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<cal1>Oct. 21-23

<cal2>Fall Book Sale. Sponsored by Burke Branch Friends of Alexandria Library. Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. is the Friends-only preview sale; Thursday from 1 to 8:30 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-1704.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 21

<cal2>"Vodka Lemmon" film. 7 p.m. Donation of $10. Presented by the Alexandria-Gyumri (Armenia) Sister Cities Committee. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. RSVP Jane Coughran at 703- 836-3824 or coughranjn@aol.com.

Mt. Vernon Branch AAUW. 7 p.m. Speaker Weis Sherdel will discuss the role of newcomers in our society, cultural identity and the American Dream. At the Mt. Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. Call Mary Ellen Mehler at 703-780-8494.

"Breast Talk." 6 to 8 p.m. Learn about breast cancer prevention, risks, what to avoid, and general breast health. With Dr. Anne Favret; presented by The Full Cup Women’s Health Series. At The Full Cup, 218 N. Lee Street, Suite 206, Alexandria. Space is limited, RSVP to alexandria.store@thefullcup.com or call 703-836-9441.

Virginia's Role in Restoring the Treasure of the Chesapeake Bay. 10:45 a.m. Free. Presentation by Claudia Hamblin-Katnik, Watershed Program Administrator, City of Alexandria, on things homeowners can do in their yard or garden to reduce harm to our local water resources, which feed into the Bay. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Waynewood, Fellowship Hall of Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8523 Ft. Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call 703-549-4245.

18th Century Dance Classes. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dance master Corky Palmer will lead a fun series of 18th-century English country dance classes in preparation for the Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Oct. 23. The cost is $30 for the series or $12 per class. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 703-746-4242. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St., Alexandria. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

<cal1>Oct. 21-24

<cal2>Excavate Shuter’s Hill. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gain hands-on experience in site-excavation methods and record keeping. On the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Sponsored by the Alexandria Archaeology Institute. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703-746-4399.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Career Fair. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. With 20 employers signed on. Hosted by Westwood College in Annandale. At Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Oct. 22, 23

<cal2>"La Boheme." 8 p.m. Repertory Opera Theater of Washington presents G. Puccini’s "La Boheme," fully staged and sung in Italian with English Supertitles. Tickets are $25/adults; $20/students and seniors. At Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 571-403-0814 or email: tickets@repertoryoperadc.org or visit www.repertoryoperadc.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Del Ray Chili Cook-Off. 4 p.m. Chili and cornbread tastings and contest. Awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Bring $10 and your best pot o’ chili and any fixins you need. You are responsible for handing out samples, so bring a table. You must also name your chili. New this year is an award for best Veggie Chili. At 1904 La Grande Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.delraychilicookoff.com.

Designer Jewelry Trunk Show. Featuring designer Lauren K’s antique cushion–cut rings, big stone pendants, chandelier earrings and hand-hammered gold. At Mystique Jewelers, 211 The Strand, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.mystiquejewelers.com.

Rummage Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Great deals on gently used infants’, children’s and adult clothes, toys, games, gear, books, electronics, household wares, furniture and more. At Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool, 7719 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria. Visit http://www.tauxemont.org.

Haunted Old Town After Dark. 8:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Bars, food, live entertainment and a ghost tour of Alexandria. Hear ghost stories of our founding fathers and creep through the dark night of Old Town. Have drinks at Chadwicks, pizza at Bugsy’s Restaurant, hear live guitar music at the Fish Market and hear a live Irish band at Murphy’s. Cost is $35. Meet at the corner of King and Fairfax Street (by the Town Square) in Old Town. Call 301-519-8030 or email: events@thingstododc.com.

Masquerade Ball. 8 p.m. Tickets are $45/advance; $50/door. Come dressed in pre-19th century costume. Enjoy live music, English Country dancing and a seasonal dessert. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum ballroom, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-746-4242.

"Mousequerade" Ball. 1 p.m. Author Cheryl Barnes will sign her book, "Alexander, the Old Town Mouse" and read the story of Alexander and his ball at Gadsby’s Tavern. For kids ages 4 to 7. Admission is $10/child. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or purchase tickets at www.gadsbystavern.org.

Woman’s Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Workshops from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Charlyne Braxton, Survivor of Domestic Violence, at 12:30 p.m. At Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Email WomensGroupofMtVernon@gmail.com.

Rebuilding Together Event. 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed for Rebuilding Together’s Energize Alexandria event to winterize homes for in-need homeowners. 100-plus volunteers will be repairing 30 homes throughout the City of Alexandria. To volunteer, visit www.RebuildingTogetherAlex.org or send an email to: vg@rebuildingtogetheralex.org.

Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. 8 a.m. Walkers can choose from a 1.5K/3.5K/5K walk or run. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation. The Walk will begin and end at the AMC Hoffman Center Theaters, Eisenhower Ave. and Swamp Fox Rd. in Alexandria. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children, if pre-registered by Oct. 20. On-site registration is $40. Visit www.alexcancerwalk.com or call 703-746-5030.

Fall Open House. Noon to 5 p.m. Come to the Washington's area's oldest antique mall and meet many local dealers with many specialties. At the Mount Vernon Antique Center, 8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

FACETS’ "A Taste of Fall." 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Food, fun, entertainment, and a live and silent auction to raise funds to help families and individuals struggling with homelessness. At 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale. Register online at www.FacetsCares.org or call 703-352-3268.

Lecture. 5 to 7 p.m. "The Lees of Virginia in the Digital Age." Learn about the effort to bring online the papers of the historic Lee Family of Virginia. The presentation will be made by historian and author Frank E. Grizzard, Jr., Director of the Lee family Digital Archive at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. At Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Raceway Farms,

Newington, off Telegraph Road, between Beulah Road and Fairfax County Parkway. The Rain Date is Sunday, Oct. 24.

Halloween Party. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Book Sale by The Burke Branch Friends; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Beverly; 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Face Painting by Heavenly Face Designs; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Live Interactive Music Show w/ Mr. B.; at Alexandria’s Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-1704.

Fall Tree Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee (UFSC) and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will hold its sixth annual tree sale. At the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

<cal1>Oct. 23-24

<cal2>Fall Harvest Celebration. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children 6-11; free for children under 5. At George Washington’s Farm in Mount Vernon. Visit.MountVernon.org or call 703-780-2000.

<cal1>Oct. 23-31

<cal2>Recycling Electronics Event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All electronics from old computers, hard drives, monitors, modems, fax machines, and printers to old TVs and microwaves are welcome. At Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road (corner of Seminary Road and Quaker Lane), Alexandria.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 24

<cal2>Doggie Trick, Treat or Howl. 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your canine all dressed up to enjoy a festive Halloween celebration filled with lots of spooky surprises. At The Christmas Attic, 125 S. Union St, Alexandria. Co-sponsored by Old Town Doggie Boutique - Chateau Animaux http://www.chateau-animaux.com and www.christmasattic.com.

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. 3 p.m. Sylvia Alimena leads the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Haydn, Bartok, Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss. Tickets are $20-$25. At George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-635-2770.

Free Chamber Music Concert. 4 p.m. Featuring Claudia Chudacoff, concertmaster of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and cellist Sean Neidlinger. At the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Open seating. Visit www.alexsym.org or 703-548-0885.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. 7 p.m. Free. Conducted by Ulysses James. Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Stephen Bertino at 6:15 p.m. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.

Boarding Schools Reception. 7 to 9 p.m. The Ten Schools Admissions Organization will be holding an informational reception for prospective students and families to learn more about secondary boarding schools. At the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria. Contact Diane Jameson at The Loomis Chaffee School, 860-687-6321, email at diane_jameson@loomis.org, or RSVP online at http://www.tenschools.org/rsvp/

In the Company of James Madison. 3 to 4:30 p.m. John Douglas Hall will discuss the difficult relationship between America and Great Britain as of October 1810. Tickets are $15/person/ $10/students. At the Assembly Room at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. To purchase tickets, visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-746-4242.

Del Ray Halloween Parade. 2 p.m. Meets at Mt. Vernon Ball Field, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Sponsored by Delray Business Association. Call Gayle Reuter at 703-684-3535 or email gayle.reuter@mail.house.gov.

"Great Opera Moments." 4 p.m. New Dominion Chorale and Bel Cantanti Opera company; featuring soloists who perform with the Metropolitan Opera Co. The soloists are Shannon Roberts, soprano; Kevin Courtemanche, tenor; and Mikhail Svetlov, bass. $30/admission; $25/seniors; students/$5. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Visit www.newdominion.org or call 703-442-9404.

Salvation Army 125th Anniversary. 4 to 6 p.m. Expected guests are Alexandria's Mayor, the National Capital Area Commander for The Salvation Army and Alexandria Citadel Brass Band. At Market Square, 301 King St., Old Town Alexandria. Call Cpt. Ken Argot at 703-836-2427 or email at Kenneth.Argot@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Swordsmen’s Training. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fencing Master Peter Ryan of the Living History Foundation will provide the instruction. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Contact Michele Longo, Curator of Education, at 703-746-4242.

Bella Voce Singers. 5 p.m. Sundays@Heritage Concert featuring West Potomac High School’s Bella Voce Singers. At Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call 703-360-9546.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 25

<cal2>Supper With the Symphony. Two seatings available at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Three menus offered: $35/$25/$10 Prix Fixe. Presented by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. With guests Maureen Bunyan, ABC-7 News; Mayor William D. Euille; and Vice Mayor Kerry Donley. At The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria. Make reservations by calling 703-548-0885 or emailing Adrien Finlay at finlay@alexsym.org. Or visit www.alexsym.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 26

<cal2>Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited. 12:30 p.m. Free. Thread expert Cindy Needham will visit Mount Vernon Quilters Unlimited to present a guild lecture entitled "Thread Facts and Fiction." At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Contact: MVQUPresident@gmail.com

Independent School Information Night. 7 p.m. Free admission. Learn about the value of an Independent School education as well as affordability and financing, the financial aid process, the admissions process and admissions testing. Also present will be representatives from Alexandria Country Day School, Browne Academy, Grace Episcopal School, and St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. At Burgundy Farm Country Day School, 3700 Burgundy Road, Alexandria.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>"The Fountainhead." 7:30 p.m. Whatever one's own politics might be, Ayn Rand's paean to artistic freedom, starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, is an interesting statement on the individual's right to control his or her own creative idea. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. "Cinema 22" is sponsored by the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. Contact Andrew Hammer at 703-765-9015 or andrew@hammerhouse.net.

Art on the Rocks. 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Art League has challenged five mixologists to each select a juried piece from the October exhibit Dinner Party as inspiration to create a cocktail. Ticket holders may sample the cocktails and vote for their favorite at the event. Buy tickets by phone at 703-683-1780, in person, or downloading an order form from http://theartleague.org/content_pages/view/184 and faxing it to 703-683-5786. Tickets are $25/advance, $30/door. At The Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria.

Freedmen’s Cemetery Archaeology Lecture. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. With Dr. Steven J. Shephard, an archaeologist with Alexandria Archaeology. At the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703-746-4399.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 28

<cal2>Doggie Happy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. $10 registration fee. Contest registration from 5 to 6 p.m. Contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed owner/dog couple, the most glamorous canine, the overall "top dog," (best costume), and the best pound puppy. To benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. At the courtyard of Hotel Monaco Alexandria/Jackson 20, located at 480 King Street, Alexandria. Visit www.jackson20.com or www.monaco-alexandria.com.

Jeff Hamilton Trio. 7:30 p.m. Free concert. At Episcopal High School, Pendleton Hall, 3900 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Visit www.episcopalhighschool.org or call 703-933-4135.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 29

<cal2>An Evening of Music for Low Brass. 8 p.m. Free. The U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Players performs. At the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Annual Harvest Festival. 5 to 8 p.m. Featuring the much- anticipated Bates' Haunted House and center staff performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Haunted House is $1 per visit. At the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria.

"The Spirit Realms of Woodlawn." Cost is $45/person. Three speakers will demonstrate their craft for each session: Barb Mallon, psychic medium; Geraldine Amaral, Tarot; and Peggy Arvidson, Certified Hand Analyst. First session is: 7–8:30 p.m. Second session 8:30–10 p.m. Woodlawn is located at 9000 Richmond Highway, three miles west of Mount Vernon. For reservations, call 703-780-4000 or visit www.woodlawn1805.org.

Fashion Show Luncheon. 10:30 a.m. reception and silent auction; 12 noon luncheon, fashion show and door prizes. Tickets are $43/general; $53/patron; $65/benefactor. Sponsored by the Board of Lady Managers of Inova Alexandria Hospital. At the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria. For reservations and tickets, call Lynda West at 703-836-8853.

<cal1>Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 6

<cal2>"Our Town." 7:30 p.m. The drama department of St. Stephens & St. Agnes High School is performing "Our Town." Tickets are $5. At St Stephens & St Agnes High School Performing Arts Center, 1000 St. Stephens Road, Alexandria. Visit www.sssas.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>MEOW-loween Festival. 3 to 9 p.m. Free. Featuring the cats and kittens from Tails High, a local Alexandria cat rescue group. Enter the kitty playpen and have fun with more than two dozen kittens. Halloween treats, apple cider, and face-painting. Costumes encouraged but not required. At Mindful Hands, 211 King Street, Alexandria.

Apple-Dipping Demo. 3 p.m. BRABO Pastry Chef Kate Baltren will lead a red wine/caramel apple-dipping demo in The Butcher’s Block. Apples are $6. At 1600 King Street, Alexandria. Call 703-894-5253 or visit www.braborestaurant.com.

Halloween Story Time Tea. 2 p.m. Sponsored by The Grille at Morrison House and Chef Dennis Marron, who will create an adult and children’s tea. $38/adults; $28/children. Features a reading of "Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever."

For reservations, call 703-838-8000 or email storytime@morrisonhouse.com. The Grille at Morrison House is at 116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.thegrillealexandria.com.

Safe Night Out Haunted House. 6 to 9 p.m. Ghoulish games, freaky fun, frightening food. All ages welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. At Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Call 703-360-6088 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec.

Death at the Carlyle House. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. At John Carlye House, 121 N. Fairfax St., to the Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Sponsored by Alexandria’s Footsteps to the Past. Call Jim Bartlinski at 703-549-2997.

DC Metro Church Block Party. Noon to 4 p.m. Live bands, free food and drinks, a moonbounce, raffles and inflatables. At 1100 North Fayette Street, Alexandria. Katie Wilson at blockparty@dcmetrochurch.org

Trick or Treat at Boutiques. Children and adults are invited to visit 28 boutiques in Old Town to receive special tricks or treats. To identify participating OTBD stores, a "Trick or Treat with the Boutiques" poster will be displayed in all participating stores.

L.B. Taylor Lecture and Book Signing. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. With author of Ghosts of Virginia, Volume I and Civil War Ghosts, L.B. Taylor. At Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Highway, three miles west of Mount Vernon. Call 703-780-4000 or visit www.woodlawn1805.org.

Forgotten Cemeteries Heritage Trail Bike Ride. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Cycle back in time on this 14-mile guided loop of Alexandria’s forgotten burial sites. Meet at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, in the parking lot, Alexandria. Reservations and a signed waiver required at 703-746-4399.

Story Time Tea. 2 p.m. "Corduroy's Best Halloween Ever!" by Don Freeman, Lisa McCue. Personalized readings, arts and crafts activities and house-made treats. Reservations are required. Cost is $38/adults; $28/children. Call 703-838-8000 or email storytime@morrisonhouse.com. At the Grille at Morrison House,116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.thegrillealexandria.com.

Bird Walk. 8 a.m. Free. With the Aubudon Society of Northern Virginia. Join Bill Brown to explore the wetland and woods at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-438-6008.

Rummage Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. High-quality used infants', children's and maternity gear, including clothing, toys, games, books and furniture. At Fort Hunt Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Visit www.forthuntpreschool.com or call 703-768-7584.

Used Book Sale. Friends of the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-6700. All ages.

<cal1>Oct. 30-31

<cal2>Edgar Allan Poe Performance. 8 p.m. Cost is $15. Actor David Keltz performs a chilling story or two, such as "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," or "The Tell-Tale Heart," along with well-known poems such as "The Raven" and "El Dorado." At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703-746-4994.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 31

<cal2>"Nosferatu." 7:30 p.m. The first, and some would argue best, vampire film. All others have been modeled on this one, and when you see it, you'll understand why. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. "Cinema 22" is sponsored by the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. Contact Andrew Hammer at 703-765-9015 or andrew@hammerhouse.net.

Heroes Unmasked. 3 to 5 p.m. Heroes Unmasked is an all-fun, no-fear Bible adventure. Children and their families will encounter costumed Bible Hero Actors, play a variety of games, decorate cookies to take home, do crafts, and collect Bible Hero Cards to trade and treasure. At Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Road (corner of Ft. Hunt and Plymouth Roads). Visit www.plymouthhaven.org or call 703-360-4370.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 3

<cal2>Kiwanis Club Speaker. 6 to 8 p.m. Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club Charter Member Lee Palmer will relate his final installment of his WWII experiences. Lee was a member of the 45th Division, the Thunderbirds, and fought from Anzio through France and into Germany in 1944-45. Contact Bruce Malkin at brucemalkin1@gmail.com or call 703-360-7725 to reserve a place with or without dinner, which is $27. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., Lee's presentation is at 7:20 p.m. At the Mount Vernon Country Club.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. DJ Dance Party with DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 4

<cal2>Alexandria Film Festival Opens. More than 35 films covering a wide range of subjects will be shown throughout the city from Nov. 4-7. Opening night reception at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 Union Street, Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.AlexandriaFilm.org.

Cello Recital. 7:30 p.m. Cellist Wesley Baldwin will perform works by J.S. Bach, Alfredo Piatti, Alan Schulman and Benjamin Britten. At Pendleton Hall, Ainslie Arts Center, Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-933-4135 or visit www.episcopalhighschool.org.

<cal1>Nov. 4-7

<cal2>Historic Alexandria Foundation Antiques Show. At the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. The Grand Masonic Hall, on the ground floor of the building, will house 25 top antiques dealers and their wares. A gala Preview Party will be Thursday evening. A more casual celebration is Saturday evening. Organized by Armacost Antiques. Visit www.historicalexandriafoundation.org or info@historicalexandriafoundation.org.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 5

<cal2>Homeschool Day at Mount Vernon. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Vernon invites homeschoolers to experience 18th-century plantation life. Special rates for homeschool families: $7 for homeschool students (age 6-18); $10 for adults; free for children 5 and under.

World Community Day. 10 a.m. Church Women United World Community Day, an ecumenical service sponsored by the local Church Women United unit serving Alexandria/Annandale/Burke/Lorton/Springfield/Woodbridge. This will be a round-table discussion on economic injustices with discussion on how each one of us can play a vital role in improving the situation one person at a time. At Lincolnia UMC, 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Call 703-451-6830.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>The Vices That Made Virginia Fund-raiser. 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $125. Fundraiser for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a new nonprofit organization created to help bridge the farm-to-consumer gap and Woodlawn, Arcadia’s home. At Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Highway (Route 1), Alexandria. Visit www.arcadiafood.org.

Franconia History Day. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Annual History Day program sponsored by the Franconia Museum will honor residents of the area who were killed in the Vietnam War as part of a program recognizing all veterans. At the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department, 6300 Beulah Street, off Franconia Road.

Church Yard Sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date is Nov. 13. Tables are available for $15. Crafters are welcome. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Fairlington Presbyterian Church. 80 percent of proceeds go to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Fund and others to build permanent housing in Haiti. At Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3846 King Street, Alexandria.

The Countertop Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Performs "From Darkness to Light," a program of choral melodies and seasonal songs by Tallis, Bach, Holst, Rheinberger, Byrd, Willcocks and others. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. For tickets: 703-765-4342 or http://www.saintlukeschurch.net/life/music.asp

Total Woman Makeover. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. . Learn about healthy living, finances, interviewing techniques, business etiquette, make-up and domestic violence; hear from a life coach and be inspired by an ovarian cancer survivor. Cost is $30. At 100 S. Reynolds Street, Alexandria. Visit: www.totalwomanmakeover.eventbrite.com

Fall Modern Dance Concert. 7 p.m. The Choreographers Collaboration Project presents works-in-progress and improvisation that explore chance, play, risk, spontaneity and fun. Special guest DancEthos, a new DC-based modern dance company. Admission is $10/adults; $5/kids ages 12-17. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. ccpdance@gmail.com, 703-683-2070, www.ccpdance.org

Soldier-Led Walking Tours. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A guide in the period uniform of a Union soldier will conduct the tours. At Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 West Braddock Road in Alexandria. Call 703-746-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

Copland and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Featuring Jenny Oaks Baker, violin. Part of the Norway Comes to Washington Festival sponsored by the Embassy of Norway. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria campus, 3001 north Beauregard St., Alexandria.

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Show. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet cockers of all ages available for adoption. All dogs are spayed or neutered. Visit www.cockerspanielrescue.com. At Alexandria/ Hybla Valley Petsmart, 7690 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-533-2373.

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of original artwork from over 20 artists will be displayed for sale including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. At the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). Contact Kimberley Bush at 703-627-7656 or email DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 9

<cal2>"Making Friends with Change." 7 p.m. Author and certified astrological professional Dianne Eppler gives tips for not only surviving in turbulent times, but thriving while creating a joy-filled life. At Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Sponsored by AHA! At Home in Alexandria. Call Margaret French 703-549-0266.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 10

<cal2>Women’s Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $17/person. "Hate To Change Purses?" Chris Francone will demonstrate how to give your purse a daily facelift. At the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Luncheon and complementary childcare reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 5, to 703-590-6562 or email to SpringWmConn@yahoo.com.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. DJ Dance Party with DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Nov. 10, 17, 22 and Dec. 1

<cal2>Free Group Vocal Lessons. Potomac Harmony Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, invites you to attend four free group vocal lessons conducted by Ozzi Mask, Master Director of Potomac Harmony. Lessons will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10, 17, 22 and Dec. 1. At the Hermitage in Northern Virginia, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria. Call 703-764-3896. Visit www.potomacharmony.org

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 11

<cal2>"Chicken Soup for the Caregivers Soul." 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $25 includes breakfast, lunch, materials, and a certificate of attendance. Features LeAnn Thieman, co-author of 10 Chicken Soup books, including "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul." At the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria. Register online or call 703-324-7839, TTY 711.

Margot MacDonald Performs. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.myspace.com/margotmacdonald.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 12

<cal2>Evening of Music. 8 p.m. Free. Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Solo presented by the U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Player Series. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil

<cal1>Nov. 12-13

<cal2>Hermitage Holiday Bazaar. Friday 2:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. At the Hermitage Auditorium, 5000 Fairbanks Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-797-3800.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2>MVHS Cares 5K Turkey Trot/Wellness Walk. Registration 7:30 a.m.; Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $35/general; $25/student or teacher. At Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria. Call 703-619-3100.

Volunteer Appreciation Party. 6 to 8 p.m. At the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St., #327. RSVP by Nov. 5 to archaeology@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-4399.

Used Book Sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Toast to Hope. 6 to 9 p.m. Fundraiser for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), annual celebration of children. Tickets are $75. Wine tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Call 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org.

"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>Sunday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Scottish Singer Jim Malcolm. 8 p.m. Jim Malcolm, formerly the lead singer with the Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, returns for a solo performance. Tickets are $20/advance, $24/door. At The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. For reservations, visit www.sunspotpro.com or by call 800 404-9049.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 16

<cal2>National Memory Screening Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Alzheimers Foundation. At Hermitage Auditorium, 5000 Fairbanks Auditorium, Alexandria. Call 703-707-3800.

Master Gardener Open House. 6:30 to 8 p.m. For gardeners in Alexandria interested in the Master Gardener Training Class in January, 2011. Hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Classes will begin Jan. 11, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 15th at the Fairlington Community Center in Arlington. 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>Learn About Insects. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hands-on arthropod workshop using preserved specimens from the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. Presented by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. At Huntley Meadows Park Visitors’ Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

<cal1>Nov. 19-20

<cal2>Jewelry Designer Trunk Show. Noon to 8 p.m. Gold Works will host designer Mia Katrin, creator of Jewel Couture LLC, who will present her pieces. At Gold Works, 1400 King Street, Alexandria. Call 703-683-0333 or visit www.goldworksusa.com or email david@goldworksusa.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>MVHS 5K Turkey Trot and Wellness Walk. 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. race starts. $30/general; $20/18 years and under. At Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria. To register, visit www.runpacers.com, packet pick-up @ MVHS. Contact Jay Ruelas 703-619-3300 ext. 8212 email: NRRuelas@fcps.edu

Story Time Tea. 2 p.m. "A Plump and Perky Turkey" by Teresa Bateman. Personalized readings, arts and crafts activities and house-made treats. Reservations are required. Cost is $38/adults; $28/children. Call 703-838-8000 or email storytime@morrisonhouse.com. At the Grille at Morrison House,116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.thegrillealexandria.com.

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. At St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Call 703-256-2966.

Church Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, baked goods, crafts, books and a cafe will be open for lunch. At All Saints Episcopal Church, 3421 Franconia Road, Alexandria. Call 703-960-4808.

Gift/Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have a art/craft/music/gifts or any personal invention or service that you would like to sell at the Gift Fair, check out website at www.tjgiftshow.com or contact tjgiftshow@gmail.com. Tables are $75. At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 21

<cal2>Beaucoup Blues. 7 p.m. Blues/Americana roots father-and-son duo David and Adrian Mowry. Tickets are $18/general; $15/advance. At Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Visit www.FocusMusic.org.

<cal1>Dec. 4

<cal2>Christmas Boutique. 9 a.m. to noon. Handmade Christmas décor, ornaments, hand knitted items, baked goods, and unique gifts. Proceeds support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. At Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call 703-360-9546.

Mediation: The Better Way to Resolve Separation and Divorce Issues. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Virginia Colin, Ph.D., will tell you how to reduce distress and save large amounts of time and money by using mediation, not litigation. At Kingstowne Library Meeting Room, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-864-2101.

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Show. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet cockers of all ages available for adoption. All dogs are spayed or neutered. Visit www.cockerspanielrescue.com. At Alexandria/ Hybla Valley Petsmart, 7690 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. Call 703-533-2373.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 9

<cal2>Jon Carroll Performs. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Jon Carroll is the Grammy winning songwriter-performer from the Mary Chapin Carpenter Band and Starland Vocal Band. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.joncarroll.org.

<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.

Christmas Boutique. 9 a.m. to noon. Handmade Christmas décor, ornaments, hand knitted items, baked goods, and unique gifts. Proceeds support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. At Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call 703-360-9546.

<cal1>Dec. 18

<cal2>Story Time Tea. 2 p.m. "Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. Personalized readings, arts and crafts activities and house-made treats. Reservations are required. Cost is $38/adults; $28/children. Call 703-838-8000 or email storytime@morrisonhouse.com. At the Grille at Morrison House,116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.thegrillealexandria.com.