thursday, April 27

Faith, Food and Fellowship A service with music, a message from a pastor, lunch and a discussion about baseball by former major-league pitcher Tom Carroll. Noon. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. morefaith.org. Free; $5 lunch.

Gallery Underground exhibits Focus Gallery features “Divine Light,” a solo show by Laura Clerici (gallery talk, 4:15-5 p.m.); Main Gallery features a members’ show and oil by Deborah Taylor. Closes Saturday. Gallery Art Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. galleryunderground.org. Free.

Friends of the Library spring book sale Features books, videos, CDs, records, posters and magazines. 5-9 p.m. Thursday (members only); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Arlington Central Library, Parking Garage Level G1, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990. arlingtonva.libcal.com.

Civil War Ball dance classes Learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more in preparation for the ball Saturday. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. shop.alexandriava.gov. $12; reservations recommended.

Poem in a Pocket Day “Generating Hope!,” a community gathering led by poet laureate Wendi R. Kaplan, features poetry and stories. 7:30 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. nvfaa.org. Free; registration required.

Spring for Alexandria The 19th annual Business Philanthropy Summit features a breakfast for businesses and nonprofit organizations to discuss community needs and celebrate local philanthropy, with keynote speaker David Gardner of the Motley Fool. 7:30-9:15 a.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-836-2176. squareup.com. $35.

Artomatic 2017 Features works by artists and performers. For a complete schedule, visit the website. Continues through May 6. Vornado/Charles E. Smith, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 703-371-8475. artomatic.org. Free.

Bike to Work Day Ongoing registration for bikers May 19. Select a pit stop offering food, drinks, prizes, entertainment, activities and speakers. For more information, visit the website. 800-745-7433. biketoworkmetrodc.com. Free; registration required.

Friday, April 28

United Methodist Caretakers for God’s Creation Climate Justice Conference Features inspiring worship, speakers, and workshops to help in the work on climate justice and developing greener churches. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 704-231-5956. eventbrite.com. $75; registration required.

Trillium trek Travel by van to Linden to see one of the largest great white trillium, wildflowers and trees. Bring a bag lunch, drink and snacks. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet at Lubber Run Community Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. $40; registration required (program No. 632947-D).

Healthy aging lecture Mary Ellen Hutcherson of VA 2-1-1 discusses “Access to Health and Human Services Resources.” 11 a.m.-noon. Virginia Hospital Center Senior Health Department Carlin Springs Campus, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-558-6859. Free; registration required.

Technology for Older Arlingtonians program Learn how technology can help older Arlingtonians age independently, led by community members and technology professionals. 1-3 p.m. Stambaugh Human Services Center, (Sequoia 1), 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-228-7171. departments.arlingtonva.us.

Spring campfire For ages 18-29 and those with disabilities. Features songs, a nature scavenger hunt and s’mores. 6:30-8 p.m. Lubber Run Fire Ring, 200 N. Columbus St., Arlington. 703-228-4740. $5; registration required (activity No. 921704-Y1).

Coyote campfire Features stories, games, songs and s’mores. 7-8 p.m. Gulf Branch Nature Center, Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-3403. registration.arlingtonva.us. $5; registration required (program No. 632857-E).

IBIS Chamber Ensemble concert Pianist John Sutherland Earle and the IBIS string quartet performing works by Schumann. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. morefaith.org. Free.

Shakepeare’s “The Tempest” For age 8 and older, performed by Encore Stage & Studio. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Through May 7. Gunston Theatre 2, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-548-1154. encorestageva.org. $10.

Saturday, April 29

Arlington Kiwanians pancake breakfast fundraiser Features blueberry, chocolate chip and original pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee; a moon bounce; and raffle prizes. Benefits Kiwanis Eliminate Project. 8 a.m.-noon. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-525-7513. gjcdo@yahoo.com. $8; ages 5-10 $4; age 4 and younger free with paying adult.

Birding Arlington! For ages 8 and older, visit birding spots at Potomac Overlook Park and build county bird lists. 8-9:30 a.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington. 703-528-5406. registration.arlingtonva.us. Free (program No. 632857-N).

Northern Alexandria native plant sale Features 15 vendors from four states selling native perennials, shrubs and trees for sun or shade. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane parking lot, Alexandria. 571-232-0375. northernalexandrianativeplantsale.org. Free.

