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Calendar Nov. 16-21

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Thursday/Nov. 16

Green Spring Gardens will offer a program on flower bulbs for children and their parents, at 4603 Green Spring Road, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Cost is $5. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.greenspring.org.

English Country Dance Class. 7:30-9:30 p.m. learn how to English country dance from expert instructors at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12/class or $30 for the series. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-838-4242.

Practice Your English. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. Free. No registration is required. 703-971-0010.

Just Twos. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. Stories and activities. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-768-6700.

Poetry Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. Poems by May Sarton. Adults. No registration is required. 703-768-6700.

Introduction to Excel - Part 2. 7 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Free call to register. Learn basic formulas and additional techniques. Must know Excel basic. Adults. 703-765-3645.

Theater Performance. T.C. Williams High School Drama Department presents "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Tickets are $7/adults; $6/seniors and non-ACPS students and $5/ACPS student and staff. Free parking. 703-824-6800.

Friday/Nov. 17

Floral Design. 1:30-3 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Learn how to make inexpensive floral arrangements for Thanksgiving dinner. Door prizes awarded. $16. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Child Play Expert. Stevanne "Dr. Toy" Auerbach, Ph.D, will be at Hilton Alexandria Mark Center from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots kick-off luncheon.

Dancing in the Dark. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hollin HIlls Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. $4/person. Everyone is invited. 703-765-4573.

Lunch Bunch. Noon at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Birth-5 years with adult. Free. 703-971-0010.

Bears. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. Stories, activities and a craft. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-768-6700.

The United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series. The USAF band will perform music for trumpet and clarinet at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.com.

Theater Performance. T.C. Williams High School Drama Department presents "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Tickets are $7/adults; $6/seniors and non-ACPS students and $5/ACPS student and staff. Free parking. 703-824-6800.

Art Exhibit. Wynn Creasy, of Alexandria, will have works on display at the Vienna Art Society's 37th Annual Treasury of Art Show at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, Va. Free. Visit www.wynncreasyfineart.com for more information.

Historic Alexandria Antiques Show. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. Admission is $12. There will be appraisals and purchasing along with help on incorporating a piece into the home design. Visit www.historicalalexandriafoundation.org or call 703-549-5811.

Saturday/Nov. 18

Perennials. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Learn how to identify the perennials, diseases and pests they are susceptible to. $16. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Green Spring Gardens will also have a program for children and parents to create a Thanksgiving table centerpiece, 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per project per family. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.greenspring.org.

Open Studio Show. Yuri Kokoyanin presents an open studio show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The von Brahler Ltd. Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St., Old Town Alexandria. Free. Call Bob Murray 703-798-8686.

Annual Bazaar. United Methodist Women of Aldersgate United Methodist Church will be holding the annual bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Proceeds from the Bazaar benefit the local and global ministries. In addition to the handmade crafts, jewelry and white elephant, there will be outside vendors selling beauty and skin care products as well as accessories and home goods, plus a very special Kid’s Corner store. Barbecue and soup lunches will be available. Questions should be directed to Bazaar co-chairs Karen Devine (703-780-9122) or Cindy Harrington (703-765-2080).

Music Concert. "Two of a Kind" will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Community School auditorium, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. All proceeds benefit the Mount Vernon Community School PTA. $20/family or $5/ticket if purchased in advance. $30/family or $7.50/ticket if purchased at door. 703-824-6635.

Banquet Ball. This event, featuring live music, dinner, dancing and a period dessert, honors Thomas Jefferson, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. There will be a cash bar of period beverages and costumes of 1779 era are encouraged. $90/person for the banquet and ball; $30/ball only; $40/door. Advance reservations are required 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Reception and Book Signing. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elizabeth Stone Gallery, 1127 King St., Suite 201, Alexandria. This is a birthday celebration for "Reach Out and Read." Free.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. American Balalaika Symphony will perform at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center, 3001 North Beauregard St. They are presenting their autumn concert "I Remember a Wonderful Moment." For information call 703-351-1331 or visit: www.balalaika.biz. Tickets required.

Art Exhibit. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Empowered Women International and Exit Signature Realty sponsor "Art Out Loud," an exhibit featuring Alexandria artist Eric Nelson. Includes over 50 original pieces of art. Hosted at Exit Signature Realty office, 3139 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. Visit www.artoutloud.com for more.

Blue Sky Puppets. 2 p.m. at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Free. All ages. 703-971-0010.

Reading African Authors. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Free call to register. Black Authors Discussion Group: "Changes: A Love Story" by Ama Ata Aidoo. Discussion led by Dr. Michele Simms-Burton. Adults. 703-765-3645.

Theater Performance. T.C. Williams High School Drama Department presents "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Tickets are $7/adults; $6/seniors and non-ACPS students and $5/ACPS student and staff. Free parking. 703-824-6800.

Christmas Bazaar. St. Mary’s School Annual Christmas Bazaar will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  at 400 Green St., Alexandria. There will be over 60 craft exhibitors, children’s games and crafts, bake sale and Christmas café. There is an early admission available to the Flea Market, Yesterday’s Books and Kid’s Closet at 9 a.m. for $10. 703-768-4729.

Lecture. Learn how to be money smart from 10 a.m.-noon at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free but reservations recommended as seats are limited 571-244-9039.

Art Exhibit. Wynn Creasy, of Alexandria, will have works on display at the Vienna Art Society's 37th Annual Treasury of Art Show at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, Va. Free. Visit www.wynncreasyfineart.com for more information.

Historic Alexandria Antiques Show. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. Admission is $12. There will be appraisals and purchasing along with help on incorporating a piece into the home design. Visit www.historicalalexandriafoundation.org or call 703-549-5811.

Sunday/Nov. 19

Napkin Folding. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Learn how to create festive table decorations from napkins. $24. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Open Studio Show. Yuri Kokoyanin presents an open studio show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The von Brahler Ltd. Gallery, 1437 Powhatan St., Old Town Alexandria. Free. Call Bob Murray 703-798-8686.

Art Exhibit. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Empowered Women International and Exit Signature Realty sponsor "Art Out Loud," an exhibit featuring Alexandria artist Eric Nelson. Includes over 50 original pieces of art. Hosted at Exit Signature Realty office, 3139 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. Visit www.artoutloud.com for more.

Music Performance. The Marquis Ensemble, a classical chamber music group will perform at 4 p.m. at 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free with a free will offering. Call 703-549-1421 for more information.

Autumn Affair. Search through one-of-a-kind jewelry creations of Old Town Alexandria jewelry designer Melissa Emerick of Bella Designs, featuring crystals, vintage beads and more. 1-4 p.m. with a raffle and light refreshments at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Free. Call 703-548-1789 or e-mail contact@leefendallhouse.org.

Art Exhibit. Wynn Creasy, of Alexandria, will have works on display at the Vienna Art Society's 37th Annual Treasury of Art Show at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, Va. Free. Visit www.wynncreasyfineart.com for more information.

Historic Alexandria Antiques Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. Admission is $12. There will be appraisals and purchasing along with help on incorporating a piece into the home design. Visit www.historicalalexandriafoundation.org or call 703-549-5811.

Music Concert. "Two of a Kind" will perform at 3 p.m. at Agudas Achim Preschool, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria. This is a family Benefit Concert, featuring songs about Thanksgiving, family and togetherness, with special guests - sons Ari & Jason. Tickets in advance are $5/person 2 years and up, $18 family cap or at the door: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family cap. Call 703-998-6072 for more information.

Monday/Nov. 20

Teen Knitters. 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. Learn to knit and share your skills with others. Supplies provided for first lesson. Age 10-18. 703-768-6700.

Tuesday/Nov. 21

Executive Committee Meeting. 6-7 p.m. and a monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. for Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Open to the public, to be held at Dr. Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. For information call 703-838-6348.

Turkeys Go Gobble. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. Seasonal stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. 703-339-4610.

Genealogical Meeting. Mount Vernon Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Free. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Chasing Your European Ancestors, A Survey." Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org/. Call Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.

Benefit Dinner. Taqueria Poblano will host a benefit dinner in honor of Karen Kowalzyk, wife of owner Glen Adams, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the restaurant, 2400 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. All proceeds from the evening will benefit "Life with Cancer, Breast Cancer Fund." There will be a raffle and tickets will be available until Dec. 4. Call 703-548-8226.

Wednesday/Nov. 22

Practice Your English. 10:15 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. No registration is required. 703-339-4610.

Mayor's 3rd Annual Unity Breakfast. Celebrate One Alexandria Through the Years, at the 3rd annual Unity Breakfast. The keynote speaker will be former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and the event will feature live entertainment. The breakfast will be held at the Alexandria Hilton at Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $30, and a table of 10 is $300. Donations are graciously accepted. Cost of the breakfast goes towards the cost of the event. 703-751-7970 or e-mail EuilleUnity2006@aol.com.

Thursday/Nov. 23

Turkey Trot. 31st annual Turkey Trot from 8:30-11 a.m. at Cora Kelly School. Runners are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods. $10 on-line or $15 on race day. Visit www.pwba.org for event information.

Friday/Nov. 24

Music Performance. The Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio will be performing at 219 Restaurant beginning at 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 219 King Street in Alexandria. $5 cover charge. Call 703-549-1141 for reservations.

Tree Lighting. City of Alexandria will hold a tree lighting from 7-9 p.m. The event includes musical entertainment with greetings from the Mayor and Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4844.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Saturday/Nov. 25

Photography Exhibit. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. see "Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Exhibit" at The Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave,, Alexandria. For information call 703-838-4827, or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Scottish Preview. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Includes bagpipe performances, Celtic music, military living history demonstrations and more. Free. Call 703-838-4994 for more information.

Book Reading and Signing. Virginia Tech fans have a new children's book available for purchase called "Watching the Hokies with Daddy" by author Joe West. He will be at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, at 11 a.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Sunday/Nov. 26

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Monday/Nov. 27

First Page. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. A group for all aspiring writers, novices and experts of all genres. Adults. No registration is required. 703-339-4610.

Mystery Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. "The Old Wine Shades: A Richard Jury Mystery" by Martha Grimes. Adults. No registration is required. 703-768-6700.

Tuesday/Nov. 28

Music Performance. 10:30 a.m. ArtsPower will perform "My Heart in a Suitcase" at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets required. For information call 888-278-7769 or visit: www.artspower.org. Event parking is $5.00 in the garage adjacent to the Center.

Book DIscussion Group. 6:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. "A Gathering of Old Men" by Ernest Gaines. Adults. No registration is required. 703-339-4610.

Book Reading and Signing. The Live Poets Society (of Del Ray) & Stone Bridge Press present a discussion and book signing with Abigail Friedman, author of "The Haiku Apprentice," at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria. Free. For more information call Laura Pronovost, 703-299-9124.

Wednesday/Nov. 29

Practice Your English. 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. No registration is required. 703-339-4610.

Presentation. 7-9 p.m. Paul Knox, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, will give a presentation on "American Landscapes and the American Dream," at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus, 1021 Prince St., Main Conference Room, 3rd floor. Free. For more information, contact Heike Mayer at 703-706-8122 or heikem@vt.edu.

Thursday, Nov. 30

Curiosity Club. 4 p.m. at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Stories and scientific experiments that are age appropriate. Age 4-6 with adult. Free. 703-971-0010.

Practice Your English. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Community Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. No registration is required. Free. 703-971-0010.

Silly Stories. 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Free. Funny stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Free. Stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft. Call branch for theme. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-768-6700.

A Christmas Marketplace. Noon-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. Noon-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Children's Tea Party. 3:30-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria.This new special event features children's author and Alexandria resident Leslie Young, accompanied by the main character in her books, Plaid the Scottie dog. Leslie will read from "Plaid: A Tale of Compassion" and "Plaid: A Tale of Joy," and children can have their picture taken with Plaid. $25/adult and child and $10/each additional ticket. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Annual Holiday Open House. 6-9 p.m. enjoy the Torpedo Factory Art Center's holiday open house with live music by the Satin Doll Trio, art raffle, door prizes, wine and more. Shop for gifts. In the raffle visitors can win a $6500 sculpture cast from "Allegory of Night." Gallery is located at 105 North Union St., Alexandria. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

Wine Tasting Dinner. 7 p.m. La Bergerie will be hosting a wine tasting dinner with Jerome Jeandin, National Director of Taittinger, USA. The four-course menu is $145 including tax and gratuity. La Bergerie is located at 218 N. Lee St. in Old Town, Alexandria. Space is limited; reservations are required - by phone, 703-683-1007 or internet, web@labergerie.com

St. Andrew's Day. Nov. 30 is St. Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland. Come to a Kirkin of the Tartan service on St. Andrew's Day, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church 402 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria. 703-683-3343. The service will include a blessing of the tartans and a bagpiper and will be followed by a reception with Scottish foods and beverages.

Friday/Dec. 1

Music Performance. Philomela, a female vocal ensemble, will present a 30th anniversary concert at 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $20/adults; $15/seniors; $10/children. Call Cheryl Castner 301-855-8019.

