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Calendar Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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Thursday/Nov. 30

Poetry of Witness. 7-9 p.m. at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Poets Ellen Cole, Luther Jete and more will read from their work. Free. Open mic will follow. 703-465-7823.

Friday Morning Music Club. Noon-1 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Enjoy a variety of performances by flutists, sopranos and more. Free. Call 703-228-7710.

Toddler Time For 2s. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Drop in for stories, fingerplays and a craft for two-year-olds with an adult. Free. 703-228-6330.

3s And 4s Together. 11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Drop in for stories, fingerplays and a craft for three- and four-year old with an adult. Free. 703-228-6330.

Wine Dinner. 7 p.m. join Sette Bello for a wine dinner. Purchasing of all wines served at the dinner will be available. $85. Located at 3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call for reservations 703-351-1004. Visit www.settebellorestaurant.com.

Friday/Dec. 1

Theater Performance. "Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Buy tickets online at www.arldance.org or at Arlington Center for Dance, 3808 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-2414. Advance Sale Tickets: $22/$25 Adults, $17/$22 Youth and Seniors. Box office tickets are $5 more per ticket.

Opening Reception. The Arlington Artists Alliance are having an opening reception for their holiday art show from 6-8 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith. Thirty-five artists will display their art that is for sale. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more information.

Opening Reception. "Mermaids, Freaks and Burlesque Girls" has an opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Black & White, 1916 Wilson Blvd., Suite 201, Arlington. Free. Photos of Coney Island's denizens by Matthew Girard. 703-525-1922 for more.

Theater Performance. Wakefield High School presents "Rumors" by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information contact Alicia Zekan at 703-228-6724.

Saturday/Dec. 2

Volunteer Work Day. Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects. 10 a.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Reservations not required. 703-528-5406.

Holiday Craft Workshop. 2-5 p.m. for adults and children 12 and older. Create crafts using natural items. $30 registration required. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Bring any special decorations you may wish to add. 703-228-4747.

Dance Workshop and Performance. In celebration of Jane Franklin Dance 10th anniversary season, workshops will begin at 9:15 a.m. for all ages and dance levels. A performance begins at 8 p.m. Festival pass $30; $10 for a single class; $20/performance. All takes place at Gunston Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Visit www.janefranklin.com for more.

Theater Performance. Wakefield High School presents "Rumors" by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information contact Alicia Zekan at 703-228-6724.

Farmers Market. From 8 a.m.-noon, enjoy fresh produce and vegetables, as well as a variety of other items. Located at the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street in Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Theater Performance. "Nutcracker" at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Buy tickets online at www.arldance.org or at Arlington Center for Dance, 3808 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-2414. Advance Sale Tickets: $22/$25 Adults, $17/$22 Youth and Seniors. Box office tickets are $5 more per ticket.

Winter Show. Arlington Artists Alliance will have its winter show and sale including oil, pastel and water media painters, potters and woodworkers from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with a performance by Star Dust Dance Band at 2 p.m. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more information.

Music Performance. 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N. Vermont St. Enjoy singing the Advent/Christmas portion of this masterpiece with members of the chorus or listen to the music. Free. Non-perishable food and donations will be accepted. 703-933-2500 or visit www.metchorus.org for more.

Craft Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Central United Methodist Church will host a craft sale to benefit Appalachia's Red Bird Mission. The sale, at 4201 N. Fairfax Drive, includes handmade furniture, ornaments, ceramics, candles and more. 703-527-8844.

Mistletoe Mall. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Find gifts made by local artists as well as Central and South America and more. Free. There will be a bake sale and hot lunch for sale. 703-892-2565.

Holiday Sing Along. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will have a Holiday Sing Along with The Lamplighters at 1:30 p.m. The group will entertain with singing, guitars and violins. Ages 3-10. Call 703-241-8283.

Holiday Craft Workshop from 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, for adults and young adults ages 12 years and up. Using all-natural items learn to create decorative crafts for home or as gifts. Materials provided for each participant to make at least two seasonal decorations along with basic instruction, music, and refreshments. Participants should bring hand pruners or wire cutters (if you have them) and any extra materials you may wish to add. $30. Reservations required, register online at https:\\registration.co.arlington.va.us\ or call 703-228-4747. Reference program # 614472A.

