Alexandria and Arlington community events, Dec. 6 to 13, 2012

December 5, 2012
Thursday, Dec. 6

Seniors Intermediate American Sign Language Club, for age 55 and older. 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“Up Close and Too Personal” exhibit, works in colored pencil by Suzanne Vigil. Opens 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 7. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. next Thursday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Main Hall, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Jan Brett Storytime, for age 2 and older, a selection of stories by the noted children’s author. 10:30-11:15 a.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 622923-A). 703-228-6535.

“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.

Seniors home decor, for age 55 and older; advice and guidance by decorator Fannie Grey. 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.

Arlington Artists Alliance exhibits,“Illuminations,” featuring works in pottery, sculpture, glass and jewelry, and “Metroscapes,” an exhibit of landscapes. Reception, featuring a trunk show by gallery jewelers, 5-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 29, Northern Virginia Art Center, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

“A Trip to the Moon,” theater performance about astronauts, a princess who wants to return to her home on the moon and Soviet space dogs. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; show, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 6, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.syntictheater.org.

Friday, Dec. 7

Seniors and holiday grief, specialist Nancy Connors discusses ways to cope and work through grief, which can be more intense during the holidays. 10 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Flying squirrels program, learn about the animals and watch them glide. 5-6 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622953-B or 622953-C). 703-228-6535.

Del Ray Artisans holiday market, sale of jewelry, glass, pottery, ceramics and photographs by Jen Athanas, Tessa Barsic, Barb Boatman and others, a bake sale and a special area for kids to shop on their own. 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-501-1736 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Six Characters in Search of an Author,” WSC Avant Bard presents Luigi Pirandello’s play within a play. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $23-$35. 703-875-1100 or www.wscavantbard.org.

Saturday, Dec. 8

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/farmersmarket .

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Arlington farmers market, 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, Del Ray farmers market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or http://alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket .

Bird watching for beginners, learn how to use binoculars and field guides, where to find birds and basic bird identification. 9-11 a.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5; registration required (program No. 622943-G). 703-228-6535.

Nature Center kids’ program, make a holiday craft, see toy trains, hike in the woods and visit with Santa. Registration required for a visit with Santa. 9 a.m.-noon (program No. 622853-E) or 1-4 p.m. (program No. 622853-F), Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $7. 703-228-3403.

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.

Hendry House craft show and sale, by local artisans; items at a children’s corner also available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, through Dec. 16, Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. Free. 703-243-7329.

“5x5(x5)” exhibit, works by Target Gallery artists that must be smaller than five inches in any direction. Opens, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Dec. 30. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

History for kids, for age 7 and older; design and build replica forts. 10-11 a.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622723-A). 703-243-4342.

Gift-making workshops for kids, for students in grades K-5; create keepsakes and heirlooms. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-4 p.m., Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Each session, $40. 703-248-6800 or https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org .

Kwanzaa celebration, learn about the history and principles of Kwanzaa through games, songs, dances and crafts. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-4356.

Winter trees program, for age 14 and older; learn to identify trees by their bark and shape. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622943-J). 703-228-6535.

Alexandria Christmas in Camp open house, featuring history interpreters, a Victorian Christmas tree, music, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and guided tours. Noon-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Suggested donation $2, $1 for children. 703-746-4848.

“Pentagon 9/11” exhibit, featuring artifacts from the Defense Department including the Pentagon’s heliport sign. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-892-4204 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Forts tour of North Arlington, for age 12 and older, visit forts Bennett, Ethan Allen and Marcy by van. 1-4 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $15, registration required (program No. 622743-A). 703-243-4342.

Alexandria candlelight tours, a self-guided tour of the Carlyle House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Bank of Alexandria building and the Lee-Fendall House by candlelight; enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $20; seniors, $15; ages 6 to 17, $5. 703-746-4242 or www.historicalexandria.org.

Roller skate night, family skate, 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.

“Dance Asia Colors,” performances by Ritualistic Combat, Afro Latino, Asian Troubadour, Spinning Plates, Flying Ribbons and more. Sponsored by Arlington County Cultural Affairs. 7 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Donations, reservation requested. 703-548-1154 or www.danceasia.me.

Chamber music performance, Prelude: The Arlington Youth Orchestral Program, presented by Encore Stage. 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $8. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestage.org.

Sunday, Dec. 9

“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), 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, 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, 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, features earrings, bracelets, pendants and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), 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, through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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

Holiday market, featuring pottery, hand-crafted clothing, scarves, purses, jewelry and more by 25 local artisans. Co-sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for Women. 1-5 p.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3123 or www.alexwomen.com.

Christmas handbells, performance by Alexandria’s Browne Academy. 2-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Arlington PFLAG support group, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, meeting led by a facilitator. 3-4:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Free. 202-638-3852 or arl.pflag@gmail.com.

New Dominion Chorale, performs Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” 4 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $5-$30. 703-442-9404 or www.newdominion.org.

NoVa Lights Chorale, presents Handel’s “Messiah.” 4 p.m., Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Free. 703-346-3512 or www.novalightschorale.jigsy.com.

Monday, Dec. 10

“Night Windows” lighted sculpture, three-dimensional, mixed-media constructions in lighted boxes by Sam Miller. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 20, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Woodland Reveries: Photos of East Tennessee,” by Tammie George. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 1-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Jan. 3, Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

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), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 7. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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

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

Holiday ornament sale, by Fiberworks Gallery artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Senior cellphone basics, for age 55 and older; bring cellphone and manual. 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

“African Encounters: Coast to Coast,” featuring watercolors and collagraph prints by Kathleen Stafford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 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. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

Seniors wreath workshop, for age 55 and older. 10-11:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $5 with annual 55+ Pass, registration required. 703-228-6300.

Seniors history roundtable, for age 55 and older, discuss holiday customs. 11:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

“Collage Cut Ups,” bring a collage project to work on and exchange ideas with others. Led by a Del Ray Artisans member. 1-4 p.m., Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827, www.thedelrayartisans.org or milaenartes@gmail.com.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Seniors driving refresher course, for age 55 and older, a two-day session sponsored by AARP. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 13, Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. $14; AARP members, $12; registration required. 703-228-0555.

Alexandria seniors bridge club, for age 55 and older. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Free. 703-746-5533 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Arlington seniors duplicate bridge, for age 55 and older; includes instruction by Anne Gress. Play with different partners. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. $5. 703-243-7714 or www.arlingtonva.us .

Figure-drawing workshop, gesture, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; social, 1-2 p.m.; and short and long poses, 2-5 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $6-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.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. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

“Rulemaker” paintings exhibit, by Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

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.

Winter birds program, for ages 6-10; learn about field marks, follow flocks, fill feeders and find feathers. 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-L). 703-228-3403.

“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. 13, Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Scottish country dance classes, 8-10 p.m., Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. $100-$110. 703-719-0596.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Arlington citrus sale, sponsored by Northwest Arlington Lions Club. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. next Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15, Overlee Pool lower parking lot, 6030 Lee Hwy. 703-528-1130.

Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists, music by the WAAC Band and Do-It-Yourself ornaments. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Glencarlyn knitting group, includes instruction. 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6548.

“A Stan Kenton Christmas” concert, performed by the U.S. Army All-Brass Big Band. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or http://www.usarmyband.com.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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