Alexandria and Arlington community events, Feb. 21 to 28, 2013

February 20, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 21

English as a Second Language classes, 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 Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.

“Dot and Dash” art exhibit, mixed media interpret the theme of lines and circles. 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.

“People” art exhibit, works by Frances Seeger. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

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

Lee Woodcarvers, 1 p.m. Thursdays, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass.

Film matinee, call for program information. 4-6:15 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Strengthening Families, a program for families with children ages 10-14, sponsored by Virginia Foundation For Healthy Youth. Childcare 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.

“Growing Local” program, Carol Rosen and friends from the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia discuss the art and 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.

“Ladies Swing the Blues,” backstage stories of New York’s jazz scene of the 1940s and ’50s told by four legendary 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 comedy about every-day problems, presented by Teatro de la Luna. 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. 22

Seniors foreign-language conversation groups, for age 55 and older. German, 10 a.m. Fridays; Spanish, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; French, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-6300.

“The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure,” for ages 2 to 5; a performance by Arts on the Horizon, about a brother and sister with superpowered imaginations. 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Mondays and Thursdays; 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, through March 9, Downtown Baptist Church, 212 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $8. 703-967-0437 or www.artsonthehorizon.org.

Seniors Black History Month lunch, features stories, songs, fellowship and a Southern lunch. 2 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $6 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

“Big Bad,” for age 4 and older; a performance by Encore Stage about the coverage of the trial of the Big Bad Wolf. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 3, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $10-$12. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestageva.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a pop-opera performance by the Chalice and Keegan theaters. 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.

C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, dance lessons, 7:30 p.m.; music and dancing, 8:30 p.m. Artisphere, Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20. www.artisphere.com.

IGNITE Young Adult Ministry meeting, for ages 20 to 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. fourth Fridays, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-527-5500, Ext. 13 or avirata@stcharleschurch.org.

“The Drawer Boy,” a performance by Port City Playhouse about two aging farmers and their family secret uncovered by an actor researching life on a farm. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and March 5, through March 9. Matinees, 2 p.m. March 2 and 9, The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $16-$18. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.org.

The Tempest,” part of the “Silent Shakespeare” series, with larger-than-life visuals and acrobatics performed by Synetic Theater. Opens, 8 p.m. Friday; show, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 24, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

“An Evening of Music For Clarinet Quartet,” 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.

Saturday, Feb. 23

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 www.alexandriava.gov.

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 www.alexandriava.gov.

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 www.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.

“Youth Master Planning” community forum, discuss ways to help children, from toddlers to 21, to thrive in the community and prepare for college, work and life. Sponsored by Alexandria’s Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission. 10 a.m.-noon, William Ramsey Elementary School auditorium, Cafeteria, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5760 or http://alexandriava.gov/cyfcc.

Hawks program, for ages 5 to 9, learn about their flight patterns and behaviors. 10-11:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 622823-U). 703-228-3403.

“Skunk Cabbage” hike, for age 6 and older; find the first signs of spring. 3-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622953-S). 703-228-3403.

Tea With Martha Washington, a reenactor discusses 18th-century tea customs and period clothing. Includes tea, cake, dried fruit and cookies. 3-4:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25, 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-N or 622953-O). 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.

U.S. Army Orchestra and Army Chorus, perform works by Leonard Bernstein, Max Bruch and the Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Sunday, Feb. 24

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.

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.

“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 .

“Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art,” an all-media exhibit featuring handmade clothing and jewelry. 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. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.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.

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

New Member photography show, by 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.

Wood frogs program, for age 5 and older; learn where wood frogs come from. 1-2 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622853-J). 703-228-3403.

“Walking With Washington,” tour Alexandria sites associated with George Washington. 2 p.m., 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 Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Presidential salon with James Madison, portrayed by John Douglas Hall. 3-4:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $15; students, $10; reservations recommended. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Monday, Feb. 25

“Craft and Character: Wasteland” exhibit, pen and ink by Matthew D. Kiehl. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through March 17, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Inside/Outside” exhibit, features still-life painting, landscape, abstract paintings, ceramics and glass. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 2, Northern Virginia ART Center, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.

Art League Gallery’s Student/Faculty Show, features paintings, stained glass ceramics, sculpture and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through March 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Paris by Day, Paris by Night,” photographs by Kevin Kasmai. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 1-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through April 2, Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

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.

Alexandria Agenda program, “Washington and Friends . . . If Alexandria’s Streets Could Talk,” discussed by historian Bob Madison, author Mary Thompson and curator Helen Wirka. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:45 p.m.; program, 7:15 p.m., Holiday Inn Eisenhower Metro Hotel, 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Dinner, $33-$43; reservations required. 703-548-7089, www.agendaalexandria.com or agendaalexandria@aol.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Divine Mercy Cenacle, study of the Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of Saint Faustina. 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-836-4100.

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, Feb. 27

Seniors chess or canasta games, for age 55 and older. 10 a.m.-noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

“Marketing to the Metro Renter,” a panel discussion moderated by Nate Robertson of CADD Microsystems. Panelists include Lyles Carr of the McCormick Group; Alexander Iams of Arlington Economic Development and Matt Walker of White + Partners. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., WETA Public Television, 2775 S. Quincy St., Arlington. $50, includes lunch and materials. Registration required. 703-528-2522 or www.leadershiparlington.org.

“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.

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

Author talk, Bob O’Connor discusses his book, “The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison.” 7-8 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, Large Meeting Room, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Black History Month concert, features Kathy Harty Gray Dancers, poetry readings, the NOVA Jazz Band and NOVA Community Chorus, Joyce Garrett and the Choir of Alfred Street Baptist Church and soprano Lisa Edwards Burrs. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Donations welcome. 703-845-6097 or mwhitmire@nvcc.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Fruit sale, including Florida citrus, Vermont maple syrup and pecans. Sponsored by Northwest Arlington Lions Club.8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28-March 1; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2, Overlee Pool lower parking lot, 6030 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-528-1130.

“Process: Photography” exhibit, features John Brown, Robert Creamer, Jim Darling and others. Opens, noon-4 p.m. next Thursday; show continues, noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through April 7. Reception, 4-6 p.m. March 3 , 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 documentary film about Blair House, 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org.

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

“Blockbuster” Thursdays, film screening; 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.

“Changing the World Stitch by Stitch” program, author Betsy Greer teaches how stitching can create change within oneself, the community and the world. 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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