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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

Senior Olympics. The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics features more than 60 events that challenge the mind as well as the body. New games this year: jigsaw puzzle and line-dancing. The public is invited, free of charge, to all NVSO events. The games run through Sept. 28. There will be no on-site registration for participants. Visit www.nvso.us.

Art Exhibit: Habitats. Through Sept. 22, gallery hours at Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union St., Studio 2. The newest group exhibition Habitats in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibitions space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, poses the question, “What makes a habitat a home?” The selected artists address these questions and raise new ones. Work is presented in a diversity of media, from sculpture and photography to video and virtual reality. Visit torpedofactory.org/partners/target-gallery.

Art Exhibit: “Patterns & Prints.” Through Sept. 27, gallery hours at Scope Gallery, Studio 19, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Ceramic Guild potters turn to hot togs as artistry en vogue, showing embossed patterns, aggressive elaborate exteriors and groovy grooving. Colors are confident with saturated statements and contrasts of black and white. Hand-painted touches are the hemline talk of the season, with abstracts, urban touches and industrial adornment paving the way. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.scopegallery.org.

Art Exhibit: "It's a Jungle Out There." Through Sept. 29 at Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 29, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery presents its juried show, “It's a Jungle Out There.” Cheetahs, lions, rhinos, monkeys, hippos, and the lands that they inhabit serve as inspiration for the pieces in this show. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work may also be exhibited. Visit www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com or call 703-548-0935.

Art Exhibit: High Note. Through Sept. 29, gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mt Vernon Ave. Experience “High Note,” exploring the connection between music and the mind. Music can unleash powerful memories, transporting listeners in space and time. Musical performance benefiting the nonprofit Friends of ROAM Friday, Sept. 20, 8-9:30 p.m. Visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/event/high-note for more.

Solo Painting Exhibition: Draftsman 2019. Through Sept. 30, gallery hours at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Suite 2120-A. Draftsman 2019 is the solo painting exhibition for the month of September of Arlington Artists Alliance member and T.C. Williams graduate Barry Barnett Keith. Free. Visit galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652.

Art Exhibit: Revival. Through Sept. 30 in the Van Landingham Gallery, Studio 311 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. While looking at the darkened doorway of the ruins of Ephesus, a Greek city in what is now Turkey, Marian Van Landingham suddenly envisioned a window to the sky and an innate sense of hope and revival. In her studio in Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center, founded by her as an art center in 1974, Van Landingham refines the images that first piqued her interest. Visit www.torpedofactoryartists.com for more.

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. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.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/.

Through Sunday/Sept. 22

Fall Book Sale. At Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold their Fall Book Sale. Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., Members’ Preview ($15 memberships available at the door); Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. $4 or less, unless specifically marked: hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books and media items. All genres. Discount day on Sunday. Call 703-746-1702 or visit www.beatleyfriends.org.

Thursday/Sept. 19

Taste of Old Town North. 4-8 p.m. at Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal St. The 2nd Annual Taste of Old Town North will celebrate local music, restaurants, and the arts. The neighborhoods of this growing and diverse section of Alexandria invite visitors and residents to enjoy all that Old Town North has to offer. Free admission. Visit oldtownnorth.org/taste/ or call 917-969-6668.

Friday/Sept. 20

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resource Fair. 5:45-7:45 p.m. at the Hylton Education Center on the campus of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Mental health experts from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Prince William County Community Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness and many more, will gather to take part in this important conversation. Non-profits will discuss area resources, warning signs, behaviors, treatments and/or options when it comes to mental illness and suicide prevention. Free, open to the public. More at pwcmentalhealth.eventbrite.com.

Alexandria Citizens Band. 8-10 p.m. at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave. Join the Alexandria Citizens Band, one of the oldest community bands in America, at their first rehearsals of the season. No auditions,they welcome all who want to have fun, find new friends, and play free concerts. Recruiting volunteer members in all sections – drum, tuba, baritone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon players. Free. Call 703-920-8675 or go to come-play-with-us.eventbrite.com.

Saturday/Sept. 21

Arts on the Horizon 5K Fundraiser. 8 a.m. in Fort Hunt Park. Arts on the Horizon, a nonprofit theatre for children ages 0-6, is hosting their Second Annual 5K Fundraiser. Families are invited to run or walk to support Arts on the Horizon's arts education programs and performances. $25. Register at www.artsonthehorizon.org/5k-fundraiser.

Gardening Fun for the Whole Family. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Celebrate Fall Garden Day, a day of activities for everyone in the family. Visit with a host of local plant and craft vendors selling everything needed for fall gardening. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, live music, food and a kids’ activities table. Admission is free, and the day is an opportunity for a family outing to one of the most innovative public gardens in the mid-Atlantic. Call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

George Washington's Alexandria Tour. 10-11:30 a.m. Meet at the Torpedo Factory, 101 N. Union St. Explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it. This 90-minute guided walking tour explores sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues. 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 or suej020924@gmail.com.

Walking With Washington Tour. 10 a.m.-noon. Starts at Ramsay Alley at 109 N. Fairfax St. Explore important sites associated with George Washington in his hometown. Led by an old-line Virginian with family stories about Washington, this tour focuses on his character and values, and significant people and events in his life and American history where they occurred. Stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, The Bank of Alexandria, Wise’s, Duvall’s and Gadsby’s Taverns, Washington’s townhouse, and Christ Church. Reservations not required. Free. Recommended for ages 10 and above.

Seek and Sketch Hike. 10 a.m.-noon at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Register for the “Sketch Hike Fall Wildflowers ID” program to see how beautiful fall wetland flowers live. Then, learn how to sketch them to keep the memories alive. Drawing materials are included in the cost of the program, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. Designed for participants age 10-adult. $15 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Wags for Weichert. 10 a.m.-noon at Weichert Old Town, 121 N. Pitt St. Pet Connect Rescue will bring 5-10 dogs that will be available for adoption on the spot. Weichert Old Town is currently collecting pet food, toys, bedding and financial contributions for Pet Connect Rescue and their dog fostering volunteers at their office. There will be refreshments for dogs and their human friends. Call Weichert Realtors, 703-549-8700 for details.

Classic Car Show. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Co-sponsored by Packards Virginia and the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, this Classic Car Show will feature a variety of Packards ranging from the 1930s to the 1950s as well as other “orphan” vehicles that are invited to register as well. Orphan cars are any marque of vehicle built by an out-of-business manufacturer. Free and open to the public. Call 703-424-5871 or visit www.packardsva.org.

Archaeology Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at George Mason's Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. Gunston Hall will celebrate their annual Archaeology Day, a day dedicated to digging up and discovering the mysteries of the past. Join friends and family for a fun-filled day of activities for all ages including sifting for artifacts, mending archaeology objects, and dressing like an archaeologist. Free with admission. Visit gunstonhall.org/event/archaeology-day/ or call 703-550-9220.

Dyke Marsh Meetup, Walk with a Ranger. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Belle Haven Park/ Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. Enjoy the outdoors on this 2-mile walk with a national park ranger to see the largest freshwater marsh in the nation’s capital. Bring a pair of binoculars for viewing an eagle’s nest and other marsh life. Free. Call 703-235-1530 or visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/dykemarsh.htm.

Crabs and Corn Hole. 1-4 p.m. at Fairwinds Brewing Company, 7000 Newington Road, Lorton. The Key Center PTA is sponsoring an All You Can Eat Crabs and Sides. Tickets are limited. All profits will go to support Key Center School programs. $55. Visit keycenter.fcps.edu/ or call 703-313-4000.

Anniversary Dance. 7-9:30 p.m. at Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St. The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association will hold an anniversary dance with a potluck dinner, 6-7 p.m. and open dancing, 7-9:30 p.m. A DJ provides music. Couples and singles of all ages welcome. Admission for members $10; non-members $12; children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult $5. Smoke-free, alcohol-free. BYO refreshments. Visit www.nvcwda.org for more.

Saturday-Sunday/Sept. 21-22

King Street Art Festival. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on King Street from Washington Street to Union Street. Historic King Street is transformed into an outdoor art gallery with original fine artwork by more than 200 artists from around the country. Enjoy live music and interactive art activities, as well as The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 2nd Annual Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit visitalexandriava.com/artfest for more.

Crafts at Carlyle. Noon-2 p.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Crafts at Carlyle is a two-day event that coincides with the King Street Art Festival. Everyone will have their own piece of floor cloth, which they can design and paint after learning about 18th century floor clothes and the patterns found on them. Free. Visit www.novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park.

Sunday/Sept. 22

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.

Roy Buchanan Tribute. 7:30-11 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. Renowned soul-blues singer Billy Price, presents a Tribute to Roy Buchanan featuring special guest musicians. $25.Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

Monday-Tuesday/Sept. 23-24

Volunteers Wanted. Restaurant: Impossible is coming to Alexandria and they are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work with Robert Irvine and his renovation team as design and construction volunteers on the show. Volunteers may be any licensed or certified individuals in painting, crafting, constructing, remodeling, cleaning, decorating etc. They are looking for skilled contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsters’ and painters to donate their time but welcome all skill sets and skill levels, always. Volunteers only, however, meals will be provided. Must be 18 or older. The volunteer schedule is as follows:

  • Shift #1 – Monday, Sept. 23, noon-7 p.m.

  • Shift #2 – Monday, Sept. 23rd, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

  • Shift #3 - Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Email volunteer@restaurantimpossiblevolunteers.com by Thursday, Sep. 19, noon (PST) with your preferred shit, full name, email address, cell number and skill set/ related profession (ex: plumber or painter). Use subject line: 1605 VA Volunteer.

Tuesday/Sept. 24

Jones Point Meetup. 11 a.m.-noon at Jones Point Park, Jones Point Drive. Join a national park ranger to explore the long history of this little piece of land and see the last remaining inland lighthouse on the Potomac River, once a beacon to boat captains and commerce on the river. Free. Call 703-235-1530 or visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/jonespoint.htm for more.

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.

Restaurant: Impossible - Grand Reopening. 7 p.m. at Foxfire Grill, 6550 Little River Turnpike. Restaurant: Impossible, hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, invites you to Foxfire Grill for their grand re-opening. Be one of the first patrons to see the newly

renovated space. Diners pay for their meals. To make a reservation at Foxfire Grill for their grand re-opening, email the Restaurant: Impossible production @ volunteer@restaurantimpossiblevolunteers.com by Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon (PST) with subject line: 1605 VA RESERVATIONS
. If selected, a confirmation email will be sent close to the date of the dinner. Guests must be 8 or older. Include contact information (full name, email address, cell number), party size (number of people at your table) and the names of the people in your party.

Thursday/Sept. 26

Fort Hunt Meetup, Walk with a Ranger. 10:30-noon at Fort Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Road. Join a national park ranger on a 1.5 mile walk through historic Fort Hunt Park, be prepared to learn about some World War II secrets. Meet at Area E parking. Free. Call 703-235-1530 for more.

New Neighbors Oktoberfest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Each year, The Campagna Center reaches out to the community to help support the New Neighbors program through their Oktoberfest fundraiser. Enjoy local brews, authentic bratwurst and German fare, and an evening of oom-pah-POW, all for a great cause. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets will be sold online until they are at capacity. $60+. visit www.campagnacenter.org/events/new-neighbors-oktoberfest.

Friday/Sept. 27

Waynewood 60th Anniversary. 6-7:30 p.m. at Waynewood Elementary, 1205 Waynewood Blvd. Welcome to all members of the community. Come see the completely renovated facility and grounds. The celebration will include a 60th anniversary ceremony, music, food trucks, and cake. This event is free and open to the public. Email wwpta1@gmail.com or call 703-704-7100.

