Thursday 2

CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, search for spider plants, catnip, elephant's ears and monkey grasses, 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

MOSAICS EXHIBIT, juried art show, works by Martha Jackson Jarvis, Alfredo Ratinoff and Deirdre Saunder, sponsored by the Society of American Mosaic Artists, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-228-7710.

FIBER ART EXHIBIT, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," clothing, sculpture and jewelry, works by Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

"VANISHING TOBACCO BARNS," exhibit of acrylic paintings by Mimi Little, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Saturday and Monday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

A TASTE OF DEL RAY, for all ages, restaurant cook-off, cookie bake-off, food sampling and live music, 6-9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through September, Mount Vernon Avenue, between Nelson Avenue and Herbert Street, Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2570.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, outdoors, 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 25, Marine Corps War Memorial, North Meade Street and Marshall Drive, Arlington; shuttle available from Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center. Free. 202-433-4011.

"JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS," performed by Synetic Theater, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 25, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $29-$39. 703-824-0660 or www.synetic.org.

"VIRILE CONTINENT," an Alejandro Acobino play performed in Spanish with English interpretation, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through June 18, Teatro de la Luna, Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15-$25. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

"PACIFIC OVERTURES," musical by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, through July 3, the theater, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-218-6500 or www.signature-theatre.org.

EURIPIDES' "MEDEA," performed by the Washington Shakespeare Company, previews, 8 p.m. today-Saturday and Sunday; continues, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 3, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30; Saturday matinees and previews, pay what you can. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

Friday 3

GARDEN TOURS, learn about using pots, baskets and other containers, dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, 9-10 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to the National Gallery of Art in Washington to see the "Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre" exhibit, bus returns at 3 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.; and 10:45 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

BALLSTON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, cheese, herbs, French bread, pastries, syrup, flowers, eggs and more, with live music, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Welburn Square, Ninth and North Stuart streets, near Ballston Common Mall, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-528-3527.

"BERRY INTERESTING" PROGRAM, a park staff member discusses how to plant and maintain berry plants, 1-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $11; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

SENIORS MUSIC APPRECIATION, Army Band member Joe Suchomel discusses Viennese classics, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

"BEAD IT" EXHIBIT, wearable and non-wearable art by Del Ray Artisans, preview today, 6-9 p.m.; exhibit and glass bead-making demonstration by Alexandria's Arts Afire, 7-10 p.m. Friday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through June 26, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.delrayartisans.org.

MUSEUM LANTERN TOURS, for ages 5 and older, costumed guides lead 30-minute tours of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 7-10 p.m. Fridays, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

BLACK HERITAGE EVENT, descendants tell stories of philanthropist Evelyn Reid Syphax, founder of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, light refreshments follow, sponsored by Black Heritage Museum, 7-9:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Community Center, gymnasium, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300 or 703-492-6065.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM SHOW, "Hubble Vision II," 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 12, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $3; seniors and 12 and younger, $2. 703-228-6070 or 703-228-6019.

"MONSTER IN THE CLOSET," play performed by the Children's Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, through June 12, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $10; students and seniors, $8. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestage.org.

Saturday 4

ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy, fish, fruit and vegetables, sponsored by City of Alexandria, 5-10 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-838-5006.

ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, bread, mushrooms and honey, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 8 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road, between North 14th and North Uhle streets. Admission, free. 703-228-6423 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

DEL RAY FARMERS MARKET, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, mushrooms, honey, pralines and baked goods, 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-683-2570.

HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT, for children and adults, look for clues to questions about Alexandria history at several museums and historic sites in Old Town, participants who visit six or more sites are eligible for a T-shirt, certificate and patch; event involves about 20 blocks of walking, sponsored by Office of Historic Alexandria, 10 a.m.-noon, maps and questions available at the first location: Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, No. 327, 105 N. Union St. Free. 703-838-4399 or www.timetravelers.org.

BALLSTON ART MARKET, handmade jewelry, pottery, quilts, wearable art, watercolors, oil paintings, photography and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, Welburn Square, Ninth and North Stuart streets, near Ballston Common Mall, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-228-0560 or 703-528-3527.

