Alexandria and Arlington community events, Jan. 24 to 31, 2013

January 23, 2013
Thursday, Jan. 24

Citrus sale, includes pecans and Vermont maple syrup. Sponsored by Northwest Arlington Lions Club. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Overlee Pool lower parking lot, 6030 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-528-1130.

“Between the Lines” exhibit, an all-media exhibition by nine artists featuring contemporary drawings. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

English as a Second Language, drop-in classes for all levels, 10 a.m.-noon Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, through Wednesday; for intermediate levels: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.

Kids fire-safety story time, for ages 3 to 5, led by a representative from the Alexandria Fire Department. 10:30-11 a.m., Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

“Shades of White” art show, compositions by Del Ray Artisans members. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Strengthening Families Program, for families with children ages 10 to 14, sponsored by the 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.

“Success as an Artist” seminar, a discussion by Catriona Fraser of the Fraser Gallery. 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Wednesday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. $85, registration required. 703-683-1780 or gallery@theartleague.org.

Author talk, Lizabeth D. Schuch discusses her book “More Than Bipolar,” about her personal struggles with the psychological disorder. 7-8:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990.

School curriculum night, speakers discuss Upper School curriculum for prospective students and their parents, grades six through 12. 7-8:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Upper School, 1000 St. Stephen’s Rd., Alexandria. Reservations necessary. 703-212-2706, www.sssas.org/admission or jkunz@sssas.org.

Vegetable gardening workshop, led by members of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. 7-8:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.

“Ladies Swing the Blues,” backstage stories of New York’s jazz scene of the 1940s and ’50s told by four legendary jazz divas. Pay-what-you-can preview, 7 p.m. Thursday; show, 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.

Civil War ball dance class, learn the waltz, polka and Virginia Reel in preparation for Saturday’s Civil War Ball. 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.

“The Show-Off,” an American Century Theatre production about an ambitious and audacious faker. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 2. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $35-$40. 703-998-4555 or www.americancentury.org.

Friday, Jan. 25

“March for Life Rally,” mass and breakfast. 9 a.m., followed by travel to Metro to participate in rally (noon-1:30 p.m.) at the Mall. 11:15 a.m, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-527-5500 or spothelizabeth@gmail.com.

“Survival Skills: Shelter Building,” for ages 7 to 12, learn how and where to build temporary shelters. 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622923-F). 703-228-6535.

Ministry meeting, for ages 20 to 30, a “Eucharistic Praise and Worship” session in the chapel, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and prayer ministry. A social event 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.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road (south area of courthouse parking lot). 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Coyote program for kids, for ages 5 to 9, learn about their color changes and how to differentiate them from wolves, foxes or German shepherds. 10-11:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622823-T). 703-228-3403.

Winter plants program, a park staff member discusses wildflowers, their seasonal survival, seed dispersal and ecological value, followed by a walk in the woods to identify weeds. 10 a.m.-noon, Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622943-M). 703-228-6535.

Girls “Prepare for a Ball,” hourly programs include making a craft, 18th-century dance lessons and period food. 10:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $6, reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

“Art*iculation” workshop, how visual artists can learn to communicate effectively, led by David Hazard. 2-5 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-683-1780 or www.theartleague.org.

Flying squirrels program, learn about the animals and watch them glide. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622953-I). 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 Second St. S, Arlington. $2; skate rental, $3. 703-228-7783 or www.arlingtonva.us.

“Night of Boleros,” featuring singers Maria Aurora Paz and Alex Alburqueque with pianist Alejandro Hernandez Valdez. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 7-10:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $30; students and seniors, $25. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

American Balalaika Symphony Winter Concert, featuring virtuoso Andrei Gorbachev, pianist Natalia Skatokhina and soloist Dmitri Shvetsov. 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15-$25. 703-731-4957 or www.absorchestra.org.

Civil War Ball, features Civil War style music, dance and desserts. 8-11 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Sunday, Jan. 27

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.

“Illuminations: Clay Creations Reflect Bright Ideas,” works by the Kiln Club. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Feb. 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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

“Coffee, Critique and Conversation” on photography, 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.

“Axes: Bold as Love, the Luthier’s Art” exhibit, photographs of guitars by Clifford Wheeler. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Feb. 10, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedo factory.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.

High school open house, for prospective students and their families. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-237-1433, www.bishopoconnell.org or admissions@bishopoconnell.org.

“Freezable Frogs and Insect-cicles,” a staff member discusses how cold-blooded animals survive the winter, followed by a walk. 2-3 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622923-D). 703-228-6535.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, features violinist Ricardo Cyncynates performing works by Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Copland and Gershwin. 3 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10-$15. 703-642-8051.

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

Pola Negri program, a staff member discusses the life of silent film star Pola Negri followed by the film “Hotel Imperial.” Legend has it that she once lived at Gulf Branch when it was still a private home. 3-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622843-E); includes soda and popcorn. 703-228-3403.

“Penelope’s Pesky Pen” concert, by Jane Franklin Dance. 4 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 2, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10-$15. 703-933-1111 or www.janefranklin.com.

Monday, Jan. 28

All-media art show, works by members of the Art League Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 4, 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 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

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

Seniors life insurance talk, by Meredith McKay of Legal Services of Northern Virginia. 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Tavern museum toddler program, for children 3 and younger accompanied by an adult; play time 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.

Seniors long-term care, a discussion about the Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

Agenda Alexandria program, “Powering Alexandria’s Economy: Tourism, Associations and More” discussed by Val Hawkins of Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, John Long of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Patricia Washington of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. 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.

Biography Book Club, a discussion of Jeannette Walls’s book “The Glass Castle.” 7 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Middle school visiting day, prospective students shadow current students for half-day classes. 8 a.m.-noon, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, 4401 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free, reservations necessary. 703-212-2706, www.sssas.org/admission or jkunz@sssas.org.

Board member training, for those interested in joining a board or who are veteran board members; topics include fundraising and corporate partnerships, maximizing volunteers and policy-based governance. Sponsored by DeVry University. Registration, 8:45 a.m.; program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WETA Public Television, 2775 S. Quincy St., Arlington. $100, includes lunch. 703-836-2858 or www.leadershiparlington.org.

“African Encounters: Coast to Coast” exhibit, watercolors and collagraph prints by Kathleen Stafford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4356.

Seniors legal counseling, for age 55 and older, discussed by members of Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Call for an appointment. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 16th St. S, 703-228-0955; or 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington, 703-228-4403. Free.

Water Bear program, a nature staff member discusses tardigrades, the tiny invertebrates. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622843-D). 703-228-3403.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Computer basics, learn basics of using a computer and how to search for information. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-746-1704, Ext. 3 or cjpak@alexandria.lib.va.us.

“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 downsizing and decluttering strategies, for age 55 and older, discussed by Beth Conord of Smooth Transitions. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 18th St. S, Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

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.

E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post columnist will discuss his book “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.” 7 p.m., One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101, Arlington. 703-300-9746.

Women’s basketball clinics, for age 50 and older. Beginners and intermediate. 7 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Four clinics, $24; registration required. 703-228-4771.

Thursday, Jan. 31

School curriculum coffee, speakers discuss Lower School curriculum for prospective students and their parents. Grades K-5. 9:30 a.m., St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Lower School, 400 Fontaine St., Alexandria. Reservations necessary. 703-212-2705, www.sssas.org/admission or kleleszi@sssas.org.

Mah-jongg, Chinese style, for seniors, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, noon Saturdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Mah-jongg, American style, for age 55 and older. Noon Thursdays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St and 10 a.m. Fridays, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. 703-228-0955 or 703-228-4403.

Seniors credit theft talk, discussed by Nyambo Anuluoha of Arlington Community Federal Credit Union. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 16th St. S, Arlington. Free with annual 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Eighteenth-century dance classes, in preparation for the Birthnight Ball, on Feb. 18. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Feb. 14, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Each class, $12; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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