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<lst>To have community events listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, write an e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Matt Razak at 703-917-6457 with any questions.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 17

<cal2>Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic site walking tours. Ages 9 and above. Learn about the park's Civil War history and its diverse wildlife habitats during a tour of the parks 19 acres. Dress for the weather. Free. From 3-4 p.m. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park's parking lot, 2411 N 24th St. Registration required. To register, call 703-228-4747 or visit registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 632260B.

Webelos: Geologist Badge. Complete badge requirements. Study volcanoes, geysers and other earth forces. Individuals or groups welcome. Cost is $2. From 3:30-5 p.m. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. To register, call 703-228-3403.

Poetry Reading. POESIS

will feature Judy Neri. Music will be provided by Shep Williams, keyboard and Mike Gillispie, flute. Admission is free, and an open mic will follow the reading. POESIS is located at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Call 703-465-7823.

Storytime. ABC's and 123's at 11 a.m. at Alladin's Lamp Children's Bookstore in Arlington. Listen to stories and rhymes with puppets and guitar sing-alongs by storyteller Marlen Thompson. Call 703-241-8281.

Woman's Club. The Potomac Woman's Club of Arlington will hold its spring luncheon at 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. The Program will be on Martha Washington presented by Mary Wiseman. Following lunch the officers for 2006-2007 will be installed. Call 703-243-6129.

Investing in Real Estate. Certified Financial Analyst Shawn DuBravac will talk about the pros and cons of real estate investments and will provide resources on how to find the investment that is right for you at 7 p.m. at the Central Library. Co-sponsored by Arlington Public Library and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Call 703-228-6417 or e-mail jabel@vt.edu.

Family Stories. Join for stories, songs, and crafts at 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library, 300 South Kensington St., Arlington. No registration required. Call 703-228-6547.

<cal1>Thursday/May 18

<cal2>Mothers First, Arlington is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) Falls Church. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

Poetry Reading. "Poetic Voices Without Borders," reading and discussion on the writing of poetry. Sponsored by The Arlington Arts Center & The Women's National Book Association-D.C. Chapter in conjunction with Gival Press. In the Tiffany Room of The Arlington Arts Center, 3350 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, at 7 p.m. Call 703-248-6800.

Senior Projects Showcase. Wakefield High School will host its annual Senior Project Fair. Now in its ninth year as a graduation requirement, Senior Project has become an impressive showcase of student success at Wakefield. To learn more about Senior Project, visit http://www. arlington.k12.va.us/schools/wakefield/. Click on Senior Project. Contact Connie Bernhardt, Senior Project Coordinator, at 703-228-6666 or the School & Community Relations Office at 703-228-6004.

Meet the Author. Eleanor Herman — Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics at Reagan National Airport at 1 p.m. Local author Eleanor Herman signs copies of her new book Sex with the Queen. Ms. Herman, named after Eleanor of Aquitaine, her grandmother 28 times removed, is related to most of the royal families of Europe. In this follow-up to her best-selling Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of a queen's boudoir. At Reagan National Airport, Terminal C. Call 703-417-1087.

Lecture. Rooms with a view lecture: “9-1-1 Is A Local Call.” Col. Randy Larsen (USAF ret.), one of America’s top authorities on homeland security, and CBS news analyst, will speak on emergency preparedness at 6 p.m. Free, but reservations required.  Sponsored by Rosslyn Renaissance. At the Boeing Conference Center, 1200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Register online at www.RosslynVA.org/RoomswithaView or call 703-522-6628.

Lunch and Learn. Come to First Horizon Bank’s Arlington financial center, 4736 Lee Hwy. for lunch and a seminar on the "Challenges of Running a Small Business" from 12-1:30 p.m. Join two banking experts and other local small business owners to hear about the various challenges small businesses face, and how to overcome them. Contact Shirley Wilkinson at 703-812-3889 to attend.

Storytime for 2s and 3s. Stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays and activity for 2s and 3s with an adult at 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735, South 18th St. Call 703-228-5715.

Storytime for 3- to 7-Year-Olds. Stories, songs, poetry and activity for 3- to 7-Year-Olds with an adult at 4 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735, South 18th St. Call 703-228-5715.

Meet The Poet. Bruce Lansky will do an interactive presentation to introduce his newest books "Oh My Darling, Porcupine" and "Peter, Peter, Pizza Eater" at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore in Arlington. A book signing will follow. Call 703-241-8281 to register.

<cal1>Friday/May 19

<cal2>Bike to Work Day. Annual Bike to Work Day Celebration and Rally co-sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Commuter Connections, a program of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (

COG). For additional information on the 2006 Bike To Work Day event including locations, convoy routes and online registration, visit www.waba.org.

Storytime. Stop In for Story Shorts at Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington at 10 a.m. Join in for a fast and informal story and craft. One story and materials for a craft. This drop-in program is appropriate for ages 2 and up with a parent or caregiver. Call 703-228-5946 or e-mail dnelson@arlingtonva.us.

Book Discussion. Aurora Hills Daytime Book Discussion, Aurora Hills Library at 1 p.m. “Power of the Dog” by Don Winslow. Call 703-228-5715.

<cal1>Saturday/May 20

<cal2>Mineral Identification. Children ages 6-17 are invited to join the Northern Virginia Mineral Club to learn about earth sciences. Show-and-tell, refreshments and door prizes. From 10.30 a.m.-noon. Free. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Registration required. Call 703-228-4747 or registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 632448C.

Spend a Wild & Lazy Afternoon in the Park! from 2-4 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Road, Arlington. Come see music, artists, crafts, games, nature exhibits and more. Potomac Overlook Regional Park is located at the end of Marcey Road, off of Military Road, in North Arlington.

Harpers Ferry Tour. Grades 6 and up with adult. Join an outing to Harpers Ferry, WV. Learn about abolitionist John Brown and his famous raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. There will be a stop at one of the cafes for lunch. Cost is $25. Trip leaves from Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 N Park Drive. Registration required. To register, call 703-228-4747 or registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 632261A.

Cooking. Asian noodles from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the different types of Asian noodles and how they are used. The class will cover fresh and dried rice noodles, egg noodles, bean thread noodles and others. Techniques and ingredients will be discussed and demonstrated. Cost: $35. To register, call 703-228-6417. In Room 15 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford Street in Arlington.

Youth Program. Teen and Family Sports Night and Open Game Room at Thomas Jefferson Community Center 3501 S. 2nd St. Come play against parents in pool, ping pong, board games and play all kinds of sports against them or just chill with friends from 7-11 p.m. Free. Contact: oft@arlingtonva.us, call: 703-228-7781 or Se Habla Espanol 703-228-7783. Fax 703-228-5926.

Amusement Park Trip. Family Trip to Kings Dominion. Trip includes park admission, transportation and all you-can-eat picnic in a private pavilion. Trip will depart and return from Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Gunston Community Center and will run from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Space is limited. Cost is $50.

Dance Demonstration. Sutera Malaysia, the premier Malaysian cultural dance group in the D.C. area, will discuss and demonstrate their art at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Pike Library.

Opera. Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia Double Bill: Haydn's La Canterina (The Songstress) and Donizetti's Le convenienze teatrali (Unconventional Rehearsals), fully staged operas, orchestrated and directed by David Toulson. At the Thomas Jefferson Theatre. Call 703-528-1433 or visit http://www.novaopera.org.

Poetry. Poetry of Foreign Places, Part 2, in conjunction with the POESIS series from 6-9 p.m. Featured readers are: M. Lee Alexander, Trina Carter, Bernadette Geyer, Susan Mockler, Miles Moore, Helen Van Nguyen, Elisavietta Ritchie, and Jane Wohl. Admission is free, and an open mic will follow the reading. Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Call 703-465-7823.

Movie. The Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice in conjunction with the Fairfax Chapter of Democracy for America Danny Schechter's documentary "Weapons of Mass Deception" from 2-5 p.m. at the George Mason University Arlington Campus, Original Building Room 251. This event is free, and open to the public.

Blood Drive. Donate blood to help others in your community at 10 a.m. at the Central Library. Walk-in donations are welcome, but donors with appointments have priority. A photo ID is required. For everyone's safety, children are not permitted on the bloodmobile. Provided by Inova Blood Donor Services, sponsored by Arlington Rotary. Visit www.inova.org/donateblood or call 703-698-3885 or e-mail quan.phan@inova.com.

