Worth Noting

Worth Noting


<cal2>Sounds of America, the Centreville chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, has moved its meeting/practice site to the chorus room in the Liberty Middle School (6801 Union Mill Road, Centreville). The chapter meets Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Men who like to sing a cappella music in the barbershop style are needed. Men interested in visiting or becoming a member of the chapter are invited to join in an evening of music in the new location starting in January.

Do you love serving your community and are interested in supporting the GOP? The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club meets every third Thursday of the month at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in Conference Room 10. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 7 p.m. There is an interesting guest speaker featured every month, as well as lively political discussion and planning of community projects throughout the year. Become involved! Call Jeanine Lawson at 703-753-2460 or Donna Gustave at 703-818-1335.

Volunteer Fairfax announces the call for nominations for its 11th annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards, "Celebrate Volunteers — The Spirit of America!" The public is invited to nominate individuals and groups who have volunteered noteworthy time, energy and expertise to meet community needs. Businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools, and civic groups are encouraged to submit nominations. All nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24. Call Volunteer Fairfax at 703-246-3460 or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org to receive a nomination form.

Nominees and award winners will be recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The cost of the breakfast is $30 per person, with invitations to be mailed in early March.

For further information about this and other Volunteer Fairfax programs, call 703-246-3460.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JAN. 11

<cal2>The Miracle of Lights drive-through holiday light show at Bull Run Regional Park has extended until Jan. 11. The show is opened from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. every night. Cost is $12 per car, $25 per commercial van, and $50 per bus. Visit the Web site www.miracleoflights.com.

<cal2>An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003. Basic dance lessons will be offered from 7:30-8 p.m. The dance runs from 8 p.m. until midnight at the John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax City (next to St. Leo's). The Bog Wanderers will perform live Irish Music. Cost is $12 per person, $25 maximum per family. These dances are fun and for the whole family. Beginners, singles, couples and families are welcome. Ceili and set dances will be featured. Sponsored by the Washington Area Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the dances are held every second Saturday of the month during the school year (Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14). Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.

<cal2>The Hon. Jane Marum Roush, a judge on the Circuit Court in Fairfax, will address League of Women Voters members and guests on the topic of "Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System" at the organization's general meeting and lunch on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Roush, a judge since 1993, chairs the Court's Magistrate Committee and is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association's Circuit Court Committee and Pro-Bono Advisory Board. She plans to address topics such as judicial selection in Virginia, especially as compared with other states, access to the justice system for those with little money or who do not speak English, and public outreach efforts by judges.

The meeting will be held at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna (245 Maple Ave. West) beginning at 10 a.m. The cost of the lunch is $18 and reservations are needed; call 703-256-8416.

The League will follow up Judge Roush's speech at its unit meetings during the second week of February at 15 locations throughout the Fairfax area. Using material provided by the American Bar Association, League members and guests will further consider the topic: "...and Justice for All: Ensuring Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System." Unit meetings are free, guests are welcome, and there are no registration fees.

Call 703-658-9150 or visit the League's web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org.

<cal1>TUESDAY/JAN. 14

<cal2>The ITT Technical Institute of Chantilly will hold two free workshops on finding your learning styles. Are you an independent learner? Or are you an inquisitive learner? Perhaps you're an explorer when you learn. The workshops will include a presentation on the importance of learning styles; how to tap into your learning strengths; hands-on learning profile activity; access to new state-of-the-art training facility.

* Workshop 1: Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m.

* Workshop 2: Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m.

The ITT Technical Institute is located at 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly. Reserve your spot by calling Shauna Gilbert at 703-263-2541, ext. 109.

<cal2>The New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia is into its Winter 2002 series. This is an opportunity for mothers and their infants (up to 8 months old) to get together for lunch, a speaker and fun. The group meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Restaurant 7, located at 8521 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner. Reservations are required for all luncheons. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 or at eventbuilders@hotmail.com.

The schedule is as follows:

* Tuesday, Jan. 14 — Sign Language for Infants. Stephanie Steffer, Talking Hands.

* Tuesday, Jan. 21 — Kindermusik with Pam Phillips

* Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Everything You Wanted to Know About Consignment Shops. Janet Lane-Roberts, Paddington Station Consignment Shop.

