Alexandria/Arlington community events, Dec. 19, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014

December 18, 2013
Thursday, Dec. 19

Seniors pickleball games, age 55 and older. 9 a.m.-noon Thursday-Friday, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5552 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“Flowers One Day” exhibit, paintings by Christina Young. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Jan. 2, Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260 or www.christina0.net.

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

Blood pressure checks, 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free; first come, first served. 703-228-6300.

Medicare updates, discussed by John Glowacky of Arlington Area Agency on Aging. 11 a.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Free. 703-228-7369.

Seniors cross-stitch circle, kits provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

“No Room for Doubt,” features abstract works on wood, canvas and paper by Kristen Hayes. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, through Jan. 26, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

2013 Fall Solos exhibit, by Mid-Atlantic artists. 1-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Kids Nutcracker Special, age 3 and older; features music and movement story time. 4-5 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1703 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Oscar film series, call for program information. 6-8 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

“Introduction to the Paleo Diet,” authors Stacy Toth and Matt McCarry discuss the whys and hows of a grain-free lifestyle. Sponsored by the Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria chapter. 7-9 p.m., Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., Alexandria. Free. 571-451-8273 or jessicahmnarlalex@gmail.com.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol,” performance of the Charles Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$50. 703-548-9044 or www.metrostage.org.

A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens classic about Ebenezer Scrooge who travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $15. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

Gypsy,” an overbearing stage mom pressures her daughters to succeed in show business, no matter the cost. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday (closed Dec. 23, 24) through Jan. 26, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $35-$90. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Holiday Follies, features Yuletide tunes by performers Madeline Botteri, Austin Colby, Maria Egler and Jobari Parker-Namdar with guitarist Steven Walker. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $48.60. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Blues concert, by Orie Natafly. 8 p.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1 / 2 King St., Alexandria. $12. 703-884-1040 or www.theoldtowntheater.com.

Friday, Dec. 20

Fast Forwards walking group, age 55 and older. 8 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

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

Lee Center walkers trip, travel by van to Union Station in the District. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

Del Ray holiday market, features pottery/ceramics, photographs, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts and fused glass. Reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday; sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-501-1736 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

The Grandsons concert, performance of an eclectic mix of New Orleans rhythm and blues. 8 p.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1 / 2 King St., Alexandria. $10-$15. 703-884-1040 or www.theoldtowntheater.com.

Saturday, Dec. 21

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 and more. 8 a.m.-noon, 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 and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or www.alexandriava.gov.

Seniors Tai Chi, age 55 and older. Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Monday and Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4403.

Seniors Spanish Club, age 55 and older; activities and educational programs. 10 a.m.-noon, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-4403.

Seniors Thai language program, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-6300.

Gemstone Club: Turquoise, ages 7-11. Learn about birthstones, uncut crystals and the geology, mining, legends and literature of gems. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $12, registration required (program No. 622824-B). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlington
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Holiday Magic: Family Show, performed by magician Mike Perrello. 11 a.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1 / 2 King St., Alexandria. $8. 703-884-1040 or www.theoldtowntheater.com.

“Season’s Greetings from Arlington” exhibit, features Christmas cards and ornaments from 1920-1940. 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Jan. 19. Greeting cards and holiday ornament workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd. Free. 703-892-4204 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

“Blue Christmas” evening worship, a service helping “hurting” people cope with the season. 7 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. 703-528-0937 or www.bethelucc-va.org.

Sunday, Dec. 22

“Holiday Sizzle” exhibit, holiday spirit and sparkle features gifts, jewelry, sculpture, clothing and wall pieces. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday), through Jan. 5. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com.

“Small Worlds: A Diorama Show,” miniature dioramas and sets are featured in this all-media, juried exhibition. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through Jan. 12. Closed on Wednesday and Jan. 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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 or www.westoverfarmersmarket.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.

“Gifted: 12 Days of Clay,” ornaments and gifts by the Kiln Club potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through Jan. 5. Closed on Wednesday and Jan. 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Fotographers at the Factory, features 35 photographers and a myriad of subjects, styles and techniques on hall walls and studios. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Wednesday), through Dec. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Winter waterfalls hike, age 6 and older; join a nature staff member for a hike crossing two creeks and connecting two nature centers at Potomac Overlook. 1-3:15 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $8, registration required (program No. 622854-J). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

Classic cinema, features “Babes in Toyland” and “Holiday Inn.” Call for program information. 2-4 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1751 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Penguin movie and more, age 6 and older; watch “March of the Penguins” and eat popcorn. 3:15-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622854-K). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

Monday, Dec. 23

Art in the City Hall, features works by Susan Gartner, Soomin Ham, Yeon Pa Park-Mitchell, Ning Fan and others. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 3. Closed on Wednesday and Jan. 1, Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St., Alexandria. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

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

2013 Young at Art, a juried art show for artists 55 and older. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, through Jan. 22. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1, Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5560.

Strength and Conditioning Club, age 55 and older, a A self-directed group activity. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. Fitness pass required. 703-746-5558 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“Faces of Afghanistan” photographs, by Kenneth Chadwick. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1-9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through Jan. 6, Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

“Impart” ceramics exhibit, a showcase of Wounded Warrior Artwork by eight ceramics artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 5. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.theartleague.org.

“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. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1, the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.

“The Street Sense Project,” portraits by Thien-Kim Pham. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 6. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.theartleague.org.

Gallery Underground exhibits, “Yes, It’s Colored Pencil,” a juried show of works by the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America; and “Small Works of Great Importance,” by gallery members featuring sculpture, glass, ceramics, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 28. Closed Wednesday, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org.

Seniors Christmas concert, music and holiday tunes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

Seniors line dancing, for beginners, 11 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4403.

Seniors Jewelry Club, age 55 and older, create jewelry. Bring materials. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“Laughter Yoga,” led by Diane Cohen. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-966-4128 or arlingtonlaughteryoga@yahoo.com.

Kids Christmas Storytime, read Christmas books and sing carols. 7-7:30 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Indoor walking program, 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-6300.

“Living Legends of Alexandria,” exhibit of African American activists featuring Ferdinand Day, Nelson Greene Sr., Lynnwood Campbell and others. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Wednesday and Jan. 1, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. $2. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.

“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. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Wednesday and Jan. 1, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

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

Seniors table tennis games, all levels. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Thursday, Dec. 26

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.

“Lovesong” photographs, by Westen Muntain. 4-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 4. Closed Wednesday, Artisphere, Mezzanine Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Holiday social and screening, features the romantic comedy “Love Actually.” 6-8:30 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Friday, Dec. 27

Lee Center walkers trip, travel by van to the Wilson Blvd. area in Arlington. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

Flying squirrel lore and more, learn about these nocturnal acrobats. 5-6 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622954-B). 703-228-6535 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Reptiles Alive: Live animal show, Noon, Old Town Theater, 815 1 / 2 King St. , Alexandria. $9. 703-884-1040 or www.theoldtowntheater.com.

Monday, Dec. 30

Seniors Madison Chess Club, all levels; led by chess master Macon Shibut. Call for information. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-534-6232.

TOPS weight-loss support group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $28, annually. 703-228-0555.

Year-End Party with Rainbow Rock, concert for all ages. 10 a.m.-noon, Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Seniors yarn crafters, knit and crochet items; bring washable yarn. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

Tavern Toddlers: Opposites, walkers through 36 months, features playtime in the ballroom with stories and crafts related to Alexandria’s history. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $7, group of 3 with an adult. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Toddler Dance Party, toddlers and caregivers invited. 10 a.m.-noon, James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Seniors New Year’s Eve luncheon, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tutto Bene Restaurant, 501 N. Randolph St., Arlington. $30 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4745.

First Night Alexandria, features indoor venues with live music, dancing, face painting, games for kids and more. For a complete schedule, visit the Web site. Activities, noon-5 p.m.; performances, 7 p.m.-midnight; fireworks at the foot of King Street, midnight, $15-$20, registration required; age 12 and younger, free and active military. 703-746-3301 or www.firstnightalexandria.org.

New Year’s Eve stroll and campfire, bring a flashlight and toss resolutions into a “wishing campfire.” 6-7:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622854-L). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

Signature Theater New Year’s Eve Celebration, features the “Gypsy” performance, 8 p.m. party and New Year toast, 10:30 p.m.-midnight. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $50. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day hike, age 14 and older; walk along the Billy Goat Trail. Call Gulf Branch Nature Center for meeting directions. 8-10:30 a.m., $12, registration required (program No. 622844-E). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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