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," art by Carolyn Dutky Romano. Opening and talk, 6-9 p.m. today; reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday; show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 2. Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

NEGRO LEAGUE EXHIBITION, "The National Pastime in Black and White: The Negro Baseball League, 1867-1955," reception, 6-8 p.m. today; show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 7. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

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.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PLAYS, "Portrait of a Madonna" and "Suddenly Last Summer," performed by Keegan Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17. Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25; students and seniors, $20. 703-527-6000.

"YEMAYA'S BELLY," a coming-of-age tale about a Caribbean boy. 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Signature Theatre, 3606 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $39-$49. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Friday 9

CHILDREN'S NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 6-9, a visit with an owl and a nature walk. 5-6:15 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4747.

TREE LIGHTING, includes Santa Claus, caroling and light refreshments, sponsored by Shelter Occupational Center Enterprises. 6:30-8:30 p.m., SOC, 750 S. 23rd St., Arlington. Free. 703-521-4441.

SCOTTISH BAGPIPE CONCERT, performed by Alexandria Pipes and Drums. 7-7:30 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.

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

Saturday 10

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.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CRAFT, how to make a boxwood kissing ball. 10 a.m., Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $20; reservations required. 703-548-1789.

BIRDHOUSE, FEEDER WORKSHOP, for ages 9 and older, how to build a wooden birdhouse and feeder. 10-11 a.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $8; registration required. 703-228-4747.

KWANZAA CRAFT WORKSHOP, led by a a museum staff member; supplies provided. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

"WONDEROUS WHITE WINTER," 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, performed 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.

CIVIL WAR-ERA CHRISTMAS, reenactors, period music, decorations, tours and light refreshments. Noon-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria area. $2; children, $1. 703-838-4848.

HAND BELL CHOIR MUSIC, Bell's Angels of St. John's Lutheran Church. 1-2 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

HOLIDAY TRIP, for seniors, a bus trip to Stratford Hall Plantation in Stratford for holiday music and buffet dinner, sponsored by Arlington County Senior Adult Travel. Bus departs from three Arlington locations: 1:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy.; 1:45 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St.; 2 p.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Bus returns at 10:45 p.m. $71; registration required. 703-228-4749.

"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 www.classika.org.

NATURE CENTER PROGRAM, learn about flying squirrels and watch them glide. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $2; registration required. 703-228-4747.

ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS, for adults and children 6 and older, self-guided tours of Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Lee-Fendall House, with period music, seasonal decorations and information on 18th-century dancing. 5-9 p.m. $20; seniors, $15; ages 6-17, $5. For tickets, call 703-838-4242.

ALEXANDRIA CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT, with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Brass Quintet. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-548-4734 or www.alexchoralsociety.org.

ASAPH ENSEMBLE CONCERT, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15; seniors, $10; 12 and younger, $5. 703-368-1812.

Sunday 11

YOUTH HAND BELL CHOIR, concert by St. Matthew's English. 1-2 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

SHIP's COMPANY CHANTEYMEN, concert, 2-3 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4200.

HOLIDAY CONCERT, with the Senior Singers Choral, New Horizons Band and Polymnia Bells, sponsored by the Levine School of Music. 3 p.m.; singalong, 2-2:30 p.m. Westover Baptist Church, 1125 N. Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-237-5655 or www.levineschool.org.

"CELEBRATE THE SEASON," music and singalong, with the Colonial Ringers Hand Bell Ensemble. 3-5 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

POTOMAC HARMONY CHORUS, "Celebrate With Light." 3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $15; seniors and children, $12. 703-764-3896.

TEA AND TOUR, holiday decor and information on Victorian family traditions. 3 p.m., Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $25; reservations required. 703-548-1789.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT, fiddler Roy "Speedy" Tolliver, sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-1850.

WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN PHILHARMONIC, with the Northern Virginia Community Chorus. 5 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

FOLK CONCERT, Kim and Reggie Harris, 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 12

"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 www.potomaccraftsmenfibergallery.com.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini. 7 p.m., Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-228-5260.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World." 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Tuesday 13

"TRADITION AND INNOVATION," 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.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS, wreaths and centerpieces. 11:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $1; registration required. 703-228-0555.

SENIOR CENTER BOOK TALK, Haven Kimmel's "A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana." 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

Wednesday 14

HAWAIIAN DANCE CLASS, taught by Mary Jenkins. 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

CIVIL WAR PROGRAM, for ages 7-11, about animals used as mascots during the war. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. $3; registration required. 703-228-4747.

GEMSTONES, ages 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; registration required. 202-228-4747.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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