<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>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>”The Wind Journeys” film (2009). 6:30 p.m. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. In Spanish with English subtitles. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Call 703-228-5990.

League of Women Voters Forum. 7 to 8:30 p.m. “Citizens Making Change in Arlington.” This forum will take a look at the structural processes available for making change in our county, particularly the petition and referendum processes. At the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington.

<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 to 11:30 p.m. (gala and performance). Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) returns with a ‘Red, Hot, and Fabulous’ theme of captivating performances to celebrate the 15th Anniversary Season at Signature Theatre. Tickets are $50 Friday; $150 Saturday. At Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771. Visit

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>Night at the Planetarium 2. From 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5/person; $10/family. Enjoy an evening of planetarium shows and astronomy games. 3 p.m. — Solar System Tour; 4:30 p.m. — Hubble Vision II; 6 p.m. — Solar System Tour; 7:30 p.m. — Hubble Vision II; 5-9:30 p.m. — Telescopic Observation. At the David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Contact Ryan Hanna at 240-339-3642 or email

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 S‰ngerbund 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>Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/Walk. 11:30 a.m. $30 registration fee. At Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester Street, Arlington, along the W&OD Trail in Arlington. Sign up at For more information, contact Paul Brown at 202-223-4000 or

<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>Bollywood Dancing. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are $20 for a single drop-in; $18 with a five-class pass; $15 with a 10-class pass. Dhoonya Dance will be teaching routines that feature Garba and Raas influenced steps. At Saffron Studio, 3260 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon Metro, Arlington. Visit 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>Wednesday/Oct. 6

<cal2>Fund-Raiser for BRAVO. 5 to 9 p.m. The Santa Fe CafÈ will donate 50 percent of all proceeds from dinner to BRAVO, Buyers and Renters Arlington Voice, an organization whose goal is to preserve affordable housing in Arlington. Parking is at 1555 Wilson Blvd. after 6 p.m. and will be validated if you spend $20 at dinner. At 1500 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn. Call 703-685-5100.

<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>Arlington History Bike Tour. 9 a.m. Cost is $2. Tour historic locations dating from colonial times to early 20th century. Meet at the Ballston Metro Station, top of escalator, S.E. corner of N. Stuart St. and Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179 or Sponsored by Center Hiking Club,

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>Oct. 10

<cal2>”Growing Native” Seed Collection. 1 p.m. Meets at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, to pick up seeds. State nurseries use the seeds to restore streamside forests along Potomac waterways. Organized by the Potomac Conservancy. Contact Deanna Tricarico at 301-608-1188, x204, or

<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>Thursday/Oct. 14

<cal2>Living Holistically on a Budget. 7 to 9 p.m. Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, will provide budget-wise tips on holistic living. Presented by Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria. At Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road, Arlington. or call Leigha at 703-785-1099.

<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).

Fashion Fights Poverty benefit. 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75. Proceeds will support FFP’s community youth programs. At the new Artisphere building, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit

<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>Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>E-CARE. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Arlington Environmental Collect on and Recycling Event (E-CARE) gives residents a chance to safely get rid of hazardous materials like paint, solvents and garden chemicals and to recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment. At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit or call 703-228-6832.

Home Maintenance Workshop. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Get great tips on how to make minor home repairs and your home more energy efficient. At the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Call 703-228-3765.

Bike Collection. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 donation suggested. For his Eagle Scout Project, Jonathan Carolla is organizing a bike collection to benefit Bikes for the World, which donates used bikes to developing countries. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second Street, Arlington. Visit; call 703-237-1937 or email

<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>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>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.

<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>Thursday/Dec. 2

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

<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.