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Calendar Oct. 30-Nov. 5

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.

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Halloween Events

Thursday/Oct. 30

Halloween Fest. 2-7 p.m. at Buzz Bakery, 901 Slaters Lane. Enjoy free steamed apple cider, decorate sugar cookies, play games and win prizes. From 4-7 p.m., the bakery hosts a canine costume and cocktail party, complete with judging and prizes. Free.

Costume Party. 9 p.m. at Old Town Theater, 815 King Street. Big Lebowski costume party and screening benefiting Community Family Life Services. $10 donation in advance, email timothybeechmiller@gmail.com, $12 donation at the door. Call 703-684-6000 for information.

Poe Performance. 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. David Keltz will return at Edgar Allen Poe and perform selections such as “The Black Cat” and “The Raven.” $15/person. 703-838-4994.

Halloween on Parade. 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories and activities. Costumes encouraged. Free. 703-339-4610.

Howloween. 5-8 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King St. Participate in the Doggie Happy Howloween Costume Contest to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.The event is free with a $10 suggested door donation.

Friday/Oct. 31

Halloween Party. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. With Delbert McClinton. Information and tickets at 703-549-7500 or visit www.Birchmere.com.

Pumpkins on Parade. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy a costume parade and stories. Free. 703-765-3645.

Poe Performance. 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. David Keltz will return at Edgar Allen Poe and perform selections such as “The Black Cat” and “The Raven.” $15/person. 703-838-4994.

Trunk or Treat. 6 p.m. at New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road. See cars and trucks decorated in a variety of themes. Enjoy trick or treating, games, a bonfire, a haunted walk and a movie outside on the lawn. Kids should dress up in costumes and bring a big treat bag. Free.

Ongoing

Mount Vernon Community bands need members. All concert band musicians wanted. Most needed are: oboes, bassoons, French horns, saxophones, flutes, trombones, and clarinets. Also needed and welcome are: percussionists, and players of tubas, euphoniums, trumpets. Visit www.mvbands.com, e-mail MVSwingBand@Cox.net or call 703-339-6534 for more information.

On Mondays, through Dec. 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Green Spring Gardens located at 4603 Green Spring Road, will be having Yoga for Gardeners for adults. The program will offer a series of classes featuring the Vinyasa method to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance for gardening. $ 66/ six-class sessions. For more information and to register call 703-642-5173.

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 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.

On Mondays, Oct. 27, and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Green Spring Gardens will be having Family Story Time for children of all ages where there will be stories and activities. Free. For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gspg

Children enter a world of fantasy and fables when costumed interpreters weave three tales together during Mount Vernon’s storytelling session, “Once Upon a Time at Mount Vernon”, held every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. through November at the Hands-On History room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. The storytelling program is recommended for children ages three to eight. Parental supervision is required. “Once Upon at Time at Mount Vernon” is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $13.00; youth ages 6-11, $6.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.

Historic Mount Vernon has commemorative whiskey sets available for sale. The set includes a shot glass and a 50 mL bottle of whiskey consisting of 11 different whiskey brands blended and aged at Mount Vernon in 2005. The gift sets are $25 and are available for purchase in person with a valid ID at the Shops at Mount Vernon or George Washington’s Distillery. Visit www.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Four of Old Town Alexandria’s historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 13, for the festive Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour. The area’s premier traditional holiday event features period music, seasonal decorations, and special costumed tours. This year’s tour includes Carlyle House Historic Park (121 North Fairfax Street), Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), Lee-Fendall House (614 Oronoco Street), and Old Presbyterian Meeting House (321 South Fairfax Street). Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children (ages 6-17). Special discount rates of $15 for adults and $12 for seniors are available when you buy before December 1. For information, tickets, and group sales information, please contact Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 703.838.4242. Tickets for this event can also be purchased online at www.historicalexandria.org.

Historic Mount Vernon welcomes all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Club members (in uniform or wearing an official pin) to free admission during its Scouting Days program beginning Nov. 1 through Feb. 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.MountVernon.org.

