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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar April 16-22

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

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.

Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services present free dance workshops at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 24 and May 8. To register, 703-324-4386.

Beginning Feb. 25, the T.C. Williams High School Planetarium will welcome the Alexandria community one night each month during the school year for a free hour-long show. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for "A Night With the Stars," which will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration, required, may be completed online at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/tcw/planetarium/ or by calling the planetarium at 703-824-6805, extension 6300.

Mount Vernon will bring back its popular National Treasure Tour through Oct. 31. Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene in the movie. This daily tour is limited to 25 visitors per time slot, takes place at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission: $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under. Advance tickets are available online at MountVernon.org.

Spectacular gardens are in bloom as Mount Vernon hosts its annual outdoor garden and gift sale beginning April 11 through May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual sale includes ornamentals, perennials and annuals, garden items, books, and heirloom plants propagated from historic cuttings. No admission is required to shop in the Gardening Days tent (located in front of the Mount Vernon Inn Complex). Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Join City archaeologists and trained volunteers for a program for children of all ages at Alexandria Archaeology Family Dig Days. Monthly Family Dig Days will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, in Alexandria. The 2009 dates are: Saturday, May 30; Saturday, July 18; Saturday, Aug. 15; Saturday, Sept. 12; Saturday, Oct. 17. $5/person. Registration required, 703-838-4399 or visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

Friday/April 17

Spring Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at River Farm. Browse plants, herbs, vegetables, supplies and more. $3/nonmember to park. Free admission. Visit www.ahs.org/river_farm or 703-768-5700 ext. 114.

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

U is for Umbrella. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Hall Lane, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children 4-5. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

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

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road. Hear the American Boychoir. Free. Visit www.aldersgate.net or 703-765-6555.

Hike. 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Teens can take a night hike and search for bats, beavers and more. Bring a flashlight. $4/person. Reservations required, 703-768-2525.

Ballroom Dancing for Couples. 8:30-11:30 p.m. dancing to live music. $15/person. Reservations required, www.fridaynightersdancingclub.com.

Art Explorers: Journey Through Artistic Media, 9:20 or 10:30 a.m. at Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children 18 months to 5 years will work with a parent or caregiver to explore paint, clay, collage, line, color and shape through open-ended activities. Visit www.artatthecenter.org/classes for cost.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children up to age 2 can join in music, stories and more. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Creating Colorful Containers. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn simple techniques and more. $12/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

Saturday/April 18

Art Exhibit. Noon-5 p.m. The Kingstowne Area Artists Association, and other area artists who wish to exhibit, will have a show and sale of their work at the Snyder Center, 6450 S. Van Dorn St. Free. Visit www.kingstowne.org for more.

Old Town Alexandria Homes Tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. around Old Town. Browse flower arrangements and more. $35/advance; $40/day of event. Visit www.VAGardentweek.org or 703-838-5005.

Spring Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at River Farm. Browse plants, herbs, vegetables, supplies and more. $3/nonmember to park. Free admission. Visit www.ahs.org/river_farm or 703-768-5700 ext. 114.

Yard Sale. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Browse jewelry, pottery, cds, electronics and more. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

Fill the Fords with Food. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bushido Studios, corner of Hayfield Road and Telegraph Road. Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread. Visit www.our-daily-bread.org or 703-273-8829.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Hear the Ars Choralis. Reception follows. Fundraiser. 202-267-7772.

Art Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Snyder Center, 6450 S. Van Dorn St. Browse works by Kingstowne Area Artists Association. Free. Visit www.kingstowne.org for more.

Magic Show. 6:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School. Enjoy strolling magic until the show starts at 7:30 p.m. $15/person. 703-698-6952.

Harambee Readers. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss "Life on the Color Line" by Gregory Howard Williams. Free. 703-765-3645.

Gardening With Children. 2 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children 6-11 can learn how to garden. Register at 703-228-6414.

Growing Wildflowers. 10 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to grow spring wildflowers like bluebells and trout lilies. $12/person. Register, 703-642-5173.

Garden Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Browse local vendors and browse plants, herbs and more. Free. 703-642-5173.

Healthy Kids Day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at YMCA Alexandria, 420 E. Monroe Ave. Enjoy browsing the interactive video gym, family swim, healthy food and more. Free.

Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy all you can eat from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Lincolnia United Methodist Church, 6535 Little River Turnpike. $5/adult; child free. 703-333-6005.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Hear Ars Choralis. Free.

Walk. West Potomac High School is hosting "Walk it Out" a walk for the homeless from 10 a.m.-noon at the school track. Contact Kimberly.Thompson2@fcps.edu for more information.

Yard Sale. Girl Scout Troop 4600 is holding a yard sale at 500 High St., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Saturday Studio, 9-10 a.m. at Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Parents and children learn together in a studio environment. Visit www.artatthecenter.org/classes for cost.

