Rock Spring Garden Club program, reserve by this Thursday for the monthly program at 11 a.m. Feb. 20. Plant ecologist Rod Simmons discusses native plants, soils and pest control. Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Free; lunch, $5. 703-578-0216 or www.rockspringgardenclub.com .
Arlington “Wall of Presidents” exhibit, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.
Arlington AARP Tax-Aid Program, sponsored by the IRS; certified tax counselors prepare and e-file tax returns for low- to middle-income families and the elderly. Bring a government-issued picture ID, Social Security card and a printed copy of last year’s tax return. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday, through April 15. Free. 888-227-7669 or www.aarp.org .
“Reincarnations” art exhibit, features works created from salvaged discards. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, through March 2, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org .
“Under the Canopy,” performance by Arts on the Horizon theater for children up to 6 years old. 10:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Sunday-Monday and Wednesday, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $5; donations of diapers and baby food welcome for Community Lodgings. 703-548-0035 or www.artsonthehorizon.org .
Katie Runnerstrom drawings and paintings, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday; through March 16, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org .
“Darkness Visible” exhibit, photography by Timothy Hyde. Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Arlington Faith, Food and Fellowship, features a noon service with music by J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort and a message by the Rev. Gene Thomas; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; and Jamie Grasso of NovaGold discusses “Is Your Jewelry Box a Treasure Chest?” 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org .
AARP’s driver safety class, two-day class for age 55 and up. 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $20; AARP members, $15 with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0555.
Arlington seniors gardening program, gardener Peter Jones discusses how to transplant house plants. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0955.
Audio access in the 21st century, discussed by disability advocate Chet Avery. Sponsored by the Low Vision Resource Group. 1:30-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-746-1762.
Frances Gallardo “meteorology” exhibit, features large-scale cut-paper installations, sculpture and conceptual performance art. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through March 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Figure-drawing workshops, long poses. 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 .
Glencarlyn knitting group, includes instruction. 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday, Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6548.
Arlington Historical Society public program, Nancy Perry discusses “Leveling Queen City to Make Way for the Pentagon,” one of the first African American settlements in Arlington, which was leveled using eminent domain to make room for the Pentagon. 7-8 p.m., Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org .
Birthnight Ball dance class, in preparation for the Birthnight Ball on Saturday, learn 18th century English country dancing. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.shop.alexandriava.gov.
U.S. Army Voices: An Evening of Love Songs, concert. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com .
“Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song,” the rise of the legendary singer is told by her manager, her cousin and in her own words. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through March 16, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $55-$60. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org .
“Such a Life You’ve Given Me . . . and It’s Not Enough,” Teatro de La Luna features three woman discussing their pursuit of balance as mothers and individuals. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through March 9, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $35; Thursday performance, $15; Sunday matinee, $25. 703-548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org or email@example.com .
Silent Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, about the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. A pre-show “Illyria Speakeasy” features cocktails ($45-60; 1920s costumes encouraged), followed by performance, 7 p.m. Thursday; other performances, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$75. 866-811-4111 or www.synetictheater.org .
“Thanks for Joy” concert, roots music by Ruthie Foster and Eric Bibb. 8 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $24-$29. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com .
Alexandria AARP Tax-Aid program, sponsored by the IRS; certified tax counselors prepare and e-file tax returns for low- to middle-income families and the elderly. Bring a government-issued picture ID, Social Security card and a printed copy of last year’s tax return. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Wednesday, through April 15, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 888-227-7669 or www.aarp.org .
Lee Center walkers trip, travel by van to Georgetown. 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-0555.
Pola Negri movie “Passion,” and a discussion about her life. 10 a.m.-noon, Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622844-H). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us .
Arlington seniors Valentine’s Day, features music, dancing and refreshments. 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. $3 with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-6300.
Love songs from 1940s and ’50s, age 55 and up. Noon, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-4403.
Benefit shopping for Fair Trade Alexandria, features chocolate, coffee, candles, jewelry, note cards. 3-7 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., Alexandria. 703-684-1435.
