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Arlington Calendar April 3-8

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.

Ongoing:

The Arlington Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon year round. Located at the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street. Visit www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com for more on the market and vendors.

Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., presents "Just Imagine" through Sunday, April 27. Visitors embark on a journey of the mind to see an altogether different universe. "Just Imagine" considers the earth without a moon, our sun as a different kind of star and much more. This is a show that can be enjoyed by children 10 & older and adults. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 12 & younger. 703-228-6070.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Road, presents “Unlocking the Secrets of Our Living Planet: A Guided Hike at Potomac Overlook” at 2 p.m. on alternating Saturdays and Sundays starting Sunday, April 6 and Saturday, April 12. $3/person and reservations can be made at Potomac@nvrpa.org or 703-528-5406.

Tickets for Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour will go on sale April 15 via www.ticketmaster.com, 703-573-SEAT or Mount Vernon’s Orientation Center. $30/person. Sample a variety of wines while listening from a variety of historic interpreters. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Thursday/April 3

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children 18-35 months can discover nature through stories, hikes, activities and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Text Messaging. 1 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Learn how to do text messaging plus some common words and phrases. Free. 703-228-0955.

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

Friday/April 4

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Senior Living House, 900 N. Taylor St. Hear instrumentalists of all ages from Levine School of Music perform. Free. Visit www.levineschool.org or 703-516-9455.

Canstruction Build Out. 5 p.m.-midnight at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Teams of architects will build structures from canned food, which supports the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Free. Visit www.aianova.org/archweek_main.php.

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

One-Act Operas. See “Riders to the Sea” and “Trial by Jury” 8 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Presented by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Tickets range between $20-$35/person. Visit www.novaopera.org or 703-548-1433.

Get Your Game On. 3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Teens can play Wii Sports, Dance Dance Revolution, board games and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

Saturday/ April 5

Sale. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, will host a sale from 8 a.m.-noon benefiting local charities and families. Search through toys, clothing, equipment and more. Free. Visit www.kidsstuffsale.com or 703-351-8138.

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. Opening ceremony at 9 a.m. with the first game at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee Center’s Verizon Arena, 2807 N. Glebe Road. Free. There will be contests and prizes. 703-284-3853.

Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m.-noon at N. Glebe Road and Chain Bridge Road. Help clean up the nation’s river. Register at volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Sing Along with Miss Belle. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Sing and dance along. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Yard Sale. 9 a.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Shop for a variety of household items. Free. 703-228-4403.

Blacksmths’ Open Forge. Noon-4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can watch raw materials become tools and objects. Free. 703-228-3403.

Hawk Talk. 1 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children ages 4 and up can learn about these animals through hands-on and more. Free. 703-228-6536.

Snakes Alive. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road. Families with children ages 4 and up can learn about these animals and meet some. $1/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Peeper Prowl. 7:15 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Learn about tiny tree frogs and other amphibians. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. The National Chamber Ensemble performs. $25/person. Visit www.nationalchamberensemble.org for more.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear violinist Leonid Sushansky perform with the National Chamber Ensemble. $25/person and available at www.ticketmaster.com or 202-397-SEAT.

Sunday/April 6

Music Performance. Hear Flory Jagoda and friends in concert at 4 p.m. at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Blvd. Benefits the Jewish survivors of Sarajevo. $20 with a discount of $5 off for seniors and students. RSVP by March 31 at www.etzhayim.net or 703-979-4466.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road. Hear music for the brass, bells and pipes. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.stpetersmusic.org or 703-536-6606.

Benefit Auction. 2-5 p.m. at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road. Doorways for Women and Families hosts this event including tea, champagne, live and silent auction and more. Visit www.doorwaysva.org for more.

Meet Author Elisa Carbone. 1:30 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. She will read from her book “Night Running” and discuss some of her other books such as “Stealing Freedom.” For children ages 6-12. Free. Call to register, 703-241-8281.

One-Act Operas. See “Riders to the Sea” and “Trial by Jury” 2 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Presented by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Tickets range between $20-$35/person. Visit www.novaopera.org or 703-548-1433.

Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch “Bee Movie.” Free. 703-228-0322.

Book Discussion. 11 a.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Discuss “Brother I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat. Free. 703-228-0322.

Monday/April 7

Through an Artist’s Eyes. 1 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Enjoy food, fashion and more during an art history talk. $5/class or $14/four sessions. 703-228-5722. Sign up in advance.

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

Page to Stage. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Meet some of the nominee’s of the Helen Hayes Awards. Free. 703-228-6545.

Tuesday/April 8

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children 18-35 months can discover nature through stories, hikes, activities and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Book Discussion. 1:30 p.m. at Culpepper Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Discuss “Snow Flower & the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Free. 703-228-7762.

Arlington’s Champion Trees. 7:30-9 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn how to participate in this program and see some of the champion trees. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Knit Wits. 4 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Teens ages 11-18 can learn how to knit or bring a project and continue it. Free. 703-228-5946.

Wednesday/April 9

Reception. 11:30 a.m. see “Collages” by Arlington artist Mary Ria Hanna on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Road, from April 1 to May 2. To learn more, call Randy Michener at 703-257-6532.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

April Showers Bring May Flowers. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Celebrate spring and Earth Day with songs and stories, such as “Traces” by Paula Fox and “Skunk’s Spring Surprise” by Leslea Newman. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Gemstone Club: Diamond. 2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 7-12 can learn about this stone and take home a gemstone. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Feeding Frenzy. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about how animals adapt to eating food. $1/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Family Camping 101. 7 p.m. at Parks & Natural Resource Building Conference Center, 2700 S. Taylor St. Families with children ages 5-9 can learn how to plan a camping trip and then put skils to use on a trip in May. $40/family. Registration required, 703-525-0168.

Stop in For Stories. Located at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. All ages can enjoy stories, crafts and songs. Free. Call for times 703-228-6545.

Visitation. NARFE Arlington Chapter 7 is sponsoring an appearance by Virginia State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31) and wil give an update on the 2008 session. Social hour at 12:30 p.m. at Culpepper Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Free. 703-228-4403.

Lecture. 3-4:30 p.m. at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Hear a free lecture on “Russian Energy Interests, Challenges to U.S. Interests in World Fuel Reserves.” 703-841-0647.

Lecture. 3 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Hear about Russia’s energy interests and their influence on the global economy and U.S. interests. Free. 703-228-0322.

Thursday/April 10

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

Film Screening. Watch “American Rhapsody” at 4 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. 703-228-6545.

Book Sale. Preview night for members of Arlington Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., from 5:30-9 p.m. Memberships available at the door. 703-228-5261.

Friday/April 11

Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m. see “Spring Solos 2008” at the Arlington Arts Center from April 8-May 31. See art by Jacklyn Brickman, Laure Drogoul and more. For more information, call 703.248.6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Architecture in the Schools Exhibit. 6:30-8 p.m. at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Architects, teachers and students intertwine architecture and school work to produce projects. Free. Visit www.aianova.org/archweek_main.php.

16th Annual Poetry Marathon. 2-4 p.m. at Library of Congress, Independence Avenue and 1st Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Hosted by Teatro de la Luna. Hear from many different poets including Marcelo Pellegrini. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Music Performance. Charles Callahan will perform at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane. Free. Visit stmcathedralconcerts.org or 703-524-2815.

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5261.

Author Talk. Listen to Madeline Kunin discuss “Pearls, Politics and Power: How Women can Win and Lead” at 1 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. Book signing will follow. 703-228-0322.

Saturday/April 12

Fund Raiser. 2 p.m. at Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 S. 23rd St. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is holding a fundraiser for childhood cancer and research. Shave heads for a good cause. Visit www.stbaldricks.org or 703-517-1467.

Fire Station Opening. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1750 S. Hayes St. See a traditional fire service ceremony, tour the facilities, meet firefighters and more. Free. Contact fire@arlingtonva.us with any questions.

Home Show & Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Get answers about home ownership, energy efficiency, permits and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonhomeshow.org or 703-228-3765.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

April Showers Bring May Flowers. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Celebrate spring and Earth Day with songs and stories, such as “Traces” by Paula Fox and “Skunk’s Spring Surprise” by Leslea Newman. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

16th Annual Poetry Marathon. 2-8 p.m. at Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Hosted by Teatro de la Luna. Hear from many different poets including Marcelo Pellegrini. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. See Rob Curto perform. $20/person. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-1850.

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5261.

Author Talk. Hear Shelly Wong talk about her book “Dialogic Approaches to TESOL” at 2 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. 703-228-0322.

Sunday/April 13

Crystal Block Party. 1-6 p.m. on 23rd Street between S. Eads and S. Fern Streets. Enjoy music, family activities, Crystal Flight Airplane statues and more. Free.

Meet the Authors. 2 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Meet Moira Rose Donohue, Marty Figley and Jacqueline Jules speak about their new books. Free. Children ages 5-9. RSVP to 703-241-8281.

Boundary Stone Bike Tour. 9:15 a.m. at Entrance to E. Falls Church Metro. Bike 35 miles visiting Arlington, Alexandria and more. Leisurely ride. Bring lunch, water and any bike. $2. 703-243-0179.

