Thursday 20

TRANSPORTATION MEETING, the public is invited to comment on the Comprehensive Transportation Policy, 7:30-9:30 p.m., George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4966, Ext. 236.

FIBER ART, "Looks Edible," works by gallery artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

Friday 21

HISTORIC TAVERN TOURS, 30-minute tours of candlelit rooms with a costumed guide, 7-9:15 p.m. Fridays, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; ages 11-17, $2; reservations requested. 703-838-4242.

ARLINGTON SPANISH DANCE, "The Flamenco World of Don Quixote" by Danzamarina, 8 p.m., Washington-Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $12; seniors and students, $8. 703-503-0204.

"AVANT GARDEN," juried art exhibit with furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, noon-5 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565.

VIOLIN ART, 12 violins painted by local artists, proceeds of raffle sales support Arlington Symphony's education and outreach programs, tickets drawn June 14, reception, 6-8 p.m.; exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through March 29, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-528-1817 or 703-228-7710.

AIR FORCE CHAMBER PLAYERS, concert, 8 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or

Saturday 22

CHILDREN'S SHAKESPEARE, all ages, Spanish and English, 11 a.m., Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-519-6000.

CIVIL WAR WOMEN, Juanita Leisch discusses their exercise and eating habits, 1 p.m., Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. $5. 703-838-4848.

COMMUNITY CENTER OPEN HOUSE, tours of reopened facility, arts, crafts, exhibits, music, refreshments, 1-5 p.m., Gunston Community Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6982.

ALEXANDRIA NEEDLEWORK, exhibit of works of artists worldwide, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through March 31, Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $8.50; 12th grade and younger, $4. 703-780-4000.

CLASSIKA FAMILY THEATRE, "The Blue Crow," about a boy who travels to prehistoric times and befriends a girl, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Village at Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200.

TAX PREPARATION, low-income and disabled taxpayers, sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 15, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710.

Sunday 23

ALEXANDRIA PHOTOGRAPHY, "The Sun and the Moon," by Michiko Mitsuyasu, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through April 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

MARINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, concert, 2 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011.

Tuesday 25

CLARENDON SWING DANCE, J Street Jumpers, 9-11 p.m., Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-359-9882 or

ARMY BAND, woodwind chamber concert, 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Fort Myer. Free. 703-696-3399.

"PASSION FOR ISLAM," Washington Post reporter Caryle Murphy discusses her new book "Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience," cosponsored by Arlington County Community Resilience Project, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990.

MOUNT VERNON LECTURE, Dean Norton, Mount Vernon horticulturist, discusses "George Washington's Mount Vernon Then and Now," part of Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Carlyle House Historic Park's spring lecture series, 7:30 p.m., Gadsby's, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; reservations required. 703-838-4242.

ART AND DESIGN, works by students in fine arts, graphics, fashion and interior design, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through April 30, Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Art Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1561.

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, "When I Was Puerto Rican," by Esmeralda Santiago, 12:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

Wednesday 26

TRUMPET VINE THEATRE, "Borderland," about a suburban couple's nightmarish encounter with a roughneck neighbor, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $20; seniors and students, $18. 703-912-1649.

ARLINGTON CHERRY BLOSSOM PARTY, seniors, bring a cherry treat, 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $2; preregistration required. 703-228-0555.

POTOMAC RIVER HIKE, second-grade and older, look for signs of spring and wildlife, bring water bottle, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $2; reservations required. 703-228-3403.

-- Compiled by Sarah Lane

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