First of spring: Weekend events

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Saturday, 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., New York’s Latino communities are explored with “From the Motherlands to El Barrio: New York’s Latino Immigrant Experience.” Highlights include “Holding Up the Sky,” a Mayan creation story by the Coatlicue Theater Company; Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and plena music and dance by Los Pleneros de la 21; and a discussion with New Children/New York, a Brooklyn-based group that uses film to tell Latino stories from the perspectives of children. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World,” running through Aug. 15; a schedule is available on the website. Central Park West and 79th Street , (212) 769-5200,; suggested general admission: $16; $12 for students and 60+; $9 for 2 to 12. Supersaver tickets, including museum and Rose Center admission, the Hayden Planetarium space show (“Journey to the Stars”) and all special exhibitions: $32; $24.50 for students and 60+; $20 for 2 to 12 (adult members, $16; 2 to 12, $11.50). Hours: daily, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE Saturday at 7:30 p.m., excerpts from Duke Ellington’s opera “Queenie Pie” by the Harlem Opera Theater; $25 or $30 (which includes a reception at 6 p.m.); information, (212) 592-0780; Through April 18, two exhibitions in celebration of the first anniversary of Barack Obama’s presidency: “Jerry Pinkney’s African-American Journey to Freedom,” a collection of 35 watercolors that portray black history, and “President Barack Obama: The First Year,” a display of more than 70 photographs by Pete Souza, the chief White House photographer. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights , (212) 491-2200,

‘WHEN HARLEM WAS JEWISH’ Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a lecture by Jeffrey S. Gurock, a professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University. Registration requested: (212) 374-4100, Ext. 1. Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Orenstein Building, 15-17 Willett Street , at Bialystoker Place ,; $18; $16 for students and 65+ (includes refreshments).

HARLEM RENAISSANCE TOUR Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 10 a.m., a tour highlighting the arts and culture in Harlem, meeting at the northeast corner of 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, Hamilton Heights. Led by George Lee Miles. (212) 862-9561; $25.

METRO TOUR SERVICE Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m., a tour in Brooklyn, with stops in Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, meeting in front of the New York Marriott, at Adams and Tillary Streets, downtown Brooklyn. Tuesday at 2 p.m., a tour of Harlem sites, meeting in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights. Reservations are required: (718) 789-0430. Each, $25.