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<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>Thursday/June 10

<cal2>Virginia Native Plant Society Registry Sites. 7:30 p.m. Free. Join registry chair Rod Simmons as he takes visitors on a virtual tour of some nearby registry sites. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.

David Kitchen Performs. 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.

Music at Twilight Concert. 7:30 p.m. Features the Alexandria Citizen’s Band. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather and subject to change without notice. At Fort Ward Park 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Call the Special Events Hotline at 703-746-5592.

SOHO Art Exhibit and Reception. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. View the accomplishments of young artists at the Old Town Space of Her Own program reception, at The Art League Annex, 1 Duke Street (Corner of Duke and South Union Streets). A program will be presented by fifth grade participants and features a before-and-after bedroom renovation video. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. To learn more about the SOHO program, visit www.spaceofherown.org.

<cal1>June 10-12

<cal2>Summer Book Sale. Hours are Thursday, June 10, from 1 to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-1704.

<cal1>June 10-13

<cal2>Excavate Shuter’s Hill. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alexandria Archaeology Institute is excavating the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. . Gain hands-on experience in site-excavation methods and record keeping. Learn how to use a transit and process and catalog artifacts in the laboratory, and interpret new discoveries. Advance registration is required. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703-746-4399.

<cal1>Friday/June 11

<cal2>Pot Luck Buffet Dance for Couples. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Cost is $15/person. The Friday Nighters Dancing Club’s last dance before summer break in the Mount Vernon area. Enjoy waltz, fox trot, cha cha, swing and more to live music on large wooden dance floor. Bring a buffet dish and join them. Reservations required. www.fridaynightersdancingclub.com

Doug Parks and the Lonewolves. 7:30 p.m. A four-piece ensemble based in Falls Church that performs blues and American roots music. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469).

<cal1>June 11-12

<cal2>Jewelry Designer Trunk Show. Noon to 8 p.m. Featuring collections of Mia Katrin for Jewel Couture LLC. Katrin will present her collections including best-selling limited edition necklaces and earrings of diamonds, emeralds, multi-colored sapphires, rubies and pearls in high-karat gold which have been worn by A-List Hollywood celebrities. At Goldworks by David Martin, 1400 King St., Alexandria. Call 703-683-0333.

<cal1>Saturday/June 12

<cal2>Beauty of Wetlands in Full Bloom. 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6/person. Adult hike through the wetlands during the peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizard’s tail. Search for birds and mammals that use these plants for food, shelter and nesting. Call 703-768-2525 to reserve your spot. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard in Alexandria.

"New Muslim Cool" 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.

Used Book Sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

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

"The Ultimate Block Party." 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Guests are invited to seminars hosted by experts on the topics of entertaining and designing in small spaces. HGTV’s Vern Yip will be speaking. At the Courts at Huntington Station apartment community, 5950 Grand Pavilion Way, Alexandria. Visit www.courtsathuntington.com/blockparty

Bread and Butter Ball. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Held in the historic Ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal Street), this springtime ball set in the 1790s is inspired by a ball George Washington attended. Enjoy live music, dancing, refreshments, gaming, and a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to wear period costume. Advance tickets are $45 per person or $50 at the door. For more information, visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

Alexandria Armenian Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. The City of Alexandria will host the 18th Annual Alexandria Armenian Festival at Market Square, 301 King St. Sponsored by the Knights of Varton, the festival features live entertainment, food, cultural exhibits and more. Contributions benefit charities for children in Armenia. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ArmenianFestivals.com.

Burke Branch Library Summer Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Call 703-746-1704.

<cal1>June 12-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>Sunday/June 13

<cal2>AHA! Garden Party Fundraiser. 4-6 p.m. Sponsored by At Home in Alexandria; supporting Alexandrians who prefer to remain independently in their own homes. $40 donation. At 317 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria. Call 703-566-6488.

Virginia Yoga Week Conclusion. 3 to 5 p.m. During this week, studios and independent teachers throughout the state will offer free classes, $5 classes and join in the VYW Karma project to benefit a charity of their choice. The event culminates at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria with "Yoga in the Fresh Air," featuring an appearance by Mayor Bill Euille.

Lesson Zero Performs. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. An indie rock concert in Ft. Hunt Park, six miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the GW Parkway, 703-799-2125 or www.nps.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to Do."

Folk Singer Bill Staines with Carey Creed. 7 p.m. At Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. The Church of the Resurrection is located at 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Contact: Kay Coyte at kay@focusmusic.org or 703-501-6061.

Fly Tying at Huntley Meadows Park. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. . If wooly buggers and hare’s nymphs pique your interest, you will want to try your hand at the intricate skill of fly tying. The fee is $10 per person. Equipment and materials are provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard in Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Soulful Sundays. 7 to 11 p.m. At Weyone Lounge, 5801 Duke Street, Alexandria.

