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<hdr15>Stage

<lst>Eighth International Festival of Hispanic Theater hosted by The Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., will run through 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.

“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.

Signature Theatre presents the Washington premiere of "10 Unknowns," an explosive drama about what happens when art, fame, and integrity collide, by award-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz. March 15–April 24 at Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Tickets are $25-35 and are available at 703-218-6500, 800-955-5566 or www.signature-theatre.org . Show times are: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. There is no show on Tuesday, March 22.

"The Giggle Fest," presented by Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., March 19-April 24, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. A series of three original mime productions: "The Magic Balloon" runs March 19-27 and uses music, ballet, clowning and audience participation to tell the story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. "The Misadventures of Dr. Frank-n-Flubber" runs April 2-10 and uses physical comedy, illusions and outrageous visual tricks and props to tell the story of a wacky scientist and his dream creation. "The Music Box" runs April 16-24 and uses physical comedy and music to tell short stories of a mischievous mask, an invisible wall, two cowboys in the Wild West and road workers trying to catch a butterfly.

"The Ugly Duckling," presented by Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., March 19-May 28, Saturdays and Sundays at noon. A puppet interpretation of the classic children's tale of compassion, patience and self-confidence. Call 703-824-0660 or visit www.classika.org.

The American Century Theater celebrates its 10th season by performing Orson Welles' "Moby Dick Rehearsed," the play that first gained the company widespread fame. The show runs March 24-April 30. Performances are Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinees on April 3, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30. Performances are at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Tickets are $18-$26. Accompanied by a paying adult, a child under 18 gets free admittance. Call 703-553-8782, or visit www.americancentury.org

<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 now to 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.

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.

"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.

The Society of American Mosaic Artists Juried Show at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, runs March 17-June 4. Two- and three-dimensional mosaic works in glass, ceramic, stone and mixed media will be featured in this exhibit. Call 703-228-7710. For information about SAMA, visit www.americanmosaics.org .

2005 Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Education Center, First Floor Gallery, 1426 N. Quincy St. Arlington Traditional, Barcroft, Campbell, Claremont, Long Branch, Nottingham and Science Focus. The exhibition is open through March 15, daily 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 703-228-6170.

<hdr15>Activities for Children

<lst>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.

Registration for Spring Storytimes begins March 21. Drop in at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., or call 703-228-5946 to register your child for age-appropriate sessions.

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.

Tunes and Tales with Miss Linda. Fridays at 11 a.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10, Arlington. Ages 18 months to 3 years. For more information, call 703-241-8281.

Story Hour. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. with a special guest or a staff member at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10, Arlington. Ages 2 1/2-6, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 703-241-8281.

<hdr15>Miscellaneous

<lst>The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax area invites any and all interested individuals to a stimulating discussion on Virginia women in politics. The women of Virginia have always been an integral part of Virginia history going back to the earliest days. To learn more, join the discussion on March 7, 8, 9 or 10. For exact times and locations, call 703-658-9150 or e-mail wvfa@ecosp.com. There are times and locations for everyone.

English Classes. The ESL and Immigrant Ministries Program welcomes adult foreign nationals from all countries to English classes. Spring classes will be held at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd. Registration: Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Classes meet Monday and Thursday evenings through June 16. For more information in English call 703-271-8341, box #3. For more information in Spanish call 703-841-0292, box #2.

Get on Board! Go Online! A hands-on introduction to the Internet and the library's electronic databases. Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Call 703-228-6545 to reserve a time.

Online @ Your Library. Find information in magazines and newspapers using the library's databases. Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call Susan at 703-228-5260 to register.

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.

“Desperate Housewives” 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.

“The Mystery of Missing Seasons” 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 earth’s 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 Farmers’ Market each Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, at the intersection of N. 14th St., 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.