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<lst>To have an item listed in the calendar, mail to Calendar Editor, 1610 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991; or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Tuesday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos are welcome.

<cal1>THURSDAY/ MAY 15

<cal2>T.C. Williams High School Choir. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>FRIDAY/ MAY 16

<cal2>Dancing in the Dark, with the Mount Vernon Swing Band. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. $4 per person. Open to the public. Call 703-765-4573.

Choral Performance by the Fairfax Choral Society's Adult Chorus. Program includes Faure's "Requiem" and Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna." 8 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call 703-218-6500 or visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org.

"Artist's Choice" Exhibit at the Principle Gallery. New work by artists as well as biographical information. 6:30 p.m., 208 King St., Alexandria. Call 703-739-9326.

Hammond Middle School Symphonic Orchestra. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

Wine Tasting Festival and Sunset Tour. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Celebrate the history of wine and sample some of Virginia's best - all while overlooking the Potomac River. This elegant evening also features live jazz, local celebrity toastmasters, 18th-century craft demonstrations, and tours of the rarely-open cellar vaults at Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Main Gate or through Ticketmaster at 703-573-7328 or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/ MAY 17

<cal2>"A Night at the Oscars." Program includes music from "The Hours," "Chariots of Fire," "Robin Hood," Henry V," and "Shine." 8:00 p.m., The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Tickets range from $30 - $60, discounts for seniors and students. Call 703-548-0885.

"New Works by Howard Behrens." Opening reception. Beherens is known for his vibrant oil paintings of sun drenched coastal scenes, and gardens rich with color. 5 to 8 p.m., Broadway Gallery, 1219 King St., Old Town Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-549-1162.

Armenian Festival. Featuring traditional Armenian folk dancers, instrumentalists, soloists and performing arts groups. Armenian food and pastries will be available for purchase. 12 - 6 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-883-4686.

"Orphans in Alexandria" Old Car Meet. "Orphans" are cars made by manufacturers that are no longer in business. This event will focus on some of the best known companies from the late 1930's to the early 1960's. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4994.

Author Signing. A Likely Story, 1555 King St., presents author Alma Powell, America's Promise Co-Chair and wife of General Colin L. Powell. She will be reading from her two newest children's books at 11a.m. The event is free and open to everyone. Call 703-836-2498 for more information or e-mail alikely@bellatlantic.net.

"Springtime in Buenos Aires: South American Choral Music," presented by the Alexandria Choral Society. Works by Argentineans Gustavino, Favero and Piazolla; Brazillians Villa-Lobos, Fonseca and Miranda; and Venezualan Grau. 8 p.m., Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free will offering. Call 703-548-4734.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs music from "The Hours." Part of "A Night at the Oscars." 8 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets $30 - $60. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexym.org.

Spring Concert. "Songs for the Journey," performed by the Blessed Sacrament Folk Group. 7:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community, 1427 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free admission.

Green Spring Garden's Spring Fling. Featuring a presentation and book signing by landscape architect James van Sweden, as well as a silent auction and music by a string quartet. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Springs Rd., Alexandria. Tickets $20 - $30. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/ MAY 18

<cal2>The Marine Chamber Orchestra. Major Michael J, Colburn conducting. 2 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College. Call the Concert Information Line at 202-433-4011 or visit www.marineband.usmc.mil

Spring Fling. Family Fun for Everyone! Crafts, rides and games for the kids; food and entertainment for the parents. Enjoy a day filled with carnival and pony rides, games, a flea market and book sale, music, and of course, good food. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Mary's School, 400 Green St. Call 703-960-5528.

Hands-On History Tent for Families. Touch, look, listen and experience the clothing, the implements and the life of 18th-century Alexandria in the Hands-On History Tent on the Lawn of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Carlyle House Historic Park. Noon - 4:30 p.m., 121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town Alexandria. $4 suggested donation. Call 703-549-2997.

Mt. Vernon Youth Orchestra Concert. 3 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-799-8229.

<cal1>MONDAY/ MAY 19

<cal2>Supper Under the Stars. Enjoy a meal catered by local restaurants, while listening to music in the park. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4844.

Parent Connection (Padres Unidos) Support Group in Spanish. Free group for Spanish speaking parents who want to discuss parenting issues with other Spanish speaking parents in the area. Share ideas and meet other parents in a safe, supportive environment. Mondays 11:30 - 1 p.m., Sacramento Neighborhood Center, 8792 E. Sacramento Dr., Alexandria. Call 703-836-1820 to register.

Parent Connection Support Group. Free group for parents who want to discuss parenting issues with other parents in the area. Mondays 7 - 8:30 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 5000 Echols Rd., Alexandria. Call 703-836-1820 to register.

<cal1>TUESDAY/ MAY 20

<cal2>Michael Clark, Pharmacist, will answer questions for heart patients, their families and friends at the Mended Hearts Meeting. A critical care nurse will also speak about strokes. 7 p.m., Alexandria Hospital’s Board Room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Call 703-504-7820.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/ MAY 21

<cal2>Knee, Hip, and Joint Replacement Options. A free community class. Orthopedic surgeons will host, participants will hear about the anatomy of the knee and hip and have opportunities to ask questions. 7 p.m., Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria. Free, registration required. Call 703-204-3366.

May Daze. Youngsters will enjoy the traditions of the month of May, from May Day celebrations and dancing around the May pole, to Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. 10:00 a.m. - noon. The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Old Town Alexandria. $3. Call 703-838-4994.

