Thursday 4

GREEN GRASS PROGRAM, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, participants can view ornamental grasses in a garden and make a grass creature to take home, 10-11 a.m. today, 1-2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 16, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

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. today and Friday, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

"PAPER MOON" ART EXHIBIT, paper used in traditional and nontraditional forms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

"INTERPRETER OF MALADIES," discussion of a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, 11 a.m., Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

"DESTINATIONS IMAGINED AND REAL," acrylic and mixed-media works by artist Ann McDowell, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035.

OCTOBER SKIES, concert, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Metro Park, North Moore and North Lynn streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850 or 703-228-6966.

"SPLASH" EXHIBIT, photographs, monotypes and paintings by Del Ray Artisans, preview 6-9 p.m. today; opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Friday; show continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 28, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.delrayartisans.org.

MARATHONS, information about the Team in Training running program, sponsored the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 6:30 p.m. today and Aug. 16, Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-960-1100 or www.teamintraining.org/ncam.

COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT, Billy Clements and the Pickups, 7 p.m., Fort Ward Park, amphitheater, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4686.

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 CLINICS, master gardeners offer advice, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through October, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., and 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, through September, Arlington Farmers Market, North 14th Street and Courthouse Road. Free. 703-228-6414.

"THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN," performed by Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 28, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clarke St., Arlington. $22-$30; Saturday matinees, pay what you can. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

LILLIAN HELLMAN PLAY, Firebelly Productions presents "The Children's Hour," 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $15; students and seniors, $12; today: students and seniors, $5. 703-409-2372 or www.firebellyproductions.net.

Friday 5

MORNING GARDEN TOUR, learn about plants that grow late in the summer, dress for the weather and wear walking shoes, 9-10 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

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.

PLANT TALK, staff gardener Brenda Skarphol discusses "Shady Plants That Dazzle," 1-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

SENIORS MUSIC APPRECIATION, discussion of works by composer Gaetano Donizetti, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

CRUSTACEAN PROGRAM, for ages 6 and older, observe live crayfish and learn about their natural history, 3-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-3403.

TEEN PERFORMANCE DAY, music bands, street theater and more, sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, 4-10 p.m., Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and Columbus streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850, 703-228-6966.

MUSEUM LANTERN TOURS, for 5 and older, costumed guides lead 30-minute tours of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 7-10 p.m. Fridays, through September, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; ages 11-17, $2; 10 and younger, free; registration required. 703-838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST," a musical and puppet version performed by Northern Virginia Community College summer musical students, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, NVCC, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10; students, faculty and seniors, $7. 703-845-6166.

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH'S "HERAKLES," presented by Natural Theatricals, opens 8 p.m. Friday; continues, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 28, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-5895.

Saturday 6

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

ALEXANDRIA PLANT CLINICS, master gardeners offer advice, 6:30-9 a.m., Alexandria Farmers Market, 301 King St., and 8 a.m.-noon, Del Ray Farmers Market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues. Free. 703-228-6414.

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.

SENIORS BREWERY TRIP, travel by bus to Fredericksburg to tour the Blue & Gray Brewing Co., plus lunch and shopping, bus returns at 4:45 p.m. and departs from two Arlington locations: 10 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., and 10:15 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. $36; registration required. 703-228-4749.

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.

ARLINGTON GARDEN TOURS, led by master gardeners at Bon Air Park: Sunny Garden, 10-10:30 a.m., and Quarry Garden, 10:30-11 a.m., 850 N. Lexington St., North Lexington and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6426.

"CINDERELLA" 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.

IRISH FESTIVAL, Irish music, dance groups, pipe bands, arts and crafts, Irish and American food, noon-7 p.m., Waterfront Park, between King and Prince streets, Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-237-2199 or www.ballyshaners.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.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM, for ages 7-10, children can make an animal craft with recycled material, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Rocky Run Park, 1109 N. Barton St., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.

CHILDREN'S NATURE HIKE, for ages 6-10, 2-3:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $2; registration required. 703-228-3403.

