Thursday 15

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

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.

NATURE WALK, POETRY, for ages 10 and older, led by a naturalist, with a booklet of poems to take home. 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-3403 or 703-228-4747.

POTOMAC BOAT CRUISE, "Fostering the Future," with cocktails, light dinner and music by Joe Chiocca Band, sponsored by the Advisory Council for the Fund for Alexandria's Child to benefit foster children and other children in need. 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Cherry Blossom, docked behind Torpedo Factory, King and Union streets, Alexandria. $65; registration required. 703-838-0768.

KAHLO FILM AND LECTURE, screening of Amy Stechler's film "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo," followed by a 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.

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.

HOUSTON REC CENTER RENOVATION, the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission discusses the proposed renovation of the Charles Houston Recreation Center. 7 p.m., at the center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4842.

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

"URINETOWN," musical comedy performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and Sept. 22, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $31-$55. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

CONRAD BOOK DISCUSSION, Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism," 8:30 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-931-3559.

Friday 16

"SPIRIT OF AMERICA," for seniors, a trip by bus to the MCI Center in the District for a show by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: 9 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy; 9:15 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 9:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Bus returns at 1 p.m. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

BALLSTON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, cheese, herbs, French bread, pastries, syrup, flowers and eggs, with live music. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Welburn Square, Ninth and North Stuart streets, near Ballston Common Mall, Arlington. 703-528-3527.

HISPANIC HERITAGE PROGRAM, discussion of Arlington's Latino programs, with County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, Vice Chairman Chris Zimmerman and member Walter Tejada. Light refreshments. Noon-1:30 p.m., Arlington County Government Center, third floor, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Free. 703-228-0590.

COMPUTER WORKSHOP, for people 55 and older, 1-3 p.m., Department of Health Services, fourth floor, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-1433.

SENIOR CENTER BOOK TALK, Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World." 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5722.

Saturday 17

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. 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.

ALEXANDRIA GARDEN TOURS, those attending should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 9-10 a.m. Saturday and Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA SENIOR OLYMPICS, for spectators; welcome ceremonies, 9:30 a.m.; track and field events, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Free. 703-228-4721.

DISCUSSION OF THE HOMELESS, by Ed Rea of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless and Lora Rinker of Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington, 10 a.m., Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-536-8270.

GARDENING SEEDS TALK, horticulturist Mary Frogale discusses seed-saving techniques, harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. 10-11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $18; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

DEL RAY ART SHOW, "Autumnal: The Measure of the Season," works by Del Ray Artisans. 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.

"ALL DOLLED UP," exhibition by Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery artists. 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.

VOLCANOES PROGRAM, for ages 6-17, members of Northern Virginia Mineral Club discuss "Inside Active Volcanoes," with light refreshments and door prizes. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4747.

PLANTATION TOUR, for seniors, a trip by bus to tour the James Madison plantation; includes dinner at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Bus departs at 11:45 a.m. from Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. Bus returns at 11:30 p.m. $76; registration required. 703-228-4749.

HISTORIC WOODLAWN TOUR, early 19th-century estate; full tea follows. Noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. $25-$30; registration required. 703-780-4000 or www.woodlawn1805.org.

PRIMITIVE ACTIVITIES, for ages 13-17, a program about archery, javelins and fire starters, 1-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5; registration required. 703-228-4747 or 703-228-6535.

ANTIQUE APPRAISALS, by appraiser Jerome C. Ford. Bring a maximum of three objects; sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. 1-4 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. $5. 703-379-2123 or 703-536-8270.

CHOCOLATE PROGRAM, about the early uses of chocolate; includes samples. 1-2:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $25; registration required. 703-228-4747.

ALEXANDRIA ACHAEOLOGY DIG, for adults and children, led by archaeologists and trained volunteers. Dress for the weather and bring gardening gloves; ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5. 703-838-4399.

BARBERSHOP HARMONY, Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $10-$15. 703-521-9331.

CAMPFIRE STORY TIME, for ages 3-8, stories, crafts and games. 5-5:45 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-6535 of 703-228-4747.

FOLK CONCERT, Barbara Martin performs. 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, nature center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. $5. 703-528-5406.

Sunday 18

D.C. KALORAMA HOUSE TOURS, for seniors, a trip by bus to the District for tours of several houses and brunch at the Women's National Democratic Club. Bus departs from two Arlington locations: 10:15 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; and 10:15 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. Bus returns at 5:15 p.m. $60; registration required. 703-228-4749.

FLORAL WORKSHOP, by floral designer Tina Svenson. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

NATIVE AMERICANS PROGRAM, for ages 8 and older, a slide show, hands-on activities and a hike with a naturalist. 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-5406.

FOLK MUSIC CONCERT, by Wishing Chair and Sonia, sponsored by Focus Inn folk music organization. 7 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15. 703-380-3151 or www.focusmusic.org.

Monday 19

SCOTTISH HERITAGE FAIR, Gaelic songs, Highland dancing, storytellers, weavers, fiddlers, Scottish sports and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4686 or 703-838-4844.

SCULPTURE SHOW, polymer 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, "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.

"URBAN SURVIVORS," watercolor paintings by Michele Rea. 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.

ART FUNDING WORKSHOPS, information on funding and services by local arts organizations, sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. 7-9 p.m. Monday and Oct. 5, Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-6348.

ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER CLASSES, painting, drawing, mixed media, comic book illustration, sculpture and screenwriting classes begin. 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. For schedule and fees, call 703-248-6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

JUST-4-TEENS PROGRAMS, for Alexandria residents, sports, field trips, boys and girls clubs, teen clubs, socials, weight training, computer instruction and more, sponsored by the city of Alexandria. For schedules and locations, call 703-838-4345.

Tuesday 20

SPY MUSEUM VISIT, for seniors, a trip by bus to the District to tour the International Spy Museum. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: 8:50 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 9:10 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 9:25 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 3:30 p.m. $28; registration required. 703-228-4749.

PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR BUSINESS, roundtable discussion, "Free Publicity: Where Is It? How Can I Use It?," sponsored by the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Bring a bag lunch. Noon-1 p.m., Alexandria Chamber office, Suite 402, 801 N. Fairfax St. Free. 703-549-1000, Ext. 212.

GENEALOGY TALK, archivist Martha Robertson discusses "Down and Out in Fairfax County: The Records of the Overseers of the Poor and the Supervisor of the Poor," sponsored by the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-360-0920.

Wednesday 21

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, a program for seniors presented by members of the Office of Emergency Management and Citizen Corps. 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR, for Arlington residents, "Be Ready, Make a Plan" program, sponsored by Arlington's Office of Emergency Management. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 Culpepper St. Free. 703-228-3314 or www.arlingtonva.us.

CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, herbs, bread, cookies, brownies, pastries, 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.

"BRAVE MEN OF THE SIGNAL CORPS, a Civil War program for ages 7-11 about how secret codes were conveyed. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $2; registration required. 703-243-7329 or 703-228-4747.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books." 7 p.m., Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710.

FOUR MILE RUN RESTORATION, Alexandria and Arlington County's Four Mile Run Joint Task Force discusses the restoration of the lower section of Four Mile Run; light refreshments. 7-9 p.m., Gunston Middle School cafeteria, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Free. 703-838-5095, Ext. 440, or 703-228-3610.

"ALEXA'S NECKLACE," play about a mother trying to cope with the loss of child, performed by Natural Theatricals, 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.

"IT HAD TO BE YOU," romantic comedy performed by American Century Theater. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 25, Oct. 1 and 8. Gunston Arts Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$29.50. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.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 22

CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM, for ages 3-5. Kids will learn about Johnny Appleseed and plant an apple seed. 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 24, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

ARLINGTON BOOK TALK, Julia Alvarez's "In the Time of the Butterflies." 10:30 a.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7689.

SENIORS AFTERNOON TEA, a trip by bus to Commodore Joshua Barney's House, a bed-and-breakfast in Savage, Md. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: 1:15 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 1:45 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns at 6:30 p.m. $37; registration required. 703-228-4749.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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