Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

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“The King’s Shadow.” Now thru April 19. 8 p.m. At The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. In this season, Shakespeare’s Histories: “The King’s Shadow” runs January 2nd - April 19th, 2020; “Richard the Second” runs January 2 - April 18, 2020; “Henry the Fourth, Part 1” runs January 30 - April 18, 2020; “Henry the Fourth, Part 2” runs February 13 - April 19, 2020; and “Henry the Fifth” runs March 12 - April 19, 2020. These plays follow the troubled passing of the English crown from the philosopher King Richard II, to the conqueror King Henry IV, to his rogue son, Prince Hal. With his father’s deeds looming over him, Hal indulges in a reckless adolescence that tarnishes his reputation. But when the time comes to rule, Hal must take control of how history will remember him, unite his country, and become the legendary King Henry V. Tickets are $35. Contact boxoffice@bravespiritstheatre.com or www.bravespiritstheatre.com.

Life Drawing Sessions. Now thru Dec. 9. At Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop in for the session and bring your supplies to draw or paint the live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/life-drawing
Tell Me a Story Art Exhibit. March 6-29. Opening reception Friday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m. At Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Have you ever looked at a piece of art and your imagination immediately starts to wander? Narrative art tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time. A picture is worth a thousand words; Tell Me a Story will take you on an imaginative journey. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6 p.m., Fridays 12-9 p.m., Saturdays 12-9 p.m., and Sundays 12-6 p.m. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible. Visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Student Art Exhibit. Now thru March 28. At the Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. The Alexandria All City High School Art Exhibition hosted by the Convergence Arts Initiative returns Feb. 7 – March 28 for its fifth year. 2020’s experience will feature 90 Alexandria high school students representing six high schools including public, private, and independent spanning over 10 different mediums of art. Returning for 2020’s collaborative event are students from Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, T.C. Williams, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Commonwealth Academy, and The Howard Gardner School. Artists Reception: Friday, Feb. 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Architecture in Fiber. Now thru March 15. At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Studio 29, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Here, in Alexandria, we are surrounded by beautiful and exciting buildings, bridges, parks, and monuments. Both our local and worldwide architecture serve as inspiration for the pieces in this show. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work will also be exhibited. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and weekends, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

Thursday/Feb. 20

Alexandria PTAC Camp Fair. 5:30-8 p.m. At T.C. Williams High School, Cafeteria, 3330 King Street, Alexandria. Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC) to host summer camp fair. Over 40 camps will be represented, all types. Free to attend. Pizza for sale. Printed directory for all attendees. Free. Email: AlexandriaPTACCampFair@gmail.com

Blues Night with Meigs Hodge. 7 p.m. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Tickets $10. Meigs Hodge explores delta and Chicago styles through the music of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and others; as well as contemporary standards and original compositions.

Lecture on George Washington. 7-8:30 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. During this lecture, Professor Peter Henriques will examine how George Washington, despite his limited experience and numerous mistakes, overcame obstacles to win independence for the new country he committed himself to without reserve. Henriques will touch on Washington's view of a professional army, the need to win over the general populace and the necessity of civilian control of the military, as well as how Washington saved the American cause with his actions at Trenton and Princeton. Tickets are $12/$10. Visit Alexandriava.gov/Shop or call 703-746-4242.

Friday/Feb. 21
Update on Low Vision Rehabilitation. 1 p.m. At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Vision Rehabilitation can help individuals with Low Vision learn different strategies and techniques to optimize your remaining sight as well as learn other ways to accomplish tasks without sight. Come hear from Dr. Suleiman Alibhai, a Low Vision Specialist, talk about Vision Rehabilitation and how it can help you!

Blessed Sacrament Festival. 7:30 p.m. At Blessed Sacrament Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Blessed Sacrament Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform Beethoven's stirring Mass in C and Mozart's cantata, Davide Penitente. Soloists are members of the Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera. Reception at intermission. Free-will offering at the door. For more information, contact parish music director John McCrary, Call 703-998-6100 ext. 103.

Saturday/Feb. 22
Boating Safety Classes. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. The one-day class will be taught by experienced Flotilla 25-08 (Mount Vernon) instructors with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Future classes are March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, and July 18. To enroll in a class, contact Ted Caliga at johnbielli2@gmail.com. Newcomers and experienced boaters alike are also encouraged to explore the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s “Welcome to the Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Web Site” (http://wow.uscgaux.info) to obtain free boating safety tools and materials.

George Washington’s 288th Birthday. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria. Free admission. All day: Experience the Revolutionary War in 4-D with Mount Vernon’s new revamped theater and step into Washington’s shoes in the new interactive “Be Washington” theater.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m: General Washington greets his guests in the historic area.

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m: Punch & Judy Puppet Show.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m: Behind-the-Scenes of the Punch & Judy Puppet Show.

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m: Punch & Judy Puppet Show.

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m: Select readings and performance from Washington's Favorite Play, Cato.

2 p.m: Birthday Cake with General Washington! Enjoy a free piece of birthday cake, while supplies last.

2:30 p.m: United States Air Force Strings perform in Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

Winter Witch Hazel Hunt. 10-11:30 a.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Celebrate Green Spring’s 50th anniversary with a garden tour featuring the park’s signature shrub. This docent-led tour will showcase Green Spring Gardens’ nationally-accredited witch hazel collection featuring more than 200 specimens that bloom from fall through March. After the tour, warm up in the Historic House with hot drinks. Cost is $15 per person. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

A Complicated Hospitality. 10 a.m. to noon. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Cost is $15 per person; $12 GTMS/Volunteer. Through the stories, experiences, and archival traces of those enslaved by John Gadsby, consider how the nuances of urban slavery expand our understanding of slavery and Alexandria. Purchase tickets at alexandriava.gov/shop.

Outfitting the Men of Fort Ward. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Museum interpreters in Union uniform will present on-going talks about the clothing, military accessories and equipment typical of the Federal units who were stationed at Fort Ward throughout the Civil War. Hands-on reproduction items, intricately detailed model soldiers, and original objects on exhibit will be featured. Call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848, or visit www.fortward.org.

From Slavery to Concert Hall. 12:30 p.m. At Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Learn about how former enslaved people inspired the world through music, theater, art and dance.

George Washington Symposium. 1-4 p.m. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The theme of the 2020 George Washington Symposium is “George Washington’s Construction of the United States Capitol.” The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington's birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. Admission is free. Visit www.GWMemorial.org.

Alexandria’s Big Band Winter Bash. 4-5 p.m. At Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave., Alexandria. Hear hits by the biggest stars of the last 100 years in Alexandria’s Free Roaring 2020 Big Band Winter Bash. You'll enjoy "Crocodile Rock,” “Proud Mary,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Hoop-Dee-Doo,” plus songs from The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, and The Osborne Brothers. Performing will be the Alexandria Citizens Swing Band. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon. Free tickets available at: https://bigbandbash.eventbrite.com

Hunt for Flying Squirrels. 4:30-6 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. At the “Family Woodcock Walk” at Huntley Meadows Park, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Be ready for an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain, and don’t forget to bring a flashlight. This event is designed for family members age 6 to adult; cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows

Annual Washington’s Birthday Gala. 5-10 p.m. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Formal (white tie optional). Reception at 5 p.m. Entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:30 p.m. Banquet in the memorial's Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m. The presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet. Tickets are $200. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, visit www.GWMemorial.org or call 703-683-2007.

Sunday/Feb. 23

Royal Manners Lecture and Tea. 1-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Hear about codes of diplomatic decorum and dictates of British royal protocol, past and present. Learn the complex rules of etiquette to follow when in the presence of royalty and the surprising rules the royals must follow as well. The cost is $36 for the program and tea; $15 for the program only. Call 703-941-7987 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour. 2-3:30 p.m. At 101 N. Union Street, Alexandria. Explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it! This 90-minute guided walking tour will explore sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues, including John Fitzgerald’s warehouse, Captain’s Row, Gentry Row, the Apothecary shop, Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, and Washington’s townhouse. The tour begins behind the Torpedo Factory’s south entrance, in front of Vola’s Dockside Grill. Free No reservations required. Offered by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Contact 703-599-4010 or suej020924@gmail.com.