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust will be leading a kayak tour of Dyke Marsh from 1-4 p.m., just south of Alexandria. All equipment provided, and no experience is necessary. Participants should wear clothes that can get wet, and hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended. Registration is required and these trips fill up fast, so contact the conservation trust soon to reserve a spot. Cost is $50 per person to cover our expenses. To register contact Whitney Bailey at 703-354-5093 or wbailey@nvct.org.

Sing Along. Miss Belle will host a sing along at 11 a.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Bookstore in Arlington. Sing along and dance with Miss Belle and her guitar. She will perform both classic and original children's songs. Call 703-241-8281.

<cal1>Sunday/May 21

<cal2>Taste of Arlington. The Ted Garber Band will headline the Taste of Arlington this year. The Taste of Arlington is organized by and benefits Community Residences, a nonprofit provider of outcome-driven services for individuals with mental illness, developmental and physical disabilities as well as the homeless. It is the 19th year for the festival, which will be held noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine, across from the Ballston Common Mall. The Taste of Arlington is a lively family event that brings the community together for an afternoon of tasty food, music and fun as they help their neighbors in need. Admission to the event is free. But anyone wanting to sample the delicious cuisine must purchase a Taste book that includes six tickets. One ticket is exchanged for one “Taste” of food. Advanced ticket books may be purchased online at http://www.tasteofarlington.com for $20 each or for $25 the day of the event. Contact Susan T. Anderson, Special Events Director at 703-842-2319.

Opera. Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia Double Bill: Haydn's La Canterina (The Songstress) and Donizetti's Le convenienze teatrali (Unconventional Rehearsals), fully staged operas, orchestrated and directed by David Toulson. At the Thomas Jefferson Theatre. Call 703-528-1433 or visit http://www.novaopera.org.

Auction. Clarendon UMC (606 N. Irving) will hold a Community Auction at 12:30 p.m. in the Social Hall (a light lunch will be available before the auction). Members of the church have donated such things as a weekend at a four-bedroom lake house (1 1/2 hour from D.C.), homemade dessert each month for six month, custom kitchen design, dinner for six, hand crocheted afghan, a private organ demonstration at National Cathedral, and much more. Proceeds will benefit the programs and outreach at this Arlington neighborhood church. Contact Kristen Vibbert (vibbs999@verizon.net) or call the church office at 703-527-8574.

Open House. Culpepper Gardens will hold its annual open house from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 4435 N. Perishing Drive, Arlington. There will be a buffet lunch, bake sale, apartment tours and senior center demonstrations. Call 703-528-0162.

<cal1>Monday/May 22

<cal2>Monday's Child. Stories for children ages 3-6 at 11 a.m. at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. Call 703-228-5710.

Westover Teen Book Club. Discuss a different book each month over pizza at 7 p.m. Sixth-graders and up are invited to join for a lively discussion; call for title. Call 703-228-5260 or e-mail abrook@arlingtonva.us.

Book Discussion. Monday Evening with the Friends, Central Library, 2nd floor meeting room at 7:30 p.m. Jhumoa Lahiri's award-winning short story collection “Interpreter of Maladies”. Call 703-228-7689.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 23

<cal2>Meet the Author. Charlie Higson — The Young Bond Series: Blood Fever — A James Bond Adventure — Book #2 at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse. In the follow up to "Silverfin — Book 1", summer vacation is on the horizon, and young James Bond looks forward to his school trip to the Italian island of Sardinia. There, all is not as it appears, and James soon discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors some strange — and deadly — secrets. At Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-525-4227.

Blood Drive. Donate blood to help others in your community at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. Walk-in donations are welcome, but donors with appointments have priority. A photo ID is required. For everyone's safety, children are not permitted on the bloodmobile. Provided by Inova Blood Donor Services, sponsored by Arlington Rotary. Visit www.inova.org/donateblood or call 703-698-3885 or e-mail quan.phan@inova.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 24

<cal2>Learn to knot. Teens and adults. Join the Park Rangers for an evening devoted to tying the knot — literally! Begins with some basic, everyday knots, then moves on to some more challenging but highly useful knots. Cost is $5, Registration required. From 7-8:30 p.m., meet at Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike. Call 703-228-4747 or registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 633030B.

Migration Commotion. For children ages 6-9. Millions of birds, little and large, fly humongous distances every spring and fall. Learn about their amazing feats and then use binoculars to try and find some of these feathered wonders. Cost is $3. From 4-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Road. To register, call 703-228-4747 or registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 632313D.

