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Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar March 27

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50th Annual Needlework Exhibition. Through Sunday, March 31. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. At the Historic Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Highway. $10/adults; $5/students through grade 12; free/children 5 and under. Visit http://woodlawn1805.org/50th-annual-needlework-exhibition/ or call 703-780-4000.

No Admission. Through Sunday, March 31. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. No admission charge at the Lee-Fendall House Museum throughout March. Located at 614 Oronoco St. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

Theater Performance. Through Sunday, March 31. “Ladies Swing the Blues,” a world premiere by Thomas W. Jones II and William Knowles at Metrostage, 1201 N. Royal St. Explore the jazz folklore, mythologies and backstage stories of the ’40s and ’50s with four legendary jazz divas as they gather to commemorate the passing of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $50 (students $25). For tickets call 800-494-8497 or visit www.metrostage.org, Groups/Info 703-548-9044. Fully accessible, free parking.

Art Exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “State of Emergency,” Sabyna Sterrett’s exhibition of woven repurposed plastic bags and products, will be featured in The Art League Gallery, at 105 N. Union St. Through April 1. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.

Art Exhibit. See “Process: Photography” at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Features established and emerging talent displaying a wide variety of picture taking devices ranging from large print to electron microscopy. Over 15 types of equipment are represented. Through April 7. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.

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.

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.

Thursday/March 28

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.

Blockbuster Thursday. 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Call for title. Free. 703-746-1702.

Friday/March 29

Music Performance. 8 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The United States Air Force Band will perform music for soprano and clarinet. Free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil for more.

Saturday/March 30

Cleve Francis. 7:30 p.m. $32.50. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fountains at Washington House, 5100 Fillmore Ave. All ages can hunt for eggs. RSVP by March 28. 703-291-0190.

Opening Reception. 2-4 p.m. see Multiple Exposures Gallery “Dual Show” by Eric Johnson and Susan Meyers. Located in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com or 703-683-2205.

Book Signing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Great Harvest Alexandria, 1711 Centre Plaza. Rachel Brame and Roderic Brame will sign copies of their book “Mighty Titans.” Free. Visit www.alexandria-greatharvest.com for more.

Book Signing. 3-5 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. Rachel Brame and Roderic Brame will sign copies of their book “Mighty Titans.” Free. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.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.

Ribbon Cutting. 10 a.m. at Del Ray Variety, 203 E. Custis Ave. After the cutting there will be refreshments from local restaurants, face painting and more.

Monday/April 1

Spanish 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 Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Children up to 11 months with adult. Free. 703-746-1702.

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 2

Chasing the Bloom in Southern Appalachia. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Become an armchair tourist through mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Don Hyatt will lead us on a tour of his favorite native azaleas, rhododendrons, and wildflowers as they come into flower in the wild. $15. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

Event. 6-8 p.m. at Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St. Maureen Lauran will discuss the medieval pilgrimage known as “The Way,” The Camino de Santiago, and shares stories and photos from her trek. Free. Visit www.morrisonhouse.com or 703-838-8000.

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Bill Schweigart will discuss his book “Slipping the Cable.” Free. 703-746-1702.

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.

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.

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 3

Music. Carolina Chocolate Drops 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.

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.

Film Noir Film Series. 6:45 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Call 703-746-1705 for title. Discussion follows at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. Free.

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

Movie Screening. 6:30 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Watch “The Red Violin,” in anticipation of the ASO’s upcoming concert “The Music of Empowerment” featuring soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the Red Violin. Free. Visit www.elizabethpitcain.com or www.alexsym.org.

Wednesday-Sunday/April 3-7

O’Connell’s Fleadh Cheoil. There will be music and fun for all ages at O’Connells, 112 King St. April 7 is family fun day with face painting, story telling and more. All events are free. Visit www.danieloconnells.com for more.

Thursday/April 4

Comedy Performance. Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. $69.50. Visit www.birchmere.com or 703-549-7500.

Dumbarton Oaks Estate and Park. 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Meet at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Get away to Dumbarton Oaks historic estate in Georgetown. Tour the historic house and gardens, have lunch at a local park, and spend the afternoon exploring Dumbarton Oaks Park, the work of landscape designer Beatrix Farrand. $95. Visit www.greenspring.org or call 703-642-5173.

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.

Poem in Your Pocket Day. 5 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Read and listen to haiku poems before creating one. Then carry your poem in a pocket decorated by you. Children ages 8-12. Free. 703-746-1702.

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.

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.

Build/Renovate Your Own Castle V. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Future and current home buyers, renters and homeowners can get advice on how to renovate their living space. Free. To RSVP 703-746-4356.

Friday/April 5

Opening Reception. 7-10 p.m. “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 5-28

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 5-6

Rachelle Ferrell. $59.50. The Birchmere Music Hall is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com or call 703-549-7500.

Saturday/April 6

World Magic Gala Show. 7:30-9 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. Features four magicians from around the world. Visit magi-whirl.org/gala for tickets. Proceeds benefit the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Bishop Ireton High School’s Theater.

Opening Reception. 4-6 p.m. at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Meet artist Lukman Ahmad. Featuring Kurdish Sitar and Saz music by Jani Dylan and Azad Yalcin. Visit www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/schlesingercenter/gallery.html.

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. Call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Ikebana Flower Arranging. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn the rich symbolism and fundamentals of Ikebana flower arranging and take home an arrangement of your own. $35. Register by March 28. Call 703-642-5173.

Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious.' 10 a.m.-noon 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.

Annual Rum Punch Challenge. 7-9:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Try six different creations while bidding on silent auction items. $50/person. Proceeds benefit the education and preservations programs of the museum. Go to visitalexandriava.com to register and information.

Craft Workshop. 2 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Adults can learn how to make soaps in an ice tray. Free. 703-746-1702.

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

April 6 through April 30

Art Exhibit. 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.

Sunday/April 7

Artists’ Show & Tell. 2 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Meet some of the creators of the “Process: Photography.” Many of the artists will bring the equipment they used and talk about the processes they used to create their art. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.

Reception. 1-:30 p.m. “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.

Concert. 4 p.m. New Dominion Chorale will perform Thomas Beveridge's “Yizkor Requiem,” along with several works by Felix Mendelssohn at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street. $30/adults; $25/seniors; $5/children and students. Tickets are available through www.newdominion.org/.

Film Fest. In honor of Women’s History Month watch “Frida” at 2 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Free. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or 703-746-1702.

Benefit Concert. 5 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance will showcase the dance companies of Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble. $40/person. Visit www.metrofinearts.com for tickets.

Monday/April 8

Little One-Ders. 10:30 a.m. or 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.

Baby Time. 11 a.m. at Duncan Library, 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.

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. at Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. Discuss “Blood Done Sign My Name” by Timothy B. Tyson. Free. 703-746-1703.

Interfaith Book Club. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Read nonfiction works that strive to find common ground through recognizing and celebrating common values. Free. Call 703-746-1743 for title.

Poetry Group. 7 p.m. at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Discuss poems and poetry in an informal setting. Free. 703-746-1705.

Tuesday/April 9

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.

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.

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 10

Days of Remembrance. Noon-1 p.m. at City Hall. Each year the City of Alexandria sponsors a civic ceremony observing the days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust.

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.

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, 5005 Duke St. WUSA News reporter Bruce Johnson will discuss his book “Heart to Heart,” his account of surviving a heart attack. Free. 703-746-1702.

Lego Family Night. 7 p.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Families can enjoy building together and more. Free. 703-746-1702.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday/April 17

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

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.

Friday/April 19

Choral Series Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Features German masterpieces performed by Calmus Ensemble Lepzig. $22/$25. Reception to follow. 703-683-6040 for tickets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 & 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.

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.

Saturday/April 27

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. Free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday/May 9

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 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.

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.

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.

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. http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar

Thursday/May 23

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 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.

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.

Thursday/June 6

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.