Walking with Washington Tour. 2:15 – 4:15 p.m. At Christ Church portico entrance, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Led by an old-line Virginian with family stories about Washington, our 18c. action hero, this tour in his chosen hometown focuses on his character and values, and significant people and events in his life and American history where they occurred. Stops at Christ Church, “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, Gadsby’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern, Wise’s Tavern, Bank of Alexandria, Carlyle House and Market Square. Reservations not required. Free. Recommended for ages 10 and above. Contact: WalkingwithWashington@hotmail.com

“Deej” Film. 4 p.m. At Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Free. Beth El Hebrew and Agudas Achim Congregations are co-sponsoring a presentation of the acclaimed film “Deej” as part of the 2020 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. This inspiring documentary tells the story of a nonverbal young man on the autism spectrum, his transition from high school to college, and the obstacles to inclusion that he confronts. RSVP at Brown Paper Tickets: https://deej.bpt.me

Vote Common Good. 7-8:30 p.m. At Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Local Vote Common Good Rallies are part of the

Faith, Hope, & Love for a Change on Election Day National Bus Tour. A blend of rally, revival, party, and political meeting our events are designed for people of all ages, political leanings, and faith interests. The merry band of musicians, poets, speakers, activists, candidates, and other common-do-gooders invite you to join us. Visit the website: votecommongood.com

Monday/Feb. 24

Walk on the Spy Side. 2-3:30 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Stroll the less-visited side of Huntley Meadows Park to uncover a history of spies and espionage. Learn how the Cold War struggle between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today. The “Secrets, Spies, Sputniks and Huntley” program includes a 2.4-mile walk over flat terrain. Cost is $9 per person. Meet at the park’s South Kings Highway entrance. Call 703-768-2525.

Spring Lawn Care. 7-8:30 p.m. At Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Learn what you can do now to improve and manage your lawn to make it a more environmentally friendly, less resource intensive part of your home garden. They will discuss the best types of grasses for the area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

Historic Beulah Baptist Church. 7:15 p.m. At Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Beulah's pastor, Rev. Quardricos Driskell, will share the deep and rich history of this important Alexandrian institution.

Wednesday/Feb. 26

Hidden in Stars: Celebrating Women in Science. 3:30 p.m. At Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Help celebrate the opening of Women's History Month. They’re taking to the stars and talking about the achievements of women in engineering and space.

Life Drawing Session. 6:30-9:30 p.m. At Del Ray Artisans Gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Open Life Drawing Session with a long pose. Nude models. 3-hour sessions. Visit www.DelRayArtisans.org.

”Our Beloved” -- Tribute to Toni Morrison. 7 p.m. At Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Through song, spoken word and music, Liberated Muse Arts Group gives tribute to the legendary genius of master writer Toni Morrison.

Thursday/Feb. 27

SCSC & RSVP. 1:30-2:30 p.m. At Gerry Hyland Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Shepherd's Center of South County, SCSC and Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, RSVP will host a seminar on volunteer opportunities in South County. Join us to learn about fun, convenient and meaningful ways to contribute to your community. Free. Visit the website: https://www.scscva.org/

Family Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. At Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Wonder tells the heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, going to elementary school for the first time. Rated PG.

Struggles of African-American Soldiers. 7 p.m. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. In celebration of Black History Month, the Proprietor of Manumission Tour Company, John Chapman, will lead a conversation on the struggles of African-American soldiers as they fought for their rights to be buried in the soldier’s cemetery. When the Alexandria National Cemetery was begun in 1862, only white soldiers were eligible to be buried there, even though it was yards away from L’Ouverture Hospital, a Civil War hospital for African-American soldiers. By the end of the Civil War, there were over 200 graves of U.S. Colored Troops that had integrated into the cemetery.

CAC-GALA. 7-10 p.m. At Old Dominion Boat Club, 200 Strand Street, Alexandria. The 11th Annual CAC GALA benefits the Center for Alexandria’s Children, the City’s one safe place for the prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse. Its Learn & PlayGroups for children ages 0-5 years utilizes a curriculum designed to circumvent abuse by helping parents, children and caregivers build connections within the community. The Center supports abused children on their path to healing, while promoting strong, stable families. It serves more than 1,000 children and families annually. Honorees include Mary Hale, Inova Health System FACT Director, who will receive The Outstanding Dedication to Alexandria’s Children Award for her commitment to the safety and well-being of Alexandria’s children and Brooke Sydnor Curran, Founder and CEO of RunningBrooke, who will receive The Champion for Children Award for her dedication to the empowerment and wellness of Alexandria's children and families. Tickets are $175/person. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/34nQlsJ For more information, go to www.centerforalexandriaschildren.org

NOVA Children's Concert. 7:30-9:30 p.m. At The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 East Campus Road, Alexandria. The NOVA Alexandria Music Department presents its free Annual Children's Concert featuring the NOVA band and students from local elementary and middle schools. Program selections will include: March of the Resistance from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams, Excursions for Trumpet and Band by Bruce Broughton, Concerto for Clarinet by Artie Shaw and the world premiere of Le’oria, the City of Music by NOVA student Nathan Pereda. Visit the website: blogs.nvcc.edu/almusic/

