Arlington Calendar May 3

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.

Come out to the Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Saturday night to enjoy basketball, soccer, volley ball, flag football, dodge ball and more. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. families can also play big screen interactive video games, moon bounces, bingo, art projects as well as pool, ping pong, foosball and air hockey. Enjoy a night of family fun while the live DJ plays your favorite music! From 9-11 p.m. the party moves to Teen’s Only and will be adding the inflatable 44 foot obstacle course and Gladiator Joust. Adults are free to the family program, but teens and youths pay $5 for the fun. If you pre-register you get express entry to the event and receive a $1 voucher to use at the snack bar. To register, call 703-228-4747 and use code 970004 or register online at www.arlingtonva.us/dpr.

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.

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.

Now Through 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.

  • 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."

Wednesday/May 2

Author Phyllis Langton. 6:30 p.m. wine sampling; 7:15 discussion of the book Last Flight Out: Living, Loving and Leaving. In honor of the George Vinall ALS Foundation. Vinall was a close friend of One More Page owner Eileen McGervey, and succumbed to ALS in 2006. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.

Lecture. 7 p.m. GMU Professor and Author Christopher Hamner will lecture on "Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars," which will focus on soldiers in the Civil War, Revolution and WWII. At the Arlington Central Library.

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

Thursday/May 3

Fit Fair. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crystal City will host a Fit Fair featuring blood donations, health screenings, including blood pressure analysis, body mass index assessment, body composition, chair massages, dermaview facial skin screening, gait analysis for runners, a nutritionist, information on quitting tobacco, carbon monoxide screenings, postural screenings, and a stress test booth. Located at Crystal Drive and 18th Street, Crystal City, Arlington. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

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.

May 4 to 6

BalletNova. The program includes "Les Sylphides," "Peter and the Wolf," and "City of Thoughts." A special education program, “Behind the Scenes” will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 before the matinee. Tickets are $5 - $20 (an extra $3 if purchased at the door). Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BalletNova.org/performances, or at the studios at 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church. Performances held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-778-3008 or email info@BalletNova.org.

May 5, 6, 11, 12

"The Sound of Music." St. Andrew's Players present the 40th Anniversary of "The Sound of Music." Performances are Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.; Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. (dinner at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children. Dinner theater is $25 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane (at Military Road), Arlington.

Saturday/May 5

Yorktown Band Chili Cook Off and Spring Sale. 2 to 5 p.m. At Yorktown High School. The Chili Cook Off will be in the Yorktown Cafeteria. There will be live music by Arlington school groups. The Spring Sale will be outdoors between the cafeteria and the bus loop. Craftspeople, artisans, neighbors, and parents can reserve a spot to sell yard sale treasures, antiques, collectibles, jewelry. FAQs and registration form are located at www.yorktownband.org.

Ballet Performance. 1 and 7 p.m. Come join the Ballet Department of the Cuppett Performing Arts Center to celebrate Mrs. Cuppett’s 50th year of teaching with a compilation of excerpts from her favorite productions! Featuring Ballet Master Brian Walker and Guest Artist Kathryn Carlson, the performance will feature pieces from The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, GaitÈ Parisienne, Coppelia, and Cinderella. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Call Karen Akers at 703-281-2937.

Critique the Critics Art Bash. 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50/general; $125/VIP. Arlington Art Center’s Annual Art Bash. Local notables will battle it out in a live art competition using art supplies from childhood. Event guests will critique the artwork by voting for the champion while enjoying refreshments provided by Spilled Milk Catering. At AAC: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-248-6800. Visit www.findyourartist.org

Country Western Dance. The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association will hold its dance at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Bernie and Lydia Vitale will be the DJs. A line dance will be taught beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a couples dance will be taught 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. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5; PSDC members $10. Snacks and drinks will be available. Visit the website, www.nvcwda.org, or call 703-860-4941 and leave a message.

Flowering Plant Sale. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flowering annuals 4-6 plant packs $3; herbs $4/4” pot; gorgeous hanging flower baskets $20-22. At Wakefield High School, 4901 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Call 703-489-3055.

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.

