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<cal1>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 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Storytelling sessions will take place in the Hands-On History Room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center. "Washington Builds a Barn" is the theme for August’s storytelling sessions. During the 20-minute session, children learn Aesop’s fables and listen to stories about George Washington’s life! 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.

The Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market, located at King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King St., is just a few steps from the King Street Metro Station. Offering area residents and commuters the opportunity to shop for fresh, locally grown produce, meat, dairy and bakery items, the market is open Wednesdays through Oct. 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit http://www.upperkingstreet.org.

The West End Farmers’ Market is open to the public on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 21 at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive. This outdoor market is one of a kind in the City’s west end, featuring colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruits, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and fresh baked pastries. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.

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 pmiller1806@comcast.net.

Meditation Class. 10 to 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.

Alexandria Library's SummerQuest reading program has begun, but it is not too late to sign up! Children ages 6-12 can sign up for SummerQuest (and children under 5 years old can sign up for SummerQuest Junior) at the children's desk at any of the four Alexandria Library branches. Specials event schedules are available at any branch or online at www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

<cal1>Friday Afternoons

<cal2>Tea Dances. 1 to 3:15 p.m. Group class from 1to 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>Now Through Aug. 21

<cal2>Summer Dance and Fine Art Program. Saturdays. Cost is $350 for 10, two-hour classes. Students study dance for one hour followed by a one-hour fine arts class. For children ages 3 to 9 divided into three age groups. Contact Virginia Britton, Director, The Alexandria Ballet, at 703-379-8997 or 703-568-4425 or visit www.thealexandriaballet.com

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 10

<cal2>Zenergy’s Summer Yoga for Teens. Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. At Nativity Lutheran Church, 1300 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Cost is $10/class. Drop in anytime. Bring a yoga mat and water (mats are available for $10). Contact instructor Susan Doyle at zenergy.yoga@cox.net or call 703-933-1986.

<cal1>Thursday/July 29

<cal2>Music at Twilight Concerts. 7 p.m. Featuring Folk by Association (Eclectic Acoustic). At the Fort Ward Park Amphitheater, 4301 West Braddock Road. Call 703-746-5592.

18th Century Dance Class. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn the dances of Jane Austen’s time — danced by Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Cost is $30/series or $12/class. Singles or couples are welcome. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 703-746-4242.

The Full Cup Girl’s Night Out Women's Health Event. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Featuring Dr. Marla Gebaide from Centreville Chiropractic Center who will a discussion on women's health that tie into wearing the proper fitting bra. At 218 N. Lee Street, Suite 206, Old Town Alexandria. RSVP to lindsey@thefullcup.com. Space is limited. Visit www.thefullcup.com.

Reverie Jazz Trio. 7-9 p.m. Free. The Reverie Jazz Trio will perform early jazz standards and forgotten favorites in a style reminiscent of a bygone era while bringing back the great melodies and emotion exemplified by the great jazz and blues music of the 1930's, 1940's and early 1950's. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 30

<cal2>Alexandria Citizens Band Concert. 7:30 p.m. Listen to the City’s oldest performing arts organization. In Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-5592.

The Reunion Music Society Jazz Orchestra. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Led by NOVA's Professor of Jazz Studies Herb Smith, this orchestra will be performing selections from jazz notables such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Bird and Miles Davis along with songs from Broadway shows. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Saturday/July 31

<cal2>How to Use Herbs. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fee is $5/per workshop; advance registration required. At Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

National Dance Day. 5 p.m. Wear Red, White, and Blue to honor our nation, with hopes of bringing awareness to the community of how important fitness and dance can be. At Market Square in Old Town Alexandria.

<cal1>Sunday, Aug. 1

<cal2>Rambling Garden Party. 4-6 p.m. Fund-raiser for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. Musical performances by Dulcie Taylor and Sol. Admission is $100/person. At The Athenaeum and its two adjoining historic properties, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Harmony Heritage Singers. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Women's four-part harmony show chorus performs in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Master class for young musicians 18 years old and under with violinist Elisabeth Adkins and pianist Edward Newman. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Potomac Harmony Chorus. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

<cal1>Aug. 2-6

<cal2>Vacation Bible School. 9 a.m. to noon for half-day; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for full-day. VBS will be centered around the theme, "Champions for God." At Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 North Alfred Street, Alexandria. To register, visit www.meadememorialchurch.net. Call 703-549-1334.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 3

<cal2>National Night Out — America’s Night Out Against Crime. 6 to 8 p.m. Crime Prevention Program. Live Music. Light refreshments. Model apartments will be available to tour. At the Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-797-3815 to reserve a seat.

Sunrise" Silent Film. 7:30 p.m. Free. Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 is presenting its "Silent Summer" film series. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 4

<cal2>Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club Speaker. Drinks at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Talk at 7:20 p.m. followed by Q&A’s. Amb. Thomas Pickering, former Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and Ambassador to Russia, Israel and three other countries. Will give his perspectives on major global issues. Cost is $27/person for dinner (cash bar). At the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club. If you are interested in attending, contact MVKC President Bruce Malkin at brucemalkin1@gmail.com.

Historic Gadsby’s Tavern Courtyard Barbeque/Smoker. 7 to 10 p.m. Held the first Wednesday of each month, the smoker is sponsored by the American Legion Post 24 to commemorate national, veteran, and Legion historical events. Bring your meat or entrée, be your own chef. Post 24 provides sides, beverages and an occasional free surprise. The $10 admission goes 100 percent to Post 24 Legion youth, veteran and other programs. At American Legion Post 24, 400 Cameron St. (courtyard or enter door at base of flagpole). Contact clubroomp24@gmail.com or 703-683-5564. http://www.valegionpost24.org/

Desserts at Dusk-an Evening of Edibles. 6:30-8 p.m. $16. Learn how to grow and cook with edible plants that make delicious desserts from kitchen gardener, Cindy Brown. Sample delectable garden treats and then take home the featured plant to grow in your own garden. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 5

<cal2>The Ash Lovelies. 7-9 p.m. Free. The Ash Lovelies create "Chamber Folk Tangle Pop." What else do you call a band that features a viola, oboe, guitar synthesizer, bass, keyboard, cajone, synthesizer modules, electronic noise, and assorted guest players/singers? At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

18th Century Dance Class. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn the dances of Jane Austen’s time — danced by Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Cost is $30/series or $12/class. Singles or couples are welcome. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 703-746-4242.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 6

<cal2>Musical Art of the Andes. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Yarawi, playing South American, Latin American and world music using traditional Bolivian instruments. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 7

<cal2>Cocker Spaniel Adoption Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. At the Alex-Hybla Valley Petsmart, 7690 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. Visit www.cockerspanielrescue.com

Living History Celebration. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Features living history interpreters portraying the Carlyle family. At the Carlyle House, 121 North Fairfax Street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.nvrpa.org.

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of original artwork from over 20 artists will be displayed for sale including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. At the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). Contact Kimberley Bush at 703-627-7656 or email DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Featuring the Jazz Ambassadors, a 19-member big band. Part of the U.S. Army Field Band. At Centennial Park, off of English Ave., Fort Meade.

Friendship Firehouse Festival. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Celebrate the 236th birthday of the Friendship Fire Company in the 100 block of South Alfred Street. Kids of all ages will enjoy displays of historic and modern firefighting apparatus, free birthday cake, craft books, food vendors and more! Go on tours of the historic firehouse, first built in 1855. Children will receive free Friendship Fire helmets! Visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or on weekends, call 703-746-3891.

Tavern Day at Gadsby’s Tavern. 1-5 p.m. Free open house will feature continuous tours of the site by costumed guides, the opportunity to dance like George and Martha Washington, and more. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street in Old Town. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 8

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. French hornist Jay Chadwick and pianist Sarah Strauss Himmelfarb performing Bach Violin Sonatas arranged for horn and piano. Violinist Joel Ang, violist Cesse Ip, cellist Paul Marshall and pianist Stephen Bertino performing Faure’s Piano Quartet in C minor. Susan Brockman and pianist Stephen Bertino performing Faure’s Fantasie, for Flute and Piano, and Thomas F. Dunhill’s Valse Fantasie. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Virginia Ballet Co. Performance. 4:30 p.m. "Precedence" combines contemporary dance styles with classical ballet techniques. All seats are reserved, and all tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Call 703 249-8227. At the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

Mystic Warriors. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 11

<cal2>Luncheon at Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topic: "I’d Love to Own a Gift Shop (What you need to know)" with guest Shelly Jennings, owner of three Collectible Treasures stores. At the Springfield Golf & Country Club. Cost is $17/person. For reservations, call 703-590-6562 or email to SpringWmConn@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 12

<cal2>Jean Bayou Performs. 7 p.m. Jean Bayou has maneuvered her way through motherhood, womanhood, the neighborhood (and other hoods too numerous to mention) to write songs of love, loss, redemption and bad family vacations. Performs at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.18th Century Dance Class. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn the dances of Jane Austen’s time — danced by Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Cost is $30/series or $12/class. Singles or couples are welcome. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 703-746-4242.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 13

<cal2>Film Screening. 7 p.m. "Renewal: Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement," a film about how Americans of different faiths, motivated by their spiritual and religious convictions, become better stewards of the environment. At the chapel of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Refreshments provided. Donations accepted. 703-721-0595 or gpourchot@yahoo.com.

Alexandria Harmonizers Perform. 7:30 p.m. At Market Square in Alexandria.

Honor by August Performs (Rock/Pop). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. "Anyone who saw these guys open Bon Jovi’s sold-out show at the Verizon Center knows why they’re one of the most buzzed-about bands on the East Coast. Their award-winning songwriting, strong vocals, catchy melodies, and a dynamic live performance are not to be missed." - Jenni Chase, Washington's Z104 FM / OnTap Magazine. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Alexandria Youth Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Children’s activities, crafts, exhibits, music and spoken word. At Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria. Children through age 19 are invited to enter original artwork for display at the festival. Contact Jason Ellis at 703-535-3175 or McKenya Dilworth-Abdalla at 703-746-5550.

Jane Austen Ball. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Costumes of the 1790s are encouraged. Tickets are $45/advance, $50/door. Participants can prepare for the ball with instruction from dance master Corky Palmer on Thursdays, July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn the basic steps of English country dancing for $12 per class or $30 for the series. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal street, Old Town Alexandria. For tickets, call 703-746-4242. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Featuring the Volunteers, the U.S. Army’s premier touring pop/rock band. At Centennial Park, off of English Ave., Fort Meade.

Kitchen and Bath Seminar. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. At Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, 5650-D General Washington Drive, Alexandria. Call 1-800-513-2250.

"Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

Summer Orchestra Series. 7:30 p.m. The Marine Chamber Orchestra performs. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com.

<cal1>Aug. 14-15

<cal2>Model Train Days. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. For ages 8 and up. Register online at www.alexandriahistory.org and click on "Shop" or call The Lyceum to register by phone at 703-746-4994. Admission is $5 per person. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 15

<cal2>Mount Vernon Concert Band. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

<cal1>Aug. 16-20

<cal2>Seriously Shakespeare Camp! 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $150 - Ages 9-13 (Full - wait list only). Participants will be introduced to Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," through scene work and improvisation activities designed for youngsters to gain a full understanding of the plot, characters and language. Theatre games and creative costumery add to the mirth and merriment. All camps take place at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road, 22308. Email Heather Sanderson at bardsplay@aol.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 17

<cal2>Mount Vernon Lions. 6:30 p.m. Sandy Halverson from The Bell Program will speak about the camp run for visually impaired children. At Pema’s Restaurant. Call Andrea Corsillo at 703-960-4973.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 18

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the Deja Blue Blues Band. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 19

<cal2>Dave Tucker Combo. 7-9 p.m. Free. Dave Tucker is an internationally-known performer of early jazz styles. Dave specializes in performing ragtime, novelty, blues and Harlem stride piano music, but has expanded in recent years to include performing with dance orchestras and several small combos. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. $27 Take a relaxing docent-led stroll through the demonstration gardens and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Historic House. This is a delightful introduction to the mission and history of Green Spring Gardens, one of the preeminent places for horticulture in the Washington, D.C. area. Individuals and groups are welcome. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Dixie Melody Boys. 7:30 p.m. At the Mt. Calvary Community Church. Call 703-971-0165 or visit www.mtcalvarycc.com.

Squeeze Bayou (Cajun). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Squeeze Bayou Cajun Band, based in the D.C. area, plays traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana, specializing in two steps and waltzes. Their music reflects a blend of many styles including country music, blues and Creole. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Aug. 20-29

<cal2>Alexandria Restaurant Week. 60 restaurants offer a $35 prix-fixe three-course dinner, $35 dinner for two, or $3.50 sweet treat. Participants include Bastille, La Bergerie, the Grille at Morrison House, Del Merei Grille, A La Lucia, Tempo, Cheesetique, Fontaine Caffé & Creperie, and ACKC Cocoa Bar. 703-746-3301. Menus and online reservations on VisitAlexandriaVA.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 21

<cal2> Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Featuring the Concert Band and the Soldiers’ Chorus. At Centennial Park, off of English Ave., Fort Meade.

Singer-songwriter Anne Hills performs. 7 p.m. Sponsored by Focus Music, a nonprofit supporter and presenter of folk and acoustic music that holds concerts in west Alexandria on Sundays. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact Gilliam at 703-975-8027 or markg@ssosystems.com. St. Aiden's is at 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria, between Fort Hunt Road and Route 1.

Unusual Fruits Tasting. 1-3 p.m. $27. Ugli fruit, cherimoya, kumquat, star fruit….Many unfamiliar fruits are readily available in supermarkets, but are often ignored. Try some! Delight your taste buds as we serve up a selection of intriguing fruits and tell their stories. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 22

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. The Eastmont Trio performing string trios by Mozart and Dohnanyi. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Alte Kameraden. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

<cal1>Aug. 23-27

<cal2>The Play's The Thing Camp! 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $30/day - Ages 5-9. Theatre games, improvisations, creative costume play, story time theatre and imagination exercises combine forces to help youngsters develop verbal skills, build confidence and individuality, and expand and improve collaborative and communicative skills. Although each daily workshop is different, they all have one thing in common - serious fun! All camps take place at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road, 22308. Email Heather Sanderson at bardsplay@aol.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 26

<cal2>Beatboxchip. 7-9 p.m. Free. Beatbox performer with a random eclectic mix of vocal and electronic elements. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 27

<cal2>Andrew Acosta & Speedy Tolliver String Band (Folk/Bluegrass). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Acosta is a traditional/roots/originals guitarist and singer from the Washington, D.C. area. At Grist Mall Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Aug. 28-29

<cal2>28th Annual Begonia Show and Sale. 9-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28. 12-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Expand your plant palette! Be tempted with splashes of color and shape for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put our outdoor gardens to bed! The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 29

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free Pianist John Earle, violinists David Brown and Sheyna Burt, violist Suzanna Sitomer and cellist Ryan Bridgland performing piano quintets by Dvorak and Robert Schumann. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Kings Park Concert Band. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-289-2550 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to do."

The Fabulous Flapper Tea Program. 1-3 p.m. $27. In the 1920s, a new kind of woman was born. She voted, drank, smoked and danced the Charleston. She wore short hair and short skirts. How shocking! We’ll explore the birth of the Flapper Girl and the decade – the Roaring Twenties – that gave life to her unique image and attitude. A full English tea is included in this program. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

Sundae in the Park. 3-5 p.m. An ice cream social with AHA! At Home in Alexandria, which supports Alexandrians who prefer to remain independently in their homes. The park is located on Madison Street between No. Royal and Fairfax Streets.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 2

<cal2>Britt Neal. 7-9 p.m. Free. Britt Neal’s sound is rich with gospel and blues, and glimpses of the world she’s heard whenever she turned on her radio. Country and bluegrass, and good old Southern rock. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 4

<cal2>Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of original artwork from over 20 artists will be displayed for sale including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. At the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). Contact Kimberley Bush at 703-627-7656 or email DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Pianist William McDaniel performing works by Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Lesson Zero (new adult contemporary indie rock/blues). 3-4 p.m. Free. A concert performed by Lesson Zero, new adult contemporary indie rock/blues. At Collingwood, 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Visit www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at 703-765-1652 for more information

In September, the final free concert series will be held at Collingwood, an estate overlooking the Potomac River. The series will take place Sunday afternoons, rain or shine, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3, with performances including Dixieland jazz and indie rock. The final concert of the summer season will be provided by the Falls Church Concert Band on Oct. 3. Performances are from 3 to 4 p.m. at Collingwood, which is 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, off the George Washington Memorial Parkway, at 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Go to www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at Collingwood at 703-765-1652.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 9

<cal2>David Glaser. 7 p.m. David Glaser burst onto the Acoustic/Folk scene in 2008 with "Cars and Lovers", a genre-bending CD that shows his range as a performing songwriter. Performs at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>"Blacks Without Borders" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

<cal1>Sept. 11-12

<cal2>8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alexandria’s premier art affair returns for its 8th anniversary with the nation’s top established artists as well as new and emerging talent. The artistic media represented include paintings, life size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics with prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $20,000 metal sculptures. In Old Town on King Street from Washington down to the Potomac River at the Torpedo Factory; 480 King street, Alexandria. Visit www.artfestival.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Mount Vernon Dixieland Jazz Band (Dixieland). At Collingwood, 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Visit www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at 703-765-1652 for more information.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 16

<cal2>Jim Stephanson and John Previti. 7-9 p.m. Free. Guitarist Jim Stephanson and bassist John Previti will treat visitors to an evening of blues, swing, and jazz inspired tunes. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 19

<cal2>TBA. 3-4 p.m. Free. At Collingwood, 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Visit www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at 703-765-1652 for more information

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Wind Energy. 7-9 p.m. Free. Wind Energy plays music for dancing, listening and enjoying, from the folk traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland and beyond, using Northumbrian smallpipes, silver flute and Appalachian dulcimer. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 26

<cal2>TBA. 3-4 p.m. Free. At Collingwood, 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Visit www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at 703-765-1652 for more information

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Port Tobacco Pickers. 7-9 p.m. Free. This seven-piece bluegrass band from southern Maryland will perform a musical medley of traditional bluegrass, Southern rock, train songs, and even an Irish whiskey tune. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Falls Church Concert Band (Marches, light classical, show medleys, American classics). At Collingwood, 4.3 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Visit www.collingwoodlibrary.com or call Judie Kunkle at 703-765-1652 for more information

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>"From Barbados to Carolina: The Colony of a Colony" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

<cal1>Oct. 9-10

<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.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>Community Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host a Community Fall Festival.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of original artwork from over 20 artists will be displayed for sale including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. At the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). Contact Kimberley Bush at 703-627-7656 or email DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2> "The Principal Story" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>Gift/Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have a art/craft/music/gifts or any personal invention or service that you would like to sell at the Gift Fair, check out website at www.tjgiftshow.com or contact tjgiftshow@gmail.com. Tables are $75. At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 11

<cal2> "The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.