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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Feb. 26-March 4

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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.

The public can participate in the second annual “Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living,” 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. 27, March 13,27, April 10,24 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.

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.

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 p.m. in March at the Hands-On History room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center. “Working Together” is the theme for March’s storytelling sessions. “Once Upon at Time at Mount Vernon” is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15; youth ages 6-11, $7; and children under 5 are admitted free. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Friday/Feb. 27

Opening Reception. 7-9 p.m. The Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., presents “Object D'Art, “a juried exhibition designed to challenge the artists' creative energy by reaching beyond comfort-zones and exploring new styles and new mediums. The exhibit runs Feb. 27 through March 22. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org or 703-838-4827.

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

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

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

Saturday/Feb. 28

Book Discussion. 2 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Kay Karim will discuss crafting and publishing a family cookbook. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Dance Party. 3-7:30 p.m. at MVUC, 1909 Windmill Lane. Families can enjoy dancing, stories and more. $7.99/person. All ages. For tickets visit www.rockandroll.joytroupe.com.

Railroad Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. See miniature towns, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego trains and more. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

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.

Symposium. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Enjoy the 2009 EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium. $45/person optional $12 for boxed lunch. 703-642-5173 to register.

Frogs, Turtles and Snakes Oh My. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages can meet some local critters. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Memory Cookbook Writing. 2 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults can learn how to craft and publish a cookbook. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Tea with Martha Washington. 3-4:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Enjoy tea with the first First Lady, cookies, and more. $25/person. Reservations required, 703-838-4242.

Forum. 6 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Danny Glover will be part of the forum on “The Ancestral Healing.” $50/person, $20/senior $10/student. Visit www.ancestralhealing.net or 703-371-1415 for tickets.

Sunday/March 1

Railroad Days. 1-5 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. See miniature towns, Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego trains and more. Free. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

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.

Tea with Martha Washington. 3-4:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Enjoy tea with the first First Lady, cookies, and more. $25/person. Reservations required, 703-838-4242.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Hear the Harmony Heritage Singers. Free. Free will offering benefit Bryant Early Learning Center. 703-765-5950.

Healing Aspect of Nature. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about the healing aspect of nature. $10/person. To register, 703-642-5173. Visit www.greenspring.org for more.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults and teens of all levels can play. Free. 703-765-3645.

Monday/March 2

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.

Music Performance. 6-9 p.m. at MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St. Hear jazz music by Will Smith and his trio, The W.E.S. Group. Registration and buffet at 6 p.m. $50/person with sponsorship tickets available. Proceeds benefit the 20-week Parent Leadership Training program. Visit www.plti-alex.org or 703-739-0233.

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/March 3

Benefit Performance. 8 p.m. at Little Theater of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Watch “Leading Ladies.” Proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Inova Alexandria Hospital. $25, $45, $65. 703-548-9485.

Wednesday/March 4

Camp Fair. 5:30-8 p.m. at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Road. Free. Learn about camp programs. Pizza and bake sale will be available.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at West Potomac High School. Hear music by orchestras from the high school, Carl Sandburg Middle School and Hollin Meadows Elementary School. Free.

Lunch Bunnies. Noon at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 1-5 bring lunch, enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610

Girls Night Out. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Teens can enjoy a book discussion. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Thursday/March 5

Dining Out for Life. A variety of restaurants in Old Town will contribute 25-100 percent from that day’s proceeds to Food & Friends. Visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol for a complete listing of participating restaurants.

Book Discussion. Noon at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss “Jim the Boy” by Tony Earley. Adults. Free. 703-339-4610.

Poetry Read. 7 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Share a favorite poem, original or by favorite poet. Free. 703-765-3645.

Friday/March 6

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear music for the clarinet and saxophone. Free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil or 202-767-5658.

Basic Gardening Series. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to create a backyard wildlife habitat. $12/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

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.

Saturday/March 7

Concert. 7 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Empowered Women International presents 7Sopranos. $12/person, reception follows. Visit www.7Sopranos.com for more.

Miss Alexandria Pageant. Ages 17-24 are eligible to compete. Visit wwww.missalexandria.com or e-mail missalexandria09@yahoo.com. The winner goes on to compete in the Miss Virginia pageant.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Signature Chorale and more. Tickets range between $20-$80. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Multiplying Plants. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Take starter plants home. $22/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

Sunday/March 8

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. The Metropolitan Chorus, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Heritage Signature Chorale will perform. Tickets $30-$45/adult; $25-$40/senior; $5/youth. Visit www.metchorus.org or 703-933-2500.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Hear music by Holly Near with Emma’s Revolution, a benefit concert for RPJ Housing. $25/person; $20/member or advance. Visit www.focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Music Benefit. Holly Near will perform a benefit concert for RPJ Housing Corp., at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection. $25/person; $20/advance. Visit www.focusmusic.org for more.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear pianist Jim Allison perform. Free. 703-505-0700.

A Taste of Britain. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Discover British cooking and sample foods. $25/person. 703-941-7987 to register.

Glorious Ornamental Vines. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about a variety of vines for all conditions. $10/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

Monday/March 9

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.

Rainbow Readers. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 2-3 years can enjoy colorful stories. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610.

Books & Ideas. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults discuss “The Vanish Act of Esme Lennox.” Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Tuesday/March 10

Think Green. 10:15 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 2-3 can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

K is for Kite. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy stories and activities. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Wednesday/March 11

Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Discuss global warming and climate change with Dr. Chris Pyke. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks or 703-768-2525.

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 9-12 can discuss “One More Valley, One More Hill” by Linda Lowery. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Older Adults Book Group. 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss “Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989” by Michael Beschloss. Free. 703-339-4610.

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

Thursday/March 12

The Tree’s Defense Process. 7:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about tree biology from arborist Richard Murray. Free. Visit www.vnps.org or 703-642-5173.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Hear NovaZanz perform. $10/person. Visit www.nvfaa.org for tickets.

Friday/March 13

Ballroom Dancing. 8:30-11:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Dance the waltz, rumba, swing and more to live music. $15/person. Reservations required, www.fridaynightersdancingclub.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.

Saturday/March 14

Talk. 11 a.m. at Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Patricia Knock and Nikki Henderson will lead a talk. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or 703-838-4356.

Workshop. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to prune shrubs and small trees and try it hands-on. $30/person. To register 703-642-5173.

Family Fun. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 6 and up can learn about wild animals and where to find them in the backyard. $15/project includes materials. To register, 703-642-5173.

Book Sale. 10 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Find books for all readers. Free. 703-339-4610.

Sunday/March 15

Performance. 2 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear music by the Vienna Romantics. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com or 703-845-6156.

Opening Reception. 3-5 p.m. “Genus Loci” is at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, from March 1 through March 31. See art by Cecily Corcoran. Free. Visit www.convergenceccf.net or 703-998-6260.

Green Roofs. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about green roof gardening from author Ed Snodgrass. $10/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults and teens of all levels can play. Free. 703-765-3645.

Monday/March 16

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.

Tuesday/March 17

Dogs Say Woof. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Center. Children ages 1-2 enjoy stories and activities. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610.

Mother-Daughter Book Club. 7 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Ages 9-11 with adult. Call for title. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Evening Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Discuss “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. Free. 703-339-4610.

Wednesday/March 18

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

Book Discussion. 7:15 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Call for title. Free. 703-971-0010.

Thursday/March 19

Kites. 4 p.m. at John Marshal Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-12 can make a kite. Registration required, 703-971-0010. Free.

Friday/March 20

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Hear Railroad Earth. $25/person. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Starting a Vegetable Garden. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about tips to help a vegetable garden. $12/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

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.

Saturday/March 21

Dance Performance. 7:30 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. $14-$28/person. See performances by Jane Franklin Dance, music by the Washington Saxophone Quartet. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Swordsmen’s Rendezvous. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Learn how to wield a sword, tour the museum and more. $5/person. Reservations required, www.gadsbystevern.org or 703-838-4242.

Performance. 7:30 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. See Jane Franklin Dance perform. $28/adult; $25/senior, student. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111 for discounted tickets.

Floral Design in French Style. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Laura Dowling will share floral designs from French masters. $18/person. To register, 703-642-5173.

Harambee Readers. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “A Mercy” by Toni Morrison. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Gentle Yoga. 2 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults can experience the benefits. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Sunday/March 22

Display Your Collection. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to create a display for any type of collection. $25/person. 703-941-7987.

Conifers for Gardens. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Author Richard Bitner will discuss using conifers in garden design. $10/person. 703-642-5173 to register.