<cal1>THURSDAY/ MAY 22

<cal2>Mac Chorus and Recorder Ensemble. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>FRIDAY/ MAY 23

<cal2>An Evening of Music for French Horn and Trumpet. Performed by the United States Air Force Band. 8 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.bolling.af.mil/band.

Aquinas School Band. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>SUNDAY/ MAY 25

<cal2>"Show Choir," presented by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 4 p.m., Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 South Alfred St., Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-823-1961.

Lecture and Booksigning. Author Linda R. Monk will present a lecture entitled “A Rising and Not a Setting Sun:  George Washington at the Constitutional Convention,”  which highlights the role George Washington played in securing a permanent form of government for the United States. The lecture will be at 1 p.m., in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium, adjacent to The Shops at Mount Vernon, and is free to the public. Call 703-780-2000.

<cal1>MONDAY/ MAY 26

<cal2>Memorial Day Jazz Festival. Program includes the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Yvonne Johnson, Doc Dikeman, Al Williams and the Village Jazz Band. 1 - 7 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free admission. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/ MAY 27

<cal2>George Mason Elementary School Musicians. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>THURSDAY/ MAY 28

<cal2>Grace Episcopal School off Instruments and Singers. Part of the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., in front of Alexandria City Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4844.

<cal1>THURSDAY/ MAY 29

<cal2>Join other Parents of Rising Ninth Graders for coffee, conversation, and an introduction to Mount Vernon High School. 8 - 9:30 a.m., Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd. Call 703-619-3112.

<cal1>SATURDAY/ MAY 31

<cal2>25th Annual Pottery Sale. Ten local potters will display work for sale, from clearance of their studios. A unique opportunity to find a variety of pots at a low cost. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., The Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Call 301-670-0146.

Family Archaeology Dig Day. Be part of the archaeological investigation and discover first hand, the hidden clues left behind by people who lived and worked on this site hundreds of years ago by helping screen excavated soil. 1:30 - 3 p.m., behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $5 fee, registration is required. Call 703-838-4399.

<cal1>SUNDAY/ JUNE 1

<cal2>Sunday Brunch for Cardiac Care. 100 % of the proceeds will be donated to Inova Alexandria Hospital to enhance cardiac care services and to create nursing scholarships. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union St. $25 fee. For reservations call 703-768-5012.

<cal1>MONDAY/ JUNE 9

<cal2>2003 Potomac Classic Golf Tournament. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. This tournament will benefit local high school seniors. 2:00 p.m., Fort Belvoir Golf Course. Call 703-360-6925.

<cal1>EXHIBITS & SHOWS

<cal2>"Posing with Dignity: Photographing the Heroes of Our Community" Exhibit. The exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will be on view until July 1, 2003, admission is free. The exhibition is composed of nineteen student photographic images that were part of a special summer enrichment program designed for the DC Public School System. Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Call 703-838-4356.

"Horace Day: Alexandria Artist" Exhibit. On display through September 1, 2003. Includes a variety of Day's Alexandria scenes, including Lee-Fendall House Garden, Woodlawn Plantation, Carlyle House and Old Town street scenes. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4994.

All Media Membership Show. May 7 to June 2. The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-683-1780.

"Wood Sculpture." Presenting the work of John A. Schaffner, Friends of the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year. Through June 15, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565.

"Wrong Turn at Lungfish." A gruff college professor encounters an optomistic young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital. Through May 17. Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Tickets $12. Call 703-838-2880 for exact dates and times.

Photography Exhibition. Frank Lavelle - "Venice," color photographs, and Suzanne Quinlan - "Transformations," black and white photomontages. May 6 through June 1, Factory Photoworks Gallery, 105 North Union St., studio 312, Alexandria. Call 703-683-2205.

"Flying Lessons," by Paula Alprin. A multi-genre performance-art piece that charts the a cycle of reactions to the September 11 attacks from a woman's viewpoint. All proceeds will benefit survivors and victims' families. May 17 through June 8., the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. For exact dates and times call 703-739-9338 or email flyinglessons@pipeline.com.

Armin Landeck, American Printmaker. May 4 through June 22. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St, Alexandria. Opening reception Sunday, May 4, 2 - 4 p.m. Call 703-548-0035.

"Bea's Niece," by David Gow. Presented by MetroStage. An exploration of the mind of Anne Hirsch, a novelist secluded in a mental institution. May 1 through June 8. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Thurs. - Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 and 7. Tickets: 703-218-6500.

"Emergence." Charcoal and mixed media by Laurie Breen. May 8 to June 2. The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Call 703-683-1780.

Spring Art Exhibition. An international exhibition and sale of four hundred original works of art from two centuries (1800-2000) continues through May. These original paintings and original prints are from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. They have been selected by local art historian Belinda Byrd. Adams-Byrd Fine Arts & Antiques, 8747 Cooper Road, Alexandria. Call 703-799-8700.

"The Pirates of Penzance." West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St. Through June 29. $33-39. Tuesday-Sunday evenings: dinner 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday matinees: dinner at noon, show starts 2 p.m. Call 703-370-2500.

Lantern Tours. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Friday nights, March through November. 7-10 p.m. Last tour at 9:15 p.m. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. $5 adults; $2 ages 11-17; free for age 10 and under. Some Friday nights are unavailable for tours due to special events or holidays. Call ahead to confirm tour date. Call 703 838-4242.