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Calendar Feb. 25-March 3

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.

Art Listing:

See “East Meets West” at Century 21 Redwood Realty, 1711 Wilson Blvd., through Feb. 28. Art by Arlington Artists Alliance. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.com

The Arlington Artists Alliance has a winter show through Feb. 27 at Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Over 20 artists display oil paintings and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.com for more.

Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Office of the City of Reims present “Crossing Glances: Regards Croises Arlington & Reims: Sister Cities” through March 28 at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Photographs by John Babineau of Arlington and Cecile Bethleem of Reims, France. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Students from Kenmore Middle School are exhibiting their artwork at The Phillips Collection Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. The student artwork included in the exhibit was inspired by The Phillips Collection's current exhibition, “Christo and Jeanne Claude: Over the River, a Work in Progress.” The community celebration is open to the public and the student exhibit can be viewed through March 8. Call 703-228-6004.

Paintings and drawings of Teresa Oaxaca will be on display at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., through March 30. Oaxaca, a 2005 graduate of H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, is a classically-trained realist painter who studied in Italy and Norway.

The Arlington Artists Alliance Art Fest is March 27 through April 3 at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Enjoy browsing art, demonstrations and more. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org or 703-524-7049.

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.

With the advent of spring, Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 No. Quincy Street, presents “The Mystery of the Missing Seasons” beginning Friday, March 6 through Sunday, April 5. 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. 703-228-6070.

Wednesday/Feb. 25

Mice Tales. 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 mice through activities, stories and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wild Ones: Winter Babies. 4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 6-10 can learn about animals that lay eggs or have babies in winter. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Thursday/Feb. 26

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature through walks, stories and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Benefit Night. 7-11 p.m. at Harry’s Tap Roon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Proceeds benefit Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. Must have tickets to attend $75/person includes buffet, music, auction and more. 202-414-8135.

Friday/Feb. 27

Theater. 7:30 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

Music Performance. The IBIS Chamber Music Society will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St. Free, donations accepted. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org or 703-527-3960.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature through walks, stories and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Music Performance. 9:30 p.m. at El Gitano’s Restaurant and Lounge, 3528 168th St. Hear SikSadState and Overkast perform. $5/person.

Saturday/Feb. 28

Theater. 7:30 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

DC Hokies Chili Cook-Off. 1-5 p.m. at Yorktown Bistro, 5171 Lee Highway. Local chili fanatics will be dishing out their homemade recipes. Enjoy music, raffles and more. All proceeds benefit scholarships. $15/adult; $5/child. Visit www.ncrhokies.org for more.

Creatures and Cultures of Canada. 2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 8-11 can bring artifacts and stories about Canada. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Polar Bears. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 5-9 can learn about these animals through games, crafts and more. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 5:45-7 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals come in for dinner. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Owl Moon. 6:30-8 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Families with children ages 6 and up can learn about these animals and go on a walk. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Beach Party. 8 p.m. at Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 S. 23rd St. Washington Area Parrot Head Club hosts a benefit for Alice Ferguson Foundations. Best dressed awards. $10/person.

Sunday/March 1

Theater. 3 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

A Sky Full of Stars. 7:30 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th ST. Families with children ages 7 and up can study the sky. $3/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Capital Wind Symphony performs. $15/person; $10/senior. Visit www.capitalwinds.org for more.

Monday/March 2

Stars Tonight for March. 7:30 p.m. at David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. Enjoy a tour of the stars. $3/adults; $2/senior, child. Visit www.apsva.us/planetarium or 703-228-6070.

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Gwen Ifill will discuss “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Free.

Wednesday/March 4

Bird Walk. 9-11 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can search for migratory birds. Experienced and beginner birders welcome. Free. 703-228-6535.

Rocks On My Block. 1:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about rocks through stories and more. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Gemstone Club: Aquamarine. 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 7-11 can learn about this gemstone and take one home. $8/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Thursday/March 5

Book Signing and Reading. 7 p.m. Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Office of the City of Reims present “Crossing Glances: Regards Croises Arlington & Reims: Sister Cities” from Jan. 23 through March 28 at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Photographs by John Babineau of Arlington and Cecile Bethleem of Reims, France. 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 through walks, stories and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Rocks On My Block. 1:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about rocks through stories and more. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Music Performance. 9 p.m. at IOTA Club and Café. The Wiyos will perform with Steppin’ In It. Visit www.thewiyos.com or www.iotaclubandcafe.com for more.

Friday/March 6

Theater. 7:30 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature through walks, stories and more. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 6-7:15 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals come in for dinner. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Saturday/March 7

Theater. 7:30 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

Basketball Tournament. 9 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Free. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Visit www.arlingtonredcross.org for more.

March Madness Dance. 6-11 p.m. at NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Funds benefit the Y’s Building Bridges Campaign and Beyond the Hoop’s scholarship fund. $30/single; $55/couple. Tickets available at Arlington YMCA, 3422, N. 13th St., 703-525-5420.

Pinewood Derby Championship. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ballston Mall. Cub Scouts from Alexandria, Arlington and McLean face off. Free. 703-906-7155.

Critter Chatter. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 5-9 can learn about how animals communicate with each other and us. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 6-7:15 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals come in for dinner. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Singles Dinner and Movie Night. 5 p.m. at Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd., followed by a movie of one’s choice. $20 includes dinner, drink, tip and ticket. RSVP required, 301-924-4101.

Sunday/March 8

Theater. 3 p.m. at Chalice Theatre at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. $15/student; senior. $20/adult. Watch “Big: The Musical.” 703-892-0202 ext. 6.

Basketball Tournament. 9 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Free. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Visit www.arlingtonredcross.org for more.

Nature for Beginners: Amphibians. 3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can learn about the ten types of amphibians. Free. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Woodcock Watch. 5-9 p.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can search for the male’s mating display and other sights of nature at night. $15/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals come in for dinner. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Second Sundays. Noon-2:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults and teens can become a trained volunteer and help the environment. Free. 703-228-7636.

Wednesday/March 11

Rocks on My Block. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about nature through stories and more. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Thursday/March 12

Fund-raiser. 6:30-9 p.m. at Hilton Arlington, 950 N. Stafford St. Enjoy The Reading Connection’s “Of Wine and Words.” $65/person. Visit www.thereadingconnection.org for tickets.

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.

Songs for Tots. Noon at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Children ages 2-6 can enjoy learning colors, counting and more with Tara Chiusano. Free.

Wii for Adults. 1 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Learn how to golf or bowl with the Wii. Free.

Movie Screening. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “The Marshall Plan: Against the Odds” and then have a discussion. Free. 703-892-4204.

Rocks on My Block. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about nature through stories and more. $5/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 do nature activities in their pajamas. $2/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Friday/March 13

Hike and Vineyard Visit. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Rec Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can enjoy a four mile hike and then visit the vineyard. $20/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Rocks on My Block. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about nature through stories and more. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Saturday/March 14

Trivia Night. 6-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Middle School, 825 S. Taylor St. Enjoy trivia, auctions and raffles. $10/ticket or $80/table of 8. Benefits field trips for the school. 703-892-4846.

Plant Removal. 10 a.m.-noon at N. Frederick St. and N. 11th St. Adults and teens can help remove invasive plants. Free. 703-228-7636.

Second Saturdays. 10 a.m.-noon at Lacey Woods Park. Clean out unwanted plant invaders. Free. 703-228-7636.

Snakes Alive. 2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can learn about these animals and meet some up close. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Hanssen Spy Tour. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn about traitor Robert Hanssen and his ties with the park. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Flying Squirrel Lore and More. 6:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can watch these animals glide in for dinner. $4/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Sunday/March 15

Intro to Birding. 9 a.m.-noon, meet at Belle Haven Marina. Adults and children 12 and older can learn the basics. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Plant Invasions. 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Ages 9 to adult can help clear out invasive plants. Free. 703-228-7636.

Brownie Scout Badge Blitz. 3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 6-8 can earn badges through activities at the park. Registration required, 703-228-3403. $15/scout covers all three activities.

Film Watch. 2 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl.” Free. 703-228-6545.

Tuesday/March 17

Birding Trip. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Lubber Run, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can look for birds at the Delaware Shore. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wednesday/March 18

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Maurice Jackson will discuss “Let This Voice Be Heard.” Free.

Wild Ones: Pondering Life. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-10 can learn about what’s in the streams and ponds. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Graduate Gemologists. 4:15 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 8-12 can learn about jade. $8/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Thursday/March 19

Movie Watch. 6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Watch “Under the Bombs.” Free.

Friday/March 20

Entries Due. Send in original artwork of at least 50 percent recycled materials to Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., for its exhibit to be held April 1 at the library. Free. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/departments/libraries for more.

Saturday/March 21

Sale. 9-11:45 a.m. at Swanson Middle School, 5800 N. Washington Blvd Browse cribs, strollers, books and more. Half price sale starts at noon.

Sunday/March 22

Author Event. 3 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. David Martin discusses “Losing Everything.” Free.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at the Church at Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland St. Hear music by Ibis Chamber. Free. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org or 703-527-3960.