Thursday 6

CHILDREN'S NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-5; they'll make crafts and learn why trees change color in the fall, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 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.

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.

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.

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

"URINETOWN," musical comedy performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; at 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. today and Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 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.

Friday 7

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM, for seniors, discussed by representatives of Arlington County's Office of Emergency Management and volunteers of Citizen Corps, 10:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-5722.

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

GARDENING WORKSHOP, master gardeners discuss planting spring bulbs, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $10; preregistration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

KENNEDY CENTER BALLET TRIP, for seniors, travel by bus to the District to see a performance of "Raise the Red Lantern" by the National Ballet of China; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 6 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 6:15 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 6:30 p.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 10:45 p.m. $49; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, works by Del Ray Artisans; reception and silent auction, 7-10 p.m. Friday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.delrayartisans.org.

"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 Tuesday, 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. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $18; seniors and 17 and younger, $15. 703-549-1063.

Saturday 8

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 8:30 a.m.-noon, Del Ray Farmers Market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues. Free. 703-228-6414.

CIVIL WAR BATTLE SITE, a bus trip to tour Chancellorsville battle site, with a box lunch and refreshments, dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Fort Ward Museum parking lot, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. $85; preregistration required. 703-838-4848.

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.

SENIORS APPLE FEST TRIP, travel by bus to Syria, Va., to attend the Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival, lunch included; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 8:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 8:30 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 8:45 p.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 6:30 p.m. $25; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

HOME LAWN CARE PROGRAM, turf specialist Mike Goatley discusses fall planting, fertilizing, weed control and plant diseases, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $11; preregistration required. 703-642-5173 or www.greenspring.org.

ALEXANDRIA SEAPORT DAY, model boat building for children and maritime exhibits, plus the building of a wooden rowboat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Waterfront Park, between King and Prince streets, Alexandria. Free. 703-549-7078 or www.alexandriaseaport.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.

ALEXANDRIA ARCHAEOLOGY DAY, for adults and children, a city archaeologist leads one-hour tours of the Shuter's Hill excavation site, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; learn about archaeology and conservation techniques; event sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 10 a.m-3 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4399.

NATURE CENTER FEST, Pioneer Day Festival, with games, crafts, music, dancers and local artisans; children must be accompanied by an adult, noon-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; 3 and younger, free. 703-228-4747 or 703-228-3403.

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

KIDS NATURE HIKE, for ages 6-12, guided walk through Dora Kelly Nature Park, learn why leaves change colors, 2-3 p.m., Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave. Free. 703-838-4829, 703-838-4829 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

CAMPFIRE STORY TIME, stories, games and songs, 6-7:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $3; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

SOCIETY OF ART ROCKERS, the group is sponsoring a performance by Cyndee Lee Rule and Thee Maximalists, 10 p.m., Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. $12. 703-683-8888.

Sunday 9

CHAMBER CONCERTS, Marine Chamber Ensembles, 2 p.m., free, 202-683-2007; Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m., $20; seniors, $15; students with ID, $5, 703-256-2956, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria.

SENIORS KENNEDY CENTER TRIP, travel by bus to attend a performance by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 6:15 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 6:30 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; and 6:45 p.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Bus returns at 10:45 p.m. $18; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

FOLK MUSIC CONCERT, by Paul Curreri, Kat Mills and Pat Wictor, 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 10

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.

ARLINGTON BELL RINGING, commemorate Columbus Day by ringing a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association, noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-527-6118.

Tuesday 11

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

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.

BEADED-JEWELRY WORKSHOP, for seniors, taught by Phung Nguyen Luong, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.

ART EXHIBITS, photography, wood and metal sculpture, mixed media, fabric sculpture, glass art 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.

CORN HUSK DOLL WORKSHOP, for seniors, taught by park naturalist Mary Pross, 11:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $2, materials included; preregistration required. 703-228-0555.

SENIORS BOOK TALK, Julia Glass's novel "Three Junes," 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

SMITHSONIAN CUISINE TALK, for seniors, travel by bus to the District to hear chef Emeril Lagasse discuss preserving family culinary traditions; bus departs from two Arlington locations: 5:15 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., and 6 p.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr. Bus returns at 9:30 p.m. $28; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

FORT MYER CONCERTS, "European Inspiration," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and "Octuba-Fest," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Brucker Hall, Washington Boulevard and South Second Street, Arlington. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday 12

CLARENDON FARMERS MARKET, vegetables, fruit, herbs, bread, cookies, brownies, French pastries, bouquets and bedding plants, sponsored by Clarendon Alliance, 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 19, Clarendon Metro Park, Clarendon and Washington boulevards, Arlington. 703-276-0228.

GEMSTONE PROGRAM, for 7 and older, learn about birthstones and examine gems and uncut crystals, 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $4; preregistration required. 703-228-3403 or 703-228-4747.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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