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Arlington Calendar April 29-May 5

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.

Ongoing:

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.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) has scheduled a series of free Confident City Cycling Classes for 2009. The Virginia classes, which are free and open to all, regardless of residency, are designed to provide cyclists with the skills they need incorporate bicycling into their daily routines, on city streets for errands, commuting, and fun. For more information and on-line registration, visit http://www.waba.org/events/education.php#ccc

Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St, presents “The Cowboy Astronomer” beginning Friday, April 17 through Sunday, June 7. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1:30 & 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children 12 & younger. Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time. 703-228-6070.

“Energerium” – a new exhibit on energy in living systems, including human systems has opened at Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center. This exhibit examines nature through the lens of energy, drawing attention to the central role that energy plays in our lives. The Energerium is open to the general public at regular nature center hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m., Sundays; closed on Mondays). Visit www.nvrpa.org to see a schedule of upcoming programs.

Thursday/April 30

Bike Show and Fundraiser. 7-9 p.m. at Dome Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Phoenix Bikes will have profiles, exhibits. Visit www.phoenixbikes.org. $20/advance; $30/door.

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Jeffrey Toobin will discuss “the Nine.” Free. 703-228-6321.

Music Performance. 4-8 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Books, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Hear music from the Yorktown High School music departments. Free. Visit www.yorktownband.org or 703-276-0416.

Meet Author Kate Feiffer and Illustrator Jules Feiffer. 4 p.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281. They will read from their book “Which Puppy.”

Friday/May 1

Arlington Artists Show. 6-9 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Browse works by over 25 artists and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org or 703-524-7049.

Concert. 6 p.m. at Gunston Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Hear music by Arlington’s Spanish Chorus, Gunston Jazz Ensemble and more. $10/family or $5/family with donation of canned food. 703-271-8133.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children 18-35 months can enjoy songs, crafts, stories and more about nature. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Wild Virginia Campfire. 6:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. All ages can enjoy campfire fun like stories, guests and more. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

The Big Dipper. 7:30 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Families with children age 7 and up can learn about the Big Dipper. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. At Wakefield High School. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and showtime is at 7 p.m. $6/person for dinner; $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.” Donation of non-perishable also requested.

Irish Music. 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike. Hear the Irish Breakfast Band and more. Free. 703-920-5660.

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Saturday/May 2

Walking History Tour. Walk anywhere from 1-12 miles visiting sites in Clarendon, Ballston and more. Meet 9 a.m. at Clarendon Metro Station, bring lunch, water and wear comfortable shoes. Leisurely pace. $2/person. 703-243-0179.

Storytime. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Arlington Artists Show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Browse works by over 25 artists and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org or 703-524-7049.

Plant Sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Capital Hopsice, 4715 N. 15th St. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Landscape Fund. Browse plants, perennials, shrubs and more. Free. 703-536-2981.

Bike Maintenance 101. 10:30 a.m. at Conte’s Cycles, 3924 Wilson Blvd. Learn how to change tires and other preventative maintenance. Free. 703-228-3066.

Hawks and Falcons. 1 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children 5 and up can meet some live birds and learn about them. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Welcome Back Hummingbirds. 2 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Families can learn about these birds and make a feeder to take home. $10/family. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Astronomy Foray. 6-10 p.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Children age 10 to adult can learn about astronomy through the skies. $15/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School. $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.”

Family Fun Festival. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Preschool, 3313 Arlington Blvd. Free, cost for tickets for games, painting, raffle and more.

Benefit Dance. 7:30 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road. Hosted by the Northern Virginia Western Dance Association. Proceeds benefit Fisher Houses. $15/advance; $20/door. Visit www.nvcwda.org or 703-860-4941.

Sunday/May 3

Open House and Heritage Festival. 1-4 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Park, at the end of Marcey Road. Includes music, games, food and more. Free. Visit www.nvrpa.org or 703-528-5406 for more.

Trillium Trek. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can travel to Linden, Va. To see the Great White Trillium display. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Grand Opening. 2 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Park. Enjoy the opening of the display “Energerium.” Free. 703-528-5406.

Look Up Skywatching. 2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Families can learn about rainbows, sundogs, halos and other atmospheric phenomena. $5/family. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Multi-Family Yard Sale. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Blvd. Items for sale include kitchen goods, dishes, Judaica, books, coins, electronics including computer accessories and VCRs. All proceeds will support Congregation Etz Hayim. For details, contact school@etzhayim.net

Monday/May 4

Stars Tonight for May. 7:30 p.m. at Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. Enjoy a telescopic view of Saturn. $3/adult; $2/senior, child. Visit www.apsva.us/planetarium or 703-228-6070.

Wednesday/May 6

Storytime. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Bird Walk. 8:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn about migratory birds and spot some. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Gemstone Club. 3:30 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 7-11 can learn about emeralds. $8/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Feeding Frenzy. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can create a picnic for animals that live at the center. $1/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Goodnight Nature Tales. 6:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 2-6 can enjoy activities, visitors and more. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Thursday/May 7

Lunchtime Concert. Noon at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free. Visit www.fmmc.org or 703-228-7710.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the different animals that hatch from eggs. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Friday/May 8

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School. $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.”

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive. See the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus perform. $15-$30. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 703-910-4600.

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones. 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the different animals that hatch from eggs. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

May-Apples Campfire. 7 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can enjoy campfire activities. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Long Branch Overnight. 7:30 p.m.-9 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 9-13 can learn what happens at night. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Saturday/May 9

Gala and Silent Auction. 6-10 p.m. at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Enjoy dinner, auction and more. $75/person. E-mail borromeohousing@gmail.com for more.

Spring Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Wilson School, 1601 Wilson Blvd. Enjoy face painting, games, music, food, auction and more. Free. E-mail jrabach@gmail.com for more.

Opening Day. The Ballston Arts and Crafts market opens between Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Browse works by over 70 local artists. Free. Visit http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com/ for more.

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School. $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.”

Music Performance. 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive. See the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus perform. $15-$30. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 703-910-4600.

Walk for the Animals. 8:20 a.m. at Bluemont Park. Dogs can accompany owners. Benefits Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 703-931-9241.

Civil War Discovery Series: Artillery. 9 a.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Children age 7-11 can learn to load and aim a Civil War cannon. $5/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

Horseshoe Crabs by Moonlight. 9 a.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can venture to Delaware to witness rituals of the crabs. Registration required, $200/single; $150/double. 703-228-6535.

Conservation Outreach for Children. 9:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children 10 and older can learn about removing invasive plants. Free. 703-228-7636.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Defending Chain Bridge Hike. Noon-3 p.m. at Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford St. Families can learn about the fort over a 3-mile hike. $10/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

May-Apples Campfire. 7 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can enjoy campfire activities. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Sunday/May 10

Music Performance. 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear the National Chamber Ensemble. $25/person. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 202-397-SEAT.

Nature for Beginners: Caterpillars. 3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can learn about these animals and identify them. Free. 703-228-3403.

Tuesday/May 12

Birding Trip. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can see spring migrants. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wild Ones: Sun Dials. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-10 can practice telling time with the sun. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Thursday/May 14

Baby-Ready Pet Help. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Parents can learn how to prepare a home and pet for the arrival of a new baby. Suggested donation of $25. Reservations required, jnewman@awla.org or 703-931-9241 ext. 213.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can discuss “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. Free. 703-228-3403.

Friday/May 15

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Hear Encore Chorale perform. Free. 301-261-5747.

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.