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Alexandria-Arlington community calendar, Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2017

Posted on Sep 29,2017
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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Friday, sept. 29

Survival Skills: Knot Tying
For ages 8-13, learn basic knot tying and make a survival craft. 4-5 p.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. $7; registration required (program No. 612927-B).

Bat campfire
Features stories, games, songs and s’mores. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. registration.arlingtonva.us. $5; registration required (program No. 612957-C).

Georgetown Saxatones concert
A cappella group performs music from alternative to pop to soul. 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. nvfaa.org. $10-$15.

Saturday, sept. 30

Birding Arlington
For age 8 and older, visit birding spots at Potomac Overlook Park and build county bird lists. 8-9:30 a.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington. 703-228-3403. registration.arlingtonva.us. Free (program No. 612857-G).

Brain Health Fair Features exhibits, interactive stations and demonstrations, with a discussion by Nort Beckerman of his book, “A User’s Guide to a Healthy Brain.” 9 a.m.-noon. Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. 703-228-0955. Free.

Rain barrel workshop Build a rain barrel to collect runoff from a downspout led by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Supplies and instructions provided. 9-11 a.m. AlexRenew, 1800 Limerick St., Alexandria. 703-228-6427. nvswcd-velocitypayment-com.3dcartstores.com. $55; registration required.

Boundary Stone bike tour
A 35-mile bike ride by the Center Hiking Club on paved streets and bike trails visiting 12 historic boundary stones in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. Bring lunch, water, a bike and a helmet. 9:15 a.m. East Falls Church Metro station, under I-66 on Sycamore Street, Arlington. 703-243-0179. bhberne@yahoo.com. centerhikingclub.org. $2.

Clarendon UMC book sale
Features inspirational, nonreligious, antique, self-help and children’s books. Proceeds benefit local shelters. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574. jdixon580@aol.com. Free.

Port of Harlem fall series
A 23-minute film, “Black Slaves, Red Masters,” and a discussion by journalist Sam Ford. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. apps.alexandriava.gov. reserve@portofharlem.net. $5.

Write Like a Woman workshop
Participants enhance writing techniques and share pieces for listening or critiques led by KaNikki Jakarta. 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. nvfaa.org. admin@nvfaa.org. Free.

Let’s Go Camping program For age 5 and older and their families, an outdoor overnight with tents, dinner, a campfire and breakfast. Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Ends Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-3403. registration.arlingtonva.us. $25; registration required (program No. 612857-K).

Mansion House whiskey tasting
For age 21 and older, historian Rich Gillespie shares stories of the Civil War and leads a whiskey tasting paired with delectable food and a house tour. 7-9 p.m. Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 703-549-2997. apm.activecommunities.com. $100.

“With a Song in Your Heart” concert
American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra performs music for optimists. 8-10 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria. 703-731-4957. nvcc.edu. Free.

Sunday, oct. 1

Want a free tree? Ongoing registration to receive a native tree from Arlington County, part of a program to expand and enhance Arlington’s urban tree canopy. Tree distribution: Oct. 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Arlington County Nursery, 4240 S. Four Mile Run Dr., and Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. in the Quincy Park parking lot, 1021 N. Quincy St. 703-228-6521. environment.arlingtonva.us. Free.

Monday, oct. 2

Gallery Underground exhibits Focus Gallery and Main Gallery features the fourth annual ARTrageous Silent Art Auction. Show Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Silent art auction Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery Art Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 571-483-0652. galleryunderground.org. Free.

“Hip to be Square ”
Clay work in dishware, decorative forms and sculpture. With the Kiln Club. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288. torpedofactory.org. Free.

Bon Air Park Gardens Tour Learn how to grow plants in the sun or shade. Master Gardeners available to answer questions. 2-4 p.m. Bon Air Park Sunny and Shade Gardens, 850 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-6414. Free.

Laughter yoga
Led by holistic certified coach Diane Cohen. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-841-0080. arlingtonlaughteryoga@yahoo.com. Free.

Tuesday, oct. 3

“Communication Happens” exhibit
Kay Collins’s, Gretchen Klimoski’s and Larry Novak’s work is about the communication that occurs through visual and emotional connection. Opens Tuesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 29, 703-548-0935. torpedofactory.org. Free.

“Drawn to Fire” exhibit Collaborative works by Nan Lopata and Drew Parris, includes wearable and wall art. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-836-1561. torpedofactory.org. Free.

Fairfax Family lecture series Part I
“A Shopping Spree, an Auction, and a Gift: Rediscovering the Furnishings of Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor,” discussed by Adam Erby of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture at 7 p.m. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4554. apps.alexandriava.gov. $10-$15; reservations required.

“An Act of God” A comedy written by David Javerbaum delivers a new meaning to the phrase divine intervention. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 26. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. sigtheatre.org. $40-$95.

Wednesday, oct. 4

Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Join members of the club for walks through Long Branch and Glencarlyn Parks in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides. 8:30-11 a.m. Long Branch Nature Center parking lot, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535. Free.

Arlington Neighborhood Village program
A two-hour test screen of filmmaker Mike Kravinsky’s new dramedy “Nothing to Do,” followed by a discussion. 10 a.m.-noon. Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. 703-509-8057. arlnvil.org. Free.

Carlyle Canteen
Features the Mustang Sally Brewing Company, food trucks and acoustical music by The Free Flowing Musical Experience. 5-8 p.m. Courthouse Square Park, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria. 703-746-4357. alexandriava.gov. Free.

Creating a debt repayment plan
A workshop led by staff from Virginia Cooperative Extension. 6-7:30 p.m. The Connection Library, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6421. docs.google.com. Free.

Garden Series: Extending Your Growing Season Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center staff members discuss techniques to extend the growing season. 6-8 p.m. Chinquapin Recreation Center, 3210 King St., Alexandria. 703-746-5525. Free.

“Unearthing History” lecture Doug Sanford, professor emeritus in the University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Department, discusses the narrative of urban slavery through historic documents, surviving buildings and more. 7:30-9 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. apps.alexandriava.gov. $10-$12.

Washington Balalaika Society rehearsals
Join and learn to play musical instruments. Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rock Spring Congregational Church, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. 703-549-0760. balalaika.org. Free.

Source Washington post



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