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To have community events listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. This free community listing is reserved to events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Marguerite Rogers at 703-917-6407 with questions.

<hdr15>Stage

<lst>The Arlington Players will present the American comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" weekends from Jan. 28-Feb. 12, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on Feb. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be held at Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 S. Glebe Road. Prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children under 18. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.thearlingtonplayers.org or by calling "Tea and Sympathy." Produced by the American Century Theater. Daring and gripping when first produced, Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy remains moving and gripping today. Tea and Sympathy runs through Feb. 5. Performances are Wednesday-Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinees on Jan. 29, 30 and Feb. 5. Performances are at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Tickets are $18-$26. Call 703-553-8782 or visit www.americancentury.org

The Arlington-based community theater Dominion Stage announces its production of "Ruthless! The Musical," running through Feb. 5, Fridays and Saturdays and Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30 p.m. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Be advised that Dominion Stage calls this play "a dark comedy," and does not recommend it for children under 10 due to strong language and suggested violence. Fees $15 for adults, $12 for students/senior citizens, and $12 for groups of 10 or more. Call 703-683-0502 or visit www.dominionstage.org.

Eighth International Festival of Hispanic Theater hosted by The Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., will run from Feb. 9-March 19. Features troupes from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Spain. In Spanish with live English dubbing (except where specifically noted). For all ages. Admission $25, students and senior citizens $20. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org, or call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227.

The Washington Shakespeare Company, at 601 S. Clark St., is presenting "Bard-37: Our Canon Cabaret." The complete works of Shakespeare, through Aug. 23. All readings are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. No reservations taken. Visit www.washingtonshakespeare.org, or call 703-418-4808.

Synetic Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., presents "Bohemians," a piece in response to world events of the last four years. Showing through March 6, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.; Sundays, at 3 p.m. Cost Thursdays and Sundays $24, Fridays and Saturdays $29.

<hdr15>Art

<lst>Grey House Potters' new show, "Animal Farm" features sculptures and pots with animal and human motifs by seven clay artists working in raku, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The show runs from Feb. 10-March 22.

Grey House Potters is located at 5509 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-522-7738. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grey House Potters is owned and managed as a

cooperative by local potters who share studio and display space. The potters are Jennifer Dinkelmeyer,

Birgit Henninger, Jan McQueary, Heidi Schramm, Elke

Seefeldt, Karin Abromaitis and Kim Hyo Ju.

The Ellipse Photo Show runs now-Feb. 26. Ellipse Arts Center is located at 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Gallery Hours are Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 703-228-7710 .ÊÊ

The 2005 Exceptional Child Art Exhibit will be presented at the Education Center, First Floor Gallery, 1426 N. Quincy St., from Jan. 27-Feb. 8. Hosted by Arlington Public Schools, Elementary Visual Arts Faculty, and the Arts Education Office. Gallery Hours Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 703-228-6170.

The Scholastic Art Award Exhibition is being held at the Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. through Feb. 13. The exhibition features a juried showcase of works by Arlington students in grades seven-12. It is sponsored by Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Public Library, Arlington Artists Alliance and Ellipse Arts Center.

Lynn Schmidt Paintings and Sculpture is being presented at the Barry Gallery in the Reinsch Library, at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road through Feb. 19.

Arlington Arts Center will reopen with the exhibition, State of the Art, a Mid-Atlantic Regional Overview, which pays tribute to the spirit and variety of artists who live and work in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The exhibit will run from through March 12.

NVCC Presents 50 Books/50 Covers Exhibit. Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus will display the best book covers of 2003, through Feb. 8 in the Tyler Teaching Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Exhibit selections are made annually by AIGA, the professional association for communication design. An Ideal Husband presented by Fountainhead Theatre at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. through March 19, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. A blend of farce and morality, that explores human frailty and social hypocrisy. Evenings and Sunday matinees: $20, Saturday matinees: $10. Call 703-920-5923 or visit www.fountainheadtheatre.com.

Lynn Schmidt: Paintings and Sculpture, a mixed-media collection of sculpture, paintings and sketches, at Marymount University's Barry Art Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Road. The exhibition runs from through Feb. 19. The gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Call the gallery curator at 703-284-1561.

"Art at the Heights." Exhibition of works by local painters. 4502 Old Lee Highway. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Showings sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance, a nonprofit organization in support of art and artists in Arlington.

<hdr15>Senior Activities

<lst>The Golden Girls of Northern Virginia, a senior women's softball league, is looking for players from February through March. Must be female, over age 40. Team plays on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Vienna. Visit www.goldengirls.org, or call 703-938-0387.

Bingo. Culpepper Garden Senior Center. Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Fridays at 11:15 a.m. at Carver Senior Center. Bilingual bingo Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Dawson Terrace. Call 703-228-4744.

Bridge, Poker and Canasta. Lee Senior Center, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 703-228-0555.

