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Arlington Calendar Dec. 17-23

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.

Art Listing:

See art by Margaret Fisher and Frank Barsalou,”Collaboration and Interpretation,” through Dec. 21 at Schlesinger Center Fisher Art Gallery. Free.

Arlington artist Barbara Weber will have work on display during the Holiday Open House at Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan, from Dec. 2 through Jan. 5. Visit www.theartistsundertaking.com or 703-494-0584.

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 “Tis the Season” from Friday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Dec. 21. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $3/adult; $2/senior and child. 703-228-6070.

Wednesday/Dec. 17

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Discuss “Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba” by Tom Gjelten. Free.

December Divas. 8:30 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. $30/person. Enjoy holiday favorites. Visit www.signature-theatre.org or 703-573-7328.

Beekeeping for Teens. 4:15 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Ages 12-17 can work the hives and learn about bees. $5/child. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

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

Pond-erlings. 10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can play games, hike and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

For The Birds. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn how birds keep warm in the winter. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Children’s Movie Day. 4 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “The Jungle Book” Elementary aged students. Free. 703-228-5946.

Graduate Gemologists. 4:15 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 8-12 can learn about zircon gems and take one home. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Tom Gielten discusses his book “Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba.” Free. 703-228-0322.

Holiday House. Noon-8 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. Kent St. all ages can browse local arts and crafts. There will be a special children’s section. Free. 703-243-4342.

Music Performance. Potomac Harmony Chorus performs "Celebrate with Light!" a holiday music show and sing-along at Ballston Mall, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-764-3896 or 703-979-8028 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

Thursday/Dec. 18

Book Club. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Read and discuss nature-themed books and essays. Call 703-228-4747 to register. Free.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear Angela Knight perform a Christmas Review concert. $25/person. 703-795-2508.

Movie. 6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “The Trap” directed by Srdan Golubovic. Free.

December Divas. 8:30 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. $30/person. Enjoy holiday favorites. Visit www.signature-theatre.org or 703-573-7328.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Central library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss “The Mayor of Casterbridge” by Thomas Hardy. Free. 703-228-7689.

Antlers, Horns, Fangs and Tusks. 10:30 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can examine animals that have headgear. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

For The Birds. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn how birds keep warm in the winter. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Pond-erlings. 10 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can play games, hike and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

The Dance of the Honeybee. 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the life of a honeybee. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Movie Watch. 6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Adults watch “The Trap” and then have a discussion. Free. 703-228-6321.

Dragonfly Campfire. 10:30 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Families can partake in campfire activities. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Nature Lover’s Book Club. 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can discuss “the Colluloid and the Crystal” by Joseph Krutch and “Ice” by Eric Pindar. Free. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Reception. 6 p.m. at the Arlington Education Center. School Board will hold a reception for retiring board member Frank Wilson. RSVP at 703-228-6015.

Friday/Dec. 19

Stop In For Stories. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Central Youth Services, 1015 N. Quincy St. All ages can enjoy crafts, stories, songs and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

December Divas. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. $30/person. Enjoy holiday favorites. Visit www.signature-theatre.org or 703-573-7328.

Antlers, Horns, Fangs and Tusks. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can examine animals that have headgear. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Book Discussion. 1 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center. Discuss “A River Town” by Thomas Keneally. Free. 703-228-5716.

Finger Painting in the Park. 1:30 p.m. at Bon Air Park, 850 N. Lexington St. All ages can paint anything they desire. $5/person. Registration required, 703-525-0168.

Fabulous Fish Campfire. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can enjoy campfire activities including animal guests and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Saturday/Dec. 20

Holiday Bake Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Browse items created by the culinary arts students. 703-228-5785.

Brass & Bells. 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. $18/adult; $15/senior, military. Features handbell ensemble. Visit www.metchorus.org or 703-933-2500.

Rock 4 Kids. 9 p.m. at State Theatre, 220 N. Washington Blvd. All toy and money donations will benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Hear music by Diemanic, Danger and other groups. $12/person. Visit www.bobband.com for more.

December Divas. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. $30/person. Enjoy holiday favorites. Visit www.signature-theatre.org or 703-573-7328.

Winter Show. Arlington Artists Alliance will have its winter show and sale including oil, pastel and water media painters, potters and woodworkers from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more information.

Holiday House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. Kent St. all ages can browse local arts and crafts. There will be a special children’s section. Free. 703-243-4342.

Brass & Bells. 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. $18/adult; $15/senior, military; $5/youth. Features handbell ensemble. Visit www.metchorus.org or 703-933-2500.

Antietam Battlefield Tour. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults can enjoy a tour. Meet at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. $25/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

Ice Cream Social with Mozart. 2:30 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. $1/person. 703-228-4403 to register.

Impressionists in the Winter. 5 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. See art slides by famous artists. Free. 703-228-5722.

