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Arlington Calendar April 18

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.

  • 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.

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.

Month of 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.

Now Through 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.

Now through 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.

Now Through 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

Doggy Yappy Hour. 5 to 8 p.m. Rocklands will kick off the patio season with a special Doggy Yappy Hour to benefit Doorways for Women and Families. Guests will “shed” their (clean) winter coats into donation boxes, then mingle on the patio munching on pork pulled from a whole roast pig and fresh oysters roasted over a wood fire and drinking happy hour specials from the bar. Hosted by Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington. Tickets to the event are $20, and can be purchased through the Doorways for Women and Families website (https://doorways.ejoinme.org/shedyourcoats12) or at the door. The ticket price covers the food and one raffle ticket; additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5. In addition to collecting winter coats, Rocklands is encouraging outrageous tipping for the bartenders, as all cash proceeds will go to support Doorways for Women and Families. Coats will go to St. Luke’s. Visit our website at www.rocklands.com.

Pershing's Own. 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Blues Tribute to Count Base. Live Audio Broadcast via www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, Ft. Myer.

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.

Holistic Moms Meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring Ayurveda Medicine guest speaker, Whitney Paterson, of Apurva Wellness - will discuss the basic principles of Ayurveda. At Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit http://holisticmomsarlalex.blogspot.com/

Contact: HolisticMomsArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com

or call Jessica at 703-824-6167

Friday/April 20

Rosslyn Celebrates Earth Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join the Rosslyn BID for an Earth Day celebration at Central Space to Central Place, located on the corner of Wilson Blvd. & N. Moore St., Arlington. Activities include a free planting clinic, sponsored by The Brickman Group - the green thumbs behind the beautiful plantings around Rosslyn. Participants can pot their own small planter to take to work or home!

SpringGreen. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Market Common Clarendon. Patrons can bring their old documents, electronics, and bicycles for recycling and re-use to Market Common Clarendon, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. The event is free and presented in recognition of Earth Day and awareness of ‘green’ options for safe disposal of items that can be put to good use rather than put into landfill. A $10 donation toward cost of repairs is appreciated. Event information: 703-785-5634 and at www.marketcommonclarendon.net.

April 20 to 22

"The Matchmaker." Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, April 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. General admission tickets are $10, students and senior citizens are $5. Senior Rosemarie O'Connor stars as Dolly Levi and Senior David Gillick as Horace Vandergelder in their spring production. They are supported by seniors Allison Roaquin as Minnie Fay and Lisa Young as Mrs. Malloy with Juniors Tyler Fritz as Cornelius Hackl and Michael Bonini as Barnaby Tucker. At Bishop O'Connell High School. Call 703-237-1448 or visit www.bishopoconnell.org/theatre

Saturday/April 21

Teen Job Fair. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An estimated 50 employers are expected to participate. At the Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Call 703-228-1417.

Coffee House. 7 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by the Wakefield High School Jazz Band. The Wakefield Jazz Band will open the show with some big band favorites, followed by contemporary jazz saxophonist and composer Brian Lenair. Admission is $5/students; $7/adults. At Wakefield High School. Contact Sharon Mebane at sharoncoffeejazz@gmail.com.

Open House for Volunteers. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, will hold an open house for potential volunteers. Reservations are required. Contact Virginia Hughes at Virginia_Hughes@nps.gov or 703-235-1530.

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

Sermon Series at Arlington Temple UMC. Join Arlington Temple United Methodist Church for a post-Easter sermon series, "The Power of Words." For four consecutive Sundays at 10:30 a.m. beginning April 22, the pastor will preach about challenging conversations in the Bible — Mordecai & Esther's "Words of Confrontation and Courage," Hannah and Eli's "Honest Conversation about Pain and Longing," Deborah and Barak's "Hard Conversation about Consequences," and Ruth and Naomi's "Conversations of Compassion and Friendship." The church is located at 1835 N. Nash S. in the heart of Rosslyn.

Opera Guild Concert With Russian Music. 3 p.m. This concert will feature music from the operas Eugene Onegin and the Queen of Spades (both operas by Tchaikovsky). Jose Sacin, the Guild’s Artistic Director and Olga Orlovskaya, soprano will perform. At the Arlington United Methodist Church, 700 South Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.operaguildnova.org.

Russian Opera Concert. 4 p.m. Free. In honor of the music by Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Presented by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. At the United Methodist Church, 716 South Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.operaguildnova.org.

Free Classical Music. 3 p.m. The Arlington Philharmonic will offer a free performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 6 (Le Matin), Debussy’s PrÈlude ‡ “L'aprËs-midi d'un faune,” and Berlioz's Les nuits d'ÈtÈ. At the Washington-Lee Auditorium in Arlington.

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

"Dirt — The Movie." 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource. This free event is co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the Sierra Club. At Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington.

Pershing's Own. 7:3 p.m. Duets and arias from some of the most popular operas in the repertoire, performed by MSG Antonio Giuliano, tenor, SFC Leigh Ann Hinton, soprano, SSG Pamela Terry, mezzo soprano, and SSG Joel Ayau, piano

At Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 480; McNair Road, Ft. Myer.

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

Eco-Friendly Insect and Disease Control. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to manage or control insects and diseases affecting flowers, shrubs, and trees with minimum impact on your health and the environment. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

Power Purge and Shred. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can drop off everything from paper to batteries, desktop computers and laptops to TVs, monitors and microwaves, in addition to household paints and supplies. Sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District. The event is located in the parking lot located at the intersection of 20th Street and S. Bell Street, directly adjacent to 220 Twentieth Street in Arlington.

The U.S. Army Blues and Downrange. 7 p.m. Twilight Tattoo. At Summerall Field, Ft. Myer.

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.

Thursday/April 26

Midtown Dickens with Mother Banjo and Dean Fields. 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the IOTA Club & CafÈ, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-8340 or visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

Week of the Young Child. Health and Safety Fun Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Inova Fairfax Hospital atrium, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Join in celebrating the “little” reasons why we love our work! There will be informational booths, exhibits, and door prizes.

Saturday/April 28

Miss Gay Arlington Pageant. 8 p.m. Cost is $10/person. The Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) will host a pageant open to all individuals, over 21, who portray the female persona, regardless of where they reside. Contestants will compete in four categories: 1) Presentation (Mardi Gras); 2) Talent; 3) Evening Gown; and 4) On-stage Question. At Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant, 555 23rd St. South, Arlington. Contact pageant promotor, Daniel L. Hays at daniel@agla.org.

Art Party and Studio Crawl. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The 27 professional artists at Columbia Pike Artists’ Studios invite the public to visit their private studios during their first annual spring Open House. At the Columbia Pike Artist Studios, 932 South Walter Reed Drive, 2nd Floor, Arlington. Visit www.columbiapikeartiststudios.org or call 703-486-9368.

Boundary Stone Bike Tour. 9:15 a.m. Bike for 35 Miles Visiting Boundary Stones and Parks. Cycle on the Mount Vernon Bike Trail, Four Mile Run Bike Trail, Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Bike Trail and area streets. Meet at the entrance to East Falls Church Metro Station. Sponsored by Center Hiking Club (www.centerhikingclub.org); cost: $2 (non-member fee). Contact: Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179 or bhberne@yahoo.com.

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.

Anniversary Celebration. 12 noon to 3 p.m. Free. Summer kick-off celebration in Clarendon Metro Park. Live music, cash prizes, food and adventure obstacle. At Clarendon Metro Park. Visit www.clarendonfitness.com or call 703-465-0101.

Walk and Talk Open House. 9 to 11 a.m. Looking for inspiration for your spring garden? Master Gardeners will answer your questions and show you what is happening in their Sunny and Shade Demonstration Gardens. No registration required. At the Sunny and Shade Demonstration Gardens, Bon Air Park, 850 N. Lexington, St, Arlington. Visit www.mgnv.org

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.

Sunday/April 29

Organ Dedication Recital. 4 p.m. Featuring Neil Weston, organist. Celebrating the recent installation of a new Rodgers Digital Organ made possible by a gift from Elaine Mills. Free admission; freewill offering suggested. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-892-2135 | www.uucava.org.

IBIS All American Program. 7 p.m. Cost is $12/$8. Music by Gershwin, Still, Ellington and Dvorak, as well as American women Jennifer Higdon and Stella Sung will be performed by musicians from the Kennedy Center and Boston Pops on flute, harp and strings. At IOTA Club & CafÈ, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org.

Tuesday/May 1

Swedish Singer Sofia Talvik. 8:30 p.m. At the IOTA Club & CafÈ, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-8340 or visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

Wednesday/May 2

The U.S. Army Blues and Downrange. 7 p.m. Twilight Tattoo. At Summerall Field, Ft. Myer.

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

Arlington Free Clinic Night. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10/door. Help support medical care for the uninsured. At Whitlow's on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.

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). Tickets are $30/$25. Showtimes are Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. At Gunston Arts Center Theater, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Call 703-548-3092; or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

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.

Thursday/May 10

Pershing's Own Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Strings usher in spring with a delightful evening of light classical favorites and Pops-style patriotic classics

*Live Audio Broadcast via www.usarmyband.com. At

Brucker Hall, Ft. Myer.

Friday/May 11

Encore Chorale Spring Concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Featuring the Virginia Encore Chorales. More than 175 singers, ages 55+, will perform Spirituals, Civil War music, and a Gilbert and Sullivan Victorian Bouquet arranged especially for Encore by John Barry Talley, retired director of musical activities at the United States Naval Academy. At Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Call Encore at 301-261-5747 or visit http://encorecreativity.org

May 11 and 12

Lucy's Local Playlist. 8 p.m. Bowen McCauley Dance presents the premiere of “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” a contemporary dance performance inspired by the music of 10 Greater Washington, DC local bands/artists, at Synetic Theater in Arlington. Listen to the artists or read their bios here: http://www.bmdc.org/lucys-local-playlist

May 12

Annual Walk for the Animals. 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the homeless animals in the community. Last year this event raised $90,000 and had over 500 humans and dogs participate in the walk. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. At Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St., Arlington.

Wednesday/May 16

The U.S. Army Blues and Downrange. 7 p.m. Twilight Tattoo. At Summerall Field, Ft. Myer.

Thursday/May 17

Holistic Moms Meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring Optimal Dental Facial Developments for Children, presentation by Dr. Felix Liao of Whole Health Dental. At Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit http://holisticmomsarlalex.blogspot.com/

Contact: HolisticMomsArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com

or call Jessica at 703-824-6167.

Friday/May 18

Pershing's Own Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. This evening will highlight several of our premier groups: The U.S. Army Brass Quintet, a quartet of musicians from The U.S. Army Strings, and one of the few remaining full-time big-bands in the country, The U.S. Army Blues. Live Audio Broadcast via www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, Ft. Myer.

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, between 18th and 20th Streets. Visit Artomatic.org. For information about exhibiting art, visit:

http://www.artomatic.org/participate/artists/visual.

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 DurÈ, 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 19 and May 20

Argentine Dance Workshops. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. With with Pampa Cortes and Gigi Jensen. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. Visit www.festivalargentinousa.com.

Wednesday/May 23

The U.S. Army Blues and Downrange. 7 p.m. Twilight Tattoo. At Summerall Field, Ft. Myer.

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.

Wednesday/May 30

The U.S. Army Blues and Downrange. 7 p.m. Twilight Tattoo, At Summerall Field, Ft. Myer.

June 9-10

Air Force Cycling Classic. The weekend's cycling will begin on Saturday, June 9, with the Air Force Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup, a criterium race that showcases the Clarendon businesses around the Clarendon Metro. The Men's Pro race will take place at noon and will again highlight some of the world's top cycling professionals who will battle to complete 100 laps on the short 1km course.

On Sunday, June 10, in partnership with the Crystal City Business improvement District (BID) cycling enthusiasts of all abilities will be able to ride in the Air Force Cycling Classic's Crystal Ride. Cyclists can enjoy the car-free 15km course for up to 3 hours. The course takes riders past the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon and through Crystal City. Following this non-competitive ride, professionals will again entertain the region for a second day. Races move to Crystal City for the 6th year, showcasing the vibrant shops and restaurants of Crystal City. Saturday and Sunday's races will again be part of the prestigious USA Cycling's National Criterium Calendar. Registration for the Crystal Ride is now open through the events website: www.AirForceCyclingClassic.com.

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.