Chinquapin Park Family Fun Night, swim, exercise, play racquetball. 6-8 p.m., Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St., Alexandria. $8; Alexandria residents, $4. 703-746-5435.
Friends of the planetarium program, features a science fiction B-movie of the 1950s, digital program screenings and a science presentation. For information and tickets, visit the Web site. 6:30-8:35 p.m. Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-2:30 and 3-3:35 p.m. Sunday, David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $3-$7. 703-228-6070 or www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org .
Film: “Amelie,” about a naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice deciding to help those around her and along the way discovering love. 8 p.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com .
Alexandria farmers market, produce, baked goods, framed art, jewelry and crafts, sponsored by the city. 7 a.m.-noon, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandriava.gov .
Del Ray farmers market, 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 .
Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers. 9 a.m.-noon, Arlington farmers market, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street. 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com .
U.S. Concert Band, featuring classics for wind ensemble. 3 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com .
Alexandria Birthnight Banquet and Ball, features an 18th-century banquet, dessert, English country dancing, reenactors, Gen. and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume or after-five attire. 5:30-11 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $120; Ball only, $50; reservations required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org .
Flying squirrel lore and more, learn about these nocturnal acrobats. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622954-G). 703-228-6535 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us .
Madeira wine tasting with George Washington, learn the history of Madeira and its consumption by the Founding Fathers. 3 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $45. 703-746-4242 or www.shop.alexandriava.gov .
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 7:30 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20. 703-875-1100 or www.artishphere.com .
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: “To Be Passionate,” works by Wagner, Debussy, Prokofiev and Gershwin with a piano solo by Kim Allen Kluge. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $5-$20. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org .
George Washington Birthday Classic 10K race, features a flat course for a 10K Run, a 10K visually impaired category, a 2K additional family runner and a 2K fun run. Starts at Eisenhower Avenue between John Carlyle Street and Elizabeth Lane. Registration, 6:30-7:55 a.m.; race, 8 a.m., U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria. $5-$40. 703-829-6640 or www.zippyreg.com .
Westover farmers market, fruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers, Turkish specialties. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Westover farmers market, Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232 or www.westoverfarmersmarket.org .
Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbia Pike farmers market, South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org .
Alexandria “Deserts/Desserts,” exhibit, features sand dunes or yummy confections by gallery artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through Feb. 23, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com .
“Once More, With Feeling” exhibit, improvised and inspired clay creations by the Kiln Club artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday) through Feb. 23, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org .
Revolutionary War reenactment, camp and tactical demonstrations featuring a skirmish between the redcoats and the Colonial Army. Program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; skirmish, 2 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org .
NAMI support group, for parents of children with psychiatric problems. 1-2:30 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington. Free. 703-862-9588 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Alexandria “Walking With Washington,” an hour-walking tour of sites associated with George Washington in Alexandria. 1 p.m., Ramsey House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-3301 or www.visitalexandriava.com .
Nature Center: “Remove Invasives,” children age 9 and older learn about invasive plants and help rescue the park. 2-4 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6535 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us .
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, performs works by Rachmaninoff and Ron Nelson with soloist Stanley Curtis. Pre-concert discussion with Stephen Bertino, 2:15 p.m. 3 p.m., T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. $20; age 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229 or www.wmpamusic.org .
Fairfax Chamber Ensemble, performs works by Shostakovich, Mozart and Stravinsky. 6 p.m., the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $20; students and children, free. 703-746-4994 or www.fairfaxchamberensemble.com .
Focus Music concert, features folk singer-songwriters Julie Clark and Lara Herscovitch. 7 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $18; $15 in advance. 703-380-3151 or www.focusmusic.org .
Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association program, a breakfast and meeting features an appearance by George Washington and guest speaker former sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives Bill Livingood. 9-10:30 a.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. $30, registration required. 703-829-6640 or www.friendshipfirehouse.net .
