Alexandria and Arlington community events, Dec. 20-Jan. 3, 2013

Thursday, Dec. 20

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

“Christmas Music Galore,” for age 55 and older; featuring traditional songs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

“Net Worked” abstract paintings, by Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister and Steven Pearson. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 6, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

“Fall Solos 2012,” mixed media by Barbara Bernstein, Warren Craghead, Nancy Daly, Naomi J. Falk, Laura Hudson, Timothy Thompson and Richard Vosseller. 1-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

“Rulemaker,” by Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith. 1-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Seniors aging program, featuring “Seven Ways Not to Age Like Your Parents.” 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Charity shopping night, features artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items. Proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. 7-9 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-684-1435 or www.tenthousandvillages.com.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

“Holiday Follies,” a holiday-themed cabaret. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $41. 703-820-9771.

Friday, Dec. 21

Seniors holiday brunch, for age 55 and older; includes entertainment. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $6, registration required. 703-228-6300.

Seniors “Coolyule” music social, for age 55 and older; hosted by the Just Playin’ Country Musicians. 1-3 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. 703-228-0555.

Seniors holiday party, for age 55 and older; includes refreshments and music. 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $3, registration required. 703-228-4403.

Saturday, Dec. 22

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

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street (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 http://alexandriava.gov.

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.

Kids animal drawing workshop, for ages 5 to 9; “Deer in the Winter Woods,” 10-11:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 North Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-R). 703-228-3403.

Sunday, Dec. 23

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

“5x5(x5),” works by Target Gallery artists that must be smaller than five inches in any direction. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, (until 9 p.m. Thursday, closed Tuesday), through Dec. 30, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Bedecked and Bejeweled” exhibit, works by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery members. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), through Jan. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Handmade Holidays: the Clay Sleigh,” featuring vases, bowls, pitchers and plates by the Ceramic Guild. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), through Jan. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Joys of the Season” exhibit, featured works answer the question “What Do You Enjoy about the Winter Season?” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), through Jan. 20, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Small Works” photography exhibit, juried by F. Lennox Campello, features works under 12 inches. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), through Jan. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“The Perfect Gift” exhibit, featuring earrings, bracelets, pendants and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), through Jan. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“’Tis the Season” exhibit, framed artwork by Printmaker gallery members. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Tuesday), through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Monday, Dec. 24

All-media membership show, Art League Gallery artists show works in a variety of media and subject matter. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Tuesday and Jan. 1), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Arlington Artists Alliance exhibits, “Illuminations,” featuring works in pottery, sculpture, glass and jewelry, and “Metroscapes,” an exhibit of landscapes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays (closed Tuesday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 29, Northern Virginia ART Center, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.

“Christmas Wonderland” exhibit, featuring works on leather purses, belts, shawls, silk scarves and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Dec. 25), noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Holiday ornament sale, featuring handcrafted ornaments by Art League Gallery members. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Tuesday and Jan. 1), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Holiday Ornaments” exhibit, by Fiberworks Gallery artists, available for sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Tuesday), noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Up Close and Too Personal,” exhibit of works in colored pencil by Suzanne Vigil. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Main Hall, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Tavern museum toddler program, for children 3 and younger accompanied by an adult; playtime with books, blocks and craft-making. 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; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

“African Encounters: Coast to Coast,” featuring watercolors and collagraph prints by Kathleen Stafford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (closed Jan. 1), through Jan. 24, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4356.

“The Marshall House Incident,” Civil War exhibit featuring the star from a flag flown over the Marshall House, items from the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy and other objects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

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

Women’s basketball program, for age 55 and older. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. For information, call 703-228-4771 or hmwhite@arlingtonva.us.

“A Trip to the Moon,” performance about astronauts who travel to the moon, a princess who wants to return to her home on the moon and Soviet space dogs. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 6, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$35. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

Thursday, Dec. 27

Lee Woodcarvers, for age 55 and older. 1 p.m. Thursdays, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. 703-228-0555.

Seniors Sudoku puzzles, for age 55 and older. 1-2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. 703-228-0555.

“Feathers and Fur” program, for age 5 and older; a nature staff member discusses how feathers and fur keep animals warm and dry during winter. 2-3 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622953-Q). 703-228-3403.

Friday, Dec. 28

Cribbage for seniors, for age 55 and older; instruction available. 10 a.m.-noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Seniors Scrabble games, for age 55 and older. 10:15 a.m.-noon Fridays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. 703-228-0955.

Saturday, Dec. 29

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 http://alexandriava.gov/.

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Arlington farmers market, intersection of North Courthouse Rd. and North 14th St. (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, Del Ray farmers market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or http://alexandriava.gov/.

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.

Kids animal drawing workshop, for ages 5 to 9, “Owls in the Winter Night,” 10-11:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-S). 703-228-3403.

Sunday, Dec. 30

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

Monday, Dec. 31

First Night Alexandria, includes a fun hunt and children’s activities at 2 p.m., followed by more than 100 performances at various venues in Old Town. Fireworks at midnight on the Potomac River. $15-$20, age 12 and younger, free. 703-746-3299 or www.firstnightalexandria.org.

New Year’s Eve stroll and campfire, bring a flashlight. 6-7:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622853-H). 703-228-3403.

TUesday, Jan. 1

Arlington Bell Ringing, celebrate the new year by ringing a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-525-3786.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Bird walk, join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club for a walk through Long Branch and Glencarlyn parks. Bring binoculars and field guides. 9-11 a.m., Long Branch Nature Center, Parking Lot, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 622943-E). 703-228-6535.

Seniors advanced line dancing, for age 55 and older. Noon, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

Clarendon farmers market,crafts, organic food, vegetables, local specialties and fruit. 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; knitters and crocheters stitch a community-made project. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through Feb. 27, Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Seniors New Year luncheon, for age 55 and older, features chili and entertainment. Reservation deadline for noon luncheon on Jan. 4 is Jan. 2. Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. $6. 703-228-5722.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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