Entertainment Calendar: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

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Ongoing

Art Exhibit: “(No) Comfort Zone.” Through April 28, gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. The “(No) Comfort Zone” exhibit reflects people, places and things that are in and/or out of their comfort zone. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Photography Exhibit: "Ranch Life." Through May 5, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-8 p.m. at Multiple Exposures Gallery, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St., Studio 312. Sandy LeBrun-Evans visited Eaton's Ranch in Wyoming last year and was enamored with the lifestyle and how easy it was to forget the troubles of the world and to get lost in the past. Visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com or call 703-683-2205.

Art Exhibit: “Bugs. Or Kafka on Prozac.” Through May 5, gallery hours at The Art League, 105 North Union St., Studio 21 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Megan Partridge’s “Bugs. Or Kafka on Prozac” takes a closer look at these tiny creatures that are often overlooked. The artist imparts each arthropod with a personality as distinct as their biology, from the bedraggled bug aptly named Hangover Cricket to the speeding blur in Super Bee. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit www.theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780.

Juried Show: "East Meets West." Through May 19, gallery hours at Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 29, 105 North Union St. Ikat weaving, Batik, Sashiko embroidery, Shibori dyeing, hand stamping, and other Eastern techniques and clothing styles are integrated with Western designs and techniques. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work will also be exhibited. Free admission. Call 703-548-0935 or visit www.Potomacfiberartsgallery.com for more.

Kathryn Coneway Exhibit. Through May 31, at Huntley Meadows Visitor’s Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Coneway’s mixed-media art combines collage and photographic transfers, and it expresses her observations of nature. She uses mulberry paper to create a ground of color and texture. A reception will be held Sunday, March 10 from 2-4 p.m. Students from Kathryn Coneway's winter class at Huntley Meadows will also display work. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows.

April 20-28

Architecture Week. Enjoy exclusive tours of recently completed buildings, participate in sketching and virtual reality workshops, visit an architecture school, see an exhibit of award-winning buildings designed by local architects, tour architecturally significant historic churches with expert architects, and build a ‘Scrap City’ or participate in an architectural scavenger hunt. Visit www.aianova.org for more.

April 20-July

Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists highlights the work of African American men and women who have made important contributions to the growth and productivity of the City of Alexandria. Call 703-746-4356 for more.

Wednesday/April 24

Denim Day. The City’s Sexual Assault Center (SAC) is sponsoring displays, exhibits, workshops and events around the community to raise awareness of sexual assault and support survivors. The SAC invites the community to show their support for survivors of sexual assault by wearing jeans on Denim Day. For more information and a full list of events and activities, visit alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.

Friday/April 26

Family Splash Night. 6-9 p.m. At Chinquapin Park Rec Center and Aquatics Facility, 3210 King St., Alexandria. Featuring John Adams and Patrick Henry Schools schools. Enjoy swimming, a floating obstacle course, games, relays, refreshments, music, diving for prizes and more. Different schools are featured at each event but all are welcome. Admission is $4 per person upon entry. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Recreation for more.

Play: “Yet I Stand.” 7 p.m., at the Lee Center, Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. The City’s Sexual Assault Center (SAC) is sponsoring displays, exhibits, workshops and events around the community to raise awareness of sexual assault and support survivors. “Yet I Stand,” is a presented in partnership with Friends of Guest House, the City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program, and SAC. For more information and a full list of events and activities, visit alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.

Saturday/April 27

Garden Day Craft Sale. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Stop by historic Carlyle House during Alexandria Garden Day to tour the museum and purchase crafts by local artisans. Visit www.carlylehouse.org or call 703-549-2997.

Project Discovery Walkathon. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. At Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Come join the fun at the 23rd annual Project Discovery Walkathon. Based at T.C. Williams High School and the Minnie Howard 9th Grade Center, Project Discovery prepares and motivates low-income and first generation college-eligible students to access opportunities in higher education. This Walkathon is the spring fundraiser and all proceeds go to the program. Free. Visit alexandriava.gov/ProjectDiscovery.

Native Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot at 1701 N. Quaker Lane. Plant sale hosts 10 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.

Watercolor Workshop – Color Theory. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (16-Adult) Understanding color is essential to creat­ing work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of exercises lead by artist Dawn Flores, learn to understand tints, shades and tones, the color wheel, complemen­tary colors, warm and cool colors and color schemes. Make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. $93/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code F91.8B8F or call 703-642-5173.

Hamilton’s BFF & Frenemies Specialty Tour. 10-11 a.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St. Inspired by the musical Hamilton, hear about Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr, who all came to the tavern, and delve into the issues they faced and how their choices impacted local citizens. This specialty tour is offered every Saturday in April. $15 per person, $12 for museum members. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/shop for tickets.

