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Emily Skinner is Mae West in "Dirty Blonde," opening Signature Theatre's 20th anniversary season Aug. 11-Oct. 4 in The Ark.

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 Steve Hibbard at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

<cal1>Ongoing:

<cal2>As summer vegetables start to ripen, The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) reminds gardeners that they can donate extra produce to the AFAC Plant a Row for the Hungry program. AFAC now serves nearly 1,200 clients per week by providing supplemental groceries to Arlington families in need. There are two locations where you can bring vegetable and fruit donations:

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), 2708 S. Nelson Street, Monday –Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (call 703-845-8486 ahead of time to schedule a drop-off).

Enjoy the Party at the Plaza with dancing and music every Wednesday from now through July 29, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the outdoor terrace of the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., 2nd Floor Terrace. Australian dance champ Michael Rye will teach the latest moves, and on salsa nights (July 1), area salseras Eileen Torres and Jeri Dembrak will host. Call 703-228-1850.

Stretch Class in Gateway Park on Saturdays from now through Sept. 5, from 9-10 a.m. Lucy Bowen McCauley will be giving free stretch classes every Saturday morning until July 18. Jocelyn Gordon takes over on July 25 with her Hoopnotica program. The classes are held at Gateway Park, located at 1300 Lee Highway at the foot of Key Bridge.

Arlington Farmers Market, Courthouse, N. 14th Street and N. Courthouse Road at the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Help Desk. Saturday mornings: 8 a.m. – noon.

For further information about the AFAC Plant a Row for the Hungry program, visit the web site at sites.google.com/site/afacplotagainsthunger

Or contact Puwen Lee at afacpuwen@aol.com or (703) 845-8486.

A Columbia Pike Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pike Park in front of Rite Aid, at the corner of S. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike. Browse fruit, produce, meats, plants and more. Visit www.columbiapike.org.

Ballston Farmers Market and Lunchtime Concerts. The weekly market, now in its fifth year of operation, offers farm-fresh produce and locally produced foods. Live music is provided by local musician "Dan The Man."

Participating vendors include Baguette Republic, Barajas Produce, Farmhouse Flowers and Plants, Grace's Pastries, Great Harvest Bread, La Provençale Cellars, Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates, LMS Vegetable Farm, Red Apron Butcher Shop, Teaco, Tuckey Mountain Grown, Tyson's Farms, and Walnut Hill Farm. For product details, visit www.ballstonvasquare.org/farmersmarket.html.

The Market runs every Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. now through Oct. 16 (no market July 3rd). Welburn Square is located at N. 9th and N. Stuart Streets across from the Ballston Metro station on the Orange Line. Live music is provided between noon and 2 p.m.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District’s (BID) Farmers Market runs on Thursdays from now until Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Wilson Boulevard and North Oak Street. The market will give residents, visitors, and office workers the chance to buy fresh and local from regional vendors who have become Rosslyn favorites. Adjacent to the market, shoppers can enjoy a variety of live music during Rosslyn Lunchtime Concerts held from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 24. The lineup includes R& B, Pop, Folk, Jazz musicians and more.

<cal1>Thursday/July 23

<cal2>"Rear Window" (1954). 1 p.m. Free. Part of the Hitchcock Film Retrospective at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington. Call 703-228-6545.

Reading and Book Signing. 11 a.m. A Living Legend's Story... Justice Older than the Law: The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree. The event will include a reading and book signing by co-author and award-winning journalist Katie McCabe; as well as a special tribute by legendary civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height, Dovey Roundtree’s "dearest colleague." At the Women’s Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery.

<cal1>Friday/July 24

<cal2>Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. 8 p.m. At the Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington. Free. Call The United States Air Force Band's Concert Line at 202-767-5658 or visit our homepage: www.usafband.af.mil

"Short Circuit" (1986). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>July 24-26

<cal2>Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Presented by Act III Theatre Company, a division of Encore Stage & Studio. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-548-1154.

