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Calendar of Events

To have an item listed in the calendar, mail to Calendar Editor, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991; or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos are welcome.

FRIDAY/OCTOBER 17

A Taste for Art at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 7-10 p.m., benefiting the community outreach activities of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Center. Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door. For reservations, call 703-683-0693, or e-mail friendsTFAC@starpower.net.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCTOBER 18

<cal2>The Alexandria Family Fall Festival. Sponsored by Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Admission is free. Call 703-883-4686.

Commonwealth Academy will host Octoberfest 2003. 6-10 p.m. to benefit the Commonwealth Academy Scholarship Fund. 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria. Local businesses are sponsoring the event and tickets are available for $100 per couple or $60 single. For information, call 703-548-6912.

Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool Rummage Sale, Craft Sale and Bake Sale. 8 am to noon, Tauxemont Preschool - 7719 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Buy a table for $20 and sell your own rummage or craft items. Contact Matt for table information at 703-780-2865.

Annual Country Market at Alexandria Country Day School. 10 a.m. -3 p.m., 2400 Russell Road. Fun for the whole family with games, pony rides, face painting, art and crafts and more. Outdoor cafe for lunch complete with BBQ and snacks. For more information, call 703-548-4804.

Foster Care Fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent is encouraged to attend. Call 703-838-0849.

Huntley Meadows Park Watershed Clean-up Day. 9-11:30 a.m. Citizens invited to participate in this clean-up activity. Fairfax County Party Authority looking for volunteers. Wear boots, old clothes and gloves. Trash bags provided. Call 703-768-2525.

Mega Craft Sale, Hollin Hall Senior Center. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1500 Senandoah Road, Alexandria. More than 40 crafters, silent auction, bake sale, door prizes. Free. Call 703-765-4573.

4th Annual Target Tent Event, 8 a.m., 2 p.m., Potomac Yards Target, Jefferson Davis Highway, sponsored by Alexandria Office on Women. Support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program. Purchase items for battered women and their children in the community. A wishlist of needed items will be provided. Staff will be on hand to receive tax-deductible donations. Call Laurie at 703-838-4811.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER 19

<cal2>Lee-Fendall House Museum Open House and Volunteer Fair. 1-4 p.m., 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria. Free admission. Call 703-549-1789.

Colonial Singers. Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 4 p.m., Colonial Singers, from West Potomac High School, will perform in period costume. Free-will offering benefiting Alexandria's Child. Call 703-549-6670.

<cal1>MONDAY/OCTOBER 20

<cal2>"Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project: An Update." Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd, Alexandria at 1 p.m. Guest Speaker Alex Lee will discuss construction affecting Fairfax County. Program is free. Call for reservation 703-765-4573.

Final 2003 Supper Under The Stars. 6:30-8:30 p.m.,

at King Street Gardens Park, King Street & Diagonal Road.

Evening Sponsor, Gold Works/David Martin Design; Host Restaurant, Hilton Hotel Old Town; Entertainment, Danielle Westphal & Company. For additional information, call Tisara Photography, 703-838-8098.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/OCTOBER 22

<cal2>The Hermitage in Northern Virginia's Health and Wellness Fair. 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m., Hermitage Auditorium. Free Blood Pressure/Sugar testing by licensed nurses; Informational talks by medical specialists; Healthy Living advice by registered dietician; Presentations by Rehabilitation Department personnel; Free Spine tests; Home Safety tips and Free Hearing tests. For more information, call Dana Frields, 703-797-3815.

<cal1>SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

<cal2>18th Century English Country Dance Classes. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Open to the general public. Singles or couples are welcome at this beginner level series. 7:30 TO 9:30 p.m. 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. $25 for the series of three classes or $10 per class. Reservations requested. See www.historicalexandria.org and click on 'Shop.' For more information, call 703-838-4242.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCTOBER 25

<cal2>Charles Barrett Community Day. Games, prizes and entertainment, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr. Call 703-838-4818 for more information.

The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. 8:30 a.m., Alexandria. For information, www.alexcancerwalk.com.

The Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Fall Concert in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium, Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults adn $1 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 703-212-5162.

Modern dancer performance by the Choreographers Collaboration Project, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. The 7:30 p.m. performance is $5 per ticket. The first performance is free. Sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. For information, call 703-683-2070.

Community Lodgings, Inc. is sponsoring a "Fall Back to the Future." 7 p.m. at The Cameron Club at Cameron Station, 200 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Join in a lively night of fun futures with palm readings,Tarot Cards and a pyschic, enjoying food, drink, music and a silent auction. Your $40 ticket will support Community Lodgings housing, counseling and education programs, opening doors to independence for homeless and disadvantaged families. To reserve tickets, call the office at 703-549-4407 or e-mail Trish LeBoeuf at trishsell@aol.com for an invitation.

