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<lst>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 Miguel Koropecky at 703-917-6407.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 1

<cal2>Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Call 703-971-0010 to register.

First Thursday in Del Ray, featuring live music and family-friendly activities, 6-9 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue. Call 703-683-2570 or visit www.visitdelray.com.

Garden Stroll and Tea, 1-3 p.m. 20 demonstration gardens are followed by a full English tea. Groups may make arrangements for tours and teas. $24. Call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Philadelphia Mural Trolley Tour will depart from the Art League Gallery at 8:30 a.m. to see the murals of Philly Sept. 24. Travel by chartered bus to Philadelphia, enjoy a 2-hour guided trolley tour of the murals and stop for a famous Philly Cheese Steak. $75/person includes the cost of the bus and the guided trolley tour. Limited to 32 people. Call the Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780, by Sept. 1 to reserve a seat.

Daytime Book Group at 12:15 p.m. at the Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Banishing Verona by Margot Livesey. Adults. No registration is required. Call 703-339-4610.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 2

<cal2>Bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For children birth-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

The Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio will perform at 219 Restaurant, 219 King St., at 9 p.m. No cover charge. Call 703-549-1141.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 4

<cal2>Virginia Coalition at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. $19.50. Call 703-549-7500, x14 or visit www.Birchmere.com for show times.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 6

<cal2>Personalized Internet Training, Learn to use the Web or update skills at 6:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Practice Your English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. No registration necessary. Call 703-765-3645.

King Street Metro Task Force will convene at Durant center, 1605 Cameron St., 8 a.m. The King Street Metro Task Force is involved in matters of interest to business and residents in the King Street Metro area. All are welcome. Call Lois Walker at 703-549-4696 or visit www.ksmet.com

Second Annual Doggie Day Swim 4-7 p.m. at the Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St. $3 for resident dogs and $5 for nonresident dogs. Dog handlers must be at least 16 years old and all dogs should wear current vaccination tags or owners must provide proof of current vaccinations. Call 703-519-2160.

The Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association will host a networking social 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Stardust Restaurant and Lounge, 608 Montgomery St. For directions and details visit www.aglca.org. Social is free, cash bar available. Casual attire. GLBT community and allies are welcome.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 7

<cal2>Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy while sharing stories, videos and activities at noon at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center. For ages 1-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-339-4610.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. No registration necessary. Call 703-339-4610.

Mary Travaglini of the Nature Conservancy will give a lecture, with images, about the Potomac river. This biologically significant natural area harbors more than 400 occurrences of rare plant species, a major river system, seeps and springs that contain rare ground water organism and wetlands. At 7:45 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Visitor's Center, south of Old Town Alexandria off Lockheed Blvd. Learn about Potomac Gorge, the stretch of the Potomac River from Great Falls to Georgetown. Call 703-768-2525.

Red, Yellow and Orange program at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Stories, activities and a craft about colors. Age 2-3 with adult. Call 703-971-0100.

Arum Rae will perform on Steve Key's Music Showcase 7-10 p.m. at Stella's, 1725 Duke St. Call 703-519-1946 or visit www.stellas.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Bedtime stories and activities at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For ages 2-5 with adult. Bring a favorite stuffed animal. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Daytime discussion group on "Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of the Slave Sally Miller and Her Fight For Freedom" by John Bailey at 12:15 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Adults. No registration necessary. Call 703-339-4610.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Second Thursday in Old Town Street Festival 6-9 p.m. Includes "Back to the Books" book signings at The Torpedo Factory Arts Center, a guided gallery tour leaving from Market Square and a model train exhibit at Market Square. Shops and galleries open late, music at three locations along King Street and canine cruises with the Potomac Riverboat Co. Call 703-838-4565 ext. 6 or visit www.funside.com.

A special viewing of Recovered Views: African American Portraits, 1912-1925, an exhibition, will take place 6-8 p.m. in the Parker-Gray Gallery at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Call 703-838-4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

Art Show and Luncheon with The Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection at the Ft. Belvoir Officer’s Club 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Artist Eileen Olson will present "Another Realm-Mt. Athos" and speaker Martha Goodrich will present "What to do when the power goes out." $14 includes the luncheon and free child-care, 6 mos.-6 yrs. Reservations must be made by noon, Sept. 5, at 703-768-4186, 703-451-0677 or e-mail to SprngAlexWmnConn@msn.com.

