Thursday 16

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.

STARTING A BUSINESS, information on business licenses, trade names and more, presented in English and Spanish by Arlington Economic Development, 6 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-0853.

ART EXHIBIT, Del Ray Artisans' annual all-member exhibit, "Fresh for Fall," 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

BUDDHIST MEDITATION CLASSES, learn about meditation practice offered by Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Griffin Center, 3800 Fairfax, Suite 5, Arlington. $10; students and seniors $5. 202-331-2122.

PLANT CLINIC, master gardeners answer plant and insect questions, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, 7 p.m., Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6414.

"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

Friday 17

HERB COOKING DEMONSTRATION, gardener Cindy Brown of Green Spring Gardens Park demonstrates how to make basil mayonnaise, Thai basil pesto and herbal vinegars, butters and syrups, 1:30 p.m., Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $25. 703-642-5173 or

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 18

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

ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, locally grown vegetables, flowers, fruit, plants, herbs, eggs, cheese, meat, baked goods, honey and more, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation, 8 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road, between North 14th and North Uhle streets. Free. 703-228-6423 or

MINIATURE GOLF TOURNAMENT, one round of play, lunch and a chance to win prizes, including a trip to Orlando, co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to benefit the American Red Cross; teams, 9 a.m.; individuals, 12:30 p.m., Upton Hill Regional Park, Wilson Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive, Arlington. $15, reservations recommended. 703-527-3010, Ext. 734, or

"FISHERMAN" PLAY, "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish," about an old fisherman and his wife, based on an Aleksander Pushkin poem, opens, noon Saturday; continues, noon Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30, Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200 or

ROSE SHOW, by the Potomac Rose Society, 1-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 301-869-4948.

CARILLON CONCERT, by Edward Nassor, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Netherlands Carillon, Iwo Jima Memorial and Route 50, Arlington. 703-289-2500 or

ARLINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 60th anniversary concert, music by Brahms, Grieg and Rachmaninoff, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10-$70. 703-528-1817 or

Sunday 19

SCOTTISH HERITAGE FAIR, for all ages, bagpipe bands, Scottish dancers, Celtic crafts, storytelling, Scottish food, sponsored by the Alexandria Scottish Heritage Educational Foundation in cooperation with Alexandria Department of Parks and Recreation, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-212-7064 or

NATURE HIKE, guided two-mile hike, moderate difficulty, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-5406 or

"SAVING MONTICELLO," Marc Leepson discusses his book "Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House That Jefferson Built," 2 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5261.

BARBERSHOP CONCERT, "Harmony on Sunday" event, by the Arlington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus and the Capital Chord Factory, 2:15 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10; seniors and students, $8. 703-521-9331.

Monday 20

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.

PLANTING BULBS FOR SPRING, lecture for seniors, by Tom Tyler, horticulture agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4839.

Tuesday 21

SENIOR SINGERS CHORALE, rehearsal, newcomers welcome, auditions not required, 2 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.

"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

Wednesday 22

SENIORS GENEALOGY DISCUSSION, about research strategies, Web sites and software, 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.

FOOD PRESERVATION, food preserver Sherri Seymour discusses canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating produce, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, 7 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, Room 15, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $15. 703-228-6417 or

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, Robert Griffin Jr. of the Arlington Office of Emergency Preparedness discusses local, state and national emergency programs, sponsored by the Arlington League of Women Voters, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-536-8270.

NATIVE AMERICANS IN VIRGINIA, lecture by Mitchell Bush of the Virginia Council on Indians, sponsored by the Alexandria Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2636 or

SQUARE DANCING, for singles and couples, no experience necessary, sponsored by Boomerangs Square Dance Teaching Council, 7:30 p.m., Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria. Free. 703-533-8786.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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