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Entertainment

<cal1>Friday Afternoons

<cal2>Tea Dances. 1 to 3:15 p.m. Group class from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Ballroom, Latin and Swing music. $11/person. At the Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth Street, 2nd Floor (off Duke Street), Alexandria. Call 703-751-8868.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Symposium on Slavery. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Program will address the historical review of slavery in the United States to modern day slavery/human trafficking. Hosted by Black Women United for Action, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and Free the Slaves. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Visit http://visit.mountvernon.org/mount_vernon_travel.cfm or call 703-799-5203. To register, go to www.bwufa.org.

Paying It Forward Day. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free food, chair massages, entertainment, face painting, health screenings, raffles, and more for the charity, Touch Hearts Christian Center in Stafford. At Centura College’s Alexandria campus, 6295 Edsall Road, Alexandria. Call 703-778-4444.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Event. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Speakers Tony "Da Beast" Suggs and Tracey "Unstoppable" Fells are T.C. Williams graduates who had their athletic careers derailed by drugs. At George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Noraine Buttar at 703-746-3670 or noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov

Port Tobacco Pickers. 7-9 p.m. Free. This seven-piece bluegrass band from southern Maryland will perform a musical medley of traditional bluegrass, Southern rock, train songs, and even an Irish whiskey tune. At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565, www.torpedofactory.org.

"Woodlawn on the Eve of the Civil War. A Changing Cultural Landscape." From plantation slavery to an integrated community – 1846-1865. 7 to 9 p.m. with Susan Hellman and Maddy McCoy. Part of the 2010-2011 Woodlawn and The Pope-Leighey House Lecture Series. Admission is $15; National Trust members $10. At Historic Woodlawn. Respond to Karen Sherwood at 703-780-4000, ext. 26321 or karen_sherwood@nthp.org.

<cal1>Oct. 1-3

<cal2>Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $30/person. Sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries and relax to live blues music overlooking the Potomac River. Fruit & Cheese boxes are available by advance purchase ($24 each; serves two). Visit www.mountvernon.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 1

<cal2>"9500 Liberty" Screening. 7 p.m. This film about the recent conflict within Prince William County reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-721-0595 or gpourchot@yahoo.com.

Police & Firefighters Ball. 6:30 p.m. Outstanding police, firefighters, and EMTs will be honored. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. Four officers from both the Mount Vernon District Police Station and the Franconia Police Station, along with four officers from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department will be recognized for their valor and service to our community. At Belle Haven Country Club. Cost is $35. For reservations, call 703-360-6925 or register online at www.MtVernon-LeeChamber.org.

Taize Services. 7 p.m. Taizé Services are ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer services designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence. Held on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through May. Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Call 703-549-6670. Email: opmh@opmh.org. Website: www.opmh.org.

Holiday Market Vendors. Would you like to be a vendor at a holiday market on Dec 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Calvary Presbyterian Church just off Route 1 near Huntington Metro in Alexandria is raising money for community and church programs. Offering 6-foot tables inside or an outside tent site for $15 each plus 10% of sales. Soliciting all types of art: paintings, photography, florals, greeting cards, calligraphy, quilts, jewelry, wreaths, etc. Artists should bring their own display set-up as the church can only supply tables (and electricity if needed). Space reservation deadline is Oct. 1. Contact the church at 703-768-8510 or email info@calvarypres.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Giant Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain or shine. At Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. Call 703-780-4696.

Live Auction. The red-and-gold sari worn by Michaele Salahi to President Obama’s first state dinner will be auctioned off for charity. At the Potomack Company, 526 North Fayette Street in Alexandria. Contact Lucie Holland at Lucie@potomackcompany.com, visit www.potomackcompany.com or call 703-684-4550.

Slave Memorial Ceremony. 11 a.m. Black Women United for Action and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association join in commemorating the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon with a wreathlaying ceremony. The Slave Memorial Commemoration Ceremony is included in regular Estate admission: Adults, $15; children 6-11, $7; children under 5 are free.

Free Museum Tour. Noon to 2 p.m. Explore the museum dedicated to the Alexandria companies of the 17th Virginia Infantry. At R.E. Lee Camp Hall Museum, 806 Prince Street, Alexandria. E-mail relcamphall@hotmail.com or call 703-519-2123.

We’re About 9 Concert. 7 p.m. This trio includes Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf and Pat Klink that focuses on complex songwriting and harmonies, accompanied on guitar and electric bass. Tickets are $18/general; $15/advance at www.FocusMusic.org. Sponsored by Focus Music in Mount Vernon. At St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road, Alexandria. Contact Mark Gilliam at 703-975-8027 or mark@focusmusic.org.

Fall Virginia Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Native trees, shrubs, ground covers, ferns, and wildflowers will be offered for sale by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.

Fall Garden Festival. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent auction, bake sale, family activities, plant and craft sale, live entertainment. New Old-Time String Band performs from 9 to 11 a.m.; Acosta and Clark from noon to 3 p.m. At Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173.

YMCA Alexandria 5K Run/Walk. 8 a.m. And 50 meter Kids Fun Run. "Get Your Move On" help fight childhood obesity. Entry fee: $30 per runner, $35 per runner day of race. Children under age 10 should register day of race. At Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria. Sign up online at www.active.com.

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.

Open House. 1 to 5 p.m. In recognition of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will host a free open house. At 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Alexandria. Call 703-746-3852 or visit www.apothecarymuseum.org.

Norway Comes to Washington. 8 p.m. Part of the Norway Comes to Washington Festival, sponsored by the Embassy of Norway. Hovhaness, "Mysterious Mountain," Grieg, "Plano Concerto" with Steffen Horn on piano, Tchaikovsky, "Symphony No. 4." At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria campus, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Youth tickets (8-18) always $5. Student and adults $20-$80. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org for tickets.

Blessing of the Pets. 11 a.m. Arrive promptly at 11 a.m. for a brief group service and then each pet will be individually blessed by Pastor Phyllis Earley or Pastor Lisa Barbery. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria.

Flea Market. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOCA will be holding a Flea Market at VFW Post 1503. Anyone desiring to sell items can rent a space in the parking lot for $10 plus a $5 clean up fee, or under the pavilion for $15 plus a $5 clean up fee. Spaces will be available on a first come first serve basis the date of the event starting at 6:30 a.m. Contact Karen Jones at 703-670-4124 or email uab1981@comcast.net.

Archaeology Scavenger Hunt. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. The hints to this scavenger hunt for kids are found in the museum’s exhibits of excavated artifacts, which include a pet dog burial. At the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327, Alexandria. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703-746-4399.

<cal1>Oct. 2-3

<cal2>Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild Fall Festival. Some 60 local artisans will be displaying their wares. At the Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Visit www.nvhg.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Organ Recital and Choral Evensong. 4:30 p.m. organ recital; 5 p.m. choral Evensong. Featuring the music of Joel Martinson. A wine and cheese reception will follow. At Christ Church Episcopal, 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria. Call 703-778-4929 or jabel@HistoricChristChurch.org.

Norway Comes to Washington. 3 p.m. Part of the Norway Comes to Washington Festival, sponsored by the Embassy of Norway. Hovhaness, "Mysterious Mountain," Grieg, "Plano Concerto" with Steffen Horn on piano, Tchaikovsky, "Symphony No. 4." At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria campus, 3001 north Beauregard St., Alexandria. Youth tickets (8-18) always $5. Student and adults $20-$80. Call 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org for tickets.

Falls Church Concert Band (Marches, Classical, Show Medleys, American Classics). 3 to 4 p.m. Free outdoor concert at Historic Collingwood Estate, off the GW Memorial Parkway, 8301 East Boulevard Drive. Contact the Collingwood Library and Museum at 703-765-1652 or www.collingwoodlibrary.com.

Blessing of the Pets. 10 a.m. At Alexandria’s Church of the Resurrection, 2280 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. Email office@welcometoresurrection.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.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 4

<cal2>Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening. 9 a.m. The First Assembly of God will host Life Line Screenings. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes. At 700 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.

Tavern Toddlers. 10 a.m. to noon. A special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers. Crafts change weekly. $7 for a group of three, which must include one adult; five-week pass for $30. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

<cal1>Oct. 7, 14, 21

<cal2>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. Singles or couples are welcome at this beginner-level series. The cost for lessons 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>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>OktoBeerfest Celebration. Noon to 6 p.m. A block party featuring great food, beverage, live music and family-friendly entertainment. Dishes prepared by Rustico, Buzz, The Evening Star Cafe, Vermilion, Tallula, EatBar, Columbia Firehouse, Birch & Barley and Star Catering. And 30 different seasonal beers on draught. Sponsored by Neighborhood Restaurant Group. At Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria. Visit www.rusticorestaurant.com or call 703-224-5051.

Native Plant Propagation: Expand Your Garden. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Laura Beaty for a fun and practical workshop on plant propagation methods and a hands-on opportunity to pot some selected native plants. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Cost: $10 for ASNV members, $15 non-members. Limit 20. To register, email info@audubonva.org or call 703-438-6008.

"From Barbados to Carolina: The Colony of a Colony" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

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

Alexandria Arts Safari. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Festival of hands-on arts and craft activities for children. Children will enjoy the Clay Experience, Arts Safari Painting, Fabric Collage, Treasure Box Making & Origami, Giant Papier Mache Animal, and much more. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria. Call 703-838-4565 or visit www.torpedofactory.org.

