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

Submit entertainment announcements at www.connectionnewspapers.com/Calendar/. The deadline is noon on Friday. Photos/artwork encouraged.

Ongoing

Art Exhibit: Silo City. Through Oct. 13 at Multiple Exposures Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 312, 105 N. Union St. An exhibition of photographs by Eric Johnson made in a complex of historic grain elevators and processing facilities in Buffalo, New York. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com for more.

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/.

Thursday/Oct. 10

Racism and What To Do About It. 7-9 p.m. At Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Second discussion: Facing Stereotypes and Microaggresion behavior. Free. Email: alexandriavabahais@gmail.com

Friday/Oct. 11

Highland Echoes Show. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. Highland Echoes is a vocal, musical, and dance journey through Scottish history and culture from the Highlands to America. Featuring “Celtic Album of the Year” recipient Jennifer Licko - the show combines traditional and original music and dance. $10-$45. Visit highlandechoesalexandria.eventbrite.com for tickets.

Artist’s Reception. 7-10 p.m. At Target Gallery, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria. The Memento Mori Exhibition explores death and how it shapes life. Memento Mori, Latin for “remember that you will die,” confronts this single most inevitable fact of all human existence. Laura Roulet, a D.C.-based independent curator and writer, juried the exhibition. She selected 28 works by artists from across the world, 10 of whom are local to the region. Memento Mori runs through Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Target Gallery is open daily from 10-6 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Friday-Sunday/Oct. 11-13

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. 6-9 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia at the home of George Washington. Bring a blanket, relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River and enjoy live music while sampling wine from Virginia's wineries.Admission: Friday, $48; Saturday, $52; Sunday, $42. Call 703-780-2000 or visit mountvernon.org.

Saturday/Oct. 12

Portside In Old Town Fall Festival. 1-7 p.m. At Waterfront Park, 1 King St. Enjoy a day of live music, maritime history, nautical demonstrations and children’s activities on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. Savor local food, beer and wine while experiencing boat building demonstrations from Alexandria Seaport Foundation Apprentices and knot tying from tall ship Providence. Select activities benefit the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of young people through adult mentoring, project-based learning and the craft of wooden boat building. Free admission; food and drink for purchase; fees for some activities. Visit www.visitalexandriava.com/event/portside-in-old-town-fall-festival/15351/ for more.

Watercolor Workshop-Many Ways to Paint a Tree. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. At Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (16-Adult) Artist and instructor Marni Maree will demonstrate various watercolor techniques to paint trees and walks you through the processes. Bring your supplies. Some supplies will be available in class for a small fee. $93/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes using code 4CD.853B or call 703-642-5173.

Family Fall Festival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. The festival is free, with activities that include scarecrow building, inflatables, pumpkin painting and entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. As parking is limited at the event, the public is encouraged to bike, walk or take public transit. Visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation or call the Special Events Hotline at 703-746-5592 or Events and Public Space Activation at 703-746-5420.

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour. 2-3:30 p.m. At 101 N. Union Street, Alexandria. Explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it. This 90-minute guided walking tour will explore sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues, including John Fitzgerald’s warehouse, Captain’s Row, Gentry Row, the Apothecary shop, Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, and Washington’s townhouse. The tour begins behind the Torpedo Factory’s south entrance, in front of Vola’s Dockside Grill. Free. No reservations required. Offered by the Office of Historic Alexandria. Contact 703-379-7460.

Celebration of Service. 6-9 p.m. at Ft. Belvoir Officers Club. Pastor Floyd C. Hawkins Sr. of Shiloh Church of God in Christ is preparing to celebrate 31 years of leadership and service to his church and community by highlighting those giving back to Fairfax County. The inaugural Floyd C. Hawkins, Sr. Outstanding Leaders in Community Service Award will be presented to: Dr. Nardos King, Bob Diegelman, Velvet Abram, and Victoria Williams. Open to the public. To attend, visit hawkins31yearsofservice.eventbrite.com.

