Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

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Art Exhibit: “Emotional Support: Animals.” Through Oct. 27, daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m. at Scope Gallery, ground floor Studio 19 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Kiln Club artists wax poetic on “Emotional Support: Animals” in the wholehearted exhibition of the exotic and domestic. Visit www.scopegallery.org or call 703-548-6288.

Art Exhibit:Twilight Zone. Through Oct. 27, gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. “Art Inspired by The Twilight Zone” is a collection of work inspired by the classic television series. An opening reception is planned for Friday, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. Fee admission. Visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Art Exhibit: Day of the Dead. Through Nov. 3, at Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 29, 105 North Union St. The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery presents its juried show, Day of the Dead. Neighbors in Mexico and Central America celebrate Day of the Dead. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memory. The colors and vibrancy of this holiday inspire artists of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work will also be exhibited. Visit www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com for more.

“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/.

Oct. 1-31
Ghost & Graveyard Tour. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays second tour at 9 p.m. Departs from Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria. Follow an 18th-century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district known as Old Town. On this tour, you’ll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. No pets please. Admission: $15 for adults; $14 for seniors, military and law enforcement; $10 for children. Visit the website: alexcolonialtours.com.

Friday, Oct. 18

Garden Talk-Putting the Garden to Bed. 1:30-2:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (16-Adult) Enjoy the break from the summer heat as you head back into the garden for some end-of-season maintenance. Learn from Extension master gardeners what you need to do to ensure that your plants are well prepared for the cold weather, what needs pruning, what needs transplanting and what needs mulch. $10/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes using code 493.0654 or call 703-642-5173.

Saturday/Oct. 19

Electric Vehicle Showcase. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria. Join Environment Virginia for an electric vehicle (EV) car show to celebrate environmental, consumer, and public health benefits of cleaner cars. Come learn about the cars of the future and Virginia's transition to electric cars. There will be an opportunity to test drive a variety of electric vehicles on the market, ask EV owners about their experience and even board an electric transit bus. RSVP if you would like to showcase your electric car by emailing ereynolds@environmentamerica.org. Visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2448766682008935/

Woodlands and Wetlands Tour. 10-11:30 a.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) Experience Green Spring's wilder side. Take a docent-led tour through the Virginia Native Plant Garden, woodland stream valley and ponds, and learn how we protect these special places. Hear about plants and wildlife, and view remnants of a globally-rare magnolia bog. Admire the fall display with refreshments at the pond gazebo. $15/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes using code 900.4C7F or call 703-642-5173.

Puppet Show. 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. At Oswald Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria. Tickets are $6. Beech Tree Puppets perform The Giant Turnip. An old man and his wife lovingly tend their garden and grow a vegetable so large they can’t pull it up by themselves. This whimsical folktale is sung and told with hand-crafted rod and shadow puppets. The story celebrates caring for the earth and working together. Visit alexandriava.gov/WebTrac.

Civil War Shelter Program. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Can you tell a Sibley tent from a dog tent? How did Civil War soldiers stay warm in camp? Find out the answers to these questions and more when Fort Ward Museum presents the living history program Civil War Shelter. This interpretive program will explore a variety of tents and shelter for Civil War soldiers. Reproductions of some major types of period tents will be set up and explained by Union Army interpreters, and Fort Ward’s furnished Officers’ Hut, a typical military structure in the Defenses of Washington, will be open to the public. A variety of camp life accessories, furnishings, and heating methods for military accommodations will also be displayed and discussed. Contact Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848.

24th Annual Art Safari. 12-5 p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. An Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding art enthusiasts in exciting and creative projects throughout the building. Dress to get a little messy. This event is perfect for children ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help but will still have a lot of fun. Call 703-746-4570 or visit www.torpedofactory.org.

Floral Design Workshop-Fall Flowers & Foliage. 1-2:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (16-Adult) Enjoy autumn’s rich colors and textures by bringing them into your home. Learn how to create a unique, take-home floral design that celebrates the season with the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Learn tips and tricks of the trade to practice on your own designs at home. $39/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes using code 30F.C61A or call 703-642-5173.

