“Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.” Through June 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Find watermedia floral and landscape paintings. Free to visit gallery. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
“Building Bridges.” Through June 28 during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2701 Mount Vernon Ave. The gallery will unveil an exhibit that is the result of a partnership with Six Degrees Consortium. Free to attend. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.
Cat Adoption Promotion. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, 4101 Eisenhower Ave. The Animal Welfare League will be holding a “Class of 2015” Cat Adoption promotion. Select cats (typically, cats who have been at the shelter longer than four months, senior cats, etc.), will have fees waived for the month of June. Email email@example.com or call 703-746-4774.
“Art Uniting People” Exhibit. Through July 9, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 2nd floor hallway at Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St. The exhibit is designed to raise awareness about the stigma faced by those with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Admission is free. Visit www.alexandriava.gov.
“Saturate.” Through July 19 during gallery hours at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Six artists use different mediums to convey moisture. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org.
“Boundaries & Borders.” During gallery hours through July at the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Artists were inspired the “outsider’s perspective” for this exhibit. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
“Magical, Mystical Animals.” Through July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Studio 18. Artists will display art inspired by childhood stories and mythical creatures. Admission is free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com.
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Art Class Exhibit. Through July 28, Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Saint Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. View drawings and paintings done by the senior art class. Free. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com.
Baseball Boat to Nationals Park. Through Sept. 26 at various time. 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. Visit www.potomacriverboatco.com/baseball-boat.php.
Fifty Years of Collecting. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Fort Ward Museum 4301 West Braddock Road. An anniversary exhibit of objects from the Fort Ward collection. Free. Visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.
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.
The Derecho California Common Celebration. 3-10 p.m. at the Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Celebrate the third anniversary of the creation of a limited edition summer seasonal: the Derecho California Common. Lived music and food and souvenirs for sale. Admission is free. Email info@portcitybrewing,com, or call Tammy Portney at 713-560-0969.
Friday/June 26-Saturday/June 27
SkateFest & "Sk8 For A Cause." 3 p.m. at Wakefield Park, Annandale. Children and adults are invited to the 8th annual Skatefest. The two-day event of competitions and games will raise money for Children's National Medical Center. Registration costs: $25 (pre-registration), $30 (day-of registration), +$10 (VIP tickets). Visit www.skatefestfairfax.com.
Choral Festival International Summer Celebration. Various times and dates at 319 Cameron St. This event features professional and community choirs. See www.classicalmovements.com.
Civil War Kids Drill Day. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road. Children ages 9-12 can learn more about the daily life of the Civil War soldier. The cost per child is $25, which includes a Civil War kepi hat and snack. Registration is suggested, space is limited. Call Fort Ward Museum to register at 703-746-4848. The program will be cancelled if it rains.
“Building Altars” Workshop. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Del Ray Artisans gallery at Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Create altars from small tins and recycled items. Instructor: Lori K. Gordon. $80 for members and $95 for non-members not including a $20 supply fee. See www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/Altars.
Ikebana Flower Design Workshop. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn the fundamentals of the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The workshop is $35 plus a $25 supply fee. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
Program on Water Wise Gardening. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria) will present a program on water wise gardening.The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested at www.mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414.
Food & Wine Festival. 12-6 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St. Taste food from local restaurants and sample Virginia wines while listening to live music. Free admission. Visit www.alexandriafoodandwine.com/.
Family Fun: Make a Patriot Garden. 1-2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children may decorate a red, white and blue container garden in time for the Fourth of July. The program cost is $12. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
Fruit Salad Tasting. 1-4 p.m. at Olio, 1223 King St. Health and wellness coach Donna Zurick will lead demonstrations on fruit salad varieties for summer. Free. Visit www.oliotastingroom.com for more.
Entrepreneur Fellowship for Women Graduation. 2-4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring. Celebrate the accomplishments of this year's graduates of the Entrepreneur Fellowship for Women program with Alexandria-based Empowered Women International.Take part by listening to women's stories and learning about their businesses and projects. Also help welcome Florence Navarro, EPI’s new Executive Director and Chief Empowerment Officer. Free. Visit www.myemail.constantcontact.com/You-re-Invited-to-EWI-s-Entrepreneur-Fellowship-for-Women-Graduation-.html?soid=1101407869059&aid=tDP5KG3SVb4 for information and to register.
“Toy Stories.” 7 p.m. at The Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. The Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria performs an original musical, “Toy Stories.” Tickets start at $20. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter.
Pieces of a Dream. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. American R&B and jazz group perform live. Tickets start at $35. Visit www.birchmere.com/calendar/ for tickets and more.
Cook For Your Pet. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Pet Sage, 2391 S. Dove St. and Southern Kitchens, 2350 Duke St. Take a three-part course on cooking for your cat or dog. Each session is $25, or $60 for all three. Visit www.petsage.com.
Sarong Brunch. 11 a.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St. Learn different ways to “rock” a sarong and partake in a light brunch and mimosas. Tickets are $24 and include a rayon sarong from Bali. Customers can also upgrade to a sarong from Bangladesh or Ghana. Visit www.rock-your-sarong-brunch.simpletix.com/ Event/23185/Rock-Your-Sarong-Brunch.
Downton Abbey Tea Program. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Discover whether Downton Abbey’s depiction of life in the 18th century provides true historical insight or historical fiction. The program will be followed by a traditional English afternoon tea. Admission is $32. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
Grand Re-Opening Celebration. 2-4 p.m. at Old Town Ace Hardware, 809 S. Washington St. Reception with snacks and sweet treats, demonstrations and a meet and greet with the new store owners, managers, and staff at Old Town Ace. The first 100 guests at the reception will receive a free gift. Free. RSVP to Courtney Belew at Party@acehardwaredc.com or 703-566-7040. Visit www.acehardwaredc.com for more.
Henna Tattoos for El Fenn Maroc. 2-5 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. For a $10 donation to nonprofit El Fenn Maroc, artist Lori Gordon will tattoo a small, simple henna design on a hand or foot. El Fenn Maroc supports the traditional arts of Morocco. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.
Jazz at Meade. 4-6 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N Alfred St. Listen to jazz singer Anita King and her quartet. Entry with a $15 donation. Visit www.meadechurch.org or call 703-549-1334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
“Toy Stories.” 5 p.m. at The Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. The Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria performs an original musical, “Toy Stories.” Tickets start at $20. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter.
Brandy Clark Performance. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Tickets are $29.50. Visit www.birchmere.com/events/brandy-clark/ for ticket.