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.
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. www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or 703-838-4399.
PTA Yard Sale at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School PTA, 1101 Janney’s Lane, 8 a.m.-noon. Household items, children’s clothing, toys. Set up a sale table for $15. Proceeds will be used to benefit the school, including ongoing playground improvements.
American Youth Philharmonic Concert. 3 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Program includes Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Respighi. Tickets: Adults $14, Student/Senior $10 Visit www.ayporchestras.org, call 703-642-8051, ext. 22, or purchase at the door.
Second Thursdays in Old Town. The Torpedo Factory Art Center, shops and galleries stay open until 9 p.m. with special events and live entertainment the second Thursday of each month through September. www.secondthursdays.com or 703-838-4565, ext. 6.
Parenting Workshop. Todd Misura leads a family discussion forum on improving children’s pre-writing skills, 7:30-9 p.m. at the SuccessLab Learning Center’s Alexandria Commons location, 3209 Duke St. Call 703-461-0808.
Putting for Pooches Mini-Golf Classic, 5-8 p.m. at Camerson Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave. Hosted by the Eisenhower Partnership and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Admission includes a round a mini golf, food and drinks, and an auction ticket. Admission is $15 per person, $45 for a family of four. Visit www.eisenhowerpartnership.org or call Toni Andrews at 703-799-0024.
Songs of Freedom. Family event, guides discuss the lives of Gunston Hall slaves. “Slavery to Freedom” tours at 2 and 4 p.m. Performances of spiritual songs at 3 p.m. feature the Shiloh Baptist Church Choir of Mason Neck and the Alfred Street Baptist Church Male Chorus of Alexandria. Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, 703-550-9220, www.gunstonhall.org.
Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 200 W Glebe Road. Co-Sponsor: Tenants and Workers Support Committee. For additional information, call the Events Hotline at 703-883-4686 or the Special Events office at 703-838-4844.
Receptions for Principals. Carl Sandburg Middle School PTA for a reception honoring both retiring principal Donna Pasteur as well as incoming principal Wendy Eaton. The reception is part of the final PTA meeting for the school year. Business meeting at 7 p.m. to elect the PTA officers for the 2006-2007 school year, followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road. Contact Catherine Stebbins at 703-360-5337.