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“The Haunting of Hill House.” Through Nov. 9 at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria. Get spooked by “The Haunting of Hill House,” based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel. Considered one of the best ghost stories of our time, this tale is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror. Show times: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Admission: $21-24. Visit thelittletheatre.com.
“Board | out of our minds!” Through Nov. 10, gallery hours at the The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. “Board | out of our minds!” relates to the games we play. The included works exhibit the creative means in which people developed board games to reflect their thoughts and reflections on the role of chance in life. While some are actual games, some refer to the role of games in life. Visit www.nfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.
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.
Band Members Needed. Join the Mount Vernon Community Band, a group of players who enjoy playing many styles of band music in a relaxed atmosphere. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School Band Room, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road. No auditions. All instruments needed. Contact Eric Leighty directly 703-768-4172 or visit www.mvbands.com/join-us/.
Shine Together: Alexandria’s Lantern Night. 5 p.m. At Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. For the fifth year, The Alexandria Kinderchoir will host “Shine Together: Alexandria’s Lantern Night,” a family event dedicated to sharing light and hope with our community. Children and adults are invited to come with handmade lanterns, enjoy songs of hope and light by the Kinderchoir, and then convene outside for a community sing-a-long and circle dancing under the stars. Cookies will be provided. The Alexandria Kinderchoir is Alexandria’s only children’s community choir, with choristers spanning Grades K-7. Visit www.alexandriakinderchoir.org.
Rock the Block -- A Culinary Tour of Old Town Restaurants. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will host its 2nd Annual Rock the Block event throughout Old Town Alexandria. Several of Old Town’s hottest restaurants will close their doors to the public for this event, serving up some delectable dishes and specialty cocktails. Individuals will receive a wristband and a map in which they can choose their own culinary tour by selecting their starting restaurant from the participating restaurants. This year, 12 restaurants will be participating in the event and will include Augie’s Mussel House, Urbano116, The Majestic, Vermilion, Whiskey & Oyster, Columbia Firehouse, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Pizzeria Paradiso, Tequila & Taco and a culinary pop-up at the Charles Schwab headquarters with Sweet Fire Donna’s Barbecue and Alexandria’s own cidery Lost Boy Cider. New this year is special guest appearances by celebrity chefs and restaurant owners Spike Mendelson (Good Stuff Eatery, Vim & Victor, We The Pizza, PLNT Burger, The Morris, Santa Rosa Taqueria) and Victor Albisu (Taco Bamba and Poca Madre). To purchase tickets, visit www.RockTheBlocks.org.
Alexandria Film Festival. Celebrating 13 years, the four-day Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations to Alexandria. It highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers. Free film screenings will be held at the Beatley Central Library on Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticketed programming at the AMC Hoffman Theater 22 will feature special guests and Q&A panels. Purchase a $50 All-Festival pass for admittance to all screenings and the Closing Awards' Reception on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. Tickets to individual showcases are $12.50 online/$15 at the door, space permitting. Visit www.filmfreeway.com.
Great Del Ray Poetry Reading. 7-9 p.m. At St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. The Great Del Ray Poetry Reading will feature award-winning poet and author William Heath to read poems from his new book, Night Moves in Ohio. Among praise: “In this remarkable collection, William Heath mourns and celebrates an almost vanished way of life: sometimes brutal, yet (in his sharply focused minutely
particular, unsentimental, often humorous verses) intensely human.” Event includes open-mic portion.Free. Visit the website: www.facebook.com/DelRayPlayers/
Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At First Christian Church of Alexandria, 2723 King Street, Alexandria. Leisurely explore the goods of the vendors, speak to them about their crafts, and snap up distinctive gifts that will be treasured by you and your loved ones. Free. Visit the website: https://www.fccalexandria.com/
Civil War Tours. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Free in honor of Veteran’s Day. The 90-minute tours will be conducted by an interpreter who will portray a Union army veteran reminiscing about his military service at Fort Ward during the Civil War. Participants will learn about Civil War veterans’ organizations, the history of Fort Ward, army life in the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and the design and construction of Civil War forts. Highlights include the reconstructed Officers’ Hut and ceremonial entrance gate, and the fort’s fully restored Northwest bastion. Call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848.
