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Calendar Jan. 11-17

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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.

Music Performance. Over Under Down Yonder will be performing at Tiffany Tavern, 1116 King St, Alexandria, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. There is no charge. Visit www.myspace.com/overunderdownyonder for more information.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Noon. City of Alexandria employees' program honoring the birthday of the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. The event's featured speaker is the Rev. Elbert Ransom, Jr., a private consultant and former Assistant to the City Manager. The Alexandria City Employees' Choir will perform.

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. 8 a.m.-noon 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.

Computer Class. 10 a.m. Computer Class at Burke (Basic Internet). Registration begins 15 minutes before class. Computers are on a first-come first-serve basis on the day of the class. For more information, call 703-519-6000. Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. the newly-formed Trio Sarastro will be performing a concert at The Lyceum in Alexandria. The concert will be preceded by a complimentary champagne and dessert reception at 1 p.m., and followed by a CD signing. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and are available by calling 410-746-5995 or at the door on the day of the performance.

Huge Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-noon in the West Potomac High School Cafeteria. The sale is being held by the West Potomac Crew Team and will benefit the crew program. Home-baked goods on sale also. West Potomac High School is located at 6500 Quander Road in Alexandria.

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.

Celebration. Join us in commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Neighborhood Center located at 8792-E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria. Activities will include workshops and resources designed to empower and inspire the community, poetry, songs and an open discussion with our guest panel. Youth discussion groups will focus on violence, drugs, education and racism. For more information on UCM and its programs, or to make a contribution, provide in-kind goods or services, or volunteer, please contact Denise Hayden at 703-768-7106, x338.

Martin Luther King Memorial. The 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service will be held at the Alexandria First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, located at 2723 King St. The event's keynote speaker is Father Francis Hull of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The Men's Choir of the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. will perform. The City of Alexandria is sponsoring the memorial service in cooperation with local religious, civic, and social organizations.

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 www.MVGenealogy.org/. Any questions about the program should be directed to Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.

Book Discussion. 7-8 p.m. Duncan Book Discussion Group. To discuss the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. For information, call Ruth at 703-838-4566. James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., 703-838-4566.

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.

Democratic Book Club. 7:30 p.m. at La Madeleine, 500 King St. The book will be "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick. Come early for dinner and drink. For information call Lois Walker 703-549-3360 or e-mail at lowalker@aol.com.

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.

Monday/Jan. 22

First Page. A group for all aspiring writers, novices and experts of all genres. For adults at 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call to register 703-339-4610.

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. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Mystery Group. "The Winter Queen" by Boris Akunin at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. For adults. Call to register 703-768-6700.

Kettle Fun. Stories and activities about comfort food, such as macaroni and cheese and pasta. For children ages 2-5 at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional LIbrary, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Call to register 703-765-3645.