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Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

"Paintings By Ruth Galoon (1916-76)," an exhibit of oils and watercolors by a noted Washington artist, is on display at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330; www.CherrydaleLibrary.org), through July 31. Hours: Mon: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Wed: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Fri: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

<ro>Free Outdoor Yoga

<bt>Start the week with a relaxing yoga session as Morning Meditation in the Water Park kicks off Monday at 7 a.m. Join Sport & Health every Monday morning this summer for a 1-hour yoga workout involving easy stretching and meditation. The Crystal City Water Park is located near 1750 Crystal Drive. The class is canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Investment Education Course. The Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering a free five-session course on investing beginning June 29. This course is ideal for those who are new to investing or want to gain information on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and tax-deferred investments. The class will be taught by Certified Financial Planners who are experts on investment topics and who pledge not to sell their products or services during the classes. This course is free but pre-registration is required. Classes will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning June 29th at the Arlington Central Library 2nd floor meeting room, 1015 N Quincy Street, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 29, Session 1: Investing Basics July 6, Session 2: Investing in Stocks July 13, Session 3: Investing in Bonds July 20, Session 4: Investing in Mutual Funds July 27, Session 5: Tax-Deferred Investments To register, contact Jennifer Abel at 703-228-6417 or jabel@vt.edu. This free course is supported through a grant from the Investment Company Institute Education Foundation.

Summer Adventure Camp. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (PM extended hours 3-6 p.m. Students ages 10-14 will enjoy trips, sports, wellness, special events, nature adventures, arts, and lots of local travel. At Washington Lee High School. To register visit www.arlingtonva.us/prcr or call 703-228-4747. Camp code: 550830.

<cal1>Mondays

<cal2>Vajrayogini Buddhist Center. 7 to 8:30 p.m. General Program. Each class includes a teaching, guided meditations, and time for Q&A. At 3800 Fairfax Drive, Suite 5 (Tower Villas), Arlington. Visit www.meditation-dc.org or contact us at 202-986-2257 or info@meditation-dc.org

Meditation and Buddhism. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost $12. General Program - What is the key to a good relationship? This month we will explore the Buddhist psychology of love and how this can be applied practically in our daily lives. Topics include: The Bigger Picture; Living with Gratitude; Connecting with Others; The Practice of Loving Kindness. Each General Program class includes a teaching, guided meditations and time for Q&A. Everyone is welcome. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in at any point. At Vajrayogini Buddhist Center – Arlington Branch – The Griffin Center 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5. Visit www.meditation-dc.org or call 202-986-2257 or info@meditation-dc.org.

<cal1>Tuesdays and Thursdays

<cal2>DJ Class. 6-8 p.m. Free. Come experience the world of a DJ. You will be mixing music with your own CDs. All tastes in music are welcome: Hip Hop, Latin, Reggae, Trance, and Rock. At Thomas Jefferson in the Sound Station. Call 703.228.7783 (Se Habla Espanol) for more information or to sign up!

<cal1>Saturdays

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

<cal1>Wednesday/June 23

<cal2>Exceptional Resume Writing for the Public and Private Sector. 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by The Women’s Center. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Thursday/June 24

<cal2>History Talk. 7 p.m. Former CIA chief historian and University of Virginia professor Gerald K. Haines. Dr. Haines, who teaches the popular U-Va. class "Intelligence in the 20th Century," will discuss "Secrecy in Government and National Security." The Friends will also conduct organization business before the program. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.

Avoiding Divorce Court: How To Negotiate or Mediate a Property Settlement Agreement. 6:30-9 p.m.

Sponsored by The Women’s Center. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington.

