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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar April 2-8

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.

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 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.

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.

Spectacular gardens are in bloom as Mount Vernon hosts its annual outdoor garden and gift sale beginning April 11 through May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual sale includes ornamentals, perennials and annuals, garden items, books, and heirloom plants propagated from historic cuttings. No admission is required to shop in the Gardening Days tent (located in front of the Mount Vernon Inn Complex). 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.

Stand Up for Shakespeare. 1 p.m. at the GW Memorial Theatre. All ages can enjoy activities and an abridged version of “As You Like It.” Free. Visit www.stageplay.tv or 703-360-0033.

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

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.

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.

Barbecue and Bluegrass Fundraiser. 7 p.m. at Old Dominion Boat Club. Benefits T.C. Williams Crew. $40/person and must be purchased in advance. Enjoy food, dancing, drinks, auction and more. E-mail jpwhite28@comcast.net for more.

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.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic. 2-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd. Held by the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. $12/pet. 703-830-1100.

Bridge Club. 4 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Adults and teens can learn how to play. Free. 703-765-3645.

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.

Benefit Concert. 8 p.m. at Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Hear James Jelasic and Jon Lackey. $25/person. Visit WatersEdgeRecords.com for tickets.

Tuesday/April 7

Read-Along. 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Bring the children to Spill the Beans for some read along fun with StagePlay's own Heather Sanderson. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

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.

Lecture. 9:30 a.m. at Mount Vernon District Gov. Center, 2511 Parkers Lane. Talk about the Middle East. Free. 703-360-6561.

StoryTime with Colleen! 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

Rising Words, Rising Images. 11 a.m. at Sherwood Hall Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis. Children ages 9-12. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

Thursday/April 9

Reception. 6-8 p.m., see “1968 in America” at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Exhibit showcases some of the tumultuous events. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org for more.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Hear Patty Reese. $10/person. Visit www.nvfaa.org or 703-548-0035.

Reception. 6-8 p.m., see an exhibit made of entirely recycled materials at Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., through April 26. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Friday/April 10

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

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.

Saturday/April 11

Flower Power Workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Catherine Hillis will show how to paint vibrant flowers in watercolors. To register, 703-584-2900.

Yuri’s Night. 8 p.m. at The Warehouse Arts Complex, 1021 7th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Enjoy music, dancing and more by local bands. $20/advance; $25/door. Visit www.outofthisworldparty.com for more.

Book Sale. 10 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. All ages can find books. Free. 703-339-4610.

Sunday/April 12

Flower Power Workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Catherine Hillis will show how to paint vibrant flowers in watercolors. To register, 703-584-2900.

Easter Egg Hunt. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. $5/child. See the Easter bunny as well. 703-548-1789 for reservations.

Easter Egg Hunt for History. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Take a tour and find the Tavernkeeper’s eggs while learning about the museum. $5/adult; $3/child. Reservations required, 703-838-4242.

Monday/April 13

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.

Giggles and Wiggles. 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre. Children ages 24-35 can enjoy stories. Free. Registration required, 703-339-4610.

Book Discussion. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call for title. Free. 703-768-6700.

Early Reader Discussion. 3:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children ages 6-8 can enjoy activities. Call for title. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Books & Ideas. 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski. Free. Registration required, 703-768-6700.

Tuesday/April 14

Read-Along. 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Bring the children to Spill the Beans for some read along fun with StagePlay's own Heather Sanderson. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

April Showers. 10:30 a.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Children 2-3 years enjoy stories and activities. Free. Registration required, 703-971-0010.

Evening Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call for title. Free. 703-768-6700.

Wednesday/April 15

StoryTime with Colleen! 10:30 a.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Free. Visit spillthebeansva.com or 703-780-3561.

Book Discussion. 7:15 p.m. at John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive. Adults call for title. Free. 703-971-0010.

Thursday/April 16

Poetry Discussion. 7 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Free. 703-768-6700.

Friday/April 17

Spring Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at River Farm. Browse plants, herbs, vegetables, supplies and more. $3/nonmember to park. Free admission. Visit www.ahs.org/river_farm or 703-768-5700 ext. 114.

Sing Along with Mr. Skip. 12:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Coffee House, 1900 Elkin St., Suite 4. Enjoy singing and dancing with Mr. Skip. $5 per child. No pre-registration required. More info at spillthebeansva.com.

U is for Umbrella. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Hall Lane, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children 4-5. Free. Registration required, 703-765-3645.

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.

Saturday/April 18

Art Exhibit. Noon-5 p.m. The Kingstowne Area Artists Association, and other area artists who wish to exhibit, will have a show and sale of their work at the Snyder Center, 6450 S. Van Dorn St. Free. Visit www.kingstowne.org for more.

Old Town Alexandria Homes Tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. around Old Town. Browse flower arrangements and more. $35/advance; $40/day of event. Visit www.VAGardentweek.org or 703-838-5005.

Spring Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at River Farm. Browse plants, herbs, vegetables, supplies and more. $3/nonmember to park. Free admission. Visit www.ahs.org/river_farm or 703-768-5700 ext. 114.

Yard Sale. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Browse jewelry, pottery, cds, electronics and more. Free. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org.

Fill the Fords with Food. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bushido Studios, corner of Hayfield Road and Telegraph Road. Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread. Visit www.our-daily-bread.org or 703-273-8829.

Music Performance. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Hear the Ars Choralis. Reception follows. Fundraiser. 202-267-7772.

Art Show. Noon-5 p.m. at Snyder Center, 6450 S. Van Dorn St. Browse works by Kingstowne Area Artists Association. Free. Visit www.kingstowne.org for more.

Magic Show. 6:30 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School. Enjoy strolling magic until the show starts at 7:30 p.m. $15/person. 703-698-6952.

Harambee Readers. 10:30 a.m. at Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Discuss “Life on the Color Line” by Gregory Howard Williams. Free. 703-765-3645.