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<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 11

<cal2>Art Night. Second Thursday Art Night will be held from 6-9 p.m. with 11 participating galleries. Enjoy special exhibits and food from local restaurants. For more information, call 703-549-5450.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 12

<cal2>Concert with a Cause. The Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St., is hosting a concert featuring Maurice Clerc, concert organist from St. Bénigne’s Cathedral in Dijon, France. Concert will begin at 8 p.m., and there will be a free-will offering to benefit Friends of Guest House. For more information, call 703-549-6670.

Live Concert. "Something Magical" with Forrest Tobey conducting the 21st Century Ensemble's real time Virtual Orchestra, at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., at 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of classical, jazz and interactive electronic music. Tickets are $15. Call 703-836-0833.

Social Dance. Join friends and neighbors for dancing to music of the four-piece band, “The Family,” with the Friday Nighters Dancing Club at Fairhaven Community Center, 2409 Fort Drive. Admission is $12.50 per guest, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-799-3068.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 13

<cal2>Adoption Information. The World Association for Children and Parents will meet with families who wish to learn about adoption at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Call Fay Jenkins at 703-299-0012.

Auditions. The Little Theatre of Alexandria will hold auditions for "Sylvia," a comedy by A. R. Gurney on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Casting for one male and one female, late 40s, one female late teens-20s, and one performer to play a variety of male and female roles. Callbacks on Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-683-5778 or visit www.thelittletheatre.com.

Bonsai Show & Demonstrations. Green Springs Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, will host the Bonsai Society of Northern Virginia, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Call 703-642-5173.

Decoupage Exhibit. The National Guild of Decoupeurs will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an Exhibit and Convention at the Old Town Holiday Inn, 625 First St. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with finished pieces of decoupage and materials for sale. All-day workshops will take place from April 10-13. For more information, call 703-960-0095.

Flea Market. The Salvation Army, 1804 Mount Vernon Ave., is holding a Rummage Sale and Flea Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To rent a table, call 703-836-2427.

Grand Opening. George Washington's Gristmill at Mount Vernon will open with special activities on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 18th-century water-powered mill in operation was the first president's vision of America as "granary to the world." Tickets to the mill may be combined with admission to the estate for an additional $2 for adults, and $1.50 for children 6-11. The Gristmill is three miles west of the estate's main gate on Route 235. Call 703-780-2000 or visit www.mountvernon.org.

Rummage Sale. The Fort Hunt Cooperative Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, is holding a Kids’ Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-noon. Clothes, toys and other fun things for children will be sold; for more information, call 703-768-7584.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 14

<cal2>Choral Performance. The NOVA Community Chorus presents Ernest Bloch's "Sacred Service," at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Performance in Hebrew at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors and students; children free. Group rate available. Call 703-845-6026.

Coffeehouse. The Phoenix Coffeehouse presents Kimberly M’Carver, Rachel Cross and Michelle Swan at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Cost is $10 for general admission; $8 for students and seniors. For more information, call 202-244-7524.

National Men's Chorus. "Sacred and Profane," a program of music for men's voices and full orchestra, will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial on Callahan Drive, at 5 p.m. Call 703-244-7191 or visit www.nationalmenschorus.org.

Piano Recital. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., presents Joseph Holt at 4 p.m. Free. Call 703-838-4994.

Workshops for Women. Y-ME NCA is presenting “Fit for Life,” a women’s afternoon of workshops for body and soul. Event will be held at River Farm in Alexandria and will include lectures and demonstrations on yoga, qi gong, tai chi, reflexology, exercise and meditations. Cost is $20; includes refreshments and door prizes. For more information call 703-461-9616.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 18

<cal2>West Potomac Benefit. The West Potomac High School Crew Team will hold their annual Spring Silent Auction, "An Evening on the Potomac," at the Torpedo Factory from 7-10 p.m. Event will include food, live jazz music and hundreds of silent auction items to bid on. Wine & beer will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For reservations, call 703-799-1356.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 20

<cal2>Grand Ball. Gadsby's Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, will celebrate the arrival of spring with this 1802-themed ball with special guests President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, from 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Live music, desserts, gaming and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Call 703-838-4242.

