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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

<cal2>Operation Prom Dress is a program that collects prom gowns, shoes, purses, tuxedo shirts and jewelry to donate to people who could not afford to attend their proms. This year, the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center will be organizing the prom gown drive and serving as a collection site. If you are interested in volunteering and/or donating gently used or new goods to the cause, call McKenya Dilworth-Abdalla at 703-746-5533.

While the bigger youth are going to their Proms, a Kiddie Prom is underway at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center. For more information on the Kiddie Prom, contact Center Director, Elsie Akinbobola at 703-746-5475.

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 October 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. 10-11 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. 1-3:15 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.

<cal1>Thursday/May 20

<cal2>Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant. 2-4 p.m. Free admission. Suggested donation $10. At Lee Kauffman Senior Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. For directions, call 703-838-4343. For information, call 703-425-7258.

Kate Waller Barrett Day. 11 a.m. Dedication of commemorative plaque at the Kate Waller Barrett Library. Sponsored by Kate Waller Barrett Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Alexandria. At 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Call 703-836-8260.

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.

<cal1>Friday/May 21

<cal2>Bike to Work Day. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Pit Stop located at 301 King Street, Alexandria. Meet up with your neighbors at the City of Alexandria’s Bike to Work Day Pit Stop. Bike to Work Day is a free event and open to all area commuters, and free T-shirts will be available for the first 8,500 registrants who come by the City’s pit stop. Visit http://www.waba.org.

Sailing Into Summer. 7-11 p.m. Cost is $50. Boys and Girls Club Fund-Raiser. Live entertainment by Blackout Brigade, food by Los Tios Grill, open bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic boys & Girls Club. At The Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King Street, Old Town Waterfront, Alexandria. Register at http://bit.ly/a4grS6. Visit http://www.aobgc.org

<cal1>Saturday/May 22

<cal2>Decorate Your Yard. 1-2 p.m. Cost is $15 per project. Learn how to design art from flower pots. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.

Shred-a-thon. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Davidoff and Associates, CPAs is a partner in this year’s Shred-A-Thon and will be available to answer questions about the importance of timely disposal of sensitive documents. All donations collected will benefit the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club. At George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Register for Free: http://www.blumeladamsgroup.com/shred-a-thon/index.html

Bill Jenkins World of Music. 2 p.m. (for all ages): Bill Jenkins showcases musical instruments from Asia and Africa. His energetic performances feature unique, melodious sounds that delight all ages. No registration required, but limited to the first 50 people. At the Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue.

Roberts Memorial Annual Prayer Breakfast. 9 a.m. At Fort Myer's Officer Club. Guest Preacher: Rev. Lyle Morton, Pastor, Woodlawn United Methodist Church. Tickets are $35 per person. Call Bob 703-256-9072.

Thai Healing Techniques. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Thai massage therapist, Jarunan Jantarapasit, will highlight a variety of different Thai healing techniques using Thai herbs. At the Barrett Branch, 717 Queen Street.

Bill Jenkins World of Music. 11 a.m. (for all ages): Bill Jenkins will showcase musical instruments from Thailand. His energetic performances feature unique, melodious sounds that delight all ages. At the Barrett Branch, 717 Queen Street.

Veggy Art with Food Network Chef James Parker. 12 noon to 2 p.m. Chef James Parker, winner of a Food Network Challenge, will demonstrate his passion for carving vegetables and fruits and turning them into edible art. At the Barrett Branch, 717 Queen Street.

ComedySportz. 11 a.m. (for all ages): Come laugh as a family as the hit ComedySportz comes to the library to make your family stars! At the Beatley Central, 5005 Duke Street.

Aging in Place: Making Your Home Accessible. 10 a.m. Eliza Beth Engle, AIA, LEED, AP, CAPS will give a presentation on things you can do to make your home safer as you age. She will share some simple tips as well as more in-depth changes that will let you stay in your home longer. At the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth St., Alexandria.

Pawsitive Health Expo. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Veterinarians and pet experts will be available for one-on-one questions on a variety of issues. Also planned are three free educational seminars at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. At PegSage, 2391 S. Dove St., Alexandria. The event is sponsored by Bravo! Call PetSage at 703-299-5044.

Scottish Singer Norman Kennedy. 8 p.m. The 2nd Annual Jonathan Eberhart Memorial Concert. $15/admission. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St., Alexandria.

Alexandria Little League Grand Slam Event. 6-11 p.m. $30/ticket includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverage. Dinner, dancing, silent auction, raffle, fun. At the Carlyle Club at 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria. Call 703-739-4444.

Barrett Branch Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>May 22-23

<cal2>Carmina Burana. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra & Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, flute soloists Josué Casillas and Sara Stern; and Soprano Katherine Dain, Tenor Peter Burroughs and Baritone Craig Verm. Tickets are $5/youth, $20-$80/students and adults. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, NOVA Community College, Alexandria Campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-0885. Visit www.alexsym.org.

Intoxicating Airs. May 22 at 8 p.m.; May 23 at 3 p.m. Heritage Signature Chorale, Metropolitan Chorus. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria campus, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-0885. Visit www.alexsym.org.

<cal1>May 22 to June 1

<cal2>Handcrafted Alexandria Spring Shopping. Visit 10 Handcrafted Alexandria businesses and enter for your chance to win a Grand Prize Weekend Getaway featuring gift certificates to the Hotel Monaco, Jackson 20 restaurant, and a Handcrafted Alexandria Shopping Spree! At the following Handcrafted Alexandria businesses: Torpedo Factory Art Center, The Art League, fibre space, La Muse, Potomac Bead Company, Ten Thousand Villages, Artcraft, Arts Afire, Carafe Wine Makers, Del Ray Artisans, Gossypia, Imagine Artwear, Oerth Gallery & Tile Works. Visit www.handcraftedalexandria.com; 703-838-4565

<cal1>Sunday/May 23

<cal2>Silhouette Art. 1-3 p.m. Meet Silhouette artist Anne Leslie. She will trace the history of this early form of portraiture and demonstrate her own freehand cutting. Cost is $27 and includes a traditional English tea. At Historic Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria. Call 703-941-9787 to register.

Spring for Southern Comfort. 3-4:30 p.m. At Food Matters, 4906 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria. Join Del. Charniele Herring for this event. Hosted by Gerry Hebert and Dak Hardwick at Food Matters. $50 Guest (Virginia Blue Bell), $100 Sponsor (Evening Primrose), $200 Host (Forget-Me-Not).

Wildlife Watching. 12:30, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. Cost is $6. Families with children ages 6 and older can take a wagon ride and look for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Meet at the South Kings Highway entrance to the park. Call 703-768-2525.

Annual Brunch. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Board of the Lady Managers of Inova Alexandria Hospital. Cost is $25, $35, $50. Proceeds support the Board of Lady Managers' pledge to purchase new anesthesia machines. At Union Street Public House, 121 South Union Street, Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-919-1149 for reservations.

Groovin' in Alexandria. 6 p.m. The Rick Whitehead Trio will lead a Jazz Jam on Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA. $10 admission, $5 for musicians. Wine and cheese reception follows. Call 703-768-5821.

Women's Day. 11 a.m. At Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church. Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Delores R. Garvin from El Bethel Full Gospel Christian Center. At 606A South Washington Street, Alexandria.

Rocknoceros. 4 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance, $12/door. At Agudas Achim Preschool, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria. Contact preschoolevents@gmail.com.

The Sachi Trio. 3 p.m. With Yvonne Lam, violin; David Jones, clarinet; Wenyin Chan, piano. Free-will donations to benefit THEARC, the Town Hall Education and Recreation Campus for underserved adults and children east of the Anacostia River. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria.

Pediatric Cancer Walk. 1-4 p.m. Walk event in support of children with cancer featuring guest speaker Sean Swarner, pediatric cancer survivor and author, and family activities such as rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, games, balloon animals, raffles and entertainment. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School Campus, 100 St. Stephen’s Road, Alexandria. See www.mattiemiracle.com or email mattiemiraclecf@gmail.com.

Bach Vespers at Westminster. 6 p.m. , Paul Stetsenko, organist at Westminster, plays all of Bach's organ works. Includes candles, incense, sung Scripture, cantor-lead singing and recitation, and ancient hymns. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Visit www.wpc-alex.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 25

<cal2>Movie Night. 7 p.m. Featuring "The Importance of Being Earnest." (for adults only): An Oscar Wilde play adaptation. Refreshments served. At the Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue.

Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, The Grandsons. At Nick's Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

Restaurant Night. 5-9 p.m. A portion (10-20%) of proceeds from meals will be donated to support United Community Ministries. At La Bergerie, 218 North Lee Street, Alexandria. Call 703-683-1007.

Quilting Discussion. 12:30 p.m. By nationally acclaimed quilter Didi Salvatierra whose lecture is entitled "All About Baskets." This trunk show of quilts features a variety of vintage basket quilts and blocks as well as Didi’s new basket quilts. Hosted by Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112.

My Radio. 9 p.m. Performing at IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Family Tap Showcase. 5 p.m. The Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble pays tribute to National Tap Dance Day with a high-energy tap showcase. Special guests of MYTE include tap dancers Jason Janas, Baakari Wilder, and Chloe Arnold. Featured in the show are MetroTap, Soles of Steal, and dynaMYTE. Bring your tap shoes for the finale "Shim Sham." At Market Square, 301 King Street, in Old Town Alexandria. Free. 703-339-0444.

Quilters Unlimited. 12:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited will host nationally known quilter Didi Salvatierra to give a lecture entitled, "All About Baskets." At Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 116.

<cal1>May 25-26

<cal2>UCM Fund-Raiser. 5-9 p.m. When you eat at La Bergerie on Tuesday, May 25, at 218 North Lee Street in Alexandria; and also the Prince Michel Tasting Room on Wednesday, May 26 from 5-8 p.m. at 1309 King Street in Alexandria, 20 percent of the proceeds from the meal will be donated to the United Community Ministries.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 26

<cal2>Aromatherapy 101. 7 p.m. (for ages 13 and up): Learn how to create essential oils that will lift your mood. Limited to 20 participants, call Renee at 703-838-4566x11 or email rdipilato@alexandria.lib.va.us to register. At the Duncan Branch, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue.

Underground Railroad. 7:30 p.m. Join historian Anthony Cohen as he discusses "Unshackling History: Recreating Experiences from American Slavery." At the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-5995 or www.alexandriahistorical.org.

<cal1>Thursday/May 27

<cal2>"Canvas." Film screening at 6:30 p.m. Free. Followed by a discussion in recognition of Mental Health Month. Starring Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Pantoliano, the film is an accurate and sympathetic portrayal of mental illness and the devastating effects it can have on a family. At the Masonic Temple, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria.

Urban Garden Workshop. 10 a.m. to noon. Dean Norton, director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon, will show how to restore, reshape and improve the overall health and look of older or storm-damaged shrubs. At the Carlyle House Historic Site gardens, Old Town Alexandria. Admission is $20. Call 703-549-2997 to register.

Wine Tasting Night for UCM. 50% of the cost of your wine tasting will be donated to United Community Ministries. Hosted by Prince Michel Tasting Room & Gift Boutique. At 1309 King Street, Alexandria. Visit www.princemichel.com.

12-Week Girl Empowerment Group. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. For females ages 14-18. Meets at 1120 Queen Street, Alexandria. Sponsored by Voice Consulting LLC. Topics will include: body image, self-esteem, dealing with authority figures, mother/daughter relationship and much more!

Contact: voice_consulting@yahoo.com or 571-314-1989.

Movie Night featuring "Bride and Prejudice." 5 p.m. (rated PG-13): A fast-paced modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic "Pride & Prejudice" Bollywood-style. Refreshments served. At the Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road.

<cal1>Friday/May 28

<cal2>Moe Provencher Performs. Americana/folk songwriter. At St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Alexandria.

<cal1>May 28-30

<cal2>Sunset Celebration. 6-9 p.m. Take evening tours of Mount Vernon, enjoy wine and desserts, 18th century music, dancing, games and wagon rides. Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children; free for 5 and under. At Historic Mount Vernon. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at MountVernon.org/onlinetickets.

<cal1>Saturday/May 29

<cal2>Meditation Basics with Art of Living. 11 a.m. Learn basic exercises for clearing your mind, gaining focus, and minimizing stress. At the Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road.

SugarCube. 10 a.m. (for all ages): Learn the health benefits and types of chocolate while enjoying free samples. At the Beatley Central, 5005 Duke Street.

Bill Jenkins - World of Music. 2 p.m. (for all ages): Bill Jenkins showcases musical instruments from around the world, with a special focus on India and other Asian countries. Light refreshments served. At the Burke Branch, 4701 Seminary Road.

<cal1>Sunday/May 30

<cal2>Wheel Day Parade. 3 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to decorate their bikes, scooters, skates, strollers or anything with wheels to join in the annual Wheel Day Parade. Arrive by 2:45 p.m. at Old Dominion Blvd. and Chalfonte Drive traffic circle. The parade rolls in the North Ridge neighborhood to the Beverley Hills Church playground where prizes will be awarded. Contact Amy or Tom at wheelday@me.com or 703-549-2220.

<cal1>Monday/May 31

<cal2>Memorial Day Jazz Festival. 1-7 p.m. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be available for purchase, picnic baskets are welcome, and grills are available in the park at the picnic sites. Admission is free. At Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/12678.

<cal1>Tuesday/June 1

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, King Teddy. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Thursday/June 3

<cal2>Celebrate Mount Vernon At Home. 4 - 6 p.m. The organization whose mission is to help residents of the Mount Vernon area live safely, comfortably, and confidently in their own homes for as long as possible celebrates its launch at historic River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive. All are invited for drinks, light refreshments, music, and lovely views of gardens and river. Remarks by Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland. Tickets: $25/members, $30/non-members. Call 703-303-4060 or email info@mountvernonathome.org for tickets.

<cal1>Friday/June 4

<cal2>Sandra Y. Johnson Quintet. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. At Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469).

<cal1>Saturday/June 5

<cal2>Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand Opening June 5, 10-4 p.m. Your monthly dose of art in the heart of Del Ray. Market dates: June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Nov. 6. Alexandria Art Market is on the green space of the Del Ray Artisans’ gallery in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., on the corner of Commonwealth and Mount Vernon Avenues. Entry is free and open to the public. Call Kimberley Bush at 703-627-7656 or DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

Star-Spangled Bike Tour. Begins at 9 a.m. Cyclists will learn about the impact of the War of 1812 from costumed interpreters. Goes 10 miles and starts at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street, Old Town Alexandria. For information or to make reservations, contact ruth.reeder@alexandriava.gov or call Alexandria Archaeology at 703-746-4399.

Shade Gardening. 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.

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.

<cal1>Sunday/June 6

<cal2>ASO Children's Arts Festival: The Heart of Music. 2 p.m. activities hour; 3 p.m. concert. Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture," Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story," Carter Burwell's "Bella's Lullaby," music from "Twilight." Tickets are $5. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, NOVA Community College, Alexandria campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org.

Concert. 3 p.m. Free. Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP). James Kazik Concert Overture (world premier). Benjamin Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 with tenor Jon Lackey and hornist Amy Smith. Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Stephen Bertino at 2:15 p.m. (both concerts). At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 9

<cal2>Wine Tasting With Spanish Wines. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Led by Wilkinson Wine Cellar. Fee is $25/person. Reservations necessary. Call 703-548-1789. At the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org

<cal1>Thursday/June 10

<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 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, process and catalog artifacts in the laboratory, and interpret new discoveries. Advance registration is required. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703-746-4399.

<cal2>Friday/June 11

<cal2>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>"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

<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>Lesson Zero Performs. 7 p.m. Free concert at Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria. Go www.myspace.com/lessonzero for additional information.

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.

<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.

<cal1>Friday/June 18

<cal2>The Justin Trawick Group. 7:30-8:30 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>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. 1-5 p.m. At Historical Gum Springs community.

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.

<cal1>Sunday/June 20

<cal2>Father’s Day Tours. Free. 1-5 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Father’s Day Tours. Free. 1-5 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. 1-4 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.

<cal1>Friday/June 25

<cal2>Mambo Combo. 7:30-8:30 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>Del Ray Music Festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Featuring jazz, blues, swing, folk, country and rock music, food, kid’s games. At the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.

<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.

<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>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.

<cal1>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.

<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>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>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>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.