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<cal1>WEDNESDAY/JULY 10

<cal2>Dragonflies and other creatures at local ponds and streams are waiting to be studied for ages 9-13, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Call Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, at 703-228-3403.

The Children's Theatre Workshop Performance will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheater, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

<cal1>THURSDAY/JULY 11

<cal2>Rock Hunting for Rookies at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Designed for ages 6-8, from 2-3 p.m. Call 703-228-3403.

Family Night Benefit Picnic at Little Falls Church, 6025 Little Falls Church Road. Cost is $5. Proceeds go to Street Children's Crisis Center in Chita, Russia. Call 703-538-5230.

The Children's Theatre Workshop Performance will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

Master Gardeners' Plant Clinic at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., at 7 p.m. Each Thursday, gardening and plant-care advice and identification is dispersed. Call 703-228-6400.

<cal1>FRIDAY/JULY 12

<cal2>Fiddling Around The Speedy Tolliver New Old-Time String Band will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

"The Cocktail Hour," A. R. Gurney's comedy, presented by the Arlington Players opens tonight at 8 p.m. At Gunston's Theatre One, 2700 South Lang St. The show runs through July 27. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees on July 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12 and senior and junior (under 18) tickets are $10. Call for reservations at 703-549-1063.

Campfire at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Road, from 7:30-845 p.m. Join the campfire and learn about the world's most abundant animals-insects. Families. Cost is $2. Registration required. Call 703-228-6535.

Columbia Pike Initiative Charrette is a seven day public charrette process to develop zoning code and economic strategies for smart growth along Columbia Pike. The charrette process begins today, with final recommendations presented to the public on July 18. All are welcome to participate in the charrette workshops. There will be a 5 p.m. reception at the Sheraton top floor. Call the coordinator, Tim Lynch at 703-892-2776.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JULY 13

<cal2>"Peter and the Wolf" opens at Classika Theatre in the Village of Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St. The performance runs through Aug. 4., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Special performances are available for summer camps. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for students. People with a military ID, groups, and senior citizens will receive 10 percent off the regular ticket price. Dinner coupon discounts are also available. Call 703-824-6200.

U.S. Air Force Band The Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

Arlington History Bike Tour will bike up to 23 miles visiting Arlington parks and historic sites starting at 9 a.m. from the Ballston Metro Station, South East Corner of North Stuart and Fairfax Drive. Easy, leisurely ride with many stops; no uphill climbs along paved streets and bike trails. Ride will cover historic sites from colonial times to early 20th century. Cost is $1. Bring lunch and water. No reservations needed. Contact Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179.

Home Ownership Class with information on budgeting, credit, qualifying and more at Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Karen Serfis to register at 703-527-3854.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JULY 14

<cal2>Capital Area Tibetan Association Folk Dance will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 7 p.m. The group was founded to provide opportunities for young Tibetans to learn about their spiritual and cultural heritage, traditional dances and songs. Free.

<cal1>MONDAY/JULY 15

<cal2>Broadway Diva Carol Woods, star of the Tony-nominated revival of "Sondheim's Follies," will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

Hawaiian Dance Group, the Tutus, directed by Mary Jenkins, will perform at 11 a.m. at the Gunston and Drew Senior Centers now located at the Carver Community Center. No fee. Call for reservations at 703-228-5700.

"Transportation for the Urban Village: Arlington County's Success" is a Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities program featuring Jim Hamre and Charlie Denney of the Arlington County Department of Public Works, at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; program begins at 7 p.m. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Building, 4301 Wilson Boulevard (Ballston Metro). Free. RSVP to Aisling O'Connor, at 202-667-5445 or email staff@washingtonregion.net.

<cal1>TUESDAY/JULY 16

<cal2>Free Lunch-Time Concert at Crystal City Waterpark, South 18th Street and Crystal Drive, from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., features Mystic Warriors performing South American Folk.

Navigating the Library's On-line Catalog is hands-on instruction and practice in accessing and using the library's on-line catalog from 10 a.m.-noon at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call 703-228-5710.

Arm Chair Travel at Madison Senior Action Center with a tour of Scotland by video at 12:30 p.m. No fee. Call 703-228-5285 for reservations.

Block Grant Workshop for 2004 Community Development Block Grant applicants. Workshop will cover application process and address questions regarding proposal presentations, from 1:30-3 p.m. at One Courthouse Plaza, Suite 715, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Call Jane Eboch 703-228-4611.

Book Discussion Community Resilience will discuss Barbara Kingslover's "Small Wonder" at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Free. Call 703-228-4788.

CDBG and Affordable Housing Workshop for applicants to Arlington's annual solicitation of proposals for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF), from 1:30-3 p.m. Requests are not due until Sept. 6. Courthouse Plaza, Suite 715, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Call 703-228-3760.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/JULY 17

<cal2>Aquatic Adventures teaches children ages 7 and older to compare different animals in streams and pond and help in a mini stream clean-up project. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Free. Call for reservations at 703-228-6535.

Free Concert at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., features Liz Masterson and the Sean Blackburn Quartet performing cowboy music, yodeling and rope tricks from 6:30-8 p.m.

"The New Industrial Revolution" film from producer Christopher Bedford continues the Sustainable Path film series which explores ways natural systems can teach people to develop sustainable human systems and activities, at 7 p.m. at Arlington's Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy. Program co-sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. Reservations required. Call 703-528-5406.

Shopping Wisely is the topic of discussion for seniors at 11 a.m. at the Gunston and Drew Senior Centers now located at the Carver Community Center. Jennifer Abel from the Extension Service will talk about getting the best deal and what influences buying habits. No fee. Call 703-228-5700 for reservations.

<cal1>THURSDAY/JULY 18

<cal2>Film Show "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1939) starring Mickey Rooney, will show at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

Master Gardeners' Plant Clinic at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., at 7 p.m. Each Thursday, gardening and plant-care advice and identification is dispersed. Call 703-228-6400.

Starting and Financing a Business Learn the values of an entrepreneur: evaluating business ideas, handling credit management, marketing issues and procuring business financing. Presented by ECDC Enterprise Development Group at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-685-0510, Ext. 242.

Woodcarvers chips, relief, and round carving are on the agenda for the woodcarvers group at Lee Senior Center at 1 p.m. No fee. Call 703-228-0555 to sign up.

Senior Tax Relief Individuals over 65 may be eligible for real estate tax relief if they are below certain income and assets levels in a new program offered by the county. Michele Campbell, Area Agency on Aging, will hold a seminar at 1:30 p.m. at the Lee Senior Action Center. No fee. Call 703-228-0555 for reservations.

<cal1>FRIDAY/JULY 19

<cal2>Fiddling Around Screech Malone and the Chaos Bubbas Appalachian Fiddle Music will perform at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Free.

Senior Book Discussion Group at 1 p.m. at the Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Jonathan Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn" will be discussed. Call 703-228-5715.

"Pictures, Pictures, Pictures" at the Aurora Hills Senior Center at 1 p.m. Seniors should bring old photo albums and pictures to share. Prizes for oldest photograph and largest family picture. No fee. Refreshments provided. Call 703-228-5722 to sign up.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JULY 20

<cal2>Create with Seashells Children ages 5 and up make jewelry, furniture, and crafts with seashells at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Cost $5. Call 703-228-6535 for reservations.

Second Story Band Enjoy contemporary folk and rock music as the Second Story Band joins Martha and Dennis Doyle and other local performers at 7 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Road. Light refreshments will be available, and there is a requested donation of $5-$7. Call 703-528-5406.

Columbia National Day at Washington Lee High School Theatre, 1300 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-1852.

A Cappella Festival with Da Vinci's Notebook at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 8:30 p.m. Songs from their new album, "Brontosaurus." Free.

Columbia Pike Arts and Jazz Festival at Pike Park, in front of Eckerd Pharmacy, Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, from 4-10 p.m. There will be an art sale and open mike at 8 p.m.; live auction at 8:15 p.m.; and the Colleen Shanley Band at 8:30 p.m. Call 703-218-2726 or visit www.geocities.com/ahcawebsite/colleen.html.

Guest Chef Series will bring Rebecca of Mexicali Blues to the Farmers' Market at Arlington Courthourse for a "Walkabout." Meet at N. 14th Street and N. Courthouse Road at 9:45 a.m. for a tour of the market and tips on cooking with local produce.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JULY 21

<cal2>Service and Learning Project park beautification with the Arlington County Park Rangers at Lubber Run Park, N. Columbus and 2nd St. Free. 2-4 p.m. Call 703-228-6535.

Hawaiian Culture Halau O'Aulani Hawaiian Music, Dance, and Hula Lessons at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, at 7 p.m. Free. Visit www.halauoaulani.org.

<cal1>MONDAY/JULY 22

<cal2>Book Group Booth Tarkington's "Magnificent Ambersons" will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. New members welcome. Books and other materials provided. Call 703-228-5994.

Senior Book Discussion Group at 7:30 p.m. at the Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Peter Hassler's "River Town" will be discussed. Call 703-228-5715.

Brain Aerobics for seniors including word games, quizzes and puzzles at 10 a.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center. Conducted by Kirsten Taranto. No fee. Call 703-228-5722.