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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 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

<cal1>Now Through June 4

<cal2>"America and Vietnam: Photographs by Charlene Nguyen." Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330); Hours: Mon.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Wed.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

<cal1>Mondays

<cal2>Meditation and Buddhism. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost $12. General Program - What is the key to a good relationship? This month we will explore the Buddhist psychology of love and how this can be applied practically in our daily lives. Topics include: The Bigger Picture; Living with Gratitude; Connecting with Others; The Practice of Loving Kindness. Each General Program class includes a teaching, guided meditations, and time for Q&A. Everyone is welcome. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in at any point. At Vajrayogini Buddhist Center – Arlington Branch – The Griffin Center 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5. Visit www.meditation-dc.org or call 202-986-2257 or info@meditation-dc.org.

<cal1>Now Through May 16

<cal2>"The Fool at the Circus." Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. For ages 4 and up. Run time: 1 hour. Tickets are $12/advance, $15/door, $10 for parties of 10 or more. Call 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org. At the Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Avenue, Arlington.

<cal1>Now Through May 11

<cal2>Become a Foster Parent. 6-9 p.m. Participants take part in an orientation session before enrolling in the program. At UMFS Northern Virginia Regional Center, 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Call 703-941-9008, ext. 308.

<cal1>Now Through May 30

<cal2>"Sophisticated Ladies." Starring Maurice Hines. At Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. curtain on 4/25); Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. curtain on 4/25); Weekday matinees at noon on 4/21, 4/27 & 5/5. Tickets range from $25 to $74. For tickets, call 202-488-3300. At Arena Stage, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Now Through April 25

<cal2>The Cowboy Astronomer. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and Sundays at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Admission is $3/adults, $2/seniors and children. Baxter Black serves up a year's worth of stars and Indian tales with a southwest flavor. Seasonal constellations and stellar evolution are the concepts covered in this program. At the David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-6070 or login to www.apsva.us/planetarium

<cal1>Wednesday/April 14

<cal2>Arlington Committee of 100 Meets. 8 p.m. Ensuring Excellence in Arlington Public Schools: A Conversation with Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy, Ed.D. At Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Dining Room, Gerard Phalan Hall, Arlington. Go to www.arlingtoncommitteeof100.org.

Energy Conservation. 7 p.m. Climate Pilots Program Leads the Way in Energy Conservation. Program about four local families who are living energy-conscious lives, in cooperation with a Swedish project that holds promise for reducing Earth's greenhouse gas emissions. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Thursday/April 15

<cal2>Rotary Club of Arlington. Noon. Rick Endres, president of The Washington Network, Inc., in Alexandria, will address the Rotary Club of Arlington at their regular meeting. At La Cote D'Or Café, 2201 North Westmoreland Street, Arlington. Call 703-212-7100 or visit www.WashingtonNetwork.com.

April Luncheon. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20. With the Army Officers Wives Club of Greater Washington Area. Featured speaker is Sandra O'Connell (Mrs. Ralph Lee Minker) who will discuss the lessons learned from the 800 letters her husband's family exchanged during World War II. At the Koran Room of the Ft. Myers Officers Club. Call Wendy Gifford at 703-903-1542 or Ruth Howell at 703-941-1300.

Lunchtime Chamber Concert. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Selected songs from film. Part of the Friday Morning Music Club. At the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-1850 or visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

Local Food — Farms and Markets. 6:30-9 p.m. Meeting of the Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter. Meets at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit http://arlalexva.holisticmoms.org. Contact: Jessica Haney, Arlington/Alexandria Chapter Founder and Co-Leader holisticmomsarlalex@gmail.com or 703-824-6167.

<cal1>Friday/April 16

<cal2>"A Walk With Autism." 12 noon. The film, "Adam," about a man with Asperger's Syndrome, will be shown followed by panel discussions about living with autism and caring for those with autism. At Marymount University's Reinsch Library Auditorium, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/April 17

<cal2>Move Me! Arts Experience Festival. 2 to 5 p.m. A creative community collaboration celebrating the arts and culture. Event partners will include BalletNova, Wayras Bolivian Dancers, Arlington Community Band, Potomac Arts Academy, Synetic Theatre, Encore Stage & Studio, Educational Theatre Company, The Reading Connection, Lightbulb Learning Services, Arlington Independent Media, Arlington County Public Schools. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road in Arlington. Tickets are $10/advance, $15/door. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at www.bmdc.org.

