ALEXANDRIA, VA. - SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Arlington County Invasive Plant program Join volunteers to remove invasive plants. First Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. at Haley Park. Second Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Third Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon at Tuckahoe Park. Third Saturdays-Sundays, 2-4 p.m. at Madison Manor Park. Third Sundays, 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center. Fourth Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon at Benjamin Banneker Park. Fourth Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon at Fort Bennett Park. 703-228-1862. environment.arlingtonva.us. Free; registration requested.
Alexandria Public Safety Career Day Meet police, fire, sheriff and dispatch representatives and learn about career opportunities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-6808. apps.alexandriava.gov. Free.
Parkrun 5K A weekly timed run/walk/jog by the American Cancer Society and Parkrun USA to promote fitness in the fight against cancer. Saturdays at 9 a.m. Theodore Roosevelt Island, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington. 703-623-4374. parkrun.us. Free; registration required for first run.
Raise a tadpole For ages 9-14, learn about wood frogs and how to raise a tadpole into a frog. 10-11 a.m. Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-3403. registration.arlingtonva.us. $5; registration required (program No. 632827-D).
U.S. Colored Troops living history encampment Reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B, and the 23rd U.S. Colored Troops stage a military encampment portraying the history, training and soldiering life of African American units associated with the Civil War defenses of Washington. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort Ward Park Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-746-4848. apps.alexandriava.gov. Free.
Arlington Arts Center exhibits Features “Spring Solos 2017,” “Grizzly Grizzly: Future Imperfect Continuous” and “H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program: Out of Place.” Noon-5 p.m. Reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Continues through June 11. 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800. arlingtonartscenter.org. Free.
The “Grandest Congress”: The French and Indian War in Alexandria Learn about Gen. Edward Braddock’s visit and the French and Indian War through costumed interpreters. Noon-4 p.m. Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 703-549-2997. novaparks.com. Free.
Spring ephemeral hike Learn to identify ephemerals at Dora Kelley Nature Park, led by plant ecologist Rod Simmons. Noon-3 p.m. 5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. 703-746-5525. apps.alexandriava.gov. Free.
Ball-Sellers House Museum Tour the oldest building in Arlington. 1-4 p.m. Ball-Sellers House, 5620 S. Third St., Arlington. 703-892-4204. arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org. Free.
Invertebrates campfire Features stories, games, songs and s’mores. 7-8 p.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. $5; registration required. (program No. 632957-D).
SONOVA’s Gala and Silent Auction Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia performs Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and music from Star Trek. 7-9:30 p.m. George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 571-830-8764. brownpapertickets.com. $30-$40.
“Sounds of the Caribbean” concert Performance by the Joe Falero Band. 7 p.m. Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-548-3092. teatrodelaluna.org. $32.04-$37.22.
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous A 12-step recovery program for those suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Goodwin House, 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. 610-858-5948. foodaddicts.org. Free. [online only]
Apothecary of Mercy Civil War tours For age 10 and older, features archival materials and period ingredients. 12:15-1 p.m. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 703-746-3852. apps.alexandriava.gov. $8.
U.S. Marine Band program Features the champion march from the “Sousa’s March Mania” tournament, the wind band repertoire and a new arrangement in honor of Ella Fitzgerald. 2-4 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria. 202-433-4011. marineband.marines.mil. Free.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic concert “Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra” features Marcolivia performing works by Britten and Ireland. 3 p.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 703-799-8229. wmpamusic.org. $20; ages 12 and younger free.
FocusMusic concert Features songwriters David Mallett with Ian Foster. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. 703-380-3151. focusmusic.org. $25-$30.
MONDAY, APRIL 10
Yoga at the park For ages 7-10, a hike to find animals and practice their poses at the nature center. 10-10:45 a.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. Free.
Encore Learning: meet the speaker Retired lawyer Stephen Hanlon discusses “Injustice in America: Reforming the Public Defender System.” 3-4:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-2144. email@example.com. Free.
Notable nature For age 5 and older, lessons in nature journaling and sketching. 3-4 p.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. Free.
Alexandria West Rotary Club meeting Every second Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. Red Lobster, 555 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria. 703-504-6145. awrotary.org. Free.
Alexandria-Caen Sisters program Application deadline is Monday for an internship in Caen, France. For current Alexandria college students, ages 18-21. For more information, go to the website. docs.google.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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