Alexandria-Arlington community events, April 17-24, 2014

April 16, 2014
Thursday, April 17

Seniors American sign language club, for 55 and older. 10:15-11:30 a.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov .

Arlington blood pressure monitoring, 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free; first come, first served. 703-228-6300.

“Louloudi Flower/to Flower,” sculptural media using symbolism, signs, metaphor, conceptually based works by the Washington Sculptors Group. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, through May 4, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org .

“Revolution: Art and Technology,” artists explore their relationship with technology through computer-created art, digitally manipulated art and more. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 Friday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through April 27, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org

Arlington spring wildflower hike, age 8 and older, about a two-mile hike at Long Branch Nature Center and Glencarlyn. 3-4:30 p.m., 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $7, registration required (program No. 632954-S). 703-228-3403 or https://registration.arlingtonva.us .

Doorways for Women and Families fundraiser, features half-dozen grilled oysters, pulled pork and beer or nonalcoholic beverage, and a raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, 3471 Washington Blvd,, Arlington. $35. 703-528-9663 or https://doorways.ejoinme.org.

Arlington Central Library plant clinic, gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6400 or mgarlalex@gmail.com .

U.S. Air Force Band, performs “A Quartet Celebration: Clarinet Quartet vs. Tuba Quartet.” 8 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4994 or www.usafband.af.mil .

Friday, April 18

Alexandria thrift shop, features clothes, housewares, kitchen appliances, paintings, books. Proceeds benefit local charities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-998-6166.

Lee Center walkers trip, travel by van to Riverbend Park in Fairfax. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $3 with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0555.

Basic geocaching, led by a representative from the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-5722.

Lee-Fendall House Easter egg hunt, for infants through age 12, features the Easter Bunny, games and crafts. 3 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (rain date is April 25-27), Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $5-$12. 703-548-1789 or www.leefendallhouse.org .

Campfire: “Silly Songs and Stories,” games and s’mores. 6-7 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required. (program No. 632954-D). 703-228-6535 or https://registration.arlingtonva.us .

“The Most Happy Fella,” a Frank Loesser musical performed by the Arlington Players, about a middle-aged Napa Valley vinter whose mail-order marriage proposal goes wrong. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. $20-$23. 703-549-1063 or www.thearlingtonplayers.org .

“The Thousandth Night,” set in France in 1943; an actor entertains his captors with a one-man rendition of “The Arabian Nights.” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, through May 25, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $50. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org .

Saturday, April 19

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 .

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers. 8 a.m.-noon. Gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners, 8-11 a.m. Arlington farmers market, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street. 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com .

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts, 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 Environmental Collection and Recycling (E-CARE), dispose of household hazardous materials and recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes and medical equipment. For information on acceptable items, visit the Web site. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6832 or www.arlingtonva.us .

Boundary stone bike tour, visit 12 historic boundary stones in Arlington County, Alexandria and Fairfax County, riding on paved streets and bike trails, sponsored by Center Hiking Club. Bring lunch, water, a bike and a helmet. 9:15 a.m., East Falls Church Metro station, under Insterstate 66 on Sycamore Street, Arlington. $2. 703-243-0179 or www.centerhikingclub.org .

“Identification” exhibit, all-media self portraits by gallery artists. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through May 26. Reception, 6-8 p.m. May 8, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org .

“George McQuinn: Arlington’s All-Star First Baseman,” exhibit features baseball cards, a 1944 World Series program, photos and a McQuinn model bat and gloves. 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through April 27, Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd. Free. 703-892-4204 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org .

Ball-Sellers House, tour of home built about 1750. 1-4 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-941-4086.

Living history tour, actors from Calling Card Events portray Wernher von Braun, Constance Cary Harrison, Beverley Randolph Mason and others. 1-3 p.m., Ivy Hill Cemetery, Historical Preservation Society, 2823 King St., Alexandria. Donations. 703-867-7282.

Washington’s forest history walking tour, a four-mile walk led by Kevin Vincent of the Arlington Historical Society. 1:30 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Donations. 703-379-2123.

Nature Center: “Venomenal,” age 7 and older, learn ways venom works and how snakes use it to catch their prey. 3-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required. (program No. 632954-P). 703-228-6535 or https://registration.arlingtonva.us .

Sunday, April 20

Easter services, by the Rev. Albert P. Jackson. 8 and 10:30 a.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 909 Queen St., Alexandria. 703-683-1473.

Westover farmers market, fruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers, Turkish specialties. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232 or www.westoverfarmersmarket.org .

Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese, 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 .

“Get Into the Groove,” ceramic pieces inspired by song and popular musical artists by the Kiln Club. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through April 27, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org .

Alexandria quilt exhibit, defining “quilt” as anything with three layers, by gallery artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through May 11, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com .

Arlington NAMI support group, for parents of children, teens, young adults with psychiatric issues. 1-2:30 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington. Free. 703-862-9588 or verdugo.naomi@gmail.com .

Monday, April 21

Seniors tennis, singles and doubles matches. 8 a.m.-noon weekdays, Bluemont Park, Tennis Courts, 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . 703-228-4745.

Arlington horticulture help desk, gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com .

“America’s First Green Space” exhibit, photographs of New York’s Central Park by Steve Rosenbach. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-9275.

Art exhibit, works with a central theme or series by gallery members. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through April 26, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org .

“Innermost Evocations” sculpture, by Edmond Nassa. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Pushing the Envelope,” features purses with a personal touch by Annemarie Feld. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, through May 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org .

Art League exhibits, featuring “Pop Art,” by artists using daily objects, advertising, comic books and cultural references in their work; and “Sway,” botanical fiber sculptures by Natalie Shudt. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through May 5. Lecture on “The Art of Tom Wesselman,” 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday (free, registration required), Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League Gallery, Studio 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.theartleague.org .

Seniors foursome bridge, 10 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 703-228-5310; 10 a.m.-noon Monday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. 703-228-5722. Free with 55+ Pass .

Seniors poker games, 10 a.m.-noon, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., 703-228-5722; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., 703-228-0555. Free, registration required.

Alexandria seniors pickleball games, for 55 and older; features workshops and weekly challenge games. Noon-2:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5533 or www.alexandriava.gov .

Tuesday, April 22

Campagna Center’s Business Leaders Circle, features Joan Ogilvy Holden of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes, the superintendent of Alexandria City public schools, Alvin Crawley, and a networking breakfast. 7:30 a.m., Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $25, reservations required. 703-549-0111, www.campagnacenter.org or bhopkins@campagnacenter.org .

“Sit Down and Take a Stand” exhibit, features Samuel W. Tucker and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org .

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 of each month, St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-836-4100.

Earth Day nature walk, led by park naturalist Cliff Fairweather. 10 a.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-7369.

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

Jane Franklin Dance class, learn standing stretches and rhythmic patterns. 2 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Arlington prostate cancer support group, facilitated by a prostate cancer survivor. For people undergoing treatment or those with new diagnoses, their families and friends. 7-8:30 p.m., Virginia Hospital Center, Cancer Resource Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-558-5555.

“The Threepenny Opera,” the theater transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic distopia inspired by “The Beggar’s Opera.” Opens, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; show, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through June 1, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $29-$69. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org .

Meditation and Buddhism introductory class, “The Power of Love,” led by Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Varahi. Class includes teaching, guided meditation and a question-and-answer session. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through May 20, Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch, First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St. $10. 202-986-2257 or www.meditation-dc.org .

“Tender Napalm,” Matthew Gardiner directs Philip Ridley’s play in which a couple struggles with violence and fantasy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through May 11, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40-$87. 703-820-9771.

Wednesday, April 23

Senior Services of Alexandria program, a discussion, “Health and Fitness,” for seniors, plus workshops, exercise and cooking demonstrations by Chef Hans of Inova Alexandria Hospital. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Free, reservations required. 703-836-4414, Ext. 10 or www.seniorservicesalex.org .

Walking club trip, travel by van to Kensington, Md. 9:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass . 703-228-4403.