Boundary Stone bike tour A 35-mile bike ride on paved streets and bike trails visiting 12 historic boundary stones in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County, 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. 703-243-0179. bhberne@yahoo.com. centerhikingclub.org. $2.

Alexandria Earth Day “Clean Water Starts with You” features exhibits, demonstrations, activities and an award ceremony. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-5420. alexandriava.gov. Free.

Arlington National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs for disposal. Pills that are potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the website for information and locations. 703-228-6570. recycling.arlingtonva.us. Free.

Flowering plant sale Features annuals, plant packs, herbs, vegetables and hanging flower baskets. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. 703-489-3055. kvanslyck1@verizon.net. Free.

Documentary film “How to Die in Oregon” by filmmaker Peter Richardson, sponsored by Compassion and Choices. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. evite.com. Free; reservations required.

Dismissing the Myth about the Ramsey Homes Discussed by Char McCargo Bah of Finding Things for U. 11 a.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. apps.alexandriava.gov. Free; reservations encouraged.

Arlington Palooza Features live bands, a DJ, performances, games, crafts, food trucks and more. 1-4 p.m. Alcova Heights Park, 901 S. George Mason Dr., Arlington. 703-228-4772. Free.

Spring native plant sale Features natives for sun to shade and deer-resistant plants. 1-4 p.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. Free.

Sacred dance workshop For age 14 and older, learn dances based on African American spirituals. 2-4 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. morefaith.org. Free.

Astronomy quest For age 16 and older, travel by van to C.M. Crockett Park in Fauquier County as enthusiasts and experts discuss astronomy and telescopes. 6-10:30 p.m. Meet at Lubber Run Community Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Drive, Arlington. 703-228-3403. registration.arlingtonva.us. $15; registration required (program No. 632847-F).

Opera Nova Spring Fling Features speakers and baritone Jose Sacin performing opera, Broadway and art songs. 7 p.m. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Room, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-536-7557. operanova.org. mcdm1@verizon.net. $10.

Arlington Arts Center “Rated aRt” Features cocktails, art exhibits, a DJ, dancing and more. 8-11 p.m. 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800. eventbrite.com. $75-$125.

Civil War Ball Features live music, dance instruction, and period desserts. Period attire is encouraged. 8-11 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. shop.alexandriava.gov. $45; reservations required.

Sunday, April 30

County Wandering Arts walk Led by artist Graham Coreil-Allen, explore, question, and reimagine the urban and suburban spaces of Lee Highway. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpepper St., Arlington. 703-247-6980. eventbrite.com. Free; registration required.

Bird-friendly garden workshop Learn ways to entice birds and pollinators to your yard, attend tours, and hear master gardeners answer questions. 1-3 p.m. Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria. 703-228-6414. mgnv.org. Free.

Ice Carving in April Demonstration and a reception and presentation about Tatyana Schremko’s travels and artwork. 3-6 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. torpedofactory.org. Free.

U.S. Army Blues An International Jazz Day celebration. 3 p.m. Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. 703-696-3399. usarmyband.com. Free.

Arlington Chorale concert “Sumer Is Icumen In” (“Summer Is A-Comin’ In”) features works by Rutter, Hogan, Luboff and others. 4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. 703-933-2500. arlingtonchorale.org. Free.

Book talk: “Alexandria, Virginia” Fred Knops discusses his tour book, “Alexandria, Virginia: Walk the Path of America’s Founding Fathers.” 4-5:30 p.m. the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. 703-739-7778. nvfaa.org. Free; registration required.

Community Lodgings “Spring Forward” fundraiser Features live entertainment, a raffle, a silent auction, a dinner buffet and open bar, benefiting housing and education programs for homeless and low-income Alexandria families. 5-8 p.m. Union Street Public House. 121 S. Union St., Alexandria. 703-549-4407. eventbrite.com. $40-$50.

Red Bird Mission youth choir Cardinal Singers concert includes sacred music, drama and dulcimer ensemble. 7-8:30 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. morefaith.org. Free.

“All God’s Critters” Enamel work features all sorts of creatures. Closes Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-836-1561. torpedofactory.org. Free.

“Breaking the Glass Ceiling – The Sky’s the Limit” Exhibit reflects on this metaphor of pushing through barriers that prevent reaching goals or breaking boundaries and only accepting an endless sky. Closes on Sunday. Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. DelRayArtisans.org. Free.

“Round About: Carousel of Critters” An exhibit focusing on the furry, feathery and everything in between by the Ceramic Guild. Closes Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288. torpedofactory.org. Free.

Monday, May 1

“Better Than Brunch: Mother’s Day Originals” Handmade keepsakes by ceramic artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 29. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288. torpedofactory.org. Free.

Gallery Underground exhibits Focus Gallery features a juried show, “Small Works/Big Impact,” a members’ show and watermedia by Meg MacKenzie at the Main Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 26. Reception from 5-8 p.m. May 5. Gallery Art Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. galleryunderground.org. Free.

“Images” exhibit A one-artist show of etchings, lithographs, monotypes, paintings and ceramics by Avis Fleming, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception from 2-4 p.m. May 7. Continues through June 28. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1342. torpedofactory.org. Free.

Clean Air and Asthma Awareness Exhibits, activities and storytelling, speakers, and student artwork display, sponsored by the School Health Advisory Board of Arlington Public Schools. 4:15-5:45 p.m. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. 571-358-8645. apsshab.weebly.com. Free.

tuesday, may 2

Walkfit mall walking program Walk at your own pace, stretch and cool down, led by hospital staff. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fashion Mall at Pentagon City, meet outside Nordstrom and Kay Jewelers, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington. 703-558-6859. Free.

Early-stage breast cancer support sisters Meet others diagnosed with breast cancer and share and learn coping techniques, facilitated by patient navigators. First and third Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center, Cancer Resource Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. 703-558-6913. Free; registration required.

Container and balcony gardening Learn to grow flowers, foliage and edibles. 7-8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 703-228-6414. mgnv.org. Free; registration required.

Intro to Love 101 class Taught by an elder of Arlington Presbyterian Church, learn ways to find the love of your life using religion, science, song and dance. Tuesday and May 9 at 7:30 p.m. 716 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-920-5660. classes@arlingtonpresbyterian.net. Free; reservations required.

wednesday, May 3

Arlington Neighborhood Village program Performance artist Martha Hamilton discusses musical inspiration. 10-11 a.m. Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. 703-509-8057. arlnvil.org. Free.

Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Find resident and migratory birds at Long Branch and Glencarlyn Parks. 8:30-11 a.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. Free (program No. 632947-C).

We Can Cope cancer program Meet others diagnosed with breast cancer, share and learn coping techniques, facilitated by patient navigators. First Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Virginia Hospital Center, Cancer Resource Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. 703-558-6913. Free; registration required.

“The Great War” exhibit To commemorate the April 6th, 1917, declaration of war on Germany and the onset of World War I. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5. Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd. 703-892-4204. arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org. Free.

Arlington Reads program Viet Thanh Nguyen, recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, discusses his book “The Sympathizer.” 7-8:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5990. arlingtonva.libcal.com. Free.

Twilight Tattoo: A Military Pageant Features soldiers of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Blues, a soloist from the U.S. Army Chorus, and vocalists of the U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Voices. 7 p.m. Fort Myer, Summerall Field, Sheridan Avenue, Arlington. 202-685-2888. usarmyband.com. Free.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior Alzheimer’s Association staff discuss ways for identifying common behavior triggers and decoding behavioral messages. 7-8:30 p.m. Columbia Pike Branch Library, Multipurpose Room, 816 S. Walter Reed. Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710. arlingtonva.libcal.com. Free; registration required.

thursday, May 4

Crystal City Spring Sparket market Features a diverse mix of art, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath and beauty projects, live music and food products. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays. 1800 Crystal Dr., adjacent to Crystal Shops Mall, Arlington. 202-215-6993. sparketacreativemarket.blogspot.com. Free.

Arlington Philharmonic “Magnificent Movie Music!” A three-part multimedia lecture series led by concert pianist Rachel Franklin. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11 and 18. The Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-910-5161. arlingtonphilharmonic.org. Each lecture $25; series of three $60.

Book signing: “Odd Birds” With author Ian Harding. Followed by a question-and-answer session. 7-9 p.m. Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-5990. eventbrite.com. Free; registration requested.

U.S. Navy Band Performance by the Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria. 202-433-2525. navyband.navy.mil. Free.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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