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Arlington Calendar March 26-April 1

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.

<b>Ongoing:

</b> 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 "Just Imagine" beginning Friday, March 28 through Sunday, April 27. Visitors embark on a journey of the mind to see an altogether different universe. "Just Imagine" considers the earth without a moon, our sun as a different kind of star and much more. This is a show that can be enjoyed by children 10 & older and adults. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children 12 & younger. 703-228-6070.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Road, presents “Unlocking the Secrets of Our Living Planet: A Guided Hike at Potomac Overlook” at 2 p.m. on alternating Saturdays and Sundays starting Sunday, April 6 and Saturday, April 12. $3/person and reservations can be made at Potomac@nvrpa.org or 703-528-5406.

<b>Thursday/March 27

</b> Music Performance. Noon-1 p.m. at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free chamber concert. Visit www.fmmc.org or 703-228-7710.

Music Production. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to make urban music. Free. 703-228-7783.

Welcome Back Spring. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Preschoolers can learn about the cycle of the seasons and look for signs of spring. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Genealogy Online. 2-3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Learn how to research a family tree online. Free. 703-228-5995.

Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution. 7:30-8:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn about the exhibit at Smithsonian. Free. 703-228-6535.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Free. 703-228-5946.

<b>Friday/March 28

</b> DJ Class. 3:30-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Teens can learn how to become DJs. Free. 703-228-7783.

Hula Workshop. 6:30-9:15 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. $30-$35. Learn about the hula basics and Hawaiian culture. Visit www.halauoulani.org or 301-919-7905.

Music Performance. Hear the Larry Stephenson Band at 7:30 p.m. at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane. Free. For more information, call 703-527-2621 or e-mail cumc@erols.com.

Welcome Back Spring. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Preschoolers can learn about the cycle of the seasons and look for signs of spring. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wii Will Rock You. 3:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Teens can play games on the Wii. Free. 703-228-5946.

Noche de Carnaval. Enjoy an evening of Mardi Gras with Los Quetzales at 8 p.m. at Gunston Theatre One. Enjoy dancing and food. Visit www.quetzales.org or 703-528-4142 for prices.

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. The Arlington Arts Alliance ArtFest is at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. See demonstrations by glass and pottery artists. Hear music and more. Free. Visit www.arlngtonartistsalliance.org or 703-532-4450.

<b>Saturday/March 29

</b> 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. 7 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Filmore St. Free. Hear advanced instrumentalists of all ages. Visit www.levineschool.org or 703-237-5655.

Hula Workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. $175 includes lessons, breakfast, lunches and DVD. Learn about the hula basics and Hawaiian culture. Visit www.halauoulani.org or 301-919-7905.

Civil War Forts Van Tour. 9 a.m.-noon people ages 10 and up can visit locations and learn about the various forts. $10/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342. Leave from Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive.

Noche de Carnaval. Enjoy an evening of Mardi Gras with Los Quetzales at 7 p.m. at Gunston Theatre One. Enjoy dancing and food. Visit www.quetzales.org or 703-528-4142 for prices.

Family Dance. 3 p.m. at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, 923 S. 23rd St., Arlington. $25/family; $10/individual in advance or $35/family; $15/individual at the door. Dance, enjoy a pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. Visit www.potomaccrescentschool.org or 703-624-1309.

Reading: A Family Affair. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Free event includes story telling, magic, music and more. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Crystal City-Pentagon. For more information, visit www.lcnv.org.

Auction. Key School PTA is holding a fund-raising auction at 6 p.m. at National Rural Electric Cooperative Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Includes a live and silent auction, food and more. Free. Visit http://francisscottkey.maestroweb.com for a list of items.

<b>Sunday/March 30

</b> Welcome Back Spring. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the seasons and look for signs of spring. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-4747.

Hula Workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. $175 includes lessons, breakfast, lunches and DVD. Learn about the hula basics and Hawaiian culture. Visit www.halauoulani.org or 301-919-7905.

<b>Monday/March 31

</b> Kindermusik. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Free. Children can play instruments, sing, listen and more. For children ages 1-6. 703-241-8281.

Film Series. 7:30 p.m. watch “New York, New York” at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Free. Kickoff of Kander and Ebb film series. 703-228-0322.

