Hollin Meadows Summertime Writing Nights. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 17 at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Families and elementary students kindergarten-third grade can read, write and talk with teachers. Free. Email Hollinmeadowses.KeepInTouch@fcps.edu.
Broadway Musical Dance Workshop. Through Aug. 24, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Mondays at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Dance class involving jazz and Broadway music. All skills levels welcome. Free; donations accepted. Register by calling 703-765-4573.
Paintings by Stanley Agbontaen. Through Aug. 28 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Drive. The Maryland-based international artist’s depictions of scenes are painted on oil canvas. Free. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter.
“Au Naturel” Exhibit. Through Aug. 30, first Thursdays, 12-9 p.m., Thursdays, 12-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 12-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-6 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave. View artwork made in the “Au Naturel” or minimalist style. Admission is free. Visit www.TheDelrayArtisans.org.
Leigh Merrill: “Cloud Seedling.” Through Aug. 30, during gallery hours at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. Texas-based artist Leigh Merrill shows photography and video in her solo exhibition Cloud Seeding. Merrill’s work examines the construction of desire, fiction and beauty in urban landscapes by digitally compositing thousands of images and videos into imaginary spaces. Admission is free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery Juried Show. Through Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. Studio 18. View parade-themed artwork. Admission is free. Visit www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com or call 717-359-7724.
Cool Yoga. Wednesdays through Sept. 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave. Participate in group yoga sessions taught by Prasada Yoga’s Maureen Clyne and enjoy refreshments provided by St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and other local eateries. Suitable for all levels. Bring mat, towel and water. Free. Call 703-671-2000.
“Fields.” Through Sept. 6, during gallery hours at The Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St. Abstract Artists David Carlson and Pat Goslee make art based on their interests in spiritual exploration and energy fields. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
Special Family Museum Tours. Saturdays through Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal St. Flexible tours and hands-on activities provide a deeper experience into the social and political life of Alexandria in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tickets are $5 for adults ($4 with AAA card), $3 children ages 5-12, and children ages 4 and under as well as Alexandria Public School and Blue Star families receive free admission. Coupons accepted. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Art Exhibit: Sultry Colors. Through Sept. 7, 10 a.m- 6 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. The Enamelists at The Torpedo Factory collaborate for an exhibit filled with sultry colors and patterns. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/event/sultry-colors/ or call 703-838-4565.
Exhibit: “Scapes.” Through Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Art League Gallery, 105 N Union St. View the annual August landscape exhibit juried by Elizabeth Peak. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org.
Exhibit: “Taking Shape.” Through Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Art League Gallery, 105 N Union St. This exhibit features three-dimensional works by Art League member artists. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org.
Baseball Boat to Nationals Park. Through Sept. 26 at various times. Leaves from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St. Baseball fans can avoid heavy traffic and cruise along the Potomac to Nationals Park. Tickets are $20 one-way and $25 round-trip, Monday-Thursday, $28 roundtrip Friday-Sunday. Visit http://www.potomacriverboatco.com.
Doggy Happy Hour. Tuesdays through Oct. at 5-8 p.m. at Jackson 20, 480 King St. Enjoy discounted drinks and treats with one's dog. Free. Visit www.jackson20.com.
Water Taxi to the National Mall. Through Nov. 1, at various times at Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St. Cruise from Old Town to D.C. on the Miss Sophie, while stopping view some of the area's most popular attractions. Tickets are $28 roundtrip and $14 one-way for adults. For children under 12, tickets are $16 roundtrip and $8 one-way. Visit www.potomacriverboatco.com/.
Mount Vernon in 3-D: Then & Now. Through Nov. 20 during regular operating hours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway. Visitors will have the chance to travel back in time, and in 3-D, to see how the estate appeared more than 100 years ago through a special photography exhibition. The exhibition is included in the regular admission fee of $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youth and free for childre younger than 5. To view the historic stereoview images as well as the modern 3-D anaglyphs, visit www.mountvernon.org/3D.
“Not-So-Modern” Jazz Quartet Performance. Thursdays through Dec. 31, 7:30-10 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Not So Modern Jazz Music plays music from the glory days of traditional jazz, including tunes from traditional Dixieland and the Swing era. Free. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com for more.
Flamenco Show. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at La Tasca, 607 King St. Watch dancers and guitarists perform traditional flamenco. Free to attend. Call 703-299-9810 or visit www.latascausa.com.
