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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 and artwork encouraged. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in Alexandria. If you have any questions, call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 14

<cal2>"The Potomac: the Early National Period." Potomac history seminar at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Speakers to include historians Peter Onuf, John Larson and Pamela Scott. $45 fee includes three lectures and a walking tour. To register, visit www.HistoricAlexandria.org or call 703-838-4994.

<cal1>FRIDAY/Oct. 15

<cal2>Six Designing Women. Art exhibit and sale

at the Historic Pleasant Grove Church, 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean. All media art show and sale by "Six Designing Women," Jamie Brooks, Janice Burns, Barbara Chiminello of Alexandria, Brenda Howard, Pauline Lorfano, and Marie Straw.

Free admittance. Meet the artists. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 703-938-8539 or 703-938-8104.

A Taste for Art. A silent auction of original artwork from local artists will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory. The event will feature gourmet food, wine and entertainment. Tickets cost $65 in advance, $75 at the door. The Torpedo Factory is located at 105 N. Union St.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCT. 16

<cal2>Perennial Artistry. Landscape designer Sandy Austin will discuss successful combinations in the garden. Class will be held outside; dress appropriately. 9:30-11 a.m., at Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road. Fee: $15. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit www.greenspring.org.

Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. The orchestra plays Russian and Eastern European music on traditional folk instruments. Tickets $20 adults, $18 senors/students, $15 groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, visit www.balalaika.org or call 703-644-9151.

Polka Night. Hosted by the Mount Vernon Council of the Knights of Columbus. 8 p.m. at the Council Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway, featuring "Baltimore Polka King" Tommy Thomas and Polish food. For more information, call 703-360-1964.

Open House Art Exhibit. Reception for works by Denise Kaplan and students. 2-7 p.m. at 4609 Franconia Road. for more information, call 703-922-4175.

Antique Tool Auction. Hosted by the Potomac Antique Tool and Industries Association. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at George Mason Elementary School. Three estate sales, eleven consigners, more than 600 lots; everything frm electric welders to antique pitchforks. For more information, call Hampton Williams at 703-278-8242 or visit www.patina-tools.org.

Historic Huntley's Fall Open House. Featuring a puppet show and scavenger hunt. 1-3 p.m. at Historic Huntley, 6918 Harrison Lane. This semiannual event allows guests the opportunity to visit Historic Huntley, a Federal-style villa built in 1825 for Thomson F. Mason, a grandson of George Mason of Gunston Hall. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Ham and Oyster Dinner. 4-7 p.m. at Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton. Adults $15, child 6-12 years $5, 5 and under free. For more information, contract Cranford UMC at 703-339-5382.

Alexandria Family Fall Festival. Scarecrow making, face painting, pony rides, moon bounce, children's music, police and fire exhibits, and other family activities. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd. For more information, call 703-883-4686.

Open Studio Show. Featuring works by Yuri Kokoyanin, Nikolai Antyuchin and "rfm's Waterexpressions." 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the von Brahler Ltd./Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St. For more information, call 703-798-8686.

Mega bazaar. Crafters, lunch, silent auction, bake sale and door prizes at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Free admission; proceeds go to the senior center. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 703-765-4573.

Northridge Fall Festival. Moon bounce, dragon slide, police and fire exhibits for children; jazz guitar, flea market and food for everyone. $15 to rent a flea market space. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the grounds of George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road. Call 703-548-9485.

Tauxemant Preschool Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-noon at the school, 7719 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Proceeds will benefit Tauxemont, a nonprofit cooperative preschool. For more information, call 703-780-8904.

Teddy Bear Tea. An opportunity for children to learn basic table etiquette, suitable for boys and girls ages 5 to 11. $30 for parent and one child; $15 for each additional child. 1-3 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 902 Wythe St. Reservations necessary, limited to 60. For more information or to make a reservation, call 703-838-4356.

Flea market. Plus baked goods, a moon bounce, children's activities and sandwiches to benefit outreach projects of Trinity United Methodist Church. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. Call 703-549-5500.

