<cal1>Now Through Nov. 7

<cal2>"The Best Haunted House Ever." Tickets are $10/adults; $8/children. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; weekend matinees at 3 p.m. Presented by The Children’s Theater. The students of Hoover High and Jenkins High School both decide that Professor Jarvis Stitch’s creepy manor is the perfect place for a fundraiser. At first it looks as if one group is rattling chains to scare the other. But wait! There’s more hair-raising than fundraising in store when they realize that a mysterious third party is doing the scaring. At Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Reserve tickets by calling 703-548-1154 ext. 1 or visit


<cal1>Nov. 3 to Nov. 27

<cal2>Suddenspace. A pop-up art exhibition displaying the work of 19 artists. Opening reception is Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Participating artists: Emily Biondo, Tim Campbell, Bobby Coleman, Kate Demong, L. Kimberly Gillespie, Victoria Greising, Adam Hager, Sabeth Jackson, Sarah Laing, Stuart Lorimer, Lindsay McCulloch, Sarah Miller, Megan Mueller, Camden Place, Katherine Sable, Samuel Scharf, Ben Tolman, Jenny Walton, and Stewart Watson. At 2301 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Sponsored by artdc.org. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and by appointment. Contact Megan Mueller, meganmuellerart@gmail.com, (cell) 703-586-0795.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 4

<cal2>Bottle Rockets Live. 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15. At IOTA Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Nov. 5 and 6

<cal2>Comic Brent Sullivan. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. both days. Tickets are $20. A Conversation with Fred Phelps is a discussion about comedian Brent Sullivan's experiences with the gay community. At The Dome Theater at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit http://faglife.eventbrite.com/

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Virginia Grand Military Band Concert. 8 p.m. Will feature music composed by, and honoring, John Philip Sousa. At Kenmore Concert Hall, 200 South Carlin Springs Road in Arlington, inside Kenmore Middle School. Parking is free. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. Call Mr. Jeff Arwood at 703-426-4777 or visit www.vgmb.com.

Civil War Living History. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Experience a hands-on lesson in Civil War history — Enjoy marching reenactments, Civil War medical exhibits, a women’s history exhibit and more. At Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford Street, Arlington.

Dominion Hills Craft Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Features 12 local and regional artisans: paintings, jewelry, fine woodturning, papercutting, stationery, handbags, pottery, bath and body products, table linens, homewares, and baskets. At the Dominion Hills Community House, 6000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact Julie Jernigan at 703-533-0957 or at jules@julesjewelsjewelry.com.

Annual Soup 7 Pie/Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yard sale items, homemade soup and pies, crafts and bake sale items. Also the sale of SERRV International Fair Trade Handcrafts from around the world, as well as Heifer Int. table. At Arlington Church of the Brethren, 300 N. Montague Street, Arlington (in northern Arlington near Seven Corners). Call 703-524-4100 (AM) or e-mail: acob@arlingtoncob.org

Opera in Your Own Backyard. 7:30 p.m. The Washington Vocal Arts Ensemble presents Opera Night at Bishop O'Connell High School. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of classic opera and Broadway selections performed by professional opera singers. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $25 at the door. Students and seniors are $10. Visit www.bishopoconnell.org/operanight or call 703-237-1462. All proceeds benefit music programs at Bishop O’Connell, located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington.

Fall Fest. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features a community treasures/yard sale, crafts and jewelry, homemade baked items, a silent auction and a kid-friendly lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds go to local charities. At Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Carpenter Hall, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington.

Country Western Dance. 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will hold its smoke-free, alcohol-free dance at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. BJ Brown will be the DJ. Cliff and Donna Carlton will teach a full hour of intermediate Two Step beginning at 7:30 p.m. Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha, and specialty dances. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5; PSDC members $10. Regular admission rates do not apply to special events dances. Visit www.nvcwda.org or call 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

11:01 Saturday Nights. Late-night dance party featuring Golem Klezmer & Punk (NYC). Tickets are $18. Saturday nights at 11:01 p.m. At the Ballroom@Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Free parking.

