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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Dec. 6-13

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Thursday/Dec. 6

Benefit Shopping. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will donate 20 percent of the sales to United Students for Fair Trade, Mid-Atlantic chapter from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Celebration of Giving and Sharing. 5-7:30 p.m. at Mount Eagle Elementary, 6116 North Kings Highway. Children will receive backpacks full of books and toys and then hear about the importance of sharing and giving back. Free. Visit www.volunteerfaifax.org or 703-246-3826.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Holiday Tree Lighting. 5-7 p.m. at Hoffman Town Center. Free. The Alexandria Harmonizers will provide entertainment. Free. Gift card donations will be requested to help the wounded and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There will be raffles, free food and more.

Wreath-A-Round. 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 can create small wreaths with natural and recycled materials to give as gifts or to decorate. $5. 703-642-5173 to register.

Music Performance. Noon-12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Listen to organ music by Carolyn Booth. Donation at the door. 703-549-3312.

Friday/Dec. 7

Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Celebration of Giving and Sharing. 7:30-10 a.m. at Mount Eagle Elementary, 6116 North Kings Highway. Children will receive backpacks full of books and toys and then hear about the importance of sharing and giving back. Free. Visit www.volunteerfaifax.org or 703-246-3826.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Holiday Concert. 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free. Hear music by the Alexandria Band. Donations requested. Visit www.nvcc.edu for more.

Plantation Christmas. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Take candlelight mansion tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, music and food samples. $14/adult; $7/children. 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Holiday Dinner. Seatings available at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Holiday dinner includes the traditional fare. $39.95/adult and children ages 11 and up. $19.95/children ages 6-10. Price includes admission to "Plantation Christmas." Reservations required, 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Music Performance. The Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio will perform at 9 p.m. at 219 Restaurant, 219 King St. $5/person. 703-549-1141.

Music Performance. The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra will perform "Balalaika Music from Russia" at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201S. Washington St. $20/advance; $25/door. Visit www.balalaika.org or 703-549-0760.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 2-3 years with adult can hear stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Listen to Bryan Anthony. $20/person.

Saturday/Dec. 8

Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Holiday Open House. Noon-3 p.m. at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Celebrate the holidays with tree trimming, caroling, special entertainment and refreshments. RSVP by Dec. 4. 703-797-3815.

Reception. 6-9 p.m., Gallery West presents "Small Works and Holiday Show and Silent Auction" through Dec. 24 at 1213 King St. Features a variety of art work by members in every size. Silent auction ends Dec. 8. Visit www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.

Christmas in Camp. Noon-4 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. Features living history interpreters, Christmas tree, period music and more. Donation of $2/adult; $1/child suggested. Visit www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Historic Candlelight Tours. 5-9 p.m., tour Old Town’s historic buildings by candlelight and enjoy decorations, entertainment and more. $20/adult; $15/senior and $5/child. Reservations recommended, 703-838-4242.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Benefit Concert. 6 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Rick DellaRatta will perform, with proceeds benefiting the Holiday Project and music in public schools. $35/person. For more information, visit http://www.holidayproject.org, or call 703-370-0370.

The Christmas Revels. Alexandria residents Kat Cole, Christina Robinson and Charlie Sullivan will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between #12-$40. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849 for tickets and times.

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.

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.

Plantation Christmas. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Take candlelight mansion tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, music and food samples. $14/adult; $7/children. 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Holiday Dinner. Seatings available at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road. Holiday dinner includes the traditional fare. $39.95/adult and children ages 11 and up. $19.95/children ages 6-10. Price includes admission to "Plantation Christmas." Reservations required, 703-550-9220. Visit www.GunstonHall.org.

Holiday Open House. Noon-3 p.m. at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Celebrate the holidays with tree trimming, caroling, special entertainment and refreshments. RSVP by Dec. 4. 703-797-3815.

Fall Preview. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Full Cup, 218 Lee St., Suite 206. Meet the designer. Enjoy personal fittings, style help and more. Visit www.SPENDALLA.com for more.

Holiday Open House. Noon-4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Free. Enjoy music, refreshments, and shop. 703-941-7987.

Wreath-A-Round. 10 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 can create small wreaths with natural and recycled materials to give as gifts or to decorate. $5. 703-642-5173 to register.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Listen to Ars Choralis and Douglas Beck’s rendition of Handel’s "Messiah." $10. 703-549-3312.

Drumming Workshop. Healing drummer Toby Christensen will lead a holiday stress release workshop from 3-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. $25/person.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children of all ages can hear stories. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Christmas Stories in Spanish. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children of all ages can enjoy these stories. Free. 703-519-6000.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Listen to Bryan Anthony. $20/person.

Basketball Dinner and Silent Auction. Mount Vernon High School girl’s basketball teams will have a dinner and silent auction to benefit the teams from 6-9 p.m. at the school, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. $5/advance or $7/door. 703-535-6002.

Community Caroling. 7 p.m. at Groveton Baptist Church, 6511 Richmond Highway. Family can sing carols, do arts and crafts and more. Free. Visit www.grovetonbaptistchurch.org or 703-768-9084.

Pancakes with Santa. 8-11 a.m. at Mount Vernon High School. Children 12 and under can get a picture taken with Santa. Families can enjoy unlimited pancakes and crafts. $7/person. 703-619-3275.

Saturday Morning Storytime. 9:30 a.m. at 7696-F Richmond Highway. Free coffee and tea for moms and dads. Enjoy stories, songs and activities. Reservations required, 703-660-9473.

Holiday Tea. 3-5 p.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. T.C. Williams High School photography teacher Scott Sidley will be a literary guest. Suggested donation is $25/adult; $10/student. There will be sweets, music and more. RSVP by calling 703-838-0990 or e-mailing projectdiscovery@alexandriava.gov.

Auction. 10 a.m. at the Potomack Company Auctions, 526 N. Fayatte St. Browse and bid on French, Spanish and American paintings. Free. Visit www.potomackcompany.com or 703-684-4550.

Sunday/Dec. 9

Mount Vernon By Candlelight. Tour Mount Vernon Estate from 5-8 p.m. and see the Third floor, where visitors can see the garret chamber. There will be caroling, cider, cake and cookies. $15/adult; $10/children under 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT for tickets. Visit www.mountvernon.org for information.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m., The Art League gallery presents "Dark Matters" from Dec. 6-Jan. 7, 2008 at the gallery, 105 N. Union St. See Frank Fierstein’s "Introspective Black and White Photography Exhibition." Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

The Christmas Revels. Alexandria residents Kat Cole, Christina Robinson and Charlie Sullivan will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between #12-$40. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849 for tickets and times.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra presents Handel’s "Messiah." Tickets are $25/adult; $20/senior, $5/students. Purchase tickets at www.newdominion.org or 703-442-9404.

Tree Lighting. 6:15 p.m. at the King Street Garden Park, across from the King Street metro. Enjoy a tree lighting, caroling, hot cider, cookies and a special guest. Free.

Holiday Tea at Woodlawn. Enjoy a special blend of tea and period confections while learning about tea customs of the early 19th century and then take a tour of the house. Noon and 2 p.m. $25/tea or $30/including tour. Reservations required. Private teas available for groups. Visit

www.woodlawn1805.org or call 703-780-4000 ext. 27.

Music Performance. Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers will perform "Dreamers, Lovers & Outlaws" at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. $15/non-members and $12/members. Visit www.dreamersloversandoutlaws.com or 703-380-3151.

Holiday Music. 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. Hear music by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and more. $25/person and available at www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885. Bring a pair of gloves or mittens for donation to the Campagna Center.

Music Concert. 6:30 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear music by the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army and more. Free. Visit www.nationalcapitalband.com or 202-756-2653.

Music Performance. 7-8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2810 King St. Hear Christmas music and enjoy refreshments. Free. 703-859-3283.

Monday/Dec. 10

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 1-2 years with adult can enjoy activities, stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Families can enjoy a variety of stories. Free. All ages. 703-519-5900.

Presentation. 6:45 p.m. at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Road. Watch and discuss "Too Young to Die," about teen suicide, prevention, grief and healing. Free. Childcare available, 703-859-3780.

Tuesday/Dec. 11

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 2-3 years with adult can hear stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Poetry Meeting. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Share poems or just listen. Free. 703-519-3498.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 with adult can enjoy a variety of stories. Sign-up half hour before. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up can enjoy a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Dec. 12

Book Fair. Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, is holding a book fair from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library. Free.

Music Concert. 12:05 p.m. at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax ST. Enjoy a Christmas concert featuring Timothy Howe. Followed by a light lunch. Free concert, $5/lunch.

Holiday Open House. Noon-2 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Bring a dish and a toy for the toy drive. Free. 703-838-4566.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up can enjoy a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 with adult. Free. 703-519-6000.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss "Bee Season" by Myla Goldberg. Free. 703-838-4555 ext. 2.

Author Reading. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway. Listen to Michael Barone discuss his book "2008: The Almanac of American Politics." Free. 703-299-9473.

Music. Satin Doll Trio will perform from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Free. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-5953.

Thursday/Dec. 13

Benefit Shopping. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will donate 20 percent of the sales to ALIVE! from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Second Thursday: Decadent December. 6-9 p.m., Multiple Exposures Gallery will be part of the event. Meet the photographers of "New Visions" and more. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-2205.

Reception. 6-9 p.m., Gallery West presents "Small Works and Holiday Show and Silent Auction" through Dec. 24 at 1213 King St. Features a variety of art work by members in every size. Silent auction ends Dec. 8. Visit www.gallery-west.com or call 703-549-6006.

Music Performance. Noon-12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Listen to organ music by Carol Martin. Donation at the door. 703-549-3312.

Story Time. Children ages 3-5 can hear stories at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. 703-519-5900.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories. Free. 703-838-4566.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-2 with adult. Free. 703-838-4566.

Story Time. 4 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Second Thursday. 6-9 p.m. at The Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Enjoy an evening filled with chocolate indulgence. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Nutcracker Signing. 5-8 p.m. at the Christmas Attic, 125 S. Union St. Meet Karla Steinbach and have her sign a nutcracker. Free. 703-548-2829.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Susan Greenbaum will perform. $10/person at the door. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.

Friday/Dec. 14

The Christmas Revels. Alexandria residents Kat Cole, Christina Robinson and Charlie Sullivan will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between #12-$40. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849 for tickets and times.

Theatre Performance. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents "Nutcracker in a Nutshell" at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets required, www.thecenterforballetarts.com or 703-352-9672.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 2-3 years with adult can hear stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Music Performance. Jeff Bush Quartet performs at 8 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $20/person. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-5953.

Opening Reception. 6 p.m.-midnight at Art Whino. Meet the artists of the solo show by Justin Lovato and Art Whino’s collaboration featuring 20 new artists through Jan. 6. Visit www.artwhino.com or 703-462-4135 for more on the exhibit.

Theatre Performance. 7 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road. See "Into the Woods." $8/door or $6/pre-sale. For more information, contact 703-451-4133, or visit www.tjchoir.org.

Hair and Spa Day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the Cosmetology Department at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., will hold a hair and spa day to raise funds for the students’ trip. Students will offer a variety of items. To schedule an appointment, please contact Patricia Farrar or Stacey Rue at 703-824-6800 or by e-mail at pfarrar@acps.k12.va.us.

Saturday/Dec. 15

The Christmas Revels. Alexandria residents Kat Cole, Christina Robinson and Charlie Sullivan will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between #12-$40. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849 for tickets and times.

Theatre Performance. The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents "Nutcracker in a Nutshell" at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets required, www.thecenterforballetarts.com or 703-352-9672.

Holiday Concert. 7-8:30 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. Features music by Jody Marshall, Andrea Hoag and Paul Nahay. $10/member or $15/nonmember. Space is limited. Visit www.ahs.org or 703-768-5700 ext. 125.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children of all ages can hear stories. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Music Performance. Jeff Bush Quartet performs at 8 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $20/person. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-5953.

Community Caroling. 7 p.m. at Groveton Baptist Church, 6511 Richmond Highway. Family can sing carols, do arts and crafts and more. Free. Visit www.grovetonbaptistchurch.org or 703-768-9084.

Theatre Performance. 7 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road. See "Into the Woods." $8/door or $6/pre-sale. For more information, contact 703-451-4133, or visit www.tjchoir.org.

Sunday/Dec. 16

Movie Night. Del Ray United Methodist Church presents "A Very Merry Muppet Christmas" at 100 E. Windsor Ave. Families, dates, friends encouraged. Free. Free popcorn and lemonade. Call 703-549-2088 for time.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m., Multiple Exposures Gallery presents "New Members’ Show: New Visions" from Dec. 4 through Jan. 7 at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See photography from four new members. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-2205.