18th Century Masquerade Ball. Gadsby's Tavern, 8-11 p.m. Tickets $30 per person; $40 at the door. On-line tickets: www.gadsbystaveran.org. Call 703-838-4242.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER/26

<cal2>Alexandria Choral Society presents Hymne Au Soleil, Lili Boulanger, September Sun, David Conte; Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 5 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. For tickets and information, call 703-548-4734 or long on to www.alexchoralsociety.org.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/OCTOBER 29

<cal2>Free Community Program for Diabetes Patients, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, offering a free community program for people with Diabetes in order to help them prepare for the holidays. The event will be held 7 p.m. in Engh Conference Rooms 1&2. Although the program is free, registration is required. Call 703-204-3366.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCTOBER 30

<cal2>Poe in Alexandria, 8 p.m., The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Actor David Keltz portrays Edgar Allan Poe and recreates his visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Admission: $12. Call 703-838-4994.

UCM's Walk to Help the Homeless. 3:30-7 p.m., at UCM's main office, 7511 Fordson Road. Complete registration form from Tracy Davis. Bring or mail the form with registration fee of $15, youth under 25; $25 adults, to UCM's office. Walk anytime between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Questions, call 703-768-7106, ext. 328.

<cal1>FRIDAY/OCTOBER 31

<cal2>Historic Alexandria Hauntings. Family-friendly Halloween fun to Old Town from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria Archaeology and The Little Maids of History. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Advance ticket at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum or on-line through the Museum shop, www.HistoricAlexandria.org and click on 'Shop.' Tickets will also be available at Market Square on the day of the event from 5 p.m. until sold out. Day-of tickets are $10 for adults, and $3 for ages 12 and under. Each ticketholder will receive a complimentary bag for goodies that will be provided at the sites. Costumes are encouraged for this rain-or-shine activity. Tour groups are welcome and may make advance reservations by calling 703-838-4242, at least seven days before the event.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOVEMBER 1

<cal2>Alexandria Jaycees second annual Art Auction. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Doors open at 7 p.m. for previewing; auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to ALIVE! Call 703-866-7171.

Baptist Temple Church Fall Family Festival. Noon to 2 p.m. Moonbounce, face painting, games, prizes, hot dogs and more. Visit our website at baptisttempleonline.org or call 703-548-8000.

<cal1>SUNDAY/NOVEMBER 2

<cal2>Learn From An Expert. Sunny Goode of Sunny's Goodtime Paint Products will demonstrate color washes, glazes, patinas and stencils for walls, floors and furniture. To register for this free demo from 1-2 p.m., at The Campagna Center, 418 South Washington Street, call 703-823-5300.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOVEMBER 8

Holiday Bazaar. Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary fund-raiser. Call 703-664-7260

<cal1>THURSDAY/NOVEMBER 13

<cal2>New book sale. Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary fund-raiser. Main lobby of hospital. Call 703-664-7260.

<ro>Exhibits & Shows

<cal2>Moscow School of Russian Realism. A collection of works opens Oct. 17, at Old Town Alexandria's Principle Gallery, 208 King Street, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Principle Gallery at 703-739-9326 or princgal@erols.com.

Needlework Seminar at Woodlawn. Regina Walter will conduct two classes in fine hand sewing Nov. 3-8. A few vacancies exist. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Lunch included. Call 703-836-4916.

Alexandria artist Kathleen Callery is the featured artist for October, The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory. Paintings on display now through Nov. 3.

October Open Studio Show, The von Brahler Ltd./Gallery, 1437 Powhatan Street, Alexandria, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18,19, from 11 a.m. to 4 .m., featuring fine landscape and floral paintings by Nikolai Antuychin.

Big Art in Our Small Town. Now through Nov. 2, the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, will exhibit its artist members' work. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday 1 - 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 703-548-0035 for more information.

Recent Works, by Michael Godfrey, Broadway Gallery, 1219 King Street, Alexandria. Exhibit of latest landscape paintings runs through Nov. 9.

The Human Spirit, at Gallery West, now through Nov. 3., 205 South Union Street, Alexandria. Exhibition by member artists celebrating the triumphs of the spirit over all obstacles to human joy.

Washington, D.C. "A City of Interest," Factory Photoworks Gallery, Inc., The Torpedo Factory Art Center, Nov. 3-30. Handcolored images of Washington by Carolyn Ann Day; black and white images of Washington by Colleen Spencer Henderson. Opening reception, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.

"An Abundance of Flowers." A Summer exhibition and sale of artwork and decorative accessories featuring flowers. Now through Nov. 30. Adams-Byrd Fine Arts & Antiques, 8747 Cooper Rd. Call 703-799-8700.

Lantern Tours. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Friday nights, now 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.