Fix-It Clinic. 2-4 p.m. At Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Bring in your broken items and receive free guided assistance from volunteers. First-come, first-served. Services include fabric mending, jewelry repair, lamp/small electrical appliance repairs, silver polishing, and more. Contact Sharon Wasserman at 703-768-6700.

Sopranessence Fall Concert. 3-4:30 p.m. At Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Sopranessence kicks off its fifth season with "Let's Start at the Very Beginning...." (Root to Blossom) by revisiting our roots and sharing some of our favorite songs from past shows. From dueling Divas to the harmonies of Puccini, your favorites are sure to be here. Cost is pre-sale thru Oct. 18: $20 General Admission; $18 for Seniors/Military; $10 for Youth. At-the-Door: $25 all tickets. Visit the website: www.sopranessence.org

Country-Western Dance. At Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss Street, Alexandria. The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association will hold a dance. Lessons, 6-7 p.m. Open dancing, 7-9:30 p.m. A DJ provides music. Couples and singles of all ages welcome. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5. Trial memberships available at door for member level entry fee. Smoke-free, alcohol-free. BYO refreshments. For more information see www.nvcwda.org.

Specialty Tour: Death at the City Hotel. 7-9 p.m. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Admission: $20.The City Tavern has been the site of many historic events, but also of macabre ones. This special tour explores the stories of the people who breathed their last breath at the hotel and the scenes surrounding them. Bring your friends and raise a glass (drink provided) to those who have come before, from a famous actress to Civil War soldiers. You won't look at this historic corner of Alexandria the same again. Call 703-746-4242. Visit www.shop.alexandriava.gov/events.aspx

Concert: The Spheres. 7:30 p.m. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC Campus, 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria. The Alexandria Choral Society Celebrates its 50-year anniversary. Featuring composers Gabriel Fauré (Requiem), Ola Gjeilo (Sunrise Mass), and Alexandria’s Jonathan Kolm (Pieces of Night), all set for choir and strings. Brian J. Isaac is the Artistic Director of the Alexandria Choral Society (Alexandria), the Williamsburg Choral Guild (Williamsburg, VA), and the Founder / Artistic Director of Church Circle Singers (Annapolis, MD). Visit www.alexandriachoralsociety.org.

Saturday-Sunday/Oct. 19-20

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Celebrate the autumn season with 18th-century activities for the whole family at Mount Vernon. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. Sightseeing cruises are offered at half the regular price. Admission: Included in general admission ($20 adults; $12 youth). Visit the website: www.mountvernon.org.

Oct. 19-Nov. 9

“The Haunting of Hill House.” 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 the website: thelittletheatre.com.

Sunday/Oct. 20

A Wild Solution to Climate Change. 1 p.m. At Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. World renowned biologist Tom Lovejoy will present "A Wild Solution to Climate Change." Lovejoy, founder of the PBS series Nature, will discuss the dramatic and damaging effects of climate change on the Earth's biodiversity and offer practical and effective solutions for reducing those impacts, as well as how saving carbon-dioxide-absorbing forests can slow climate change. The talk is hosted by Mt Vernon Unitarian Church’s Climate Action Team. Free and open to the public. Register at eventbrite.com/e/74578948643. Contact climateaction@mvuc.org.

Hurricane Dorian Relief Concert. 4 p.m. At Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Benefit concert to raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. There are no tickets for this concert. A free-will offering will be received and people give whatever they can. There will be a post-concert reception in the seminary’s Welcome Center.

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.