Outdoor Cooking. 5-7 p.m. at Fort Scott Park, 2800 Fort Scott Drive. Make a box oven and then bake cookies. $5/child. Registration required, 703-525-0168.

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

<b>Tuesday/April 1

</b> Book Discussion. 4 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Renee Fisher discusses her book “Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over Fifty.” Free.

Keep Crocheting Alive. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Free. Learn how to crochet or brush up skills. Bring a #H or #J needle or #10 for fancy work. Free. 703-228-0955.

Spring Has Sprung. 6:30 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Families can walk through the park to look for signs of spring. Free. 703-243-4342.

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

<b>Wednesday/April 2

</b> Outdoor Cooking. 5-7 p.m. at Fort Scott Park, 2800 Fort Scott Drive. All ages can learn how to cook outdoors using household items. $5/person. Registration required, 703-525-0168.

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

Truckloads of Fun. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Read the first book from John Scieszka’s new “Trucktown” series, “Smash! Crash!” Hear other stories and have a sing along. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Wild Ones: Wonderous Water. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-9 can learn why water is necessary and what is living in the water at Long Branch. Free. Registration required, 703-228-635.

Stop in For Stories. Located at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. All ages can enjoy stories, crafts and songs. Free. Call for times 703-228-6545.

<b>Thursday/April 3

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

Text Messaging. 1 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Learn how to do text messaging plus some common words and phrases. Free. 703-228-0955.

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

<b>Friday/April 4

</b> Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Senior Living House, 900 N. Taylor St. Hear instrumentalists of all ages from Levine School of Music perform. Free. Visit www.levineschool.org or 703-516-9455.

Canstruction Build Out. 5 p.m.-midnight at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Teams of architects will build structures from canned food, which supports the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Free. Visit www.aianova.org/archweek_main.php.

DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

One-Act Operas. See “Riders to the Sea” and “Trial by Jury” 8 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Presented by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Tickets range between $20-$35/person. Visit www.novaopera.org or 703-548-1433.

<b>Saturday/ April 5

</b> Sale. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, will host a sale from 8 a.m.-noon benefiting local charities and families. Search through toys, clothing, equipment and more. Free. Visit www.kidsstuffsale.com or 703-351-8138.

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. Opening ceremony at 9 a.m. with the first game at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee Center’s Verizon Arena, 2807 N. Glebe Road. Free. There will be contests and prizes. 703-284-3853.

Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m.-noon at N. Glebe Road and Chain Bridge Road. Help clean up the nation’s river. Register at volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

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

Sing Along with Miss Belle. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Sing and dance along. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Yard Sale. 9 a.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Shop for a variety of household items. Free. 703-228-4403.

Blacksmths’ Open Forge. Noon-4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can watch raw materials become tools and objects. Free. 703-228-3403.

Hawk Talk. 1 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children ages 4 and up can learn about these animals through hands-on and more. Free. 703-228-6536.

Snakes Alive. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Spring Road. Families with children ages 4 and up can learn about these animals and meet some. $1/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Peeper Prowl. 7:15 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Learn about tiny tree frogs and other amphibians. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. The National Chamber Ensemble performs. $25/person. Visit www.nationalchamberensemble.org for more.

<b>Sunday/April 6

</b> Music Performance. Hear Flory Jagoda and friends in concert at 4 p.m. at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Blvd. Benefits the Jewish survivors of Sarajevo. $20 with a discount of $5 off for seniors and students. RSVP by March 31 at www.etzhayim.net or 703-979-4466.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Road. Hear music for the brass, bells and pipes. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.stpetersmusic.org or 703-536-6606.

Benefit Auction. 2-5 p.m. at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road. Doorways for Women and Families hosts this event including tea, champagne, live and silent auction and more. Visit www.doorwaysva.org for more.

Meet Author Elisa Carbone. 1:30 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. She will read from her book “Night Running” and discuss some of her other books such as “Stealing Freedom.” For children ages 6-12. Free. Call to register, 703-241-8281.

One-Act Operas. See “Riders to the Sea” and “Trial by Jury” 2 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Presented by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Tickets range between $20-$35/person. Visit www.novaopera.org or 703-548-1433.

