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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>Sept. 1 Through Sept. 31

<cal2>Name that Painting. Each participating artist at The Arlington Arts Gallery will hang an un-named piece of art and invite viewers to write their own interpretations/titles/names for the piece. The artist will choose the one they find best represents their art. Wine and cheese reception is Saturday, Sept. 18 from 5-8 p.m. At 5179 Lee Highway, Arlington (between Caribbean Grill and Yorktown Bistro).

<cal1>Now Through Oct. 30

<cal2>"America's Special Land." An exhibition of award-winning photographs of the Southwest by Will Haubert, is on display at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330). Hours: Mon.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.: Closed; Wed.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.: 10 p.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Free. Artist's reception on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.

Arlington Regional Master Naturalists will be holding daytime training this fall, beginning Sept. 13 through Dec. 13, 2010 on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. Classroom training will be scheduled for the morning with field training to follow in the afternoons. Applications are due Aug. 22, 2010.

For more information and to complete an application, visit the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist website at www.armn.org.

Comedy Zone DC. Advance Tickets $20 in advance with complimentary parking. Three Shows every Weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 p.m. Saturday. Comedy Zone Revue & Dinner Show featuring Live Music while you eat dinner followed by a magician, and then the headlining comic. At Windows Over Washington Restaurant, Double Tree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, 14th Floor, Arlington. Visit www.TasteOurLaughter.com

"Paintings By Ruth Galoon (1916-76)," an exhibit of oils and watercolors by a noted Washington artist, is on display at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330; www.CherrydaleLibrary.org), through July 31. Hours: Mon.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.: Closed; Wed: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.: 10 p.m.-6 p.m.; Fri: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

<cal1>Saturdays

<cal2>Tai Chi — Free first class. Study authentic Chinese body-mind principles from the family lineage that created Tai Chi. Improve health and build strength, balance and more. Beginners welcome. Weekly classes in silk-reeling fundamentals and forms. Intermediate/advanced instruction in push-hands, weapons, martial applications. Saturday 10:30 a.m. at the Dance Factory, 954 N Monroe St, Arlington. Contact head instructor at 703-801-0064. www.truetaichi.com

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<cal1>Now Through Sept. 26

<cal2>"Chess." Tickets are $55 to $81. Washington’s First Major Production of the 1984 Rock Musical by the Composers of "Mamma Mia!" Broadway’s Jill Paice ("Curtains," "The 39 Steps"), Euan Morton (Boy George in "Taboo," "Sondheim on Sondheim"), and Jeremy Kushnier ("Footloose," "Rent") star in the rock musical "Chess," to be directed by Signature’s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. Written by "Mamma Mia!" composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with "Evita" and "Lion King" lyricist Tim Rice, the 1984 cult musical of Cold War competition in love and chess is being given its first major Washington area production. Chess features the hit single "One Night in Bangkok," and unforgettable songs as such "Anthem," "I Know Him So Well," "Nobody’s Side," and "Pity the Child." At the Signature Theater in Arlington.

<cal1>Aug. 18-22

<cal2>Arlington County Fair. Features entertainment, rides, competitive exhibits, vendors and sponsors, Rainforest rescue, racing piglets, pony rides, outdoor movies. Hours are: Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 5-10 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5-10 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South Second Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Snakes Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-10.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 21

<cal2>The Smart Split: The Legal Aspects You Need To Know About Separation and Divorce. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the Women’s Center. At Fairlington Community Center 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington. To register go to: http://www.thewomenscenter.org or call 703-281-2657.

Adults Only Campfire. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family. Program #643550-11.

Summer in the Parks. 4 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment, food, fun and fellowship. At Drew Model School & Community Center Grounds, 3500 S. 23rd St., Arlington. Call 703-486-0058 or 703-615-1116.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 23

<cal2>Avoiding Divorce Court - How To Negotiate or Mediate a Property Settlement Agreement. 6:30-9 p.m. Hosted by the Women’s Center. At Fairlington Community Center 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington

To register go to: http://www.thewomenscenter.org or call 703-281-2657.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 24

<cal2>Getting a Head Start on the College Application Process. 7-9 p.m. Hosted by The Women's Center. At the Fairlington Community Center 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington. To register go to: http://www.thewomenscenter.org or call 703-281-2657

Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the Jimmy Cole Band. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Veteran and Pets Lecture & Fundraiser. 5-9 p.m. P2V, a non-profit that pairs veterans and active duty military who suffer from service related trauma, with shelter animals, is holding its first lecture and fundraiser at Busboys & Poets in Shirlington. At Busboys & Poets at Shirlington Village, 4251 South Campbell Ave., Arlington. Visit http://www.pets2vets.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 25

<cal2>Summer Concert. 8 p.m. Free. The U.S. Air Force Band Air Force Strings performs. At the U.S. Air Force Memorial, 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 26

<cal2>Superintendent Chat Session. 11:30 to 1 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy will meet with parents and community members. At Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Room 311, Arlington. Call 703-228-2581.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 28

<cal2>Central Arlington History Tour. 9 a.m. Cost is $2. Walk from one to 12 miles visiting parks and historic sites in Clarendon, Ballston, Glencarlyn and surrounding areas. Meet at the Clarendon Metro Station (top of escalator, S.W. Corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Highland Street). Call Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 31

