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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

Pixabay photo by Giani Pralea

Alexandria, VA – It’s not winter on the calendar yet, but the season’s cold temperatures are here. If you want to brave them to relieve the boredom of staying inside your house, there are plenty of great events in the next few days. Just remember to get your winter gear out of storage. Thankfully, most events are indoors this time of year. Most important though, no matter where you choose to go, have fun!

Couples Ring Making Class

Make a ring this Friday at Wear Ever Jewelry. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Nov. 15

4–7 p.m. ($195 for two)

Wear Ever Jewelry

1112 King Street

Have you ever wanted to make something for your significant other? Here’s the perfect opportunity for the two of you to make unique rings that will last a lifetime! And because you made them, they will forever carry a special meaning. Register HERE.

Meet the Author: Carolyn Sloan

“Welcome to Jazz” by Carolyn Sloan cover art. (Courtesy image)

Friday, Nov. 15

6:30–7:30 p.m. (FREE)

Hooray for Books!

1555 King Street

Hooray for Books! welcomes musician and author, Carolyn Sloan, for an evening of stories and jazz. Her new book – “Welcome to Jazz” – is interactive and features the sounds of 12 instruments important to the genre. The book is recommended for ages four and up. If you are unable to make the event, call 703-548-4092 to reserve a signed and personalized copy at least three days prior to the event.

They Shall Not Grow Old” Film Screening

“They Shall Not Grow Old” film poster (Courtesy image)

Saturday, Nov. 16

1:30–3:30 p.m. ($10 per person)

The Lyceum

201 S Washington Street

Director Peter Jackson’s new World War I documentary featuring restored footage. The past comes alive in this chilling film. Free popcorn and soda. Beer and wine for sale. View trailer HERE.

Torpedo Factory Anniversary Ball

Don’t miss the Anniversary Ball at The Torpedo Factory Art Center. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 16

7–10 p.m. ($75 per ticket)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union Street, Room 327

Celebrate as the building turns 100 years old and the Art Center turns 45 years old. There will be music, food, and more! For details and to buy tickets, click HERE.

St Rita School Run for Education

Sign up for the 5K to support St. Rita School. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Nov. 16

Adult 5K: 8 a.m.; Kids 1K: 8:30 a.m. (Prices vary)

U.S. Patent & Trademark office

Eisenhower Avenue, between John Carlyle Street and Elizabeth Lane

Want to run for a good cause? Sign up HERE

ASO Presents: Autumn Cello and Dvorak

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Saturday, Nov. 16–Sunday, Nov. 17

Times: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. ($20-$85 per ticket)

Saturday’s Venue

Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus

4915 E Campus Drive

Sunday’s Venue

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

Two days, one performance. Great classical music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, click HERE.  Sunday tickets SOLD OUT.

Felt Peacock Ornament Workshop with Betz White

fibre girl outside of fibre space, 1319 Prince St. (Photo by James Cullum)

Saturday, Nov. 16

10 a.m.–1 p.m. ($75 per person)

fibre space

1319 Prince Street

Make a peacock ornament with layers of felt and a few embroidery stitches. Author and designer Betz White will provide all the materials. Your creation can be a new addition to your Christmas tree! Register HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Markets

Courtesy photo

For info on the Old Town Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Old Town North Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Four Mile Run and Artisans Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

Note: The West End Farmers Market returns in May 2020.

Geek Tour: Outlandish Tour

Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum at 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria. (Photo: Lillis Photography)

Sunday, Nov. 17

11 a.m.–12 p.m. ($15 per person)

Apothecary Museum

105–107 S Fairfax Street

Learn about the importance of healers and apothecaries in the 18th century. The informative talk will focus on the medicines featured in Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” novels. Adults only, please. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Click HERE to order yours.

The United States Air Force Band Concert

The United States Air Force Band (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Nov. 17

1–2 p.m. (FREE)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

The performance will feature works for chamber orchestra, led by Maj. Jason Plosch. No tickets are required!

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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