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Calendar Oct. 18-24

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Wednesday/Oct. 18

Poesis. October's Poesis will feature Karren Alenier from 7-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Shep Williams, keyboard and Mike Gillispie, flute. Admission is free. POESIS is located at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-465-7823.

Financial Planning. Certified Financial Planner Johanna Kehoe will outline the basics of investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St. This seminar is ideal for someone who wants a better understanding of the mechanics of investing and the choices available. Call 703-228-6417 or email jabel@vt.edu.

Eat Better, Move More. Learn how to enjoy a healthy life style at the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Call Heather Greenwood at 703-228-6418.

Travel Tips. Learn tips for budget traveling and the ABCs of investing at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington from 7-9 p.m. Contact Jennifer Abel 703-228-6417 or jabel@vt.edu.

Book Event. Joseph and Susan Trento "Unsafe at any Altitude: Failed Terrorism Investigations, Scapegoating 9/11, and the Shocking Truth about Aviation Security Today" at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Bookstore, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-525-4227.

"Who Gives a Hoot?" 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $3. Learn about owls while doing a craft, taking a hike and hearing stories. 703-228-6535.

"Wild Ones: Lots of Legs." 4-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. Children ages 6-9 with adult can learn about creepy crawlers with 4, 20 or 100 legs. Free. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Storytime. 7 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Stories and a craft for all ages. Free. Call 703-228-6330.

Book Discussion.7:30-8:30 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. Discuss "Digging to America" by Anne Tyler. Free. 703-228-5710.

Thursday/Oct. 19

Music Concert. U.S. Army orchestra community concert in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday. at 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Free. 703-696-3399 or visit http://www.usarmyband.com.

Book Event. Ed Viesturs' "No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks" at 7 p.m. at Olsson's Bookstore, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-525-4227.

Toddler Time. 10:15 a.m. for 2 year olds at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Free. Enjoy a craft, stories and an activity. 703-228-6330.

Storytime. 11 a.m. Two and three year olds can hear a story, activity and do a craft at Westover Library,1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5260.

Threes and Fours. 11:15 a.m., 3 and 4-year-olds participate in activities, hear a story and do a craft together at Cherrydale Library. 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Friday/Oct. 20

Watercolor painting class. 10 a.m. taught by Sam Nash, at Culpepper Garden Senior Center. $20 for four two hour sessions. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Toddler Time. 10 a.m. Stories, songs and fingerplays for children age 2 at Central Library Youth Services, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990.

Saturday/Oct. 21

Backyard Composting Workshops. Virginia Cooperative Extension, Arlington Office, and the City of Alexandria will sponsor free workshops on backyard composting at Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 Marcey Road, Arlington, at 2 p.m. Learn the basics of recycling fall leaves and other yard waste into compost that can enrich garden soil and help produce healthier, more beautiful plants, without attracting pests. Call the Extension Master Gardener Helpdesk at 703-228-6414.

Wild & Lazy Afternoon. Walks begin at 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Exhibits and activities from 2-4 p.m. Call 703-528-5406.

Pioneer Day Festival. 1-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. Enjoy live music, dancers and local artisans while trying old-time games. All ages. Performers include the Yorktown Yahoos and the Old Dominion Cloggers. $5/person with $20 max/family. 703-228-3403.

Western Theme Show. Potomac Harmony Chorus annual show "Wahoo!" starts at 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Theater at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Features a variety of a capella songs. $15/adult and $12/seniors and children. 703-764-3896 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

Kayak Trip. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Conservation Trust from 1-4 p.m. at Accotink Creek. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Watch Ospreys hunt for fish, and young Bald Eagles spar with each other over the open water. $40/person. Registration is required. Contact Whitney Bailey at 703-354-5093 or wbailey@nvct.org.

Family Book Discussion. 2 p.m. discuss Linda Sue Park's "A Single Shard" at Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/about/LibrariesAboutCentral.aspx for more information.

The Arlington County Police Department will have an Auto Theft Deterrence Event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arlington Assembly of God Church, 4501 N. Pershing Drive. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/police.

Growing Native Seed Collection. 10 a.m.-noon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment will be participating in the "Growing Native" project to collect seeds to be used for regional stream restoration. Register at 703-228-6406 or volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org.

Little Sprouts Storytime. 11 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Children ages 3-8 can learn about Emberley's Animals through stories, activities and more. Free. 703-228-6535.

Family Book Discussion. Discuss "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park at 2 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990.

Creepy Creature Campfire. 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. The whole family is invited to participate in activities, see special animal guests, games and more, including treats. $3. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Teen Skate Night. 9-11 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South 2nd St., Arlington. $2 to enter; $1 for skates. 703-228-5920.

Family Skate Night. Families can skate together from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South 2nd St., Arlington. $2 to enter; $1 for skates. 703-228-5920.

Sunday/Oct. 22

The Arlington Philharmonic's fall concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., in the Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Music Director Ruben Vartanyan will conduct this free concert, which is open to the public. No tickets are required. The concert will feature the Philharmonic's wind, brass and percussion players performing Mozart's "Serenade #12" in C Minor (K. 388); Dvorak's "Serenade," Op. 44, in D Minor; Gounod's "Little Symphony" for Wind Instruments, and Weill's Suite from "The Threepenny Opera." Well-known NPR radio host and saxophonist Rich Kleinfeldt will be the Master of Ceremonies and guest host for this concert, which is also intended to move the orchestra closer to its goal of performing as a full-size symphony. Call 703-243-5155, or visit the group's Web site at www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org.

Recycling Event. Arlington E-CARE: the Department of Environmental Services is holding an Environmental Collection And Recycling Event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. The event includes a household hazardous materials collection, computer and electronics recycling, collection of shoes and eyeglasses for programs in developing countries, and a bicycle collection by Bikes for the World. Visit http://www.arlingtonva.us.

Music Performance. Arlington Philharmonic Association has a free concert starting at 3 p.m. in the Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Performance Mozart's "Serenade #12" in C Minor and more. For further information call 703-243-5155, or visit www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org.

Organ Recital. Peter Lea-Cox, renowned British organist, will perform an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann and others at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington. 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington. A freewill offering will be collected. 703-532-5991 or visit www.relcarlington.org.

Music Concert. Arlington seniors will attend an afternoon concert by the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players at The National Academies’ Auditorium. Cost is $8. Call Arlington County Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Music Performance. The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note performs the music of Glenn Miller at the Air Force Memorial at 2 p.m. The Memorial is located right across from the Pentagon. Free. For more information call The United States Air Force Band's Concert Line at 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.com.

Organ Recital. Peter Lea-Cox, renowned British organist, will perform an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann and others at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd. in Arlington. A free will offering will be collected. 703-465-3340.

Harvest Storytime. 1-1:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Children ages 3-8 can listen to stories while learning about harvest. Enjoy games, activities and more. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Afternoon Tea. Seatings at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Hendry House at Fort C.F., Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. For children and adults ages 10 and up. $23/person pre-paid. 703-243-7329.

Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pike's Park in Arlington. Free. 703-892-2776.

Monday/Oct. 23

Game Day. Chess instruction followed by games at 10 a.m. at Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free and newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-5285.

Fundraiser. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Arlington Salvation Army is holding a fund raising event at The Front Page restaurant, 4201 Wilson Blvd. from 5-10 p.m. The Front Page is donating a percentage of the cost of each meal served to the Auxiliary for its annual Christmas project of providing Christmas stockings to underprivileged children in Arlington. For reservations, call 703-248-9990 or information about the Auxiliary, 703-979-3380.

Raise a Reader. 11 a.m. Stories, songs and more for newborns at Westover Library, 800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Free. Registration required. 703-228-5260.

Book Discussion. Discuss "The Power of the Dog" by Thomas Savage at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990.

Tuesday/Oct. 24

Coping With Hearing Loss. 1-2:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Provides an overview of the hearing evaluation, discuss different hearing aids and more. Free and no reservation required. 703-228-5990.

"Who Gives a Hoot?" 10:30-11:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $3. Learn about owls while doing a craft, taking a hike and hearing stories. 703-228-6535.

Wellstone World Music Day. 5-11 p.m. at The Museum of Modern ARF, 1116 N. Hudson St., 2nd Floor, Arlington. Musicians and speakers are invited to discuss the prospect of working towards greater world peace. "Rock That Uke" and the "Carry It Forward" videos will be shown. Visit www.ModernARF.com or call 703-528-4800.

"Who Gives a Hoot?" 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $3. Learn about owls while doing a craft, taking a hike and hearing stories. 703-228-6535.

Wednesday/Oct. 25

Opening Reception. "All Arlington Salon" exhibit from 6-9 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. All-media exhibit for artists who live, work, study or maintain studios in Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm or 703-228-7710.

Student Poetry Reading. Student winners of the "Moving Word Poetry" competition will read their poetry at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org or 703-228-1850.

School Fair. Arlington Area Preschool Fair from 10 a.m.-noon at St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 North Thomas St. in Arlington. Representatives from several preschools and early childhood learning centers will be available to discuss their programs. Free. Call 703-528-6781 for more information and directions.

"Who Gives a Hoot?" 10:30-11:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $3. Learn about owls while doing a craft, taking a hike and hearing stories. 703-228-6535.

"Who Gives a Hoot?" 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Ages 3-5 with an adult. $3. Learn about owls while doing a craft, taking a hike and hearing stories. 703-228-6535.

National Mole Day. 3-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. Children ages 4 and up can learn about this common digging creature. Free. Registration required. 703-228-6535.

Family Storytime. 7 p.m. Families can listen to stories, participate in activities and more at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Thursday/Oct. 26

Poetry. In conjunction with the Poesis series, poets and translators Paul Hopper (Norwegian), David Martin (Farsi), Yvette Neisser Moreno (Spanish), and Steven Rogers (German, Estonian, French) present new translations of modern poets whose work is not widely available in English from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and the program will be followed by an open mic at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-465-7823.

Friday Morning Music Club. The opening concert of free monthly lunchtime chamber concerts from noon-1 p.m. at the Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, will feature John Kaboff, cello performing J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 3. Also on the program will be the music of Spohr, von Weber, Bennet, David Rubinstein, Melvin Lauf Jr. and Paul Nasto, with Harlie Sponaugle, soprano, Nancy Genovese, clarinet, Michael Bowyer, flute, Amy Rothstein, piano. 703-228-7710.

Art Workshop. Image Transfer with Liz Wolf from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/leearts.htm or 703-228-0560.

POESIS. Poets and translators will present new translations of modern poets whose work is not available in English. 7-9 p.m. at Greenberry's Coffee, 1737 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free and open mic will follow. 703-465-7823.

Music Concert. Friday Morning Music Club from noon-1 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Features music by Bach. Free. 703-228-7710, or www.arlingtonarts.org.

The Board of Directors of Rosslyn Renaissance will have its Sixteenth Annual Meeting at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., 6-8 p.m. Dan Tangherlini, Interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitian Area Transit Authority will be the guest speaker. Contact 703-522-6628 or www.rosslynva.org.

Family Storytime. 10 a.m. Families can listen to stories, participate in activities and more at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5590.

Tiny Tots. 10-10:45 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. 18-35 months with an adult can participate in activities, story and a craft. $3. Registration rerquired 703-228-6535.

Toddler Time. For 2-year-olds at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Storytime. 11 a.m. Two and three year olds can hear a story, activity and do a craft at Westover Library,1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5260.

Threes and Fours. 11:15 a.m., 3 and 4-year-olds participate in activities, hear a story and do a craft together at Cherrydale Library. 2190 N. Military Road, Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Tiny Tots. 11:15-noon at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. 18-35 months with an adult can participate in activities, story and a craft. $3. Registration rerquired 703-228-6535.

Book Discussion. Discuss "Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson at 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990.

Pumpkin Perfect. Children ages 3-5 with an adult can enjoy learning about these halloween items with a short story, craft and a short hike from 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. $3 registration required 703-228-4747.

Refuse To Be a Victim Seminar. Starts at 6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Protect yourself and your family from today's criminals. Free. 703-228-5990.

Rabies Clinic. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington. $10/shot. Hosted by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Contact mail@awla.org.

Transportation Commission. 7:30 p.m. at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. Contact Richard Best with questions at 703-228-3689.

Butterflies of Costa Rica. 7:30-9 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Learn about the butterflies of Costa Rica with the Washington Area Butterfly Club. Free. Registration required 703-228-4747.

Snacks Made Simple. For children in grades 3-5 can learn how to make easy snacks from 3:15-4:15 p.m. at Barrett Elementary School Library, 4401 North Henderson Road, Arlington. Call Heather Greenwood 703-228-6418 or e-mail hgreenwo@vt.edu.

Friday/Oct. 27

Holiday Shopping. 2006 USO/MWR Holiday and Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ft. Myer Community Center, Building 405, 228 McNair Road, Ft. Myer. Free admission. Photo identification is required to enter Fort Myer. Contact Dawn Ruth at 703-696-3279.

Speaker Series. Internationally renowned Mexican architect Enrique Norten will launch Arlington County's new Architecture Speaker Series with an interactive forum on his recent work and the elements of great architectural design from 7-9 p.m., at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. in Arlington. The Architecture Speaker Series is meant to spark public discussion on aspects of great architectural design. For more information on the Architecture Speaker Series, visit the County Web site.

Tiny Tots. 10-10:45 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road, Arlington. 18-35 months with an adult can participate in activities, story and a craft. $3. Registration rerquired 703-228-6535.

Toddler Time. For 2-year-olds at 10 a.m. at Central Library Youth Services, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Pumpkin Perfect. Children ages 3-5 with an adult can enjoy learning about these halloween items with a short story, craft and a short hike from 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. $3 registration required 703-228-4747.