<cal1>Saturday, July 25

<cal2>GOP Picnic With George Allen. 1-4 p.m. At Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Tickets are $35. The event will also feature the three GOP candidates for Delegate in Arlington— Eric Brescia, Aaron Ringel and Vicki Vasques — along with representatives of the 2009 statewide campaigns. Visit www.ArlingtonGOP.org/picnic. Or call 703-685-2488.

Double Feature. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1941). 1 p.m. Free. And "The Trouble With Harry" (1955) at 7 p.m. Part of the Hitchcock Film Retrospective at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington. Call 703-228-6545.

Crystal City Twilighter 5K Road Race. Hosted by the Crystal City BID in partnership with Arlington County, Pacers Running Stores and Saucony. The Twilighter offers spectacular nighttime views of Crystal City, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Air Force Memorial, followed by fun post-run festivities including beverages, snacks, and music in the courtyard at 2121 Crystal Drive. Visit www.crystalcity.org or register at www.crystalcitytwilighter.com.

The Cause for Paws. 12-4 p.m. The Bungalow in Shirlington Village will host a friend- and fund-raiser for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Guests can enjoy food and drink specials, a raffle and silent auction. At 2766 S Arlington Mill Drive, Shirlington Village, Arlington. To see animals for adoption visit the League, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive; visit our Web site at www.awla.org.

Put Cancer on Ice — Third Annual Dave Fay Charity Hockey game and Silent Auction. 4:30 p.m. At Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Members of the professional hockey community, Yvon Labre, Granny Grant, Gord Lane, Blair Stewart and Gary and Jaynen Rissling, will join players from across Maryland and Virginia as they compete for annual bragging rights and Lord Brown’s Boot in the charity hockey game. For a list of auction items and event information, visit the organization’s web site at www.putcanceronice.org.

<cal1>Sunday/July 26

<cal2>Peruvian Festival of Arlington. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Peruvian singers, dancers and food such as cerviche, arroz con pollo, papa a la huancayna, seco con frejoles, anticuchos, picarones, tamales, etc. At Gunston Middle School, 2700 Lang Street, Arlington. Call Fanny Barrantes-Perez at 703-516-9552 or Liliana Chang at 703-282-4867.

Volunteers for Change Orientation. 2-3 p.m. One-time orientation at Volunteer Fairfax's office is mandatory. After orientation, volunteers can choose from more than 50 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Projects include planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult ESL students, playing bingo with the disabled, special community-wide events throughout the year, and much more. Contact Annie Duffield to register for the next orientation at 703-246-3895 or e-mail aduffield@volunteerfairfax.org.

<cal1>Monday/July 27

<cal2>"X-Men: The Last Stand." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

Meet the Artists: A Method to the Madness. 7 p.m. Featuring director Michael Fernandez and actor John Bonner (Hamlet). How does Firebelly Productions, a small professional theatre company filled with young professionals, tackle and conquer one of Shakespeare's most beloved and complex texts? Join the young director and several of the cast as they discuss their approach to Hamlet, unraveling and revealing Shakespeare to make it understandable to everyone. At Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington.

<cal1>July 27-31

<cal2>Vacation Bible School. 6-8 p.m. Arlington Forest United Methodist Church invites all children to go to the edge this summer for Vacation Bible School. Camp E.D.G.E.: Experience+Discover God Everywhere is an extreme adventure camp taking kids on exciting Bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day.

At 4701 Arlington Blvd, Arlington. Call 703-525-0961.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 28

<cal2>"Psycho" (1960). 7 p.m. Free. Part of the Hitchcock Film Retrospective at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington. Call 703-228-6545.