French Movie Night. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. in the back room of Fontaine Caffe & Creperie, 119 S Royal St. View a French film in the company of friends or a date. Free to attend. No RSVP necessary. Call 703-535-8151 or visit www.fontainecaffe.com/reviews.html.
Journey to Be Free: Alexandria Freedmen's Cemetery. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. A new exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the long-forgotten Freedmen’s Cemetery, its rediscovery and how the new Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial was created at the site. Call 703-746-4356.
Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812. Wednesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco St. A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.
Alexandria Cars & Coffee invites car enthusiasts to meet for coffee at Hollin Hall Shopping Center in front of Roseina’s, 1307 Shenandoah Road. Owners of classic cars, hot rods, exotic cars, motorcycles and more meet to share car stories and drink coffee. Group meets the first Sunday of every month. 8:30-11 a.m.
George Washington's Mount Vernon has joined Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier to expand the "Presidents Passport," Virginia's premier presidential trail. As an added bonus to this year's program, visitors to the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St. showing or purchasing a ticket to any of the three presidential estates will, upon request, receive for free Alexandria's "Key to the City" pass, which grants access into nine historic sites and museums in Alexandria, a $26 value. Visit www.PresPassport.Monticello.org for more.
Fifty Years of Collecting. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W Braddock Road. An anniversary exhibit of objects from the Fort Ward collection. Free. Visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.
Dinner for the Washingtons. 12 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. A walking tour that goes behind the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners. $5 in addition to estate admission. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.
Second Thursday Music. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. 7 pm. Second Thursday of every month. Visit nvfaa.org to view concert calendar and listen to upcoming Second Thursday Music artists.
The Monday Morning Birdwalk takes place weekly, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. November through March), is free, requires no reservation and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Direct questions to Park staff during normal business hours at 703-768-2525.
Art for Life. Third Thursday of every month. 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Hyatt Regency Crystal City has partnered will the National Kidney Foundation for a program highlighting a different artist each month for a year.
Civil War Sundays. 1-5 p.m. at Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union St., #327. Learn more about the Civil War as it occurred in Alexandria. Find dioramas, newspaper articles and more. Free. Visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.
Austin Ellis Performance. 7 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch Alexandria, 5 Cameron St. Artist Austin Ellis will perform. Free. Visit theblackwallhitch.com.
Titan Takeover Teen Night. 7-10 p.m. at Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W Reed Ave. Featuring foods, events and giveaways. Free; food and raffle tickets are available for purchase. Recommended for teens. Text "Titan" to 30644 or email email@example.com by Aug. 12 to attend.
Dry Branch Fire Squad and Lou Reid & Carolina. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Music by Dry Branch Fire Squad and Lou Reid Carolina. Tickets are $25. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.
Dixie Melody Boys Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Community Church, 6731 Beulah St. See the Dixie Boys Melody perform. Free. Visit www.mountcalvary.cc or call 703-971-0165.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lee District Amphitheater 6601 Telegraph Road. Matinee times on Saturday and Sunday are at 2:30 p.m. Watch all 37 Shakespeare plays performed by three actors with a comedy twist. Admission is $10. Mature audiences only are requested due to language. Visit www.100minutesofshakespeare.eventbrite.com for tickets.
Trunk Show: Candace Edgerley. 10 a.m-6 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. An artist hosts a meet-and-greet, and displays scarves inspired by a recent trip to India. Visit www.torpedofactory.org/event/trunk-show-candace-edgerley/ or call 703-836-5807.
Behind the Scenes: Curator’s Tour at Carlyle House. 10-11 a.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Experience a private tour of the museum and learn about the history of John Carlyle from curator Helen Wirka. Tickets are $20. To reserve a spot, visit www.nvrpa.org or call 703-549-2997.
Kitten Shower. 1:30-4:30 p.m. at King Street Cats, 25 Dove St. Meet, pet and play with cats and kittens up for adoption to help kick off the King Street Cats’ Purrlooza adoption events, refreshments will be served. Free to attend. Visit www.kingstreetcats.org/info/events.
Sly45 Performance. 7 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch Alexandria 5 Cameron St. Sly45 is a Baltimore-based band that plays songs from the ’50s and ’60s. Free. Visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Laughing With Art: Blind Contour Drawing. 7 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 Quaker Lane. Attend a ladies-only blind contour drawing session. Supplies are provided with the $45 fee. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more.
Marine Chamber Orchestra Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. at The Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. The United States Marine Chamber Orchestra continues its summer concert series. Free. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter.
Tank. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Come enjoy some R&B and soul from the singer, songwriter and producer Tank.
Tickets are $25. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.
Medical Musical Group. 3 p.m. at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria. The Medical Musical Group, an ensemble of doctors, nurses, and medical students, will be performing. There will be a pre-concert beginning at 3 p.m., concert at 4 p.m. Tickets required. Call 800-965-9324 or visit www.medicalmusical.org.
B.B. King Tribute. 6 p.m. at the Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. Blue’s artists perform B.B. King’s music in a tribute concert. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Purchase at www.thecarlyleclub.com.
Edwin McCain (Trio) with Jenn Grinels. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. The rock and indie rock artist, Edwin McCain performs. Tickets are $29.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.
Dance Class: The Art of Ballroom Dance. 7-7:45 p.m. practice and 7:45-8:30 p.m dance, at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Come with or without a partner to learn several classic dance styles from Gary Stephans. Admission is $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-505-5998 for details.
Aug. 18-Sept. 18
International Guild of Realism 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition. During gallery hours at Principle Gallery, 208 King St. The International Guild of Realism is dedicated to the advancement of realism in fine art. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit www.principlegallery.com/alexandria for more.
“Mayors, Merchants, and Maladies” Event. 1-3 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Callie Stapp, the Curator of Collections for the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, will discuss 18th century pharmacy records. Sponsored by The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Free. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org/.
Southern Tier Beer Dinner. 7-10 p.m. at Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union St. Attend a dinner accompanied by beers from Southern Tier Brewing Company. Tickets are $65. Visit www.unionstreetpublichouse.com.
Colonial Market & Fair. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Engage in arts and crafts and participate in the festivities. Free- $17, depending on age. Visit www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/.
Nick Tierra Performance. 5 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch-Alexandria, 5 Cameron St. Rock artist, Nick Tierra, will be performing. Free. Visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Scott Fallon Performance. 5 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch-Alexandria, 5 Cameron St. Acoustic artist, Scott Fallon, will be performing. Free. Visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Visiting Artist Program: Marcel Deolazo and Sol Hill. 5 p.m. at studio 333 and 316 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. Hear from artists who are participating in the Visiting Artist Program at the Torpedo Factory. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
Chris Stapleton-In The Flex Stage. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Tickets are $20. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week. Neighborhood restaurants offer specials and deals for customers. Prices and times vary. Visit www.AlexandriaRestaurantWeek.com.
Whiskey Tasting and Dinner. 6:30-9:45 p.m. at the Distillery & Gristmill, 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Learn how whiskey was made in colonial times and taste whiskey paired with a dinner. Tickets are $125 per person. Visit www.mountvernon.org/calendar.
Bruce Givens Performance. 7 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch-Alexandria, 5 Cameron St. Acoustic artist Bruce Givens will be performing. Free. Visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Anthony David. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. R&B singer-songwriter Anthony David performs live, joined by special guest Zo! and Carmen Rodgers. Tickets start at $35. There is a $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per guest, except for general admission tickets. For tickets, visit www.thecarlyleclub.com.
Libby Wiebel Performance. 8-10 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Libby Wiebel is a folk singer and songwriter who uses the guitar and piano to tell the stories of her travels. Free to attend. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com.
Elephant Appreciation Day. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St. Learn about the dwindling elephant population and how to protect it. Also find a demonstration of elephant dung paper-making, an EQ (Elephant Quotient) test for adults, an elephant quiz for children, an elephant tattoo parlor, elephant themed refreshments and more. Visit www.alexandria.tenthousandvillages.com for more.
3rd Annual Artist Materials Market. 10 a.m-3 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. Sell, buy, and swap gently used art supplies, tools, materials, and more. There are approximately 20 tables available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your table for $25 at www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-materials-market-tickets-17754108015?aff=es2 before Aug. 19.
Tom Walker Performance. 7 p.m. at Blackwall Hitch-Alexandria, 5 Cameron St. Musician Tom Walker will be performing. Free. Visit www.theblackwallhitch.com.
Dan Berry Band Performance. 8-10 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Singer-songwriter Dan Berry will perform with his band. Free to attend. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com.