Becoming American. 10 a.m.-noon Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the sessions is moderated followed by discussion after the viewing. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, high school students may attend with an adult. Free, pre-registration is required at shop.alexandriava.gov.

Community Pet Fair. 10 a.m.-noon in front of the Ruby Tucker Family Center at 322 Tancil Court. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) will hold a free Pet Care Fair, offering rabies and other vaccinations and other services at no cost for pets in Alexandria’s underserved communities. Residents can also take advantage of basic grooming and nail trims, pet food, behavioral advice and more. Dogs must be on leash, and cats must be transported in carriers. Visit alexandriaanimals.org for more.

Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. The City of Alexandria will host the 26th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration. This family-friendly event includes the ninth annual Upcycling Showcase, where students from Alexandria City Public Schools will present unique fashion items and other upcycling creations based on the event theme, “Climate Change – Take Action.” Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visit alexandriava.gov/EarthDay or call 703-746-5592.

Bus Tour: “From Slavery to Freedom.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This special bus tour begins at Mount Vernon with an exclusive viewing of Mount Vernon’s Lives Bound Together exhibition, on slavery at George Washington’s plantation. Afterward, visitors will walk to Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery for a site talk by archeologists, followed by a lunchtime lecture (box lunch provided). Guests will board a bus to Alexandria and visit Freedom House Museum, then on to Alexandria’s Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial. The tour will conclude at Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. The tour will go rain or shine and has extended periods of walking over uneven terrain. $40. Get tickets at shop.alexandriava.gov/.

Celebrate Historic Garden Week. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Five of Old Town Alexandria's finest private homes and gardens will open to the public, as part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation. This walking tour features private townhomes and secluded gardens located along the tree lined streets of Alexandria’s historic district, refreshments and a marketplace at the Athenaeum, and is just steps away from Old Town’s fine dining and boutique shopping. $45 in advance at www.vagardenweek.org or at the Alexandria Visitor Center at Ramsay House (221 King St.). On the date of the tour, $55 at the Athenaeum (201 Prince St.) and at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (323 South Fairfax St.). Tickets will not be sold at individual tour homes.

Spring Open House. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at EMMAvet Veterinary Urgent Care, 1628A Belle View Blvd. EMMAvet and the Belle View Shopping Center welcome the community to their Spring Open House for a clinic tour, raffle prizes, food from Primo, and exclusive deals from many of Belle View Shopping Center neighbors. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. Free. Call 703-373-3774 or visit emmavet.com for more.

Spring Benefit Concert: "Kindred Spirits." 3 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Celebrate connections, including friendship, kinship, sisterhood, and even frenemies. This event will feature Sopranessence's arrangements of music from popular operas & operettas such as Hansel and Gretel, The Mikado and Mozart’s Cosí fan Tutte; audience-favorite musicals like Miss Saigon, Cinderella, Wicked, and more. Proceeds support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Through Friday, April 26: $20; $10, ages 12 & under. All tickets $25 at the door. Visit ourconvergence.org for more.

Live Music: Cleve Francis. 7:30-10:15 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. A blend of many musical styles, from country, to blues and jazz. Enjoy Cleve Francis for an evening of musical storytelling. $35. Call 703-549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.

Sunday/April 28

Britain on the Green. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton. The 22nd Britain on the Green show will feature two hundred British cars and motorcycles, music, food trucks, youth activities, and admission to Gunston Hall and grounds. $10 adult; $5 children 6-18. Visit www.capitaltriumphregister.com/bog/ or call 703-522-6571.

Love Your Pet Day Block Party. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Local businesses will host a block party on Roth & Colvin streets in the West End with proceeds benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The kick-off will be held mid-way along Colvin Street at 11am, hosted by Dr. Katy Nelson. Children and leashed pets welcomed. Free admission. Visit www.alexandrialoveyourpetday.com.

Spring Ballet: Coppelia. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Metropolitan School of the Arts, 5775 Barclay Ave., Alexandria. Coppelia is a charming, humorous ballet of infatuation, deception, and finally a love that prevails. Dance along with Swanhilda and Franz as they find their way to love and “happily ever after.” $12. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more.

April 29-May 26

The “Weekends” Kiln Club Show. Gallery hours at Scope Gallery, 105 North Union St., ground floor Studio 19 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artisan creations are as unique as that match made in heaven, ideal as an anniversary gift, engagement congratulations or to commemorate the hoopla of getting hitched. Capture a moment in clay, recall a scene with ceramics and upgrade important goings-on with Scope Gallery. Call 703-548-6288 or visit www.scopegallery.org for more.