Friday/Feb. 28

Beau Soir Ensemble Concert. 7 p.m. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Tickets $15. Welcome the Beau Soir Ensemble to the Athenaeum! Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, their concert will feature "Serenade" by Ludwig Beethoven in honor of his 250th birthday. This piece was originally written for flute, violin and viola, but has been expertly transcribed to work for flute, viola and harp. The Beau Soir Ensemble' will also play a Trio Sonate by J.S. Bach that was transcribed for their trio by Alex Jacobsen of the National Symphony Orchestra, a local premiere by Miguel del Aguila, and add some Irish music to lead the way for St. Patrick's day.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Citizen Science for Gardeners and Nature Lovers. 10-11 a.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria.  (16-Adult) Explore the concept of data gathering. Gardeners, naturalists and entomologists are recording the world around them through web-based social media applications. Bird migration, butterfly numbers, invasive plant spread, and insect populations are just some examples of data collected by an ecologist and citizen-scientist cyber community. Karen Rexrode will introduce you to some applications that will interest you as a gardener and a nature lover. $18 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code C4C.7A2A) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Leap Day Walk. 10-11:30 a.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandra. Celebrate the day that only comes around every four years. This Leap Day, go on a guided tour of the forest and wetland habitats at Huntley Meadows Park. Learn about common winter wildlife and where to find critters in the park at this time of year. It’s designed for participants age 4 to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Floral Design Workshop: Heart’s Desire. 1:30-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (16-Adult) In the month of February, we celebrate love in all its splendid forms. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway walks you through a floral project that you are sure to love. Keep this arrangement for yourself or give it to someone you care about. $39 per person (plus a $30 supply fee). Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code 70D.892E) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Virginia Black History Month Association (VaBHMA) Gala. 6-9 p.m. At Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel, Alexandria. The keynote speaker is Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five, also known as the Exonerated Five. Guests of Honor include:

Ms. Tina Wyatt: Great-Great Grandniece of Harriet Tubman;

Ms. Jeri Lacks Whye: Granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks;

Ms. Adia Cummings: Daughter of the late Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings;

Ms. Monique Goldring: Mother of Baby Phoenix Da'Vine.

During the gala, they will identify the winners of the Annual Children's Writing Contest, the James Farmer Scholarship and other scholarships. They will surprise one couple from the audience to rededicate their marriage vows, (officiated by a local Pastor) and then perform the African American wedding tradition of "Jumping the Broom.” Visit the website at www.vabhma.com

Sunday/March 1

Clarinet Quintet Concert. 3-4 p.m. At Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Come enjoy a variety of musical styles performed by

a group of five clarinets, returning after a well-attended performance at Sherwood in June. The players are all former members of Washington, D.C. military bands (including one of the librarians). Free. Email: Jeff Snavely - Sherwood Regional Library at jeffrey.snavely@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Tuesday/March 3

Microgreens. 7-8:30 p.m. At Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you? Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container. So come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class. This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday/March 7

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Selection of over 20,000 gently used children’s books, fiction, history, biography, home and garden, cooking, crafts, sports, religion, travel, CDs, DVDs, and more. Unless specially priced, $1 for hard backs, 50 cents for large paperbacks, and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Performance Art. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC Campus, 4915 E Campus Dr, Alexandria. The Alexandria Choral Society has partnered with visual artists from the greater Alexandria and Washington D.C. region who will showcase their art during the concert, and then auction it off as part of the 50th anniversary gala immediately following. Plus, Dr. Ben Hutchens and the Alexandria Kinderchoir will join in as special guests as they present a world premiere of a new choral work by acclaimed composer Christopher Hoh.

Country-Western Dance. 7-9:30 p.m. at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., Alexandria. The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association will hold a dance with lessons, 6-7 p.m. and open dancing, 7-9:30 p.m. A DJ provides music. Couples and singles of all ages welcome. Admission for members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5. Smoke-free, alcohol-free. BYO refreshments. Visit www.nvcwda.org for more.

March 20 to April 4
”By the Seashore.” Wednesdays thru Saturdays, 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. At the Convergence Main Building, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. “By the Seashore” takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit -- the beach! Young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky; from birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between. Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets are $8. Discounts for groups and active duty military families are available. Purchase tickets here: http://www.artsonthehorizon.org/by-the-seashore-2020 or call 571-549-1270.

