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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Nov. 8-15

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Friday/Nov. 9

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

Birthday Celebration. Kingstowne Karate Dojo will hold a Veterans Day, United Marine Corps Birthday Celebration and demonstration from 6:30-9 p.m. at 7007 C. Manchester Blvd. Free. Visit www.kingstownegoju.com or 703-922-0667.

Preview Party. Visit the rooms at Collingwood Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive. Cocktail party from 6-9 p.m. $50/person. After touring, visit the shops. E-mail galecurcio@cox.net or 202-256-5332.

Music Performance. The United States Air Force Band Chamber Players will perform at 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Free. Visit www.usafband.com or 202-767-5658.

Garden Journaling. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Decorate your own journal and learn tips on how to organize and make it a useful tool. $20. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Music Performance. Hear the Ensemble Gaudior perform at 8 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. Free. Features music by Bach, Muffat and more. Reception will follow. 703-524-2815.

Lunch brunch. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. To register call 703-971-0010.

Del Ray Invitational Photography Show. Features work of 15 photographers. Opening reception on Friday, Nov. 9 from 7-10 p.m. Runs through Nov. 26. Free to the public. Nicholas A. Colastano Center 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria. For more call Rob Rudick at 301-270-2323 or see www.thedelrayartisans.org

Community lodgings' Memories and New Horizons. Key note speaker Delegate Brian J. Morgan. Cocktails, dinner, silent auction, entertainment. 7 p.m. $75/person. George Washington Masonic Memorial 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. For more call 703-549-4407.

Hermit Holiday Bazaar. 3:30-8 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Purchase a variety of items. Free. 703-397-3801.

Birthdays. Stories, activities and a craft. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. 703-768-6700.

Dance Party/Milonga. 9 p.m.-midnight at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Participate in a Traditional Argentine Tango Party (Milonga). $15/person. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit www.tangoduos.com, e-mail info@tangoduos.com or 301-806-1510.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Saturday/Nov. 10

Walking Tours. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road. The hour-long tour will talk about the Defenses of Washington, Fort Ward and more. Free. Walking shoes encouraged. Visit www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Holiday Home Tour. The Friends of UCM transform Collingwood Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive to a tour and shopping area from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15/person. E-mail galecurcio@cox.net or 202-256-5332.

Holiday Bazaar. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. There will be antiques, white elephant items, books, records clothes and more. Free. 703-836-4324.

Fall Perennials. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to identify, cultivate, place and more. $18. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Hermit Holiday Bazaar. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Purchase a variety of items. Free. 703-397-3801.

Dollar Day Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-noon at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Purchase a variety of items, with all proceeds going to missions. Free. 703-256-6655.

Music Concert. Destiny’s Dream is holding a Youth and young adult Christian hip-hop concert from 8-10 p.m. in the Minnie Howard Middle School. Free. Meet the artists after the event. Visit www.destinysdream.org or 703-360-1599.

Benefit Shopping. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will donate 20 percent of the sales to Empowered Women International from 6-8 p.m. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Bazaar. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. Search through baked goods, ornaments, books, antiques and more. Free. All proceeds go to missions. Visit www.wsumc.com or 703-836-4324.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear the Virginia Grand Military Band perform "A Musical Salute to Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa." $20/adult; $10/child. Visit www.vgmb.com or 703-281-3331.

75th Anniversary Celebration. Celebration the anniversary of the George Washington Memorial Parkway with events happening from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at various parks including Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Estate. Visit www.nps.gov/gwmp or 703-289-2500.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages welcome to listen to stories. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

A Fair to Remember. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5252 Franconia Road. Search through crafts, baked goods, quilts and more. Free. 703-971-2210.

Christmas Marketplace & Café. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Proceeds benefit local and global ministries. There will be crafts, jewelry, foods, a Children’s Corner store and more. Free.

Stories in Spanish. 2 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages. Free. 703-519-6000.

Muster Day-1781. See George William Carlyle join the militia from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Visit www.nvrpa.org or 703-549-2997 for ticket prices.

Sunday/Nov. 11

Music and Skit Performance. 3 p.m. at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Girl Scouts will sing and perform a skit. Free, but donations encouraged. E-mail gs95thconcert@aol.com for more.

Music Recital. Double bass recital by Barbara Fitzgerald at 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. Hear music by Bach, Beethoven, Misek and more. 703-549-1421.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at The Art League, in Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See "Hidden Sky" by Cristy West. Her works will be on display from Nov. 8-Dec. 3. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Holiday Home Tour. The Friends of UCM transform Collingwood Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive to a tour and shopping area from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $15/person. E-mail galecurcio@cox.net or 202-256-5332.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Meet some of the artists of "Food for Thought." Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Military Honored. Mount Vernon Estate honors Veteran’s Day with free entry for active duty military personnel and veterans. There will be a concert by the Harmony Heritage Singers and a wreath-laying. Regular admission is $13/adults, $6/child and free for children under 6. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Veterans Day Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free, but donations encouraged. Hear music by a variety of local choruses and youth orchestras. Parking available for $6. 703-845-6097.

Distilling Green Spring History. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about the distillery and discuss the techniques needed. $25. Registration required, 703-941-7987.

Honoring Our Fallen. Veteran’s Day memorial service in memory of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered men and women who gave their lives in all our nation's wars. 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance and the American Veterans for Equal Rights. Located at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E. St. S.E, Washington, D.C. For more call Capt. Michael Ranking at 703-536-5698.

Veterans Day Celebration. Special recognition to veterans and active duty military at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. during services at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 5614 Old Mill Road.

Monday/Nov. 12

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For children ages 1-2 years with an adult. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages welcome. Free. 703-519-5900.

Tuesday/Nov. 13

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at Mark Twain Middle School. Free performance by the Mark Twain Women’s Choir. 703-313-3736.

Tiny Tots. Stories and songs. Age 13-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Tuesday Evening Book Group. Discuss "The Scapegoat" by Daphne du Maurier. Adults. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Is Iran Next? 7-9 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Participate in a town hall discussion hosted by U.S, Rep. James P. Moran. Free.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Live Poetry Meeting. 7-8:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Share poems or just listen. Free. Call Mark at 703-519-3498.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 can listen to stories with an adult. Sign up half hour before. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can participate in a variety of activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Nov. 14

The Writer's Wing. Share and discuss writings with other writers. Adults. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Rising Words, Rising Images. Discuss "Tales from Shakespeare" by Tina Packer, followed by a related activity. Age 9-12. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Author Talk. George Dodge will sign his book "Images of America-Arlington National Cemetery" from 7-9 p.m. at Cameron Perks, 4911 Brenman Park Drive. Free. 703-461-6900.

Silent Auction. 2-6 p.m. at Francis Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road. Benefits Club Boys in Literacy Initiative. Features gift certificates, products, iPod shuffle and more. 703-461-4100.

How to Eat Through the Holidays. 7-8 p.m. at Sacred Circle Bookstore, 919 King St. Learn how to work around the buffet table and get tips to manage stress and anxiety. $10/person. Visit www.howetoeat.com to register.

Opera Workshop. Children ages 4-10 can transform "Hanzel and Gretel" into an opera at 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. Reservations encouraged. 703-838-4566.

Stories and Songs in Spanish. 10:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. All ages welcome. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 with adult can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Book Discussion. 7-8 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss "The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland" by Jim Defede. Free. Call Diana at 703-838-4555 ext. 2.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Thursday/Nov. 15

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Berries and Bark. Children ages 3-5 can learn about colors and shapes hidden beneath the leaves. Collect and build a miniature landscape at 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. $5. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Fire Safety Puppet Show. Presented by Fairfax Fire and Rescue. 10:30 a.m. Age 3-5 with adult. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Easy Reader Round-Up. Join us for fun and games with books for your beginning reader. 4 p.m. Age 6-8 with adult. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Just Twos. Stories and activities. Age 24-35 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Poetry Group. "Poems: by Ted Kooser. Adults. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Book Discussion. 7-8:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss "Eichmann in Jerusalen, a Report on the Banality of Evil" by Hannah Arendt. Free. Bill Scouton 703-931-3559.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-519-5900.

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

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-2 years with adult can enjoy a variety of Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4566.

StoryTime. 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Friday/Nov. 16

Talk and Demonstration. 11 a.m. at The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Diane Tesler will talk about "Setting the Still Life Table." Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Lunch brunch. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. To register call 703-971-0010.

Alexandria Antiques Show. More than 40 dealers from the U.S. Proceeds benefit the Historic Alexandria Foundation. Discounted tickets can be purchased for $12 at www.armacostantiquesshows.com or at the door for $15 each. Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. For more call 703-549-5811.

Turkey Tales. Stories and activities about Thanksgiving. Ages 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Music Performance. Hear music for Tuba-Euphonium quartet at 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Free. Visit www.usafband.com or 202-767-5658.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Saturday/Nov. 17

Thanksgiving Fox Trot. 9 a.m. at Fort Hunt Park and sponsored by the Fort Hunt Elementary PTA and its Fleet Foxes Running Club. $10/runner, stroller or dog and $45 max/family. First 500 registered participants receive a t-shirt. Register by Nov. 16. For more information or a form, contact Kirsten Cukor at kirjote@hotmail.com.

Floral Design. 2-4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to create centerpieces for Thanksgiving. $45. Take home arrangements. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Barefoot Puppets. Join us for an original performance of "The Little ‘Bread’ Hen." 2 p.m. All ages. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Alexandria Antiques Show. More than 40 dealers from the U.S. Proceeds benefit the Historic Alexandria Foundation. Discounted tickets can be purchased for $12 at www.armacostantiquesshows.com or at the door for $15 each. Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. For more call 703-549-5811.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages welcome to listen to stories. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Black Author's Book Discussion Group. Discuss "Liar, Liar" by Latrese Carter. Author reading, book discussion and signing. Adults. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Music Performance. 2:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Community School, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Two of a Kind will perform a family concert. $30/family benefits the school. 703-706-4460.

Benefit Shopping. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will donate 20 percent of the sales to U.S. Committee for the UN Development Program from 6-8 p.m. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Late Harvest Ball. 8-11 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Includes dancing, music, cash bar, games and more. $45/adult; $10/child age 10-17. Costumes encouraged, "after five" attire recommended. Reservations recommended, 703-838-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org for more.

Great Wines for Holiday Entertaining. 4 p.m. at Prince Royal Gallery, 204 S. Royal St. Enjoy a wine tasting and presentation to benefit the Alexandria Choral Society. $30/person. Visit www.alexchoralsociety.org for tickets and information.

Author Signing. Dr. Barbara Firestone will sign copies of her book "Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge" from 2-4 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway. Free. 703-299-9473.

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages with adult can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-519-6000.

Heirloom Tea. Seatings at noon and 2 p.m. at Historic Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Highway. See a variety of family heirlooms. Feel free to bring own items. Eat sandwiches, scones, desserts and drink tea. 703-780-4000 for reservations and ticket prices.

Sunday/Nov. 18

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

Music Performance. 7 p.m., see a performance by Phil Ochs Song Night (Pat Wictor, Kim & Reggie Harris and more) at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. $20/person. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-380-3151.

Lecture. 2 p.m., listen to "Undress to Dress … What’s Under All those Clothes?" at lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Learn about undergarments of the Victorian age. $10/person, free for Friends of Lee-Fendall House. 703-548-1789.

Foodsaver "Operation: Seal & Send." Noon-4 p.m. at Fort Belvoir Commissary, 6020 Gorgas Road, Suite 101. Military families can create holiday gift boxes to send overseas. Free and open to all military families.

Art of Napkin-Folding. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to create folds to dress up a table for any occasion. $25. Registration required, 703-971-7987.

Alexandria Antiques Show. More than 40 dealers from the U.S. Proceeds benefit the Historic Alexandria Foundation. Discounted tickets can be purchased for $12 at www.armacostantiquesshows.com or at the door for $15 each. Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. For more call 703-549-5811.

Monday/Nov. 19

Children's Program. 11 a.m. at Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Children ages 1-3 and adults can participate in "Baby and Me Yoga." $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.

Move with Me. Get-up-and-go fun books and activities. Age 24-35 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. To register call 703-339-4610.

First Page. A group for aspiring writers, novices and experts of all genres. Adults. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. To register call 703-339-4610.

Monday Morning Book Discussion. Discuss "Thunderstruck" by Erik Larson. Adults. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Student Knitters. Learn to knit and share your skills with others. Bring your own needles. Ages 10-18. 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Tuesday/Nov. 20

Leafy Fun. Stories and activities about trees and the animals that call them home. Age 25-35 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. To register call 703-339-4610.

Turkey Tales. Stories, activities, and a craft. Age 2-3 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Mother-Daughter Book Group. Join a lively book discussion. Please call for title. Age 9-11 with adult. 7 p.m. Age 9-11 with adult. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can participate in a variety of activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Wednesday/Nov. 21

Book Discussion Group. Ask for title. No registration necessary. 7:15 p.m. Adults. John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

Thursday/Nov. 22

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Turkey Trot. 10 a.m. at Cora Kelly Elementary School. Run or walk a five-mile road race. $15/adult with two cans of food, while children 12 and under are $10 with two cans of food. Food will be donated to ALIVE! Register online before Monday, Nov. 19 and save $5. Visit www.turkeytrot.pwba.org.

Friday/Nov.23

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.

Tree Lighting. 7-9 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St., City of Alexandria will kick off the holiday season with music and Santa Claus. Free. 703-838-4844.

Saturday/Nov. 24

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.

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Author Talk. George Dodge will sign his book "Images of America-Arlington National Cemetery" from 1-3 p.m. at Walden Books in Landmark Shopping Center on Duke. Free.

Scottish Preview. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Celebrate with activities, performances and demonstrations. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

Sunday/Nov. 25

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.

Monday/Nov. 26

Student Knitters. Learn to knit and share your skills with others. Bring your own needles. Ages 10-18. 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Mystery Group. Discuss "No Good Deeds" by Laura Lippman. Adults. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Small Wonders. Stories and fingerplays for the very young. Ages 12-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For children ages 1-2 years with an adult. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages welcome. Free. 703-519-5900.

Tuesday/Nov. 27

Evening Book Discussion Group. "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. No registration required. 703-339-4610.

Fabulous Fetes. 6-9 p.m. at Fabulous Fetes, 109 Clermont Ave. Sample hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and more. See the latest trends and more from local vendors. Free. Reservations required, 202-337-2000 or Katherine@avaloncaterers.com.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 can listen to stories with an adult. Sign up half hour before. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can participate in a variety of activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Nov. 28

Kingstowne Library Writer’s Peer Review Group. For those seriously pursuing the path to publication with short fiction, novels, or writing scripts. Adults. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. No registration required. 703-339-4610.

Stories and Songs in Spanish. 10:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. All ages welcome. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 with adult can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Thursday/Nov. 29

Garden Sprouts. Children ages 3-5 can learn about plants and nature through stories, lessons, activities and more. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Science & Stories. Stories, activities and an age appropriate science experiment. Age 4-6 with adult. 4 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Wooly Bears. Seasonal stories about bears, wild and Teddy. Age 3-6 with adult. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. To register call 703-339-4610.

Tales about Tails. Stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft. Ages 2-5 with adult.10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

StoryTime. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-519-5900.

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

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-2 years with adult can enjoy a variety of Mother Goose related activities. Free. 703-838-4566.

Short Story Discussion. 7-8:30 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Discuss stories from "Art of the Story" by David Halpern. Free. Call Mark at 703-519-3498.

StoryTime. 4 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Holiday Open House. Torpedo Factory is holding an open house from 6-9 p.m. at 105 N. Union St. Features music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Meet artists and browse gifts. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Scottish Christmas Walk Marketplace. Noon-5 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Shop for a variety of holiday items, visit a café and buy heather and greens. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Friday/Nov. 30

Holiday Market. 7-9:30 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Browse and purchase a variety of arts and crafts created by 18 artists. Free. 703-838-4827.

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.

Lunch brunch. Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. To register call 703-971-0010.

Holiday Dinner Theater. Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus presents "A Very Merry Musical" at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. $15/adult; children ages 6-12 are $7; age 5 and under free. Enjoy favorite songs and a family meal with Santa. Reserved table seating. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 240-206-9626 for tickets.

Holiday Market. 7-9:30 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Browse a variety of arts and crafts by 18 artists. Free. Visit www.delrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Children ages 24-36 months with adult can participate. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Scottish Christmas Walk Marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Shop for a variety of holiday items, visit a café and buy heather and greens. Visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com or 703-549-0111.

Santa Train. Departs Union Station at 1:20 p.m. and travels to Manassas, returning at 3:30 p.m. with Santa and his elves on board. Souvenirs, activities and more. $15/person available only at Whistle Stop Hobbies, 130 S. Royal St. 703-549-4912.