Saturday/Oct. 28

Wild & Lazy Afternoon. Walks begin at 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Exhibits and activities from 2-4 p.m. Call 703-528-5406. Haunted Halloween Hike. Annual scary romp in the woods starts at 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Children age 5 and older with parents. Tickets will go on sale at the nature center at 10 am on Saturday, Oct. 14 for $8. Call 703-528-5406.

Fluorescent Campfire. From 6:30-7:45 p.m. children 7 and older can learn about fluorescent minerals and enjoy s'mores at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. $3. Registration required https:\\registration.co.arlington.va.us\ or call 703-228-4747. Program # 612314D. Call 703-228-3403.

Halloween Fest. Pentagon Row will host its 4th annual Halloween Fest at 2 p.m. at Pentagon Row Plaza. Free trick-or-treat bags will be provided while supplies last, with free trick-or-treating, activities and entertainment. Call 703-413-6691 or visit www.pentagonrow.com.

Holiday Shopping. 2006 USO/MWR Holiday and Craft Bazaar from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ft. Myer Community Center, Building 405, 228 McNair Road, Ft. Myer. Free admission. Photo identification is required to enter Fort Myer. Contact Dawn Ruth at 703-696-3279.

Fall Festival. St. Ann Catholic Church of Arlington have its annual Fall Festival, featuring a white elephant sale, a bake sale, crafts, games for the children, raffles and a lunch featuring pulled pork sandwiches. The festival will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Ann, located at 10th and North Frederick in Arlington.

Art Sale. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, will have its 2006 Art Exhibition and Sale of Potomac Valley Watercolorists 3-7 p.m. Visit www.potomacvalleywatercolorists.com.

Housing Information. 10 a.m.-noon, visit housing tables, meet with instructors and attend classes at Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Free. 703-228-3765.

Halloween Puppet Show. The Spooky Boo House, a not-too-scary, just fun Halloween show for children 3 and up at 3 p.m. in the Comedy Spot Theater at Ballston Common Mall, 3rd floor, next to the cinema. $10, wear your costume and get free prizes. For directions and details visit www.comedyindc.com or call 703-294-LAFF.

Comedy Event. See comedians perform "Swami & Geeks & Poe" at 7:30 p.m. at The Comedy Spot, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. E-mail fanmail@comedyindc.com, visit www.comedyindc.com or call 703-294-LAFF for cost and information.

Minerals: Earth's Jewels. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. For children ages 6-17 who love rocks. Free. 703-228-6330.

Teen Halloween Skate Party. 9-11 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South 2nd St., Arlington. $3. 703-228-5920.

Haunted Halloween Hike. 7:30 p.m. the woods come alive with Gaia gone awry at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Children age 5 and up with adult. $8. 703-528-5406.

Sunday/Oct. 29

Canoe The Marsh At Pohick Bay. Explore the marshes and creeks of Pohick Bay at 8 a.m. and have lunch on a beautiful bluff overlooking the marsh. Participants must be at least 16. No previous canoeing experience is necessary, $30 fee and pre-register. Call 703-339-6104 for reservations.

Art Sale. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, will have its 2006 Art Exhibition and Sale of Potomac Valley Watercolorists noon-4 p.m. Visit www.potomacvalleywatercolorists.com.

Theater Performance. Arlington seniors will attend an afternoon performance of "The Odd Couple" at Way Off Broadway theater in Frederick, Md. Cost is $52 (includes buffet lunch). Call Arlington County Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4748. Registration required.

Halloween Puppet Show. The Spooky Boo House, a not-too-scary, just funny Halloween show for children 3 and up at 3 p.m. in the Comedy Spot Theater at Ballston Common Mall, 3rd floor next to the cinema. $10, wear your costume and get free prizes. For directions and details visit www.comedyindc.com or call 703-294-LAFF.

AGLA's Annual Book Donation Potluck Dinner. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Provide new or gently used books and a dish to enjoy with others. Costumes are optional. AGLA authors, editors, poets and others are encouraged to share talents. Visit www.arlingtonva.us for more information or e-mail info@agla.org.

"Eeww Gross!" Children ages 6-9 can learn about animals from botflies to tapeworms from 2-3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. $3. Registration required. 703-228-4747.

Spooktacular Campfire. 4-5:15 families are invited to join in for fun adventures around the campfire at Long Branch Nature CEnter, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. $3 registration required 703-228-6330.

Ghosts of Gulf Branch Campfire. 6-7:15 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington. Families with children ages 7 and above are invited for adventures that include stories, treats, animal guests and more. $3 registration required 703-228-4747.

Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pike's Park in Arlington. Free. 703-892-2776.