BUILDING YOUTH ASSETS PROGRAM, activities for families, sponsored by the City of Alexandria, "First Aid," 10 a.m.-noon; "Double Dutch," 10 a.m.-noon June 11, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4845.

ARMENIAN FESTIVAL, folk dancers, paintings, arts and crafts, books, food, co-sponsored by Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, noon-6 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-683-0208, 703-883-4686.

EMERGENCY SERVICES CAREERS, representatives of Arlington County fire and police departments, Emergency Communications Center and Sheriff's Department discuss career opportunities in public safety, noon-5 p.m., Arlington County Courthouse, 1425 N. Courthouse Rd. Free. 703-228-3111.

JEWELRY WORKSHOP, for 13 and older, make jewelry from natural items, materials and tools provided, 12:30-3 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4747.

HISTORIC HOUSE CELEBRATION, reenactors, house and garden tours, light refreshments, 1-4 p.m.; dedication ceremony for two preservation projects for landscape design and gardening, 2 p.m., Balls-Seller's House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-536-4815.

ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM, for all ages, excavate soil with archaeologists and volunteers, youths 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology, 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday and June 25, behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-838-4399.

ARLINGTON NATURE HIKES, for 16 and older, explore Potomac Overlook Regional Park and Donaldson Run Stream Valley area, bring water and wear sturdy shoes, sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, 1:30-3:30 p.m., the park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., free, 703-228-6427; walk along Long Branch's stream and trails, 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., free, registration required, 703-228-4747.

ARLINGTON CAMPFIRE, stories, animals, games, songs and s'mores, 7:45-9 p.m., Long Branch amphitheater, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.

Sunday 5

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE TOUR, Pope-Leighey House, 8:30-11 a.m., grounds of Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25; registration required. 703-780-4000, Ext. 27, or www.woodlawn1805.org.

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL, for seniors, travel by bus to Union Station in the District, eat buffet lunch at B. Smith's restaurant and take a walking tour of the World War II Memorial, bus returns at 4 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 11:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; 11:30 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 11:45 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. $42; registration required. 703-228-4749.

LONG BRANCH GARDEN TOUR, self-guided, maps available, 1-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6535.

"DESTINATIONS IMAGINED AND REAL," acrylic and mixed-media works by Ann McDowell, opens 2-4 p.m. Sunday; exhibit continues, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 7, Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

Monday 6

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, "Open for Business: Commerce and Industry in Old Alexandria," photos and other artifacts of pre-World War II businesses, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 26, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

SENIORS CHESS CLUB, 10 a.m. Mondays, Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5285.

ALEXANDRIA CERAMICS EXHIBIT, by Kirby Rodriguez, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through June 10, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6156.

SENIORS WETA TOUR, travel by bus to Shirlington to tour WETA headquarters, lunch on your own, bus returns at 2:45 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 10 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 10:15 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 10:35 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

SENIORS KNITTING, knit and crochet items to donate to charity, bring washable acrylic yarn, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

SENIORS BRIDGE CLASS, taught by Capitol Hill Bridge Club champion David Hartmann, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

SENIORS ESL CLASS, English as a Second Language, 11 a.m. Mondays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4839.

Tuesday 7

"TO DYE FOR" EXHIBIT, hand-dyed and hand-painted fiber art, clothing, wall pieces, accessories, jewelry and more, by Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery artists, opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday; continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m-5 p.m. weekends, through July 10, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

DESEGREGATION HISTORY EXHIBIT, "Stony the Road: Desegregating America's Schools," a 12-panel display of archival photographs and text, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 5, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

"SOLO EXHIBITIONS," color photographs, videos and other art media, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through July 9, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

HARMONY GROUP REHEARSALS, Arlingtones Barbershop Harmony Chorus, new participants welcome, 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Gunston Arts Center, Room 147, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Free. 703-521-9331.

Wednesday 8

BUTTERFLIES PROGRAM, learn about butterflies and make a craft, 3:30-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.

Thursday 9

"FAMILY TIES" EXHIBIT, paintings by Nilo Santiago, opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through July 3; reception, 2-4 p.m. June 12, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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