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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Jan. 8-14

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

Mount Vernon Community bands need members. All concert band musicians wanted. Most needed are: oboes, bassoons, French horns, saxophones, flutes, trombones, and clarinets. Also needed and welcome are: percussionists, and players of tubas, euphoniums, trumpets. Visit www.mvbands.com, e-mail MVSwingBand@Cox.net or call 703-339-6534 for more information.

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 beginning Nov. 1 through Feb. 15, 2009. For more information, visit www.MountVernon.org.

The American Horticultural Society hosts holiday happenings at its headquarters at River Farm. From Dec. 1 to Jan. 16, River Farm’s grounds and estate house will feature lights, poinsettias, and other festive holiday decorations. All are welcome to visit and enjoy Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but note that the grounds will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 4.

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.

Historic Mount Vernon welcomes Inauguration visitors in January with 20 percent off adult admission. Visitors must print the coupon from Mount Vernon's Web site: http://visit.mountvernon.org. January is also the 250th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington, and on display Jan. 12 – Feb. 23 are Mrs. Washington's wedding slippers, which have not been exhibited at Mount Vernon in over 30 years. $15 for adults; $7 for youth ages 6-11; and free for children five and younger. Visit http://visit.mountvernon.org or 703-780-2000.

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.

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/Jan. 9

Wee Ones Storytime. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books, 1555 King St. Children 2 and under can enjoy stories and songs. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Inaugural Ball. 6-8 p.m. at William Ramsay for students and their families. $3/child. Mayor Euille will attend. Visit www.williamramsaypta.wordpress.com or 571-839-1669.

Ballroom Dancing. 8:30 p.m. at a private club in Mount Vernon. Enjoy the waltz, rumba and more to live music. $15/person. Reservations required, www.fridaynightersdancingclub.com for more.

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

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Browse books, and more. Free. 703-838-4555.

Saturday/Jan. 10

Opening Reception. 5-8 p.m., see Gallery West’s new exhibit “4X4 – New Year New Visions” is on display from Jan. 7 through Feb. 1. See photographs, paintings, drawings and more. Located at 1213 King St. Free. Visit www.gallery-west.com or 703-549-6006.

Music Performance. T.C. Williams Musical Group will host the District X Orchestra Concert at 3 p.m. at the high school, 3330 King St. Free. 703-824-6800.

Magestic Eagles. 2:30 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.

Gardening Lecture. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about how to start a garden, design one and more. $160 includes all three lectures and afternoon workshop or $15/lecture. Bring lunch. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Hail to the Chief Storytime. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 2 and up enjoy songs and stories of presidential proportions. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Saturday Stories. 2 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. All ages enjoy stories. Free. 703-519-6000.

Book Sale. 9 a.m. –5 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Browse books, and more. Free. 703-838-4555.

Sunday/Jan. 11

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Hear music by Hot Soup. $15/general; $12/member. Visit focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at West Potomac High School Springbank Auditorium. Hear the Capitol Steps. $25/advance or $30/door. E-mail westpotomaccrewcapitolsteps@gmail.com for tickets. Proceeds benefit WPHS crew team.

Reception and Meet the Artist. 3-4:30 p.m., The Art League presents “A Hosta Story,” watercolor paintings by Yoshimi Matsukata from Jan. 8-Feb. 2. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.theartleague.org or 703-683-1780.

Wintering Animals. 1 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Magestic Eagles. 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 Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Hear music of Bach with organ, hymns and more. Free. Visit www.wpc-alex.org or 703-549-4766.

Monday/Jan. 12

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. Free. Registration required, 703-519-5900.

Family Tale Night. 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 up to 11 months. Free. 703-838-4566.

Bingo. 2:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Elementary age students only. Free. 703-838-4566.

Tuesday/Jan. 13

Movie and Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss the book and movie of “The Remains of the Day.” Free. 703-519-5900.

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

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children up to age 4. Free. Registration required, 703-838-4566.

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

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

Wednesday/Jan. 14

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

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

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

Thursday/Jan. 15

Flying “Dragons.” 7 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Learn about the dragonfly in honor of Chinese New Year. Appropriate for people ages 11 and up. Reservations required, 703-768-2525. $6/person.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss “The Body of the Condemned” from “Discipline and Punish” by Michel Foucault. 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 1-2 years. Free. 703-838-4566.

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

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

Friday/Jan. 16

Opening Reception. 7-10 p.m., see “Nocturne-from Dusk to Dawn” at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., through Feb. 15. See the effects of light between dusk and dawn. Free. 703-838-4827.

Wee Ones Storytime. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 2 and under enjoy songs and stories. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Saturday/Jan. 17

Medieval Madness. 7 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. Enjoy comedy, food, drinks, music, sword competition and more. $49/person. Visit www.medievalmadness.org or 703-329-3075.

Rockin’ for the Red Benefit Concert. 6:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. My Favorite Highway and Crash Boom Bang will perform. Proceeds benefit Alexandria Red Cross. $15/advance; $20/door. Visit www.alexandriaredcross.org/rockin.html or 703-299-2524.

Magestic Eagles. 2:30 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.

Gardening Lecture. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about how to start a garden, design one and more. $160 includes all three lectures and afternoon workshop or $15/lecture. Bring lunch. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Curious George Storytime. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 6 and under enjoy meeting Curious George and hear stories staring him. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Sunday/Jan. 18

Wintering Animals. 1 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Magestic Eagles. 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.

Book Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road. Browse books, tapes, cds, dvds and more. 703-978-3953.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Hear music of Bach with organ, hymns and more. Free. Visit www.wpc-alex.org or 703-549-4766.

Monday/Jan. 19

Book Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road. Browse books, tapes, cds, dvds and more. 703-978-3953.

Wednesday/Jan. 21

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Free. 703-838-4566.

Let’s Talk Books. 7 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. Registration recommended, 703-838-4555. Free.

Thursday/Jan. 22

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 1-2 years. Free. 703-838-4566.

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

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

Friday/Jan. 23

Wee Ones Storytime. 10:30 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 2 and under enjoy songs and stories. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Saturday/Jan. 24

Needlework Workshop. 10 a.m.-noon at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Learn about 18th-century needlework and start a project. $20/person includes a tour. Beginners and intermediate. Reservations required, 703-549-2997.

Magestic Eagles. 2:30 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.

Gardening Lecture. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about how to start a garden, design one and more. $160 includes all three lectures and afternoon workshop or $15/lecture. Bring lunch. Registration required, 703-642-5173.

Wildlife in Winter. 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Children ages 5-10 can play games, make crafts and more. $4/child. Registration required, 703-768-2525.

In the Jungle Storytime. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 2 and up enjoy songs and stories about jungle friends. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Kristin Levine Book Launch. 3 p.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 10 and up can meet Alexandria author and hear her read from her new book “The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had.” Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

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

Sunday/Jan. 25

Open House. 1-4 p.m. at Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave. For students entering grades 6-12. Visit www.Commonwealthacademy.org or 703-548-6912.

Wintering Animals. 1 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Observe swans, ducks and other waterfowl. Free. 703-339-2385.

Magestic Eagles. 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.

Wildlife in Winter. 1-3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Children ages 5-10 can play games, make crafts and more. $4/child. Registration required, 703-768-2525.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Hear music of Bach with organ, hymns and more. Free. Visit www.wpc-alex.org or 703-549-4766.