Tuesday/April 30

Rare 1792 Gold Coin on Display. In the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. On the 230th anniversary of George Washington’s first inauguration, visitors will have the opportunity to view the 1792 Washington President gold eagle pattern coin, the earliest gold pattern proposed for U.S. coinage and the only gold coin with this design. This unique piece, on loan indefinitely from a private owner, will remain on view as part of Mount Vernon’s educational experience for its more than 1 million annual visitors. Visit mountvernon.org/1792coin.

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.

Thursday-Saturday/May 2-4

Sailing on String. Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Arts on the Horizon produces original work exclusively for children ages 0-6 and their families. Follow two curious explorers on a voyage into a world made of string. This gentle, engaging performance features object transformation, movement, live string music, and captivating design. Best for children ages 0-2 and their families. Sign interpreted performance May 11, 10 a.m. $7. Visit www.ArtsOnTheHorizon.org or call 571-549-1270.

Friday/May 3

UCM Give From the Heart Gala. 6 p.m. at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road. Hosted by The Friends of UCM, the 2019 Gala is also part of UCM’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. The theme for the yearlong celebration is "50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors." Honorary Co-Chairs are U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mrs. Addy Krizek, both former UCM Board members. $200. RSVP at www.ucmagency.org.

Fostering the Future Gala 2019. 7 p.m. at Hummingbird, 220 South Union St. The Fund for Alexandria’s Child hosts its Annual Fostering the Future Event — Captain’s Night. This annual fundraiser supports the work of The Fund in providing life enriching opportunities for children in foster care and those at risk of abuse and neglect. Join for an evening of live/silent auction items, an oyster bar, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing. Nautical or cocktail attire. $100. Visit www.FFAC2019.givesmart.com for tickets.

May 3-11

Old Town Cocktail Week. Take part in Alexandria’s growing craft scene and enjoy specialty cocktails at restaurants and attend more than 20 events at boutiques, historic sites, restaurants and more. Old Town Cocktail Week is presented by Old Town Business with support from the King Street Corridor Initiative. Old Town Cocktail Week kicks off with Art on the Rocks on May 3, presented by The Art League at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and culminates with a Meet the Makers Virginia Spirits Tasting Event on May 11 at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Admission varies depending on the event; visit OldTownCocktailWeek.com for details.

May 3-June 2

Art Exhibit: "Sacred Feminine." Gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. This show explores female energy, the power of life and birth; it connects that energy to ideas, expressions, dreams, life and all of existence. Tap in to your Sacred Feminine and channel the goddess. An opening reception takes place Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Visit DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits.

Saturday/May 4

Ribbon Roses Workshop. 10 a.m.-noon at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Roses made of ribbons make beautiful and enduring gifts. Hear snippets of ribbon history while crafting a ribbon rose. Supplies included and refreshments served. Class meets at the Historic House. $28/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code AC9.3578 or call 703-642-5173.

Pillars to Pavers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy. $35. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Grand Opening. Noon-6 p.m. at School of Rock Alexandria, 3260 Duke St. Family fun and kid friendly event. Discounts on programs and camps. Regional School of Rock House bands will be performing live. Ribbon cutting and guitar smashing ceremony. Free trial lessons. Raffle. Food and fun. Free. Call 571-376-ROCK or visit Alexandria.schoolofrock.com.

New Musical Reading: Ponzi. 2 p.m. at Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. A first reading of the new musical Ponzi, with music and lyrics by Lois Cecsarini. Weary of war and want, people were anxious to believe their fortunes would soon change for the better. Enter one Charles Ponzi, with his signature smile and cock-sure confidence, ready to take anyone’s hard-earned money and turn it into gold. No tickets required; free will donation.

Sunday/May 5

Spring Ballet: Coppelia. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Metropolitan School of the Arts, 5775 Barclay Ave., Alexandria. Coppelia is a charming, humorous ballet of infatuation, deception, and finally a love that prevails. Dance along with Swanhilda and Franz as they find their way to love and “happily ever after.” $12. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more.

Monday/May 6

Mouse in the House. 10-11 a.m. at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St. Adapted from the book “The Mouse of Amherst” by Elizabeth Spires, Mouse in House reveals an unlikely friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. Free. Call 703-933-1111 or visit www.janefranklin.com/mouse-show.

