Parker-Gray community photo exhibit, “The Spirit of a Neighborhood Revisited,” Carol G. Siegel’s 1985-86 photographs of the historic Alexandria African American community. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. 703-746-4356.
Seniors knitting club, all skill levels; socialize and knit. Bring materials and supplies. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.
Seniors West African culture program, discussed by two world travelers. 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+Pass required thereafter. 703-228-0955.
Rosslyn farmers market, sale of jelly, herbs, vegetables, fruit, pastries and bread, sponsored by Rosslyn Business Improvement District. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; concert by Janine Wilson, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. 703-522-6628 or www.rosslynva.org.
“Sweet ’n’ Salty” exhibit, Del Ray Artists interpret the meaning of sweet and salty. Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 28, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.
Ballston farmers market, produce, bread, pastries, tea and coffee. Concert by Janna Audey. 3-7 p.m., Welburn Square, Wilson Boulevard and Taylor Street, Arlington. 703-528-3527.
“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” featuring acoustic pianist Yvonne Johnson. Concert, 5:30-8 p.m.; concessions, 4-7:30 p.m., Artisphere, Lower Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists; music by Mateo Monk; and decorating Mexican sugar skulls in celebration of upcoming “Day of the Dead” festivities. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Glencarlyn library knitting group, includes instruction. 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6548.
“Homage: Past Influences” exhibit, all-media works inspired by those who influenced the artists. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Tierra y Memoria” paintings and linocuts, depictions of everyday life in Honduras by Juan E. Hernandez Gonzalez. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Color Sphere” exhibit, gallery members explore the use of color and various tonal relationships in their works. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Danielle Westphal and Ken Giese concert, jazz. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.
U.S. Army Strings concert, featuring Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 N. Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.
Dominican Republic play, for age 13 and older, featuring “Othello . . . Sniff,” by Claudio Rivera. In Spanish with English dubbing. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $30-$95. 703-548-3092 or teatrodelaluna.org.
“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” featuring Brel’s music. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.
“Wax Works” exhibit, wax artworks and mixed media by Sondra N. Arkin, Julia Dzikiewicz, Mary Early and others. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 11, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-5058 or www.nvfaa.org.
Senior Comedy Club, discussion of classic radio and TV shows, featuring excerpts of recordings, led by comedy writer Mike Bloom. 10:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-5722.
“Skunk Scents” campfire, stories and s’mores. 6-7 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 612852-B). 703-228-3403.
St. Louis Catholic School fair, pony rides, giant moon bounces, games, a rock wall, crafts, bingo, food, a beer tent, vendors and an apple pie bake-off. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Louis Catholic School, 2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria area. Free; small fees for activities. 703-799-4844.
Mushroom program, Jon Ellifritz of the Mycological Association of Washington discusses wild mushroom species in the Washington area and their environmental roles. A mushroom walk will follow the talk, weather permitting. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. $20, registration required. 703-642-5173.
Kids Encore Stage and Studio theater classes, for students in grades K-12. Sessions include “Acting Up,” “Musical Musings,” “Funky Folk Tales,” “Light Clown Dark Clown” and the Encore Show Choir. For information on fees and a schedule of classes starting Saturday, visit the Web site. Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestage.org.
Susan Greenbaum and Carey Creed concert, folk-pop singers perform, sponsored by Focus music organization. 7 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria area. $18. 703-501-6061.
Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or www.alexandria.gov.
Environmental disposal and recycling, dispose of household hazardous materials and recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing, bed frames and more. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6832 or www.arlingtonva.us.
Senior Citizens Law Day, speakers discuss housing, insurance, financial and medical issues. Co-sponsored by Senior Services of Alexandria. 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. Free, registration required. 703-836-4414, Ext. 10, or www.seniorservicesalex.org.
Boutique and bake sale, crafts and ornaments; plus paper-shredding (without metal items), 9:30-11:30 a.m., to benefit Wakefield High School’s College Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington. Donations. 703-553-5800.
Boundary stone bike tour, visit 12 stones in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County; riding on paved streets and bike trails, sponsored by Center Hiking Club. Bring lunch, water, a bike and a helmet. 9:15 a.m., East Falls Church Metro station, under Interstate 66 on Sycamore Street, Arlington. $2. 703-243-0179 or www.centerhikingclub.org.
Ballston arts and crafts market, handmade goods for sale and a raffle. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; concerts by Snakehead Run, noon-2 p.m., and Threesound, 2:30-4 p.m., Welburn Square, Wilson Boulevard and Taylor Street, Arlington. Free. 202-536-9714 or www.ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com/.
Boothe Park festival, children’s activities, scarecrow making, pumpkin and face painting, moon bounce, puppet show, band performance and food. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5592 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.
Sale of 18th-century reproduction jewelry, plus 18th-century reproduction clothing, cosmetics, wigs and culinary supplies, at Gadsby Museum’s Sutler Market; plus lectures on 18th-century bootmaking, hosiery and other garments. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.
Apothecary Museum open house, featuring tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and curator lectures, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3852 or www.apothecarymuseum.org.
Alexandria “Arts Safari,” children’s arts and crafts, including clay work, painting, origami and papier-mache, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Noon-4 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Pentagon 9/11” exhibit, featuring artifacts from the Defense Department, including the Pentagon’s heliport sign. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-892-4204 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
“Energy Scavenger Hunt,” find energy- and water-saving devices, from Arlington Central Library to Virginia Square area. Includes a raffle for prizes. Sponsored by Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions. 1-3 p.m., 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-5990 or www.freshaireva.us.
