Thursday, May 18

Arlington Neighborhood Village program Nurse Judy Grumbly discusses “The Biology of Aging: What You Need to Know Now.” 10:30-noon. Arlington Mill Community Center, Room 527, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. 703-509-8057. Free.

“Pattern and Repetition” Artists Reni Gower and Stephen Boocks use repetitive shapes and patterns, combining both precision and randomness to create meditative and mesmerizing pieces. Noon-4 p.m. Continues through June 25. Opening reception, Sunday at 4 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. Free.

Arlington Philharmonic “Magnificent Movie Music!” A three-part multimedia lecture series led by concert pianist Rachel Franklin. 7 p.m. The Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-910-5161. $25.

“The 3D Art of NASA” exhibit Features Emmy-winning 3-D animator and concept-visualization artist Joey Ponthieux, of NASA. 7-9 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. Free.

Friday, May 19

“Music Through The Ages: Gospel and Barbershop” Concert by the Alexandria Harmonizers, the Alfred Street Baptist Church’s Men’s Choir, the City of Alexandria Employee Choir and others. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. 703-746-5588. $10; $5, in advance (activity No. 455207-03).

“Babel” full-dome projection An animated video by Kelley Bell. Friday at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.; Saturday at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m. David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-1850. Free; registration required.

Veterans Comedy Show Features veteran artists showcasing their talents to benefit the Armed Services Arts Partnership. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. $20; $15 online.

Friends of the Planetarium program Features a full-dome art video, screenings, and more. Friday-Sunday. For more information and a complete schedule, go to the website. David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-375-9107. $5; seniors and age 12 and younger $3.

Saturday, May 20

Public awareness campaign City staff are available to answer questions about building safety, design, permitting and construction, and more. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Ace Hardware, 809 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4200. Free.

Arlington Bioblitz Participants conduct a citizen-science inventory of plants and wildlife for the County’s Natural Resources Management Plan. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information and registration, 703-228-7742 or Free; registration required.

Truck and Bus Day For children of all ages, see and touch construction trucks, firetrucks, a recycling truck, an ART bus and more. 9-11 a.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990. Free.

Civil War Camp Day at Walter Reed Learn how soldiers lived through encampment displays, military drills and uniforms. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. 703-228-7033. Free.

Fort Ward Armed Forces Day tour and concert A 90-minute soldier-led tour of the fort at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Concert by the Federal City Brass Band at 1 p.m. Fort Ward Park Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-746-4848. Free.

Port of Harlem spring lecture “Contemporary African Immigration,” Nemata Blyden of George Washington University discusses the Africans who arrived in the United States after slavery ended in 1863. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. Free.

Civil War firefighting walking tour For age 10 and older, visit sites of four of the five firehouses and learn about firefighting during the occupation. 1-3 p.m. Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. $4-$6; reservations required.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Sympatico “Music for a Saturday Afternoon” features music ensembles: strings, xylophones and bucket band. 2-3 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. Free; registration required.

Mount Vernon Flutes concert Performed by the quartet ensemble from the Mount Vernon Community Band. 2 p.m. The Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. Free; reservations required.

Rosemont architectural walking tour A 90-minute tour of the streets of Rosemont with historians and preservation planners, featuring an early-20th-century trolley suburb with a collection of Craftsman, Colonial Revival and foursquare houses, followed by a reception. 2 p.m. Details and location will be provided to registered participants. 703-746-3301. $20.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Performs works by Barber and Dvorak, led by conductor Emil de Cou, featuring violinist Marlisa del Cid Woods. 8 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria. 703-548-0885. $5-$80.

Sunday, May 21

“County Wandering” walking tour Led by artist Graham Coreil-Allen, explore, question and reimagine the urban and suburban spaces of Columbia Pike. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market, 2820 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-247-6980. Free; registration required.

Taste of Arlington Features over 50 restaurants and 10 food trucks, KidZone games, and more, to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Noon-6 p.m. Along Wilson Boulevard between N. Randolph and N. Monroe streets. 703-664-1194. $5-$15.

NAMI support group For parents of those with a mental-health diagnosis. Every third Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington. 703-862-9588. Free.

Washington Group Cultural Fund music series Features violinist Oleh Krysa performing works by Vitali, Brahms, Prokofiev and others. 3 p.m. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4726. Suggested donation $30; students free.

Charlotte Hollister Gala Features Jane Franklin Dance with music by Mark Sylvester, a concert by Ashley Benes, wine tasting, a light supper, arts activities and a silent auction. 6-8 p.m. Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-933-1111. $40-$100.

Monday, May 22

Encore Learning: Meet the Speaker Author Douglas L. Griffin discusses “Reforming Spirituality: Exploring Ancient Texts with Modern Eyes.” 3-4:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-2144. Free.

Alexandria Agenda program Speakers discuss “Guns: Taking a Look at the Issues Without Taking Sides,” with a reception and dinner. Cash bar at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., program at 7:15 p.m. The Hermitage in Northern Virginia, 5000 Fairbanks Ave., Alexandria. 703-548-7089. Dinner $32-$42; reserve by Friday. Program only $5; members free.

Laughter yoga Led by holistic certified coach Diane Cohen. 7-8 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-841-0080. Free.

Lawn Substitute: Easy Alternatives for Beauty and Nature Learn ways to create a colorful outdoor space. 7-8:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-5556. Free.

Tuesday, May 23

Birding Mason Neck Search woodlands, meadows and wetlands for spring migrants, raptors, including Bald Eagles, wading birds and other species. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at Lubber Run Community Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6535. $35; registration required (program No. 632947-F).

“Flora and Fauna” An exhibit of plants and animals in fiber, plant life, bugs, landscapes and animals. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 25. Potomac Fiber Arts, Studio 29, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-0935. Free.

Art therapy group Enhances the healing process through art. Fourth Tuesday from 1:30-3 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center, Cancer Resource Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington. 703-558-5555. Free.

Tween Book Club For ages 8-12, discuss “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney and play games, make a craft and participate in team projects based on the book. 5-6 p.m. Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715. Free.

Wednesday, May 24

Senior Services of Alexandria Speaker Series A senior health and wellness fair features Basim Khan of Alexandria Neighborhood Health, cooking and exercise demonstrations and health screenings. 10 a.m.-noon. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-836-4414, Ext. 110. Free; registration required.

Arlington Neighborhood Village program Lisa Ostroff of Trade Roots discusses how she combines her interests in culture, history and politics with helping others. 10-11 a.m. Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. 703-509-8057. Free.

Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause A social for age 21 and older to benefit volunteerism in Alexandria. 6-8 p.m. Miss Mallory, Potomac Riverboat Company, 105 N. Union St. (behind Torpedo Factory Art Center), Alexandria. 703-836-2176. $35.

Figure-drawing workshop Draw or paint a live model’s short and long poses, 2-5 p.m.; long pose, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-836-1468. $10-$12.

Public forum By the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission to review scenarios for the Buck property (located off Quincy Street) and Virginia Hospital sites, including the property at 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 7-10 p.m. Wakefield High School Cafeteria, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. 703-228-1775. Free.

Twilight Tattoo: A Military Pageant Features soldiers of the 3rd 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. Free.

Alexandria Historical Society program Mark Tooley discusses his book, “The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War.” 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-892-4204. $5; registration required.

Thursday, May 25

Faith, Food and Fellowship A service with music, a message from a pastor, lunch and a piano and trumpet concert by Laura and Denny Edelbrock features patriotic tunes. Noon. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. Free; $5 lunch.

Murray-Dick-Fawcett House tour Join preservationists for a walking tour, lecture, cash bar and reception. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 517 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-746-3301. $10 donation requested.

“Fundred Dollar Bill Project” talk Creator Mel Chin discusses how Hurricane Katrina inspired the project. 7-9 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. Free; registration required.

Mosquitoes and ticks Learn to identify and control these insects. 7-8:30 p.m. Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-228-6414. Free; registration required.

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” Performed by Avant Bard. Preview at 7:30 p.m. Opens Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Show continues through June 25. Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-418-4808. Pay-what-you-will; other performances $30-$35.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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