<cal2>A picnic and fishing derby for children and adults with disabilities will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centreville. There will be a fishing derby, hayrides, archery shoot and air rifle shooting. The menu will include hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad and more. Prizes will be awarded for the fishing derby. Guests from the surrounding area schools are invited. If you know of anyone with a disability who would like to receive an invitation, contact Pamela Meara at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703-330-8580 and leave names.
Historic St. John's Episcopal Church will host an Artisan & Craft Expo and Community Used Book Sale on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Community and parish crafters will join artisans from the Northern Virginia Handcrafter's Guild to display their wares. Papa John's will be onsite selling pizza. In addition, local historian Paula Elsey will be onsite from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 5-6 p.m. signing copies of the book "Stone Ground: A History of Union Mills," which she edited.
The Centreville American Legion Auxiliary will collect unserviceable American flags in front of the Giant at Centrewood Plaza in Centreville on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of Memorial Day.
Many Americans show their patriotism by proudly flying the American flag, but some of these flags are getting worn and tattered. Do not throw away your worn out flag. There is a proper ceremony whereby flags are retired with the dignity they deserve. The Flag Code suggests that, "when a flag has served its useful purpose, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning." American Legion Posts conduct Disposal of Unserviceable Flag Ceremonies on June 14, Flag Day. This ceremony creates a particularly dignified and solemn occasion for the retirement of unserviceable flags. Call 703-912-1910 or e-mail: VAUnit1995@aol.com.
<cal2>The swimming pools open on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
* Downpour! At Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling, VA, 703-450-4655.
* Great Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA, 703-960-0767.
* Bull Run Regional Park Pool, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA, 703-631-0552.
* Pohick Bay Regional Park Pool, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton, VA, 703-339-6104.
* Upton Hill Regional Park Pool, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-534-3437.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, Inc. will be holding open houses during ViVa! Vienna! on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 from noon until 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 email@example.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
<cal2>The Viva! Vienna! celebration will be held this weekend, May 24-26 in Vienna. Some 15 food vendors, entertainment, 16 amusement rides and arts activities are available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Viva! Vienna! is centered around the historic Freeman House, the Caboose, and the Old Vienna Railroad Station on Church Streets at Dominion and Mill Streets.
<cal2>Take a Golf 101 Clinic at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton on Sunday, May 25 from 3-4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of topics introducing golfers of all ages to the game. Families welcome. Clubs provided for adults and juniors. Free, but call to register by May 16. No rain date. Balls, green fees not included. Call 703-323-6400.
<cal2>Bug Out 53, a total Volkswagen event, will be held at the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas on Sunday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a car show of 250 show cars, drag racing on the 1/8 mile track, slalom racing, swap meet area, Miss Bug Out contest, and 30 new parts vendors. The first Bug Out was held at the Old Dominion Speedway 22 years ago. Old Dominion Speedway is located across from the Prince William County Fairgrounds on Route 234. For details, call Less Steger at 703-471-0559. Or visit www.bugouts.com.
<cal2>The Alliance Theatre announces Summer Stars, a 2003 summer experience presenting the musical, "Oliver!" for four performances July 11-13 at Chantilly High School. The play based on "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens won three Tony awards and the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture in 1968. There is an open call for actors ages 7 and above, plus adults. Auditions for specific parts will be May 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call backs will be May 29 at 7:30 p.m. The group will be rehearsing three evenings a week and Saturday mornings beginning June 1 at Chantilly High School. Child tuition is $250 and sibling tuition is $150. The show is directed and choreographed by Kathy Watkins and produced by Elaine Wilson and Patricia Boswell Kallman. For details, call 703-263-2085 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal1>TUESDAY, MAY 27
<cal2>The New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia offers 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 email@example.com.
The schedule is as follows:
* Tuesday, May 27 — "Toys! Toys! Toys!" Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys.
* Tuesday, June 3 — "Post Partum Depression — the baby blues and more," Brenda Gillette, MA.
* Tuesday, June 10 — "Great Books for Infants and New Moms," Sheilah Egan, A Likely Story Bookstore.
* Tuesday, June 17 — "Family Dynamics," Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.
* Tuesday, June 24 — "What New Moms Want to Know About Infant Sleep," Mary Peck, RN, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Center.
* Tuesday, July 1 — "Relaxation Techniques for Parents," Mary Peck, RN.
* Tuesday, July 8 — Life's Juggling Act — Baby, Husband, Home, and Yourself," Janice Copeland, Unlimited Growth Potential.
* Tuesday, July 15 — "Taking Great Photographs of Your Baby," Johanna Waisley, Simply Create.
* Tuesday, July 22 — "Getting Fit After Baby," Nancy Karabaic, Fitness Coach.
* Tuesday, July 29 — "Sign Language for Infants," Stephanie Steffer, Time To Sign.
<cal1>MAY 29-JUNE 1
<cal2>Herndon Festival. The 23rd annual festival in Herndon's downtown Municipal Center complex and historic Town Hall Square, May 29-June 1. Entertainment, carnival rides, hands-on children's activities, arts and crafts, 10K/5K Race and Fitness Expo, K-9 2K Walk and Doggie Expo and Business Expo. Times are Thursday, from 6-10 p.m.; Friday, from 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free shuttle bus to and from festival from Worldgate Shopping Centre and Herndon High School. Visit www.herndonfestival.org. Call 703-435-6868.