Food and Wine Festival. 12:30 p.m. Features John Shields, Host, PGS Series Coastal Cooking. Shields will appear on the Viking Stage with a representative from J.M. Clayton, a wholesale crab company. They will discuss the Maryland crab industry and share tips and recipes with the audience. At the National Harbor in Maryland. Visit www.foodandwinenh.com.

10th Annual Arlandria Chirilagua Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. 3700 Commonwealth Ave. Sponsored by Tenants and Workers United, the festival features live entertainment, food, cultural exhibits and more. Call Monica Cevallos at 703-684-5697 ext. 318 or e-mail mcevallos@tenantsandworkers.org.

<cal1>Monday/June 14

<cal2>Genealogy/Family History Classes. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Taught by Sharon Hodges, will guide students to repositories and records in Maryland, including the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. The classes will be held in the Large Meeting Room at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. The cost is $35, or $25 for members of Friends of Local History Collections. 703-746-1706.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 15

<cal2>Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. 1 p.m. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Unsere Ahnen: An Overview of German Genealogical Research." The program will be presented by Susannah E. Brooks. Meets at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, Alexandria. Contact Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920 or haroldm@erols.com.

Planetarium Community Night. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Come explore space and learn about the mysteries of the universe. Registration required, call 703-824-6805 ext. 6300.

<cal1>Friday/June 18

<cal2>The Justin Trawick Group. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop, with instrumentation that includes upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums and hand percussion. At the Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469).

<cal1>Saturday/June 19

<cal2>Medieval Faire. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. demonstrations by church members of candle-making, drop spinning,

and jewelry-making, plus, period music (vocals) featuring the guitar, the viola, the harp, and Scottish bagpipes and Scottish dancing by The Thistle Dancers. At St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Catholic Church, corner of Monroe and Dewitt Avenues. Visit www.standrewandstmargaret.org.

YMCA Alexandria Community Family Day. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Fun-filled activities such as family yoga, face painting, moon bounce, water activities, high-tech games. At the YMCA Alexandria, 420 East Monroe Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-838-8085.

Hooray for Books! Turns 2. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Balloons, face painting and a special storytime visit from picture book favorite Ladybug Girl, on her way to the beach. At 1555 King Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-4092 or visit www.hooray4books.com.

SkateFest Benefit. 1 to 7 p.m. Features "SK8 for a Cause" competition. Features more than $5,000 in prizes as well as food, activities, giveaways, games, open skate and music. Fund-raiser for Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in the District. Preliminary rounds of the skateboard competition will take place on Friday, June 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Participants can sign up at www.skatefestfairfax.com. Call 703-425-5400. At Wakefield Skate Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale.

Run for the Red 5K/10K. 8 a.m. Start time. Cost is $30 for 10K; $25 for 5K. Benefitting the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. At the AMC Hoffman Center, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria. Registration: mail-in (received by June 16; day of race 6:45-7:45 a.m.) to 123 North Alfred Street, Alexandria. Online: www.active.com/running/alexandria-va/run-for-the-red-2010. Call 703-549-8300.

Excavation at Shuter's Hill. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. All new volunteers are required to attend an orientation. Ask the docents to direct you down the stairs to the dining room for the orientation. Afterwards, walk up to the site behind the memorial for a site tour. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria.

Cameron Station Festival in the Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With 30 vendors and a 5K run. Vendors include children's books, puzzles, designer clothing, jewelry, flowers, vegetables, wine tastings and more. On the Brick walk between Cameron Station Blvd. and Sommervelle.

Community Day. 1 to 5 p.m. At Historical Gum Springs community.

Steven Gellman in Concert. 8 to 10 p.m. At St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-739-9268.

Plant Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a wide variety of plants for your home and garden and consult with a master gardener about your gardening challenges. Admission is free and event is rain or shine. At the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Paint Alexandria. Free. An all-media plein air event featured in Old Town. This year's featured instructors include: Bobbi Pratte, Daniel Wise, Libby Cullen, Avis Fleming, Peter Ulrich, Sara Poly, and Robert Liberace. Sponsored by the Art League.

<cal1>Sunday/June 20

<cal2>Concert. 6:30 p.m. The EcoVoce Ensemble will present its multidisciplinary concert and arts event, "Breathing Naturally," Music, Poetry and Art of Women Inspired by Nature, as part of Virginia’s statewide celebration of women in the arts. At Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road (at Quaker Lane), Alexandria. Suggested donation is $10. Visit www.ecovoce.org or call 703-683-0322.

