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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Sept. 13, 2012

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Alexandria Story Festival. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Interact with some favorite authors and check out games and activities for the whole family. Located at TC Williams High School, 3330 King St. Visit wrighttoread.org/alexandria-story-festival.html. All ages. Free.

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.

Talk Like a Pirate Storytime. 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with two rip-roaring story times for aspiring swashbucklers. Wear a pirate costume to the event. Ages 6 and under. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Call 703-548-4092 or visit www.hooray4books.com.

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.

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.

Potomac Conservancy's 2012 Benefit. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. At River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Dr. Enjoy an evening celebration along the shores of the Potomac with special guest Alexandra Cousteau, who will be honored for her global leadership on water quality and environmental policy. Valet Parking will be provided. Dress Attire: Cocktail Blue. Tickets are $250 per person ($175 tax deductible). Purchase tickets by visiting www.potomac.org.

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.

Author Series. 10:45 a.m. Barbara Glickman will talk about her new book, Capital Splendor, on gardens and parks in the Washington, D.C. area. Free. Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 8532 Fort Hunt Rd. Call 703-549-4245.

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.

St. Luke's Craft & Family Fun Fair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Ft. Hunt Rd. More than 30 crafters will offer handmade knit items, jewelry and more. Buy fresh produce from a farmer's market, listen to live music, and have lunch. Contact Anne Hargrove at annehargrove@cox.net or call 703 768-3220.

Piano Concert. 8 p.m. Acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will be performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the Symphony’s 2012-2013 Season Opening Concert at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets $5 for children 18 and under; $15-$70 for students; $35-$70 for seniors; $40-$70 for adults. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

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.

Concert. 7 p.m. Focus presents an acoustic co-bill of singer-songwriters Cary Cooper and Brad Yoder, with special guest Natalie York at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at www.focusmusic.org. Call 703-501-6061.

Afternoon Benefit. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Area musicians and Alexandria’s Town Crier join forces with the historic Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association to celebrate Alexandria Fire Department firefighters and

first responders at The Grove on Virginia Theological Seminary grounds, 3737 Seminary Rd. Association President Joe Shumard invites Alexandrians to enjoy food, music, games, and fellowship. Registration: $30/adult, $75/group (up to five admissions) Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Fire Department. Visit www.friendshipfire.net.

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.

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

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.

Saturday and Sunday/Sept. 29-30

Art Sale and Exhibit. The Kingstowne Area Artists will exhibit and sell its work on Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Sept. 30, from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Snyder Center located at 6450 South Van Dorn St. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Visit www.kingstowne.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 and 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.

Monday/Oct. 1

Los Lobos performing 'Kiko' live w/ Amy Helm at the Birchmere. $49.50. Visit www.loslobos.org, www.amyhelm.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Tuesday/Oct. 2

Keiko Matsui at the Birchmere $39.50. Visit www.keikomatsui.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Swingin’ Lincolns. 9-11 p.m. At the Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. $10. Smooth, classic American songbook standards. Visit http://dc.gottaswing.com.

Wednesday/Oct. 3

DJ Dance Party with DJ Dabe Murphy. 9-11 p.m. At Nick’s Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St. $6. Visit nicksnightclub.com or call 703-751-8900.

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.

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.

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.

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.