Thursday 9

SENIORS DRIVING COURSE, AARP refresher for seniors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. $10; registration required. 703-228-5722.

SENIORS SEWING GROUP, make doll and bear outfits for charity; sewing machines, coffee and refreshments provided, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Drew Community Center, 3500 S. 24th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5703.

WRITING WILLS, a lecture for seniors by lawyer Ed Zetlin of Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.

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. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710 or www.arlingtonarts.org.

FARMERS AND ARTISTS MARKET, fresh produce, baked goods, works by local artists, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 14, 1700 block of Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-522-6628.

VOLLEYBALL, for adults 39 and younger, sponsored by the Ski Club of Washington, D.C., 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Ben Brenman Park, 5000 Duke St., Alexandria. $2. 703-532-7776 or www.scwdc.org/tnt.asp.

BAND MEMBERS SOUGHT, for the Alexandria Campus Band of Northern Virginia Community College, including members from the college and the public, openings in some sections, no auditions required, rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-845-6252.

"HOST AND GUEST," a play by Roland Reed based on an epic poem from the Republic of Georgia, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 16, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Rosslyn. $29-$39; students, $15. 703-824-8060.

"THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE," a comedy by playwright William Saroyan, about a bar occupied by odd characters, opens, 8 p.m. today; continues, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 9, American Century Theater, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$26. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.

Friday 10

FIG PROGRAM, tips and fig recipes, with Ed Raduazo, take a fig tree to grow in your garden, 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $18. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

MUSIC APPRECIATION, for seniors, Joe Suchomel discusses popular classical works, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

ART EXHIBIT, Del Ray Artisans' annual all-member exhibit, "Fresh for Fall," opens, 7-10 p.m. Friday; continues, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 26, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.radiodelray.com/artisans.

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 11

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

HOME LAWN CARE, lecture by lawn specialist John Delsignore of Pinecrest Golf Course, participants receive a step-by-step maintenance calendar, covering four seasons, 9-11 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

PERENNIAL GARDENS TALK, landscape designer Sandy Austin discusses plant combinations and blooms, class is held outdoors, 9:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

BLUES CONCERT, by Ray Kaminsky, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. $5-$7. 703-528-5406 or www.nvrpa.org.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, a park naturalist discusses the mechanisms and costs of wind and solar energy for homes and small businesses, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.

POLITICS DISCUSSION PANEL, topics include gerrymandering, negative campaigning and more, panelists include Virginia Sens. Patricia S. Ticer and Mary Margaret Whipple and Dels. Robert H. Brink, Albert C. Eisenberg and Marian Van Landingham; volunteers demonstrate new electronic voting machines, register voters, update voter registration and distribute absentee ballot applications, sponsored by Arlington Public Library, 2 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-3348.

VIRGINIA GRAND MILITARY BAND, concert, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20; students and seniors, $10. 703-281-3331 or www.vgmb.com.

Sunday 12

INSECT PROGRAM, for all ages, naturalist Amanda Swift, local photographers and an entomologist from the Smithsonian Insect Zoo discuss insects, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-5406.

CHILDREN'S HISTORY PROGRAM, Hands on History Tent, including demonstrations of spinning and weaving, and activities, such as dressing up in 18th-century costumes and playing 18th-century games, 1:30-4 p.m., Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-2997.

FOLK MUSIC CONCERT, singer-songwriter David Roth, opening by singer Mae Robertson, 7 p.m., Focus Inn, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $12; members, $10. 703-548-8699 or www.focusmusic.org.

Monday 13

POTTERY EXHIBIT, 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.

CAST AND CREW AUDITIONS, for the Children's Theatre production of "I Was a Teenage Zucchini," for boys and girls 9-18 (crew members must be 12 or older), no experience required, 5-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-548-1154, Ext. 3.

Tuesday 14

"ONE RED FLOWER," by Paris Barclay, a musical inspired by letters written home by American soldiers serving in the Vietnam War in 1969, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 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 15

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING, sponsored by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, flexible shoes recommended, 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays, through December, Jefferson-Houston School, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. $30 per semester, plus a one-time $25 membership fee; first two classes free for beginners. 703-379-5779.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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