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Competitive Exhibits

Arlington County Fair has released its 2013 Competitive Exhibits Guide. The theme for Competitive Exhibits is “Explore Arlington” and celebrates the many opportunities Arlington offers residents and visitors.

Categories for participation range from Fine Arts, Photography, and Ceramics to Baked Goods, Flowers, and Food Preservation.

Information and guidelines can be found in the official Competitive Exhibits Guide located in most community centers, libraries, and online at http://arlingtonc.... The entry form and entry tags are included in the Guide and can be downloaded separately from the Fair website. Enjoy midway rides and games, entertainment, vendors, racing piglets, and more. The 37th Annual Arlington County Fair will be held Aug. 7-11, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South. Admission is free, and shuttle service is provided from locations throughout Arlington. The Arlington County Fair is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization led by a volunteer board of directors. Learn more at www.arlingtoncoun...

Ongoing

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.

Musical. “Spin” at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue. Through July 27. $30. Visit www.signature-theatre.org.

Exhibit. Through Saturday, July 27, see Mystery: Solo Show by Nihal Kececi at Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive. Visit www.galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652. Free.

Classes for Children. Through Aug. 23 at Arlington Arts Center, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Supervised lunch breaks for students in consecutive classes, complimentary aftercare until 5 p.m. for students in 1:30-4 p.m. classes. Call 703-28-6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Classes for Adults. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, through Aug. 29. 7-9:30 p.m. Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org or call 703-248-6800.

Campfire Programs. Saturdays this summer (except Aug. 24), 7-8 p.m. at Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers. Campfire programs include stories, songs, games, special live animal guests and more.Topics will range from Rascally Raccoons to High-flying Hawks to Buzzing Bees. $5 fee per participant, registration not required for children age 2 and under. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/ParksRecreationMain.aspx.

Enjoy a Monday morning yoga class through September held in Crystal City’s Water Park located across from 1750 Crystal Drive. Led by instructors from Mind Your Body Oasis.

The Crystal City FRESHFARM Market is open on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. with the same selection of foods and goods from local producers, in front of 251 S. 18th St.

Take a free outdoor Zumba class in the courtyard at 2121 Crystal Drive, led by instructors from the local Sport & Health Clubs, every Wednesday through the end of September. Participants can take a free shower afterwards at the nearby Sport & Health.

Photography Exhibit. Through Monday, Sept. 30, see "Hallowed Ground: Photos of the Gettysburg Battlefield 150 Years After, by Ron Cogswell," at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road. Free. Call 703-228-6330.

Art Exhibit. Exhibit focusing on art and urban agriculture Arlington Arts Center at 3550 Wilson Blvd., through Oct.13. Call 703-248-6800.

Senior Olympics Registration. Online registration for the 2013 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics opens July 1. Participants can register online at www.nvso.us or by regular mail. The events take place Sept. 7-19 at 17 different venues throughout Northern Virginia. Registration forms are available at senior centers, community centers and senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721. Deadline to register is Aug. 23 (mail), Aug. 30 (online). The fee is $12.

Wednesday/July 17

Author Event. 7-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 North Quincy St. “The Last Best Cure” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Nakazawa chronicles her year-long journey investigating how mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture awaken the healing potential of the brain, change biology, and revitalize cells and health. Free. Call 703-228-6321.

Thursday/July 18

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St. #101. Barry Wightman chats about “Pepperland,” his debut novel about rock 'n' roll and the birth of the Internet. Call 703-300-9746 or visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.

Drop-in Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. For children that are preschool-age. Free. 703-228-5715.

Story Time. 10:30-11 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. For children that are preschool-age. Free. 703-228-6330.

Button Gluttons. 3-4 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Teens in grades 6-12 can make buttons for themselves and friends. Free. 703-228-6545.

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs. Free. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-5715.

Friday/July 19

Wine tastings. 7 p.m. at One More Page bookstore, 2200 N Westmoreland St #101. Call 703-300-9746 or visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children ages 2-5. Free. 703-228-5946.

Story Time. 11:30 a.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. For children up to age 2. Free. 703-228-5260.

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"Golden Leaves" by Nihal Kececi. Mystery: Solo Show by Nihal Kececi runs Friday, July 5 through Saturday, July 27. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 5, 5-8 p.m. Free. in the Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Dr. Nihal Kececi is an intuitive artist, whose paintings are a bridge from representational to abstraction. Visit www.galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652.

Friday-Sunday/July 19-21

Rainbow Weekend. At the Arlington Metaphysical Chapel 5618 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Full days of classes and readings, Medicine Wheel & Drum circle, many more events. Visit www.arlingtonmeta.com.

July 19 through 28

Musical. “Legally Blonde The Musical” at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. $15 for Adults, $10 for children, students and seniors. Tickets are available online www.encorestage.org or call the box office at 703-548-1154.

July 19 through Aug. 17

Theater. “I Do! I Do!” by The American Century Theater at Gunston Performing Arts Center’s Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street. Regular show times are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. (no matinee Saturday, July 20). Tickets can be ordered online at americancentury.org or by calling 703-998-4555.

Saturday/July 20

Story Time: Baby Steps. 10:30 a.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Children that are pre-school age can enjoy stories. Free. 703-228-5710.

Craft Time. 2-3 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Teens in grades 6-12 can make crafts such as bubble magnets, beaded curtain and more. Free. 703-228-6330.

Summer Safari. 1 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Join a naturalist staff for an in-depth exploration of the indian spring area. Call 703-528-5406.

Summer Concert. 7 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Musical performance by local group Mystic Warrior. Admission is free for all but donations are requested to help fund the series. Call 703-528-5406.

Bastille Day and “Le Tour de France” Celebration. 6 p.m. at the Dominion Hills Pool Clubhouse, 6000 Wilson Boulevard. Event will include a raffle for a bike, cycling-themed entertainment, and French food and drink from local businesses. $50, advance tickets recommended. Call Pancho Bate at 703-402-2671.

Civil War Exhibit Opening. 1 p.m. at Hume School Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Road. The exhibit features photos of a man who served at Ft. Reynolds, a model of a Civil War fort, artillery shells, cannon balls and more. Visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.com.

Arlington Animals Campfire. 7-8:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. All ages can learn about wildlife in backyards and parks. $5/person due at registration. 703-228-3403. Program #642953-G.

Sunday/July 21

Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 North Glebe Road. Hear the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge from Cambridge, England. Tickets will be available at the door.

Remove Invasive Plants. 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Adults, families and teens can keep the park free of destructive plants. Free. 703-228-6535.

Monday/July 22

Yoga. 6:30-7:30 p.m.Laughter yoga session at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street. No RSVP needed. 703-966-4128. Free.

Drop-in Story Time. 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Preschool-age children can drop in for stories. Free. 703-228-6545.

Reptiles Alive. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Children in grades K-5 can learn about what lives underground and meet some animals. Free, however tickets are required and will be available the day before the event. 703-228-6330.

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs for 15 minutes. Each dog is part of PAL. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-5946.

Tuesday/July 23

Fundraiser. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Silent Auctions, food and drink at Dogfish Head Alehouse, 6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Proceeds go to the Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Paramedic Ambulance Fund. Visit www.bxrvfd.org.

Film. 2-5:15 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Watch “Django Unchained.” (R-165 min.) Free. 703-228-5710.

Reptiles Alive. 3-4 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Children in grades K-5 can learn about what lives underground and meet some animals. Free, however tickets are required and will be available the day before the event. 703-228-6545.

Fruit + Chocolate? Yum. 5-6 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children in grades 6-12 can make fruit fondue and other snacks. Free. 703-228-5946.

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs. Free. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-5260.

Film. 6:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch “Love Me Tonight” (1932). Free. 703-228-6545.

Book Club. 7-8:30 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. Discuss “In the Woods” by Tana French. Free. 703-228-5260.

Reptiles Alive. 7-8 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Children in grades K-5 can learn about what lives underground and meet some animals. Free, however tickets are required and will be available the day before the event. 703-228-6545.

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Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.” Elle Woods never takes “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle upgrades her signature pink for Harvard crimson. Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Fridays, July 19 and 26 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, July 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatr, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. $15 for adults; $10 for children, students and seniors. Visit www.encorestage.org or call 703-548-1154.

Wednesday/July 24

Nanny Club. 10 a.m.-noon at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. For children up to age 5. Free. 703-228-5710.

Stop in for Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. For children that are pre-school age. Free. 703-228-5946.

Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. For children that are pre-school age. Free. 703-228-5260.

Just Dance Party. 3-5 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Teens in grades 6-12 can bring their favorite music for a party. Free. 703-228-5710.

Dinosaur Rock. 4-5 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. Children in grades K-5 can watch as the mystery of “The Dinosaur Rock” is uncovered by Impressions Theatre. Free, but tickets are required and are available the day before the performance. 703-228-5260.

Book Club for Kids. 4-5 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Children in grades 2-3 can discuss a book. Free. 703-28-6545.

Story Time. 6:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library, 300 S. Kensington St. All ages. Free. 703-228-6548.

Dinosaur Rock. 7-8 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children in grades K-5 can watch as the mystery of “The Dinosaur Rock” is uncovered by Impressions Theatre. Free, but tickets are required and are available the day before the performance. 703-228-5946.

Thursday/July 25

Book Club. 10:30 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Discuss “Master Butchers Singing Club” by Louise Erdrich. Free. 703-228-5946.

Drop-in Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. For children that are preschool-age. Free. 703-228-5715.

Story Time. 10:30-11 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. For children that are preschool-age. Free. 703-228-6330.

Dinosaur Rock. 4-5 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Children in grades K-5 can watch as the mystery of “The Dinosaur Rock” is uncovered by Impressions Theatre. Free, but tickets are required and are available the day before the performance. 703-228-5715.

Knitting Group. 6:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library, 300 S. Kensington St. Drop-in for knitting support and instruction. Free. 703-228-6548.

Friday/July 26

Concert. 8 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive. Free concert by the United States Air Force Band as a part of their summer concert series. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mi.

Cool Creek Critters. 4-5 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 5 and up can dress to get wet and explore waterfalls, try to catch water striders and more. $5 due at registration. 703-228-3403. Program #642823-B.

Saturday/July 27

Neighborhood Block Party. 4 p.m. at Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St. There will be entertainment, food, activity booths, an auction, and more. This is a family friendly event. Visit www.morefaith.org or call 703-527-8574.

Inova Blood Drive. 11 a.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. Blood supplies are almost always in short supply across our community, your support contributes to INOVA’s efforts at the drive. Volunteers are also needed. Visit www.inova.org/get-involved/blood-donor-services/index.jsp or call 1-866-256-6372.

Rascally Racoons Campfire. 7-8 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. All ages can enjoy fun around a campfire, including s’mores. $5/person due at registration. Program #642853-J.

Friday/Aug. 2

Concert. 8 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Drive. Free concert by the United States Air Force Band as a part of their summer concert series. Call 202-767-5658 or visit www.usafband.af.mi.

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The Choir of Christ's College Cambridge. Arlington Gets Choir Visit The Choir of Christ's College Cambridge will tour the East Coast of America this coming July, performing from Boston to Washington. They will appear at Memorial Baptist Church, 3455 North Glebe Road on Sunday, July 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Visit www.cambridgechoir.co.uk. Other venues include the National Cathedral, Washington; Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia; St Michael's Church, New York and St John the Divine, New York. The Choir undertakes a major international tour each summer, and is very excited to be coming to Arlington. The Choir have recently toured Canada and the West Coast of America (2012), Australia (2011), and Europe (2010) to high acclaim. Repertoire will include: Britten's Hymn to St Cecelia and Festival Te Deum, Howell's Take him, earth, for cherishing, Parry's Songs of Farewell and Blest pair of sirens, Stanford's For Lo! I raise up and works by Bach, Fauré, Gibbons, Purcell, Rheinberger, Saint-Saëns, Tallis and Walton. The choir will sing Evensong and Eucharist in Falmouth, New York, and Washington. The Choir will bring a selection of their most recent CDs, available to purchase during the tour. Recent recordings include repertoire by the French Romantic composers, Scarlatti, Britten and Howells, and Ledger. As one of Cambridge's mixed-voice ensembles, the Choir's raison d'etre is to sing Evensong twice a week in the College Chapel, alongside performances at feasts, weddings, memorial services and other occasions. Outside College, the Choir perform concerts in Cambridge and around the UK, recording CDs, broadcasting, and undertaking a major international tour each Summer. The 28 members are selected by audition to maintain an exceptionally high musical standard, most holding Choral Scholarships or Exhibitions. The Choir's repertoire embraces sacred and secular music from the 15th century to the present, with a broad concert repertoire including Bach's Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach and Brahms motets, masses by Mozart and Kodaly, extended works by Howells, Britten, Faure and Parry, and a selection of secular music.

Saturday/Aug. 3

Volunteer Workday. 10 a.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park. Call 703-528-5406.

Summer Safari. 1 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Chance to explore the infamous frog pond and manmade vernal pools with a naturalist. Reservation required. Call 703-528-5406.

Summer Concert. 7 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Musical performance by local group Surrender Friday. Free but donations are requested. Call 703-528-5406.

Sunday/Aug. 11

5k Run/Walk. As part of the Arlington County Fair, taking place at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. The event is open to individuals and families, serious runners and those interested in low-key community activity. Registration and a route map are available on the Arlington County Fair website at www.arlingtoncountyfair.us/5k.

Saturday/Aug. 17

Summer Safari. 1 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Venture into the water searching under rocks, leaves and logs for crayfish, aquatic streams and fish. Dress to get wet. Reservation required. Call 703-528-5406.

Summer Concert. 7 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. Musical performance by local group West on 66. There is no admission fee but donations are requested. Call 703-528-5406.

Saturday/Aug. 31

Summer Concert. 7 p.m. at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2848 N. Marcey Road. musical performance by local band Michael Mulvaney. Free but donations are requested. Picnic suppers are welcome. Call 703-528-5406.

Sept. 7-19

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. The 31st annual event consists of 50 competitions at 17 venues throughout Northern Virginia. Participants may register for multiple events for a flat fee of $12 with additional facility fees for some events. All participants must be 50 years of age by Dec. 31 and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction. Previous competitors will receive a registration form in the mail late June. Forms are also available at senior centers, community centers, senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721. Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 23. Online registration opens July 1 and ends Aug. 30. Visit www.nvso.com.

Sept. 12 through Oct. 12

“Come Blow Your Horn.” At The Gunston Arts Center, Theater II 2700 South Lang St. Written by Neil Simon, directed by Rip Claassen. Visit www.americancentury.org.

Tuesday/Oct. 8

Fundraiser. 5-8 p.m. for Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing at The Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd. October 8, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. For information call 703-276-7444 ext. 102 or email lkelleher@apah.org or visit www.apah.org.