Eggstravaganza. 10:45 a.m. at Four Mile Run Park, 4109 Mount Vernon Ave. Co-sponsored by the City of Alexandria, National Community Church invites all Arlington and Alexandria area families to this year's event, featuring Easter Egg Hunts, games, bike raffle, food, live music, magic show, Easter Bunny and more. Free. Visit www.eggstravaganzadc.com.
Sunrise Easter Service. 7 a.m. at the Circle in front of George Washington’s Historic Mount Vernon. Join the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 993 for a Sunrise Easter Service. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon Rotary Club. Usher Services provided by Boy Scout Troop 993. There will be limited seating provided, please bring lawn chairs. The event will be followed by a pancake breakfast hosted by Troop 993.
Fair Trade Eggstravaganza. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St. Prize-filled plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the store for customers to find. Eggs may include mini-chocolates, coupons for store discounts, jewelry, and other merchandise to be redeemed at the counter. Free. Call 703-684-1435 for more.
Art Exhibit: “Contradictions.” Through March 26, gallery hours at The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Working in the medium of encaustic Julia Dzikiewicz paints, prints and constructs three-dimensional objects with bold colors embedding crystals, pearls or even metals. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
Art Exhibit: “March Melee.” Through March 27, 12-6 p.m. Thursday, 12-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday at The Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. This exhibit features artists’ “boldest and wackiest art.” Free. Visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows.
Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition & Sale. Through March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. The show will feature both contemporary and traditional needlework. Tickets are $15. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org for more.
All City High School Visual Art Exhibition. Through April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Convergence presents the “Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit,” a joint effort between Bishop Ireton High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and T.C. Williams High School. In an effort to recognize and encourage the creative pursuits of visual art students from across the city, art teachers from each of the four schools have collaborated in what they hope will be an annual event. Free. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more.
Art Exhibit: “Art into Fashion/Fashion into Art.” Through April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Fiber artists explore art inspired by fashion designers and fashionable wearables inspired by artists. Free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com for more.
Art Exhibit. Through April 24, gallery hours at St. George Gallery, 105 N. Alfred St. Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye will display his art. Taye is known for his evocative landscape, abstract and figurative work. Free. Call 703-299-9495 for more.
DASH for the STASH. Through May 15. Learn about investing with DASH for the STASH, an investor education contest hosted by the Alexandria Library. Read four game posters at any Alexandria Library location, get a quiz question related to each, and submit your answers to have a chance at winning a $1,000 retirement investment. Game posters are on display at all Alexandria Library locations. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1751.
Art Exhibit: “Partnerships.” Through May 15, business hours at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, 2660 Duke St. All artwork is available for purchase through Del Ray Artisans. Artists are donating 20 percent of the purchase price of sold pieces in an equal split between Del Ray Artisans and the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital’s charity of choice, Veterans Moving Forward. Free. Call 703-751-2022 for more.
“Who The Wounded Are.” Through July 11 at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. “Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital” is about people who lived and worked at this site in Alexandria and their real life stories that inspired the PBS show, “Mercy Street.” Tickets are $2-12. Visit www.carlylehouse.org for more.
Book and Art Sale. 1-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. The Chapel has art, nonfiction hardcovers, and children’s books. Hollin Hall has fiction, paperbacks, cookbooks, travel, and more. On Saturday, books in the Chapel are half price and books in Hollin Hall are $5 per bag. Visit www.mvuc.org for more.
Easter Egg Hunt. 3 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday; 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. The museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Easter eggs. Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments, stickers, temporary tattoos, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Every participating child will receive an Easter Egg, and each egg hunt session has two prize eggs. All children of elementary school age or younger (ages 0-12 years) are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults may participate in other activities. Advance tickets are $12 for ages 0-12, and $5 for all others. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.
Guided Tour: “The Mercy Walk.” 2:30 p.m. at Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St. Walk the same streets as the Green family and all of your favorite characters from "Mercy Street." Based on the PBS series, "Mercy Street," Alexandria's "The Mercy Walk" tour will give visitors and locals alike a feel for Alexandria and what it was like to live in an occupied city during the Civil War. This tour includes stops at the former Marshall House, the Confederate Statue, James Green's furniture factory and the only portion of the Mansion House Hotel still standing today. Tickets are $7-13. Visit www.alexcolonialtours.com for more.
Woodlawn Appraisal Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Meet with one of two expert textile appraisers, Newbie Richardson of Past Crafts LLC or Sarah Hill of Curzon Antiques and see what your item might be worth. Slots are available for appraisal for $20 per item. General admission tickets are available for $15. Call 703-570-6903 for more.
Sketch Hike: Spring Ephemerals. 10 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. $7 for residents of Fairfax County, $9 for non-residents. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov for more.
Tune Into Nature News. 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley's habitats. $7 for residents of Fairfax County, $9 for non-residents. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov for more.
Lecture: Preserving Our Textile Heritage. 5 p.m. at Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Join Costume and Textile Specialist Newbie Richardson for a lively and discussion of how to preserve new or old family heirlooms. Guests are invited to bring something for the question and answer section. Tickets are $27.24. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/preserving-our-textile-heritage-a-lecture-and-demonstration-by-newbie-richardson-tickets-22499982052.
Evening Woodcock Walk. 6:45 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his courtship dance and flight. $6 for residents of Fairfax County, $8 for non-residents. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov for more.
Sunrise Easter Service. 7 a.m. at George Washington’s Historic Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway. Usher Services provided by Boy Scout Troop 993. Free. Call 571-212-2444 for more.
The Salute to Women Awards Ceremony. 6 p.m. at The United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. Alexandria’s Commission for Women has announced the names of the honorees for its 36th Annual Salute to Women Awards. Twelve women will be recognized for their accomplishments in civic life and for the improvements they have brought to the well-being of Alexandria’s women. Tickets are $75. Contact Ellen Lamm at 703-746-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
#FreshAlexandria. 6:30 p.m. at The Hermitage 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Agenda:Alexandria presents “#FreshAlexandria: Eating Local and Growing Your Own ” with Pamela Hess, executive director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Dean Norton, director of horticulture at Mount Vernon; and Fred Sachs, proprietor of Grapewood Farm. Tickets are $32-47 for members, $37-42 for nonmembers. Call Sherry Brown at 703-548-7089 or email email@example.com.
Craft Supply Swap. 7-8:30 p.m. at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Bring in your unwanted crafts supplies and abandoned projects and pick up something that's new to you. Swap items may be dropped off at the Information desk in advance. Free. Call 703-746-1769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: “Beyond the Call of Duty.” 7 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Join Chris Foard MSN, RN, for an in depth lecture on the diverse practices of male and female Civil War nurses. Discussion includes an important but largely neglected aspect of Civil War nursing—roles and responsibilities of nurses in relation to current practices of today. Lecture is based on historical analysis from letters, documents, books and diaries from The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing. Admission is $10. Visit www.carlylehouse.org for more.
Music at Mount Vernon. 7-9 p.m at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. “Music at Mount Vernon” is a three-part series designed to educate through music. Tickets are $175 for all three events, $125 for members and supporters. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more.
March 29-April 24
Art Exhibit: “It’s Black and White!” Gallery hours at The Associates Gallery (TAG), 105 N. Union St. The Associates Gallery will feature two member artists in “It’s Black and White!” in a complementary scheme of black and white rendered in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
CryBaby Art Studio. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Learn simple art techniques and exercise your creativity with your baby by your side. Tickets are $20. Contact 703-944-4381 or email@example.com, or visit www.metamorphosisaec.com/mama/classes.
“Celebrating Poetry in Alexandria.” 7 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. To kick-off National Poetry Month and to acknowledge Tori Lane Kovarik’s contributions to the Alexandria community, Kovarik will read a selection of her works and works of others. This will be her last official reading as Poet Laureate for the City of Alexandria and before leaving the Alexandria area. Free. Call 703-746-5565 for more.
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Chapel, 3737 Seminary Road. Virginia Theological Seminary invites the community to a concert. Free. Visit www.vts.edu/chapel for more.
First Friday: “Fools’ Day Merriment.” 6-8:30 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Guests are invited to dress in silly clothes, listen to music and jokes and more. Advance per person reservations: $5 residents; $10 nonresidents. At door: $10 residents; $15 nonresidents. To pay online (455205.01): www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac.
Reception: All City High School Visual Art Exhibition. 7-9 p.m. at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Convergence presents the “Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit,” a joint effort between Bishop Ireton High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and T.C. Williams High School. In an effort to recognize and encourage the creative pursuits of visual art students from across the city, art teachers from the four schools have collaborated. Free. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more.
Children’s Consignment Sale. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday at Cameron United Methodist Church, 3130 Franconia Road. Buy or sell children’s clothes. Free to attend. Call 703-329-9327 for more.
April 1-May 1
Exhibit: “Creatures from the Sea.” Gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Del Ray Artisans interpret real and imagined “Creatures from the Sea.” Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.
Fort Hunt Preschool Touch a Truck. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane. Children are invited to get up close and personal with buses, trucks, and fire engines. Tickets are $5. Visit www.forthuntpreschool.com for more.
Circles & Pastels: Draw Like Kadinsky. 1-2:30 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Parent and children are invited to learn simple art techniques inspired by Master artist Wassily Kadinsky. The workshop fee is $30 for a parent and child. Visit www.metamorphosisaec.com/mama/classes/.
Children’s Cherry Blossom Festival. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Visitors can hear a story, try their hand at origami and chopsticks, paint a Japanese style lantern, and seek out beautiful cherry trees on a cherry tree hunt. Admission is free, craft tickets are $10 each. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
UCM Spring Gala. 6 p.m. at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. United Community Ministries will host a “Viva Las Vegas” themed benefit. Tickets are $175. Visit www.ucmagency.org for more.
Magi-Whirl 2016. 7 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. This five-act magic show will benefit the Bishop Ireton Theatre Department. Tickets are $17, $15 for students 14 and under and seniors 65 and over, $55 for a family pack of four, and free for military in uniform. Visit www.familymagicshow.org for more.
Lushness & Lyrical. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Jenny Oaks Baker headlines a program of classics telling tales of fancy, fairies and fantasy. Tickets are $20-80, $10 for students, $5 for youth. Visit www.alexsym.org for more.