“Safari.” Through Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, 105 N. Union St. Resident fiber artists display work inspired by the wild. Free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.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 children younger than 5. To view the historic stereoview images as well as the modern 3-D anaglyphs, visit www.mountvernon.org/3D.
Young at Art Juried Art Show. Through Nov. 20, Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Artists 55 and older can contribute their artwork for the exhibition. Visit www.seniorservicesalex.org or by calling Mary Lee Anderson at 703-836-4414, extension 111.
“Under $100: Affordable Masterpieces.” Through Nov. 26, during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Del Ray Artisans showcases artwork for $100 or less. Patrons can own and take home art when purchased. Free admission. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.
Torpedo Factory’s Post-Graduate Studio. Through Nov. 29, during gallery hours at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. To wrap up the inaugural year of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s post-graduate in-house residency program, the Target Gallery will feature the work of the four participating artists in a group exhibition. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
PHOTO ‘15 . Through Nov. 29, gallery hours at Multiple Exposures Gallery, 155 N. Union St. Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at The National Gallery of Art Sarah Greenough will jury the “PHOTO ‘15” exhibit. Thirty-one fine art photographers will display their work. Admission to the gallery is free. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com for more.
Green Spring Gardens Art Show. Through Dec. 27, gallery hours at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Artist Carol Higgs works in batik, oil, watercolor, and collage. Painter Joan Wolfe works with acrylic and Erik and Caroline Hottenstein use watercolors. Free. Call 703-642-5173 for more.
Mike McConnell: “Flip Side.” Through Dec. 13, during gallery hours at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Mike McConnell was a commercial illustrator who recently dedicated himself to fine art. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
“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.
“Nature’s Journey.” Through Jan. 2, at American Horticultural Society, 7931 East Boulevard Drive. Darlene Kaplan will exhibit more than 60 of her original oriental brush paintings in a one-person art exhibition. Free. Visit www.darlenekaplan.com for more.
“George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation.” Through Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. This exhibit will detail the history of Thanksgiving at Mount Vernon. On October 3, 1789, Washington issued his Thanksgiving proclamation, designating for “the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving.” Admission to the exhibit is included in Mount Vernon ticket prices. Tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for children, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Visit www.mountvernon.org/thanksgiving.
VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Art Show.Through Jan. 31 at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, 2660 Duke St. The artwork is on display in waiting areas and examination rooms as a part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program. Free. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org for more.
Colin Hay. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Former Men at Work band member Colin Hay will celebrate his new album “Next Year People” with a stop on his tour. Tickets are $39.50. Visit www.birchmere.com.
Fall Book Sale. 4-8:30 p.m. members preview on Thursday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday; 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. All books are $3 or less, unless specially marked. Books will be discounted further on Sunday. Call 703-746-1702 for more.
NetGiving. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at P.I.E.S. Fitness Yoga, 33 S. Pickett St., Suite 200. Take an hour-long yoga class followed by networking. Tickets are $30. Contact Marsha at email@example.com.
NOVA Orchestra Concert. 8-10 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Drive. Program highlights will include "Afro-American" Symphony No. 1 by William Grant Still, The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson and The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe. Tickets are $20. Call 703-569-0973.
“The 39 Steps.” 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School–Chapel/Performing Arts Center, 1000 St. Stephen’s Road. St. Stephen’s & St Agnes School will present a comedic version of "The 39 Steps," adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets are $5. Visit www.sssas.org/arts.
Leatrice Boyd Playground Dedication Ceremony. 8:30 a.m. at Buchanan Park, 1501 Cameron St. Free. Visit www.alexandriava.gov for more.
Straight from the HeART Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2723 King St. The Craft Fair will feature local artists and craft makers, and accompany a pancake breakfast. Donations accepted, but free to attend. Visit www.fccalexandria.com for more.
Vendor Village Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Road. The event will feature more than 40 direct sales vendors to include Avon, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Thirty-One, Dogs in Style, and Mary Kay. Free. Visit www.alexandriajayceesfoundation.org.
Thanksgiving From 1621 to the Present. 1 p.m. at the Lee Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Attendees will learn how Thanksgiving has transformed itself over time from the celebration of Harvest Home as practiced by the Plimoth Plantation settlers in 1621, and discover how the holiday has been influenced by prominent figures such as George Washington, women’s magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The PowerPoint presentation will be followed by samples of Thanksgiving food from four centuries: a 17th century Native American stew, 18th century Thanksgiving cakes, 19th century Cranberry Tarts, and 20th century Pumpkin Tarts. Tickets are $15. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.
“What a Place I Have Found.” 1:30 p.m. at Kate Barrett Library, 717 Queen St. In 1862, Julia Wilbur came to Alexandria as a relief worker on behalf of the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. Paula Tarnapol Whitacre coordinated the 2013-2014 transcription of Wilbur’s diaries by Alexandria Archaeology volunteers. Her presentation will focus on Wilbur’s time in Alexandria. Free. Call 703-746-1703 for more.
Cooking Up the Past. 3:30 p.m. at the Lee Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Attend an interactive cooking class. Guests will learn how to read recipes from the 19th century and earlier and to recreate them. Historical equipment will be used to churn and wash butter, grind spices, whip eggs, and flavor foods. Tickets are $25. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org for more.
“Horses & Hounds.” 4 p.m. at at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Watch a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate. Learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age. Observe a cavalry demonstration before meeting the horse and hound breeds that Washington loved most. Visit the estate’s modern livestock facilities for a chance to meet the horses, dogs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle that call Mount Vernon home. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions. Admission is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youth ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.
Maryanne Pollock: “Refuge” Opening Reception. 4-6 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center, 4915 E. Campus Drive. Celebrate artist Maryanne Pollock’s display of large-scale printed, painted, and stenciled canvases. Free. Visit www.maryannepollock.com for more.
Nov. 14-Jan. 14
Maryanne Pollock: “Refuge.” During gallery hours at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center, 4915 E. Campus Drive. Artist Maryanne Pollock will display large-scale printed, painted, and stenciled canvases. Free. Visit www.maryannepollock.com for more.
“See Between the Lines.” 8 p.m. on Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Washington, D.C. Alexandria’s Jane Franklin Dance Company will perform work inspired by artwork. Tickets are $15-30. Visit www.danceplace.org or www.janefranklin.com for more.
Dining in Style Tea Program. 1-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Victorian-era specialists Linda Lau and Terry Hooper exhibit a collection of 19th century dining accoutrements and explain how their uses, from practical to whimsical to downright bizarre, reflect the Victorians dining culture. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 historic house. Adults only. Tickets are $15 for the program only and $45 for the program and tea. To make reservations, call 703-941-7987.
Dough Ornament Making.10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. Roll and cut out dough ornaments into the shapes of artifacts in the museum. Once baked, families will decorate them in a later Ornament Decorating Workshop on Dec. 5. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
STEM Homeschool Program: Pharmacies Then and Now. 1-2:30 p.m. at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St. Homeschool students and their families are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a monthly program sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Compare the job in the 1800s to today and the learn about some of the chemistry that makes their work possible. Children attend free, adult tickets are $8. Visit shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
Researching Your WWI Ancestor. 1-3 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Craig Roberts Scott explains how to do research on individuals who served in "The Great War" in Europe. Free. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org or call 703-768-4101.
“Proper Cider and its Celtic Origins.” 7-9 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. “Proper Cider and its Celtic Origins: From Gaul, Galicia, and Great Britain to America” presented by Albemarle Cider Works Co-Founder and Operating Manager Charlotte Shelton. Cider and cheese reception to follow featuring Albemarle Cider. $5 suggested donation at the door. RSVP by visit propercider.eventbrite.com.
Santa Claus in Civil War Times. 9:30-11 a.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Kevin Rawlings will be in costume as he portrays Santa Claus during the Civil War years of the 1860s. Free. Call 703-765-4573.
Lecture: “Alexandria as a Major Hospital Center.” 7:30 p.m. at Church of St. Andrew and St. Margaret, 402 E. Monroe St. Doug Coleman, a native Alexandrian, local lawyer and columnist, will focus on what happened at The Mansion House Hospital, Seminary and L'Ouverture, Washington Street United Methodist Church and convalescent camps. The talk will also touch on Civil War medicine and nursing. Free. Call 703-963-9616 for more.
The United States Air Force Band-Chamber Players Series. 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum–Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. The U.S. Air Force Woodwind Quintet and Chamber Trio perform “Music for Chamber Winds.” Free. Visit www.usafband.af.mil.
Nov. 18- Jan. 3
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery: “Winter Wonderland.” Gallery hours at The Torpedo Factory Art Center–Studio 18, 105 N. Union St. Artists working in textile focus on “sparkle and shine, clean and white.” Free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com.
Nov. 19-Dec. 31
Tag on 3rd: Gallery 311 Opening Exhibit. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. The Associates' Gallery is re-opening in a newly renovated space on the Torpedo Factory’s third floor, studio 311. The exhibit will honor the late Robert Rosselle, a well-known sculptor who died in July. He occupied Studio 311 for many years, and two of his sculptures will take center stage in the group’s new show. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
“Holiday Cheer: Innovative Ideas and Tips for Decorating in the Garden Style.” 10 a.m. at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church–Fellowship Hall, 8532 Fort Hunt Road. Laura Dowling, former White House floral designer, is presenting a program on home holiday decorations. Admission is free for members of the Garden Club of Waynewood, $10 for nonmembers. Contact Dorothy Raduazo at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-360-2316.
Pohick Church Christmas Mart. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Find arts and crafts, a consignment shop, and a pantry shelf. The Docent Guild will be leading tours of the church, and a luncheon will be served by women dressed in colonial costumes. Free to attend. Visit www.pohick.org.
AAUW Meeting. 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane. Guest speaker is Lisa Maatz, Vice President of Government Relations at American Association of University Women (AAUW), on AAUW public policy. Open to the public. Free. Call 703-360-8678 or visit www.mtvernon-va.aauw.net.
Holiday Container Gardening. 7-8:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Cynthia Brown of the Smithsonian Gardens will be presenting on how to use container gardens to decorate for the holidays. Free. Email AlexandriaBeautification@gmail.com.
Beaujolais Nouveaus Celebration. 7-9 p.m. at DelRay Tower, 3110 Mount Vernon Ave. This semi-guided wine tour will showcase three wine flights by sommeliers, accompanied by light fare. This event is also a formal introduction to the Living Legends of Alexandria’s newly elected board members. Tickets are $50 in advance, and $65 at the door. Visit www.alexandrialegends.com for more.
“Drumming Through the Neighborhoods.” 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Inspired by the diverse population of Alexandria, percussionist Tom Teasley will present a new work combining the rhythmic languages of Africa, The Middle East, The Far East, India and South America with American jazz and funk. Tickets are $10. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” 3 p.m. on Saturday, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. MVHS Theatre Arts presents C.S. Lewis’ classic. Tickets are $7 for students, $8 for seniors, military, and MVHS staff, and $10 for everyone else. Visit www.mvhstheatrearts.com.
Mount Vernon High School Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. at Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. Mount Vernon High School Cares is a non-profit organization that helps the neediest children of the Mount Vernon/Route 1 Corridor. The race has been established for the last five years and has raised over $20,000. The registration fee is $20. Visit www.facebook.com/MVCaresTurkeyTrot/.
Holiday Shop at MVUC. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Buy gifts from 50 artisans in fiber arts, photography, wood, paper, metal, glass, and clay. Also find orchids, estate jewelry, and more. Free. Visit www.mvuc.org.
Garden Sprouts: Zucchini Zoo. 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children ages 3-5 are invited to select a vegetable from the garden and turn it into a turkey or another animal. Also, read a veggie story and munch some healthful harvest treats. Tickets are $6 per child. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 481 4201
Handmade Holiday Craft Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The 6th annual T.C. Williams Charity Craft Fair will host more than 45 local vendors selling handmade goods such as jewelry, soaps, fabric items and more. All profits from this event are donated to an organization that promotes economic and social improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. Visit
General’s Tour. 1 p.m. at the Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. The Lee-Fendall House will offer “The General’s Tour,’ a guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town. The tour will highlight locations and stories associated with the general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of 5 and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” Tickets are $10. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org for more.
Family Fun: Turkey Hunt. 1-2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn the history of the wild turkey and importance to early Americans. Track the bird through the gardens and natural spaces of Green Spring Gardens, then create a turkey-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Tickets are $6 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 487 5601.
Workshop: Thanksgiving Table Arrangement. 2-4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece in a fresh pumpkin. Use seasonal flowers, dried materials and fresh fruit to create a table decoration to take home. The fee is $38 per person, plus tax and a $25 supply fee. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using code 290 484 6701 for the program and code 290 484 6702 for the supply fee.
Country-Western Dance. 6:30-7:30 p.m. lessons and 7:30-10 p.m. open dancing at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. A DJ provides music. Couples and singles welcome. Admission for Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association members is free, $12 for non-members, and $5 for children with accompanying adult. See www.nvcwda.org or call 703-860-4941.
Cider Tasting. 7-9:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. This event is hosted by the Museum in partnership with the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee and includes cider tastings, music, and light refreshments. During the course of the evening, learn more about the growing Virginia cider industry and its connection to the historic tavern and the Caen region of France, all while enjoying ciders from Albemarle, Blue Bee Cider, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, Corcoran, and Foggy Ridge Cideries. Tickets are $45 per person. Call 703-74604242 or visit www.shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
Burning Bridget Cleary and Ian Foster. 7 p.m. at Focus Mount Vernon/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road. Celtic and folk music group Burning Bridget Cleary is joined by Ian Foster, a Newfoundland-based songwriter. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit www.focusmusic.org for more.
“Concerts at Saint Luke’s:” Geoff Gallante Quartet. 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Ft. Hunt Road. Geoff Gallante, a 15-year-old trumpet prodigy will perform songs from the American Songbook. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, and free for children 18 and under. Visit www.geoffgallante.com for more.
Run for Shelter. 8 a.m. at USPTO Madison Building, 600 Dulany St. Support the homeless by registering for the 5k, 10k or Fun Run that will raise money for Carpenter’s Shelter. Registration is $20-40. Contact Rebecca Hightower at 703-548-7500 or email@example.com , or visit www.carpentersshelter.org/run-for-shelter.