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Arlington Calendar Feb. 27-March 4

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.

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<cal2>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.

The Columbia Pike MusiKids are accepting new singers for their spring benefit concert, "A Place for YOUth," songs that honor the young. MusiKids rehearsals are Mondays from March 24 through April 28, 5:30-6:15 p.m., and the concert is Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. To enroll your child for this concert, e-mail musicmin@tecarl.org, or call Barbara Stefan, Music Director, at 703-920-7077 by March 3. Rehearsals and performance will be held at Trinity Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Children in grades K-5 are welcome, no auditions are required, and performances are free to the public.

Thursday/Feb. 28

Music Performance. The U.S. Army Strings will perform Bach, Vivaldi and more at 7:30 p.m. at Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer. Free. Visit www.usarmyband.com or 703-696-3399.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam. Free. 703-228-7689.

Lunchtime Concert. Noon-1 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free. Visit www.fmmc.org or 703-228-7710.

Butterfly Lecture. 7:30 p.m., Robert Speaker will present "Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening at the National Arboretum" at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Free. Visit http://users.sitestar.net/butterfly or 703-228-6535.

Friday/Feb. 29

Arlington Teen Café. 3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Come by for snacks, crafts, music, games and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

Spay Day. Register to get a cat or dog spayed or neutered for $25/each and receive reduced fees on distemper and rabies vaccinations, along with a microchip. Located at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive. For more information about visit http://www.awla.org/spay-day-usa.shtml or call 703-931-9241 x 200, and to register your pet for a low-cost spay or neuter call 703-931-9241 x 246 or e-mail spayday@awla.org.

Long Branch Leapers. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can see how they measure up to some of nature’s best leapers. Free. Only happens once every four years. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Photo Sharing. 2 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Learn how to share photos with friends, family and more. Bring favorite photos on camera or on disc. Free. 703-226-6545.

Tiny Tot. 10-10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-noon at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 18-35 can listen to stories, songs, crafts and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Saturday/March 1

Dance Performance. The Jane Franklin Dance presents "Sound Walk" at 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. $30/adult; $27/student or senior; $16/child under 12. Tickets online for $23 at www.janefranklin.com. 703-933-1111.

Hypnosis Shows. 7:30 p.m. at Comedy Spot in the Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Tickets $15/person. Visit www.comedyindc.com for more.

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

Casino Night and Auction. 7 p.m. at Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive. The Arrow Foundation presents casino games, auctions, dinner buffet and more to raise money for four literacy causes. $85/person. Visit www.nvacpibetaphi.org or 703-267-1175.

Lecture. 1 p.m. at Key Elementary School, 2300 Key Blvd., hear advocates for a responsible exit strategy talk about "Iraq: Ending War Thru Diplomacy." $5. Visit www.pdavirginia.org or 703-519-5245.

Master Gardeners Class. Learn how to keep lawn green from 9 a.m.-noon at Walter Reed Community Center, Arlington. Free. For reservations call 703-22-6414.

Open House. Green Learning is holding an event at Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., for teachers, parents and more. Children welcome and breakfast will be served. Visit www.arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6427.

International Mother Language Day. Enjoy performances of theatre, music, dance, foods and crafts for sale. 4-10 p.m. at Gunston Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Free. 703-243-1500.

Encampment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort CF Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Children of all ages can visit military and civilian re-enactors as they portray daily life through living history impressions. Enjoy drilling, firing, cooking, and more. Free. 703-243-4342.

Flying Squirrels: Pixies of the Night. 5:45-7 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about these animals and then watch them get their meal. $2. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Sunday/March 2

Conversation with Journalist Helen Thomas. 2 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Helen Thomas was a veteran White House reporter. Free. Visit www.arlintonva.us/departments/libraries for more.

Owl Call Campfire. 5:45-7 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children ages 3 and up can learn about owls through stories, activities and more. $3. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Monday/March 3

Got a Gadget. 4-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Bring any type of technological tool to the library and learn how to use it. Free. 703-228-5946.

Tuesday/March 4

Read to Me: Family Stories. Interactive stories for all ages, with songs and more at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5946.

Wednesday/March 5

Celebrate Reading with Dr. Seuss. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Listen to "Fox in Socks," "One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish, Red Fish." Free. For children ages 2-6. 703-241-8281.

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

Got a Gadget. 4-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Bring any type of technological tool to the library and learn how to use it. Free. 703-228-5946.

Thursday/March 6

Meeting. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment presents "Arlington Living Green: Local Changes" from 7-9:30 p.m. at Hilton Arlington, 950 N. Stafford St. Free. Visit www.arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

Juror’s Talk. 6-9 p.m. hear the juror talk about the exhibit "Photo 08 Exhibition" at Elllipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm or 703-228-7710.

