Thursday 24

ARLINGTON BELL RINGING, a vintage Pennsylvania church bell will be rung to celebrate Thanksgiving; sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-527-6118.

Friday 25

TREE LIGHTING, with Alexandria Mayor William Euille, a "Frosty's Follies" performance, Santa Claus, caroling and a singalong. 7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM SHOW, "Tis the Season," 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18. 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $3; seniors and 12 and younger, $2. 703-228-6070.

"HAPGOOD," Tom Stoppard's play performed by the Washington Shakespeare Company. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 703-418-4808 or 800-494-8497.

METROSTAGE DRAMA, "For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again," by Michel Tremblay, a son's homage to his mother. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800-494-8497 or

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PLAYS, "Portrait of a Madonna" and "Suddenly Last Summer," performed by Keegan Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday and Wednesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25; students and seniors, $20. 703-527-6000.

Saturday 26

ALEXANDRIA FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy products, fish, fruit and vegetables, sponsored by the city. 5-10 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St. 703-838-5006.

ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, meat, dairy products, fruit, vegetables, bread, mushrooms and honey, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the 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

DEL RAY FARMERS MARKET, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, mushrooms, honey, pralines and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, through Dec. 3, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570.

WOOD AND ART EXHIBITIONS, "Washington Wood 2005," by local woodworkers, and "Landscapes, Still Lifes and Other Perspectives," by Del Ray Artisans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or

"WONDEROUS WHITE WINTER," a puppet show, noon Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 5. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; $12 in advance. 703-824-6200 or

"HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NUTCRACKER," for ages 3 and older, by Alexandria Ballet. Noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. $15; ages 3-11, $10. 703-548-0035 or

TAVERN HISTORY PROGRAM, for ages 5 and older, costumed guides lead a one-hour tour and help with activities about the holiday season in the 18th century, 1-4:30 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; registration required. 703-838-4242 or

NIGHTHAWKS CONCERT, holiday swing music, 2-3 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND," performed by Classika Theater, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 30. 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; $12 in advance. 703-824-6200 or

"YEMAYA'S BELLY" PLAY, a coming-of-age tale about a Caribbean boy, performed by Signature Theatre. 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, the theater, 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $39-$49. 703-820-9771 or

Sunday 27

ROOSEVELT ISLAND HIKE, for children 6 and older accompanied by an adult. 1-2:30 p.m., meet at Roosevelt Island Park parking lot, George Washington Parkway, Arlington. $1; registration required. 703-228-4747.

PASAPORTE LATINO CONCERT, Latino Christmas music, 2-3 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

Monday 28

"WRAP IT UP," exhibition by Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through Jan. 8. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or

"DOMESTIC RELATIONS," exhibition of clay works by Solveig Cox and collages by Judy Goodkind. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

OIL PAINTINGS, by Carol Lukitsch, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 13. Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1561.

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM, Louis Hicks and Audrey Davis of the Alexandria Black History Museum and archaeologist Pam Cressey discuss "African Americans in Alexandria in the 18th Century," sponsored by Agenda Alexandria. 7:15 p.m.; reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:45 p.m., Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Program, free; dinner, $25; registration required. 703-549-4696.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Joseph J. Ellis's "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," about the American Revolution. 7:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5715.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Joyce Carol Oates's "We Were the Mulvaneys," 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

Tuesday 29

"TRADITION AND INNOVATION," a juried exhibition of drawings, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 7. Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800.

YOUTH BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, clinical neuropsychologist William Stixrud discusses "Understanding the Mysteries of the Teenage Brain." 7-8:30 p.m., Yorktown High School, Room 1-b, 5201 N. 28th St., Arlington. Free. 703-534-9464.

FORT MYER CONCERT, "Holiday Music for Percussion," by the Joint Service Percussion Ensemble and U.S. Army Chorus. 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Washington Boulevard and South Second Street, Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or

Wednesday 30

WOMEN'S ART MUSEUM TRIP, for seniors, a trip bus to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the District, with a tour of Alice Neel's paintings and drawings; includes lunch. The bus departs from three Arlington locations: 10:45 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; 11 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 11:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 3:45 p.m. $37; registration required. 703-228-4749.

HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL, cash bar, sponsored by Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association and Equality Fairfax. 5-7 p.m., Founders' Restaurant and Brewing Co., 607 King St., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-283-3227.

BALLSTON TREE LIGHTING, with Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fissette, entertainment by Comedy Spot and light refreshments; sponsored by Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership. 5:30-7 p.m., Welburn Square and Quest Building, 4250 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-528-3527.

Thursday 1

KATZEN ARTS CENTER TOUR, for seniors, a bus ride to American University in the District. The bus departs from three Arlington locations: 9 a.m., Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.; 9:15 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; and 9:35 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. Bus returns at 3 p.m. $8; registration required. 703-228-4749.

FORT MYER CONCERT, "A Stan Kenton Christmas," by an All-Brass Big Band. 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Washington Boulevard and South Second Street, Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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