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Calendar May 28-June 4

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.

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: May 31; 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/May 30

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

Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. For children ages 24-36 months. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Performance. The upper elementary students of Aquinas Montessori School, 8484 Mount Vernon Highway, will show “Aladdin, Jr.,” for the Fete celebration from 6-8:30 p.m. Visit www.aquinasmontessorischool.com for more.

Theatre Performance. George Mason Elementary School will perform “Storyville” at 7 p.m. at the school, 2601 Cameron Mills Road. Free. 703-706-4470.

Saturday/May 31

Spring Perennials – Design & Combination Planting. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Bring a garden design to life by exploring the world of perennials and beautiful woody plants. $18/session. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Car Show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lyceum. See orphan cars from companies such as Willys, Nash, Packard and more. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

Car Show. 8 a.m.-noon at Mount Vernon High School. Browse through a flea market, entertainment and more. $10/car and free for spectators. 703-781-0826.

Dance Concert. The Choreographers Collaboration Project presents “Celebrate Del Ray” at 7 p.m. at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. $10/adult; $5/child.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. Time For 2s. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

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

Movie Watch. 8:30 p.m. at FireFlies Restaurant, 1501 Mount Vernon Ave. Watch “Noise” by Aussie writer/director Matthew Saville. Free. Visit duncanfilms.blogspot.com or 703-548-7200.

Music Performance. Hear performances by the winners of the APAA music competition at 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free. 703-505-0700.

Author Reading. Robert Patton will discuss his book “Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom” at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s-Old Town, 106 S. Union St. Free. 703-684-0077.

Dance Concert. 8 p.m. at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. See a performance by the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble. $15/adult; $10/child. Visit www.metroyouthtap.org.

Civil War Camp Days. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. See Union and Confederate re-enactors. Suggested donation of $2/adult; $1/child. Visit www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Family Dig Day. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. $5/person. Excavate soil for artifacts. Reservations required, 703-838-4399.

Old Town Medicine Show. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Athanaeum, 201 Prince St. See “doctors” demonstrate remedies and services from the 19th century. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org or 703-838-3852.

Horse Event. 1-4 p.m. at Little Burgundy Fair, 5715 Sable Drive. Enjoy grooming demonstrations, prizes, crafts and more. Free. 703-549-4912.

Sunday/June 1

Celebrate Life. 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Stardust Restaurant. Children and adults will celebrate life at a “Mad Hatter” tea party. Features portraits, auction, music and more. Benefits the International Morquio Organization. Visit www.morquio.org for more.

Opening Reception. 5-9 p.m. see art by Wesley Clark from June 1 through June 21 at Blueberry Art Gallery, 3112A Mount Vernon Ave. Free. 703-894-8854.

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 2

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear music by Audrey Andrist and Kaleigh Acord. Free. 703-838-4994.

Martha Washington’s Birthday. All guests named Martha get in free to Mount Vernon Estate. Must show id. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Tuesday/June 3

Birthday Talk. 7-9 p.m. at Sacred Circle Bookstore, 919 King St. $30/person. Presented by Rev. Charlene Hicks. Visit www.violetfireenterprises.com.

Music Performance. The West Potomac High School Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. in the Springbank Auditorium. Free. Hear music from the 18th century as well as music scores.

Lullaby Stories. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 1-5 can wear pajamas and enjoy bedtime stories. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Wednesday/June 4

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park Amphitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road. Hear the United States Navy Band Cruisers perform. Free. 703-922-9841.

Intro to Knitting. 6-8 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Learn the basics. $55/person. Register at "Danielle@knit-a-gogo.com.

Picnic Times. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and activities. Free. 703-971-0010.

Thursday/June 5

First Thursday. Noon-9 p.m., artists “Think Green” at the Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., from June 5-29. Artists thought about the environment through their artwork. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

Music Performance. The George Washington Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. as part of Del Ray’s “First Thursday.” Free.

Music Performance. The George Washington Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. at the school. Free.

Music Performance. The West Potomac High School, Carl Sandburg and other local school choirs will perform songs from Broadway at 7:30 p.m. in the West Potomac Auditorium. $10/person. Visit HYPERLINK www.westpotomacchoirs.org for more.

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Take a relaxing stroll through the gardens and enjoy a tea. $25/person. To register, 703-941-7987.

Garden Sprouts: Lamb’s Ears and Dandy Lions. 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 years can search for spider plants, elephant’s ears and more. $6/child. To register, 703-642-5173.

Book Discussion Group. 12:15 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Adults discuss “Dreaming of the Bones” by Deborah Crombie. Free. 703-339-4610.