Garden Sprouts Spring-Nature Playgroup. 10-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (3-5 yrs.) Preschoolers enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles while parents chat. Explore monthly topics with games, songs, activities and a garden walk. The May topic is worms. $8/child. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code EDA.9A9B or call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday-Saturday/May 7-11

Sailing on String. Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Arts on the Horizon produces original work exclusively for children ages 0-6 and their families. Follow two curious explorers on a voyage into a world made of string. This gentle, engaging performance features object transformation, movement, live string music, and captivating design. Best for children ages 0-2 and their families. Sign interpreted performance May 11, 10 a.m. $7. Visit www.ArtsOnTheHorizon.org or call 571-549-1270.

Thursday/May 9

Garden Tour & Tea. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adult) Tour the lush demonstration gardens with master gardener docents. View show-stopping plants of spring and learn how to grow them. Hear about Green Spring's past and how horticultural and historical resources are shared with visitors today. $32. Call 703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

Archaeology After Dark: Fort Delaware and the Alexandria VCP. 6:30 p.m. at The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. Lab Manager Kevin Bradley introduces the Alexandria Veterans Curation Program (VCP) and its unique mission to serve military veterans and rehabilitate at-risk United States Army Corps of Engineers archaeological collections. He will highlight the program’s preservation efforts of the Fort Delaware Civil War prison camp collection. $12/person; $10 FOAA/OHA members. Visit www.foaa.info/events.

Audubon at Home. 7:30-9 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society presents Audubon at Home. For membership and other information, visit vnps.org/potowmack/.

Friday/May 10

Garden Talk-Purple Plants to Punch up the Garden. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Punch up a garden with purple. Whether a warm or cool color garden, purple makes a great accent. Extension Master Gardeners show how to incorporate this color into a garden all year round with flowers, foliage, and fruits. $10/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 9E2.831B or call 703-642-5173.

Saturday/May 11

WPHS Car Show. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road. Open to all vehicle makes, models, years. People's Choice awards for favorite overall, engine, and "Diamond in the Rough." Free admission for spectators; show participants, $20. Music, raffle, concessions, event t-shirt available. The is the largest fundraiser held for WPHS PTSA All Night Grad Celebration. Sponsors for the event are also needed.​ Visit www.angcWestPotomac.com for more.

Build a Rain Barrel Workshop. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Rain barrels collect rain water and reduce erosion from a downspout and help save money on water bills. Attach a hose and use it to water plants and flower beds. $55. Registration is required, register online prior to the workshop at nvswcd-velocitypayment-com.3dcartstores.com/Rain-Barrels_c_8.html.

Watercolor on Canvas. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Learn to paint with watercolor on canvas with the help of artist Marni Maree. The process for this medium is very different from paper and quite fun. Experience painting more “subtractively,” by put­ting paint on the canvas then moving and removing the color to create the subject. Bring photo references of what you want to paint. $93/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 2A7.9143 or call 703-642-5173.

Paint-A-Pot Workshop. 10-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (16-Adult) Get crafty at Green Spring Gardens wit some fun, flavored teas for you to sip while decorating a clay flower pot with paint and decoupage. Green Spring staff will provide the supplies and know-how, participants provide the creativity. $38/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 624.F5D9 or call 703-642-5173.

Plants & Design-Season-Long Beauty. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) May is a great time to plan for season-long beauty in the garden. Get to know great plant combinations for home, wildlife, and pollinator gardens, including easy-to-grow edibles and showy perennials. Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol will demonstrate how to divide plants and discuss how to best care for new plantings and divisions. $18/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code B82.5679 or call 703-642-5173.

Becoming American. 10 a.m.-noon Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the sessions is moderated followed by discussion after the viewing. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, high school students may attend with an adult. Free, pre-registration is required at shop.alexandriava.gov.

Pillars to Pavers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy. $35. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Container Gardening for Food, Fun and Beauty. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Road. Learn to grow edible and ornamental plants in containers on a porch, deck, balcony or patio. This workshop will cover soil, containers, maintenance and selection of suitable plants. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

The Alexandria Kinderchoir Performance. Noon at the La Bella Strada Festival, 100 E. Windsor Ave. The Alexandria Kinderchoir, founded in 2015 as The Del Ray Kinderchoir, is Alexandria’s only children’s community choir, with choristers now heralding from across the city. The non-profit is celebrating its growth with a name change, coinciding with a move to Convergence for its larger rehearsal and performance space. Visit www.alexandriakinderchoir.org for more.

Family Fun-Mothers in Nature. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (5-Adult) Learn all about mothers and babies in the natural world. Butterflies, frogs, and even flowers have amazing life cycles. Take home a flower and its baby (a seed) and watch the life cycle unfold. $8/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code DDC.2F8D or call 703-642-5173.

