Thursday 29

SENIORS DRIVING COURSE, a two-day refresher by AARP, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Friday, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. $10; registration required. 703-228-5722.

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

ROSSLYN FARMERS MARKET, fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, jams and jellies, sponsored by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Oct. 6, outdoor area near 1735 N. Lynn St., Arlington. 703-522-6628.

ARLINGTON PLANT CLINIC, master gardeners offer advice, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 27, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6414.

"URINETOWN," musical comedy performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 6, 2 p.m. 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.

"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.

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

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

"ALEXA'S NECKLACE," a play about a mother trying to cope with the loss of child, performed by Natural Theatricals, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-5895 or www.naturaltheatricals.com.

Friday 30

SENIORS COOKING CLASS, gazpacho soup, with nutrition educator Ana Moran, 10:45 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-6300.

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.

"HAUPTMANN," a play about Bruno (Richard) Hauptmann, who was convicted of kidnapping Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's baby, performed by Port City Playhouse, 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Oct. 11, through Oct. 15, Lee Center of the Performing Arts, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. $14; seniors and students, $12. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.com.

"ONCE UPON A MATTRESS," performed by the Arlington Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 9, through Oct. 15, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $18; seniors and 17 and younger, $15. 703-549-1063.

SOCIETY OF ART ROCKERS, the group is sponsoring a performance by Spaceseed and John Battema, 10 p.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. $12. 703-683-8888 or www.oldtowntheater.com.

Saturday 1

MARYMOUNT 5K CHALLENGE, running along Washington and Old Dominion Trail, to benefit Read and Run Program, 8-10 a.m. Saturday; required registration, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday or 3-8 p.m. Friday, Marymount University-Ballston Center, 1000 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $25. 703-284-1518 or www.marymount.edu.

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.

ARLINGTON DEVELOPMENT, forum, the public is invited to discuss its views on residential and commercial development in Arlington, sponsored by Arlington New Directions Coalition, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-243-5775.

ART ON THE AVENUE, arts and crafts, street performers, live music, international food and children's activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellafonte avenues, Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-683-3100 or www.artontheavenue.org.

SENIORS ALEXANDRIA TRIP, seniors travel by bus for Art on the Avenue festival; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 9:25 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 9:45 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 10:10 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 3 p.m. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

GARDENING PROGRAM, horticulturist Brenda Skarphol discusses planting bulbs for all seasons, 10-11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $11; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.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.

BALLSTON ART MARKET, handmade jewelry, pottery, quilts, wearable art, watercolors, oil paintings and photography, 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.

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

CHILDREN'S GARDEN PROGRAM, youths can learn how plants make seeds and how to store them and make a craft, 2-3:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

ROCK CONCERT, by Josh Kelley and Pat McGee Band, with comedian Retta, 8 p.m., Marymount University's Lee Center, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $17.50. 202-397-7328, 703-284-1611 or www.marymount.edu.

ALEXANDRIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, concert, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $40-$70. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org.

Sunday 2

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

"THE SHIP'S COMPANY," living history group interprets Civil War naval history, with exhibits and model ships, noon-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4848.

ARENA STAGE TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to the District to watch the comedy "Born Yesterday"; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 12:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 12:45 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Bus returns at 6:45 p.m. $46; registration required. 703-228-4749.

BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, TEA, demonstration of monarch butterfly tagging by naturalist Suzanne Holland, full tea follows, 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; registration required. 703-941-7987 or www.greenspring.org.

LATIN AMERICAN SONGS, by Patricia Vergara and Cecilia Esquivel, 3 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

DONIZETTI MUSICAL COMEDY, Bel Cantanti performs "La Fille du Regiment" ("The Daughter of the Regiment"), with subtitles, accompanied by a piano and string quartet, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $30; students, $20. 703-838-4994 or 301-438-8682.

Monday 3

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.

PAINTING EXHIBIT, works by Marymount's Fine Arts faculty members, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 21, Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1561.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "When the Elephants Dance," by Tess Uriza Holthe, 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Tuesday 4

BIRD WATCHING TRIP, travel by van to Point Lookout State Park; participants should bring binoculars, a bag lunch and snacks and 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.

CARLYLE HOUSE EXHIBIT, "Death Comes to Carlyle House: An 18th-Century Virginia Home in Mourning," a tour and display of mourning jewelry, a reproduction coffin and black crepe (in honor of the 225th death anniversary of John Carlyle), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30, Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $4; ages 11-17, $2; 10 and younger, free. 703-549-2997.

ART EXHIBITS, photography, wood and metal sculpture, mixed media, fabric sculpture, glass and prints by regional artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Nov. 5, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800.

HOMELAND SECURITY PROCUREMENTS, Greg Rothwell, chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security, discusses how the department procures information technology services and equipment and the procurement needs of areas affected recently by Hurricane Katrina, sponsored by Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 6:30-8:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $50; in advance, $40; registration required. 703-525-2400 or www.arlingtonchamber.org.

CUBA MEMOIR, discussion of the book "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy," by Carlos Eire, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Oct 6, Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6545.

Wednesday 5

BIRD WALK, led by Northern Virginia Bird Club members, bring binoculars, 8:30-11 a.m., meet at Long Branch Nature Center parking lot, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-6535 or 703-228-4747.

BALTIMORE MONET TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to Baltimore Museum of Art to see Monet artworks; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 9:40 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 10 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 10:15 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns at 4:30 p.m. $23; registration required. 703-228-4749.

BIRD TALK, COFFEE, nature center staff members discuss bird extinction, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $2; registration required. 703-228-4747.

CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, 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.

KIDS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 6-10, "Spooktacular," hands-on activities, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $2; registration required. 703-228-4747.

WASHINGTON'S DISTILLERY, Esther White of Archaeology at Mount Vernon discusses "Whiskey and the Current Excavations on George Washington's Distillery," 7:30 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12. 703-838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Thursday 6

CHILDREN'S NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, a chance to learn why trees change color in the fall and make a craft, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 6, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 8, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

NATURE WALK, TEA, walk with a gardener, full tea follows, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20, Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $24; registration required. 703-941-7987 or www.greenspring.org.

"TIMELESS ELEGANCE" EXHIBIT, oil paintings by Bu Rulei, opens 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6; reception, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9; gallery hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 7, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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