BAT PROGRAM, information about bats, hikes, craft making, games and more, 6-9 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $6; 2 and younger, free; registration required. 703-228-3403 or 703-228-4747.

ALEXANDRIA KLEZTET, klezmer-style concert, 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Solar Stage, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. $5. 703-528-5406.

"TOMMY" ROCK MUSICAL, performed by the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 13, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $16-$20. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

Sunday 7

HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, 8:30-11 a.m., grounds of historic Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25; registration required. 703-780-4000, Ext. 27, or www.woodlawn1805.org.

ART IN THE GARDEN, exhibits through Aug. 29, photographer Bradley Furman, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Historical House; and Japanese brush painter Janaliah Morais, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays, Horticultural Center, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-642-5173.

BOWL-A-THON FUNDRAISER, pizza, soda and three games of bowling, sponsored by Arlington Club of Soroptimist International, to benefit education for single mothers, 1-4 p.m., Bowl America, 140 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. $15. 703-404-0932.

PARK NATURE WALK, guided hike with a volunteer, 1-4 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, nature center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-528-5406.

MADRIGALS SINGALONG, led by Philip Cave, artistic director of the Alexandria Choral Society, light refreshments, 2-5 p.m., Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required by Friday. 703-548-4734.

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

Monday 8

"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.

TILE-MAKING WORKSHOP, for children 14 and younger accompanied by an adult, mosaic muralist Alfredo Ratinoff teaches how to create and glaze clay tiles, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 24, Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-0560.

"THE NAMESAKE," discussion of the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, 7 p.m., Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.

FALL LAWN-CARE CLASSES, by master gardeners, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, 7-9 p.m. Monday and Aug. 15, Lubber Run Community Center, auditorium, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $10; registration required. 703-228-6414.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Alexander McCall Smith's novel "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Tuesday 9

SENIORS CRAB TRIP, travel by bus to Fisherman's Crab Deck in Grasonville, Md.; bus returns at 5 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 11 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; 11:15 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 11:30 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. $34; registration required. 703-228-4749.

CARTOON JOHNNY, concert, sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spice of Life Plaza, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850 or 703-228-6966.

SENIORS MUSIC APPRECIATION, discussion of classical music, 1 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5285.

SENIORS BOOK TALK, librarian Carolyn Barton discusses Monica Ali's "Brick Lane," 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

MARINE SILENT DRILL TEAM, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 16, parade grounds in front of the Iwo Jima Battle Memorial, park at Arlington Cemetery Visitors Center lot (shuttle bus services starts at 6 p.m.). Free. 202-433-6060.

Wednesday 10

"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, Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0560.

MINIATURE GOLF ART EXHIBIT, a juried interactive exhibit of an indoor, nine-hole course designed by local artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 13, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. General admission, free; mini-putter course, $2; 12 and younger, $1. 703-228-7710.

ALMOST RECESS, a cappella concert, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Olsson's Books & Records, 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850 or 703-228-6966.

RICK WHITEHEAD, concert, noon-1 p.m., Canal Plaza, 66 Canal Plaza, Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

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.

Thursday 11

INDIAN MUSEUM TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to the National Museum of the American Indian in the District, bus returns at 3:45 p.m. and departs from three Arlington locations: 8:45 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 9 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 9:15 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

CARL FILIPIAK GROUP, jazz concert, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Metro Park, North Moore and North Lynn streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850 or 703-228-6966.

ALEXANDRIA SECOND THURSDAY, live music and other entertainment, 6-9 p.m. (shops and galleries open until 9 p.m.), Market Square, city waterfront, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Wales Alley and South Union Street. Free. 703-838-4546.

WOMEN'S AGENCY FUNDRAISER, food provided by Alexandria restaurants and entertainment by the Harmonizers, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Alexandria Office on Women's domestic violence programs, 6:30-10 p.m., Old Town Alexandria Hilton, ballroom, 1767 King St., Alexandria. $40. 703-838-5030.

-- Compiled by

RIA MANGLAPUS

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Seniors can take a bus trip Aug. 11 from Arlington to the National Museum of the American Indian in the District.