Haute Jazz. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of music from composers like Bernstein, Milhaud and Copland, at 8 p.m., at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets are $25-$50 with student and senior discounts. Call 703-548-0885, or visit www.alexsym.org.

Plant Sale Fundraiser. Lavendar, rosemary and thyme and other herbs and plants will be on sale on the front lawn of the historic Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. in Old Town Alexandria, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Each plant will sell for $2.50.

Rummage Sale. The Junior League of Washington will hold its annual rummage sale at Skyline Mall near Bailey's Crossroads, 5123 Leesburg Pike from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A $1 donation is suggested. Call 202-337-2001 or visit www.jlw.org.

Spring Bus Tour. Join the Friends of Fort Ward Museum and other Civil War enthusiasts for a visit to the Cedar Creek battlefield, and study the exploits of Union Gen. Philip A. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. Tour leaves from Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road, at 7:30 a.m. and returns by 5:30 p.m. Call to register at 703-838-4848.

Volunteer Fair. National Volunteer Week is April 21-27. This local event at Landmark Mall, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will provide information about a variety of volunteer opportunities in and around Alexandria.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 21

<cal2>Brass Quintet. The National Symphony Orchestra Principals Brass Quintet will present a program at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Road, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Alexandria. Proceeds go toward several charitable organizations. Call 703-244-8100.

Hunger Walk. The Mt. Vernon Crop Walk will be held at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, at 2 p.m. Support organizations who feed local hungry and those around the globe by walking or sponsoring a walker. Call Joan McLellan at 703-360-5034.

Family & Friends Day. Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church, 606A South Washington Street, will host Peola Butler Dews, Ph.D., at 11 a.m. Call 703-836-7332.

Mount Vernon Orchestra. Enjoy a performance of Ernest Bloch's "Sacred Service” with Northern Virginia (NOVA) Community Chorus; Martinu's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra, featuring Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez; and Brahms' "Tragic Overture, Op. 81," at 7 p.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Ft. Hunt Road.

Young Poets. National Library Week is April 12-20. Listen to poets from area schools recite at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, at 2 p.m. Call 703-765-3645. Also, on Monday, April 22, at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, at 4 p.m. (703-339-7385) and Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, at 3:30 p.m. (703-768-6700).

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 27

<cal2>Grand Opening. The Lorton Community Resource Center invites the public to attend a free celebration at Williamsburg Square Shopping Center, 9510 Richmond Highway in Lorton. Live entertainment, games and refreshments, at 11 a.m. Call Beth Kennedy at 703-339-5161, Ext.18.

<cal1>EXHIBITS & SHOWS

Watercolor Exhibit. "Watercolor Show," a new art exhibit featuring scenes from River Farm and botanical subjects, will be on display at the American Horticultural Society's headquarters, located at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, through April 12. For more information, call 703-768-5700.

Watercolor Show. The von Brahler Ltd. Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St., presents “Painted, Poured & Dripped: Waterexpressions by ‘rfm’” on April 20 and 21. For more information, call 703-798-8686.

New Show. Tapestry Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., through April 21. For more information, call 703-960-3398.

New Work. The Del Ray Artisans and the Choreographers collaboration Project will hold an exhibit through April 21. For more information, call 703-838-4827.

Crazy Love. The newly restored Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 King St., is presenting "Crazy Love," a musical comedy written, directed and produced by veterans of The Improv Comedy Club. Show will be every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through April 27. Tickets are $15 on Thursday, $17 on Friday and Saturday; for more information, call 703-535-8022.

Beadwork Exhibit. The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., presents “The Freed Bead,” an exhibition of contemporary beadwork from across the United States and Canada, through April 28. A reception will be held on April 11 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 703-838-4564, Ext. 4.

