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Arlington Calendar April 4-10

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

Melody Tavern, 3650 S. Glebe Road, Suite 170

Arlington. Call 703-413-4141.

  • Sunday Brunch, April 1: Jaared (jazz)

  • Thursday, April 5: Dixieland Direct Jazz Band (New Orleans style jazz)

  • Friday, April 6: Alpha Dog Blues Band (blues)

  • Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.: Secret Society (R&B, jazz, neo-soul)

  • Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.: Rhapsody Blue (jazz, R&B)

  • Sunday, April 8, Brunch featuring Jaared (jazz)

  • Sunday, April 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Meredith Seidel (jazz, pop, gospel)

  • Thursday, April 12: Meredith Seidel (jazz, pop, gospel)

  • Friday, April 13: Pluckerland Band (honky tonk, pop, blues)

  • Saturday, April 14: John Lewis Trio (jazz, pop)

  • Sunday, April 15: Brunch featuring Jaared (jazz)

  • Thursday, April 19: Geno & Friends (jazz)

  • Friday, April 20: Jaared (jazz)

  • Saturday, April 21: David Cole & Main Street Blues (blues, jazz, pop)

  • Sunday, April 22: Brunch featuring Jaared (jazz)

  • Thursday, April 26: Barry Gurley (jazz, pop)

  • Friday, April 27: David Cole & Main Street Blues (blues, jazz, pop)

  • Saturday, April 28: Rhapsody Blue (jazz, R&B)

  • Sunday, April 29: Brunch featuring Jaared (jazz)

Now Through July 3

"Eternal Washington: Black and White Photographs by Greg Embree", At Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330); through July 3, 2012. Hours: Mon.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.: Closed; Wed.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Opening reception on the library balcony on Thursday, Apr. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

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Through April 14

"Think Like a Child." A juried art show sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance. The show was juried by Lisa Semrad. After hanging at the Arlington Cultural Affairs office the show will move to Cassatt’s Cafe and Gallery on April 15 where a reception will be held on April 22. Cassatt's is located at 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington. The Arlington County Board offices will host the show from May 7th until June 25 and then the Arlington County Central Library from July 1st - July 31st.

Through April 13

Equalizers Exhibition. 5 to 7 p.m. reception. Enjoy the opening of the Founders Hall Art Gallery's newest exhibition, "Equalizers." The exhibition includes three print makers who explore natural equalizers inducing equality, equilibrium, and balance in society. At George Mason University Founders Hall Art Gallery, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact the Arts Management office at 703-993-8926.

Friday Mornings

Line Dancing Class. 10 to 11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle, social, aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist the newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.

February to April

Artwork by Tweety Thuy Dong. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 300 Park Ave., first floor hallway, Falls Church. Artist's reception is Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. and April 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.

April 4 to June 10

This is My City. Local and international student photography show. Opening reception is April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show provides students with an opportunity to learn photography fundamentals while exploring their own communities and to have their best works exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center (AAC). At Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Call 703-248-6800.

April 6 to November

National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest. Cherry Blossoms are blooming inside and outside in Crystal City this spring with a new partnership between the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and FotoDC. Some 150 finalists and judges’ favorites from FotoDC's Second Annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will be exhibited along Crystal City's interior walkways. This year’s contest will feature photography from four different categories such as landscape, people, festivities and vintage. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

Saturday/April 7

ECARE —†Bikes for the World. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Put your old bike to good use. Donate it to Bikes for the World at the Arlington County Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (ECARE). Bikes for the World is the nation's largest bicycle reuse program, donating close to 10,000 old bikes annually to community projects providing free or affordable bicycles for transport to work, school, or

health care, in a dozen countries around the world. Bike parts, accessories, portable sewing machines are also accepted. A $10/bike donation is suggested to

defray a share of expenses (checks accepted), and a receipt good for tax purposes is provided for all donations.

Held at Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonva.us and search "HHW" or

call 703-228-6832.

Easter Eggstravaganza. 9:30 a.m. Easter crafts; 10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt begins. At Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St., Arlington. Visit www.trinityarlington.org

WIN Meeting. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fairfax County Women in the NAACP (WIN). Each person is asked to bring a guest to the meeting. Call Shirley Ginwright at 703-470-2137 or email fairfaxvawin@aol.com for more information. Visit www.fairfaxvawin.com. At 5818 Seminary Road, Falls Church.

Brahms: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28/adults; $15/students. At the Artisphere, Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Visit http://tickets.artisphere.com or by phone at 888-841-2787 or at the door.

Growing Flowers and Vegetables in Containers. 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to grow flowers and vegetables in pots, planters or other containers for maximum beauty and bountiful crops on your deck, balcony, porch or patio. Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. At Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Arlington. To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com or visit www.mgnv.org

Country Western Dance. The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will hold its dance at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. BJ Brown will be the DJ. Scotty Inman will teach the “Applejack” line dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gary Campbell will teach the “Teton Mountain Stomp” mixer dance beginning at 8 p.m. Open dancing is from 8:30-11 p.m. and includes Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha, and specialty dances. Couples and singles are welcome. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5; PSDC members $10. Visit www.nvcwda.org; call 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

Sunday/April 8

Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. Directly following 10 a.m. Easter Services at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd. Arlington. Call 703-525-7715 to register or email pastorkristencurlee@gmail.com. Park in the Red Cross lot.

Monday, April 9

Theater Classes. Explore folktales, clowning techniques, musicals and more. Encore Stage &

Studio offers theater classes for grades K-12. Spring classes include Acting Up, Musical Musings, Funky Folktales and Light Clown Dark Clown. Sharpen your vocal and dance skills and sign up for The Encore Show Choir, beginning Monday, April 9. All classes are located at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington. Saturday classes begin April 14. Registration is available online: www.encorestage.org.

Tibetan Monk Cultural Arts Tour. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Chanting: Meditation and Prayers for Healing. A local Buddhist meditation group, the Guhyasamaja Center, hosts the tour. At the Unitarian Church, 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington.

Tuesday/April 10

Free Health Screenings. 5 to 8 p.m. Provided by Commonwealth Medical Center. Testing for Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Results in 5 minutes. No Appointment needed. More info at www.commonwealthmc.net

April 13 and 14

Used Book Sale. More than 40,000 books for browsing and buying. Sponsored by the Falls Church Area American Association of University Women. Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Falls Church Community Center, 233 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Call 703-534-5345.

Saturday/April 14

The Mouse of Amherst. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10/children; $15/adults. This original work for children, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, tells the story of a lively mouse who strikes up an unlikely friendship with reclusive poet, Emily Dickinson. At Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Arlington Home Show and Expo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 60 exhibitors. The event is a way to learn about remodeling kitchens and baths, finishing or waterproofing basements, replacing windows and doors, as well as flooring, roofing, siding, gutter, and paving solutions, security systems, insulation, shelving, decks, and more from a wide variety of top-rate companies. At Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 South 16th St., Arlington. Email: arlhomeshow@columbiapike.org or call 703-892-2776.

Service Expo. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 3900 Howard Street, Annandale. Representatives from 20 different community agencies will be available to talk about their services and volunteer opportunities. Contact Lexie Staton at 703-978-2475 or staton7@verizon.net.

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Join in the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup where thousands of volunteers of all ages will pick up trash from different cleanup sites around the region. Find a cleanup site near you by visiting www.PotomacCleanup.org, or calling 202-973-8203.

April 15 to June 9

A Life in Art: A Retrospective of Works. By John Bryans. Opening Reception and Talk: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Primarily a watercolorist, Bryans also works in acrylics, ink, silk screen, oils and assemblage of found objects. At the Crossroads Gallery, Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, 3440 S Jefferson St, Falls Church.

Wednesday/April 18

DREAM Project. 7 p.m. Free. Scholarships for Immigrant Children. The Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a meeting at Nottingham School, 5900 Little Falls Road, Arlington, on the DREAM Project. The discussion will be led by Emma Violand Sanchez, a member of the Arlington School Board, who founded the DREAM Project, which provides scholarships for some of the immigrant students. Students will share their stories about their struggles to pursue higher education due to their immigration status. Parking is available on the school parking lot. Call 703-534-6837.

April 18 to May 16

Free Financial Seminars. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. At Arlington Central Library, 2nd floor meeting room, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Contact Evelyn Englis at 703-228-6421 or Eevelyn2@VT.EDU.

  • April 18 — Clair Emory, "Making Money Last in Retirement."

  • April 25 — David Ehrlich, "How to Start Your Own Business."

  • May 2 —†Tim Wesling " Interest Rates and their Effects on the Economy."

  • May 9 — Special Guest & Tim Wesling "How To Sell and Invest in Gold."

  • May 16 — Anh-Thu Mai and Special Guest "Using Coupons To Save Money."

Thursday/April 19

Fundraising Event. Benefit of MetroStage's production, "Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You." For the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria. The play is a one-man show chronicling the harrowing escape of Jay Alvarez’s family from Castro’s Cuba in a small boat through shark-infested waters to a new life in the U.S. For tickets or information, contact Fay at 703-739-0233 or fay@plti-alex.org or go to www.plti-alex.org and click the Donate button on the left.

April 20, 21, 22

"The Matchmaker." April 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/general; $5/students and seniors. At Bishop O'Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Call 703-237-1448 or visit www.bishopoconnell.org/theatre

Saturday/April 21

Country Western Dance. The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will hold its smoke-free, alcohol-free dance at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. This is the annual Benefit Dance, to benefit Fisher House Foundation. BJ Brown will be the DJ. Irshad and Paula Ali will teach the “Country As Can Be” line dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Scotty and Lynn Inman will teach Beginning West Coast Swing beginning at 8 p.m. Open dancing is from 8:30-11 p.m. and includes Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha, and specialty dances. Couples and singles are welcome. Tickets are $20 per person at the door. This will be a potluck, so bring a dish. There will also be a Silent Auction. For more information, visit www.nvcwda.org, or call 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

Saturdays/April 21, 28

Volunteer Training. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Become a Master Financial Education Volunteer. Learn about personal finance, budgeting, retirement planning, home buying and many other finance topics, instruction in counseling techniques. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 703-228-6417; jabel@vt.edu.

Sunday/April 22

Going Green in Your Rose Garden. 2 p.m. Free. Arlington Rose Foundation presents speaker, LeeAnn Seeley, a self-described “Earth Angel”. Learn about organic and low risk pesticides. Door prizes. Upstairs at Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks location. Contact 703-371-9351.

Russian Concert. 4 p.m. Featuring arias from Russian operas by Tchaikovsky. Jose Sacin, baritone, and Olga Orlovskaya, soprano, will sing the last scene from Eugene Onegin and arias from The Queen of Spades; one or two Russian folksongs and then a short rhyming song for the audience to sing along. At United Methodist Church, 716 South Glebe Road, Arlington. Sponsored by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. Mcdm1@verizon.net or visit www.operaguildnova.org or call 703-536-7557.

Spring Fling. 4 p.m. Cantus Choirs. The Choralis Cantus youth choirs invite you to join them for some spring fun and frivolity as they present their final concert of the season. Tickets are $10 and a reception follows. At Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad St., Falls Church. Visit www.choralis.org or 703-237-2499.

Falls Church Home & Garden Tour. Noon to 4 p.m. Will feature distinctive homes and gardens in Arlington and Falls Church City. Tickets $20/online; $25/door are now available. Visit http://fallschurchpta.org/hgtour.html, click on the "Tickets and Tour Information" button, and follow the prompts to pay securely via PayPal. Ticket pickup will take place the morning of the tour at Mount Daniel Elementary School, 2328 North Oak Street, Falls Church. Because ticket sales on the day of the tour will be limited, it is strongly recommended that patrons purchase tickets in advance. Visit http://fallschurchpta.org/hgtour.html or email fcc.hg.tour@gmail.com.

Monday/April 23

Northern Virginia Mineral Club. 7:45 p.m. The Northern Virginia Mineral Club promotes, educates and encourages interest in geology, mineralogy, lapidary arts and related sciences. Meetings are held at 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except two in Summer and December) at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-228-6535. No meetings in July and August. Visitors are Always Welcome at our Club Meetings.

Tuesday April 24

Garden Club Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $25. Featuring four private Arlington homes and gardens built in the early to mid 20th century, this tour takes visitors through the neighborhoods built as early suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Fairfax. Ticket price includes admission to the following 5 locations:

  • Benjamin home and garden, 3131. N. Abingdon St., Arlington;

  • Fore-Sauer home and garden, 4665 N. 34th St., Arlington;

  • DeGross home and garden,3510 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington;

  • McNair home and garden, 4527 Rock Spring Rd., Arlington;

  • The Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington – 3608 Military Rd. A guided tour at 11 a.m. focusing on wildflowers and a program at 2 p.m. about bees.

Advance ticket sales through April 10. Full advance ticket $20. Contact Mary Whipple at mwhip155@aol.com. Send self-addressed, stamped, legal size envelope with check(s), payable to The Garden Club of Fairfax, by April 10, 2012 to: Marty Whipple, 11508 Yates Ford Road, Fairfax, Station, VA 22039.

Refreshments: Complimentary punch and cookies will be served at Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington until 3 p.m.

Tickets also sold tour day at Memorial Baptist Church: 3455 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.

For more information about the tour, contact Johanna Rucker at johannarucker@verizon.net. Visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Wednesday/April 25

Bullying Prevention Symposium. 8:30 a.m. Free. With the goal of providing youth with the skills they need to treat each other with understanding and

respect. Presented by the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. At the James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855-A Annandale Road, Annandale. Register online at www.fairfaxyouth.org.

Saturday/April 28

Aprilfest Spring Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walker Chapel United Methodist Church will hold an Aprilfest Spring Sale. Used books, plants, and bagged mulch will be featured, as well as a cafe serving sandwiches and drinks and a bake sale. A wide variety of locally grown bedding plants, both annual and perennial, will be available. Proceeds from the sale support Walker Chapel ministries. Go to www.walkerchapel.org or call 703-538-5200. Walker Chapel is located at 4102 North Glebe Road, Arlington.

