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Arlington Calendar: Sept. 11, 2012

Thursdays

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.

Friday Mornings

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.

Fridays in September

Wine in the Water Park. 7-9 p.m. Free admission and snacks, $5 wine, $4 beer. Wine in the Water Park brings the mood-setting, ambient music of DJ Adrian Loving, wine and beer selected by the Washington Wine Academy and free snacks from Jaleo to the Crystal City Water Park, across from 1750 Crystal Dr.

Sept. 5-19

Learning to Cook Middle Eastern Food. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join Janet Al-Hussaini, Master Food Volunteer, and learn to prepare varied grains, vegetables, and legumes. $30/class or $80/series. At Fairlington Community Center Kitchen 3308 S Stafford St. To register contact jabel@vt.edu or call 703-228-6417.

Sept. 7 through Oct. 11

Paintings by Nancy Hannans and Beverly Ryan. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Marymount’s Barry gallery will feature this free exhibit at the marymount Gallery in the Reinsch Library on Marymount’s Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Rd. Call 703-284-1561 or email judy.bass@marymount.edu.

Sept. 14 through Oct. 6

‘J.B.’ by Archibald MacLeish (1958) will be Performed in a circus ring, this theatrical updating of the biblical story of Job begins when two vendors in a circus take on the roles of Satan and God to examine the meaning of life by observing the travails of J.B., a banker whose life falls apart. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.

Sept. 15-26

2012 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Opening Ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Track events will follow, including a three-mile walk, 60 and 200-meter dashes, 400-, 800- and 1600-meter runs plus 400, 800 and 1600-meter walks. Diving competition will take place at 3 p.m. at the Yorktown High School pool, 5200 Yorktown Blvd. T.J. is also the site on Saturday., Sept. 22 for men’s and women’s basketball free throw and field goals at 11a.m. and men’s 3 on 3 basketball at 1 p.m. Three days of pickleball competition, Sept. 24-26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. will take place at TJ which will be the final events of NVSO. Call 703-228-4721, visit www.nvso.us or email mailto:nvso1982@gmail.com

Oct. 2 through Nov. 25

Christopher Shinn’s Dying City Premiere. At Signature Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sept. 7. 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.

Through Oct. 7

Musical Comedy. Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available in person at the Signature Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT.

Through November

National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest. Cherry Blossoms are blooming inside and outside in Crystal City this spring with a new partnership between the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and FotoDC. Some 150 finalists and judge favorites from FotoDC's Second Annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will be exhibited along Crystal City's interior walkways. Visit http://www.crystalcity.org

Jan. 11-Feb. 2, 2013

’The Show-Off’ by George Kelly (1924) is a comedy about an ambitious and audacious young faker—also an apparent fool—somehow manages to transform 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. More information at www.AmericanCentury.org.

Mar. 22-Apr. 13, 2013

’Voodoo Macbeth’ adapted by Oson Welles (1936) is a reimagining of the play using the imagery and traditions of Voodoo. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. More information at http://www.americancentury.org.

Jun. 7-29, 2013

’Biography’ by S.N. Behrman (1932) revolves around 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. More information at http://www.americancentury.org.

July 19-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. More information at http://www.americancentury.org.

Friday/Sept. 14

Singles Happy Hour. 5 p.m. At Ireland's Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Blvd. RSVP required. Call 301-924-4101 or visit

www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Book Signing and Discussion. 7 p.m. Steve Piacente will discuss from Bootlicker, a prequel to his book Bella, a civil war thriller. At One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Call 703-300-9746. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.

Saturday/Sept. 15

Latin American Harp Festival. 7:30 p.m. Teatro de la Luna presents ‘Arpas de America’, presenting Rene Devia of Colombia, Julio Gonzalez of Mexico and Lorenzo Gonzalez and Julie Crystal Pena of Paraguay, four masters of he Latin American harp, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St. Tickets at www.teatrodelaluna.org, TICKETplace.org, and Goldstar.com.

Barbershop Chorus Show. 2 p.m. The Arlington Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society with the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus Chapter Quartets present The Wearing O' the Green and the Blue and the Gray, ACME Chord Company featured. Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 3501 S. 2nd St. $15. Call 703-521-9331 or visit http://www.thearlingtones.com

Campfire: Nature's Nightshift. 6-7 p.m. Find out who’s awake when we sleep and about adaptations to survive and thrive in the dark. Call 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. $5 fee due upon registration. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Astronomy Quest. 6-10 p.m. Adults. Travel to the darker skies of the Shenandoah mountains to celebrate Astronomy. Astronomy enthusiasts and experts will share their knowledge and telescopes. Vans leave from Lubber Run Center parking lot, 300 N. Park Dr. $15 fee due upon registration. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Sunday/Sept. 16

A Taste of Wine and Jazz. 2-6 p.m. $20 food and wine, $10 food only. Enjoy sips of wine from Spain and South America provided by Jaleo and tempting tapas from local restaurants. Free salsa dancing lessons from The Salsa Room, Latin jazz from Trio Caliente and wine tasting classes from the Washington Wine Academy. Tickets available day of event. Courtyard at 220 20th St.

Barbershop Chorus Show. 2 p.m. The Arlington Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society with the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus Chapter Quartets present The Wearing O' the Green and the Blue and the Gray, ACME Chord Company featured. Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 3501 S. 2nd St. $15. Call 703-521-9331 or visit http://www.thearlingtones.com

Tuesday/Sept. 18

One More Page Book Club. 7 p.m. The Mystery/Suspense Book Club discusses Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler. At One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Sunday/Sept. 19

Book Discussion. 11 a.m. Meditation teacher and author Ilchi Lee will discuss his book, The Call of Sedona at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Author Maggie Sefton discusses Deadly Politics, the newest installment in her popular Molly Malone series at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Friday/Sept. 21

Book Signing. 10:30 a.m. Children’s author and illustrator Bob Shea introduces his newest title, Dinosaur vs. Santa during the Mary Riley Styles Library story time with a book-signing. His books, including I’m a Shark and Dinosaur vs. the Library, can be purchased at the event at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Saturday/Sept. 22

Book Discussion. 3:30 p.m. Tom Angleberger promotes The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: An Origami Yoda Book, the follow up to his breakout bestsellers The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Potomac Harmony Chorus. 3 p.m. Tickets now on sale for the matinee show, “Alumnae Reunion: A Musical Afternoon of Reverie, Revelry and Reveille.” At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Rd. $15/adult, $12/seniors and children. For tickets, email tickets@potomacharmony.org

Campfire: Shrews & Voles. 6-7 p.m. All ages. The whole family is invited to join us for lots of old fashioned fun around the campfire. Come out to roast S'mores and learn all about habits and habitats of these small, shy, but vital citizens of the forest. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Rd. $5 fee due upon registration. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Family Fun Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a day of free outdoor family fun at Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester St. An inflatable obstacle course and sports games are offered. Bring food to grill or pack a picnic lunch. Limited parking, walk or bike ride are encouraged. Call 703-228-6525.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Pups and Pilsners. 2-6 p.m. Free admission, additional fee for beer. This dog-friendly festival features a beer garden with 10 stations – each with a different craft brew, including offerings from local breweries. Crystal City restaurants will serve up food to satisfy appetites. Festival grounds at 1405 Crystal Dr.

Reading Rally Two. 2 p.m. held by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. Open to the general public. Free program has authors, including Lesley Lee Francis, American poet Robert Frost’s granddaughter, discussing ‘Please Look After Mom’ by Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin. At the Arlington Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St. Visit www.operaguildnova.org

Haircut Deal for Fundraiser. noon-4 p.m. At Jon David Hair Salons, 6720 Commerce St. and 1800 Wilson Blvd. Suite R2. The salons participate in Annual HopeCuts Fundraiser for Cancer, HIV/AIDS Research at City of Hope Cancer Center. Appointments are limited. Call Samya at 703-924-3835. Visit http://jondavidsalon.net.

Monday/Sept. 24

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.

One More Page Book Club. 4:30 p.m. The Kids Book Club meets to chat about The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Lecture Series . 3 p.m. Lecture on "The Maestro Myth? The Conductor and the Orchestra" at the Arlington Central Library. The Music Director and Conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Scott Wood, will explain the history, psychology and the purpose of the orchestra conductor. Call 703-228-2144.

Wednesday/Sept. 26

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Author Erika Robuck will discuss and sign Hemingway’s Girl, her spellbinding story of a young maid who befriends the literary legend in Key West, at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Thursday/Sept. 27

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Will Lavender discusses and signs Dominance, his new puzzle-within-a-thriller set on a college campus. The event is hosted by One More Page Books in conjunction with George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival, at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Friday/Sept. 28

‘Pat McGee’. 8 p.m. Tickets $38 (Stars Price $34.20). Presented by Strathmore at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Saturday/Sept. 29

Anniversary. 6:30 p.m. Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic celebrates 50 years of making a difference. Reception, dinner and musical entertainment by David Wright and The Wright Touch at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 S. Potomac Ave. Contact Lauren Zapf at lzapf@phoenixhouse.org or call 703-841-0703, ext. 3088 for tickets.

Crystal City Diamond Derby. 4-10 p.m. The event will transform the parking garage at 2345 Crystal Dr. in Crystal City into an urban cycling course. From daredevil cyclists to non-competitive riders, the Derby has something for everyone, including a course for kids, a traditional speed race, team relays and a courier-inspired obstacle course. Visit www.diamond-derby.com

Floral Demos. 10:30-2:30 p.m. Rock Spring Garden Club will have in-club floral designers demonstrating how to create lovely floral designs and members answering gardening questions at Arlington County's First 55+ Retirement Fair, at the Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpepper Street. Visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/dpr

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Charity Shumway talks about her debut novel, Ten Girls to Watch, a funny and uplifting story about stumbling through the early years of adulthood at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Explore Arlington Nature: Potomac Heritage Trail. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Half-day hike along Arlington’s Potomac River shoreline from Theodore Roosevelt Island to Gulf Branch Nature Center (return shuttle to Roosevelt Island provided). Starting point is accessible from the Rosslyn Metro – directions will be sent to registered participants. Bring lunch and water in your hands-free bag or backpack. Adults and teens w/adult. Call 703-228-6535. Registration required. $5 fee due upon registration.

Book Discussion. 6:30 p.m. Erin Thomas chats about her book, Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey, a look into the history of coal at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Youth Fitness & Wellness Expo. 5-9 p.m. Discover a plethora of youth-based fitness offerings at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street S. Visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/.

Sunday/Sept. 30

Festival Latinoamericano. 1-5 p.m. Head to Kenmore Middle School during Hispanic Heritage Month as dancers and musicians bring the exciting folk traditions of several Latino-American countries to Arlington. Free admission. Visit http://www.arlingtonva.us

Book Discussion. 4 p.m. Young Adults Author Panel discusses the widening demands for Young Adult fiction with a focus on fiction that might be considered “too dark” for YA readers. Participants include: Kristen-Paige Madonia, Diana Peterfreund, Carmen Rodrigues, and Timothy Travaglini. The event is hosted by One More Page Books in conjunction with George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival, at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com or call 703-300-9746.

Two Master Gardeners Open Houses. AutumnFest, Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, 300 S. Kensington St. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebration with free crafts, food and drink, and hundreds of plants, pumpkins and herbs for sale. Various free Workshops start from 11 a.m. Annual Taste and Tour, Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Talk with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables, planting fall crops and overwintering vegetables. Park in the lot and walk past the Nature Center to the garden on the left. Free. Call 703-228-6414 or visit mgnv.org.

Monday/Oct. 1

From Page to Stage Mondays. 7-8 p.m. 
Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch
, 4200 Campbell Ave. An hour-long discussion with a member of the cast from Signature Theatre’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

Thursday/Oct. 4

Brown Bag Thursdays: Karma Camp and Brianne Camp. 1–2 p.m
. The Helen Hayes nominated mother and daughter team behind last season’s Hairspray are back together this season with Signature’s production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. 
Signature’s Mead Lobby, 
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

Friday/Oct. 5

Free Concert. "The Polished Brass Jazz Trio" with Jonas Bernstein-Guitar, Michael Fox-Trumpet and Vocals, and Eric Seay-Bass will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 4201 N. Fairfax Dr. A reception follows. Visit http://www.cumcballston.org.

Saturday/Oct. 6

“Mind your Health” 5K Run/Walk hosted by Mental Health America. 8 a.m. at Bluemont Park, 339 N. Manchester Street. Registration is $25 through Aug. 31 and $30 beginning Sept. 1. Visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net. Sponsorship opportunities available: contact Julie Burke at jburke@mentalhealthamerica.net

Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden Celebration. 1-5 p.m. At Bon Air Park, 850 North Lexington St. Enjoy fall roses along with docent led tours, potting stations for rose rootings, poetry readings, cookies and lemonade. Visit http://library.arlingtonva.us.

Native Seed Collection. 10 a.m.-noon. At Lubber Run Park, N. Columbus St & 2nd St. N. Collect acorns and other tree seeds. Collected seeds are sent to the state nurseries to be grown into tree seedlings which eventually are distributed back throughout the state for restoration projects. Volunteers should meet at the Lubber Run Amphitheater. Visit www.growingnative.org. RSVP by emailing at volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org or calling 703-228-6406.

Sunday/Oct. 7

Free 50+ Expos. noon-4 p.m. Attend the 13th annual 50+ Expos featuring expert speakers, a variety of informative exhibitors and excellent entertainment. Free. At Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Call 301-949-9766 or visit

www.theBeaconNewspapers.com.

Saturday/Oct. 13

The 2012 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists. 7-9 p.m. The Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 North Glebe Rd. Jummy Olabanji, from ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8, will preside as MC. Free and open to the public. Donations welcome. Call the Opera Guild at 703-536-7557, email mcdm1@verizon.net

Sunday/Oct. 14

Fundraiser. 1-4 p.m. The Mutts n Munchkins Crafty Kids Fundraiser supports Service Dogs of Virginia. Mutts n Munchkins is looking for individuals, or teams of young people, to create simple dog related products (art work or baked goods) or interactive activities (games or arts and crafts) to sell at the event to raise money for Service Dogs of Virginia. Cherry Hill Park. Vist www.muttsnmunchkins.com.

Monday/Oct. 22

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 welcome.

Saturday/Oct. 27

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.

Monday/Nov. 26

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.