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Thursday, Jan. 3

Exhibit: “A Thomas Nast Christmas,” the illustrator’s holiday images include “The Civil War in Political Cartoons,” which explore the themes of family and celebration during times of national strife. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1-3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 15. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $5; ages 5-17, $3. 703-548-1789.

Ceramics exhibit, “Handmade Holidays: The Clay Sleigh,” features vases, bowls, pitchers and plates created by members of the Ceramic Guild. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“All-Media” art show, a variety of media and subject matter from Art League Gallery artists. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

English as a Second Language classes, drop-in sessions this month for all levels: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays; 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; for intermediate levels: 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.

“Small Works” photography exhibit, juried by F. Lennox Campello, features works smaller than 12 square inches. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“The Perfect Gift” jewelry exhibit, earrings, bracelets, pendants and more. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Up Close and Too Personal” colored-pencil art exhibit, works by Suzanne Vigil. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Bedecked and Bejeweled” fiber arts exhibit, works by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery members. Daily, through Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Net Worked” abstract paintings, by Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister and Steven Pearson. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Film screening of the 1954 classic A Star is Born,” starring Judy Garland and James Mason. 5-7 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704.

Theater: “A Trip to the Moon,” inspired by George Melies’s 1902 silent sci-fi film, “Le Voyage dans la lune,” featuring astronauts, a princess who wants to return to her home 240,000 miles from Earth and Soviet space dogs. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$35. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

Friday, Jan. 4

“Shades of White” art show, compositions by the Del Ray Artisans. Opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Friday. Show continues, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 27. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Alexandria farmers market, produce, baked goods, framed art, jewelry and crafts; sponsored by the City of Alexandria. 7 a.m.-noon, Market Square, 301 King St. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandriava.gov.

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts and baked goods; sponsored by the City of Alexandria. 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or www.alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.

Urban Village Market at Courthouse, furniture, art, china, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linen, lamps, chandeliers, antique tools and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 15th and Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.

“Between the Lines” art exhibit, contemporary drawings and works in other media by nine local artists. Daily, through Jan. 27. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Cabin Fever Aromatherapy Workshop,” a presentation by Shannyn Snyder. 2-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-746-1743.

Parenting lecture, a presentation by Alfie Kohn, titled “Pushed Too Hard: Parenting and Teaching in an Achievement-Crazy Culture.” 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $11.54. 703-256-9577 or www.msnv.org/kohn.

Flying squirrels program, a presentation on the unusual animals, followed by a viewing as they glide by nearby. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5; registration required. 703-228-6535 or www.arlingtonva.us.

Roller Skate Night, families, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; teenagers, 9-11 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. $2; skate rental, $3. 703-228-7783 or www.arlingtonva.us.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

“Axis: Bold as Love/The Luthier’s Art” exhibit, photographs by Clifford Wheeler. Daily, through Feb. 10. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Joys of the Season” art exhibit, the featured works answer the question: “What Do You Enjoy about the Winter Season?” Daily, through Jan. 20. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Civil War exhibit, featuring a display of the May 26, 1861, New York Tribune, which spotlights the death of Col. Elmer Ellsworth in Alexandria; a drummer-boy exhibit; a Wickham musket and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. Free. 703-746-4399 or http://alexandriava.gov/archaeology.

“Circle of the Sun” program, a presentation for ages 5 to 7 on how the “amazing ball of fire” affects Earth. 1-2 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; registration required. 703-228-3403 or www.arlingtonva.us.

“Tracks and Traces” nature program, for ages 7 to 11, learn how scientists find the animals that they observe and study. 3-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required. 703-228-3403 or www.arlingtonva.us.

“Civil War Fashion,” a presentation by Mary Doering of George Mason University. 5 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6334.

Monday, Jan. 7

Seniors ice skating, 8-9:10 a.m., Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 627 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $1, includes skate rental. 703-228-4745.

“Illuminations: Clay Creations Reflect Bright Ideas,” works by the Kiln Club. Daily, through Feb. 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria,” an exhibit featuring biographical sketches of locals caught in the conflict, vintage photos and maps of wartime Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.

Concert: Just Playin’ Country Musicians, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.

“Tavern Toddlers” museum program, for age 3 and younger accompanied by an adult; playtime with books, blocks and crafts. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. One adult and as many as two children, $7 per week. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Seniors pickleball, for beginners. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass; registration required. 703-228-4745.

Figure-drawing workshop, with a focus on the “long pose.” 7-9 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $8. 703-836-1468, www.thedelrayartisans.org or lifedrawing@thedelrayartisans.org.

Early-childhood education program, a presentation on “Importance of Play,” by Andrea Sobel of National Education Consulting Services. 7-9 p.m., Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, Chapel, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Free. 703-892-3878 or www.aucpva.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Birding trip to Delaware, travel by van to Cape Henlopen State Park. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $40; registration required. 703-228-6403 or www.arlingtonva.us.

“African Encounters: Coast to Coast” exhibit, watercolors and collagraph prints by Kathleen Stafford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Jan. 24. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4356.

“QR Codes” art exhibit, a juried show by members of the Fiber Arts Gallery. Daily, through Feb. 10. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors table tennis games, for all skill levels. 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass; registration required. 703-228-0955.

Lee Senior Center book club, a discussion of Helen Simonson’s “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.” 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-0555.

Seniors volleyball games, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-6300.

Seniors Book Club, a discussion of Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” 1:45 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass; registration required. 703-228-4403.

Encore Chorale rehearsals, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, 15 weeks of rehearsals and performances. 2-3:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $145. 301-261-5747 or www.encorecreativity.org.

18th-century fencing class, for age 11 and older, led by swordmaster Peter M. Ryan. Equipment available for rent. 7:30-9:30 p.m. (second and fourth Tuesdays), Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $15. 703-746-4242, www.gadsbystavern.org or gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov.

Lunch with Nicholas Hammond, reservations are being accepted for the Jan. 17 event featuring the actor who played Friedrich von Trapp in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music”; sponsored by the Army Officers’ Wives’ Club. Fort Myer Officers’ Club, 214 Jackson Ave., Arlington. $20. 703-717-9191 or www.aowcgwa.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

All-media art show, works by members of the Art League Gallery. Daily, through Feb. 4. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Figure-drawing workshop,with a focus on “the gesture,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; focus on the “short and long poses,” 2-5 p.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Seniors Bikers event, ride your bicycle from Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester St., Arlington) to Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. 703-228-4771 for registration and confirmation of the 11 a.m. meeting time/location.

Seniors “advanced” line dancing, noon, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass; registration required. 703-228-0555.

Author event, Jason Abady discusses his book “Battle at the Overland Trail: One Night of Combat on Guadalcanal.” 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4403.

Clarendon farmers market, crafts, organic food, fruits and vegetables, and local specialties. 2-7 p.m., Clarendon Metro Park, Danville and 14th streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881 or www.clarendon.org.

“Yarn Bomb” art project, for all ages and experience levels, a community knitting and crocheting project. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through Feb. 27. Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Thursday, Jan. 10

“Solo Preview 2012” art exhibit, paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture. Daily, through Jan. 24. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780. For gallery hours, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

“People” art exhibit, works by Frances Seeger. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 24. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Social Security workshop, a presentation, “Maximizing Social Security Benefits.” 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-0955.

“Second Thursday Art Night,” open house at the studios, with a do-it-yourself snowflake craft. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Glencarlyn knitting group, with guidance and advanced instruction. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6548.

“Civil War Ball” dance classes, instruction in the waltz, polka and Virginia Reel in preparation for the Jan. 26 event. 7:30-9:30 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 17 and 24. $12 per class; reservations required. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

“The Show-Off,” an American Century Theatre production about an ambitious and audacious faker. Pay-what-you-can preview, 8 p.m. and pay-what-you can performance, Jan. 16; regular performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 2, $35-$40. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-998-4555 or www.americancentury.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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