Worth Noting

Worth Noting

The Clifton Farmers Market is open each Sunday, from 8 a.m.-noon, on Chapel Road in the Post Office parking lot. Purchase farm-fresh produce, such as strawberries, lettuce and asparagus, as well as a variety of craft items, chocolate, soap and candles.

<cal1>Now through June 18

<cal2>The Family Zone is held on Sundays, from now through June 18, from 9:30-10:10 a.m., at Centreville Elementary. It will offer local parents the opportunity to learn hands-on, how to teach their 4- to 9-year-old children about right from wrong. Call 703-502-1732.

<cal1>Now through June 25

<cal2>ArtBeat Gallery, "Earthly Wonders." Some 20 local artists display paintings, photography and sculpture. Featured Artist, Maria Briganti presents "The Pastel Works of Maria Briganti." Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Reception, May 6, 2-6 p.m. Located at 9407 Main Street, Old Town Manassas. Visit www.artbeatgallery.org or telephone 703-365-8558.

<cal1>Now through June 30

<cal2>Clifton artist Phoebe Twichell Peterson will show her art at Willow Antiques and Interiors, 7145 Main Street, Clifton. This show will feature local landscapes and scenes from New England where she grew up. All of the artist's paintings are done in oil on hand-stretched linen canvases.

<cal1>Thursday/June 1

<cal2>Mothers First – Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. June's meetings are from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Friday/June 2

<cal2>The Clifton Lions will conduct its annual White Cane fund-raiser at the Giant Food Stores at Union Mill Colonnade and University Mall. Lions Clubs have supported blind charities world-wide since Helen Keller asked them to lead a "crusade against darkness" at their international convention in 1925. Donations will be used to support several vision-related charities including the international Lion eyeglass recycling program, Leader Dog training, and the Lions SightFirst program that provides glasses to low-income families. For details, go to www.orgsites.com/va/cliftonlions.

<cal1>June 2-4

<cal2>"Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs," a children's show, will be presented by Chantilly High this Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m., in the school auditorium. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check at the door for $5 each. See www.chantillyhsdrama.com.

<cal1>Saturday/June 3

<cal2>Lanes Mill, the Centreville based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly meeting at the Centreville Regional Library. The program will feature a visit from a local Children of the American Revolution chapter. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Contact Regent Van Lee at van_lee@comcast.net.

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is hosting a naturalist-guided kayak trip on Pohick Bay on from 12-3 p.m. This trip is open to Virginia residents and their guests. Registration is required, and the cost is $40 per person. Contact Whitney Bailey to sign up: 703-354-5093 or wbailey@nvct.org.

<cal1>June 3-4

<cal2>Hundreds of wineries will set up booths at Vintage Virginia, to be held from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily at Bull Run Regional Park. Tickets are $20/advance, $25/gate. Tickets and info can be found at www.vintagevirginia.com, or 540-745-FEST or at the following local retail outlets: The Opera House Gourmet, Wine Specialists, Vienna Vintnor, Leesburg Vintnor, Chateau de Reaux, and Ye Old Dominion Wine Shop.

Meade's Art Studio's 11th Annual Art Show will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Sully Station Community Center, Westfield Blvd. and Sequoia Farms.

<cal1>Friday/June 9

<cal2>Fairfax Women's Connection's "Making Memories Last" luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston. Required reservations are $17 inclusive and should be made by June 6. Call Fran at 703-815-4204 or e-mail fairfaxwmconnect@aol.com.

<cal1>Saturday/June 10

<cal2>The Greenbriar community yard sale will be held Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Greenbriar is off Route 50 west and Majestic Lane in Chantilly.

