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Calendar: Fun Things to Do this Summer in Arlington & Alexandria
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Calendar: Fun Things to Do this Summer in Arlington & Alexandria

Online Dance Classes

Jane Franklin Dance of Arlington is hosting online dance classes via Zoom from July 6 to Aug. 15, 2020. Classes are 40 – 60 min in length. The enrollment is by donation. For class, exercise at your own pace, omit or alter portions that don’t feel quite right, and make adjustments to improve your experience. Registration is required.

Schedule of Classes:

Ballet with Brynna: Ballet Barre Monday at 1 p.m.;

Making Connections: modern dance with Jane Tuesday at 3 p.m.;

Afternoon Delight: improvisation with Kelsey Thursday at 3 p.m.;

Happy Hour Fitness: fitness and hand/ankle weights Jane Friday at 5 p.m.;

Abs with Amy: fitness exercise Saturday at 10 a.m.

Information and links to join: https://www.janefranklin.com/online-classes. Call 703-933-1111.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Camps

Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria is hosting its summer camps, but this year, camps are all virtual, live Zoom sessions, due to COVID restrictions. Camps are geared toward students interested in music, vocal training or dancing from now through Aug. 21. Mini-camps and CAMP MSA are offered for all age groups in one hour or two hour segments to help students avoid screen fatigue. Camps are themed, to include: Tropical Paradise, Dora and the Lost City, Toy Story, Frozen II, Color Me Crazy, Space is the Place, Barnyard Palooza, Bugs Life, Mary Poppins, Neverland, Olympic, Aladdin Jr., Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and the Addams Family. Camps range in cost from $40 per week to $350 per week. To sign up for a camp, go to https://metropolitanarts.org/ for more information.

The Birchmere Reopens

The Birchmere in Alexandria is reopening with limited capacity. During the public health emergency, there will be a $25 food and beverage minimum and a $5 Covid fee. There will be no bar service and no gathering in the stage or bar areas. Customers will be escorted to their seats, and those without reserved seats will be seated by staff to ensure social distancing. Masks have to be worn when leaving your seat, including when you go to the bathroom or to the store to buy merchandise.

Schedule of Birchmere shows:

Friday, July 10: Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band;

Saturday, July 11: Daryl Davis;

Friday, July 17: Skinny Wallace;

Saturday,. July 18: Jumpin’ Jupiter;

Friday, July 24: The Nighthawks;

Saturday, July 25: The Free Flowing Musical Experience;

Friday, July 31: The Roadducks.

The venue is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Visit the Birchmere’s website: http://www.birchmere.com/

Virtual ”The Decameron” at Synetic Theater

On July 10, join Synetic Theater in its first virtual production — “The Decameron,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccacio’s masterful collection of stories written in response to the Black Death of 1348. As an epidemic ravages their city, 10 young Florentines take refuge in a secluded villa, where they amuse themselves by each telling a story a day over the course of ten days—a hundred stories of romance, adventure and twists along the way. Synetic’s adaptation partners 35+ veteran company members and emerging artists from across the globe, each taking turns adapting one of the stories. This experience–told in serial format over 10 days—honors the unfolding of the source material and celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Pay-what-you-can ticket options begin at $10. Visit the website: https://synetictheater.org/