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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Oct. 24-31

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<b>Friday/Oct. 26

</b> Reception. 5-9 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Potomac Yard, 3651 Jefferson Davis Highway. For Pre-K through 12th grade educators and supervisory staff. Features giveaways and more. Teachers will receive 25 percent off of books. Free.

Job Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Belvoir, 9800 Belvoir Road. Representatives will be available to talk about upcoming job openings. All military I.D. cardholders are able to attend. Bring resumes and be prepared for interviews. Free. 703-696-3279.

Book Fair. There will be a variety of books for all ages at Matthew Maury Elementary School Book Fair from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the school’s library and other organizations. For more information about the event, visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/maury or contact the school at 703-706-4440.

Woodlawn’s Haunted History. 7-11 p.m., hear about the superstitions and voodoo of days gone by as well as contemporary "visits." There is an entrance fee and reservations are required. 703-780-4000.

Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and to stories at noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Birth-5 with adult. 703-971-0010.

Knitting for Beginners. Bring your own supplies. From 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults. Free. 703-768-6700.

Consignment Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Buy clothing, toys, furniture and more. 703-768-8351.

Chocolate Lecture. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn the benefits of chocolate and taste chocolate while learning how to make it. $40/person, sign up at www.howetoeat.com. Location off Slaters Lane.

<b>Saturday/Oct. 27

</b> Fall Festival. Nativity Lutheran Church, 1300 Collingwood Road is holding "LutherFest 2007" from 3-6 p.m . with a fair and singing. There will be German food and beverages, Jello sculpture and more. Free. Visit www.nativitylutheran.org or 703-768-1112.

Fundraiser. At Potomac Yard Shopping Center in Alexandria. Fundraising event to benefit Alexandria’s survivors of domestic violence. Purchase an item from the Wish List for the Women’s Shelter, or make a tax-deductible donation at their tent. Copies of the Wish List can be found at http://alexandriava.gov/oow/git/donate.html. For more information contact Lyn Myers at lyn.myers@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4911.

Cooking Demonstration. Old Town Market at Market Square, will be holding cooking demonstrations with chefs from local restaurants from 9:30-11 a.m. See demonstrations by executive chefs from Farrah Olivia Restaurant.

Birding by the Bay. 10:15-11:45 a.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Join the walk to look for songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles and more. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Autumn Amble. 3-4:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Join this guided walk as our fall foliage transforms Mason Neck State Park. Meet at the Bay View Trailhead. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek Paddle Expeditions. 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Experience Mason Neck State Park like never before. While on your trip you will enter the realm of the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Beaver and the aquatic life living in Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek. Reservation required. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

A Walk Through History. 10 a.m. at the corner of South Alfred and Duke Streets. The walk is based upon rediscovering Alexandria’s Free Historic African Americans and includes the newly rededicated Freedmen’s Cemetery. There will be selected points to stop and do some creative writing. Free. For additional information, call Cheryl Anne Colton, Cultural Arts Administrator, at 703-838-6348 or e-mail at cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.

Yard Sale. 8:30-11:30 a.m. to benefit Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology nationally-recognized Crew Team in the School Cafeteria, 6560 Braddock Road. Free. 703-207-9239.

Fort Festival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Hunt Park, 4301 West Braddock Road. Build a fort to raise awareness of SOS Children’s Villages. $50 registration fee. Create a team and build a fort to win prizes. All ages. To register visit www.wowus.org/fortfestival or 913-206-2037.

Country Market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Road. Free. Enjoy rides, food, music, games and more. Free. Call 703-548-4804 or visit www.acdsnet.org.

Flea Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. There will be baked goods, treasures, moon bounce and more. Proceeds benefit local outreach projects. 703-549-5500.

Fall Craft Show. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Road. Find a variety of items from over 75 vendors, including artwork, jewelry, crafts, clothing and more. Free. 703-971-8693.

Woodlawn’s Haunted History. 7-11 p.m., hear about the superstitions and voodoo of days gone by as well as contemporary "visits." There is an entrance fee and reservations are required. 703-780-4000.

Ghost Tour and 1780s Funeral. 6-9 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Experience a re-enactment of Colonel John Carlyle’s 1780 funeral, including a funeral procession and Internment at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. A ghost tour of Alexandria is included. Reservations required. 703-683-3451.

Fall Festival. 3:30 p.m. at Messiah, 6510 Fort Hunt Road. Free. There will be trick or treating, crafts, moon bounce, food and more.

Community Yard Sale. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Anthony Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St. Free. Browse appliances, clothing, toys, books and more. Food and drink available from the Alexandria Jaycees. Visit www.alexjaycees.org or call 703-866-7171.

Evening of Chocolate and Wine. 7:30-10 p.m. in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St. $50/person with proceeds benefiting the museum. Chocolates by Kingsbury Chocolated and wines by Unwined. For tickets 703-548-1789.

Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Minnie Howard School, 3801 West Braddock Road. Purchase a variety of different items. Free. 703-824-6750.

<b>Sunday/Oct. 28

</b> Got Butter? 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Come make and eat delicious fresh butter with us. Meet in Picnic Area. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Amazing Eagles. 4:15-5:15 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Look for Bald Eagles. Binoculars and spotting scope will be available for viewing. Meet at bird blind at the end of the Eagle Spur Trail. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek Paddle Expeditions. 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Experience Mason Neck State Park like never before. While on your trip you will enter the realm of the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Beaver and the aquatic life living in Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek. Reservation required. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Photography Clinic. 3 p.m. until sunset at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road. Learn the basics about photography and then take a walk and shoot some wildlife. Bring your own camera. Free. 703-339-2385.

Music Performance. Joel Holmes Trio will perform at 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. $10 donation. 703-549-1334.

Open House. 1-3 p.m. at Garwood Whaley Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Road, for prospective students and families. Go on tours, learn about teams, programs, clubs and more. Free. For more information, contact 703-751-7606.

Open House. 1-4 p.m., Commonwealth Academy will have an open house for parents of prospective applicants. Free. Located at 1321 Leslie Ave. Visit www.Commonwealthacademy.org or 703-548-6912.

Woodlawn’s Haunted History. 7-11 p.m., hear about the superstitions and voodoo of days gone by as well as contemporary "visits." There is an entrance fee and reservations are required. 703-780-4000.

FamilyFest. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2501 Beacon Hill Road. Enjoy games, food, hayrides and more. Free. Visit www.bethany-lcms.org or 703-765-8255.

Halloween Parade. 2-3 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Free. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march in the parade. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.pwba.org or 703-684-3535.

Mini-Walk. Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs will hold its "Help the Homeless" mini-walk at 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont St. $15/under 18 and $25/adults. 703-558-0035.

<b>Tuesday/Oct. 30

</b> Lecture Series. 6:30 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Lecture by fiber artist B.J. Adams. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Edgar Allen Poe. 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Actor David Keltz will recreate Poe’s visit and perform various selections including "The Raven" and "El Dorado." $12/person, not suitable for children under 12 years. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org 703-838-4994 for tickets.

Music Performance. T.C. Williams High School and Minnie Howard School orchestras will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the new John C. Albohm Auditorium at T.C. Williams, 3330 King St. Free.703-824-6800.

Lecture. 6:30 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Fiber artist B.J. Adams will give a talk on her work. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Halloween Movie Night. Enjoy a creepy voodoo classic plus refreshments at 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults. Free. 703-768-6700.

<b>Wednesday/Oct. 31

</b> Edgar Allen Poe. 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Actor David Keltz will recreate Poe’s visit and perform various selections including "The Raven" and "El Dorado." $12/person, not suitable for children under 12 years. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org 703-838-4994 for tickets.

Pumpkin Parade. Seasonal stories and costume parade at 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Costume optional. Age 2-5 with adult. Free. 703-765-3645.

<b>Thursday/Nov. 1

</b> Homeschool Day. Children ages 3 and up can tour the tavern and the hotel, then have hands-on activities, crafts and more. $5/person. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org to register.

<b>Friday/Nov.2

</b> Holiday Shop. The Mount Vernon Evening and Mason Neck Lions will hold a holiday shop from 4-8 p.m. at 8009 Apollo St., Mason Neck. There will be handcrafted items, Christmas décor and gifts available. Free. All proceeds benefit local charities. 703-569-0207 or 703-339-7099.

Art Show and Sale. PotomaClay will show a variety of works and have a reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. View works by 14 contemporary clay artists. Free. Visit www.potomaclay.com for more.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 3

</b> Cooking Demonstration. Old Town Market at Market Square, will be holding cooking demonstrations with chefs from local restaurants from 9:30-11 a.m. See demonstrations by executive chefs from Union Street Public House.

Birding by the Bay. 10:15-11:45 a.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Join the walk to look for songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles and more. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Autumn Amble. 3-4:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Join this guided walk as our fall foliage transforms Mason Neck State Park. Meet at the Bay View Trailhead. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek Paddle Expeditions. 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Experience Mason Neck State Park like never before. While on your trip you will enter the realm of the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Beaver and the aquatic life living in Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek. Reservation required. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Music Performance. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform selections by Beethoven and Brahm at 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets range between $20-$80. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

History Tour. 7:30 a.m. at Fort Ward park, 4301 West Braddock Road. The tour will be a "what if" tour of decisions made at Gettysburg that could have changed the outcome of the battle. $110/member or $120/nonmember includes a box lunch, admission fees, transportation and snacks. The tour will return at 5:30 p.m. Register by calling 703-838-4848.

Holiday Shop. The Mount Vernon Evening and Mason Neck Lions will hold a holiday shop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 8009 Apollo St., Mason Neck. There will be handcrafted items, Christmas décor and gifts available. Free. All proceeds benefit local charities. 703-569-0207 or 703-339-7099.

Art Show and Sale. PotomaClay will show a variety of works and have a sale from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. View works by 14 contemporary clay artists. Free. Visit www.potomaclay.com for more.

Lecture. Lorenzo Rodriguez will talk on "Listen to, Trust, and Follow God Without Fear" at 2 p.m. in English and 3:30 in Spanish at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free.

Family Conference. Children in grades k-9th grade will participate in age appropriate activities that highlight communication. There will be books, gift shop items, snacks and door prizes. Parents attend lectures. 1-4:30 p.m. at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred St. $35/child and $25/parent. 301-422-5110 to register.

<b>Sunday/Nov. 4

</b> Got Butter? 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Come make and eat delicious fresh butter with us. Meet in Picnic Area. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Amazing Eagles. 4:15-5:15 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Look for Bald Eagles. Binoculars and spotting scope will be available for viewing. Meet at bird blind at the end of the Eagle Spur Trail. Free. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek Paddle Expeditions. 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Experience Mason Neck State Park like never before. While on your trip you will enter the realm of the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Beaver and the aquatic life living in Belmont Bay and Kane’s Creek. Reservation required. Call 703-339-2385 or 703-339-2380.

Holiday Shop. The Mount Vernon Evening and Mason Neck Lions will hold a holiday shop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 8009 Apollo St., Mason Neck. There will be handcrafted items, Christmas décor and gifts available. Free. All proceeds benefit local charities. 703-569-0207 or 703-339-7099.

Art Show and Sale. PotomaClay will show a variety of works and have a sale from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. View works by 14 contemporary clay artists. Free. Visit www.potomaclay.com for more.

Telethon. 4-9 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School auditorium. Money raised will benefit the scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The show will be broadcast on Comcast channel 69. To make a pledge during the telethon, viewers can call 703-824-6730 or contribute online at http://www.AlexScholarshipFund.org.

Opening Exhibit. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. See and meet the artists of "Jamestown and Olde Virginia." Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-941-7987 for more information.

Dance Performance. 1 p.m. at Tyler Building Auditorium, 3001 N. Beauregard St. See Kathy Harty Gray Dance Company perform "Women in Virginia" and other favorites. $10/person; $5/students and seniors. Visit www.khgdt.org or 703-413-3811.

Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 7730 Fordson Road. Benefits event for Woodlawn’s Youth Ministry. Free. Visit www.get411info.com

Music Performance. The Alexandria Choral Society presents it’s opening concert at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. "Missa Gaia" by Paul Winter is the performance. $15/person; $10/senior and free 18 and under. Contact Mary Moran at info@AlexChoralSociety.org or visit www.alexchoralsociety.org or 703-548-4734.

Open House. 1-4 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Free. See items by Alexandria designer Melissa Emerick, owner of Bella Designs. Advance reservations encouraged, 703-548-1789 or e-mail contact@leefendallhouse.org.

Opening Reception. 1-3 p.m., meet the artists of "Inspired by the Garden" at Green Spring Gardens. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp or 703-642-5173.

<b>Monday/Nov. 5

</b> Dance Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Tyler Building Auditorium, 3001 N. Beauregard St. See Kathy Harty Gray Dance Company perform "Women in Virginia" and other favorites. $10/person; $5/students and seniors. Visit www.khgdt.org or 703-413-3811.

<b>Thursday/Nov. 8

</b> Opening Exhibition. 6-8 p.m., Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., presents "Sweet Struggle" by Andrea Reed from Oct. 27-Dec. 2. She was the winner of the Open Exhibition spot. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Art Lecture and Presentation. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Listen to Elizabeth Whelan, one of the artists of "Food for Thought." Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

<b>Friday/Nov. 9

</b> 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.

Fundraising Event. 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.

<b>Saturday/Nov. 10

</b> 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.

Fundraising Event. 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.