Friday/March 7

Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m. at Century 21, 4201 Wilson Blvd. See "The 21st Century" juried exhibit. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. 4-9 p.m. at Holiday Inn Rossly, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. Browse through rare books, prints, autographs and more. Free. 301-654-2626 or aruberl@wabf.com for questions.

Saturday/March 8

Youth Dance Festival. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. with a performance by Jane Franklin Dance at 8 p.m. at Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road. $10/advance; $15/door for performance tickets. Tickets for workshops are $50/6 classes. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-298-3235.

Pinewood Derby. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the food court in Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Area Cub Scouts will compete in the Chain Bridge District Pinewood Derby. E-mail cubmaster@cubpack149.org for more.

Basketball Tournament. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Teams of 10 will participate in a double-elimination tournament. Children can enjoy visits from mascots, games, face painting and more. Free entry but fee for teams wanting to participate. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/FitArlington for more and to register.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Rossly, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. Browse through rare books, prints, autographs and more. Free. 301-654-2626 or aruberl@wabf.com for questions.

Clean-up. 8 a.m.-noon at any of the seven locations along the Four Mile Run corridor beginning at Madison Manor to Shirlington. Call 703-525-0168 to volunteer.

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

Music Performance. The World Children’s Choir will "Sing for Peace" at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road. $20/adult; $15/child, senior or student. Visit www.worldchildrenschoir.org or 703-883-0920.

Four Mile Cleanup. 9 a.m.-noon. Join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment at Arlington Mill Community Center, Barcroft Park, or Shirlington for the annual watershed cleanup. Get more information or register at 703-228-6406 or volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org.

Talk & Award. "The Lingering Death of Superstition" by Robert L. Park, Ph.D., will be discussed at 2 p.m. at Public & Free at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd. Free. 301-587-3827 or visit www.ncas.org.

Sunday/March 9

Meet Author Mary Amato. 1:30 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Free. Hear Mary read from "The Chicken of the Family." All ages, especially ages 4-10. Call to register, 703-241-8281.

Fresh Flower Arrangements. 2-4 p.m. at Hendry House on C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Learn how to arrange floral designs and take home the arrangement. $55 includes fee and materials. Registration required, 703-243-7329.

Music Performance. The Arlington Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School. Free. More information at www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org.

Monday/March 10

Master Gardeners Class. Learn how to keep lawn green from 7-9 p.m. at Lubber Run Community Center, Arlington. Free. For reservations call 703-22-6414.

Lecture. David Jones will lecture on U.S.-Canada relations at 3 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-841-0647.

Tuedsday/March 11

Read to Me: Family Stories. Interactive stories for all ages, with songs and more at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5946.

Wednesday/March 12

Beach Week and Underage Drinking. 7 p.m. at H-B Woodlawn High School, 4100 N. Vacation Lane. Parents and teens can listen to the panel about sending teens to beach towns after graduation where there is drinking. Free. Contact Margie Bell at 703-536-4364.

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

Musical Adventure with Mr. Nate. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Free. Sing along and play to classic and original children’s songs. For children ages 6 months-9 years. 703-241-8281.

Concert. 7 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Features contralto Jaunita Wallace Jackson. Free. Visit www.mtolivet-umc.org for more.

Thursday/March 13

Discussion. Fine Art photographers David Applegate and Jim Steele will discuss "Analog to Digital Photography, the Current State of the Technology" from 7-9 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm or 703-228-7710.

Friday/March 14

Musical Storytime with Don Bridges. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Enjoy interactive music time. Free. For children ages 2-8. 703-241-8281.

Saturday/March 15

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

Meet Kaia. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Free. Hear dog stories, color and meet a big, friendly Newfoundland dog. For children ages 3-8. 703-241-8281.

Music Performance. Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca perform at 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. $20/person. Visit www.planetarlington.com or call 703-228-1850.

Musical Story. 7:30 p.m. hear "Whistle Stop Barbershop" at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Tells the cross-country excursion by Henry K. Holiday, a politician, in his quest for the presidency, presented in the a cappella barbershop harmony style of the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus. 703-521-9331.

Annual Ball. Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria is holding a ball from 6:30 p.m.-midnight at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. Tickets are $175/person. Enjoy auctions, food and dancing. E-mail jring10@comcast.net or 703-548-7454.

Sunday/March 16

Slimy Times. 2-3 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children ages 7 and up can look at snails, slugs, frogs and more. $1/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Wednesday/March 19

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