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AM Calendar 4/10/2013

‘Pacific Pulse’

Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery. The Pacific Pulse exhibition will be on display through May 11. Artspace 109 is located at 109 North Fairfax Street, 3rd Floor Alexandria. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

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Registration is now open for spring classes. Art at the Center is located at 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-201-1250 or visit www.artatthecenter.org.

Spring Classes

Registration is now open for spring classes. Art at the Center is located at 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-201-1250 or visit www.artatthecenter.org.

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City Birds 1 by John Rizzo, from Target Gallery’s Trash Talk exhibition

City Birds 1 by John Rizzo, from Target Gallery’s Trash Talk exhibition

2nd Thursday Art Night: Greening the Arts

Browse three floors of open studios and galleries, converse with artists, enjoy refreshments, and live music by Guitars Not Guns at this free monthly event, Thursday, April 11, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at the receptions for eco-friendly art exhibitions - Trash Talk in Target Gallery and Beauty and the Waste in Site 2 & 3 Galleries. Then use recycled materials to craft your own environmental art at our Do-It-Yourself Creation Station. Visit The Art League Gallery for the reception for Linda Lawler: Everyday Gods & Goddesses and Flora and Fauna.

Visit Target Gallery from 6 to 8pm for the reception for Trash Talk. Stay for remarks at 7 p.m. by juror Maren Hassinger. Stop into The Art League Gallery from 6:30-8 p.m. for the reception for Linda Lawler: Everyday Gods & Goddesses and Flora and Fauna.

Enjoy live performances by musicians from Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help stop violence in schools and on the streets by providing a music program for at-risk teens and other deserving children.

2nd Thursday Art Night is a free monthly event held on the second Thursday of each month at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visitors are invited to browse open studios, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments while taking part in special monthly programming and activities.Visit www.torpedofactory.org/thursday.htm for more information about 2nd Thursday Art Night.

Students, faculty and staff of the Virginia Theological Seminary are finalizing preparations for the seminary’s Christian Rock Concert, Saturday, April 13. The free day-long event includes a morning Quidditch clinic and tournament, food vendors, and more than 10 hours of live music.

Joining headliners Five Iron Frenzy (pictured) are the Letter Black, Fran McKendree, the Sloan River Project and Joel Joa. Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to meet band members throughout the day and also hear local acts CrashChord and Paradox.

The event has arisen as part of a continuing effort to find ways for young people to stay connected with the church, a priority for Virginia Seminary. As such, the seminary’s Center for the Ministry of Teaching, which provides resources to assist with lifelong Christian formation and discipleship, has been integral in planning for the concert.

With less than three weeks until the concert, hundreds of people have already pre-registered for the event. While a number of youth groups from Episcopal congregations are scheduled to attend, the concert is intended as an ecumenical event, open to all.

Just as the seminary hopes to welcome guests of all faith traditions, the music lineup includes something for everyone. Five Iron Frenzy’s high-energy brand of third-wave ska has developed a huge following over the years, even resurrecting the band in 2012 through a Kickstarter project. Alternative/hard rock group The Letter Black cites influences Metallica, Guns N Roses, Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots while urban artist Joel Joa grew up listening to Latin rap, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Lil Rob and Eminem. Sloan River Project blends sacred, secular and spiritual traditions into their own brand of pop, while singer-songwriter Fran McKendree is more grounded in folk, having begun his forty-year career in coffee shops before sharing New York’s Central Park stage with headliner Jimmy Cliff.

More information about participating artists may be found at the concert web site, www.vts.edu/rockconert, along with information on lodging, Quidditch and a link to registration.

While the concert is free and open to the public, registration is required and space is limited.

Music Schedule:

11:30 a.m. - Paradox

12:30 p.m. - CrashChord

1:30 p.m. - Joel Joa

3:00 p.m. - Sloan River Project

4:30 p.m. - Fran McKendree

6:00 p.m. - The Letter Black

8:00 p.m. - Fire Iron Frenzy

Band Member Meet-and-greet Schedule:

1:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet: Five Iron Frenzy

2:15 p.m. - Meet and Greet: The Letter Black

4:15 p.m. - Meet and Greet: Joel Joa

5:45 p.m. - Meet and Greet: Fran McKendree and Sloan River Project

Quidditch Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - Clinic

10:00 a.m. - Tournament

12:00 p.m. - Quidditch House Cup Trophy Awarded

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Alexandria’s Fusebox Plays at Moe’s

Fusebox at Moe's Peyton Place, 6516 Backlick Road, Springfield, for Moe’s Birthday Party. Saturday, April 13, 7-9 p.m. Stay for the Charlie Isom Project 9:30-midnight. Call 703-451-6620 or visit www.moespeytonplace.com.

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Screech Owl

Raptor Rapture

See live raptors up close near the bike path, Belle Haven picnic area, April 20, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Celebrate Earth Day with the Friends of Dyke Marsh, National Park Service and the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and learn all about birds of prey, like owls, hawks and eagles. Free. Visit www.fodm.org or call 703-289-2500.

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Mary Margaret Pipkin with her painting, “Peonies from the Garden.” In celebration of Virginia Garden Month, the Athenaeum of Old Town Alexandria will be exhibiting the large scale watercolors of Virginia artist Mary Margaret Pipkin, through May 26. Free. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Pipkin also shares recent work from a new series of landscapes exploring the mountains and forests of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Visit www.mmpipkin.com.

In celebration of Virginia Garden Month, the Athenaeum of Old Town Alexandria will be exhibiting the large scale watercolors of Virginia artist Mary Margaret Pipkin, April 11-May 26. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, 2-4 p.m. Free. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Pipkin also shares recent work from a new series of landscapes exploring the mountains and forests of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Visit www.mmpipkin.com.

Distillery open. George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill open for the season, through Oct. 1. $17/adult, $8/child, 5 and under are free.

Get Crafty

Del Ray Artisans' Craft Night Social provides uninterrupted time to work on a project in progress or start a new one. It is also an opportunity to get to know other like-minded creative individuals. The first Craft Night Social is on Tuesday, April 23 from 5-9 p.m. The evening is open to all who knit, crochet, sew, scrapbook, make cards or jewelry, or any other fiber, paper or general craft that does not involve wet media other than glue. Each crafter will receive 2-3 feet of table space. Each four-hour session is $8 for Del Ray Artisans members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited; register at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft. For questions about Craft Night Social, contact Lisa at artenuestra@yahoo.com.

Additional Craft Night Socials are planned from 5-9 p.m. on June 25, Aug. 27 and Oct. 22. All Craft Night Socials will be held at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft.

Focus Music presents folk singer/songwriter Anne Hills, with special guest Jesse Palidofsky, on Sunday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. Info: 703-380-3151 or herb@focusmusic.org.

Focus Alexandria, a volunteer-run local nonprofit, presents monthly folk and acoustic music shows, usually on the third Sunday night of the month, in Alexandria. Next, on May 19, is singer/ humorist Don White.

Focus Music in Mount Vernon presents folk singer-songwriter Tom Prasada-Rao in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance atwww.focusmusic.org.

Goats, Baby Chicks, Tasty Treats at Green Fair, April 28

Goats, baby chicks, gardening, and green products will be featured at theSpring Green Fair

Sunday, April 28 12:30–3 pm at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC),1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria Va.

A representative of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (http://arcadiafood.org) will discuss Arcadia’s four-acre demonstration farm on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate that provides a sustainable model of agriculture and its mobile vegetable truck that serves urban low-income areas.

The fair in sponsored annually by MVUC’s Green Sanctuary Task Force. MVUC was declared a green sanctuary church by the Unitarian Universalist Association (uua.org) in 2008. The church occupies a historic property in the Mason Hill area. It has pioneered renewable energy in Fairfax County by converting its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy, has installed an environmentally friendly system to filter rainwater runoff, maintains a butterfly garden, composts leftovers for integration into its garden plots, and sponsors an active Ethical Eating Group that has produced a popular cookbook.

Features of the Spring Green Fair especially for children include baby goats from Alexandria’s Frog Pond Early Learning Center run by Pam Tinker , an MVUC member. Baby chicks will be brought from Moose Manor Farms of Pomfret, MD, and a representative will provide information on locally grown pasture-raised chickens and explain the difference between store-bought eggs and local farm fresh eggs.

Earth Champs, a local chapter of a network of parents groups helping children become responsible global citizens, will demonstrate garden planting for kids.

Food tastings will feature healthy recipes and a lunch of spring salads and treats will be prepared by MVUC’s Ethical Eating Group. Environmentally friendly household products will be available for purchase and an “Eco-Nice” table will distribute information on free environmentally safe disposal methods for household items like paint, batteries, and on upcoming large-scale shredding programs.

Admission is free and children are welcome. For more information contactgreensanctuary@mvuc.org.

Events at Mount Vernon Estate

Mount Vernon,George Washington's home, welcomes visitors with special activities and tours for visitors. As one of the few early-opening attractions in the Washington, D.C. area, Mount Vernon will open its doors at 8 a.m. daily April through August, giving visitors an extra hour to explore the Estate. For the full list of events, hours and tickets,visit MountVernon.org. Special walking tours are $5 in addition to estate admission and include, but are not limited to:

  • The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour. The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour will end in Mount Vernon's greenhouse with a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

  • Mount Vernon's popular National Treasure Tour returns. The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon.

Other seasonal activities:

  • Throughout the month of April, Mount Vernon offers free wagons

rides to visitors. Visit the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to ride in a

wagon pulled by Mount Vernon's livestock.

  • Spring welcomes adorable lambs on display at Mount Vernon's

paddock and stable area.

  • During Mount Vernon's Tribute at the Tomb, visitors recite

Washington's "Prayer for his Country" and the Pledge of Allegiance as

part of this daily program offered at the tomb of George and Martha

Washington at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Included in Estate admission.

E-mail announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon.

Ongoing

Spring Classes. Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-10 can participate. Register at www.artatthecenter.org or 703-201-1250.

Art Exhibit. Through Tuesday, April 23. Open Friday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday 1-9 p.m. Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery announces the opening of the juried show “Sculptural Elements.” Located located in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street. Free Admission. Visit www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com or call 703-548-0935.

Art Exhibit. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Spotlight,” an exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas by Lukman Ahmad, will be on display in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St. through Sunday, April 28. Visit www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/schlesingercenter/gallery.html.

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

Art Exhibit. See Multiple Exposures Gallery “Dual Show” by Eric Johnson and Susan Meyers through Sunday, May 5. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com or 703-683-2205.

Art Exhibit. Through May 11. Local artist Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the compelling nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, “Pacific Pulse,” at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery, 109 N. Fairfax St. The gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Distillery open. George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill open through Oct. 1. $17/adult, $8/child, 5 and under are free.

Occupied City: Life in Civil War Alexandria Exhibition. At The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street. Open daily through September, this exhibit traces life in Alexandria following Virginia’s decision to secede from the Union in May 1861. See how Robert E. Lee’s hometown was transformed literally overnight from a prosperous 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. Explore the experiences of Alexandrians and others who lived here during this tumultuous time, through their own words, as well as in period photographs and collections items. The Lyceum is open Monday through 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.

Life Drawing. Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions to hone your figure drawing skills. Just drop-in with your supplies to draw our live models. Fee: $8-12. View the calendar: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Through May 6

Art Exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Studio 21. Linda Lawler presents “Everyday Gods and Goddesses.” Free. Call 703-683-1780 or visit www.theartleague.org.

Through April 28

Art Exhibit. “Turn on Your Masters” at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. The artists pay homage to, praise, critique or dish the artists who have influenced them. Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.

April 10 through April 28

Art Exhibit. See “Trash Talk” at Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. The exhibit focuses on everyday common objects that are reclaimed, recycled and transformed into art. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/target for more.

Thursday/April 11

Art Focus Group. 7:30-9 p.m. Building Observation skills through drawing — explore connections between drawing and building and ways to encourage observation skills through drawing. Classes are $25 each or $200 for the 10 class series. A school or group of teachers can share the registration for the full series. At 2804 Sherwood Hall Ln. Call 703-201-1250

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Juror talk with Maren Hassinger. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/target for more.

The History of Jazz. 7:30 p.m. at Pendleton Hall, Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road. Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm present performances of compositions from some of the greatest American jazz artists and composers, including Louis Armstrong’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy,” Count Basie’s “Tickle Toe,” and more. Free. Visit www.episcopalhighschool.org or 703-933-4135.

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Limited to 25 children. Free. 703-746-1705.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1705.

Little One-Ders. 11:15 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Story Time. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 can come dressed in their favorite outfit/pajamas and listen to stories. Free. 703-746-1704.

Library Speed Dating. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Book lovers can share love of books to find a literary better half. Prizes will be awarded. Free. 703-746-1751 to reserve a spot.

Architecture Exhibit. 6 p.m. at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, 1001 Prince St. The exhibit highlights award-winning projects by local architects and features a presentation by Christopher L. Gordon, AIA and his team at KGD Architecture. Free. Visit www.aianova.org/architectureweek.php.

Art Exhibit. 6-9 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Browse open studios, interact with artists and enjoy refreshments. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

Reception. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Studio 21. Open reception for Linda Lawler’s exhibit, “Everyday Gods & Goddesses.” Free. For information call 703-683-1780 or go to www.theartleague.org.

Thursday-Sunday/April 11-14

Kathleen Madigan “Gone Madigan.” $59.50. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

April 11 through May 26

Art Exhibit. Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon-4 p.m.; Saturday 1-4 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. See works by Mary Margaret Pipkin. Free. Visit www.mmpipkin.com.

Friday/April 12

Basic Gardening: Edibles Mix-it-Up. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Discover the basics of mixing edibles into your ornamental landscape and enjoy the beauty and benefit of fresh vegetables outside your door. $10. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

PBS Documentary Screening. 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Watch “Guilty Pleasures,” which takes a look at why romance novels are so popular. Free. 703-746-1702.

Call for Submissions. Artists of all ages—young and old—are invited to participate in the Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign's 2013 Art Exhibtion "Art Uniting People." Artists may enter a diverse range of art pieces including all the different mediums in painting as well as sculpture, drawings, ceramics, photography and writing. Entry forms must be returned by Friday, April 12. For more information go to www.healthieralexandria.org/antistigma.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The T.C. Williams Drama Department presents "The Wiz," a musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz set against an urban background to music with a mixture of rock, gospel and soul. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for ACPS staff, students and senior citizens.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at George Washington auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Watch as George Washington students bring to life a Caribbean version of “The Little Mermaid.” $5/person and available 45 minutes before each performance.

Saturday/April 13

Garden Markets. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Local growers provide you with shrubs, native plants and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. Call 703-642-5173.

Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious.' 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Explore the savory taste of umami, its history, health benefits and the taste research science behind it. Sample umami-rich foods and learn how to use its attributes to enhance your cooking. $27/person. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173 to register.

Homes for Native Bees. 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn more about our busy native pollinators and how you can help them by creating native bee homes for your yard. $12. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173 to register.

Java Jolt. 10 a.m. at Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. William Connery “Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.” Light refreshments will be served. Free, but reservations required, 703-746-4399.

BEL13VE Gala. 6 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. Features cocktails, auctions, dinner and a guest appearance by Three for a Song. Benefits Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. For tickets visit www.goodhousing.org or 703-768-9404.

Pet First Aid Course. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at PetSage, Inc., 2391 S. Dove St. Prepare for wound care, acute health challenges and more. $45. Register online at www.petsage.com or 703-299-5044.

Opening Reception. 5-7 p.m. see works by Bud Hensgen, 14 paintings reflecting the impressions he found in Palestine at The Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Free. 703-998-6260.

Music Performance. Fusebox performs at Moe’s Peyton Place, 6516 Backlick Road. Visit www.moespeytonplace.com/ for more.

Saturday Stories. 11 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories and songs. Free. 703-746-1702.

Duncan Film Series. 1 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703-746-1705 ext. 3 for title.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The T.C. Williams Drama Department presents "The Wiz," a musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz set against an urban background to music with a mixture of rock, gospel and soul. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for ACPS staff, students and senior citizens.

Concert. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road. The day-long event includes a morning Quidditch clinic and tournament, food vendors and more than 10 hours of live music. Free, registration required. Visit www.vts.edu/rockconert.

Civil War Re-enactment. 2-4 p.m. at Historic Huntley, 6918 Harrison Ln. Join 1st Lieutenant Willard Longnecker and fellow re-enactors of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment Company B, “The Old Guard,” as they recreate Civil War life at Historic Huntley. Suggested donation $3; children 10 and under, free; visitors in period attire, free. Call 703-768-2525.

Live Music. 7-9 p.m. Alexandria’s FuseBox performs at Moe’s Peyton Place, 6516 Backlick Road, Springfield. Visit www.reverbnation.com/fuseboxbandrocks.

Tour. 1 p.m. starting at the Friendship Firehouse, 109 South Alfred St. Learn about Alexandria’s firefighting history. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 10 to 17. Advanced reservations required. Call 703-746-4994.

Lecture. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union St. William Connery discusses Mosby’s raids in Civil War northern Virginia. To RSVP, call 703-746-4399 or contact archaeology@alexandriava.gov.

Theater Performance. 1 and 7 p.m. at George Washington auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Watch as George Washington students bring to life a Caribbean version of “The Little Mermaid.” $5/person and available 45 minutes before each performance.

April 13 through June 25

Show. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at River Farm Gardens, East Blvd. Come see “Elegance of Spring.”

Sunday/April 14

Pop-up Sewing Class. 9 a.m. or noon at Del Ray Artisans. Children age 11 up to adult can make an environment friendly bag. $20/member; $25/non member. Register at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/sewing.

Walking Tour. 1-3 p.m., leaves from Market Square. The tour, offered by local architects, covers the history of Alexandria as reflected through its architecture and urban design, highlighting examples from Georgian to Art Deco. The tour is free, but requires pre-registration by emailing reservations@aianova.org.

Concert. 8 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd. Come see Capital Wind Symphony perform. $15/general admission, $10/students and seniors. Visit www.capitalwindsymphony.org.

Monday/April 15

Performance. Brian Culbertson performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $55. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Little One-Ders. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Baby Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children up to 11 months can hear stories and more. Sign up half-hour before it begins. Free. 703-746-1705.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Meet a K-9 Dog and Deputy Sheriff. 3:45 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. For middle and high school students. Free.703-746-1705.

Meet a K-9 Dog and Deputy Sheriff. 3:45 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. For students in K-8 grade. Free.703-746-1704.

Read, Sing & Play Baby. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday/April 16

Live Music. 9-11 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St. DJ dance party with TK the DJ. Free.

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-4 can enjoy stories and more. Sign up half-hour before. Free. 703-746-1705.

Mother Goose Time. 10:15 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Limited to 25 children. Free. 703-746-1703.

Time For 2s. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children age 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1704.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Craft Night. 7 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. All skill levels can bring their own supplies and get help with their knitting, crochet or sewing project, or just come for the conversation. Free. 703-746-1703.

World Book Night Reception. 7 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Those who were selected to hand out books can pick them up. Anyone interested in learning about the program can get questions answered. Free. 703-746-1703.

Game Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 8-12 can play with their friends. Free. 703-746-1702.

Wednesday/April 17

Music Performance. Fusebox performs at Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.eveningstarcafe.net/ for more.

Civil War Discussion. 9:30 a.m. at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Don Hakenson presents a talk on the Civil War in this area. Free. For more information, call 703-765-4573.

Live Music. 9-11 p.m. Hangover Royal performs at Nick’s Nightclub, 642 South Pickett St. $10.

Mother Goose Time. 10:15 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Limited to 25 children. Free. 703-746-1703.

Time For 2s. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children age 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Nature Program. 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children in grades K-5 can learn about various artifacts and animals. Free. 703-746-1705.

Oscar Winners Film Series. 4 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Watch the adaptation of the world’s longest running musical. Free. 703-746-1704.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Discuss “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer. Free. 703-746-1705.

Pajama Party.7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can come dressed in their favorite outfit/pajamas and listen to stories. Free. 703-746-1702.

Jewelry Show. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at 320 S. Henry St. Empowered Women International (EWI) will unveil its Spring Collection of Jewelry and Fashion Accessories in a Trunk Show Benefit. Proceeds from the Trunk Show will support entrepreneurship scholarships for immigrants, refugees and low-income women. Visit www.ewint.org.

Thursday/April 18

Music. Joe Pug will play at Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Hall. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500 for tickets.

Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Guy Gugliotta, an award winning reporter and writer will speak on his recent book “Freedom’s Cap.” This is the story of the 1850’s expansion of the U.S. Capitol, the coming of the Civil War and the amazing and ironic role Jefferson Davis played in pursuing this project. Free.

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. 703-746-1705.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1705.

Little One-Ders. 11:15 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Friends of Beatley Library Preview Book Sale. 4 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Membership available at the door. 703-746-1702.

Story Time. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Paws to Read. 5:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children in grades 1-6 can read to friendly dogs. Registration required, 703-746-1702 x5.

Book Club. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Call 703-746-1743 for title.

Pajama Party. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 3-6 can come dressed in their favorite outfit/pajamas and listen to stories. Free. 703-746-1704.

Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Guy Gugliotta will speak on his recent book “Freedom’s Cap.” Free. Visit http://www.alexandriahistorical.org/.

Lecture. 10 a.m. at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Model Railroad Club presents a program on the history of the railroad depot in the United States. Free. Call 703-765-4573.

Friday/April 19

Spring Garden Market. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at River Farm. Browse through a variety of plants including natives, annuals, shrubs, vegetables and more, garden supplies and garden art. $5 parking fee. 703-768-5700 or e-mail plantsale@ahs.org.

Music Performance. Fusebox performs at Old Town Theater, 815 ½ King St. Visit www.oldtowntheater1914.com/ for more.

Spring into Books. 4-8:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Browse through books in a variety of genres, including children’s, fiction, non-fiction and more. 703-746-1702.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The T.C. Williams Drama Department presents "The Wiz," a musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz set against an urban background to music with a mixture of rock, gospel and soul. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for ACPS staff, students and senior citizens.

Choral Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Watch the choral voices of Calmus before their Lincoln Center debut, featuring a free wine and beer reception following the concert. Tickets are $22-25; can also be purchased at the door. To purchase, call 703-683-6040.

Jelly Bean Math. 4 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children in grades K-3 can read a story and explore math concepts using jelly beans. Free. 703-746-1702.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Ln. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Dance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Community Dance with the Mount Vernon Swing Band. $4. Call 703-765-4573.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at George Washington auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Watch as George Washington students bring to life a Caribbean version of “The Little Mermaid.” $5/person and available 45 minutes before each performance.

April 19 through June 16

Student Design Competition. Come see Woodlawn transformed from a historic house museum into a comfortable and stylish home for 21st century living. $20. Call 703-780-4000.

Saturday/April 20

Garden Markets. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Local growers have shrubs, native plants and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals for purchase. Call 703-642-5173.

Native Plants for the Spring Garden. 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Stroll through the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol and discover beautiful native plants with spring interest for both shady and sunny sites. $18. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Math for Gardeners. 10-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Green Spring Gardens' manager Mary Olien takes the pain out of garden calculations by sharing her garden math secrets. Bring calculator, tape measure and ruler. $18. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Gettysburg Tour. Tour starts at 8 a.m. Learn about the battle of Gettysburg and visit the historical sites. Start the day with coffee and donuts at the Franconia Museum, 6121 Franconia Road. $100 per person. Includes Bus Ride, Buffet Lunch (including gratuity) and a Snack Card to spend on the way home, as well as all entrance fees. Contact Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or dhakenson@cox.net, Carl Sell at 703-971-4716 or sellcarl@aol.com, or Ben Trittipoe at 703-530-0829 or btrittipoe@verizon.net.

Spring Garden Market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at River Farm. Browse through a variety of plants including natives, annuals, shrubs, vegetables and more, garden supplies and garden art. $5 parking fee. 703-768-5700 or e-mail plantsale@ahs.org.

Annual City-wide Cheerleading Competition. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School. Admission fees apply.

80th Annual Historic Garden Tour of Alexandria. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This Alexandria tradition offers the rare opportunity to be invited into some of Old Town’s finest private homes and gardens. Many of the area’s historic sites offer special activities, including Carlyle House’s annual herb sale. Visit www.vagardenweek.org or www.visitalexandriava.com.

Spring into Books. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Browse through books in a variety of genres, including children’s, fiction, non-fiction and more. 703-746-1702.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. in the main auditorium of T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The T.C. Williams Drama Department presents "The Wiz", a musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz set against an urban background to music with a mixture of rock, gospel and soul. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for ACPS staff, students and senior citizens.

Raptor Rapture. 10 a.m.-noon Belle Haven picnic area. Celebrate Earth Day and learn about birds of prey. Free. Visit www.fodm.org or call 703-289-2500.

Saturday Stories. 11 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories and songs. Free. 703-746-1702.

Antique Books Roadshow. Noon at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Rare book expert Allan Stypek from Second Story Books will help determine the value of prized volumes. Free. 703-746-1702.

Pet Portrait Day. 1 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Reserve a portrait session for your pet. Make reservations at the Information Desk. $10 sitting fee required at sign-up and will benefit the library. Visit www.lilpalsva.com for more.

Alexandria Earth Day 2013. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive. Browse exhibits, watch demonstrations, children can take part in activities and more. Free. Visit http://alexearthday.org for more.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Rd. Come see the Virginia Bronze handbell ensemble in concert. $20/$15 seniors/$10 students and teachers. Call 703-765-4342.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Benefit. 3-6 p.m. at Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant and Sport Bar, 111 King St. Enjoy a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedication to raising money for childhood cancer research. Free.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at George Washington auditorium, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Watch as George Washington students bring to life a Caribbean version of “The Little Mermaid.” $5/person and available 45 minutes before each performance.

Sunday/April 21

5k Walk. 4:30 p.m. at Fairfax Corner. Enjoy a resource fair, live music and more. Hosted by the Victims Services Section of the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation. Register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/survey/crimevictimsrights.htm.

Spring into Books. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Browse through books in a variety of genres, including children’s, fiction, non-fiction and more. 703-746-1702.

Concert. 3 p.m. at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. David Teie conducts the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Posthorn Serenade. In addition, Joel Fuller and Mahoko Eguchi perform Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. $25/general admission, $20/seniors, students are free. Call 703-635-2770 or visit eclipseco.org.

Open House. Noon-6 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St. Brides- and grooms-to-be can learn how to make their wedding everything they dreamed, in a local, eco-friendly and fair trade way, at the Fair Trade Wedding Open House. Free. Call 703-684-1435.

Concert. 7 p.m. Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Singer Anne Hills performs with special guest Jesse Palidofsky. Tickets are $18 general, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. For more information, call 703-380-3151 or go to herb@focusmusic.org.

Sunday-Monday/April 21-22

Gardening Sale. Spring blooms are in the air at The Attic, 125 S. Union St. Stop by for truckloads of plants and spring bulbs to get you in the green thumb mood. There will also be an Earth Day book signing, pick-a-flower prize discounts at checkout and flower craft making for kids. Visit www.christmasattic.com.

Monday/April 22

Music. Leo Kottke performs at 7:30 in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $35. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

German Story Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children up to age 5 can enjoy stories in Spanish. Free. 703-46-1705.

Little One-Ders. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Baby Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children up to 11 months can hear stories and more. Sign up half-hour before it begins. Free. 703-746-1705.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Animal Shelter Visit. 3:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children in ages K-5 can learn about animals, their habits, care and training. Animals usually come along for a visit. 703-746-1705.

Read, Sing & Play Baby. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday/April 23

Craft Night Social. 5-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans. Bring unfinished projects that are in progress and be social with other creative individuals. $8 DRA members / $10 non-members. Register: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft.

Music Performance. The Milk Carton Kids will perform at Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Hall. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500 for tickets.

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-4 can enjoy stories and more. Sign up half-hour before. Free. 703-746-1705.

Mother Goose Time. 10:15 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Limited to 25 children. Free. 703-746-1703.

Time For 2s. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children age 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 2 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday Tots. 11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1704.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Matinee Series. 4 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Watch a hit film. Free. 703-746-1704.

Paws to Read. 5:30 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children in grades 1-6 can read to friendly dogs. Registration required, 703-746-1705.

Game Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 8-12 can play with their friends. Free. 703-746-1702.

Wednesday/April 24

Mother Goose Time. 10:15 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy games, rhymes and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Time For 2s. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children age 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children age 2 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Spanish Story Time. 1 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All abilities and all levels can join in for stories. Free. 703-746-1702.

Author Series. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. Local author and historian George Gawalt will discuss his book “George Mason and George Washington: The Power Principle.” 703-746-1743.

Lego Family Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. The whole family can enjoy an evening of creative play. Free. 703-746-1702.

April 24 through May 10

Chance to Win. Visit nvfaa.org for information on how you can enter a drawing to win a four-hour Friday or Sunday rental of the Athenaeum, a $1,000 to $1,400 value.

Thursday/Apr. 25

Art Focus Group. 7:30-9 p.m. Making Mosaics - The Math and Art of Mosaic Making. Classes are $25 each or $200 for the 10 class series. A school or group of teachers can share the registration for the full series. At 2804 Sherwood Hall Ln. Call 703-201-1250.

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who tell stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. $28. Call 703-914-7987 to register.

Mother Goose Time. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy stories, activities and more. Limited to 25 children. Free. 703-746-1705.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, activities and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Story Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 3-5 can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1705.

Little One-Ders. 11:15 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Story Time. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children ages 3 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Blockbuster Thursday. 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Watch a movie. Free. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or 703-746-1702.

World Short Story Discussion. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. Call for title. 703-746-1779.

Pajama Party.7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Children age 3-6 can come dressed in their favorite outfit/pajamas and listen to stories. Free. 703-746-1704.

Poetry Reading. 6:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. The culminating event in Alexandria’s National Poetry Month activities, Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures features readings of poems about Alexandria with Poet Laureate Amy Young. Free.

Friday/Apr. 26

Junior Brown. $25. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Basic Gardening: Easy Makeover Tips. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. This 'Do-over' class will help determine your needs to create a garden that matches personal style. $10. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173 to register.

Ballet Performance. 6:30 p.m. Come see the Virginia Ballet Company’s working stage rehearsal of the Don Quixote ballet at the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Tickets are $10 plus a $2 fee per each ticket. Visit www.virginiaballetcompany.org or call 703-249-8227.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Poetry Performance. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Shelly Bell performs slam poetry. Free.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at The Mount Vernon Theater. Watch “The Wiz.” $12/adult; $10/student, senior. Reservations can be made at 703-619-3259.

Saturday/April 27

Colonial Fun Day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Church. Enjoy a pie baking contest, games, food, pony rides, raffle and more. Proceeds benefit the preschool. Free. 703-360-4370.

Workshop: Container Garden for Shade. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Add beautiful color and texture to a shady garden, patio or porch with a container that thrives in the shade. $25 includes supplies. Call 703-642-5173 to register and pay fee.

Ballet Performance. Performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Come see the Virginia Ballet Company perform the full-length Don Quixote Ballet at the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Adults/$30; children, students and seniors/$20; plus a $3 fee per each ticket. Visit www.virginiaballetcompany.org or call 703-249-8227.

Community-wide Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Mount Zephyr community of Mount Vernon (from Richmond Highway/Route 1 turn on Mohawk Lane at the traffic light at the South County Government Center, then turn right — at the second

street — on to Richmond Avenue). Free. E-mail Ron Walker at pres.otterdad@hotmail.com or call 703-360-0651.

Walking Tour. 2 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road. Learn more about the Civil War history of Fort Ward and the Defenses of Washington on a soldier-led walking tour of the historic fort. Free. Visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.

Literary Fiesta. 11 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Celebrate El Dia de los Ninos with music, stories and free books. All ages welcome. Free. 703-746-1702.

Search and Rescue Dog Association.11 a.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. All ages. Free. 703-746-1704.

Saturday Stories. 11 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. All ages can enjoy stories and songs. Free. 703-746-1702.

Gary Lloyd Storyteller. 2 p.m. at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. All ages. Free. 703-746-1705.

Global Tea Testing. 2 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Enjoy teas from all around the world while learning about cultures and traditions. Register by calling 703-746-1771.

Tour. 1 p.m. starting at the Friendship Firehouse, 109 South Alfred St. Learn about Alexandria’s firefighting history. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 10 to 17. Advanced reservations required. Call 703-746-4994.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Ln. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Theater Performance. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Mount Vernon Theater. Watch “The Wiz.” $12/adult; $10/student, senior. Reservations can be made at 703-619-3259.

Sunday/Apr. 28

Boney James. $55. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Carpenter’s Cook-Off. Noon-3 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Taste samples of food from chefs around the area. There will be a live auction, music and more. $50/adults; $15/child. $65 buys entrance into the live broadcast with Food & The Beast and entrance to the cook-off. Proceeds benefit Carpenter’s Shelter. Visit www.carpenterscookoff.com for more.

Flowers in Fashion. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Hear the history of personal adornment with flowers and interconnections between botany, garden aesthetics and clothing design. View fabulous floral motifs in fashion to see how their shapes and meanings have inspired designers through the ages. For people 13 and older. $28. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Ballet Performance. 2 p.m. Come see the Virginia Ballet Company perform the full-length Don Quixote Ballet at the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Adults/$30; children, students and seniors/$20; plus a $3 fee per each ticket. Visit www.virginiaballetcompany.org or call 703-249-8227.

Music. 2 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Listen to music by the Mike Gillispie jazz quartet. Free. 703-746-1702.

Fair. 12:30-3 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church,1909 Windmill Lane. Goats, baby chicks, gardening and green products will be featured at the Spring Green Fair. Free. Email greensanctuary@mvuc.org.

Flash Mob. 1-4 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Dress in Civil War attire and participate in a flash mob. Free.

Through April 28

Exhibit. “Artistic Duo IV” will be on exhibit at Green Spring Horticultural Center Gallery, 4603 Green Spring Road. Works by watercolor artist Carolyn Grossé and photographer Stephen Gawarecki are featured in a joint show. Paintings range from realistic to abstract; photographs include his window series and moody landscapes. Free. Visit www.greenspring.org or 703-642-5173.

Monday/April 29

Little One-Ders. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 12-23 months can enjoy stories and more. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Baby Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children up to 11 months can hear stories and more. Sign up half-hour before it begins. Free. 703-746-1705.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Read, Sing & Play Baby. 4 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Biography Book Club. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. Call for title. 703-746-1743.

Tuesday/April 30

Stories and Songs. 10 a.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Children ages 1-4 can enjoy stories and more. Sign up half-hour before. Free. 703-746-1705.

Mother Goose Time. 10:15 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen ST. Children ages 12-24 months can enjoy games, rhymes and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Time For 2s. 10:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children age 24-36 months can enjoy stories and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Stories to Grow On. 11 a.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Children age 2 and up can enjoy stories and more. Free. 703-746-1703.

Baby Rhyme Time. 11:30 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months can enjoy rhymes and more. Free. Registration required, 703-746-1702 ext. 5.

Game Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Children ages 8-12 can play with their friends. Free. 703-746-1702.

The Art of Finding the Perfect Bridal Gown. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Learn how to choose the most flattering dress. Free. 703-746-1702.

Through April 30

New Items on View. See the suite George Washington likely wore during his inauguration at Federal Hall at Mount Vernon Estate until April 30. Also on view until March 31 is the first draft of his first inaugural address. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Wednesday/May 1

Jazz. Fourplay will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $55. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Thursday/May 2

Acoustic Performance. Hayes Carll performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500 for tickets.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Come see The Nocturnals perform acapella music. Free.

Friday/May 3

Music. John Hodgman performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $25. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Dance. 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Spring fling vintage dance party­ with the Swing Band of the Alexandria Citizens Band. $15.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at The Mount Vernon Theater. Watch “The Wiz.” $12/adult; $10/student, senior. Reservations can be made at 703-619-3259.

May 3 through May 12

Art Exhibit. 7-10 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Thirteen T.C. Williams High School students selected as this year’s National Art Honor Society inductees will show their work.

Saturday/May 4

Music. Howie Day performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $25. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Reception. 3-6 p.m. Attend the Bethany House of Northern Virginia’s second annual Garden of Light Reception, located at the Holiday Inn & Suites rooftop patio, 625 1st St. The event will feature refreshments, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $55 per person, and will directly benefit victims of abuse served through BHNV’s Family Assistance Program. Visit www.bhnv.org or call 703-658-9500.

Workshop. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Workshop on creating garden containers led by Green Spring’s staff. $35 per person. Call 703-642-5173 to register and pay $20 supply fee by May 1.

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Meet local artists and hear live music. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/artmarket for more.

Concert. 8-10 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Come see “May be Time for Jazz.”

Theater Performance. 8 p.m. at Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria’s award-winning theatre company, is pleased to conclude its 2012-13 season with “Six Degrees of Separation” by John Guare. General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, military and students, and $14 for groups of ten or more.

Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd. Come see Tom Prasado-Rao perform. $18/general admission, $15/advance. Visit www.focusmusic.org.

Theater Performance. 7 p.m. at The Mount Vernon Theater. Watch “The Wiz.” $12/adult; $10/student, senior. Reservations can be made at 703-619-3259.

May 4 through June 2

Exhibition. Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Come to an exhibition of non-functional ceramic artwork. Free. For more information, go to www.torpedofactory.org/target.

Reception. 3-6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 625 1st St. Come meet the artists for the Bethany House Of Northern Virginia’s “Garden of Light” art exhibit. Visit www.bhnv.com or call 703-658-9500.

Saturday-Sunday/May 4-5

Celebration. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is celebrating more than 150 years of historic preservation with a weekend of activities, including exclusive behind-the-scenes tours led by the archaeology, preservation and collections staff.

Sunday/May 5

Steve Tyrell. 7:30 p.m. $45. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Concert. 3 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Come see performances by Alice Weinreb, William Wielgus and David Teie. Free. Visit eclipseco.org or call 703-635-2770.

Titan Expo. 1-5 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3300 King St. Enjoy music, moon bounce, races, food, games, book sale and more. Supports the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Open House. 1-5 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Come to an open house at the Athenaeum, featuring music, food, local celebrities and door prizes. Free.

Thursday/May 9

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour some of the gardens with a master gardener docent who will tell stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. $28. Call 703-914-7987 to register.

Art Reception. 5-8 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Come to the reception for the “Art Uniting People” exhibit. Free. For more visit www.healthieralexandria.org/antistigma.

Reception. 6 -8 p.m. Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Come to a reception for the Beyond Function art exhibition and meet some of the featured artists. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/target.

Tour. 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Travel to Wilmington, Del. and tour Mt. Cuba’s native plant gardens in the morning and spend the afternoon at Winterthur with a house tour and a tram tour of the grounds and gardens. $120 per person. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens 703-642-5173.

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see Beth Hart perform. $25.

Concert. 7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Second Thursday music concert with a Songwriters Association of Washington artist. $10.

Friday/May 10

Gardening Demonstration: Hostas. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Master Gardeners show you how to care for and make the most of this great plant in your garden. $10 per person.Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens 703-642-5173.

Neighborhood Social. 4-7 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Neighbors are invited to stop by the Athenaeum, check out the exhibit and socialize. Free.

Saturday/May 11

Music. Gary Taylor performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $35. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Gardening Demonstration. 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Horticulturalist Karen Rexrode shows you colorful shrubs and evergreens to anchor your mixed border for year round beauty. $18 per person. Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Sunday/May 12

Mother’s Day with Mother’s Finest. 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500 for tickets.

Carlyle House Tours. Noon-4 p.m. Free tours on Mother’s Day for all mothers and grandmothers at the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. $5/adults; $3/children ages 5-12. Contact carlyle@nvrpa.org or call 703-549-2997.

Tea Party. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about some of the remarkable mothers who raised children in the historic house from the 1780s to the 1960s. $28 adult/ $18 children under 12. Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.

Friday/May 17

Wine Festival. 6-9 p.m. at Mount Vernon. Learn about the history of wine in Virginia and Mount Vernon, while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries among other activities. $38. Visit www.mountvernon.org to purchase tickets.

Saturday/May 18

Civil War 150th Concert. 7 p.m. featuring the Federal City Brass Band. Honor Armed Forces Day at an evening performance of songs from the Civil War era in the Fort Ward Park amphitheatre. The Federal City Brass Band recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. Visit http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar.

Exhibition. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Spring Garden Day. Free. Call 703-642-5173 for more information.

Sunday/May 19

Wine Festival. 6-9 p.m. at Mount Vernon. Learn about the history of wine in Virginia and Mount Vernon, while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries among other activities. $38. Visit www.mountvernon.org to purchase tickets.

Monday/May 20

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Don Williams performs, with special guest Ashley Monroe. $55. Visit http://ashleymonroe.com/.

Tuesday/May 21

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Peter Tork performs. Visit www.birchmere.com.

Wednesday/May 22

Lecture. 7:30 p.m. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Listen to a lecture by Chief Historian of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park John Hennessy on the aftermath of the Battle of Fredericksburg, its impact and its connections to Alexandria. Free. Open seating, ADA accessible, 140 people maximum. Visit www.AlexandriaHistory.org or call 703-746-4994.

Thursday/May 23

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour some of the gardens with a master gardener docent who will tell stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. $28. Call 703-914-7987 to register.

Thursday/May 30

Psychic Show. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Come see Sylvia Browne present her one woman show about her work in the field of parapsychology, give readings and hold a Q&A on her field and work. $55. Visit www.birchmere.com.

Tour. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Leaves from Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Travel to Richmond to an herb farm for lunch and a class on lavender followed by an afternoon tour of the gilded age of Maymont Estate and gardens. $119 per person.Register on-line at www.greenspring.org or call Green Spring Gardens 703-642-5173.

Saturday/June 1

21st Annual Alexandria Armenian Festival. 1:30-6 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. Enjoy vendors, entertainment, food and more. Free admission. Visit www.alexandriaarmenianfestival.com/ for more.

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Meet local artists and hear live music. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/artmarket for more.

Thursday/June 6

Garden Stroll and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour some of the gardens with a master gardener docent who will tell stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. $28. Call 703-914-7987 to register.

Friday/June 14

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see HEM perform. $25. Visit www.hemmusic.com.

Sunday/June 16

Carlyle House Tours. Noon-4 p.m. Free tours on Father’s Day for all fathers and grandfathers at the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. $5/adults; $3/children ages 5-12. Contact carlyle@nvrpa.org or call 703-549-2997.

Thursday/June 20

Garden Stroll & Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour some of the gardens with a master gardener docent who will tell of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. $28. Call 703-914-7987 to register.

Saturday/June 29

Family Dig Day. 1:30-3 p.m. Help City archaeologists screen excavated soil for real artifacts. $5. Contact archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703-746-4399.

Tuesday/June 25

Craft Night Social. 5-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans. Bring unfinished projects that are in progress and be social with other creative individuals. $8 DRA members / $10 non-members. Register: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft.

Saturday/July 6

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Meet local artists and hear live music. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/artmarket for more.

July 6 through July 28

Exhibit. See a solo exhibit from Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year Ruth Gowell. Located in the Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St. See works in woven fiber art and kiln-formed glass. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Sunday/July 7

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see Swing Out Sister perform. $35. Visit www.swingoutsister.com.

Thursday/July 11

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. see a solo exhibit from Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year Ruth Gowell. Located in the Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St. See works in woven fiber art and kiln-formed glass. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.

Wednesday/July 17

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see Jars of Clay perform. $27.50. Visit www.jarsofclay.com.

Saturday/Aug. 3

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see Poco and Pure Prairie League. $35. Visitwww.poconut.org/ andwww.pureprairieleague.com/.

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Meet local artists and hear live music. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/artmarket for more.

Tuesday/Aug. 27

Craft Night Social. 5-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans. Bring unfinished projects that are in progress and be social with other creative individuals. $8 DRA members / $10 non-members. Register: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft.

Saturday/Aug. 31

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see The Outlaws perform. $35. visit www.outlawsmusic.com.

Saturday/Sept. 7

Alexandria Art Market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Colasanto Park, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Meet local artists and hear live music. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/artmarket for more.

Saturday/Sep. 28

Live Music. 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Come see The Wailin’ Jennys perform. $39.50. Visitwww.thewailinjennys.com/.

Tuesday/Oct. 22

Craft Night Social. 5-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans. Bring unfinished projects that are in progress and be social with other creative individuals. $8 DRA members / $10 non-members. Register: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft.