Alexandria E-mail announcements to the Gazette, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Summer Rehearsals. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 30, and June 6, 13. Potomac Harmony Chorus will host a series of open rehearsals at The Hermitage Auditorium, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria. Each week through May and June, women (13 years and up) are invited to join the chorus on the risers to learn how to sing four-part a cappella, barbershop harmony style. Call 703-764-3896 or email email@example.com or www.PotomacHarmony.org.
May 23, 31
“Tea” Talk. 10:15 a.m. Experience the world through Tea with your guide, Lee Maguire. Join tea aficionado and Hollin Hall Senior Center Assistant Lee as he leads this four-part series about the world’s second cheapest drink. Learn about the history of tea, its role in society, and how it has even changed history. Participate in blind tea tastings and help decide what tea best captures the essence of Hollin Hall Senior Center. At 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.
Thursday May 24
Confederate Memorial Day. 6 p.m. Service of Remembrance hosted by the Gen. Samuel Cooper Chapter #105 MOS&B at Christ Church in Alexandria at the intersection of N. Washington St. and Cameron St., Alexandria. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the service will start soon thereafter followed with a presentation at the mass grave in the churchyard. A garden party catered by Dixie Bones will follow at the Mary Custis Lee UDC R.E. Lee Camp Hall located 4 blocks south from the church at 806 Prince St. The service at Christ Church is funded by the Samuel Cooper Chapter of the Military Order of Stars and Bars and is of no cost to you; the cost of the Garden Party is $25/person. RSVP to Quartermaster, Lawrence Graham, P.O. Box 4024, Oakton, VA 22124. Phone: 703 217-7871 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Civil War Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Featuring the Washington Revels Heritage Voices at Fort Ward's Amphitheatre. Their repertoire of Civil War music includes military and patriotic songs, African American spirituals, and popular folk tunes from the period. Fort Ward Museum and Park is located at 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Visit www.fortward.org, or call 703-746-4848.
May 25 to May 27
Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $18/adults; $12/children. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase in on the lawn overlooking the Potomac River. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at MountVernon.org or at the Ford Orientation Center ticket window until 8 p.m. the evening of the event. At Historic Mount Vernon.
Child I.D. Fingerprinting & Safety Fair. Noon to 5 p.m. The Alexandria Police Department will assist the Beatley Library with a child identification event to fingerprint local children and help parents learn about ways to keep their children safe. At Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria.
Memorial Day Salute. 8 p.m. The Virginia Grand Military Band will be performing works by Sousa, Gilmore and Liszt. With special guest, John Philip Sousa, IV. Adults $20, band directors, students and those under 18 free. At Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Call Jeff Arwood, 703-426-4777, www.vgmb.com
Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs of the Titanic. 8 p.m. A one-woman show written and performed by actress Deborah Jean Templin, who toured with the Broadway production of the musical “Titanic.” The 90-minute program tells the story of nine different women who sailed on the ill-fated luxury liner. Tickets are $35. Visit www.victoriansocietyatfallschurch.com or contact Terry Hooper at 703-241-2751. To purchase tickets, mail your check, made out to the VSFC, to P.O. Box 7436, Falls Church, VA 22040 Attn: Unsinkable Women. At The Lyceum in Alexandria.
Master Vinyasa Yoga Class. 1-2:30 p.m. With guest teacher Jonathan Miles. $20 if pre-registered. At 532 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Alexandria. Visit www.532Yoga.com suzanne@532Yoga.com. Call 703-209-0049.
Acro Yoga. 3-5:30 p.m. With guest teacher Jonathan Miles - Partner Yoga fun! All levels welcome $40 if pre-registered. At 532Yoga, 532 N. Washington St., Suite 100, Alexandria. Visit www.532Yoga.com suzanne@532Yoga.com 703-209-0049.
Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. At Del Ray Artisans’ gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, rain or shine. Profits support Del Ray Artisans. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/YardSale or Fundraising@TheDelRayArtisans.org
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 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.
May 26, 27, 28
Rolling Thunder/Memorial Day Festivities. Includes a Rolling Thunder Cookout on Saturday, May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Featuring Grant Gunn, a one-man band from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, from 4 to 9 p.m. featuring beer can chicken, BBQ ribs and sides. On Monday, May 28, hamburgers and hotdogs and sides all day. A Remembrance Table ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, and the National Remembrance ceremony is at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, May 28. At Alexandria Elks Lodge #758, 7120 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Visit http://www.elks.org
1964 The Tribute. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. A tribute to the Beatles live. At The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.1964site.com.