The French Perspective. 7-9 p.m. At The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria. Cost is $10. The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee invites you to a lecture: The French Perspective on the 100 Years War. Shakespeare's Henry V depicts the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) as a heroic English victory against improbable odds. However, the battle made little difference and the war should actually be read as the story of Joan of Arc's resistance, a settled civil war and how the French state emerged from the challenge of foreign invasion stronger and more unified than ever before. Visit the website: https://shop.alexandriava.gov

Wednesday/Oct. 23

Quarters of Confinement Talk. 7:30-9:30 p.m. At Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria. Cost is $5. The Alexandria Historical Society and the Office of Historic Alexandria present a lecture by Douglas Sanford, Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dr. Sanford will discuss research outcomes for the Virginia Slave Housing Project, a long-term effort to document, interpret, and preserve slave-related buildings across the state. While cabins and quarters represented white attempts to control aspects of enslaved African Americans’ lives, these occupants altered the structures’ interiors and yards to their own ends, finding ways to foster families and their own society. Visit the website: https://alexandriahistorical.org/events/

Thursday/Oct. 24

A Cappella Concert. 7 p.m. At The Atheneum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria.The Georgetown Saxatones will perform everything from alternative to pop to soul. Tickets $10 sold at the door. Free for Athenaeum members. RSVP to admin@nvfaa.org

Friday/Oct. 25

Ten Thousand Villages Anniversary. 6-8 p.m. At 915 King Street, Old Town Alexandria. Ten Thousand Villages, Alexandria’s first fair trade retailer, will have its 25th anniversary party. The store has been operating on King Street in Old Town since 1994. The store opened in October 1994 at the corner of King and Alfred Streets, where it remained for 11 years. It moved across the street in 2005. At the celebration, there will be international cuisine, wine tasting and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted products from their artisan partners.

Canine Halloween Cruise. 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. At Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria.Come out with your costumed canine and cruise along the Potomac River to some Halloween tunes. Halloween treats will be provided on board. Be sure to have your four-legged friend in their best costume. Admission: $24.99 for adults; $15.75 ages 2-11; infants and dogs ride free. Visit www.potomacriverboatco.com or call 703-684-0580.

The Thirteen Performs. 7:30 p.m. At Virginia Theological Seminary, Immanuel Chapel, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria. The all-star professional choir, The Thirteen, will present “Tallis Through The Looking Glass.” The concert will be approximately 65 minutes in duration followed by a complimentary meet and greet reception with performers. Tickets may be purchased at www.TheThirteenChoir.org.

Oct. 25 to Nov. 2

Grief & Ghost Tours. 7:30-10 p.m. At Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria. A look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences at the Lee-Fendall House. Cost is $10. Tours will be offered October 25-26 and November 1-2 starting at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.. Visit the website: www.leefendallhouse.org.

Saturday/Oct. 26

Fall Harvest Fest. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At River Farm, 7931 East Blvd. Drive, Alexandria. Nature-based crafts for children and adults, face painting, apple cider sales, food trucks, beekeeping and horticultural demonstrations, and live music. Cost: $10 per car for AHS members; $20 per car for non-members; $5 for bikers/walkers; under 12 free. Visit the website: https://www.ahsgardening.org/about-river-farm/events-programs/fall-festival

6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. At Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween objects for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts to take home, a sticker station, temporary tattoos, spooky stories, a costume parade with prizes as well as drinks and refreshments. Every participating child receives a pumpkin, and one pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside. Costumes are encouraged. Admission: $5 for adults; $15 ages 1-18; free for infants. Prices differ at the door. Visit the website: leefendallhouse.org

Old Town Trick-or-Treat. Begins at 11 a.m. Throughout Old Town Alexandria. Old Town is rolling out the orange carpet for all the ghouls and goblins this year. Visit Old Town in your spookiest get-ups to collect treats from participating restaurants, shops and attractions. Visit oldtownbusiness.org.