April 28 and 29

"Swan Lake Ballet." April 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; April 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30/adults; $20/children, students and seniors. At the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. For tickets, visit www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Call 703-249-8227. A limited number of general admission tickets is available for the Working Stage Rehearsal on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org but must be purchased in advance. Call 703 249-8227.

Thursday/May 3

Fashion Show. 7 p.m. cocktail reception; 8:30 p.m. show. Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion 2012 student fashion show promises a glimpse into a Gilded Forest, where the line between reality and fantasy blurs. Eileen Fisher will receive the Designer of the Year Award at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. At the Rose Bente Lee Center, Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington. contact Suzanne Catucci – 703-526-6814.

Saturday/May 5

May Festival. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an obstacle course, two other moon bounces, cotton candy, popsicles along with many games. Gift baskets for children and adults. At Nottingham Elementary School, 5900 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Tickets for games are $.50 each. Call 703-228-5290.

Wednesday/May 9

Free Health Screenings. 5 to 8 p.m. Provided by Commonwealth Medical Center. Testing for Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Results in 5 minutes. No Appointment needed. More info at www.commonwealthmc.net

May 9 and 16

"Becoming a Professional Artist." 7 to 9 p.m. Class taught by artist Cindy Ann Coldiron, who is a professional recycled glass artist and author of the book, "Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass." Part of the Arlington County Adult Education Program. Topics include how to properly enter juried shows, art licensing, proposals for book, agents, art grants and avoiding art scams. Arl. Res. $49 Arl. Sr. $35 Non-Arl. Res. $65 Non-Arl. Res. Sr. $49. Visit http://www.apsva.us/adulted.

May 10 to June 2

"Las Quiero a las Dos" ("I Want Them Both") by Ricardo Talesnik (Argentina). At Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $25. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. Call 703-548-3092; www.teatrodelaluna.org.

May 18 to June 24

Artomatic Returns to Crystal City. Free. Artomatic is known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that celebrate creativity and create a unique and exciting event for visitors. Anyone can show art at Artomatic - there is no criteria to participate, and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis. Artomatic will take over the Transwestern Presidential Tower, entrance at 2511 S. Clark St. in Crystal City. Special opening night celebration on May 18.

May 18

Bike to Work Day. Join Virginia commuters and leave your car behind to cycle to work for Bike to Work Day 2012 — a regional event that last year drew a record-breaking 11,000 participants. Cyclists can register, find pit stop locations and learn how to join a commuter convoy at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org, or call 800-745-RIDE.

Saturday/May 19

Huge Flea Market. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Great Falls United Methodist Church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Spaces available to rent for $20 to sell your treasures or donate items for the church to sell. Contact Carol Wesley Wright (703) 582-1640 c.wright@longandfoster.com.

Argentine Festival. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cost is $20/advance; $30/door. Brimming with authentic foods, crafts and top Tango and folkloric performers direct from Argentina. Featuring Tais (folk singer) and Son Ellas (folk balladeer); Daniel Bouchet, Tango Showman; Miguel Dure, folk-tango singer; Pampa Cortes, Argentine dance star (with Gigi Jensen); Victorio Menghi, tango fusion world tour, and more. For tickets, visit www.tickeri.com or 202-681-9491. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.festivalargentinoUSA.com or call 703-212-5850.

May 28

Northern Virginia Mineral Club. 7:45 p.m. The Northern Virginia Mineral Club promotes, educates and encourages interest in geology, mineralogy, lapidary arts and related sciences. Meetings are held at 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except two in Summer and December) at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-228-6535. No meetings in July and August. Visitors are Always Welcome at our Club Meetings.

May 27

Aloha kaakou. Noon. Delight in the grace and spirit of the Hokuhula dancers, the kanaka of Hawaii, appearing at the Ft. Myer Officers' Club. Elegant Brunch, including champagne, orange juice, coffee, and desserts. Meet other singles living near you, dine, socialize. Photo ID required at the Wright Gate, end of N. Meade Street and Marshall Dr., adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Hatfield Gate, Washington Blvd. Free parking at Club. All proceeds support the Officers' Club. Reservations 301-530-4884.

June 25

Northern Virginia Mineral Club. 7:45 p.m. The Northern Virginia Mineral Club promotes, educates and encourages interest in geology, mineralogy, lapidary arts and related sciences. Meetings are held at 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except two in Summer and December) at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Call 703-228-6535. No meetings in July and August. Visitors are Always Welcome at our Club Meetings.

June 26 to 30, 2012

“The Lost Songs of Broadway: 1960’s” Part of Signature Theatre's Cabaret Series. Single tickets for $35. Call Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT (7328) or the Signature Box Office at 703-820-9771. At Signature's ARK Theatre. Visit www.signature-theatre.org.