AARP smart driver class A two-day class. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $20; AARP members, $15. 703-228-0955.
Faith, Food and Fellowship A service with music, a message from a pastor, lunch and Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute discusses “Climate Change and Global Warming.” Noon, Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. Free; lunch, $5. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org .
Alzheimer’s Association program A two-part series on “Living With Alzheimer’s: For Late-Stage Caregivers,” learn about resources, monitoring care and providing connection for the person with late-stage and their families. 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 20, Goodwin House, 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 800-272-3900.
Diabetic Eye Disease Reshma Katira of the Retina Group of Washington discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment. 1:30-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-746-1762 or www.youreyes.org .
Post-Photography: “Beyond the Print” 15 artists use alternative applications of traditional photographic images through wood, glass, fabric and other media. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Through Nov. 30. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Second Thursday Art Night Browse open studios and galleries, meet artists and attend a reception at Target Gallery (6 p.m.) and performance by Jane Franklin Dance, (7 p.m.). 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Figure drawing workshop Draw or paint a live model’s long pose. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Wednesday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10-$12. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org .
Arlington Central Library plant clinic Gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6400 or email@example.com .
Arlington Historical Society program Filmmakers and photographers behind the Columbia Pike Documentary Project. 7-8 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org .
Aurora Hills Book Club Discuss Jim Fergus’s book, “One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd .” 7 p.m., Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5715.
Second Thursday Music Blues guitarist and singer Meigs Hodge. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org .
“There Is a Happiness That Morning Is” About two scholars who try to save their jobs, performed by WSC Avant Bard. Continues through Nov. 23, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$35. 703-418-4808 or www.avantbard.ticketleap.com .
U.S. Air Force Band Members of the Concert Band perform “An Evening of Music for French Horn, Violin and Piano.” 8 p.m., Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil .
“A Pilgrimage of Images” Mixed media by Heidi Christensen. Opens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; reception, 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Continues through Dec. 14, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6156.
Lee Center walkers trip Travel by van to the Cleveland Park Urban Trail in the District. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $3 with 55+ Pass ; registration required. 703-228-0555 or www.parks.arlingtonva.us .
Nature Center: “Stalking Silently” How to become an animal finder and tracker, play games. For ages 8-12. 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; registration required (program No. 612824-L). 703-228-3403 or https://registration.arlingtonva.us .
“Rescue Me” art exhibit Del Ray Artisan’s Gallery Without Walls program features animal-themed work. Reception, 7-9 p.m. Friday. Continues through Jan. 25, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4774 or www.delrayartisans.org .
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Performed by Encore Stage & Studio. Closes on Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $12; seniors, students and children, $10. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestageva.org .
From Argentina “Vegetable” (“Vegetal”) by Claudio Pazos in Spanish with live English dubbing, sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $30-$35. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org .
Organ recital Mary Beth Bennett performs works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Bach, Beethoven and others. 8 p.m., St. Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. Free. 703-524-2815 or www.stmcathedralconcerts.org .
Arts Center Show and Sale Pottery, sculpture, prints and jewelry by regional artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. 703-228-0560 or www.leeartscenter.org .
Museum fall book sale Features African American-themed books, to benefit the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org .
Museum ornament decorating workshop Create dough ornaments inspired by firefighting. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. $2. 703-746-3891 or www.friendshipfirehouse.net .
“Happy and Healthy” (“Sanos y Contentos”) A bilingual play for children by Neher J. Briceño, sponsored by Teatro de la Luna and Teatro Guloya. 3 p.m., Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $10-$15; 4 and younger, free. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org .
Absolut Swedish Jazz Concert A trio performs jazz standards. 7-9 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $25; in advance, $20. 703-244-3710 or www.theswedishjazz.com .
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Led by conductor Kim Allen Kluge, featuring music by Beethoven and Horner. Violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas perform Brahms’s Double Concerto. 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Lane, Alexandria. $5-$80. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org .
“Steampunk” Works that focus on the reuse of vintage technology and fashion. Closes Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com .
Associate Artist Gallery Features ceramics by Bev Andrews, photographs by Jo Ann Tooley and paintings by Gail Spencer Saour and Ellen Delaney. Closes Sunday. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.orgs .
Easy Sunday afternoon concert Jazz to classical music. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free; donations accepted. 703-746-5414 or www.alexandriava.gov .
Meet the Authors Features Roger Herst’s “Rabbi Gabrielle’s Scandal ,” Chervis Isom’s “The Newspaper Boy,” Leslie Maitland’s “Crossing the Borders of Time ,” Stanton Samenow’s “Inside the Criminal Mind ” and Beyhan Cagri Trock’s “The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl .” 2-5 p.m., Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. $15. 202-431-4634.
“Heirloom Gastronomy” Jason Moore of Whole Foods Market Old Town discusses “How European Produce Grew into American Heritage Foods,” a gastronomical tour of early American cookery. 3 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035, www.nvfaa.org or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Presidential Salon with James Madison The president discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1814. 3-4:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $10-$15. 703-746-4242 or https://shop.alexandriava.gov .
“Preserving Our Heritage” A juried exhibition features images of heirloom and heritage plants. Opening reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Continues through Jan. 4, the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035, www.nvfaa.org or email@example.com .
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Led by conductor Kim Allen Kluge, featuring music of Beethoven and Horner. Violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas perform Brahms’ Double Concerto. 3:30 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5-$60. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org .
Associate Artist Gallery Features fiber art by Erika Cleveland, paintings by Branden Newton and Susan Sherwin, and mixed media by Fierce Sonia. Opens Monday. Through Nov. 30. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Tavern toddlers program Walkers through 36 months, features playtime in the ballroom with stories and crafts related to Alexandria’s history. 10:30-11:30 a.m. weekly. Through April. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Group of three with an adult, $7; five-week pass, $30. 703-746-4242 or www.alexandriava.gov .
“Papyrus, the Plant That Changed the World” Papyrus specialist John Gaudet discusses the history and shows samples. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org .
“Holiday Treasure” Features sparkly holiday-inspired fiber works. Opens Tuesday. Through Jan. 4. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com .
“The Invisible Women in Arlington” Kathy Sibert of A-SPAN and Caroline Jones of Doorways discuss homeless women in the county. 7 p.m., Patrick Henry Elementary School, 701 S. Highland St., Arlington. Free. 703-532-3830.
Planning for a Healthy Financial Future workshop Capitol Financial Partners discusses non-traditional financial concepts. 7-8 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-746-1751 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us , firstname.lastname@example.org .
Spouses of ill or disabled people Well Spouse Association offers support to husbands, wives or other partners of people with chronic illness or disability. 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Free. 202-656-9166, www.wellspouse.org or email@example.com .
U.S. Army Band Chamber Music Series Recital Features a mix of ensemble performances. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com .
Walking club trip Travel by van to the Radnor and Fort Myer Heights neighborhoods in Arlington. 9:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass . 703-228-4403 or www.parks.arlingtonva.us .
Senior Services of Alexandria program Representatives from AARP, Merrill Lynch, Elder Care and Synergy HomeCare discuss “Preparing for Important Conversations” with family members about life decisions. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-4414, Ext. 10 or www.seniorservicesalex.org .
Alzheimer’s caregiver support group, 10:30-11:30 a.m. every third Wednesday, Carlin Springs Health Pavilion of Virginia Hospital Center, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-558-6859.
Rock Spring Garden Club program Features a holiday floral design with demonstrations, raffles, door prizes. 6:30-9 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25; registration required. 703-241-2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Holistic Moms Network meeting Alexandra Hughes of the Bliss Space discusses “Stress to Bliss: Simple Strategies to Help Moms Feel Relaxed and Energized.” 7-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Free. 571-451-8273 or email@example.com .
Retrocessionists Comedy Improv The group turns audience suggestions into scenes. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org .
U.S. Air Force Band Members of the Concert Band and the Air Force Strings perform “An Evening of Music for Percussion and Viola.” 8 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil .
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