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<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 8

<cal2>Bachelor/Bachlorette Auction. Post Pentagon Row is hosting its third annual auction of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. "Love Cures All" logo T-shirts are available for a $20 donation prior to the event on location. Open to the public. Participants can also support the cause by bidding in the silent auction, featuring items of all price ranges. Attendance is free. Minimum bid in bachelor/bachlorette auction is $100. Silent auction and bachelor/bachelorette preview at 7 p.m.; bachelor/bachelorette auction at 9 p.m. At Champps Restaurant & Bar, Pentagon Row, 1201 South Joyce St. Call 703-486-3700.

Baseball historian Tim Gay is speaking at Arlington Better Sports Club dinner at Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road. Gay is a writer based in Northern Virginia, whose essays and articles on baseball, golf, politics and history have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today and other publications. "Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend" is his first book. Open to the Public. Doors open at 6 p.m. $15 at the door includes dinner. RSVP to Club President Jim Smith at jamesmsmith@dwt.com.

Stop for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 7 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Family Storytimes. Stories and activities for children of all ages and their families. 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library. 300 S. Kensington St. Call 703-228-6548.

Family Stories for 3-7-Year-Olds. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Call 703-228-6545.

Stories and More. Books and activities for the whole family. 7 a.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call 703-228-5260.

Interested in Starting a Business. Learn how to get a business license, certificate of occupancy and state registration. Discover free online tools that can help write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and evaluate financing options. Also, find out which organizations can help map out entrepreneurial plans for free. 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-0833.

<cal1>Thursday/ Feb. 9

<cal2>Lunchtime chamber concert at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Program includes W.F. Bach's "Sonata," with Molly Moses on flute and Christine Kharazian on violin, and selected works by Scarlatti with Georgiana Acchione on keyboard. Noon–1 p.m. Free. Call 703-228-7710 or visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

The "Date With a Democrat" Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction is the Arlington Young Democrats' fifth annual charity/fundraiser. Singles can bid on dates with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, couples can bid on dates with other couples, and all attendees can bid on gift certificates to local restaurants. At least half of the proceeds will be donated to the Doorways for Women and Families, a nonprofit organization that empowers women and families who are abused, homeless or at risk to live safe, secure and self-sufficient lives. 7 p.m. at Carpool in Ballston, 4000 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Call 703-528-8588.

Family Fun Night. Stories, songs and more for the whole family. Today, celebrate African American History Month. 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Stories for Twos and Threes. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft for children ages 2-3 with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Call 703-228-5712.

Toddler Time. Stories and activities for children age 2 with an adult. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Threes and Fours Together. Stories and activities for children ages 3-4 with an adult. 11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Cross Cultural Cinema presents "Mississippi Masala." A story about the heat generated when different cultures collide. Discussion to follow. 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Contact film series coordinator Chandra Singh at 703-459-4918.

Family Story time. African family stories and a craft for children age 3-7 with an adult. 4 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St.

Get Connected with E-mail. Learn how to set up a free Yahoo! e-mail account and how to read, write, send and save e-mail. Keyboard and mouse skills, along with knowledge of the Internet, are required. 10 a.m. in the CyberCenter at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call 703-228-7763.

<cal1>Friday/ Feb. 10

<cal2>STAR Company's Homeschool Instructional Theatre Society presents the comedy class "Harvey" at 7 p.m. at the Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance, $8 for students and seniors in advance, and $12 at the door. Call 703-978-8390.

Stop in for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 10 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

<cal1>Saturday/ Feb. 11

<cal2>Arlington Interfaith Council is hosting a meeting with the Arlington County Board from 9-11 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd. The meeting will discuss the County's priorities for the year. Speakers include County Board Chair Chris Zimmerman, Vice Chair Paul Ferguson and a representative from DHS. A continental breakfast will be available at 9 a.m. Call 703-532-5991.

STAR Company's Homeschool Instructional Theatre Society presents the comedy class "Harvey" at 7 p.m. at the Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance, $8 for students and seniors in advance, and $12 at the door. Call 703-978-8390.

Professional Practices for the Visual Artist. This workshop is organised by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Education. It is led by Jeffrey Allison and will address a range of topics, including photographing artwork, funding opportunities, developing professional relationships with galleries and publications, copyright issues and marketing on the Web. 10 a.m at Lee Art Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Contact Novie Trump at 703-228-0560.

Raise a Reader. An early literacy program with stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes for children 2 and younger with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Registration begins Saturday, Feb. 4. Call 703-228-5946.

Cuéntame un Cuento/Tell me a Story. Bilingual stories and songs for children and their families. 2 p.m. Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call 703-228-5260.

Stock Talk. Join a discussion of the stock market and other pertinent topics. Call 703-228-5990. 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Saturday Night Skate for teens at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. General skate 9:30-11p.m. Call 703-228-7781.

Sport Challenge Night for teens at Drew Community Center 3500 S. 24th St. 7-10 p.m. Free. Play sports against friends and peers. Call 703-228-7781.

Saturday Night Hype. A night of music, sports and fun for teens. 8 p.m.-midnight at Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. Call 703-228-0551.

<cal1>Sunday/ Feb. 12

<cal2>Dance Performance and Poetry Reading by Jane Franklin from 6-8 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd. Free; contributions welcomed. Call 703-298-3235 or visit www.janefranklin.com.

Juanita Wallace Jackson will present "Honoring the Legacy: A Program of Spirituals with Narration and Poems by African Americans" at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, at 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 703-527-2621 or visit www.cherrydaleumc.org.

STAR Company's Homeschool Instructional Theatre Society presents the comedy class "Harvey" at 2 p.m. at the Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance, $8 for students and seniors in advance, and $12 at the door. Call 703-978-8390.

"Honoring the Legacy," a performance of black spirituals and poems, illustrating this genre's important contribution to American music, will be presented by contralto Juanita Wallace Jackson at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, at 4p.m. Free. Call 703-527-2621.

Rhythm Tracks: African Influence on Poplar Music. Explore the many ways in which African and African American music styles have influenced popular music genres. The Metro area's jazz ensemble La Mont Mitchell and Friends will perform live, followed by a post-concert discussion with Jim Byers, host of WPFW 89.2 FM's Latin Flavor/Classic Friday Edition. 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-6340.

The Gaia Theory — The Science of Our Living Planet. The Gaia theory is the scientific explanation of how our planet functions as a single, living and self-regulating system. Rocks, soil, oceans, atmosphere and living things are all seamlessly connected. Join Martin Ogle, chief naturalist of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, for a multimedia presentation exploring the Gaia theory through video, powerpoint presentation and hands-on activities. Free. 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Road. Open to adults and youth age 12 and older, with a limit of 40 participants. Reservations are required. Call 703-528-5406.

<cal1>Monday/Feb. 13

<cal2>Cuentos en Español. Cuentos, conciones y más en español para toda la familia. 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Wobbly Walkers. Stories and activities for newborn babies to 1 year old with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Registration required. Call 703-228-6330.

Monday's Child. Stories for children ages 3-6. 11 a.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call 703-228-5710.

Read to Me. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call the children's librarian at 703-228-5713 or e-mail jwiggins@arlingtonva.us to register.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingües. Stories in Spanish and English for children of all ages. 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library. 300 S. Kensington St. Call 703-228-6548.

Storytime for Twos and Threes. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft. 10:30 a.m. at Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Call 703-228-6545.

Speaking of Books. Discussion of Barack Obama's "Dreams from My Father." Obama, son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, was raised by his mother and his grandparents in Hawaii. He currently serves as a U.S. senator for the state of Illinois. 7 p.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call 703-228-5260.

Book Discussion. David Von Drehle's "Triangle: The Fire that Changed America." 7:30 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 14

<cal2>Fours and More. Stories and activities for children ages 4 and older. 4 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

"A Nuts and Bolts Overview of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act." The Northern Virginia Apartment Association, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is holding this seminar from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Tyson's Westpark Hotel, 8401 Westpark Drive. Open to the public. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a full breakfast. Topics include the legal requirements relating to security deposits, application fees, late fees, confidentiality of tenant information and more. The presenter is Robert J. Duffett Esq., editor of "The Virginia Landlord" and a noted expert on landlord/tenant issues. Registration is $50 for NVAA members and $60 for nonmembers. Call 703-671-6777 to register.

Dr. Jeremy Mayer, assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, has been invited by the League of Women Voters, in celebration of Black History Month, to speak on the role of race in the 2004 elections. Mayer is the author of the book "Running on Race." 7 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-536-8270.

Swing Dance at the Valentine's Day Dance with Rockin' Bones at the Clarendon Ballroom from 9-11 p. m., 3185 Wilson Blvd. $10. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703 244-9166.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 15

<cal2>Poesis. Featuring poet Judith McCombs. Music is being provided by Shep Williams on keyboard and Mike Gillispie on flute. Admission is free, and an open mic will follow the reading. 7-9 p.m. at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd. Call 703 465 7823.

Stop for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 7 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Family Storytimes. Stories and activities for children of all ages and their families. 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library. 300 S. Kensington St. Call 703-228-6548.

Family Stories for 3-7-Year-Olds. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Call 703-228-6545.

Stories and More. Books and activities for the whole family. 7 a.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call 703-228-5260.

From Page to Stage: Poetry into Music. A conversation with composer Matt Conner. The world premiere musical "Nevermore" is a dark and mysterious journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Composer Conner uses Poe's poetry and short stories as the catalyst for his melodies. 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5960.

<cal1>Thursday/ Feb. 16

<cal2>How to Communicate Effectively: Our Actions and our Words — Do They Say What We Mean? From 8:30 a.m.-noon at WETA FM Radio Headquarters, 2775 S. Quincy St. Call 703-528-2522 or visit www.weta.org.

Stories for Twos and Threes. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft for children ages 2-3 with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Call 703-228-5712.

Toddler Time. Stories and activities for children age 2 with an adult. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Threes and Fours Together. Stories and activities for children ages 3-4 with an adult. 11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Online Tax-Filing Tutorial. Learn where to locate on the Internet the essential information and forms for filing. Keyboard and mouse skills along with knowledge of the Internet are required. 2 p.m. in the CyberCenter at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-6324.

<cal1>Friday/ Feb. 17

<cal2>Bel Cantanti Opera Group presents a one-act Russian opera, "Aleko," by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In Russian with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. at Saint George’s Episcopal Church, 915 North Oakland St. Call 703-525-8286. Tickets cost $20. Visit www.belcantanti.com.

Stop in for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 10 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

<cal1>Saturday/ Feb. 18

<cal2>Celebrate the culture and history of African-Americans at the 14th annual Feel the Heritage Festival from noon–5 p.m. at Charles R. Drew Community Center, 3500 S. 23rd St. Enjoy an array of music and dance performances by regional artists, including doo-wop ensemble D.C.’s Finest, hip-hop group Harlem X, reggae group One Nite Stand, African drumming and theater group Soul in Motion Players and the Chelsea and Bria Nivens Duet, as well as community dance groups and choirs. This event is presented by the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, in partnership with Arlington County Public Schools. Call Rosa Abdulmalik at 703-228-5339 or Margaret Stephens-Reed at 703-228-2581.

Invasive Plant Removal. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, N. Columbus Street and N. Second Street. Bring work gloves, pruning shears and a flathead screwdriver if possible. Register at 703-228-6406 or volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org.

The Yorktown High School Crew team is partnering with the Yorktown Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to raise money for both organizations at the second annual Row for Humanity from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at Ballston Commons Mall. The crew team and some Habitat members are participating in an ergathon using indoor rowing machines at the Mall. This is part of a national event held by college chapters of Habitat for Humanity and college rowing teams to raise funds for building homes and to support rowing. Yorktown is the only high school in the Northern Virginia area to participate in this national event.

Stock Talk. Join a discussion of the stock market and other pertinent topics. Call 703-228-5990. 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Saturday Night Skate for teens at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. General skate 9:30-11p.m. Call 703-228-7781.

Ping Pong Tournament and Wild Games for teens at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. 7-11p.m. Play against friends in a competitive atmosphere. $2. Call 703-228-7781.

"Kids' Stuff" sale at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. This is a consignment sale from 8 a.m.-noon to benefit charities. Admission is free. Items from 100 families include children's clothing, equipment, toys, books and maternity gear. Call 703-351-8138.

<cal1>Monday/Feb. 20

<cal2>Meet the Author Series Lecture: "Ever in a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi" by Ralph Eubanks at Arlington Central Libary, 1015 N. Quincy St., from 3-4:30 p.m. All welcome. The author will discuss his book and experiences. This lecture will tie in well with Black History Month. Call 703-228-5990.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 21

<cal2>Fours and More. Stories and activities for children ages 4 and older. 4 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 22

<cal2>Baby Steps. Stories and activities for babies 12 months old and younger with an adult. 10 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 6. Call 703-228-5946.

Stop for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 7 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Family Storytimes. Stories and activities for children of all ages and their families. 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library. 300 S. Kensington St. Call 703-228-6548.

Family Stories for 3-7-Year-Olds. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Call 703-228-6545.

Stories and More. Books and activities for the whole family. 7 a.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St. Call 703-228-5260.

Clarendon Grill in Arlington is hosting a fundraiser for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, donating 25 percent of the day's food sales to the organization. Lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner is 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Clarendon Grill is located at 1101 N. Highland St.

<cal1>Thrusday/Feb. 23

<cal2>Stories for Twos and Threes. Stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and a craft for children ages 2-3 with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Call 703-228-5712.

Toddler Time. Stories and activities for children age 2 with an adult. Today, celebrate African American History Month. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Threes and Fours Together. Stories and activities for children ages 3-4 with an adult. Today, celebrate African American History Month. 11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Thursday Morning with the Friends. Discussion of Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel." New members are welcome. 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Central Library 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

The Williamsburg Woman’s Club will meet at 11:45 a.m. at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road. Barbara Karro, senior program manager, will speak about services and events available through the Arlington County recreation program. Guests are welcome. Call 703-538-7044.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 24

<cal2>Funny Bones. The Metropolitan Chorus presents a classic comic view of Charlie Chaplin at 7:30 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youth.

Stop in for Stories. Stories and activities for children ages 2-4 with an adult. 10 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Selfish Reasons to Become a Better Person. A free lecture and book signing by Gregg Easterbrook, author of "The Progress Paradox." 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Free child care with sign-up at least one week in advance. Sign up in advance at www.uucf.org to reserve a copy of "The Progress Paradox" for $12. The book will also be available for $15 at the event. Call 703-281-4230.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 25

<cal2>Water Stewardship Leader Training, a neighborhood program to protect local streams, meets from noon - 5 p.m. at Lee Community Center, 5722 Leee Highway. Call 703 228-6406.

Stock Talk. Join a discussion of the stock market and other pertinent topics. 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5946.

Mount Olivet Preschool is holding their annual Kidstuff Sale from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Items being sold include used children's clothing, maternity clothes, baby equipment, toys, videos and books. The sale is held in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Free parking is available, and admission is also free. Call 703-527-5508.

Saturday Night Skate for teens at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. General skate 9:30-11p.m. Call 703-228-7781.

Volleyball tournament for teens at Barcroft Sport & Fuitness Center, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive. 9 p.m.-midnight. Call 703-228-7781.

Saturday Night Hype. A night of music, sports and fun for teens. 8 p.m.-midnight at Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. Call 703-228-0551.

Water Stewardship Leader Training. Join residents of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church in a free training to become a neighborhood leader in protecting local streams. Noon-5 p.m. at Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Highway. For information or to register, contact Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment at 703-228-6406 or volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org.