Happy Birthday, Alexandria!

The USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration commemorates the City of Alexandria's 255th birthday and America's 228th Saturday at Oronoco Bay Park, on the Potomac at Union and Pendleton streets. Entertainment and vendor sales begin at 4, a ceremony and cake-cutting by city officials starts at 7:30, and at 8:30 the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra plays swing music from World War II and Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture. Fireworks over the river begin at about 10. Admission is free. Call 703-838-4200 or 703-883-4686.

A Festival of New Plays

The Contemporary American Theater Festival is staging four new plays during its 14th season in Shepherdstown, W.Va., opening Friday. They are "Homeland Security," in which a couple returning from an overseas vacation is detained by federal authorities at O'Hare Airport; "Rounding Third," a comedy about two mismatched coaches of a Little League team; "Flag Day," the world premiere of Lee Blessing's satirical exploration of modern race relations; and "The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay," the world premiere of a musical about a World War I war bride's new life in America. Performances continue through Aug. 1 in the Frank Center and Studio Theater on the Shepherd University campus. Single tickets cost $28 to $33, with student, senior and package discounts. Call 800-999-2283 or visit www.catf.org. See story on Page 23.

They Laughed, They Cried

The Summer Opera Theatre Company concludes its season with a double-bill of Mozart's comic "The Impresario," restaged as a casting session on a 1930s movie set, and Puccini's tragic "Suor Angelica," the story of a young woman whose aristocratic family has banished her to a convent, opening Sunday at 2 in the Hartke Theatre, on the edge of the Catholic University campus at 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. The show will be repeated Wednesday at 7:30, July 16 at 8 and July 18 at 2. Tickets cost $38 to $110. Call 202-319-4000.

Music of America

The seventh annual American Music and Arts Festival presents folk, bluegrass and other traditional musicians and dancers Saturday from 10 to 9 and Sunday from 10 to 5 on four outdoor stages at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Md., at routes 140 and 27. Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Johnny Irion & Sarah Lee Guthrie, Tom Chapin, Sankofa, Sam Rizzetta and Footworks are among the headliners. Tickets cost $24 Saturday and $18 Sunday, or $38 for the weekend; ages 13 to 18 $10 per day; ages 6 to 12 $5; younger free. Call

410-857-2771 or visit www.commongroundonthehill.org.

A Present

From The Post

The Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra and the Tom Cunningham Orchestra face off Friday at 7:30 at the "Battle of the Big Bands," a free Weekend's Weekends concert sponsored by The Washington Post at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free tickets will be released Friday at 8:30 a.m. at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, and at noon at the Carter Barron box office. Call 202-334-4748. See story on Page 5.

New Concert Series Begins

The weekly Live on Penn summer concert series kicks off Saturday with a show by Eve 6, the Old 97s, the Speaks and Practically Einstein outdoors on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets. Concerts by national and local stars continue every Saturday (except Sept. 4) through Sept. 18. The gates open at 4, the first opening act hits the stage at 5 and the headliner plays at about 8. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate, under 12 free. Vendors will sell refreshments. Call 800-594-8499 or visit www.liveonpenn.com.

NFL Stars Take to the Links

Sonny Jurgensen, Gino Marchetti and more than 40 other NFL Hall of Fame football stars take up golf clubs Sunday from 8:30 to 2 in the Bobby Mitchell/Toyota Hall of Fame Classic tournament at Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy. in Leesburg. Spectator admission is $5, under age 12 free. One putt in the "Beat the Hall of Famer" putting contest is $10; three cost $25. The tournament benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Call 703-960-1100 or visit www.bobbymitchell.com.

Sounds for the Young

The City of Fairfax Band hosts its annual free young people's concert Thursday at 7:30 in the Veterans Amphitheater at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. Singer-storyteller John Lyon is host for a program of children's favorites and other popular music. Ice cream will be served. Call 703-757-0220.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

A touring revival of "Oliver!," the Broadway musical adaptation of "Oliver Twist," Dickens's tale of the little boy who asked for more, opens Tuesday for a one-week run at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. The schedule: Tuesday through July 16 at 8 and July 17-18 at 2 and 8. Tickets cost $34 to $60 in the Filene Center, $18 on the lawn, from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860.Eric Felten, left, and Tom Cunningham lead their orchestras in

a big-band showdown Friday at Carter Barron Amphitheatre.