A family oriented performing arts season is shaping up this fall, featuring five puppet shows and several young artists' concerts in Alexandria and a children's play, a youth dance concert and an opera theater production for young people in Arlington.

The Aerican Pupperty Association's current production of "Rapunzel" runs through Oct. 29 at the Alexandria Puppet Theater, 815 1/2 King St. Performances are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., with a 4 p.m. performance added on Friday. Saturday's shows are at 11 a.m., 2 and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday's are at 2 and 3:30 p.m. only.

The Bob Brown Marionettes will perform Nov. 1 through 5 at the same times and location. The third fall show sponsored by the Puppetry Association will be "Bingo, the Circus Dog," produced by Paul Vincent-Davis, Nov. 8 through 12, also at the same times.

The Vagabond Marionettes offer "Pinocchio" from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, and Allan Stevens and Company produce their version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from Dec. 6 to 31.

Call the puppet theater at 549-0787 for more information and admission charges.

Three young artists concerts will be sponsored by the Performing Arts Association of Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19, free of charge in Christ Church parish hall, 118N. Washington St.

The first concert will feature the Bishop Ireton School orchestra and the girls' choral group from St. Mary's Academy. Mezzo-soprano Amelius Hardy will star in the second event. The young artist for the third concert will be announced at a later date. Call 549-8546 for more details.

Other fall events in Alexandria include the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) production of the British comedy "Relatively Speaking," scheduled today through Sunday, and on Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 and Oct. 5 through 7 at 600 Wolfe St. Evening performances on Thursday and Friday are at 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

LTA's second show will be Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," running Nov. 3-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-25, same times, same place. Admission is charged. Call the theater at 683-0496 for ticket prices.

Port City Players offer "Little Mary Sunshine" on Sept. 22 through 24, Sept. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] to Oct. 1 and Oct. 6 through 8 at the Puppet Theater, 815 1/2 King Street. Show times are 8:30 p.m., except for Sunday curtains at 7:30 p.m.

"The Farmer's Daughter" will be produced by Port City on Nov. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. Call 549-8592 for admission prices to both shows.

On Nov. 17 and 18, the Alexandria Community Singers will present their annual winter concert in the Minnie Howard Middle School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Alexandria Chorale will give a free concert sponsored by the Performing Arts Association, in conjunction with the annual Christmas Walk, at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in Christ Church.

Several Christmas concerts and other related activities are information, call the Alexandria Department of Recreation and Cultural Activities, 750-6325.

Free art sessions for senior adults over 55 are held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Del Ray Center for Seniors, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Call 750-6578. Pottery sessions for seniors are offered beginning today in the Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Phone 750-6328.

Arlington County is sponsoring a full fall season of events in Thomas Jeferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Call the visual and performing arts section of the county recreation division at 558-2161 for more information on the following events and classes.

Among those activities sponsored in the Glebe Road facility will be the October prodcution of the Children's Theatre of Arlington, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Admission is $1 per persons. Performance dates are Oct. 20-22 and 27-29. Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

The Opera Theatre of Virginia will present "Hansel and Gretel" for two performances only at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. Special rates are available for students and senior adults.

A dance concert for the whole family will be offered by the Arlington Dance Theatre on Oct 13, 14 and 15. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 14 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. Cost of admission is $3.50, and $1.50 for students and senior adults.

The Arlington Players will present two productions: "Camelot" on Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Jan. 26 and 27 only. Show time for all performances is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 each.

The Sweet Adelines, Potomac Harmony chapter, will give a fall concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2. There is no charge for admission.

The Arlingotn symphony's free concert season will open Oct. 1 and continue Nov. 5, Dec. 10 and Jan. 28. All concerts will be at 3 p.m. in the Kenmore Junior High School auditorium, 200 S. Carling Spring Rd.

Arlington's visual and performing arts office will co-sponsor fall classes in drama, puppetry and mime being offered by the Children's Theatre of Arlington. Updated information is available by calling 558-2161.

A musical comedy workshop for teens and adults sponsored by Arlington Theatre Associates will include the study of voice projection, musical phrasing, line delivery, gesture and movement, beginning Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Richard Wilmer will teach eight classes for $35, plus $5 for supplies.

A teens and adult international folk dancing course will begin Oct. 5, running from 7 to 8:30 p.m., also in Gun-juston. Cost is $25 for 10 sessions in techniques, ethnic customs, traditions and foods.

An adult acting workshop offered by Arlington Theatre Associates will include improisations, theater games, scene work, character analysis and auditioning material starting tonight, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ten sessions for $25 are being taught by Camille Allen in the Thomas Jeferson Community Theater.

The Arlington Recorder Society has beginning and intermediate courses starting Oct. 2 in Gunston at a cost of $35 each. Beginning sessions will meet from 8 to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks of study of basic fingering and music. Intermediate students meet from 9 to 10 p.m. to learn solo and ensemble performance with emphasis on ornamentation. Recorder and music stand are required. Call instructor Charles Saik at 379-8924 for more details. Both classes will be held in Gunston Arts Center.