Succulents for Small Places. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Do you live in a small space? Succulents are a perfect choice if you live in an apartment or condo and want to incorporate plants into your small space. They’ll explore what makes a plant a succulent, their geographic origins, and why they are great options for small spaces. You’ll learn all about the light, water, and soil requirements for successfully growing succulents. This event is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Girl Dolls. 11 a.m. At Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. Join Valerie Tripp, author of the American Girl: Felicity Series, and welcome American Girl doll, Felicity Merriman. Tickets are available the day of the event beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event will start at 11 a.m. On Nov. 11, both the Felicity and Melody dolls will be available for checkout at the Barrett Branch Library located at 717 Queen Street. The dolls have been funded by the Friends of Barrett Library in honor of the Library’s 225th Anniversary and the 80th Anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In.
Whiskey Festival. 6-9 p.m. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon. Take in beautiful views of the Mansion and enjoy distilled spirits. At this event, sample George Washington’s Rye Whiskey and spirits from more than 11 Virginia distilleries before voting for your favorite beverage. Curated food will accompany the spirits and complements the pour. Hear from Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon’s director of historic trades, and other spirits industry titans as they discuss their distilled products. Enjoy music and entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are $125 per person.
Murder Trial of the Century. 7 p.m. At Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria. The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden will host an evening with author D.N. Wilson as he discusses his new book Cluverius v. The Commonwealth: Virginia’s Murder Trial of the Century and the shocking crime that inspired it. Drawing on true historical events, Wilson brings to life the men and women who found themselves at the center of this murder trial that gripped Virginia in the late nineteenth century. Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited. A book signing and refreshments will follow. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org.
House of Hamil. 7 p.m. At St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road, Alexandria. House of Hamill is on the edge of a new generation of traditional musicians. Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Accomplished local players Chris Lindsay and Andrew Dodds will open the evening. Tickets are $18 in advance at https://www.focusmusic.org/event-3485183 and for members, $20 at the door.
At Home with Bach. 7 p.m. at Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria. This program, featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 alongside other works by Bach, Telemann, and Stölzel, imagines one ephemeral evening of friends and family happily playing together. Cost is $35 (General) / $10 (18 & Under). Visit the website: www.bachconsort.org
Fall Harvest Ball. 8 to 11 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Admission: $45 per person. As the leaves changed and planting time came to a close, the social season in 18th-century Alexandria commenced with a ball. Experience this 1770s-style ball with live music, English country dancing, cash bar and seasonal dessert collation. 1770s attire or cocktail attire welcome. Tickets are available online at shop.alexandriava.gov. Visit alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern. Or call 703-746-4242
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan Fete. At Belle Haven Country Club, Fort Hunt Road, in Alexandria.The George Washington Chapter of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will host a formal gala event to present the SAR's highest national award for public service to General Gordon R. Sullivan. The SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal is awarded for outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service of national importance. Included among past recipients of the medal are former Presidents Truman, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.
Free Museum Tours. 1-4 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the museum will offer free tours. In 1929, American Legion Post #24 purchased the buildings that now make up Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and restored them with help from other community organizations as a memorial to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. After decades of meticulous restoration and upkeep, they donated the buildings to the City of Alexandria in 1972 and continue to use the 1870s wing as a meeting space for their Post. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Powhatan Native Americans. 2-4 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Discover how the Powhatan Native Americans used the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine, grocery store, clothing and fun. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and go on a guided tour to see Huntley Meadows from the perspective of a Virginia Indian. Immerse yourself in a way of life from 400 years ago. Cost is $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.