First Thursday. 6-9 p.m. on Mount Vernon Ave. Enjoy booths and other items related to “Health and Wellness.” Free. Visit www.delraycitizen.org for more.

Friday/June 6

Opening Reception. 7-10 p.m., artists “Think Green” at the Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., from June 5-29. Artists thought about the environment through their artwork. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

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.

Music Performance. The West Potomac High School, Carl Sandburg and other local school choirs will perform songs from Broadway at 7:30 p.m. in the West Potomac Auditorium. $10/person. Visit HYPERLINK www.westpotomacchoirs.org for more.

Landscaping. 9 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to create a garden. $160/two sessions. 703-642-5173.

Eco Savvy Rose Gardening. 1:30-3 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Design a rose garden with low maintenance roses and ecologically savvy plants. $15/person. 703-642-5173.

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

Saturday/June 7

BBQ and Music. Noon-5 p.m. at Lee Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Enjoy bluegrass music by Dead Men’s Hollow and more while eating BBQ. 445/adult; $30/student; $15/child. Proceeds benefit Lee-Fendall House. 703-548-1789.

Fun Fair. Noon-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Features moonbounces, slides, face painting, music, games, food and more. $10/family. E-mail lizwixson1@hotmail.com

Opening Reception. 5:30-8 p.m., see “2 Visions,” at Gallery West, 1213 King St., from June 4 through July 6. Features the work of two of the gallery’s newest members, Linda Bankerd and Robinwyn Lewis. Visit www.gallery-west.com or 703-549-6006.

All About Kittens. 1-3 p.m. at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Ave. Learn about kittens. Free. Visit www.alexandriaanimals.org or 703-838-4774.

Armenian Festival. Noon-6 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. Enjoy homemade food, music and handcrafted items. Free. 703-883-4686.

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

Music Performance. The West Potomac High School, Carl Sandburg and other local school choirs will perform songs from Broadway at 7:30 p.m. in the West Potomac Auditorium. $10/person. Visit HYPERLINK www.westpotomacchoirs.org for more.

Container Workshop: Pots. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Design a container garden. $55/person. 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts: Lamb’s Ears and Dandy Lions. 10 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 years can search for spider plants, elephant’s ears and more. $6/child. To register, 703-642-5173.

Kelley Cares 5k Run. 8 a.m. at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Proceeds will benefit a Mobile Multi-Sensory Room for the Therapeutic Recreation Program of Alexandria. Visit www.delraycitizen.org for more.

School Fun Fair. Noon-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Rec Center. Free. www.delraycitizen.org for more.

Sunday/June 8

Music Performance. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” at 2 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. $5/person. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Songs of Freedom. 1-5:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Hear music by the Alfred Street Baptist Church Male Chorus, see hearth cooking demonstrations and take tours www.gunstonhall.com or 703-550-9220 for ticket information.

Music Performance. Focus Inn Alexandria presents Ellis with Bob Sima 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.

Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival. Noon-7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Village Shopping Center, 3700-3800 blocks of Mount Vernon Ave. Free. Features music, food, activities, arts and crafts and more. 703-883-4686.

Picnic and Party. 11 a.m., at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. There will be a moon bounce, face painting, games, music, and food. 703-765-6118 or visit www.mvpconline.org.

Summer Table Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn outdoor entertaining tips while enjoying an English tea. $25/person. To register, 703-941-7987.

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.

Medicine and Advertising. Robert E. Greenspan will talk about his book “Medicine: Perspectives in History and Art” at 4 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Free, but reservations required, www.nvfaa.org or 703-838-3852.

Monday/June 9

Camp Read-A-Lot. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 24-35 months can enjoy stories and activities about the great outdoors. Free. 703-339-4610.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Discuss “The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture” by John Battelle. Free. 703-768-6700.

Books & Ideas. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2500 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Free. 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/June 10

Tuesday Evening Book Group. 7 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. Discuss “Run” by Anne Patchett. Free. 703-768-6700.

Meet the Author. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2500 Sherwood Hall Lane. Meet Warren Brown and get copies of his signed book “Cake Love.” Free. 703-765-3645.

Wednesday/June 11

Music Performance. The George Washington Middle School Concert, Symphonic and Jazz bands will perform at the school at 7:30 p.m. Free.

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

Intro to Knitting. 6-8 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Learn the basics. $55/person. Register at "Danielle@knit-a-gogo.com.

Small Wonders. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 13-23 months with adult can enjoy short stories and activities. Free. 703-971-0010.

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2500 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis followed by a related activity. For children ages 9-12. Free. 703-765-3645.