Snakes Alive. 2:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children age 4 and up can find out about these reptiles. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

June Bugs. 5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Preschoolers can learn about what makes a bug a bug. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Shell ID Workshop. 2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 8-12 can learn about seashells. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals glide in for dinner and learn about them. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Sunday/Dec. 21

Winter Show. Arlington Artists Alliance will have its winter show and sale including oil, pastel and water media painters, potters and woodworkers from noon-5 p.m. with a demonstration on making holiday cards and gifts from 1-2 p.m. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more information.

Holiday House. Noon-5 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. Kent St. all ages can browse local arts and crafts. There will be a special children’s section. Free. 703-243-4342.

Music Performance. Potomac Harmony Chorus performs "Celebrate with Light!" a holiday music show and sing-along at Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington, at 3 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. Call 703-764-3896 or 703-979-8028 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

Arboretum Solstice Stroll. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults can stroll the National Arboretum. Meet at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. $10/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Solstice Celebration. 2 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Make lanterns at the longest night of the year. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wild Ones: Amazing Immigrants. 2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-9 can learn what hummingbirds, porcupines and cougars have in common. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals glide in for dinner and learn about them. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Monday/Dec. 22

Movie Watch. 3 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch “Harvest of Despair” then discuss. Free. 703-228-0322.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library. Discuss “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani. Free. 703-228-6547.

Wednesday/Dec. 24

Holiday Party. 2 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Bill and Regina Barker entertain. Register at 703-228-5722. Free.

Friday/Dec. 26

Rockin’ Holiday. 9 p.m. at IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd. Hear music by Janine Wilson Band, Billy Coulter Band and David Kitchen. $10/person. Visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com or 703-522-8340.

Sunday/Dec. 28

Dance Performance. Noon at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Janke Franklin Dance will perform. Free. 703-228-0949.

Storytime Classics. Noon at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-8 can hear stories by Thornton Burgess about native animals. Free. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Monday/Dec. 29

Teen Trip: Bowling and Pizza. Noon at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Teens can enjoy bowling and pizza. $15/person. 703-228-4711.

Tuesday/Dec. 30

For the Birds. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Preschoolers can learn about birds – how they keep warm and build shelter. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Teen Trip: Ice Skating and Movies. 11 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Teens can enjoy ice skating at Kettlers and movie at Ballston. $20/teen. 703-228-4711.

Antiques on the Road. 1:30 p.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Bring a treasured object and get an expert’s appraisal. Free. 703-228-0555.

Mama’s and Papa’s Day BBQ Luncheon. 10:30 a.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Play bingo and enjoy lunch. $6/person. To register, 703-228-0555.

Real Reptiles Campfire. 1:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can enjoy campfire activities including stories, guests and more. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Wednesday/Dec. 31

Teen Trip: Funland. 10 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Teens can enjoy laser tag, go-karts, games and more. $20/person. 703-228-4711.

Wild Ones: Whale Tails. 10:30 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 6-10 can learn about these mammals. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Mysteries of the Titanic. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Mary Lipsey leads a discussion. Free. 703-228-5722.

Wet-and-Wild Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Families can enjoy stories, animals, artifacts and more. Free, but tickets required, 703-228-6535.

New Year’s Eve Stroll and Campfire. 6 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Families can explore the park and then enjoy edible noisemakers and toss resolutions into a “wishing campfire.” $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Firefly Campfire. 6 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can enjoy activities, stories and more. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Thursday/Jan. 1

Ice Cream Social with Chopin. 7 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. $1/person. 703-228-4403 to register.

The Naturalists’ Collectors Club. 7 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 11-13 can learn about nature and more, and take home an artifact. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Stars of Winter. 7 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Families with children ages 7 and up can learn about the brightest stars in the sky. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Saturday/Jan. 3

There Goes My Tail. 11 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 8-12 can learn about animals that can regenerate lost parts. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Mama’s and Papa’s Day BBQ Dinner. 5 p.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Play bingo and enjoy lunch. $6/person. To register, 703-228-0555.

Plant Exchange and Master Gardener Talk. 5 p.m. at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Bring cuttings of favorite native plants and swap with others. Free. Registration required, 703-228-0555.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals glide in for dinner and learn about them. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Sunday/Jan. 4

Twelfth Night Celebration. 5 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 2222 S. Arlington Ridge Road. Enjoy music, activities and more. Family-friendly. Free. Visit www.adventlc.us or 703-521-7010.

New Year’s Hike. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Hike at Catoctin Mountain National Park in Thurmont, Md. Meet at Lubber Run. $10/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals glide in for dinner and learn about them. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Tuesday/Jan. 6

Birding Trip to Cape Henlopen State Park. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can go to the beaches along the Deleware Bay and Atlantic Ocean to search for diving ducks and loons. Meet at Lubber Run. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

It’s Ok to be Different. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs road. Children ages 3-5 can learn why some animals look different and how that helps them. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Salute to Soldiers and Veterans. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Take part in a stirring tribute to honor the sacrifices and bravery of America’s service personnel. $6/person includes lunch. Registration required, 703-228-5722.

Animal Dads. 4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Learn about male animals who are the primary caregivers for their babies. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.