<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Talk on Perennials. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Holly Scoggins, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden, will present an entertaining look at garden perennials. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-6414.

After This Life: What Comes Next? 7:30 p.m. Featuring Fr. Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, based in New York. At the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 N. Cathedral Lane, Arlington. Visit or call 703-504-8733.

Author Event. 7 p.m. "Overtaken on the Information Superhighway" by Thomas Bleha. Local author Thomas Bleha discusses how the United States, the global Internet leader in 2000, fell to the middle tier of advanced nations in just eight years, passed up by countries including Japan. At the Arlington Central Library Auditorium.

<cal1>Sept. 23-24

<cal2>Urban Forests. Free. Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Followed by a conference on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $30. Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia LEAF (Link to Education About Forests) Program based in the Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment and Arlington County. At the Arlington County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 2700 S. Taylor St., Arlington. E-mail John Munsell at or call 540-231-1611.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 24

<cal2>Doorways Hosts Brighter Futures Breakfast. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Free. A fundraiser to educate the community about homelessness. At the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. To save a spot, contact Heather O’Malley at 703-522-8858 x22 or

Memory Matters. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Do you wish you had a better memory for names, dates and other details? This workshop discusses effective strategies to maximize brain functioning and strengthen cognitive abilities. At Virginia Hospital Center, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-558-6859 to RSVP.

<cal1>Sept. 24-25

<cal2>Potomac Harmony Chorus. Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. Annual Fall Show includes The GG Awards, A Night of Glitz and Glamour, with special guest The Four Bettys, the 2008 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions. Will feature a variety of popular songs, all sung a cappella in four-part barbershop harmony style. Tickets are $20/adults; $15/children and seniors. To order tickets, email or contact Potomac Harmony Chorus directly at 703-764-3896. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 25

<cal2>Clarendon Day 2010. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 50 vendors including 15 restaurants, music, art, fitness classes, kids’ activities, health screenings and more. The Clarendon Alliance and Virginia Hospital Center Foundation (VHCF) have formed a partnership that combines Clarendon Day and VHCF’s Family Fun Day, offering two events in one central location in the area around the Clarendon Metro Station.

Bake Sale. $1/cupcake. During Clarendon Day, the Cupcake Ladies, Cathy and Melissa Rothe, will hold a bake sale to end childhood hunger, part of Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale National Campaign. At SoBe’s Bar and Bistro Courtyard, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, across from the Clarendon Metro stop.

Women’s Issues Conference. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These workshops address a variety of issues pertinent to women (and men) of all ages, with titles such as "How Health Insurance Reform Will Affect You" and "Car Care 101." Sponsored by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA). News anchor Maureen Bunyan will give keynote address. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. To register, go to

'By Any Other Name: A Night of Shakespeare in Klingon.' 8 p.m. With special guest George Takei. This production includes performances of Shakespearean scenes presented in both English and Klingon, the language spoken by the fictional warrior race in the Star Trek series. At the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington. A $150 ticket includes the Klingon event and four flex use theater passes for the WSC 2010-2011 season; a $250 ticket includes the above package plus a ticket to the VIP reception following the performance. Contact 1-800-494-TIXS (8497).

Four Mile Run Cleanup. 10 a.m. to noon. Join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. Held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup and Clean Virginia Waterways Day. ACE volunteers will be collecting and tallying trash. At Barcroft Park, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. To register, contact 703-228-6406 or

Bilingual Campfire. 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

Gettysburg Battlefield Tour. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $30. The focus on this trip to Gettysburg will be the third day of the battle. Walk the route of Pickett's Charge and visit sites along Seminary and Cemetary Ridges. Leaves from the Lubber Run Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington.

Kids Stuff Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Features used, seasonally appropriate kids clothes, toys and gear, plus maternity clothes, books, videos, Halloween costumes, kids furniture and more. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, corner of Military Road and Lorcom Lane. Go to

Overeaters Anonymous. 1-4 p.m. A 12-Step program for people who problems with overeating. Open House at Hope Lutheran Church, 4604 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Call 703-823-6682 or

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Yorktown Walkabout. 3 to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Led by Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette with support from WalkArlington and the Yorktown Civic Association. Begins at Greenbrier Park, 5201 28th Street North, Arlington.

