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Calendar Aug. 28-Sept. 3

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Studio Gold Dance will hold Youth Company auditions for intermediate and advanced youth dancers, ages 16 and under. Dancers are welcome to bring a prepared piece of choreography to demonstrate on Aug. 30 between 3 and 4:15 p.m. The required group class audition will be on Sept. 22 at 3:15 p.m. Auditions and rehearsals will take place at Gold’s Gym, 7770 Richmond Highway. For further information, contact the Artistic Director, Dawn Meadows, at www.studiogolddance.com, or 703-627-4570.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is holding auditions for “Dearly Departed,” on Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25 from 7–9 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Questions should be directed to 703-660-2611 – please leave a message. Additional information at www.acctonline.org.

Ongoing

Tickets for Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour will go on sale Sept. 1. Tickets are $30/person. Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3,4 & 5 from 6-9 p.m. Visit www.mountvernon.org for tickets.

On Mondays, Sept. 8 through Dec. 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, will be having Yoga for Gardeners for adults. The program will offer a series of classes featuring the Vinyasa method to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance for gardening. $ 66/ six-class sessions. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Visit George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See how whiskey got started. $4/adult; $2/child. Get discounts with admission to Mount Vernon Estate. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Take a seasonal walking tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. This 30-minute tour explores a variety of contributions. Free. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Every Tuesday and Thursday through October from 5- 8 p.m. at Hotel Monaco Alexandria, enjoy Doggie Happy Hour. Enjoy doggie treats and human treats.

Join City archaeologists and trained volunteers for an exciting program for kids of all ages at Alexandria Archaeology Family Dig Days. Monthly Family Dig Days will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, in Alexandria. The 2008 dates are on Saturdays: Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. $5/person and spots fill up fast. Call 703-838-4399 or visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org to reserve a spot.

On Sundays from noon-5 p.m., visit the Waterfront and see history-inspired performances near the Torpedo Factory; do a “meet and greet” of early Alexandria residents and travelers near the Waterfront and lower King Street. Free. Visit www.historicalexandria.org for more.

In celebration of the exhibition “Setting the President’s Table: American Presidential China,” visitors to Mount Vernon will have a chance every day from June 1 to Aug. 31 to win a piece of porcelain featuring the Martha Washington “States” pattern. Drawings occur daily at 3 p.m. in the Shops at Mount Vernon, and the grand prize will be drawn on Aug. 31. No purchase is required, and visitors do not have to be present to win. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

See Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., in a whole new light – lantern light. Tour the 1785 tavern and 1792 City Hotel during the summer season with costumed guides as you experience the tavern as patrons did more than 200 years ago before the advent of electricity. Tours are every Friday night, June through August, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person ages 5 and up. Tours last approximately 30 minutes, with the last tour starting at 9:15 p.m. Call ahead to confirm tour date. For more information, call 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

On Mondays, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens will be having Family Story Time for children of all ages where there will be stories and activities. Free. For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gspg

On Mondays Sept. 8 through Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Green Spring Gardens will be having Let’s Grow kid’s Gardening Program where kids will enjoy sprouting seeds, growing vegetables, planting, flowers, exploring soil and other out door fun. $ 70 /student. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Children enter a world of fantasy and fables when costumed interpreters weave three tales together during Mount Vernon’s outdoor storytelling session, “Once Upon a Time at Mount Vernon”, held every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. through Sept. 27 at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site. “Once Upon at Time at Mount Vernon” is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $13.00; youth ages 6-11, $6.00; and children under 5 are admitted free. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Historic Mount Vernon will have special commemorative whiskey sets available for sale beginning Aug. 4! The set includes a shot glass and a 50 mL bottle of whiskey consisting of 11 different whiskey brands blended and aged at Mount Vernon in 2005. The gift sets are $25 and are available for purchase in person with a valid ID at the Shops at Mount Vernon or George Washington’s Distillery. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 15 and continuing weekly through Monday, Nov. 17, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be hosting its fall session of Tavern Toddlers. Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime on Mondays, excluding Federal holidays, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Each week costs $7 for a group of three, which must include one adult, and additional people are just $3. Pre-registration is not required, and single or multiple passes can be purchased at the door. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal St. For more information, call 703838.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Thursday/Aug. 28

Time for School. 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories and activities about starting school. Free. 703-339-4610.

Old Favorites. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories, songs and more. Free. 703-768-6700.

Short Story Discussion. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Discuss stories by Borges and Camus. Free. 703-519-3498.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free. Hear Christine and David Hagan perform duets on the piano. 703-845-6156.

Friday/Aug. 29

Mount Vernon Nights. Listen to a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights at Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances for more.

Wee Ones Story Time. For children 2 and under. Free. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. 703-548-4092 or www.hooray4books.com. Enjoy some silly songs and stories.

Saturday/Aug. 30

Lee District Nights. 7:30 p.m. at Hayfield Elementary School, 7633 Telegraph Road. Hear Hawaiian music. Free. 703-324-SHOW (7469).