<cal1>Monday/June 12

<cal2>Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver, chair of the BPW Foundation Board of Trustees, and Vincette Goerl, chair of the McPherson College Board of Trustees. They will be speaking on "Achieving Success in Non-Profit Foundations" at its monthly dinner meeting. It will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

<cal1>Thursday/June 15

<cal2>Mothers First – Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. June's meetings are from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Monday/June 19

<cal2>Sierra Club meeting on "Cool Cities." Learn about efforts in Fairfax County and among local governments throughout the country to help solve one of the country’s most pressing problems: global warming. Leaders from the Sierra Club will discuss how local leaders are taking action to make energy use cleaner and more efficient from 7-9 p.m. at the Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 Washington Plaza N., Reston. Free. Call 703-385-7564. Visit the Sierra Club Great Falls Group Web site at http://virginia.sierraclub.org/greatfalls/.

<cal1>June 23-24

<cal2>The Fifth Annual Great American Scrapbook Convention from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly. Call 801-627-3700.

<cal1>Saturday/June 24

<cal2>Basic Pistol Shooting Class. Learn about all types of pistols in a safe, responsible and fun way at the Basic Pistol Shooting class offered at National Rifle Association headquarters from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. in Fairfax. This 10-hour class focuses on safety, operation, maintenance, purchasing, storage, transportation and shooting of different types of pistols. Range safety test, range fees, and a range card are included as well as use of a pistol, eye and ear protection and ammunition. Certificate awarded for completion of the course which can be used to apply for a Virginia concealed handgun permit. Email amselle@nrahq.org or call 703-267-1567.

<cal1>Monday/July 24

<cal2>The New Moms Lunch Group will present a lunch with Leslie Morgan Steiner of The Washington Post and author of The Mommy Wars. She will be joining the group to discuss her new book in which she writes about the choices of stay-at-home moms and working moms. RSVP as space will be limited. The cost for the lunch is $20. In addition, it is possible to pre-order a copy of her book for $15.72. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at eventbuilders@hotmail.com.

<cal1>New Moms Lunch

<cal2>Mothers and babies newborn to 8 months old, join in for lunch, speakers, discussions and fun — a different program every week. Bring a friend or come alone — a great way to meet other new moms and babies in the area. Babies age newborn to 8 months old are welcome. Here are the upcoming events:

* Monday, June 5 — “Safety in and around your home,” Officer Liz Barrington, Fair Oaks Police, Office of Public Safety.

* Monday, June 12 — “Pediatric Health Care,” Dr. Katy Duncan.

* Monday, June 19 — “Toys! Toys! Toys!” Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys.

* Monday, June 26 — No lunch.

Vpstart Crow's 2006 theater season:

July 14-30 — "Anne of the Thousand Days";

Oct. 6-22 — "The Seagull";

Dec. 1-17 — A Christmas Carol".

All performances take place at The Cramer Center, a restored church-turned-theatre, at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and City of Manassas or Prince William County employees. Tickets are available through www.tickets.com or at the door (subject to availability) 30 minutes prior to performances. Reservations can be made by contacting Vpstart Crow at 703-365-0240 or vpstartcrow@comcast.net. Visit www.vpstartcrow.com.

Noodles & Noggins presents Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack each Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call the store at 703-815-8600.

Noodles & Noggins presents Fun Club each Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Enjoy some books, do a craft, sing songs and dance. A new theme each week. For ages 1-6 years. Suggested contribution per child. Call the store to register at 703-815-8600.

While the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary is in need of volunteers to assist with various functions in the hospital, the current need is especially acute in the Thrift Shop at Fairfax Circle. The Thrift Shop needs volunteers who can sort and price merchandise, stock shelves, process sales, and assist customers in various ways. Call 703-391-3659 for information regarding the next orientation for volunteers.

