Thursday 23

SENIORS CRAFTS WORKSHOP, led by Linda Aires, a volunteer with the Arlington County Visual Arts Program, 10 a.m., Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-6300.

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

WALLACE STEGNER BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," 10:30 a.m., Central Library, second-floor meeting room, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

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

ART EXHIBIT, Del Ray Artisans' annual all-member exhibit, "Fresh for Fall," 6-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray 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, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. $10; students and seniors, $5. 202-331-2122.

"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.

Friday 24

SPAGHETTI DINNER, plus salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage; door prizes; and silent auction, sponsored by the Arlington Host Lions, to benefit local charities, 5-8 p.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $7; 12 and younger, $3.50. 703-671-8830.

KIDS BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 8-12, discussion of "Kit Learns a Lesson," by Valerie Tripp, plus pizza and crafts, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-248-8251.

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 25

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, 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 admission. 703-228-6423 or

GREEN SPRING GARDENS EVENT, to benefit Green Spring Gardens Park; plant sale, silent auction; meet past and present directors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Horticulture Center, the park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $20; reservations recommended. 703-642-5173 or

BOUNDARY STONES BIKE TOUR, a 35-mile leisurely ride with many stops, sponsored by Center Hiking Club, 9:15 a.m., bring bike, helmet, lunch and water, meet at entrance to East Falls Church Metro station, Sycamore Street, Arlington. $1. 703-243-0179 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, noon Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30, Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200 or

CARILLON CONCERT, by Donald Traser, 2 p.m., Netherlands Carillon, Iwo Jima Memorial and Route 50, Arlington. 703-289-2500.

MUSHROOM PROGRAM, view samples of edible and poisonous mushrooms, then search for mushrooms in a field during a tour led by mushroom specialist Jon Ellifritz, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406 or

Sunday 26

FIDDLE FEST, fiddlers of any style or skill are invited to perform in honor of Arlington's 86-year-old master fiddler, Roy "Speedy" Tolliver, who will also perform, sponsored by Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division, noon-4 p.m., Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets. Free. 703-228-1850 or

TREE HIKE, learn how to identify trees, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.

Monday 27

ALEXANDRIA GANGS DISCUSSION, by Alexandria Deputy Police Chief Earl Cook, Capt. Cleveland Spruill and investigator Neal Sharma, sponsored by Agenda: Alexandria, 7:15 p.m.; reception followed by dinner, 6:30 p.m., Temple Beth El, 3830 Seminary Rd. Reservations required; discussion, free; dinner, $25. 703-549-4696.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL BOOK, discussion of "A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail," by Bill Bryson, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5715.

ADVENTURE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas," by Paul Theroux, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

Tuesday 28

"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

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP, for daughters ages 13-18, discussion of "Spindle's End," by Robin McKinley, 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

Wednesday 29

"THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE," a comedy by playwright William Saroyan, about a bar occupied by odd characters, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 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

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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