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Arlington Calendar Nov. 14-20

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.

Thursday/Nov. 15

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road. The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble will perform a free Veteran’s Day concert. Visit www.usarmyband.com or 703-696-3399.

A Child’s Life. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., preschoolers will contrast the family life of children long ago with children today at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. $3. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-3403 for more.

Naturalists’ Collectors Club. 4-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Learn about nature, ecology and more. Go home with an artifact. Ages 11-13. $5. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-3403.

Movie Watch. Watch "Japanland" at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. Visit www.japanlandonline.com or 703-228-6340.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center Theater 2, 2700 S. Lang St. Teatro de la Luna presents "Mujer en Rojo Vivo (Women on Fire). $30/person; $25/student, senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Friday/Nov. 16

A Child’s Life. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., preschoolers will contrast the family life of children long ago with children today at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. $3. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-3403 for more.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center Theater 2, 2700 S. Lang St. Teatro de la Luna presents "Mujer en Rojo Vivo (Women on Fire). $30/person; $25/student, senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Saturday/Nov. 17

Have Fun with Our Friends. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St. Free. Hear stories about friendship and songs with Marlena Thompson. Ages 2-6. 703-241-8281.

Animals Up Close. Meet owls and hawks up close from 2-4 p.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 2437 N. Harrison St. See 6-8 different animals and ask questions. Free. E-mail wildbirdmez1@comcast.net.

Enchanted Forest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Westin Arlington Gateway. Stroll through a forest of trees, gingerbread homes and more. Have cocoa with the Snow Fairy Princess or Breakfast with Santa. Includes entertainments, crafts and more. For tickets and information, visit www.jlnv.org or 703-848-2884.

Night of Entertainment. 6:30-11 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road. Enjoy music, dancing and drumming for all ages. Performances by the World Children’s Choir, Italian food, cash bar, prizes and more. $20/adult; $10/child. Visit www.worldchildrenschoir.org or 703-883-0920.

Fine Craft Sale and Raku Party. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Meet studio artists, browse works and glaze a piece of artwork with help. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/leearts.htm or 703-228-0560.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear music by Bolormaa Jugdersuren, Arlington resident. $20/adult; $10/youth. Tickets sold only at door. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-1850.

Open House. Columbia Pike Artists Studios are having an open house from 6-9 p.m. at the studio, 932 S. Walter Reed Drive. Free. Visit www.columbiapikeartiststudios.org or 703-486-9368.

Camp Life of the Soldier. 9-10 a.m. at Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford St. Children ages 7-11 can learn about day-to-day life during the Civil War. $3. 703-243-7329.

Hills and Dales Hike. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children ages 7 and up can tour the trails around the nature center. Free. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-6535.

Native American Fun and Games. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-9 can join the Wild Ones club and learn about Native American life. $2. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-6535.

Orienteering. 1:30-3 p.m. at Lacey Woods Park, 1200 N. George Mason Drive. Children ages 7-11 can learn how to read a map and use a compass. $5. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-525-0168.

Pebble Pups. Children ages 6-17 can learn about the earth sciences from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Free. Games, crafts and other activities. Registration required, 703-228-4747. 703-228-6535.

Dance Performance. 6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. See "Gul-E-Bakawali," the story of Prince Taj and Fairy Princess Bakawali, based on the poem by Pundit Daya Shankar Naseem. $15/person. Visit www.ideadancers.org or 703-532-5479.

Theater Performance. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center Theater 2, 2700 S. Lang St. Teatro de la Luna presents "Mujer en Rojo Vivo (Women on Fire). $30/person; $25/student, senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Sunday/Nov. 18

Enchanted Forest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Westin Arlington Gateway. Stroll through a forest of trees, gingerbread homes and more. Have cocoa with the Snow Fairy Princess or Breakfast with Santa. Includes entertainments, crafts and more. For tickets and information, visit www.jlnv.org or 703-848-2884.

Music Performance. 5 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 S. Taylor St. Hear pipe organ recital featuring Lois Lehrer. Free. 703-892-4846.

Fine Craft Sale and Raku Party. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Meet studio artists, browse works and glaze a piece of artwork with help. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/leearts.htm or 703-228-0560.

Jr. Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts can complete a wildlife badge from 12:30-2 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. $3. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Brownie Try It: Eco-Explorer. 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Brownies can get an explorer badge by completing requirements. $3. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Hear music by the adult choir and chamber orchestra. Free, but a freewill offering will be requested. 703-892-2135.

Monday/Nov. 19

Movie. 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch a preview of "Homefront: WWII in Washington." WETA TV 26 producers will talk about the production, answer questions and more. 703-228-6321.

Business Lecture. 11:30 a.m. at Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Participants will receive step-by-step coaching and instruction on the components to complete the first draft of the plan. Call 202-457-0540.

Birding Trip. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Take a trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Adults dress for weather, bring binoculars, lunch, drink and snacks. $20. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World" by Tracy Kidder. Free. 703-228-6321.

Movie Preview. 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Preview "Homefront: WWII in Washington." Free. 703-228-6321.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Tuesday/Nov. 20

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road. The U.S. Army Band will perform a free concert, music for the Jazz saxophone. Visit www.usarmyband.com or 703-696-3399.

Wednesday/Nov. 21

Celebrate Thanksgiving. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St. Free. Enjoy stories. Ages 2-6. 703-241-8281.

Poesis. 7-9 p.m. at Pentagon City Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St. Features Parris Garnier and Forestine Bynum. Free. 703-418-0166.

Thursday/Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Day.

Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. at Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 N. Pershing Drive. Run a 5k. Free. 703-527-0420.

Holiday Dinner. 2-3:30 p.m., at the Council’s activities hall, 515 Little Falls Road, the Knights of Columbus will serve traditional holiday dinners for needy, shut-ins and those alone at home. 202-682-6741.Rides for those able to travel, but without the means, are provided. Just contact Sam Starr at 703-241-1415 for arrangements.

Friday/Nov. 23

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

5k Run. 10 a.m. at Rose Garden at Bon Air Park. $10/person with proceeds benefiting Women for Women International. Visit www.womenforwomen.org for more.

Saturday/Nov. 24

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

Sunday/Nov. 25

35th bi-annual Messiah Sing-Along. Clarendon United Methodist Church continues its Advent tradition of a community Sing-along, complete with full orchestra and soloists. Clarendon United Methodist Church 606 N. Irving St. Call Naomi Pomerantz 703-534-2224.

Walk it off with a Naturalist. 2-4 p.m. at Roosevelt Island. Families with children ages 6 and up can walk the trails and go on a scavenger hunt. $2/person. Reservations required, 703-228-4747.

Storyteller. 4-5 p.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Jim Weiss will perform for children four years and up. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Nutcracker Tea. 3 p.m. at the Westin Arlington Gateway. Enjoy an afternoon tea with Sugar Plum fairy and other characters. $55. Visit www.arldance.org for tickets.

Monday/Nov. 26

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Green Living Gala. 7-8:30 p.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Features Paul Ferguson, Green Living Challenge winners and more. Free. Families welcome. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/Portals/Topics/documents/Green%20Gala%20Invite.pdf

Tuesday/Nov. 27

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road. Soloists from the U.S. Army Strings will perform a free concert. Visit www.usarmyband.com or 703-696-3399.

Wednesday/Nov. 28

Shopping Event. Take part in a holiday shopping event with prizes, food tastings and more. $20/person at Crate & Barrel at Clarendon Market Commons. Proceeds benefit Doorways for Women & Families. 703-522-8858 ext. 12 or gcurcio@doorwaysVA.org for more.

Have Fun with Our Friends. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St. Free. Hear stories about friendship and songs with Marlena Thompson. Ages 2-6. 703-241-8281.

Wild Ones: Rock and Roll. 3:30-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 6-9 can learn about geology through games, hikes and more. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

American Indian Discovery: Survival Skills. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Fort CF Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Children ages 7-11 can learn about the tools and hunting skills of Native Americans. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Lecture. 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Hear "Iraq: A View from the Neighborhood" by Edward E. Gnehm, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan. Free. 703-228-2144.

Thursday/Nov. 29

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road. See "A Stan Kenton Christmas" for free. Visit www.usarmyband.com or 703-696-3399.

Free Concert. Noon-1 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Hear a variety of music by Brahm, Mozart and more. Visit www.fmmc.org or 703-228-7710.

Friday/Nov. 30

Concert for Hope. 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Music by Jason & deMarco, Howard Gospel Choir and the Unity Fellowship & Shaman Tigre Drum Ministries. Tickets are $25-$75 and can be purchased at www.novam.org or 703-533-5505 ext. 13.

Meet Mrs. Wishy Washy and her Animal Friends. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St. Free. Mrs. Wishy Washy will read "Mrs. Wishy Washy" books by Joy Cowley. Ages 2-6. 703-241-8281.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Kinderhaus, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Free. Visit www.kinderhaus.com or 703-527-5929.

Holiday Theatre Performance. 7:30 p.m., see "The Nutcracker" at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road. Watch as the Center Dance Company puts a twist on the classic. Visit www.arldance.org or 703-522-4224 for tickets.

Saturday/Dec. 1

Annual Messiah Sing. The Metropolitan Chorus. Free parking, free admission. First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 North Vermont St. 703-933-2500 or see www.metchorus.org.

Winter Show and Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Purchase gifts from a variety of artists from Arlington Artists Alliance. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartists.com or 703-532-4450.

Art Sale. 4-7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Purchase a variety of watercolors by Art League students and more including exhibitors and more. Free.

Holiday Theatre Performance. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., see "The Nutcracker" at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road. Watch as the Center Dance Company puts a twist on the classic. Visit www.arldance.org or 703-522-4224 for tickets.

Dinner and Movie. 5 p.m. at Aroma Indian Restaurant, 4052 S. 28th St., followed by movie of choice at AMC Loew’s Shirlington 7. $28 at door includes dinner, soda, tip and movie ticket. RSVP required. Visit www.newbeginningsusa.org or 301-924-4101.

Sunday/Dec. 2

Opening Reception. 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Cassatt’s Café, 4536 Lee Highway. Sam Gillian is the juror of "Irreplaceable Hue" and the style of painting is "color field." Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more.

Winter Show and Sale. Noon-4 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Purchase gifts from a variety of artists from Arlington Artists Alliance. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartists.com or 703-532-4450.

Art Sale. Noon-4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Purchase a variety of watercolors by Art League students and more including exhibitors and more. Free.

Holiday Theatre Performance. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., see "The Nutcracker" at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road. Watch as the Center Dance Company puts a twist on the classic. Visit www.arldance.org or 703-522-4224 for tickets.

Monday/Dec. 3

See the Stars. 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. See "The Stars Tonight for December" with Jonathan Harmon. Maps are provided, with telescopic observations will be featured and questions are answered. $3/adults; $2/senior and child. 703-228-6070.