Six Designing Women. Art exhibit and sale

at the Historic Pleasant Grove Church, 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean. All media art show and sale by "Six Designing Women," Jamie Brooks, Janice Burns, Barbara Chiminello of Alexandria, Brenda Howard, Pauline Lorfano, and Marie Straw.

Free admittance. Meet the artists. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 703-938-8539 or 703-938-8104.

Charity Yard Sale. Nationwide Credit Corporation of Alexandria is taking part in the American Collector Association International 2004 Charity Challenge Campaign, planning to raise money through a yard sale to benefit Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. The yard sale will be held at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at 5503 Cherokee Ave. For more information, call 703-813-1453.

Cora Kelly Recreation Center Community Day. Arts and crafts, face painting, moon bounce, yard sale and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 25 West Reed Ave. Call 703-838-6464.

National Martial Arts Day. The Kingdom Warriors of the Christian Tae-Kwon-Do University will participate in an attempt to break a world record for the most kicks executed in one hour across the country. 12-2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Government Center. Call 703-780-1128.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 17

<cal2>Set a Fine Table: Napkin Folding 101. Learn to create masterpieces from table napkins. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Reservations required; visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-941-7987.

"America!" a concert by the Mount Vernon-based Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, featuring works by Dudley Buck, Henri Tomasi, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. 5 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Alexandria Beat the Odds Celebration. The Alexandria Bar Association Foundation will recognize court-involved youth between the ages of 13 and 21 who have, despite their circumstances, beat the odds in completing their educational and life goals. Awards will be presented in three categories: a $5,000 Beat the Odds Scholar Award; a $3,000 Beat the Odds Phoenix Award; and three $1,000 Keep on Track Awards. Public welcome. 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton Mark Center, 50000 Seminary Road. For more information, call the Alexandria Bar Association at 703-795-3501.

Open Studio Show. Featuring works by Yuri Kokoyanin, Nikolai Antyuchin and "rfm's Waterexpressions." 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the von Brahler Ltd./Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St. For more information, call 703-798-8686.

Gospel choir. Celebrate the 28th anniversary of St. Joseph's Gospel Choir, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with guest performers the Roberts Memorial Choir, the Holy Family Gospel Choir and The Men's Choir of Incarnation. The theme of the event is, "In the Midst of it All, Jesus Kept Me." 4 p.m. at Saint Joseph's, 711 N. Columbus St. For more information, call 703-836-3725.

Virginia School Fair. Learn about private schools and financial aid at this event, hosted by the Black Student Fund. Seven Northern Virginia schools, including Alexandria Country Day, Potomac, and St. Stephen and St. Agnes, will participate. 1-4 p.m. at the William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave. for more information, call 703-506-3552.

Six Designing Women. Art exhibit and sale

at the Historic Pleasant Grove Church, 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean. All media art show and sale by "Six Designing Women," Jamie Brooks, Janice Burns, Barbara Chiminello of Alexandria, Brenda Howard, Pauline Lorfano, and Marie Straw.

Free admittance. Meet the artists. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 703-938-8539 or 703-938-8104.

Hurricane Relief Benefit. Cafe Marianna hosts a Hurricane Relief Benefit for the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund from 12-4 p.m. The evening will include island music and food. Cost is $25 per person, all proceeds benefit the Red Cross Fund. Cafe Marianna is located at 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-519-3776.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 18

<cal2>Congressional Debate. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a debate between congressional candidates Lisa Marie Cheney and Rep. James P. Moran Jr. in the auditorium at Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center, 3801 West Braddock Road. The debate will be moderated by NBC 4 broadcaster and ACPS parent Julie Carey, and is sponsored by The Campagna Center, the Alexandria PTA Council and the Tenants' and Workers' Support Committee. On site child care will be provided. Free; no reservations required.

Congressional Candidates Dinner. With 8th district Congressional candidates Jim Moran (D), Lisa Marie Cheney (R), and James T. Hurysz (I), at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway. The reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner and the program begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for guests. Organized by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce; call 703-360-6925 for more information.

