Alexandria Turkey Trot, a flat, fast roundabout five-mile race from George Washington Middle School and award ceremony. Bring nonperishable food donations to benefit Alive. Registration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m., George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. $25; ages 13-21, $20; 12 and younger, $10. 202-549-0985, www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com or email@example.com.
Arlington Bell Ringing, celebrate Thanksgiving 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.
“Net Worked” abstract paintings, by Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister and Steven Pearson, through Jan. 6, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.
“Fotographers at the Factory Invitational Exhibit,” features diverse subjects, genres and techniques by 19 photographers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Arlington Artists Alliance exhibits, “Room With a View,” featuring works in pottery, sculpture, glass and jewelry, and “Small Works of Great Importance,” including 10-by-12-inch paintings, ceramic and fused glass pieces. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Northern Virginia ART Center, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.
“Telling Images: Juried Photography Exhibition,” narrative photography that evokes a sense of character or plot. Noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.
City of Alexandria Tree Lighting, a visit from Santa, a performance of “Santa’s Frosty Follies” by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, plus caroling and a community singalong. 7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-746-5592 or www.alexandriava.gov.
“Six Characters in Search of an Author,” WSC Avant Bard presents Luigi Pirandello’s play within a play. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 9. For a complete schedule, visit the Web site. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $23-$35. 703-875-1100 or www.wscavantbard.org.
“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. 8 p.m. 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. www.metrostage.org.
Alexandria farmers market, produce, baked goods, framed art, jewelry and crafts, sponsored by the city. 7 a.m.-noon, Market Square, 301 King St. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandria.gov/farmersmarket.
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.
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 www.alexandria.gov/farmersmarket.
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 15th and North Uhle streets (north area of courthouse parking lot), Arlington. 703-812-8881.
Arlington roller skate night, family skate, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; teenagers, 9-11 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. $2; skate rental, $3. 703-228-7783 or www.arlingtonva.us.
Westover farmers market, fruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers, Turkish specialties and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232, www.westoverfarmersmarket.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
West End farmers market, produce, coffee, baked goods, cheese, yogurt and more, sponsored by Eden Good. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria. 703-746-4343 or www.westendfarmersmarket.org.
“Domesticated” exhibit, Kiln Club displays tableware candlesticks and centerpieces. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Dec. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Blurring the Line” exhibit, photographs by FotoWeek DC panelists Allen Beland, Jesse Cohen, Linday Harris, Greg Knott and Pamela Viola. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Dec. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Upheaval” exhibit, photography includes pieces inspired by several types of upheaval. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Dec. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“What’s Cook’n” exhibit, holiday colors and patterns by gallery artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Dec. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Coffee, Critique and Conversation” on photography; discuss your photos with a Multiple Exposures Gallery member. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 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.
“’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.
Arlington senior ice skating, 8-9:10 a.m., Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 627 N. Glebe Rd. $1, includes skate rental. 703-228-4745.
Arlington ESL placement exam, for English as a Second Language classes Jan. 7-March 29, part of the public schools’ adult education program. 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, Clarendon Education Center, 2801 Clarendon Blvd. Exam, free; course, $350-$470; Arlington residents, $175-$235. 703-228-4200 or www.apsva.us/reep.
“Small Works and Large Works,” Art League members submit their works of all sizes to be judged. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“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.
“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.
Andrew Zimmermann: “Cold River” exhibit, featuring black-and-white photographs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Alexandria holiday ornament sale, handcrafted ornaments 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, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Alexandria seniors art class, for age 55 and older, artists teach sketching and working in other media. 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.
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.
Arlington seniors beginners pickleball, for age 55 and older. Coaching available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Free, 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4745.
Alexandria Agenda program on medicine, “Alternative Medicine in Alexandria, New Pathways to Health: What Options Do We Have Beyond Traditional Medicine?” discussed by Eleonora Gafton of Tai Sophia Institute; Kenneth W. Miller of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Gloria Scott, yoga and meditation instructor; and Marie Steinmetz, a family medicine doctor. 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 email@example.com.
“African Encounters: Coast to Coast” exhibit, 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.
“Paintings and Words,” works by Lynne Elizabeth Heiser. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Nov. 30, Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.
Jane Franklin Dance: Winter Project, for all ages and experience or levels; learn and create roles. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, through Jan. 29, Jane Franklin Dance, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $125, registration required. 703-933-1111. www.janefranklin.com.
Arlington seniors table tennis, for age 55 and older, all levels. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter; registration required. 703-228-0955.
Seniors volleyball games, for age 55 and older, all levels. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. 703-228-6300.
Arlington Nature Center program, enjoy a hike by the light of the full moon and share poems. 7-8 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd. Free, registration required (program No. 612942-H). 703-228-3403.
Alexandria Seniors Jewelry Creations Club, for age 55 and older; includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Bring materials. 7-8:30 p.m., Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave. Free. 703-746-5554 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.
“Pershing’s Own” Chamber concert, performed by the U.S. Army Band featuring works by Bartok, Ingolf Dahl and others. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.
Arlington Lions Club fruit sale, 8 a.m. until dark, Wednesday through Dec. 3, Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, Lee Highway and North Glebe Road. Free. 703-862-5956.
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., Arlington. $5. 703-243-7714.
“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. Free. 703-248-6800.
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.
Arlington’s “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.
“Books That Shaped America,” discussed by Mark Dimunation of the Library of Congress. 7 p.m., Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3346.
Women’s basketball program, for age 50 and older. 7 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. For information, call 703-228-4771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP’s driver safety class, a two-day class for motorists age 50 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. next Thursday and Nov. 30, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $14; AARP members, $12. Registration required. 703-228-0955.
Lee Woodcarvers, for age 55 and older. 1 p.m. Thursdays, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. 703-228-0555.
After-work Jazz + Mixer, features Mary Alouette and her band performing 1930s jazz manouche. Concessions, 4-7:30 p.m.; music, 5:30-8 p.m., Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Torpedo Factory holiday open house, visit studios and galleries, music by the Wytold Lebing trio and Jerry Tolkas, a gift wrap station, a toy drive to benefit Community Partners for Children, and a mitten & glove drive to benefit Alexandria’s Child and Family Network Centers. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. www.torpedofactory.org.
“The Nutcracker,” performed by BalletNova. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $15-$35, an additional $3 at the door. 703-778-3008 or www.balletnova.org.
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