AMEN Anniversary. 3 p.m. Supporters of Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN) will celebrate its 35th anniversary. At First Presbyterian Church, 601 North Vermont St., Arlington. The festivities will start with a 30-minute Help the Homeless mini-walk to benefit AMEN. Visit

Fashion Show and Luncheon. 1 p.m. Cost is $60. Join the National Council of Negro Women-Northern Virginia Section for their 34th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraising event. At the Fairview Marriott, Falls Church. Email: or call: 703-340-7855.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>Author Event. 7 p.m. Free. Earth Talk: "A Deliberate Pause" author Larry Robertson and Naturalist Martin Ogle. Larry Robertson, author of "A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress" joins Martin Ogle, chief naturalist of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, for their talk, "Pausing to Consider Alternative Outcomes: An Entrepreneurial Looks at Earth and Its People." At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington. Call Martin Ogle at 703-528-5406.

Avoiding Divorce Court. 7 to 9:30 p.m. How to Negotiate or Mediate a Property Settlement Agreement: Don’t let a drawn-out court battle keep you from beginning your new life — you can negotiate or mediate your Separation, Custody and Property Settlement Agreement without setting foot in a courtroom. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Room #104, Arlington. To register go to: or call 703-281-2657

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 28

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the band, Bad Influence. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

NSF Huge Kid’s Yard Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gently used infant and children’s clothing (to size 5T), costumes, socks, shoes/boots, outerwear, hats, dresses, maternity clothing, furniture, cribs, play yards, exersaucers, high chairs, DVD’s/CD’s, games, toys, puzzles, strollers, books, dolls, stuffed toys, blankets and more. At the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact and

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 29

<cal2>Digital Bookmobile. 1-7 p.m. Free. For anyone interested in learning about free downloadable audio books and eBooks. Will be parked in Arlington Central Library’s east side parking lot, close to 10th Street.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 1

<cal2>Jason & the Scorchers. 9 p.m. Tickets are $19. With special guest Stacie Collins. At IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit

<cal1>Oct. 1-2

<cal2>"Red, Hot & Fabulous." Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Bowen McCauley Dance will debut their milestone season with performances of some of their greatest hits. The Saturday show will include a 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration with signature cocktails, light buffet, silent auction and local DC notable guests. Ticket Information: $50 Friday; $150 Saturday. At Arlington’s Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington. Call 703-820-9771.

Growing Communities. Leadership Training Seminar. Two-day hands-on workshop using American Community Gardens Association’s curriculum for leadership development. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Call the Arlington County Master Gardener Help Desk at 703-228-6414, or

Comedian Craig Shoemaker. Performs at the Arlington Draft House, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Tickets are available by visiting

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Youth Activity Fair. 5 to 9 p.m. Free to enter. Come out and enjoy all sorts of activities (rock climbing, bungee jumps, obstacle courses, & more!) while learning about everything to do in Arlington (sports leagues, after school programs, classes, etc). At Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center. Call Mary McMullen at 703-228-4711 or visit

<cal2>Oktoberfest Beer Festival. 12 noon to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Capitol City Brewing Company. With 60 beers and authentic German food and music provided by Washington Sängerbund Choral Group and Orchestra. Admission is $25 for 10 drink tickets (one general admission pass per person) and free for non-drinkers. Many popular Shirlington Village restaurants will offer their culinary favorites all afternoon and early evening along the streetscape. At The Village at Shirlington, 4001 Campbell Ave., in Arlington. Visit

Pet Blessing. 2 p.m. Join in fun fellowship, thanksgiving, and in memory of all beloved family pets, companion animals, and animals of all kinds. At Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit, 703-920-5660

Solo Recital. 7 p.m. Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will perform with Patrick Healy on piano. At Calvary United Methodist Church. Tickets are available by e-mailing or calling 703-879-4032.

Herp Hike. 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. $3 registration required. Ages 6 and up. Learn what herps (reptiles and amphibians) frequent Long Branch Nature Center and local backyards. Register at Program #: 612920-B or call 703-228-6535.