Valerie Cahill, high school special education teacher in Orange, Calif., is requesting mementos of Virginia for her 3rd period English class students, who are studying the state. Please send any contributions to: Valerie Cahill, El Modena High School, 3920 Spring St., Orange, CA 92869.

Thursday/Oct. 30

Lighters and Matches. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 3-5 can learn about fire safety from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. Free. 703-765-3645.

Story Time. 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-519-5900 ext. 4.

Thursday Story Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5. Free. 703-838-4566.

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

Choral Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the West Potomac High School Springbank

Auditorium, 6500 Quander Road. The Freshman Women's Choir, Bunchagize, Symphonic Women's Chorus, Bella Voce and Colonial Singers will perform a variety of choral works by past and present composers. Free.

Book Fair. 3-4 p.m. at George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road. The school will hold a Reading Safari-themed Scholastic Book Fair Fore more information, please contact Library Media Specialist Christe Tyler at ctyler@acps.k12.va.us or 703-706-4470.

Friday/Oct. 31

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

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

Comedy Show. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. See Jackie Mason. Information and tickets at 703-549-7500 or visit www.Birchmere.com.

Book Fair. 3-4 p.m. at George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road. The school will hold a Reading Safari-themed Scholastic Book Fair Fore more information, please contact Library Media Specialist Christe Tyler at ctyler@acps.k12.va.us or 703-706-4470.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. See “Dearly Departed,” at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Call 703-660-2611 or visit www.acctonline.org for tickets and information.

Saturday/Nov. 1

Blue and White Charity Ball and Auction. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St. $65/person to raise funds for the Northern Virginia Aids Ministry. Visit www.nuxizeta.org/charityball for more.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. See Tom Baxton with the Kennedys. Information and tickets at 703-549-7500 or visit

Choral Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. The repertoire includes the premier of a new cantata, “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Douglas Beck and excerpts from “Requiem” by Maurice Durufle with Gail Collins, soloist. Reception to follow. Donations welcome at the door.www.Birchmere.com.

Sunday/Nov.2

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. See Jonatha Brooke and Glen Phillips. Information and tickets at 703-549-7500 or visit www.Birchmere.com.

Art Opening. Noon-3 p.m. at the Gardens at Green Spring Gardens Park, historic Manor House, 4603 Green Spring Road. See See “Places, Remembered of Dreamt,” paintings by Jan E. Moffatt. Free.

Wine Tasting and Sale. 5-9 p.m. at Planet Wine Shop, 2004 Mt. Vernon Ave. Sample 30 wines and enjoy snacks. $37 general admission, $30 for members. Call 703-549-3444 for reservations.

Handbell Concert. 4 p.m. The Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble will perform at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. Free. Call 703-836-4324 for more.

FallFest: 5:30-8 p.m at 418 S. Washington St. Join the Supporting Friends of The Campagna Center for an evening of bratwurst, beer and merriment. Tickets are $30. Call Thasia at (703) 549-0111 x107.

Monday/Nov. 3

Wine Tasting and Sale. 6-10 p.m. at Planet Wine Shop, 2004 Mt. Vernon Ave. Sample 30 wines and enjoy snacks. $37 general admission, $30 for members. Call 703-549-3444 for reservations.

Wednesday/Nov. 5

Book and Gift Sale. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Inova Hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane. Proceeds are to benefit INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, its patients, and the community. Call 703-664-7260.

Thursday/Nov. 6

Dance Lessons. 7:30-9 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St. Learn the dances of Jane Austen, George Washington, and Abigail Adams in Gadsby's Tavern Museum's historic ballroom. The cost for lessons is $30 for the series or $12 per class. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242 for tickets.

Book and Gift Sale. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Inova Hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane. Proceeds are to benefit INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, its patients, and the community. Call 703-664-7260.

Veteran’s Day Celebration. Noon at the Fort Belvoir Community Club, 9300 Woodbury Rd. This patriotic program honors veterans from all services and outstanding soldiers from Fort Belvoir. Cost for active and retired military personnel is $15; all others $25. To make a reservation contact the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce at 703-360-6925 or info@mtvernon-leechamber.org.

