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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Nov. 1-8

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Saturday/Nov. 3

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.

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

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Find many books on a variety of subjects including cooking, art, military and more. Free. 703-780-7342. Proceeds benefit services at the library.

Winter Container Workshop. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Enhance a deck, patio or other area with winter-hardy plants. Design and take home a container. $48. 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.

Scavenger Hunt. Children ages 3-5 can hunt for yellow and red leaves, make an autumn collage and learn about leaves from 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. $5. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Christmas Bazaar. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, is holding a bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Purchase a variety of crafts, food and more. 703-780-4055.

Sunday/Nov. 4

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.

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.

Hymn Festival. 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Free. Visit www.opmh.org or 703-549-6670.

Monday/Nov. 5

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.

Storytime Adventures. Stories, games and creative activities. Age 6-9.

Books & Ideas. Discuss "The Ox Bow Incident" by Walter Clark. Adults. No registration is required. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/Nov. 6

Speaker Series. 8 a.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St. Hear Michael Maibach speak. Free but reservations required, 703-549-0111 ext. 113. Visit www.campagnacenter.org.

Ken Burns signing at Costco Wholesale. Producer and director of ‘The War’ will sign copies of his book ‘The War: An intimate History.’ 1-3 p.m. at Costco Wholesale, 1200 S. Fern St., Arlington.

Lunch Bunnies. Bring your lunch and listen to stories. Ages 1-5 with adult. Noon at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Wednesday/Nov. 7

Book Sale. Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary is holding a book sale from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the lobby of the hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane. Free. Features an assortment of books including best sellers, cookbooks, children’s books and more. Proceeds benefit the hospital, patients and community. 703-664-7260.

Treats for Thanksgiving Table. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to make culinary treats for the table. $12. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Small Wonders. Stories, fingerplays and activities. Ages 13-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. To register call 703-971-0010.

Lunch Bunnies. Bring your lunch, we supply the fun. Age 1-5 with adult. No registration required. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6500 Landstowne Centre. 703-971-0010.

Thursday/Nov. 8

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.

Book Sale. Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary is holding a book sale from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the lobby of the hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane. Free. Features an assortment of books including best sellers, cookbooks, children’s books and more. Proceeds benefit the hospital, patients and community. 703-664-7260.

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.

Author Reading. 7 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Donald McCaig will read from "Rhett Butler’s People: A Novel." $5/person and can be purchased at all Olsson’s locations. 703-684-0077.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fundraising Event. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.