Virginia Whiskey Tasting. 3-7 p.m. At Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union Street, Old Town Alexandria. Distillery participants include: A Smith Bowman, Belmont Farms, Boar Creek Distillery, Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox Distillery, Iron Clad Distillery, KO Distilling, Murlarkey Distilling, Reservoir Distillery, Reverend Spirits, River Hill, Tarnished Truth. Appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout to complement the tasting. Cost is $59 per person. Ticket price includes whiskey tastings, appetizers, tax and gratuity. Call 703-548-1785 / https://www.unionstreetpublichouse.com/
An Evening with Ray Bradbury. 4-6:30 p.m. At Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. Presented by the Picnic Theatre Company, which performs the short stories of science fiction master, Ray Bradbury. Wine and light snacks will be available for sale in advance of the performance, starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. Theater performance begins promptly at 5 p.m. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picnic-theatre-company-presents-an-evening-with-ray-bradbury-tickets-78176186077
Microgreens. 7-8:30 p.m. At Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Learn the benefits of microgreens and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home. Plus, they 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 email@example.com.
Wildlife Conservation in a Changing World. 7:30 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Dr. Sally Valdes will explore how climate change is affecting wildlife and offer some steps for addressing this threat. Climate change can adversely affect wildlife, for example, when the life cycles of interdependent species get out of sync and when rising coastal waters flood nesting sites. Too little or too much precipitation can stress whole ecosystems. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and cosponsored by the Friends of Little Hunting Creek, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Visit Friends of Dyke Marsh website: www.fodm.org
George Washington’s Tomb. 7:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Cost is $12. Join Matthew Costello, Senior Historian of the White House Historical Association, as he shares from his new book The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President. He will trace the shift of America’s attention from the official days of commemoration around Washington’s death to spontaneous visits by citizens through the story of his tomb. This history reflects the building of a memory of America’s first president—of, by, and for the American people. Tickets can be purchased either online at alexandriava.gov/shop or by calling 703-746-4242. Visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Evita with SONOVA. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. At George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. In today’s modern musical theater world it is rare to find a pit orchestra of more than 10 to 15 musicians. In SONOVA’s fully staged performances of Evita, you will have the opportunity to hear one the best musical theater scores of all time performed by a full symphony orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, along with a talented cast and crew, will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved historical musical to life. Cost: $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Visit the website: sonovamusic.org.
Mount Vernon Swing Band. 7:30-9:30 p.m. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Live music and dancing. Cost is $4 at the door. Open to the community. Call 703-765 -4573.
Christmas Marketplace. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Luncheon featuring soup, BBQ sandwiches, delicious pies, silent auction, casseroles, jewelry & accessories, white elephant, bake sale, fresh pecans, collectibles, and popular craft vendors. All net profits benefit missions.
Puppet Show. 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. At Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria. Tickets are $6. Silly Goose and Val perform All Things Fall. Val’s award-winning and participatory performance features 40 minutes of music, puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing to delight audiences of all ages. With bold voice talents and contagious dances, little ones get up, move, and laugh together. Visit alexandriava.gov/WebTrac.
Birds & Birdies 6K.10:30 a.m. At Pinecrest Golf Course, 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Enjoy a crisp 6k run along the scenic path of Pinecrest Golf Course at the inaugural Birds & Birdies 6K walk/run. Pinecrest is home to a variety of native bird species as well as native plants and flowers, making this a one-of-a-kind, must do event. The race is professionally timed and includes a race T-shirt, goody bag and medals for all finishers. Call 703-941-1061 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
One Day University. 10:30-12 p.m. At Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria.Free interactive lecture on The Changing Face of Politics: Approaching 2020. Addressing questions facing us in the next year's presidential primaries and elections. Visit the website:
Splatter - Jane Franklin Dance. 4-5 p.m. At Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Is a splatter an unlikely accident or a careless gesture that ruins the day? An upset spills everywhere and becomes the reason to examine feelings. Whose fault is it anyway? Angry, happy, sad, calm and mixed up emotions are sorted in this colorful story about an incidental accident. Splatter is certain to take you on a vibrant journey with spoken word, movement, and music; inspired by the book “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas. Cost: $10-15. Visit the website: https://www.janefranklin.com/splatter
Torpedo Factory Art Center Anniversary Ball. 7 to 10 p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Enjoy light fare and drinks, a retrospective showcase, guest presenters and live music. The night will feature the opening of 45: An Anniversary Exhibition in Target Gallery, honoring the legacy of the founding artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The event will also premiere a new documentary on the history of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Admission: $60 through October 31; $75 beginning November 1. Visit the website www.torpedofactory.org.
