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Calendar June 26-July 3

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week's paper. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with questions.

The Crossroads Gallery, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, will host an Artists Talk and Reception with Alexandria Native Audrey Grissom and her son Alex about their exhibit “Two Ways of Seeing by a Mother and a Son,” on July 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Crossroads Gallery, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, will host workshops with featured artist and Alexandria native Audrey Grissom on July 24 and 31 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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The City of Alexandria will host its Second Annual Film Festival at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium (1108 Jefferson St.) from Sept. 25 through Sept. 28. The deadline to submit a film entry is June 30. To receive a submission form, visit www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org.

Ongoing

See a replica Liberty Bell everyday through July 6 at Mount Vernon Estate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $13/adult; $12/senior; $6/child. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

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.

On Sundays take a Potomac River Sightseeing Cruise at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $9/adult; $5/child in addition to Mount Vernon Estate admission. Visit www.mountvernon.org for schedules.

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. Be part of the fascinating archaeological investigation and discover firsthand the hidden clues left behind by the people who lived and worked there hundreds of years ago, by helping screen excavated soil. 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: June 14; July 12; Aug. 16; 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.

On weekdays from June through August, from 10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon., children ages 6-12 can hunt for Harry Potter’s favorite plants and explore their lore. Learn how to craft a wand and make potions. Groups welcome. $6/student. 703-642-5173. At Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road.

On Saturdays from June 7 through Aug. 16 from 1-3 p.m., children ages 8-12 years can learn how to create a garden with hands-on activities and will be able to grow a garden. $10/student. At Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. To register, 703-642-5173.

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.

Friday/June 27

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 starting June 6. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances for more.

Designs from the Garden. 1:30- p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to arrange floral masterpieces. $18/person. 703-642-5173.

Friday Flicks. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6200 Rose Hill Drive. Children up to age 5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories and a short movie. Free. 703-971-0010.

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

SummerQuest. 4 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy “Sea Bugs” with Magician Joe Young. Free. 703-838-4566.

Music Performance. The Choralis will perform at 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. See Haydn’s “Creation.” Tickets range between $25-$35 with discounts for students. Visit www.choralis.org or 703-237-2499.

Machine Embroidery Class and Show. Belinda Burger will present four-five classes at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Register at 703-360-7198.

Saturday/June 28

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.

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

Designing with Perennials. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Combine perennials and woody plants. $18/session. 703-642-5173.

Del Ray Music Festival. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Free. www.delraycitizen.org for more.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Digital Photography Seminar. 2-6 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Learn how to take pictures outside, and receive critiques. $90/person. For more information or to register, call 703-768-2525.

Food Drive. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parker’s Lane. Bring non-perishable goods in bags to support the United Community Ministries Food Pantry. 703-780-7518.

Del Ray Music Festival. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Free. Games, food and more will be available. E-mail Pat Miller at pmiller1806@comcast.net for more.

Car Wash. Boy Scout Troop 1076 will hold a car wash from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sunoco located in Kingstowne. Donations accepted.

Machine Embroidery Class and Show. Belinda Burger will present four-five classes at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Register at 703-360-7198.

Sunday/June 29

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2500 Sherwood Hall Lane. Beginners and advanced players age 12 and up can learn. Free. 703-765-3645.

Monday/June 30

Family Story Time. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Families of all ages can enjoy stories and then an activity. Free. 703-642-5173.

Juggling and Other Amazing Tricks. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6200 Rose Hill Drive. Learn to juggle, walk on stilts and more. Children ages 12-18. Free. 703-971-0010.

What’s The Matter? 2:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2500 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-12 can learn about chemistry with fizz, foam and flash. Free. 703-765-3645.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For all ages. Free. 703-51-5900.

Tuesday/July 1

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

Wednesday/July 2

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park Amphitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road. Hear Klezcentricity perform. Free. 703-922-9841.

Thursday/July 3

Garden Sprouts: Water, Water Everywhere. 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the Chesapeake Bay, make an ocean in a bottle and more. $6/child. 703-642-5173 to register.

Book Discussion. 12:15 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” by Barbara Kingsolver. Free. 703-339-4610.

Friday/July 4

Independence at Mount Vernon. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Enjoy a variety of events including meeting General and Mrs. Washington. $13/adult; $6/child; children under 5 free. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Organ Concert. 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Features “Stars and Stripes Forever” and more. Free. Visit www.stpaulsepis.com or 703-549-3312.

Saturday/July 5

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

Garden Sprouts: Water, Water Everywhere. 10 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the Chesapeake Bay, make an ocean in a bottle and more. $6/child. 703-642-5173 to register.

Monday/July 7

Let’s Go. 2:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages can take part in Tracey Eldridge’s musical trip. Free. 703-971-0010.

Teddy Bear Picnic. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 24-35 months can bring favorite stuffed animal and listen to songs and stories. Free. 703-339-4610.

Comics Around the World. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Age 12-18. See comics from around the world and create your own. Free. 703-768-6700.

Tuesday/July 8

Let’s Go. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. All ages can take part in Tracey Eldridge’s musical trip. Free. 703-339-4610.

Martha’s Movie Madness. 2 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy a movie with popcorn. Free. 703-768-6700.

Book Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Discuss “Amsterdam” by Ian McEwan. Free. 703-768-6700.

Wednesday/July 9

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park Amphitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road. Hear Billy Coulter perform. Free. 703-922-9841.

Lunch Bunnies. Noon at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 1-5 can bring lunch and have fun. Free. 703-339-4610.

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America” by Lulu Delacre. Children ages 9-12. Free. 703-765-3645.

Thursday/July 10

Let’s Play. 2 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-12 can learn how to play games from around the world. Free. 703-971-0010.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Hear music by the Harley String Band. $10/person. Visit www.nvfaa.org or 703-548-0035.

Second Thursday Art Night. 6-9 p.m. in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Browse studios, enjoy refreshments and more. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Friday/July 11

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 starting June 6. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances for more.

Friday Flicks. Noon at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children up to age 5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories and a short movie. Free. 703-971-0010.

Nursery Tales & Mother Goose Rhymes. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories, crafts and activities. Free. 703-768-6700.

Lunch Bunnies. Noon at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 1-5 can bring lunch and enjoy stories. Free. 703-765-3645.

Saturday/July 12

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

Music Performance. The Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Free. Visit www.nvcc.edu or 703-845-6156.

Deciduous Tree ID. 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to identify trees and more. $20/person. 703-642-5173.

Picnics and More. 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Enjoy games, food and more. Order a picnic or bring one. $40/picnic or $12/adult; $5/child. 703-642-5173.

City Birthday Celebration. 4-10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St. Features music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, fireworks and more. Free. Visit www.alexandriava.gov for more.

What’s the Matter? 2:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 6-12 can learn about chemistry through fizz, foam and flash. Free. 703-339-4610.

Mr. Brian and the Boppets. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. All ages can enjoy puppet fun. Free. 703-768-6700.

Family Dig Day. 1:30-3 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. $5/person. Participate in a “real” dig. Reservations required, www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or 703-838-4399.

Sunday/July 13

Dog Wash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Dogtopia, 3121 Colvin St. Enjoy games, food and more with donations going to K9 Support Charity. Free. 703-751-7387.

Monday/July 14

Music Performance. The Alexandria Guitar Festival will have performances at 1 p.m. at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Free. Visit www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com for more.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Discuss “Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho” by Jon Katz. Free. 703-768-6700.

Day at the Beach. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-12 can learn about animals, sand, waves, tides and more. Free. 703-765-3645.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “Peace Like a River” by Lief Enger.” Free. 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/July 15

Music Performance. The Alexandria Guitar Festival will have performances at 1 p.m. at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Free. Visit www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com for more.

Garden Getaway. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Explore two gardens and tour the Franciscan Monastery, but bring a lunch. $55/person. 703-642-5173.

On the Ball. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-12 can see former Harlem Globetrotter Spinny Johnson perform tricks. Free. 703-971-0010.

Summertime Fun. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 13-23 months can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-339-4610.

Wednesday/July 16

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park Amphitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road. Hear Last Train Home perform. Free. 703-922-9841.

Papermaking Workshop. 10 a.m.-noon at Art at the Center, 25 S. Quaker Lane. Children and accompanying adult can make paper in a studio setting. All ages are welcome. $20. 703-581-5598 or www.artatthecenter.org.

Music Performance. The Alexandria Guitar Festival will have performances at 1 p.m. at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Free. Visit www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com for more.

Concert Series. 4:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear music by a variety of guitarists. $25/evening or $12/afternoon. Visit www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com for a list.

Concert in the Garden. 7-8 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Enjoy music by the Fairfax Brass Quintet. Picnics encouraged. Concert is free, but catered picnics $45. 703-642-5173.

Sun Fun. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-971-0010.

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

Artful Doodles. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 6-12 can learn how to draw. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Podcast. 3 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children age 8-18 can learn how to create own podcast. Free. 703-765-3645.