Saturday/March 21

Speaker Solveig Eggerz. 10 a.m. At Sherwood Regional Library 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. AAUW Annual Meeting Speaker: Solveig Eggerz, Author. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon AAUW. Contact Patsy Quick, Mt. Vernon AAUW President, at pnquick@cox.net.

Country-Western Dance. 7-9:30 p.m. at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., Alexandria. The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association will hold a dance with lessons, 6-7 p.m. and open dancing, 7-9:30 p.m. A DJ provides music. Couples and singles of all ages welcome. Admission for members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5. Smoke-free, alcohol-free. BYO refreshments. Visit www.nvcwda.org for more.

A Tour of Italy. 7:30-10:30 p.m. At George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. With its rich history of operas, overtures, and

symphonies, perhaps no country is better known for its classical music than Italy. For the eighth annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction, SONOVA takes you on a Tour of Italy. Maestro Dokken will be joined by Italian Guest Conductor Matteo Parmegianni to lead both the Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia Chorale. Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328185 to buy tickets. Refreshments are included in the price of tickets. Cost is $45 for Adults, $40 for children and seniors.

Sunday/March 22

Concerts at St. Luke's. 5 p.m. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8009 Ft. Hunt Road, Alexandria. The concert series presents Seven Mile Walk, a contemporary Christian ensemble, featuring original songs by Andreas Barrett, Director of Contemporary Music at Aldersgate UMC and John Jackson. An exciting up-tempo toe tappers, transparent ballads, and songs that find their roots in the musical language of the Shenandoah Valley. A reception will follow. Cost: $20 Adult; $15 Senior; free to students 18 and under. Visit the website: www.saintlukeschurch.net/events

Thursday/March 26

Winslow Homer and the Civil War. 7 p.m. At The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria. Susan G. Cumbey, Director of Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, uncovers the life of a renowned American artist. Praised during his own time for rendering “what he has seen and known,” Winslow Homer’s experience as a special artist for Harper’s Weekly early in the Civil War inspired him to begin painting scenes of Army life with a realism paralleled by photographers of the day. Visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Saturday/April 18

32nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, 2001 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek. The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a catalyst for progress that ignites people’s interest and passion for the environment and community action. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders and generates momentum for change.The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has grown from a small shoreline cleanup at Piscataway National Park to a watershed wide network. What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. If you can't make this date or location check out PotomacCleanup.org to find another cleanup near you.

Classes & Workshops

Community Dance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. every third Friday at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Live music. $4. Call 703-765-4573.

Life Drawing. Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for anyone to develop life-drawing skills further. Drop-in for the session and bring supplies to draw or paint live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org for a schedule.

The Harmony Heritage Singers (Mount Vernon Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society), a daytime, a cappella, Chorus, rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, monthly, at Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Newcomers welcome for fun or to book for a performance. visit www.HHSingers.org, or call Bruce at 703-352-5271.

More Ongoing

Post-Grad Residency Program. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria. For the fifth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes four emerging artists to participate in the Post-Grad Residency Program: J Houston, Michaela Japec, Nava Levenson, and Kim Sandara. The jurors were Nicole Dowd, program director at Halcyon Arts Lab, and Leslie Holt, artist and co-director of Red Dirt Studio. This competitive juried program provides three months of exclusive access to a studio in the Art Center. Therein, artists can create and sell work, interact with the public, and connect with other arts professionals. The residency is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, networking, and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context. The program culminates in a group exhibition in Target Gallery, the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Nov. 8-Dec. 8.

Revolutionary War Medals. Through March 2020 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mt. Vernon. Now on view in Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Education Center is an exhibition featuring 30 rare medals from the American Revolution and the early republic. War and Peace in Miniature: Medals from the American Numismatic Society is an unparalleled collection that highlights the remarkable heroes and events from the Revolutionary War and the new nation’s diplomatic endeavors. Visit mountvernon.org/warandpeace.

Tours of the Freedom House Museum. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. at Freedom House Museum, 1315 Duke St. The Freedom House Museum was once the headquarters and holding pen for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. The building is currently owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and together with the Office of Historic Alexandria. Visit the museum in this historic reminder of slavery. Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Museums for more.

“Alexandrians Fight the Great War.” Various times at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington St. This new exhibition traces the experiences of local people during the first World War. The homes, hospitals, factories and shipyards of wartime Alexandria come back to life through the use of rare images, archival and modern-day video clips, quotes from participants, original objects including weapons, period music, and scale models. Call 703-746-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

“Before the Spirits are Swept Away.” Various times at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. This exhibition, featuring 20 of Sherry Sanabria’s African American historic site paintings, is made possible by the Sanabria family, who generously donated 23 of her paintings to the Alexandria Black History Museum. These paintings are part of Sanabria’s “Sites of Conscience” series, which has as its focus African American heritage, prisons, concentration camps, and mental hospitals. Free, but donations are appreciated. Call 703-746-4356.