16th Anniversary Celebration. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will celebrate it's 16th anniversary. It will be an open house event with special discounts and holiday treats. Call 703-241-8283.

Sing Along. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will have a Sing Along with Miss Belle, at 11 a.m. Sing along and dance with Miss Belle and her guitar. Ages 2 1/2-6. Call 703-241-8283.

Arlington Historical Society Holiday Market. Meet local authors and purchase their autographed history books from 1- 4 p.m. at the Arlington Museum, 1805 S. Ridge Road, Arlington. Authors attending the event include: Sara Collins et al editors "Arlington: Images of America," a pictorial of Arlington's history; Zula Dietrich author of "Zula Remembers" about the history of south Arlington; George W. Dodge author of "Arlington National Cemetery" — profiles of persons interred in Arlington and many more authors.

Band Night. Elementary and high school students can enjoy music from 8-11:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. $5. 703-228-7782.

Skate Night. For families from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and teens from 9-11 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S.2nd St. 703-228-7782 for cost and more information.

Sunday/Dec. 3

Holiday Crafts Workshop. Make a wreath or centerpiece from local greens, pine cones and other natural materials at 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Cost is $10. 703-528-5406.

Winter Show. Arlington Artists Alliance will have its winter show and sale including oil, pastel and water media painters, potters and woodworkers ofrom noon-4 p.m. with a demonstration on making holiday cards and gifts from 1-2 p.m. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more information.

Mistletoe Mall. 1-4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Find gifts made by local artists as well as Central and South America and more. Free. There will be a bake sale and hot lunch for sale. 703-892-2565.

Holiday Music. Washington Woman's Chorus will sing at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, at 4 p.m. Songs will include classic and new carols with the accompaniment of hand bells. Tickets are $20/adult or $15/seniors and students. Call 202-244-7367 or visit washingtonwomenschorus.org for tickets.

Theater Performance. "Nutcracker" at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Buy tickets online at www.arldance.org or at Arlington Center for Dance, 3808 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-2414. Advance Sale Tickets: $22/$25 Adults, $17/$22 Youth and Seniors. Box office tickets are $5 more per ticket.

Author Reading. Authors Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock will introduce their new books "Journeys to Freedom: A New Look at America's Story" and "Kids Make History: A New Look at America's Story" at Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10 at 1:30 p.m. Grades 3-7, parents and educators. Please call to register. Call 703-241-8283.

Education Appreciation Day. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will celebrate Educator Appreciation Day. There will be special values, give-aways and refreshments. 25 percent discount on school and personal purchases. Call 703-241-8283.

Duke Ellington "Nutcracker." At 3 p.m., the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble presents its most popular cncert featuring a mix of Stan Kenton's seasonal tunes and the playful and creative Duke Ellington Nutcracker. Free at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com for more information.

Advent Fair at the Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington, from 4-6 p.m. Featuring: make your own X-mas decorations and ornaments, food and singing. Call 703-538-5230.

"Songs and Stories of Christmas" Christmas carols and Advent and Solstice poems and readings, performed by the Washington Women's Chorus at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. For more information, visit www.washingtonwomenschorus.org.

Alternative Christmas Gifts Fair. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church will host its annual fair trade gifts fair from noon-4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at 1500 North Glebe Road in Arlington. Crafts, jewelry, food and other hand-made items will be sold to benefit those in need in Arlington, and around the world. Free. Visit www.mtolivet-umc.org or contact the main office at 703-527-3934.

Holiday Breakfast. Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, 3850 Wilson Blvd., will have a Christmas Angel Breakfast from 9:30-10:30 a.m. There will be a breakfast, followed by paper crafts and then the nativity story will be told. Free. A donation of canned goods or other non-perishables is requested. Call 703-527-2210.

Mistletoe Mall at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring hand-crafted pottery, jewelry and clothing. Artists work from the area and from Central and South America, the Middle East and Iraq. Live music, food and a bake sale. Call 703-892-2565.

Songs of the Season Concert. At St. George's Episcopal Church from 5-6 p.m. The concert includes advent music sung by St. George's vocalists. The event is free and open to the public. St. George's is located at 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Call 703-525-8286.

Book Reading. 3 p.m. in the Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. in Arlington. Meet award-winning journalist and author Alicia Shephard as she discusses "Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate." Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Free. 703-228-5990 or dcross@arlingtonva.us

16th Anniversary Celebration. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will celebrate it's 16th anniversary. It will be an open house event with special discounts and holiday treats. Call 703-241-8283.

Book Signing. A Pre-Holiday Book Signing at Borders Express in Fair Oaks Mall, 11713 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, will feature 10 area romance authors, including Patricia McLinn of Arlington. Signings will take place from noon-6 p.m. Patricia McLinn will sign books 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Contact Borders Express manager Joan Marie Keenan at 703-591-8985 or Binnie Syril Braunstein at 410-486-6178.

Monday/Dec. 4

Shakespeare Readings. 8 p.m. at WSC's Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay-what-you-can price. Enjoy "Kafka’s Dick" by Alan Bennet. No reservations necessary. E-mail info@washingtonshakespeare.org or call 703-418-4808.

Raise A Reader. 11 a.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. An early literacy program for newborns through 23 months with an adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 703-228-5260.

Tuesday/Dec. 5

Help for Parents. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will offer "Time Out for Time Outs" parenting workshop at 7 p.m. Susan Keightley, parenting and development specialist, will discuss positive discipline strategies to get your family through the holidays. Please call to register. Call 703-241-8283.

Poetry Marathon. Teatro de la Luna and the Washington, D.C. Public Library System are holding a Young People's Poetry Marathon in Spanish from 10 a.m.-noon for elementary, middle and high school students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Library, 901 G. St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Free. Acclaimed area poets will host the event. Call 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092 to reserve a space. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org for more information.

Wednesday/Dec. 6

4th Annual Holiday Open House. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pentagon Row Plaza, enjoy free horse and carriage rides, pet photos with Santa, carolers, entertainment, refreshments and more. The ice skating rink will be open. Free. Visit www.pentagonrow.com or call 703-413-6691.

Winter Celebration. Aladdin's Lamp Children's Bookstore, 2499 North Harrison St. Suite #10, will offer Winter Celebrations at 11 a.m. There will be fun stories and a sing along with Miss Belle. Ages 2 1/2-6. Call 703-241-8283.

Poetry Marathon. Teatro de la Luna and the Washington, D.C. Public Library System are holding a Young People's Poetry Marathon in Spanish from 10 a.m.-noon for elementary, middle and high school students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Library, 901 G. St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Free. Acclaimed area poets will host the event. Call 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092 to reserve a space. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org for more information.

Family Storytime. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Drop in for stories and craft for all ages. Free. Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

Family Storytime. 7:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Drop in for stories and a craft. 703-228-6548 for more information.

Stories and More. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Drop in for books and activities for the whole family to enjoy. 703-228-5260 for more information.

Walking Tour. Ages 9 and above can take a walking tour of Fort C.F. Smith Park from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn about the park's Civil War history. Dress for weather. Free but registration required https://registration.arlingtonva.us/vsiwebtrac.html. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington.

Thursday/Dec. 7

A Holiday House Tour and Tea will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, hosted by the Commonwealth Circle of Northern Virginia. From 1 to 4 p.m. tour four decorated homes in Arlington's Chain Bridge Forest neighborhood. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Vanguard and Child Help USA. Cost is $30. Tickets may be purchased at Prezzies Gifts and Degage in McLean and Serendipity Gifts and Lemon Twist in Arlington.

Holiday Boutique. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2315 S. Grant St., Arlington. Free. Browse gift items from local vendors and artisans, and enter in a luxury gift basket raffle. Sponsored by Aurora Hills Women's Club to benefit The Hume School of Arlington Ridge. Lunch available for $8. For more information call 703-535-8882.

Movie and Discussion. "Born into Brothels" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. in Arlington. This Academy-Award winning film documents the journey of photographer Zana Briski and the children of prostitutes from Calcutta's Red Light District. Free. 703-228-6340 for more information.

Light Up Rosslyn will start at 5:30 p.m. with Beltway Brass, The Metropolitan Chorus at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremonial light switch will be flipped at 6:45 p.m. by Christopher Zimmerman, County Board Chairman. All takes place underneath the JumboTron, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. Bring donations from A-SPAN's list. Call 703-522-6628 for information.

Holiday Animal Crafts. 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. $5/child ages 5-10. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Toddler Time For 2s. 10:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Drop in for stories, fingerplays and a craft for two-year-olds with an adult. Free. 703-228-6330.

