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Arlington Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

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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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Oct. 15 through Nov. 18

Free Art Exhibition. “A Celebration of Color” will be on display at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe, 4536 Lee Hwy. The exhibit was juried by noted local pastel painter Daniel Wise. Open to the public. A reception will be held Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe. Meet the artists and view the juried exhibit. Refreshments are provided.

Oct. 26 through Nov. 4

Encore Stage & Studio presents The Hobbit. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Adults $12; Children, Students and Seniors $10. Tickets may be purchased at www.encorestage.org. Group discounts are available.

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

Saturdays Starting Oct. 13

Family Skate Opening Night. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. $2 per person. Skate Rental: $3 per person. Cash only. Save time in line by bringing your own skates. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Teen Sport Nights Opening Night. 9-11 p.m. At Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. $2 per student. Open gym of basketball, soccer, volleyball, roller skating, parkour & game room with billiards, ping-pong, foosball and more. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

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.

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.

Author Series. 7:30 p.m. As part of George Mason University’s “Fall for the Book” festival, Ken Budd will be appearing at the Shirlington Library to discuss his memoir, The Voluntourist — A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. 4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-993-3986 or visit www.fallforthebook.org.

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.

Woman’s Club Healthy Eating Demonstration. 1 p.m. Cary Kelly with “Ah love Oil & Vinegar,” from the Villages at Shirlington, will talk on Healthy Eating. Free samples. Woman’s Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St. Call 703-563-5800.

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.

High School Musical. 7 p.m. At the James Lee Community Center, 2285 Annandale Road. During intermission, the actors will serve dessert. Tickets, including dessert, are $18/adult; $12/child. Purchase at www.dawnetechnicalsolutions.com/TSP.htm. Group tickets available. Call 571-235-5157 or e-mail spot@dawnetechnicalsolutions.com.

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.

High School Musical. 7 p.m. At the James Lee Community Center, 2285 Annandale Rd. During intermission, the actors will serve dessert. Tickets, including dessert, are $18/adult; $12/child. Purchase at www.dawnetechnicalsolutions.com/TSP.htm. Group tickets available. Call 571-235-5157 or e-mail spot@dawnetechnicalsolutions.com.

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.

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.

High School Musical. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. At the James Lee Community Center, 2285 Annandale Rd. During intermission, the actors will serve dessert. Tickets, including dessert, are $18/adult; $12/child. Purchase at www.dawnetechnicalsolutions.com/TSP.htm. Group tickets available. Call 571-235-5157 or e-mail spot@dawnetechnicalsolutions.com.

Arlington History Bike Tour. 9 a.m. Bike 1 to 23 miles visiting Arlington parks and historic sites. Bring lunch, water, and any type of bike. Wear helmet. No reservations necessary. $2. Meet at Ballston Metro Station (Top of Escalator, S.E. Corner of N. Stuart St. and Fairfax Drive). Contact Bernie Berne at 703-243-0179 or email bhberne@yahoo.com.

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.

High School Musical. 2 p.m. At the James Lee Community Center, 2285 Annandale Rd. During intermission, the actors will serve dessert. Tickets, including dessert, are $18/adult; $12/child. Purchase at www.dawnetechnicalsolutions.com/TSP.htm. Group tickets available. Call 571-235-5157 or e-mail spot@dawnetechnicalsolutions.com.

Blessing of the Animals. 3 p.m. All household pets are invited. Meet on the lawn and in case of rain meet in the parish hall. Rock Spring United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Rd. Call 703-538-4886.

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

Women’s Club Events. 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Woman's Club of Arlington will have a bake sale, boutique with hand-made crafts, White House Ornaments sale and paper-shredding fund-raising event. All proceeds will help fund the scholarships to one Wakefield High School senior each year. At the Club's parking lot located at the corner of South 8th and Buchanan streets. The shredding truck will accept all paper, checkbooks and old stubs. Remove all metal items (3-ring binders, metal-spring clips and staples) before coming. A donation is requested for the paper shredding, which will benefit the scholarship fund. Call 703-553-5800.

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.

Concert. 4 p.m. Virginia Chamber Orchestra presents Musical Gems from France. Free for students. Ernst Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Ticket purchased at the door: Adults $25; Senior $20. Discount tickets ($20) are available online at www.virginiachamberorchestra.org.

Tuesday/Oct. 16

Advance Model Screening. 6:30 p.m. WDCW and the Fashion Centre will also host an advance screening of CW’s new “EMILY OWEN, M.D.” show, which is scheduled to premiere at 9 p.m.

Wednesday/Oct. 17

Lunch and Performance. 12 p.m. McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road. $10 per person. Pre-payment required by Oct. 11. Free blood pressure screening begins at 11 a.m. Call 703-506-2199 to register or email rekcockcalb@hotmail.com.

Oct. 19-21

The U.S. FreedomWalk Festival. A non-competitive walking sport event for fitness and fellowship.
Everyone welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

 All walks begin and end at Holiday Inn-Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive. Adults $15-$24, children $5. Registration required at www.usfreedomwalk.org.

*Friday/Oct. 19. The trails are 5 and 10 km long.

*Saturday/Oct. 20. 3, 6, 12, or 27 miles go by the embassies, memorials, the National Mall and Arlington Cemetery.
The 27-mile ultra marathon travels around some of the best trails in Arlington and D.C.

*Sunday/Oct. 21. 3, 6, 12, or 18 miles branch out to the C&O Canal and other parks depending on the distance selected by the participants.

Saturday/Oct. 20

D.C. 50’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Expo. 2-8 p.m. Washington’s premier fashion event will be held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. This year’s hosts include “America’s Next Top Model” runway coach J Alexander (Miss J) and K Street Kate’s Kate Michael. The event will feature multiple fashion shows, free beauty makeovers, book signings, and meet and greets with celebrities. Headlining the fashion shows will be “Project Runway” Season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung-Chee and NBC’s “Fashion Star,” Nikki Poulos. Visit www.fbldc.com.

3rd Annual Harvest for Hope Celebration Event. 6-10 p.m. NRECA Conference Center Ballroom, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Help raise funds and awareness for homeless and substance abuse recovery programs while enjoying great entertainment, food and beverages. Visi www.voachesapeake.org/ResidentialProgramCenter. Tickets are $50. Casual Cocktail Attire.

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.

Friday/Oct. 26

Bowling Trip. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Pick up/return to T.J. Community Center, 3501 2nd St. $12 per student, includes lunch. Registration deadline: Oct. 23. Use activity Code 970011-B to register. Call 703-228-4747, or visit registration.arlingtonva.us.

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.

Saturday & Sunday/Oct. 27-28

Annual Studio Tour & Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Take this free, self-guided tour to meet 14 artists in their working environments and to view and purchase art. To join the tour, visit the Alliance website www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for a downloadable map and additional details, including local venues distributing the Studio Tour map.

Thursday/Nov. 1

Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. Featuring discussions Rachel Zampelli and Thomas Keegan stars of Signature Theatre’s Dying City. Signature’s Mead Lobby, 
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

Monday/Nov. 5

From Page to Stage Mondays. 7 p.m. Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave. A look into design and production. Artists will present a new perspective on the world of live theatre. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

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.

Mondays/Dec. 3

From Page to Stage Mondays. 7 p.m. 
Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls, the film based on the 1981 Broadway musical. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

Thursday/Dec. 6

Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. Nova Y. Payton, an audience favorite as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, returns in the role of Effie White in the landmark musical Dreamgirls. Signature’s Mead Lobby, 
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.