Celebrating Lady Liberty’s Birthday. 6-8 p.m. at The Garden by Building Momentum, 5380 Eisenhower Avenue, #Suite C, Alexandria. A night of music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent auctions and more. Party hosted by local non-profit Just Neighbors to support legal services for low-income immigrants and refugees.Childcare will be available at Scramble next door to the venue. More information at Just Neighbors (www.justneighbors.org)

Sunday/Oct. 13

Mary Pickford: America’s Sweetheart. 1-3:30 p.m. At Green Springs Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) First person interpreter Elaine Flynn performs as Mary Pickford, icon of the silent screen era. Discover why this early cinematic celebrity became “America’s Sweetheart” as Pickford provides an entertaining look at an enthralling life and career that included three husbands, 200 films and an Academy Award. $45 (program + tea); $18 (program only). Reservations required. Call (703) 941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Downton Abbey Tours. 2-3 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. Explore the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House through special “Downton Abbey” themed tours of the museum this fall. $10. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

Showcase of American Music Concert. 3 p.m. At Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. The National Concert Band of America (NCBA) will kick-off its 45th anniversary season with a free concert entitled “American Icons: A Showcase of American Music.” To be directed by newly appointed Principal Conductor Adrian Holton, the concert will feature such classic composers as George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copland as well as those lesser known as Morten Lauridsen and David Maslanka. Visit the website: www,nationalconcertband.org

Monday/Oct. 14

Female Stranger Beer Dinner. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria. Join Port City Brewery and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as they honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death with her specialty beer and a Beer Dinner. Enjoy a four-course meal alongside four great Port City beers including the Long Black Veil. This special craft beer was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger, who died at the tavern on October 14, 1816. Tickets are $85 inclusive per person and reservations are required. A vegetarian entrée option is available with advance notice. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

Tuesday/Oct. 15

Digital Genealogy Photography. 1-3 p.m. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Photographer and genealogical researcher Gary Petranek, Co-Director of the Washington D.C. Family History Center, will speak about the digital photography aspects of genealogy and about the RootsMagic software.

Cost for event: Free, open to public. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 16

Alexandria Beautification Awards. 7:30 p.m. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria. The 2019 Beautification Awards Ceremony will recognize and celebrate residents, businesses, organizations and communities for their outstanding efforts in contributing to the beautification of the City of Alexandria. Awards will be given in the following six categories: Excellence in Architecture, Excellence in Sustainable Design, Residential Beautification, Commercial Beautification, Community Beautification and Green Practices in Beautification. Mayor Justin Wilson and members of City Council will present the awards. Visit the website www.alexandriava.gov/Beautification

Thursday/Oct. 17

Make and Take Lunch Break Social. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 2425 Eisenhower Ave (on the grassy knoll). Take a real lunch break outside to refuel and recharge with co-workers. Each month a DIY local business will pop-up and offer a themed craft

(while supplies last). Email maurisapotts@gmail.com or visit www.FB.com/AlexandriaEcon.

Fall Garden Tour and Tea. 1-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) Tour the glorious fall demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will highlight standout plants, and tell stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. $36/person. Reservations required. Call (703) 941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Lost Dog Cafe Release Party. 5:30-7:30 p.m. At 808 N. Henry Street, Alexandria. Lost Dog Rescue Ale will make its debut in both Draft and Four Pack 16 oz Can Formats. Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation will bring cats and dogs looking for a good home to Lost Dog locations. In addition to meeting potential pets, guests will have the chance to enjoy Rescue Ale.

AARP Financial Basics. 7:30-9 p.m. At Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Free. Take charge of your financial future! Learn how to build upon your smart money habits and make the most of your financial resources. Save more for a comfortable retirement.

Friday, October 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

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.

Sunday/Oct. 20

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.

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

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. At The Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween items for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume contest. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin.Tickets are available for sale through the museum’s event page on Eventbrite; a link may be found on the museum’s webpage at www.leefendallhouse.org. Advance tickets are $15 for students, and $5 for adults.

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.

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.