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Calendar Sept. 13-21

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Thursday/Sept. 13

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. at Multiple Exposure Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Meet the artists of "Stone Portraits" and "A Second Look." Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Second Thursday. 6-9 p.m. in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Studios and galleries are open to browse. Meet the artists of "In the Flesh." Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5 at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-838-4566.

Book Sale. Barrett Branch Library is holding a book sale from 4-9 p.m. at the library, 717 Queen St. Find a variety of books, cds, movies and more. 703-838-4555.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Friday/Sept. 14

Music Performance. The Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. The "Last Kids Picked" Quartet will perform. Tickets range between $15-$30 with senior, student and group discounts. Tickets at www.harmonizers.org or call 240-206-9626.

Winter Gardening Workshop. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Master Gardeners share information about dividing and cutting back plants, raking out beds and applying winter mulch. $12. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m. at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway in Bethesda. Free. See the finalists, including Alexandria artist Linda Hesh, and their artwork. Visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

Opening Reception. Jane Hess of Alexandria will represent her mother at a reception showcasing her art from 6-9 p.m. at Gallery Indigo, 1607 King St. Free. 703-838-8098.

Time for 2's. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for children ages 24-36 months with an adult. Enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Book Sale. Barrett Branch Library is holding a book sale from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the library, 717 Queen St. Find a variety of books, cds, movies and more. 703-838-4555.

Saturday/Sept. 15

Music Performance. The Alexandria Harmonizers Chorus will perform at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. The "Last Kids Picked" Quartet will perform. Tickets range between $15-$30 with senior, student and group discounts. Tickets at www.harmonizers.org or call 240-206-9626.

Craft Fair. Colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th century crafts and sell traditional wares at Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Features 18 th century entertainment including fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows and more. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Freedmen's Cemetery Tour. 10-11 a.m. at Freedmen's Cemetery Tour, South Washington and Church streets. Free. Take a guided tour of the archaeological project at Freedmen's Cemetery. Space is limited 703-838-4399 to reserve a spot.

Family Fun: Monarch Magic. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Hunt for monarch butterflies in the gardens and explore their fascinating life cycle, then take home a larvae and release in your own garden. Ages six and up. $10/project, call 703-642-5173 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Backyard Beekeeping. 1-3 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Local beekeepers Bob and Grace Parker will show you the Green Spring beehive and talk about how to start an apiary of your own. Followed by a traditional English tea. $25. Call 703-941-7987 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Costume Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tapestry Theatre, 484 N. Owen St. There will be costumes, props and accessories from many different time periods. Cash or checks accepted. All the proceeds benefit Tapestry Theater. Photos of sale items can be found at www.tapestryRichard3.net.

Yard Sale. Taney Avenue is hosting a mile-long yard sale from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This marks the 25th annual Taney Avenue Mile-Long Yard Sale, which runs from Van Dorn up to Patrick Henry School at Latham. The event runs rain or shine. Residents and vendors can display their wares on the grounds of Patrick Henry School, or contact individual homeowners living on Taney. Proceeds go to fund the group's annual Community Benefit Award. Contact Desiree Jessimy at 703-461-0115.

Artists and Collectors Meet and Greet. 1-5 p.m. at the Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. Artists and collectors can participate in free talks about collecting art, share portfolios and more. 703-838-4356.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for all ages. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Book Sale. Barrett Branch Library is holding a book sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the library, 717 Queen St. Find a variety of books, cds, movies and more. 703-838-4555.

Music Performance. Virginia Grand Military Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. The theme is "An Old-Fashioned Concert in the Park." $20/person and $10/students. Visit www.vgmb.com or 703-281-3331.

Craft & Fun Fair. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes crafts from over 30 vendors, pony rides, fire truck, food and more. Free. 703-768-7964.

Sunday/Sept. 16

Craft Fair. Colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate 18th century crafts and sell traditional wares at Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Features 18 th century entertainment including fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows and more. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Korean American Cultural Arts Festival. 6 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center. $60/person and free to all Virginia and Maryland educators. Includes performances by arts masters and more. Contact Tammy Pantages at 703-507-4492.

Music Performance. Teddy Thompson will perform at The Birchmere. Visit www.birchmere.com for more information.

Yard Sale. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Anthony Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beluah St. Find a variety of items from appliances, clothing, toys and more. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit www.alexjaycees.org or 703-866-7171.

Picnic. Join the Alexandria Jaycees for a picnic from noon- 4 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road. Free. Beverages, hotdogs and hamburgers, condiments, plates and silverware will be provided, but attendees should provide side dishes or desserts. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy at membership_vp@alexjaycees.org.

Music Performance. Marshall Keys will perform "Jazz at Meade Project" at 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. $10 donation. Light refreshments served. 703-549-1334.

Monday/Sept. 17

Children's Program. 11 a.m. at Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Children ages 1-3 and adults can learn all about animals. $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.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months with adult can enjoy stories, activities and more. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for all ages. Free. No registration required. Enjoy stories for the whole family. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Book Discussion. 7-8 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood. Call Ruth at 703-838-4566.

Music Performance. Brad Yoder will perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Buzz, 901 Slaters Lane. Free. He will bring his guitar, saxaphone and an eclectic mix of original songs. 703-600-BUZZ.

Tuesday/Sept. 18

Author Event. Four different authors, such as DT Max, author of "The Family That Couldn't Sleep" will discuss their work, answer questions and sign books from 7-8:45 p.m. at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Refreshments served. Call Mark at 703-519-3498.

Time for 2's. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for children ages 24-36 months with an adult. Enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Story Time. For children up to age 4 with adult at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Sign up half-hour before Story Time. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 with adult can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Jewelry Sale. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary, 2501 Parkers Lane, will hold a jewelry sale on in the lobby of the hospital from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top quality jewelry such as watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, charms and children’s jewelry will be featured. All proceeds benefit Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and its patients.

Wednesday/Sept. 19

Dragonflies and Damselflies. 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, off Lockheed Boulevard. Dr. Dick Smythe will speak on dragonflies and damselflies. Free. Visit www.fodm.org or 703-768-2525.

Story Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Nathan Leslie talks about "The State of the Short Story." Free. 703-838-4566.

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

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Jewelry Sale. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary, 2501 Parkers Lane, will hold a jewelry sale on in the lobby of the hospital from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top quality jewelry such as watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, charms and children’s jewelry will be featured. All proceeds benefit Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and its patients.

Slave Cabin Dedication. 11 a.m., see the dedication of The Slave Cabin. There will be musical tributes, address and more. The cabin shows in which approximately 235 slaves lived on George Washington's farms. At Mount Vernon estate. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000 for ticket information.

Thursday/Sept. 20

Godspeed Visits. The Godspeed visits Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, as part of the 400 th anniversary. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Historic House, beginning with a guided tour of the gardens and ending a full English tea in the house. $24. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Book Discussion. Discuss "What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" by Raymond Carver from 7-8:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Call Bill Scouton at 703-931-3559.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5 at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Special reading by Vice Mayor Del Pepper. Free. 703-838-4566.

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. for children ages 12-24 months with an adult at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-838-4566.

Read for the Record. 10 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages can listen to "Ferdinand the Bull" in English & Spanish. Free. 703-519-6000.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Friday/Sept. 21

Dancing in the Dark. Dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with the Mount Vernon Swing Band at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. $4/person. 703-765-4573.

Automated Milling. Watch millers work the automated milling system, from the water that starts to process to the end result of cornmeal ready to use. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington's Gristmill, which is three miles down Route 235 from Mount Vernon Estate. $4/adult; $2/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Godspeed Visits. The Godspeed visits Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, as part of the 400 th anniversary. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Book Discussion. Discuss "Transform Your Life" at 6:30 p.m. at Waldenbooks, 5801 Duke St. Given by Vajrayogini Buddhist Center. Free. 703-658-9576.

Dance/Poetry Event. 8 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. See a variety of multimedia performances by the Alexandria Performing Arts Association. $15/adult; $10/student or senior. Features the writings of Thalia Field. Visit www.instantseats.com for tickets or 703-400-2984.

Time for 2's. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for children ages 24-36 months with an adult. Enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Saturday/Sept. 22

Automated Milling. Watch millers work the automated milling system, from the water that starts to process to the end result of cornmeal ready to use. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington's Gristmill, which is three miles down Route 235 from Mount Vernon Estate. $4/adult; $2/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Godspeed Visits. The Godspeed visits Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, as part of the 400 th anniversary. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Slave Commemoration Ceremony. 11 a.m. at the Slave Memorial at the Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony and musical presentation to commemorate the slaves that lived on the estate. Mount Vernon Estate is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tickets are $13/adult, $6/child age 6-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org.

Bulbs Garden Workshop. 9:30-11 a.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Join horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for design tips recommendations for seasonal bulb varieties. $12. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Deployed Family Fun Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at TISCOM, 7323 Telegraph Road. Activities will include face painting, moon bounce, cupcake walk and more. Presentations for adults. Door prizes include bicycles, Redskins tickets, Zune media player and more. Refreshments will be available. For more information, a complete schedule of the day's events, or to RSVP, call 703-696-0958.

Dinner and a Movie. Join the Alexandria Jaycees for dinner and a movie. Meet at Chadwick's in Old Town for dinner followed by a movie at the Old Town Theater. For more information, contact Amy at membership_vp@alexjaycees.org.

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road for all ages with adult. Free. 703-519-6000.

Dance/Poetry Event. 8 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. See a variety of multimedia performances by the Alexandria Performing Arts Association. $15/adult; $10/student or senior. Features the writings of Thalia Field. Visit www.instantseats.com for tickets or 703-400-2984.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for all ages. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Wreathlaying Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Held by Black Women United for Action and commemorates the hundreds of slaves that worked on George Washington's plantation. There will be music, song and dance. Free. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Automated Milling. Watch millers work the automated milling system, from the water that starts to process to the end result of cornmeal ready to use. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington's Gristmill, which is three miles down Route 235 from Mount Vernon Estate. $4/adult; $2/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Victorian Dining Demonstration. 1-3p.m., Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Discussion and demonstration of the staggering number of pieces on a properly set Victorian dining table, with a traditional English tea to follow. $25. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Registration and prepayment is required.

Fall Plant Show. Noon-5 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. Local plant vendors will be selling fall-blooming plants including hard to find perennials, shrubs and more. There will also be "Antiques RiverShow," where appraisers will be on hand to assess items brought in by visitors. $15 to have two antiques appraised or $5 just to go antique shopping. For additional information, call Viveka Neveln at 703-768-5700 ext. 120 or visit www.ahs.org.

Ice Cream Social. 1 p.m. at Woodbine Rehab and Healthcare Center, 2729 King St. Free. Hosted by the Alexandria Jaycees. Contact Amy at membership_vp@alexjaycees.org.

Music/Poetry Event. Hear poetry and music by Denise Freeland, Susan Hayes and more at 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. 703-683-0322.

Monday/Sept. 24

Alexandria Jaycees Chapter Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Meet new members and find out about upcoming events. Free. Visit www.alexjaycees.org for more.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months with adult can enjoy stories, activities and more. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for all ages. Free. No registration required. Enjoy stories for the whole family. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Tuesday/Sept. 25

Time for 2's. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. for children ages 24-36 months with an adult. Enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Story Time. For children up to age 4 with adult at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Sign up half-hour before Story Time. 703-838-4566.

Short Story Discussion. Discuss short stories from the anthology "Art of the Story" from 7-8:30 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Call Mark for titles and authors at 703-519-3498.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 with adult can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Sept. 26

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

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can listen to stories and participate in activities. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Talk Series. 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Learn about Alexandria Police Department from 1900 to 1940 as they replaced horses with motorized vehicles and fought Prohibition. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistorical.org or 703-838-4994.

Thursday/Sept. 27

Opening Reception. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Tyler Teaching Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St. See "Honoring Tom Suzuki: A Retrospective Exhibition" from Sept. 28-Oct. 24. Free. Suzuki was a pioneer of computer design and founded Tom Suzuki, Inc. in Falls Church. 703-845-6239.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. for children ages 3-5 at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-838-4566.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3-5 can listen to a variety of stories. Free. 703-838-4555.

Film Festival. Alexandria is holding a film festival at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. Features 8-10 international films not seen in the area. There will also be films created by Alexandria children. Visit www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org or 703-838-6348 for tickets and times.