Closing Ceremony. 4-9 p.m., see work by Pridon Goisashvili at Blueberry Art Gallery, 3112A Mt. Vernon Ave., from Aug. 16 through Aug. 31. Free. 703-894-8854.

Art Exhibit. See works by Yuri Kokoyanin at The von Brahler ltd./Gallery from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See paintings on wood and canvas, sculpture and more. Free. 703-798-8686.

Dog Days of Summer Story Time. For children 2 and over. Free. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books! 1555 King St. 703-548-4092 or visit www.hooray4books.com. We will read about some of our favorite four-legged friends (like Clifford and Biscuit!), and even have some treats for you to take home to your pal!

Sunday/Aug. 31

Music Performance. Soprano Tia Wortham with pianist Caroline Williams will perform with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic at 3 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. Visit www.wmpa.us for more.

Closing Ceremony. 4-9 p.m., see work by Pridon Goisashvili at Blueberry Art Gallery, 3112A Mt. Vernon Ave., from Aug. 16 through Aug. 31. Free. 703-894-8854.

Art Exhibit. See works by Yuri Kokoyanin at The von Brahler ltd./Gallery from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See paintings on wood and canvas, sculpture and more. Free. 703-798-8686.

Monday/Sept. 1

International Festival. 12:30-6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway. Free. Includes music, food, rides, games and more. Visit "www.gs-cc.org or 703-780-4055.

Tuesday/Sept. 2

Doggie Day Swim. 4-7 p.m. at Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St. $5/dog. Treats and toys will be provided. Proof of current vaccinations required. 703-519-2160 for more.

Tiny Tots. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 13-23 months can enjoy stories and songs. Free. 703-768-6700.

Thursday/Sept. 4

Dance Performance. Karen Reedy Dance company will perform at 6 p.m. on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millenium Stage. Free. Visit www.reedydance.com for more.

Book Discussion. 12:15 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss “Mohawk” by Richard Russo. Free. 703-339-4610.

Under the Apple Tree. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children age 2-5 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-765-3645.

Friday/Sept. 5

Dance Performance. Karen Reedy Dance company will perform at 6 p.m. on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millenium Stage. Free. Visit www.reedydance.com for more.

Lunch Bunch. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children up to age 5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories. Free. 703-971-0010.

Saturday/ Sept. 6

A Lesson on Gardening. The Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria will be holding Propagation Series Part: Seed Saving from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mary Frogale a propagation horticulturist will be showing participants the gardens and collect seeds to take home. $22/ Adults. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun. The Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, will be having Family Fun: Monarch Magic from 2-3:30 p.m. Children will be given the opportunity to explore the fascinating life cycle of monarch butterflies and make a caterpillar cage to watch the cycle themselves. $10/ project. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Soldier-led Tour. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. See a soldier’s life, weapons and more from the Civil War. Free. www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Fun Festival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Enjoy games, food, music and more. Visit www.saintjohnsumc.org or 703-560-6655.

Sunday/Sept. 7

Music Performance. Violists Tsuna Sakamoto and Eric DeWaardt will perform with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic at 3 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. Visit www.wmpa.us for more.

Dog Days. Noon-4 p.m. at any NVRPA water park, including Great Waves at Cameron Run and Upton Hill in Arlington. $5/dog. Dog must have current license and rabbies vaccination. Visit www.nvrpa.org for more.

Freedom Walk. 9 a.m. at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Honor the victims of Sept. 11. Register online at www.americasupportsyou.mil.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Beginners and advanced players age 12 and up. Free. 703-765-3645.

Monday/Sept. 8

Fall Crafts. 3:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy after-school activities and crafts. Free. 703-971-0010.

Go, Dinos, Go. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 24-35 months can enjoy stories and activities about dinosaurs. Free. 703-339-4610.

Monday Morning Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Adults discuss “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” by Thomas Friedman. Free. 703-768-6700.

All Fairfax Reads. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett. Free. 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/Sept. 9

What’s New in Picture Books. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults can learn about new books for preschoolers. Free. 703-971-0010.

Book Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Call for title. Free. 703-768-6700.

Wednesday/ Sept. 10

Spend the Day exploring Surreybrooke. The Green Springs Garden will be spending the day exploring a historic family farm in Middletown Maryland. The day will include a guided tour through the gardens, lunch, and shopping. $65/ adults,

lunch is included. Call 703-642-5173 for information.

Restaurant Night. 5-9:30 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Proceeds will benefit the Alexandria Red Cross. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or 703-548-8899 for reservations.

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. “The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano” by Margarita Engle. Children ages 9-12. Free. 703-765-3645.

Thursday/ Sept. 11

Stroll and Tea. Take a relaxing stroll through the gardens and tea at The Historic House with The Green Spring Garden’s Garden Stroll and Tea which will be at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. From 1 to 3 p.m. Individuals and Groups are welcome. $12/ individuals. Form more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-971-0010.

Music Together. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children up to age 5 can enjoy music and movement. Free. 703-765-3645.