New Beginnings. 5-8 p.m. Free. All gallery artists, including eight new members, will be showing new works. At Arlington Arts Gallery, 5179 Lee Highway, Arlington.

Move Me! Arts Experience Festival. 2-5 p.m. Celebrates dance, visual, music, theatre, and literary arts for young people, families and seniors. Tickets are $10/advance, $15/door, $5/students and children. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Visit www.bmdc.org.

Country Western Dance. Line dance lessons at 7:30 p.m.; Waltz steps at 8 p.m.; Open Dancing from 8;30-11 p.m. Cost is $0/NVCWDA members; $12/non-members. Sponsored by The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Visit www.nvcwda.org or call the hot line 703-860-4941.

Arlington History Bike Tour. 9 a.m. Cost is $2. Bike from one to 23 miles visiting Arlington parks and historic sites. Tour historic locations dating from Colonial times to the early 20th century. Meets at the Ballston Metro Station (top of escalator), at the S.E. corner of N. Stuart Street and Fairfax Drive. Contact Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179 or bhberne@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Sunday/April 18

<cal2>Prayers for Breast Cancer Survivors & Walkers. 10:30 a.m. service. At Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington (2217 Columbia Pike) will include prayers for those impacted by breast cancer and for those walking to end breast cancer (e.g., in the Avon "In It to Win It" Walk on May 1-2 or the Susan G. Komen "Three Day for the Cure" Walk in October). Names of breast cancer survivors and/or persons who succumbed from the disease may be remembered by emailing those names to the church office (info@tecarl.org). All walkers are invited to attend for special prayers and a blessing.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 20

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10/person. With Scott Ramminger and the Crawstickers. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 21

<cal2>Power Purge and Shred. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can safely and securely shred and recycle unwanted and outdated documents and electronics. At 20th and Bell Street, Arlington. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Friday/April 23

<cal2>Organ Duo Recital. 8 p.m. Free. Marilyn and James Biery perform at Saint Thomas More Cathedral, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. Call 703-524-2815.

Author Ronald Kessler to Speak. With the Arlington Republican Women's Club. At The Washington Wine Academy, 1201 S. Eads St., Arlington. Call Sally Linderman at 703-534-7224 or mygalsal@verizon.net.

Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $35/individuals or nonprofits and $50/corporate guests. At the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. To purchase tickets, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org. Or contact Samantha Watson at swatson@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3826.

"My Sisters Keeper — When Women Pray." 6 p.m. A Special worship service for women to come together to learn about the power of prayer in the hands of women. Special music along with speakers including Maudeva Hansford and Chastity Johnson, Wesley Seminarians, Marci Schiller, Lisa Gibbs-Smith and more. At Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving, Arlington. Contact Tiffany at 703-527-8574.

Singer-Songwriter Eilen Jewell. 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. At IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-8340

<cal1>April 23-24

<cal2>Comedian Jennifer Coolidge. Cost is $25/person. Friday, April 23 at 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Performs live stand-up comedy at the Arlington Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/April 24

<cal2>Spring Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Used books, furniture, tools, clothing and household items. Outside, a wide variety of locally grown bedding plants, both annual and perennial, will be available along with bagged mulch. At Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Go to www.walkerchapel.org or call the church office at 703-538-5200.

Washington-Lee High School Plant Sale. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A fund-raiser for W & L Students. At Quincy Park (Corner of Quincy St. and Washington Blvd)

Items for sale: Annuals, Hanging Plants, Organic Herbs, Student Artwork. Contact Sue Di Filippo 703-732-7524.

League of Women Voters Meeting. 9:30 p.m. followed by meeting until noon. Guest speaker is Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of the National Women's History Museum. Call 703-536-8270. At the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 So. Orme Street, Arlington.