Christmas Attic Craft Fair and Silent Auction. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters, global cuisine, a unique silent auction, and a raffle. At Corpus Christi School, 3301 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church. Visit. www.christmasattic.org.

Designing the Edible Landscape. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Learn about unconventional ways of landscaping your home that allow you to have your parsley and peonies too. At Arlington Central Library, Quincy Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-6414 or email the VCE Horticulture Help Desk: ex013mg@vt.edu.

<cal1>Nov. 6 to Nov. 13

<cal2>Scouting for Food Drive. The Arlington and McLean area Boy Scouts of America will conduct their annual Scouting for Food Drive Nov. 6 to 13. Scouts will go door-to-door in neighborhoods dropping off bags the weekend of Nov. 6 and will return for pick up between 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 13. Suggested donations include canned goods, cereal, dry goods and peanut butter. No glass jars. All donations go to the Arlington Food Assistance Center and McLean SHARE food distribution program. Contact Patricia Kime at kimefamily@comcast.net.

<cal1>Tuesday, Nov. 9

<cal2>Swing Dancing. Tuesdays at Clarendon Ballroom. Starts Nov. 9. Beginner swing lesson from 7-8 p.m.; intermediate lesson from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing to live music by the Atomic Swing Club from 9 to 11 p.m. Taught by Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg. This is a seven-week series, $110/person. There is a 400-space parking lot under Arlington's Department of Human Services Building at the intersection of Highland and Wilson (near Metro stop, two blocks to the east of Clarendon Ballroom). Meets at Clarendon Ballroom 3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 10

<cal2>Bishop O’Connell Open House. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about our spiritual, academic, and extracurricular opportunities. Bishop O'Connell is located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington. Visit www.bishopoconnell.org or call 703-237-1433.

Cocktail Fundraiser. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Open to the public. Features dinner by bites, live entertainment and a chance to bid on dozens of auction items. Special guests include America’s Top Chef finalist Carla Hall and DC United’s Bryan Namoff. The evening’s emcee will be WJLA-TV’s Courtney Robinson, and Sarah Fraser, co-host of the Kane Show at Hot 99.5 will be the silent auction cheerleader. At The Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $75 for one or $125 for two. Donors can become sponsors by contacting Gayle Fleming at 703-625-1358 or afacfundraiser@aol.com.

Dance Wednesdays. With the Red Stick Ramblers (Cajun/Western Swing). Tickets are $15/$12 at door. Dancing 8:30 to 11 p.m.; dance classes 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free parking. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 11

<cal2>Veteran’s Day Gala/Celebration. 7 p.m. Open bar, free food, live music, a local color guard and a 50/50 drawing for area restaurants. At the Knights of Columbus Council #2473, at 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Contact Caleb Sisak at info@vetsvision.org or 703-237-8980.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 12

<cal2>Forty-Plus Mixer. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $20. Mix, mingle, and network with your fellow professionals in a relaxed, comfortable setting. At Sobe, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.

Shenandoah Conservatory. Solo piano, classical jazz and new age selections. At Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Contact the church at 703-920-5660 or apc@arlingtonpresbyterian.org

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2>International Craft Fair. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Features handicrafts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Sponsored by Curves of Falls Church. Participating merchants include: Stifel & Capra — Porch & More Sale; Falls Church Antiques — Vintage Christmas; Maneki Neko — 10 percent off lunch/dinner eat in only; Pho 88 – Add…15% off purchase over $10; Doodlehoppers 4 Kids – 10% off; Natalia’s Elegant Creations Pastry Shop and Café – Specials; Clay Café Studios – Free ornament with $20 purchase; Art & Framing by Gustavo – 50% off Custom Framing; Dogwood Tavern – 1/2 Price Appetizers. Curves is at 240 West Broad Street; call 703-536-0140. Parking is in the rear off Maple Avenue or behind the CVS.

Fall Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. The 15th Annual Craft Fair at Belvedere Elementary School. Includes close to 70 vendors with art work, handicrafts, jewelry, food items and more. Call 703-472-4101 or belvederecraftshow@gmail.com. At Belvedere Elementary School, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church.

Gala Open House and Exhibition. 6 to 9 p.m. The 27 artists at Columbia Pike Artists’ Studios invite the public to visit their private studios. At the Columbia Pike Artist Studios, 932 South Walter Reed Drive, 2nd floor, Arlington. Visit www.columbiapikeartiststudios.org. Call 703-486-9368.

St. Andrew’s Fall Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Used books, jewelry, clothing, housewares, toys, Christmas décor, art objects and collectibles, all at bargain prices. Baked goods and lunch will be available. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane at Military Road, Arlington. Call 703-522-1600.

Bountiful Bargains Bazaar. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gently-used furniture, electronics, art and decorative items, jewelry, sporting goods, housewares, clothes, and more. Bake sale and Chili Lunch, $5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Arlington community organizations. At Arlington’s Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd. in Arlington. Park in lot at Glebe Rd. and 16th St. Call 703-527-3934 or visit www.mtolivet-umc.org.

11:01 Saturday Nights. Late-night dance party featuring Rad Pony (NYC). Tickets are $12. Saturday nights at 11:01 p.m. At the Ballroom@Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Free parking.

Fly Tying/Fly Fishing Workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Get ready for next season’s trout fishing. Learn about bugs and how fishermen make fake "flies" that mimic them. $7 fee. For adults and children age 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-228-3403. Program # 612850-H.

<cal1>Nov. 13 and 14

<cal2>Annual Fine Crafts Show and Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Participating Artists include: Joe Roeben, Martin Karcher, Helen Hensgen, Thien Nguyen, Damian Yanessa, Wayne Willson, Shirley Gromen, Janet Gohres, Westen Muntain, Klaudia Levin, Sacit Guney, Soon Hee Kim, Dana Lehrer Danze, Becky Zweibel, Angela Yi, Sue Baum, Jeanne Hanes, Vittorio Sciolli, Liz Wolf, Maureen George, Phyllis Rowe, Darlene Tsukamoto and Mary Briggs. At the Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Call 703-228-0560 or visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Artist’s Expo. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 30 local artists. Sponsored by Congregation Etz Hayim of Arlington. At Long Branch Elementary School, 33 North Fillmore Street, Arlington. Parking available, bring checkbooks or cash. Contact Laurie Effron at 703 307 3205 or leffron@gmail.com.

The Capitol Critique. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Free. This event will draw a range of synchronized ice skating teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Synchronized skating consists of 8 to 20 skaters on the ice, moving as one flowing unit at high speeds. At the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Contact: Melissa Mahle at 571- 213-1586; mahlecreative@verizon.net; www.capitol-steps.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 16

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Cost is $10. With JP McDermott and Western Bop. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Memory Screenings. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Concerned about your memory? Virginia Hospital Center, Care Options and Arlington County will be sponsoring free, confidential memory screenings to promote proper detection of memory problems and provide education about successful aging. At the Walter Reed Multipurpose Center. Call 703-237-9048.

Holiday Floral Workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by the Rock Spring Garden Club. Fundraiser to support the club’s community outreach programs. At the National Rural Electric Community Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Ballston. Visit www.NRECA.org or http://www.rockspringgardenclub.blogspot.com.

Master Gardener Open House. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For Residents who want to improve their gardening skills, enhance their knowledge and share what they have learned with others. Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. At the Fairlington Community Center. For more information and an enrollment form, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206, 703-228-6414; e-mail: ex013mg@vt.edu

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 17

<cal2>Dance Wednesdays. With King Teddy (Swing). Tickets are $15/$12 at door. Dancing 8:30 to 11 p.m.; dance classes 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free parking. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Musician Jill Andrews Performs. 8 p.m. At IOTA Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>Big Bang, Webb Space Telescope & Alien Life. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. By Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. John C. Mather of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Observational Cosmology Laboratory. At the National Science Foundation, Room 110, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Presented by the National Capital Area Skeptics

301-587-3827 or ncas@ncas.org or www.ncas.org.

Victorian Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Books, baked goods, handmades, high class white elephant, toys and games, pressed flower art, candy, jewelry, novelty bird houses and more. Children can visit with Santa and also visit "Santa’s Secret Shop!" Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase. At St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike in Annandale. Call 703-256-2966. Email: salhanlein@yahoo.com.

11:01 Saturday Nights. Late-night dance party featuring Red Baraat Indian Dhol & Brass. Tickets are $18. Saturday nights at 11:01 p.m. At the Ballroom@Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Free parking.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 21

<cal2>Balalaikas Across the Steppes. 3 p.m. Join the Washington Balalaika Society's 60-piece Russian folk orchestra, led by Svetlana Nikonova, for a concert featuring guest artists Volodymyr and Natalia Marunych, from Kiev, Ukraine. Also featured will be balalaika virtuoso Andrei Saveliev from St. Petersburg, Russia. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Call 703-549-2010. Visit http://www.balalaika.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 27

<cal2>Solo Piano/Vocal Concert. 4:30 p.m. Donation of $25. Virtuoso Pianist and Heroic Tenor Carlos Alberto Ibay will perform a solo piano/vocal fundraising concert for the benefit of the Medical Mission of Mercy USA. At the Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 S Old Glebe Road, Arlington. For tickets, visit www.medmissionusa.org or cal 703-801-8654.

11:01 Saturday Nights. Late-night dance party featuring Fort Knox Five with Special Guest. Tickets are $15. Saturday nights at 11:01 p.m. At the Ballroom@Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Free parking.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 30

<cal2>Smart Grid Innovation. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free for MITEF members; $40/nonmembers. At NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Register at: www.mitefdc.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 1

<cal2>Dance Wednesdays. With Big Joe and the Dynaflows (Swing/Jump Blues). Tickets are $15/$12 at door. Dancing 8:30 to 11 p.m.; dance classes 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free parking. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Dec. 2-5

<cal2>The Nutcracker. BalletNova presents six performances of The Nutcracker at The Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington. Showtimes are Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with an 11 a.m. Education Program; Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with an 11 a.m. Education program. As part of the BalletNova Outreach Program, over 350 tickets are being made available free to children and families from economically disadvantaged communities. Advance sale tickets range from $14 - $25 (with lower Thursday night prices from $8 - $20), with special discounts for Students under 18 and Seniors - all tickets are an additional $3 if purchased at the door; groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available online at www.BalletNova.org, or call 703-778-3008. Tickets can also be purchased at the studio (3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church). At Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Online at www.BalletNova.org; Email at info@BalletNova.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 2

<cal2>Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the National Science Foundation Atrium.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Over 70 local artisans will be showing quality jewelry, ceramics, glassware, photography, artwork, collectibles and clothing. Take home baked goods. Enjoy multi-ethnic food while you shop. Live musical performances by The Madrigals and other school groups. At Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 8

<cal2>Dance Wednesdays. With Blue Sky (Swing). Tickets are $15/$12 at door. Dancing 8:30 to 11 p.m.; dance classes 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free parking. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Dec. 10

<cal2>Healthy Muscles & Balance. Learn about the importance of maintaining balance as we age and navigate through our environments. What can we do to maintain or improve our muscle strength so we remain safe and possibly avoid falls? The free lectures are held at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-558-6859 to RSVP.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Nutcracker Tea. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy afternoon Tea, pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairy, a mini-Nutcracker performance, live string quartet, and the chance to get autographs from your favorite Nutcracker character. Tickets: $55 adults; $35/ages 4 – 12; $15 under 4. Available online at www.BalletNova.org. At the Westin Arlington Gateway.