Father’s Day Tours. Free. 1 to 5 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Father’s Day Tours. Free. 1 to 5 p.m. At Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-3852 or www.apothecarymuseum.org.

Father’s Day Tours. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. At the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-3891.

Father's Day Tours. Free. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. At the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Book Talk. 3 p.m. Author John Fenzel will discuss his novel The Lazarus Covenant. Signed copies will be available for purchase. At Sherwood Regional Library,

2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or call 703-765-3645.

The EcoVoce Ensemble. "Breathing Naturally" Music, Poetry, and Art of Women Inspired by Nature with Denise Freeland (Soprano), Susan Hayes (Flute), Narciso Solero (Piano), and Ruth Baja Williams (poet). 6:30 p.m. No ticket required. Suggested donation $10. Music includes works by Jane Tavernier, Jamie K. Sims, Winifred Hyson, and a multimedia presentation of Haiku miniatures for soprano and piano. Gallery of nature images features regional women artists. At Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Call 703-683-0322 or visit www.ecovoce.org for more information.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 23

<cal2>Reflections on Alexandria’s Pottery Industry. 7:30 p.m. Free. Lecture by Barbara Magid, an expert on ceramics made in Alexandria based upon 30 years of research with the Alexandria Archaeology collections as well as objects in private and other museum collections. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriahistorical.org or 703-746-4994.

Benefit Concert for Haiti. 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre. All contributions go to the Lynn Williams Rouzier Institute de Dance in Port-au-Prince. At the Tyler Building Auditorium, Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-413-3811 or contact@khgdt.org.

Fostering the Future Cruise. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aboard the Cherry Blossom. At 7:30 p.m., guests will board the Cherry Blossom for dinner, dancing and cruising on the Potomac until 9:30 p.m. Attire is nautical or casual, and tickets are $75 per person (adults only). Proceeds benefit the Fund for Alexandria’s Child, which supports children in foster care or those who are at risk of abuse and neglect. Call Suzanne Kratzok at 703-746-5663 or e-mail thefundforalexchild@alexandriava.gov.

<cal1>Friday/June 25

<cal2>Mambo Combo. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Specializing in Latin and Caribbean dance music. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469).

<cal1>Saturday/June 26

<cal2>Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costumed interpreters will take part in Civil War artillery and camp demos. At 2 p.m., uniformed re-enactors representing Union and Confederate units will engage in a tactical skirmish. At Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site. Admission is $5 per adult and $10 for families with children. Free parking will be available along West Braddock Road. At 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

5K Walk-a-Thon. 8 a.m. Hosted by YoungLives DC. At Fort Hunt Park, Picnic Area C-003. Registration is $25/person. To register, go to www.younglivesdc.younglife.org, or contact Metro Area Director Sharon Holland at 571-276-0401 or Virginia Committee Chairman Tonya Green at 703-568-3541.

4th Annual Del Ray Music Festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Jazz, blues, swing, folk, country, Reggae, and rock. Atlantic Records recording artist Chelsea Lee and headliner the Justin Trawick Group. Food and kids’ games. At the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703-346-1468.

<cal1>Sunday/June 27

<cal2>In the Company of James Madison. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Be a party to the public debate in the company of James Madison, as presented by John Douglas Hall, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Reservations are recommended, and tickets are $15 per person and $10 for high school/college students. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-746-4242.

<cal1>June 28-July 2

<cal2>Civil War Kids Camp. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $200 per child. For boys and girls ages 8 to 12. At Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 29

<cal2>Discover Colonial Life. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drill like a continental soldier, climb inside a soldier’s tent, see what they ate and how they washed. For children ages 3-12. At the Carlyle House Historic Park. Contact Heather Dunn at 703-549-2997 or hdunn@nvrpa.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 2

<cal2>The English Channel (British Music from 60’s and 70’s). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The English Channel authentically recreates British music from the mid ‘60s to the mid ‘70s. Every song they play sold millions of records in its day. Tune in to The Channel to go back to where you once belonged. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances

<cal1>Saturday/July 3

<cal2>Teddy Bear Parade. 10 a.m. to noon. Children should dress themselves and their teddy bear (or favorite stuffed toy) as a figure in American history. Children ages 3 and up may participate. Participants can enter one of two age groups: ages 3-6 and 7-11. Three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will be selected in each age group. Admission is $5/child marching in the parade. Register now by calling 703-548-1789. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org. At the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden.

