GRANDPARENTS DISCUSSION, seniors specialist Rachel Thompson leads a discussion of the roles and expectations of grandparents, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.
BOOK CLUB, 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, 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.
"IN FOCUS" EXHIBIT, contemporary photography by various artists, noon-5 p.m. today through Sunday, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
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. Free admission. 703-838-4546.
BOOK DISCUSSION, stories by Latin Americans: "Cabo de Hornos," by Francisco Coloane, "La Noche Clara de Los Coroneles," by Jorge Medina Garcia, and "Love Story," by Elena Poniatowska, discussion in English, 7-8:30 p.m., Alexandria Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-519-5900.
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.
ARLINGTON PLANT CLINIC, master gardeners offer advice, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through October, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6414.
FORT WARD BAND CONCERT, Alexandria Citizens Band, 7:30 p.m., Fort Ward Park, amphitheater, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844.
EURIPIDES' "ION," a tragicomic Greek classic performed by Natural Theatricals, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-5895 or www.naturaltheatricals.com.
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.
SENIORS BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America," about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, by Erik Larson, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.
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.
ALEXANDRIA CITIZENS BAND, concert, Broadway music, marches and classical pieces, 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-841-8335.
ARLINGTON CAMPFIRE, for all ages, stories, animals, games and songs, 8-9:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, amphitheater, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.
"TOWN AND COUNTRY TIME," two 30-minute episodes from the 1954 TV show featuring Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, with guest Roy Clark, 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.
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.
HERON HIKE, for 8 and older, search for the birds along the Potomac River flood plain, 9-10:30 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $3; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
UNUSUAL PLANTS, horticulturist Nancy Olney discusses interesting plants for home gardens, 9:30-11 a.m. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.
UPTON HILL REGIONAL PARK, swimming, games, prizes and an ice cream social to mark the pool's 26th year, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Upton Hill, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $4.25-$5.25. 703-534-3437.
"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.
"WHIMSICAL WINGS," for ages 7-10, information on butterflies and dragonflies, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Glencarlyn Park, 301 S. Harrison St., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.
MARINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, concert, 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6156.
A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL, with the Tone Rangers and other singing groups, 8 p.m., Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6966.
SUNSET WALK, explore nature after twilight, view owls, bats and other nocturnal species, bring a flashlight and wear long sleeves, 8 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-528-5406.
CAMPFIRE, for all ages, stories, animals, games and songs, 8-9:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, amphitheater, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.
ART IN THE GARDEN, works by photographer Bradley Furman and Japanese brush painter Janaliah Morais, noon-4 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 29, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-642-5173.
NATURE PRESERVE WALK, 1-4 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-5406.
KIDS LOG CABIN PROGRAM, for ages 5-9, explore a cabin, learn about its history and build a cabin model with construction paper, 7-8 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $3; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
"EMPEROR JONES," a drama performed by American Century Theater, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 23, through July 23, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.
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, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through July 22, Alexandria Archaeology Museum. $300; full scholarships available. 703-838-4399 or www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.
ALEXANDRIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, by Aya Takashima, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 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" ART EXHIBIT, paper used in traditional and nontraditional forms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 7, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.
KIDS WILDLIFE PROGRAM, a discussion by artist and wildlife educator Lois Napier, 4 p.m., Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330.
MINI-GOLF TOURNAMENT, prizes include gift certificates from area restaurants and other businesses, 7 p.m., Upton Regional Park, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $7. 703-534-3437.
WATERFRONT PARK CONCERT, Live Action Hero, pop and classic rock, 7 p.m., Strand Street, between Prince and King streets, 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.
ORCHIDS PROGRAM, for seniors, orchid specialist Doris Bitler discusses the types of orchids best adapted to the average home environment and how to care for them, 11:30 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-0555.
SPICE OF LIFE PLAZA CONCERT, featuring the Hula Monsters, Hawaiian, rockabilly and swing music, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-228-6966.
DANUBE RIVER TALK, for seniors, discussed by Steve Guback, 1 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free. 703-5285.
MOUNT VERNON GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, Richard and Dorothy Bishop, members of the Association for Gravestone Studies, discuss gravestones and cemetery monuments, 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-360-0920.
CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION, for teenagers and younger children, "What's the Matter: Chemistry With Fizz, Foam and Flash," presented by the Maryland Science Center, 3:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.
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.
LUNCH BUNCH CONCERT, Siobhan Quinn performs folk, Celtic and blues, noon, Canal Plaza, 66 Canal Plaza, Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844.
HAPPY HEARTS SOCIAL CLUB, for seniors, discussion of Arlington County history, 1 p.m., American Legion Post, 3445 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-356-8142.
SENIORS HISTORY LECTURE, military historian Les Albers discusses America's early 20th-century battles, program includes artifacts, slides and music, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $1; registration required. 703-228-4403.
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.
BEN BRENMAN PARK ENTERTAINMENT, Captain Token, the Magician and Beale Street Puppets, 7 p.m., park amphitheater, 4800 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844.
MONTGOMERY PARK CONCERT, jazz by Dave Cosby and the DC Project, 7 p.m., North Royal and Montgomery streets, Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844.
"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.
"BERRY-LICIOUS," for children, learn about fruit and help pick berries in a garden, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.
METRO PARK CONCERT, Ron Holloway Group, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., between North Moore and North Lynn streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1899.
ALEXANDRIA GUITAR FESTIVAL, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, Julian Gray and Nathan Fischer with guest flutist Betsy Trimber, 8 p.m. July 21; Martha Masters and Risa Carlson, 8 p.m. July 22; Ricardo Cobo and Nicholas Goluses, 8 p.m. July 23. $20; series, $50. 703-548-0035 or www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON
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