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Arlington Calendar for March 21 to 28

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.

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.

Through March 24

Two Musicals. Presented by the Inclusive Theatre Companies of ArtStream, a D.C.-area non-profit that brings meaningful artistic experiences to people with disabilities, the plays are "Star Corps IV: The Search for Mind Zap" and "Oh My, An Invasion!" Performances are Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m.; Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24th at 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 and $5 for students and children, available at the door (cash, check, credit card) and online at www.art-stream.org; call 301-565-4567. At Gunston Theatre One, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington.

Wednesday/March 21

Cancelled Event. Noon to 2 p.m. "Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare And Impacts on the Western World" With William T. Hagestad II, Author of "21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare." At the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 North Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. Call 703- 525-0770 www.potomacinstitute.org.

Thursday/March 22

The Brew. 9 p.m. At the IOTA Club and CafÈ in Arlington.

"What the Dickens." 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free admission. Presented by the Educational Theatre Company in conjunction with McKinley Elementary School. At McKinley Elementary School, 1030 McKinley Road, Arlington.

The Brew. 9 p.m. At Iota Club & CafÈ, Arlington.

Microchipping your Pets Clinic. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for the 24PetWatch MiniChip. At 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington.

March Madness Happy Hour Ride. 6:15 p.m. Wear your favorite team jersey and join Sima for an intense Real Ride to get pumped up for the Sweet 16! At Revolve, 1025 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington. Call 703-567-4516. Visit www.revolvefitness.com.

Mission in Macedonia. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Carol Partridge, a Methodist Missionary in Macedonia, will present a program about her life serving the people of this rich and historical part of the World. Part of Faith, Food and Fellowship; includes a worship service (12 p.m.), hot meal for $4 (12:30 p.m.) and the program (1-1:45 p.m.) At Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington.

Friday/March 23

Panel Discussion. Noon to 2 p.m. "Nigeria and the al-Qa'ida Challenge: National, Regional and Global Implications." Sponsored by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies. At the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 North Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. RSVP is required. Please provide name and affiliation to Pat Cheetham, Research Coordinator, at icts@potomacinstitute.org or 703-562-4522.

Saturday/March 24

Northern Virginia Housing Expo. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Features workshops and exhibits on location options, being prepared for buying or renting and more. Free classes include "Are You Ready to Rent?," "Are You Ready to Buy:," "The ABCs of Credit and Credit Scores" and more. A current list of exhibitors and class times can be found at www.NoVaHousingExpo.org. At Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington.

Stand-Up Comedy and Beer. Featuring four of the funniest local D.C. comedians and mini-performances from Synetic Theater. Breweries to include, Port City, Leinenkugel Harpoon, Ommegang, Magic Hat, Flying Dog and Duvel. Two performances and two Happy Hours; 6 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour and Synetic Performances; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Stand-Up Comedy Performance #1; 9 to 10 p.m. Happy Hour and Synetic Performances; 10-11:30 p.m. Stand-Up Comedy Performance #2. At the Synetic Theater in Crystal City, Arlington. Tickets are $12/presale; $15/door.

Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA). 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. RAFA will spotlight storytellers, musicians, dancers, puppeteers, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. At the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Visit the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia at www.lcnv.org/rafa

Vegetable Gardening 101. 9 a.m. to noon. Three hour workshop covering everything beginners need to know to raise their own vegetables either at home or in a community garden. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 South Stafford St., Arlington. Registration: call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com or visit www.mgnv.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.

Auditions for Overtures. 10 a.m. A two-week intensive training program in dance, acting, and vocal performance, June 18 to 30. The program will culminate with the "Overtures Showcase," to be performed in Signature's MAX Theater in Arlington on June 30. Those interested in auditioning must call the Education Department in advance at 571-527-1857 to schedule an appointment. For an application and all information on tuition, housing, electronic application regulations, and schedule, visit http://www.signature-theatre.org/overtures.

Sunday/March 25

Arlington Rose Foundation. 2 p.m. Free. Pruning lecture and demonstration in the garden of Joan and Art Von Herbulis, 10510 Oak Place, Fairfax. Bring your clippers for cleaning and sharpening. Bill Blevins, Consulting Rosarian, will demonstrate pruning techniques for all types of roses and plants. Call 703-371-9351. Open to members and non-members.

Book Talk. 2 p.m. Rob Tanner, a do-it-yourself hero, will be discussing his book, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. At One More Page Books, 2200 North Westmoreland Street in Arlington. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.

Friday/March 30

Songs From The African-American Experience. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15 online, $20 at the door. Come along on a journey with soprano Marilyn Moore and pianist Dasha Gabay that traces African-American Music from African Chant and Spirituals to Art Songs, Opera, and Broadway. Hosted by Levine School of Music’s Virginia Campus, 1125 North Patrick Henry Drive in Arlington. Call 703-237-5655 or LevineVirginia@levineschool.org.

Hunger is No Joke. 8 p.m. A fundraiser for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Live music from Over the Line, dancing, and food provided by CafÈ Asia. Raffle items include six signed Capitols pucks, tickets to a D.C. United game, gift certificates to a number of Arlington restaurants and bars, as well as gift cards to local boutiques, salons and spas. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/232953 for $35 each or

$60 for a pair.

Saturday/March 31

"Chocolat" Screening. 5:30 p.m. Bethel United Church of Christ will present a screening of the movie. $5 donation for pizza and snacks. At 4347 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Email Pastorkristencurlee@gmail.com

with questions.

Civil War Archaeology. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends of Fairfax Archaeology’s (FOFA) Spring Symposium 2012. Keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen R. Potter, NPS Regional Archaeologist. "Antietam and the Archaeology of Tactics." At the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church.

Paper Shredding & Bake Sale. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funds collected will go towards the Wakefield High School Scholarship Fund of $2,500 per year. At the Woman’s Club of Arlington Parking Lot, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington; call 703-553-5800.

Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala. 7 p.m. Three-hour fashion showcase includes open bar cocktail reception, tasting, silent auction, a runway show and dance performance. Tickets are $75/general; $150/VIP. Go to http://ffp2012gala.eventbrite.com.

Sunday/April 1

A Portrait of the Passion. 4 p.m. With selections from Hayden's “Seven Last Words” and Handel's “Messiah. Sponsored by The Annandale Strings and Trinity Episcopal Church. At Trinity Episcopal Church, 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Call 703-920-7077. Contact info@tecarl.org

April 2, 3, 4

Lenten Prayer Walk. Clarendon United Methodist Church is having a Lenten Prayer Walk based on the book, 24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton. Interactive stations will be set up in the Sanctuary to encourage people to see the story of those 24 hours. Monday through Wednesday, April 2, 3, 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. At Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. Call 703-527-8574.

Monday/April 2

Saving Money While Saving the World: A New Residential Energy Efficiency Program. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Come to Local Energy Alliance Program’s (LEAP) presentation with the chance to win a free in-home energy review (they are giving away five). Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church. Contact Susan Bonney sbonney001@aol.com.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Saturday/May 19

Argentine National Day Festival. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cost is $20/advance; $30/door. 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.

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.