Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon
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Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

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Ongoing

The “Weekends” Kiln Club Show. Through May 26, gallery hours at Scope Gallery, 105 North Union St., ground floor Studio 19 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artisan creations are as unique as that match made in heaven, ideal as an anniversary gift, engagement congratulations or to commemorate the hoopla of getting hitched. Capture a moment in clay, recall a scene with ceramics and upgrade important goings-on with Scope Gallery. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.scopegallery.org for more.

Kathryn Coneway Exhibit. Through May 31, at Huntley Meadows Visitor’s Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Coneway’s mixed-media art combines collage and photographic transfers, and it expresses her observations of nature. She uses mulberry paper to create a ground of color and texture. A reception will be held Sunday, March 10 from 2-4 p.m. Students from Kathryn Coneway's winter class at Huntley Meadows will also display work. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Creative Aging Festival. Through May 31, in locations around Fairfax County. The Creative Aging Festival supports Fairfax County’s 50+ Community Action Plan’s Arts Initiative to promote arts programming for and by older adults. Core objectives include encouraging older adult participation in the community’s many public and private arts program; promoting public understanding of the benefits of older adult participation in the arts; and providing awareness to the broader community about the existing arts services for older adults in Fairfax County. This year’s Creative Aging Festival is presented by Fairfax county Neighborhood and Community Services in collaboration with ARTSFAIRFAX. Visit the Creative Aging Festival site at bit.ly/FairfaxCreativeAgingFestival.

Art Exhibit: “Transcend.” Through June 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic Gallery, 2905 District Avenue, #105, Fairfax. Featured work by juried artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center represent a variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography and 3-D mediums explore the theme of transcendence. A reception is planned for Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m. Visit www.torpedofactoryartists.com for more.

Art Exhibit: "Sacred Feminine." Through June 2, gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. This show explores female energy, the power of life and birth; it connects that energy to ideas, expressions, dreams, life and all of existence. Tap in to your Sacred Feminine and channel the goddess. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Art Exhibit: “Re-Connecting Threads.” Through June 2, at VCA Alexandria, 2660 Duke St. Gallery Without Walls celebrates fiber in a re-visit to last November’s “Connecting Threads” gallery exhibit. “Re-Connecting Threads” features traditional and non-traditional fiber-related art by Del Ray Artisans members while highlighting narratives that trigger nostalgia or comfort, and in doing so communicate meaning that goes beyond the literal definition of the materials. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits/gww/.

Art Exhibit: Lyrical Flight. Through June 2, at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Barbara Januszkiewicz’s luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of colors across her large compositions. On June 2, Small Creatures Dance Project will perform Light Exists, a piece choreographed in response to Januszkiewicz’s Lyrical Flight exhibit. The performance is free and will occur at 1 p.m., prior to the gallery talk at 2 p.m. Visit nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Photography Exhibit: “Tonal Visions.” Through June 15, gallery hours at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center #312, 105 N. Union St. Featuring work by Alan Sislen. The highly graphic, black and white architectural images in this exhibit explore the range and beauty of tones that might or might not have existed, but were visible in the mind of the photographer. Whether it’s the darkest tones that convey a sense of mystery, the brightest tones that attract attention, or the mid-tones that provide the connecting tissue, it is this range of tonalities that shapes the lines, curves, volumes and objects to give the structures life, beauty and meaning. This exhibit is an exploration of tonalities. Visit www.MultipleExposuresGallery.com or call 703-683-2205.

Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists. Through July, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists highlights the work of African American men and women who have made important contributions to the growth and productivity of the City of Alexandria. Call 703-746-4356 for more.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market. Wednesdays (through Dec. 18), 8 a.m.-noon at Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market opened May 1 with an array of farm-fresh produce and local foods, plus some new features (fresh brewed coffee!). 17 local farmers and producers will sell fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits; meats; Chesapeake Bay seafood; breads and pastries; honey, jams and jellies; milk, cheese and eggs; herbs and plants; and more. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets.

Friday/May 24

Symphony of Frogs. 7:45-9:15 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads. Learn the calls of a bullfrog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more. The weather and time of season will affect what frogs will be calling. Ages 6-adult. $8. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Saturday/May 25

Pillars to Pavers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy. $35. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Scotch Irish and German Westward Migration Through Virginia. 3 p.m. at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Virginian author, and Virginia Tech professor, Dan Thorp discusses his research into the Scotch-Irish and German family migration through Virginia during the 19th century. Learn more about the broader Virginian family during this year's All Alexandria Reads. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1705.

Tips for Selecting Native Plants. 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Beatley Library Reading Garden, 5005 Duke St. Find out which plants are easiest to grow, because they already call this area home. Learn how to select appropriate plants that will thrive best in the conditions. Discuss some best practices for planting and maintenance and some tips and techniques to help attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to a garden. Free. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com. Reserve a spot at mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.

Outdoor Pool Season Begins. Get ready for summer with an individual or family season pass, usable at all three of the City of Alexandria's outdoor pools. All outdoor pools are open from 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. For a complete list of City pools, operating hours, fees and additional information, visit alexandriava.gov/Aquatics.

  • Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.): This complex includes a 25-yard pool with a diving well. A separate training pool is available for children up to 42 inches tall. Easily accessible by ramp, the training pool has a depth of 1-3 feet. For added convenience, a parking lot, picnic area and tot playground are adjacent to the pool.

  • Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.): This small pool can accommodate a maximum of 45 guests at one time. Due to its smaller size, access is limited to Alexandria residents 13 years of age and younger, and their parents or guardians.

  • Warwick Pool (3301 Landover St.): This newly constructed, 25-yard shallow pool features an accessible sloped entry pool and six swimming lanes. The pool is located adjacent to the Landover Street playground.

  • Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain (2501 Potomac Ave.): Located between Potomac Yard Park's two playgrounds, the fountain features 36 water jets and lighting for nighttime effects. The fountain offers three programmable sequences, and sensors control the water jet height based on wind speed in the area, adjusting the jets accordingly. The fountain features a secondary ultraviolet water treatment system. Shoes are required.

Sunday/May 26

The Crown-Fact or Fiction? 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) The lavish British monarchy series, The Crown, portrays the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth II and her family in astonishingly intimate detail, but how much is fact and how much is dramatic license? Programs are by reservation only. $32 (program + tea); $12 (program only), Call 703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Take a Step Back 400 Years. 2-4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. How did the Powhatan Native Americans use the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine, groceries, clothing and fun? Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and go on a guided tour to see the park from the perspective of a Virginia Indian. For participants age 4-adult. $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Monday/May 27

Park Authority Salutes Military with Free Admission Day. The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with a free day for military families at RECenters and lakefront parks on Memorial Day. Families can enjoy such amenities as pools, fitness rooms, drop-in fitness classes, gyms and mini-golf. The lakefront parks offer amusements such as carousel rides, boat rides, train rides, mini-golf and camping. Amenities vary by location. Excludes the Water Mine, regulation golf and food vendors.Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/honoring-americas-veterans-memorial-day for details.

Memorial Day Jazz Festival. 1-6 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. The City of Alexandria invites the public to the 42nd Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival will feature a variety of talented musicians and diverse styles of jazz throughout the day. Waterfront Park features lawn seating and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food will be available for purchase. Grilling and alcoholic beverages are prohibited, and pets should be left at home. Admission is free. Visit alexandriava.gov/Arts, or call 703-746-5592.

May 27-June 30

Riding the Rainbow. Gallery hours at Scope Gallery at 105 North Union St., ground floor Studio 19 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Blinding color and vivid mixes are in the glaring spotlight for the “Taste the Rainbow” tribute to LGBTQ Pride Month at the Torpedo Art Center’s Scope Gallery. Hues are huge as Ceramic Guild artists play with clay with an eye for celebratory color. Call Scope Gallery at 703-548-6288 or visit www.scopegallery.org.

Tuesday/May 28

Digital Bookmobile. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Exhibit traveling from coast to coast presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through Alexandria libraries. Tours are free and open to the community; full Digital Bookmobile schedule at www.digitalbookmobile.com. Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting alexandria.overdrive.com.

Halving the Bones - Diverse Documentaries. 7 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. Author Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being) directs this autobiographical documentary about her family and growing up half Japanese and half American. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1703.

Thursday/May 30

The Search for Another Earth. 7 p.m. at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. The Search for Another Earth This presentation will outline the types of exoplanets that have been found, how they were discovered, and if any known exoplanets could possibly support life. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1704.

Friday/May 31

Call for Entries. The 13th annual Alexandria Film Festival call for entries is open to filmmakers worldwide for films of any length and genre via the FilmFreeway digital platform (filmfreeway.com/AlexandriaFilmFestival-523023). Judges will evaluate more than three hundred films and select the best for the Alexandria Film Festival (AFF).

Saturday/June 1

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Priday Night. Noon-11 p.m. at Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Kick off Pride Month at Port City Brewing Company and celebrate Alexandria’s diverse community with the Alexandria-Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA). Enjoy musical entertainment, outdoor games and activities along with featured artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center, topped off with a drag show from 7-9 p.m. A portion of all sales from the night will be donated to support AGLA's mission. Call 703-797-2739 or visit www.portcitybrewing.com.

10th Annual Youth Arts Festival. 1-5 p.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. This family-oriented festival showcases youth art (visual and performing arts prepared and/or performed by students from the Alexandria public and private schools. Festival also features, face painting, interactive art presentations, dunking tanks, food,and fun activities for all family members. Email info@arha.us or visit www.arha.us.

Bitters Tasting Party. 3-5 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (21-Adults) Botanical bitters add flavor and zest to much more than cocktails. Learn about these aromatic flavorings that evolved from ancient medicines, and experience many flavors they impart. Discover that a few drops add zest to myriad foods and drinks, from summertime seltzers and ice creams, to savories, coffee and baked desserts. (Tasting will not include cocktails.) $35/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 3E3.03F7 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Concert: Sounds of Pohick. 4 p.m. at Historic Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. “The Sounds of Pohick” annual concert will feature the St. Cecelia and St. Alban Children’s Choirs, the Pohick Pickers bluegrass group, the Pohick Bell, and the Early Church Music Ensemble performing spirituals, hymns, anthems and instrumental music. Musical instruments will include guitars, fiddle, bass, tin whistle, Celtic harp, organ, piano, keyboard and percussion. Free admission, and a reception follows in the parish hall. Call the church office at 703-339-6572, or visit www.pohick.org.

Wine on the Water. 6-8 p.m. at Verdence, 44 Canal Center, 5th Floor Balcony. Enjoy wines and charcuterie, bid on auction items, and listen to the sound of steel drums....all while enjoying spectacular views of the nation's Capital. $85; $100 at the door. Call 703-582-8480 or visit www.alexandriaseaport.org.

Country-Western Dance. 7-9:30 p.m. at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St. 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.

Sunday/June 2

Tee Off to End Homelessness. 2-5 p.m. at TopGolf Alexandria, 6625 S Van Dorn St. Fundraiser benefits Community Lodgings. Join for food and drink, three hours of unlimited golf, prizes, and opportunities to mingle with friends and fellow Community Lodgings supporters. Golf abilities are not required, just the desire to have fun and support a worthy mission. $60. Visit www.communitylodgings.org to register.

Monday/June 3

Garden Sprouts Spring-Nature Playgroup. 10-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (3-5 yrs.) Preschoolers enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles while playgroup parents meet one Monday a month. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore monthly topics. The June topic is Pond. $8/child. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code EDA.040C or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Wednesday/June 5

Getaway-Maymont & Lavender Fields. Departs Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road at 8 a.m., returns 5 p.m. (16-Adult) Includes motor coach and admission. Begin the day with a tour of the Gilded Age mansion of Maymont and the surrounding gardens. Enjoy lunch, stop at Lavender Fields Farm for an herb class, with choice of lavender lemonade or lavender ice cream. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Trip cancelation deadline: May 22, 2019. $113 Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code:5EB.5170 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Thursday/June 6

Pride at The Dog Park. 1-3 p.m. at The Dog Park, 705 King St. Four-legged friends can celebrate Pride Month in style with rainbow bow ties, collars and flower bows from The Dog Park. The boutique will also be selling LGBTQ-friendly pawprint magnets for pup owners. Call 703-888-2818 or visit www.thedogparkva.biz.

ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle. 7-9 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Celebrate D.C.’s Capital Pride Celebration with a special mix-and-mingle Thursday night in Alexandria. Enjoy the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s studios and get to know others from the local LGBTQIA community. Call 703-746-4570 or visit www.torpedofactory.org.

D-Day at 75: Looking Back and Looking Forward. 7-9 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee presents a panel to discuss the significance of D-Day. Remember the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings and consider the impact of this turning point in world history, then and now. Stay for a wine and dessert reception afterwards. $10 per person. Tickets available onsite or online at shop.alexandriava.gov.

June 6-30

Art Exhibit: “Art in Meditation – the Chakras.” Gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. “Art in Meditation – the Chakras” features area artists interpreting the chakra energies. The exhibit, juried by contemporary artist Jeff Erickson, will have an associated Art-To-Go marketplace and special events, First Thursday June 6 and Well Ray June 22. Opening reception Friday, June 7, 7-9 p.m., and summer solstice reception Friday, June 21, 7-9 pm. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

June 6-July 21

Art Exhibit: Notes of Color. Gallery hours at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. The Washington Sculpture Group presents Notes of Color. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, June 8, 4-6 p.m. Visit nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Friday/June 7

Garden Talk: Be A Water-wise Gardener. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Gardening is going “green!” Extension Master Gardeners discuss how to conserve and manage water using plant selection, soil preparation, irrigation and many other practices. $10/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 025.B34A or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Hurricane Season Reading. 6:30 p.m. at Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Juvenile fiction author Nicole Melleby will visit Hooray for Books! to read her debut novel, Hurricane Season. The story follows sixth-grader Fig Arnold and features LGBTQ+ characters. The children’s book is suitable for readers ages 10 and up. Free admission. Visit www.hooray4books.com or call 703-548-4092.

Opening Reception: “Art in Meditation – the Chakras.” 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. “Art in Meditation – the Chakras” features area artists interpreting the chakra energies. The exhibit, juried by contemporary artist Jeff Erickson, will have an associated Art-To-Go marketplace. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Friday-Sunday/June 7-9

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide event, the 38 th annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, is set to take place on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival features 25 acres of concerts, family programs, exhibits, carnival rides and nightly fireworks. Among the festival’s highlights are more than 120 performances on seven stages, including Better Than Ezra and Smash Mouth. Call 703-324-3247 or visit www.celebratefairfax.com.

Saturday/June 8

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Floral Design – Contemporary Pave Arrangement. 1-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (16-Adult) Certified Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway shares techniques for constructing and balancing a beautiful, contemporary, pavé floral arrangement of grouped flowers. Pavé design groups flowers in a grid, like a paver, for a gorgeous, modern effect. Make and arrangement to enjoy at home. Later, reuse the container to practice. Materials provided for $30 supply fee. Program fee is $39/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 9C6.A2DC or call 703-642-5173.

Sunday/June 9

Spring Car Show. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive. Enjoy a fun community event benefiting the American Horticultural Society and River Farm. Enjoy classic cars, garden tours, children's activities, raffles, food/drink, botanical art, & ourand a Garden Shop. Rain date is June 16. $10 per car for spectators; $20 for show cars (pre-registration encouraged); $5 for walk-ins/bikes; free for 12 & under. Visit www.ahsgardening.org/about-river-farm/events-programs/classic-car-show for more.

Cruising the Past. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Explore the glamorous heyday of ocean travel when great passenger liners sped across the Atlantic with cargoes of celebrities and millionaires. View archival photos contrasting the luxury of first class with the discomfort of steerage, and compare the elegance of those bygone ships with their pres­ent-day counterparts. $36 (program + tea); $15 (program only). Pro­grams are by reservation only. Call (703) 941-7987, TTY (703) 324-3988.

Annual Picnic and Birthday Party. 1-5 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday on the lawn of the Pope-Leighey House. Music, treats, and house tours and more. This event is BYOP – bring your own picnic. Save room for the tasty birthday desserts included in the price of a ticket, and beverages on offer from local vendors. No outside alcohol will be permitted on site. Rain or shine. $15-$30. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Tuesday/June 11

Simpson Gardens Stroll. 10-11 a.m. at Simpson Park Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St. Stroll through Simpson Gardens with Extension Master Gardeners as they describe the gardens’ variety of demonstration beds that combine sustainable gardening practices with appealing aesthetics: waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and plants that have appealing structure and texture. Free. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday/June 13

Summer Garden Tour and Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Adults. Tour the vibrant demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who highlights summer’s standout plants, and tells stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterward, enjoy a tradition­al English afternoon tea. $36 per person. Pro­grams are by reservation only. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ or call 703-941-7987.

Archaeology After Dark: Cartography of a Port City. 6:30 p.m. at The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. City of Alexandria Archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents a new take on the history of the city as told through 15 seldom-seen maps. Alexandria history is combined with the history of cartography to show the many ways people, including City Archaeologists, make and use maps. $12/person; $10 FOAA/OHA members. Visit www.foaa.info/events.

Saturday/June 15

Beech Tree Puppets. 10 and 11:15 a.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Founded by Ingrid and Ole Hass in 2012, brings meaningful stories with sensory-friendly and Beech Tree Puppeteers feel that puppets can break down barriers, and provide insights and resolutions to cross cultural differences, and open people to new ideas and possibilities. Beech Tree Puppets have performed artful performances to schools, libraries and public theaters in the wider DC area. $6 per person. To buy online, visit alexandriava.gov/Arts click on Durant Arts Center.

Declaration Day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at George Mason's Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall in celebrating the anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason. This family-oriented program kicks off with a naturalization ceremony, followed by a variety of activities for all ages, a museum theater performance, and visits to Gunsont Hall’s brand-new exhibit: Revolutionary

Friday/June 21

Summer Solstice: “Art in Meditation – the Chakras.” 7-9 p.m. at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. “Art in Meditation – the Chakras” features area artists interpreting the chakra energies. The exhibit, juried by contemporary artist Jeff Erickson, will have an associated Art-To-Go marketplace. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Saturday/June 22

Watercolor Workshop – Still Life. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Whether a beginner or an experi­enced painter, learn to paint still life in watercolor with the help of artist Dawn Flores. Gain skills in building form, developing color harmony and paint­ing flowers, water, shadows, and backgrounds. Bring objects to make simple compositions, or challenge yourself with crystal and silver. $93/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code A4E.5C49 or call 703-642-5173.

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Tuesday/June 25

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Saturday/June 29

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/July 6

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/July 13

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/July 20

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre. 10 and 11:15 a.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. One of the East Coast’s finest children’s theater companies visits Alexandria to perform an off-beat twist on a classic tale, The Three (Not So) Little Pigs. The wolf is a vegetarian and the pigs jam on rock and roll guitars. Since 1974, Blue Sky Puppet Theatre has been one of the finest touring children's theatres on the East Coast.

$6 per person. To buy online, visit alexandriava.gov/Arts click on Durant Arts Center.

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/July 27

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Tuesday/July 30

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Saturday/Aug. 3

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/Aug. 10

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/Aug. 17

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/Aug. 24

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Tuesday/Aug. 27

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Saturday/Aug. 31

Summer Saturdays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Join Gunston Hall for a summer of fun. Each Saturday in June, July, and August, stop by for a historic adventure on the grounds and in the Visitor Center. Included with regular admission. Call 703-550-9220 or visit www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide/upcoming-events.

Saturday/Sept. 7

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Tuesday/Sept. 10

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Tuesday/Sept. 24

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Saturday/Oct. 5

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Tuesday/Oct. 22

Twilight & Tipple Tours. 6-9 p.m. at Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway. Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House by twilight. This tour series is a rare chance to see one of Wright’s houses illuminated against a night sky. Grab a drink, included in the price of the tour ticket, and walk through the house on a leisurely, open house style tour with plenty of time to take stunning photos. $35. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/ for more.

Saturday/Nov. 2

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

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.