Thursday 1

POTTERY SHOW, sale of works by the Art League Gallery artists, noon-6 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Art League's Duke Street annex, 1 Duke St., Alexandria. Free admission. 703-683-2323.

TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER, open house, music, refreshments and drawings, 6-8 p.m., 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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

"HAPGOOD," Tom Stoppard play performed by Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. today and 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.

"YEMAYA'S BELLY," a play telling the coming-of-age tale of a Caribbean boy, performed by Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 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 www.signature-theatre.org.

"LIGHT UP ROSSLYN," ceremonial lighting with government officials and local TV personalities, music by Beltway Brass and the Metropolitan Chorus, hot drinks and chili, and a collection drive for coats, clothing and toiletries to help the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN), sponsored by Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), 5:30-7 p.m., 1100 Wilson Blvd. (under the ABC-TV electronic message board), Rosslyn. Free. 703-522-6628.

Friday 2

ART SHOW, sale of works by Arlington Artists Alliance; reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday; show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, Hendry House, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. Free. 703-532-4450 or www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.

MARGOT MACDONALD CONCERT, contemporary holiday music, 6-7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

TREE LIGHTING, with Santa and holiday music, sponsored by the King Street Metro Enterprise Team, 7 p.m., King Street Gardens, King Street and Diagonal Road, Alexandria. Free. 703-549-4696.

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.

"THE NUTCRACKER," performed by the Center Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $15-$30. 703-522-2414 or www.arldance.org.

A TASTE OF SCOTLAND, gourmet food buffet, live music including bagpipes, sponsored by Campagna Center, 8-10:30 p.m.; for patron-level donors and premier patrons, an additional event with gift bags and tasting of special scotch, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. General admission $55; patron $75; premiere patron $90; reservations required. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL," a play based on the classic tale by Dickens, performed by the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, the theater, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $9; reservations required. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS, holiday concert, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. $15-$30. 703-922-5992 or www.harmonizers.org.

ALEXANDRIA CHORAL CONCERT, by the Northern Virginia Community Chorus and the Northern Virginia Community College Concert Band, 8 p.m., NVCC, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6097.

FINE-ART, CRAFTS MARKET, handmade gifts from Del Ray Artisans; wine and cheese preview reception, 7-10 p.m. Friday; sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

JAPANESE FENCING, sword class for ages 10 and older, includes equipment, sponsored by Capital Area Budokai. 6:45-8 p.m. Fridays, Cherrydale Fire Department, second floor, 3600 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $70 for nine sessions; 21 and younger $30; registration required. 703-528-5618.

Saturday 3

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.

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 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.

BALLSTON ART MARKET, handmade jewelry, pottery, quilts, wearable art, watercolors, oil paintings, photography and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Science Foundation, atrium, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free admission. 703-228-0560 or 703-528-3527.

SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, Santa Claus and more, 10:30 a.m., from Wilkes and South Pitt streets to Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

HOLIDAY HOME TOURS, self-guided; visit six homes decorated for the holidays by designers in Old Town; sponsored by the Campagna Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $25; $20 in advance. 703-549-0111 or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

"WONDROUS 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 www.classika.org.

"HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NUTCRACKER," for ages 3 and older, performance by the Alexandria Ballet, noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18, Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. $15; ages 3-11, $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

"A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS," reenactors portray Colonial life during the holidays, with a military drill, fife and drum music, and games for children, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $5; 10 and younger, $2. 703-549-2997 or www.carlylehouse.org.

ORNAMENT DECORATING WORKSHOP, make a dough ornament to take home, with a staff member of the Alexandria Archeology Museum, 1-4 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, third floor, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4399.

CARIBBEAN CONCERT, by Stephen Samuel, 2-3 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP, for 12 and older, make decorations with natural materials, bring wire cutters and additional decorative materials; with light refreshments, 2-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $30; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

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

BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS, music by Braddock Brass Quintet, light refreshments, water-skiing Santa and Mrs. Claus, 3-5:30 p.m.; parade, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Alexandria Marina at Cameron Street, and Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-5005 or www.thefunsideofthepotomac.com.

PIANO CONCERT, by Wynford S. Lyddane, to benefit Michael J. Fox Foundation, 4 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Donations requested. 703-838-4994.

Sunday 4

GRAY GHOST VINEYARDS TRIP, for seniors. Travel by bus to Amissville for wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres; sponsored by Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources; bus departs from three Arlington locations: 11:30 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St.; 11:45 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; 12:05 p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. Bus returns at 5:30 p.m. $25; preregistration required. 703-228-4749.

SQUARE DANCE, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, to benefit the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots drive, 1-5 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. $10 or a new, unopened toy. 703-883-4844.

PROJECT NATALE CONCERT, holiday jazz, 2-3 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

ORNAMENT WORKSHOP, for children 7 and older accompanied by adults. Make an herb and spice ornament. Basic supplies provided. Bring additional spices or herbs; 3-5 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $8; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

ALEXANDRIA SINGERS CONCERT, pop choral music, 3-3:30 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

REC CENTER ANNIVERSARY EVENT, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center. Swimming, lifeguard demonstration, information on fitness programs, children's activities, racquetball and more. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by adults, 1-5 p.m., the rec center, 3210 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-519-2160.

Monday 5

"WRAP IT UP," exhibit 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 www.potomaccraftsmenfibergallery.com.

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.

MIDDLE EAST TALK, Allen Keiswetter of the Middle East Institute discusses "The Middle East Cauldron: Prospects for Peace and Security," sponsored by Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute, 3-4:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-2144 or 703-841-0647.

Tuesday 6

MARYLAND BIRD-WATCHING TRIP, travel by van to Point Lookout State Park. Take along binoculars, a bag lunch and snacks. Dress for the weather; sponsored by Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. $20; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

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

MINIATURE BOX WORKSHOP, use last year's greeting cards to make boxes; light refreshments, 6:30-8 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS, auditions, 7-10 p.m., Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-0969 or www.harmonizers.org.

Wednesday 7

BIRD WALK, led by Northern Virginia Bird Club members. Take along binoculars; 9:30-11 a.m.; meet at Long Branch Nature Center parking lot, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

HOLIDAY STORIES, CRAFT, for children ages 5-10 accompanied by adults, nature stories and making trinkets; light refreshments, 2-3 p.m. or 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

NATURE WREATHS WORKSHOP; make a wreath; supplies included; 7-9 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $15; preregistration required. 703-228-4747.

Thursday 8

LUNCHTIME CHAMBER CONCERT, by Friday Morning Music Club, noon-1 p.m., Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710.

"EYE ON THE UNDERGROUND," artworks by Carolyn Dutky Romano, opening and talk, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8; reception, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11; show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

FOUR MILE RUN RESTORATION; the public is invited to review the plan for the restoration of the lower section of Four Mile Run; sponsored by Arlington and Alexandria's Four Mile Run Joint Task Force; 7-9:30 p.m., Gunston Middle School, cafeteria, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3610 or 703-838-5095, Ext. 440.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

To Submit an Item

E-mail: alexextra@washpost.com

Fax: 703-518-3001

Mail: Community Events, The Washington Post, Alexandria Arlington Extra, 526 King St., Suite 515, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Details: Announcements are accepted on a space-available basis from public and nonprofit organizations only and must be received at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date. Include event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable contact phone number.