Music Festival At T.C. Williams

Gospel, pop and contemporary music will be performed at Project Dicovery's annual Jubilee for Youth fund-raiser at 4 p.m. Sunday at T.C. Williams High School auditorium. Performers include Singing Angels, Renaissance Singers, Reyes Morenos and the Choral Ensemble of T.C. Williams.

Tickets are $8 and can be reserved by calling 838-0901. Project Discovery is a motivational and skill-building program for low-income and minority students who will be the first in their families to attend college. The program is operated by the Alexandria Department of Human Services in cooperation with the city public schools.

Sunday Symphonies

The Arlington and Alexandria symphonies will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto in separate concerts at 3 p.m. Feb. 10. The Arlington Symphony will present the Peabody Trio at Bishop O'Connell Auditorium in an afternoon that also will include Brahms's Symphony No. 1. Tickets are $12 and $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16.

The Alexandria Symphony will open its program at T.C. Williams High School with Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 548-0045. Tickets will be available at the door for $16, $12 for seniors and children.

Mardi Gras Charity Ball

The Ninth Annual Catholic Charities Mardi Gras Ball will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Gateway Marriott Hotel. The theme of this year's event is Catholic Charities -- A Caring Community. Proceeds will go to assist more than 13,000 needy people. Contributions may be sent to Special Gifts Committee, c/o Catholic Charities, 3838 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, Va. 22203. Call Mrs. Dennis Tracz, 280-1286.

Cherry Pie Bake-Off

Alexandria tourism attractions -- hotels, historic sites and restaurants -- are invited to compete in the Cherry Pie Challenge Feb. 12 at Mount Vernon. Local dignitaries will judge pie-baking skills in five categories. Call Diane Bechtol, 838-4200.

Symphony's Winter Ball

The Alexandria Symphony will host its Annual Winter Ball at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Pentagon City. The black tie affair will include an auction and "Ritz Boutique," with dinner and dancing afterward. Tickets are $100 a person. Call Jean Glock, 823-0262.

Arlington Public Hearing

The Arlington County Board will hold a public hearing on the location and design of the proposed North Quincy Street extension project at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at its regular board meeting in Room 307 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Nature Fun for Children

Potomac Overlook Regional Park features a bit of everything in its February schedule of events, beginning Saturday with a "Winter Greens" hike at 2 p.m. Suitable for ages 10 and older, the winter walk will have a naturalist to explain how to spot green plants in the barren winter landscape.

The "Children's Nature Hour" will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Games, stories, movies and live animals will help kindergartners through second-graders explore nature. Finally, learn about the bald eagle and other birds of prey at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 during the Park Authority's slide presentation, "The Bald Eagle -- A Symbol."

Reservations are required for all events. Call 528-5406.

Artists Help Homeless

Thirty-three artists from the Columbia Pike Artists Studios will host a benefit Saturday for the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. The artists will donate 20 percent of commission on all sales and the entire proceeds from raffle tickets sold on works by individual artists.

The Columbia Pike Artists Studios are on the second floor at 932 S. Walter Reed Dr., in the same building that houses the Cinema 'n' Draft House. Call Marjean Willett, 486-9368.

Gallery Talk

Frank Wright, a professor of art at George Washington University, will lead a Gallery Talk from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the Ellipse Art Center. The Arlington County cultural affairs division opened its winter season of exhibitions Jan. 18 with "The Diversity that is Arlington Art." The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Arlington Visual Arts Coalition, will be at the Ellipse Art Center through March 16. The exhibition features the works of Arlington visual artists and was juried by Wright. Call 516-4466.