E-mail announcements to the Gazette, email@example.com. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week's paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.
<cal2>The Kingstowne Area Artists' Association (KAAA) is looking for new members. The club meets once a month to network, socialize, learn from each other and participate in opportunities to show and sell its work. All visual artists, professional or hobbyists are welcome. Go to www.kingstowneartists.com. The group meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingstowne Active Adult Center, 6488 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. Contact Ginny Wywyj at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Hannans at email@example.com.
The Del Ray Farmers Market is now open year round — located at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in Del Ray. During the winter months the market will be open 9 am to noon each Saturday. The Del Ray Market farmers that will be there are Smith Meadows meats, eggs, fresh pasta and sauces; Amish cheese, yogurt, bakery goods, eggs and jams and jellies; winter vegetables; fancy nuts; pralines; and bakery goods. Any questions, contact Pat Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Senior Virginia America is searching for candidates statewide for this year's May Pageant, which will be held Thursday, May 6 at the Lee Center Kauffman Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Showtime is 2-4 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of $10. A deadline for entries will be Feb. 8. Call 703-978-3663 and directions at 703-838-4343. The current Ms. Senior Virginia America, Maureen Ribble, will end her reign in May. The Pageant showcases women age 60-plus who live in Virginia and are U.S. citizens.
Meditation Class. 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. Come enjoy a free group class on meditation instruction and practice. Class will be centered around calm abiding (shine/samatha). No experience is needed. All are welcome at the 3rd floor of Mindful Hands Gallery, 211 King Street. Visit http://www.palyuldc.org/meditation.html.
<cal2>Tea Dances. 1-3:15 p.m. Group class from 1-1:30 p.m. Ballroom, Latin and Swing music. $11/person. At the Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth Street, 2nd Floor (off Duke Street), Alexandria. Call 703-751-8868.
<cal1>Saturdays, Sundays in January
<cal2>Storytelling Sessions. 2 p.m. 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," at Historic Mount Vernon in the Hands-On History Room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center. "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.
<cal1>Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 11
<cal2>18th Century Dance Classes. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Learn the dances of Jane Austen, George Washington, and Abigail Adams in Gadsby's Tavern Museum's historic ballroom. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street. Cost is $30/series or $12/class. Call 703-838-4242.
<cal2>Balalaika Quartet Nalimov. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/advance, $25/door. At the Lyceum. Go to www.balalaika.org or call 703-549-0760.
<cal2>Comedy Night. 8 p.m. To say thanks for supporting Haiti with $7,000 last weekend at the charity yard sale in Del Ray. Some of the area's most promising comedic talent will be performing. Donations accepted. At 2413 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Meghan Shapiro at 703-915-9594, email@example.com.
Musical Extravaganza. 4 p.m. Free. Celebrating Alexandria's Sister City of Helsingborg in Sweden. The program features the "The Seven Sopranos", "Lucia Girls," a Helsingborg-based teen choir, the Alexandria Choral Society, "The Swedish Jazz Duo" and "The Groomsmen," Alexandria Harmonizers. Helsingborg's Mayor, Carin Wredström, will be in attendance. Helsingborg has been a Sister City of Alexandria since 1966. At Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-746-5588 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/arts.
Book Signing. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photographer Judy Heffner will be at A Show of Hands to sign her new book, "On the Avenue, Faces of Del Ray," which features Del Ray business owners. At A Show of Hands, 2301 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-683-2905 or visit www.ashowofhands.biz.
Seed Exchange. 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Washington Gardener Magazine. Includes two lectures, a seed swap and more. Everyone will leave with a bag full of seeds. Cost is $15/person. Call 703-641-5173. Held at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria.
<cal2>Mysteries of Orchid Pollination. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Come hear Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian horticulturalist, demystify orchid pollination. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
Winter Dance Showcase. 1-6 p.m. At Dance Studio Lioudmila, a local dance studio specializing in competitive and social Ballroom Dancing. Features 20 different dances by amateurs and professionals. At 18 Roth St., Alexandria. Call 703-751-8868 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pruning Workshop. 2-4 p.m. Free. At the Alexandria Central Library, 5505 Duke Street, Alexandria. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us. Call 703-228-6423 or email to email@example.com.
"Love in the Time of Tamiflu." 3 p.m. Concert features Melissa Coombs, Bailey Whiteman, Terrance L. Johns, William Heim, Virginia Rice Sircy and Jon Kalbfleisch. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mill Road, Alexandria. Call 703-549-5500 x103 or www.trinityalexandria.org.
Combo Fun with Cards and ATCs. Noon to 4 p.m. Create handmade cards for Valentines. Materials supplied with suggested donations. Artist Trading Card-ers are invited to trade/swap and participate in DRA's New Year's theme of What is "In" and What is "Out" for 2010. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa at email@example.com or www.theDelRayArtisans.org. Del Ray Artisans gallery is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria; call 703-838-4827.
Capitol Steps Benefit Show. 5 p.m. At the Knights of Columbus Hall. Hosted by the Friends of UCM. General seating is $40; and $70 with food and beverages. At Friends of UCM, 2009 Windmill Lane, Alexandria.
<cal2>Braddock's March - A Pilgrimage of Destiny. 6 to 8 p.m. Author and Alexandria resident Thomas E. Crocker will speak about his new book Braddock's March. At Morrison House, 116 South Alfred St., Alexandria.
<cal2>Sea Chanters Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Part of the U.S. Navy Concert Band. Plays at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. Call 703-361-6599 or go to www.navyband.navy.mil.
<cal1>Feb. 5 to Feb. 21
<cal2>Artioms. Artists are being challenged to express their favorite (or not so favorite) idioms, clichés, word phrases or play on words in their artwork. Reception Feb. 5 from 7-10 p.m. A prose reading by the Tuesdays at Two Writers Group is on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. At Del Ray Artisans at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or 703-838-4827.
<cal1>Saturday, Feb. 6
<cal2>Historical Gala. 6:30-11:30 p.m. At the Holiday Inn Old Town, 625 First Street, Alexandria. Dance the night away for a good cause! Enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing while supporting the City’s historic sites. Tickets are $150 per ticket or $300 sponsor level.
Benefit for Haitian Relief. Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria is donating 15 percent of the day's sales to the Mennonite Central Committee, earmarked for Haiti.
Evening with the Chefs. Featuring prominent chefs from local restaurants showcasing their finest cuisine. Hosted by the Dunbar Alexandria Olympic Boys and Girls Club. Proceeds will benefit the club's youth programs. At the Belle Haven Country Club, Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Contact Dave Woodbury at 703-867-5570 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boutique District Warehouse Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A one-day clearance spectacular featuring high-end boutique merchandise from Old Town Alexandria's boutiques. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria.
John Carlyle’s Birthday Celebration. Noon to 4 p.m. $5 admission. Costumed interpreters will be dancing and performing 18th-century music throughout the house. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Go to www.nvrpa.org or call 703-549-2997 or e-mail email@example.com.
Family Fun Flower Power: Blooming Branches for a Winter Bouquet. 2-3 p.m. Get a jump on the seasons by forcing flowers. Learn to cut branches of flowering trees and shrubs and coax them to bloom indoors for an early spring! $18/project includes branches and containers. At Green Springs Gardens.
Alexandria Coin Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 50 tables with U.S. coins and currency, world coins, banknotes, ancient coins, hobby books, gold, silver, medals, tokens and collectibles. Prizes and coins are given away. At the Hampton Inn & Suites on the corner of the I-495 beltway and Route 1, Alexandria. Visit the Alexandria Coin Club Web site at: www.members.cox.net/alexandriacoinclub.
<cal2>Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. 3 p.m. Free. Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. Ulysses S. James, Music Director. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.
Super Bowl Party. Mayor Euille's 13th annual Super Bowl Party. At Joe Theismann's Restaurant, 1800 Diagonal Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $35/free agent; $60/Top Draft Pick; $100 Hogette's Rate (family of four). Call 703-751-7970 or contact www.euilleformayor.com.
Jazz Leanings. 2 p.m. United States Marine Band performs. With Michael Mower and Michael Colgrass. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com
Managing Wildlife Conflict. 1:30-3 p.m. Are you having troubles with deer and rabbits feasting on your garden? This is the lecture for you. Victoria Monroe, Wildlife Biologist for Fairfax County will discuss strategies for managing wildlife conflicts in your garden. $10. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
<cal2>Ars Choralis. Recruiting singers in all sections for a concert featuring Ars Choralis. The concert is entitled "Spirituals and All That Jazz." Rehearsals from Tuesday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, April 18. The concert will be performed twice: Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 18, 7 p.m. Rehearsals are 7:45-9:45 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 South Pitt St., Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-549-3312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books to Film Discussion Group. 7 p.m. Readers and movie buffs are invited to talk about the film, "The Accidental Tourist" (1988), based on the novel by Anne Tyler. All should read the work and view the movie before attending. At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Call Mark at 703-519-3498.
<cal2>Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers. 7 p.m. Gracious and gritty songs brimming with seamless harmonies. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit dreamersloversandoutlaws.com.
<cal1>Friday, Feb. 12
<cal2>Singer/Songwriter Janna Audey. 7-9 p.m. At Spill the Beans, 1900 Elkin Street, Suite 4, Alexandria, spillthebeansva.com.
Ballroom Dancing for Couples. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 2nd Friday of each month. Enjoy waltz, fox trot, cha cha, swing and more to live music on large wooden dance floor in Mount Vernon area; Cost is $15/person. Private club; reservations required www.fridaynightersdancingclub.com
<cal2>Water Wise Landscaping. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Well designed, installed and maintained landscapes offer years of environmental benefits and beauty. Green Spring horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol discusses these concepts and provides practical information for you to implement in your garden. Instruction takes place inside and outdoors. Dress accordingly. $16. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
Birthnight Banquet and Ball. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Ball starts at 9 p.m.) Celebrate George Washington's Birthday with a banquet and ball. The evening includes a four-course 18th-century banquet by Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, English country dancing, toasts, a special 18th-century style dessert collation, and character re-enactors — including General and Mrs. Washington. Tickets are $100 to $200 per person, or $50 for the ball only. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Call 703-838-4242. At 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria.
Valentine Workshop. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Use traditional Victorian materials to make a modern and lovely Valentine. Suitable for children over age 4. At Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden. Cost is $1 per Valentine. Visit the Web site at www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.
Tamburitzans Perform. 7 p.m. Duquesne University Tamburitzans perform. Tickets are $22, $25 and $30. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. Call 1-877-826-6437.
George Washington Birthday Classic 10-K Race and 2-K Fun Run. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. rain or shine. Certified race course through Eisenhower Valley and Alexandria’s parklands. Prizes, T-shirts and refreshments will be provided for runners, with the proceeds benefiting the Alexandria Police Youth Camp. Cost is $25; after Feb. 10: $30.
<cal2>All-Beethoven Concert. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kim Allen Kluge and pianist Yuliya Gorenman. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets are $20-$80, youth is $5. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org.
<cal2>Valentine's Day Concert. 7 p.m. With blues singer/guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie and David LaFleur. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. Part of the Focus Music Series. At Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., in Alexandria. Contact: Kay Coyte at email@example.com or 703-501-6061.
Burlesque-a-Pades. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. A Valentine's variety show with burlesque, comedy, acrobatics, singers and swinging live music! Starring Angie Pontani, Corn No, the Pontani Sisters, Little Brooklyn, Albert Cadabra, Helen Pontani, Lefty Lucy and Peekaboo Pointe with live music from the Breadbasket and the Chili Boys Orchestra. At the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. For tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 202-397-SEAT.
Revolutionary War Reenactment. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. (Skirmish at 2 p.m.) Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. At Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria.
Africans and Native Americans in Virginia:
Culinary Connections and Historic Foodways. 1:30-3 p.m. Michael Twitty, culinary historian and interpretive educator, takes us on a journey as he discusses the culinary connections and historic foodways of Africans and Native Americans in Virginia. $10. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
Valentine’s Day Tea: Love Stories
1-3 p.m. Love a good story? Bring your sweetheart to explore some of the many roads to "happily ever after" with storyteller Margaret Chatham. Then raise your teacups in honor of the lovers’ holiday! $27. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-941-7987 to register.
Vesper Organ Concert. 6 p.m. Free. With Douglas Beck, organist-choirmaster of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria. At Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road, Alexandria. Call 703-549-1980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>George Washington Parade. 1-3 p.m. Free. With 3,500 participants, the largest parade in the country celebrating the nation's first president. Starts at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Gibbon and S. Fairfax Streets. The reviewing stand is near City Hall's Market Square at the intersection of King and Royal Streets. In Old Town Alexandria.
Meet President Woodrow Wilson. 11 a.m. Free. Actor Brian Hilton will bring him back to life. At The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703-838-4994.
<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band JP McDermott and Western Bop. At Nick's Nightclub, 641 South Pickett St., Alexandria.
<cal1>Saturday, Feb. 20
<cal2>Gift of Giving Benefit. 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Alexandria Choral Society. Tickets are $125/person or $1,000 per 8-person table. All net proceeds from the 1st Annual Gift of Giving benefit will be donated to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in Durham, NC, and designated for children’s brain cancer research. At Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria. Email ACS President Donna Kamm at email@example.com.
Multicultural Showcase to Celebrate Black History Month. 5-9 p.m. Free. Special guests and performers: Mayor William Euille, D.C. Step Team, Unique Praise Dance, gospel singers, rappers, and other artists. At the Charles Houston Rec Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria.
Tapas Tasting. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. You may never serve cheese and crackers again! These delicious and varied little dishes are a centuries-old tradition in Spain and gaining in popularity here. $22. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-941-7987 to register.
Swordsmen’s Rendezvous. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A re-enactment of 18th-century swordplay and a display and discussion of 18th-century weapons. Admission is $6/person, ages 5 and up. Call 703-746-4242. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
<cal1>Sunday, Feb. 21
<cal2>Marine Chamber Orchestra. 2 p.m. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com.
Bulbs as Companion Plants. 1:30-3pm. Whether starting a new garden or adding to an existing one, Brent Heath teaches you how to combine bulbs, perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs to create just the feeling you want for four seasons in your garden. $10. At Green Springs Gardens. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
<cal2>The Amazing Journey of the Red Knot. 7:30 p.m. Free. The speaker, Darin Schroeder of the American Bird Conservancy, will discuss the shorebird, the Red Knot, which makes one of the longest migrations in the world. Presented by The Friends of Dyke Marsh. At Huntley Meadows Park Visitors' Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.
<cal2>Life on Death Row. 7-9 p.m. Mr. Shujaa Graham will speak on his experience on death row for a crime he did not commit. Terri Steinberg, mother of a boy on death row in Virginia, will also speak. At Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5521 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. Call 703-768-2380.
<cal2>Michèle Choinière. 8 p.m. $20/general, $17/members. At The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Call Marty at 703-354-6460.
Teddy Bear Picnic. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10/child. Children ages 7 to 11 should bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed toy to the museum, where they will play traditional Victorian era games, learn about the history of the teddy bear, and enjoy a picnic lunch. At the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden. Go to the Web site at www.leefendallhouse.org.
Understanding Your Garden's Life Cycle. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to work with nature’s resources to develop a low maintenance urban retreat! At Green Springs Gardens. To register, call 703-642-5173. Registration: $45 Boxed Lunch: $12 additional. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
<cal2>Le Moulin Rouge Ball. The 23rd annual Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (SOLA) Ball. At the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Contact Jane Ring at 703-548-7454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase ASO concert tickets, contact their box office at 503-548-0885 or go to www.alexsym.org.
Black Opal Gala. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The 10th Anniversary Gala of the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network (YPN). YPN engages area young professionals in the Urban League movement toward social and economic empowerment through community service, political awareness and professional development programs. Tickets are $60 until Feb. 15; $70 after. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Contact Karen James, Director of Social Programs, email@example.com; 703-785-9762
<cal2>Folk Festival. 2 p.m. By The United States Marine Band — The President's Own. With Percy Grainger and Dorothy Chang. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>Bob Sima. 7 p.m. The warmth and sincerity of Bob's tone matched with his delicious words are a powerful pairing. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit www.bobsima.com.
<cal2>The Dream Hour. 2 p.m. The U.S. Marine Band with Col. Michael J. Colburn conducting and Mark Shields, moderator. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>Laura Baron. 7 p.m. Laura brings a poet's sensitivity to her writing and is known for the beauty of her voice and style of jazz. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit www.laurabaronmusic.com.
<cal2>German Masterworks. 2 p.m. The U.S. Marine Band with Capt. Michelle Rakers, conducting. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>Man vs. Machine. 2 p.m. The President's Own U.S. Marine Band. With Col. Michael J. Colburn, conducting. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>Benefit Concert for Autism Speaks. Schubert Cello Quintet in C. At Episcopal High School, in Pendleton Hall in the Ainslie Arts Center, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-933-4135.
<cal2>Mateo Monk. 7 p.m. Performs on acoustic guitar and flute, as well as vocals. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit myspace.com/mateomonk.
<cal2>David Kitchen. 7 p.m. Known as a road warrior in the local DC area, Kitchen has honed his skills performing before live audiences on an almost nightly basis, working as a sideman on various projects as well as fronting his own bands. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit myspace.com/davidkitchen.
<cal2>Old Town Alexandria Wine Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $35. Visitors will educate their palate with tastings of Virginia's locally grown world-class wine, and enjoy fine arts, fancy foods and culinary seminars. At the Crown Plaza Hotel, 901 North Fairfax, Alexandria. Email: donna@OldTownWineFestival.com or visit www.OldTownWineFestival.com