Thursday 7

ROSE SHOW, the Garden Club of Virginia's 66th annual event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-799-4469 or

FARMERS AND ARTISTS MARKET, produce, baked goods, artwork, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and 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. today and Oct. 14, Griffin Center, Suite 5, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. $10; students and seniors, $5. 202-331-2122.

"HEALTHY HOME" FAIR, information on clean indoor air, mold control, energy-efficient appliances and alternative pest control options, sponsored by the Arlington Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension; participants include Arlington Department of Environmental Services, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and other organizations, 7-9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6423.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE HISTORY, John Fortier of the American Enterprise Institute discusses the history and process of the electoral college, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Alexandria, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-212-0982.

"THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE," a comedy by playwright William Saroyan, about a bar occupied by odd characters, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, American Century Theater, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$26. 703-553-8782 or

Friday 8

FIGHERFIGHTERS MEMORIAL SERVICE, annual Fire Prevention Week wreath-laying ceremony honoring members of the Alexandria Fire Department who died in the line of the duty, 11 a.m., Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4339.

PLANTING BULBS, park staff members discuss how to prepare a garden bed and plant spring bulbs, 1:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10; reservations required. 703-642-5173.

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.

ROBERT E. LEE'S FORMER HOME, tour by candlelight, period music, with discussion of Lee and the Civil War, 7:30 p.m., Arlington House at Arlington Cemetery. Free. 703-235-1530.

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

Saturday 9

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

PERENNIALS, TROPICAL PLANTS, park staff members teach simple propagation and storage techniques, learn which plants are easy to snip and reproduce and which can be stored, 9 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10; reservations required. 703-642-5173 or

ALEXANDRIA SEAPORT DAYS, a waterfront event, including a chowder cook-off, children's activities and watching wooden rowboats being built, sponsored by Alexandria Seaport Foundation, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Waterfront Park, between King and Prince streets. Free. 703-549-7078 or

Sunday 10

"IRISH STONE II," exhibit of Irish scenes in watercolor by Margaret Alderson, opening reception, 2 p.m. Sunday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 1, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

AMERICAN INDIANS, a park naturalist discusses the prehistoric Native Americans who lived in the area that became Northern Virginia, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.

MARINE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, performance of works by Mozart, Christopher McFarlane, Michael Forbes, Aaron Clay and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, 2 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, auditorium, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011.

CARVED STONE EXHIBIT, "Pierre and Mer," by Brigitte P. Davis, opening reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 1, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780.

FOLK CONCERT, singer-guitarists Carla Ulbrich and Zoe Mulford, sponsored by Focus Inn, 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $12; members, $10. 703-548-8699 or

Monday 11

BELL RINGING, celebrate Columbus Day by ringing a former Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association, noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-527-6118.

ALEXANDRIA PIPE ORGAN PROGRAM, "The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ," about the history, music, design and construction of the instrument, including videos and still photos projected on a large screen and an organ performance of "Thou Art the Rock," by Henri Mulet, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; a question-and-answer session and a reception follow, 7:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Fort Hunt and Collingwood roads, Alexandria. Free. 703-765-6555.

Tuesday 12

ASSISTING LIVING PROBLEMS, the Arlington Commission on Aging hosts a discussion of problems with Virginia's assisted-living residences and how to improve them, 10 a.m., Warren G. Stambaugh Human Services building, seventh floor, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1700

SENIORS BONSAI WORKSHOP, bonsai specialist Peter Jones discusses how to plant and prune, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.

Wednesday 13

THAI COOKING CLASS, Virginia Cooperative Extension instructor Sherri Seymour discusses basic techniques and ingredients for making a Thai dinner, including pad Thai noodle dish, 6:30 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $25; preregistration required. 703-228-6417.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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