Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Friday/May 26

Workshop: Summer Weeds - Identification & Removal. Brenda Skarphol, staff horticulturist, shows how to identify common annual and perennial summer weeds. She also discusses control techniques including hand weeding, tools, herbicides, and mulch. Find out how she ‘mows’ the woods. Dress appropriately for this outdoor class. Fee: $11. 10-11.30 a.m. at Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Saturday/May 27

Godspeed Opening Ceremonies including ribbon cutting, remarks from Mayor Bill Euille and music, 11-11:30 a.m. at Founders Park. Visit for a full list of events.

Sunday/May 28

Wheel Day. 3 p.m. at Beverley Circle located at Chalfonte and Old Dominion. Wheel Day is a parade of children of all ages on wheels that starts at the Circle and proceeds down Old Dominion to Beverley Hills Methodist Church. Most wheels, baby carriages, wagons and bikes are gaily decorated by the children and are judged in groups by age and most original or most colorful. Everyone who participates is a winner.

Monday/May 29

Memorial Day Jazz Festival. American music played by jazz ensembles and orchestras performing a variety of jazz styles. Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, 1-7 p.m. Food and drinks will be for sale with picnic baskets welcome. In case of rain, festival relocated to the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Free. 703-883-4686.

Thursday/June 1

First Thursdays in Del Ray. Family-oriented street festival on Mount Vernon Avenue, 6-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month through September. This month – wear Hawaiian shirts for Luau on the Avenue. Carbon Copy performs at the corner of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues, 6-8 p.m. Free., or 703-683-2570.

Friday/June 2

Summer Kick Off. A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore hosts a kickball game and picnic at Blue Park on Commonwealth Avenue, behind the King Street Metro station.

Saturday/June 3

Soldier-led tours of the Fort. Learn about the history of Fort Ward, the construction of Civil War forts and soldier life in the Defenses of Washington. Walking shoes and water bottles are recommended. Admission is free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 West Braddock Road. Call 703-838-4848 or visit

History program. City Naturalist Mark Kelly presents “John Smith’s 1608 Exploration of the Potomac”, an illustrated program for children (ages 8 and older) and their parents. The event is free but reservations are required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street. Call 703-838-4399.

Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour. A two-hour, guided 20-mile loop. Meet at George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Begins at 10 a.m.

Family Dig Day. Be part of a fascinating archaeological investigation and discover the hidden clues that people have left behind. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration required; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person. or 703-838-4399.

Hard Times Music Festival. Bands including Mary Ann Redmond, Last Train Home and Leaving TX perform, 1-7 p.m. at the corner of King and West Streets. Sponsored by WMZQ radio. Free admission with Hard Times food and cold drinks available for purchase. or 703-608-7725.

Armenian Festival. Noon-6 p.m. in Market Square, 301 King St. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts to highlight Armenian culture. Rain or shine. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4844.

Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk. Sponsored by The Kelley Cares Committee to honor the memory of Kelley Swanson. 8 a.m.-noon, course goes through Rosemont and Del Ray.