"Back to the Books," a free event featuring book readings and signings, musical entertainment and art at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., 6-9 p.m. Call 703-838-4565.

<cal2>Friday/Sept. 9

<cal1>Stories, magnet board plays, fingerplays and crafts about chickens, ducks and geese at 1 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. For ages 3-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For children birth-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 10

<cal2>Alexandria Archaeology Family Dig Days behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Join City archaeologists and trained volunteers for an archaeological investigation and discover the hidden clues left behind by the people who lived and worked on this site hundreds of years ago by helping screen excavated soil. From 1:30-3 p.m. $5/person. Call 703-838-4399.

Archaeological and Ecological Kayak Tour of Alexandria at Belle Haven Marina, near the grey marina office 9:30 a.m.-noon. $38, reservations required. The tour will include the Alexandria, Heritage Trail by water. The second part of the trip will feature Dyke Marsh, a serene wetland just south of Alexandria. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Call 703-354-5093.

The Tenth Annual Arts Safari, at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of hands-on activities such as the clay experience, the imaginative safari murals, the colorful tie-dye project and plaster body casting and artists’ demonstrations for children. Free and open to the public. Call 703-838-4565.

Auditions for the Alexandria Choral Society 2005-2006 season, by appointment with Philip Cave and Kevin Carr, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave, Adults only; Rehearsals Tuesday evenings, Sept.-May. Concerts Nov., Dec., Feb., April, May. Some Children's Chorus scholarships available. Call 703-548-4734 or e-mail trish@alexchoralsociety.org for appointment.

Alexandria Volunteer Bureau Anniversary Gala-Celebrate the bureau's 25 years of service to the community. Gala celebration will honor Marian Van Landingham at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. at 8:30 p.m. Call 703-836-2176..

Boy Scout Troop 1515, is sponsoring a bike collection at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Middle School, 4401 West Braddock Road, 9 a.m.-noon. The bikes will be compacted and given to Bikes for the World, a non-profit organization that ships bicycles overseas to low-income people who are in need of affordable transportation. Call Matthew Dziuban at 703-971-4656.

3rd Annual Community Fun Fair at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 7730 Fordson Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singing, food, crafts and children activities. Call 703-360-9450.

Virginia Grand Military Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts center, 3001 North Beauregard St., 8 p.m. For tickets call 703-281-3331 or visit www.vgmb.com.

10th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Visual Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. Participate in Art demonstrations and hand-on activities for children of all ages. Free. Call 703-838-4565 or visit www.funside.com.

Alexandria Festival For the Arts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. A two-day outdoor art festival featuring more than 150 local and nationally known artists presenting a variety of art works including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glassware, photography and more. Located on King Street from Washington to Union Streets. Free. Call 703-838-5005 or visit www.funside.com

Children in the Churchyard, a little festival for little people seeking food and fun during Alexandria's Festival of the Arts. Sponsored by Christ Church and featuring food from Hard Times Café with arts and crafts for children of all ages. 118 N. Washington St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 703-549-1450 or visit www.historicchristchurch.org.

Fall Fling at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. A fund-raiser featuring a discussion of hellebores, the perennial of the year; presenters from Pine Knot Farm, a silent auction featuring plants, art, garden excursions and other gardening essentials. $20 registration fee includes a seat at the discussion, a bidder number and refreshments. Proceeds help acquire plants for the garden and add to Green Spring's educational efforts. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org.

Square Dance "First Nighter" with the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association at the Lincolnia Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., 6:30 -10:30 p.m. Contact Arbell Thompson at 703-729-2109 or arbellthompson@aol.com.

The 5th Annual "Best Ribs Around" Contest at the Kingstowne Shopping Center parking lot at the corner of South Van Dorn Street and Kingstowne Boulevard, 4-7 p.m. Participating restaurants include King Street Blues, Kingstowne's Own Red Hot & Blue, H. I. Ribsterís and Shooter McGeeís. $5, admission and beverage proceeds will go to Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. Call 703-913-0880.

