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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Feb. 5-11

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

Auditions for all vocal parts: Ars Choralis; Douglas A. Beck, Music Director St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Alexandria VA 22314 By appointment. Phone the Music Director at 703-549-3312 ext. 17 or e-mail douglas@stpaulsepis.com

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.

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 through Feb. 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.MountVernon.org.

La Muse, 108 N. Patrick St., collects and ships donations for www.AnySoldier.com every day of the year. Bring donations to La Muse and it will be packaged and shipped to soldiers. For ideas on what to donate go to: www.ShopLaMuse.net/Anysoldier.html or call 703-683-1696.

The public can participate in the second annual “Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living,” Jan. 10 through March 6. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. To register, pick up an information packet at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, or online at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

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 Feb. 13,27, March 13,27, April 10,24 and May 8. To register, 703-324-4386.

Visitors can learn about slavery at Mount Vernon during Black History Month programs, wish “George Washington” happy birthday, view new objects on display from a Revolutionary War cannon in the “George Washington & His Generals” exhibit to Mrs. Washington’s wedding slippers and gown pieces (through Feb. 23). For more information, visit Visit.MountVernon.org.

Woodlawn’s Needlework exhibition is March 1-31 at 9000 Richmond Highway. There will be demonstrations, lunch by Nelly’s Needlers and more. See needleworks from around the world. Visit www.woodlawn1805.org or 703-780-4000 for more.

Friday/Feb. 6

Music Performance. 5 p.m. at Carlyle House. Hear 18th-century music and enjoy a candle-lit tour. 703-549-2997 for tickets.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton, 201 Cambridge Road. The concert band performs free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil or 202-767-5658.

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

Saturday/Feb. 7

Magestic Eagles. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Bay View Sunset Walk. 4 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe animals as they get ready for bed. Free. 703-339-2385.

Wild For Winter Waterfowl. 10:30 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Boutique District Warehouse Sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Browse items from local stores and more. Free.

Oral History Lecture. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Char McCargo Bah will give a lecture about Freedmen’s Cemetery. Free. 703-838-4356.

Awards Reception. 4-8 p.m. Gallery West, 1213 King St., presents the “National Juried Exhibition” from Feb. 4 through March 1. See works picked by Joey Manlapaz. Free.

Lecture. “Their Voices Can Be Heard, Part II: The Genealogist’s Way of Doing Oral History” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Propagation Series. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seeds. $20. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. 703-642-5173 to register.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke ST. All ages. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Sunday/Feb. 8

Magestic Eagles. 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Wild For Winter Waterfowl. 10:30 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Music Performance. David Roth, Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley will perform at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. $15/adult; $12/member or in advance. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Gallery Talk. 4 p.m. Deborah Ellis and Barbara Southworth will have artwork on display at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St., through March 8. “Painter and Photographer: Two Processes” is the topic. Free. 703-548-0035.

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School. Hear music by The Duquesne University Tamburitzan. Tickets required, 1-877-826-6437.

Valentine’s Cabaret. 3 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Enjoy music, cabaret, theater and more. $35/adult; $25/student. Visit www.belcantanti.com or 301-266-7546.

Benefit Concert. 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road. Listen to “Broadway Then and Now.” Free, but donations go to the Alliance for Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease and Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis. Visit www.trinityalexandria.org or 703-549-5500 ext. 103.

Past, Present and Future of the Smithsonian’s Ripley Garden. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about this public garden. $10. 703-642-5173 to register.

Monday/Feb. 9

Black Saga Competition. 6 p.m. at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road. Students answer African-American history questions. Free. Visit www.blacksaga.org or 703-461-4100.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Tale Nite. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Baby Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-11 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday/Feb. 10

Books to Film Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss “Love Story.” Free. 703-931-3559.

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

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 years. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-5900.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Feb. 11

Animals, Animals, Animals. 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Elementary school students only. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6. Free. 703-519-5900.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss “The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner. Free. 703-838-4555.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Thursday/Feb. 12

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. Target Gallery presents “BookEnds: The Book as Art” in their gallery at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. from Jan. 22 through Feb. 22. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or 703-838-4565.

Art Reception. 6-9 p.m. Gallery West, 1213 King St., presents the “National Juried Exhibition” from Feb. 4 through March 1. See works picked by Joey Manlapaz. Free.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Hear music by Jon Carroll. $10/person. Visit www.nvfaa.org or 703-548-0035 for tickets.

Performance. 7 p.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Hear performances, music and more. $10/person. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Latin American Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Stories by Latin American authors. Free. 703-519-3498.

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

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Ages 3-5. Free. 703-838-4566.

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

Friday/Feb. 13

Couples Ballroom Dancing. 8:30-11:30 p.m. at a location in Mount Vernon. Dance the waltz, rumba, swing and more to live music. $15/person. Reservations required, www.fridaynightersdancingclub.com.

Theater Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Watch “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” $5/person. 703-799-6204.

Basic Gardening Series. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to compost yard debris and kitchen scraps into a soil amendment. $12. 703-642-5173 to register.

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

Saturday/Feb. 14

Book Sale. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Find books for all readers. Free. 703-339-4610.

Valentine’s Tour and Tea. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. $20/person. Reservations required, 703-548-1789.

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

Birthnight Banquet and Ball. 5:30-11 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with a dance and dinner. $100/person for dinner and ball or $50/person for just the ball. Registration required, www.gadsbystavern.org or 703-838-4242.

Story Telling. 11 a.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Hear stories by Baba Jamal. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Breakfast with George and Parade. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Enjoy parades, breakfast and more. $15/adult; $7/child. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Magestic Eagles. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia perform. $20-$80. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Theater Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Watch “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” $5/person. 703-799-6204.

Family Fun: Enchanted Dish Garden. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Hunt for enchanted creatures hiding in the tropical greenhouse and then build a dish. $15/project. 703-642-5173 to register.

Impact Development Strategies for Home Gardeners. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about rain gardens, water barrels and more. $16/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

Valentine’s Day Tea. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Examine love letters throughout history. $25. 703-941-5173 to register.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke ST. All ages. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Sunday/Feb. 15

Music Performance. David Hildebrand will perform a concert honoring George Washington at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. $20/person and $15/member. Reservations recommended, www.gadsbystavern.org or 703-838-4242.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs Puccini and more. $20-$80/person. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. Hear music by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. Free, donations accepted. Visit www.wmpamusic.org for more.

Fundraiser. The Art League is holding its Patrons’ Show Fundraiser at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Winners choose a piece of artwork donated. $175/ticket. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.

Breakfast with George and Parade. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Enjoy parades, breakfast and more. $15/adult; $7/child. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Magestic Eagles. 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Wild For Winter Waterfowl. 10:30 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia perform. $20-$80; $5/youth. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Concert of Hope. 4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. The Watoto Children’s Choir performs. Free-will donations accepted. 703-765-6118.

What’s Hot in Fruits and Vegetable Gardening. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. $10. 703-642-5173 to register.

Monday/Feb. 16

Birthday Celebration. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Estate. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with free admission, music, parade and more. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Meet Young George Washington. 11 a.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Learn about his life from 1732-1760 and then ask questions. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

Tuesday/Feb. 17

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

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 years. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-5900.

Wednesday/Feb. 18

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxwell. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Story Time. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-6. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6. Free. 703-519-5900.

Thursday/Feb. 19

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Free. 703-931-3559.

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

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Thursday Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Ages 3-5. Free. 703-838-4566.

Friday/Feb. 20

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. The United States Air Force Band Chamber series plays music for the trombone. Free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil or 202-767-5658.

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

Saturday/Feb. 21

Lecture. 11 a.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Learn about harvesting, preparation and consumption of foods of enslaved Virginians. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Magestic Eagles. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Propagation Series. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to make a light stand. $55/all supplies provided. 703-642-5173 to register.

Saturday Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke ST. All ages. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Sunday/Feb. 22

Music Performance. 2 p.m. at Bishop Ireton, 201 Cambridge Road. The Marine Chamber Orchestra performs free. Visit www.bishopireton.org or 703-751-7606.

Magestic Eagles. 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe these birds and learn about their lives. Free. 703-339-2385.

Wild For Winter Waterfowl. 10:30 a.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Happy Real Birthday George. Free admission to Mount Vernon Estate for anyone named George or those that celebrate a birthday that day. Visit http://Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Celebration of Pie Tea Program. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn the stories behind the pies and sample them. $25. 703-941-7987 to register.

Garden Renovation Basics. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to renovate your garden. $10. 703-642-5173.

Monday/Feb. 23

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.

Family Story Time. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. All ages can enjoy an activity. Free. 703-642-5173.

Little One-Ders. 10 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Tale Nite. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages. Free. 703-519-5900.

Baby Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-11 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Bingo. 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Elementary school students only. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday/Feb. 24

Author Talk. 7:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams, 3330 King St. Author Daniel H. Pink will discuss “A Whole New Mind.” Free. Visit www.acps.k12.va.us/ptac/read.php for more.

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

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 0-4 years. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-5900.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.

Wednesday/Feb. 25

Author Talk. 7:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Local author Dominic Mumeka discusses “General Patton’s Dark Secret.” Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6. Free. 703-519-5900.

Mother Goose Time. 9:30 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months. Free. 703-838-4555.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up. Free. 703-838-4555.