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<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 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>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>Thursday/May 27

<cal2>"Canvas." Free film screening at 6:30 to 9 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. Contact Shay Holman, Chair at 703-868-7429 or visit http://healthieralexandria.org/AntiStigma/

Blues, Swing, Jazz Concert. 7 – 9 p.m. Concert is by guitarist Jim Stephanson and bassist John Previti. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria. Contact 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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.

Taste of Old Town North. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. At Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Live entertainment, yoga, karate, dance demonstrations, food and a raffle! Sponsored by the Old Town North Community Partnership. Contact 703-836-8066.

<cal1>Friday/May 28

<cal2>Evening of Music for French Horn. 8 p.m. Free. The U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Players performs. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit

www.usafband.af.mil

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.

Friends of Captain Rocky Versace Memorial Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. The "Friends of Captain Rocky Versace" invite the public to the 8th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. At the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. The event will honor the 67 Alexandrians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

<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>June 3, 4, 5

<cal2>"Legends of Song." Annual West Potomac High School Choral Department’s Spring Show. The show is produced and directed by Ernest L. Johnson, choral director at West Potomac. The choreography is directed by Gennifer Lisenby, dance instructor for 25 years at Alexandria Dance. Held in the Springbank Auditorium. Performances are June 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Visit www.westpotomacchoirs.org.

<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).

Theater Night Fund-raiser. 7 p.m. Local cat orphanage King Street Cats will host its annual Theater Night. At the Little Theatre in Alexandria featuring "Play It Again, Sam" by Woody Allen. Tickets are $40/advance, $50/door. The event will raise money to support KSC goals of finding loving homes for all cats and kittens in their care and providing community outreach regarding the welfare and care of cats. Visit the website www.kingstreetcats.org.

<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>Koi Auction. 11 a.m. Sponsored by the ZNA Potomac Koi Club. At Hollywood and Vines Nursery, 8453 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Free registration to bid. Contact Mike Frady at 703-360-9142 or mike@znapotomac.org.

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.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP). Concert. 3 p.m. Free. 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>Tuesday/June 8

<cal2>Richard Rice Recital. 7:30 p.m. Free. The concert, entitled Go Lovely Rose: Songs of Love and Loss, features music of living composers, including Ned Rorem, Elizabeth Vercoe, Richard Pearson Thomas, and Richard Rice. The works represent a wide range of poets, from Elizabethans William Shakespeare and Edmund Waller to moderns, including Thom Gunn, John Ashbery, and Constantine Cavafy. Vocal recital at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria.

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

<cal1>Wednesday/June 9

<cal2>SPY Versus SPY Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special guest Dr. David Robarge, Chief Historian of the CIA, will talk about the secret side of the Civil War. Sponsored by the Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection. At the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Cost is $17/person. Call 703-590-6562 or email SpringWmConn@yahoo.com.

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>June 10, 11, 12

<cal2>Summer Book Sale. Hours are Thursday, June 10, from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-1704.

<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>Virginia Yoga Week Conclusion. 3-5 p.m. During this week, studios and independent teachers throughout the state will offer free classes, $5 classes and join in the VYW Karma project to benefit a charity of their choice. The event culminates at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria with "Yoga in the Fresh Air," featuring an appearance by Mayor Bill Euille.

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.

Food and Wine Festival. 12:30 p.m. Features John shields, Host, PGS Series Coastal Cooking. Shields will appear on the Viking Stage with a representative from J.M. Clayton, a wholesale crab company. They will discuss the Maryland crab industry, share tips and recipes with the audience. At the National Harbor in Maryland. Visit www.foodandwinenh.com.

<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>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.

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>Tuesday/June 29

<cal2>Discover Colonial Life. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drill like a continental soldier, climb inside a solder’s tent, see what they ate and how they washed. For children ages 3-12. At the Carlyle House Historic Park. Contact Heather Dunn at 703-549-2997 or hdunn@nvrpa.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>Aug. 16-20

<cal2>Seriously Shakespeare Camp! 1-4 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>Aug. 23-27

<cal2>The Play's The Thing Camp! 1-4 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, 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>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.