Sam Donaldson. Sam Donaldson, the Washington correspondent for ABC News, speaks at 7 p.m., at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. He will also hold a “press conference” and question-and-answer session. Tickets are $30 for chamber members, $45 for nonmembers. To register, call 703-549-1000 ext. 207 or visit www.alexchamber.com. The George Washington Masonic Memorial is located at 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria.

Mount Vernon Riding Chair Debut. Costumed reenactors demonstrate the use of a one-person, two-wheeled chair that can be hitched to a horse. 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. For more information, call 703-780-2000 or visit www.mountvernon.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 19

<cal2>"The Great Collaboration: the Increasingly Close Relationship Between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton." Lecture by Dr. Peter Henriques, historian and professor emeritus at George Mason University. Doors at 7 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m. $12 or $20 for the series. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. For more information, call 703-838-4242.

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) meeting. Featuring a presentation by Jesse H. Merrell entitled "Celebrating The 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia." Merrell will present an overview for the national commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the settling of America, which began in 1607 with the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will be held at 1 p.m. in the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, room 112. For more information, visit http://www.mindspring.com/~mvgs or call Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.

Educator's Reception. The annual Barnes & Noble Educator's Night Reception will be held at Barnes & Noble at Potomac Yards from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is for prekindergarten-12-grade educators. Barnes & Noble is located at 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria.

Palestrina Choir. The Alexandria-based choir will perform a selection of four-voice motets by Orlande de Lassus, at 12:10 p.m., at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Admission free; donations requested. For more information, call 703-519-1961 or visit www.palestrinachoir.org.

Mount Vernon Evening Lions. Monthly dinner meeting, at 6:30 p.m., at Pema's Restaurant, 8430 Richmond Highway, featuring speaker chairperson Lion Glenn Ryburn, who will talk about the Lions Club International Foundation. Guests welcome. For more information, call 703-960-4973.

Good Shepherd Annual Meeting. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services meets from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7836 Fordson Road, Alexandria. For more information, call 703-768-9404.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 20

<cal2>"Botany in the Washington, D.C. Region: A Historical Overview." A talk by J. Douglas Ripley of the Botanical Society of Washington at the October annual meeting of the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia native Plant Society. 7:30 p.m., at Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road. Free. For more information, call 703-534-8179.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCT. 21

<cal2>School Board Hearing. The Alexandria School Board holds a public hearing on Programs Budget followed by a meeting at 7:30 p.m. The hearing and meeting take place at the School Administration Office, Winkler Building Board Room, 2000 N. Beauregard St., For more information, call Rosemary Webb at 703-824-6614.

Who Built Historic Huntley? Learn about the research conducted by the Fairfax County Park Authority, at 7:30 p.m., at Sherwood Regional Library. Sherwood Library is located at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. The lecture will follow a short business meeting to elect members of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Historic Huntley for 2004-2005. For more information, call Meadows Park at 703-768-2525.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCT. 23

<cal2>Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The walk will begin at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave. at 8 a.m.

Gardening in Small Spaces. An all-day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., workshop for home gardeners at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Fee $90 person. For more information, visit ww.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

U.S. Navy Band. 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. Free; call 202-43302525 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil for more information or for tickets.

Progreso Hispano Annual Dinner. Theme: "Celebrando Nuestras Raices." 7-10 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall, at the Council Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway. $50 contribution. RSVP by Oct. 20. For more information, call 703-799-8830.

Community Forum on Cameron Run Watershed Management Plan. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will host a community forum from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Holmes Middle School, 6525 Montrose St., to obtain public input on the development of a management plan for the Cameron Run Watershed. The Cameron Run Watershed is just south of I-66 inside the Beltway and includes parts of Falls Church, Arlington and Alexandria. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/watersheds or call 866-341-4599.

Fall Harvest Family Days. Harvest celebration with dancing, wagon rides, pumpkins and more, at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. For more information, visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000.

Make a Difference. The 10th annual VolunteerFest, "Building Communities One Day at a Time," invites Fairfax volunteers to sign up for one-day projects throughout the community. To register or for more information, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

Democratic Gathering. More than 1,000 African Americans and friends gather at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center from 1-4 p.m. in support of Democratic candidates in Virginia. The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center is located at 5000 Seminary Road.

