Alexandria and Arlington community events, April 25 to May 2, 2013

April 24, 2013
Thursday, April 25

AARP’s driver safety class, a two-day class. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $14; AARP members, $12. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

English as a Second Language, drop-in sessions for all levels. 10 a.m.-noon Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday; for intermediate levels, 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.

“Palestine Interrupted,” exhibit by Bud Hensgen that reflects his impressions while touring Palestine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.

“Trash Talk,” all-media exhibit featuring works made from “repurposed” objects. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Spotlight,” acrylic on canvas exhibit by Lukman Ahmad. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200 or www.schlesingercenter.com.

Senior knitting club, for all skill levels; meet, socialize and knit. Bring materials and supplies. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“Imagine This,” exhibit of etchings and lithographs by Ruth Corning. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org .

“Turn On Your Masters,” works by artists paying homage to those who have influenced them. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Watercolors,” exhibit by Mary Margaret Pipkin. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, through May 26, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Faith, Food and Fellowship, features a noon service with music by J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; and a video on mountaintop removal, with discussion led by Dottie Bockstiegel, 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org.

Seniors group Sudoku puzzles, 1-2:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-0555.

“Blockbuster” Thursdays, call for program information. 6:30-8:45 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, large meeting room, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

“Mapping Alexandria,” p art of Alexandria’s National Poetry Month; features readings by the city’s poet laureate, Amy Young. 6:30 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Arlington Central Library plant clinic, Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners answer gardening questions. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6414.

“Ghost-Writer,” a play about how a dead writer’s stories continue as long as his secretary keeps typing. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through June 2, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $48-$55. 800-494-8497.

Arlington Fencers Club, for ages 17-29; led by world champion Becca Ward. 8-9 p.m., Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, 3900 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Four sessions, $120. 703-528-5618 or afencers@gmail.com.

Friday, April 26

Seniors scrabble games, 10:15 a.m.-noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-0955.

Slam Alexandria, for women’ a poetry performance with Shelly Bell. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

IGNITE Young Adult Ministry meeting, for ages 20-30; a “Eucharistic Praise and Worship” in the chapel with a teaching, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and prayer ministry. A social follows in the Memorial Room. 7:30 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-527-5500, Ext. 13 or avirata@stcharleschurch.org.

“Paul’s Case,” an opera based on a short story by Willa Cather, performed by UrbanArias. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $22, seniors, students and military $19. 703-875-1100 or www.urbanarias.org.

Six Degrees of Separation,” t he story of David Hampton, who convinced people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier, performed by Port City Playhouse. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through May 4, The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $16-$18. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.org.

Celebratory concert, marking the 25th anniversary of the Arlington County chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians , featuring organist William Atwood, pianist C.J. Capin, the Bells of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community and the St. Joseph Gospel Choir. 8 p.m., St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane. Free. 703-524-2815 or www.stmcathedralconcerts.org.

Saturday, April 27

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

Arlington farmers market, from 8-11 a.m., a master gardener from Virginia Cooperative Extension’s plant clinic answers gardening questions (703-228-6414); farmers market features produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 9 a.m.-noon. North Courthouse Road (south area of courthouse parking lot). 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or www.alexandriava.gov/FarmersMarket.

Parkfairfax native plant sale, features native perennials, shrubs and trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Parkfairfax, parking lot, 3601 Valley Dr., Alexandria. 571-232-0375 or www.parkfairfaxnativeplantsale.org.

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., north area of courthouse parking lot, North 15th and North Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.

Boundary Stone bike tour, travel 35 miles visiting boundary stones and parks in Arlington County, Fairfax County, Montgomery County and the Northwest quadrant of the District, sponsored by the Center Hiking Club. Bring lunch, water and your bike. 9:15 a.m., East Falls Church Metro Station, meet under Interstate 66 on Sycamore Street, 2001 N. Sycamore St., Arlington. $2. 703-243-0179 or www.centerhikingclub.org.

Energy Scavenger Hunt, search for energy-saving measures around the Crystal City neighborhood. Clues and tips provided. 1:30 p.m., start at the Landing in Crystal City Shops (across Lulu’s Hallmark), 1755 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. To register, visit the Web site. 703-228-4797 or www.freshaireva.us.

Firefighting history walking tour, learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria. 1-2:30 p.m., Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St. $6; ages 10 to 17, $4. 703-746-4994 or www.friendshipfirehouse.net.

Ball-Sellers House, tour the home built about 1750. 1-4 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-379-2123.

“Now Hear This,” storyteller Gary Lloyd shares what happens when you don’t listen closely to what your parents say. 2 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705.

Global tea tasting, presented by chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. 2-3:30 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-746-1771.

Soldier-led tour of Fort Ward, a costumed interpreter leads a tour of the fort and discusses life in the Union Army. 2-3:30 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org.

“Let’s Go Camping,” for age 6 and older; an overnight ad­ven­ture with dinner cooked over a campfire, stories, songs, s’mores and breakfast. Bring your own tent. 4:30 p.m. Saturday-9:30 a.m. Sunday, Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $20, registration required (program No. 632853-E). 703-228-3403.