Watercolor Show. "In and Out of the Garden," by Marni Maree and Jan E. Moffatt, will be shown at Green Spring Gardens Park Manor House, through April 28. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Art Show. “Independent Visions” will be exhibited at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., through April 30. Opening reception is Thursday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. For more information call 703-845-6075.

Woodcut Print Show. "Invitation to Tea," a solo show of new woodcut prints by Phyllis Cohen, will be on display at Printmakers Inc., 105 N. Union St., through April 30. For more information, call 703-683-1342.

Black History Exhibit. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., presents “David Levinthal’s Black Face,” an exploration of racial stereotypes using familiar objects of black memorabilia, through April 30. Call 703-838-4356.

Historic Garden Week. Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, will celebrate Historic Virginia Garden Week through April 27. Learn about the discoveries unearthed at Gunston Hall's formal gardens during the Garden Archaeology Tours on April 20 & 27 at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. Tours and lunch available during Historic Garden Week for groups of 10 or more by reservation. Regular admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students, children under six free. On April 21, Gunston Hall presents “Hearth Cooking with Herbs” from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a demonstration of 18th-century open-hearth cooking with herbs. Regular admission price of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students, children under 6, free. For more information call 703-550-9220, or visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Plant, Gift & Garden Sale. Through May 5, Mount Vernon celebrates Historic Garden Week with an event of greenhouse exhibits including medicinal and culinary uses of herbs, plants and flowers. Plants available for sale. Entrance fee is $9 for adults; seniors $8.50; children 6-11, $4.50; children 5 and under, free. Call 703-780-2000, or visit www.mountvernon.org.

Art Show. Factory Photoworks Gallery, No. 312 Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St., presents "April in Paris" and "LV2002" through May 5. Call 703-683-2205.

Collage Exhibit. An exhibition of collages by Alexandria artist Judy Goodkind will be held at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St., N.W. from April 24 through May 19. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 202-232-8734.

Landscape Exhibit. Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., presents “Planet Earth: The Landscape at Gallery West,” an all-media group show with human landscapes as the theme. Show runs through May 26. Receptions will be held on April 11 and May 9 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 703-644-0786.

Exhibit at Athenaeum. “Paintings by Janusz Mielczarek,” a collection of works spanning the past 10 years, will be shown at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., through June 2. For more information, call 703-548-0035.

West End Dinner Theatre. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will be presented at the West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., through June 30. For tickets and information, call 703-370-2500.

Slave-Life Tours. Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, offers Slave-Life Tours, the first Sunday of each month; Women on the Plantation Tours, the second Sunday of each month; Hidden History Archaeology Tours, the third Saturday of each month; and Hoofs and Feathers Farmyard Tours, the fourth Saturday of each month. All tours will be given through October. For more information, call 703-550-9220

Lantern Tours. Thirty-minute Lantern Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., will be given every Friday night from 7-10. through November. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 11-18; free for children 10 and under. For more information, call 703-838-4242.

<cal1>CLASSES

<cal2>Class Action Suite. ReCreations Decorative Consignments, 8804 Pear Tree Village Court, holds classes on various topics. Call 703-360-5100 for more information.

April 13, 3-4:30 p.m., medium high tea with speaker, $15

Country Dance Classes. Learn to dance like George and Martha Washington in the historic Ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Classes will be held April 11 and 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-838-4242.

Emotions Anonymous. A 12-step fellowship for people whose emotions are causing difficulties in their lives. Group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-660-8798 or email hemsidan@aaahawk.com.

Garden Classes. Bonsai Techniques will be demonstrated at Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, on Saturday, April 13, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Call 703-642-5173.

Gardening Seminar. The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will present a one-hour slide show and Q&A session at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. in Falls Church, on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Door prizes. Free and open to the public. Call 703-560-8776.

Guardianship Forum. A panel of experts will discuss legal and financial responsibilities around guardianship/conservatorship and psychological/social issues including memory loss, behavior changes and decision-making, Tuesday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street. Call 703-836-4414.

Lecture at Mount Vernon. The spring lecture series presents Brown University professor Gordon Wood in a discussion of President George Washington, "Republican Monarch," at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the new Robert H. and Clarice Smith auditorium at Mount Vernon. Tickets are $20 and include a wine and cheese reception. Call 703-799-8647.

Metaphysics Classes. The Northern Virginia Branch School of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, 8794 Sacramento Drive, is conducting free public lectures titled “Elohim: The Archetype Pattern of the Universe” every Sunday from noon-2 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 p.m. For more information, call 703-799-9494.

Music for Preschoolers. A fun and lively 10-week program of singing, moving and instrument playing will be held at Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool, 7719 Fort Hunt Road, on Tuesday mornings through May 7. Cost is $70; to register, call 703-660-0018.

SPRINGboard Workshop. Anita Plotinsky, director of The Foundation Center Library in Washington, D.C., will demonstrate the database of 20,000 philanthropic contributors and other services provided by the Center, at City Hall, Room 2000, 301 King St., on April 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. Call to register at 703-548-8894.

Wine Classes and Dinner. Daily Planet, 2004 Mount Vernon Ave., is holding a three-class series, "Appreciating Wine Today." Remaining classes will be held April 23. Cost is $30 per class; to register, call 703-549-3444.

Winkler Preserve. The Winkler Botanical Preserve, 5400 Roanoke Ave., has nature programs, camps and family events. Call 703-578-7888.

<cal1>NOTICE BOARD

<cal2>Reunions. The Mount Vernon High School class of 1956 is planning a reunion on July 19-20. They are still looking for classmates who have not already been contacted. Please call Barbara @ 703-765-6078 or email mkeck@erols.com.

Women’s Committee. The Christian Business Women's Committee meets each Wednesday morning to study God's word at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town. The group is open to any woman who wants to study faith in the workplace, related struggles, issues and successes. Call Pamela Nilsen at 703-519-4475, or e-mail NilsenP@ppnpf.com.

Black History Center Volunteers. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., needs volunteers who have an interest in Alexandria’s African American history and culture. Volunteers are asked to work two 3-hour shifts every other week. For more information, call 703-0838-4356.

Auxiliary Volunteers. The members of the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary recently completed 25 years of service to the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and are looking for more volunteers to serve in the Gift Shop, Thrift Shop and other areas of the hospital. If interested, please call 703-664-7260.

MOMS Club of Alexandria meets the last Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3846 King St. Club is open to moms living in Alexandria. Call 703-234-3953, Ext. 5318.

MOMS Club of South Alexandria meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Club is open to moms living in South Alexandria. Call 703-234-3953, Ext. 4944.

Single-Parent Power will hold its monthly support group every third Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall Library, Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-339-2962.

Support Group. An educational and supportive discussion group is being offered by the Alexandria Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) program on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Group meets at the Alexandria Office on Women, 421 King St. Call 703-838-5030.

New Singers Needed. The Seaport Sounds Chapter of Harmony Inc., a chorus of women singing four-part barbershop harmony, is seeking new members. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. No previous choral experience is required. Call 202-332-5273.

Senior Center Meetings. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, has a Bird-Watching Club that meets once a month. A Book Discussion Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 703-765-4573.

Post Cana of Northern Virginia, a social organization for widows and widowers, meets the second Monday and fourth Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1400 Janney’s Lane. Call 703-836-1436.

Openings in Band. The Alexandria Band of Northern Virginia Community College has openings in all sections. Rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at John Adams Elementary School. Call 703-845-6026.

Blood Donations. The Alexandria Red Cross, 123 N. Alfred St., is taking blood donations the second Thursday of every month from 3-7 p.m. and the last Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call 703-549-8300.

Greenlight Toastmasters of Old Town, Alexandria, seeks new members. Their club meets at the Lee Center in Old Town every second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Prospective members are always welcome. Call 703-998-9515.

Tapestry Theatre Company, an improv theater group, will meet every Monday at 7 p.m., at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. E-mail any questions to JasonBraswell@hotmail.com or Stevenbulk@aol.com.