Thursday 8

CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, corn stories and crafts, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon today; 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

"URBAN SURVIVORS," watercolor paintings by Michele Rea, opens today; reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 3, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

SENIORS BOOK TALK, Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," 11 a.m., Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5260 or 703-228-4879.

ROSSLYN FARMERS MARKET, fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, jams and jellies, sponsored by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, outdoor area near 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington. 703-522-6628.

FALL ART SHOW, "Autumnal, The Measure of the Season," works 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; noon-4 p.m. Sundays; through Oct. 1, Del Ray Artisans' Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.delrayartisans.org.

ALEXANDRIA "SECOND THURSDAY," live music and other entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Shops and galleries open until 9 p.m. on streets near Market Square and the waterfront. Admission, free. 703-838-4546.

ARLINGTON PLANT CLINICS, master gardeners offer advice, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 27, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.; and 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 24, Arlington Farmers Market, North 14th Street and Courthouse Road. Free. 703-228-6414.

"IT HAD TO BE YOU," romantic comedy presented by American Century Theater, opens today; 8 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 1 and 8 (last show), Gunston Arts Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$29.50. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.

CARYL CHURCHILL'S "TOP GIRLS," presented by Theatre on the Run, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; through Oct. 1, at the theater, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $20; matinees, $10. 703-920-5923.

"URINETOWN," musical comedy performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m., today, Saturday and Sept. 15; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Signature Theatre, 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $31-$55. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

COMMUNITY MEETING, Park and Recreation Commission discussion of the proposed renovation of the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 7 p.m., at the center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4842.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINARS, for Arlington residents, "Be Ready, Make a Plan" program, sponsored by Arlington's Office of Emergency Management. 7-9 p.m. today and Sept. 15 (in Spanish), Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 S. Columbia Pike, Room 126; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21, Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 Culpepper St.; 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27, Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; and 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Carver Community Center, 14145 S. Queen St. Free. 703-228-3314 or www.arlingtonva.us.

Friday 9

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. 703-528-3527.

TRAVELING EXHIBIT, "Mobilivre-Bookmobile," a traveling trailer, visits Arlington sites with exhibits of artists' designed books. 2-5 p.m. Friday, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; 6-10 p.m. Friday, Clarendon Park, Clarendon Metro Station; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Farmers Market, North 14th Street and North Courthouse Road; and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, North Lynn Street and Lee Highway. Free. 703-228-7710.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART TRIP, seniors travel by bus to the District, listen to jazz by Raggs and the All Stars in the Pavilion Cafe Garden and tour the museum. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: 3:45 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; 4 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 4:15 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns about 9 p.m. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

LONG BRANCH CAMPFIRE, for ages 6-10, stories, animal guests, games, songs and s'mores, 6:30-7:30, Long Branch amphitheater, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.

NEIL SIMON'S "BROADWAY BOUND," play and silent auction, sponsored by King Street Cats, 7 p.m., Little Theater of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $30-$50. 703-836-6686.

ARLINGTON TEENS CONCERT, performance by B5!, sponsored by Arlington County Office for Teens, 7:30-11 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. $18. 703-228-4729.

"ALEXA'S NECKLACE," presented by Natural Theatricals, opens Friday. 8 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; through Oct. 2, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-5895 or www.naturaltheatricals.com.

Saturday 10

ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy products, 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 products, 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. 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. 703-683-2570.

HISTORICAL HOME TOUR, travel by bus to James Madison's Montpelier, bring bottled water and lunch, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, no strollers. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $35; registration required. 703-228-4747.

ARLINGTON HIKING TOUR, walk by parks, historic sites in Clarendon, Ballston and Glencarlyn, bring lunch, water, wear comfortable shoes, sponsored by Center Hiking Club. 9 a.m., Clarendon Metro Station (top of escalator), Wilson Boulevard and North Highland Street. $1. 703-243-0179.

FALL FLING FUNDRAISER, silent auction and native plant sale, presented by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, light refreshments, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $20; registration required. 703-642-5173.

LEVINE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, open house, early-childhood music demonstrations, instrument petting zoo, student performances, fall classes registration and light refreshments, 10 a.m.-noon, Westover Baptist Church, 1125 N. Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-237-5655.

CHORAL AUDITIONS, for children and adults, for the Alexandria Choral Society's 2005-06 season, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-548-4734.

ARTS SAFARI, hands-on art activities and demonstrations, pottery and fabric collages, puppeteers and storytellers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4200 or www.funsideofthepotomac.com.

ALEXANDRIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, outdoor gallery of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glassware and photography. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, King Street from Washington to Union streets; concerts, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Market Square, 301 King St.; and 11 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alexandria Marina, Union and King streets. Free. 703-838-5005 or www.funsideofthepotomac.com.

"CHILDREN IN THE CHURCHYARD," food, arts and crafts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450 or 703-838-4200.

ARTS FESTIVAL BUS TRIP, seniors travel by bus to the Kennedy Center, with departures from three Arlington locations: 11 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 11:15 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 11:30 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 4:45 p.m. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

NATURE PROGRAM, for adults, identify butterflies and flowers during a walk with a naturalist, bring binoculars. 1-2:30 p.m., meet at Hendry House, Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $6; registration required. 703-228-4747.

HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR, the 1750 Ball-Sellers House, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-379-2123 or 703-536-8270.

ROSSLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL, food available; entertainment by Robert Jospe and Inner Rhythm, 1-2 p.m.; James Moody, 2:20-3:40 p.m.; Nnenna Freelon, 4-5:20 p.m.; and Ahmad Jamal, 5:40-7 p.m.; Gateway Park, North Lynn Street and Lee Highway, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850.

POLITICAL DISCUSSION, Washington Post staff writer David Broder and Alan Ehrenhalt of Governing magazine discuss "The American Political Scene in 2005, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" 2 p.m., Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3348.

WILDFLOWERS PROGRAM, for teenagers and adults, identify plants during a walk with a naturalist, 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4747 or 703-228-6535.

VIRGINIA GRAND MILITARY BAND, concert, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20; ages 17 and younger, $10. 703-281-3331.

Sunday 11

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

GARDEN TALK AND TEA, discussion led by landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand, followed by a full English tea, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Historic Green Spring House, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; registration required. 703-941-7987 or www.greenspring.org.

HANDS-ON HISTORY TENT, for children ages 3-12 and their families, participate in 18th-century games, costumes, dances and songs, house tours available, 1:30-4 p.m., Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Admission, free; tours, $4; children, $2. 703-549-2997 or www.carlylehouse.org.

FALL PLANT SALE, native plants, spring bloomers and shrubs, 2-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Admission, free. 703-228-6535.

Monday 12

POLYMER SCULPTURE EXHIBIT, works by Fran Abrams, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Oct. 28, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com.

"OLD ALEXANDRIA" PHOTOS EXHIBIT,Open for Business: Commerce and Industry in Old Alexandria" and 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.

ARLINGTON NOVEL TALK, Oscar Hijuelos' "Empress of the Splendid Season," 7 p.m., Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5260.

ARLINGTON MYSTERY TALK, Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone," 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Tuesday 13

DELAWARE BIRDING TRIP, travel by van to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, bring binoculars, a bag lunch and snacks, dress for the weather. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Community Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $20; registration required. 703-228-4747.

BALTIMORE TRIP, for seniors, tour of Inner Harbor and lunch at Phillips Seafood, bus departs from two Arlington locations: 8 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 8:15 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns at 4 p.m. $39; registration required. 703-228-4749.

"ALL DOLLED UP" EXHIBIT, by Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery artists, opens Tuesday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; through Oct. 16, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomaccraftsmenfibergallery.com.

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

CHORALE AND BAND REHEARSALS, for musicians ages 55 and older, sponsored by Levine School of Music and Arlington County's Office of Senior Adult Programs. Senior Chorale Singers, 2 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; and New Horizon Band, 3 p.m., Levine School of Music, Westover Baptist Church, 1125 Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington. 703-237-5655.

LONG BRANCH STORYTIME, for ages 3-8, animal and outdoor Latin American stories, games and a craft, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4747.

CIVIL RIGHTS DISCUSSION, Del. Adam Ebbin, Deborah Cusick De Franco of Arlington Public Schools and John Bottom of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ discuss "Gay Rights, Today's Civil Rights Frontier," 7 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-841-0647.

ALEXANDRIA EMERGENCY RESPONSE, a nine-week training course for city residents interested in becoming members of a Community Emergency Response Team. First eight classes are on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Final class is an 8-hour Saturday session. 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 13-Nov. 1) and Nov. 5; or 7-10 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 22-Nov. 10) and Nov. 12. Alexandria Fire Training Academy, 1108 Jefferson St. Free. 730-838-4600.

Wednesday 14

TRANSPORTATION DISCUSSION, featuring Arlington County Board member Paul Ferguson, sponsored by Arlington Commission on Aging Advocacy Network, 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-1700.

MEMOIR WRITING CLASS, for seniors, taught by Ellen Herbert, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $24 for eight sessions; registration required. 703-228-6300.

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, through Oct. 19. Clarendon Metro Park, Clarendon and Washington boulevards, Arlington. 703-276-0228.

GEMSTONE CLUB, for ages 7 and older, learn about birthstones, geology, mining and legends, and examine gems and crystals, 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $4; registration required. 703-228-4747 or 703-228-3403.

ALEXANDRIA TOWN HALL MEETING, community leaders discuss affordable housing, 7-9 p.m., Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Heritage Hall, 323 S. Fairfax St. Free. 703-836-1021 or www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org.

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. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25. 800-494-8497 or www.boxofficetickets.com.

Thursday 15

DELAWARE TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to Midway Slots and Simulcast in Harrington, Del.; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 8 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 8:15 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 8:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Bus returns at 6 p.m. $15; registration required. 703-228-4749.

GARDEN TOUR AND TEA, guided walk and full English tea, 1-3 p.m., Historic Green Spring House, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; registration required. 703-941-7987 or www.greenspring.org.

FUNDRAISER CRUISE, "Fostering the Future," to benefit children in foster care and those at risk for neglect and abuse. Cocktails, light dinner and music by Joe Chiocca Band, sponsored by Advisory Council for the Fund for Alexandria's Child. 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Cherry Blossom, docked behind Torpedo Factory, King and Union streets, Alexandria. $65; registration required. 703-838-0768.

FILM AND LECTURE, screening of Amy Stechler's "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo," followed by discussion with David S. Thompson of WETA, sponsored by Cross Cultural Cinema, 6:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-459-4918 or 703-228-5990.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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