English as a Second Language, drop-in sessions for all levels: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday and Tuesday; intermediate: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.
“In the Flesh 4,” all-media exhibit featuring the human figure. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Mark of the Maker,” works by Ceramic Guild artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Proposed Social Security changes, Bill Kallio of AARP Virginia hosts a community conversation on proposed changes to Social Security. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 877-926-8300 or aarp.cvent.com.
Rosslyn farmers market, produce, jellies, herbs, pastries, bread and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; concert by Derek Evry, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rosslyn Farmers Market, 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-6628 or www.rosslynva.org.
Seniors cross-stitch circle, kits provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.
“Full, Deep, and Not Quite Real,” an exhibit of paintings, drawings, photography and computer-generated digital art. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 20, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.
“Faith, Food and Fellowship,” noon service with music by J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; and Joyce Nohowel of Transitional Assistance and Design discusses “Thinking of Downsizing? Relocating? Moving?,” 1-1:40 p.m., Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org.
Ballston farmers market, produce, bread, pastries, meat and flowers; plus chef demonstration and live music. 3-7 p.m., Welburn Square, Wilson Boulevard and Taylor Street, Arlington. 202-362-8889, Ext. 3.
Library book sale, including paperbacks, children’s books, collector’s items, phonograph records, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; half-price day, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Arlington Central Library, Parking Garage, 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5990 or www.arlingtonlibraryfriends.org.
Arlington Central Library plant clinic, Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners answer gardening questions. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6414.
Orthopedic surgery lecture, surgeon Jeffrey Lovallo discusses “Options for Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Arthritis.” 7-8 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital, atrium, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 855-694-6682 or www.inova.org.
Medicare book talk, author Rosemary Gibson discusses Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It.” 7 p.m., Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.library.arlingtonva.us.
Burke library short stories discussion, works from “The Best American Short Stories” and other sources. 7-8:15 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1779 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
“Gee’s Bend” play, about three women in Alabama who use quilting to cope with issues involving civil rights and family. 8 p.m. Thursday-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.
“Come Blow Your Horn,” Neil Simon’s comedy performed by American Century Theater. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 12, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $32-$40; age 18 and younger, free. 703-998-4555 or www.americancentury.org.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray,” a performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic story about a mysterious young man whose portrait ages through the years while he remains young. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday; show continues, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3, Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.
Gadsby’s museum Costume Symposium, “The Road to Regency Fashion,” about the evolution of clothing from 1770 to 1820, featuring lectures, workshops and vendors, culminating with the Road to Regency Ball on Saturday. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $50-$150, registration required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.
Alexandria thrift shop, clothes, housewares, paintings, books and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-998-6166.
Lee Senior Center walkers trip, travel by van to Bethesda for a walk along the Little Falls Trail. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0555.
Senior programs and services, discussed by Senior Services of Alexandria and Alexandria’s Division of Aging and Adult Services. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. Free. 703-746-1704 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
Seniors talent showcase, musical and dance performances, exhibits, Zumba demonstration, woodcarvers and more. 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0555.
Medicare overview and updates, discussion for age 55 and older. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.
Kids “Survival Skills: Smoke Signals,” for ages 9-14, learn how to send smoke signals. 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $7, registration required (program No. 612923-B). 703-228-6535.
Campfire: bats theme, s’mores, stories and games. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 612953-C). 703-228-6535.
“Lost Books of Antiquity,” discussion of famous books from the past. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.
Latin American Harp Festival, featuring harpists Enki Bello, Delfino Guerrero and Alberto Sanabria. Proceeds benefit Teatro de la Luna’s International Festival of Hispanic Theater. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $10-$30. 703-875-1100 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.
“A Salute to the American Voice,” presenting four American playwrights, each with a view of society, culture and history. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $16-$18. 703-998-6260, www.portcityplayhouse.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington farmers market, features Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners plant clinic answers gardening questions, 8-11 a.m. (703-228-6414); produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Arlington Farmers Market, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street. 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Del Ray farmers market, features Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners plant clinic answers gardening questions, 8:30-11 a.m. (703-228-6414); produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, Del Ray farmers market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or www.alexandriava.gov.
5K run/walk, proceeds to benefit the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders. Registration, 8:30 a.m.; run and walk, 9:30 a.m., Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington. $20-$30. email@example.com or www.washingtoneos.org.
Historic Alexandria homes tour, visit six homes and gardens and the Old Town Theatre. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Purchase tickets online until noon Friday or at the Ramsey House Visitors Center, 221 King St., and Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Columbus St., Alexandria. $40; $35 in advance. 703-683-5544, www.thetwig.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkfairfax native plant sale, vendors from four states selling native perennials, shrubs and trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Parkfairfax, 3601 Valley Dr., Alexandria. Free. 571-232-0375 or www.parkfairfaxnativeplantsale.org.
Urban Village Market at Courthouse, furniture, art, china, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linen, lamps, chandeliers, antique tools and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., north area of courthouse parking lot, North 15th and North Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.
Alexandria Story Festival, 10 authors discuss and read their books. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-299-9854 or www.alexstoryfest.com.
“Fall Into Geocaching,” join a “treasure hunt” with modern technology. 10 a.m.-noon, Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 612953-J). 703-228-3403.
National Preparedness Day, presentations by representatives from the Community Emergency Response Team, the Medical Reserve Corp and the Alexandria Animal Welfare League. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
Privacy and cyber security talk, Greg Carpenter of Titania Solutions Group discusses “Are You Worried About Your Privacy and Cyber Security?” Sponsored by the American Association of University Women. 10 a.m.-noon, Cameron Station Clubhouse, 200 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Free. 202-294-9796 or email@example.com.
Ball-Sellers House, tour of home built about 1750. 1-4 p.m., Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. Free. 703-941-4086.
Eight-Thirteen Ball, 1920s music by the Hot Society Orchestra and dance by Fidgety Feet, silent auction, canapes, cash bar and prizes for best 1920s attire. 8-11 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $30. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Sidi Toure concert, by Malian songwriter and guitarist. 8 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
“Raise the Roof” fundraiser, to benefit Rebuilding Together Alexandria. Features dinner, cocktails, entertainment, auctions and honorees. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria. $125; registration required by Friday. 703-836-1021 or www.npo.justgive.org.
Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.
Multiple Exposures Gallery exhibits, “Daily Differences,” by Colleen Henderson, and “Street Portraits,” by Karen Keating. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (noon-9 p.m. Thursday), through Oct. 13, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Project Learning Tree: PreK,” an environmental education program for educators. Bring a bag lunch and drink. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $10, for materials. Registration required (program No. 612843-E). 703-228-3403.
Photography critiques and conversation, discuss your photos with a Multiple Exposures Gallery member. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Spinoffs” from original print calendars, silkscreens by Laura Weaver Huff. 11 a.m.-6 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.
Library plant sale and gardening program, discussion topics include “Good Dirt,” 11 a.m.; “Choosing Shrubs and Trees” noon; and “Fall Prep for a Winter Garden,” 1 p.m. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia answer gardening questions; herbal drinks; face painting; and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Glencarlyn Branch Library, Demonstration Garden, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-671-5310.
“Losing Marmee” author discussion, M. Elizabeth Sweeney discusses her book “Losing Marmee: A Mother, a Daughter and Six Years in Assisted Living.” 2-4 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-746-1702.
“Notable Nature” journal program, create a nature journal focusing on seeds, nuts and animals. 3-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free, registration required (program No. 612953-F). 703-228-6535.
“Young at Art” by seniors, a juried show by artists 55 and older. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dr. Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5560.
“Black & White: Dark & Light,” works of “shine and shade” by Kiln Club artists. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through Oct. 27, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Structural Elements,” sculpture influenced by images from nature by Kreshnik “Nick” Xhiku. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.artleague.org.
“Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria,” an exhibit about life in a town occupied by the military, with biographical sketches of locals caught in the conflict, historical photos, artifacts and maps of wartime Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.
“Voyage in Tangible Space,” mixed media by Mei Mei Chang. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Oct. 6, 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.
Seniors Walk for the Health of It, an indoor stroll. For age 55 and older. 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Charles Houston Recreation Center, gym, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5552 or www.alexandriava.gov.
Dangers of “Polypharmacy,” for age 55 and older; discussion of the consequences of securing prescriptions from more than one doctor. 11 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-4403.
“The Forest Unseen” talk, author David George Haskell discusses his book “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.” 7-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.
Biography Book Club, discussion of biographies and memoirs. 7-8:30 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1743 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
“Living Legends of Alexandria,” exhibit featuring photos of African American activists, including Ferdinand Day, Nelson Greene Sr., Lynnwood Campbell and others. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. $2. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.
“The Marshall House Incident,” Civil War exhibit featuring the star from a flag flown over the Marshall House, items from the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy and other objects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.
Gallery Underground exhibits, mixed media by gallery members and “Grass Etchings and Paintings,” by Mary Ott. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 1. Reception, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652.
Seniors Dun Lo Arts, for age 55 and older, learn how to paint in a group setting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-751-7924 or www.alexandriava.gov.
Crystal City farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, plants, eggs, coffee, tea and baked goods. 3-7 p.m., 251 18th Street, Arlington. 703-412-9430 or www.crystalcity.org.
Bike class: “Two-Wheel Tuesdays,” learn about bike types and maintenance. 5-6:30 p.m., the Mobility Lab in Rosslyn, 1501 Wilson Blvd., 11th floor, Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-247-6980 or www.twtrosslyn.eventbrite.com/.
Morrison House “salon-style” discussion, “The U.S. Entered World War II in Iceland, Not Pearl Harbor,” by author Solveig Eggerz. Part of a monthly series of discussions with food and drinks available for purchase. 6-8 p.m., Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-8000 or www.torpedofactory.org.
Seniors geocaching class, featuring a demonstration of using a GPS device. 6 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.
Women in business discussion, “Breaking Through: Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level (And What to Do When You Get There),” sponsored by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women. 6:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20, registration required. 703-228-7096, www.arlingtoncsw.eventbrite.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation and Buddhism introductory class, “How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths,” led by Buddhist teacher Chris Jamison. Class includes teaching, guided meditation and a question-and-answer session. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch, First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St. $10. 202-986-2257 or www.meditation-dc.org.
Wednesdays in the Garden, vegetable gardening talks by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. 7-8 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6414 or www.library.arlingtonva.us.
Seniors walking club trip, travel by van to Lake Anne Park in Reston. 9:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $4. 703-228-4403.
Seniors square dancing, for age 55 and older. 1-3 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.
Cooking with root vegetables, demonstrated by Katie Strong of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.
Clarendon farmers market, crafts, organic food, vegetables, local specialties and fruit. 3-7 p.m., Clarendon Metro Park, Danville and 14th streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881 or www.clarendon.org.
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