Native plant sale The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers a native plant sale to help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy. Order plants through Oct. 15. Pick up orders Oct. 21 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-5559. alexandriava.gov. $25-$30.
Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit Learn the newest trends and explore topics such as “Urban-Rural Agricultural Connection” and “Overcoming Challenges in Urban Agriculture.” Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. George Mason University’s Arlington campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-993-8999. vafb.swoogo.com. $35-$75; registration required.
“Splendid Fortitude” exhibit Mixed-media paintings that capture the spirit and grace of Japanese geishas by M. Jane Johnson. Opens Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception Oct. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5. Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League gallery, 105 N. Union St., Studio 21, Alexandria. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. Free.
Author talk Melanie McCabe discusses her book “His Other Life: Searching For My Father, His Wife and Tennessee Williams.” 7-8:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990. arlingtonva.libcal.com. Free.
Chamber Player Series An evening of music for harp, flute and voice by members of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. usafband.af.mil. Free.
“Change, Witnessed” exhibit Paintings by Sarah O’Donoghue and Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva. Weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Show continues through Nov. 5. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Passage Gallery, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria. 703-845-6156. nvcc.edu. Free.
Gallery Underground exhibits Focus Gallery and Main Gallery features the fourth annual ARTrageous. Silent art auction and reception from 6-8 p.m. Gallery Art Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. galleryunderground.org. Free.
“Drumming With Dishes” For ages 2-5 and their families, performed by Arts on the Horizon. Friday at 10:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 21. The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-967-0437. artsonthehorizon.org. $9; military with ID $6; ages 0-12 months free.
“Captured Beauty” photography exhibit Features artists’ visions of beauty by Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio. Opening reception, Friday from 7-9 p.m. Show continues through Oct. 29. 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. delrayartisans.org. Free.
First Fridays: Groovin’ on the Pike Music ensemble Ladama performs modern, soulful and original compositions. 7-9 p.m. Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-1850. culturecapital.com. Free.
Arlington history bike tour A 23-mile bike ride visiting parks and historic sites with leisurely stops. Bring a lunch, water, a bike and a helmet. 9 a.m. Ballston Metro station, top of escalator, 4230 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-243-0179. firstname.lastname@example.org. centerhikingclub.org. $2.
A complicated hospitality tour An interactive 60- to 75-minute tour where participants explore how the nuances of urban slavery complicate and expand our understanding of slavery through the stories, experiences and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. apps.alexandriava.gov. $15. Free.
Art on the Avenue Features artists, musicians, food vendors, and art and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Along Mount Vernon Ave. between Bellefonte and Hume avenues, Alexandria. 703-746-3301. delrayartisans.org. Free.
Fall native plant sale Features native plants for sun to shade, deer-resistant plants, trees, shrubs and perennials. 1-4 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday from 1-3 p.m.). Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. Free admission.
Fall seed collection Join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment collect acorns and other tree seeds, in coordination with the Potomac Conservancy’s Growing Native Program. 1-3 p.m. Lubber Run Park, 200 N. Columbus St., Arlington. 703-228-6418. events.r20.constantcontact.com. Free.
Alexandria archaeology dig days An introduction to the history and archaeology of Shuter’s Hill Site, a site tour, and the opportunity to sift through excavated soil and assist with artifact processing. 1:30-3 p.m. Shuter’s Hill Site at the Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-746-4399. apps.alexandriava.gov. $5 donation; registration required.
Columbia Pike Fall Fest Features craft beer and wine, food, kids activities, music, and more. Sponsored by Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. 2-7 p.m. Adams St. and Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-892-2776. columbia-pike.org. $20; ages 12-20 $10; age 11 and younger free.
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle An outdoor film festival features “The Birds.” 8:30-10:30 p.m. John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. 703-746-3855. apps.alexandriava.gov. Free.
Want a free tree? Ongoing registration to receive a native tree from Arlington County, part of a program to expand and enhance Arlington’s urban tree canopy. Tree distribution on: Oct. 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Arlington County Nursery, 4240 S. Four Mile Run Dr.; and Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Quincy Park Parking Lot, 1021 N. Quincy St. 703-228-6521. environment.arlingtonva.us. Free.
