To have community events listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. This free community listing is reserved for events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. Call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449 with any questions.
<cal2>Election Lecture. The Spotlight Speaker Series on Politics, Law, and Negotiations presents "The Election: What's at Stake?" at 7 p.m. The panel will be held at the Arlington campus of George Mason University, 3401 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. The event is free and open to the public.
Brain Aerobics. Learn ways to promote healthy brain function and behaviors that may protect against cognitive decline at Sunrise at Bluemont Park from 7-8:30 p.m. Speaker: Nancy Dezan, program manager, Alzheimer's Association Sunrise is located at 5900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Financial Seminar. Free "Understanding Bonds" seminar at the Central Library auditorium from 7-9 p.m. To register, call 703-228-6417. Central Library is located at 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.
Afternoon Stories. Stories for children ages 3 to 6, at 2 p.m., at Westover Branch Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington.
Bedtime Stories. Stories for children ages 3 to 6, at 7 p.m., at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington.
Civil War Story Time. Civil War Story Times for ages 7 to 11. 2:30 p.m., at Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. A $5 fee per person must be received at the Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road.
Stop In For Stories. Stories for children of all ages with an adult, at Cherrydale Library, at 7 p.m. Children may bring their favorite teddy bear to share story time with. Cherrydale Library is located at 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington.
Advisory Committee. The Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee holds a proposal review session at 6:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at 3033 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
The Election: What's at Stake? Presented by a panel of professors with the GMU School of Public Policy, this is the first of a four-part Spotlight Speaker series featuring issues important to citizens of Arlington and the metro area. Co-sponsored by Arlington Public Libraries. 7 p.m., at George Mason University, Arlington campus.
Family Stories. Stories for children ages 3 to 6, at Glencarlyn Library, at 7:30 p.m. Glencarlyn Library is located at 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington.
Family Stories. Stories, songs, poetry and a craft for ages 3 to 7, at Shirlington Library. Shirlington Library is located at 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington.
Charity Art Auction. Purchase deeply discounted art, furnished by Ross Galleries, with proceeds benefiting homeless and disadvantaged children in the D.C. metro area. Free hors d’oeuvres and glass of wine. Great drink specials. 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd. $20 per person/$30 per couple. Call 703-528-8956.
Linda Robinson. U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Linda Robinson discusses her new book, “Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces." This 15-year history of the Special Forces covers such things as combat in Panama, Desert Storm, and Somalia; the Special Forces’ role in war-torn European countries; and the search for bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora. 7 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-525-4227.
<cal2>Genealogy Online – Trace Your Family History. 3 p.m. in the CyberCenter at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. new database HeritageQuest Online, provides research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Learn the ins and outs of this unique, growing collection available in the library and from home. For prerequisites and to register, call 703-228-6346.
Women's Club. The Williamsburg Women's Club of Arlington holds its monthly annual meeting at 11:45 a.m. The meeting will be at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington. New members and guests are welcome. Call 703-538-7044.
TV Discussion. Discussion for parents on television's effects on the mental, physical and emotional development of children. 7:30 p.m., at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 923 S. 23rd St., Arlington. To register, call 703-624-1309 or visit www.novawaldorf.org.
3s And 4s Together. Stories, songs, finger plays and a craft for children ages 3-4 with an adult. 11:15 a.m., at Cherrydale Branch Library.
Last Day To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail. Citizens who will be away from Arlington or unable to go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 2, and want to have an absentee ballot mailed, must apply at the at Office of Voter Registration, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., by 5 p.m.
Opera Night. Live opera selections, Italian songs and operettas, with headliners Cantanti. 7:30 p.m. at Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant, 501 N. Randolph St. Call 703-522-1005.
Author Lisi Harrison. Presenting and signing books in her series, "The Clique." Ages 12 and up. 7 p.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Call 703-241-8281 to register.
Toddler Time. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft for children age 2 with an adult. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road.
<cal2>Nosferatu: Symphony Meets Vampire. By the Arlington Symphony. 1922 "Dracula" silent film with original live-music score and Halloween activities. 7:30 p.m.at the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria Campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20 general admission. For tickets and information, call the Arlington Symphony at 703-528-1817.
<cal2>Arlington Symphony Subscription Concert 2: "A Cut Above." Elmar Oliveira performs the Barber Violin Concerto, with the ASO also presenting Sinfonietta by Poulenc and the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5. 8 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria Campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. For tickets and information, call the Arlington Symphony at 703-528-1817.
Arlington Prepares Fair. 9 a.m. to noon at Arlington Career Center. 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Arlington's Office of Emergency Management, Arlington Citizen Corps Council and other partner organizations will offer free information to help you prepare for and recover after an emergency. Free.
Potomac Valley Watercolorists Annual Fall Art Exhibit and Sale. Forty artists from the greater Washington metropolitan area will exhibit original paintings at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, from 3-7 p.m. A wide variety of sizes and styles, including both framed and unframed paintings, will be available for sale — cash, check or credit caRoad Admittance free. Call Amanda Lee at 703-548-2032, or go to potomacvalleywatercolorists.com.
Gavin DeGraw and Michael Tolcher. Concert at 8 p.m. at the Lee Center on the campus of Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road. Tickets $17.50, available from Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-527-6384. For more information, call 703-284-1611.
Family Fun Night. Make trick-or-treat bags, bob for apples, build scarecrows, walk through a haunted house and more. 7-9 p.m. at Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, 3850 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-527-2210.
Day of the Dead workshop. Mask making, sugar skulls, and stories for children aged 9-15. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the Arlington Arts center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Free, registration required; call 703-228-7710 or 703-823-5300 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org for a registration form.
Closing Day at the Ball-Sellers Home. Mark your last chance for the year to visit Arlington's oldest structure, located at 5620 S. Third St. Free admission. Call 703-671-0659.
Ghoulies, Ghosties & Things That Go Bump in the Night. Halloween stories, puppets and singalongs for ages 2-8. 11 a.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Call 703-241-8281 to register.
Fall Fair at the Fort. Celebrate the season with hayrides, autumn games, painting pumpkins, and live animal presentations, featuring some Halloween favorites like bats and owls. Face painting, movies, demonstrations, snacks and scarecrow making. 1 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St. $5 per person; under 3 free, $20 max per family. Call 703-228-6535.
Halloween Monster Bash. Doors open at 8 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd. Music by Mr. Greengenes and DJ Pat Premier; costume contest with more than $800 in cash and prizes; rooftop patio. $10 with a canned-food donation, $13 without.
<cal2>Live Music. The Metropolitan Chorus performs at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, youth and military. Mount Olivet is located at 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.
Nosferatu: Symphony Meets Vampire. By the Arlington Symphony. 1922 "Dracula" silent film with original live-music score and Halloween activities. 3 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria Campus, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20 general admission. For tickets and information, call the Arlington Symphony at 703-528-1817.
Potomac Valley Watercolorists Annual Fall Art Exhibit and Sale. Forty artists from the greater Washington metropolitan area will exhibit original paintings at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, from noon to 4 p.m. A wide variety of sizes and styles, including both framed and unframed paintings, will be available for sale — cash, check or credit caRoad Admittance free.Call Amanda Lee at 703-548-2032, or go to potomacvalleywatercolorists.com.
29th Annual Marine Corps Marathon. 7 a.m. near the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). The neighborhoods of North Rosslyn, North Highlands, Colonial Village, Lyon Village, Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights and Aurora Highlands will all be directly affected by the race course; police will distribute information on parking changes and road closures. Visit www.marinemarathon.com.
<cal2>Free Tapas. La Tasca offers a free tapas dish to reward those who vote in the election. Everyone wearing an "I Voted" sticker will receive a free Spanish omelet with potatoes and red peppers. La Tasca is located at 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Swing Dance. Featuring music by Lush Life. 9-11 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd. $10. Call 703-359-9882.
<cal2>Financial Seminar. Free "Choosing a Financial Advisor" seminar at the Central Library auditorium from 7-9 p.m. To register, call 703-228-6417. Central Library is located at 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.
<cal2>Bazaar. St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Center holds a bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature Christmas gifts, decorations, knit and crochet, used books, white elephants, a quilt and money doll raffle, a bake sale and lunch. St. Agnes is located at 1914 N. Randolph St., Arlington.
Artist's reception. View new works by Vietnamese-American painter Nguyen Trong Khoi at the Lac Viet Gallery, 5-9 p.m. at the 5179 Lee Highway. Free. Visit www.lacvietgallery.com or call 703-532-4350.
