MAY 29-JUNE 1
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.
MAY 30-JUNE 1
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.
FRIDAY, MAY 30
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital employees will honor Fairfax County emergency medical services workers on Friday, May 30 by washing their ambulances and fire trucks as a way to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the community. The hospital will also serve a barbecue lunch to any county EMS worker who drops by for the event. The barbecue will be from noon to 2 p.m. near the Emergency Department entrance of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, 3600 Joseph Siewick Drive in Fairfax.
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.
Volunteers with Greater D.C. Cares will do tree maintenance, this Saturday, May 31, from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in Cub Run Stream Valley Park. It's part of the organization's annual Servathon Day and is being coordinated locally by Fairfax ReLeaf.
General tree maintenance will be done on trees planted between 1993 and 1998. It involves loosening or removal of tree protectors, identification and removal of invasive plants, and elimination of trash and debris. Volunteers will also prune and mulch this area and monitor the stream.
To reach Cub Run Stream Valley Park, from Route 29 west in Centreville, turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road and right onto Wetherburn Drive. Go to the second firebreak (open area with no houses or trees, after 15145 Wetherburn Drive) on the right. Follow the concrete path to the site. A small stream is to the right, and groups of white plastic tree protectors are to the left.
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.
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.
MAY 31-JUNE 1
Meade's Art Studio will be holding its Eighth Annual Art Show at the Sully Station Community Center on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. More than 90 students from the area, including children and adults, will exhibit samples of their work. The hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the best paintings and prizes will be awarded accordingly.
TUESDAY, JUNE 3
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, 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.
Child Safety Day, sponsored by Century 21 New Millennium, will take place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Centreville Fire Dept. will give lessons on fire safety, and the safety dog will distribute McGruff Safe Kids Identification Kits to the first 200 children. Kids can also enjoy facepainting and balloons. Popcorn and drinks are provided. The event will be held next to the Safeway on Westfields Boulevard.
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.
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.tickets.com. Call 703-832-0437.
A film about the Occoquan Reservoir, its watershed and future challenges will be presented Sunday, June 8, from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. The 60-minute film is narrated by NPR's Frank Statio. Call 703-803-8400.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 11
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, Fairfax Station Unit's monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 11 will focus on transportation and the challenging traffic picture in Fairfax County. The committee chair will resource the Fairfax Station unit discussion. Call the membership chair at 703-830-8198 or the hostess at 703-830-1998 with any other questions. Everyone is welcome.
The Fairfax Station Unit meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. For a meeting at a more convenient day or time, call the League office at 703-658-9150. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, community-based political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
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.
The Gate Post Estates Community will hold its annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Items of interest include furniture, toys, crafts, clothing, lawn and garden, books, various household items, and Mary Kay products. The community is located on Route 29 across from Centreville Baptist Church.
Diamonds & Rust Enterprises (D&R) of Chantilly, an antiques/vintage home decor outlet, will hold its first open house June 14-15. Located behind the Chantilly Post Office at 4515 Daly Drive, Suite N, activities will include online shopping in D&R's new "eBay Cafe," an actual on-site bidding room displaying the D&R items currently on auction. Open house hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Weekend events will include two decorating seminars from Details & Design on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 1 p.m. on how to blend affordable vintage furniture and accent pieces into existing decor. D&R will also run a sidewalk/tent sale and sample tastings from the new, neighboring Christine's Bakery.
Uniquely displayed in theme rooms, D&R's shabby-to-chic finds include antique and hand-painted furniture, table and bed linens, architectural treasures, lamps, estate jewelry, mirrors, framed art, china, antique toys and many vintage-inspired items.
Call Diamonds & Rust Enterprises at 703-222-9085.
An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, June 21 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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
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"
The Caring Hands Animal Hospital will have an open house on Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don't miss the adoption fair, dog-wash fund-raiser, animal behaviorist and wildlife rehabilitator. Located at 5659 Stone Road Centreville. Call 703-830-5700 or go to www.caringhandsvet.com.