<cal1>JAN. 17-19

<cal2>The Show — Adventure Outdoors 2003 is a new consumer adventure travel and outdoor recreation show targeting individuals looking to do extraordinary things on vacation and weekends. The show is scheduled for Jan. 17-19 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, and will bring together adventure outfitters, weekend activities and gear providers. There will be 70-plus exhibitors plus a rock wall, scuba pool and a ropes course. The keynote speaker is Christine Boskoff who has climbed to the top of the world's highest mountains (Everest, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, Lhotse, Shishapangma, and Broad Peak). Hours are Friday from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 877-226-6682 or visit www.adventureoutdoors.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JAN. 18

<cal2>Beginner Bird Walks will take place at the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, Clifton, on Saturday, Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. Join an experienced guide for a walk around the 20-acre Webb Sanctuary to look for resident winter birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Older children welcome. Free, but call by Friday to let the manager know you are coming. Call 703-803-8400. Located at 12829 Chestnut Rd., Clifton.

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, Inc. will hold an open house on Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Watch the action on the operating "HO" scale model railroads of the Southern Railway and the Western North Carolina Railroad. The club is located in the historic Washington & Old Dominion Railroad station, located at 231 Dominion Road (at the intersection with Ayr Hill Road) in Vienna. There is no admission charge. More information can be obtained by going to the Web site at www.nvmr.org‚ by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JAN. 19

<cal2>Visit the newly renovated Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m. where The Washington Maryland Virginia Garden Railway Society will set up their G gauge model trains. Located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Call 703-425-9225.

<cal1>JAN. 24-26

<cal2>The 17th Annual Washington Camping-RV Expo is set for Jan. 24-26, at the Dulles Expo Center (formerly the Capital Expo Center) in Chantilly. Some 17 dealers from six states will have displays showing every kind of recreational vehicle from pop-up tent campers to the most luxurious motor coaches. Also on hand will be representatives of campgrounds, camping resorts, camping publications and many other related interests as well as those showing camping accessories and parts.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $7; those ages 6 to 16 are admitted for $2; all those ages 5 and under are admitted free. Parking is free. Call 804-288-5653 or by visit www.royalshows.com.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JAN. 26

<cal2>Learn about Animal Signs at the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, Clifton, on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn how to identify the animals of Webb by recognizing tracks, shelters and scat. For children accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5-$8. Call 703-803-8400. Located at 12829 Chestnut Rd., Clifton.

<cal1>JAN. 27, 2003

<cal2>The Greenbriar Garden Club will hold the following meetings:

* Jan. 27, 2003 — The art of the topiary has been practiced for centuries. Today, the use of topiaries is becoming more popular both in landscaping and interior decorating. From the formal to the whimsical, these living forms are easy to create. Doug Brock, a plant specialist from Betty's Azalea Ranch, will demonstrate how to make sphagnum topiaries using pre-made topiary forms, sphagnum moss and a variety of plants.

The Greenbriar Garden Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July, August and December) at 7:45 p.m. in the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, and is open to all from Greenbriar and surrounding communities. Call 703-449-0168.

<cal1>JAN. 31-FEB. 2

<cal2>The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The show features 340 artisans, craft demonstrations, specialty foods and live entertainment. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 admission, free parking. Call 301-990-1400.


<cal2>Organizations planning special events in Fairfax County can learn the logistical do's and don'ts from Celebrate Fairfax Inc., the group that produces the largest festival in Northern Virginia — Celebrate Fairfax. The first annual Events 101 Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Topics include permitting, traffic management, volunteer recruitment, publicity, emergency planning, vendors and contracts management. More than 25 speakers and panelists representing special events planners and contracts will offer their insights to producing events. The keynote speaker will be Stephanie Pace Brown, director of marketing for George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

<cal1>SUNDAY/FEB. 22

<cal2>Nature, Winter and Hot Chocolate will take place at the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, Clifton, on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. Discover nature's tricks of winter survival, in a walk around the sanctuary, followed by a hot chocolate warm-up. For children accompanied by adults. Fee: $5-$8. Call 703-803-8400. Located at 12829 Chestnut Rd., Clifton.