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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar March 5-11

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.

Ongoing

Bike Ride. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cameron Run Regional Park Parking lot, 4100 Eisenhower Ave. Come ride on the Holmes Run Greenway. Anyone can ride, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Ride either 5.6 miles or 6.9 miles. Visit http://bike.meetup.com/288 or call Susan Schneider, BikeWalk Alexandria, at 202-403-1148.

America's oldest and largest display of historic and contemporary needlework open competition is showcased each day of March (1-31) at Woodlawn's 1805 mansion, 9000 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nelly's Needlers' Tea Room offers lunch and desserts from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (cash and checks only). Group luncheon reservations for 10 or more are required — call 703-960-9012. All proceeds benefit Woodlawn. Visit www.woodlawn1805.org or 703-780-4000.

In March and April, in fun and informative "seminars" local residents can learn how to find treasures along Richmond Highway. There will be guided "field trips" to find great treasures in thrift shops and antique shops. WIth the help of an expert, the treasure hunters will explore the wonderful local sources for antique, vintage, collectible and gently used great finds. Sign up for one session or a series. 703-819-4512 for more information.

Friday/March 7

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear music for the clarinet by the Air Force Band. Free. 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 listen to stories. Free. 703-971-0010.

Opening Reception. 7-10 p.m. Del Ray Artisans celebrate the Town of Potomac Centennial with an exhibit of "The Spirit of Del Ray" March 7-30. It is located at Nicolas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave. There will be a silent auction featuring railroad memorabilia. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.

Book Sale. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Free. 703-519-6000.

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.

Master Gardeners Class. 9:30 a.m.-noon at Thrifton Hills Park, 2814 23rd St. Learn how to prune a garden. Free. To register or information, 703-228-6414.

International Women’s Day Benefit. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St., will host a shopping benefit with 20 percent of the sales donated to the Alexandria Office on Women’s programs against domestic violence. Visit www.villagesofalexandria.com or 703-684-1435.

Music and Dance Performance. Bowen McCauley Dance and Alexandria Choral Society will perform "Rapture" featuring a variety of music by Beethoven, Handel and more at 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets range between $20-$80 with matinee youth tickets $5. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Auction. 6:30-10 p.m. at Art Whino Gallery, 717 N. St. Asaph St. Charles Barrett Elementary School is holding a live and silent auction. $12/advance; $15/door. 703-535-6993.

International Dinner and Silent Auction. Wesley United Methodist, 8412 Richmond Ave., is holding dinner, auction and more at 6 p.m. $10/adult; $5/child; 5 and under free. 703-780-5019.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance. 6-11 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway. Features music, corned beef and cabbage and music. $25/person. Call 703-360-1964 ext 4 for reservations.

Sophie the Performing Dog. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages can watch Sophie do tricks. Free. 703-971-0010.

Evening Under the Stars. 7:30-11 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Hall, 1909 Windmill Lane. Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool is holding a silent auction. Tickets $20/couple, $12/individual in advance or $25/couple, $15/individual at the door. Visit www.tauxemont.org/auction or sharp8162@cox.net for more.

March Madness Festival. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Meet children’s authors Martin and Delia Wach "Teddy Bear Guardians of the Rain Forest," crafts and more. Free. 703-519-6000.

Book Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Free. 703-519-6000.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Sunday/March 9

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents Darren Smith’s solo exhibit "Reality Remixed" from March 6-April 7. Features a variety of photo mosaics. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780 for more.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents "La Femme: Celebration of an Icon" juried by Sarah Tanguy from March 4-April 7. Features art dealing with complex roles of women. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780 for more.

Melody Writing Workshop. 2-5 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Paul Reisler will lead this workshop. $35/member; $40/other. 703-380-3151.

Music Performance. Paul Reisler and Paddy Dougherty will perform at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. $15/adult; $12/member. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-380-3151.

Performance. 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road. See George Roberts transform himself into Apostle Paul and perform "Blessed." Free. 703-765-4342.

Opening Reception. 1-5 p.m. Annemarie Feld will exhibit "Leather & Glass" at Fiberworks Studio 14 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. See a variety of wearable art including belts, bags and more. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Music and Dance Performance. Bowen McCauley Dance and Alexandria Choral Society will perform "Rapture" featuring a variety of music by Beethoven, Handel and more at 3 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets range between $20-$80 with matinee youth tickets $5. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear Cathie Ryan sing a variety of Irish songs. $25/advance; $28/door. Reservations can be made at www.sunspotpro.com or 800-404-9049.

Monday/March 10

Early Reader Book Discussion. Children ages 6-8 can enjoy book activities at 3 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Free. 703-971-0010.

ABC, Read to Me. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 24-35 months can explore the alphabet with stories and more. Free. 703-339-4610.

Book Discussion. Discuss "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Books & Ideas. Discuss "My Life in France" by Julia Child at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. 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. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For all ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Tuesday/March 11

Lions and Lambs. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 at 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Free. 703-971-0010.

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

Small Wonders. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and fingerplays. Free. 703-765-3645.

Time for 2’s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 24-36. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Poetry Meeting. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Share poems or just listen. 703-519-3498.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. For children up to age 4. Sign up half hour before. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-6000.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/March 12

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 9-12 can read and discuss "Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl" by Tonya Bolden. Free. 703-765-3645.

Drop in Board and Card Games. 3-5 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 8 and up can enjoy a variety of games. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. Children ages 3-6 can enjoy stories and activities at 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Free. 703-519-6000.

