<cal1>Thursday/March 24

<cal2>Butterfly Field Trip. 7:30 p.m. Washington Area Butterfly Club meets at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Club members Rick Borchelt and Richard Smith will discuss efforts to increase information about butterflies in our area, which will help promote butterfly conservation. Call 703-228-6535.

Friday Morning Music Club. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. At the Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Friday/March 25

<cal2>Kenmore Middle School Silent Auction. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Over 250 items available for bid including tickets to Walt Disney World, personally autographed hockey stick signed by Alex Ovechkin, hotel and restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, wine tasting, theater and museum tickets. At 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. www.apsva.us/kenmore.

<cal1>March 25-26

<cal2>Comedian Johnny Sanchez. Admission is $20. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/March 26

<cal2>Dance for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Noon to midnight. A dance marathon to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington.

<cal2>The Story of Wood. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about forestry, tree planting, wood lore and other wood uses. Presented by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. Hosted by NVRPA’s Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington. Call 703-528-5406.

"Shop, Schmooze, Savor." Noon to 5 p.m. A women’s mini-expo with jewelry, crafts, food, exhibits, demonstrations and fun. At Lyon Village Community House, corner of Lee Hwy and N Highland St, Arlington. In lieu of an entry fee, donations will be collected for Doorways Women and Families Shelter. Contact Renee Fisher at reneefisher5@verizon.net.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>Singles Senior Champagne Buffet. Noon. Monthly elegant buffet at Ft. Myer’s Officers’ Club. Free champagne, orange juice, coffee, and tea are included. Enjoy music performed by a group from Madagascar. Open to all. Photo ID is required at the Wright Gate (end of N. Meade Street and Marshall Drive, adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial), and the Hatfield Gate on Washington Blvd. Park free adjacent and across from the Officers' Club. Contact Seena King, 301-530-4884.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>5K Run. Walter L. Mess W&OD Trail 5K Run. The start and finish of the race will be located at the American Legion Post Lodge #130 located at 400 North Oak Street in Falls Church. To register or get more run information, visit www.mc-coop.org or call 703-927-4833.

<cal1>Monday/March 28

<cal2>Singer/Songwriter Margot MacDonald. 8 p.m. With Ted Garber At IOTA Club and Café, Arlington.

<cal1>Tuesday/March 29

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. With the Deja Blue Blues Band. Admission is $10. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Amy Speace. 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Previewing her forthcoming album, Land Like a Bird. At IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

<cal1>Thursday/March 31

<cal2>Sex Rules! Safer sex lecturer Maria Falzone. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/door. Visit www.comedyindc.com. At the Comedy Spot at Ballston Common Mall.

<cal1>March 31 through April 2

<cal2>Lions Club Fundraiser. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Florida Citrus and pure Vermont Maple syrup for sale. At Overlee Pool, 6030 Lee Highway, lower parking lot. Call 703-243-7938.

<cal1>April 1 and 2

<cal2>Comedian Eric Andre. 9:55 p.m. Admission is $18. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

<cal1>April 1 to 16

<cal2>"The Shadow Box." Presented by the Providence Players of Fairfax. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on April 3 and 10. At the James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Tickets are $18/adults; $15/students and seniors. Call 703-425-6782 or email providenceplayers@cox.net or visit www.providenceplayers.org.

<cal1>Saturday/April 2

<cal2>"Awakenings." 5 to 8 p.m. Artist’s reception for Vietnamese artists Dinh Cuong, Truong Vu and Nguyen Trong Khoi. At the Arlington Artists Alliance at the Arlington Arts Gallery, 5179 Lee Highway, Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/April 3

<cal2>Coach for the Cure. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Arlington Little League. Coach for the Cure sessions provide 60 to 90 minutes of hitting, pitching, and fielding

instruction by Arlington Little League coaches for a suggested donation of $25. The sessions are

organized according to age and developmental level. At Barcroft Sports Complex, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. Contact Arlington Little League at 703-401-8738, or by e-mailing coach4cure@arlingtonlittleleague.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 5

<cal2>Bike Movie Night. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. "With My Own Two Wheels." Followed by a Q&A with producer and co-director Jacob Seigel-Boettner. At the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With The Grandsons. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 6

<cal2>Learn to Grow Shitake Mushrooms. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10. At the Nature Center, Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Space is limited so register early by calling 703-228-6414.

<cal1>Thursday/April 7

<cal2> LinkUp & Live. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CrisisLink's event to raise awareness and funds for crisis and suicide prevention, intervention, and response services for the National Capital Region. Featured speaker is John Sharp, M.D., executive medical director of "Bridges to Recovery" and author of "The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life." At Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. Visit www.LinkUpandLive.org

Brown Bag Lunch Event. Noon to 1 p.m. With Hugh Montgomery and his new book, Bureaucratic Nirvana. Held in the M-level conference room at the Potomac Institute, 901 North Stuart Street, Arlington. To RSVP, reply to Laurie Kinney at lkinney@potomacinstitute.org.

<cal1>April 8 to 23

<cal2>"42nd Street." Presented by the Arlington Players. At the Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit http://www.thearlingtonplayers.org

<cal1>April 8 Through May 7

<cal2>"Stage Door." Produced by the American Century Theater. Show times are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. There is no performance on Sunday, April 24. TACT will also host a post show talk-back on Thursday, ------April 14. Tickets can be ordered online at www.americancentury.org or by calling 703-998-4555. At Gunston Theatre II, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington.

<cal1>April 8-9-10

<cal2>"You Can’t Take It With You." Bishop O’Connell’s drama department presents comedy. Dates are April 8-9 at 7:30 p.m.; April 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5/students and seniors; $10/general. At Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Call 703-237-1448.

<cal1>April 8 to 9

<cal2>Comedian Tim Meadows. Tickets are $25. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/April 9

<cal2>Wineology Wine Tasting. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35/person. Fundraiser to benefit Arlington Free Clinic and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. At Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 S. Taylor Street, Arlington. Call 703-892-4846 or go to www.osva.org and select the Wineology Registration link

Growing Vegetables in Containers. 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how to grow vegetables in pots, planters or other containers for maximum production on your deck, balcony, porch or patio. At Lee Center, Room 203, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Register early by calling 703-228-6414.

Arlington Home Show and Expo. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get your questions answered about tenant/landlord law, home improvement, permits, zoning and related topics by staff from Arlington County. At Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th Street, Arlington. Visit: http://www.arlingtonhomeshow.org or call the Housing Division at 703-228-3765, or CPRO at 703-892-2776.

Harp Concert. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/$10. With Jo and Wayne Morrison of Port Righ, specializing in Scottish music with harp, bagpipe, concertina, and voice. At Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church.

Charity Chili Cook Off. 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Sponsored by the NoVA Delta Gamma Alumnae to support the Delta Gamma Foundation. At Lyon Village Community House, 1920 North Highland St., Arlington. Purchase tickets at http://www.novadeltagamma.org/chiliCookOff.html.

Kids' Clothing, Toy, and Equipment Consignment Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Half price starts at noon. Cribs, strollers, books, games, videos, safety gates, maternity and more. Credit cards accepted. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples. See www.nvpom.com/sale for more information or contact sale@nvpom.com. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wineology Fundraiser. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wine-tasting benefit includes wine, cheese, appetizers, desserts, door prizes and live music. At Our Savior Lutheran Church, 825 S. Taylor St., Arlington. Reservations www.osva.org. Call 703-892-4846 or email osloffice@comcast.net.

<cal1>Sunday/April 10

<cal2>Moving Words Poetry Reading. 8 p.m. Hear winners of the 2011 Moving Words Poetry Competition read their winning poems and other selections. At IOTA Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com

<cal1>Thursday/April 14

<cal2>Portfolio in Motion Fashion Show. 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Student fashion show and reception. For the 13 senior Fashion Design students, it is their first opportunity to display their own lines, which they not only design, but sew themselves. At Marymount University’s Rose Benté Lee Center, 2807 North Glebe Road in Arlington. Call 703-526-6873.

"Funatical: Taking Comedy to the Extreme." Muslim, Jewish, Christian comedians perform an interfaith and intercultural stand-up tour. At Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse in Arlington.

Sex Rules! Safer sex lecturer Maria Falzone. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/door. Visit www.comedyindc.com. At the Comedy Spot at Ballston Common Mall.

<cal1>April 15-16

<cal2>Comedian Jay Pharoah. Admission is $23. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/April 17

<cal2>Lord of the Rings Movie Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. Come dressed as your favorite character. Schedule of Events: 11:30 a.m. Doors Open; 12 p.m. – "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring;" 3:15 p.m. – "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers;" 6:15 p.m. - Trivia Contest w/ Prizes; 6:30 p.m. - Gollum Impersonation Contest; 6:45 p.m. - Best Costume Awards; 7:00 p.m. – "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington or http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com

<cal1>Monday/April 18

<cal2>The Courage Cup Charity Golf Tournament. 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will benefit Snowball Express and the work it does for military families throughout the year. At the Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. For information on how to register or on how to purchase a sponsor package, visit www.airpowergolf.com, or contact Callie Ziobro at 617-337-9533 or via email at cziobro@thecastlegrp.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 20

<cal2>Book Talk. 2 to 4 p.m. With Williamson Murray, Ph.D. on his book, "The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy and War. At the Potomac Institute, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington. Contact Laurie Kinney at lkinney@potomacinstitute.org.

<cal1>Thursday/April 21

<cal2>Author Elaine Weiss. 10:45 a.m. Free. Optional $5 lunch. Will be speaking on her book, "Fruits of Victory." At Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington. RSVP by April 15 to theamcginnis@gmail.com or 607-425-4176.

<cal1>Saturday/April 23

<cal2>Book Talk. Noon. Cost is $15. Local authors Natalie Wexler and David Stewart will discuss their books. Wexler’s historical novel, A More Obedient Wife, is about two women married to early Supreme Court Justices James Iredell and James Wilson during the federal government’s first decade. Stewart's story of the Senate trial of Andrew Johnson, Impeached, is as gripping as any legal fiction. At NRECA Building, 4301 N. Taylor St., Arlington. Make reservations to Miriam Miller at mcdm1@verizon.net or 703-536-7557.

<cal1>April 26 to June 12

<cal2>"Side by Side by Sondheim." At Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit http://www.signature-theatre.org

<cal1>April 28 to May 1

<cal2>Dance Dreams in Black & White. Spring performance by BalletNova. Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $23. At Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.BalletNova.org. Call 703-778-3008, email info@BalletNova.org, or refer to the website at www.BalletNova.org.

<cal1>April 28

<cal2>Sex Rules! Safer sex lecturer Maria Falzone. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/door. Visit www.comedyindc.com. At the Comedy Spot at Ballston Common Mall.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 4

<cal2>Yes, In Our Backyards. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Alliance for Housing Solutions and HAND (Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers) are cosponsoring the annual State of Affordable Housing event. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Questions or to RSVP: katedahs@gmail.com

<cal1>Sunday/May 22

<cal2>Taste of Arlington. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. A wide array of Arlington’s favorite eateries will be participating in the Taste again this year including: Jaleo, Willow, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Lebanese Taverna. Entertainment and business booths. Tickets are $20/online for eight tastes; $25/door. Tickets are on sale at:

http://www.tasteofarlington.com/tickets.html or call 703-528-3527. At Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall.

<cal1>Oct. 21 to 23

<cal2>U.S. FreedomWalk Festival. A family friendly weekend, non-competitive, social walking challenge bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for fun, fitness, and international friendship. Different trails will be offered each day, and a variety of distances ranging from 3 miles (5 km) to 27 miles (43 km) is offered each day starting each day at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn.