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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

”Repetitions.” Now thru Feb. 9. At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 29, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Repeated patterns, repeated themes, repeated textures and repeated colors all lead to interesting and exciting pieces. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work will also be exhibited. Visit the website: www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com

“The King’s Shadow.” Now thru April 19. 8 p.m. At The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. In this season, Shakespeare’s Histories: “The King’s Shadow” runs January 2nd - April 19th, 2020; “Richard the Second” runs January 2 - April 18, 2020; “Henry the Fourth, Part 1” runs January 30 - April 18, 2020; “Henry the Fourth, Part 2” runs February 13 - April 19, 2020; and “Henry the Fifth” runs March 12 - April 19, 2020. These plays follow the troubled passing of the English crown from the philosopher King Richard II, to the conqueror King Henry IV, to his rogue son, Prince Hal. With his father’s deeds looming over him, Hal indulges in a reckless adolescence that tarnishes his reputation. But when the time comes to rule, Hal must take control of how history will remember him, unite his country, and become the legendary King Henry V. Tickets are $35. Contact boxoffice@bravespiritstheatre.com or www.bravespiritstheatre.com.

Now thru Dec. 9

Life Drawing Sessions. At Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop in for the session and bring your supplies to draw or paint the live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/life-drawing

Feb. 29

Winter Pruning for Woody Plants. 10 - 11:30 a.m. At American Horticultural Society River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria. Winter is the best time to prune many trees and shrubs. Come for hands-on training on the how, when, and why to prune hedges, multi-stem shrubs, small trees, and large branches. The results will be healthier and fuller growth, better flowers and fruit, and attractive landscaping. Bring your own tools, and remember to dress for the weather! Entire class is held outdoors. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration required by Feb. 26, at mgnv.org. Space is limited and we cannot accept walk-ins. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday/Jan. 30

Chamber Reception. 6-9 p.m. At National Industries for the Blind, 3000 Potomac Avenue, Alexandria. Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chairman's Reception presented by United States Senate Federal Credit Union. They'll be highlighting what's on the horizon for Alexandria as we enter the 2020s. The event will feature food, music, drinks and a live auction.

Friday/Jan. 31

Travel Tech. 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. At Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Before you explore the world, see what website and travel apps are available to help you plan your next trip. In the class we will examine free apps and websites that can be used to plan your trip and offer assistance during your stay away. Please feel free to bring your device to follow along. Registration is preferred.

Jan.31 to Feb. 1

Tasting Room Colossal IX Release Party. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 12-10 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 12-11 p.m. At Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria. To toast to nine years of brewing, Port City Brewing Company will release COLOSSAL IX, a German-Style Weizenbock and host a two-day Release and Anniversary Party.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Shoreline Trash Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At Belle Haven Park, South Parking Lot, GW Memorial Parkway, Alexandria (22307). Join the Friends of Dyke Marsh for a Potomac River shoreline cleanup. Wear warm clothes, sturdy shoes and bring water. Probably not good for children under age 8. No pets, please. Call Glenda Booth at 703-765-5233 or visit the website www.fodm.org.

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

Storytime with Young Historians. 11 a.m. At The Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria. Bring your children to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce history and promote diversity. The Museum Educator will be reading The Undefeated written by author Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. All ages are welcome, but most suitable for children 3-6 years old. Admission is $3 per person. Tickets are available online at alexandriava.gov/shop. Call 703-746-4356 or visit alexandriava.gov/blackhistory.

Multi-Level Remodeled Home Tour. 12-4 p.m. At 6837 Corder Lane, Lorton. Learn how your neighbors are modifying their homes for a better quality of life. Bring family and friends together in a way that fits your lifestyle. Create open, private, and specialized spaces for all to visit comfortably. Presented by Sun Design, an Architectural Design-Build firm. Call 703-425-5588 or visit www.SunDesignInc.com.

Hose Carriage Send-Off. 12:30-2 p.m. At Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria. The Friendship Fire Company purchased an ornate hose reel carriage in 1858. Now, thanks to the support of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, community donors, and its win as the No. 1 Virginia Endangered Artifact of 2019, Historic Alexandria is sending the hose carriage off for much-needed conservation. Come and wish the hose carriage Bon Voyage. Visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net.; or contact the museum by calling 703-746-3891.

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange. 12:30-4:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 15th annual seed exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, a face-to-face seed swap, and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends, and expert planting advice. Verified Friends of Green Spring members $15 (code C1E.4043), other guests $20 (code C1E.5B00). Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike. 5-6:30 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a winter wetland tour after dark. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. Cost is $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

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

FHLL Field of Dreams Gala. 7 p.m. At Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. Join Fort Hunt Little League at the Field of Dreams Fundraiser and Gala. Proceeds will benefit FHLL fields and training programs. Cost is $100. Visit the website: forthuntlittleleague.org

Sunday, Feb. 2

Winter Lecture: Building a Piet Oudolf Meadow. 1:30-2:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) Join horticulturist Gregg Tepper as he shares the engaging tale of building a Piet Oudolf designed Meadow Garden. With every great project and large planting there is a story, and Gregg shares the background, the details and all the behind-the-scenes magic that made this garden a reality. $10 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code D7A.7D99) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

The President’s Own Marine Band. 2 p.m. At Schlesinger Concert Hall at NOVA, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria. The U.S. Marine Band presents “Traditions.” For 222 years, the U.S. Marine Band has brought the finest music to the American people, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the President of the United States. As the nation’s oldest continually active professional musical organization, “The President’s Own” has become an important symbol of our country’s living history. In honor of that storied heritage, this traditional program offers Sousa marches, stunning overtures, virtuosic solos, and two of the most important works composed for band: Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy and Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat.

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour. 2-: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 703-599-4010 or suej020924@gmail.com.

Tuesday/Feb. 4

Seeds: Selecting and Starting. 7 – 8:30 p.m. At Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria. Jumpstart your vegetable garden. Get the scoop on seed selection – hybrid vs. heirloom, which seeds to start indoors and what’s required to get them growing. Learn how to make your own starter pots, create simple lighting systems, and practice winter sowing by starting seeds outdoors in milk-jug greenhouses. Germination is complex, but seed starting is reassuringly simple. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday/Feb. 6

Decluttering Workshop. 1-3 p.m. At Charles Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. At Home in Alexandria is sponsoring a Decluttering and Downsizing Workshop featuring experts who will guide you on getting started or getting help in this process. Pre-registration is required. Free. Visit the website www.athomeinalexandria.org

Friday/Feb. 7
Opening Reception. 7-9 p.m. At Del Ray Artisans Gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Opening reception for the “Kondo vs. Chaos” art exhibit (Feb. 7 – March 1), which explores ways artists visualize the world and their preference for order, disarray, or a balance of both. Meet the artists. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6 p.m., Fridays 12-9 p.m., Saturdays 12-9 p.m., and Sundays 12-6 p.m. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible. Visit www.delrayartisans.org/event/kondo-vs-chaos/

Yale Whiffenpoofs. 7:30 p.m. At George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. The Alexandria Harmonizers present the Yale Whiffenpoofs. The group, now with women, is the world's oldest collegiate a cappella ensemble and celebrated for its excellence. The award-winning Harmonizer chorus, now in its 72nd year, will also perform. Cost is $30. Visit the website: www.harmonizers.org

Feb. 7 to March 28
Student Art Exhibit. At the Gallery at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. The Alexandria All City High School Art Exhibition hosted by the Convergence Arts Initiative returns Feb. 7 – March 28 for its fifth year. 2020’s experience will feature 90 Alexandria high school students representing six high schools including public, private, and independent spanning over 10 different mediums of art. Returning for 2020’s collaborative event are students from Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, T.C. Williams, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Commonwealth Academy, and The Howard Gardner School. Artists Reception: Friday, Feb. 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday/Feb. 8

Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Westin Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria. Deemed in the region as the “Super Bowl of Shopping Event,” the winter deals event will take place at the Westin Hotel located in the Carlyle District of Old Town Alexandria. The fun, yet casual, free to enter event will include a variety of new boutiques and retailers not only located in Alexandria, but throughout the Metro region. Deal seekers will find the very best from Alexandria’s and the regions finest retailers and indie brands with various brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings and more up to 80% off retail prices.

Speaker Joan Mullholland. 10:30 a.m. At Sherwood Regional Library 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Joan Mullholland, American Civil Rights activist and a Freedom Rider, with video documentary. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon AAUW. Contact Patsy Quick, Mt. Vernon AAUW President, at pnquick@cox.net.

The Rape of Recy Taylor. 11 a.m. at Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, Alexandria. The Alexandria Black History Museum will be hosting a screening of the documentary film, The Rape of Recy Taylor, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A at Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum. Cost is $10, reservations required at alexandriava.gov/shop. Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old Black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Sexual violence like this happened commonly in the Jim Crow South and few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor: She bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. Visit: therapeofrecytaylor.com.

Happy 300th Birthday John Carlyle. 12-4 p.m. At Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Help wish a happy 300th birthday to Alexandria town founder, Col. John Carlyle. Festivities will include 18th-century dancing, live music, and a birthday treat! Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Art Show Reception. 1-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Dawn Flores, mixed media (at the Horticulture Center) and Katherine Ko, oil paintings (at the Historic House). Horticulture Center Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday noon-4:30 p.m. Historic House Hours: Wednesday-Sunday noon-4:30 p.m. Free admission. The art show runs 02/04 through 03/29.

Sunday/Feb. 9

Materials Exploration Day. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At Upcycle Creative Reuse Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria. Children ages 2-6 and their families are invited to join in a special Exploration Day at the Durant Center to celebrate Arts on the Horizon's touring production, “Drumming with Dishes.” Join in a morning filled with tactile and sensory-based activities, creative play, and visual art. Visit the Creation Station to build your own skyscraper or flower, make your rhythm shakers at our Craft Station, and stop by our Creative Play Station to cook up a three-course meal. They are also be offering three mini-workshops with songs, stories, and creative movement at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5. Visit the website https://www.upcyclecrc.org/kids-workshops.html

Black History Performance. 3-5 p.m. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. The poetry and works Langston Hughes, one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance movement, performed by Charles Williams, celebrated vocalist, through song and verse. Cost is $25. Visit the website: www.mvuc.org

Super Moon Hike. 7:45-9:15 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Experience the bright super moon rising in the sky as you take an evening boardwalk stroll at Huntley Meadows Park. On the night of a super moon, the moon will be at its closest approach to Earth and the full moon often appears to be larger than usual. This program is designed for participants age 6 to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Tuesday/Feb. 11

Local Authors Lecture. 7-8:30 p.m. At Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington, Alexandria. Cost is $10 per person. The series begins with a lecture featuring Donald Wilson, author of the historical novel Cluverius v. The Commonwealth. Drawing on true historical events, Donald Wilson brings to life the men and women who found themselves at the center of a murder trial that gripped Virginia in the late 19th century. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Mr. Wilson has lived or worked in Alexandria, VA his entire life.

Thursday/Feb. 13

How to Build Inexpensive Grow Lights. 7 – 8:30 p.m. At the Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Give your plants a healthy start with grow lights to ensure your seedlings get great light indoors, even when it’s freezing outside. Grow unusual and hard-to-find varieties of vegetables not offered at local garden centers, or farm nutritious microgreens indoors. Learn the pros and cons of light systems and options for creating your own. Instructions and material lists provided are to help you jumpstart your garden. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Feb. 13 to March 15

Architecture in Fiber. At Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Studio 29, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. Here, in Alexandria, we are surrounded by beautiful and exciting buildings, bridges, parks, and monuments. Both our local and worldwide architecture serve as inspiration for the pieces in this show. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work will also be exhibited. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and weekends, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

Friday/Feb. 14

My Queer Valentine Reception. 7-10 p.m. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria. My Queer Valentine explores love and relationships through non-heteronormative and non-binary artists’ perspectives. The themes and subjects of artwork in this exhibition explore relationships through the artists’ view on love. To celebrate this exhibition, Target Gallery will be hosting a special reception and event in partnership with local LGBTQ+ organizations on Valentine’s Day. The juror for this exhibition was Andy Johnson, independent curator and gallery director of Gallery 102 at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design and George Washington University. The exhibition runs from Saturday, January 25 thru Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Eco-Savvy Symposium: Four Season Garden. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (Adults) Discover ways to expand the beauty in your garden at the 16th annual EcoSavvy Symposium: The Four Season Garden—Sensational Ornamentals and Edibles All Year Long. Author and garden columnist Marianne Willburn and Smithsonian Gardens Horticulture Collections Manager Cindy Brown share insights into selecting plants for all-season color, architectural interest, and extended harvests from your edible garden. $58 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code 986.13C6) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Wilderness Survival. 2 to 4 p.m. At Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Learn basic wilderness survival skills, cook a meal over a campfire or study the art of fire-building in outdoor programs in county parks. In this program, learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent for shelter. Cost is $9 per person. Call 703-768-2525 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

Performance: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. Featuring the String Serenade with James Ross, Music Director; Berta Rojas, guitarist. They will perform Mozart: Serenade No. 6 “Serenata Notturna;” Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto in D Major; Andante Moderato from String Quartet in G Major (arr. by James Ross); and Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Cost is $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

Sunday/Feb. 16

Performance: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m. at George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Featuring the String Serenade with James Ross, Music Director; Berta Rojas, guitarist. They will perform Mozart: Serenade No. 6 “Serenata Notturna;” Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto in D Major; Andante Moderato from String Quartet in G Major (arr. by James Ross); and Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Cost is $20-$85 adults, $5 youth, $10 students. Visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

2020 MV Dems Mardi Gras. 6 to 9:30 p.m. At Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria. The Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee (MVDDC) is excited to host its 12th annual Mardi Gras & Straw Poll. Cast your vote in NOVA’s first Straw Poll of 2020 and stay for dancing, music, food, and libations. Choose your next President on Presidents’ Day Weekend. They will also have a silent auction including items such as a private lunch and tour of the Capitol with Master of Ceremonies, Rep. Don Beyer. Tickets are $55 each until Feb. 14 and $65 each at the door – limited quantity.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Citizen Science for Gardeners and Nature Lovers. 10-11 a.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria.  (16-Adult) Explore the concept of data gathering. Gardeners, naturalists and entomologists are recording the world around them through web-based social media applications. Bird migration, butterfly numbers, invasive plant spread, and insect populations are just some examples of data collected by an ecologist and citizen-scientist cyber community. Karen Rexrode will introduce you to some applications that will interest you as a gardener and a nature lover. $18 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code C4C.7A2A) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Floral Design Workshop: Heart’s Desire. 1:30-3 p.m. At Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. (16-Adult) In the month of February, we celebrate love in all its splendid forms. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway walks you through a floral project that you are sure to love. Keep this arrangement for yourself or give it to someone you care about. $39 per person (plus a $30 supply fee). Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (code 70D.892E) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Sunday/March 1

Clarinet Quintet Concert. 3-4 p.m. At Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Come enjoy a variety of musical styles performed by

a group of five clarinets, returning after a well-attended performance at Sherwood in June. The players are all former members of Washington, D.C. military bands (including one of the librarians). Free. Email: Jeff Snavely - Sherwood Regional Library at jeffrey.snavely@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Saturday/March 7

Performance Art. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, NVCC Campus, 4915 E Campus Dr, Alexandria. The Alexandria Choral Society has partnered with visual artists from the greater Alexandria and Washington D.C. region who will showcase their art during the concert, and then auction it off as part of the 50th anniversary gala immediately following. Plus, Dr. Ben Hutchens and the Alexandria Kinderchoir will join in as special guests as they present a world premiere of a new choral work by acclaimed composer Christopher Hoh.

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

March 20 to April 4
”By the Seashore.” Wednesdays thru Saturdays, 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. At the Convergence Main Building, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. “By the Seashore” takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit -- the beach! Young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky; from birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between. Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets are $8. Discounts for groups and active duty military families are available. Purchase tickets here: http://www.artsonthehorizon.org/by-the-seashore-2020 or call 571-549-1270.

Saturday/March 21

Speaker Solveig Eggerz. 10 a.m. At Sherwood Regional Library 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Annual Meeting Speaker: Solveig Eggerz, Author. Sponsored by the mount Vernon AAUW. Contact Patsy Quick, Mt. Vernon AAUW President, at pnquick@cox.net.

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

A Tour of Italy. 7:30-10:30 p.m. At George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. With its rich history of operas, overtures, and

symphonies, perhaps no country is better known for its classical music than Italy. For the eighth annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction, SONOVA takes you on a Tour of Italy. Maestro Dokken will be joined by Italian Guest Conductor Matteo Parmegianni to lead both the Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia Chorale. Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328185 to buy tickets. Refreshments are included in the price of tickets. Cost is $45 for Adults, $40 for children and seniors.

Saturday/April 18

32nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, 2001 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek. The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a catalyst for progress that ignites people’s interest and passion for the environment and community action. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders and generates momentum for change.The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has grown from a small shoreline cleanup at Piscataway National Park to a watershed wide network. What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. If you can't make this date or location check out PotomacCleanup.org to find another cleanup near you.

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.