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

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.

"ONE RED FLOWER," by Paris Barclay, a musical inspired by letters written home by American soldiers serving in the Vietnam War in 1969, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-820-9771 or

Friday 1

FLOWER ARRANGING, discussed by floral designer Georgianna Blouin, 1:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $40; reservations required. 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.

"ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST," play, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Port City Playhouse, Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-838-2880 or

Saturday 2

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

PLANNING SPRING GARDEN, horticulturist Brenda Skarphol suggests designs and plant varieties, 9 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5. 703-642-5173 or

ALEXANDRIA WALK, PICNIC, "Walk for the Future: Taking the Right Steps for College," walk about a mile from Minnie Howard School to Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, followed by a picnic, to benefit the college preparatory, tutoring and book scholarship programs of Project Discovery Alexandria, 9 a.m., Minnie Howard, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Pledges requested. 703-838-0915.

BALLSTON ART MARKET, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Welburn Square, bordered by Stuart and Taylor streets, Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive, Ballston. Free. 703-528-3527.

CANNING CLASS, food preserver Sherri Seymour of the Virginia Cooperative Extension discusses how to preserve summer's bounty, pressure canners and water bath canners, includes copy of the Ball Blue Book on preserving, 11 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $30. 703-228-6417.

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

"AN EVENING WITH WALT WHITMAN," reenactor Kevin Rawlings portrays Whitman, recounting his experiences in military camps and hospitals during the Civil War in Washington and reading selections from "Drum Taps," 7-9 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. $25; registration required. 703-838-4848.

BREAD AND BUTTER BALL, English country dancing, live music and cash bar, based on a ball attended by George Washington, 8 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $40 a person; in advance, $30. 703-838-4242.

"CALIPHS AND KINGS," concert by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-548-0885 or

Sunday 3

ART LEAGUE 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, food, music and auction of 12 pieces selected for the league's anniversary logo, 6:30 p.m., Art League, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. $50; reservations required. 703-683-1780.

Monday 4

DANCE CONCERT, Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre, to benefit the Pentagon Memorial Fund, 8:15 p.m.; reception, 7 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $100; performance only, $65. 703-413-3811 or

Wednesday 6

"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, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 9, 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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