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The first weekend of May is full of virtual entertainment like music, art and dance showcases. A challenge to do good deeds is another option, as is an opportunity to get expert advice on building ice cream sundaes. Health and fitness classes, online dating events and a digital tour of a historic cemetery round out our list of things to do over the next few days, May 8 to 10.

The weather will brighten up after Friday’s rain, with windy but mostly sunny conditions on Saturday followed by clouds on Sunday, according to the forecast. Temperatures will range from 35 to 65 degrees.

1. Social Causes: EntryPointDC and the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility present a challenge to do as many mitzvahs (good deeds) as possible during Mitzvah May: Doing Good at a Distance. Participants can team up with friends or be matched with neighbors for virtual volunteer projects, such as writing as a guest blogger, meal packaging, crafting, and making calls to Holocaust survivors in Israel. Ice breakers, discussions, a themed virtual trivia night and a celebratory virtual ice cream party are also part of the program. Team awards and prizes will be presented at the end. Registration is open until May 11. 

2. Arts: Step Afrika!, American Pops Orchestra and ’90s band White Ford Bronco are some of the local performers being showcased in this Friday’s virtual gala Livin’ La Vida Corona. A live DJ, cocktail-making lessons and live art from DC-based illustrator Marcella Kriebel are also on the schedule. The event is free, with donations encouraged to benefit the District’s creative community as well as Occasions Giving Kitchen, a program providing meals to those in need throughout the District during the citywide shutdown. Various catering packages will be given to donors as a thank-you based on the amount they give. Attendees have the option to order food from Occasions Mobile Market.

The ongoing DCJazzFest From Home Series features a concert Saturday by Melissa Aldana. (Photo by Fanny Delsol)

3. Music: The DCJazzFest (DCJF) From Home Series will take place this Saturday at 7 p.m. on the DCJF YouTube channel and Facebook page, and will continue at the same time every Saturday through at least June 6. This week’s performer is Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana; upcoming shows will feature jazz musicians from around the world as well as local jazz star Rochelle Rice and DC-born Ben Williams (now based in New York). The shows are free; donations are accepted through the festival’s support fund, which goes to the artists as well as the DCJF Music Education Program for youth in the District.

4. Relationships: Pitch a Friend describes itself as the Shark Tank of the dating world. Participants have three minutes to explain through a PowerPoint presentation why someone in the audience should date their single friend, who will then have two minutes to respond to a Q&A. This Friday, the group hosts a quarantine edition from 8 to 10 p.m. Registration costs $10 to $13. … DC Fray is organizing a virtual Cinco de Mayo-themed speed dating event for ages 21 to 39. Those interested in attending must sign up by gender; this weekend’s only option that isn’t sold out is at 7 p.m. Friday for men seeking women. Ice breakers will be provided. Tickets cost $10, and include at least five dates as well as social time before and after. Half the proceeds benefit the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

5. Dance: District Zouk celebrates Brazilian zouk, a partner dance that evolved from the lambada. This weekend, the DC-based group is holding a 30-minute Weekend Dance Fix at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The class is described as a “warm-up session” and focuses on continuous solo dancing, so no partner is needed. The sessions are free and open to everyone; donations are welcome via Venmo and PayPal to support the instructors. Classes are also planned for next weekend.

6. History: Congressional Cemetery is hosting an hourlong guided tour of its grounds on Facebook Live on Saturday at 11 a.m. Facebook tours will continue at the same time on Saturdays throughout May. According to the National Park Service, the cemetery is the burial site for many historic U.S. figures, including more than five dozen senators and representatives as well as 10 former DC mayors. Stories about those laid to rest in the cemetery will be shared during the tour.

“Eastern Shore” by Arts Enables resident artist Egbert “Clem” Evans (Photo courtesy of Art Enables)

7. Arts: Art Enables recently announced a call for artists to participate in its 14th annual exhibition highlighting the work of self-taught artists, Outside Forces: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway. The gallery defines “outsider art” as “inventive work of extreme individuality motivated by the artist’s own personal concepts and desires, rather than the expectations of the mainstream art world.” Since the exhibition will take place online this year, artists won’t need to provide physical work. Artists may submit up to five pieces by July 15 for consideration. There is a $5 application fee. 

8. Recreation: The Yards is hosting a series of events this weekend to launch its new IGTV series “#YardsAtHome,” which connects audiences with restaurants and businesses in the Capitol Riverfront area. Fitness Friday features VIDA Fitness circuit training, followed by Self-Care Saturday with tips from a VIDA nutritionist about how to incorporate alcohol into a balanced diet. On Sunday, the founder of Ice Cream Jubilee will share professional tips on building an ice cream sundae. The organizers call this “Sundae Funday,” a welcome break from the health kick.

9. Music: Local indie rock and pop singer Cat Janice is the featured performer in this Friday’s Living Room Session, a series hosted by DCist and Sixth & I that broadcasts shows from the artist’s living room. Janice has been nominated for eight Washington Area Music Awards (The Wammies) and showcased on Country Music Television. The free concert will be streamed on Facebook from 4 to 5 p.m.

10. Dance: The LeDroit Park restaurant Uproar typically hosts a Latin and international party Candela every second Saturday of the month at its Florida Avenue NW location. This Saturday, it is offering online bachata and salsa dance lessons during “Candela: Quedate en Casa!” from 7 to 10 p.m. on its Facebook page. While the event is free, donations are welcome to support the DJ and dance teacher.

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