POST PRINTING PLANT TOUR, seniors travel by bus to Springfield to tour a Washington Post printing plant; bus returns at noon and departs from three Arlington locations: 8:40 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 9 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 9:15 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. $8. 703-228-4749.
COUNTRY CONCERT, Backroads Band, sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Metro Park, North Moore and Lynn streets, Arlington. 703-228-1850 or 703-228-6966.
MARINE BAND CONCERT, outdoors (weather permitting), 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 25, Marine Corps War Memorial, North Meade Street and Marshall Drive (shuttle available from Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center), Arlington. Free. 202-433-4011.
ALEXANDRIA TROPICAL GARDEN TOUR, information on propagation, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, 9-10 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9; reservations required, 703-642-5173.
BALLSTON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, cheese, herbs, French bread, pastries, syrup, flowers and eggs, 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.
WELBURN SQUARE CONCERT, folk-jazz by Lisa Moscatiello, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., between Stuart and Taylor streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6966.
INSECT SAFARI, ages 6-10, hike through a park and catch and release butterflies, beetles, water striders and other insects, participants should wear hats and bring a water bottle, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
MUSEUM LANTERN TOURS, for 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.
"TOP HAT," 1935 film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 8 p.m., Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6966.
ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy, fish, fruit and vegetables, sponsored by the city of Alexandria, 5-10 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-838-5006.
ALEXANDRIA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to celebrate the city's 256th year: cooking demonstrations, tastings, live music and flower arranging, 7:30-10 a.m., Old Town Farmers Market, 300 King St.; coffee tasting at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 8 a.m., 2300 Mount Vernon Ave.; chef Matthew Richardson gives a cooking demonstration at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 8:30 a.m., 134 N. Royal St.; performance by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m. (birthday cake and fireworks at dark), Oronoco Bay Park, Madison and Pendleton streets. Free. 703-838-4343.
ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, bread, mushrooms and honey, sponsored by the 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.
TASTY TOMATOES EVENT, staff horticulturist Cindy Brown discusses growing tomatoes and recipes for salsa and gazpacho, 10 a.m.-noon, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $11; reservations required, 703-642-5173.
"CINDERELLA," a play with actors and puppets, performed by Classika Theatre, noon Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 21, Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703-824-0660 or www.classika.org.
HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, Ball-Sellers House, built in 1750, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-379-2123 or 703-536-8270.
ARLINGTON STORY TIME, for ages 3-8, books about nature and animals, 2-2:45 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
KIDS THUNDERSTORM PROGRAM, for ages 6-10, conduct science experiments, go on a hike to look for the impact of storms and play weather games, 2-3:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $2; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
SNAKES ALIVE PROGRAM, information about snakes, 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
FOLK CONCERT, Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelly, 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Suggested donation, $5. 703-528-5406 or www.potomacoverlook.org.
CELTIC MUSIC, Ocean Orchestra, 8 p.m., Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6966.
ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION, works by photographer Bradley Furman, opening reception, 1-3 p.m.; continues, noon-4 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 29, Historic Green Spring house, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-941-7987.
"TAAL: LIFE RHYTHMS," Indian dance performance, sponsored by the Arlington County Office of Heritage Arts, 3:30-5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1899.
PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, exhibit by Michael Lahr, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, Arlington Public Schools Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.
ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP, for ages 12-15, work with Alexandria city archaeologists at the Shuter's Hill excavation site, Session I, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Session II, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 18-22, Alexandria Archaeology Museum. $300 per session; full scholarships available. 703-838-4399 or www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.
ALEXANDRIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, by Aya Takashima, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6156.
"OLD ALEXANDRIA" PHOTOS, exhibit, "Open for Business: Commerce and Industry in Old Alexandria," plus 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.
"PAPER MOON" EXHIBIT, paper used in traditional and nontraditional art forms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through Aug. 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.
WATERFRONT PARK CONCERT, variety of musical entertainment, 7 p.m., 1A Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844.
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.
SENIORS BEADING WORKSHOP, led by crafts instructor Phung Luong Nguyen, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.
SPICE OF LIFE PLAZA CONCERT, Dixie Power Trio, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-228-6966.
SENIORS BOOK CLUB, discussion of "Ali and Nino: A Love Story," by Kurban Said, led by librarian Carolyn Barton, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.
CREEK CRAWL, for ages 7 and older, step into a creek to study creatures that live there, wear sneakers or shoes that can get wet, bring a water bottle, hat, towel and a dry pair of shoes and socks, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
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.
"CAN YOU BURN A MUD PIE," ceramic works by Marcia Finnerty, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 31, Mini Gallery at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0560.
"DESTINATIONS IMAGINED AND REAL," acrylic and mixed-media works by artist Ann McDowell, 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.
MUSIC IN THE STREETS, strolling troubadours wander streets of Rosslyn; Jon Kaplan, acoustic rock, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., beginning at Olsson's Books and Records, 1735 N. Lynn St., Rosslyn. Free. 703-228-1850.
"IN FOCUS" EXHIBIT, contemporary photography by various artists, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through July 17, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, herbs, bread, cookies, brownies, French pastries, custom-made bouquets and bedding plants, sponsored by Clarendon Alliance, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Clarendon Metro Park, Clarendon and Washington boulevards, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-276-0228 or www.clarendon.org.
COURTHOUSE PLAZA CONCERT, folk and bluegrass music by Andrew Acosta and the New Old Time String Band, 6:30-8 p.m., 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1899.
CONCERT IN THE GARDEN, Fairfax Symphony Summer Band, 7-8 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-642-5173.
"EMPEROR JONES," a drama performed by American Century Theater, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. July 10, 17 and 23, through July 23, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.
EURIPIDES' "ION," a tragi-comic Greek classic performed by Natural Theatricals, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 17, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-5895 or www.naturaltheatricals.com.
"THE LAST FIVE YEARS," a musical performed by MetroStage, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 24, the theater, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044.
GRANDPARENTS DISCUSSION, seniors specialist Rachel Thompson leads a discussion on the roles and expectations of grandparents, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.
"NICKEL AND DIMED," seniors book club discussion of "Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," by Barbara Ehrenreich, led by Susan Kaminov, manager of the Westover Branch Library, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4879.
PARK BLUES CONCERT, featuring vocals by Ruby Hayes Quintet, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., between North Moore and North Lynn streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1899.
ALEXANDRIA SECOND THURSDAY, live music and other entertainment, 6-9 p.m. (shops and galleries remain open until 9 p.m.), Market Square, city waterfront, Torpedo Factory Art Center and Wales Alley and South Union street. 703-838-4546.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON
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