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Alexandria Calendar April 11

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week's paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

Month of April

Harvest Assembly Baptist Church 25th Anniversary. At 8012 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Services are held at 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; and 5 p.m. Special dates:

  • April 15: Pastor Nelson Snead, Pastor Abram and Bishop Donald Smith;

  • April 29: Dr. David Cunningham, Dr. Regretta B. Johnson Ruffin and Bishop William Walker, Latta SC.

Featuring: HABC Dance Ministries and the HABC Unity Choir

Adults: $40 13 & up; Children: $20 12 & under

Featuring: The Singing Angels, HABC Pastor’s Praise Team

Call: 703-799-7868.

Now Through April 29

Childhood Memories. Works by artists inspired by their childhoods. Memories are endless: an experience, a trip, a gathering, an animal, a poem, a person or a place that brings one back to a childhood memory. Show exhibits April 6-29; opening reception April 6, 7-10 p.m. Open Thursday-Sunday. Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Thursday/April 12

Exploring Activities for Alexandria's Seniors. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy free exercise and activity demonstrations including recreation programs, aquatics, gardening, library activities and more. At Chinquapin Recreation Center, 3210 King St., Alexandria. Call 703-836 4414, ext. 10. Visit www.SeniorServicesAlex.org.

Friday/April 13

Music for Brass Quintet. 8 p.m. Free. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St., Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Mt. Vernon’s Helping Hands. 4:30 to 10 p.m. Third-annual tennis charity event for youth and adults will be held at the Mount Vernon Athletic Club. It will benefit Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Pediatric Oncology Programs with emphasis on children’s access to education, promoting physical exercise and activities, and maintaining connections with family and friends while the children are hospitalized. Youth activities $10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Adult activities $25 ($30 at door), from 6:30-10 p.m. Walk-ins without tennis $10. Silent Auction, Raffle, Food & Beverages and more. At 7950 Audubon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703 360-7300. Visit www.mtvac.net.

April 13 and 14

Spring Garden Market. Vendors from throughout the mid-Atlantic region will be selling a wide variety of plants as well as garden supplies and garden art. Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AHS members-only preview night is Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Hosted by the American Horticultural Society. At River Farm headquarters, 7931 East Boulevard Dr., Alexandria. Call 703-768-5700. Visit www.ahs.org or call 703-768-5700.

Saturday/April 14

Cleanup of Little Hunting Creek. Noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Del. Surovell and Supervisor McKay and held in coordination with the Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Cleanup. Staging Location at Sequoyah Condominiums Parking Lot, 7950 Seven Woods Drive, Alexandria. Gloves will be provided. RSVP to bit.ly/creekcleanup

Life Line Screening. Get checked for blocked arteries, irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. Packages start at $149. At Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.lifelinescreening.com.

April 14 to 22

"Tom Sawyer." MVCCT presents the play "Tom Sawyer," featuring 54 actors ages 8-18. Directed by Frank Pasqualino; Musical Direction by Cathy Manley. Tickets are $10/advance; $12/door. Show times are April 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. At Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Visit www.MVCCT.org.

Saturday/April 14

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m.-noon. At Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, the Belle Haven Picnic area, off George Washington Memorial Parkway in the Mt. Vernon area of Fairfax County. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh (FODM), the National Park Service, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Meet at the entrance to Dyke Marsh’s Haul Road, near the Belle Haven south picnic area. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, sun protection and gloves. Cleanup supplies provided. Visit www.fodm.org, or call the National Park Service Information Line at 202-619 7222.

Singer Lera Lynn with Joan Osborne. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. At The Birchmere Music Hall, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Magi-Whirl 2012. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with strolling magicians; showtime at 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas Style Family GALA Magic Show staged by Ring 50 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Bishop Ireton High School. Five world-famous magicians — one from Argentina. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students; $15/door — family packs available. At Bishop Ireton High School. Visit www.magi-whirl.org/gala/

BPAC Ride. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Take part in a 13-mile ride from Old Town to National Harbor. Meet at Founders Park, Oronco and N. Union Streets, Alexandria. RSVP: jonathan@jonathankrall.net.

The Grandest Congress: The French and Indian War in Alexandria. Noon to 4 p.m. Donation of $5. Spring, 1755: Major General Edward Braddock, Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in North America convened a meeting of five colonial governors at John Carlyle’s Alexandria home. Among Braddock’s objectives was to secure funding for his upcoming campaign against the French. Carlyle called this gathering “the Grandest Congress … ever known on the Continent.” Peek in on the meeting inside and enjoy the sights and smells of 18th-century style food being prepared for a grand dinner for Braddock and the Governors. Costumed interpreters will be on site to answer your questions.

Growing Flowers and Vegetables in Containers. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 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 the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com or visit www.mgnv.org

Explore Alexandria's Firefighting History. 1 p.m. Tickets are $6/adults; $4/youth. The walking tour, "Blazing a Trail: Alexandria's Firefighting Past." As they walk through Old Town, participants will learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria and stop at historic buildings that once served as fire stations. At Friendship Firehouse, 107 South Alfred St., Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or by calling 703-746-4994.

George Washington's Whiskey for Sale. 10 a.m. George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, will have the limited edition George Washington Rye Whiskey available for sale on April 14 at 10 a.m. This is a limited edition rye whiskey made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery – 600 bottles are available for sale. Each 375 ml bottle retails for $95; purchases are restricted to two bottles per person. The whiskey will be available for sale in person only at the Distillery & Gristmill site gift shop and The Shops at Mount Vernon. The whiskey sale hours are: Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday/April 15

Gala Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC). Will showcase the Avanti Orchestra, the FMMC Chorale, and several winners of the Washington International Competition (WIC) that is held annually by the FMMC Foundation. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NVCC, Alexandria Campus. Contact Anne Zim at 202-213-0692 or email annewzim@comcast.net.

Green Fair. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Will feature tables, talks, and tours including brief talks about MVUC's solar and geothermal systems and its green storm-water-management system. There will be a bird walk and a tour of the grounds to identify and discuss invasive plants. A live bee hive will be displayed - weather permitting - and a basket of bee-related products will be raffled. Ethical eating cooking demonstrations will provide free samples and the Young Unitarian Universalists will sell Boca burgers. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. RSVP to green@mvuc.org

Family and Friends Day. 11 a.m. With Guest Speaker: Reverend Sonja Flye-Oliver. At Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church, 606-A South Washington St., Alexandria. Call 703-836-7332.

Ladies’ Tea at Gadsby’s Tavern. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30/person. At Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant, 134 North Royal St., Alexandria. Make reservations at 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystevern.org.

Claudia Schmidt and Dulcie Taylor. 7 p.m. Tickets are $18/general; $15/advance. At Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Visit www.focusmusic.org. call 703-501-6061.

Monday/April 16

BPAC Meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The agenda includes: Bike to Work Day Plans, upcoming local elections, community bicycle rides, Bike to School Day (May 9), the Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project and more. At the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria.

Spring Golf Outing. Noon check-in; 1 p.m. Shotgun start. Format: Captain's Choice (scramble); handicapped foursomes. Fee: $250/person. All golfers receive a round of golf and a golf cart, full access to driving range and putting green, a boxed lunch, refreshments during play; a BBQ dinner following play. A Fundraiser for The Campagna Center at Mount Vernon Country Club. Contact Lee Stenberg at 703- 224-2351 or lstenberg@campagnacenter.org.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Featuring the U.S. Air Force Band-Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. At Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Mini Open House. 1 p.m. Tour Hollin Hall Senior Center with Jan Kestyn, enjoy refreshments, and peek in on some ongoing sessions. An opportunity to participate in programs on this day. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 and ask for Julie.

