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E-mail announcements to the Gazette, gazette@connectionnewspapers.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.

<cal1>Ongoing

<cal1>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.

<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>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>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).

Third Friday with the Mount Vernon Swing Band. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A dance for all ages to big band and swing classics. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.

Outdoor Movie Night. 8 p.m. Free. "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and "Winnie the Pooh." At ACKC Alexandria, 2003-A Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-635-7917.

<cal1>Saturday/June 19

<cal2>Cameron Elementary School Art Show. Noon to 3 p.m. More than 2,000 pieces of student artwork will be on display. At 3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria.

Fund-Raiser. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring pet psychic Diane Roadcap. Tails High, an Alexandria non-profit that rescues stray and abandoned cats and kittens, will hold a fundraiser at Paws, Purrs, & Exotics Animal Hospital, 133 S. Peyton St., Alexandria. Call 703-819-5240 or visit www.tailshigh.org.

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. Or call Dana Brunson at 703-299-2524 or email Brunson@usa.redcross.org.

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.

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.

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

<cal1>Sunday/June 20

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Percussionists Rick Puzzo, Joanna Dabrowska and Paul Durning assisted by trombonist Abigail Puzzo and flutist Susan Brockman performing music by Keiko Abe, Iannis Xenakis, Howard Buss, Astor Piazolla, James Kazik, Murray Houllif, Mark Spede, and James L. Moore. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Breathing Naturally 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.

Falls Church Concert Band. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. A concert in Ft. Hunt Park, 6 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."

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.

"Fish Out of Water" Film Screening. 7 p.m. Free. This film explores the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible. Sponsored by Commonwealth Baptist Church and the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association (AGLCA). At Commonwealth Baptist Church, 700 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria.

Fostering the Future Cruise. 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. dinner, dancing and cruising on the Cherry Blossom on the Potomac. 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.

Lunch bunch concert. Noon - 1 p.m. Featuring Lying Heart (country/classic rock). Visit www.alexandriava.gov/concerts. At John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.

<cal1>Thursday/June 24

<cal2>Alexandria Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner. The honored guest and keynote speaker will be Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Special guest Congressman Jim Moran. Call 703-549-3367. At the Hilton Mark Center Hotel, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandra.

Benefit Shopping Night. 5-9 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages is hosting a benefit shopping night. Some 15 percent of all purchases will be donated to the Children’s Home Society and Family Services, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children without families find safe, loving homes through adoption. On King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Visit tenthousandvillages.com.

<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>Love Alive. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music, hot dogs and drinks, a used clothing give-away, a Social Services Fair, a Health Care Fair, balloon sculpting, face-painting, and moon-bounces. Youth activities include 3-on-3 basketball and volleyball. At First Assembly of God, 700 West Braddock Road in Alexandria.

Parker Gray Roundtable Community Day. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features barbecue, refreshments, music, Recreation Center open house, and health fair; and workshops on Parker-Gray history, employment programs, substance abuse prevention, summer recreation programs and more. Contact Jack Browand at 703-746-5504. At the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria.

Community Wellness Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family games and activities, Whole Foods, family nutrition information, LARGEST cycling and body pump class, activities in the X’Rcade where children play electronic physical activity games, and more. At the YMCA, 420 East Monroe Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-838-8085 or www.ymcadc.org.

Community Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. UCM’s Sacramento Neighborhood Center holds 10th annual Community Day celebration, "Block Party 2010." BBQ, games, contests, karaoke, face painting, vendors and community resources. At Pear Tree Village, 8800 block of Route 1.

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>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Violinist Benjamin Scott and pianist Brad Clark performing works by Stravinsky, Howard Blake and Arvo Pärt. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Vienna Community 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.npw.gov/gwmp and go to "News and Fun Things to Do."

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>Monday/June 28

<cal2>Federal Jobs Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Congressman Jim Moran is holding a Federal Jobs Fair with Keynote Speaker Kim Bauhs of USAJobs/U.S. OPM. At T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King street, Alexandria.

<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>Hands-on-History Tent. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Discover what life would have been like 250 years ago as the colonists became Americans! At the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Contact Heather Dunn at Carlyle House Historic Park, hdunn@nvrpa.org or 703-549-2997.

<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>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Pianist Alexander Beresovsky performing works by Schumann, Scriabin and Chopin. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

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. 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>Annual USA & City Birthday Celebration. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 261st and the USA’s 234th birthday. At Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., on the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Recreation or call 704-746-5418.

"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>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free Trombonist Kirsten Leis Warfield performing "The Electric Slide", music for solo trombone with electronics and electrified trombone. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

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>Women’s Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "Need a New Look for the Summer" luncheon. Special guest is Sharon Kehn, Senior Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics, who will show some new looks and give tips for having a flawless look. Sponsored by the Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection. Cost is $17/person. Reservations must be made by Friday, July 9, to 703-590-6562 or email to SpringWmConn@yahoo.com. At the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

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>Malagueta: The Solo Show of Tatiana Suarez. 6 p.m. to midnight. Free. Sketching Session with live model 7-9 p.m. Latin Fusion Band performance starts at 9 p.m. At Art Whino Gallery, 173 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md.

Marine Chamber Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Free. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com.

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>Sunday/July 18

<cal2>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. Clarinetist Wonkak Kim and pianist Grace Eunhye Choi performing works by Schumann, Debussy, Berg, Widor and Ponchielli. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>July 19-Aug. 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>Summer Chamber Music Series. 3 p.m. Free. French hornist Jay Chadwick and friends. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

Sweet Summer Music Tea Program. 1-3 p.m. $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>Sunday/Aug. 1

<cal2>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.

<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>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.

<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>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.

<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>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.

<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>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.

<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.

<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.