Alexandria/Arlington community events, Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 30

“Illuminations: Bright Ideas in Clay,” works in contrasts — stark white against colorful backgrounds and vivid hues — splashed on crisp porcelain by the Washington Ceramic Guild. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Once More, With Feeling,” improvised and inspired clay creations by Kiln Club artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday) through Feb. 23, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Surprises” exhibit, sculptures by Pamela Soldwedel and photographs by Richard D. Barrett. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652, www.galleryunderground.org or info@galleryunderground.org.

Gallery members show, features sculpture, glass, ceramics, watercolors and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Gallery Underground, Main Gallery, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652, www.galleryunderground.org or info@galleryunderground.org.

Arlington AARP Tax-Aide program, sponsored by the IRS; certified tax counselors prepare and e-file returns for low- to middle-income families and elderly citizens. Bring a government-issued picture ID, Social Security card and a printed copy of last year’s return. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday, through April 15. Free. 888-227-7669 or www.aarp.org.

Katie Runnerstrom drawings and paintings, opening of exhibit. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday; show, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, through March 16. Reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

“Primary Colors” exhibit, works by local artists with no tint or mixed primary colors. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Seniors prepare for tax season, 11 a.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-7369.

Seniors and Social Security, discuss ways to maximize benefits. 1 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Managing depression symptoms, discussed by Henriette Kellum, a licensed clinical social worker. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Birthnight Ball dance class, in preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Feb. 15; learn 18th-century English country dancing. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 13, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12 or $30 for series; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.shop.alexandriava.gov.

Bang the Drum Slowly,” American Century Theater stages the story of a terminally ill teammate and how it affects a major league baseball team. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $32-$40. 703-998-4555 or www.americancentury.org.

“Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song,” the rise of the legendary singer is told by her manager, her cousin and in her own words. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through March 16, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $55-$60. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

Friday, Jan. 31

Alexandria AARP Tax-Aide program, sponsored by the IRS; certified tax counselors prepare and e-file returns for low- to middle-income families and elderly citizens. Bring a government-issued picture ID, Social Security card and a printed copy of last year’s return. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Wednesday, through April 15, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 888-227-7669 or www.aarp.org.

Alexandria thrift shop, features clothing, 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 the Kensington neighborhood in Maryland. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.

Seniors relaxation toolkit, a program on techniques to manage and relieve stress. 10 a.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-7369.

Heathy aging, Dodge Perry of NOVA Vision Center discusses “The Aging Eye” and the causes and treatments of age-related vision problems. 11 a.m.-noon, Carlin Springs Health Pavilion of Virginia Hospital Center, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-558-6859.

Jane Franklin Dance workshop for seniors, learn simple exercises. 11 a.m. Friday, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

“The Ballad of Red Knight,” a parody of the sword-and-sorcery genre performed by Red Knight Productions and Port City Playhouse. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 8, Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $9-$16. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.org.

Saturday, Feb. 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., Alexandria. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandriava.gov.

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.

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 9 a.m.-noon, N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street. 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Ninth annual Old Town boutique district warehouse sale, clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-501-6289 or www.oldtownboutiquedistrict.com.

Preschool open house, featuring classroom tours and meetings with teachers, members of the board and other parents. 10 a.m.-noon, Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. 703-892-3878 or www.aucpva.org.

Apothecary “Wonders of Science,” 18th-century scientific demonstrations by Project Enlightenment of McLean High School. Hourly tours, 1-4 p.m., Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $6, registration required. 703-746-3852.

Moonlight Tangos concert, features tango music by bassist Jon Nazdin, guitarist Cristian Perez, bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio, singers Claudia Gargiulo and Ramon Tasat, and dancers Susan and Tino. 7-10:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25-$30. 703-548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org or info@teatrodelaluna.org.

Sunday, Feb. 2

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.

Frances Gallardo: “Meteorology” exhibit, features large-scale cut-paper installations, sculpture and conceptual performance art. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through March 2. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Walking With Washington,” an hour-long walking tour of sites associated with George Washington in Alexandria. 1 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 23, Ramsey House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3301 or www.visitalexandriava.com.

Monday, Feb. 3

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

“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, The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.

Seniors art class, age 55 and over, artists teach sketching and other mediums. 10 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. $3. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

Just Playin’ Country Musicians, concert. 10:15-12:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.

Tavern Toddlers: Things That Go, 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 three with an adult. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

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.

ESL placement exam, for English as a Second Language classes beginning Feb. 24, sponsored by Arlington public dchools’ adult education program. 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 18, Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Arlington residents, $100-$230. 703-228-4200 or www.reepworld.org.

Tom Cunningham Orchestra open rehearsal, 8 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Seniors mall walking program, walk at your own pace. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Ballston Common Mall, meet at Food Court level, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-558-6859.

Martin Luther King, Jr. poster exhibit, Alexandria schoolchildren created art marking the 75th anniversary of the historic 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, through Feb. 28, Alexandria City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4356.

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

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.

Seniors communication challenges, a discussion addressing issues for the deaf and hard of hearing; includes hearing screenings. Call for an appointment. 11 a.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. 703-228-7369.

Meditation and Buddhism introductory class, “Buddha’s Methods to Accomplish a Better Self-Image,” led by Buddhist teacher Chris Jamison. Class includes teaching, guided meditation and a question-and-answer session. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch, First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St. $10. 202-986-2257 or www.meditation-dc.org.

U.S. Army Band: An Evening of Chamber Music, features works by Velez, Maslanka, Danner and Rivera. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday, FEB. 5

Walking club trip, travel by van to Eakin Park West in Fairfax. 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.

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

Arlington County 55+ Travel Program, discussed by staff from the Office of Senior Adult Programs. 1 p.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-7369.

Square dancing program, age 55 and older; for beginners and experienced dancers. 1-3 p.m. weekly, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

Seniors super foods, discussed by Patricia Sands of the Medical Team. 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4403.

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

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.

Silent Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 16, Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$75. 866-811-4111 or www.synetictheater.org.

Thursday, Feb. 6

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

Senior women’s basketball, age 55 and older; scrimmage on a 3-on-3 half court. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5533.

Etiquette and serious illness, learn what to say and how to say it when making conversation. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

Arlington Poets Group, age 55 and older; exchange ideas, share tips and techniques. 2 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

“Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista),” a film about three friends with disabilities from Belgium who organize a trip to Spain; part of ReelAbilities Film Festival and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. For a complete schedule of the festival through Feb. 13, visit the Web site. 7 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $7-$15. 703-537-3031, www.reelabilities.org. or www.jccnv.org .

“The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” age 12 and older; a performance by master storyteller Sam Longley, featuring animation, puppetry, projections and music. 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2 and 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $18. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee program, historian Richard Kuisel discusses “French-American Culture.” 7:30-9 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Donations welcome. 202-203-0177 or www.visitalexandriava.com.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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