Masters of Tradition. Celebrating the art of Irish music with seven of Ireland's most compelling musicians, including Fiddler Martin Hayes and singer Iarla O Lionaird. Will appear at The Birchmere Music Hall, The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Tuesday/April 17

Nina Tisara Discussion. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Artist-photographer Nina Tisara will speak on the beginnings of the Living Legends of Alexandria project and tell the stories behind some of the portraits at an Artist's Talk at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center for the performing and visual arts. Thirty-seven black and white portraits — the Legends of 2008, 2009 and 2010 — are on view at the Center through July. The Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit www.AlexandriaLegends.com.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. Featuring the band, All Wheel Jive. At The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. 1 p.m. Free. Speaker Robert D. McLaren presents a lecture on DNA Testing for Genealogy: The Basics. Meets at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Contact Phyllis Kelley at 703-660-6969 or publicity@mvgenealogy.org.

Wednesday/April 18

Usonian Architecture. 9:30 a.m. Free. The Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club will feature Peter Christiansen, a long-time docent, speaking about the "Usonian" Pope-Leighey House, situated on the grounds of the Woodlawn Historical Home. Mr. Christiansen is an authority on Frank Lloyd Wright and will speak about the man and this type of architecture. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, King Teddy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.

Mount Vernon At Home. 2 p.m. Virginia's premier "Village" is holding it's spring information sessions every other Wednesday in April and May. Mount Vernon At Home is a nonprofit organization that helps residents in the Mount Vernon community "age in place" The information session will give residents an opportunity to meet with volunteers, members and support services that are available in our community. Wednesday, April 18 and May 2 at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Volunteer opportunities are available. Call 703-303-4060 or mountvernonathome.org

Thursday/April 19

Rhino Wars. 6:30 p.m. Alexandria resident and National Geographic staff writer Peter Gwin will speak at The Potomack Company about his book "Rhino Wars: The Violent Underworld of Black Market Medicine" in conjunction

with Potomack's auction of a collection of wild game hunting trophies with proceeds going to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. At The Potomack Company Auctions & Appraisals, 526 North Fayette St., Alexandria. Visit www.potomackcompany.com.

Beverley Hills Garden Club Meeting. 10 a.m. to noon. Presentation by Dr. Robert E. Lyons on "Ornamental Plant Choices for the Cultivated Landscape." Lyons is a professor of Landscape Horticulture and Director of the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware/Longwood Gardens. He will discuss breeding breakthroughs, solid garden standards and plants with untapped potential. Meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church,†2701 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria.†Contact Amy Reed at ahreed703@yahoo.com†or 703 837-8861. †

Silver Restoration. 12 noon to 5 p.m. Melissa Kenis, a silver restoration expert, will be at Silverman Galleries, Antiques and Antique Jewelry, 101 North St. Asaph St., Old Town Alexandria. She will give recommendations and estimates on repairing and refinishing sterling heirlooms.

Author Katie Truitt. 4 to 6 p.m. Will sign copies of her book, The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe. At Hollin Hall Pastry Co. & Shop, 7920 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria.

Pollen as a Window Into the Past. 7:30 p.m. How Ecologists Use Pollen to Reconstruct Past Vegetation. Dr. Emily Southgate will illustrate how paleoecologists use the unique characteristics of pollen preserved in

sediments as a window on the past. At Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Visit www.vnps.org.

April 19, 20, 21, 22

Spring Book Sale. The Friends of the Beatley Central Library in Alexandria host "It's Raining Books, Hallelujah." Preview is Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Continues Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Prices: paperbacks $1; hardbacks $3. At the Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Call 703-746-1702 or visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

April 20 to May 5

"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me." Tickets are $18/adults; $16/military, seniors and students; $14/groups of 10. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays, April 20 to May 5, plus Tuesday, May 1. In addition, there will be matinees on Saturday, April 24 and May 5, starting at 2 p.m. At the LAT at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria.

April 20 and 21

Colin Hay in Concert. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call the Birchmere at 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com; for tickets, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or order online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Friday/April 20

Third Friday with the Mount Vernon Swing Band. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Owen Hammett will conduct the live band. Light refreshments will be provided by Mount Vernon 4H Clubs. $4 at the door. Open to the Community. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.

