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Arlington Calendar: Dec. 5-12

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

Wednesday/Dec. 5

Holiday Animal Crafts. 3-4 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 5-11 can create ornaments and decorations. $5/child. Refreshments will be served. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

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.

Lunchtime Workshop. Noon-1 p.m. at the Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The presentation, by Robert Griffin Jr., focuses on the management challenges of homeland security for local officials and first respondents. $25/person includes lunch. Registration recommended, 703-518-2710.

Evening with Jim Lehrer. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Jim Lehrer will talk about his career in journalism along with his novels, including "Eureka." Free.

Thursday/Dec. 6

Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. at Signature Theatre. Discuss the cabaret "December Divas." Free. Located at 4200 Campbell Ave. Visit www.signature-theatre.org for more.

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.

Chanukah on Ice. 6-8:30 p.m. at Pentagon Row, 1201 S. Joyce St. $9/advance; $10/door includes skate rental. Enjoy a carving show, free raffle and more. Food available. Visit www.chabadAA.org or 703-370-2774. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington.

Nocturnal Nature. 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the woods at night. $3. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Naturalist Collectors Club. 4-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 11-13 can learn about nature and collect a scapolite gem and make soaps. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Friday/Dec. 7

Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m. at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Meet the artists of "Hope and Fear" and "Winter Solos 2007." Lucy Bowen McCauley will showcase a new dance at 6 p.m. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org or 703-248-6800.

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.

Miracle on 23rd Street Tree Lighting Ceremony. 750 S. 23rd St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The event, features caroling, refreshments, prizes and a special visitor from the North Pole. Tree lighting at 6:30, a visit from Santa at 6:45, followed by a reception. Call 703-521-4441.

Stop in for Stories. 10 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children can hear stories. Free. 703-228-5946.

Saturday/Dec. 8

Season’s Greetings concert. The Metropolitan Chorus. Adults $18; Seniors/Military/Youth $15. Kemore Middle school, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. For more call 703-933-2500 or see www.metchorus.org.

Dedication. 2-4 p.m. at Maury Park, 3550 Wilson Blvd. See the new interactive play structure "Spielschiff." Free. Refreshments will be served. 703-228-1850.

Holiday House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Browse arts and crafts by local artisans including a children’s corner. Free. 703-243-7329.

Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 935 S. 23rd St., Arlington. The Aurora Hills Women’s Club is holding a boutique including raffles, jewelry, linens and more.

Opening Reception. 1-4 p.m. at The Artists, Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., presents "Think Snow" featuring Arlington artist Barbara Weber from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Features a variety of art work including paintings, etchings, collage, glass and more. Visit www.artistsundertaking.com or 703-494-0584.

Music Performance. The Washington Revels, including many Arlington residents such as Elisabeth Myers and Ben Names, will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between $12-$40/person. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849.

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.

Season's Greetings Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. 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.

Holiday Luncheon. Noon at Fort Myer Officers’ Club. Hear about the efforts AAUW is making to support victims of illegal gender discrimination. For reservations contact sjknight1@verizon.net or 703-532-4035.

Performance. 10:30 a.m., Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 N. Glebe Road, hosts "Journey to the Center of Christmas," which is a children’s Christmas musical. Free. 703-533-0367.

Gift Workshops. Students from pre-school to high school can make Christmas gifts for loved ones at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., using a variety of media including drawing, painting and more. $40/child, materials provided. Registration required, 703-248-6800.

Lecture. 2-4 p.m. at National Science Foundation, Room 110, 4201 Wilson Blvd. Listen to "Examining the Culture of Free Energy Claimants" by Eric Kreig. Free. Visit www.ncas.org or 301-587-3827.

Sunday/Dec. 9

17th Annual Messiah Sing-Along at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-536-6606.

Choral Union Candlelight Christmas Celebration. 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. Concert features Emily Dozier, Thomas Joyce, the Mount Olivet Brass and more. Free. Call 703-527-3934.

Holiday House. Noon-5 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Browse arts and crafts by local artisans including a children’s corner. Free. 703-243-7329.

Music Performance. The Washington Revels, including many Arlington residents such as Elisabeth Myers and Ben Names, will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between $12-$40/person. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849.

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.

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 the mailing list, call 703-528-5406.

Performance. 10:30 a.m., Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 N. Glebe Road, hosts "Journey to the Center of Christmas," which is a children’s Christmas musical. Free. 703-533-0367.

Author Reading and Signing. 4 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Lee Wells will discuss "Gaia Girls" and then sign copies at Busboys and Poets. Free.

Chanukah Festival. 5 p.m. at J&J Oriental Rug Gallery, 1200 King St. Free. Includes lighting of a giant Menorah, raffles, food and more. Visit www.chabadAA.org or 703-370-2774. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane. Listen to holiday music. Free. 703-524-2815.

Monday/Dec. 10

Video Premiere and Discussion. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., see the premiere of "The Lustron Legacy: Saving an All Metal Marvel in Arlington County", regarding Arlington Lustron house. 1950s attire encouraged. Free. 703-228-3831.

Book Group. Discuss "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare" by Stephen Greenblatt at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6321.

Tuesday/Dec. 11

Winter Concert. 7 p.m., Yorktown High School String Orchestra will perform a winter concert. Free. Visit www.YHSorchestra.org for more.

Making of the Greens. 11:15 a.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Seniors can make holiday wreaths and centerpieces. Candles and containers not supplied. $1. RSVP to 703-228-0555.

Champion Trees. 7:30-9 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Learn about this tree program and more. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Wednesday/Dec. 12

Holiday House. 4-8 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Browse arts and crafts by local artisans including a children’s corner. Free. 703-243-7329.

Holiday Tea and Scones. 1 p.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Share a plate of cookies and enjoy music. $3.50. Call to register,703-228-0555.

Author Reading and Signing. 6 p.m. at Shirlignton Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Dr. Trita Parsi will discuss and then sign "Treacherous Alliance – The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States." Free.

Gemstone Club: Turquoise. 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 7-12 can learn about these gems and then take one home. $5. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Nocturnal Nature. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the woods at night. $3. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Gemstone Club. Children ages 7-12 can learn about turquoise gems at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. or from 4-5 p.m. $5. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Make-Your-Own Holiday Craft. 3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Elementary school students can make own crafts. Teens can make them at 4:30 p.m. Free. Registration required, 703-228-5946.

Flying Squirrels. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-9 can learn about these animals. $2. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Thursday/Dec. 13

Winter Concert. Yorktown High School bands will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 5201 N. 28th St. Free. Visit www.yorktownband.org for more.

Tiny Tot. 10-10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-noon at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 18-35 months with adult can learn about nature. $3. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Movie. 6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch "Inch’Allah Dimache." Free. A Planet Arlington event. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-6340.

Friday/Dec. 14

Holiday House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Browse arts and crafts by local artisans including a children’s corner. Free. 703-243-7329.

Music Performance. The Washington Revels, including Arlington resident many Arlington residents such as Elisabeth Myers and Ben Names, will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between $12-$40/person. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849.

Stop in for Stories. 10 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children can hear stories. Free. 703-228-5946.

Saturday/Dec. 15

Holiday House. Noon-5 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Browse arts and crafts by local artisans including a children’s corner. Free. 703-243-7329.

Music Performance. The Washington Revels, including many Arlington residents such as Elisabeth Myers and Ben Names, will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between $12-$40/person. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 400 McNair St., Ft. Myer. Hear music by the Ft. Myer Chapel Ringers. Free. 703-696-3532.

Gift Workshops. Students from pre-school to high school can make Christmas gifts for loved ones at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., using a variety of media including drawing, painting and more. $40/child, materials provided. Registration required, 703-248-6800.

History Open House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Learn the history of Fort C.F. Smith and more. Free. 703-243-4342.

Winter Festivities. Noon-3:30 p.m. at Bluemont Park-Caboose, 601 N. Manchester St. Families can enjoy crafts, music and more. $2/person. 703-525-0168.

Holiday Helpers. Noon-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 4 and up can participate in games, crafts, animal encounters and more while parents shop. $10/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Flying Squirrel Lore & More. 4:30-5:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about these animals and then try and spot some. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

<cal1>Music Performance. The Washington Revels, including Arlington resident many Arlington residents such as Elisabeth Myers and Ben Names, will perform at George Washington’s Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets range between $12-$40/person. Visit www.revelsdc.org or 1-800-595-4849.

Wisdom of the Elders. Annual winter solstice event starts at 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Celebrate the wisdom of those who have come before. Refreshments will be served. Adults and children age 6 and older. 703-528-5406.

Music Performance. Potomac Harmony Chorus performs "Celebrate with Light!" a holiday music show and sing-along at Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington, at 3 p.m. Adults $15, Seniors (62 & over), Children (12 & under) $12. Call 703-764-3896 or 703-979-8028 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

Santa. 2:30-4 p.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Children can talk to Santa and have their picture taken with him. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at Trinity Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, The Columbia Pike Community Chorus and Columbia Pike MusiKids present "The World Sings December," celebrating December festivals with music from around the globe. Music of Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Las Posadas will be featured by both multicultural choirs. Free with reception following. 703-920-7077.

Holiday Helpers. Noon-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 4 and up can participate in games, crafts, animal encounters and more while parents shop. $10/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Flying Squirrel Lore & More. 4:30-5:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about these animals and then try and spot some. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Monday/Dec. 17

Encore Chorale Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 3501 S. 2nd St. Free. Listen to a 150 voice ensemble plus Polymnia Bells. Free. 703-228-5321.

Author Reading and Signing. 6 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Frances Lappe will discuss "Diet for a Small Planet" and "Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad." Free.

Tuesday/Dec. 18

Tiny Tot. 10-10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-noon at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 18-35 months with adult can learn about nature. $3. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Owling Around. Children ages 6-9 can learn about these animals and then explore their habitat. 4:30-5:45 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. $2. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wednesday/Dec. 19

Music Performance. Potomac Harmony Chorus performs "Celebrate with Light!" a holiday music show and sing-along at Ballston Mall, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-764-3896 or 703-979-8028 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

Poesis. 7-9 p.m. at Pentagon City Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St. Features Mary Sherman Willis and Paul Hopper. Free. 703-418-0166.

Thursday/Dec. 20

Christmas Get Together. 10 a.m. at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpepper St. Seniors can enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, sing-along and more. Free. 703-228-5321.

Sunday/Dec. 23

Holiday Performance. 8:30 p.m. at Iota Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd. Hear music by Jon Carroll Band, Billy Coulter Band and guests. $10/person. Visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com or 703-522-8340.

Tuesday/Dec. 25

Christmas Day Party. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Seniors can celebrate with music, memories and food. Free. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Monday/Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Brunch Party. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Seniors can ring in the New Year early. $16. Register at 703-228-0955 by Dec. 24.