Thursday 18

CHILDREN'S CRAFTS, for ages 3-5, create a miniature diorama with leaves, nuts and bark, 10-11 a.m. today and Saturday, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

LUNCHTIME CHAMBER CONCERT, by the Friday Morning Music Club, noon-1 p.m., Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710 or www.arlingtonarts.org.

ALEXANDRIA RECREATION HEARING, public meeting for residents in the Zip code areas of 22311, 22302 west of Quaker Lane and 22304, a discussion of recreation issues in Planning District III, sponsored by Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission, 7 p.m., Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Ave. Free. 703-838-4842.

AUDUBON NATURALIST SOCIETY PROGRAM, Steve Dryden of the society discusses Pimmit Run and Chain Bridge areas, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

FORT MYER CONCERT, Army Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday, Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Washington Boulevard and South Second Street, Arlington. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING," Shakespeare's comedy performed by Washington-Lee High School students, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, school's theater, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $7. 703-228-6200.

WORLD WAR II TALK, Ronald Heinemann, professor emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College, discusses "Why Save Private Ryan? The Effect of World War II on Virginia and the Nation," 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2636 or www.alexandriahistorical.org.

"PARADISE LOST," by playwright Clifford Odets, performed by the American Century Theater, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday; play continues, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 11, 12 and 18, through Dec. 18, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26; 18 and younger with a paying adult, free. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.

"ONE GOOD MARRIAGE," a drama about a couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary and bound together by a secret they share, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703-548-9044.

"MOON OVER BUFFALO," a comedy about two aging actors who think filmmaker Frank Capra will be in the audience for their performance and will cast them in a movie, 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $15; students and seniors, $12. 703-409-2372.

"TITUS ANDRONICUS," performed by the Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30; Saturday matinees, pay what you can. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

"THE HIGHEST YELLOW," a musical by Michael John LaChiusa, about Van Gogh, the doctor who treated him for madness and the woman who obsessed them both, 8 p.m. Thursdays (except Nov. 25), Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 12, Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $37. 703-218-6500 or www.signature-theatre.org.

"TRUE WEST," drama by Sam Shepard, performed by the Keegan Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Dec. 12-18 (no performances Nov. 25 and Dec. 9), Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. $25; discounts for students, seniors and groups. 703-527-6000 or www.keegantheatre.com.

Friday 19

SENIORS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM TRIP, travel by bus to the D.C. museum, self-guided tour and lunch on your own, sponsored by Arlington County Senior Adult Travel; bus returns at 5 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 10:10 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 10:30 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 10:45 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. $8. 703-228-4749.

ALEXANDRIA ANTIQUES SHOW, 17th- to 19th-century American, English and Continental furniture, tall clocks, prints, maps, oil paintings, watercolors, Chinese and English ceramics, jewelry, silver and more, sponsored by Historic Alexandria Foundation, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Holiday Inn and Suites, 625 First St., Alexandria. $12; registration required. 703-549-5811, 410-961-5121 or www.ArmacostAntiquesShows.com.

SENIORS BOOK DISCUSSIONS, Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," 1 p.m. Friday, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., 703-228-5722, and Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time," 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., 703-228-4403. Free.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION, gardener Cindy Brown prepares pumpkin and winter squash recipes; with food samplings, 1:30-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $25; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

"MINI MAGIC FLUTE," shortened version of Mozart's work performed by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, 4:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $12; 14 and younger, $6. 703-528-1433 or www.novaopera.org.

HAWAIIAN AND TAHITIAN DANCE, for seniors, light refreshments, 7 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4403.

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

MODERN DANCE CONCERT, Kathy Harty Dance Theatre performs "Merging Cultures," 8 p.m.; discussion, 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10. 703-413-3811 or www.khgdt.org.

Saturday 20

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

ARLINGTON CRAFTS SHOW, pottery, jewelry and sculpture by Lee Arts Center studio artists for sale, sponsored by the Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy. Free admission. 703-228-0560 or 703-228-0558.

ALEXANDRIA PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, works of 15 artists, sponsored by Del Ray Artisans, gallery hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 28, Del Ray gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.radiodelray.com.

CLASSIKA-SYNETIC THEATER, performance of "Buratino: A Russian Pinocchio Story," noon Saturdays and Sundays, through March 6, and "This Old Fairy Tale," 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 26, 3 p.m. Dec. 27-31, Classika Theater, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15; reservations required. 703-824-0660 or www.classika.org.

GOURD WORKSHOP, for 5 and older, learn about garden fruit and design a gourd, 2-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $15; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

AMERICAN BALALAIKA SYMPHONY, concert, 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $25; seniors and students, $10. 703-351-1331 or www.balalaika.biz.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING, for intermediate and advanced levels, with dance master Corky Palmer, live music by Marty Taylor and Steve Hickman, and dessert; 17th-18th century costumes recommended; dance warm-up, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $40; registration required. 703-838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Sunday 21

AROMATHERAPY PROGRAM, information about herbs and aromatherapy, 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $22; registration required. 703-941-7987 or www.greenspring.org.

ARLINGTON STORY TIME, for adults and children 6 and older, "Giving Thanks With Stories," bring a story to share, 2 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990.

Monday 22

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, by Corey Hilz, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1-9 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 30, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990, 703-379-6435 or www.coreyhilz.com.

"STRICTLY DRAWING" EXHIBIT, pen and ink, color pencil, mixed-media, pastels and graphite mixed with dirt, works by five local artists, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 14, Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1561.

"I'M DREAMING OF" EXHIBIT, finery and gifts by gallery artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through Jan. 2, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Studio 18, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-548-0935.

SCHOOL BOARDS DEBATE, "Elected or Appointed School Boards," with Lonnie Rich, a former City Council member; Melvin Miller and Claire Eberwein, former school board chairmen; and Daniel Fuller, director of federal programs of the National School Boards Association, 7:15 p.m.; reception and dinner, 6:30 p.m., sponsored Agenda:Alexandria, Beth El Hebrew congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $25; reservations required. 703-549-4696.

Tuesday 23

ALEXANDRIA BLOOD DRIVE, blood donations accepted, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., refreshments and T-shirts distributed to registered donors, Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd. Registration required. 703-504-3500.

HILLWOOD MUSEUM TRIP, bus trip for seniors, "Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs," visit the museum, tour the house, stroll the gardens and have tea at the cafe, sponsored by Arlington County Senior Adult Travel; bus returns at 5 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 10:20 a.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.; 10:35 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 11 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. $35. 703-228-4749.

DISCUSSION OF INTERSTATE 66, Theresa L. DeFore of the Virginia Department of Transportation discusses the future of I-66, from Rosslyn to the Capital Beltway, a meeting of the Williamsburg Civic Association, 7:30 p.m., Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-536-8270.

"EXPERTS' GUIDE" TALK, Samantha Ettus discusses her book, "The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do," 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.

Wednesday 24

JOFFREY BALLET OPEN REHEARSAL, for seniors, travel by bus to the Kennedy Center, sponsored by Arlington County Senior Adult Travel; bus returns at 4 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 12:10 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 12:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd.; and 12:45 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. $18. 703-228-4749.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS, sponsored by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, flexible shoes recommended, 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. $3; first two classes free for beginners. 703-379-5779 or 703-920-2412.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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