<cal1>June 24-26

<cal2>Signature Sings. Tickets: $33. The final chapter in Signature’s 20th Anniversary series ends with a bash in The MAX Theatre featuring songs from the last five years at Signature. Eleasha Gamble, Will Gartshore, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Bligh Voth will perform from Signature productions including Pacific Overtures, Urinetown, Nevermore, My Fair Lady, Saving Aimee, The Witches of Eastwick, Merrily We Roll Along, Glory Days, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Happy Time, The Visit, Ace, Les Misérables, and Giant. In The Max at Signature Theatre. Tickets available by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.

<cal1>June 25-26

<cal2>NVTA 2010 One-Act Play Festival. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14/general, $35/festival pass. At the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. The awards ceremony will be held June 27 at 6 p.m. Call 703-615-6626 or visit www.nvtaweb.org.

"Can’t Stop the Serenity" Charity Screening. Fans of Joss Whedon, creator of the science fiction shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and writer/director of the movie Serenity, are holding the fifth annual Can't Stop the Serenity (CSTS) charity screening. At the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com/

<cal1>Saturday/June 26

<cal2>Animal Tails Campfire at Long Branch. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-04.

<cal1>Sunday/June 27

<cal2>King Street Strutters. 4 p.m. Free concert of Dixieland and jazz standards. At Trinity Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Parking is available on street and on both levels of the B.M. Smith garage at 9th & Wayne Streets. Call Frank Cocuzzi at 571-344-1126.

<cal1>June 28-August 20

<cal2>Junior Jam Drop in Summer Programs. Monday-Friday. 1-5 p.m. Free. Jr. Jam is a drop in program for ages 11-16yrs. Come in from the summer heat to enjoy the afternoon with games, sports, arts, and trips. (Costs for trips will be posted weekly). Registration is required. To register please visit the site you wish to attend--Lubber Run Center,

Woodbury Park Community Center, Walter Reed Center,

Drew Community Center, Gunston Community Center,

Langston Brown Center. Gunston (summer school site) & Woodburry start on July 12th

Sports & Fitness Camp. Monday-Friday. 1-5 p.m. Boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 11-16 are welcome to participate. Each week will have a different sports theme and focus and we will join Jr. Jams on special trips. At Kenmore Middle School. To register: Call Luis Matos at 703-228-5314 or email LMatos@arlingtonva.us

<cal1>Wednesday, June 30

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

Film Screening/Meet the Producers: "American Feud" [2008]. 6:30 p.m. "American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals" is the first documentary to trace the history of modern political philosophy in the United States. Producer/director Richard Hall and producer Simone Fary will take questions following the screening. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/July 2

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

Night Noises Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-05.

<cal1>Saturday/July 3

<cal2>Night Noises Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7:00-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-06.

<cal1>Sunday/July 4

<cal2>A Walk to Remember Our Children. 8 a.m. For families who have lost a child of any age or cause. Starts at Crystal City Hyatt Regency Hotel, Arlington. Sponsored by The Compassionate Friends, a national support organization that helps families reach a positive resolution of their grief. Call Susan Johnson at 301-949-2158. Registration is $20 for the walk.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 6

<cal2>Catherine’s Ring — A Historic Link to Our First President. 6 to 8 p.m. Historian Richard Klingenmaier will discuss how the recent discovery of a gold memorial ring has served to focus a new light on the momentous events surrounding the death of George Washington. At Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.morrisonhouse.com or call 703-838-8000.

Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Natty Beaux, the Soul Tones of Swing Band. At the Clarendon ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

U.S. Army Band. 7:30 p.m. Free. The 257th Army Band will perform patriotic music, marches and entertainment. At Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, Arlington. Go to www.257armyband.com or call 202-685-7899.

<cal1>July 6-24

<cal2>"Sizzlin’ Summer" Cabaret. Tickets: $20. Signature offers three weeks of live music and performances ranging from cabaret and show tunes to jazz, blues, and rock. Tickets to Signature are available by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.