Historic Alexandria Sites “Open Houses,” features Christ Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friendship Firehouse Museum, Old Presbyterian Meeting House and the Lyceum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, visit the Web site. Free. 703-829-6640 or www.washingtonbirthday.net .
“Mend — Mixed Media” exhibit, Tamara Embrey works about choosing to consciously live, which means taking up the daily task of mending a forever-breaking heart. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through March 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.
“Gallery Members’ Show,” exhibit of an array of media, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media and jewelry by gallery members. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 28, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org .
Arlington “Visions of the Future,” group exhibit of works by future Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery members. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 28, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.galleryunderground.org .
Wreath-laying ceremony, honoring the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War. 11 a.m.-noon, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, courtyard, 321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-6670 or www.visitalexandriava.com .
George Washington Birthday Parade, features grand marshal archaeologist Pamela Cressey and about 3,500 participants. 1-3 p.m., parade starts from Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets and ends at Wilkes and S. Royal streets. 1-3 p.m., Free. 703-829-6640 or www.washingtonbirthday.net.
Virginia Tech graduate school information sessions, discuss degrees in public administration. Masters sessions, 6 p.m.; PhD sessions, 7 p.m. Virginia Tech Alexandria Center, Second Floor, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria. Free, reservations required. 703-706-8111 or www.2014spiainfosessions.eventbrite.com .
American Association of University Women program, a presentation and documentary on “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland,” by Joan Mulholland. 7 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-532-3830.
Alexandria craft night, learn to knit, crochet or sew. Bring supplies. 7-8 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1703.
Spouses of ill or disabled people, Well Spouse Association offers support to husbands, wives or other partners of people with chronic illness or disability. Third Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Free. 202-656-9166, www.wellspouse.org or email@example.com .
“Beaches,” based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart; a musical that follows two women over several decades of friendship. Opens, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; show, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through March 23, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40-$94. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.
Meditation and Buddhism introductory class, “Buddha’s Methods to Accomplish a Better Self-Image,” 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 .
U.S. Army Band: Metamorphoses, adaptations and arrangements by Master Sgt. Neal Cornwell. 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com .
Arlington walking club trip, travel by van to the Penn Quarter area in the District. 9:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. $4 with 55+ Pass . 703-228-4403.
2014 student/faculty show, faculty of artists showcase works alongside paintings, drawings, prints, stained glass, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, fiber pieces, mosaics, and sculptures created by students. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 9 p.m. Thursday), noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through March 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.theartleague.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.
Burke book discussion, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book “Love in the Time of Cholera .” 2-3 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1704 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us.
Precious Metals: Silver, ages 8-12; learn how silver is mined and used in jewelry and elsewhere. 4-5 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $10, registration required (program No. 622824-H). 703-228-3403 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us .
Summer camp fair at T.C. Williams, for elementary and middle school students; day and overnight camp exhibits on art, academics, adventure, theater, engineering, history, music, sports, special needs. 5:30-8 p.m., T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. 703-838-4345 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Healthy leg veins, discussed by staff from the Center for Vein Restoration and a leg ultrasound demonstration. 6:30 p.m., Arlington Mill Senior Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass . Registration required. 703-228-7369.
Author talk, Richard Samuel Sheres discusses his book “Ingersoll ,” about America’s crippling political and cultural divide. 7-8:30 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us .
Book discussion group, Dave Von Drehle’s book “Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year .” 7-9 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-1705.
Columbia Pike Book Club, discuss Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast .” 7:30-8:30 p.m., Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710 or www.library.arlingtonva.us .
Arlington Holistic Moms Network meeting, horticulturist Guy Kilpatrick discusses “Planning Your Organic Garden.” 7-9 p.m., Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 571-451-8273 or email@example.com .
“A Hard Man” lecture, Peter Enriques of George Mason University discusses “A Hard Man: The Tougher Side of George Washington.” 7:30 p.m., Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org .
Discovery and Archaeology: Freedmen’s Cemetery, discussed by archaeologist Steven Shephard. 7:30-8:30 p.m., The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4554.
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