March 31 to April 2

<cal2>ArtStream Comedies. ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre Companies’ fifth season presents the comedies, "Happily Ever After" and "The Mystery of the Well." Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 3 p.m. At Gunston Theatre One, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington. Tickets are $10. Contact ArtStream at 301-941-1008. Visit www.art-stream.org/inclusive.htm.

<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.

A Roadmap to the Middle East WMD Free Zone. 12 to 2 p.m. At the Potomac Institute for Policy studies, 901 North Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. RSVP is required. Provide name and affiliation to Pat Cheetham, Research Coordinator, at icts@potomacinstitute.org or 703-562-4522.

<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>Friday/April 1

<cal2>Flag Football for Teens. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Non-contact games. Pre-registration required. Teams of 7. Sign up as a team (players without a team will be placed on teams).

For more information, contact Edson Bravo at 703-228-7783. At Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 S. 23rd Street, Arlington.

<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. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

<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>Bird Watching. 2 p.m. Program at Potomac Overlook Park geared towards families and children interested in learning about local birds, their habits and how and where to see them. Program consists of a slideshow and a walk in the woods. Cost is $30/family, which includes a starter kit. To make reservations, call 703-528-5406.

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Special Olympics teams from across the region will compete in the tournament. At Marymount University, Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact Laurie Callahan at 703-284-1648.

"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>April 2 and 3

<cal2>ETAP Benefit for Japan. "The Show Must Go On" will be performed April 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; April 3 at 2 p.m. At Northern Virginia Community College’s Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Tickets are $15-$21. Call 703-222-5511 for group bookings.

<cal1>Sunday/April 3

<cal2>"Night of Champions." 6 p.m. Former Washington Redskin Reggie Evans will speak. A spaghetti dinner will be included. This is a fundraiser for the Youth Group at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving Street, Arlington. Contact Adam Hansford at 703-527-8574.

DADT Celebration. 4 to 6 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington is hosting a celebration marking the repeal of the military’s policy banning gays from openly serving in the Armed Forces known as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" . There will be a mock New Orleans-style funeral, with UUCA’s Reverend Carlton Elliott Smith presiding over the ceremony. UUCA is located at 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington.

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. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

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

Spoken Lessons. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Hosted by Sonya Renee of HBO’s "Def Poetry Jam." Spoken Lessons is a poetic teacher showcase and community forum. Teachers from area schools will share poetry inspired by classroom experiences. Amy Young, Alexandria's Poet Laureate, will also be reading her work. This event is designed to inspire dialogue between student, parent, teacher, and community, and is part of the Quill Well Poetry Festival organized by Seven City Arts Society. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.nvfaa.org

<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>Wednesday/April 6

<cal1>New to Medicare Class. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. If you're newly eligible or soon will be eligible for Medicare, consider attending an informal session about the basics of Medicare. Come learn about Parts A, B, C, D and supplemental policies. At T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. Space is limited, call 703-824-6845 to register.

<cal1>Thursday/April 7

<cal2>Cheers to the EPA. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Join Sierra Club friends at the Mad Fox Brewing Company to toast the EPA for protecting our health. All toasts are welcome – soda, water, whatever! Receive a 10 percent discount on food and free parking in garage. At 444 West Broad Street, Falls Church. Contact Susan Bonney at 703-821-5587.

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 7 to 9

<cal2>"AIDA." 7 p.m. Matinee performance Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12/students; $15/adults. At Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd., Arlington. Tickets can be purchased online at yhsaida@eventbrite.com.

<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. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

<cal1>Saturday/April 9

<cal2>"Séance." 8 p.m. to midnight. Free. The Solo Show of Yosiell Lorenzo with Wine Tastings, Tarot Card readings and more fun. At Northside Social, 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Japan Disaster Fundraiser. 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. has teamed up with Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille to raise funds to benefit those affected by the disaster in Japan. At Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille, 567 South 23rd Street Arlington. Call 703-979-1872.

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. Sponsored by the Arlington County Housing Division and Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. 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.

<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

Cat Expert Ingrid King. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Will appear at Stray Cat Café in Arlington to sign copies of her book and answer cat health questions.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 12

<cal2>Swing Speak. 9 to 11 p.m. Swing dancing. Admission is $10. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<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.

Flo Anito with Poetry by Cliff Bernier. 7 p.m. Ticket are $10. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Second Thursday Music will open with a poetry reading by Cliff Bernier. Cliff has appeared on the NPR show, "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.nvfaa.org

<cal1>April 15-16

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

<cal1>Sunday/May 15

<cal2>Ashton Heights 90th Anniversary House Tour. 1 to 4 p.m. Reception following at 4 p.m. Featuring Ashton Heights and Neighboring Lyon Park Homes. Tickets available at the Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, starting at noon on tour day. Tickets prices: $25 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Price includes admission to tour houses, brochure and map, and reception. Rain or shine, no refunds.

<cal1>Saturday/April 16

<cal2>Robert E. Lee Talk. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Focuses on beginning of the Civil War, Virginia’s secession from the Union and Robert E. Lee’s resignation. Includes talks, tours, music and a lecture by Lee scholar Elizabeth Pryor. At Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Reservations required; call 703-235-1530.

<cal1>Sunday/April 17

<cal2>NVCT’s Earth Day Silent Auction. 5 p.m. Guest speaker is Dr. Thomas Lovejoy who is a well-known biodiversity environmentalist. Tickets are $40 or 2 for $70. Space is limited. At Hendry House, Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington, 2411 N. 24 St., Arlington. For reservation or further information, call 703-354-5093 or email NVCT at info@nvct.org Visit www.nvct.org.

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>Tuesday/April 19

<cal2>Robert E. Lee Vigil. 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free. Vigil marking the hours in which Robert E. Lee made his solemn commitment to Virginia. A video talk on "Lee in Film," tours, dramatic readings of Lee’s letters, and a program of period music will highlight the evening. At Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Reservations required; call 703-235-1530.

<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>Sunday/April 24

<cal2>Robert E. Lee Lecture. 2 p.m. "Southern H9onor and the Election of Abraham Lincoln." By noted Civil War historian Peter Carmichael. At Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Reservations required; call 703-235-1530.

<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>April 29-30

<cal2>Comedian Nick Thune. 9:55 p.m. Tickets are $20. At the Arlington Cinema and Draft House, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

<cal1>Friday/April 29

<cal2>Poets Together. 7 p.m. Free. Amy Young, Alexandria's Poet Laureate, gathers a select group of local poets to mark the conclusion of the City of Alexandria's participation in National Poetry Month. She will be joined by spoken word poet Shelly Bell; 13 of Nazareth; Mary McElveen, former poet laureate of Alexandria; student poets; and others in a casual, interactive atmosphere. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.nvfaa.org

<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>Saturday/May 21

<cal2>Poetry and Music of the Civil War. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. As part of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War in Alexandria, join poet Peter Lattu for a reading of Civil War poems, and poet John "Fin" Finerty who will read original poetry about Civil War events. Plus, enjoy a trio of flutists performing period music. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035 or visit www.nvfaa.org

<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.