $5 bar bites in the bar area. 20 percent of happy hour proceeds will be donated to N Street Village. Free to attend.

JFK Jukebox: In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents an evening of music informed by the Civil Rights Movement, from Carlos Simon's "An Elegy: Cry from the Grave" to multi-movement performances and "The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc."Tickets are $35.

Wylie Grey Trunk Show: Want to do a little shopping for a good cause? Join Fashion for Paws co-chair Teresa Foss Del Rosso for a fundraising event at the Moshe Zusman Studio located at 1401 Florida Ave. NW. 15 percent of all sales will benefit Fashion for Paws and the Humane Rescue Alliance. Free to attend.

Building Connections A Creative Power Hour: Meet and mingle with some of the city's power players in the creative space and get advice on how to make authentic connections. Check out this recurring networking event, featuring speakers Tammy Gordon, Timur Tugberk, Angelica Talan, Khalil C. Thompson and Victor Nguyen-Long. Tickets are $35.

Fruhlingsfest: Wunder Garten will host the second annual Fruhlingsfest with a week of traditional Bavarian events, German fare from Café Berlin and Bavarian beers on tap including Spaten and Franziskaner as well as brews from select local microbreweries. Kick off the fun with the ceremonial tapping of the Wunder Garten Maibock Beer Keg at 5 p.m. and Bavarian music by Die Zwei" band until 9 p.m. Free to attend.

Thursday, April 26

Celtic Chefs: The Washington Ireland Program is hosting the 9th annual "An Evening with Celtic Chefs," featuring delectable samples of modern Irish cuisine from some of D.C.’s finest chefs, whiskey tastings and signature cocktails from premier distilleries, and a beautiful view overlooking downtown D.C. Joining the Celebrity Chefs from The Irish Inn at Glen Echo, RARE Steakhouse & Tavern, and 1789, are over 25 celebrity Sous Chefs including Reps. Debbie Dingell and Donald Payne, Jr.They will be joined by local and national media personalities Gordon Peterson, Jen Bluestein, and EJ Dionne, Jr. along with political heavy weights Stephanie Cutter, Jessica Curtis and Mike McCurry. The evening will honor Irishman Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $200.

REMIX nights, Poetry Jam: Join NPG for a poetry showcase featuring readings from Drawbridge Collective Poets Pages Matam, Amin Drew Law, Aniyah Smith, Mwende "Freequency", Dwayne B. and DJ Heat. Curator Dorothy Moss will also be leading tours of "One Life: Sylvia Plath." Free to attend.