E-mail announcements to the Gazette, firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week's paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.
<cal2>The 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 email@example.com.
Ms. Senior Virginia America is searching for candidates statewide for this year's May Pageant, which will be held Thursday, May 6 at the Lee Center Kauffman Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Showtime is 2-4 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of $10. A deadline for entries will be Feb. 8. Call 703-978-3663 and directions at 703-838-4343. The current Ms. Senior Virginia America, Maureen Ribble, will end her reign in May. The Pageant showcases women age 60-plus who live in Virginia and are U.S. citizens.
Meditation Class. 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. Come enjoy a free group class on meditation instruction and practice. Class will be centered around calm abiding (shine/samatha). No experience is needed. All are welcome at the 3rd floor of Mindful Hands Gallery, 211 King Street. Visit http://www.palyuldc.org/meditation.html.
<cal2>Tea Dances. 1-3:15 p.m. Group class from 1-1:30 p.m. Ballroom, Latin and Swing music. $11/person. At the Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth Street, 2nd Floor (off Duke Street), Alexandria. Call 703-751-8868.
<cal2>March Luncheon. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20. The Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area. At the Koran Room of the Ft. Myer Officers Club. The featured speaker will be Donna Engeman, advisor for the Military's Survivor Outreach Services. Contact Wendy Gifford, 703-903-1542, or Ruth Howell, 703-941-1300.
Boris Arratia. 7-9 p.m. Free. Boris Arratia performs Latin American guitar with a twist of jazz. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Evening of Music for Flute, Cello, and Harp. 8 p.m. Free. Presented by the United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series. At the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.
<cal2>Spring Fling and Egg Hunt. Hosted by the Stratford Landing Citizens' Association. Short parade up Camden Street (from Cavendish St. to Stirrup Lane) at 2:30 p.m. and proceed into Stratford Landing Park for an egg hunt and games and crafts.
Swordsmen's Rendezvous. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $6 admission. Program includes re-enactment of 18th-century swordplay and a display and discussion of 18th-century weapons. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Concert for Haiti. 7 p.m. Music and dancing by the Irish Breakfast Band and Boyle School of Irish Dance. 100% of donations will go to the Hospital Bienfaisance de Pignon through the Community Coalition for Haiti. $10/adults, children free. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Call 703-549-4766 or visit www.wpc-alex.org
Benefit for Haitian Relief. Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria is hosting a benefit shopping day with 15 percent of the day's sales going to the Mennonite Central Committee, earmarked for Haiti. They will increase the donation to 20 percent for all items actually made in Haiti. At 915 King Street in Old Town Alexandria.
Moran Family Pancake Breakfast-Benefit. 8:30-10:30 a.m. For Jackson Dundon Recovery Fund at Mango Mike's, 4580 Duke Street, Alexandria. Call 703-299-0064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behind the Counter Tour. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $25, includes a light breakfast. At the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum at 105 South Fairfax, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242.
Light Everlasting — Music of Faith, Hope and Love. 8 p.m. Presented by the 100-voice Fairfax Choral Society. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria campus of NVCC, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-642-3277 or visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org or email@example.com.
Children's Book Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Usborne Books and Lyceum staff will make history fun at this event. Kids can become history sleuths on a scavenger hunt and earn their own Museum Detective Badge. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.
<cal2>Masters of the Craft. 2 p.m. Free. Marine Chamber Orchestra performs with Capt. Michelle A. Rakers conducting. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Visit www.marineband.usmc.mil.
Men's Chorus Concert. 3 p.m. In support of the BEL Center (Bryant Early Learning), a preschool which serves mostly children from needy families. At the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Call Ron Brandt, 703-765-4779, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brass Quintet Concert. 4 p.m. Free. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs. Orchestral works arranged for brass quintet on the program range from Giles Farnaby’s "Fancies, Toyes & Dreams " and Bach’s "Contrapunctus IX" to the Procession from the "Jupiter" movement of Gustav Holst’s "The Planets." At the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria.
Mt. Vernon Annual Crop Walk. 1 p.m. Walk with your neighbors 1.6 miles raising money for UCM and New Hope Housing. At Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 8001 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Visit www.churchworldservice.org or contact Rosemary Kley, 703-719-6238.
<cal2>Salute to Women Awards Banquet. 6 p.m. At the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. E-mail Angela.Johnson@alexandriava.gov or call 703-746-5030 or visit alexwomen.com.
<cal2>"It's Only Natural." 6:30 p.m. At the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. Call 703-745-5427.
Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited. 12:30 p.m. Nationally known quilter and author, Karen Kay Buckley will provide a lecture entitled, "To Border or not to Border." At Hollin Hall Sr. Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Visit www.quiltersunlimited.org/mtv.htm
<cal2>George Washington Lectures: The Four Key Women in His Life. 7:30 p.m. Professor Peter Henriques from GMU discusses the women in Washington's life — Mother Mary Ball Washington; First love Sally Fairfax; Wife Martha Custis; and friend, Eliza Powell. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Cost is $12/person. At 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Author Thomas E. Crocker. 7:30 p.m. Discusses book, Braddock's March: How the Man Sent to Seize a Continent Changed American History. At the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Go to www.alexandriahistorical.org or 703-683-2636.
<cal2>Free Blood Pressure Screening. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also medication reviews. At The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, 2204 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. Call 703-836-1700.
The Mango Project. 7-9 p.m. Features the sounds of contemporary and Latin-Jazz, as well as a variety of jazz standards and musical treatment of well known pop, R&B, and smooth jazz selections. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Music for Vocal Chamber Music. 8 p.m. Free. With members of the Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force Band. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.
<cal1>March 26, 27, 28
<cal2>"Into the Woods." Staged by Bishop O'Connell Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; students and seniors $5. At 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Visit www.bishopoconnell.org/theatre or call the box office at 703-237-1448.
<cal2>Yoga for Rookies. 10 a.m. Free Class. At The Body in Balance Center, 1423 Powhatan Street, Suite 7, Alexandria. Call 703-578-4434.
Fort Hunt Preschool Rummage Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Features high-quality used infants', children's and maternity gear, including clothing, toys, games, books and furniture. At Fort Hunt Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria.
Great Rum Punch Challenge. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite. Tickets, which include admission (food and drink all evening), are $50 per person, or $100, which include admission and a special VIP pre-event tasting of Bacardi’s special rums. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Celebrations Around the Globe. 4 p.m. Presented by the ACCT (Alexandria's City Community Theatre). At the Kauffman Auditorium at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Old Town Alexandria. Contact Ms.Dilworth-Abdalla at 703-746-5533
"JUMPPIN 4 JESUS." First Annual Double Dutch Tournament fund-raiser. To benefit the return, updated, and revised educational stage production of "Nefertiti 18th Dynasty." Visit www.biblestoriestheatre.org.
Sari to Skin. 7-9 p.m. A one-woman performance featuring Neelam Patel in celebration of Women's History Month. Presented by Empowered Women International. Tickets are $15/person in advance or $20/door. At Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
<cal2>Team F.W.I.K Fund-Raiser. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pamper yourself for the cure. 50% of sales will be donated to Team F.W.I.K. (Fabulous Women I Know) At Salon deZEN, 1008 King Street Alexandria. Call Salon deZEN, 703-549-1400. Visit www.fwik.org.
"Opera per Tutti." 3 p.m. Free. Italian Opera Choruses with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.
Snow Crab Legs and Shrimp Feast. 1-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Merrifield Lions Club. There will be a Deejay. Advanced tickets are $38/adults, $40/door, $15/children, and groups of 8 or more are $36/person. At the Dunn Loring Fire Department, 2128 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Call 703-255-2468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dream Hour. 2 p.m. The U.S. Marine Band with Col. Michael J. Colburn conducting and Mark Shields, moderator. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>Life Line Screening. 9 a.m. Get screened for risks of having strokes or bone fractures. Hosted by St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes. At 8009 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.
Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited. 12:30 p.m. Community Service Workshop - Quilters will be working on quilts to donate to various organizations. At Hollin Hall Sr. Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Visit www.quiltersunlimited.org/mtv.htm.
Sounds of the Saxophone. 7:30 p.m. Free. Presented by the Washington Saxophone Quartet. At Pendleton Hall, Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-933-4135 or visit www.episcopalhighschool.org.
<cal1>Thursday, April 1
<cal2>The Jefferson Street Strutters. 7-9 p.m. Free. Enjoy hand-clapping, toe-tapping music from the Jefferson Street Strutters who will treat visitors to traditional jazz and American popular songs from the early years of the 20th century. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Easter Egg Hunt at Woodlawn. Free. For ages 1-7. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. is entertainment and food; 1:30-2 p.m. is egg hunt in the formal garden; 2-3 p.m. more entertainment and food. Woodlawn is located at 9000 Richmond Highway, three miles west of Mount Vernon. Call 703-780-4000, ext. 26327.
Easter Tea. 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. 18th-century style tea held in the ballroom. Includes tea, pound cake, dried fruit and cookies. Cost is $25/person. At 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.
Community Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. Kids up to sixth grade bring their Easter baskets for an egg hunt. At Harvest Church, 7401 Beulah Street, Kingstown area, Alexandria. Call 703-971-7070 or visit www.harvestchurchag.org.
<cal2>Spring Gardening Workshop. 9:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $30/master gardeners, $45 for non-master gardeners. At Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Call 703-528-5406. Or contact Kirsten Buhls at email@example.com.
<cal2>Laura Baron. 7 p.m. Laura brings a poet's sensitivity to her writing and is known for the beauty of her voice and style of jazz. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit www.laurabaronmusic.com.
<cal2>"Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs." Presented by Rose Hill Elementary School. Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/children. At Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria.
<cal2>Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show at Aldersgate UMC, 1301 Collingwood Road for benefit of UCM and Rising Hope. Sponsored by Aldersgate United Methodist Women. 10 a.m.- Vendors and Silent Auction, 11:15 a.m.- Luncheon and Fashion Show. Tickets $20. Call 703-765-6555 or go to www.aldersgate.net for reservations.
Used Book Sale. At Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.
Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m. to noon. Hundreds of site locations throughout the area. Visit www.PotomacCleanup.org or contact Becky Horner at 202-518-7415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogist Char McCargo Bah. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Will give a lecture on how she traced descendants of people buried at Freedmen's Cemetery. At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org.
"The Grandest Congress." Noon to 4 p.m. Free. French and Indian War Re-enactment at Carlyle House Historic Park. Visitors will enjoy costumed re-enactors representing Gen. Braddock and the five colonial governors as well as John and Sarah Carlyle. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria.
<cal2>Ancient Airs and Dances. 2 p.m. Presented by the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra. At Bishop Ireton High School Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria. Call 703-751-7606 or www.bishopireton.org.
<cal1>Thursday, April 15
<cal2>Djesben. 7-9 p.m. Free. Djesben includes a trio of multi-instrumentalists whose backgrounds guarantee to delight with a variety of styles: jazz standards, bebop and bossa nova. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal1>April 15, 16, 17
<cal2>Spring Garden Market. Alexandria Horticultural Society (AHS) Members' Night is Thursday, April 15 from 4-8 p.m. The public sale is Friday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria.
<cal2>Flower Show. District II Garden Clubs "Carpe Diem — Seize the Day" Standard Flower Show. Sponsored by the American Horticulture Society. Friday, April 16 from 1:30-5 p.m. And Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria.
<cal2>Bag Swap. 7-9 p.m. Free. Bring "gently used" or an "un-favorite" bag and swap it out for something "new-to-you." At Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Theresa Kulstad, 703-283-0399 or email@example.com or Karen Schmitz, 703-232-4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Soldier-Led Walking Tours. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. At Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.
Tavern Dog Contest. 1 to 4 p.m. Hosted by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society. Registration is $35. At Market Square, 301 King street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-823-1395 or visit www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us.
Grand Ball. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45/person, $50/door. Live music, dance instruction, a special Queen’s cake and dessert collation, "gaming," and a cash bar. At Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Good Shepherd Housing — Dreams Do Come True Gala. 6-11 p.m. Features cocktails, dinner, auctions and dancing to live music. Black Tie optional. Tickets are $150 ($175 if purchased after 3/26/10); $100 Next Generation ticket price (Age 40 and under). Visit http://www.goodhousing.org. At the Crowne Plaza, 901 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria.
<cal2>Don White and Nick Annis in Concert. 7 p.m. Tickets are $18/general, $15/advance. At Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Contact Kay Coyte at email@example.com or 703-501-6061.
German Masterworks. 2 p.m. Free. The U.S. Marine Band with Capt. Michelle Rakers, conducting. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus. Call 703-845-6156 or www.schlesingercenter.com
<cal2>NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children. Ashley Merryman, co-author, to speak. 7 p.m. At Burgundy Farm Country Day School, 3700 Burgundy Road, Alexandria. Visit www.burgundyfarm.org.
<cal1>Thursday, April 22
<cal2>U.S. Army Band. 7-9 p.m. Free. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Helping Hands Fund-Raiser. 4-6:30 p.m. for Kids, which includes organized tennis; 7-10 p.m. for adults, which includes Round Robin Tennis. Proceeds benefit the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Pediatric Oncology Program. At Mount Vernon Athletic Club, 7950 Audubon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-360-7300.
<cal2>Port Tobacco Pickers. 7-9 p.m. Free. Seven-piece bluegrass band from Southern Maryland will perform a musical medley of bluegrass, Southern rock, train songs and an Irish whiskey tune. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Business Philanthropy Summit. 7:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Earl W. Stafford, entrepreneur and philanthropist. At First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street, Alexandria.
<cal2>Alexandria Running Festival. 7 a.m. Open to the first 1,500 runners of all ability levels. Aims to raise funds and awareness of the partner charities that work to improve the plight of children and families, locally and globally, including Haiti. Race course starts at near the Eisenhower Metro and covers the Eisenhower Avenue Corridor. Runners can register at www.mc-coop.org/arf or call 703-683-7500.
Man vs. Machine. 2 p.m. The President's Own U.S. Marine Band. With Col. Michael J. Colburn, conducting. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus.
<cal2>"Carmina Burana." 7:30 p.m. Free. Chorus Band Concert with Carl Orff. At the Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Call 703-845-6097.
Benefit Concert for Autism Speaks. Schubert Cello Quintet in C. At Episcopal High School, in Pendleton Hall in the Ainslie Arts Center, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-933-4135.
<cal2>Lynn Hollyfield and Grace Griffith. 7-9 p.m. Free. Lynn Hollyfield and Grace Griffith celebrate the interconnectedness of life and nature through folk music that touches and lifts the human spirit. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Mateo Monk. 7 p.m. Performs on acoustic guitar and flute, as well as vocals. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit myspace.com/mateomonk.
<cal2>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 the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or go to www.torpedofactory.org.
<cal2>Historic Alexandria Museum Gala. 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rescheduled. Dining and dancing to Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Tickets are $150/person or $300/sponsor. At the Holiday Inn Old town, 625 First Street in Alexandria. Visit www.historicalexandria.org or call the Office of Historic Alexandria at 703-746-4554.
<cal2>David Kitchen. 7 p.m. Known as a road warrior in the local DC area, Kitchen has honed his skills performing before live audiences on an almost nightly basis, working as a sideman on various projects as well as fronting his own bands. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit myspace.com/davidkitchen.
<cal1>June 28 to 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.
<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