ASO Presents Autumn Cello and Dvorak. 8 p.m. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria. Featuring James Ross, Music Director; Wolfgang Schmidt, cellist. They will perform Boulanger: Old Buddhist Prayer; Elgar: Cello Concerto; and Dvorak: Symphony No. 8. Cost is $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.
ASO Presents: Autumn Cello and Dvorak. 3 p.m. At George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Featuring James Ross, Music Director; Wolfgang Schmidt, cellist. They will perform Boulanger: Old Buddhist Prayer; Elgar: Cello Concerto; and Dvorak: Symphony No. 8. Cost is $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.
Reception for “Mosaic Meditations.” 3-5 p.m. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. Since retiring from Tisara Photography and Living Legends of Alexandria, Nina Tisara has focused her attention on creating mosaic art. Her solo exhibition, “Mosaic Meditations,” will be at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, now through Dec. 29. The work may be seen Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Focus Alexandria. 7 p.m. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Featuring the Rev. Robert Jones plus Michael Kelly. Jones plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture. Kelly is a musician who draws on influences ranging from Lyle Lovett to Taj Mahal, Louis Armstrong to Doc Watson and a writer whose finely crafted stories are woven over foot tapping melodies. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.FocusMusic.org and $20 at the door.
DNA Testing Update. 1-3 p.m. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Award-winning author and DNA expert Shannon Combs-Bennett will speak about her latest book "DNA for Adoptees," as well as real-life examples of how to merge DNA and genealogical research. Free. Visit the website: www.mvgenealogy.org
Sortie of the Beaujolais Nouveau. 7:30-10 p.m. At The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington Street, Alexandria. Join the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee and the Office of Historic Alexandria, and participate in the world’s largest wine party. On this year's Beaujolais Nouveau Day, celebrate the first taste of the 2019 harvest in the company of fellow French enthusiasts and Sister City supporters. The fresh and fruity Beaujolais Nouveau wine is made using a quick fermentation process that it is ready in time to celebrate the end of each harvest season.Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased by calling 703-746-4994 or through alexandriava.gov/Shop.
Stories with Santa. At Union Street Public House, 121 S. Union Street, Old Town Alexandria. There will be Christmas cookies, stories read by Santa, hot chocolate, juice, and milk. $12 per ticket. Call 703-548-1785 or visit https://www.unionstreetpublichouse.com/
Holiday Shop. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. The Holiday Shop is back again this year featuring all your favorite crafts, home-baked goods, vintage jewelry, and gently used household treasures. Additional highlights include door prizes, a handmade quilt raffle, locally grown orchids and plants for sale and live music by The Windmill Jazz Collective. The Crafter’s Hall features unusual fiber arts, pottery, photography, wood, paper, metal, and glass crafts made by artisans from around the world. The Country Kitchen homemade specialties include our chutneys, cakes, pies, cookies, and more. The lines form early to buy these locally famous treats, many made from family recipes handed down through generations.
Kids Krafts at Firehouse Museum. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. Come to the Friendship Firehouse Museum and you can create and take home craft projects inspired by early firefighting history. This program is for ages 5-8 and their caregivers. Children and caregivers work on crafts and visit the historic firehouse together. It is not a drop-off event. As space is limited, pre-purchased timed tickets are required. Tickets: $5 per child includes a craft kit and museum admission. $2 for adults. Purchase tickets at alexandriava.gov/Shop, or telephone 703-746-4994. Tickets must be purchased for both adults and children.
Alexandria Cider Festival. 1-5 p.m. At Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington Street, Alexandria. Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 10 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes tastings, a souvenir glass, live music, and fun fall activities. Food truck available. Dress for the weather – this event is outdoors. Cost is $45 presale, $55 at the door. Tickets available at alexandriava.gov/shop.
Alexandria Makers Market. 12-6 p.m. At Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria. The inaugural Alexandria Makers Market will make its debut. This family-friendly event will showcase the creative community of Alexandria-based creators, makers, designers, & crafters, with vendors curated from highly talented artisans located in Alexandria. Visit the website:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.