Alexandria and Arlington community events, Feb. 14 to 21, 2013

February 13, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 14

English as a Second Language classes, drop-in sessions for all levels, 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays and 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.

“People” art exhibit, works by Frances Seeger. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-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.

“Dot and Dash” art exhibit, mixed media interpret the theme of lines and circles. Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 24, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.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 “Love Poems and Songs” program. Bring a poem or song to share, 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org.

Rebuilding Together seniors program, discussed by Patti Klein of Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repair and renovation services to those in need. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

“Whooo Do You Love” program, for age 6 and older; make a valentine or treat for animals and learn ways to help them in the wild. 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-P). 703-228-3403.

Strengthening Families Program, for families with children ages 10-14, sponsored by Virginia Foundation For Healthy Youth. Child care available. 5:45-8 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 28, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1108 or www.strengtheningfamiliesarlington.com.

Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists, featuring a “Made With Love” theme and do-it-yourself valentines. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art,” an all-media exhibit featuring handmade clothing and jewelry. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 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.

Valentine’s Day film, call for program information. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704.

18th-century dance class, in preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Saturday. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

“Ladies Swing the Blues,” backstage stories of New York’s jazz scene of the 1940s and ’50s told by four legendary jazz divas. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 17, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

“Sex, Shame and Tears,” a play about problems men and women face every day, presented by Teatro de la Luna. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; show, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through March 9, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25-$35. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

Friday, Feb. 15

Seniors green program, for age 55 and older; learn ways to save water and energy, and recycling tips. Noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a performance of the pop opera by the Chalice and Keegan theaters. Opening, 7:30 p.m. Friday; shows, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 3. Additional matinee, 3 p.m. March 2, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. $15-$20. 703-892-0202, Ext. 6 or chalicetheatre.tickets@gmail.com.

“Leo: An Anti-Gravity Show,” a performance by Daniel Briere defying gravity by using a tilted stage and video projection. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $30. 703-875-1100.

U.S. Army Concert Band, features conductor Mark Scatterday from the Eastman School of Music. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Saturday, Feb. 16

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 alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.

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 alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.

Arlington farmers market, 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 arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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.

Lenten Quiet Day, led by the Rev. Carlyle Gill. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or philipblyons@aol.com.

Winter pruning workshop, focusing on trees and shrubs, led by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For locations, call 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com. Free, registration required.

“The Spy and the Nature Center,” a nature center staff member leads a tour and discusses how former FBI agent Robert Hanssen unsuccessfully tried to use the Long Branch Nature Center grounds as a pickup site for money dropped off by the Russian intelligence agency. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 612943-O). 703-228-6535.

Birthnight Banquet and Ball, features an 18th-century banquet, dessert, English country dancing, reenactors and Gen. and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume or after-five attire. 5:30-11 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $100-$125; Ball only, $50; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Flying squirrels program, learn about the animals and watch them glide. 6-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622953-L or 622953-M). 703-228-6535 or www.arlingtonva.us.

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.

“Music of the Americas” concert, the woodwind quartet Patagonia Winds performs works by Still, Barber, D’Rivera and Medaglia. 7:30 p.m., Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $10; students, seniors, military, $5; age 12 and younger, free. 703-998-6260.

“An Evening of Music for Viola,” performance by the U.S. Air Force Chamber Players. 8 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil.

Sunday, Feb. 17

George Washington Classic 10K Race/2K Fun Run, a certified course through Eisenhower Valley. To register online, visit https://register.bazumedia.com. 8 a.m., U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria. $40; fun run, $10. 703-829-6640 or www.washingtonbirthday.net/events.

George Washington’s Birthday services, with the Washington Bible. 9 and 11:15 a.m., Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or www.historicchristchurch.org.

Westover farmers market, fruit, 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 or westoverfarmersmarket@hotmail.com.

Figure-drawing workshop, gestures. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $6-$8. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Wine and Dine” ceramics, by the Ceramic Guild artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 3, 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., Columbia Pike farmers market, South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

Revolutionary War Reenactment, camp and tactical demonstrations, includes a skirmish between the Redcoats and Colonial Army. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; skirmish, 2 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-829-6640 or www.fortward.org.

