Thursday 22

CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, learn about Johnny Appleseed and plant an apple seed, 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; preregistration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

"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. today through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

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

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, through Oct. 6, outdoor area near 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington. 703-522-6628.

"SAVVY CONSUMER" TALKS, Bob Doherty of Virginia Cooperative Extension discusses how to save money on purchases, 7 p.m. today and Sept. 29, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6417.

ART EXHIBITS, photography, wood and metal sculpture, mixed media, an installation of translucent molded rubber forms and mirrors etched with words, fabric wall sculpture, glass and prints; artists' talk, 7-9 p.m. today; exhibit, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 5, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800.

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. Saturday, Arlington Farmers Market, North 14th Street and Courthouse Road. Free. 703-228-6414.

"VIRGINIA'S RARE BUTTERFLIES," discussed by Steve Roble of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Program, sponsored by Washington Area Butterfly Club, 7:30-9 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6535 or 703-354-9668.

"TOP GIRLS" PLAY, performed by Theatre on the Run, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 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, Friday and Saturday and Sept. 29, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, the theater, 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $31-$55. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

"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. today and Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25. 800-494-8497 or www.boxofficetickets.com.

"DRACULA," performed by Synetic Theater, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $15-$30. 703-824-0660 or www.synetictheater.org.

Friday 23

BALLSTON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, cheese, herbs, French bread, pastries, syrup, flowers and eggs, with live music, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 14, Welburn Square, Ninth and North Stuart streets, near Ballston Common Mall, Arlington. 703-528-3527.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, fundraiser, sponsored by Arlington Host Lions Club, 5-8 p.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $7; 11 and younger, $3.50. 703-362-1538.

DONIZETTI MUSICAL COMEDY, Bel Cantanti performs "La fille du regiment" or "The Daughter of the Regiment," with subtitles, accompanied by a piano and string quartet, 7:30 p.m., St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. $30. 703-525-8286 or 301-438-8682.

Saturday 24

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.

BIRD WATCH, BREAKFAST, guided walk, bring binoculars, breakfast in the Historic House, 8-11 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; preregistration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

HERSHEY, PA., BUS TRIP, for seniors, buffet lunch, train ride, reenactment of Civil War action; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 8:15 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; 8:30 a.m. Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 8:45 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr. Bus returns at 7:30 p.m. $79; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

FREDRICK, MD., TRIP, for adults, travel by van to Maryland to tour the National Museum of Civil War Medicine; lunch on your own; meet at 8:45 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $35; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

BOUNDARY STONE BIKE TOUR, see historic boundary stones during a 35-mile bike ride on paved streets and bike trails through Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County; bring lunch and water; tour sponsored by Center Hiking Club; 9:15 a.m., East Falls Church Metro station, Sycamore Street, Falls Church. $1. 703-243-0179.

SCULPTURE WORKSHOP, for second- through fifth-graders, artist Marja Ponkka-Carpenter teaches "From Fine Lines to Figures," 10 a.m.-noon, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10; preregistration required. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

ALEXANDRIA HISTORIC HOMES, tours of eight private homes, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital; tour map and tickets, Gadsby Arcade, 320 King St.; the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St.; and the Twig Thrift Shop, 106 N. Columbus St. $30. 703-683-5544 or www.thetwig.org.

DEL RAY ART SHOW, "Autumnal: The Measure of the Season," works by Del Ray Artisans, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.delrayartisans.org.

"ALL DOLLED UP" EXHIBIT, 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.

FIG PROGRAM, gardener Sybil Mays discusses propagating and growing figs; with a fig tasting and fig recipes, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $18; preregistration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

MD. HOMESTEAD FARM TRIP, travel by van to Poolesville for apple-picking; bring lunch and money to buy apples; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; meet at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $15; preregistration required. 703-228-3403.

BLOCKTOBERFEST, live entertainment, food, carnival games and other activities, sponsored by Stop Child Abuse Now, noon-9 p.m., Ballston Common Mall area, entrance at Wilson Boulevard and North Stuart Street, Arlington. $15; 12 and younger, free. 703-930-1655 or www.hiballevents.com.

TWO-MILE NATURE HIKE, for ages 6 and older, led by a naturalist, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, nature center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-528-5406.

PIANO CONCERT, by Salvatore Lupica, sponsored by Empowered Women International, 6:30-8:45 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $25. 301-693-1346.

Sunday 25

SEASHELL PROGRAM, for ages 6-12; learn about shell creatures and make a craft item to take home; 1-2:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; preregistration required. 703-228-3403 or 703-228-4747.

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

ALEXANDRIA ACHAEOLOGY DIG, for adults and children, led by archaeologists and volunteers; dress for the weather and take along gardening gloves; children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult; event sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 1, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5. 703-838-4399.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITATS; a course on creating landscaping that appeals to wildlife, led by an Arlington Community Wildlife Habitat team; 3-6 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6427.

PROSE, POETRY AND MUSIC, performed by percussionist Tom Teasley and singer Charles Williams, sponsored by Alexandria Black History Museum, 4 p.m., the museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

FIBER ART WORKSHOP; demonstrations and exhibits by fiber artists, 4-6 p.m., Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-3634 or www.springwaterfiber.org.

VOCAL RECITAL by Peggy McNulty, accompanied by pianist Gillian Cookson; event sponsored by Woman's Club of Arlington; 5 p.m., the club, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington. Free. 703-356-3219.

Monday 26

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.

"URBAN SURVIVORS"; watercolor paintings by Michele Rea, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

SENIORS DINNER THEATER; travel by bus to Glen Burnie, Md., to see a performance of "Puttin' On the Ritz," performed by Skyline City Band; lunch at La Fontaine Bleu; bus departs from two Arlington locations: 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 10:15 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns at 4:30 p.m. $49; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

SENIORS LINE DANCING; partners not required; steps taught by Pinky O'Neill; 11:30 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $3.50; preregistration required. 703-228-0555.

ALEXANDRIA CITY BUDGET, TAXES; guest speakers discuss "Budget Basics: Getting More, Spending Less," sponsored by Agenda Alexandria, 7:15 p.m.; reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:45 p.m., Beth El Hebrew Congregation (formerly Temple Beth El), 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Program, free; dinner, $25; preregistration required. 703-549-4696.

"THE MALTESE FALCON"; discussion of Dashiell Hammett's book, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5715.

"THE ALCHEMIST"; discussion of the book by Paulo Coelho, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, second-floor meeting room, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7689.

Tuesday 27

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR, for Arlington residents; "Be Ready, Make a Plan" program, sponsored by Arlington's Office of Emergency Management, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., and 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Free. 703-228-3314 or www.arlingtonva.us.

BASIC DRAWING CLASS, for seniors, taught by Sam Nash, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Four sessions, $28; preregistration required. 703-228-4403.

Wednesday 28

GENEALOGY PROGRAM, for seniors; how to research ancestors; 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.

CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, offering vegetables, fruit, herbs, bread, cookies, brownies, French 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.

JOHN MARSHALL, JEFFERSON; James C. Kelly of the Virginia Historical Society discusses "Cussing Cousins: John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson." Talk sponsored by Alexandria Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2636.

Thursday 29

SENIORS DRIVING COURSE; a two-day refresher offered by the AARP, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. $10; preregistration required. 703-228-5722.

STATE FAIR TRIP; seniors travel by bus to the Virginia State Fair in Richmond; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 8:30 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 8:50 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 9:10 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 5:30 p.m. $18; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS, for seniors, taught by Jessica Vanquez, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays; lasts eight weeks; Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Eight sessions, $16; preregistration required. 703-228-4403.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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