Musical Groups for Seniors who like to sing, dance or play music. Four groups meet at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, which includes the Lee Jammers, Just Playin' Country, Senior Singers Chorale and the Caroleers. Three groups rehearse at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, the Songfellows, Diamonds and 60 Karats. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., is home to the Merrymakers. Each group would like new members. For more information, call Lee, 703-228-0555; Culpepper Garden, 703-228-4403 or TJ, 703-228-5920.

Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpepper St., offers a personal exercise program for seniors following a strength evaluation and fitness test. The cost is $120 for one-hour sessions with a certified personal trainer. Call for appointment, 703-228-4879.

Senior Singles Chorale. Lee Senior Action Center. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Call 703-228-0555.

Senior Travel. The county's Office of Senior Adult Programs (OSAP) offers a variety of travel opportunities and day excursions throughout the year. Trips range in price from $8-$80 and include theaters, museums, sports, outlet shopping, casinos and historic sites. Overnight trips are planned several times a year. Seniors need to join OSAP to access the travel program at an annual cost of $10. Call Mimi Fitzgerald at 703-228-4749.

<hdr15>Activities for Children

The 2005 Miss Virginia American Coed Scholarship State Pageant is looking for contestants for the Aug. 11-14 pageant in Richmond, Va. This is an "All Natural" scholarship pageant for girls ages 3-22. The emphasis is on the academic and volunteerism. Makeup is not allowed on contestants under the age of 13. For an application e-mail contact@msvaamericancoed.com or call 804-305-4239, or visit www.msvaamericancoed.com.

Creative Preschoolers Program at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. For 3- to 5-year-olds, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-228-6430. To register, call 703-228-4747.

Cooperative Playgroup at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., for toddlers 12-36 months old with three sessions available per age group Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursdays or Fridays only from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sessions are available throughout the year at costs ranging from $15-$30. Call 703-228-6588.

Friday Night Roller Skating at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Fridays throughout the year for grades kindergarten-fourth. The cost is $5 per child and includes a hot dog, chips, cookies, lemonade and skate rental. No preregistration required. Helmets are required in order to participate. Call 703-228-6588 or visit.

<hdr15>Miscellaneous

ÒDesperate HousewivesÓ Viewing Parties will be given at La Tasca Clarendon, 2900 Wilson Blvd., on Sundays, from 7-11 p.m. The event is being presented by Z104 Radio. Included at the party will be show merchandise giveaways, trivia contests, sangria and wine specials, drawings for restaurant gift certificates, and other attractions. The show will be viewed on the big screen. Call 703-812-9120.

Antiques and Collectibles Market. Year-round Saturday event. 2900 Wilson Blvd. About 50 vendors. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking available at 3033 Wilson Blvd.

ÒThe Mystery of Missing SeasonsÓ is being presented by the Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., through March 20. The multimedia show is for elementary-school children. It answers questions about the earthÕs journey around the sun, why temperatures vary over the year and how the night changes from season to season. A tour of the current night sky finishes up the program. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission: $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and children under 12. Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time and are locked once the program starts. Call 703-228-6070.

Arlington National Cemetery Civil War Walk. A look at some of the many hundreds of Civil War heroes and the history of the Cemetery and the role of the Civil War in creating it. Sundays at 1 p.m. $12 per person. Call 202-903-6255 for reservations.

CyberCenter Classes. Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-6346 to reserve a time. Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330 to reserve a time.

English Classes. Registration begins in January. Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities at 18 sites in Northern Virginia. Cost is only $40 per semester, includes textbook. Call 703-534-9805, Ext. 222 or go to www.ccda.net for schedule.

Classes de Ingles. Inscripcion empezara en enero. Hogar Hispano de Caridades Catolicas ofrece clases de ingles para los adultos en 18 lugares por todo Norte Virginia. El costo es $40 y incluye el libro. Llame al 703-534-9805, Ext. 222, se habla espanol, o visita www.ccda.net para el horario.

Farmers Market. Join lovers of fresh, local grown food at the Arlington FarmersÕ Market each Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, at the intersection of N. 14th Street, and N. Courthouse Road.

Master Gardeners' Plant Clinic. Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. 7 p.m. Gardening and plant-care advice and identification every Thursday. Call 703-228-6400.

Pub Trivia. Come to Gaffneys in Ballston on Monday nights for Headgames, an irreverent pub trivia contest. Compete to win $30, $20, and $10 gift certificates based on your knowledge of things tawdry and tasteful, academic and trashy. Questions range from Britney Spears to the French Revolution and all points in between. Games 7-8:30 p.m., no admission charge. Gaffneys is located at 4301 Fairfax Drive.

All day Monday-Friday. Free. Newcomers welcome. Call Carver at 703-228-5700, Culpepper Garden at 703-228-4403, or Thomas Jefferson at 703-228-5290.