Thursday 18

RHODES TAVERN TROUBADOURS, 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.

ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR, carnival rides and amusements, exhibits, arts and crafts, food, concerts, pony rides, pig and goat races, petting zoo and more, 5-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Admission, free. 703-920-4556 or

MARINE BAND CONCERT, outdoors (weather permitting), 7 p.m. today and 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.

FALL LAWN CARE CLASSES, a two-part course, "Lawns, Clean and Green," by master gardeners, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, 7-9 p.m. today and Aug. 25, Drew Community Center, 3500 S. 24th St., Arlington. $10; preregistration required. 703-228-6414.

ALEXANDRIA RECREATION CENTER PLANS, the public is invited to review and provide feedback on the proposed design of the renovation of the Charles Houston Recreation Center, sponsored by Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 7 p.m., at the center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4770.

IRAQ WARTIME PLAY, "The Sandstorm: Stories From the Front," based on playwright Sean Huze's experiences as a Marine corporal in Iraq, performed by MetroStage; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 25; the theater, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25. 800-494-8497 or

"THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN," performed by Washington Shakespeare Company; 8 p.m. Thursdays and 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

"URINETOWN," musical comedy performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today, tomorrow, Saturday and Aug. 25; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; the theater, 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $31-$55. 703-820-9771 or

Friday 19

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 TALK, Annie Proulx's novel "That Old Ace in the Hole," 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

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; preregistration required. 703-838-4242 or

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS, concert, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, 7:30 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-0969.

Saturday 20

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

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.

"SPLASH" EXHIBIT, photographs, monotypes and paintings by Del Ray Artisans, 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

"CINDERELLA" PLAY, with actors and puppets, performed by Classika Theatre, noon Saturday and Sunday; Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703-824-0660 or

AMERICAN INDIAN FESTIVAL, music, dance, food, arts and crafts; sponsored by the American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization, 1-6 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4844 or 202-624-2708.

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.

BLUES AND FOLK CONCERT, Michael Mulvaney and Randy Latimer, 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, nature center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. $5. 703-528-5406.

NATURE CENTER CAMPFIRE, learn about endangered species, with s'mores; for adults only, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Saturday; and adults and children, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Sunday; Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $3; preregistration required. 703-228-3403.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011.

Sunday 21

ECUADOR FESTIVAL, traditional music and dance, arts and crafts, food and more, sponsored by Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lubber Run Park, 300 North Columbus and Second streets, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-581-7709 or 703-671-2909.

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.

ICE CREAM LECTURE, TEA, learn about the history of ice cream, sample frozen desserts, with full English tea, 1-3 p.m., Historic Green Spring House, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; preregistration required. 703-941-7987 or

Monday 22

SENIORS DRIVING COURSE, a two-day refresher course by AARP, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. $10; preregistration required. 703-228-5285.

LANDSCAPE ART SHOW, juried exhibit by Timothy App, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 5, Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

"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. Monday; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday; Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-0560.

"GILGAMESH," discussion of the novel by Joan London, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

"THE COPPER BEECH," discussion of the book by Maeve Binchy, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

Tuesday 23

JAZZ CONCERT, by Steve Wolf and Swing Speak, 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.

NEW SENIORS COMPUTER CLASSES, for those 50 and older; information on the Internet, e-mail, word processing and spreadsheets taught by teenagers from local schools; sponsored by CyberSeniors and CyberTeens; schedule to be determined; Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington, and Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $30, includes textbook; preregistration required. 703-228-6425 or

Wednesday 24

"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.

CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, herbs, bread, cookies, brownies, French pastries, custom-made bouquets and bedding plants; sponsored by the Clarendon Alliance; 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays; Clarendon Metro Park, Clarendon and Washington boulevards, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-276-0228.

SQUARE DANCING, by Boomerangs Square Dance Teaching Council; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria. Free. 703-533-8786.

ARCHIBALD MACLEISH'S "HERAKLES," presented by Natural Theatricals; 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.

Thursday 25

WASHINGTON SAXOPHONE QUARTET, 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.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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