Ballston Art Market. The juried Ballston Art Market offers handmade jewelry, pottery, quilts, wearable art, giftware, watercolors, oil paintings and photography. The Markets are produced by Arlington County's Cultural Affairs Division and the Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership, and supported by the Arlington Community Foundation, The Wells Real Estate Funds, Paradigm Development Company, Trammel Crow and area businesses. Held in a new location the Atrium of the National Science Foundation Building, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 703-228-0560 or 703-528-3527.
Dave Daly Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert. Concert in honor of Arlington's Dave Daly, to benefit the scholarship fund at Holy Redeemer School. Performers to include Eric Brace of Last Train Home, Boston-based James O'Brien; New York sensation Amy Speace, and Philadelphia's Julia Othmer. 3-6 p.m. at Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd. $10. Call 703-522-8340 or visit www.DaveDalyFund.org.
Vicente Wolf. Designer, photographer, and writer Vicente Wolf explores the challenges of bringing art into the home. Recent photographs will be on view and Wolf will sign copies of "Learning to See: Bring the World Around You Into Your Home." Wine reception at 7 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7:30 p.m. at Vesta Home, 3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington RSVP: 703-807-1102.
<cal2>Dvorak's Biblical Songs. Featuring lyric soprano Cynthia Cole and pianist Patricia Humphrey. Free, hosted by the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland St. Call 703-812-4757 or visit www.johnlelandcenter.edu.
Artist's reception. View new works by Vietnamese-American painter Nguyen Trong Khoi at the Lac Viet Gallery, 2-6 p.m. at the 5179 Lee Highway. Free. Visit www.lacvietgallery.com or call 703-532-4350.
Painting exhibition. Landscapes and still lives by Chas Fagan. Meet the artist, 3-6 p.m. at Metropolitan Gallery, 2420 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-358-9449.
Capitol Steps. Washington-based political satire group, The Capitol Steps performs at Bishop O' Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for light fare, appetizers and opportunities to support the high school. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $50 at the door. To order, visit www.djopto.org.
Concert of Dvorak’s Biblical Songs. Featuring Lyric Soprano Cynthia Cole and Pianist Patricia Humphrey. Free, as part of the John Leland Center’s “Leland & the Arts” program designed to engage the arts in theological education. 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon. 1210 N. Highland St. Call 703-812-4757 or visit www.johnlelandcenter.edu.
Nigella Lawson. Gourmet magazine's "It Girl," New York Times' "Dining In" columnist, and best-selling cookbook author Nigella Lawson will give a short talk, answer questions, and sign her new cookbook, "Feast," which offers savory, spicy, and delicious recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Eid, New Year's, Passover, Easter gatherings, and any time you want to celebrate food and life. No memorabilia, please. Free tickets (for a place in the line) will be available at the store on the day of the event. 3 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227
<cal2>Margot Livesey. Author of "Eva Moves the Furniture," Margot Livesey reads from her latest novel, "Banishing Verona." 7 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227.
<cal2>"Marketing is from Mars, Sales are from Venus: The Battle of Sales vs. Marketing." A discussion sponsored by Business-to-Business SIG, American Marketing Association, D.C. Chapter. 12-1;30 p.m. at the Arlington Economic Development Center, 1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500. Fee: $10 members, $25 nonmembers (lunch included). Call 703-683-4883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Poetry Reading. Poet Samuel Hazo reads from his works at Marymount University in Bernie's in the Lee Center on the main campus, 2807 N. Glebe Road, at 4 p.m. Dr. Hazo has written poetry, fiction essays and plays, and was state poet for Pennsylvania from 1993-2003. Free. Call 202-294-1648.
DMZ to Delta Dance. Fund-raiser to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 227. $25 per person; admission includes collectibles, food, raffle, silent auction, dancing. Pre-dance warm-up, free, 7-8 p.m.; Dance 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. Call 703-807-2000 (Inn) or 703-912-1681 (veterans).
Alicia Keys Booksigning. Grammy Award-winning performer Alicia Keys discusses and signs her new book, "Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics." A limited number of tickets will be available, one per person, on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of the event starting at store opening (8 a.m.). No phone orders for tickets. No memorabilia. 7 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., 703-525-4227