Thursday 14

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

"SOFT VIEWS," exhibition of landscape watercolor paintings by Deborah Hoeper. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays, Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-7359.

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

FORT MYER CONCERT, Army Band. 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Washington Boulevard and South Second Street, Arlington. 703-696-3399 or

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

Friday 15

MUSIC APPRECIATION CLASS, for seniors, Joe Suchomel discusses classical music, emphasizing topics of romance and emotions. 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

HISTORIC TAVERN TOURS, 30-minute tours of candlelit rooms led by costumed guide. 7-9:15 p.m. Fridays, through November, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; ages 11-17, $2; 10 and younger, free. Reservations recommended. 703-838-4242.

"THE COWBOY ASTRONOMER," poet Baxter Black tells tales of constellations using the star lore of American Indians. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $3. 703-228-6070.

"LA LECHUGA," a comedy about a bedridden father who is visited by his children on his birthday, performed in Spanish with live dubbing in English. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25; students and seniors, $15. 202-882-6227.

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

Saturday 16

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

ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, includes vegetables, flowers, fruit, plants, herbs, eggs, cheese, meat, baked goods and honey, 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

NORTH RIDGE FESTIVAL, a moon bounce, a slide, firefighting and crime fighting exhibitions, an outdoor flea market, new voting machines available for trying and blood pressure screenings, sponsored by the North Ridge Citizens Association. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-9485.

GARDEN DESIGN TALK, landscape designer Sandy Austin discusses successful plant combinations in an outdoor class, 9:30-11 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $15; reservations required. 703-642-5173 or

POTOMAC CRESCENT SCHOOL FEST, for all ages, puppet show, crafts, games, blacksmithing, wood sawing and corn shucking. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 923 S. 23rd St., Arlington. Free. 703-624-1309 or

BOOTHE PARK FESTIVAL, scarecrow-making, face-painting, pony rides, a moon bounce and birdhouse-building, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

ARLINGTON 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

OLD-FASHIONED GAMES FOR CHILDREN, Jacob's ladder, marbles and jump-rope rhymes. 1-4 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-671-0659.

HISTORIC HUNTLEY OPEN HOUSE, Federal-style villa built in 1825 for Thomson F. Mason, a grandson of George Mason. Includes a puppet show and scavenger hunt. 1-3 p.m., 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-768-2525.

RUSSIAN MUSIC, romances and waltzes performed by the Washington Balalaika Society, a folk orchestra. 7:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. $20; students and seniors, $18. 703-549-2010 or

Sunday 17

FREE MINI-GOLF, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority offers a round of play at two local courses. Noon-8 p.m., Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; and noon-9 p.m., Upton Hill Regional Park, 6060 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Cameron Run, 703-960-0767; Upton Hill, 703-534-3437.

BLACK STUDENT FUND SCHOOL FAIR, information on admissions, grants and financial aid (for ages 3-17) at several area private day and boarding schools. 1-4 p.m., William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-506-3552 or

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.

MOZART OPERA TALK, conductor Timothy Rowe discusses "The Magic Flute," sponsored by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. 3 p.m., Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-536-7557.

Monday 18

CARVED STONE EXHIBITION, "Pierre and Mer," by Brigitte P. Davis. 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.

"IRISH STONE II," Irish scenes in watercolor by Margaret Alderson. 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.

Wednesday 20

BOTANY TALK, J. Douglas Ripley of the Botanical Society of Washington discusses "Botany in the Washington Region: A Historical Overview," at the annual meeting of the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. 7:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-534-8179.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, Clyde Wilcox, professor of government at Georgetown University, discusses campaign finance reform and its impact on this year's elections; sponsored by the Arlington League of Women Voters, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Career Center, 815 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-536-8270.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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