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<cal2>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 email@example.com.
<cal1>March 27 Through May 16
<cal2>"The Fool at the Circus." Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. For ages 4 and up. Run time: 1 hour. Tickets are $12/advance, $15/door, $10 for parties of 10 or more. Call 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org. At the Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Avenue, Arlington.
<cal1>Now Through April 11
<cal2>"The Light in the Piazza." Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $74. Tickets may be purchased online at ArenaStage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300. At Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington.
<cal2>LinkUp & Live Charity Event. 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will help support CrisisLink's care for people in crisis, contemplating suicide or dealing with other mental health problems. At the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington. Visit www.LinkUpandLive.org.
Relational Aggression and Bully Prevention. 7-9 p.m. At the Education Center, 1426 North Quincy Street, Board Room, 1st Floor. Register online at www.apsva.us/adulted or by calling 703-228-7200.
Film: "The Drummer"/"Zhan. gu" . 6:30 p.m. The World Cinema Spotlight series presents "The Drummer" . Not Rated, 118 minutes. Directed by Kenneth Bi and featuring Jaycee Chan and Tony Leung Ka Fai." The Drummer" is the first feature film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won The Hollywood Reporter's Critics' Pick. It's the story of a young man on the run from organized crime that hides out among a drum circle group. At the Shirlington Branch Library
<cal2>Willow Fund-raiser for Haitian Relief. 5:30-9:30 p.m. An evening of wine, food and fellowship to raise funds for Haiti. Proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders' relief efforts in Haiti. At Willow Restaurant. Entrance fee $50, checks written to Doctors Without Borders USA, Willow Restaurant, 4301 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Call 703-465-8800.
Preserving Biodiversity by Restoring Habitat. 7:30 p.m. Free. Presented by Randy Phoebus. At the Washington Area Butterfly Club meeting. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-228-6535 or 703-354-9668.
Author Event: "The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson." By the Washington Post's Wil Haygood. 7 p.m. Acclaimed biographer and Washington Post writer Wil Haygood discusses "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson." The biography tells the captivating story of the African-American champion who brought grace and style to the boxing ring in the 1940s and '50s. At the Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington.
<cal1>March 25, 26, 27 and April 1, 2, 3
<cal1>ArtStream OnStage. $10. Presents performances by adults with disabilities: "Those Were the Days," and "Hasbeenalooza: The Benefit Concert." Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. At Gunston Theatre One in Arlington, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Northwest Arlington Lions Charities Fund-Raising. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Florida Citrus, pure Vermont Maple Syrup, and Pecans for sale at the Overlee Pool lower parking lot, 6030 Lee Highway. Call 703-243-7938.
<cal2>Live Stand-Up Comedy with Finesse Mitchell. Friday at 9:45 p.m.; Saturday at 9:45 p.m. $22 admission. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit www.ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.
<cal2>Reading Dante Between the Lines. 6 p.m. Guest lecturer Dr. Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University, New Orleans. In the Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington.
Poetry Reading. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Poet Sandra Beasley to give reading at Marymount University. At the Lee Reception Room of the Reinsch Library, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-526-6847.
<cal1>March 26, 27, 28
<cal2>"Into the Woods." Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/students, $5/seniors. At Bishop O'Connell High school, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Visit www.bishopoconnell.org/theatre.
<cal2>Author Event: "Self Defense for Radicals." 6 p.m. Free. By New York City author Mickey Z. At Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-248-8244
The Honeymoon Trip. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Barbershop Harmony performed by the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus and Quartets helping a newly married couple decide where to go on their honeymoon. "FULL TILT" Quartet is featured. At Thomas Jefferson Theatre, S. 2nd St., and Old Glebe Road. Cost is $15 and $12 at the door, $12 and $10 in advance. Call 703-521-9331 or www.thearlingtones.com.
Gayaneh & Swan Lake. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ballet students from the Cuppett Performing Arts Center will perform in the Center’s Spring ballet with professional Ballet Master Bryan Skates. Tickets are $12/advance, $15/door, $10/seniors and children. At the Kenmore Middle School Theater, Carlin Springs Road in Arlington. Visit CuppettPAC.com or call 703-938-9019.
<cal2>Snow Crab Legs and Shrimp Feast Fund-raiser. 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.
<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Music by The Cutaways. Admission is $10. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
<cal2>N.C. State Alumni Event. 6 p.m. Part of the Wolfpack Club’s "Pack the House" Coaches Caravan Stops in Arlington. Head Football Coach Tom O'Brien is coming to town. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/children. At Whitlow's on Wilson, 2854 North Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call Brenda Flory at 301-380-5326 or 301-896-0556 or email email@example.com.
Foster Care Orientation. 6 to 7 p.m. The UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) Northern Virginia Regional Center will offer an orientation for prospective foster parents. At 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Contact UMFS at 703-941-9008.
Art & Poetry Share. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. At the Shirlington Library in Arlington.
<cal2>Merle Haggard Tribute. 9 p.m. $15. Roots Rock Band, The U-Liners perform. At the IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com. Call 703-522-8340.
Country Western Dance. Line dancing at 7:30 p.m.; couples specialty dance at 8 p.m. Open dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5; PSDC members $10. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Visit www.nvcwda.org or call the hot line 703-860-4941.
<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the Daryl Davis band. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
<cal1>April 6 Through May 11
<cal2>Become a Foster Parent. 6-9 p.m. Participants take part in an orientation session before enrolling in the program. At UMFS Northern Virginia Regional Center, 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Call 703-941-9008, ext. 308.
<cal2>Food, Festival and Fun. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Silent auction with 230 items. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carlin Springs Road at Arlington Blvd. (Route 50), Arlington. Call Carolyn Carlson at 703-499-3816 or www.apsva.us/kenmore.
<cal1>April 9 Through May 30
<cal2>"Sophisticated Ladies." Starring Maurice Hines. At Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. curtain on 4/25); Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. curtain on 4/25); Weekday matinees at noon on 4/21, 4/27 & 5/5. Tickets range from $25 to $74. For tickets, call 202-488-3300. At Arena Stage, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Spring Art Show and Sale. "Improvisations" is a three-day art event featuring oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and sculpture. A reception is Friday, April 9 between 6-8:30 p.m. The show on Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Arlington Home Show & Expo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 50 exhibitors. One-stop home improvement expo sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and Arlington County's Housing division. At the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St., S., Arlington.
Kidsave Summer Miracles. 10-11:30 a.m. Attend info session to learn about helping/hosting orphans this summer. At Westover Library, Meeting Room, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Arlington. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-280-6331. www.kidsave.org.
Washington Area Folk Harp Concert. 7:30 p.m. Rickets are $15/person, $10/students and seniors. At Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church.
<cal2>"The Story of the Wood." 2 p.m. "Seeing the Trees and the Forest," a free public program. At Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, located at the end of Marcey Road, off of Military Road, in North Arlington. Call 703-528-5406.
Giants of German Romanticism. 3 p.m. Presented by the Arlington Philharmonic. Featured pieces include Incidental Music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn, and Johannes Brahms' Serenade No. 1. At Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org
<cal2>"Telling Stories: A History of Diversity in Arlington." 7 to 9 p.m. Stories Through the Personal Stories of Arlingtonians Who Are African, African American, Latino, Asian, and White. At the Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Contact Marty Swaim at 703-525-3475, or email@example.com.
<cal2>Move Me! Arts Experience Festival. 2-5 p.m. Celebrates dance, visual, music, theatre, and literary arts for young people, families and seniors. Tickets are $10/advance, $15/door, $5/students and children. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Visit www.bmdc.org.
Country Western Dance. Line dance lessons at 7:30 p.m.; Waltz steps at 8 p.m.; Open Dancing from 8;30-11 p.m. Cost is $0/NVCWDA members; $12/non-members. Sponsored by The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Visit www.nvcwda.org or call the hot line 703-860-4941.
<cal2>Power Purge and Shred. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can safely and securely shred and recycle unwanted and outdated documents and electronics. At 20th and Bell Street, Arlington. Visit www.crystalcity.org.
<cal2>Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $35/individuals or nonprofits and $50/corporate guests. At the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. To purchase tickets, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org. Or contact Samantha Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-246-3826.
<cal2>Great Strides Arlington. 12 noon. A fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At the Bon Air Park, Picnic Shelter. Visit the Great Strides Web site http://www.cff.org/Chapters/metrodc/GREATSTRIDES/ . Call 301-657-8444.
<cal2>Taste of Arlington. Noon to 5 p.m. Lively street festival, local entertainment, children's activities and over 40 restaurants participating. 10,000 people expected. At Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall.
<cal2>Building Block Blitz. 12:30 p.m. Registration. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to host a Building Block Blitz to raise funds to build real houses for families in Northern Virginia. To benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. At The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 South Hayes Street, Arlington. Call 703-415-2400 or visit www.habitatnova.org.
<cal2>Air Force Cycling Classic. 12.5 km course through Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood and continues on Sunday, June 13 in Crystal City. Visit www.airforcecyclingclassic.com.