<cal1>MAY 30-JUNE 1
<cal2>The Quilters Unlimited 30th Annual Quilt Show will take place May 30-June 1 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. This is the largest non-juried quilt show on the East Coast. See the 600-plus quilts, dolls and art-to-wear garments on display in more than 75,000 square feet of exhibition space. More than 70 vendors will bring their retail goods and provide free product demos. Classes, workshops and lectures by nationally known quilt instructors. For more information and on-line class registration visit: www.quiltersunlimited.org. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To be held at the Dulles Expo Center North Building, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission: $5 one-day / $10 three days. Call 717-732-5813. Or e-mail Jscotravel@cs.com.
<cal2>Dave Butz, former Washington Redskins all-pro defensive tackle and member of three Super Bowl teams, will host the fifth annual St. Jude Crush'n Clays' Clay Target Charity Classic. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31 at the Arlington/Fairfax Izaak Walton League Chapter in Centreville. The event has raised $86,000 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It is hosted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association and the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centreville. The event, open to the public, will consist of four-person teams and individuals competing in a trapshooting format. The format allows novices to compete alongside experienced shooters. Teams of four shooters can enter for $200, and individual shooters can enter for $50. For entry forms and more information, call Steve Canale at 703-742-8771.
The USS Athena, a Northern Virginia science fiction and community service group, is sponsoring "Meteorites and Near Misses," a science talk on Saturday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. at Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. The guest speaker is Greg Redfern, JPL Ambassador, who will be presenting a look at meteorites that have hit Earth, and those big ones that just missed us. He will also discuss evidence left behind that indicates big meteorites hitting Earth in the past, causing major impact craters and climate changes. Visit the Web site at http://athena.QL.ORG. Or E-mail ussathena@QL.ORG or call 703-862-0457.
<cal2>The Prince William Art Society is seeking entries for its May 31 Fine Art and Craft Show. This event will be the art society's largest show of the year and will be held outdoors at Bethel Methodist Church (located on the corner of Minnieville and Smoketown Roads). The show will be judged and juried in both categories by professional artists. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to winners. For more information, call Jewel at 703-878-2246 or Madelyn at 703-670-9437.
For more information about the art society, call 703-590-1437 or check out www.pwcwweb.com/artsociety.
<cal2>The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Saturday, June 7, will be an offsite visit to the Olive Garden restaurant in Fair Lakes. Members and guests are encouraged to be at the restaurant by 12:15 p.m. Lane's Mill is a small but active chapter that offers a broad range of programs on historic preservation and natural conservation, education of our nation's youth, promotion of patriotism, and love of our country.
Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend meetings. Contact Jennifer Smith, Chapter Regent, at 703-961-1030 or visit the chapter site at www.dar.org under "chapters".
The Greenbriar Civic Association is holding a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is June 14.
<cal2>Summer Festival. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Little Flock Christian School, 11911 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Ethnic food, imported goods and crafts, live and silent auction, free church and school tours, games and rides. Live concert: Ginny Jones, at 7 p.m. Tickets for concert are $15 advance, $18 at door. Purchase by phone at 1-800-965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com. Call 703-832-0437.
<cal2>The State Warm-Up 100 (NSCA) Contest will take place on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>The Centreville Toastmasters Club meets twice a month at the Centreville Regional Library, from 7-8:15 p.m., on Mondays, June 9, June 23. Toastmasters will help members speak confidently, listen effectively and think on their feet. Guests are always welcome. Contact Lynn Griesemer, 703-263-2468, firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>How are local transportation problems affecting you? Plan to join League of Women Voters members in looking at local transportation plans and funding for roads, transit, and other ways of getting around in the Fairfax area. See how current plans and constraints might help or worsen your commuting and other use of local roads and mass transit. What transportation problems and challenges do we face —and are they all problems of funding? Learn the facts and voice your opinion; attend one of the League's unit meetings on local transportation during the second week of June.
The League's meetings will be held at 15 locations throughout Fairfax County and City, on June 10 to 12, including the Kings Park Library on Thursday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m.; and the Beacon Street Restaurant at 13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax on Thursday, June 12 at 6:45 p.m. Daytime meetings are also scheduled in the Fairfax Station and Chantilly areas. The meetings are open to guests, free, and no registration is required. Call 703-658-9150 or visit the League's Web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org for further information and other meeting locations.
The League is a non-partisan organization, open to all persons of voting age, that promotes an active and informed participation in government. One of its citizen education activities is publication of a citizen information pamphlet, Facts for Voters, available at all Fairfax libraries and government centers.
<cal1>WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
<cal2>Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates is offering an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, June 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Fairfax CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains and supports adult community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. Court Appointed Special Advocates are appointed by a judge to speak up on behalf of abused and neglected children and work to ensure that the child is in a safe, permanent home. The Fairfax CASA office is 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3526 or www.casafairfax.org.
<cal2>An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 8 p.m. until midnight at the John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax City (next to St. Leo's). Basic dance lessons will be offered from 7:30-8 p.m. 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. Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.
<cal1>WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
<cal2>The Centreville Multiplex Cinemas launches its fifth annual "Bookworm Wednesdays," a summer reading program developed to encourage children to read during summer vacation. The program runs for eight weeks and entitles kids ages 6-12 to free admission to a children's film every Wednesday at 10 a.m. when they present a book report at a Multiplex Cinemas box office. Official book report forms will be available at participating theaters and online at www.MultiplexCinemas.com.
* June 25 — "The Rugrats Movie"
* July 2 — "Antz"
* July 9 — "Stuart Little 2"
* July 16 — "Hey Arnold! The Movie"
* July 23 — "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie:
* July 30 — "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron:
* Aug. 6 — "Space Jam"
* Aug. 13 — "The Wild Thornberrys Movie"