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Calendar Sept. 20-27

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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.

TAG Day. T.C. Williams High School band and Minnie Howard will go door-to-door to raise money to support various band initiatives. Contributions may be sent to T.C. Williams High School Band Boosters, P.O. Box 3452, Alexandria, VA 22302.

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.

Music Performance. The Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage is hosting a benefit concert featuring area gospel groups and a dance ensemble at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria. Proceeds will benefit the Alexandria Black History Museum’s educational and outreach programs. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-838-4356.

International Day of Peace. Yoga in Daily Life, 2402 Mount Vernon Ave., will have a mural outside the center for children to draw on starting at 5 p.m. An outdoor candle lighting ceremony for peace follows at 6 p.m.

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.

Fun Walk. Enjoy a free one mile Fun Walk at the YMCA Alexandria, 420 E. Monroe Ave., at 8 a.m. Families welcome. 703-838-8085.

International Dinner and Trade Fair. 4-8:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 W. Luray Ave. Products will be available, including olive wood creations, jewelry, crafts and more. Money raised will benefit the artisans. Free. 703-548-8608.

Car Wash. Carl Sandburg Middle School band will have their first car wash of the school year at Belle View Elementary School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, but donations will gladly be accepted.

Community Day Festival. Cora Kelly Community is holding a community day from 2-5 p.m. at the recreation center, 25 W. Reed Ave. There will be bands, dancers, food, jousters and more. Free. 703-838-6464.

Wine Tasting. Total Wine & More is holding wine tastings from 1-5 p.m. at Alexandria Total Wine & More at the Plaza at Landmark. Free. There will be drawings for stemware. 703-941-1133.

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.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Immanuel Church on the Hill, 3606 Seminary Road. Camerata Brass Quintet will perform "Excursions." Free but donations encouraged. 703-370-5678.

Music Performance. Enjoy a performance by the American Balalaika Symphony at 3 p.m. with a reception at 5 p.m. at Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. $20/advance or $25/door. Visit www.balalaika.biz or 703-351-1331.

Music Performance. See EcoVoce Ensemble perform at 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S Washington St. The program, "The Singing Word: Poetry and Music Create Songs of the Earth," will feature soprano Denise Freeland, flutist Susan Hayes, pianist Narciso Solero, and guest violist Jennifer Ries. 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.

Friday/Sept. 28

Happy Hour. 7:30 p.m. at King Street Blues, 5810 Kingstowne Center. The Alexandria Jaycees will be meeting at King Street Blues in Kingstowne for a happy hour. For more information, contact Amy at membership_vp@alexjaycees.org .

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.

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.

Saxaphone Quartet. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Free. See the United States Airforce Saxaphone Quartet and members of the US Naval Academy Band perform. 202-767-5658.

Saturday/Sept. 29

Music in the Garden. 5-10 p.m., American Horticultural Society at George Washington's River Farm, 7931 East Blvd Drive, Alexandria. Enjoy an evening under the stars to support the stewardship of River Farm. For more information or to request an invitation contact kharpe@ahs.org.

Revolutionary War Encampment. Soldiers camp in authentic tents, prepare meals, and demonstrate the drills and maneuvers used by General Washington's army. Musket and artillery demonstrations, fife and drum performances, and a variety of living history activities are featured.Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, 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.

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

Community Days. Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., is holding a free community day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes petting zoo, inflatables, crafts, food, music and more. Visit www.harvestchurchag.org or 703-971-7070.

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.

Tour of Homes. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., tour some of Alexandria's most beautifully restored and decorated homes in Old Town. Proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital. Visit www.thetwig.org or 703-683-5544 for fees.

Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., take part in the ParkFairfax Native Plant Sale at 3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria. Find many plants not available at other sales. Free. Visit http:home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/ or call Scott at 703-671-8416.

Car Wash. The Em Vee Hi, Mt. Vernon High School’s student newspaper will host a car wash in front of the school, 8515 Old Mt. Vernon Road, between noon and 4 p.m.

Dance Performance. Jane Franklin Dance performs "Boundary" at the D.C. Improvisation Festival at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. outdoors in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F streets, N.W. Free. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-228-1850.

Music Performance. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform with Carlos Rodriguez in "Exhilaration" at 8 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St.Ticekts range between $20-$80. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Sunday/Sept. 30

Music Performance. Alexandria based band Irish Breakfast Band will perform in the afternoon at Eastern Market, 7th & N. Carolina, S.E., Washington D.C. Free. Visit wwww.capitolhillcommunityfoundation.org or 202-549-0744.

Revolutionary War Encampment. Soldiers camp in authentic tents, prepare meals, and demonstrate the drills and maneuvers used by General Washington's army. Musket and artillery demonstrations, fife and drum performances, and a variety of living history activities are featured. Included with Estate admission. Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, 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.

Tea with Martha. 3-5 p.m. at Gadsby's Tavern, enjoy an 18th century tea with pound cake, ginger cookies and tea. Martha Washington will instruct on the customs and dance of the time. For all ages. $20/person and reservations required, 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Community Days. Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah St., is holding a free community day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes petting zoo, inflatables, crafts, food, music and more. Visit www.harvestchurchag.org or 703-971-7070.

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.

Tour of Homes. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., tour some of Alexandria's most beautifully restored and decorated homes in Old Town. Proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital. Visit www.thetwig.org or 703-683-5544 for fees.

Opening Reception. Meet Mercer Mayer from 1-4 p.m. at The Elizabeth Stone Gallery, 1127 King St. She is the author and illustrator of "A Boy, A Dog and A Frog." Visit www.elizabethstonegallery.com or 703-706-0025.

Star Search. Noon at Landmark Mall on Duke St. Children up to 8 years of age can compete for a chance to make it to the State Finals. $50/entry fee. Pick up

an entry form at the Mall, register online at www.newstardiscovery.com, or call toll free 877-330-2229 to receive an entry form in the mail.

Open House. L’Arche is holding an open house at 12:30 p.m. at 413 S. Highland St., Arlington. Light food and dessert will be served. 703-302-3960.

Monday/Oct. 1

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.

Charity Golf Tournament. 7:30 a.m. registration begins at Potomac Ridge, 15800 Sharpville Road, Waldorf, Md. $160/person includes fees, practice, breakfast, lunch and drinks. For Rebuilding Together Alexandria. Visit www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org or 703-836-1021.

Tuesday/Oct. 2

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.

AGLCA First Responders Barbecue. The Alexandria Gay & Lesbian Community Association will host its third annual bbq for Alexandria’s emergency personnel from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Fire Station #205, 1210 Cameron St. 703-283-3227.

Interactive Children’s Show. 6 p.m. at Virginia Hills Baptist Church Preschool, 6507 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Enjoy a show with Mr. "B." Free but donations accepted for The American Cancer Society. Visit http://virginiahillsbaptistchurch.com/preschool.