“Beyond the Battlefield” exhibit, features the Lee-Fendall House as a Civil War Hospital through artifacts and a diorama depicting wounded soldiers transported from the battlefield. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Donations accepted. 703-548-1789 or www.leefendallhouse.org .

Music and movement sessions for seniors, 10:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-4403.

Postpartum support group, for women with depression or anxiety during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. 10:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Virginia Hospital Center, Women & Infant Health Lobby, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-829-7152 or jalyn.psva@gmail.com .

Figure-drawing workshop, short and long pose. 2-5 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10-$12. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org .

Nature Center: “Woodland Adventure,” ages 7-10, join a naturalist for a walk in the woods of Glencarlyn Park. 3-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $7, registration required (program No. 632924-I). 703-228-6535 or https://registration.arlingtonva.us .

Arlington garden talk, topics include crop selection and soils, seed starting, edible landscaping, composting and starting a garden. 7-9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or library.arlingtonva.us .

Civil War lecture, historian Ronald Beavers discusses “Local Civilian Struggles During the Civil War.” 7-8 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990 or library.arlingtonva.us .

Weight-loss support group, part of Take Off Pounds Sensibly. 7 p.m. weekly, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. $28 annually. 703-430-3764.

Alexandria Historical Society program, award presentation for author Steve Vogel for his book “Through the Perilous Fight,” Mary Ruth Coleman for her role in restoring the Carlyle House, and four Alexandria high school students. 7:30 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. 703-746-4994 or www.alexandriahistorical.org .

Alexandria postpartum support group, for women suffering depression or anxiety during pregnancy or in the first year following childbirth. 7:30-9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Fairlington United Methodist Church, Room 109, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. 571-403-0673 or suzjdoyle@gmail.com .

Scottish country dance, 8-10 p.m., Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-5560, www.rscds-greaterdc.org or elizholtan@gmail.com .

Thursday, April 24

AARP’s smart driver class, a two-day class. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., through April 25, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $20; AARP members, $15. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Senior knitting club, all skill levels, socialize and knit. Bring materials and supplies. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov .

Faith, food and fellowship, a service with music, a message from the pastor, lunch and a discussion by Paul K. Williams of the Association for the Preservation of the Cemetery. Noon, Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org .

2014 Spring Solos, works by contemporary artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Opens, 1-7 p.m. Thursday; show, 1-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through June 29, Reception, 6-9 p.m. April 26, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org .

The Treemonisha Opera, discussed by Miriam Miller of Opera Nova. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0955.

At Home in Alexandria anniversary party, features co-authors Joan D. Davitt and Amanda Lehning discussing “A National Overview of Villages: Results from a 2012 Organizational Survey.” 2-4 p.m., Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free, reserve by Monday. 703-231-0824 or www.athomeinalexandria.org .

Beatley Central Library spring book sale, paperbacks, hardbacks, children’s books, CDs and DVDs. Members preview, 4-8:30 p.m. next Thursday (new members accepted, $10 at the door); general admission, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us .

Social Security benefits for seniors, discuss how to apply and ways to maximize benefits. 4 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Alexandria War of 1812 Commemoration, features a film, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ,” a cocktail reception, exhibit and film discussion. To benefit American Wounded Warriors and British Help for Heroes foundations. 6:30 p.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1 / 2 King St., Alexandria. $45-$75. 703-746-4242 or https://shop.alexandriava.gov .

Figure-drawing workshop, long pose. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10-$12. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org .

Holistic Moms Network meeting, Rene Hackney of Parenting discusses “Siblings and Birth Order.” 6:30-9 p.m., Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 571-451-8273 or jessicahmnarlalex@gmail.com .

Arlington Reads, features novel and collection of stories author Richard Ford. 7 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free; first come, first served. 703-228-6321 or library.arlingtonva.us .

Argentinian play: “Turkish Tango,” a comedy by Rafael Bruza in Spanish with live English dubbing. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through May 18, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15-$35. 703-548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org or info@teatrodelaluna.org .

U.S. Air Force Band, performs “An Evening of Music for String Quartet,” featuring music by Oliver Messiaen. 8 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil .

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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