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Calendar May 6-12

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Ongoing:

The Arlington Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon year round. Located at the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th Street. Visit www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com for more on the market and vendors.

There is a Columbia Pike Farmers Market every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pike Park in front of Rite Aid. Browse fruit, produce, meats, plants and more. Visit www.columbiapike.org.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) has scheduled a series of free Confident City Cycling Classes for 2009. The Virginia classes, which are free and open to all, regardless of residency, are designed to provide cyclists with the skills they need incorporate bicycling into their daily routines, on city streets for errands, commuting, and fun. For more information and on-line registration, visit http://www.waba.org/events/education.php#ccc

Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St, presents “The Cowboy Astronomer” beginning Friday, April 17 through Sunday, June 7. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1:30 & 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children 12 & younger. Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time. 703-228-6070.

“Energerium” – a new exhibit on energy in living systems, including human systems has opened at Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center. This exhibit examines nature through the lens of energy, drawing attention to the central role that energy plays in our lives. The Energerium is open to the general public at regular nature center hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m., Sundays; closed on Mondays). Visit www.nvrpa.org to see a schedule of upcoming programs.

Wednesday/May 6

Storytime. 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10. Ages 2-6. Free. 703-241-8281.

Bird Walk. 8:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults can learn about migratory birds and spot some. Free. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Gemstone Club. 3:30 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 7-11 can learn about emeralds. $8/child. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Feeding Frenzy. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families can create a picnic for animals that live at the center. $1/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Goodnight Nature Tales. 6:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 2-6 can enjoy activities, visitors and more. $2/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Thursday/May 7

Lunchtime Concert. Noon at Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive. Free. Visit www.fmmc.org or 703-228-7710.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the different animals that hatch from eggs. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Friday/May 8

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School. $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.”

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive. See the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus perform. $15-$30. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 703-910-4600.

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones. 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn about the different animals that hatch from eggs. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

May-Apples Campfire. 7 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can enjoy campfire activities. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Long Branch Overnight. 7:30 p.m.-9 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 9-13 can learn what happens at night. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Saturday/May 9

Gala and Silent Auction. 6-10 p.m. at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Enjoy dinner, auction and more. $75/person. E-mail borromeohousing@gmail.com for more.

Spring Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Wilson School, 1601 Wilson Blvd. Enjoy face painting, games, music, food, auction and more. Free. E-mail jrabach@gmail.com for more.

Opening Day. The Ballston Arts and Crafts market opens between Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Browse works by over 70 local artists. Free. Visit http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com/ for more.

Performance and Spaghetti Dinner. 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School. $8/adult; $5/student for the show. 703-228-6705. Watch “A Chorus Line.”

Music Performance. 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. at Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive. See the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus perform. $15-$30. Visit www.harmonizers.org or 703-910-4600.

Walk for the Animals. 8:20 a.m. at Bluemont Park. Dogs can accompany owners. Benefits Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 703-931-9241.

Civil War Discovery Series: Artillery. 9 a.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St. Children age 7-11 can learn to load and aim a Civil War cannon. $5/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

Horseshoe Crabs by Moonlight. 9 a.m. at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can venture to Delaware to witness rituals of the crabs. Registration required, $200/single; $150/double. 703-228-6535.

Conservation Outreach for Children. 9:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children 10 and older can learn about removing invasive plants. Free. 703-228-7636.

Tiny Tot. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Children ages 18-35 months can learn about nature. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Defending Chain Bridge Hike. Noon-3 p.m. at Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford St. Families can learn about the fort over a 3-mile hike. $10/person. Registration required, 703-243-4342.

May-Apples Campfire. 7 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. All ages can enjoy campfire activities. $5/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Book Signing. 1-3 p.m. at Harvest Christian Bookstore, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Maharold Peoples Jr. will sign “What to Do When Things Don’t Change.” Free. 888-361-9473.

Migratory Bird Walk. 7 a.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Includes discussion of bird migration and more. Open to adults and children age 12 and up. Reservations required, 703-528-5406.

Sunday/May 10

Music Performance. 6:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. Hear the National Chamber Ensemble. $25/person. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or 202-397-SEAT.