The Fairfax Meals on Wheels (MOW) group needs a volunteer to serve as Treasurer. This leadership position is responsible for the finances of the MOW group, including a monthly report to the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals (Monday through Friday) to senior adults in the following areas: Annandale, Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church, Manchester Lakes, Centreville/Chantilly, Fairfax, Tysons, Herndon/Reston and Little River Glen. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Volunteer drivers can choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or E-mail melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov

Volunteers are needed for day and evening hours to work one-to-one with adult learners in public libraries or adult learning centers. Additional opportunities are available working with adolescents in alternative school settings. The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP) trains tutors, assesses learners, and provides materials with follow-up support. VLP is a joint community project of the Fairfax County Public Schools (Adult & Community Education), Fairfax County's Juvenile Court, and the Fairfax County Public Library. Call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

Mocha Moms Inc. is a support network for stay-at-home mothers of color. Meetings are every first, third and fifth Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. www.restonmochamoms.org. All are welcome.

The Northern Virginia Artists League (NOVALArt.com) is a local group of artists and photographers who meet every month for an "Art Outing" and general meeting. The group meets monthly to encourage each other, critique each other's work, and share ideas for marketing the art. There are monthly art outings for plain air painting or photography. All medias, watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, photography, etc., are welcome.

The Centreville chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club is moving. The club will meet Thursday evenings at the Centreville Presbyterian Church 15040 Lee Highway, Centreville. TOPS is a non-profit, non-commercial weight loss support group open to anyone 7 years of age and older. At $20 per year, this is an affordable, supportive program for weight loss and weight maintenance. Weigh-in is from 6:15-7 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:10 p.m. Call Susan at 703-392-7937 or visit www.tops.org.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team adoption event on the first and third Saturdays and every Sunday of the month from 12-4 p.m. at the PetsMart, Fair Lakes. Cats and kittens need a loving home. Choose from a wide variety of loving cats. Visit the Web site a www.fancycats.org. E-mail to info@fancycats.org.

Starlight Starbright has teamed up with Starbucks across the country to collect books and toys to give to children in need. Centreville Starbucks, 5623 Stone Road, is kicking off the 2005 toy drive with a bang and goal of being the Starbucks with the most toys. They are challenging the community to donate a bicycle per week and the local Starbucks will match it. Call 703-502-4845.

Mothers & More is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, Burke at 7:30 p.m. The group offers children's and family activities, guest speakers, book club, mom's night out, movie night, chat group and much more. Call (toll free) 866-716-7766 or visit the Web site www.novamoms.org.

Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack. Come sing, dance, and have loads fun each Monday with Mr. Knick Knack from 10-11 a.m. The event will be indoors all this month at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. Open to all ages.

Wednesdays with Noodles & Noggins Fun Club from 10 to 11 a.m. at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. A new theme each week. Listen to a story, make a craft, sing songs, dance, and have fun. Suggest contribution per child. Reservations requested. Call 703-815-8600.

Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don from 4 to 5 p.m. Sing, play, and get the wiggles out before dinnertime. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road.

A Mindfulness Meditation Class will be held every Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at the Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main St., Fairfax. Free. Contact ErikaKL@aol.com or call 703-864-2807.

Northern Virginia Bookcrossing Meetup. These book lovers like to keep their books busy by reading, releasing and tracking their books' adventures with others locally, nationally and internationally. Fun book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share books and be part of a unique group with a different angle on book loving. Visit bookcrossing.meetup.com/72/.

Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting community-minded citizens from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The role of a CASA is to investigate a child's situation and to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child in court. All CASA volunteers undergo training to prepare them for this role, and no prior experience in child welfare is required. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity and upcoming orientation and training dates, visit www.casafairfax.org or contact CASA's development and recruitment associate at 703-273-3526 or staff@casafairfax.org.

Red Hat Society. A chapter of the Red Hat Society is now in Centreville. Women age 50 and up wear red hats and purple outfits and kick up their heels. Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. in the Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (inside Centreville Presbyterian Church, off Route 28 south, near the I-66 west exit). All area seniors are welcome to join or visit. Call Mary Doerman at 703-968-7889, Scotti Brennan at 703-378-5206, or Sully Senior Center Director Carma Ryan at 703-322-4475.

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