* July 6, 8 p.m.: Nynth Avenue Drifters

* July 7, 8 p.m.: NYC Singer-Songwriter Circle

* July 8, 8 p.m.: Next Generation Honorees Showcase

Chris Miller & Scott Davenport Richards

* July 9, 8 p.m.: 21/24: Tamar & The River

* July 10, 8 p.m.: 21/24: Tamar & The River

* July 13, 8 p.m. : Danica Dora

* July 14, 8 p.m.: Bligh Voth & Weslie Woodley

* July 15, 8 p.m.: Tracy Lynn Olivera

* July 16, 7:30 p.m.: Ain't Got No: A Rock/Pop Cabaret

* July 16, 9:30 p.m.: Will Gartshore

* July 20, 8 p.m.: Stephen Gregory Smith & Karissa Swanigan

* July 21, 8 p.m.: Sandy Bainum Sings Dorothy Parker

* July 22, 8 p.m.: Natascia Diaz with Michael Pemberton

* July 23, 7:30 p.m.: Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich

* July 23, 9:30 p.m.: Bob McDonald

* July 24, 7:30 p.m.: Colleen McHugh: The Songs of Judy Garland

* July 24, 9:30 p.m.: Natascia Diaz

<cal1>Wednesday/July 7

<cal2>Financial Basics. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (for the accompanying textbook). Part of Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. To register, contact jabel@vt.edu; 703- 228-6417.

<cal1>Friday/July 9

<cal2>Wild Virginia Campfire at Long Branch. 7:30-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643650-04.

<cal1>Saturday/July 10

<cal2>All Things Trees. 3 p.m. Free neighborhood walk and talk on all things trees. Experts will show examples of tree care in the neighborhood and answer questions. Meet at Lacey Woods Park playground, corner Washington Blvd. & N. George Mason Drive, Arlington. No RSVP necessary. Contact TreeStewards_ArlAlex@verizon.net.

<cal1>Sunday/July 11

<cal2>Firefly Festival. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5 fee per person, $20 max per family. Celebrate summer’s natural nightlights at Fort C.F. Smith. Enjoy the critters that light up the night with bug hunts, games, crafts, walks and talks about fireflies. Bring a picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy and wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come out. Cancelled if raining. Payable on the day of the program. At Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington, VA 22207. Call 703-228-6535 for more information.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 13

<cal2>Free Workshop. 5-7 p.m. Free. How to Setup and Use QuickBooks Financial Software. Learn how to setup your company in QuickBooks, write checks, make deposits, prepare invoices, perform bank reconciliations, run reports and more. Sponsored by DEMEO PLLC CPA. At 2009 N. 14th Street, Suite 202, Arlington. Register at www.demeocpa.com or call 703-931-0815.

U.S. Army Band Performs. 7:30 p.m. Free. The 257th Army Band performs at Kenmore Middle School auditorium. Visit www.257ArmyBand.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 14

<cal2>U.S. Army Band. 7:30 p.m. Free. The 257th Army Band will perform patriotic music, marches and entertainment. At Capital Sound, Fort Ward Park, Arlington. Go to www.257armyband.com or call 202-685-7899.

Investing Basics. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (for the accompanying textbook). Part of Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. To register, contact jabel@vt.edu; 703- 228-6417.

Mix & Mingle. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees will learn of the news and developments impacting the Ballston and Virginia Square urban villages. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make new connections and meet old ones. The Ballston Partnership is hosting its Mix and Mingle at Union Jack's, 671 North Glebe Road (Inside Ballston Common Mall), Arlington. RSVPs to RSVP@iloveballston.com. Or 703-778-3568.

<cal1>Friday/July 16

<cal2>Pirates for Pediatrics. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the Arlington Pediatric Center. . The evening will feature dinner at the Treasure Chest Buffet, dancing to live music by the Johnny Esquire Band, and an auction hosted by Congressman Joe Crowley. The public is invited to attend; tickets may be purchased in advance ($150 per person, or $200 per couple). At the Washington Golf and Country Club, 3017 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.arlpedcen.org.

Turtle-riffic Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7:00-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-07.