Saturday/April 21

See Raptors Up Close. 10 a.m.-noon. For Earth Day, at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, at the Belle Haven Picnic area, off George Washington Memorial Parkway in the Mt. Vernon area of Fairfax County. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, the National Park Service, and the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. The Raptor Conservancy will bring live raptors for close-up encounters. Meet at the Belle Haven picnic area near the bike path. Visit www.fodm.org, or call the National Park Service Information Line at 202-619-7222.

Nourish & Flourish Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Tickets are $20/person. At Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Proceeds benefit Rising Hops United Methodist Church and UMW Missions in Cambodia. For tickets, visit www.aldersgate.net.

Global Youth Service Day. Children and youth will address critical issues in their communities. More than a dozen nonprofits are offering projects throughout Fairfax County. Locally, more than 700 youth and families are expected to give back to the local community. To view a project near you, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

Chalk Walk. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Mount Vernon High School Football Stadium. Run or walk around the track and school for exercise and honor your favorite teacher at the same time. The $5 registration fee includes a Chalk Walk T-Shirt. Contact Ms. Card (703-619-3120 or bmcard@fcps.edu).

Author Event. 2 to 4 p.m. Local author Tansil Johnson will sign and discuss her new books, Who Is Mooma? And Mooma and the Mouse. At Charles Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria.

Bike Collection. 9 a.m. to noon. Trinity United Methodist Church will be collecting gently used bicycles (and parts) for Bikes for the World (B4W). At 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. B4W ships bikes to many countries, thus helping poor people overseas become more productive through providing affordable bicycles for personal transport to work, school, and health services. Visit Trinity UMC: http://trinityalexandria.org or visit Bikes for the World: http://b4w.org

Spring Mulch Sale. $5/bag - 3 cubic feet, double shredded hardwood bark mulch. Orders of 10 bags or more will be delivered to select ZIP codes. For more information or to order, send a note to mvhsmulchsale2012@gmail.com or call 571-214-4348. Proceeds will support the senior class All Night Grad Party.

Garden Day Herb & Craft Sale. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Carlyle House. An exciting mix of herbs and vegetable plants from Mount Vernon and Layng & Company will be available for purchase. Bring your family and participate in child-friendly activities, listen to performances by area musicians and living historians throughout the day, as well as shop for items made by local artisans and crafters. This event is free, however admission for the House tour is $5 for adults; $3 for children 5-12 years old; free for children 4 & under or free with your Alexandria Garden Day ticket. This event will take place rain or shine. Carlyle House Historic Park is at 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria.

Project Discovery-Alexandria's 16th Annual 3K Walkathon. 8 a.m. Registration. 3K Walk at 9:30 a.m. $20/adults; $5/students; $500/corporate sponsors. The program serves T.C. Williams High School students with limited financial resources and/or who will be the fist in their family to go to college. Proceeds help pay for program activities such as visits to colleges and workshops dealing with such topics as the college and financial aid application process, goal setting and personal development. At Fort Ward Park, 4301 Braddock Road, Alexandria. Call 703-746-5970. Donations may be made to www.alexandriava.gov. Register online at alexandriava.gov/PDWalkathon or call 703-746-5970.

Lecture on Archaeology of the Lee-Fendall House Garden. 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA). At Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronco St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-1789.

April 21 to 22

Out of Africa Auction. Featuring animals preserved by taxidermist James L. Clark in the Howard Sykes safari collection. At the Potomack Company Auctions & Appraisals, 526 North Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-684-4550 or visit www.potomackcompany.com.

Sunday/April 22

Film Screening. 6:15 p.m. "Love Free or Die: How the Bishop of New Hampshire is Changing the World." At Christ Church Auditorium, 118 North Washington St., Alexandria. Questions/RSVP: mcapers@rocketmail.com

Student Pottery Sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At The Clay Queen Pottery, 2303 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-549-7775.

Touch-A-Truck Preschool Fundraiser. 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5/person; $20/family. At Fort Hunt Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. On the grounds of Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church. Visit www.forthuntpreschool.com.

Earth Force Fundraiser. As part of its 2012 Earth Day celebration, Ten Thousand Villages in Old Town Alexandria will donate 15 percent of the sales to Earth Force, a national nonprofit dedicated to engaging youth as active citizens in their communities and their environment. The fundraiser will benefit the local work the organization does in Alexandria and Arlington.

Monday/April 23

Earth Day Plant Swap. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assess your garden or your houseplants and dig up those “extra” plants, move them into pots or plastic bags, then transport then over to Hollin Hall Senior Center! New gardeners may arrive empty handed and willing to take some plants off your hands! Others may arrive with plants galore and willingly exchange some for others. At 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.

“Is Alexandria Going to the Dogs? The Importance of Animals in Local Living” with Paul Haire, Your Dog’s Best Friend; Dr. Lisa Marisco, Del Ray Animal Hospital; Randy Plante,author of “My Wingman Oliver”; and Tykie Tobin, Animal Welfare League (the Shelter) at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower Metro Center, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner (members with reservations by April 17: $28; with reservations after deadline: $33; without reservations: $38/non-members with reservations by April 17: $33; after deadline: $38; without reservations: $43) at 6:45; program ($5 non-members) 7:15. Dinner reservations required. For information or reservations, contact Sherry Brown, 703-548-7089 or agendaalexandria@aol.com.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. The band is: Bela Fleck (banjo), Howard Levy (piano/harmonica), Victor Wooten (bass), and Roy Futureman Wooten (percussion/Drumitar). At the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-549-7500.

Tuesday/April 24

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10. With the band, The Knighthawks. At The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.

Wednesday/April 25

DJ Dance Party. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.

Niche — Jane Franklin Dance. 7 p.m. Free. A "Mapped" performance. The event begins near the Union Street entrance. In this location, one dance is performed, COMPARTMENT. Then everyone gets a map to locate the other dances; small solos for hidden spaces. This large pillar on the third floor is the concluding location for the final dance HEADER. At The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., Alexandria. Call 703-933-1111 or visit www.janefranklin.com.

DJ Dance Party. 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.

Author Andrew Wingfield. 7 p.m. Come and hear local author Andrew Wingfield speak about his book Right of Way: Stories, winner of the Washington Writers Publishing House 2010 fiction prize. At the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Call 703-746-1702 or www.alexandria.lib.va.us

April 25 to April 29

"Seussical the Musical." Performed by West Potomac High School theater department. Tickets are $12/door. Performances are April 25 at 5 p.m.; April 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.; April 29 at 2:30 p.m. At West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria.

Friday/April 27

Music of "Harry Potter" Films. 7:30 p.m. The Symphony Orchestra of Arlington will perform the music of Harry Potter from eight films. Pre-concert activities at 6 p.m. At the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Visit www.symphonyorchestraofarlington.com

Brahms for Violin and Piano. 8 p.m. Free. At The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St., Alexandria. Call The United States Air Force Band's Concert Line at 202-767-5658 or visit our homepage: www.usafband.af.mil.

Magician Captain Token. 7:30 p.m. $25/advance; $40/door. Fundraiser for the Optimist Club of Alexandria. At Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Avenue, Alexandria.

Saturday/April 28

Civil War Balloon Corps. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about Alexandria's history and the Civil War Balloon Corps in a living history program held at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site. In 1861, a civilian Balloon Corps attached to the U.S. Army was organized to gather information on Confederate positions and movements from the sky. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road. Visit www.fortward.org, or call 703-746-4848.

Make a House Storybook. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For children ages 6 to 12. Cost is $15/family and includes materials. Register at 703-746-4356. At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria.

YMCA Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join YMCA Alexandria at 420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria. Activities include pony rides, train rides, mini-manicures, make a kite station, family zumba, Face Painting, Balloon Sculptures, SeaPerch underwater robotics demo, Healthy Snack Attack Shack, Pirates of Alexandria Scavenger Hunt, and more! . It’s free and open to the public.

Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Day. 8 a.m. Help repair 50 vulnerable Alexandria residents' homes during National Rebuilding Day. Some 1,000 volunteers are needed. Event kicks off at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St., Alexandria. Contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609.

"Oklahoma." 2 p.m. Benefit for Koinonia. Tickets are $20/person. At Edison High School, Franconia Road, Alexandria. To purchase tickets, visit http://edisondrama.com/Koinonia.html.

April 28 and 29

"Swan Lake." Sponsored by the Virginia Ballet Company. Performances are Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The production includes all four acts, fully staged and costumed, and the score by Tchaikovsky. Dancers Christine Gilmore and Eleni Thomas will alternate in the role of Odette/Odile. Performances will take place in the Ernst Cultural Center Theater at NVCC Annandale Campus. Tickets are available on-line at www.virginiaballetcompany.org or at the box office.

Carpenter's Shelter Cook-Off and Run. 8 a.m. on Saturday is the Run for Shelter 10K and One-Mile Fun Run. Registration for Run for Shelter 10K is $40; Fun Run is $20. To register, visit www.runforshelter10k.com. All proceeds benefit Carpenter’s Shelter and its work on behalf of homeless individuals, children, and families. The 10th Anniversary Cook-Off Celebration will be held on Sunday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m., at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Featuring 30 of the area’s best restaurants offering samples of their food, plus a live auction offering attendees the chance to bid on trips, tickets, meals and more. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Visit www.carpenterscookoff.com.

April 29

Duncan Sheik with Suzanne Vega. Performing songs from his latest album covers 80s, theater works and early catalogue. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com; for tickets, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or order online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Monday/April 30

Seniors, How "CarFit" Are You? 10:30 a.m. With Fairfax County Police officer Allison Eggers. CarFit offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. Individual assessments will be conducted following this presentation at 15-minute intervals. Appointments are required for individual CarFit assessments. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 to sign up.

Tuesday/May 1

Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. At The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria.

Nanci Griffith with Guest Eric Taylor. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Friday/May 4

Volunteer for Community Service Day. Event Combines Community Service, Fundraising-and Fun. Volunteers are needed to help in community service projects throughout Alexandria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event information: http://springforalexandria2012.kintera.org

Monday/May 7

Children and Trauma. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Featuring guest speaker Margaret Dowell who will discuss the connection between trauma and behavior. At The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Call 703-746-3579 or email latanya.wooten@alexandriava.gov.

Tuesday/May 8

Musician Mike Doughty. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Featuring "The Book of Drugs": Concert, Reading, Q&A. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

Saturday/May 12

Garden of Light Reception. 3 to 5 p.m. Help put an end to domestic violence by attending the Bethany House reception. Tickets are $55/person. At the Holiday Inn and Suites, 625 First Street, Alexandria. Visit www.bhnv.org or call 703-658-9500.

Folk Trio We're About 9. Meets at 7 p.m. Trio of Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf and Pat Klink. Tickets are $18/general; $15/advance. At St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. Visit www.FocusMusic.org.

Explore Alexandria's Firefighting History. 1 p.m. Tickets are $6/adults; $4/youth. The walking tour, "Blazing a Trail: Alexandria's Firefighting Past." As they walk through Old Town, participants will learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria and stop at historic buildings that once served as fire stations. At Friendship Firehouse, 107 South Alfred St., Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or by calling 703-746-4994.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With pianist Adam Golka. Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Debussy's La Mer, Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand, and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Free pre-concert discussion for ticket holders at 7 p.m. Tickets $25-$55. info@fairfaxsymphony.org.

Civil War Crimean Oven Lecture. 1 p.m. Admission is $10. Fort Ward Museum will sponsor a lecture on “The Story of Alexandria’s Civil War Crimean Ovens and Camp California.” The lecture will be presented by Wally Owen, Assistant Director at Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Visit www.fortward.org, or call 703-746-4848.

Sunday/May 13

Mother’s Day Tea at Carlyle House. 2 p.m. Tickets are $27/person. Guests will enjoy finger sandwiches, scones with orange marmalade, banana or lemon tea bread, a Mother's Day desserts of Petite Fours, Cheesecake with Strawberries and Powdered Shortbread Tea Cookies all while sipping special blend spring teas from Tea & Spice Exchange of Alexandria. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town Alexandria. Contact Carlyle House at 703-549-2997 or e-mail: carlyle@nvrpa.org

Sunday in the Woods Concert. 4 p.m. Premieres, two Debussy works as arranged for orchestra: Diane Overture (world premiere) and Operatic Love Duet from Diane au bois (U.S. premiere). Tickets are $25/adults; $20/seniors. At the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Visit www.virginiachamberorchestra.org.

Thursday/May 17

Clifton Charity Homes Tour. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring homes in and surrounding Clifton. Tickets are $25/advance; $30/day of tour; single home admission is $10. Presented by the Clifton Community Woman's Club. A "Wine Down" will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Paradise Spring Winery. Lunch will be available at Clifton eateries; the Paradise Springs Winery will also be offering box lunches with a prior RSVP. Visit the CCWC website: www.cliftoncwc.org

Saturday/May 19

Continuing Education for Seniors. 9:30 a.m. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Visit www.seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext. 13.

St. Rita Parish Festival. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., games, raffles, food, white elephant, clowns, moonbounce and dunk-the-priest. At the parish parking lot at 3815 Russel Road, Alexandria.

Tuesday/May 21

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. 1 p.m. Free. John Philip Colletta will present "Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Information about the meeting, the Research Center and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org. Call Phyllis Kelley at 703-660-6969 or publicity@mvgenealogy.org.

Wednesday/May 22

Boating Safety Courses. An eight-week comprehensive safety course which includes basic piloting and navigation. Three classes will be held at various locations in Northern Virginia beginning on May 22, July 24 and Sept. 25. Fee is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Contact Sean Gallagher at education@NVSPS.org or 703-625-1500.

Saturday/May 26

Virginia Grand Military Band. 8 p.m. A Salute to Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore and John Philip Sousa. Admission is $20. At the Rebecca S. Wilburn auditorium at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Call 703-426-4777 or visit www.vgmb.com.

College of Running and Pre-Race Expo. 12 noon to 6 p.m., at Westin Hotel, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria. Free to the public. Visit exhibits by Alexandria organizations and others. Listen to guest speakers. Sign up for Alexandria Running Festival the next day. See www.mc-coop.org/arf or call 703-927-4833.

Sunday/May 27

Alexandria Running Festival. Half marathon at 7:30 a.m. 5K at 8 a.m., and children's race. Register on-line at www.mc-coop.org/arf or call 703-927-4833. Race-day registration opens at 6 a.m. near Eisenhower Avenue Metro, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue.

Wednesday/May 30

Author Talk. 7 p.m. Come and hear local author Chet Nagle speak about his book, The Woolstorters’ Plague & The Iran Covenant. At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Call 703-746-1702 or visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us

June 2

Volunteer Training. Curious about early American medicine and health? Then consider volunteering as a tour guide at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary in historic Old Town Alexandria. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, at 105-107 South Fairfax Street, is hosting a new volunteer training June 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This three-hour class includes a tour and the basics of giving museum tours. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers can complete an application online through www.apothecarymuseum.org or email Michele.longo@alexandriava.gov. Visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703-746-3852.

June 3

I've Got Rhythm…I've Got Music. 4 p.m. The Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble performs at the Memorial Theater, George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Visit www.vabronze.org or call 1-888-824-2541.

Saturday/June 16

Author William Connery. 10 a.m. Friends of Alexandria Archaeology hosts William Connery, who will speak about his recent book, “Civil War Northern Virginia 1861.” At the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327, Alexandria. Free but reservations required. Visit archaeology@alexandriava.gov