<cal1>July 29-31

<cal2>Hoops for Your Health 3 on 3 Tournament. 7-10 p.m. $75 team entry fee (max. 5 players per team). To benefit the Arlington Free Clinic. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. To register or for more information, email Martin at couricjm@gmail.com. Go to www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org. If you cannot participate but would like to contribute, make donation checks out to "The Arlington Free Clinic" (put Hoops for Your Health in the memo section) and mail to: Arlington Free Clinic, 2921 S. 11th Street, Arlington, VA 22204.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 29

<cal2>Remembrance Requiem. 7 p.m. Scott Hedges gives audio-visual presentation in memory of Prisoners at the Terezin Concentration Camp. At Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Thursday/July 30

<cal2>"North by Northwest." (1959) 1 p.m. Free. Part of the Hitchcock Film Retrospective at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington. Call 703-228-6545.

<cal1>July 30-Aug. 22

<cal2>Edward Albee's Seascape: Humans Meet Lizards. At Gunston Center for the Arts — Theater Two, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington. Call 703-998-4555.

<cal1>Now Through July 31

<cal2>Artist Ruth M. Krulfeld. Exhibiting her one-of-a-kind Polymer Clay Wearable Art. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, first-floor lobby. Call 703-228-5990.

<cal1>Friday/July 31

<cal2>"ET" (1982). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

Become a Master Naturalist. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Virginia Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to provide education, citizen science and outreach to conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The Arlington chapter of Master Naturalists will be holding its fall classes from Sept. 14 through Dec. 14, in Arlington, with fieldwork in nearby locations. Applications are due by July 31. Visit www.armn.org. Email at arlingtonmasternaturalist@gmail.com.

Mike Thornton and the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra Performs. 7 p.m. At Bangkok Blues Restaurant and Music Club, 926 West Broad Street, Falls Church.

<cal1>July 31-Aug. 2

<cal2>"Disney's Beauty and the Beast." Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Presented by Act III Theatre Company, a division of Encore Stage & Studio. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-548-1154.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 1

<cal2>Friends of the W&OD 10K race. 6:30 p.m. To be held along the W&OD Trail from Ayr Hill Road to Hunter Mill Road and back, in Vienna. Registration for the race is now open at www.marathoncharitypartners.org/friends.

Dark Star Park Day Festival — A celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Dark Star Park. At 9:32 a.m. Nancy Holt, the park's sculptor, will gather to watch the spheres and poles of Dark Star Park create a shadow alignment. At 1655 N. Ft. Myer Drive, three blocks from the Rosslyn Metro.

Civitan Club of Arlington's I-66 Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At N. Quincy and N. 15th Street, Arlington (1470 N. Quincy St.). Free admission. Vendors are invited to bring their merchandise beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday July 3. Parking spaces rent for $20/space for vendors.

Country Western Dance. With the Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. The Chuck Wagon Cha Cha dance lessons are at 7:30 p.m., taught by Bo and Ann Marlin. The Sidekick couples specialty dance lessons by the Country Steppers are at 8 p.m. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Bill Cole will be the DJ. Open dancing, which includes two step, waltz, line, swing, cha cha and specialty dances. Admission is $10/members, $12/nonmembers. Go to www.nvcwda.org or call our hotline at 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 3

<cal2>"Fantastic Four". Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 5

<cal2>The Airmen of Note. 8 p.m. Free concert at the U.S. Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

<cal1>Friday, Aug. 7

<cal2>Summer Concert Series. 8 p.m. The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force will perform. Free. At the U.S. Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington. Call 202-767-5658 or go to www.usafband.af.mil.

"Pretty in Pink" (1986). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 8

<cal2>Woven Green at The Paladium. 6-8 p.m. Husband-and-wife Jim and Ashley Cash with their band Woven Green, will perform at Bangkok Blues in Falls Church. Their music ranges from energetic and empowering to hypnotic and introspective.

Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. Free admission. 30 local artists and crafters. Live music by Arlington's own, The Constituents from noon to 2 p.m. At North Stuart and North 9th Streets, across from the Ballston Metro Station. Go to http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 9

<cal2>Piano Performance. 7 p.m. Bobby Mitchell performs piano at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 10

<cal2>"Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Aug. 10-13

<cal2>Vacation Bible School. 1-3 p.m. For children ages 3-10, including stories, crafts, music, games and snacks. Free. At Advent Lutheran Church, 2222 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington. Call 703-521-7010. adventlc@hotmail.com; www.adventlc.us

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 13

<cal2>One Eye Closed. 7 p.m. Featuring Les Thompson, founder of the Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band. $10 tickets online at NVFAA.ORG and at the door. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. 703-548-0035.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 14

<cal2>"Beetlejuice" (1988). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 17

<cal2>"Batman." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 21

<cal2>"Ghostbusters" (1984)." Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 24

<cal2>"Batman Returns." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 28

<cal2>"Meatballs" (1979). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 29

<cal2>The ZIP Code Show. 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Local Art Outlet artists were asked to use ZIP codes and other postal code schema as a jumping off point for personal dialogues with the physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth. At Halstead Arlington, 1028 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington.

Hiking History Tour. 9 a.m. Center Hiking Club is hosting a walk through central Arlington’s historic neighborhoods from one to 12 miles (1-8 hours) in Clarendon, Ballston, Glencarlyn and surrounding areas. $2 fee. Call Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179. Meets at Clarendon Metro Station.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 30

<cal2>AM Live at IOTA Club & Café. 8 p.m. At 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12/$15.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 31

<cal2>"Batman Forever." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 4

<cal2>"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). Free. Part of the I Love the ‘80s Outdoor Film Festival. At dusk at Gateway Park, Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Rosslyn. Parking available at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 p.m. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Civitan Club of Arlington's I-66 Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At N. Quincy and N. 15th Street, Arlington (1470 N. Quincy St.). Free admission. Vendors are invited to bring their merchandise beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday July 3. Parking spaces rent for $20/space for vendors.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 7

<cal2>"Batman & Robin." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Sept. 12

<cal2>Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. Free admission. 30 local artists and crafters. Live music by Arlington's own, The Constituents from noon to 2 p.m. At North Stuart and North 9th Streets, across from the Ballston Metro Station. Go to http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 14

<cal2>"Batman Begins." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 21

<cal2>"Batman: The Dark Knight." Free. Part of the Superheroes Summer Film Festival, which start at sundown, rain or shine, at Bell St. Courtyard, along S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro Station and Marriott Hotel. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Michael Weiss Foundation's "Ice Champions LIVE". At 5 p.m. Skaters include Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, Ilia Kulik, Jeffrey Buttle, Jennifer Robinson, Steven Cousins, Yuko Sato and many other Olympic, World and U.S. National Champions. At the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Tickets ($20-$50) are now on sale through www.MichaelWeiss.org and www.Ticketweb.com or by calling 866-468-7630.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Civitan Club of Arlington's I-66 Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At N. Quincy and N. 15th Street, Arlington (1470 N. Quincy St.). Free admission. Vendors are invited to bring their merchandise beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday July 3. Parking spaces rent for $20/space for vendors.

<cal1>Oct. 10

<cal2>Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. Free admission. 30 local artists and crafters. Live music by Arlington's own, The Constituents from noon to 2 p.m. At North Stuart and North 9th Streets, across from the Ballston Metro Station. Go to http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 25

<cal2>Caring Hands Animal Hospital Open House. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The goal of the Open House is to raise money for local animal welfare groups and to increase community awareness of the organizations. Both current clients and members of the community are invited to participate in various raffles and pet games, including a Halloween costume contest, in order to raise the maximum amount possible for the rescue groups. Located at 2955 S. Glebe Rd, Arlington. Call 703-535-3100, or visit www.caringhandsvet.com/arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 7

<cal2>Civitan Club of Arlington's I-66 Garage Sale. 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At N. Quincy and N. 15th Street, Arlington (1470 N. Quincy St.). Free admission. Vendors are invited to bring their merchandise beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday July 3. Parking spaces rent for $20/space for vendors.