Carlyle House’s Wonderland. 12-4 p.m. At Carlyle House Historic Park. Cost is $5 (kids 0-12) and $1 (13 and over). Carlyle House will be hosting a Tim Burton-themed party on the front lawn of the house. Visitors will be able to interact with several characters from Tim Burton’s films (such as “Alice in Wonderland”) and play a variety of Burton-themed games. For those who wish to participate, at 2 p.m. there will be a costume contest. Burton films will be playing on the back terrace during the event. No refunds

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Admission: $16 for adults; $8 ages 11 and under. Participate in a scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft during this unforgettable evening. Watch wool-carding and spinning, historic chocolate-making and fishnet-making demonstrations in the historic area. In order to burn off all of the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing before greeting Martha Washington. Walk in a children’s costume parade—prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes. Call 703-780-2000 or visit mountvernon.org/halloween

Bahá’ís Celebration. 5-7:45 p.m. At Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Bahá’ís of Mount Vernon are preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. Includes a light meal, inspiring readings, storytelling, and music. The commemoration is free and open to the public, welcoming people of all faiths and communities, with socializing 5:00-5:30, light dinner 5:30-6:30, and program 6:30-7:45. Additional Bahá’í community Holy Day commemorations for the births of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh will also take place on the evenings of October 28 and 29, 2019, celebrating the actual dates of their births. Visit https://sites.google.com/view/bahais-mountvernon-va/home or https://www.bahai.us/

Historic Cemetery Tour. Beginning at 5 p.m. Tour departs from the corner of Wilkes St. and S. Payne St., Alexandria. Enjoy a guided tour through several of Alexandria’s historic cemeteries. Learn about Alexandria’s famous residents, including those who fought in the Revolutionary War, Mexican War and Civil War. Private tours are available by request (prices will differ). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Alexandria Visitor Center. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, active duty military and veterans; $8 for children; free for ages 6 and under. Visit the website: discoveralexva.com


Blacklist Regulars. 6 p.m. doors open. At Hard Times Cafe, 1404 King Street, Alexandria. With Powerman 5000. Blacklist Regulars’ debut album, Through the Blast, which was released this past spring via Pavement Entertainment, puts a modern spin on the hard rock genre. It is at once melodic, dynamic and hard hitting, with screaming guitar lines and grunge rock inspired bass backed by the powerful and precise drums. Cost is $23.

October 26-28

Poems and Stories of Edgar Allen Poe. 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tour begins at the Ivy Hill Cemetery Office, 2823 King St., Alexandria. Admission: $20. “Even in the grave, all is not lost!” The Guillotine Theatre presents “Poe in the Vault” at Ivy Hill Cemetery. This is a sell-out event in a most suitable environment. This ghost tour, accessible to those with limited mobility, begins at the Ivy Hill Cemetery Office and ends at the Receiving Vault, where actors from Guillotine Theatre will read from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Seating is limited. RSVP to info@IHCHPS.org. Visit ivyhillcemetery.net

Sunday/Oct. 27

Trick-or-Treating with Dogs. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. Bring your dog to Mount Vernon for howl-o-ween fun. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in front of the Mansion, meet people from Washington’s world and enjoy treats for your pup (while supplies last). This event is for pups and their humans only. Price included in admission. Admission: $20 for adults and children ages 12 and up; $12 for youth ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under. Visit mountvernon.org/doghalloween

Witchy Women. 1-3 p.m. At Historic Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Why were women the main targets of witch hunts? Hear about the ancient superstitions and misogynistic beliefs that aroused fear of women as natural evil-doers and led to their historic persecution as witches. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. The cost is $36 per person for the program and tea; $15 for program only. Reservations are required. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

Doggie Trick-or-Treat. 1-3 p.m. At The Dog Park, 705 King St., Alexandria.It’s that time of year again. You and your family—especially your doggies—are invited to come to Old Town and trick-or-treat together. There will be treats, sales and a costume contest. Come to The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria to get your map and have pictures taken, then tour the rest of the participating stores to get more treats and find a sale or two in town. Visit thedogparkva.biz

23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade. 2 p.m. Begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte Ave., Alexandria. Witness a community’s creative spirit at Del Ray’s beloved annual Halloween Parade. Children, pets and strollers are invited to show of their finest and scariest Halloween garb as they strut up Mount Vernon Avenue past local businesses decked out for the spooky season. Following the parade, awards are given for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Stroller during a brief ceremony. Go to the websitie: visitdelray.com/halloween

Book & Author. 2-5 p.m. At Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Fundraising Book & Author event featuring Marvin Kalb, (Enemy of the People), Dale Russakoff, (The Prize) and Robert Watson (The Nazi Titanic) moderated by Robert Siegel, former host of NPR's All Things Considered. Cost is $25/advance; $30/door.

Tony Sands Performs. 7 p.m. At The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria. Sands performs “Put Your Dreams Away,” a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, as made famous in his ABC television program.

Oct 29-31

Special Halloween Ghost Tour. October 29-30, 2019 at 7 p.m.; October 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Tour starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria.Discover Alexandria presents an extended version of its Ghosts of Alexandria tour offered only during Halloween week. Guests will explore haunted Old Town at twilight, learning more about the city’s history and lingering spirits. Tour departs from the Alexandria Visitor's Center. Dogs are welcome. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, active duty military and veterans; $8 for children; free for ages 6 and under. Visit the website discoveralexva.com.

Wednesday/Oct. 30

Costume Halloween Shindig. 6:30 p.m. At Ivy Hill Cemetery, Vault area, 2823 King Street, Alexandria. Join in some cool air at the cemetery's vault, best costume awards, ghost tours, moonshine tasting, readings from Maribeth Decker, Sacred Grove, and some unexpected surprises. This event is for adults 21 and older. Cost is $35 per person (including drinks and food). Hosted by Volunteer Alexandria and Ivy Hill Cemetery.

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelley. 7-8:30 p.m. At Historic Huntley, 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria. If you dare, learn about “The Frightful Science of Mary Shelley” in a program at Historic Huntley. Come for a chilling Halloween celebration just for adults. Dean Howarth, the Natural Philosopher, will demonstrate Frankenstein's animation of the dead. Beverages and refreshments will be served. Cost is $22 per person. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/historic-huntley.

Oct. 30-31

Poe in Alexandria. 7:30 p.m. At The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Old Town Alexandria. Experience actor David Keltz as visionary author Edgar Allen Poe, recreating one of Poe’s 19th-century speaking engagements. This year’s program will feature the stories “The Man of the Crowd” and “The Black Cat” as well as the poems “To _ (I heed not that my earthly lot),” “Eldorado,” and “The Raven.” Light refreshments will be available with beer and wine for sale before the show. Cost is $15. Call 703-746-4994. Reserve online at AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop.

Thursday/Oct. 31

Lion Fest. 8:15-2:15 p.m. At Lyles-Crouch School, 530 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria. LCTA’s Lion Fest is a fun, community harvest festival event where children will start off with a lap or two around the school, followed by visiting our sponsors stations for some health and wellness focused learning and activities. This year’s Lion Fest fundraiser is highlighting health and wellness. Participants will receive drawstring bags to collect doo-dads at our sponsors stations. They are working with community businesses to join our festival and present some fun activities that the kids (and parents!) can participate in to promote health and wellness and its importance in our lives. Participants are welcome to dress up in their favorite costumes.

Trick or Treat. 4-6 p.m. At Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria. Free. Join in this All Hallow’s Eve for good old fashioned trickery and treats. Bring your little ghosts, goblins, princesses and action heroes to one of Alexandria’s most haunted dwellings. We’ll be handing out candy. In case of inclement weather please call museum for status of the event.

Friday/Nov. 1

$100 & Under Exhibit. 7-9 p.m. reception. At Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans “$100 & Under” exhibit showcases members’ artwork all priced at $100 and under. The art will be sold on an art-to-go basis (Nov. 1-Dec. 1, 2019). Sold artwork will be replaced each week with new work. The walls will be packed with great art at prices all art-lovers can afford. Visit the website www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits

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.

Raven’s Night. 7:30 p.m. At The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Now in its 8th year, Raven’s Night creeps, slithers, and slinks its way back to The Birchmere. Keep your Halloween season going with a unique soirée featuring fusion belly dance, live music and a pre-show carnival. This year’s theme, Creature Feature brings the most iconic movie monsters to the stage. A sci-fi and fantasy fueled feast fit for all fandoms. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com or www.Birchmere.com.

Saturday/Nov. 16

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

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.