Talk Books. 7 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss "Devil in the White City" by Eric Larson. Registration recommended, 703-838-4555.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Thursday/March 13

Second Thursday Art. 6-9 p.m. The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., presents Darren Smith’s solo exhibit "Reality Remixed" from March 6-April 7. Features a variety of photo mosaics. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-1780 for more.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear music for the clarinet by the United States Air Force Band Chamber. Free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil or 202-767-5658.

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. as part of Second Thursday Art Night, see "The Five Senses: More than Meets the Eye" in the Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. 703-838-4565 ext. 4, targetgallery@torpedofactory.org or visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Music Performance. Hear Lisa Taylor at 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. She is a WAMMIE winner. $10 at the door or visit www.vfaa.org. 703-548-0035.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss stories by Latin American authors. Free. 703-519-3498 for stories.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-519-5900.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. For children ages 3-5. Free. 703-838-4566.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. For children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Story Time. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 3-5. Free. 703-838-4555.

Friday/March 14

Statue Dedication. 7:45 a.m. at 100 Daingerfield Road. See a bronze sculpture rendition of Normal Rockwell’s "The Pharmacist" by Alexi Alexiev. Free. 703-683-8200.

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

Bears. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories, activities and crafts with a bear theme at 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Time for 2’s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 24-36. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Saturday/March 15

Pancake Breakfast. 7-10 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave. Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast. $5/adult; $3/child. E-mail office@delrayumc.org or 703-549-2088.

Ham and Oyster Dinner. 4-7 p.m. at Cranford United Church, 9912 Old Colchester Road. Proceeds benefit Women and Children Missions. 703-339-5382 for price.

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.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss "The Woman Who Raised Me: A Memoir" by Victoria Rowell. Free. 703-765-3645.

WASCA Clogging Workshop. 9 a.m. at Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road. $15/person. Visit www.calicocloggers.org/wasca or 703-503-7256.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Sunday/March 16

Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave. Watch "Mary Poppins." Free. E-mail office@delrayumc.org or 703-549-2088.

Monday/March 17

Giants and Leprechauns. 2 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. All ages can enjoy stories celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Free. 703-765-3645.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday/March 18

Mother-Daughter Book Group. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Daughters age 9-11 with adult can enjoy this discussion. Free. 703-971-0010.

March Into Spring. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 13-23 months can enjoy stories and songs. Free. 703-339-4610.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-6000.

Wednesday/March 19

Opening Reception. 4-7 p.m., meet the artists of "The Wonders of Nature," a mixed media art exhibit featuring a variety of artists from Gallery West. Free. 703-768-5700 ext. 112.

Civil War Story Time. 11 a.m. at Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Hear stories such as "Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers" by Karen B. Winnick and "The Silent Witness" by Robin Friedman. $2/person and reservations suggested. Visit www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Small Wonders. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 13-2 months can enjoy stories, fingerplays and activities. Free. 703-971-0010.

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

Book Monster. 2 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-12 can create a sculpture of a book eating monster. Free. 703-971-0010.

Let’s Play. Children ages 6-12 can play games from around the world from 4-5:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Lunch Bunch. Noon at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children up to age 5 can bring a lunch and enjoy stories. Free. 703-765-3645.

Podcast. Learn how to create a podcast at 3 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. For children ages 8-18. Free. 703-765-3645.

Pajama Party. Children ages 3-6 can enjoy stories and activities at 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Free. 703-519-6000.

Thursday/March 20

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

Poetry Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Discuss "Poems of Margaret Atwood." Free. 703-768-6700.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss "The Unknown Masterpiece" by Honore De Balzac. Free. 703-931-3559.

Friday/March 21

Music Performance. The Mount Vernon Swing Band will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. $4/person. 703-765-4573.

Saturday/March 22

Cat Care Series. 2:30 p.m. at PetSage, 2391 S. Dove St. Learn the latest information and advice on cat healthcare and more. $40/session or $90 all three session. 703-299-5044 to register.

History Easter Egg Hunt. 1 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Search for eggs while learning about Gadsby’s Tavern. $5/adult; $3/child. Reservations can be made at 703-838-4242. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Master Gardeners Class. 9:30 a.m.-noon at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Learn how to prune a garden. Free. To register or information, 703-228-6414.

Book Fair Fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St.children can go on a history scavenger hunt, enjoy story time, crafts and more. Books will be available for purchase. Local author Betty Bruce Shepard will discuss her new book. Free. 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For all ages. Free. 703-519-6000.

Monday/March 24

Writers’ Group. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Bring material to read and get feedback. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For all ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Tuesday/March 25

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss "All the King’s Men" by Robert Penn Warren. Free. 703-339-4610.

Time for 2’s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 24-36. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. For children up to age 4. Sign up half hour before. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road. For children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-6000.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/March 26

Writers’ Group. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Bring material to read and get feedback. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Del Ray Centennial Lecture. Leland Ness will give an illustrated lecture on the history of Del Ray at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Free. Information at www.alexandriahistorical.org or 703-683-2636.

Music Performance. The Navy Band’s "Commodores" jazz ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. Free. Visit www.navyband.navy.mil or 202-433-2525.

Drop in Board and Card Games. 3-5 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 8 and up can enjoy a variety of games. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. Children ages 3-6 can enjoy stories and activities at 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Free. 703-519-6000.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.