Global Hip-Hop Excursion. 7-8:15 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Springfield. Join Dumi Right, Hip Hop pioneer and cultural ambassador, as he and other musical guests present an evening of rhymes, beats and cultural infusions. Free. Visit librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/5516705 or call 703-324-8428.

Alexandria Citizens Band. 8-10 p.m. at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave. Join the Alexandria Citizens Band, one of the oldest community bands in America, at their first rehearsals of the season. No auditions,they welcome all who want to have fun, find new friends, and play free concerts. Recruiting volunteer members in all sections – drum, tuba, baritone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon players. Free. Call 703-920-8675 or go to come-play-with-us.eventbrite.com.

Saturday/Sept. 28

Symposium with Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Emerging Revolutionary War. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. In preparation for the 250th anniversary of 1776, public historians share their research into this turbulent time during a one-day symposium in partnership with Emerging Revolutionary War. The symposium will be held at the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum. $60 per person, $50 OHA members and students at AlexandriaVa.gov/Shop. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org or emergingrevolutionarywar.org.

Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot at Saint Clement, 1701 Quaker Lane. Native plant sale hosts 12 vendors from three states selling native perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun or shade. Free admission. Call 571-232-0375 or visit www.NorthernAlexandriaNativePlantSale.org.

Genealogy Research in D.C. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Claire Kluskens of the National Archives gives keynote; participants choose any three of nine additional presentations about researching in the many genealogical repositories in and near Washington, D.C. $30 for MVGS members; $35 for nonmembers. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org for more.

War of 1812 in Alexandria. 10 a.m.-noon at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. Guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

Annual Community Country Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Historic Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Enjoy a day of outdoor fun and learning with historic colonial church tours, organ concerts, children’s games, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade apple butter, live music, and much more. All are welcome. Visit www.pohick.org or call 703-339-6572.

Historic Alexandria Homes Tour. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Old Town Alexandria. The Twig’s 78th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour provides the opportunity to tour 18th and early 19th-century homes in Old Town and learn of their historic pasts. Tickets can be purchased in advance at thetwig.org/homes-tour, the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King St. or The Twig Thrift Shop at 106 N. Columbus St. The tour will also feature a raffle and prizes. All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital. $40 in advance; $45 day of tour. Visit thetwig.org/homes-tour or call 703-683-5544.

Dyke Marsh Meetup, Walk with a Ranger. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Belle Haven Park/ Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. Enjoy the outdoors on this 2-mile walk with a national park ranger to see the largest freshwater marsh in the nation’s capital. Bring a pair of binoculars for viewing an eagle’s nest and other marsh life. Free. Call 703-235-1530 or visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/dykemarsh.htm.

Downton Abbey Movie Party. 1-4 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. Celebrate the release of “Downton Abbey: The Movie” at an ancestral home of the current Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle. Uncover the real-world connections between Downton Abbey and the Lee-Fendall House. Enjoy refreshments, trivia, scavenger hunt, and more. $25 adult, $15 youth. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

18th Century Games. 6-8 p.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Learn how to play 18th century games such as Shut the Box, Whist, and more. Light hors d'oeuvres and two drinks per visitor are included in the price of the ticket. The event includes a tour of the first floor of the house. $40 per person. Open to anyone 21 or older. Purchase tickets at apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/3187. Visit www.novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park for more.

Live Music: Lesson Zero. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at The Greene Turtle, 7879 Heneska Loop. Admission is free. Visit www.youtube.com/lessonzero or www.reverbnation.com/lessonzero for more.

Sunday/Sept. 29

Classic Car Show. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. Enjoy classic cars competing for trophies, guided garden tours, a 50/50 raffle, and refreshments. The event benefits American Horticultural Society andRiver Farm. Rain date: Oct. 6. $10 per car for spectators; $20 for show cars (pre-registration encouraged); $5 for walk-ins/bikes; free for children 12 and under. Visit www.ahsgardening.org/carshow for more.

Simpson Park Gardens Fall Open House. 1-3 p.m. at Simpson Park Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St. Join Extension Master Gardeners at the Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens and visit the colorful, newly renovated gardens. Learn techniques for deadheading plants, and interesting container gardening ideas. Free. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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.

Anniversary Event: Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic Gallery. 3-6 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic 105 District Ave., Fairfax. In celebration of Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association’s 45th anniversary, member artists have contributed 45 works of art. Ticket holders’ names are randomly called and that person chooses from one of the available pieces of original art. Preview artwork Sept. 18-29; Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Ticket holders may bring a guest for free. $200. Art Lovers Sweepstake: a $45 ticket gives buyers an opportunity to take home one of three works of art, valued at $1,500 or more. Purchase tickets at tinyurl.com/tfaacc19.

Sept. 30-Oct. 27

Art Exhibit: “Emotional Support: Animals.” 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.

Oct. 1-Nov. 3

Art Exhibit: Day of the Dead. 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.

Oct. 4-27

Art Exhibit:Twilight Zone. 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.

Saturday/Oct. 5

"Le Tour d'Alexandria" Bicycle Tour. 10 a.m. Start and end at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Alexandria Library invites the community to participate in Le Tour d’Alexandria Library, the Library’s annual bicycle tour of all library locations. In recognition of the Library's 225th Anniversary, this year's tour will highlight some of the Library's history dating back to 1794. Space is limited, registration is required. Riders must be over the age of 13 to participate. Children and teens under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Visit alexlibraryva.org/alexandria-bike-tour to register.

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.

Civil War Artillery Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Learn about the role and equipment of Civil War artillerymen in the Defenses of Washington. This living history program will appeal to Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. The event is weather dependent. Free. Call 703-746-4848.

24th Annual Art on the Avenue. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival celebrating Alexandria’s diversity held the first Saturday in October, rain or shine. Discover more than 300 artists, from jewelers to glass makers to painters, while enjoying a variety of musicians and food vendors. Activities for children include scarecrow-stuffing, pumpkin-painting and more. Free admission. Visit artontheavenue.org/ for more.

Mirror Mirror: David Shulman with Sarah Marie Hughes. 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St. The City of Alexandria commissioned a series of original site-specific performances for the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror. Composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance will perform on select dates between July and October. All performances are free and feature lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Leave pets at home. Visit alexandriava.gov/publicart for details.

Performance: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. The ASO’s season opens with music by Wagner, Beethoven and more under the direction of Maestro James Ross featuring soloists Rita Sloan, Nicholas Tavani and Alan Richardson. $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885. ASO musician Gene Pohl’s father, Lionel Semiatin, composed Tidbit #1 while fighting on the battlefield at Normandy. $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

Sunday/Oct. 6

Breast Cancer Walk. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. at Fort Hunt Park, George Washington Parkway. Support the National Breast Center Foundation's 3rd annual Walk to Bust Cancer to increase awareness and celebrate survivorship. 7:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. 1.2 mile walk. Entertainment and activities before and after the walk. Register ahead for planning. $35. Visit www.walktobustcancer.org or call 202-309-4026.

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.

Performance: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m. at George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. The ASO’s season opens with music by Wagner, Beethoven and more under the direction of Maestro James Ross featuring soloists Rita Sloan, Nicholas Tavani and Alan Richardson. $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885. ASO musician Gene Pohl’s father, Lionel Semiatin, composed Tidbit #1 while fighting on the battlefield at Normandy. $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

Mirror Mirror: David Shulman with Bonnie Lander. 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St. The City of Alexandria commissioned a series of original site-specific performances for the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror. Composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance will perform on select dates between July and October. All performances are free and feature lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Leave pets at home. Visit alexandriava.gov/publicart for details.

