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Calendar Feb. 8-14

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Thursday/Feb. 8

Open House. New Hope Housing and Mondloch House will have an open house to celebrate Mondloch House's award as Best Housing Program in Virginia. 3-6 p.m. at 3510 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. 703-768-3400.

Music Event. United States Air Force Band will perform at 8 p.m. at George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Free. Visit www.usafband.com or 202-767-5658.

Annual Art Event. 6-9 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. There will be tasty treats and original valentines. Generations Dance Studio of Alexandria will perform and give lessons. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt with prizes. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Friday/Feb. 9

Fundraiser. 5-8 p.m. Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser benefiting Computer CORE, at Gallerie Michele, 113 King St, Alexandria. Featuring appetizers from Bittersweet and a wine tasting hosted by The Curious Grape. RSVP to info@computercore.org or call 703-931-7846 ext. 108.

Winter Soiree. 6:30 p.m. at Belle Haven Country Club. Mary Matalin and James Carville are the featured speakers. $125/person includes reception, dinner and presentations. 703-799-2293 ext. 20.

Saturday/Feb. 10

Walking Tour. Join City Archaeologist Dr. Pamela Cressey for a two hour guided tour of Old Town Alexandria celebrating the City's rich African American history from 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Dutch Touch Coffee Shop across from the King Street Metro Station parking lot. This free walking tour is open to the general public. Reservations are required. For additional information, contact Alexandria Archaeology at 703-838-4399.

Storyteller. 10 a.m. join storyteller Vann-Di Galloway at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Listen to stories and enjoy a craft. Free and suitable for children 5-12 years of age with an adult. To reserve a seat call 703-838-4356.

Transformative Journeys. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. participate in a spirituality conference at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria . Feel free to bring a bag lunch and join lunchtime conversation groups, nature walks and yoga. A registration fee/donation of $20 is requested. Contact Gioia Chilton, 703-799-1936, if you are in need of childcare, translation services, accessibility services, or scholarship aid. Register by phone at 703-765-5950, ext. 105.

Railroad Days. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. See the model trains as they journey through miniature towns, scenic hills and valleys. Discuss model railroading with members of the Potomac Chapter, Northern Virginia Model Railroading Club. Call The Lyceum, 703-838-4994.

Black Tie and Tails. Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's 3rd annual gala for dogs and their people will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 625 First St., Alexandria 7:30-11 p.m. Dog fashion show, dog buffet and bar, animal communicator, live and silent auction, swing band and more. Tickets are $125. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriaanimals.org for details or call 703-838-4774 x216.

Annual Art Event. 1-4 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. There will be tasty treats and original valentines. Generations Dance Studio of Alexandria will perform and give lessons. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt with prizes. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Silent Auction and Reception. The Alexandria Choral Society is holding an auction from 6–9 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road, Alexandria. Items for this year’s auction will include art and antiques, jewelry, theatre tickets, tickets to a regular Redskins season game, a facial session, theatre tickets, gift certificates to some of the area’s finest restaurants and musical events and much more. Visit http://alexchoralsociety.cmarket.com. Tickets are $25/couple and $15/advance and $20/door. 703-548-4734 x2.

Sunday/Feb. 11

Walking with Washington. Bob Madison, a volunteer at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum who has researched more than 140 places in Alexandria associated with George Washington, will lead a 15-block guided tour of Old Town exploring Washington's 50-year association with Alexandria. These tours afford the opportunity to see Alexandria as Washington saw it, through the places he frequented when he was here. Meets at the Fountain at Market Square, 301 King St., Old Town Alexandria. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. For more information, call the George Washington Birthday Event Line at 703-991-4474.

Music Performance. Presented by the American Youth Philharmonic. 1 p.m. at the at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets required, call 703-642-8051 or visit www.ayporchestras.org.

Book signing and reception. In celebration of George Washington's 275 birthday and the 234th birthday of the Alexandria Historic Christ Church, the Alexandria community is invited to attend an event with Peter A Lillback, Ph.D, author of "George Washington's Sacred Fire." Dr. Lillback will preach at the 5 p.m. service at the church. A discussion and book signing will follow the service. Christ Church is located at 118 N. Washington St. 703-549-1450.

Railroad Days. From 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. See the model trains as they journey through miniature towns, scenic hills and valleys. Discuss model railroading with members of the Potomac Chapter, Northern Virginia Model Railroading Club. Call The Lyceum, 703-838-4994.

Music Concert. Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic will have a concert beginning at 3 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $15/person. Students 18 and under are free. Visit www.wmpa.us for more. The concert precedes a fundraising dinner at the school that benefits the band.

Annual Art Event. 1-4 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. There will be tasty treats and original valentines. Generations Dance Studio of Alexandria will perform and give lessons. There will also be a fun scavenger hunt with prizes. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Music Performance. The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras will perform at 1 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center. Free for students 18 and under. $14/adult; $10/senior. Visit www.aporchestras.org or 703-642-8051 ext. 22. Also available at door.

Monday/Feb. 12

Singing Valentines. Singing valentines by Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop quartets come with a song, card, rose and chocolates. $50. Order at www.harmonizers.org or 703-836-0969.

Tuesday/Feb. 13

Free Concert. U.S. Army band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer. No tickets required. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com.

Singing Valentines. Singing valentines by Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop quartets come with a song, card, rose and chocolates. $50. Order at www.harmonizers.org or 703-836-0969.

Wednesday/Feb. 14

Valentine's Day.

Dinner and Story. Enjoy a romantic dinner and hear the tale of the Female Stranger while touring the tavern and hotel by candlelight with costumed guides. Cost is $8/person or $15/couple. From 6-10 p.m. Reservations encouraged. Call 703-838-4242. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Singing Valentines. Singing valentines by Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop quartets come with a song, card, rose and chocolates. $50. Order at www.harmonizers.org or 703-836-0969.

Thursday/Feb. 15

Free Concert. U.S. Army band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer. No tickets required. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com.

Jamestown Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Listen to "Against All Odds: The Creation of Families and Households at a 17th and 18th Century Slave Quarter," by historical archaeologist, Garrett Fesler of the James River Institute of Archaeology. Free. No Reservations Required. Call 703-549-2997.

Music Performance. Irish Fiddler Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle will perform at 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $22/advance; $25/door. Children under 14 with adult half price. Visit www.sunspotpro.com or call 800-404-9049.

Theater Performance. West Potomac High School Drama Department presents its winter play, "Le Dindon: An Absolute Turkey" written by Georges Feydeau at 7:30 pm in the Kogelman Theatre at West Potomac High School. Tickets are $4 advance and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at wpdrama@cox.net or by calling 703-718-2585.

Friday/Feb. 16

Theater Benefit. "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years" by Emily Mann at 8 pm, as a benefit for the museum. Performances are at the Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Benefit tickets are $15/person. Contact 703-960-3398 for information and reservations or visit www.tapestrytheatre.com.

Theater Performance. West Potomac High School Drama Department presents its winter play, "Le Dindon: An Absolute Turkey" written by Georges Feydeau at 7:30 pm in the Kogelman Theatre at West Potomac High School. Tickets are $4 advance and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at wpdrama@cox.net or by calling 703-718-2585.

Saturday/Feb. 17

Banquet and Ball. 5:30-11 p.m. in the historic ballroom of Gadsby's Tavern Museum. There will be a 18th century version of a three-course meal, dancing, toasts and character re-enactors. $75/person or $30 for the ball only. Advance registration required. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-838-4242.

Birthday Celebration. 9 a.m.-noon join "George Washington" for breakfast as he enjoys his favorite meal. Chat with him about politics, farming and more. At 1:30 p.m. enjoy a parade complete with fife and drum corps. Takes place at Mount Vernon Estate. 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.mountvernon.org.

Fun Run. George Washington Birthday Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run benefiting the Alexandria Police Youth Camp will begin at 8:30 a.m. Begins just steps from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station. The registration fee is $22 per runner (after Feb. 10 it is $25). The 2-K Fun Run fee is $10 for the first runner ($5 for each additional family member with a maximum entry fee of $20). Entrants will be guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt if they register by Friday, Feb. 2. Visit WashingtonBirthday.org for more information.

Music Performance. Elizabeth Futral will perform at 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, located at 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. A pre-concert lecture open to all ticket holders will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $35 and can be obtained by calling the Washington Bach Consort at 202-429-2121. Visit www.bachconsort.org.

Theater Performance. West Potomac High School Drama Department presents its winter play, "Le Dindon: An Absolute Turkey" written by Georges Feydeau at 7:30 pm in the Kogelman Theatre at West Potomac High School. Tickets are $4 advance and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at wpdrama@cox.net or by calling 703-718-2585.

Speaker and Breakfast. 9:15 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 3439 Payne St., Bailey's Crossroads. Lt. Col. Linda Herbert, a pastor who resides in Alexandria, will be the speaker. $3.35 donation for the breakfast. 703-671-9264.

Sunday/Feb. 18

Walking with Washington. Bob Madison, a volunteer at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum who has researched more than 140 places in Alexandria associated with George Washington, will lead a 15-block guided tour of Old Town exploring Washington's 50-year association with Alexandria. These tours afford the opportunity to see Alexandria as Washington saw it, through the places he frequented when he was here. Meets at the Fountain at Market Square, 301 King St., Old Town Alexandria. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. For more information, call the George Washington Birthday Event Line at 703-991-4474.

War Encampment. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Free. Program features troops from the 1st Virginia Regiment and various re-enactors who will portray camp life and drilling of the period. At 2 p.m. a skirmish will take place. Visit WashingtonBirthday.org.

Music Concert. Music in Honor of President's Day at 4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. , Alexandria. Free. For further information contact George Chadwick at 703-549-1421.

Birthday Celebration. 9 a.m.-noon join "George Washington" for breakfast as he enjoys his favorite meal. Chat with him about politics, farming and more. At 1:30 p.m. enjoy a parade complete with fife and drum corps. Takes place at Mount Vernon Estate. 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.mountvernon.org.

Music Performance. Colt's Neck Celebration Ringers and Jubilation will perform at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church 2006 Belleview Blvd., Alexandria at 5 p.m. A pasta dinner will follow the performance. Donations will be accepted for the dinner. Visit www.mountvernonumc.com or 703-765-1100.