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.
Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. Featuring the band, The Grandsons. At the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.
DJ Dance Party. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.
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
"Then, Life Gave Me Lemons." 6 to 8 p.m. A night of shopping, sushi, sweets and more! At Lou Lou Boutique of Old Town, 132 King St., Alexandria. Call 703-299-9505. To RSPV, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3582636763
May 31, June 1-2
West Potomac Spring Show. 7 p.m. "Now & Then, 50 Years of Hits, 1962-2012." Presented by the West Potomac High School choral groups. Produced by Ernest Johnson and Gennifer DeFillipo, choreographer. Tickets are $10/advance; $12/door. Online tickets are available at www.westpotomacchoirs.org.
Dr. John in Concert. 7:30 p.m. At The Birchmere. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. At The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www. Birchmere.com.
Contribute to Time Capsule. Youth up to age 18 are invited to submit an essay or art work representing the present day library. Submit on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Entries should be submitted at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Entries will be placed in the time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Deadline to enter is June 1. Call 703-768-9840.
Mosaic Harmony. 7 p.m. Tickets are $25/advance; $30/door. A Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. An interfaith, multicultural community choir that draws on the rich heritage of African-American inspirational music to lift the spirits. At Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Tickets can be purchased online at http://mosaicharmony.org/tickets.php. contact email@example.com or call 301-717-1221.
Buy, Sell, Trade Event. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by Aunt E's Closet. Come buy, sell, trade jewelry, cosmetics, crocheted items, electronics, games, clothing, books, household items, etc. At Meade Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Call Dana Dishman at 571-447-8317.
"We're Still Here: Celebrating an African American Community at Fort Ward." 1 to 4 p.m. Free. A commemorative program recognizing the post-Civil War African American community known as "The Fort" at Fort Ward. Program held on the front lawn of Fort Ward Museum, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave site of Clara Adams, a matriarch of the community who was born on June 2, 1865. The program continues in the Park amphitheatre where public remarks will include an overview of the history of “The Fort” families, remembrances of and reflections on daily life in the area by individuals who lived on the site or whose ancestors resided there, and a performance by the Oakland Baptist Church Choir. Fort Ward Park is at 4301 West Braddock Road.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703-746-3852.
Come Fly, Drive, Float or Spectate. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your RC Planes, RC Helicopters, RC Trucks, RC Cars, Free Flight Planes, Control Line Planes, RC Boats and more. At West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria. Contact engineering teacher Joseph Franco at email@example.com or visit www.westpotomacengineeringstore.com.
KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. With special guest Steuart Smith. At The Birchmere. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. At The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www. Birchmere.com.
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 www.vabronze.org or call 1-888-824-2541.
“What the Heck is a Sesquicentennial?” 6 to 8 p.m. Morrison House presents author William S. Connery who will discuss the details of his book on the Civil War Sesquincentennial. At Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria. Visit www.morrisonhouse.com or call 703-838-8000.
Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the band, Bluejazz 2012. At the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.
DJ Dance Party. 9 to 11 p.m. Cost is $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.
Musician Jonathan Coulton. 7:30 p.m. With Justin Townes Earle. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. At The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www. Birchmere.com.
Valentina Lisitsa, Pianist. 7:30 p.m. Free; unreserved seating. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Visit www.wpc-alex.org.
Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Keynote speaker is ex-Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Also honored will be Vice Mayor Kerry Donley and City Councilman Rob Krupicka, who are leaving the City Council this year. Tickets are $125. At the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria.
Wine Tasting Event. While sipping a variety of wines and tasting an array of cheeses and charcuterie, you can walk around the boat-building workshop sponsored by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. Tickets are $45; $55 after June 1. Sponsored by Grape + Bean of Alexandria. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/243578 or phone 1-800-838-3006.
Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Cost is $10. Featuring King Teddy. At The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria.
DJ Dance Party. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $6. With DJ Dabe Murphy. At Nick's Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St., Alexandria.
Paul Thorn. 7:30 p.m. With Jamie McLean. Tickets are $25. Will perform the new release, titled What the Hell Is Goin’ On? At The Birchmere. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. At The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www. Birchmere.com.
Jamie McLean Band. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Will be playing "Live at Gibson" CD Release. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Visit www.birchmere.com.
Tony Denikos. 7 p.m. Cost is $10. Part of Second Thursday Concerts at the Athenaeum. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Call 703-548-0035. Visit nvfaa.org.