Holiday Performance. Seminary Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary will sing part 1 of Handel's Messiah plus the Hallelujah Chorus with donations benefiting ALIVE. Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria. All are invited to participate or just listen. Free. E-mail Susan Dawson with questions at SDDawson@starpower.net.

A Christmas Marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Taste of Scotland. 7-8 p.m. Patron only hour; 8-10:30 p.m. for patrons and regular ticket holders at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. A tasting featuring hard-to-find, rare scotches direct from Scotland distilleries. Advance tickets required. Call 703-549-0111 for tickets. $125/patron or $75/regular. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Santa Railway Express. Ride with Santa from King Street Station to Old Town Manassas and back on two Fridays before Christmas. The train departs King Street Train Station in Alexandria at 1:25 p.m. and travels to Old Town Manassas Train Station. Passengers will disembark for holiday stories and treats. The train returns to King Street at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 each and are on sale now exclusively at Whistle Stop Hobbies. Children will receive a special goody bag and holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Theater Performance. The Little Theater of Alexandria will perform Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol" at 600 Wolfe St., Old Town at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11.50/person and can be purchased at www.thelittletheatre.com.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Saturday/Dec. 2

A Christmas Marketplace. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. 10:30 a.m. beginning at the corner of Wilkes and South Pitt Streets in Old Town and ending at the Campagna Center. Parade Grand Marshal Is Alison Starling, Co-Anchor, Good Morning Washington/ABC7 News and Alexandria resident. Over 100 Scottish Clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus will march down the cobblestone streets of Old Town. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Holiday Designer Tour of Homes. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Stroll through six lovely homes of historic importance dressed up for the holidays by acclaimed interior designers and local florists. The tour features select homes in Old Town, Alexandria. Tickets required $25/advance or $30/day of purchase and can be purchased at homes. Call 703-549-0111 for tickets. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Holiday Ornament Decorating Workshop. 1-4 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St., 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Families are invited to celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of historic arts and crafts with the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Decorate take-home ornaments using shapes, colors and patterns based on the Museum's collection of excavated artifacts. Free. Call Alexandria Archaeology for more information, 703-838-4399.

Kwanzaa Craft and Game Workshop. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. This free workshop, conducted by Museum staff, is geared towards those wishing to learn more about Kwanzaa or find inexpensive ways of incorporating this celebration into their lives. The Museum staff will present a brief overview of the principles of this African American celebration. Participants do not need to bring anything, as all supplies will be provided. For more information call the Museum at 703-838-4356.

Craft Sale. Heritage Presbyterian Church is holding a craft sale "Made by the Bell" from 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. Call Jenny Kennedy at 703-360-9420 for more information.

Victorian Christmas Ball. 8-11 p.m. in the historic ballroom of Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for dance warm-ups. $30/person in advance or $40 at the door includes live music, dance instruction and desserts of the period. Period attire, either military or civilian is encouraged. Call 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org for more information or to register.

Annual Christmas Bazaar. The American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. will host their annual Christmas crafts bazaar from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Church of Saint Clement, 1701 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. American Indian arts, Christmas crafts and fresh baked goods will be sold as well as raffle tickets for a Pendleton Blanket and a Buffalo Sculpture (metal with wood base) by Native American artist, Pete Yazzie. You need not be present to win. Visit www.aisdc.org.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Begins at 3 p.m. with a holiday review featuring local school groups performing. Santa will arrive via boat dockside at the gazebo. Pets are welcome for photos as well. Boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. Visit www.funside.com for more.

Lights of Love. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary will present the 25th annual Lights of Love program at 5 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby. For a donation of $5 dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or to honor a friend, neighbor, or relative who has added joy. For a donation of $100, dedicate a light in the tree-top star. This year's contributions to Lights of Love are designated for therapeutic enhancements to make our hospitalized patients more comfortable. Entertainment at this year's program will include the "Festival of Music" by the West Potomac High School Soundsations and songs by Dr. Cleve Francis, Inova MVH cardiologist and renowned vocalist. A reception in the hospital cafeteria will follow the program. All are invited to attend. The hospital is located at 2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria. For any questions contact the Volunteer Services Office at 703-664-7260.

Theater Performance. The Little Theater of Alexandria will perform Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol" at 600 Wolfe St., Old Town at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $11.50/person and can be purchased at www.thelittletheatre.com.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.