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

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 1

<cal2>Civil War Discovery Series: You're in the Army Now. 7-8 p.m. Cost is $5. Ages 7-11. Enlist in the Civil War army and using replica wood rifles we'll learn to "load in nine times", and how to march as a well drilled unit. We'll also conduct a skirmish drill. Call 703-243-4342. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 7

<cal2>Encore Chorale Tryouts. 2 p.m. Singers improve their voice, meet new friends and enjoy a great new adventure singing holiday music. Tuition: $140. For 15 weeks of rehearsals and performances. At Langston Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper Street, Arlington. Call Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747 or email Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org

<cal1>Sept. 10 Through Oct. 17

<cal2>Threads in the Tapestry of Interior Design. Opening reception, Friday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will include framed pieces from Marymount’s Wilhemina Boldt Collection. At Marymount University’s Barry Art Gallery in the Reinsch Library on Marymount’s Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Judy Bass, the Barry Gallery curator, at 703-284-1561, or e-mail judy.bass@marymount.edu.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>20th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest. 1-7 p.m. Free. Features the Tierney Sutton Band, The Bad Plus, Jason Moran, Afro Bop Alliance and more. In Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, North Lynn Street and Lee Highway, Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org or www.RosslynVA.org or call 703-228-1850.

Charity Hockey Classic. 4 to 7 p.m. A benefit for Inova Blood Donor Services. Comprised of coaches from youth hockey clubs including the Ashburn Xtreme, Reston Raiders, Virginia Wild, NoVA Ice Dogs, Prince William Panthers and Washington Little Caps, The Virginia Coaching Cardinals will face the NCR Eagles, a joint military hockey team consisting of players from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines, in an exhibition game. At Kettler Capitals IcePlex. For sponsorships, tickets or information, contact Adam Bartholomew at Adam.Bartholomew@inova.org or visit www.charityhockeyclassic.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Welcome Aboard Coffee. 10 a.m. Come browse at information tables for social and volunteer activities. Areas of club interest include selections from the store, Temptations; tour groups and neighborhood coffee groups. Cost is $10, payable at the door. Sponsored by the Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club. At the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Contact Betty Kamp at 703-538-5874 or 703-785-9196 orjckamp@aol.com by Sept. 10.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 21

<cal2>Birding Trip. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35. Join a Patuxent River Park naturalist for a boat ride on the river to look for rails and other marsh birds at this Maryland destination with boardwalks through wooded and open marsh areas along the Patuxent River. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at the Lubber Run Recreation Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington.

<cal1>Sept. 24-25

<cal2>GG Awards, A Night of Glitz and Glamour. Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Potomac Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Tickets are $20/adults; $15/children and seniors. To order tickets, email tickets@potomacharmony.org or call 703-764-3896. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 25

<cal2>Bilingual Campfire. 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

Gettysburg Battlefield Tour. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $30. The focus on this trip to Gettysburg will be the third day of the battle. Walk the route of Pickett's Charge and visit sites along Seminary and Cemetary Ridges. Leaves from the Lubber Run Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington.

Kids Stuff Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Features used, seasonally appropriate kids clothes, toys and gear, plus maternity clothes, books, videos, Halloween costumes, kids furniture and more. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, corner of Military Road and Lorcom Lane. Go to www.kidsstuffsale.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 28

<cal2>NSF Huge Kid’s Yard Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gently used infant and children’s clothing (to size 5T), costumes, socks, shoes/boots, outerwear, hats, dresses, maternity clothing, furniture, cribs, play yards, exersaucers, high chairs, DVD’s/CD’s, games, toys, puzzles, strollers, books, dolls, stuffed toys, blankets and more. At the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact lisa_ellin@hotmail.com and splimpto@nsf.gov

<cal1>Oct. 1-2

<cal2>Growing Communities. Leadership Training Seminar. Two-day hands-on workshop using American Community Gardens Association’s curriculum for leadership development. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Call the Arlington County Master Gardener Help Desk at 703-228-6414, or email:ex013mg@vt.edu.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Hanssen Spy Talk. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5. The infamous spy and traitor Robert Hanssen worked in secrecy all around the nation's Capitol for years before being discovered. Call 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Thomas P. Leckey Affordable Housing Forum. 1-4 p.m. Explore options for increasing the amount of money available for affordable housing at the local level. At the NRECA Auditorium, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Autumn Deer Days Campfire. 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Annandale Fall Festival and Parade. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Annual Parade, held since 1950, will march along Columbia Pike from 10 a.m. to noon and finish at the Festival Grounds. Multiple rock bands and Jazz groups will set your toes tapping while "The Taste of Annandale" with food from many culinary cuisines will satisfy every taste craving. Merchants will offer handmade jewelry, ceramics, imported silks, pet accessories, art work, and more. In the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. For Festival or Vendor information or for the parade entry form go to www.annandalechamber.com or write festival@annandalechamber.com.

Stories ‘Round the Campfire. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Spooktacular Campfire. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 2

<cal2>Birding Trip: Hawk Watch. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30. A variety of raptors, including the Golden Eagle follow the Kittatinny Ridge during migration. Waggoner’s Gap in the Kittatinny ridge in Pennsylvania between Cumberland and Perry Counties is an established watch area. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at the Lubber Run Recreation Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington.