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Calendar: Sept. 7, 2012

Friday/Sept. 7

Jazz Supper Under the Stars. 5-9 p.m. An evening of food and jazz with Al Williams’ jazz band and catering by Hard Times Cafe. Hosted by the Old Town Business & Professional Association and the King Street Gardens Park Foundation. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. At King Street Garden Park, Diagonal Road and King Street. Call 703-683-0333.

Theater Night. Sponsored by Alexandria Bar Association Beat the Odds© Committee.The evening features a reception and a silent auction (start at 6:30 p.m.), and the riotous play “Funny Money (8 p.m.).” at the Alexandria Little Theatre. 600 Wolfe St. $35. Call 703-548-1106 or email alexbar@alexandriabarva.org.

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

Author Visit. 6:30-7:30 pm. Local author Morgan Keyes will present her new middle grade fantasy novel, Darkbeast. Ages 9 and up. Free. RSVP info@hooray4books.com or 703-548-4092. At Hooray for Books, Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St.

Sept. 7 through 30

‘It Runs in the Family’ art exhibit. Artists explore many ways art runs in families; presenting collections of their own and their family’s artworks. Details at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Saturday/Sept. 8

Green Spring Gardens. 2-3 p.m. Family Fun: Autumn is for Apples. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 484 7501. $6/person. Children ages 5 and older with registered paying adult. Listen to the story of Johnny Appleseed and take a walk through our orchard. Try some applesauce and leave with an apple inspired decoration. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Green Spring Gardens. Flourishing, Flowering Salvias. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 488 6301. 9:30-11 a.m. $22. Make room in your garden for fall blooming salvias. Take home a sample of hardy salvia. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Art Activated. 12-4 p.m. This free, 6th annual event takes place during the Alexandria King Street Art Festival. Studios and galleries will be open for the public to check out local artwork and meet the artists. Artist demonstrations, hands-on projects, and activities throughout the afternoon. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Call 703-838-4565.

Beth El Hebrew Congregation. 6:30 p.m. A full evening of music, discussion, and worship at 3830 Seminary Road. There will be food, conversation with Rabbi Aft and Beth El's Rabbi Isserow. Bring a picnic dinner at 6:30 p.m. and spend as much of the evening as you can. Contact the office at office@adatreyim.org.

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

Fusebox. 9 p.m. at Lucy’s ARL celebrates their first anniversary with Fusebox and The Weeze. All ages, $5. 2620 South Shirlington Road, Arlington. Call 703-521-3800 or visit lucysarl.com.

Melissa Ferrick. 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter and indie trailblazer returns to The Birchmere with special guest Astra Via. At 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $25. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or visit http://www.birchmere.com.

Saturday/Sept. 8 through Sept. 9

Alexandria King Street Art Festival. Historic King Street from Washington Street to the waterfront is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by over 200 artists from the US and abroad. Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. VisitAlexandriaVA.com - 703-746-3301 or www.ArtFestival.com - 561-746-6615. Free.

Autumn Cabaret. 7 p.m. An evening of song, dance, variety and comedy. Individuals and ensembles from the D.C. area’s premier pops chorus perform in an elegant, cabaret-style setting at the beautiful Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $20. Call 703-941-7464.

Sept. 8 Through 29

“Funny Money.” Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. This comedy of errors by the master of farce, Ray Cooney, follows Henrys Perkins’ attempts to escape his humdrum life and spice it up with this new “funny money.” $17-20. At the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Call 703-683-0496.

Melissa Ferrick. 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter and indie trailblazer returns to The Birchmere with special guest Astra Via. At 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $25. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or visit www.birchmere.com.

Sept. 8 Through 30

Target Gallery Celebrates 25 Years. The gallery presents 25, an all-media exhibition featuring work that responds to world events that have occurred over the past 25 years. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visit http://www.torpedofactory.org/target

Through Sept. 9

Art Show. Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show “Paper of All Kinds.” The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 105 North Union St., Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront.

Sunday/Sept. 9

Matinee Film. 2 p.m. Beatley Central Library Sunday Matinee Film Series featuring: Dave (PG-13). 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.

Green Spring Gardens. Springfield Art Guild Art Reception. 4603 Green Spring Rd. 1-3 p.m. Free. Meet local artists from the Springfield Art Guild and their mixed media show of botanical art. Light refreshments served. Call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Family Concert. 7:30 p.m. Melissa Cox, at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. At the MVUC Chapel, 1909 Windmill Lane. Donations will help Beacon House, which provides mentoring, athletic, and nutritional programs to at-risk children in the Edgewood Terrace community of Washington, D.C. Visit www.mvuc.org.

Autumn Cabaret. 7 p.m. An evening of song, dance, variety and comedy. Individuals and ensembles from the D.C. area’s premier pops chorus perform in an elegant, cabaret-style setting at the beautiful Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $20. Call 703-941-7464.

Monday/Sept. 10

Green Spring Gardens. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Floral Design: Punch with a Bunch. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 488 9601. $35. Discover how to transform that grocery bunch of flowers into a beautiful floral design. Class participants design their own arrangement to take home. Floral material and containers provided. Registration and $20 supply fee due by Aug. 31. Call 703-642-5173.

Green Spring Gardens. Garden Sprouts: Migrating Monarchs. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 484 7601. 11a.m. - noon. $5/Child. Children ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Hunt for monarch butterflies in the gardens, learn about their life cycle, migration and favorite flowers. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Tavern Toddlers. The new season continues weekly through the end of April 2013. Designed for walkers through 36 months and their caregivers.Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime in Gadsby’s historic ballroom Mondays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal St. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Tuesday/Sept. 11- Sunday/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 Sept. 11

Fundraiser. Jiffy Lube raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the Muscle UpSM Promotion. Customers who donate $3 will receive a savings book worth more than $100 in savings. MDA’s mission is to help those with muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases. Participating Jiffy Lubes are at 511 South Van Dorn Street, 2950 Southgate Drive, 8540 Richmond Highway, and 2912 Duke Street.

Wednesday/Sept. 12

Square Dance Lessons. 7:30 to 9:30 PM. We welcome singles, couples, and families for a free evening of fun at the Lincolnia Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., Alexandria. No experience is necessary. Contact Nancy at 703-573-8378.

DJ Dance with DJ Dave Murphy at Nick’s Nightclub, S. Picket St. $6. Visit nicksnightclub.com or call 703-751-8900.

Take Flight. 7:30 p.m. Learn all about the mysteries and magic of bird migration with Alicia Frances King, as she explores topics like why and when birds migrate, why some birds migrate at night and others during the day, how birds navigate and how to identify stopover points. At the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/

Author Series. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about Little Known Events Affecting the Battle of Britain in 1940 at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1702.

Thursday/Sept. 13

Green Spring Gardens. Garden Stroll & Tea. 4603 Green Spring Rd. 1-3 p.m. $27. Tour the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Then come into the Historic House to relax over an elegant English afternoon tea. Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.

Book Launch. 7:30 p.m. Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth will share their book with a wider community during a public book launch party held at Burgundy Farm Country Day School. Their book is a children’s book about the Egyptian revolution, and it focuses on the role of protesters as they joined hands to protect the historic Bibliotheca Alexandrina. At 3700 Burgundy Rd.

DJ Dance with DJ Dave Murphy at Nick’s Nightclub, S. Picket St. $6.

Art Night at the Torpedo Factory 6-9 p.m. Admission: 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.

Live Music. 7:30 p.m. Female Americana trio Red Molly play roots/Americana/bluegrass music featuring three-part harmonies with banjo, Dobro and guitar. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. $25 (plus $4.50) Call 800-745-3000. Visit www.redmolly.com or www.birchmere.com.

Target Gallery Celebrates 25 Years Reception. 6-8 p.m.; juror talk with J.W. Mahoney at 7 p.m.. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Visit http://www.torpedofactory.org/target

Friday/Sept.14

Spoken Word. 7 p.m. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Society (NVFAA) is pleased to announce the next four scheduled SLAM ALEXANDRIA spoken word poetry events at the Athenaeum in Old Town. Admission is free for all, but attendees interested in competing in the poetry slam can pay an entry fee of $10 for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. Featuring live music, scheduled artists, and an open mic, SLAM ALEXANDRIA is hosted by Shelly Bell and co-sponsored by the NVFAA and Shelly B. Arts. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St.

Green Spring Gardens. Basic Gardening: Grow Great Grub. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 486 0001. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $10. Planting a fall vegetable garden will extend the gardening season so you can continue to harvest fresh produce. Master Gardeners show you how. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

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. Bill Kirchen & Too much fun with special guest Dale Watson.

Dale Watson Concert. 7:30 p.m. Dale Watson plays a concert in celebration of his new single "Daughter's Wedding Song." The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. $29.5. Call 703-549-7500, or visit http://www.birchmere.com.

Saturday/Sept. 15

Green Spring Gardens. Gardening with Succulents. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 485 5801. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $22. Succulents, with their striking forms and unusual colors, are easy and fun houseplants. Growing tips, cultivar selection and design uses will be discussed by Green Spring gardener, Judy Zatsick. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Green Spring Gardens. Gardens of Washington Lecture and Booksigning. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 483 1101. 1-2 p.m. $18. Come to Green Spring to join Barbara Glickman, an avid and active member of the D.C. gardening community and author of the recently published Capital Splendor, Gardens and Parks of Washington, D.C. as she shares the history and beauty of Washington gardens. Book-signing and light refreshments to follow. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Carlyle House Fashion Show. 10:30 a.m. - noon. Enjoy a morning of high fashion - from the past. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Call 703-549-2997 or e-mail carlyle@nvrpa.org.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Kaleidoscope Gala Concert. 7-10:30 p.m. Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic's superb group of 70 musicians will perform a concert featuring music of magic and mystery as well as providing small groups at the Gala's exhibits. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. Call 703-799-8229.

Historic Fashion Show at Carlyle House Historic Park. 10:30 a.m. Living history interpreters will model clothing from the later half of the 18th-century and the early 19th-century. Following the fashion show, participants can tour the historic home of John Carlyle. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12: includes show, house tour and lemonade. Reservations recommended, call 703-549-2997 or e-mail carlyle@nvrpa.org.

The City of Alexandria’s Seventh Annual Doggie Day Swim. 3-7 p.m. at the Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St. This annual event provides dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games. Free. Register Online - activity number 140950. Visit alexandriava.gov/Pools or call the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center at 703-746-5435.

Sunday/Sept. 16

Matinee Film. 2 p.m. Beatley Central Library Sunday Matinee Film Series featuring: The American President (PG-13). 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.

Green Spring Gardens. Tea at Downton Abbey. 4603 Green Spring Rd. 1-3 p.m. $27. The spellbinding "Downton Abbey" portrays the intertwined lives of Edwardian aristocrats and their servants during a period of changing world order. Hear about life upstairs and downstairs at Downton. Call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987 to register.

Music Benefit. Tenth Avenue North’s concert will support Rising Hope Mission Church in Mount Vernon-- a church that serves the homeless, economically disadvantaged and those in recovery. At 14640 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available at www.itickets.com/events/287540/Woodbridge.

Free Concert. 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of music of violin at Chamber Players Concert, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Call the United States Air Force Band's Concert Line at 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil

Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. The D.C.-based Valenzano Trio will perform “20th Century Music for String Trio” at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Hollin Hall, 1909 Windmill Ln. This concert is one of an occasional series presented as fundraisers for the music program at MVUC. Donations are Welcome.

Bridal Showcase. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Simply Couture Bridal Showcase will be held at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. 901 N Fairfax St. There will be a wide variety of vendors on hand to help with every aspect of planning the big day. Free. Brides and guests are encouraged to register through the website to be eligible to win door prizes and more. Visit www.simplycouturebridalshowcase.com or email info@simplycouturebridalshowcase.com or call 703-829-5516.

Jazz Concert. Anna Mwalagho and the Afrofloetry Band will perform 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.

Tuesday/Sept. 18

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Meeting. Room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. 1:00 pm. Free and open to the public. The presentation “ Solving Problems with Tax Records” will focus on what information can be found in tax lists when other sources fail including evidence of relationships, estimated birth and death dates, proof of migration and evidence of relationships. Visit www.MVGenealogy.org.

Jeff Carmella Band. 9-11 p.m. The band draws their musical influences and inspiration from American roots, rock, surf, jazz, swing, blues, and rhythm and blues, performing at The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $10. Visit thecarlyleclub.com or call 703-548-5953.

Wednesday/Sept. 19

TODD SNIDER at the Birchmere. $25.00 www.toddsnider.net/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Swing Speak. 9-11 p.m. The group has a musical range of 1930s and 1940s, American jazz, Latin, and rhythm & blues. They will perform at Nick’s Nightclub, 642 S. Pickett St. $10. Visit nicksnightclub.com or call 703-751-8900.

Thursday/Sept. 20

Lecture. 7 p.m. “From Private to Public: New Uses for Wright Houses.” Mary Roberts, executive director of the Martin House Complex (1903-05) in Buffalo, N.Y., will address the restoration of the Martin House as well as the 2009 Toshiko Mori-designed Greatbatch Pavilion visitor center. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. $15 ($10 National Trust Members) To purchase tickets, send a check made payable to “Woodlawn” to: Woodlawn P.O. Box 15097 Alexandria, VA 22309 or call 703-780-4000 ext. 26327. Thursdays through Mondays only. Advance purchase recommended. Limited ticket sales at door.

Friday/Sept. 21

Joe Pug (Solo) to open for John Hiatt & The Combo at the Birchmere. Visit www.joepugmusic.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Saturday/Sept. 22

Green Spring Gardens. Fall Garden Day. 4603 Green Spring Rd. No reservations required. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. More than 25 plant and craft vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens to fill your fall gardening needs. Call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Matinee Film. 2 p.m. Beatley Central Library Sunday Matinee Film Series featuring: The Contender (R). 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.

American Horticultural Society’s 2012 Gala: “Garden Delights: An Evening by the River,” starts at 6 p.m. on September 22 at the Society’s River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s honorary chair is Kurt Bluemel, a renowned plantsman, nurseryman and designer. The event will include a formal dinner, live music, silent auction, and online auction. Attire is black-tie optional. Advance reservations only; tables for 10 and individual tickets are available. Tickets cost $275 per individual or $2,500 per table for 10 people. All proceeds from the gala benefit the stewardship of River Farm and the American Horticultural Society’s outreach and educational programs. Contact Joanne Sawczuk at 703-768-5700 ext. 132 or email jsawczuk@ahs.org.

Colonial Market & Fair. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Over forty juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises

and fresh chocolate sampling. Admission: adults, $15; youth, 6-11 $7; children 5 and under, free. At the Mt. Vernon Estate. Visit mountvernon.org.

Mile-Long Yard Sale. The Brookville-Seminary Valley Civic Association’s premier community event. BSVCA is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the best interests of Alexandrians, those in the West End in particular. The Sale will stretch on Taney Ave. (22304) from N. Pelham to Patrick Henry Elementary School. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joe Pug (Solo) to open for John Hiatt & The Combo at the Birchmere. Visit www.joepugmusic.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Free Concert. 8 p.m. An evening of music for brass quintet at the Lyceum. 201 S. Washington St. Call the United States Air Force Band's concert line at 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Friday with the Mount Vernon Swing Band. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4 at the door. Owen Hammett will conduct the live band. Light refreshments will be provided by Arden Courts Memory Care Community. $4 at the door. Open to the Community. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Call 703-765-4573.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Outbreak of War. 3-4:30 p.m. Join President James Madison on Sunday, September 23, 2012 to discuss the nation’s recent declaration of war against England and commencing hostilities. Talks will address the relations between the United States and Russia from 1776 to the present. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-746-4242 for tickets or information.

Joe Pug (Solo) to open for John Hiatt & The Combo at the Birchmere. Visit www.joepugmusic.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Free Concert. 3 p.m. An afternoon of music for soprano and violin at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Call the United States Air Force Band's concert line at 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Outbreak of War. 3-4:30 p.m. Join President James Madison on Sunday, September 23, 2012 to discuss the nation’s recent declaration of war against England and commencing hostilities. Talks will address the relations between the United States and Russia from 1776 to the present. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703-746-4242 for tickets or information.

Joe Pug (Solo) to open for John Hiatt & The Combo at the Birchmere. Visit www.joepugmusic.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Free Concert. 3 p.m. An afternoon of music for soprano and violin at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Call the United States Air Force Band's concert line at 202-767-5658 or visit http://www.usafband.af.mil.

Monday/Sept.24

Library Dinner. 6:30 p.m. “Alexandria’s Libraries: Check Them Out! If You’re Not Using These Amazing Neighborhood Resources, You’re Long Overdue” with Rose Dawson, Director, Alexandria Library; Sheilah Egan, Founder, Egan Impressions; and William A. Mayer, Executive for Research Services, National Archives and Records Administration at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower Metro Center, 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner (members with reservations by Sept. 18: $28; with reservations after deadline: $33; without reservations: $38/non-members with reservations by Sept. 18: $33; after deadline: $38; without reservations: $43) at 6:45 p.m.; program ($5 non-members) 7:15 p.m. Dinner reservations required. Contact Sherry Brown, 703-548-7089 or visit agendaalexandria@aol.com

Tuesday/Sept. 25

ANTHONY DAVID w/ Antoine Dunn. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50. The Music Hall. Visit www.rollingmojo.com or www.antoinedunn.com.

Four Star Combo. 9-11 p.m. The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $10

Classic American Rockabilly played in the authentic style.

Wednesday/Sept. 26

Author Series. 7-8:30 p.m. Ricardo Lasso will speak about his book Democracy on Trial: The Case for the Defense at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1702.

Friday/Sept. 28

LEVI LOWREY to open for The BoDeans at the Birchmere. Visit www.levilowrey.com/ or www.Birchmere.com.

Green Spring Gardens. Basic Gardening: Grow Lush Ferns. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 482 2301. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $10. Join us at Green Spring Gardens to learn more about growing ferns from a Master Gardener and walk through the garden to see them. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Saturday/Sept. 29

Green Spring Gardens. Invasive Plant ID and Native Alternative. 4603 Green Spring Rd. Code: 290 489 3201. 9 a.m.-noon. $35. In this workshop Kristen Sinclair and Brenda Skarphol, curatorial horticulturist, focus on invasive plant identification both in the classroom and the field and provide native alternatives to plant instead. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Community Health Fair. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Come out – get screened – gather the most recent information on various health issues – learn how to take better care of yourself and your loved ones. Free mini lectures, panel discussions, ask-the-doctor sessions, and information and counseling. At Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred St. Call 703-683-2222.

Art Festival. The inaugural Kaleidoscope for Kids presents nationally acclaimed artists and performers to children and their families. 
At The Durant Center for the Arts, 1605 Cameron St. Call 703-746-5560.

71st Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour & Marketplace 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tour some of the city's most beautifully restored and decorated homes in the heart of Old Town. Marketplace will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 228 S. Pitt St. An Evening of 18th Century Games and Diversions 8-10 p.m. Admission: $40. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., 703-549-2997. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks are included in the event ticket and tours of the house will also be offered.

An Evening of 18th Century Games and Diversions 8-10 p.m.

Admission: $40. Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

703-549-2997. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks are included in the event

Kaleidoscope for Kids 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A two-day event including theater, musical performances, dance, poetry, visual arts projects, kaleidoscope-making and book-making workshops. Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be offering free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org, alexandriaarchaeology.org, and apothecarymuseum.org.

Flea Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 2911 Cameron Mills Rd. is holding its Flea Market. There will be a corner dedicated to children’s items, including toys and books, in addition to baked goods and lunch. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Call 703-549-5500 or email office@trinityalexandria.org.

Sunday/Sept. 30

Matinee Film. 2 p.m. Beatley Central Library Sunday Matinee Film Series featuring: Wag the Dog (R). 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.

Green Spring Gardens. Tea at Downton Abbey. 4603 Green Spring Rd. 1-3 p.m. $27. The spellbinding "Downton Abbey" portrays the intertwined lives of Edwardian aristocrats and their servants during a period of changing world order. Hear about life upstairs and downstairs at Downton. Call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987 to register.

SHOVELS & ROPE to open for Asleep at the Wheel. 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now. The Music Hall. Visit www.shovelsandrope.com.

Olde Towne Dogge Walke. 9-11 a.m. "A Salute to Dogs in Service." Market Square. $25 per registered walker. $40 per non-registered walker. This event is both a fundraiser for a public charity committed to helping our Nation's veterans through canine therapy and service dogs and a celebration of well-trained dogs and their loving owners and handlers. Register at www.doggewalke.com.

Art Festival. The Inaugural Kaleidoscope for Kids presents nationally acclaimed artists and performers to children and their families. 
At The Durant Center for the Arts, 1605 Cameron St. Call 703-746-5560.

Open daily through September 2013

“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 St.) is open Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. Suggested admission is $2. Visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703-746-4994.

Kaleidoscope for Kids 10 a.m.-4 p.m. An event including theater, musical performances, dance, poetry, visual arts projects, kaleidoscope-making and book-making workshops. Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.