<b>Monday/April 7

</b> Through an Artist’s Eyes. 1 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Enjoy food, fashion and more during an art history talk. $5/class or $14/four sessions. 703-228-5722. Sign up in advance.

Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

<b>Tuesday/April 8

</b> DJ Class. Teens can learn how to become a DJ from 3:30-6 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Free. 703-228-7783.

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

Book Discussion. 1:30 p.m. at Culpepper Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Discuss “Snow Flower & the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Free. 703-228-7762.

Arlington’s Champion Trees. 7:30-9 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn how to participate in this program and see some of the champion trees. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

<b>Wednesday/April 9

</b> Reception. 11:30 a.m. see “Collages” by Arlington artist Mary Ria Hanna on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Road, from April 1 to May 2. To learn more, call Randy Michener at 703-257-6532.

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Celebrate spring and Earth Day with songs and stories, such as “Traces” by Paula Fox and “Skunk’s Spring Surprise” by Leslea Newman. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Gemstone Club: Diamond. 2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 7-12 can learn about this stone and take home a gemstone. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Feeding Frenzy. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about how animals adapt to eating food. $1/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Family Camping 101. 7 p.m. at Parks & Natural Resource Building Conference Center, 2700 S. Taylor St. Families with children ages 5-9 can learn how to plan a camping trip and then put skils to use on a trip in May. $40/family. Registration required, 703-525-0168.

Stop in For Stories. Located at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. All ages can enjoy stories, crafts and songs. Free. Call for times 703-228-6545.

<b>Thursday/April 10

</b> Music Production Class. 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Learn how to produce music, from making the song to the finished project. Free. 703-228-7783.

<b>Friday/April 11

</b> Opening Reception. 6-9 p.m. see “Spring Solos 2008” at the Arlington Arts Center from April 8-May 31. See art by Jacklyn Brickman, Laure Drogoul and more. For more information, call 703.248.6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Architecture in the Schools Exhibit. 6:30-8 p.m. at Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Architects, teachers and students intertwine architecture and school work to produce projects. Free. Visit www.aianova.org/archweek_main.php.

16th Annual Poetry Marathon. 2-4 p.m. at Library of Congress, Independence Avenue and 1st Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Hosted by Teatro de la Luna. Hear from many different poets including Marcelo Pellegrini. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

<b>Saturday/April 12

</b> Fund Raiser. 2 p.m. at Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 S. 23rd St. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is holding a fundraiser for childhood cancer and research. Shave heads for a good cause. Visit www.stbaldricks.org or 703-517-1467.

Fire Station Opening. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1750 S. Hayes St. See a traditional fire service ceremony, tour the facilities, meet firefighters and more. Free. Contact fire@arlingtonva.us with any questions.

Home Show & Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Get answers about home ownership, energy efficiency, permits and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonhomeshow.org or 703-228-3765.

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Celebrate spring and Earth Day with songs and stories, such as “Traces” by Paula Fox and “Skunk’s Spring Surprise” by Leslea Newman. For children ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

16th Annual Poetry Marathon. 2-8 p.m. at Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Hosted by Teatro de la Luna. Hear from many different poets including Marcelo Pellegrini. Free but donations accepted. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. See Rob Curto perform. $20/person. Visit www.planetarlington.com or 703-228-1850.

<b>Sunday/April 13

</b> Crystal Block Party. 1-6 p.m. on 23rd Street between S. Eads and S. Fern Streets. Enjoy music, family activities, Crystal Flight Airplane statues and more. Free.

Meet the Authors. 2 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Meet Moira Rose Donohue, Marty Figley and Jacqueline Jules speak about their new books. Free. Children ages 5-9. RSVP to 703-241-8281.

Boundary Stone Bike Tour. 9:15 a.m. at Entrance to E. Falls Church Metro. Bike 35 miles visiting Arlington, Alexandria and more. Leisurely ride. Bring lunch, water and any bike. $2. 703-243-0179.

Meet Three Authors. 2 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Meet the authors of “Penny the Punctuation Bee,” “Prisoner of Liberty” and “No English.” For children ages 5-9. Free. Call to register, 703-241-8281.

Earth Day Silent Auction. 6 p.m. at the Hendry House on Fort C.F. Smith Park. Hear guest speakers, award presentations all while building on a variety of items. $50/person. E-mail aspence@nvct.org or 703-354-5093.