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Calendar Jan. 4-10

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Thursday/Jan. 4

Daytime Discussion Group. Discuss "Beat to Quarters" by C.S. Forester at 12:15 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Friday/Jan. 5

Lunch Bunch. Children up to age 5 with an adult can bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Saturday/Jan. 6

Music Event. Roberto Juan Rodriguez and his quartet perform at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 North Kent St., Arlington. Tickets are $20 through www.TicketMaster.com or 703-573-SEAT (7328). For more information on these and other Planet Arlington events, visit www.planetarlington.org.

Night of 101 Elvises. 7 p.m. at Dr Dremo's Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Dr. Dremo's will welcome Elvis impersonators and some of the best local, regional and national performers will grace the stage. The annual Elvis extravaganza will include Elvis karaoke, an Elvis costume contest with cash prizes and free admission for anyone dressed as Elvis. Dr. Dremo's will feature some of the king‚s favorite food on a special Elvis menu, including peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches and burnt bacon-and-mustard sandwiches. Graceland Imperial Stout, a special house ale brewed under exclusive contract by Shenandoah Brewing, will make it's annual appearance. Visit www.drdremo.com.

Shakespeare With a Twist. It'll be a "Bard Day's Night" when StagePlay students aged 11-16 celebrate the start of Shakespeare in Washington with an abridged version of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The performance takes place at 5 p.m. at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road in Alexandria. The one night only performance features the music of The Beatles.

Music Performance. Kristin Andreassen performs with Mark Schatz, who plays bass with Nickel Creek, at 8 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. , Alexandria. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, children under 14 with an adult half price. Reservations can be made at www.sunspotpro.com or by calling 800 404-9049.

Sunday/Jan. 7

Opening Reception. From 1-4 p.m. enjoy "Nature's Journey" presented by Friends of Green Spring Gardens Park. This exhibit, by Darlene Kaplan, has a horticultural theme. Exhibit at Green Spring Gardens Park at Witch Hazel Lane, Annandale. Call 703-642-5175 for more information.

Meet the Artist. Noon-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park, Historic Manor House, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. "Inspired by Nature" solo exhibit of landscapes, seascapes and gardens by Karen K. Ching is on exhibit from Jan. 4-Feb. 25. Visit www.greenspring.org for more.

Twelfth Night. Armonia Nova, a medieval and renaissance ensemble of historical instruments and voices returns for its fifth year at Christ Church to celebrate the joyous traditions of Twelfth Night and the mid-winter solstice at 6 p.m. at Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Old Town Alexandria. Donations accepted. Call 434-286-9004, 703-341-7918 or visit www.armonianova.org.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria. Reception for Carolyn Witschonke's solo-artist exhibit, "Passages." Call 703-683-1780.

Monday/Jan. 8

Princess Priscilla's Birthday. Celebrate the branch bear's birthday with stories and songs. For children ages 2-3 at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Monday Morning Book Discussion. "The Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Seierstad at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Teen Knitters. Learn how to knit and share your skills with others at 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Supplies provided for first lesson. Call to register 703-768-6700.

White Snow, Bright Snow. Stories and activities for children ages 2-5 with adult at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional LIbrary, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Call to register 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/Jan. 9

Snowman and Friends. Stories and activities about winter friends for children age 2-3 with adult at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Tuesday Evening Book Club. Adults discuss "My Life in France" by Julia Child at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Music Concert. The band, orchestra and choruses of William Ramsay Elementary School will present their winter concert at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. The snow date is Jan. 23. For more information, contact the school at 703-824-6950.

Wednesday/Jan. 10

Book Discussion. 7-8 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., discuss "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mareille Guiliano. Meeting will be followed by a free cooking demonstration. 703-838-4555.

World War II Washington. Learn how D.C. turned into a hub of military, political and diplomatic activity at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. For adults 16 and up. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Rising Words, Rising Images. "A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000 Mile Voyage of Vasco de Gama" by Joan Elizabeth Goodman, followed by a related activitiy at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional LIbrary, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For children ages 9-12. Call to register 703-765-3645.

Thursday/Jan. 11

Teen Knitting. Learn how to knit a basic scarf. Yarn and needles provided. For ages 12-15 at 3 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Internet Basics. Learn how to go online and search the Web at 1 p.m. at Sherwood Regional LIbrary, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Must know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Call to register 703-765-3645.

Plant Conversation. 7:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria. "Building Our National Garden" will be the topic, given by Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Free. For more information, call 703-534-8179.

Artist Talk. 7 p.m. at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria. Reception for Carolyn Witschonke's solo-artist exhibit, "Passages." Call 703-683-1780.

Friday/Jan. 12

Lunch Bunch. Children up to age 5 with an adult can bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Saturday/Jan. 13

Music Performance. The Navy Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School in the auditorium, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. Free. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil for more information.

SOUPer Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Old Town. $15 Includes handmade bowl and a free ticket for one serving of New England Chowder from the Chart House Restaurant. All donations benefit UCM programs. Call Amra McCormick at 703-768-7106, ext. 326.

Meet the Artist. 6-8 p.m. at at Gallery West, 1213 King St., Alexandria. Free. "New Perspectives" featuring Dennis Crayon, Suzanne Farrell, Darlene Kaplan, Chrystyna Kinal, Elizabeth Richter, and Charles Weaver. Visit www.gallery-west.com for more information.

Sunday/Jan. 14

Music Performance. Focus Inn Alexandria presents Modern Man at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15 general, $12 members. Contact Herb at herbcl@earthlink.net, 703-380-3151, or visit www.focusmusic.org.

Book Sale. Annual book sale with a large variety of books, tapes, CDs, DVDs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation at 3830 Seminary Road , Alexandria. For information call 703-978-3953.

Music Performance. Cabaret Concert by Sally Martin at 8 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Adults $15; Students and Seniors $10. To purchase tickets go to www.alexperformingartsassociation.org or www.instantseats.com/events/APAA . For information contact Keith M. Donaldson, APAA Chairman at 703 823-9563 or e-mail info@alexperformingartsassociation or kmdon@juno.com.

Music Performance. Marine Band will perform at 2 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com for more information.

Monday/Jan. 15

Book Sale. Annual book sale with a large variety of books, tapes, CDs, DVDs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation at 3830 Seminary Road , Alexandria. For information call 703-978-3953.

Tuesday/Jan. 16

Mother Daughter Book Club. For ages 9-11 at 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Winter Wonderland. Snowy tales for children ages 1-2 years with adult at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Genealogical Society Meeting. 1 p.m. in room 112 at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria. Free. "Everything you wanted to know about Ancestry.com, but were afraid to ask" is the topic. Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at Any questions about the program should be directed to Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.

Wednesday/Jan. 17

Book Discussion. 7:15 p.m. for adults at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010. Call for title.

Small Wonders. Stories, fingerplays and activities for children ages 13-23 months with adult at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Medieval Times. Hands-on activities with an academic attitude for children ages 6-12 at 4 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

Natural Wonders: Frosty Toes. Stories and a craft for children ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. Winter jazz band concert at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-824-6800.

Thursday/Jan. 18

Curiousity Club. Stories, activities and an age-appropriate science experiment. Age 4-6 with an adult at 4 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Just Twos. Stories and activities for children ages 24-35 months with adult at 10:30 a.m. at at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Poetry Group. Poems by Czeslaw Milosz for adults at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Digital Camera Technology. Learn the basics of a digital camera at 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional LIbrary, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For adults. Call to register 703-765-3645.

Friday/Jan. 19

Lunch Bunch. Children up to age 5 with an adult can bring a lunch and listen to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Music Performance. The Rick Whitehead Trio will be performing as guests with noted woodwind artist, Chris Vadala at the 219 Restaurant from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The restaurant is located at 219 King Street, Alexandria, VA. There is a $5 cover charge.

Honor Lee. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site will honor Lee on the 200th anniversary of his birthday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with birthday cake, Lee portrait prints and information on Lee's connections to Alexandria. There will also be a re-enactor unit present. Free. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is located at 4301 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria. For more information on this program, call the Museum at 703-838-4848.

Saturday/Jan. 20

Dinosaurs. The Maryland Science Center uses puppets and props to search for answers about these extinct animals. All ages at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Call to register 703-971-0010.

Honor Lee. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site will honor Lee on the 200th anniversary of his birthday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with birthday cake, Lee portrait prints and information on Lee's connections to Alexandria. There will also be a re-enactor unit present. Free. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is located at 4301 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria. For more information on this program, call the Museum at 703-838-4848.