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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 4, 2012

Oct. 3-Nov. 4

Pulse4Artists – “4 Ways Of Color” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gallery West, 1213 King St. The opening reception will be Saturday, Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Call 703-549-6006 Visit www.Pulse4Artists.com.

Oct. 4-Nov. 5

Free Art Exhibit. “Tierra y Memoria”: Striking Paintings & Linocuts by Juan E. Hernandez G. Opening reception is Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. 105 North Union St., Studio 21 (located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center). Visit www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780. Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m; Thursdays open until 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.

Oct. 5 through 28

Sweet n’ Salty Art Exhibit. Artists were asked to “give in to their cravings” to create dynamic and interesting interpretations of this theme. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Oct. 5 through Nov. 11

Sculpture Exhibition. “Discipline of Edge” presents three Maryland-based artists, Gordon Lyon, Jaclyn Martin and George Wedberg, whose works share a principal concern with edges in space. It will be on display in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, located in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m. with curator’s talk at 5 p.m. The gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and during performances.

Oct. 6-28

Exhibition. Homage: Past Influences. Reception is Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m.; juror talk with Brooke Seidelmann at 7 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/target.

2nd Annual “Taste of Fair Trade.” Ten Thousand Villages, located at 915 King St., will celebrate Fair Trade month with its second annual “Taste of Fair Trade.” Call 703-684-1435 or visit www.alexandria.tenthousandvillages.com

Scheduled Tastings:

  • Oct. 6-7: Coffee, Tea, Chocolate – Discover which fair trade chocolate tastes best with after dinner coffee, and which pairings bring out the best flavors in each.

  • Oct. 11-12: Snack Time – Dried fruits, nuts, even energy bars.

  • Oct. 16-17: Fairly traded olive oil from Palestine is rich and full bodied, and there are subtle differences between the varieties.

  • Oct. 20-21: Iced tea, lemonade and other refreshing beverages.

  • Oct. 27-28: Sample wines from South America and South Africa.

Oct. 6 Through Nov. 2

Death Comes to Carlyle House. To commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the death of John Carlyle, Carlyle House presents an exhibit on the mourning practices of 18th-century Virginia through the experience of the Carlyle household. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m on Sunday. Admission: $5/adults, $3/children, Free for members. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Call 703-549-2997.

Oct. 18-21

Book Sale. The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold October Book Sale Fest at Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1702 or visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Tuesdays Through Oct. 21

Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show “Antique Recreations.” Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Thursdays, 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Artists are inspired by old linens, old lace, old techniques made new. Jewelry, sculpture,clothing, and wall pieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 105 North Union Street, Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront.

The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will be celebrating the Swing music of Artie Shaw, starring Halley Shoenberg on clarinet and vocalist Robin Cunningham. The performance will be held at the Carlylye Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Alexandria, VA 22314. Downbeat for the 17-piece TCO is at 9 p.m. and the live music goes until 11. Admission is $10 and all ages are welcome. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com or call 703-548-5963.

Through Nov. 11

WAX WORKS. The exhibition will feature six artists whose work begins at the definition of ‘encaustic’ and explores the application, functionality and versatility of wax as a medium. Opening Reception: Sunday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m. Free. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Visit www.nvfaa.org

Through Nov. 30

Art Exhibition. The Gallery at Convergence presents “pitture e parole” (“Paintings and Words”), a solo exhibition from artist, Lynne Elizabeth Heiser. A portion of all sales benefit Convergence programs including Artist's Way, Convergence Shared Artists Studios, and the Lab All Ages. Opening reception on Oct. 6 from 7-9 p.m. Email Lynne@in2itCreative.com or call 703-915-0917 to RSVP. Call 703-998-6260 or visit www.convergenceccf.net.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 4-8:30 p.m.: Members Preview (memberships at the door)

Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Allan J. Stypeck, Jr. will be in the Library's Periodical Room on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. to talk about old and rare books and appraise customers' books.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 1-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 29 through Nov. 4

Art Exhibition. Día de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance - Exhibition & Celebration. There will be a Costume and Dance Party on Friday, Nov. 2, 8-11 p.m.. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door, or two for $35. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/dayofthedead.

Nov. 2-25

Photography exhibition: “Telling Images.” Opening reception is Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. See photographic techniques and interpretations that tell a story without words. Call 703-960-3873, email jldtifft@cox.net or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Thursday/Oct. 4

Concert. 7:30 p.m. Jorma Kaukonen will be performing intimate solo concerts at the Birchmere Music Hall located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $25. Call 703-549-7500.

Ladybug Girl Party. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy stories, snacks, activities, and crafts based around Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Ages 3-7. Free. At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St.

Thursday-Sunday/Oct. 4-7

Annual Oktoberfest. Fort Belvoir invites the community to the 17th Annual Oktoberfest festivities to celebrate the fall harvest, the cooler weather and German inspired food and beverages. This event is held on Richmond Hwy (Rt.1) at Fort Belvoir’s Fremont Field. Parking and admission are free. Enjoy a fall crafts bazaar at Specker Field House on Saturday and Sunday and a 10K Volksmarch (walk). Some of the other attractions of this year’s festival include a fest tent, a Kinder Korner, traditional polka music, tasty German foods and beverages, a variety of food vendors, carnival rides for young and old and more. Sunday is Military Family Appreciation Day. Military families are eligible for discounted carnival wristbands to ride unlimited rides for that day.

Visit www.belvoirmwr.com/Oktoberfest.

Fest hours are:

Thursday/Oct. 4, 6-10 p.m.

Friday/Oct. 5, 6 p.m. to midnight

Saturday/Oct. 6, noon to midnight

Sunday/Oct. 7, noon to 8 p.m.

Friday/Oct. 5

Taste of Giving 2012. 7 p.m. In the atrium of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Enjoy fine food, libations, music and fine arts and crafts all under one roof. There also will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 each, the second ticket is half off. Visit www.tasteforgiving.org.

Wee Ones Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m. Explore the world with some favorite stories and songs. Ages 2 and under. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

Saturday/Oct. 6

“Mind your Health” 5K Run/Walk hosted by Mental Health America. Event starts on October 6 at 8 a.m. at Bluemont Park, 339 N. Manchester Street , in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is $25 through August 31 and $30 beginning September 1 through race day. Online registration is available through the Mental Health America website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/mindyourhealth5k. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For those wishing to be a sponsor, please contact Julie Burke at jburke@mentalhealthamerica.net to learn more.

17th Annual Art on the Avenue 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Celebrating the diversity of Del Ray, this annual street festival along Mount Vernon Avenue has 300 juried artists, three stages of music, children's art activities (scarecrows and pumpkin painting) and restaurants selling their specialties. At Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume streets. Call 703-683-3100

Jewelry Workshop. 2-3 p.m. Beginners will learn about basic jewelry making at the Autumn Inspirations Jewelry Workshops (limited to 12 participants). Sponsored by the Friends of the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1702 to sign up.

Yard Sale. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Alexandria Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will hold a yard sale at 1804 Mount Vernon Ave. Antiques, collectibles, books, paintings, electronics, clothes and toys. Rain or shine. Call Ann Mueller at 703-913-0191.

Octoberfest. 11: 30 a.m.-9 p.m. Virtue Feed and Grain will be celebrating Octoberfest — they are closing down Wales alley and will feature Sam Adams hops, housemade sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad and oysters. No reservations necessary. Virtue Feed and Grain, 106 S. Union St.

Historic Huntley Open House. 2-4 p.m. Visit Historic Huntley, a Federal-style villa built in 1825 for Thomson Francis Mason, a grandson of George Mason. After many years, the site has been restored and is now open to the public. Enjoy informal tours and light refreshments. Free Admission. Rain or shine. 6918 Harrison Ln.

Spooky Saturdays at the Athenaeum. 1-2 p.m. Featuring mask making. Free. Recommended for children 6-9 years old.
 The Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince St. Visit www.nvfaa.org.

Annual Cameron Station House Tour. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Samuel Tucker Elementary School. For more information/tickets, call Mike Lekas at 703-927-9895.

Blowout Night. 6-9 p.m. Blowout Theatre Company will host a Cupcakes and Italian Soda Night at Bishop Ireton High School (201 Cambridge Rd.). Blowout Theatre Company is a young New York City based group, founded by former students of the College of William and Mary. The general public are invited. The night will be featuring pictures, videos and storytelling.

Wee Ones Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m. Explore the exciting world around us with some favorite stories and songs. Ages 2 and under. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

Yard Sale. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Alexandria Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. Citadel, 1804 Mount Vernon Ave. Antiques, collectibles, books, paintings, HHG, electronics, clothes and toys.

Sunday/Oct. 7

Matinee Film. 2 p.m. Beatley Central Library Sunday Matinee Film Series featuring: Iron Jawed Angels (unrated documentary). The Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1702. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Pet Blessing. 2 p.m. Messiah Lutheran Church invites people and their pets to the "Blessing of the Pets" with an ice cream social to follow. 6510 Ft. Hunt Rd.

Pope-Leighey House In-Depth Tour. 9-11 a.m. The tour is back on a reservation basis. Take a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house museum in the metro D.C. area. Admission is $30; $25 for National Trust members. Space is limited to 12 participants, but flexibility is available. Advance reservations and payment required. Call 703-780-4000 x26327 Thursday through Monday, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. to reserve a space.

Monday/Oct. 8

Tift Merritt (Band) at the Birchmere. $25.00. Visit www.tiftmerritt.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Wednesday/Oct. 10

Author Series. 7 p.m.- 8:30p.m. The Beatley Central Library presents Sisters in Crime. Meet five of your faviorite new mystery writers at 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1702.

Thursday/Oct. 11

Art Night at the Torpedo Factory 6-9 p.m. Free. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments at this free event held on the second Thursday of each month. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565 or visit www.tiftmerritt.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Second Thursday Music: Danielle Westphal & Ken Giese. 7 p.m. $10. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Tickets are available online at nvfaa.org or at the door.

Second Thursday Art Night: Past & Present. 6-9 p.m. Browse open studios, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments. Free exhibition including “In the Garden” by Luisa Mesa, Target Gallery’s “Homage: Past Influences.” At Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

Oct. 12 & 13

Music Event. 7:30 p.m. Celebrated singer-songwriter Dar Williams will perform at The Birchmere, co-headlining with Loudon Wainwright III. Williams tours in support of her ninth studio album, In The Time Of Gods. Visit www.darwilliams.com. Tickets are $45.

The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

Saturday/Oct. 13

17th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari 12-4 p.m. Free. The Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts the 17th annual Alexandria Arts Safari, a FREE day of hands-on arts and crafts activities for kids and their families. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565

Gadsby’s Sutler Market & Lectures 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ever wanted to experience shopping 18th century style? Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Call 703-746-4242.

River Fest. 4-7 p.m. Live Music. Boats. Fare. Refreshments. 2 Duke St. Old Town Alexandria Waterfront. $55/ticket ~ $100/couple. Visit www.alexandriaseaport.org. or call 703-549-7078.

Music Event. 8-10 p.m. David W. Jacobsen's will play at St Elmo's Coffee Pub to promote his newest album, Not What I Meant. 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Call 703-739-9268. All Ages. Visit http://davidwj.com.

St. Louis Community Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Events include pony rides, giant moon bounces, tons of games, rock wall, arts & crafts, BINGO, food, beer tent, vendors, and an apple pie bake-off. All are welcome. Small fee for each activity. Call 703-799-4844. Held at St. Louis School, 2901 Popkins Ln.

Ghost Tour. 7-9 p.m. Join for ghost tours around the store and learn who haunts the Attic with mysterious movements and unexplained activities. Scary face paintings and spooky craft activities for the whole family. Dressed in Halloween flair for a special gift. Visit www.christmasattic.com or call 703-548-2829. 125 S. Union St.

Chamber Music. 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature music of Barber, Fauré and Ibert by NSO Youth Fellowship young artists Elise Kolle, Emma Resmini and Abigail Tucker. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Rd. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and teachers. Visit www.saintlukeschurch.net or call 703-765-4342.

Free Open House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In recognition of October’s designation as National Pharmacy Month, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (located at 107 South Fairfax St.) will host a free open house. The Museum’s curator will give special presentations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 703-746-3852 or visit www.apothecarymuseum.org.

Historic Huntley. 6 p.m. Girl Scouts will have a chance to brave a night in the historic house and hear about ghost stories at a program called History on Haunted Hill. Historic Huntley also hosts programs for scouts to earn merit badges, for homeschoolers seeking out local history, and for the general public. Information about all of the programs at Historic Huntley is available www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/historic-huntley.htm or by calling Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525. Historic Huntley is located at 6918 Harrison Ln.

Annual Family Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entertainment features Beale Street Puppet Theatre and the sounds of “Skystone,” an Alexandria favorite band performing bluegrass. Some activities, shows and exhibits are free, including the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, face painting, pumpkin painting and hay rides. Tickets will be sold for $5 each or 4 for $15 for the pony rides, moon bounce, bouncy boxing and scarecrow building. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. At Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd. Rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to the Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, 435 Ferdinand Day Dr. The public is encouraged to bike, walk or take public transit to the event. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation, or call 703-746-5592 or 703-746-5418.

Consignment Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Beverley Hills Church Preschool will be selling a large selection of quality clothes, toys, baby equipment, maternity clothes and more. All proceeds will support the new Beverley Hills Church playground. At Beverley Hills Church Playground, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd. Visit www.bhcpnet.org/playground.

Concert. 7 p.m. Focus Music in Mount Vernon presents a co-bill of folk/pop singers Susan Greenbaum and Carey Creed at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. St. Aidan's is located at 8531 Riverside Road., between Fort Hunt Road and Route 1.

Sunday/Oct. 14

Gadsby’s Sutler Market & Lectures 12.00-4.00 p.m. Ever wanted to experience shopping 18th century style? Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Call 703-746-4242

Carillon Music Comes Alive 4 p.m. Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble is joined by Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer and wooden flute) and Paul Oorts (harp guitar and accordian) to present a program of music originally written for the carillon. Admission: Adult - $20, Senior - $8, Student - $5, Family - $20. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Call 888-824-2541.

Estate Sale. 9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. The Beth El Hebrew Congregation is holding an online estate sale of Judaica at http://betheljudaicaestatesale.org. You may also attend a sale in person at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation at 3830 Seminary Rd. Individual pieces are being sold from $35 up to $1,750.

Fall 2012 YoKid Challenge. 2-5 p.m. Learn a sequence 108 sun salutations. This free event is open to all ages. No yoga experience is required. Door prizes and snack will also be given out during the event. Free t-shirts and yoga mats are also available for those who pre-register at www.yokidchallengefall2012.eventbrite.com. Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703-746-5556.

Tuesday/Oct. 16

Death Comes to Carlyle House: Today-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun: noon-4 p.m. till Nov. 02. An 18th-Century Virginia Home in Mourning. Admission: $5/adults, $3/children, Free for Members. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Call 703-549-2997

Senior Services of Alexandria’s Oktoberfest. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Support Senior Services of Meals on Wheels program at Oktoberfest Tour and Tasting at Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 703-836-4414 x10 or emailing admin@seniorservicesalex.org Visit www.seniorservicesalex.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 17

Decorative Tile Show. 9:30 a.m. The Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club will feature member Carolyn McDonald, with her collection of Decorative Tiles. Open to the community. Call 703-765-4573 to reserve a seat. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd.

Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. Recognized as one of the “finest all-male collegiate choral groups in the country,” the Notre Dame Glee Club will be performing in Bishop Ireton’s Garwood Whaley Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Rd. Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

Antique Collection. 9:30-11 a.m. Alexandria/Mount Vernon Antiques Club will feature long-time member, Carolyn McDonald, with her collection of decorative tiles. Free and open to the public. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd.

Thursday/Oct. 18

Fashion Show and Luncheon. 10 a.m. The Yacht Haven Garden Club presents their 29th annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, “Viva La Diva” at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club, 5500 Schulz Circle. Email deborah.alea@verizon.net or call 703-447-1315.

Historic Train. 10 a.m. Model Railroad Club presents the history of the C & O’s Famous Passenger Train – The George Washington as well as discussing the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society’s Annual Meeting. Call 703-765-4573 to reserve a seat. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd.

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer. 5-9 p.m. Come help raise funds for Avon Foundation for Women-Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by participating in Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night. Order from Pizza Hut on Oct. 18 and the organization will receive 20 percent of the sales generated. Please be sure to pick up a fundraiser ticket and bring it to Pizza Hut. At Penn Daw Pizza Hut, 6321 Richmond Hwy. Call 703-765-8900.

Book Sale. 4-8:30 p.m. Friends of Beatley Central Library. This book sale opens to members and the public interested in books, DVDs and CDs at an affordable price. 5005 Duke St. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us. or call 703-746-1702.

Friday/Oct. 19

Poems & Stories. 7 p.m. Actors from the Georgetown Theatre Company will read stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe at the Athenaeum, including The Cask of Amontillado, The System of Doctor Tarr, Professor Fether and more. A coffee and dessert reception follows the stories. Admission $10. Visit www.nvfaa.org. The Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince St.

Lafayette Wine Dinner at Gadsby's Tavern Museum. 7-9:30 p.m. Celebrate General Lafayette's visit to Alexandria, enjoy an evening of French and Virginia wines specially paired with a four-course dinner. Tickets are $100 per person and reservations are required. A vegetarian entrée option is available with advance notice. To make reservations, call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friends of Beatley Central Library. This book sale opens to members and the public interested in books, DVDs and CDs at an affordable price. 5005 Duke St. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us. or call 703-746-1702.

Saturday/Oct. 20

Spirits, Suffering and Society. 6-9 p.m. A re-enactment focusing on the social aspects of dying in a Civil War hospital. Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. Call 703-548-1789.

Frog Pond’s 3rd Annual Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-noon. This family friendly festival will offer entertainment, light food and drink along with arts, crafts and other kid-friendly activities. 7204 Harrison Ln. Suggested donation $5.

“AMTRAK High Speed Rail.” 10 a.m. Model Railroad Club presents the story of the AMTRAK High Speed Rail on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Call 703-765-4573 to reserve a seat. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd.

Annual Mega Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hollin Hall Senior Center is holding a Mega Craft Sale. More than 30 crafters, silent auction with services and new merchandise, bake sale, door prizes and lunch will be featured. Free. 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. Call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.

Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. At the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St. Bake sale, jewelry, clothing, plants, white elephants and more. Call 703-914-0223.

2012 MVHS Fall Fest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts, Crafts, Rummage Sale. Offering inside tables, parking lot space at a nominal rate for vendor sales. If you are interested in participating as a vendor (arts, crafts, other) or a family garage sale space, contact Ron Skaggs at MVHSFallfest@gmail.com. Rain or Shine. Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd.

Spooky Saturdays at the Athenaeum. 1-2 p.m. Making scary pop-up cards. Free. Recommended for children 6-9 years old.
 The Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince St. Visit www.nvfaa.org.

250th Anniversary of the Election of George Washington to the Vestry. 4:30-7 p.m. Local George Washington interpreter, Greg Fisher, will be discussing such topics as the role of a vestryman in Truro Parish, the planning and building of Pohick Church, and his hopes for the future as he leaves for Philadelphia as a delegate to the first Continental Congress. The program will be followed by a discussion, a reception and book-signing by Mary V. Thompson, author of “In the Hands of a Good Providence: Religion in the Life of George Washington.” Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. For reservations call 703-372-1296. Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Hwy in Lorton, at the corner of U.S. 1 & Telegraph Road. Visit http://www.pohick.org.

Lecture on The Story of Toby the Learned Pig. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. Join Gadsby's Tavern Museum for a special lecture from Russell Potter, Rhode Island College professor and author of PYG: The Memoirs of Toby the Learned Pig. Potter will talk about his research and learned pigs in 18th-century Alexandria, as well as read excerpts from the book. After the lecture, enjoy a special book signing, including Toby-approved refreshments. $20 per person and $15 for members of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society and Gadsby's Tavern Museum volunteers. Tickets may be purchased by calling 703-746-4242 or through www.gadsbystavern.org.

Historic Huntley. Boy Scouts can hear the chilling tales during an overnight stay. Historic Huntley also hosts programs for scouts to earn merit badges, for homeschoolers seeking out local history, and for the general public. Information about all of the programs at Historic Huntley is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/historic-huntley.htm or by calling Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525. Historic Huntley is located at 6918 Harrison Ln.

Kids’ Class: Halloween Cookie Decorating. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 4+ learn how to roll and cut cookie dough and then decorate cookie shapes using colored icing and candy. Children take home what they make. Admission: $35. Advance registration is required. Call 703-548-2868 to secure a spot. Sugar Cube, 1218 King St.

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friends of Beatley Central Library. This book sale opens to members and the public interested in books, DVDs and CDs at an affordable price. 5005 Duke St. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us. or call 703-746-1702.

Concert. 7 p.m. Choralis presents a concert of American choral music, including gospel, spirituals, folk, Native American and classical by Echos and the Cantus youth choirs. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets are $5 for students of 13-22; free for children under 12; $30 -$55 for adults. Visit www.choralis.org or call 703-237-2499.

Sunday/Oct. 21

Cauldron Tea. 2 p.m. Come to the Carlyle House terrace for a spooky afternoon tea that will be sure to cast a spell on your Halloween celebrations. After the tea, guests are invited to tour the museum and learn about 18th century funeral and mourning practices in Virginia. Costumes welcome. Admission: $25. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Call 703-549-2997.

Concert. 7 p.m. Focus Alexandria presents folk artist David Roth with special guest Lea at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at www.focusmusic.org. Call 703-501-6061.

Jazz Concert. 4 p.m. The Committee for Jazz at Meade will feature Anita King at Meade Church, 322 N. Alfred St. Donation is $15. Light refreshments will be served, and parking is available in the church's lot and on the street.

Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friends of Beatley Central Library. This book sale opens to members and the public interested in books, DVDs and CDs at an affordable price. 5005 Duke St. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us. or call 703-746-1702.

Through Oct. 21

Jacques Brel. The classic compilation of Brel’s brilliant music about life and death, love and loss, will be in performance at MetroStage Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets, $48-55, at 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St. Call 703-548-9044.

Tuesday/Oct. 23

Hot Buttered Nuggets. 9-11p.m. Eclectic musicians will perform various shows Rockabilly, Swing and Jazz. $10. The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St.

Wednesday/Oct. 24

Art on the Rocks. 6-9 p.m. An art-inspired cocktail competition hosted by The Art League at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Must be 21 or older to attend. The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St. 703-683-1780.

Author Series. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Spend a spooky evening with L.B. Taylor and talk about The Ghosts of Virginia at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1702.

Dance with DJ Dabe Murphy. 9-11 p.m. $6. At Nick’s Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St.

Thursday/Oct. 25

Ghosts and Folklore. 7 p.m. Alexandria is one of the most haunted cities in the country. Michael Lee Pope (author of Ghosts of Alexandria) and JJ Smith (author of Haunted Alexandria and Northern Virginia) join Betty Ward of Footsteps to the Past to share stories of the Female Stranger, Swope House and Ramsay House. A coffee and dessert reception follows the stories. Those who dare may take a short ghost walk at the end of this event. Admission $10. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Call 703-548-0035.

Saturday/Oct. 27

Choreographers Collaboration Project Fall Concert. 7 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 12-17, kids under 12 free. "Standing Room Only" is a modern dance concert created specifically for the Athenaeum gallery space to allow the audience to see the dances and Athenaeum artwork from multiple perspectives. 201 Prince St. Call 703-683-2070.

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. Special guests for Tom Paxton’s 75th birthday celebration show to include Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxers, Debi Smith, Robin Bullock and more. Visit http://www.cathymarcy.com or http://debismith.com/ or http://www.robinbullock.com/ At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave.

Spooky Saturdays at the Athenaeum. 1-2 p.m. Eerie Origami. Free. Recommended for children 6-9 years old.
 The Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince St. Visit www.nvfaa.org.

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Ghouls and goblins, witches and wizards of all ages will be trick or treating with the Old Town Boutique District this Halloween. 35 member stores will be handing out treats — and maybe some tricks.

Funeral & Ghost Tour. 6-9 p.m. Step back in time and be a part of this historic funeral and learn about mourning practices in early America. Admission is $15 including a ghost tour of Old Town, during which participants will visit the candlelit Carlyle House to view the coffin and pay respects to surviving family members. At 9 p.m., return to Carlyle House to escort John Carlyle’s body to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House and visit his lantern-lit grave. Call 703-683-3451 to purchase ticket. Reservations are recommended. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St.

Saturday & Sunday/Oct. 27 & 28

Fall Harvest Family Days. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days. The entire family will enjoy autumn activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games and demonstrations. In addition to meeting “George Washington,” visitors can also learn 18th-century dance steps! Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price while supplies last. Fall Harvest Family Days is included with admission to the estate this weekend: $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children 6-11; free for children under 5. Visit www.MountVernon.org.

Sunday/Oct. 28

QuinTango Cabaret. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $25 + $25 dinner. Proceeds from this event support QuinTango's work in Alexandria Public Schools, with StringTango classes for 5th graders and dance workshops for all ages. Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. Call 703- 548-6811

“Carmina Burana and Choral Dances.” 4 p.m. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St. Visit www.newdominion.org. Prices are $30 (general admission), $25 for seniors, and $5 for students and children.

Time Capsule Tour. Thomas Dolby’s first U.S. full-band tour since the release of his critically hailed A Map of the Floating City. At the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit http://www.birchmere.com/

“Carmina Burana and Choral Dances.” 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St. Tickets are available at www.newdominion.org or at the door. $30 (general admission), $25 for seniors, and $5 for students and children.

Mad Science. 2-3:40 p.m. Come to the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (located at 107 South Fairfax St.) to explore where real science and mad science collide. Tours start every 20 minutes, featuring historic medicines with surprising side effects. Admission is $6 per person ages 5 and up. Reservations recommended at www.apothecarymuseum.org. Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups are welcome (program completes the Brownie Home Scientist badge). Come in costume-mad scientist/sci-fi encouraged-and receive a special take-home goodie. Call 703-746-3852.

Annual Halloween Dog Walk. 1 p.m. The Dog Park shop on King Street is organizing the popular Halloween Dog Walk. Trick-or-treating dogs and their humans are invited to stop by the Dog Park for a map and bag and then visit participating businesses for more treats. Free. The Dog Park, 705 King St. Call 703-888-2818.

Tuesday/Oct. 30

Poetry Presentation. 10:30 a.m. Join the “Tuesdays at Two” writing group showcasing talented local writers and poets. Free and open to the public. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Call 703-765-4573 to reserve a seat.

Doggie Happy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Registration 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; contest begins at 6 p.m. Jackson 20 and Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Alexandria host their annual Doggie Happy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Local pets and their human companions can model their Halloween finest while competing for prizes in a contest in the outdoor courtyard. Open to the public. Prizes will be awarded. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, for a limited number of entries. Spectators are welcome. Event will be held in the restaurant’s courtyard; use the Royal Street entrance. Admission is TBD. At Jackson 20 Restaurant, 480 King St. Call 703-842-2790.

Through Oct. 31

“SKYSCAPE.” Paintings of the sky landscape, by Maremi Hooff Andreozzi runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays at Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, call 703-768-2525. Visit www.maremi.com.

Thursday/Nov. 1

6th Annual Alexandria Film Festival. The festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels and arts presentations to Alexandria. Presented by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts from Nov. 1-4. Call 703-746-5592

Friday/Nov. 2

Día de los Muertos Costume & Dance Party. 8-11 p.m. Presentation of the 4th annual Day of the Dead extravaganza featuring an exhibition of artist-made altars and a festive Costume & Dance Party. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565.

Nov. 2-25

Photography exhibition: “Telling Images.” Opening reception is Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. See photographic techniques and interpretations that tell a story without words. Call 703-960-3873, email jldtifft@cox.net or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Saturday/Nov. 3

Church-wide Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is welcome to come and shop. Baked goods and lunch also available for sale. At Cameron United Methodist Church located at 3130 Franconia Rd. Rain or Shine. If you want to be a seller, contact Marilyn by Oct.22 at 703-765-6817 to purchase a table for $20.

Through Nov. 4

Pulse4Artists – “4 Ways Of Color” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gallery West, 1213 King St. The opening reception will be Saturday, Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Call 703-549-6006 Visit www.Pulse4Artists.com.

Wednesday/Nov. 7

Author Series. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Alma Katsu will talk about The Reckoning, second book of the Taker Trilogy at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1702.

Thursday/Nov. 8

War at the Birchmere. $49.50. Visit http://war.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Art Night at the Torpedo Factory 6-9 p.m. Free. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments at this free event held on the second Thursday of each month. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565.

Art Night at the Torpedo Factory 6-9 p.m. Free. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments at this free event held on the second Thursday of each month. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565.

Friday/Nov. 9-11

Alexandria Antiques Show & Sale. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 with ad. The Alexandria Antiques Show will feature 31 selected National and International prominent antiques dealers who will offer an extensive assortment of 18th- and 19th-century furniture from around the world, objects d'art, and worldly treasures including fine art, decorative art, accessories, silver, antique jewelry much more, from the exceptional to the extraordinary. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Call 973-927-2794.

Saturday/Nov.10

Vegan Beauty Workshop. 2-3 p.m. Learn about making cuticle cream, a purse-size winter relief pod, a jar gloss and a lip stick at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-746-1743 to sign up.

Through Nov. 11

Wax Works. The exhibition will feature six artists whose work begins at the definition of ‘encaustic’ and explores the application, functionality and versatility of wax as a medium. Free. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Visit www.nvfaa.org.