"Restaurant Review" of Lee District. Sample foods from area restaurants after Supervisor Dana Kauffman's annual town meeting. 12-1 p.m., at Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St. Organized by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce; call 703-360-6925 for more information.

Palestrina Choir. The Alexandria-based 12-member choir will perform eight Latin hymn settings by Tomas Luis de Victoria and two magnificats by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, at 8 p.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 2nd and C streets N.E., Washington, D.C. Admission $20. For more information, call 703-519-1961 or visit www.palestrinachoir.org.

Duncan Library Friends Fall Festival. Live music by the Irish Breakfast Band, story telling, a puppet show and food prepared and sold by the Jaycees, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the library's temporary location at 3809 Mount Vernon Ave. Costumes, especially dressing as a favorite book character, encouraged.

Pearl of Africa Children's Choir. A 20-member children's choir from Uganda in East Africa, founded in 1983 by Paul and Molly Wasswa, at Community Praise Center, 1400 Russell Road. For more information, call 703-548-5998.

What Lies Beneath Our Feet. Guided walking tour of Old Town with city archaeologist Dr. Pamela Cressey. Meets at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., studio 327. Free; reservations required. Call 703-838-4399.

Voices of Change. OAR celebrates its 30th anniversary, from 7:30-11 p.m., at the Lyceum. The event will feature music, storytelling, art and poetry. Tickets cost $25. To RSVP, call 703-228-7030. OAR is the leading provider of offender services in Arlington, Alexandria and Fall Church. The Lyceum is located at 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria.

Craft Fair. Sponsored by Queen of Apostles Roman Catholic Church, 4329 Sano St. To be held from 9 a.m.- noon and 4-7 p.m. Hand-painted items, florals, crafts and knitwear. Call 703-932-1203.

Ten Thousand Villages celebrates its 10th anniversary with a community block party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include live music, dancing, mendhi, refreshments and craft shopping. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 824 King St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-684-1435.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 24

<cal2>Time Travels — Communication. Learn about types of communication used during the 18th century: make a quill pen, learn from the Town Crier, learn Revolutionary War secret codes. $5 per person. One-hour tour, between 1-4:30 p.m. at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. For more information, call 703-838-4242.

Glass in the garden. Learn about depression glass from Sherrie Chapman, assistant director of Green Spring. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Reservations required; visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-941-7987.

"America!" a concert by the Mount Vernon-based Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, featuring works by Dudley Buck, Henri Tomasi, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. 7 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Organ Recital. Jane Bourdow, organist and choir master of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, will present an organ recital at 7 p.m. She will play music by Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Krebs, Bach, Cook, Phillips, Bourgeois and Reger. Free. For more information, call 703-765-4342.

Fall Harvest Family Days. Harvest celebration with dancing, wagon rides, pumpkins and more, at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. For more information, visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000.

Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Telethon. Nine teams will compete to raise funds for the Scholarship Fund, which helps T.C. Williams grads to afford college. The event will be broadcast live from 4-9 p.m. on Comcast Channel 69 in the City of Alexandria; on-air hosts will include former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley and Alexandria resident Julie Carey of NBC-4. Semi-finalists from the First Night Alexandria Teen Talent Search will also perform. For more information, visit www.alexscholarshipfund.org or call 703-824-6730.

The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. "A Tribute to Youth," featuring music by Shostakovich, Liszt, Makris and Britten. 3 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 703-642-8051 Ext. 22, or visit www.ayporchestras.org.

Palestrina Choir. The Alexandria-based 12-member choir will perform eight Latin hymn settings by Tomas Luis de Victoria and two magnificats by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, at 4 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Admission $20. For more information, call 703-519-1961 or visit www.palestrinachoir.org.

Craft Fair. Sponsored by Queen of Apostles Roman Catholic Church, 4329 Sano St. To be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Hand-painted items, florals, crafts and knitwear. Call 703-932-1203.

Fun Walk/Run. St. Rita School holds the First Annual 5K Fun Walk/Run through Huntley Meadows Park at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will go toward playground equipment at St. Rita School. For registration forms, visit www.saintrita-school.org.