Mount Vernon Swing Band. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $4/door. All are welcome. Owen Hammett will conduct the live band. Light refreshments will be provided by Spring Hills at Mount Vernon. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573.
CASA Info Session. 11 a.m. to noon. Fairfax CASA trains volunteers to advocate for a child’s best interests in Court. Meeting at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For reservations or information, contact Elisa Kosarin, Associate Director – Recruitment and Training, at 703-273-3526, ext. 22, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fairfaxcasa.org.
Juneteenth Celebration. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Music, entertainment, vendors, food. A history of Juneteenth and Multicultural Health Fair. At Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria. Call Randy Stephens at 703-501-3431.
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 email@example.com.
"All the King's Women." 7 p.m. Cost is $30. Wine and cheese reception in the Green Room and a benefit performance. Silent auction. Enjoy a night at the theatre and help support Carlyle House Historic Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, or by calling 703-549-2997. Visit www.nvrpa.org.
Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society. 1 p.m. Free. Constance Potter will give the presentation, World War I Graves Registration and Gold Star Mothers. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call Phyllis Kelley at 703-660-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 22 to July 8
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Presented by Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT). Show times are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. (June 22, 23, 29, 30, and July 6 and July 7); Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. (June 24, and July 1 and July 8). Online Tickets $17/adults; $14/youth/senior; Box Office Tickets $18/adults; $15/youth/senior. At Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria. . Visit www.acctonline.org or call 703-660-2611.
June 22 to 23
SkateFest / Sk8 For a Cause. A fundraiser for the Children's Hospital National Medical Center. After completing the Sk8 For a Cause 4-checkpoint course through Wakefield Skate Park, skateboarders, their families and friends enjoy a day of skateboard competitions, vendors, food, demos, auctions, music and more. Visit www.skatefestfairfax.com
Alexandria Food and Wine Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. At John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street, in Old Town Alexandria. This is a free event to attend; however tickets are needed to sample food and beverages. Each booklet is comprised of a total of 25 taste tickets at the price of $20. Each food item costs between 1 to 5 tickets. Participating Restaurants and wineries includes: Restaurants--The Chart House, Delia’s, San Antonio Bar and Grill, Walker’s Grille, Clydes at Mark Center, Rita’s, Indigo Landing, La Tasca, and Jamieson Grille; Wineries—Mattaponi Winery, Unicorn Winery, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Glass House Winery, DelFosse Vineyard and Winery and Cedar Creek Winery. Call 703-624-0245 or visit www.alexandriafoodandwine.com.
Del Ray Music Festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A wide variety of music, including: jazz, blues, folk, country, Latin, reggae, and rock. Also food and games. To be held on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., in Del Ray. Del Ray Music Week will be taking place from June 18-22, will host over 30 local musicians and bands as they perform along “The Avenue” at local Del Ray businesses from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.
Hands on History Tent. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come build your own model sailboat and race it against others. Other activities include designing a flag, writing with a quill pen and trying on colonial clothes. The event is free, sailboat craft $5, and designed for children ages 3-12. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-549-2997 or e-mail: email@example.com.
How to Get To Wonderful. 5:15-6:45 p.m. Ronna Webb, Reiki Master, leads this 90-minute class on creating the life you want. Learn to use your intuition and attract health, success and peace of mind. Cost is $47. At Alexandria Massage Therapy 1217 Prince St., Alexandria; 703-548-0310.
American Doll Tea. 1 p.m. Cost is $15/person. Guests will enjoy a menu of finger sandwiches, scones, lemon tea bread, and an assortment of desserts all while sipping a special blend of spring teas from Tea & Spice Exchange of Alexandria. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-549-2997 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Through September 2013 – Occupied City: Life in Civil War Alexandria Exhibition
Open daily at The Lyceum, “Occupied City: Life in Civil War Alexandria” examines life in an American town seized and held by its own Federal government, following Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union in May 1861. See how Robert E. Lee’s hometown of Alexandria was transformed literally overnight from a bustling commercial port into a supply, hospital, and transportation center for the Union Army, and find out why Alexandria became a destination for African Americans seeking freedom. The Lyceum (201 South Washington Street) is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested admission is $2. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.
Open Through 2012– The Marshall House Incident Exhibition
This exhibit at Fort Ward features objects from the museum collection, like a star from the flag that had flown over Marshall House, and loan items from the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, to tell the notable story about the event that launched the Civil War in Alexandria. Fort Ward Museum (4301 West Braddock Road) is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703.746.4848.