St. Joseph's Annual Gala Bazaar at 711 N. Columbus St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Flea market, arts and crafts, great deals on jewelry, old-fashioned southern fish fry, free games for children and raffle drawings. For information on renting a table contact Patricia Cuff at 703-683-5219 or pcuff@ix.netcom.com.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church Third Annual Community Fun Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 7730 Fordson Road. Entertainment, activities and meet and greets with local politicians.

Second Annual "Elton John - Lunch Around The World" at King Street Blues, 5810 Kingstowne Center, 1-5 p.m. all proceeds raised at the event benefit the singer's charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Featuring music, games, trivia, memorabilia for sale and tasty food. Elton John will not be appearing at this event.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Feist with The Sketches at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. at 7:30 p.m. $17.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

Jackie H. Lewis, vocalist, shares “The Lessons I’ve Learned,” with Stanley Thurston, 5-7 p.m. at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 South Alfred St., in Old Town. Call 703-780-7882.

Alexandria Festival For the Arts continues today 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Outdoor Art Festival featuring more than 150 local and nationally known artists and their artworks including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glassware, photography and more. Located on King Street from Washington to Union Streets. Free. Call 703-838-5005 or visit www.funside.com

The Harmony Heritage Singers will perform at 4 p.m. at Market Square as part of the city's Festival of the Arts program. Call Mal Agnew at 703-241-0993 or Mike Everand at 703-941-1057.

Children in the Churchyard, a little festival for little people seeking food and fun during Alexandria's Festival of the Arts. Sponsored by Christ Church and featuring food from Hard Times Café with arts and crafts for children of all ages. 118 N. Washington St., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 703-549-1450 or visit www.historicchristchurch.org.

Hands-On-History Tent, 1:30-4 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Children ages 3-12 and their families can learn about the 18th century through hands-on activities such as dressing in costumes, writing with quill and ink, exploring John Carlyle's travel pack and playing games. No reservations required. Free. Call 703-549-2997 or visit. www.carlylehouse.org

Crop Out Cancer. Scrapbookers are invited to a Creative Memories show, 5621 James Gunnell Lane, to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. From 2-4 p.m. Stay after 4 p.m. to crop for a donation. 40% of all show sales will benefit the Society. To register and get directions, call 703-922-7326 or e-mail tammymoloy@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Kindermusik Sign & Sing with Michele Hill will teach children more than 50 signs to communicate with parents. Free preview week at 8503 Fort Hunt Road, for ages 6 months to 3 years. Class length is 40-50 minutes. Call 703-780-1967.

After-school activities about cooperation, including making a mural, at 1:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For ages 6-12. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Work on community projects. For ages 13-18. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Stories, songs and activities for young book lovers at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. For ages 2-3 with adult. Call to register, 703-339-4610.

Monday morning book discussion on "Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood" by Alexandra Fuller at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults. No registration necessary. Call 703-768-6700.

Books & Ideas Group and "Ava's Man" by Rick Bragg at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults. No registration necessary. Call 703-765-3645.

The Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage monthly meeting take place at 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Call 703-838-4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 13

<cal2>Simple stories in English and Spanish, with songs and a craft at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. For ages 3-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Tuesday evening book group at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults. Call branch for title and registration at 703-768-6700.

Personalized Internet Training, Learn to use the Web or update skills at 6:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Practice Your English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. No registration necessary. Call 703-765-3645.

Business Lunch regarding Transportation and Growth issues facing Fairfax County 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Primo's Family Restaurant, 1636 Belle View Blvd. $25. Call 703-360-6925.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 14

<cal2>Danielle Miraglia will perform on Steve Key's Music Showcase, 7-10 p.m. at Stella's, 1725 Duke St. Call 703-519-1946 or visit www.stellas.com.

Short stories, fingerplays and activities at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For ages 13-23 months with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Learn about the history of espionage and intelligence activity in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Presented by Certified Master Tour Guide Carol Bessette. For ages 16 and up. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Fairfax County Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Greg Kottemann discusses ways to protect oneself, preventing common frauds and scams targeting seniors at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Rising Words, Rising Images: "Toussaint L'Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom" by Walter Dean Myers and Jacob Lawrence 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. For ages 8-12. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Very basic introduction to computers in Computer ABCs Series, Part A, at 6:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. No registration necessary. Call 703-339-4610.

Korean Outreach Foundation presents Joong'ang University-Korean Traditional Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts center, 3001 North Beauregard St. Purchase tickets by calling 703-538-6477 or reserving on-line at www.koreanoutreach.org

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Garden Stroll and Tea, 1-3 p.m. 20 demonstration gardens are followed by a full English tea. Groups may make arrangements for tours and teas. $24. Call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Just Twos stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. For ages 24-35 months with adult. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Poetry group with poems by Adrienne Rich at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults. No registration necessary. Call 703-768-6700.

Stump the librarian with clues to books read over the summer, then discuss favorites at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. For ages 6-12. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 16

<cal2>Dancing in the Dark with a Mount Vernon Swing Band, at Hollin Hall Senior Center Dance, 1500 Shenandoah Road, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. Call 703-765-4573.

Bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For children birth-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Social Dancing with the Friday Nighters Dancing Club at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Windmill Lane, 8:30-11:30 p.m. with live music provided by The Family. Guest fees are $12.50 per person; reservations are required. Call 703-229-5118.

The Iguanas at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com for ticket prices.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 17

<cal2>Annual Mile-Long Yard Sale 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Taney Avenue in Seminary Valley. Call 703-370-7122

The Annual Craft Fair and Gourmet Kitchen at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, in the Hollin Hall/Wellington area of Fairfax County, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafters are needed. For information and applications contact Lisa Maple at 703-765-1522 or visit www.saintlukeschurch.net.

Community Yard Sale with the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce Jaycees in the parking lot of the Anthony Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sellers are welcome for $15 per space and may sell anything legal except food and drinks. Free for buyers. Call 703-866-7171 or visit www.alexjaycees.org.

The Ark of Art Open Studio Show. Von Brahler Ltd./Gallery at 1437 Powhatan St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 703-798-8686. Continues Sept. 18.

Peter McCory's one-man-band with drums, harmonica and more at 2 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. CDs for sale. All ages. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Black Authors' Book Discussion Group at 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call for title. Adults. No registration necessary. Call 703-765-3645.

Introduction to Microsoft Word in Spanish at 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults, must know how to use keyboard and mouse. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Star Musician of Iran perform at 8 p.m., at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts center, 3001 North Beauregard St. Purchase tickets by calling 301-437-1936 or reserve online at www.starmusician.com.

TC Williams High School Class of 1985 will hold a class reunion at the Hilton in Old Town Alexandria. Call 1-800-655-7971 or visit GreatReunions.com.

18th Century Fair at Mount Vernon. Juried artisans demonstrate and sell their crafts, plus hearty food, sightseeing cruises and entertainment. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $11, $5 for ages 6-11. Call 703-780-2000.

Seed Saving, a presentation at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn the basics of seed saving including isolation techniques, seed harvest, drying, cleaning and storage. At the end of the lecture, venture into the gardens with Mary Frogale, propagation horticulturalist and collect seed from unique annuals and perennials. $18. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org for more information.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 18

<cal2>Organ and Voice Concert at Nativity Lutheran Church, 1300 Collingwood Road, at 4 p.m. The concert will include works by Bach, Rorem and Vierne. Call 703-768-1112.

The Ark of Art Open Studio Show. Von Brahler Ltd./Gallery at 1437 Powhatan St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 703-798-8686. Begins Sept. 17.

18th Century Fair at Mount Vernon-Juried artisans demonstrate and sell their crafts, plus hearty food, sightseeing cruises and entertainment. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $11, $5 for ages 6-11. Call 703-780-2000.

Hispanic Heritage Day at Cora Kelly REC Center, 25 W Reed Ave., 2:30-6 p.m. Information on citizenship, education, gang prevention, jobs and healthcare. Food and refreshments, music by Latin Soul . Call 703 481 4339 or email bryan.spoon@mail.house.gov.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Book discussion of "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman and Sammy Keyes and "The Art of Deception" by Wendelin Van Draanen, 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Ages 12-15 with adult. Call to register, 703-339-4610.

September Sampler with seasonal stories, fingerplays and activities at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. For ages 4-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

King Street Metro Enterprise Team will meet for its Monthly Monday Member Meet-Up 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Potomac Riverboat Company, The Cherry Blossom Pier behind Torpedo Factory Art Center. The King Street Metro Enterprise Team provides, networking, advocacy and marketing for a variety of businesses located east of Alexandria Union Station. Street parking is available. Guests are welcome. Call Lois Walker at 703-549-4696.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 20

<cal2>Animals at Home: short stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. For ages 13-23 months with adult. Call to register, 703-339-4610.

Personalized Internet Training. Learn to use the Web or update skills at 6:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Practice Your English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. No registration necessary. Call 703-765-3645.

Goapele at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. at 7:30 p.m. $27.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 21

<cal2>Julie Loyd will perform on Steve Key's Music Showcase, 7-10 p.m. at Stella's, 1725 Duke St. Call 703-519-1946 or visit www.stellas.com.

The Proclaimers at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. $20. Call 703-549-7500x14 or visit www.Birchmere.com for show times.

Stories, activities and a craft about feathered friends at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For ages 2-3 with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Book discussion group at 7:15 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults. New members are welcome. No registration necessary. Call 703-971-0010.

Hands-on science activities that explain how things work at 4 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. For ages 6-12. No registration necessary. Call 703-339-4610.

Natural Wonders: Storms with stories and a craft at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. For ages 3-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Learn about the history of espionage and intelligence activity in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Presented by Certified Master Tour Guide Carol Bessette. For ages 16 and up. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Transportation stories, fingerplays and activities at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. For ages 2-3 with adult. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Hands-on training on the keyboard and mouse in Computer ABCs Series, Part B, at 6:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. No registration necessary. Call 703-339-4610.

John Yagerline Lecture Series at Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St., at 7 p.m. The series will highlight historical topics related to 18th century life in Alexandria. $12. Free to teachers and students. Call 703-838-4242 or visit www.GadsbysTavern.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 22

<cal2>Stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft about dogs and cats at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. For ages 2-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-768-6700.

Introduction to Microsoft Word at 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults must know how to use mouse and keyboard. Call to register, 703-765-3645.

Practice English in a conversation group for adults learning English at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

Third Annual Mini Golf Classic, 5-8 p.m., at Kingstowne Mid-Atlantic Golf Center as part of an annual fund-raiser for at-risk children and teens. The event will include dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse, performers and activities. Individual tickets are $15 and $50 for a group of four. Call 703-768-7106.

Johnny Appleseed at Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Includes an apple taste test, learning about the famous character from American folklore and planting apple seeds. $5. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org.

Teen Talent Competition for youth ages 13 to 20, Thursday, at 4 p.m. at the Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron St. Auditions are open to any interested teenager wishing to perform as a comedian, actor, musician, singer, dancer or master of ceremonies. Call 703-799-0024, visit www.firstnightalexandria.org to download an application.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. For children birth-5 with adult. Call to register, 703-971-0010.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 24

<cal2>Art From the Heart, for the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Healing Arts Program, at 6:30 p.m at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road. Featuring a dinner, local artists and a silent auction. $125/ person. Black tie optional. Call 703-321-1985.

64th Annual Tour of Historic Homes. Tour six of Alexandria's beautifully restored and decorated homes in the heart of Old Town, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $30. Call 703-683-5544.

Figs: Propagating, Growing and Cooking at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, 10-11:30 a.m. Sybil Mays, owner of Paradise Nursery, shares her fig growing experiences, tips, tricks and fig recipes. Enjoy a fig tasting after the lecture featuring recipes prepared by gourmet gardener Cindy Brown. $18. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org.

Birds, Blooms and Breakfast at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, 8-11 a.m. Rise with the birds and enjoy breakfast with fellow bird lovers. Creep through the blooms and search the skies with a gardener and bird guide. Bring your own binoculars and field guides. $24. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org.

Johnny Appleseed at Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Includes an apple taste test, learning about the famous character from American folklore and planting apple seeds. $5. Call 703-642-5173 for reservations or visit www.greenspring.org.

"Taste of Tantra" 10-3 p.m., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 6744 S. King's Highway. Early registration required. Call Sandy at 703-971-2214, or go to JoyfulHeartYoga.com.

Italian Festival as part of the Alexandria Department of Recreation's summer Ethnic Festivals noon-5 p.m rain or shine, in Market Square, 301 King St.The event includes entertainment, food, arts and crafts. Call 703-883-4686.

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<cal2>Marcus Miller at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. $26.50. Call 703-549-7500x14 or visit www.Birchmere.com for show times.