Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Food Trucks that sign up get free reserved parking and patrons get one location with ample options and old favorites. Food Trucks already signed up include: Doug the Food Dude, Hot People Food, Red Hook Lobster and Willie’s Po’Boy.
Line Dancing Class. 10-11 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 newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.
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 judge favorites from FotoDC's Second Annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will be exhibited along Crystal City's interior walkways. Visit www.crystalcity.org.
Saturdays through Mar. 30
Family Skate Opening Night. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. $2 per person. Skate Rental: $3 per person. Cash only. Save time in line by bringing your own skates. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.
Author Series. 7 p.m. Barbara Glickman discusses "Capitol Splendor," which covers Washington’s famous gardens such as Dumbarton Oaks, and little-known gems like Meadowlark Gardens. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
Haunted Garden. 6-8 p.m. Join Arlington Public Library and the students of Kenmore Middle School's Drama Club for a walk in the Haunted Garden. There will be readings of Edgar Allan Poe's spookiest work, festive decorations and refreshments in the Glencarlyn Branch Library.
At Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden located at 300 S Kensington St.
Bowling Trip. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Pick up/return to T.J. Community Center, 3501 2nd St. $12 per student, includes lunch. Registration deadline: Oct. 23. Use activity Code 970011-B to register. Call 703-228-4747, or visit registration.arlingtonva.us.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. Iraqi-Afghan war veteran Tom Young discusses and signs his most recent book, The Renegades, a military thriller at One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Free Concert. 7 p.m. “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series presents The U.S. Army String Quartet. Musicians from The U.S. Army Strings are featured in this concert presenting music for string quartet with a twist: popular tunes, latin, and jazz. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Arlington Presbyterian Church which is located at 3507 Columbia Pike.
Fall Flowers and Fungi Hike. 2-4:30 p.m. Adults. Join a walk with a naturalist to explore fall wildflowers and fungi. Hike is rocky and steep in places. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. $5 fee due upon registration. Registrants will be contacted with directions to the meeting site at Turkey Run Park. Call 703-228-3403.
Campfire: Brother Hawk. 6-7 p.m. The whole family is invited to old-fashioned fun around the campfire. Come out to roast S'mores and learn how to tell the difference between two of most commonly seen raptors - Coopers and Sharp-Shinned Hawks. $5 fee due upon registration. Call 703-228-3403.
Oct. 26 through Nov. 4
Encore Stage & Studio presents The Hobbit. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Adults $12; Children, Students and Seniors $10. Tickets may be purchased at www.encorestage.org. Group discounts are available.
Arlington Free Clinic will hold its 16th Annual Black Tie Benefit Gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The theme of this year’s event is “Voilà Paris!”. The Clinic provides both primary and specialty health services to the uninsured and many of the Clinic’s client services and resources depend on the success of the Gala. The Gala will feature a dinner, dancing to the music of Odyssey, a raffle, and an auction that includes getaways, art, and many other things. Sponsorships for the Gala are available at many levels and tickets are $300 per person. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased by visiting www.gala.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.
Free Book Event. 5 p.m. Tara Laskowski visits One More Page to chat about Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons, a collection of stories covering the more unusual etiquette topics of homicide, dementia, illiteracy and obesity. One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Explore Arlington Nature by Bike. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Discover waterfalls, springs, rare ecosystems, champion trees, unusual rock formations and other natural features along Four Mile Run from Barcroft Park to Banneker Park by bike roughly 9 mile. Naturalist-led round-trip ride at a leisurely pace over mostly level, paved pathways, stopping at points of natural and environmental interest along the way. Bring your own bike and water, snacks and repair kit. Adults and teens with adult. Call 703-228-6535. Meet at Barcroft Park, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr. (exact location will be sent to registered participants). $5 fee due upon registration.
J. Reilly Lewis Organ Recital. 4 p.m. J. Reilly Lewis will dedicate the DiGennaro-Hart pipe organ at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be a freewill offering, but reserved seating is available in the loft and facing the organ for $50/$25. To purchase please contact email@example.com. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Call 703-532-6617 or visit www.htluther.org/Lewis.shtml.
Saturday & Sunday/Oct. 27-28
Annual Studio Tour & Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Take this free, self-guided tour to meet 14 artists in their working environments and to view and purchase art. To join the tour, visit the Alliance website www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for a downloadable map and additional details, including local venues distributing the Studio Tour map.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. Virginia resident Dallas Hudgens, author of Wake Up, We're Here, will share his mesmerizing short story collection of down-on-their-luck characters in America. At One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Film. 3 p.m. Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute will show a documentary film on the life of the late CIA director William Colby in the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The public is invited.
Mondays/Through Oct. 31
Laugh for Health. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Great stress reliever. 45-minutes of laughter exercises and a 15-minute overview about laughter yoga and its benefits to anyone willing to laugh. Just show up. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-5959.
Through Oct. 31
Art Exhibition. Bryan Jernigan, an Arlington artist, is back at Arlington County’s Central Library with a new series called “Forgotten : Remembered” which comprises 14 pieces total – 10 of which will be on display. Contact him at 571-263-6317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. Featuring discussions Rachel Zampelli and Thomas Keegan stars of Signature Theatre’s Dying City. Signature’s Mead Lobby,
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. Dennis Drabelle discusses The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad, a lively account of an important chapter of U.S. history pitting two of America’s greatest writers against one of America’s most powerful corporations. At One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Alma Katsu discusses "The Reckoning," the second in a Gothic suspense novel trilogy that began with "The Taker," which was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association and has developed an international following. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Visit http://library.arlingtonva.us.
Nov. 1 through Nov. 17
Letters from the Swallows. Immigration is always a provocative topic. Letters from the Swallows (Cartas de las Golondrinas) dips into the
personal stories of people who have uprooted their lives—from the Spanish who went to the Americas to the Latin Americans who make their way to the United States—to explore the dreams and destinies of immigrants. The ongoing festival runs at Gunston Arts Center-Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang Street. Tickets are $35; $30 for students and seniors. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227 or email email@example.com or visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Still to come in the festival, which has shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, are:
Nov. 1-3 – Ecuador: Zero no Zero Teatro troupe presents Fragrances from the Past (Agüita de Viejas).
Nov. 3 – United States: Miami’s Teatro Doble presents a special Spanish-language children’s theater production of I Call Her Rusita Rojas (Yo la Llamo Rusita Rojas).
Nov. 8-10 – Venezuela: I.E. Producciones C.A. presents Killing Words
Nov. 15-17 – Argentina: Gazpatxo Producciones presents First Time Mother (Madre Primeriza).
Tickets are $35; $30 for students and seniors. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. Community Concert Series feature Albert Hunt, clarinet, and Jeongseon Choi, piano. Reception follows. At Central United Methodist Church, 4201 N. Fairfax Dr. Visit www.cumcballston.org or call 703-527-8844.
Annual Soup & Pie/Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It will feature a variety of homemade soups and pies for lunch, as well as Fair-Trade items from SERRV and a Heifer Int. table. Come for great food, good bargains, live accordion music and to support worthwhile organizations. Free. 300 N. Montague St. Call 703-524-4100 or e-mail email@example.com.
Annual Dominion Hills Fall Craft Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring 12 local and regional artisans with paintings, jewelry, fine woodturning, papercutting, stationery, scarves, pottery, bath and body products, glassware, and sweets. Free and open to the public. At the Dominion Hills Community House at 6000 Wilson Blvd. Contact Julie Jernigan at 703-533-0957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studio Crawl. The Columbia Pike Artist Studios Party Studio Crawl will be held at 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 4. Call 703-486-9368 or visit www.ColumbiaPikeArtistStudios.org.
Through Nov. 3
“You Can’t Take It With You.” The comedy classic from The Providence Players at The James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road. The hours are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. $18 adults, $15 students and seniors. Purchase tickets by calling 703-425-6782 or visiting www.providenceplayers.org and at the door.
Annual Arlington Puzzle Festival. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. At Central Library, 1015 N Quincy Rd. Free.
Free Concert. 3 p.m. The U.S. Army Orchestra in Concert A World War II Veteran tribute concert featuring the world premiere of Symphony No. 1 by retired Col. Harold Van Heuvelen. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Free Chamber Music Concert. 4 p.m. IBIS welcomes guest artists Richard Barber, bass and Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano for a performance of Schubert's enduring work The Trout Quintet. Rock Spring Congregational Church, 5010 Little Falls Rd. Donations accepted. Free street parking. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org, email email@example.com or call 703-755-0960.
From Page to Stage Mondays. 7 p.m. Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave. A look into design and production. Artists will present a new perspective on the world of live theatre. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. Herb Silverman talks about Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt. Born an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, Silverman is a legendary figure within the American secular activist community. At One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Author Series. 1 p.m. Virginia Hansen Holmes will talk about her book "Guerrilla Daughter," a book about a Philippine family's struggle to survive the Japanese occupation of Mindanao from the spring of 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. Free and open to the public. At The Woman's Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St. Call 703-553-5800.
Book Club. 7 p.m. The One More Page Book Fiction Club meets to chat about The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman, who will phone in to talk with the group. One More Page, LLC is located at 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Author Series. 7 p.m. Sherrie Vavricheck, senior staff member at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, will visit One More Page Books to discuss her book, The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart. 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Visit www.compassionateassertiveness.com or www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. One More Page hosts several Young Adult authors. Miranda Kenneally shares from Stealing Parker, her companion novel to Catching Jordon. RITA ® Finalist Janet Gurtler chats about her latest book, Who I Kissed. Sisters-turned-writing-partners Lisa and Laura Roecker talk about Lies that Bind, the latest installment in The Liars Society series. At One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Rose Bush Auction. 2-4 p.m. At Merrifield Garden Center-Fair Oaks location. Make way for new roses. Dig up old rose bushes and bring to the Arlington Rose Foundation program. Identify and describe on index cards for auctioneer and learn how to root roses. Bring your own one gallon pots and potting soil. For rooting, bring non-patented roses or roses with 20-year-old patent expirations and extend courtesies to local hybridizers. Free for members. Call 703-371-9351.
War Concert. 3 p.m. The Arlington Philharmonic presents a classical music concert of music with military themes at the Washington-Lee Auditorium. Under the baton of Music Director A. Scott Wood, this concert looks at war and the military seen in the experiences of composers. The Washington-Lee Auditorium is located at 1301 N. Stafford St. (parking is near Entrance #5). Seating for the concert is general admission. Donations ($20 suggested) are appreciated. Visit www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series presents Classical and Modern Works for Harp. Featuring SSG Nadia Pessoa. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Orchestra in Concert Program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, a medley of Jerome Kern music featuring SFC Alvy Powell, and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah.” Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd.
Annual Holiday Floral Design Event. 7-9 p.m. Rock Spring Garden Club's third annual event features guest designer Adrienne Summers, AIFD, who will show how to take ordinary flowers and create simple, elegant holiday designs. This event will include a raffle, door prizes and light refreshments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd. with free on site parking, Taylor Street entrance. Tickets are $25. Pre-register
by Nov. 5. Contact Julie Williams at 703-534-6431 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit community outreach.
Sparkling Wine Tasting. 7 p.m. 2200 N. Westmoreland St.
Annual Craft Fair. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located at 8617 Little River Tpk. will hold a craft fair, featuring juried crafts, arts, a bake sale and more, to benefit local, national and international mission projects. Nov. 15, 4-8 p.m.; Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 703-978-3500 or visit www.stmatthewsumc.org.
2012-2013 School Year Concert, BBQ and Fundraiser. 4-6:30 p.m. At The Wilson School, 1601 Wilson Blvd. Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $15 for children 10 or under. There will be traditional Mongolian song and dance, Tsam Buddhist-Shamanist mask dance, Mongolian BBQ, fashion show, Mongolian contortionist and tour of the school. Free parking and babysitting for small children 5 and under.
Free Concert. 3 p.m. The U.S. Army Blues present A Veterans Day Tribute Concert. One of the few remaining full-time big bands in the country present a special concert in honor of veterans, featuring well-known big band tunes from the Swing Era. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Through Nov. 18
Free Art Exhibition. “A Celebration of Color” will be on display at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe, 4536 Lee Hwy. The exhibit was juried by noted local pastel painter Daniel Wise. Open to the public. A reception will be held Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe. Meet the artists and view the juried exhibit. Refreshments are provided.
Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. The starting line is 3020 Pershing Dr. Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington Food Assistance Center and Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless will receive all net proceeds. Visit www.ccapca.org/turkeytrot.htm to register.
Through Nov. 25
Christopher Shinn’s Dying City Premiere. At Signature Theatre. Purchase online or call Ticketmaster at 703- 573-SEAT or through the Signature Theatre Box Office at 703-820-9771 or in person. Visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
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 Rd. Call 703-228-6535. No meetings in July and August. Visitors are always welcome at our Club Meetings.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series. Our popular recital series continues with works for mixed winds and strings by Bartok, Ingolf Dahl, and others. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Washington-Lee High School Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 60 local artisans will be showing handcrafted gift items. Take home baked goods and other holiday items offered by W-L clubs and teams. Live musical performances by The Madrigals and other school groups. Free. At 1301 North Stafford St. Call 703-228-6200. Free parking and easy access to Bazaar from the I-66 parking garage off Stafford Street.
From Page to Stage Mondays. 7 p.m.
Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls, the film based on the 1981 Broadway musical. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Children’s Holiday Magic Show. 7-8:15 p.m. Featuring Ring 50 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Free. A donation of canned food items or new toy will be collected for local charity. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd. Email Danny Selnick at email@example.com or call 703-347-5540.
Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. Nova Y. Payton, an audience favorite as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, returns in the role of Effie White in the landmark musical Dreamgirls. Signature’s Mead Lobby,
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Ballet. Virginia Ballet Company and School will present the 63rd season of the classic Nutcracker ballet. The performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Call 703-249-8227.
Jan. 11 through Feb. 2, 2013
‘The Show-Off’ by George Kelly is a comedy about an ambitious and audacious young faker who transforms the lives of those around him, at the same time proving that even the most obnoxious of us have our virtues. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
Mar. 22 through Apr. 13, 2013
‘Voodoo Macbeth’ adapted by Oson Welles, using the imagery and traditions of Voodoo. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
Jun. 7 through 29, 2013
‘Biography’ by S.N. Behrman revolves around a single career woman’s acceptance of a hefty fee to write her tell-all memoirs and the problems her threatened candor creates. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
July 19 through Aug. 17, 2013
TACT Summer 2013 Musical. A lively musical event from the same artistic team that produced such previous TACT triumphs as ‘Danny and Sylvia’ and ‘Marathon ’33.’ Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.