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

Wild Dogs campfire, learn about wolves, coyotes and foxes. 6:30-7 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 632953-G). 703-228-6535.

Borromeo Housing Springtime Soiree, features dinner, open bar, auction and a raffle. Black tie optional. 7-11 p.m., Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. $125. 703-841-0139, www.biddingforgood.com or events@borromeohousing.org.

“Alice in Wonderland and Other Tales,” a concert by the Arlington Community Chorus. 7:30 p.m., Gunston Middle School, 2700 S. Lang St. Donations welcome. 703-228-7200 or www.apsva.us/adulted.

“33 Variations,” a play about how a musicologist is determined to discover why Beethoven spent so much time writing variations on a second-rate waltz. Opens 8 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through May 18, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheater.com.

Sunday, April 28

Westover farmers market, f ruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers, Turkish specialties and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232, www.westoverfarmersmarket.org.

“Ode to Hundertwasser,” gallery artists create works inspired by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (1-9 p.m. Thursday), through May 19, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Promise of Spring,” exhibit of earrings, bracelets, pendants and more by gallery artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through May 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“The Natural World: Patio and Garden,” exhibit of flower pots, botanical vases, patio art and more by Ceramic Guild potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through May 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

Photos and “Coffee, Critique and Conversation,” d iscuss your work with a Multiple Exposures Gallery member. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Photography exhibits, “It’s All About Color,” by Susan Meyers, and “Square Meals,” black-and-white portraits by Eric Johnson. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through May 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Civil War Flash Mob, pose with life-size cutouts of General Lee and General Grant. Wear Civil War attire. 1-4 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Mad Science!, for age 5 and older; learn about where real science and mad science collide; 45-minute tours feature historic medicines and more. 2-4:30 p.m., Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $6, reservations recommended. 703-746-3852 or www.apothecarymuseum.org.

Mike Gillispie Jazz Quartet, concert. 2-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Bluemont/Bon Air Walkabout, join Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada in a 2.5-mile guided walking tour. 3-5 p.m., meet at Fields Park, Wilson Boulevard and George Mason Drive. Free. 703-247-6991 or www.walkarlington.com.

Canine Capers, for ages 8-11; learn about wild dogs. 3-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 632923-J). 703-228-6535.

Monday, April 29

Gallery Underground exhibits, features “Color and Light,” by member artists focusing on the use of color, and “Walk on the Wild Side,” a juried show inspired by forms of animals to benefit the gallery and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through May 4, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org.

Art League Gallery exhibits, in “Flora and Fauna,” gallery artists use plant or animal life in their works, and Linda Lawler’s exhibit, “Everyday Gods & Goddesses.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through May 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors yarn crafters, knit and crochet items; bring washable yarn. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

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

Discussion with Junot Diaz, the author talks about his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” 7 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990.

Clutter Control, staff from the Virginia Cooperative Extension discuss ways to clear clutter from your home. 7-8:30 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704.

Interfaith meditation, led by the Rev. Kathy Dwyer of Rock Spring Congregational UCC and Rabbi Jack Moline of Agudas Achim Conservative Jewish Congregation. 7:30-8:45 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace, Church Ministry Center, 2700 S. 19th St., Arlington. 703-892-2197.

Tuesday, April 30

Seniors foreign language conversation groups, German, 10 a.m. Friday; Spanish, 1 p.m. Tuesday; and French, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. For information, call 703-228-6300.

U.S. Army Band Chamber Music Series, presents “20th-century wind classics and beyond.” 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday, May 1

Patrick Sargent’s woodcut exhibit, opens, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors theater appreciation class, read plays and learn theater history, offered by members of Arlington’s Educational Theatre Company. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; and 10 a.m. May 2, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. $5 with 55+ Pass. Registration required.

Lunchtime Paint-In, visit studios of Gallery Underground artists at work. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org.

Twilight Tattoo: A Military Pageant, features the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Blues, a soloist from the U.S. Army Chorus, vocalists of the U.S. Army Downrange and the U.S. Army Voices. Pre-ceremony live music, 6:45 p.m.; show, 7-8 p.m., Fort Myer, Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington. Free. 202-685-2888 or www.usarmyband.com.

Thursday, May 2

“Green Fits Menthol,” solo dances performed by Jane Franklin Dance. Includes outdoor and indoor performances: “Take a Deep Breath,” music by William Wytold Lebing; and “Vivid Sense of Place,” music by Steven Rogers, featuring six dancers in a work inspired by painter Freya Grand. 7:30 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-933-1111 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Music in the Gallery: The Noctonals, performing a cappella music. 7:30 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

“Club de Caballeros [Rotos de Amor] (Gentlemen’s Club [Love Torn]),” Teatro de la Luna gives audiences a peek into a private gentlemen’s club and the lives of the men who frequent it. 8 p.m. May 2-3, 3 and 8 p.m. May 4, through May 25, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-998-4555.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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