Mercy in Alexandria Walking Tour. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at Alexandria visitors Center, 221 King St. Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Inspired by the PBS mini-series "Mercy Street," accompany a trained military historian through Civil War-era Alexandria and learn the actual history behind the TV show. Short tours are $15, private tours for five are $149. visit www.dcmilitarytour.com for more

The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History. Ongoing, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. On view in the museum’s Coldsmith Gallery, the historical objects and images featured represent The Lyceum, the community at work, and commemorations and celebrations. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to “be the curator” and think about why the various artifacts are in the museum’s collection, and about how tangible representatives of the past help tell the story of Alexandria’s history. Free. visit www.alexandriahistory.org for more.

Pick-Up Hockey. Ongoing, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mount Vernon Ice Skating, 2017 Belle View Blvd. Play hockey with other hockey buffs, hitting slap shots and learning puck handling skills that the pros use. Players must have full equipment. 16 and older. visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mtvernon/ or call 703-768-3224 for more.

Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier Exhibit. Ongoing at the Fort Ward museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. ongoing exhibit which features original medical instruments and equipment from the Civil War period and information on Union Army hospital sites in Alexandria. Free. visit www.alexandriava.gov/fortward for more

Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War. Ongoing at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. An exhibit on the life of Clarissa Jones, a nurse at The Lyceum hospital during the Civil War. The true story of a nurse in Alexandria during the war, drawing parallels with characters portrayed in the PBS drama “Mercy Street,” with references to the experiences of other nurses, such as Anne Reading, who worked in the Mansion House hospital, and Jane Woolsey, who served at the Fairfax Seminary hospital. Admission is $2. visit www.alexandriava.gov/lyceum for more.

Shield of Earth: Defending the Heart of the Union exhibit. Ongoing, museum hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Sundays, noon-5 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road. Highlights of the exhibition include military passes issued by Provost Marshal’s Office, construction tools, and original photographs of some of Washington’s defenders. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org.

Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital exhibit. Ongoing, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays, noon-4 p.m. at the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Come see the site that inspired “Mercy Street,” the new PBS’ series inspired by real events that took place at Carlyle House. www.carlylehouse.org or call 703-549-2997

Color Disorder Exhibit. Ongoing, Thursday through Sunday, noon-4 p.m., Sundays, noon-4 p.m. at the The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. A joint exhibition of artists Katie Baines and Amy Chan who use diverse painting materials such as acrylic, gouache, airbrush and screen print to build energized abstract paintings. Visit www.nfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Flamenco Show. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at La Tasca, 607 King St. Watch dancers and guitarists perform traditional flamenco. Free to attend. Call 703-299-9810 or visit www.latascausa.com.

French Movie Night. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. in the back room of Fontaine Caffe and Creperie, 119 S. Royal St. View a French film. Free, no reservation necessary. Call 703-535-8151 or visit www.fontainecaffe.com/reviews.html.

Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812. Wednesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco St. A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

Alexandria Cars and Coffee invites car enthusiasts to meet for coffee at Hollin Hall Shopping Center in front of Roseina’s, 1307 Shenandoah Road. Owners of classic cars, hot rods, exotic cars, motorcycles and more meet to share car stories and drink coffee. Group meets the first Sunday of every month. 8:30-11 a.m.

Fifty Years of Collecting. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. An anniversary exhibit of objects from the Fort Ward collection. Free. visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.

Dinner for the Washingtons. 11 a.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. A walking tour that goes behind the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners. $7 in addition to estate admission. visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Evenings at the Athenaeum. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. 7 p.m. Second Thursday of every month. visit nvfaa.org to view concert calendar and listen to upcoming Second Thursday Music artists. Visit www.nfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

The Monday Morning Birdwalk takes place weekly, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. November through March), is free, requires no reservation and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Direct questions to park staff during normal business hours at 703-768-2525.

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.

Wake Up Wednesdays featuring The Pop Up Cafe. 7-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday's near the King Street Tunnel - Carlyle Entrance located near 2000 Duke St. near Motley Fool. The cafe will feature coffee, live music to help commuters start the day off right and donuts from Sugar Shack. Email maurisapotts@gmail.com.