<cal1>Sunday/July 4

<cal2>Organ Fireworks, Hot Dogs & Lemonade. 11:30 p.m. Free. Goodwill offerings accepted. Douglas A. Beck, Music Director. At St. Paul’s Old Town, 228 South Pitt Street. For more information call 703-549-3312.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 7

<cal2>Salsa at Sunset-an Evening of Edibles. 6:30-8 p.m. $16. Learn how to grow and cook with different kinds of peppers from kitchen gardener, Cindy Brown. You and fellow enthusiasts will sample delectable garden treats and then take a pepper 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>Friday/July 9

<cal2>Pie Tasters (Ska). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free The Pietasters have been served well by the signs they’ve encountered along the road during their 17 years as a band. Their newest album, "All Day," captures the high energy, brotherly camaraderie and attention to detail on which they’ve built their rock-steady name as an explosive live attraction. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Saturday/July 10

<cal2>"Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream" 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.

U.S. Army Band. 6 p.m. Free. The 257th Army Band will perform patriotic music, marches and entertainment. At Oronco Bay Park, Alexandria. Go to www.257armyband.com or call 202-685-7899.

Botany for Gardeners. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $18. Enhance your ability to identify plants. Under Mary Olien’s guidance, we will use lectures and live samples to explore basic concepts of plant classification and plant anatomy, key elements in plant identification. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

National Capital Daylily Show. Come in to see some unusual varieties of these summer beauties. Their flower forms will dazzle you. Daylilies available for sale. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 for more information. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Sunday/July 11

<cal2>Art Reception: Diane Frykman. 1-3 p.m. Diane Frykman holds an art reception for her show of oil landscapes and still life. Her work can be viewed at the Historic House of Green Spring Gardens from June 29-August 29. The House is open Wednesdays-Sundays from noon-4:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 for more information. Visit www.greenspring.org.

Art Reception: Penny McGrath. 1-3 p.m. Penny McGrath holds an art reception for her show of oil landscapes and still life. Her work can be viewed at the Horticulture Center of Green Spring Gardens from June 29-August 29. The Horticulture Center is open Sundays from noon-4:30pm and Monday- Saturday from 9am-4:30pm. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 for more information. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 14

<cal2>Concert in the Garden. 7-8 p.m. Free. Be our guest for a musical evening in the gardens with the Fairfax Symphony Brass Quintet. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) Board serves complimentary cake and lemonade. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 for more information. Visit www.greenspring.org.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet. 7-8 p.m. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s introduction to five of the brass instruments that add brilliance to an orchestra’s sound. Green Spring Gardens: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. 703-324-SHOW (7469) www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances

<cal1>Thursday/July 15

<cal2>U.S. Army Band. 7:30 p.m. Free. The 257th Army Band will perform patriotic music, marches and entertainment. At Schlesigner Hall, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria. Go to www.257armyband.com or call 202-685-7899.

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 703-941-7987 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 16

<cal2> The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's Dixieland Band. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. An ensemble of musicians from the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Dixieland Band is New Orleans inspired. Your feet will be mobilized. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Saturday/July 17

<cal2>Popular and Blended Tea Tasting. 10:30am-12 p.m. $22. Gunpowder and Darjeeling, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong. You’ve heard their names, but you may not be acquainted with these "well-known" teas. We’ll introduce you to a few of the world’s finest and most popular teas and tea blends and help you put a taste to the name! At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-941-7987 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>July 19-August 23

<cal2>Yoga for Gardeners-Intro to Vinyasa Yoga. Mondays. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Each six-class session $66. A series of yoga classes featuring a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Classes held indoors. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 21

<cal2>Tomatoes in Twilight-An Evening of Edibles. 6:30-8 p.m. $16. Learn how to grow and some new ways to cook with tomatoes from kitchen gardener, Cindy Brown. You and fellow enthusiasts will sample delectable garden treats and then take home a tomato 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>Friday/July 23

<cal2>Janine Wilson Band (Roots/Rock). 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Wammie Award winning roots/rock vocalist Janine Wilson sings "impassioned vocals that, while powerful, never over-power the songs." Wilson weaves tales of love, heartache and more than a little mischief. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469). Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.

<cal1>Sunday/July 25

<cal2>Sweet Summer Music Tea Program. 1-3 pm. $27. Enjoy sweet summer music as you sip tea. Local musician Jody Marshall will delight you with the unique, mellow notes of the hammered dulcimer. Ms. Marshall will play and tell us the story of this traditional stringed instrument that has traveled the world and goes back to early America. A full English tea is included in this program. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-941-7987 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 28

<cal2> Book Discussion. 6-7:30 p.m. $12. . Expand your gardening knowledge in a friendly, social setting. Join us at Green Spring to discuss, The Gardener’s Year by Karel Capek. Books will be available at Green Spring Gardens at time of registration. Pre-registration required, book included. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Visit www.greenspring.org.

<cal1>Friday/July 30

<cal2>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.

<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>Friday/Aug. 13

<cal2>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>"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.

<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>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>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. 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>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>"Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" 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/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. 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/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.