<cal1>Oct. 2-3

<cal2>NVHG Fall Festival Craft Showcase. 60 local artisans of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild display their wares. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. At the Ernst Cultural Center NVCC, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Visit to see examples of work by many members of the Guild.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Taste of the Elks. 9 a.m. Tent sale (next to new items), pancake breakfast, food from the grill, wine tasting, martial arts, Thai food, music and more. Food collection for local food bank. At the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. Call 703-849-1282.

Hispanic Heritage Bicentennial Celebration. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latino food, live music, and special dance performances. At the Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-228-0751.

Arlington Philharmonic Concert. 3 p.m. Free. The program includes works by: Karl von Dittersdorf - Symphony in C major, "The Four Ages of the World", based on Ovid's Metamorphoses; Samuel Barber - Capricorn Concerto for flute, oboe, trumpet, and strings; Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question (featuring Ives’ "three-dimensional" sound); W. A. Mozart - Symphony #41 in C major, "Jupiter." At the Washington-Lee auditorium, North Quincy Street, opposite 14th Street. Visit

11th Annual InfoExpo. Noon to 4 p.m. Free event providing information, health screenings, expert speakers and entertainment for those 50 or older. With ABC7 meteorologist Bob Ryan, WUSA-TV9 anchor JC Hayward and actors Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry. At Ballston Common Mall. Call 301-949-9766.

Blessing of the Animals. 3 p.m. All pets are invited. Dogs must be on a leash and cats and other pets in carriers. At Rock Spring Congregational UCC Church, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Call 703-536-8270.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 4

<cal2>Your Brain and You. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Speaker is Norton Beckerman, a researcher, writer and speaker on brain health and cognitive function. Sponsored by Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 Quincy Street, Arlington. Call ALRI at 703-228-2144.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 5

<cal2>14th Annual Golf Cup Classic. Noon. (Shotgun tee-off at 1 p.m.) Join the Arlington Community Foundation for its 14th Annual Golf Cup Classic at the Washington Golf & Country Club .The tournament is open to individuals or teams of four. The format will be Captain's Choice, also called Scramble or Super Ball. At the Washington Golf and Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Rockin’ Bones. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Teens at Arlington Library Meeting. 5 to 6:15 p.m. If you are a high school student who likes talking about books, join us the first Tuesday of the month at Central. For more information, contact At Arlington Central Library. Call Mary McMullen at 703-228-4711 or visit

Community Cup Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. Captain’s Choice tournament. Cocktails, buffet, raffle and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Community Foundation. At the Washington Golf and Country Club. Registration deadline is Sept. 21. Contact Allison Lewis at 703-243-4785 or visit the website at

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 7

<cal2>Denmark Gymnastics Exhibition. Tickets for the show are $20 (for adults) and $10 (children 5-14 and students with ID) in advance, and $25 and $12 at the door. There is no charge for children under age 5 and Marymount students. At Marymount University, Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-526-6910 or visit

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s League of Young Leaders Kick-off. 6 to 9 p.m. Help in kicking off LoYL, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's new young professionals group (21-35)! Relax after work with trivia and drinks in the private back bar. At Front Page Arlington, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. To RSVP, email!

<cal1>Friday, Oct. 8

<cal2>Babysitting Class. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $60/person. At Lubber Run Community Center. Registration deadline is Oct. 5. To register, call 703-228-4747, or visit, Activity Code #970001-A

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Hanssen Spy Talk. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5. The infamous spy and traitor Robert Hanssen worked in secrecy all around the nation's Capitol for years before being discovered. Call 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Rd

Nature Digital Photography. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $5 registration required. Ages 8 to 14. Learn basic photographic techniques and settings using a digital camera to photograph animals, plants, and natural objects inside and outside Long Branch Nature Center. Bring memory cards and A/V camera cable to view images on a TV monitor. Register at Program #: 612920-C or call 703-228-6535.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 12

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With international blues diva Candye Kane. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 13

<cal2>College Night Fair. 7 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Arlington Public Schools at Ballston Commons Mall. Visit

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 15

<cal2>Aurora Opera Theatre. Presents "The Secret Marriage." Four shows only: Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Get tickets online at or 703-528-1433. Price: $5 youth, $10 student, $25 senior, $30 adult. At Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington (formerly Rosslyn Spectrum).

<cal1>Oct. 15-16

<cal2>"For What It’s Worth." Fall Art Show and Sale at the Fairlington Community Center. Will feature oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, ceramics, pottery and woodturning. A reception is Friday, Oct. 15 from 5-8 p.m. The show will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Fairlington Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 17

<cal2>Bishop Ireton Cardinal 5K Run. Online registration through Oct. 13 at Mail registration with check to BI Athletic Boosters to Pacers of Arlington, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington VA 22201 by Oct. 8. Entry fees: $30 pre-registration, $35 Race Day. Takes place 9 a.m., 4001 Eisenhower Ave. (Cameron Run), fundraiser for Bishop Ireton Athletic Boosters. Bring canned food for United Community Ministries.

Fall Flowers and Fungi Hike 2. 2 to 4 p.m. $3 registration required. Walk with a naturalist and explore fall wildflowers and fungi on the Turkey Run Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Adults and children age 10 and up. Register at Program # 612840-B or call 703-228-3403.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Thomas P. Leckey Affordable Housing Forum. 1-4 p.m. Explore options for increasing the amount of money available for affordable housing at the local level. At the NRECA Auditorium, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Autumn Deer Days Campfire. 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

Stuck With Shots. What is the difference between the seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1? When should we get the pneumonia vaccine? How does the shingles vaccine work? If I travel out of the country, what does the CDC recommend? Learn how routine and travel immunizations work and protect us from disease. The free lectures are held at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-558-6859 to RSVP.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Annandale Fall Festival and Parade. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Annual Parade, held since 1950, will march along Columbia Pike from 10 a.m. to noon and finish at the Festival Grounds. Multiple rock bands and Jazz groups will set your toes tapping while "The Taste of Annandale" with food from many culinary cuisines will satisfy every taste craving. Merchants will offer handmade jewelry, ceramics, imported silks, pet accessories, art work, and more. In the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. For Festival or Vendor information or for the parade entry form go to or write

Stories ‘Round the Campfire. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

Cockers Uncorked Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. 6 to 9 p.m. $35/before Sept. 30; $40/after. Benefit for the Oldies But Goodies (OBG) Cocker Rescue. At Lyon Park Community Center, 414 North Fillmore St., Arlington. Visit E-mail: or call 703-533-2373.

<cal1> Wednesday/ Oct. 27

<cal2>Wild Ones: Feeling Squirrelly? 4 to 5 p.m. $3 registration required. Ages 6 to 10. Join an exciting nature club that meets twice a month at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Register at Program #: 612820-L or call 703-228-3403.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Spooktacular Campfire. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $5/person; $20/family max. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-3403. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Marine Corps Marathon. 7:55 a.m. The annual marathon sponsored by the Washington Post begins and ends in Arlington at the Iwo Jima Memorial after running its course past Washington's monuments. Beginning at 7:55 a.m. for wheelchair and hand cycle participants and 8 a.m. for runners. Call 800-RUN-USMC or visit

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 1

<cal2>Rehearsals Begin. Mondays from 7-9 p.m. Come and sing Vivaldi's "Gloria." The Columbia Pike Community Chorus is welcoming singers for their Dec. 19, 2010 performance of Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria." Both rehearsals and performance are held at Trinity Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Contact Barbara Stefan, Music Director at 703-346-3512 or

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 2

<cal2>Birding Trip: Hawk Watch. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30. A variety of raptors, including the Golden Eagle follow the Kittatinny Ridge during migration. Waggoner’s Gap in the Kittatinny ridge in Pennsylvania between Cumberland and Perry Counties is an established watch area. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at the Lubber Run Recreation Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 12

<cal2>Diagnosing Dementia. What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s? Is it natural to have memory issues as we age? How do we test for this? And what can we do to slow the progression down? The free lectures are held at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-558-6859 to RSVP.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2> 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. 16

<cal2>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.

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:

<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.