Meet Three Authors. 2 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Meet the authors of “Penny the Punctuation Bee,” “Prisoner of Liberty” and “No English.” For children ages 5-9. Free. Call to register, 703-241-8281.

Earth Day Silent Auction. 6 p.m. at the Hendry House on Fort C.F. Smith Park. Hear guest speakers, award presentations all while building on a variety of items. $50/person. E-mail aspence@nvct.org or 703-354-5093.

Movie Screening. Watch “Orange Revolution” and have a session with director Steve York at 2 p.m. at The Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. $10 donation; $5/student. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org or 703-241-1817.

Book Sale. Noon-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5261.

Celebration. Celebrate Arlington Reads 2008 with a kick-off celebration at 3 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. Features performances and remarks by Hong Le Webb. 703-228-6321.

Monday/April 14

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

Children’s Adventures Workshop. 3-5 p.m. at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Children in grades 1-8 with adult can learn how to make musical instruments from recycled materials. $10/person. Encouraged to bring own reuseable materials. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-1859.

Movie Watch. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “Born in East LA.” Free. 703-228-6321.

Film Screening. Watch “Funny Lady” at 7:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. Part of the Kander and Ebb celebration. 703-228-0322.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss “Brother I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat. Free. 703-228-05945.

Tuesday/April 15

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

Film Screening. Watch “The Golden Door” at 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. Part of Arlington Reads. 703-228-6545.

Got A Gadget. 4 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Teens can volunteer to help adults learn how to use their gadgets. If interested, 703-228-5946.

Wednesday/April 16

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Rhymes and Nature. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Celebrate Earth Day with rhyming stories including “A Lot of Otters” by Barbara Helen Berger. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Stop in For Stories. Located at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. All ages can enjoy stories, crafts and songs. Free. Call for times 703-228-6545.

Poesis. 7-9 p.m. at Pentagon City Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St. Features Patricia Gray, Rosemary Winslow and Christina Wos-Donnelly with music by Shep Williams and friends. Free. 703-418-0166.

Book Discussion. 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 4251 Campbell Ave. Discuss “Brother I’m Dying” by Edwidge Danticat with a librarian. Free. 703-228-0322.

Thursday/April 17

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

Movie. 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America’s Immigrant Hospital.” Free. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-6340.

Movie Watch. Watch “The Emigrants “ at 1 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. Part of Arlington Reads. 703-228-6545.

Film Time. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “Forgotten Ellis Island.” Free. 703-228-6321.

Friday/April 18

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

Music Performance. Saida Fikri will perform at 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Tickets are $35 or $45/person. Visit www.saidafikri.net/concert or 703-573-SEAT.

Rock Out with Rock Band. 3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Teens can play Rock Band, board games and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

Saturday/April 19

Recycling Event. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Dispose of household hazardous materials, old electronic equipment, donate books, bicycles, shoes and eyeglasses. $10 donation/bike. 702-228-6832.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Music Together. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Enjoy sharing songs, chants and activities. For children ages 6 months and up. Free. 703-241-8281.

History Program. 7-9 p.m., enjoy lantern tours to visit graves of Civil War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a program “Lee’s Great Decision: How Robert E. Lee’s Resignation from the United States Army Shaped Our Nation” from 7-10 p.m. Reservations for tours, 703-235-1530. Free.

Auction. 6:30-11 p.m. at St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 3901 Cathedral Lane. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while browsing through live and silent auctions, raffles and prizes. $25/person. E-mail sjmccreery@gmail.com or 703-465-9877.

Open House. Free open house, lots of refreshments and live entertainment. Drawings for prizes and free gift for everyone. Tours of model rooms available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Brighton Gardens of Arlington, 3821 Wilson Blvd. 703-294-6875.

Library Bicycle Tour. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Start the ride at a local branch and tour all seven libraries or take smaller trips. Receive a gift package. 703-228-6321.

Sunday/April 20

Author Reading. 2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2800 Clarendon Ave. Jim Lehrer will discuss his book “Mack to the Rescue.” Free. E-mail crm2068@bn.com or 703-248-8244.

Author Reading. 2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 2800 Clarendon Ave. Jim Lehrer will discuss his book “Mack to the Rescue.” Free. E-mail crm2068@bn.com or 703-248-8244.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike. Celebrate the 100th anniversary with music by the Cantate Chamber singers and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonpresbyterian.org or 703-920-5660.

Poetry. 3 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Features readings by Holly Bass and other regional poets. Free. 703-228-6545.