<cal1>Oct. 9-10

<cal2>Old Town Alexandria Wine Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $35. Visitors will educate their palate with tastings of Virginia's locally grown world-class wine, and enjoy fine arts, fancy foods and culinary seminars. At the Crown Plaza Hotel, 901 North Fairfax, Alexandria. Email: donna@OldTownWineFestival.com or visit www.OldTownWineFestival.com.

<cal1>Oct. 9-17

<cal2>Alexandria Boutique Week. 62 retailers tempt shoppers with special promotions and free gifts at this annual event of shopping in a charming, walkable setting. Snap up deals on fashion, home decor, art and antiques, culinary goods and doggie products. With stamps from five of the participating locations, enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree and an overnight getaway in Old Town Alexandria. VisitAlexandriaVA.com; 703-746-3301.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 13

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $6. A DJ Dance Party with DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 14

<cal2>Sol Roots Performs. 7 p.m. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 15

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

<cal1>Oct. 15-17

<cal2>Live Gaming Event. Major League Gaming will combine its Pro Circuit competition and the MLG Doritos Pro Gaming Combine to create competitions for the 2010 season’s two remaining events. More than 2,600 players will compete. At the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Registration for the Pro Circuit and the amateur competition is open at http://www.mlgpro.com/pro-circuit/2010. For details, visit www.mlgpro.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>St. Aidan's Oktoberfest and Silent Auction. 3-7 p.m. German Food and Music. 50/50 raffle. Kinderfest from 3-5 p.m. Games, Pumpkin Patch, Face Painting. Fun for everyone. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. www.staidansepiscopal.org.

Sketching with Live Model. 6-8 p.m. Free. Musical performance at 8 p.m. Complimentary special show cocktail by Mie N Yu Restaurant. At Art Whino Gallery, 122 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md.

Flea Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Large selection of collectibles, trinkets, gadgets, books and attic treasures; children's items, toys and books; baked goods and lunch. All proceeds will be donated to charities. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Call 703-549-5500.

Burgundy Farm Fall Fair. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Live performances, local artisans, delicious food, a used book sale, and games and prizes for kids. At Burgundy Farm Country Day School, 3700 Burgundy Road, Alexandria.

Community Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes live entertainment, informational booths, children’s arts and crafts, and a large display of alternative fuel vehicles.

At the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Contact Ken Balbuena at 703-845-6067 or kpbalbuena@nvcc.edu.

Steven Gellman Concert. 8 to 10 p.m. At St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-739-9268.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 17

<cal2>Fall Festival. 3 to 6 p.m. Pony rides, moon bounce, games, crafts, decorating pumpkins, sing-a-longs and storytelling. At Fort Hunt Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 703-768-7584.

<cal2>Rock and Roll Flea Market and Guitar Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 80 tables of guitars, amplifiers, drums, musical instruments, recording gear, DJ systems. Admission is $4, children under 12 free. At Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders. 7 p.m. Tickets are $18/general; $15/advance at www.FocusMusic.org. At Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Visit www.andrewmcknight.net.

Bishop Ireton Cardinal 5K Run. Online registration through Oct. 13 at www.cardinal5krace.com. 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.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 18

<cal2>College Night. 7 to 9 p.m. Fairfax County Public Schools will host representatives from 300 colleges and universities as well as military academies and business and technical schools. Also, workshops on financial aid, the SAT and ACT, college readiness and career planning. At Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 19

<cal2>Preschool Fair. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Sponsored by the MOMS Club of Alexandria-NE. If you are a local preschool representative interested in presenting at the fair, call 678-571-3653. At the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria.

Author Talk. 6 p.m. Free. Local author Kristin Levine will talk about her children’s book, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, and discuss how kids can write and share their own stories. Age 8 and up. At John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-971-0010.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 20

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, JP McDermott and Western Bop. At Nick’s Nightclub, 641 South Pickett Street, Alexandria.

<cal1>Oct. 20-23

<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>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.

<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>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>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.

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.

Del Ray Chili Cook-Off. 4 p.m. New this year is a special award for the best Veggie Chili. At 1904 La Grande Ave., Alexandria.

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.

<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>Sunday/Oct. 24

<cal2>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.

New Dominion Chorale. 4 p.m. "Great Opera Moments," with New Dominion Chorale and Bel Cantanti Opera company. $30 general 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.

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.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>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>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>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, Alexandria.

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>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>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

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>Thursday/Nov. 11

<cal2>Margot MacDonald Performs. 7 p.m. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2> "The Principal Story" Film Screening. 4:30 p.m. Free. Part of "Movies with a Mission." At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703-746-4356.

<cal1>Nov. 16

<cal2>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>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>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.

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>Dec. 4

<cal2>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. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035.

<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.

<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.