<cal1>April 24 and 25

<cal2>60th Anniversary. Virginia Ballet Company and School will perform Les Sylphides, Firebird, and the Polovetzian Dances from Prince Igor. At the Ernst Theater at the NVCC Annandale Campus. Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Seats are $30/adults, $20/children, students and seniors. Visit www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Call 703-249-8227.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 27

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, The Fabulettes. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 28

<cal2>"Mamma Mia" Performance. 5:30-6:30 p.m. With the Bowen McCauley Dance and the DC Cowboys. Part of the Flash Mob "Street Premiere" of "Mamma Mia." At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/April 30

<cal2>Spring Luncheon. 10:30 a.m. Cost is $35/members, $45/nonmembers. All spouses of active, reserve and retired naval officers. Features guest speaker Roland Mesnier, former chief pastry executive at the White House. At the Army Navy Country Club. Deadline to RSVP is April 26. contact Ingrid at 812-327-9661 or TorresIn@usa.redcross.org

<cal1>April 30-May 2

<cal2>Peter and the Wolf — And Other Works. Presented by BalletNova. Friday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. "Behind the Scenes" pre-performance seminar for children under 12 at noon on Sunday, May 2 for $5. Performance tickets are $7 - $22 (discounts for students/seniors and groups over 10) and available at: www.BalletNova.org or call 703-778-3008. At Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/May 1

<cal2>Country Western Dance. The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will hold its dance on May 1, 2010 at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Kat Fanelli will be the DJ. Eileen Scott will teach the "Blue Note" line dance beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Scotty and Lynne Inman will teach a beginners West Coast Swing at 8 p.m. Open dancing is from 8:30-11 p.m. and includes Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha, and specialty dances. Couples and singles are welcome. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5; PSDC members $10. Regular admission rates do not apply to special events dances. Snacks and drinks will be available. Visit our website, www.nvcwda.org or call the hot line 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

Central Arlington History Tour. 9 a.m. Cost is $2. Walk from 1 to 12 miles (1 to 8 hours) visiting parks and historic sites in Clarendon, Ballston, Glencarlyn and surrounding areas. Meets at the Clarendon Metro Station (top of escalator) at the S.W. Corner of Wilson Blvd. And N. Highland Street. Contact Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179.

<cal1>Sunday/May 2

<cal2>Potomac Overlook Open House. 1-4 p.m. Live music, games, food, a juggler, community events, art and more. At Potomac Overlook Regional Park, at the end of Marcey Road, off of Military Road, North Arlington. Call 703-528-5406.

<cal1>May 13-14

<cal2>The Infamous Stringdusters. 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Performs at IOTA Club & Café, Arlington. Go to www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

<cal1>Saturday/May 15

<cal2>Ashlawn Fun Fair. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ashlawn Sails the Seven Seas. Food, beverages, fun, raffles and prizes. Sponsored by Ashlawn Elementary School PTA, 5950 8th Road, N. Arlington.

Great Strides Arlington. 12 noon. A fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At the Bon Air Park, Picnic Shelter, Arlington. Visit the Great Strides Web site http://www.cff.org/Chapters/metrodc/GREATSTRIDES/ . Call 301-657-8444.

<cal1>Sunday/May 16

<cal2>Taste of Arlington. Noon to 5 p.m. Lively street festival, local entertainment, children's activities and over 40 restaurants participating. 10,000 people expected. At Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall.

<cal1>May 18 Through June 13

<cal2>"Sycamore Trees." "Sycamore Trees" is the second part of Signature’s "American Musical Voices Project" sponsored by The Shen Family Foundation. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $52 to $76. Call Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT (7328) or go to www.signature-theatre.org. At Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/May 22

<cal2>Building Block Blitz. 12:30 p.m. Registration. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to host a Building Block Blitz to raise funds to build real houses for families in Northern Virginia. To benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. At The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 South Hayes Street, Arlington. Call 703-415-2400 or visit www.habitatnova.org.

<cal1>June 12-13

<cal2>Air Force Cycling Classic. 12.5 km course through Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood and continues on Sunday, June 13 in Crystal City. Visit www.airforcecyclingclassic.com.