Watch it Grow Story Time. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children age 2 and up can meet Curious George and enjoy stories about things that grow. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Garden Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Browse shrubs, plants, flowers and more from local growers. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

Growing Wildflowers. 10 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn names of local wildflowers and how to incorporate them into garden. $12/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

Tea 101. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to brew the perfect pot of tea and enjoy a traditional cream tea. $18/person. 703-941-7987 to register.

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

Fund-raiser. 7 p.m. at Janet’s Java, 5735 Telegraph Road. Benefits Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Walk. Hear Fight the Bear perform. Visit www.fightthebearonline.com for more.

Sunday/April 19

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Hear Buskin & Batteau with Dulcie Taylor. $15/adult; $12/member or advance. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear the Marine Chamber Orchestra. Free. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com for more.

Card Collage. Noon-4 p.m. at Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Bring snacks, beverages and supplies to share. Free, but first come, first serve. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-283-0399.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear Doug Bowles, Cindy Hutchins and Alex Hassan perform. Free, donations accepted. 703-549-1421.

Opening Reception. 2-5 p.m., see a photography exhibit by Grace Taylor and Clifford Wheeler from April 7 through May 31 at Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-683-2205.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults and teens can learn how to play. Free. 703-765-3645.

Lecture. 3:30 p.m. at Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. Learn about the early days of the plantation. $9/adult; $8/senior; $5/child. Visit www.gunstonhall.org for more.

Volunteer Open House. 1-5 p.m. at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Learn about how to become a volunteer. Free. Visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or 703-838-3852.

Doug Bowles Plays Cabaret. 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Free, donations accepted.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. Hear music by Maurice Lyles Quintet. Free. Visit meadechurch.org or 703-549-1334.

Monday/April 20

Tavern Toddlers. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Toddlers up to 36 months can enjoy games and more. $7/group of three, one adult and 2 children; $3/additional person. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or 703-838-4242.

Yoga for Gardeners. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Features the Vinyasa method. $66/six-class session. To register, 703-642-5173.

Stretch Your Mind. 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 6-12 can enjoy brain teasers, puzzles and more. Free. 703-339-4610.

Compost Critters. 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children in grades 2-5 can join Miss Peggy in learning how bugs aid in composting. Free. Register at 703-838-4566 ext. 11.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. Hear Halau Ho’omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawai’I perform with Kola & Moana Beamer and Raiatea Helm. Visit www.birchmere.com for more.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Free. 703-838-4566.

After-School Studio, 1:30 p.m. at Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 4-10 engage in a studio learning experience where time in the studio becomes a weekly routine. Visit www.artatthecenter.org for cost.

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. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories. Free. 703-519-5900.

Tuesday/April 21

Read-Along. 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Bring the children to Spill the Beans for some read along fun with StagePlay's own Heather Sanderson. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

Down Came the Rain. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 13-23 months enjoy raindrop stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610.

Mother-Daughter book Group. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 9-11. Call for title. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Evening Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss "Dreams from my Father" by Barack Obama. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Wednesday/April 22

Alexandria History Awards. 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Also, the 2009 Alexandria High School History Awards will be presented by state Sen. Patsy Ticer to an outstanding student from each of Alexandria’s four high schools. A reception will follow. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistorical.org or 703-683-2636.

StoryTime with Colleen! 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

Small Wonders. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 13-23 months enjoy fingerplays, stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Earth Day Birthday. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 2-5 enjoy stories and activities. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Meet the Author. 2 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Ruth Baja Willliams discusses her memoir "Detour Berlin." Free. 703-765-3645.

Older Adults Book Group. 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss "Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders" by Michael Beschloss. Free. 703-339-4610.

Writer’s Review. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Free. Bring works to get feedback. 703-339-4610.

Dance Invasion. 7 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Jane Franklin Dance performs. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for information.

Thursday/April 23

Preschool Storytime. 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children 3-5 can enjoy stories, songs and more. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610.

Dance Invasion. 7:30 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. BosmaDance performs. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for information.

Pint-Sized Playacting. 3 p.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children age 3-6 can join in reading, performing and more. $3/session. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092 to register.

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

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

Friday/April 24

Golf Benefit. 1 p.m. at Fort Belvoir. $100/person includes golf, cart, dinner and more. E-mail mvhs2010golf@live.com. Proceeds benefit MV Grad Party.

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

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

Golf Scramble. 1 p.m. at Fort Belvoir Gunston Golf Course. Benefits Mt. Vernon High School All Night Grad Party. All levels welcome. $100/person. Visit www.fcps.edu/MtVernonHS for more.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children up to age 2 can join in music, stories and more. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Saturday/April 25

Movement in Response to Nature. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come participate in improvisational movement in response to the magic that is Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Reservations required. $10. 703-768-2525.

Is Mount Vernon Burning? 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Watch as the British land at Mount Vernon and make their demands and more. $15/adult; $14/senior; $7/child. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Eagle Festival. 10 a.m. at Mason Neck, 7301 High Point Road. Enjoy a 5k walk/run, demonstrations, exhibits, music and more. Free admission, but separate cost for 5k. 703-339-2385.

Earth Day Tree Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Duke St. Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee will sell trees for planting around Alexandria. Reserve trees by April 17 by calling 703-838-4999 ext. 451 or purchase on the day of the event.

‘Both Sides’ Civil War Tour. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Franconia Government Center. Tour Monocacy Battlefield Park and National Civil War Museum and lunch at Cozy Restaurant. $100/person includes lunch, admissions and donations. Dinner is not covered. Reservations at 703-971-4984.

Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Enjoy a handbell choir festival concert. Free-will offering taken. 202-267-7772.

Enjoy Gardening as a Family. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages can learn about gardening. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Alexandria Earth Day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive. Enjoy browsing exhibits, walks, music and more. Free. Visit www.alexearthday.org for more.

Anniversary Gala. UCM’s gala will be at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road. Enjoy auctions, dinner, music and dancing. $125/person. Visit www.ucmagency.org or 703-403-4410.

Annual Tavern Dog Contest. 1-4 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. Advance registration and fee required for competitors, free for spectators. Visit www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us or 703-836-2407.

Rhyme Time. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children age 2 and up can listen to rhyming stories. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Garden Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Browse shrubs, plants, flowers and more from local growers. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

How Plants Compete. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how plants fight for survival and more. $18/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

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

Hollin Hall Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-noon at Hollin Hall Village. Browse a variety of items including clothing, CDs, books and more. Free.

Food Drive. 8 a.m.-noon at Hollin Hall senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Proceeds benefit UCM.

Sunday/April 26

Is Mount Vernon Burning? 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Watch as the British land at Mount Vernon and make their demands and more. $15/adult; $14/senior; $7/child. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear the Marine Band. Free. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com for more.

Britain on the Green. On the grounds of Collingwood Estate, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive. See a variety of British cars.

Film. Noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. Watch "Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars." Free. 202-885-8684.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear Japanese music for Koto and Shakuhachi. Free. 301-754-3842.

Carpenter’s Cook-off. Noon-3 p.m. at Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Enjoy tastings from 23 restaurants, auction, children’s corner and more. $40/adult; $5/child. Proceeds benefit Carpenter’s Shelter. Visit www.carpentershelter.org or 703-548-7500.

Monday/April 27

Yoga for Gardeners. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Features the Vinyasa method. $66/six-class session. To register, 703-642-5173.

Writer’s Review. 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Free. Bring works to get feedback. 703-339-4610.

Martha’s Mystery Book. 7 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Call for title. Free.

Family Story Time. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. All ages can enjoy listening to stories and an activity. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org for more.

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. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Story Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories. Free. 703-519-5900.

Tuesday/April 28

Read-Along. 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Bring the children to Spill the Beans for some read along fun with StagePlay's own Heather Sanderson. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

Grow Your Own Pizza. 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Learn how to make a nutritious pizza from one’s garden. Free. 703-519-5900.

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

Wednesday/April 29

StoryTime with Colleen! 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

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

Lunafest. 6:30 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Enjoy a silent auction, films and more. $25/person; $15/student. 202-973-3085 for tickets.

Thursday/April 30

Giving Gala. 6:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. Alexandria Community Trust is holding a benefit event full of fun, games, food and more. $175/person with proceeds benefiting the ACT. Visit www.actforalexandria.org or 703-739-7778.

Stories and Science. 4 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 4-6 can enjoy stories, experiments and more. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at Walt Whitman Middle School 2500 Parkers Lane. Watch "One on this Island Junior." $2/student; $5/adult; $10/family. E-mail kylie.murray@fcps.edu for more.

Pint-Sized Playacting. 3 p.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children age 3-6 can join in reading, performing and more. $3/session. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092 to register.

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

Friday/May 1

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

Saturday/May 2

Kentucky Derby Party. 4-8 p.m. at an undetermined location. Enjoy food, bets and more. All proceeds benefit the Campagna Center. 703-549-0111 ext. 107.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. $20-$80/person. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Old Town, 228 S. Pitt St. Hear the keyboard scholars. Free. Donations accepted.

Garden Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Browse shrubs, plants, flowers and more from local growers. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

Sunday/May 3

Reception. 1-3 p.m. see paintings by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Runs from April 28 through June 28. Visit potomacvalleywatercolorist.com for more.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. $25/adult; $20/senior; $5/student. 703-635-2770.

Opening Day. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park. The West End Farmers’ Market is open. Free. 703-838-4343.

Monday/May 4

Yoga for Gardeners. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Features the Vinyasa method. $66/six-class session. To register, 703-642-5173.

Tuesday/May 5

Benefit Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road. Hear Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-Flat Major. Donations accepted. 703-933-4135.