Figure-drawing workshop Draw or paint a live model’s gesture. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-836-1468. thedelrayartisans.org. $8-$10.
Opera NOVA annual brunch Features a performance by soprano Desiree Dodson, baritone Jose Sacin, mezzo-soprano Elise Jenkins, tenor Tony Torchia and keynote speaker Vivek Patil of Building Bridges Community Engagement. 12:30 p.m. Washington Golf & Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-536-7557. email@example.com. $60; reservations required.
Kol Ami open house Meet members and Rabbi Gilah Langner, and learn about educational programs for children and adults, Shabbat and holiday services. 4-5:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. 571-271-8387. admin@KolAmiVirginia.org. Free; reservations required.
Gallery Underground exhibits Focus Gallery and Main Gallery features “Fall Flourish,” watercolors by Judith Gray. Monday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27. Reception, Oct. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Gallery Art Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. galleryunderground.org. Free.
Book It for Books 5K/One-Mile Fun Run Register online through Oct. 27 for the race on Oct. 29, proceeds provide books to benefit needy students in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax and Prince William. 9:30 a.m. Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington. 703-795-8055. rifnova.org. $20-$45.
Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria For ages 10-17, a walking tour explores firefighting during the occupation. 1 p.m. Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-746-3891. shop.alexandriava.gov. $4-$6; reservations required.
Figure-drawing workshop Draw or paint a live model’s short and long poses from 2-5 p.m. and long pose from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-836-1468. thedelrayartisans.org. $10-$12.
The Fairfaxes of Virginia Part two of the lecture series features Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the current Lord Fairfax, discussing the Fairfax family and its history in Virginia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture at 7 p.m. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. shop.alexandriava.gov. $10-$15; reservations required.
Poppy Project: Honoring Alexandria’s Veterans Participants knit or crochet poppies (any shade of red, two to four inches in diameter), for the Office of Historic Alexandria as part of Alexandria’s World War I Commemoration, a community art project for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Drop off poppies with your name on a card by Dec. 1 at any Alexandria City public library, the city recreation center, The Lyceum or Hurrah for Books. 703-746-4739, Ext. 711. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Arlington Neighborhood Village program Travel services discussed by Trevor Major of Shillelagh Travel Club. 10 a.m.-noon. Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. 703-509-8057. arlnvil.org. Free.
AARP Virginia dinner group Features a full menu with a 20 percent discount for members. 4-8 p.m. Fireflies, 1501 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-548-7200. aarp.cvent.com. Prices vary.
Carlyle Canteen Features the Evolution Brewing Company, food trucks and acoustical music by the Free Flowing Musical Experience. 5-8 p.m. Courthouse Square Park, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria. 703-501-6289. alexandriava.gov. Free.
Gardening program Arlington Food Assistance Center and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia discuss growing garlic and its history. 7 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-845-8486, Ext. 309. afac.org. Free.
“Ulterior Perspective” exhibit Features works by J.T. Kirkland, Chee-Keong Kung, Anne Smith and Monika Stroik. Opens Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Reception from 5-7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12. The Barry Gallery, Reinsch Library at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 877-345-4281. marymount.edu. Free.
Faith, Food and Fellowship A service with music, a message from a pastor, lunch and a discussion about severe weather events by chief meteorologist Jason Samenow of The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. Noon. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. morefaith.org. Free; $5 lunch.
Second Thursday art night Visit open studios and galleries, and meet artists. 6-9 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-746-4570. torpedofactory.org Free.
Arlington Drug Awareness Town Hall A community conversation with community leaders, health-care providers and law enforcement about how drugs and the opioid epidemic affect the community. 7-8:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-4270. today.arlingtonva.us. Free.
Marymount University lecture Author Mark Benbow discusses “Washington’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich,” the most successful brewer and the world’s oldest, with 90 years’ experience. 7-9 p.m. Reinsch Library Auditorium, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-892-4204. arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org. Free.
Chamber Player Series An evening of music for solo euphonium by Tech. Sgt. Erik Lundquist of the Ceremonial Brass. 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. usafband.af.mil. Free.
The Compassionate Friends support group For families dealing with the death of a child, grandchild or sibling. Second Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Trinity Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington. 301-769-8511. thecompassionatefriends.org. Free.
— Compiled by Ria Manglapus