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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar March 26-April 1

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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.

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 March 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.

Performance. 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Zemfira Stage presents “Oleanna.” $15/adult; $10/student, senior, military. Visit www.zemfirastage.org or 703-318-0619.

Mount Vernon will bring back its popular National Treasure Tour through Oct. 31. Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene in the movie. This daily tour is limited to 25 visitors per time slot, takes place at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission: $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under. Advance tickets are available online at MountVernon.org.

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 11 and 11:30 a.m. Beginning April 11, storytelling sessions will move from the Hands-On History Room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center to the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site. The storytelling program is recommended for children ages three to eight. Parental supervision is required. “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.

Friday/March 27

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.

Book and Art Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Browse books, puzzles and more. Free. Visit www.mvuc.org or 703-765-5950.

Illuminare Concert. 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road. Enjoy the program “The Lily and the Lion.” $15 suggested donation. Visit www.carmina.org or 703-542-9356.

Revival. Enjoy scripture, music and more at 7:30 p.m. at First A.M.E. Church of Alexandria, 8653 Richmond Highway. Free, donations accepted. Visit www.famealexandria.org or 703-780-0653.

Opening Reception. 7-10 p.m., “Celebrate the Art of Making,” the all member, all media show by Del Ray Artisans members which reflects the joy of creating art and showcases the diverse talents of DRA members is open March 27 through April 26 at the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or call 703-838-4827.

Music Performance. 9 p.m. at 219 Restaurant, 219 King St. $5/person. Hear Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio.

Art Exhibit. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St. See a rarely seen portrait of Major General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee by Gilbert Stuart from 6-8 p.m. Free. RSVP to 703-548-1789.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. Hear music from the ‘50s from the Mount Vernon Pyramid middle, elementary and high schools. Free.

Saturday/March 28

Mixed Planting. 9:30 a.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn how to make a garden look its best through all seasons. $18/person. 703-642-5173 to register.

Tea Traditions. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn the etiquette and origins of teatime. $18/person includes a traditional tea. 703-941-7987 to register.

Kaydee Puppets. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. All ages enjoy “The Little Red Hen’s Wacky Week.” Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. Hear the U.S. Navy Chamber Players. Free. Visit www.wsumc.com or 703-836-4324.

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Alexandria. Hear the Austin College Choir. Free. Visit www.wpc-alex.org for more.

Book and Art Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Browse books, puzzles and more. Free. Visit www.mvuc.org or 703-765-5950.

Performance. 8 p.m. at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St. Hear music by the Alexandria Choral Society. $20/adult; $10/senior and student. Visit www.alexchoralsociety.org for more.

Foodways Lecture. 11 a.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Michael Twitty will explore the preparation of foods of enslaved Virginians. Reservations required, 703-838-4356. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

Auction. 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1608 Russell Road. Charles Barrett Elementary School PTA. $15/person advance; $20/person door. 703-549-5533.

Gala. “Generation to Generation” gala at Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, recognizes families that have served Alexandria through businesses, faith communities and more. 703-836-4414 ext. 14 to attend.

Music Performance. Austin College Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. Austin College’s outstanding A Cappella Choir will present a concert of a variety choral music. Westminster Presbyterian Alexandria, www.wpc-alex.org.

Run Vs. Row Reunion. 8:30 a.m. at Dee Campbell Boathouse, 1 Madison St. Take an easy 5k fun run/walk and watch T.C. Williams high school rowers compete in a regatta. Suggested donation $20. Visit www.tcwcrew.org for more.

Rock the Recession. 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1608 Russell Road. Charles Barrett Elementary School PTA will hold a live and silent auction. $15/person advance or $20/person door. 703-549-5533.

Art Exhibit. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St. See a rarely seen portrait of Major General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee by Gilbert Stuart from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 703-548-1789.

Music Performance. Local band Standard Deviation will perform 9:30 p.m. at O’Shaughnessy’s, 1324 King St. $5/person.

Book Fair. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Children can learn about Abraham Lincoln through story times, crafts and more. Many books will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Lyceum. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or 703-838-4994.

Sunday/March 29

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

Meet the Author. 2 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Solveig Eggerz discusses “Seal Woman.” Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Bach Vespers. 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Alexandria. Features music of Bach, hymns and more. Visit www.wpc-alex.org for more. Free.

Reception. 1 p.m. meet the artists of “Artistic Duo” through March 29 at Green Spring Gardens. Features art by Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki and photographs by Stephen Gawarecki. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

Celebration. Enjoy scripture, music and more at 4:30 p.m. at First A.M.E. Church of Alexandria, 8653 Richmond Highway. Free, donations accepted. Visit www.famealexandria.org or 703-780-0653.

Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Catholic School, 4409 Sano St. Enjoy a plant sale, bake sale and more. Free.

Art Exhibit. Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St. See a rarely seen portrait of Major General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee by Gilbert Stuart from 1-4 p.m. Free. 703-548-1789.

Concert with a Cause. 4 p.m. at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 Fairfax St. Peace College Chamber Choir will perform. Free. 703-549-6670 ext. 121.

Monday/March 30

Closing Reception. 6-7:30 p.m., the Springfield Art Guild will showcase art at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive through March 30. Free. Features art of a botanical nature. Free. 703-644-6677.

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.

Family Story Time. 2 p.m. at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road. All ages can listen to stories and enjoy activities. Free. 703-642-5173.

Tuesday/March 31

Lecture. 7 p.m. at Lettie Pate Evans Auditorium, 3737 Seminary Road. Discuss “What is the Role of the Church in Environmental Stewardship?” Free. 703-461-1764 to register.

Wednesday/April 1

Blacksmith Shop Opening. 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Estate, see a working blacksmith shop. Watch them shoe a horse and create iron nails and hooks. Included in estate admission $15/adult; $7/child. Visit.MountVernon.org or 703-780-2000.

Friday/April 3

Musical. 7 p.m. at Convergence, A Creative Community of Faith, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Watch “The Gospel of Mary.” Suggested donation of $10. Visit www.convergenceccf.net or 703-461-6785.

Theater Performance. 1 p.m. at George Washington Memorial Theatre, 101 Callahan Drive. Watch “Standing up for Shakespeare.” Free. 703-360-0033.

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

Saturday/April 4

Musical. 7 p.m. at Convergence, A Creative Community of Faith, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Watch “The Gospel of Mary.” Suggested donation of $10. Visit www.convergenceccf.net or 703-461-6785.

Great Rum Punch. 7 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St. Enjoy six different creats and vote for favorite. Enjoy food, auction and more. $50/person or special $100/person VIP. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or 703-838-4242 for reservations.

Learn How To Search. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Special Collections in the library, 717 Queen St. RSVP to 703-838-4577 ext. 213.

Sunday/April 5

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. Hear the NOVA Community Chorus. Free, donations accepted. 703-845-6097.

Music Performance. 3:30 p.m. at Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Hear the John Adams Orff Ensemble perform with the National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. $30/adult; $10/child. 703-824-6970.

Palm Sunday Worship Event. 4 p.m. The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; ancient liturgy set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, sung in English by Westminster Choir. Reception following worship featuring Russian food. Westminster Presbyterian Alexandria, www.wpc-alex.org.

Music Performance. 4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Hear the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Free. Visit www.alexsym.org for more.

Music Performance. 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Hear Yee Von Ng, Alexis Tantau, Ethan Watermeier and Jenny Wu. Free will offering taken.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows see “Ado About Nature,” an exhibit and sale of nature photographs by Jorja and Bob Feldman. Free. 703-768-2525.

Monday/April 6

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.

Wednesday/April 8

Stay at Home Gala. The National Council For Adoption is trading the glamour and glitz for a low-cost celebration at home with loved ones at the 2009 Stay at Home Gala. Visit www.adoptioncouncil.org or contact Lauren Ridenour at 703-299-6633 to get involved.