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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Sept. 20, 2012

Through Sept. 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 Sept. 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.

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

Tuesdays Through Oct. 21

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

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

Sept. 27-Nov. 11

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

Oct. 3-Nov. 4

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

Oct. 4-Nov. 5

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

Oct. 5 through 28

Sweet n’ Salty Art Exhibit. Artists were asked to “give in to their

cravings” to create dynamic and interesting interpretations of this theme. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Oct. 6-28

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

Oct. 18-21

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday, Oct. 21, 1-4:30 p.m.

Nov. 2-25

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

Thursday/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.

Yoga Session. 9 p.m. 532 YOGA, 532 N. Washington St., Suite 100. $25. Register online at www.532Yoga.com, or email suzanne@532Yoga.com, or call 703-209-0049

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

Meet Authors Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. 6:30-7:30 p.m. They will present the novel they wrote together, Burn for Burn! Reserve a spot and a copy of the book at info@hooray4books.com. Ages 14 and up. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

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.

Jane Franklin Dance. 6-8 p.m. Fall Preview with live music featuring Mark Sylvester, accompanied by cellist Natalie Spehar, premiering new works for electric guitar and cello, mandolin and cello, and solo acoustic guitar. Jane Franklin Dance performs to these selections plus an excerpt from The Obstinate Pen, a performance for children, and recent work developed through an Alexandria Commission Special Opportunity Award. $20. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Visit www.janefranklin.com.

Fundraiser Event at 532 YOGA. noon-2 p.m. Celebrate the Fall Equinox with 108 Sun Salutations. All proceeds to LBBC (living beyond breast cancer). 532 YOGA, 532 N. Washington St., Suite 100. $10 Please register online at www.532Yoga.com, or email suzanne@532Yoga.com, or call 703-209-0049.

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

Little Ruth Book Launch Party. 2-4 p.m. Dee Wright, author of the Little Ruth book series, will present the newest installment, Halloween Drama Queen. Reserve a spot and a copy of the book at info@hooray4books.com. Ages 6 and up. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

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.

Book Signing. 2 p.m. Cheryl and Peter Barnes will be hosting a book signing at Hooray for Books! Peter is a journalist and broadcaster who reports on public policy issues in Washington, D.C. Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture. They launch three new books this September, Woodrow, the White House Mouse; House Mouse, Senate Mouse; and Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse. 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

Meditation. 6-7:30 p.m. 532 YOGA, 532 N. Washington St., Suite 100. A six-week course. $90. Please register online at www.532Yoga.com, or email suzanne@532Yoga.com, or call 703-209-0049.

Storytime With Author Cheryl Barnes. 2-3 p.m. Join for an afternoon reading. Ages 5 and up. Free. Hooray for Books! Children's Bookstore, 1555 King St. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

Colonial Market & Fair. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 40 juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares plus two stages of family entertainment with 18th-century amusements. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises and fresh chocolate sampling. Adults $15, ages 6-11 $7, age 5 and under free. At the Mount Vernon Estate. Visit mountvernon.org.

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

Rock, Paper, Cocktails. 6: 30-9:30 p.m. An evening of jewelry, stationary, personalized gifts, art, clothing, and cocktails at the Hotel Monaco, 480 King St. This event has raised more $6,000 to support the mission of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Rhonda’s Club. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket. Visitwww.facebook.com/RockPaperCocktails. To purchase tickets through Eventbrite, visit: http://rockpapercocktails2012.eventbrite.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. Call 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.

Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Largest native plant sale in DC Metro Area hosts 11 vendors from four states selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade in historic Parkfairfax. 3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria. Call 571-232-0375 or visit www.ParkfairfaxNativePlantSale.org.

Fall Concert. 8 p.m. Peter Trofimenko and The American Balalaika Symphony open the 2012-2013 Concert Season with Autumn Fantasies, featuring acclaimed Russian balalaika soloist Demitri Shvetsov, and fantasy themes by Russian composers still unknown to most American audiences. The U.S. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 Beauregard St. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter/. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for seniors, students and groups. Cash and checks only at the door. Visit www.ABSorchestra.org or www.InstantSeats.com.

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.

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

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.

Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. National Chamber players, members of the National Symphony Orchestra with Kenneth Slowik. At Pendleton Hall, Ainslie Arts Center, Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Rd. Call 703-933-4135 or email vdp@episcopalhighschool.org.

Free Art Discussion. "Literary Light from Cuba: The enduring creativity of Ediciones Vigía" Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections at the Library of Congress, will discuss Ediciones Vigía, a collective of book artists in Matanzas, Cuba, which produces books of both high literary and artistic value. She will also share works from her current collection. Morrison House, 116 South Alfred St. Visit www.morrisonhouse.com or call 703-838-8000.

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.

Free Film Series. 6:45 p.m. Duncan Library in Del Ray will present Criss Cross, the fifth film in its free Noir at Duncan film series. Post-screening discussion begins at approximately 9 p.m. at St. Elmo's, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Seating is limited to 40 viewers. The Library is located at 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703 746 1705.

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.

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

Monday/Oct. 8

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

Wednesday/Oct. 10

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

Thursday/Oct. 11

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

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

Saturday/Oct. 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday/Oct. 14

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

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

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

Tuesday/Oct. 16

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

Thursday/Oct. 18

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

Saturday/Oct. 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday/Oct. 21

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

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

Through Oct. 21

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

Wednesday/Oct. 24

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

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

Saturday/Oct. 27

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

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

Sunday/Oct. 28

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

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

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

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

Through Oct. 31

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

Thursday/Nov. 1

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

Friday/Nov. 2

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

Wednesday/Nov. 7

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

Thursday/Nov. 8

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

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

Friday/Nov. 9-11

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

Saturday/Nov.10

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

Saturday/Nov. 17

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

Sunday/Nov. 18

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

Friday/Nov. 23 through Nov. 24

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

Tuesday/Nov. 27

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

Saturday/Dec. 1

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

Tuesday/Dec. 4

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

Thursday/Dec. 6

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

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

Monday/Dec. 10

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

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

Friday/Dec. 14 and 15

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