U.S. Army Chorus concert, “Songs of the Blue and the Gray: A Civil War Commemoration.” 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Memorial Chapel, 101 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.
Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause, an 8K and one-mile fun run with awards and prizes. Strollers and baby joggers allowed in fun run. Participants choose an organization from a list of 10 nonprofits to aid with proceeds from the race. Registration, 6:30- 7:30 a.m.; race, 8 a.m., North Quincy Street and Wilson Bouldevard, Arlington. $35 if registered by 9 p.m. Thursday; $40, race day. Fun run, $35; children, $20. 703-243-2332 or www.theraceforacause.com.
Westover farmers market, fruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers and Turkish specialties. 8 a.m.-noon Sundays, Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232, www.westoverfarmersmarket.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Antique Re-Creations” exhibit, new works inspired by old linen, old lace and old techniques. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 21, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Burnt Offerings” exhibit, featuring crocheted copper wire with enamel, by Ann Citron. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Nov. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Meditation and Inspiration” clay craft, by Ceramic Guild potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Project Wild for adults, a conservation and environmental education program led by park naturalist Matt Neff. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 612942-F). 703-228-6535.
“Fractured/Reconnected” monotypes, geometric shapes by Judith Coady. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Wabi-Sabi” fiber and mixed media, featuring handmade paper and other works by Fiberworks member Saaraliisa Ylitalo. Reception, 1-3 p.m. Sunday; show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Congressional and Arlington County Board candidates forum, meet candidates for Virginia 8th Congressional District and Arlington County Board, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women. 2-4 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-532-3830.
PFLAG support group, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, meeting led by a facilitator. 3-4:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Free. 202-638-3852 or email@example.com.
Washington National Opera concert, featuring violinist Zino Bogacheck, works by Mozart, Mykytka, Skoryk and Martinu. 3 p.m., the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $20; students, free. 301-229-2615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Carillon Music Comes Alive,” performed by Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble, flutist Karen Ashbrook and harp guitarist Paul Oorts. 4 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5-$20. 888-824-2541 or www.vabronze.org.
“A Celebration of Color” juried exhibit, by the Arlington Artists Alliance, featuring artists Daniel Wise, Linda Kosovych and others. Opens, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; show, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18. Reception, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Cassatt’s Cafe, 4536 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-527-3330 or www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
“Discipline of Edge” sculpture, by Gordon Lyon, Jaclyn Martin and George Wedberg of the Friday Group. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Nov. 11, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.
Tavern museum toddler program, for children 3 and younger accompanied by an adult. Playtime with books, blocks and craftmaking. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. One adult and as many as two children, $7 per week; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.
Seniors’ living arrangements, discussion of living at home using senior services or moving to a senior independent living facility. 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-0555.
Melanie McCabe book of poems, McCabe reads from her “History of the Body.” 7-8:30 p.m., Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6545.
Olde Town Fencing Club, practice for all levels. 8-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. $100 for a year’s membership or $30 for 3 months. 571-236-5036 or www.oldetownfencing.org.
“Paintings and Words” exhibit, by Lynne Elizabeth Heiser. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 30, Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.
Eighteenth-century home in mourning, guided tours of an exhibition about the 1780 funeral of John Carlyle, focusing on burial and mourning practices of the 18th century. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 2, Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $3-$5. 703-549-2997 or www.nvrpa.org/park/carlyle_house_historic_park.
Senior retirement plans, discussed by representatives of Foundation for Personal Financial Education. 1 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-6300.
Senior Services of Alexandria’s Oktoberfest, a tour and tasting at Port City Brewing Co. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Port City, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria. Donations requested, registration required. 703-836-4414, Ext. 10, or www.seniorservicesalex.org.
U.S. Army Band concert, “Echoes of Vienna Encore,” works by Mozart, Mahler and Brahms. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.
“Rulemaker” exhibit, paintings by Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800.
“Fall Solos 2012,” mixed media by Warren Craghead III, Nancy Daly, Naomi J. Falk, Laura Hudson, Timothy Thompson and Richard Vosseller. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23. Reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.
Upper King Street farmers market, baked goods, produce, meat and dairy products, sponsored by the Upper King Street Neighborhood Association. 3-7 p.m., King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King St., Alexandria. 703-535-6766 or www.upperkingstreet.org.
“Yarn Bomb Art” project, for all ages and experience levels. Knitters and crocheters stitch a community-made art project. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through February, Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Figure-drawing workshop, long poses. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $8-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.
“Patriocracy” documentary, about the polarization and partisanship in politics, by Brian Malone. Screening sponsored by the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Donations. 703-578-1935.
Cajun concert, featuring Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege and the Cajun Country Revival. 8 p.m., Artisphere, ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
“Jekyll and Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale gets a modern spin as Synetic Theater sets it in present-day United States. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.
Rock Spring Garden Club meeting, native plant specialist Marion Lobstein discusses “Flora of Virginia.” 11 a.m., Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free; optional lunch, $5; reservations required by Oct. 11 . 703-533-2942 or email@example.com.
Beatley library used book sale, fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books and biographies and cookbooks; plus CDs and DVDs. Members preview, 4-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18; sale, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 1-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” concert by the Hilton “Tre” Felton Trio. Concert, 5:30-8 p.m.; concessions, 4-7:30 p.m., Artisphere, Lower Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Argentinian play, for age 13 and older, featuring “Jesus Christ,” by Mariano Moro. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $30-$95. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.
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