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.
Now Through Feb. 11
"Man of La Mancha." Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. With adult themes, this powerful production is most suitable for audiences 16 and older. Tickets, available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/853825, are $18 to $20 with group rates available. Call 703-790-9223. Complete show information is available at www.mcleanplayers.org. Performances at McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.
Feb. 7 to Feb. 11
Crystal Couture – Show and Sale. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. With 40 boutiques and designers, a fashion show and high-end trunk sale that will take over the former food court turned fashion hot spot at the Crystal City Shops (1750 Crystal Drive in Crystal City, Arlington). Fashion fans can expect runway shows, designer discounts and free makeovers with makeup and wardrobe experts. Visit CrystalCity.org.
Lecture. Information Infrastructure of the Future: How Will This Benefit Arlington? The speakers are Joanne Hovis, Joseph Pelton and Rob Billingsley. Meet and Greet 7 p.m.; Dinner 7:25 p.m.; Program 8 p.m. Sponsored by Arlington Committee of 100. At Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Dining Room, Gerard Phelan Hall, Arlington. Reservations: 703-921-1124 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.arlingtoncommitteeof100.org.
Free Heart Health Screenings. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free health screening including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests. All results available in 5 minutes. No appointment needed. At Commonwealth Medical Center, 3535 S. Ball St., Suite A, Arlington. Call 703-558-4922 or visit www.commonwealthMC.net.
Feb. 9 to March 3
"Genesis Reboot." Tickets are $30. Presented by Synetic Theater. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. At Crystal City Theater, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington.
Poet Surekha Vijh. 7 p.m. Author of A Leap into Water. At One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland, Arlington. Call 703-300-9746 or visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Dance on Film. 6 p.m. Cost is $15. Presented by Bowen McCauley Dance. Bob Mondello, who reviews movies and covers arts for NPR, will serve as the emcee for the evening as six short dance films are presented. At the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: email@example.com; 703-910-5175.
Feb. 10 to 14
Singing Valentine for Your Sweetheart. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. By a Barbershop Quartet from The Fairfax Jubil-Aires. Your gift will include two romantic songs, a long-stem red rose, a small box of chocolates, and a personalized Valentine’s card. Cost is $50 and $70 on Feb. 14. Order your Valentine at: www.fairfaxjubilaires.org. Call: 703-978-7691.
Gifts from the heART. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valentine art workshops for grades PreK - 1, and 2 - 5. At the Arlington Arts Center. These handmade Valentine's Day gifts are made for a family member or friend. At Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-248-6800 or visit www.findyourartist.org.
Legends, Myths and the Lore of Roses. 2 p.m. Seminar and book signing by noted author, gardener and historian, Stephen Scanneillo. Bring your sweetheart for this pre-Valentine’s day event hosted by Arlington Rose Society and Potomac Rose Society. Held at Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks location, Free. A rose bouquet is the door prize. Call 703-371-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVAM Bowling Extravaganza. 1 to 3 p.m. A fundraiser for HIV prevention and education programs. Bowlers are asked to raise at least $25/ages 21 and younger; $50/ages 21 and over. At AMF Annandale Lanes, 4245 Markham St., Annandale. To Register go to novam.org to download signup sheets and contact Mary Karstens 703-533-5505, Ext. 13 or email@example.com.
New to Medicare Presentation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you live in the City of Alexandria or Arlington County and are newly eligible for Medicare or are the caregiver of a Medicare Beneficiary, come to a free presentation to learn about the ABCD's of Medicare and related insurance. At 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington County Human Services, Sequoia Plaza. Call 703-228-1700.
Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter Meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. Emotional Freedom Technique Guest speaker, Jan Steele, LCSW, licensed social worker, offering therapy and coaching for empowerment and change, will introduce EFT and discuss its many benefits. She will also provide a demonstration. 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.