3s And 4s Together. 11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Drop in for stories, fingerplays and a craft for three- and four-year old with an adult. Free. 703-228-6330.

Holiday Gift Sale and Open House. Visit the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre and Conference Center and find unique holiday gifts from local fine arts and craft vendors from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum. Enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of the facility, a perfect place for your office meeting or special event. 703-276-6701.

Friday/ Dec. 8

Miracle on 23rd Street Tree Lighting Ceremony. 750 S. 23rd St., 6:30 p.m. Free. The event, features caroling, refreshments, prizes and a special visitor from the North Pole. Caroling begins at 6 p.m., tree lighting at 6:30, a visit from Santa at 6:45, followed by a reception. Call 703-521-4441.

Holiday Gifts. 6:30-8 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. Learn how to make colorful, scented soaps for guests and gifts with an easy recipe. $3/soap tray ages 12-adult. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Theater Performance. Wakefield High School presents "Rumors" by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information contact Alicia Zekan at 703-228-6724.

Holiday Gift Sale and Open House. Visit the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre and Conference Center and find unique holiday gifts from local fine arts and craft vendors from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum. Enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of the facility, a perfect place for your office meeting or special event. 703-276-6701

Fashion Show. For elementary and high school students from 7-9:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. $5 at door $3 in advance. 703-228-7782 for more information.

Saturday/Dec. 9

Holiday Party. Annual party to thank folks who have helped during the past year at 1 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. By invitation. For information on how to get on our mailing list, call us at 703-528-5406.

Farmers Market. From 8 a.m.-noon, enjoy fresh produce and vegetables, as well as a variety of other items. Located at the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street in Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Breakfast with Santa. 9-11 a.m. at Rockbotton Restaurant and Brewery Ballston, $8/person 3 and under free. Make reservations by calling 703-516-4688. Call Regan Davis 703-533-5505 ext. 13.

Washington-Lee Annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1300 N. Quincy Street, Arlington. Prospective vendors can still rent tables up to Nov. 18. Six foot tables are $60, two for $100, and each additional table is $40. Vendors should contact Terry Bell, at 703-228-6200.

Holiday Concert at Westover Baptist Church, 1125 N. Patrick Henry Drive, at 4 p.m. featuring the Senior Singers Choral and the New Horizons Band. Visit www.levineschool.org or call 703-237-5655.

25 Year Celebration. The Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance will celebrate 25 years with a silent auction, food, drink and more from 7-11 p.m. at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Potomac Fever will perform. $25/guest; $100/celebration sponsor; $250/silver anniversary. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org/aboutus.htm or e-mail ted@agla.org for more.

Theater Performance. Wakefield High School presents "Rumors" by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information contact Alicia Zekan at 703-228-6724.

Holiday Concert. Levine School of Music will have their annual holiday concert at 4 p.m. at Westover Baptist Church, 1125 N. Patrick Henry Drive, Arlington. Free. 703-237-5655 or visit www.levineschool.org for more.

Skate Night. For families from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and teens from 9-11 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. 703-228-7782 for cost and more information.

Sunday/Dec. 10

Season's Greetings Concert. 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Guest artists will be the Metropolitan Chorus. $18/adult; $15/senior or military; $5/16 and under. 703-933-2500 or visit www.metchorus.org for more information.

14th Annual Messiah Sing-Along at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-536-6606.

Christmas Recital at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., at 7:30 p.m. featuring members from the St. George's Choir. Call 703-525-8286.

Choral Union Candlelight Christmas Celebration. 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. Concert features Matt Niess and the Mount Olivet Brass. Free. For more information call 703-527-3934.

Carols and Lessons. St. Thomas More Cathedral Concerts presents A Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 3901 Cathedral Lane. Free. Donations appreciated. Call 703-524-2815.

Candlelight Christmas Concert. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church will host its annual Candlelight Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary at 1500 North Glebe Road in Arlington. This live concert and sing-along will feature Christmas Carol favorites with the Mount Olivet Choir, brass and timpani, led by Steven K. Shaner. Free. Visit www.mtolivet-umc.org contact the main office at 703-527-3934.

Movie Night. 7-9 p.m. watch a movie on Gulf Branch's exciting resident, Pola Negri, who lived in the center when it was still a private home. There will be a screening of "Barbed Wire" and popcorn and drinks will be served. $5 registration required. Call 703-228-3403. Meet Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington.