Garden Tour and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Tour the glorious gardens with a Master Gardener docent who will lecture about Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. $32. Call 703-941-7987 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Meet the Poet and Author. 7-9 p.m., at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Award winning poet and author, KaNikki Jakarta reads from her work. Call 703-548-0035 or visit nvfaa.org for more.
Sierra Hull in Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com for more.
Aug. 17-Sept. 17
Wizard of Hip. Various times at MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St. Featuring Thomas W Jones II as he journeys from adolescence to adulthood as Afro Jo with original music by William Knowles and two back-up singers. Call 703-548-9044 or visit www.metrostage.org for more.
Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week. Area restaurants offer $35 for a three-course dinner or $35 dinner for two; select locations offering lunch from $10-20/person. Visit www.AlexandriaRestaurantWeek.com or call 703-746-3301 for more.
Casting Leaves in Concrete Workshop. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Green Spring staff demonstrates casting and painting techniques and assists participants in making one to take home. $40 for the program plus $25 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Sketch Hike. 10 a.m.-noon, at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler at the park’s Norma Hoffman Visitor Center and hike up to Historic Huntley to sketch some of the Mason family villa’s historic architecture and landscaping. $8. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/.
Gardening Author Talk. 3-4:30 p.m. at the Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Nancy Lawson, a naturalist and columnist for All Animals magazine, will talk about her recent book, “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife.” Visit alexlibraryva.org.
Tea and Princess Diana Lecture. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Explore the many faces of Diana: fairytale princess, style icon, humanitarian and mother. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. $32. Call 703-941-7987 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Chamber Music Concert. 3-5 p.m., at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Cellist Randy Ward and pianist Chloe Sunyang Choi will play music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Vaughn Williams.Visit www.wmpamusic.org
Deadline Aug. 20
Open Invitation for Chorus. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus, 5000 Dawes Ave. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-845-6252.
Alexandria Chamber Golf Tournament. 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road. Hot dogs and brats, beverages, reception, dinner, prizes. Sponsorships available, contact Maria Ciarrocchi at email@example.com.
Great American Eclipse. All day at Historic Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Learn the science behind eclipses and how to view them safely, solar eclipse glasses will be provided to attendees at all the programs. $7 to $12 per person. Visit go.usa.gov/xNvvb for more.
Solar Eclipse Watching Party. 2-4 p.m. at the Potomac Conference Center, 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600. Protective Glasses, sips, and refreshments will be provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Fall Sports Pep Rally. 6 p.m. at West Potomac High School Stadium, 6500 Quander Road. Wolverine Athletic Booster Club will introduce coaches and players. Visit www.westpotomacsports.org for more.
Wake Up Wednesday. 7-9:30 a.m. at the Duke Street Tunnel Connecting Carlyle to King Street Metro. Free coffee with a purchase of a donut, entertainment from local performers. Every Wednesday through September. www.alexandriava.gov/CarlyleFun.
Historian Lecture. 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Meredith Barber is a local historian and student at William and Mary. Through research at the National Archives, she discovered previously unknown Athenaeum history during the Civil War including its employment as a logistics center by the Union Army. $5, free for NVFAA members. Visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.
Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Features furniture, art, china, glass, porcelain, pottery, books, photographs, lighting, tools, etc. Refreshments will also be on sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.
Ballyshaners Irish Festival. 11 a.m-7 p.m. at 1A Prince St. A celebration Irish history and culture in Alexandria, and a fundraiser for the Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade. Visit www.ballyshaners.org/festival/ for more.
Garden Terrarium Workshop. 1-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn provides information on this genus and teaches techniques for creating a terrarium. $38 plus supplies. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Begonia Show and Sale. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Show sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society. Free. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Civil War Servants Lecture. 2 p.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Tour entitled “Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House.” $10. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org for more.
Free Piano Concert. 3-5 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association presents an afternoon of music with the West Shore Piano Trio as part of their Summer Chamber Music Series. Free. Visit www.wmpamusic.org for more.
Sister Musicians Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Artists and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will perform in support of their upcoming release “Not Dark Yet.” Visit www.birchmere.com for more.
7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. 8 a.m. at Fort Belvoir Golf Club 8450 Beulah St., Fort Belvoir. Benefit for America’s “Adopt A Soldier,” an established nonprofit organization who has through grassroots volunteerism, donations, and partnerships; provides a positive impact to our nation's wounded, deployed service members, hospitalized military children, homeless veterans, veterans and their families. Email email@example.com for more.
Fall Vegetable Gardening. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Learn inexpensive techniques to extend the harvest and even enjoy some of the crops in the dead of winter. Visit mgnv.org or call 703-228-6414 for more.
Celebrate Honeybee Day. 10 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Meet a beekeeper, see inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, do a bee scavenger hunt, learn how bees are important to the food supply and get tips on how to help honeybees.Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring for more.
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle. 7:36 p.m. on John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle St. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally.” Free. Visit www.AlexandriaVA.gov/CarlyleFun for more.