Native Azaleas. 11 a.m. Free. Horticulturist Don Hyatt, a noted authority on native azaleas, will be speaking to the Rock Spring Garden Club at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington. In his talk
"America's Treasure: Our Native Azaleas," Hyatt will discuss the various species of these native plants and the range of their flower color and form that he has observed in the wild. His presentation will include an entertaining visual tour of
scenic places where these azaleas grow.
RSVP by Feb. 9 to 703-533-2942. http://rockspringgardenclub.com/
Yoga for Good. An all-level yoga class to raise funds for Family PASS , which helps families avoid homelessness and become self-supporting with rental assistance, new job skills, and education. 4:30-5:30 p.m. At Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, 3811 Lee Highway, Arlington. Contributions of any amount. For more information, 703-242-6474 or www.familypassfairfax.org.
Hanssen Spy Talk. 3 to 4 p.m. The infamous spy and traitor Robert Hanssen worked in secrecy all around the nation's Capitol for years before being discovered. Some of those clandestine affairs were conducted right here in the woods of Long Branch Nature Center. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carli Springs Rd, Arlington. $5 fee per person. Call 703-228-6535.
Feb. 18 and 19
Virginia Wine Showcase. At the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Guests will have an opportunity to taste over 200 locally grown award-winning wines, meet local wine makers, learn how oyster farming is restoring the oyster reefs in the Bay and enjoy a variety of culinary sessions during the two-day event. Tickets are available now on the event web site at www.vawineshowcase.org
Baroque to Jazz Program. 4 p.m. The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Emil de Cou, Music Director, presents Baroque to Jazz program. Tickets are $20/adults; $18/seniors at door. At the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703-758-0179 or visit www.virginiachamberorchestra.org.
Presidents' Day Mini-Camp. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $60. Using music, movement, and stories, with props and costume pieces, students will create characters begging to be acted out! Sponsored by Encore Stage & Studio. Students can enroll in 3 to 5 p.m. extra hours for an additional $10. At Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Registration is available online: www.encorestage.org.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner is a way to observe Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins. At St. John's Episcopal Church, 415 South Lexington St., Arlington. Cost is $5/adults; $3/children ages 6-12. Also, the church asks you to bring a box of cereal to feed hungry children in Arlington. Donations go to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Call 703-671-6834.
Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the Deja Blue Blues Band. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Starting a Vegetable Garden Indoors From Seed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. South, Arlington. To register, call 703-228-6414 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://mgnv.org.
Feb. 23 to March 17
El Abrazo Lunar (The Moon's Embrace). A performance season featuring four plays from four countries — from Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina and Uruguay. With Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35/regular; $30/students and seniors. At Teatro de la Luna. At Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, Arlington. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or reserved in advance for pickup at will call. Call 703-548-3092.
- Feb. 23 to 25 — Costa Rica's "El Inmigrante."
- March 1 to 3 — Spain's "Familia en Construccion."
- March 8 to 10 — Argentina's "No Puedo Vivir sin Mucama."
- March 15 to 17 — Uruguay's "Solo Petru."
AAUW meeting. 9:30 a.m. Free. The Arlington Branch of the AAUW will hold its February meeting on Women's Health. At the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. The discussion of Women’s Health will be led by Mimi Bender, the Chair of Women’s Health Virginia, and former Virginia Delegate Judy Connally, who was a member of the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care. Contact 703-534-6837.
Lecture. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute (ALRI) is sponsoring a lecture by Jean S. Moore on "The Trial of Jeanne D'Arc, A Dramatic Recreation of a Notable Court Case." Through detailed records of the French and English and the actual transcript of the trial of Joan d'Arc, Ms. Moore will discuss Joan d' Arc's victories, defeats, betrayal, trial, execution and the aftermath. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 Quincy Street, Arlington. Call ALRI at 703-228-2144.
Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the Jimmy Cole Band. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Community Gardening 101. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free. A workshop for community organizations and non-profits interested in developing community gardens. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. Call 703-228-6414 or email email@example.com.
Skating Party. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. Benefit for the Catherine Elizabeth Blair Memorial Foundation. Includes admission, skate rental, pizza and special memento. Raffle: $5 each, or 5 for $20. At Kettler IcePlex at Ballston.
David Bromberg Quartet. 8 p.m. At the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-549-7500.
Church at Clarendon Homecoming. 9 a.m. inaugural service (a traditional worship service); 11 a.m. a contemporary service. All are invited. The official dedication and laying of the cornerstone will take place at the Anniversary Services in May. More information can be found at www.1bc.org. At The Church at Clarendon, 1210 North Highland St., Arlington. Call 703-525-6116.
March 9 to 18
The Magical Lamp of Aladdin. Tickets are $12/adults; $10/students and seniors. Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Visit www.encorestage.org.
Kids' Clothing, Toy and Equipment Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Great bargains on strollers, bikes, furniture, books, games, shoes, maternity, sports, safety equipment and other baby gear. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples (www.nvpom.org). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Titanic Tea and Fashion Show. 2 to 4 p.m. Join the Victorian Society at Falls Church as it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the RMS Titanic with a tea and fashion show featuring Titanic era costumes. At the Falls Church Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 225 E. Broad Street, Falls Church. Cost is $35 per person and includes a full sit-down tea, entertainment and fashion show. Advance reservations are required. Go to www.victoriansocietyatfallschurch.com. Email email@example.com or call 703-534-8394.
Crystal City Diamond Derby. The Crystal City Diamond Derby will transform a Crystal City parking garage into an urban cycling arena complete with a glamorous lounge, spectator viewing areas, street art, and an edgy, glitzy, one-of-a-kind experience. Spectators will be surrounded by the live race as professional bicycle racers, bicycle messengers and amateur cyclists alike glide through the course, collecting diamond-shaped packages with the goal of winning awards and prize money. To be held at 18th and Crystal Drive, Arlington. Visit www.crystalcity.org. Call 703-412-9430.
CrossFit's Grand Opening. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free workouts at the top of each hour; prizes and a raffle benefitting Homeless Hope. This dedicated CrossFit gym’s devotion to sports, health and fitness helps its members achieve their desired fitness results in a fun and motivating environment. Visit www.BallstonCrossFit.com
March 10-11, 2012
Argentine Tango Beginner's Track at the Hilton Arlington, 950 N. Stafford Street, Arlington. Classes from 10 a.m. to 12 noon both days. Experience Tango’s electric allure and add this sensual dance to your repertoire. All you need is interest and some leather-soled shoes that allow for pivoting on the dance floor! This is entry point instruction focusing on core tango basics; teachers Adam and Ciko will make learning enjoyable while providing essential skills to quickly get you on the dance floor. No partner is necessary, but it's a fun couples’ activity. Price: $60/both days; $30 Saturday only. To register or for more information www.tangoporqueno.com.
Byrd and Other B's. 4 p.m. Choralis Chamber ensemble explores the rich heritage of choral music from the Middle Ages to present. Works include beloved gems by Byrd, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Bernstein and more. At Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad St., Falls Church. Visit www.choralis.org or 703-237-2499.
Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter Meeting. 7 to 9 p.m. Navigating Public School as a Holistic Parent. Panel with Katherine Sumner, ACPS parent and co-founder of Nourish Schools, Elaine Tholen, FCPS environmental educator and co-founder of NoVa Outside, and Miriam Gennari, APS parent and Sustainability Committee member and founder of StyrofoamMom. 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
Neuroscience and Neuroethics: Considering Nature, Nurture and Norms. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free but RSVP required. At the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 North Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. Visit www.potomacinstitute.org. RSVP to Laurie Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Virginia Housing Expo. Free. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Features workshops and exhibits designed to educate attendees about location options, being prepared for buying or renting and more. Hosted by Fairfax-based nonprofit AHOME in cooperation with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun, and the Town of Herndon. Held at Arlington's Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford St., Arlington. Visit www.NoVaHousingExpo.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.