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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar Jan. 15-21

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. Hear music by Flory Jagoda. $22/adult; $10/student. Free to Folklore members. Visit www.fsgw.org or 703-354-6460.

Dreamwork: Decoding Your Dreams. Learn how to better recall dreams, analyze them for meaning, and apply it to life. 11 a.m. at Mindful Hands, 211 King St., $5 suggested donation. 703-975-9175 to register.

The How of Happiness. Using a variety of self-testing tools, learn where about the happiness scale and how to bring more happiness, beauty, and meaning into life. 1:30 p.m. at Mindful Hands, 211 King St., $45. 703-975-9175 to register.

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.

Mass to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Alexandria. Free. Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate. Visit www.stjosephva.org for more.

Opening Reception. 4-6 p.m. Deborah Ellis and Barbara Southworth will have artwork on display at the Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St., through March 8. “Maine Woods and Waters” is free. 703-548-0035.

Music. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway. Hear music by choirs from the Mount Vernon community. Free, donations accepted for local non-profits. 703-765-6118.

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.

Tuesday/Jan. 20

Servant Forge Inaugural Ball. 8 p.m. to midnight at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. $150/person includes dinner, drinks and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Alexandria’s Space of Her Own program and Sister to Sister. Visit www.servantforge.org or 703-624-4549.

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.

Dancing. 7:30 p.m. at Lincolnia Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St. Learn how to square dance. Free. All ages. 703-573-8378.

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.

Music Performance. 9 p.m. at 219 Restaurant, 219 King St. Music by Rick Whitehead Trio. $5/person. 703-549-1141 for reservations.

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.

Bach Vespers. 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Free. Visit www.wpc-alex.org.

Candlelight Yoga. Experience relaxing and rejuvenating yoga with Carissa Ciuca, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. at Mindful Hands, 211 King St., $60 for 6 weeks. Drop-ins welcome. Call Carissa Ciuca at 843-906-8784 for more information and to register.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Free, donations accepted. 703-505-0700.

Monday/Jan. 26

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.

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.

Tuesday/Jan. 27

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.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3. Free. 703-519-6000.

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.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road. Hear the National Chamber Players. Free. Visit www.episcopalhighschool.org or 703-933-4135.

Wednesday/Jan. 28

Book Sale. 7-9 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Browse a variety of books. Free. 703-838-4566.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6. Free. 703-519-6000.

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.

Presentation. 7 p.m. at Virginia Tech Alexandria Center, 1021 Prince St. Discuss “Parks, Open Space and Recreation Lands: A Report.” Free. 703-706-8132.

Thursday/Jan. 29

Cool Papa’s Party. Enjoy a musical odyssey at MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St. Call 703-548-9044 for tickets.

18th Century Dance Lessons. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Learn from instructors. $12/class or $30/series. Reservations recommended, 703-838-4242.

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

Book Sale. Noon-9 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Browse a variety of books. Free. 703-838-4566.

Short Story Discussion. 7 p.m. at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Call 70-519-3498 for story titles. Free.

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

Friday/Jan. 30

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.

Book Sale. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Browse a variety of books. Free. 703-838-4566.

Workshop. 7-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. Free workshop for parents and teachers. Visit www.celebratecalm.com for more.

Music Performance. Alexandria resident Chris Gekker will perform at noon at the Summer School Museum, 17th and M Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. Hear poetry and music by Eric Ewazen, Katherine Gekker, Gail Collins and Stephen Brown, all with ties to Alexandria. Free.

Saturday/Jan. 31

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.

Good Sports Storytime. 11 a.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Children ages 2 and up enjoy songs and stories about touchdowns, goals, and more. Free. Visit www.hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092.

Turn the Page. 10 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Discuss “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. 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.

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

Book Sale. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Browse a variety of books. Free. 703-838-4566.

Movie Watch. 7 p.m. at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church. Watch “Fireproof” and have a discussion. Childcare provided. Free. 703-360-4370.

Workshop. 9-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. Free workshop for parents and teachers. Visit www.celebratecalm.com for more.

Sunday/Feb. 1

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.