Thursday/Oct. 10

Luncheon: “Fashion in Bloom.” 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road. Enjoy a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction and raffle. Yacht Haven Garden Club works to further education in horticulture, floral design and conservation among its members and the surrounding community. $40. Reservation deadline, Sept. 27. Email yachthavengardenclubva@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.

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. 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.

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.

Sunday/Oct. 13

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.

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.

Tuesday/Oct. 22

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

Saturday/Nov. 2

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including children’s books, fiction, history, biography, home and garden, cooking, crafts, sports, religion, travel, CDs, DVDs, and more. Unless specially priced, $1 for hard backs, 50 cents for large paperbacks, and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Selection of over 20,000 gently used books, including children’s books, fiction, history, biography, home and garden, cooking, crafts, sports, religion, travel, CDs, DVDs, and more. Unless specially priced, $1 for hard backs, 50 cents for large paperbacks, and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/friends-of-sherwood-regional.

Classes & Workshops

Community Dance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. every third Friday at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Live music. $4. Call 703-765-4573.

Life Drawing. Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for anyone to develop life-drawing skills further. Drop-in for the session and bring supplies to draw or paint live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org for a schedule.

The Harmony Heritage Singers (Mount Vernon Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society), a daytime, a cappella, Chorus, rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, monthly, at Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Newcomers welcome for fun or to book for a performance. visit www.HHSingers.org, or call Bruce at 703-352-5271.

More Ongoing

Post-Grad Residency Program. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria. For the fifth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes four emerging artists to participate in the Post-Grad Residency Program: J Houston, Michaela Japec, Nava Levenson, and Kim Sandara. The jurors were Nicole Dowd, program director at Halcyon Arts Lab, and Leslie Holt, artist and co-director of Red Dirt Studio. This competitive juried program provides three months of exclusive access to a studio in the Art Center. Therein, artists can create and sell work, interact with the public, and connect with other arts professionals. The residency is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, networking, and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context. The program culminates in a group exhibition in Target Gallery, the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Nov. 8-Dec. 8.

Revolutionary War Medals. Through March 2020 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mt. Vernon. Now on view in Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Education Center is an exhibition featuring 30 rare medals from the American Revolution and the early republic. War and Peace in Miniature: Medals from the American Numismatic Society is an unparalleled collection that highlights the remarkable heroes and events from the Revolutionary War and the new nation’s diplomatic endeavors. Visit mountvernon.org/warandpeace.

Tours of the Freedom House Museum. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. at Freedom House Museum, 1315 Duke St. The Freedom House Museum was once the headquarters and holding pen for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, Franklin and Armfield. The building is currently owned by the Northern Virginia Urban League and together with the Office of Historic Alexandria. Visit the museum in this historic reminder of slavery. Admission is $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Museums for more.

“Alexandrians Fight the Great War.” Various times at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington St. This new exhibition traces the experiences of local people during the first World War. The homes, hospitals, factories and shipyards of wartime Alexandria come back to life through the use of rare images, archival and modern-day video clips, quotes from participants, original objects including weapons, period music, and scale models. Call 703-746-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

“Before the Spirits are Swept Away.” Various times at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. This exhibition, featuring 20 of Sherry Sanabria’s African American historic site paintings, is made possible by the Sanabria family, who generously donated 23 of her paintings to the Alexandria Black History Museum. These paintings are part of Sanabria’s “Sites of Conscience” series, which has as its focus African American heritage, prisons, concentration camps, and mental hospitals. Free, but donations are appreciated. Call 703-746-4356.

Mercy in Alexandria Walking Tour. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at Alexandria visitors Center, 221 King St. Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Inspired by the PBS mini-series "Mercy Street," accompany a trained military historian through Civil War-era Alexandria and learn the actual history behind the TV show. Short tours are $15, private tours for five are $149. visit www.dcmilitarytour.com for more

The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History. Ongoing, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. On view in the museum’s Coldsmith Gallery, the historical objects and images featured represent The Lyceum, the community at work, and commemorations and celebrations. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to “be the curator” and think about why the various artifacts are in the museum’s collection, and about how tangible representatives of the past help tell the story of Alexandria’s history. Free. visit www.alexandriahistory.org for more.

Pick-Up Hockey. Ongoing, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mount Vernon Ice Skating, 2017 Belle View Blvd. Play hockey with other hockey buffs, hitting slap shots and learning puck handling skills that the pros use. Players must have full equipment. 16 and older. visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mtvernon/ or call 703-768-3224 for more.

Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier Exhibit. Ongoing at the Fort Ward museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. ongoing exhibit which features original medical instruments and equipment from the Civil War period and information on Union Army hospital sites in Alexandria. Free. visit www.alexandriava.gov/fortward for more

Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War. Ongoing at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. An exhibit on the life of Clarissa Jones, a nurse at The Lyceum hospital during the Civil War. The true story of a nurse in Alexandria during the war, drawing parallels with characters portrayed in the PBS drama “Mercy Street,” with references to the experiences of other nurses, such as Anne Reading, who worked in the Mansion House hospital, and Jane Woolsey, who served at the Fairfax Seminary hospital. Admission is $2. visit www.alexandriava.gov/lyceum for more.

Shield of Earth: Defending the Heart of the Union exhibit. Ongoing, museum hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Sundays, noon-5 p.m. at Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road. Highlights of the exhibition include military passes issued by Provost Marshal’s Office, construction tools, and original photographs of some of Washington’s defenders. 703-746-4848 or www.fortward.org.

Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital exhibit. Ongoing, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays, noon-4 p.m. at the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Come see the site that inspired “Mercy Street,” the new PBS’ series inspired by real events that took place at Carlyle House. www.carlylehouse.org or call 703-549-2997

Color Disorder Exhibit. Ongoing, Thursday through Sunday, noon-4 p.m., Sundays, noon-4 p.m. at the The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. A joint exhibition of artists Katie Baines and Amy Chan who use diverse painting materials such as acrylic, gouache, airbrush and screen print to build energized abstract paintings. Visit www.nfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Flamenco Show. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at La Tasca, 607 King St. Watch dancers and guitarists perform traditional flamenco. Free to attend. Call 703-299-9810 or visit www.latascausa.com.

French Movie Night. Every Thursday, 7 p.m. in the back room of Fontaine Caffe and Creperie, 119 S. Royal St. View a French film. Free, no reservation necessary. Call 703-535-8151 or visit www.fontainecaffe.com/reviews.html.

Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812. Wednesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco St. A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

Alexandria Cars and Coffee invites car enthusiasts to meet for coffee at Hollin Hall Shopping Center in front of Roseina’s, 1307 Shenandoah Road. Owners of classic cars, hot rods, exotic cars, motorcycles and more meet to share car stories and drink coffee. Group meets the first Sunday of every month. 8:30-11 a.m.

Fifty Years of Collecting. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. An anniversary exhibit of objects from the Fort Ward collection. Free. visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.

Dinner for the Washingtons. 11 a.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. A walking tour that goes behind the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners. $7 in addition to estate admission. visit www.mountvernon.org for more.

Evenings at the Athenaeum. At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. 7 p.m. Second Thursday of every month. visit nvfaa.org to view concert calendar and listen to upcoming Second Thursday Music artists. Visit www.nfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

The Monday Morning Birdwalk takes place weekly, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. November through March), is free, requires no reservation and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Direct questions to park staff during normal business hours at 703-768-2525.

Civil War Sundays. 1-5 p.m. at Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union St., #327. Learn more about the Civil War as it occurred in Alexandria. Find dioramas, newspaper articles and more Free. visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.

Wake Up Wednesdays featuring The Pop Up Cafe. 7-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday's near the King Street Tunnel - Carlyle Entrance located near 2000 Duke St. near Motley Fool. The cafe will feature coffee, live music to help commuters start the day off right and donuts from Sugar Shack. Email maurisapotts@gmail.com.