Alexandria and Arlington community events, Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2012

November 28, 2012
Thursday, Nov. 29

Arlington fruit sale, sponsored by Arlington Host Lions Club. 8 a.m. until dark, Thursday-Monday, Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, Lee Highway and North Glebe Road. 703-862-5956.

AARP driver safety class, a two-day class for age 50 and older. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $14; AARP members, $12. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

“Domesticated” exhibit, Kiln Club displays tableware, candlesticks and centerpieces. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Small Works and Large Works,” Art League members submit their works to be judged. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Upheaval” photography exhibit, works inspired by several types of upheaval — personal, geographic and political. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 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.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Andrew Zimmermann: “Cold River” exhibit, featuring black-and-white photographs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Net Worked” abstract paintings, by Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister and Steven Pearson. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 6, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

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.

After-work Jazz + Mixer, features Mary Alouette and her band performing 1930s jazz manouche, also known as gypsy swing. 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 and glove drive to benefit Alexandria’s Child and Family Network Centers. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Six Characters in Search of an Author,” WSC Avant Bard presents Luigi Pirandello’s play within a play. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-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.

BalletNova performs “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 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.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. 8 p.m. Thursdays-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 or www.metrostage.org.

Friday, Nov. 30

Alexandria Christmas Marketplace, featuring special vendors and a heather and green sale of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

“Paintings and Words,” works by Lynne Elizabeth Heiser. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.

Deck the Halls with Santa, for age 2 and older; featuring an audience with Santa and “Plaid the Dog,” crafts for kids and a raffle. 1-3 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $30; children, $15. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Arlington Christmas tree sale, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 167. 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd. 202-492-7519.

Del Ray Artisans holiday market, jewelry, glass, pottery, ceramics and photographs by Jen Athanas, Tessa Barsic, Barb Boatman and others, a bake sale and a special area for kids to shop on their own. Reception, 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-501-1736 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Music in Motion,” performed by the American Youth Concert Orchestra and American Youth Symphonic Orchestra featuring works by Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Debussy and others. 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10-$15. 703-845-6156. www.aypo.org/events.

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

Saturday, Dec. 1

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 http://alexandriava.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 http://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 http://alexandriava.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 area of courthouse parking lot, North 15th and North Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.

Campagna Center holiday heather and green sale, featuring wreaths, garlands, flatwoods, heather bundles and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Campagna Center Parking Lot, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Scottish Christmas Walk, an annual holiday parade celebrating Alexandria’s Scottish heritage featuring more than 100 Scottish clans, pipe and drum bands, reenactment groups, Scottish dog groups and Santa. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., parade begins at Wilkes and South Saint Asaph streets and ends at King and Royal streets, Alexandria. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Holiday designer tour of homes, featuring six historic properties in Alexandria. Tickets available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at tour locations or Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $35; $30 in advance. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

A Soldier’s Christmas, reenactors portray Colonial life during the holidays featuring live music, demonstrations of military drill, fife and drum, gaming, cooking and more. Noon-4 p.m., Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $5. 703-549-2997 or www.carlylehouse.org.

Ornament decorating workshop, decorate dough ornaments shaped like artifacts from the museum’s collection. 1-4 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Suite 327, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4399 or www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

Arlington wreath workshop, for age 12 and older, using natural items to create wreaths. Bring hand pruners or wire cutters and decorative materials. 1-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $30, registration required (program No. 612942-H). 703-228-6535.

Holiday boat parade, featuring music, food, photos with Santa, and about 50 lighted boats. Festivities, 3 p.m.; parade, 5:15 p.m., Alexandria City Marina, One Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3301 or www.visitalexandriava.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.

’Tis the Season Music for Chorus and Brass, featuring the Alexandria Choral Society and Pro Coro Alexandria performing carols and classical and holiday music. 8 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. $10-$25; students and children 13 and younger, free. 703-683-2007 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Sunday, dec. 2

“Bedecked and Bejeweled” exhibit, works 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. 703-548-0935 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.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“’Tis the Season” exhibit, framed artwork by printmakers. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Archaeology Museum Civil War exhibit, featuring a May 26, 1861, New York Tribune feature on Col. Elmer Ellsworth’s death in Alexandria; a drummer boy exhibit; a Wickham musket; and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Suite 327, 105 N. Union St. 703-746-4399 or http://alexandriava.gov/archaeology.

Toys for Tots benefit square dance, includes a performance by Capital Squares Demonstration Team. Bring a new, unopened toy or $10 donation to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive. 1-5 p.m., Lee Center Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. $10; singles, $5. 703-746-5592 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Monday, Dec. 3

Arlington senior ice skating, 8-9:10 a.m., Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 627 N. Glebe Rd. $1, includes skate rental; registration and annual 55+ Pass required. 703-228-4745.

Alexandria seniors ping pong, for age 55 and older. 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave. Free. 703-746-5558.

“Handmade Holidays: The Clay Sleigh,” featuring vases, bowls, pitchers and plates by the Ceramic Guild. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Jan. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“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.

“Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria,” an exhibit about life in a town occupied by the military, with biographical sketches of locals caught in the conflict, historical photos, artifacts and maps of wartime Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.

Arlington Artists Alliance exhibits, “Illuminations,” featuring works in pottery, sculpture, glass and jewelry, and “Metroscapes,” an exhibit of landscapes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 29. Jewelry trunk show and reception, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Northern Virginia ART Center, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.

Holiday ornament sale, featuring 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, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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 up to two children, $7 per week; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Olde Town Fencing Club, practice for all levels. 8-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. $100 for a year’s membership or $30 for three months. 571-236-5036 or www.oldetownfencing.org.

Tuesday, dec. 4

“African Encounters: Coast to Coast,” 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. 703-746-4356.

“The Marshall House Incident,” Civil War exhibit featuring the star from a flag flown over the Marshall House, items from the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy and other objects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

Seniors Dun Lo Arts, for age 55 and older, learn to paint in a group setting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-751-7924 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Remembering Pearl Harbor, three-part documentary series. 1 p.m. Tuesday-Dec. 6, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-4403.

Arlington seniors book club, for age 55 and older; discuss Anne Perry’s “A Christmas Odyssey.” 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy. Free. 703-228-0555.

Seniors wreath and centerpiece workshop, for age 55 and older, bring holders, a vase and candles. 1-3 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $1 with 55+ Pass. Register by Sunday. 703-228-0555.

“George Washington’s Religious Convictions,” discussed by research historian Mary V. Thompson of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. 6-8 p.m., Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-8000 or www.torpedofactory.org.

National Chamber Players, performs Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” 7:30 p.m., Episcopal High School, Pendleton Hall, 3900 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria. Free. 703-933-4135. www.episcopalhighschool.org.

U.S. Army Chamber Band, featuring Brahms’s Trio for violin, horn and piano and Picchi and Mantia’s “Fantasie Originale.” 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Arlington seniors duplicate bridge, for age 55 and older. 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. $5. 703-243-7714.

Seniors wreath workshop, for age 55 and older, led by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. 11 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Register by Monday. 703-228-4403.

“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., Arlington. 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.

“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.

Senior women’s basketball program, for age 55 and older. 7-9 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. For information, call 703-228-4771.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Seniors Intermediate American Sign Language Club, for age 55 and older. 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Seniors home decor, for age 55 and older, decorator Fannie Grey discusses ways to decorate a home. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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