Photography show, works by new members Soomin Ham, Tim Hyde and Fred Zafran. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through March 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Little Friends For Peace workshop, for third grade to high school. Projects include talks, games, art, drama, hands-on activities and field trips. 12:45-2:45 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Each session, $20 (lunch, $5). 240-838-4549, www.lffp.org or mjpeace@gmail.com.

“Walking with Washington,” tour Alexandria sites associated with the first president. 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24, Alexandria Visitors Center, Ramsay House, 221 King St. Free, reservations required. 703-829-6640.

Black History Month Film Festival, call for program information. 2-4:30 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Romance lovers get-together, features drinks, appetizers, prizes; meet authors from the Washington Loves Romance online book club, to benefit the Washington Literacy Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill, 2424 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20; $15 in advance. 202-387-9029 or www.washingtonliteracycenter.org.

Snakes program, for ages 5-9; learn winter behaviors and biology of snakes. Draw patterns on snakes; supplies provided. 3-4:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622923-L). 703-228-3403.

Tavern Museum’s Madeira tasting, featuring wines by Rare Wine. 3-5 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $45, reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Focus Music concert, features acoustic guitarist and blues singer Scott Ainslie with singer and guitarist Rick Franklin. 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $18; $15 in advance. 703-501-6061 or www.focusmusic.org.

“Hearth and Home” exhibit, jewelry, clothing, decorations, sculptures and more by member artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 17, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria . Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Monday, Feb. 18

Friendship Fire Veterans Breakfast Meeting, featuring a guest speaker, award ceremony and a three-course breakfast, to benefit the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association. 9-10:30 a.m., Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. $30; registration required. 703-829-6640 or www.friendshipfire.net.

Historic Alexandria open houses, includes Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, the Lyceum, Carlyle House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Christ House. For information, visit the Web site. Free. www.washingtonbirthday.net/events.

Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony, honoring veterans and active military personnel and their families with music, games, children’s activities, military vehicles, demonstrations and exhibits. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-829-6640 or www.washingtonbirthday.net/events.

Rich & the Rockin’ Dogs concert, for kids and families, a three-piece band performs. 11 a.m., The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free, reservations required. 703-998-6260 or www.richrockindogsfeb18.eventbrite.com.

Wreath-laying ceremony, honoring the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War. 11 a.m.-noon, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, courtyard, 321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-829-6640 or www.visitalexandriava.com.

Arlington Bell Ringing, celebrate Presidents’ Day 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.

George Washington Birthday Parade, features retiring Vice Mayor Kerry J. Donley as grand marshal, senior groups, organizations, honor guards, color guards, youth groups, antique vehicles, decorated bicycles and motorcycles and more. 1-3 p.m., parade starts from Gibbon and South Fairfax streets to Wilkes and South Royal streets; reviewing stand, King and South Royal streets. Free. 703-829-6640 or www.washingtonbirthday.net/events.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Birding trip to Virginia, travel by van to Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and a three-mile walk. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $30, registration required (program No. 622943-C). 703-228-6535.

Seniors Rubber Stamp Club, features a card-making workshop. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

American Association of University Women’s meeting, a discussion about “The State of Youth in Arlington” and a presentation by Kim Durand of Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, and data specialist Amy Yamashiro on the results of the Youth Assets Survey. 7 p.m., Nottingham Elementary School, 5900 Little Falls Rd. Free. 703-534-6837.

U.S. Army Band Chamber Music Series, features “Brass Trios Through the Ages: The Mozart Effect.” 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

“Interwoven: Art.Craft.Design,” video, murals, fiber work, photography, books, mixed media sculpture and paintings by local artists. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through March 24, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Figure-drawing workshop, short and long pose. 2-5 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $8-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Summer camp information, features 50 exhibitors representing day and overnight camps for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Sponsored by the PTA Council of Alexandria. 5:30-8 p.m., T.C. Williams High School, Cafeteria, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4345 or alexptaccamp@comcast.net.

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

Book talk, author Tom Young discusses his military thriller “The Renegades.” 7 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Thursday, Feb. 21

At Home in Alexandria discussion, panelists discuss “Out of the Blue: When the Unexpected Changes Your Direction.” 1-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-231-0824.

“Growing Local” program, Carol Rosen and friends from the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia discuss art and the ecology of planting and preserving native species. 7-9 p.m., Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, 1835 N. Nash St., Arlington. Free. 703-522-6628.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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