Friday/ Sept. 12

Ornamental Grasses. Learn about Ornamental Grasses with The Green Springs Garden located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. The event, Basic Gardening Series: Introduction to Ornamental Grasses, will show gardeners how to select, plant, and maintain the best ornamental grasses available. $12/ adults. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Latin American Harp Festival. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear harpists from Venezuela, Colombia and Paraguay. $30/adult; $25/student/senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. The United States Air Force Concert band will perform a free concert. Visit www.usafband.af.mil or 202-767-5658.

Lunch Bunch. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children up to age 5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories. Free. 703-971-0010.

Chickens, Ducks and Geese. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. 703-768-6700.

Saturday/ Sept. 13

Workshop. Learn to Garden with Perennials and woody plants at Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $ 18/ adults. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Garden Treasure. The Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria will be having Propagation Series Part 2: Saving Your Treasure - Tender Perennials from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will learn simple and successful propagation techniques from horticulturist, Nancy Olney. $ 22/ adults. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Yard Sale. The Alexandria Jaycees will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at Anthony T. Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St. Free. Browse a variety of items. Vendors may register online at www.alexjaycees.org/yardsales.htm. For updated rain date information call 703-866-7171.

Gardening Workshop. The Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria will be having Workshop: Casting Concrete Leaves from 1 to 3 p.m. with local artist Judy Murrett who will demonstrate the proper steps to making good leaf castings and assists participants in taking one home. $ 50/ adults. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Opening Reception. 1-3 p.m. see “Ah! THAT Jack and Jill! Parents Empowering African-American Children” at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. from Sept. 13 through Nov. 15. Exhibit explores the family organization. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Alexandria Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on King Street. Browse through local and national artists, featuring sculptures, earrings, paintings and more. Free. Visit www.artfestival.com.

18th Century Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. See chocolate making, entertainment, music and more. $13/adult; $6/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Art Activated. Torpedo Factory artist James Dean will talk about his experience as the founding director of the NASA Art Program at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Latin American Harp Festival. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear harpists from Venezuela, Colombia and Paraguay. $30/adult; $25/student/senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Author Discussion. 5:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 N. Washington St. Meet Debby Applegate, author of “The Most Famous Man in America,” a book that won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. $20/person.

Puppetopia Presents. 11 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages can enjoy “You Can Do It.” Free. 703-971-0010.

Sunday/ Sept. 14

Garden Help. The Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria will be featuring Freeze! (Preserving your fall harvest tea program). Learn methods on how to freeze your garden harvest and which fruits and vegetables you can freeze while enjoying tea. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

Alexandria Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on King Street. Browse through local and national artists, featuring sculptures, earrings, paintings and more. Free. Visit www.artfestival.com.

18th Century Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. See chocolate making, entertainment, music and more. $13/adult; $6/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Beginners and advanced players age 12 and up. Free. 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/Sept. 16

Mother-Daughter Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Age 10-12 with adult. Call for title. 703-971-0010.

Peek-A-Boo. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 13-23 months can enjoy songs and activities. Free. 703-339-4610.

Wednesday/Sept. 17

Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park Visitors’ Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Get an update on Dyke Marsh and more. Free. Visit www.fodm.org or 703-768-2525.

Small Wonders. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 13-23 months can enjoy stories, fingerplays and more. Free. 703-971-0010.

Book Discussion. 7:15 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults call for title. Free. 703-971-0010.

Natural Wonders: Signs of Autumn. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. 703-768-6700.

Thursday/Sept. 18

Just Twos. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 24-35 months can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-768-6700.

Poetry Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks. Free. 703-768-6700.

Friday/Sept. 19

Lunch Bunch. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children up to age 5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories. Free. 703-971-0010.

S is for September. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy alphabet fun and stories. Free. 703-765-3645.

Saturday/ Sept 20

Tea Party. The Green Spring Gardens will be having a Tea-Tasting Party from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will taste various black teas and discover the nuances of taste while learning flavors, strengths, and provenance of each. $20/ individual tasting. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

A Night of Fun. The American Horticultural Society is holding their 2008 annual Gala at River Farm. The event, Local Harvest, Bountiful Earth, will include a night of casual dinning, special entertainment, and a vintage couture auction. $ 145/ members and $185 / non-members. For more information call 703-768-5700 ext. 114.

Fete at the Fort. 6-8:30 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Enjoy music, ceremonies and more. Free. 703-838-4848 for reservations.

Food Festival. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Landmark Plaza, Beauregard Street and Little River Turnpike. Sample cuisine from China, Egypt, Italy and more, while enjoying music, activities and more. Free.

Fall Festival. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free. Learn about alternative fuel vehicles available and more.

Harambee Readers. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “The Other Side of Womanhood” by Charnika Hayes. Free. 703-765-3645.

Sunday/Sept. 21

Family Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave. Free. Watch “Robots.” Free. Visit for more.

Music Performance. Focus Inn Alexandria presents Scott Ainslie with David LaFleur at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. $15/general; $12/member. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Anniversary Celebration. Cameron Station Community is celebrating 10 years with music, food and more at Ben Brenman Park, 5000 Duke St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Beginners and advanced players age 12 and up. Free. 703-765-3645.