"Sibelius Evening." 6 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring a lecture about Finnish composer Jean Sibelius by Glenda Dawn Goss and a piano recital by Marja Kaisla. At Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $15 at www.FinlandiaDC.org or pay at the door. Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter. Call 703-507-7773

Sunday/May 6

Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Plant Sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. VCE Master Gardeners to hold open house and a plant sale at Demonstration Gardens. Arrive early to get the best selection of native plants, herbs, sun- and shade-loving perennials, tropicals, ferns, shrubs, trees and annuals. Cash or check. At 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Visit www.mgnv.org

Open House. 1 to 4 p.m. At the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden, Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Master Gardeners will guide tours of the garden and answer questions about organic vegetable gardening in urban areas. At 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Visit www.mgnv.org

Monday/May 7

Cabaret Performance. 8 p.m. "Let's Get Away from It All" featuring Perry Payne and Michael Rice to benefit the American Century Theater. The eclectic program the includes the music of Adair, Wallowich, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Cy Coleman, Steve Randoy, Ethel Waters and Henry Mancini, alongside fellow southerners Trisha Yearwood, Michael Rice and Mike Craver, and pop superstars Sting and Pink. Tickets are $85 ($50 tax deductible). At the Artisphere in Arlington. Download a response form at americancentury.org or call 703-998-4555.

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

National Foster Care Month Appreciation Event. 6:15 to 8 p.m. Adolescent and Family Growth Center, Inc. (AFGC), in honor of National Foster Care Month, will pay tribute to families and the work of its therapeutic foster parents. Please join us and see how: "Kids Grow Better in a Family." Call 703-425-9200 or visit www.afgcinc.com.

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

Saturday/May 12

Neighborhood Day. From pony rides to free concerts, there will be lots to do during the annual Neighborhood Day celebration. Whether you're interested in learning more about cool animals at our nature centers, enjoying a good old-fashioned BBQ, or perusing yard sales, there's something for everyone! Call 703-228-3329.

Walk for the Animals. Proceeds benefit the homeless animals in the community. Registration and check-in at 8:30 a.m.; Walk at 9:30 a.m. Three-mile walk or one-mile stroll. Starts and finishes at Arlington's Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester Street, Arlington. Registration is $25/advance; $40/day of walk. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. To register or donate, visit www.awla.org or awla.ejoinme.org/Walk2012.

Tuesday/May 15

WJLA News Anchors To Lecture. 6 to 8 p.m. Join ABC7's evening news team, Leon Harris and Alison Starling, for a conversation about the TV news business. Part of the "Rooms with a View" lecture series. At Artisphere's Dome Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. To make a reservation for this free lecture, email your RSVP by May 8 to RSVP@rosslynva.org.

Wednesday/May 16

The State of Affordable Housing in Arlington. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. County staff and affordable housing providers will provide updates, and AHS staff will preview the education campaign. At the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 South 16th St., Arlington. Visit www.AllianceForHousingSolutions.org

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:


Friday/May 18

Emma's Revolution. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18/advance; $22/door; $15/students. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington. For information or advance tickets e-mail Joy Cobb, joycobb1@juno.com, or UUCA’s Director of Youth Programs Sana Saeed sana.saeed@uucava.org.

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

Ashlawn Fun Fair. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moon bounce, cake walk, crazy hair, face painting, raffle, DJ & more! Games for all ages and fun for the entire family. At Ashlawn Elementary School, 5950 8th Rd. N., Arlington.

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.

Sunday/May 20

Jane Franklin Dance: Zip Through a Tight Space. 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; $40 after May 1; $45 at the door. At Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Visit www.janefranklin.com or call 703-933-1111.

Wednesday/May 23

New to Medicare Presentation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 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 presentation to learn about the ABCD's of Medicare. At 2100 Washington Blvd. (Arlington County Human Services Center - Sequoia Plaza); Lower Level Auditorium. Call 703-228-1700.

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 1 to 10

"Charlotte's Web." Tickets are $12/adults; $10/children, students, seniors. Performances are Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m.; Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. For tickets, visit www.encorestage.org.

Wednesday/June 6

New to Medicare Presentation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 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 presentation to learn about the ABCD's of Medicare. At 2100 Washington Blvd. (Arlington County Human Services Center - Sequoia Plaza); Lower Level Auditorium. Call 703-228-1700.

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.

Friday/June 29

New to Medicare Presentation. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. 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 presentation to learn about the ABCD's of Medicare. At 2100 Washington Blvd. (Arlington County Human Services Center - Sequoia Plaza); Lower Level Auditorium. Call 703-228-1700.

July 27

Heroes Remembered. 9 a.m. 59th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Featuring a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the program includes official remarks in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Amphitheatre with high ranking Defense Department officials and other senior government representatives. The event also includes additional special activities for Korean War Veterans and their families.

At the Arlington National Cemetery.