Saturday/Nov. 17

Cider Assembly Ball 8-11 p.m. Reservations required. This evening in the 1780s will feature a variety of English country dances in the ballroom, live music, cash bar showcasing Virginia ciders and seasonal dessert collation. Period costume optional, “after-five” attire encouraged. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Call 703-746-4242

Run for Shelter 5K/10K + Fun Run. 8 a.m. Carpenter’s Shelter and Pacers are hosting their second annual Run for Shelter 5K/10K + Fun Run. Musicians from the Del Ray School of Music will be performing along the course route. All proceeds benefit Carpenter’s Shelter and its work on behalf of homeless individuals, children, and families. It is an out and back course, starting at the USPTO Madison Building on Eisenhower Avenue. 5K/10K registration is $35 and Fun Run registration is $30. On-site registration will be available for $40 beginning at 7 a.m. Free parking is available in the USPTO East Parking Garage located on John Carlye Street. Visit www.runforshelter10k.com or tweet @Run4Shelter10k.

Sunday/Nov. 18

New Birchmere shows will go on sale. Noon through Ticketmaster.com. or call 800-745-3000. The Birchmere Box Office is open from 5-9 p.m. any night of a show. An evening with Sam Bush & Del McCoury, two old.

Friday/Nov. 23 through Nov. 24

THE SELDOM SCENE & DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD at the Birchmere. $35.00. Visit www.seldomscene.com, www.drybranchfiresquad.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Tuesday/Nov. 27

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Graham Parker & The Rumour Reunion. $35. Visit http://www.grahamparker.net/.

Through Nov. 30

Art Exhibition. The Gallery at Convergence presents “pitture e parole” (“Paintings and Words”), a solo exhibition from artist, Lynne Elizabeth Heiser. A portion of all sales benefit Convergence programs including Artist's Way, Convergence Shared Artists Studios, and the Lab All Ages. Opening reception on Oct. 6 from 7-9 p.m. Email Lynne@in2itCreative.com or call 703-915-0917 to RSVP. Call 703-998-6260 or visit www.convergenceccf.net.

Saturday/Dec. 1

New Birchmere shows will go on sale. Noon through Ticketmaster.com. or call 800-745-3000. The Birchmere Box Office is open from 5-9 p.m. any night of a show. Chris Smither with Andy Friedman.

Tuesday/Dec. 4

Birchmere Shows. The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Extravaganza 2012 US Tour. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. Tickets on sale through www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100

Thursday/Dec. 6

White Christmas with Peter White, Mindi Abair, & special guest TBA at the Birchmere. $49.50 Visit www.peterwhite.com/ or www.mindiabair.com/

*On Sale Fri. July 13 at noon. www.Birchmere.com

Monday/Dec. 10

A John Waters Christmas 'Command Performance!' at the Birchmere. $49.50 (John will be signing copies of books purchased at the show!) Visit www.dreamlandnews.com/ or

www.Birchmere.com. On Sale Fri. July 27 at noon.

Friday/Dec. 14 and 15

Four Bitchin’ Babes 'Jingle Babes!' featuring Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deidre Flint, Marcy Marxer at the Birchmere $35.00 Visit www.fourbitchinbabes.com/ or www.Birchmere.com. On Sale Fri. July 20 at noon.

Thursday/Dec. 20

CARBON LEAF at the Birchmere. $27.50 Visit http://carbonleaf.com/

Friday/Dec. 21

Pieces Of A Dream at the Birchmere $35.00 Visit www.piecesofadream.net/ or www.Birchmere.com

Saturday/Dec. 22

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday Show. $29.5 Visit http://billkirchen.com/.

Sunday/Dec. 23

Christine Lavin & Uncle Bonsai 'Just One Angel' at the Birchmere. $25.00 Visit www.christinelavin.com/ or www.unclebonsai.com/ or www.Birchmere.com

Thursday/Jan. 24, 2013

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Jeffrey Osborne. $65. Visit http://www.jeffreyosborne.com/

Thursday/Feb. 28

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. $45. Visit http://www.nittygritty.com/

Mar. 1-3

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. The Bacon Brothers. $39.5. Visit http://baconbros.com/

Mar. 15-16

Birchmere Shows. 7:30 p.m. At the Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. The Average White Band. $35. Visit http://www.averagewhiteband.com/