<cal1>Saturday/July 17

<cal2>Free Target Open House. Noon to 9:30 p.m. A free all-day extravaganza for the whole family. Exciting performances, master classes, demonstrations, exhibits, and kids’ activities offered in locations all over the Signature Theatre complex and on the Plaza. Events begin every 15 minutes. At 4200 Campbell Avenue (22206) off I-395 at the Shirlington exit. Tickets to Signature are available by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.

Family Fishing and Fossil Finding Trip. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $10/person. Join us at Lubber Run Community Center parking lot for a trip to Purse State Park in Maryland to fish, find fossils and have lots of fun! For more information call 703-228-4711 or e-mail mmcmullen@arlingtonva.us. Register at www.arlingtonva.us, click on class registration. Register for program #970000A.

Turtle-riffic Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-08.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 21

<cal2>Investing for Retirement. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (for the accompanying textbook). Part of Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. To register, contact jabel@vt.edu; 703- 228-6417.

<cal1>Friday/July 23

<cal2>Creepy Crawlies Campfire at Long Branch. 7:00-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643650-05.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 28

<cal2>Insurance Basics. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (for the accompanying textbook). Part of Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. To register, contact jabel@vt.edu; 703- 228-6417.

<cal1>Saturday/July 31

<cal2>Our Earth, Our Future. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inter-Generational Dialogue: Our Earth, Our Future. Conference encourages community to discuss ways that we can, as individuals and a community, be part of the solution for a more sustainable future. At Arlington Public Library. Visit www.ourtask.org. Call 571-331-3038.

Family Fun Day at Bluemont Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Enjoy a day of outdoor fun with an inflatable obstacle course, sports challenges and games and much, much more. The grill will be going so feel free to bring something to grill or a picnic lunch.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 4

<cal2>Planning for Future Life Events. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (for the accompanying textbook). Part of Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. To register, contact jabel@vt.edu; 703- 228-6417.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 6

<cal2>Calling Crickets Campfire at Gulf Branch. 7-8:15 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Program #643550-09.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 8

<cal2>All Things Trees. 3 p.m. Free neighborhood walk and talk on all things trees. Experts will show examples of tree care in the neighborhood and answer questions. Meet at Wakefield High School parking area, Dinwiddie Street, South, Arlington. No RSVP necessary. Contact TreeStewards_ArlAlex@verizon.net.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 10

<cal2>Flumpa and Friends LIVE! 1:30 pm. Free. Music, science, fitness and fun are blended in a unique show perfect for the whole family, starring Wendy Whitten ‘The Singing Scientist’ and Flumpa the famous tree frog. At Arlington County Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington. Call 703-228-6545.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Family Hershey Park Trip. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. $50 per person covers transportation and tickets. Have a great family fun time at Hershey Park. (Middle and High School Students may attend without a parent.) Trip leaves from and returns to Lubber Run Community Center. For more information call 703-228-4711 or e-mail mmcmullen@arlingtonva.us. Register at www.arlingtonva.us, click on class registration. Register for program #970000B

<cal2>Bat Fest Arlington. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening at Gulf Branch Nature Center and add to your knowledge of local nightlife at this bat conservation and appreciation program. See live bats, go on a walk to see bats flying and to hear their echolocation calls, and learn about foods that are pollinated by bats. We’ll also have games, bat crafts and lots of info on our local furry bug zappers. Live bat shows will be presented by Leslie Sturges, Director of Bat World NOVA , established in 2001 to protect and conserve bats in this region. Children under 13 must register with an accompanying adult. Call 703-228-3403. Registration required for age three and up. $10 per adult, $7 per child under age 12. Register at www.arlingtonva.us, click on class registration. Register for program #643550-01.

<cal1>Aug. 10 – Sept. 26

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

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

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

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 21

<cal2> Adults Only Campfire. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535 for more information. $5 per person; $20 max per family. Program #643550-11.