Through Nov. 30
Training for Turkey. Various times at the Metropolitan School of the Arts, 5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4. Prepare for feasting with an unlimited fitness pass for their Barre Fitness (MetroBarre) and yoga classes for the month of November. $60. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703-339-0444.
Historic Start. The inaugural meeting of the Mount Vernon Historical Society will be held 7-9 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane. The guest speaker will be Sean Thomas, director of Leadership Programs for George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Free and open to the public.
Pizza and a Project. 6:30-8 p.m. at Fairlington United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3900 King St. Enjoy a free pizza dinner while participating in community service stations, which will provide hands-on projects to help our neighbors. Free and open to all ages. Visit www.fairlingtonumc.org for more.
Alexandria Film Festival. Various times at AMC Hoffman 22 Theater, 206 Swamp Fox Road and Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. More than 50 free and ticketed films to the city to delight, entertain, and inform area film enthusiasts. Visit AlexFilmFest.com for more.
“Salute To Veterans” Concert. 7:30 p.m. at the Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave. The Alexandria Citizens Band plays favorite tunes of Allied partners, as well as American classics, including the Armed Forces Salute. Visit alexandriacitizensband.com/ for more.
Paula Poundstone Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com for more.
Civil War Tours at Fort Ward. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road. The tours will be conducted by an interpreter who will portray a Union army veteran reminiscing about his military service at Fort Ward during the Civil War. Call 703-746-4848 for more.
Lee-Fendall House as a Hospital. 11 a.m. at the Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Highlights include themes of nursing, soldiers, civilians, medical practices, and free people of color. $8/$10 at door. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 540-431-8241.
Adventure at Green Spring Gardens. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Learn about the adventurous history of this activity that combines clues, nature and navigation skills at the Letterbox Hunt. $6. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/.
Meet the Author. 2-3:30 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. Award-winning author Marta McDowell presents her new book, “The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books.” Visit www.ahsgardening.org for more.
Christmas Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Christ Church - Meade Room, 121 North Columbus St. Choose from a variety of Christmas merchandise and other gift ideas. All profits go to local and international charities. Call 703-549-2248 or visit www.historicchristchurch.org/ for more.
Musical Sunday Brunch. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union St. Featuring the vocal jazz and pop stylings of Sarah Moyers accompanied by Gena Photiadis on piano, Joe Whitney on tenor saxophone and John Mark Diner on bass. Visit www.unionstreetpublichouse.com for more.
Gardening Lecture. 12:30-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Dr. Ashley Egan discusses: “A Tale of Two Vines: The Far Reaching and Few Between.” Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring or call 703-642-5173.
The United States Navy Concert Band. 2 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. This chamber music recital series will feature a diverse array of traditional and contemporary music including works by Kerry Turner, Lowell Shaw, and Katharina Thomsen. Call 703-548-0035 or visit nvfaa.org.
Stuff the Bus with DASH. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Giant Food - Alexandria Commons, 3131 Duke St. DASH Representatives will be on-site collecting non-perishable food items along with gently used and/or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for those of all ages. All donations will be given to Alexandria citizens who have been affected by poverty and natural disasters. Visit www.dashbus.com for more.
Meet the Artists. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn-Carlyle, 2460 Eisenhower Ave. The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is showcasing artwork from art educators across the country in a juried exhibition at the association’s headquarters. Email email@example.com or call 703-347-5540 for more.
Bruce Cockburn Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Visit www.birchmere.com for more.
Genealogy Lecture. 10 a.m.-noon at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Professional genealogist Sharon Hodges explores “Tracing Your Family Roots through Genealogy.” Free. Call 703-836-4414 ext 110 or visit www.seniorservicesalex.org
Stuff the Bus with DASH. 3-5 p.m. at King Street Metro Station, 1900 King St. DASH Representatives will be on-site collecting non-perishable food items along with gently used and/or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for those of all ages. All donations will be given to Alexandria citizens who have been affected by poverty and natural disasters. Visit www.dashbus.com for more.
Greendale’s Turkey Cup. 9 a.m. at Greendale Golf Course, 6700 Telegraph Road. Dinner is on the line as golfers compete in the 6th Annual Turkey Cup at Greendale Golf Course. The tournament is a two-player scramble, and winners take home Thanksgiving dinner and dessert. Prizes will be awarded for top finishes in each division, as well as closest to the pin. Call 703-971-6170 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/greendale/.
Stuff the Bus with DASH. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Del Ray, 2300 Mt Vernon Ave. DASH Representatives will be on-site collecting non-perishable food items along with gently used and/or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for those of all ages. All donations will be given to Alexandria citizens who have been affected by poverty and natural disasters. Visit www.dashbus.com for more.
Meet the Artist. 10 a.m.-noon at the Dolley Madison Library, rooms 1 and 2, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. Rachel Collins, a local watercolor artist and member of the National Watercolor Society, will be the presenter. Collins teaches classes at the Art League School in Alexandria, Va. and the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Md. Call 703 653-9519 for more.
Nov. 17-Dec. 24
The Old Bull and Bush. Various times at MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St. An effort to reopen the famous Hampstead England pub on stage to celebrate the holidays with food, song, jokes, dance and a sing-along. Call 703-548- 9044 or visit www.metrostage.org.
Thanksgiving Food Drive. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gum Spring Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road. The Northern Virginia Project GiveBack will be hosting the 8th annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution Drive. Call 703-217-1675 for more.
Stuff the Bus with DASH. 9 a.m.-noon at Alexandria's City Hall and Market Square, 301 King St. DASH Representatives will be on-site collecting non-perishable food items along with gently used and/or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for those of all ages. All donations will be given to Alexandria citizens who have been affected by poverty and natural disasters. Visit www.dashbus.com for more.
Floral Workshop. 9:30-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Thanksgiving Table Arrangement is the topic of the workshop. Professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway shares tips and tricks of the trade for you to practice on your own designs at home. $38, and the supply fee is $25. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring or call 703-642-5173.
Mt. Vernon Unitarian Holiday Shop. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Holiday Shop is a local tradition with 50 artisans. Quilt will be raffled. Call 703-298- 2176 for more.
Kids Krafts at Friendship Firehouse Museum. 10 a.m. at the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred St. Children and caregivers work on crafts and visit the historic firehouse together. Ages 5-8. $5. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/FriendshipFirehouse for more.
Alexandria Bus Tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. African American History of Alexandria Bus Tour, “From Slavery to Freedom,” a collaboration between the Office of Historic Alexandria, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Gum Springs Museum. Lunch included. $50. Visit shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
Alexandria Cider Festival. 2-6 p.m. at the Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. Celebrate Virginia Cider Week Nov. 10-19, in Alexandria with a special tasting festival. Call 703-746-4554 for more.
Concerts at St. Luke's. 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road. A wind quintet plays the works of Brahms' Waltzes, Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin. $20 adult; $15 senior; free to students 18 and under. Visit www.saintlukeschurch.net for more.
Musical Sunday Brunch. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union St. Featuring a selection of jazz standards, with some blues and Latin selections by Adam Fluger on guitar, Jack Irby on saxophone and TJ Turqman on bass. Visit www.unionstreetpublichouse.com/ for more.
Meet the Author. noon-4 p.m. at Fiberworks, Studio 14 Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Cindy Grisdela, an award winning fiber artist, will speak and sign copies of her book, “Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting.” Visit torpedofactory.org for more.
Christmas Cookies: History and Tea Tasting. 1-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Chef and culinary historian Nora Burgan tells the story of the Christmas cookie, a mainstay of the holiday table from medieval times to today. $42 with tea, $18 program only. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring or call 703-642-5173.
Emerging Artist Concert. 4 p.m. at Saint Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Julia Angelov, from Alexandria, and Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, age 12, on the piano, play orchestra favorites. Visit www.amadeusconcerts.com.
Children's Discovery Garden. 10-11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Children enjoy different sensory materials in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/.
Music in History. 1-3 p.m. at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Performance of “Hamilton & Washington: The Musical vs. Reality.” Peter Henriques talks about the collaboration between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, its importance in the nation's founding, and their portrayal in the musical, "Hamilton." Visit www.mvgenealogy.org for more.
Small Business Saturday. Noon-3 p.m. at various businesses on King Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Visit VisitAlexandriaVA.com/SmallBusinessSaturday for more.
Frosty Follies. 6 p.m. at Market Square, 300 King St. The Metropolitan Arts Dance School presents the annual Frosty Follies. Call 703-339-0444 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more.
Musical Sunday Brunch. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union St. Featuring international Latin and Brazilian jazz and classical guitarist Cristian Perez, with John-Marc Diner on bass and Nick Natalie on saxophone. Visit www.unionstreetpublichouse.com/ for more.
Yoga for Gardeners. 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. This class features a gentle introduction to the vinyasa method which helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Class held indoors. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks or call 703-642-5173.
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. Various times at the The Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St. The 47th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend has activities throughout the weekend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 703-224-2395.
Snow Day on Stage. Various times at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. This nonverbal production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season. $9. Visit www.artsonthehorizon.org for more.