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Saturday, May 11, local boy Austin Bisnow returns to DC from LA with his band Knocked Up Kids to play at the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They play just past noon (12:20 PM) at the all-day music & food extravaganza. Be there and support him!

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 AM,Kidney Walkstarting on theGeorgetown Waterfront Sequoia Restaurant, 3000 K St. NW. Registrants are asked toraise/donatesome amount of money; if over$20, receive a cupcake fromGeorgetown Cupcake,info.

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-9:30 PM, Jumpstart's Scribbles to Novels at The University Club,1135 16th St. NW. A unique fundraising event celebrating the power of written word. $200, info.

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 8:00 PM, Atlas Corps GreetsClass 12 at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW. Free, info.

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 PM, TheGlobal Down Syndrome Foundation's Gala atRitz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW. Reception, dinner, fashion show, auction, performance, info.

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 PM, Pearls of Purpose Gala at Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. with journalist Lisa Ling, live & silent auctions benefiting FAIR Girls. $125, info.

Thursday, May 9, 11:30 AM 2:30 PM, Alzheimers Association Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW. $125+, info.

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 10:00 PM, Reading Is Fundamental Where the Wild Things Are Gala at The Four Seasons G-town. $500/person, dinner, auction, story by Kareem Abdul-Jabbarinfo

Thursday, May 9, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM, Tigerlily FoundationOn Par for Pink Golf Classicat the Golf Club at Lansdowne, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy. Networking, breakfast, golf, auction, register.

Thursday, May 9,6:30 PM, Robert J Collier Trophy Dinnerto NASA/JPL Mars Science Lab/Curiosity Project Team at Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jeff David Hwy, Arlington, $195ticket,info

Thursday, May 9, 5:00-9:00 PM, AHA PULSE Spring Happy Hour at Policy, 1904 14th St. NW. $15/donation, info.

Thursday, May 9, 5:00-6:30 PM, Art Smith Book Signing at Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. happy hour specials, info.

Thursday, May 9, 8:00-11:00 PM, Worn Magazine#5 Dream IssueLaunch Party at Black Whiskey, 1410 14th Street NW. $10, info.

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-9:30 PM, Swap In The City at 1776, 1133 15th St. NW. $20, fashion swap, complimentary cocktails, treats. Benefiting Beckys Fund. $20, info.

Thursday, May 9, 5:00 9:00 PM,NetApp Federal hosts its4thannualSt. Baldricksevent;15 men and womenraise funds for children's cancer research by shaving their heads atIris Lounge8300 Block Tyco Rd Tysons Corner. Music, silent auction,info.

Friday, May 10, 6:00 9:30 PM,A-SPANs Spring Gala: Welcome Home Celebrationat theWashington Golf and Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington. auctions, food, drinks, $100,info.

Friday, May 10, 4:00-8:00 PM, Mother's Day Trunk Show with Sophie Blake NY at Edge Salon, 1025 N. Fillmore St. Arlington. Complimentary blowout, makeup lessons, mimosas, cupcakes, rsvp

Friday, May 10, 5:30-9:00 PM, Fashion Show at West Potomac Springbank Theater, 6500 Quander Rd. Alexandria. America's Next Top Modelco-hosts; benefits Fashion Design in NY. $10, rsvp.

Saturday, May 11, 12:00 PM, Sweet Life Music + Food Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, $75,Austin Bisnows band Knocked Up Kids plays at 12:20 info.

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM, European Embassies Open House. Family fun, food, culture. open to the public free, info.

Saturday, May 11, 6:00 10:00 PM, Men Against Breast CancerMothers Day Pampering the Women We Love at L2 Lounge, 3315 Cadys Alley. manis, massages, styling. $15, RSVP required, info.

Saturday, May 11, 6:30 PM, Children's National Ball benefit Children's National Medical Center at The National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $500, info.

Saturday, May 11, 7:00 10:00 PM, Lifting As We ClimbGrasping the Dream Gala at the OAS,17th & Constitution Ave. NW. Entertainment by Damien Escoba. $60, info.