Thursday 12

FIBER ART EXHIBIT, "Athens 2004," works inspired by the Olympics, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-0935.

BLACK HISTORY EXHIBIT, "A Century of Just Women: Alexandria's African American Women," about their roles throughout the 20th century; biographies, photographs and mementos of Lorraine Funn Atkins, Miriam Bracey, Patricia Broussard and others, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Free. 703-838-4356.

ART EXHIBIT, "Permission Granted," works by artists who received awards through the Arlington Commission for the Arts grant program, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 11, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710 or www.arlingtonarts.org.

KIDS THUNDERSTORM PROGRAM, for ages 5-8, information about the causes of thunderstorms (a garden hose and spray bottles will be used to demonstrate how thunderstorms and rainbows are created), bring a towel, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $2; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING EXHIBIT, works by Kathryn A. Brown and Marlin G. Lord, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 22, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK, Irene Awret discusses her memoir "They'll Have to Catch Me First: An Artist's Coming of Age in the Third Reich," about her life as an artist in a concentration camp and her liberation, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 7 p.m. Thursdays, through August, Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 202-433-4011, 703-289-2500 or www.marineband.usmc.mil.

"CABARET" MUSICAL, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

"THE TEMPEST," Shakespeare's tale of civilization's struggle with nature, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 5, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

Friday 13

C&O CANAL FITNESS WALK, for seniors, led by Ron Craig of the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation, 10 a.m.-noon, van transportation to and from canal, meet at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $2.50; registration required. 703-228-0555.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASS, for seniors, taught by Sam Nash, students provide their materials, 10 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4403.

HISTORIC TAVERN TOURS, 30-minute tours of candlelit rooms led by costumed guide, 7-9:15 p.m. Fridays, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; ages 11-17, $2; 10 and younger, free; reservations recommended. 703-838-4242.

Saturday 14

FARMERS MARKET, vendors sell produce, flowers, art and more, 5-10 a.m. Saturdays, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-5006.

JAYCEES YARD SALE, Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce's community event, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Birchmere parking lot, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-866-7171 or www.alexjaycees.org.

SENIORS TAI CHI PRACTICE, group exercise, 9 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

COMMUNITY PARTY, face painting, three-legged race, water balloon toss, food and prizes, sponsored by Sunrise at Bluemont Park retirement community and the Washington Area Parrot Head Club to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunrise, 5910 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-531-2128.

FAMILY THEATER, for adults and children, "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish," based on a poem by Aleksander Pushkin, performed by Classika and Synetic theaters, noon, Classika, 404 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200 or www.classika.org.

NETHERLANDS CARILLON RECITAL, by Edward Nassor, 6-8 p.m., Netherlands Carillon, next to Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington. Free. 703-289-2500.

AMERICAN, GERMAN FOLK CONCERT, the New Minstrels of the Rhine, bring a picnic, children must be accompanied by an adult, 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Donations, $5-$7. 703-528-5406 or www.nvrpa.org.

Sunday 15

BIRD WALK, weather permitting, members of Friends of Dyke Marsh help identify birds along the Potomac River, 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday and Aug. 22 and 29, Belle Haven Park/Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve (meet at Belle Haven picnic area), Alexandria. Free. 703-289-2500 or www.fodm.org.

LEGO BRICKFEST 2004, convention and LEGO displays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3401 N. Fairfax Dr, Arlington. $5; 3 and younger, free. 703-980-8982 or www.dc.brickfest.com.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNITY DAY FESTIVAL, traditional dancers, instrumentalists and performing arts groups, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the Cambodian Community Day Committee, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Ben Brenman Park, 5000 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

HONEY PROGRAM, sample honey produced by the park's bees and learn about bees' value to the environment, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406 or www.nvrpa.org.

Monday 16

LANDSCAPE ART EXIHIBIT, paintings by winners of the Jay and Helen Risser award, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists 30th anniversary award and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters award, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 6, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

POTTERY SHOW, works by ceramic artists from the Kiln Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through September, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288.

WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT, information on the war's impact on Alexandria and more, including photographs, "Sons in Service" flags, a Mark XIII torpedo and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

Tuesday 17

THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND HIKE, one mile, a park ranger discusses the history and natural environment of the island, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and binoculars, 10-11 a.m., meet in the center of the island at Memorial Plaza near the Theodore Roosevelt statue. Free. 703-289-2500 or www.nps.gov/gwmp.

MARINE CORPS PARADES, featuring the Marine Band, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Silent Drill Platoon, 7-8 p.m., Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 703-289-2500 or 703-289-2553.

"BOOK OF SALT" DISCUSSION, "The Book of Salt: A Novel," by Monique Truong, 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

VIETNAM MUSICAL, "One Red Flower," by Paris Barclay, inspired by letters written home by American soldiers serving in the Vietnam War in 1969; play opens, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; continues, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 3, Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Wednesday 18

FORT SMITH WALKING TOUR, for ages 9 and older, park manager Scott Deibler leads a history tour of Fort C.F. Smith Park, 1-2 p.m., meet at parking lot, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. Free; reservations recommended. 703-228-4747.

"SHERIDAN'S RIDE," for ages 6-11, a Civil War story, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park, Tractor Barn, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $3; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

"LOVELY BONES" DISCUSSION, "The Lovely Bones: A Novel," by Alice Sebold, 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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