Sunday/May 12

Mother’s Day Tea. 1-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Chef and food historian Nora Burgan highlights culinary traditions associated with mothers and Mother’s Day. Enjoy cooking demonstrations for chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake – just like Mom used to make. A special afternoon tea menu tops off the festivities. Favor bag included with tea. Programs are by reservation only. Call 703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.

$48 (program + tea); $18 (program only).

Monday-Sunday/May 13-19

National Public Gardens Week. Come by Green Spring Gardens and celebrate National Public Gardens Week with tours, displays, programs and annual Spring Garden Day plant sale highlighting some of the interesting and exciting plant and history projects that Green Spring has to enjoy. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring or call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday/May 14

Simpson Garden Stroll. 10-11 a.m. at Simpson Park Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St. Join in the first stroll of the year at Simpson Gardens. Tour the gardens’ demonstration beds that feature waterwise gardening, scented plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants that prefer shade, and plants that illustrate the use of structure and texture. Extension Master Gardeners will be in the garden to answer questions on sustainable gardening practices. Free. Call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Tuesday-Saturday/May 14-18

Sailing on String. Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane. Arts on the Horizon produces original work exclusively for children ages 0-6 and their families. Follow two curious explorers on a voyage into a world made of string. This gentle, engaging performance features object transformation, movement, live string music, and captivating design. Best for children ages 0-2 and their families. $7. Visit www.ArtsOnTheHorizon.org or call 571-549-1270.

Saturday/May 18

Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Flea market will take place the third Saturday of every month (through September). Refreshments available for sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.

Green Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) and the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will be joining over 40 vendors selling plants at Green Spring Gardens. There will be a bake sale and food trucks. This event is hosted by Friends of Greens Spring Gardens (FROGS) and proceeds help purchase plants for the gardens and support educational efforts at Green Spring. Free. Visit www.friendsofgreenspring.org/programs-a-events/spring-garden-day-2019 or call FROGS at 703-642-5173.

Becoming American. 10 a.m.-noon Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Carefully curated, Becoming American is a selection of documentaries representing a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and present. Each of the sessions is moderated followed by discussion after the viewing. Light refreshments will be available. This program is designed for adults, high school students may attend with an adult. Free, pre-registration is required at shop.alexandriava.gov.

Pillars to Pavers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy. $35. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

The Alexandria Kinderchoir Spring Concert. 3:30 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. The Alexandria Kinderchoir, founded in 2015 as The Del Ray Kinderchoir, is Alexandria’s only children’s community choir, with choristers now heralding from across the city. The non-profit is celebrating its growth with a name change, coinciding with a move to Convergence for its larger rehearsal and performance space. Visit www.alexandriakinderchoir.org for more.

Saturday/May 25

Pillars to Pavers. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy. $35. Call 703-548-1789 or visit www.leefendallhouse.org.

Saturday/June 8

Floral Design – Contemporary Pave Arrangement. 1-2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (16-Adult) Certified Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway shares techniques for constructing and balancing a beautiful, contemporary, pavé floral arrangement of grouped flowers. Pavé design groups flowers in a grid, like a paver, for a gorgeous, modern effect. Make and arrangement to enjoy at home. Later, reuse the container to practice. Materials provided for $30 supply fee. Program fee is $39/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code 9C6.A2DC or call 703-642-5173.

Thursday/June 13

Archaeology After Dark: Cartography of a Port City. 6:30 p.m. at The Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. City of Alexandria Archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik presents a new take on the history of the city as told through 15 seldom-seen maps. Alexandria history is combined with the history of cartography to show the many ways people, including City Archaeologists, make and use maps. $12/person; $10 FOAA/OHA members. Visit www.foaa.info/events.

Saturday/June 15

Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Flea market will take place the third Saturday of every month (through September). Refreshments available for sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.

Saturday/June 22

Watercolor Workshop – Still Life. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. (Adults) Whether a beginner or an experi­enced painter, learn to paint still life in watercolor with the help of artist Dawn Flores. Gain skills in building form, developing color harmony and paint­ing flowers, water, shadows, and backgrounds. Bring objects to make simple compositions, or challenge yourself with crystal and silver. $93/person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ using code A4E.5C49 or call 703-642-5173.

Saturday/July 20

Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Flea market will take place the third Saturday of every month (through September). Refreshments available for sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.

Saturday/Aug. 17

Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Flea market will take place the third Saturday of every month (through September). Refreshments available for sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.

Saturday/Sept. 21

Mount Vernon Flea Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8717 Fort Hunt Road. Flea market will take place the third Saturday of every month (through September). Refreshments available for sale. Admission is free. Visit mountvernonfleamarket.wordpress.com for more info.

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.

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