Egg-citing May. Celebrate National Egg Month. Children ages 3-7. From 1-1:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Registration required. To register, call 703-228-4747 or visit registration.co.arlington.va.us. Program No. 632442E.

Meet the Author. David Maraniss - Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse. The book is a full-scale biography of great baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, who lived, played, and died with enduring passion and grace. At Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-525-4227.

Book Discussion. Aurora Hills Young Professionals Book Discussion, Aurora Hills Library at 7:30 p.m. Carlos Eire's “Waiting for Snow in Havana.”

Book Celebration. Celebrate Kevin Henke's new book, Lilly's Big Day, at 11 a.m. at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore in Arlington. A craft and giveaway will follow. Call 703-241-8281.

<cal1>Thursday/May 25

<cal2>Storytime for 2s and 3s. Stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays and activity for 2s and 3s with an adult at 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735, South 18th St. Call 703-228-5715.

Storytime for 3- to 7-Year-Olds. Stories, songs, poetry and activity for 3- to 7-year-olds with an adult at 4 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735, South 18th St. Call 703-228-5715.

Book Discussion. Thursday Morning with the Friends, Central Library, 2nd floor meeting room at 10:30 a.m. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Call 703-228-7689.

The Arlington Historical Society will hold its 50th Anniversary Lecture and Annual AHS meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. The Program will feature James Massey, Historic Preservation Consultant, speaking on "Arlington's Glebe House, Birthplace of the Arlington Historical Society: History and Renovation." Visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.com

<cal1>Friday/May 26

<cal2>Storytime. Stop In for Story Shorts at Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington at 10 a.m. Join in for a fast and informal story and craft. One story and materials for a craft. This drop-in program is appropriate for ages 2 and up with a parent or caregiver. Call 703-228-5946 or e-mail dnelson@arlingtonva.us.

<cal1>Saturday/May 27

<cal2>Mighty Menace Mosquito Campfire. The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for old-fashioned fun. Activities may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s'mores. Cost is $3 fee. The Gulf Branch Nature Center is located at 3608 Military Road. Registration required. Register online at registration.co.arlington.va.us or call 703-228-4747.

Bike Arlington presents The Arlington Community Bike Ride from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., which showcases the community’s expanding network of bicycle facilities. Come out and enjoy some outdoor fun, while supporting family and friends. After the bike ride, celebrate with merchant specials at The Village at Shirlington. Visit: http://www.bikearlington.com. Free.

Bike Ride. The second annual Arlington Community Bike Ride is on Memorial Day weekend from 8 a.m. to noon. This non-competitive cycling event will offer two route options, a 17-mile County Tour and a shorter nine-mile Family Ride. Riders on both routes will experience Arlington's serene trail network and those on the County Tour will also enjoy the County's on-street bike lanes. The cost of the Ride is $15 per person for those who register before May 24. Children 13 and under are free. After the Ride there will be live bluegrass music, a child Bicycle Safety Rodeo, and chances to win a new bike. Register at http://BikeArlington.com/cbr06-main.cfm. Contact Paul DeMaio with any questions at 703-228-5027.

On Memorial Day Weekend, the Women’s Memorial Foundation will host the premier of the documentary “Rolling Thunder: Ride For Freedom,” which will run hourly throughout the weekend. A special screening of this 25-minute documentary about the annual Washington, D.C., motorcycle rally will take place at 1 p.m. and the film’s producer/director, Julie Otto, will be on hand for a discussion following the film. Call 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294.

<cal1>Monday/May 29

<cal2>Memorial Day Ceremony. The Women’s Memorial annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. The ceremony, one of the major Memorial Day programs in the nation’s capital, is free and open to the public and includes formal military honors and personal tributes to departed comrades. National Guard Maj. Gen. Annette Sobel, current Director of Intelligence, National Guard Bureau, will give the keynote address. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program. Call 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294. The Women’s Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, is readily accessible by Metro (Blue Line) and paid parking is available.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 31

<cal2>Bird trip to Phelps Wildlife Management Area. Adults are invited to view the great variety of birdlife that occurs in the region. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, a bag lunch and snacks of the day. Cost is $20 fee. From 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Vans leave from the Lubber Run Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Drive. Registration required. To register, call 703-228-4747 or registration.co.arlington.va.us #634260D.

The Better Sports Club of Arlington will mark its 50th Annual Sports Awards Banquet at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5115 Little Falls Road, in Arlington. The Guest Speaker George Washington University men’s basketball head coach Karl Hobbs. Awards will be presented to Arlington youth athletes, graduating high school student-athletes and coaches. The Banquet begins at 7 p.m. with a military color guard; tickets are $25. Call Jim Walsh at 703-534-3152.

<cal1>Thursday/June 1

<cal2>For Moms. Mothers First of Arlington is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) Falls Church. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Friday/June 2

<cal2>Audition. Auditions for Washington Revels’ 2006 Christmas Revels, 8 performances, Dec. 8-17. Seeking strong singers, ages 18+, for large, diverse cast. Gospel & American Folk styles. Audition is from 4-8 p.m. Call for appointment at 202-723-7528. Learn more at www.revelsdc.org.

<cal1>Saturday/June 3

<cal2>Garage Sale. 2006 Arlington Civitan Community Garage Sale begins at N. 15th N. Quincy and N. Stafford Streets in Arlington from 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Items available are predominately used recycled items including clothing, shoes, books, records, furniture, post cards, magazines, electronic, household, glass, ceramic, tools, yard tools, lamps, bric-a-brac, pictures, etc. Visit http://www.civitan.com.net/arlington-va or call 703-534-9268 and leave brief message w/contact info.

Bike Race. The CSC Invitational, the Washington, D.C. region’s premier pro bike race, will once again offer spectators VIP treatment in a special area known as the Health Net Federal Services‚ Breakaway Club. All of the ticket sales of the Health Net Federal Services Breakaway Club will go to support the Fisher House. Fans attending the CSC Invitational on Saturday, June 3 will have the opportunity to watch the race at the Health Net Federal Services Breakaway Club when they make a $20 contribution to the Fisher House. Purchase tickets in

advance at www.arlingtonsports.org/breakaway.html.

Audition. Auditions for Washington Revels’ 2006 Christmas Revels, 8 performances, December 8-17. Seeking strong singers, ages 18+, for large, diverse cast. Gospel & American Folk styles. Audition is from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Call for appointment at 202-723-7528. Visit www.revelsdc.org.

National Trails Day. Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to maintain our local trails during this volunteer opportunity from 9 a.m. to noon. Arlington County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and Potomac Overlook Regional Park want to team up to improve the Donaldson Run Trail. Help create stream crossings, plant trees, and repair trail erosion. No experience necessary, just a desire to help. Materials and tools supplied. Bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Free. To register call the Park Ranger Station at 703-525-0168. Meet in front of the brick pump house located at 30th Street North and Military Road.

Lawn Party. The Arlington Historical Society will hold a lawn party at Ball-Sellers House from 2-4 p.m. including a short program with speakers at 3 p.m. Demonstration spinning, fiddle music, Revolutionary War re-enactors, refreshments and a vist to "Eastview," a neighboring property. Visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 6

<cal2>Nursing. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy Live, a popular nursing conference that uses humor, fun and interactive teaching methods to cover those tough clinical topics, announced a visit to Falls Church on June 6, at Fairview Park Marriott. The one-day seminar sponsored by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will offer 7.5 continuing education credits that are valid in all states and the District of Columbia. Nurses can register by calling 1-800-264-7386 or www.nmielive.com.

<cal1>Monday/June 9

<cal2>The next Monthly Membership Meeting of the Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC) will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Free and open to the public. Following a short business meeting, our guest speaker, Katherine K. Blair, a delegate to the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders, will discuss the state of canine legislation in Virginia including controversial HB 339. Refreshments. Bring your dog and meet other Sheltie owners and breeders. Visit the club’s Web site at http://www.shetlandsheepdog.us.

<cal1>Saturday/June 10

<cal2>Children’s Nature Event. Join in the reading of Can You Cuddle Like a Koala and explore some of the movements made by animals from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Free. Registration required, register on-line at https:\\registration.co.arlington.va.us\ or call 703-228-4747. Program # 643140C.

Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road., Arlington.

Stream Cleaning. Take a walk Gulf Branch stream from 2-3 p.m. and explore the problems that face our local waterways. Ages 8-12. Free. Registration required, register on-line https:\\registration.co.arlington.va.us\ or call 703-228-4747. Program # 643120B. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road., Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/June 11

<cal2>Blues Festival. The Columbia Pike Blues Festival returns for its 11th year. The outdoor festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Two blocks of Walter Reed Drive, north of Columbia Pike, will be closed off for the event. The annual festival is sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) with the support of Arlington County Commuter Services’ PikeRide. Rocking this year’s festival will be five great acts. The Blues Festival features tasty food from local restaurants and vendors including the not-to-be-missed “Big Daddy’s Barbecue” and the popular Rincome Thai. There will also be crafts, civic information, and activities for kids. Call 703-892-2776 to help or e-mail cpro1@verizon.net.

<cal1>Monday/June 12

<cal2>Book Discussion. Speaking of Books, Westover Library at 7 p.m. Read and discuss “Triangle” by Dave Von Drehle. Newcomers are always welcome. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 13

<cal2>Wine Dinner. To inaugurate the new patio at Willow Restaurant, the restaurant is beginning a series of wine dinners that will showcase American and Italian varietals. The first wine dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., and this elegant evening begins with appetizers followed by a five-course dinner with paired wines. The dinner is $95 per person and includes tax and gratuity. To reserve a place at the June 13th wine dinner, or for reservations, call 703-465-8800. The restaurant is located at 4301 N. Fairfax Drive in Arlington. Visit the restaurant on line at www.willowva.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 14

<cal2>Kids can have a blast in nature participating in this challenging adventure program designed for tweens from 4-5 p.m. At this session a close up look at pond water will reveal a multitude of bizarre macroinvertebrates and microscopic creatures. Some use their own versions of jet propulsion, scuba tanks and snorkels. Learn about these extremely strange animals and see some under the microscope. Then create your own imaginary underwater beast. $3 fee. Registration required, register on-line https:\\registration.co.arlington.va.us\ or call 703-228-4747. Program # 643120C. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Thursday/June 15

<cal2> For Moms. Mothers First of Arlington is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) Falls Church. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

Book Discussion. Readers On The Pike, Columbia Pike Library at 7 p.m. Richard Russo's “Empire Falls.” A warm, funny, honest novel, full of subplots and vividly drawn secondary characters, centered around Miles Roby, the nice-guy proprietor of the Empire Grill.

<cal1>Friday/June 16

<cal2>Dance. Flamenco, as well as the passionate music and dance from other regions of Spain will be featured in “Forever Olga Ramos” on at 8 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Auditorium, 3501 2nd Street South in Arlington. Olga Maria Ramos will perform again after her acclaimed U.S. debut last year.

<cal1>Saturday/June 17

<cal2>Dance. Flamenco, as well as the passionate music and dance from other regions of Spain will be featured in “Forever Olga Ramos” on at 8 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Auditorium, 3501 2nd Street South in Arlington. Olga Maria Ramos will perform again after her acclaimed U.S. debut last year.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 21

<cal2>Choral Music. Potomac Harmony Chorus' next performance is at Lubber Run Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free performance and hear a wide variety of selections, including show tunes, lovely ballads, jazz favorites, and even rock and roll. Visit www.potomacharmony.org, email potomacharmony@yahoo.com, or call 703-764-3896.

Social Event. The Center for Multicultural Human Services invites locals to a fun filled evening of dancing and socializing with young professionals from the DC Metro Area from 6:30-10 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. This evening features “A Thousand Feet, a Joyful Beat”. This is a worthwhile event that will raise funds in support of CMHS’s programs for children and their families who have been affected by war and other trauma and are struggling to rebuild their lives in the DC metropolitan area. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: www.cmhs.org/about/events/thousandfeet.html or on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased for $25 each and all proceeds will go directly to support children and their families served by CMHS throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

<cal1>Saturday/June 24

<cal2>The next Arlington Medical Reserve Corps orientation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Fenwick Center at 800 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. Contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or visit their website at www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo

<cal1>Sunday/June 25

<cal2>Brunch. A brunch for 55+ singles at noon at the Fort Meyers Officers Club in Arlington. Cost is $21.95 per person and includes tax, and gratuity. RSVP to Bea 703-250-8557 by Tuesday, June 20 for reservation and directions.

<cal1>Monday/June 26

<cal2>Aurora Hills Book Discussion, Aurora Hills Library at 7:30 p.m. Paula Huntley's “The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo.”