Holiday Performance. The Asaph Ensemble will be performing their Christmas performance at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. in Alexandria. The Company will be premiering a new work, "Petite Suite," to music by Claude Debussy. The highlight of the evening will be the restaged and newly costumed "Clara's Christmas." Tickets $15/adult; $10/children and seniors. For more information call 703-368-1812.

Holiday Music Performance. From 3-5 p.m. enjoy music by "The Colonial Ringers and the Canterbury Ringers" at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. Visitors will also be able to give a try with the music bells. Call Bob Schurk at 703-838-4994.

Holiday Performance. The Alexandria Choral Society will perform at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Features music by the adult and children’s choir and more. $20/adult; $15/senior and children. Visit www.alexchoralsociety.org or 703-548-4734 ext. 2.

The Christmas Revels. Alexandria residents Kat Cole, Christina Robinson and Charlie Sullivan will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between #12-$40. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849 for tickets and times.

Family Tea. Children ages 6 and up can enjoy tea from 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Enjoy food, music, gift-giving and more. $25. 703-941-7987 to register.

Pops Concert. 3 p.m. at Bishop Ireton, 201 Cambridge Road. Hear music by The Alexandria Singers. $20/reserved; $15/adult; $10/student,senior or military. For tickets call 703-941-SING or visit www.alexandriasingers.com/.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at First Christian Church of Alexandria, 2723 King St. Hear "Christmas Around the World" by the choir of First Christian Church of Alexandria. Free. 703-549-3911.

Music Performance. The Chancel Choir will sing John Rutter’s "Gloria" at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. Free. Performances by the Children’s choir and the Trinity Ringers handbell choir. Visit www.trinityalexandria.org or 703-549-5500.

Monday/Dec. 17

Children's Program. 11 a.m. at Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Children ages 1-3 and adults can learn all about colors. $15 for a family group (one adult, up to two children) and $3/additional child or adult. Reservations required, 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Over 150 singers will perform holiday favorites including chorals from Goodwin House. Free. Visit http://encorecreativity.org or 571-215-6118.

Book Discussion. Discuss "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin at 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-838-4566.

Theatre Performance. 7 p.m. at Woodlawn Elementary School, located at 8505 Highland Ave. See performances by sixth grade students at Hybla Valley, Mount Vernon Woods, Woodlawn and Woodley Hills Elementary schools. Free. Presented by Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre. 703-360-0686.

Tuesday/Dec. 18

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 with adult can enjoy a variety of stories. Sign-up half hour before. 703-838-4566.

Wednesday/Dec. 19

Holiday Music Performance. West Potomac High School Chorus and Orchestra will present Vivaldi’s "Gloria" at 7:30 p.m. in the Springbank Auditorium, 6500 Quander Road. Other holiday favorites will be performed. $5/person.

Music Concert. 12:05 p.m. at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax ST. Enjoy a Christmas concert featuring Neil Gladd and Marjorie Bunday. Followed by a light lunch. Free concert, $5/lunch.

Stories and Songs. 10:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children of all ages can enjoy stories and songs in Spanish. Free. 703-838-4566.

Music. Satin Doll Trio will perform from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Free. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-5953.

Thursday/Dec. 20

Winter Wonderland. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the seasons and make a calendar for 2008. 9:30-1:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. $5. 703-642-5173.

Music Performance. Noon-12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Listen to organ music by Andrea Boudra. Donation at the door. 703-549-3312.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. discuss "The Pardoner’s Tale" from "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. 703-931-3559.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories. Free. 703-838-4566.

Theatrical Evening. 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Includes performances from "A Christmas Memory" and more. $10. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.

Saturday/Dec. 22

Community Carol Sing. 5-7 p.m. at St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Drive. Free.

Santa’s Workshop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Whistle Stop Hobbies is hosting Santa and his elves, along with train layouts, ornaments, shopping and more. Free.

Winter Wonderland. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the seasons and make a calendar for 2008. 10 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. $5. 703-642-5173.

Music Performance. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. $95/person includes the show and four-course meal. Seatings begin at 6 p.m. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-5953.

Community Caroling. 7 p.m. at Groveton Baptist Church, 6511 Richmond Highway. Family can sing carols, do arts and crafts and more. Free. Visit www.grovetonbaptistchurch.org or 703-768-9084.