Friday/Nov. 7

Concert. 8 p.m. at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. The United States Air Force Band Chamber Players will perform Music for French Horn featuring TSgt Brett Miller. Free. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil for information.

Fashion Show. 11 a.m. at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road. Join the Board of Lady Managers of INOVA Alexandria Hospital for their Fall Fashion Show. Contact Lynda West at 703.836.8853 for tickets or to donate to the silent auction.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Dar Williams with Lucy Wainwright Roche. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Saturday/Nov. 8

Holiday Bazaar and Café. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Browse jewelry, White Elephant items, crafts, food and more. Free. 703-360-0197.

Walking Tour. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fort Ward, 4301 W. Braddock Road, will offer free tours. Learn about the fort, including troops and defenses. Visit www.fortward.org or 703-838-4848.

Film Screening. 7 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation Social Hall, 3830 Seminary Road. See “The Band’s Visit,” in Hebrew and English with subtitles. $5/person, $10/family. Refreshments will be served.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Dar Williams with Lucy Wainwright Roche. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Art Reception. 6 – 9 p.m. See metalsmith jewelry artist Terri Logan’s trunk show at Arts Afire Glass Gallery, 1117 King St.

Soldier-Led Walking Tour. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Enjoy learning about the fort, history and how the soldiers lived. For more information, 703-838-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

Dance Recital. 7 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. The Choreographers Collaboration Project presents its Fall Modern Dance Concert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12-17, under 12 free. Call 703-683-2070 or visit www.ccpdance.org.

Art Talk. 3 -5:30 p.m. at 807 N Royal St. Guest speaker Connie Cheung, Assistant Curator at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum will speak. Admission is $10. Proceeds to benefit the Burgundy Farm Country Day School Scholarship Fund.

Band Concert. 8 p.m. at the at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center , 3001 North Beauregard St. the Virginia Grand Military Band will perform. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 17 and under. For details call (703)281-3331 or visit www.vgmb.com.

Art Reception. 4-9 p.m. for "Pickanninies, gollywoggs, mammies, & coons,” an exploration of controversial Black memorabilia, at the Blueberry Art Gallery, 3112A Mt. Vernon Ave.

Fall Festival and Silent Auction. 7-9 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road. Local Goods and Services, dining and vacation certificates and more

Sunday/Nov. 9

Art Reception. 1 – 4 p.m. See metalsmith jewelry artist Terri Logan’s trunk show at Arts Afire Glass Gallery, 1117 King St.

Concert. 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Focus Inn Alexandria presents Dave Rowe Trio, with Doug Brouder. $15 general, $12 members or in advance. Contact kay@focusmusic.org, 703-501-6061, or visit www.focusmusic.org.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Alejandro Escovedo with Amy Cook. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Monday/Nov.10

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Shawn Colvin with Katie Herzig. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Tuesday/Nov. 11

Barbershop Chorus Concert. 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon estate, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Celebrate Veteran's Day with a concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers. Free. A wreathlaying at George Washington's tomb will follow at 2 p.m. Included with Mount Vernon admission: $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 6.

Veteran’s Day Program. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. This year’s honored guest and featured speaker will be Will Gunn will discuss “Making a Difference While Making History: Looking Back and Charting a Path for the Future.’ Call 703.838.4356 for reservations or more information.

Wednesday/Nov. 12

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Bob Schneider with Amie Miriello. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Speakers Breakfast. 8:00 a.m. at The Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St. The Business Leadership Council Distinguished Speaker Series presents "Travel, Tourism, and History & Arts." Free. Call (703) 549-0111 x113 or email jgeoffray@campagnacenter.org for reservations.

Thursday/Nov. 13

Art Opening. 6-8 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St. For “Finding Equilibrium,” featuring sculptor Travis Graves’ work. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetnews.php or call 703/838-4565 for information.

Dance Lessons. 7:30-9 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St. Learn the dances of Jane Austen, George Washington, and Abigail Adams in Gadsby's Tavern Museum's historic ballroom. The cost for lessons is $30 for the series or $12 per class. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242 for tickets.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Inti-Illimani. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Friday/Nov. 14

Antiques Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. The Historic Alexandria Antiques Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary with 38 dealers offering more than 5,000 examples of antiques and fine arts. Admission is $15 at the door, $12 in advance. 703-549-5811 for information.

