Alexandria and Arlington community events, Feb. 7 to 14, 2013

Thursday, Feb. 7

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

“Axes: Bold as Love, the Luthier’s Art” exhibit, photographs of guitars by Clifford Wheeler. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“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.

“QR Codes” exhibit, a juried show by members of the gallery patterning dark and light square-within-a-square QR codes. 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors informational program, learn about the American Red Cross. 1 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

David Copperfield,” the 1935 film starring Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton and Edna May Oliver, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704.

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. Thursdays, through Feb. 28, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1108 or www.strengtheningfamiliesarlington.com.

Discovering Christ Series, topics include: “Are You Looking for Meaning and Purpose in Life?”; “How Can I Begin a Better Life?”; and “Tired of Just Fishing for Answers?” 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, through March 28, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-527-5500, Ext. 13, www.stcharleschurch.org or avirata@stcharleschurch.org.

Knitting and crochet workshop, with a discussion by author Margaret E. Fisher. Supplies, hooks and needles provided. 7-9 p.m., Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, 1835 N. Nash St., Arlington. Free. 703-522-6628.

18th-century dance classes, in preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Feb. 16. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and next Thursday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Each class, $12; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Amphibians program, learn about wood frogs, peepers and spotted salamanders. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 622843-F). 703-228-3403.

“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.

Friday, Feb. 8

“Craft and Character: Wasteland” exhibit, works in pen and ink by Matthew D. Kiehl. Opens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday: show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through March 17. Reception, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Wine and Dine” ceramics, by the Ceramic Guild artists. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; show, 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.

“Aging Well in Alexandria,” discussion about services and opportunities for seniors, their families and caregivers. Sponsored by Senior Services of Alexandria. 10:30-11:30 a.m., James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-836-4414, Ext. 10 or www.seniorservicesalex.org.

Seniors Comedy Club, discussion of classic radio and TV shows, featuring excerpts of recordings, led by comedy writer Mike Bloom. 10:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

Movie matinee, sponsored by the Friends of Duncan Library. Call for information. 1-4 p.m., James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705.

Kids “Survival Skills: Knot Know-How,” for ages 7-12; a nature staff member shows how to get out of a tangle. 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622923-H). 703-228-6535.

Blessed Sacrament concert, featuring “Israel in Egypt” by Handel performed by the Blessed Sacrament choir and the Festival Orchestra. 7:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free-will offering. 703-998-6100, Ext. 103.

Friends of the Planetarium programs, featuring a film adapted from the Carl Sagan novel “Contact,” 7:30 p.m. Friday; a dome digital program, “Oasis in Space,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; and a science lecture, “Four Thousand Years of Women in Science,” by Sethanne Howard, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $5; seniors and children, $3. 703-228-6070 or www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.

Carrie Rodriguez , the Austin-based fiddler, guitarist and singer-songwriter performs. 8 p.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15. 703-875-1100.

Organ recital, Paul Murray performs works by Cesar Franck. 8 p.m., St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. 703-524-2815 or www.stmcathedralconcerts.org.

U.S. Air Force Chamber Players, “An Afternoon of Music for Soprano and Violin.” 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. 9

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, 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 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, N. 15th and N. Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.

Arlington Fencers Club, for age 7 and older; beginners class. Equipment provided. 9:30 a.m., Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, 3900 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Eight sessions, $150; registration requested. 703-528-5618 or afencers@gmail.com.

“Youth Master Planning” community forums, discuss ways to help children, from newborns to age 21, 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 Saturday, T.C. Williams High School, Cafeteria, 3330 King St.; and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5760 or alexandriava.gov.

Feel the Heritage Festival, features music and dance performances, vendors, a raffle, food and more. Noon-4 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3329 or www.arlingtonva.us.

Swordsmens Rendezvous, program includes reenactment of 18th-century swordplay and display of weapons. Noon-4:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $6, reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Civil War reenactor recruiting, learn how to join local reenactment units and what kind of clothing and equipment is required. Soldiers and civilians of the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry, Company K discuss a soldier’s uniform and equipment, demonstrate drills. 1-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org.

Friends of Duncan Library film screening, features a movie starring Johnny Weismuller, best known for playing Tarzan in the 1930s and ’40s, an Abbott and Costello film and a “Three Stooges” animated cartoon. 1:30 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705.

“Alexandria’s Criminal Past” lecture, Michael Lee Pope discusses his book, “Shotgun Justice: One Prosecutor’s Crusade Against Crime and Corruption in Alexandria and Arlington.” 1:30-3 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1770.

“The Big Meow,” inspired by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires’s children’s book of the same name, this family-friendly performance tells the story of a lonely cat who hopes to join a group of neighborhood cats, but is left out because of his loud meow. 4 p.m., Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $10-$15. 703-933-1111 or www.janefranklin.com.

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.

“Civil War Songs and Letters,” performed by Dead Men’s Hollow. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, concert. 7:30 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 703-799-8229 or www.wmpamusic.org.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, performs Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, Handel and “River Poem,” commissioned by the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ringers, Alexandria Choral Society and Heritage Signature Chorale. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. $5-$80. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org.

Pedrito Martinez Group concert, the Cuban percussionist performs selections in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition. 8 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20; $17, in advance. 703-875-1100.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Used book and baked sale, featuring children’s and adult books, fiction, nonfiction, history, biographies and politics. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th St., Arlington. 703-528-6276.

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.

“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. Reception 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Christ Church 240th Celebration, features the Rev. Gay Jennings of the Episcopal Church, music, an exhibit and a reception. George and Martha Washington also pay a visit. 10 a.m., Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-778-4928 or ldienmo@ccalex.org.

My Home in the Snow program, for age 3 and older; learn how to make a home in or from snow and about survival techniques used by wildlife. 1-2 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622853-I). 703-228-3403.

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.

Ladies’ tea, features period food and a tea blend; museum tours available. 3 and 3:15 seatings, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35, reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Teeth and Skulls program, for ages 7-12; learn how to tell an herbivore from a carnivore through teeth and skulls. 3-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-O). 703-228-3403.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, features Christopher Weiss, winner of the WMPA Composition Competition, pianist Anna Balakerskaia and violinist Zino Bogachek performing works by Prokofiev and Haydn. 3 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. $20; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229 or www.wmpamusic.org.

The Spirit of Taize, find stillness and silence in a Taize-style service of song, silence and prayer. 5 p.m. Sundays, Convergence, Sanctuary, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.

Relay for Life Rally, kickoff event for the walk to end cancer. Features speakers from the community; cancer survivors are honored. 6:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-937-1919 or www.relayforlife.org.

Monday, Feb. 11

“Inside/Outside” exhibit, features still lifes, landscapes, abstracts, 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. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.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.

Lee Jammers concert, 10:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

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.

ESL Placement Exam, for English as a Second Language classes to be held Feb. 19-May 10, sponsored by Arlington public schools adult education program. 5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Exam, free; course, $350; Arlington residents, $175. 703-228-4200 or www.apsva.us.

Duncan Poetry Society meeting, discuss and read poems, and bring a sonnet to share. 7 p.m., James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704.

Interfaith Book Club, discuss nonfiction works that strive to find common ground through values. 7-8 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, small conference room, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1743.

Let’s Talk Books group, discussion of “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” by Tom Reiss. 7-8 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Ash Wednesday “Ashes to Go,” St. George’s Episcopal Church offers ashes to commuters. 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Virginia Square Metro Plaza, 3600 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-525-8286.

AARP’s driver safety class, a two-day class for age 55 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $14; AARP members, $12. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

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

New member photography show, works by Soomin Ham, Tim Hyde and Fred Zafran. Opens, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (2-9 p.m. next Thursday), 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.

“Antique Furniture: Fake, Fraud or Genuine?,” discussed by author Oscar P. Fitzgerald. 7 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Seniors Stargazing Program, naturalist Jennifer Soles discusses constellations and more. 7 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6535.

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. second and fourth Tuesday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $15. 703-746-4242, www.gadsbystavern.org or gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov.

Army Officers’ Wives’ Club luncheon, reserve by Tuesday for the Feb. 21 event; menu includes a salad bar, butternut squash bisque or chicken noodle soup from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fort Myer Officers’ Club, Koran Room, 214 Jackson Ave., Arlington. $20. 202-717-9191 or www.aowcgwa.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

“Hearth and Home” exhibit, jewelry, clothing, decorations, sculptures and more by member artists. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; show, 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. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting features Karl Van Newkirk, discussing “Arlington in the 18th Century.” 12:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. 703-536-9148.

“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.

Seniors long-term care options, discussed by Jim Lindsay of Adult Companion Care. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

Porcupine program, discussed by a nature staff member. 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622923-E). 703-228-6535.

St. George’s Labyrinth walk, 6-7:30 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Free. 703-525-8286 or www.saintgeorgeschurch.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.

Figure-drawing workshop, long poses. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $8-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Thursday, Feb. 14

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’s seniors program, discussed by Patti Klein of Rebuilding Together. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

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.

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.

“Sex, Shame and Tears,” a play about problems men and women face every day, presented by Teatro de la Luna. Opens, 8 p.m. next Thursday; show continues, 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.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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