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Alexandria and Arlington community events, April 8-15, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday 8

ARLINGTON AARP TAX PREPARATION HELP, volunteers help prepare and electronically file tax returns for low- and moderate-income people and seniors, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Tuesday and April 15, Arlington Central Library, second-floor meeting room, 1015 N. Quincy St., and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and April 15, 1:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr. Free. 888-227-7669 or

"PAPER DOLLS," photographic and mixed media works by Fierce Sonia. Opens 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Mondays-Wednesdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through May 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or

"NEW WORKS," by members of Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, plus an exhibit of jewelry, sculpture, clothing and wall pieces. 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or

SECOND THURSDAY ART NIGHT, featuring the "Clothesline Project" exhibit and the "White Dress" installation. Visit studios and meet artists. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or

JAZZ CONCERT, by Laura Baron. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035.

"REBUILDING HOPE IN HAITI" FUNDRAISER, concert by the World Children's Choir, Huntington Middle School orchestra of California and two orchestras from Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10-$20. 703-883-0920 or

18TH-CENTURY DANCE CLASSES, Corky Palmer leads classes in preparation for the Grand Ball on April 17. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and April 15, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12 per class, reservations requested. 703-746-4242 or

"STALAG 17," a drama about life in a World War II prisoner of war camp, performed by American Century Theater. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through April 17, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $26-$32. 703-998-4555 or

"THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA," musical based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, performed by Arena Stage. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Arena Stage, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $25-$74. 202-488-3300 or

Friday 9

SENIORS CRAFT FESTIVAL TRIP, travel by bus to attend the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg; lunch included, sponsored by Arlington Senior Adult Travel. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., 8:30 a.m.; Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., 8:45 a.m.; and Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 9 a.m. Bus returns at 6 p.m. $51, registration required. 703-228-4748.

"IMPROVISATIONS" ART SHOW, oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and sculpture sold by members of Arlington Artists Alliance. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Fairlington Community Center, multipurpose room, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 202-624-3611 or

INCOME TAX PREPARATION HELP, for households with an annual income of $49,000 or less, sponsored by the Ethiopian Community Development Council's Enterprise Development Group. 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, the council, 901 South Highland St., Arlington. Free. 703-685-0510.

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