Nature for Beginners: Caterpillars. 3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can learn about these animals and identify them. Free. 703-228-3403.

Tuesday/May 12

Birding Trip. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive. Adults can see spring migrants. $25/person. Registration required, 703-228-3403.

Wild Ones: Sun Dials. 3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 6-10 can practice telling time with the sun. $3/child. Registration required, 703-228-6535.

Race Walking. 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Seniors, age 50 and up, can learn the basics of race walking. $28/series. Register at 703-228-4771.

Wednesday/May 13

Poesis. 7 p.m. at Borders, 1201 S. Hayes St. Features Greg McBride and Ben Malcolm. Free. 703-418-0166.

Thursday/May 14

Baby-Ready Pet Help. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Parents can learn how to prepare a home and pet for the arrival of a new baby. Suggested donation of $25. Reservations required, jnewman@awla.org or 703-931-9241 ext. 213.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road. Adults can discuss “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. Free. 703-228-3403.

Friday/May 15

Music Performance. 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Hear Encore Chorale perform. Free. 301-261-5747.

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Saturday/May 16

Neighborhood Day. Neighborhoods will hold block parties, festivals and yard sales. Visit www.arlingtonva.us for a list of participating neighborhoods.

Performance. 8 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Hear music by the Metropolitan Chorus. $18/adult; $15/senior, military; $5/student. Visit www.metchorus.org or 703-933-2500.

Neighborhood Day Event. Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Williamsburg Civic Association, from 9-11 a.m. Pancakes, fruit cup and regular and turkey sausage. Adults are $6 and children under 12 are $3. To be held at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, and profits will benefit youth projects of Little Falls. For info call 703-536-8270.

Western Dance. 7:30 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Learn line dance and then enjoy open dancing. $10/member; $12/nonmember; $5/student with ID. Visit www.nvcwda.org or 703-860-4941.

Centennial Anniversary Celebration. 1-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland St. Visit www.1bc.org/100th.htm or 703-525-6116.

Staged Reading. 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. “Inherit the Wind” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Visit www.standrewsnet.org or 703-522-1600.

Sunday/May 17

Taste of Arlington. Noon-5 p.m. on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Mall. Free, but cost for food tastings and tickets. Enjoy music, games and more. Visit www.tasteofarlington.com for more.

Centennial Anniversary Celebration. At First Baptist Church Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland St. Visit www.1bc.org/100th.htm or 703-525-6116.

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane. Hear music by the Cool Spring Brass Quintet with the St. Thomas More Cathedral Choir. Free. Visit stmcathedralconcerts.org or 703-524-2815.

Monday/May 18

Baby-Ready Pet Help. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Parents can learn how to prepare a home and pet for the arrival of a new baby. Suggested donation of $25. Reservations required, jnewman@awla.org or 703-931-9241 ext. 213.

Play Reading Series. 7 p.m. at Arena Stage, 1800 S. Bell St. Free, but must have reservations, 202-488-3300. “Harlan at the Rockpile” by Seamus Sullivan.

Tuesday/May 19

Lecture. 6-8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St. “Synetic Theater: Scenes from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.” Free, reservations required, rsvp@rosslynva.org.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss “The Shack” by William P. Young. Free. E-mail jdixon580@aol.com for more.

Wednesday/May 20

Book Talk. 6:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will discuss her book “City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C.” Free. Registration required, 703-228-6400.

Thursday/May 21

Canine Good Citizen Test. 7 p.m. at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Drive. $20/person. Visit www.furgetmenot.com for more.

Friday/May 22

I Love the ‘80s Movies. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows classic ‘80s movies such as “Breakfast Club,” “Goonies” and more at Newseum space, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Free. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.

Monday/May 25

Wreath Laying Ceremony. 9 a.m. at Air Force Memorial in Arlington. There will be music, speakers and more. Free. 703-979-0674.

Thursday/May 28

Benefit. 4-9 p.m. at Rock Bottom Restaurant, 4238 Wilson Blvd. $10/person. Proceeds benefit the Virginia Hospital Center Lifeline Scholarship fund.