Happy Hour. 5:30 p.m. at the Belle Haven Country Club Living Room, 6023 Fort Hunt Rd. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with the Friends of the Campagna Center. $35 per person, $50 per couple. 50% of the proceeds will benefit the programs of The Campagna Center.

Comedy Show. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Kate Clinton in “Hilarity Clinton ‘08”. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. The Washington Balalaika Society presents Volodymyr and Nataliia Marunych, Bayan and Domra Virtuosos from Kiev, Ukraine. Tickets are $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door. Visit www.balalaika.org for more.

Hermitage Holiday Bazaar 2:30-7:p.m, at The Hermitage in Northern Virginia, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria,.703.797.3800

Saturday/Nov. 15

Watercolor Series. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to paint backgrounds for flowers. $65/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

Orchestra Concert. 8 p.m. at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N Beauregard St., Alexandria. Hear the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra perform selections from Mozart, Dvorack and Wilder. Tickets range from $80 - $40, with $20 student rates. www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885 for information and tickets.

Antiques Show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. The Historic Alexandria Antiques Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary with 38 dealers offering more than 5,000 examples of antiques and fine arts. Admission is $15 at the door, $12 in advance. 703-549-5811 for information.

Lecture. 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Alexandria at 901 North Fairfax St. Designer Wayne Zeigler will give his lecture “Antiques in Contemporary Interiors.” Admission is $10. Call 703-549-5811 for information and tickets.

Home for the Holidays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Collingwood Library and Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive. Browse through vendors, food and more. $15/person. 703-785-3275.

Gift Show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road. Browse through masks, inventions that combine art and music and more. Proceeds benefit the crew team. Visit www.tjgiftshow.com or 703-606-0523.

Fall Festival. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Hunt Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane. Enjoy and baked goods while the children are entertained with a moon bounce, storytelling, calligraphy, truck touch, games and crafts. Raffle and silent auction. Free. Call 703-768-7584 for information.

Concert. 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra & Maestro Kim Allen Kluge with Yuliya Gorenman, piano and Amy Horn, French horn. Cost is $20-$80. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org for tickets

Fundraiser. 6– 9 p.m. for Stop Child Abuse Now of northern Virginia. Enjoy wine from local wineries, hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and caterers, a Silent Auction and more at theGeorge Washington Masonic National Memoria,101 Callahan Drive. Tickets begin at $75. Call 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org for reservations.

Political Talk. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church of Alexandria, 1909 Windmill Lane. Hear legislators and advocates speak about the 2009 Virginia Legislative session and how to make a differeny. $10 fee. Lunch included.

Holiday Bazaar. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 South Washington St. Browse antiques, books, records, toys, holiday items, baked goods, and more.

Hermitage Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. until noon at The Hermitage in Northern Virginia, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria,.703.797.3800

Sunday/Nov. 16

Antiques Show. Noon-5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Historic District, 625 First St., Alexandria. The Historic Alexandria Antiques Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary with 38 dealers offering more than 5,000 examples of antiques and fine arts. Admission is $15 at the door, $12 in advance. 703-549-5811 for information.

Home for the Holidays. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Collingwood Library and Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive. Browse through vendors, food and more. $15/person. 703-785-3275.

Art Opening. 6-8 p.m. See “Protected Landscapes: Paintings of The Nature Conservancy Preserves” at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St. Free.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Susan Tedeschi with special guest James Hunter. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Tuesday/Nov. 18

Violin Class. 6:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. All ages can learn from Charles Castleman. Free. Visit www.charlescastleman.com or 703-838-4994.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Robyn Hitchcock, “I often dream of trains and other phenomena”. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.

Wednesday/Nov. 19

Film Screening. 7:30pm at Huntley Meadows Park Visitors’ Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. A new documentary, Restoring Dyke Marsh will be premiered. Free. Call 703-768-2525 for information.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Shelby Lynne with Jim Bianco. Visit www.birchmere.com for information and tickets.