Vpstart Crow Productions Inc. will continue its 2006 season by presenting Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" now through Oct. 22 at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. The production will run 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. For tickets, order online at Tickets.com or call 800-955-5566. Contact Vpstart Crow at email@example.com.
<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. This month's meetings are at 10:15 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
<cal2>Volunteer advocates are needed to make weekly visits to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Interviews for applicants interested in volunteering for the Volunteer Ombudsman are scheduled from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day. Skills such as listening, observing and mediating are preferred. They dedicate four hours per week to this work, for one year. Call 703-324-5435, TTY: 703-449-1186 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.
Swing Dance with Tom and Debra presents The Joker's Wild from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. Cost is $15. Call 703-359-9882 or visit www.gottaswing.com.
<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions Inc. will continue its 2006 season by presenting Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. The production will run 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. For tickets, order online at Tickets.com or call 800-955-5566. Contact Vpstart Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2> A Boxing Match, headlining Jimmy Lange vs. Tommy Wilt, will be on Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at 7 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m. at the GMU Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets range in price. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 703-573-SEAT.
The Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly, will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This year's event is also a thank-you to the community for all its support after the May 8 tragedies there. So in addition to the usual displays of police cruisers and equipment, child fingerprinting and child safety seats, there'll be expanded activities for children and families. Planned are a moonbounce, pony rides and an inflatable slide, as well as treats such as cotton candy, Sno-Cones and popcorn.
The Fairfax Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day genealogy fair entitled "Genealogy Tune-Up Tips." The genealogy fair will be presented at the Dunn Loring VFD at 2148 Gallows Road. The registration fee is $18 and includes lunch. There is an additional charge of $5 for walk-ins. Registration is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. The first presentation is at 9 a.m. and the program will end at 2:30 p.m. Diana and Gary Smith, well known genealogical speakers and authors from Ohio, will present three lectures on "The Times of Their Lives: Using Timelines in Genealogical Research", "Why Use Those Blankety-Blank Forms", and "Now That You've Found Them, What Are You Going To Do With Them? Organizing Your Research, A His And Hers Approach." Visit www.fxgs.org. Call Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.
It's Man vs. Machine at the 14th annual Plane Pull, part of the Dulles Day Family Festival. Washington Dulles International Airport welcomes the community to this annual event, which features aircraft on display, a classic car show, live music, food, games and airline ticket raffles. It's also Kid vs. Machine at the Kids' Bus Pull, a new kid-sized event where teams of children pull a school bus 12 feet. Admission and parking for Dulles Day is free. Kids may sign up to participate in the Bus Pull at the event. Visit www.mwaa.com/_/file/_/pr091806.pdf.
The Manassas Community Chorale will present its Fall Concert, "Broadway and Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. at Manassas Baptist Church. The 65-voice ensemble will perform a variety of Broadway show tunes. In addition to the full group, program selections will also be sung by the Chorale Ensemble, a selected group of 20 singers. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Children. Call 703-791-2474 or 703-368-0883, or visit the Chorale's web site at www.manassascommunitychorale.org. Manassas Baptist Church is located at the corner of Sudley and Stonewall Roads in Manassas.
Scarecrow Fun from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Greenbriar Town Center. Learn how to make a scarecrow. All materials are supplied or bring clothes. Scarecrows can be taken home.
Lantern Tours. History enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the Lantern Tours at Sully Historic Site from 6-7:45 p.m. Gather around the lantern and follow your guide through the first floor of the Sully house and outbuildings. Encounter characters that bring the past to life with their portrayals of curious tales of Sully's past. Tours are given at timed intervals throughout the evening. Call 703-437-1794. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. Sully Historic Site is located at 3601 Sully Road in Chantilly.
<cal2>The Clifton Community Woman's Club will be selling terrariums at the Primitive Baptist Church during Clifton Day from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The terrariums range in cost from $10 to $80 with varying sizes of containers. All proceeds go to our Charitable Trust to be given out during the year. Contact Ginny Ax at 703-988-0504 or GinnyAx@cox.net.
<cal2>Meet local artists and see original artworks at the Fairfax Art League reception from 7-9 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax (intersection of University Dr. and Main St./Route 236). Artist of the month is Carol Caputo. Admission is Free. Refreshments served. Free parking available in nearby city lots. Show runs through Nov. 1. Call 703-352-ARTS, ext. 5, or Carol Caputo at 703-273-1277. Visit the Fairfax Art League web site at www.fairfaxartleague.com.
<cal2>Mothers First - Monthly lecture: "Professional Organizer" A professional organizer will be discussing topics pertaining to your home and family at 7:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germaine Drive, Centreville. Open to the general public. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.
The Fairfax Bibliophiles' next meeting is at 7:15 p.m. in the Fairfax City Regional Library. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month Oct.-Dec. and Feb.-May.
<cal2>The Armel and Garbarino Charity Golf Tournament will be at the Pleasant Valley Golfers Club, 4715 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly. This event has been established to help the families of police officers Vicky Armel and Michael Garbarino, who were tragically gunned down last May. Individual fee is $125, foursome fee is $450. Registration deadline is Oct. 1. Visit www.steeonline.com.
<cal2>Author Gregg S. Clemmer will discuss and sign his book, "Old Allegheny," at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Free. Call 703-830-2223 to sign up.
To celebrate Library Foundation Month, the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation is offering free workshops on the latest in tax and financial benefits, planned gift options, how to make good use of estate planning tools, and more. The workshops will be held at 7 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. They will be presented by Jeffrey M. Armstrong, a financial advisor, and attorney James McConville. To sign up, call 703-324-8300 or by e-mail at info@FCPLfoundation.org.
<cal2>Fair Oaks Shopping Center will be conducting a job fair from 1-8 p.m. The event will directly address the need for extra staffing for the holiday season. Nearly all of the 190 stores and restaurants will have jobs available in both full and part-time positions in all area of retail from management to entry-level positions. Call 703-359-8302 or go to www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.
The Fairfax County Public Library and Volunteer Fairfax will sponsor four teen volunteer fairs in October. The fairs help students in middle and high school find volunteer opportunities with local groups that will help them fulfill community service hours required by area schools. There will be one at the Centreville Regional Library at 3 p.m. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
<cal2>Fire and Rescue Stations Host Open House. In an effort to battle home fires before they start, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Open House Week on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat." Stations will have displays and activities that will both raise awareness and educate residents on fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially at home. Firefighters and paramedics will be providing information on cooking safety, the dangers of unattended cooking, and what to do should a fire occur in the home.
<cal2>The Democratic Women of Clifton (DWC) is hosting a get together for all Democrats living in Clifton's Little Rocky Run community from 3-6 p.m. at the home of Ellen and Tobin Beck. At this event, Helen Thomas, considered "the First Lady of the White House Press Corps" after covering the presidency for 57 years, will be signing copies of her latest book, "Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Failed the Public." Also attending the event is Gerry Connolly, chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Becks reside at 13630 South Springs Drive, Clifton. To RSVP, contact email@example.com.
<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. This month's meetings are at 10:15 am at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
The Ashburn Adoption Seminar will present an overview of international and domestic adoptions as well as adoptive parents sharing their stories. This free seminar will be held at Broadlands Community Center, 43004 Waxpool Road, at 7 p.m. To register, contact Karen Law at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-723-4385.
<cal2>Gymboree Play & Music of Chantilly is celebrating its littlest members in a big way with special baby events throughout October. Parents with babies newborn to 10 months are invited to sample classes, win prizes, shop and socialize with other parents and babies at the inaugural Gymboree Baby Social event at 14155 Sully Field Circle Suite I, Chantilly. Call 703-378-0144, or email us at email@example.com.
<cal2>Kala Quintana, director of Public Transportation for Northern Virginia, will be the guest speaker at the Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club, which meets at the Sully District Governmental Center starting at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments, followed by the program at 7 p.m. Newcomers are most welcome. Contact Betty Ann Olson, 703-263-1062.
<cal2>Recent Works: A Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale. Come experience recent works of art by local artists Elaine Florimonte, Kim Basinger, Debbie Glakas, Krister Killinger, Rory Marcaccio-Schaffer and Pat Washburn. The show will be open at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. An opening reception will be held Friday evening from 4-10 p.m. The show will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
<cal2>Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville, will hold a used book sale. Call 703-830-2223.
<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions Inc. will hold auditions for Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from 12-3 p.m. at The Cramer Center, at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 p.m. The production will run Dec. 1-17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at The Cramer Center, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Vpstart Crow at 703-365-0240 or email email@example.com. Go to www.vpstartcrow.com.
<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions Inc. will hold auditions for Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from 7-9 p.m. at The Cramer Center, at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 p.m. The production will run Dec. 1-17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at The Cramer Center, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Vpstart Crow at 703-365-0240 or email email@example.com. Go to www.vpstartcrow.com.
<cal2>Centreville Chiropractic Center will host its first Annual Get Your Bones Checked. Children 14 and under will receive free spinal check-ups. Call 703-266-0505 for an appointment.
<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding its Fall Used Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 12-3 p.m. Call 703-502-3883.
<cal2>A first-ever Girl Scout Expo will take place from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly. Enjoy games, prizes, performances and more. Everyone is invited. Contact the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capitol at 800-523-7898 or visit www.gscnc.org/expo.
Pistol Class. Learn about handgun use in a safe, fun and responsible way. This 10-hour class focuses on safety, operation, maintenance, selection, purchasing, sports, storage, transportation and shooting of all types of handguns. Range Safety test, range fees, and range card are included as well as use of a gun, eye and ear protection and ammunition. Courses taught by a National Rifle Association certified instructor in Fairfax, VA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>19th Annual Mall-O-Ween from 5:30ñ7:30 p.m. Thousands of young ghosts, goblins, clowns, and other costumed children will parade through Fair Oaks Mall at the 19th Annual Mall-O-Ween. The event promises to deliver a "howling" good time for everyone. Children and parents are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the mall at participating retailers. Friendly over-sized costumed characters will stroll throughout, greeting children along the way. Trick-or-treat bags available at Customer Service Center, while supplies last. Free and open to the public. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.
<cal2>A display for the movie "Happy Feet" will be at Fair Oaks Mall, located at the intersection of I-66 and Route 50. The display will include giant snow globes displaying scenes from the movie.
<cal2>Adoption Workshop. Speakers include adoptive and biological parents, lawyers, doctors and social workers on the independent adoption process, legalities, home studies, finances, and relations with biological parents. A 190-page how-to book, continental breakfast, and lunch available, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean. $65 per couple pre-registrants ($75 on-site). Call 202-722-0338 or visit www.ffpa.org.
<cal2>Devotion To Children will hold its fourth annual Red, Heart & Soul fall gala. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be invited to enjoy an evening of food and drinks, live band, dancing, and raffle prizes. Attire will be red, business, or black tie optional. The event is the culmination of the year's efforts to raise funds and create awareness for DTC's programs and initiatives.
The Gala will be held at The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Admission is $75 pre-event, $85 at the door. Sponsorships begin at $500. Visit www.devotiontochildren.org.
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<cal2>Bull Run Festival of Lights will run daily for drive-throughs from 5-9:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Cost is $15 per car, $25 for commercial van and $50 for buses. Visit www.bullrunfestivaloflights.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 email@example.com
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 meets 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 $24 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
Ongoing events at the National Air and Space Museum include daily tours of the building on the National Mall and the Udvar-Hazy Center, IMAX movies, and planetarium shows. There are also movies at the Udvar-Hazy Center, and segments at the Museum on the Mall such as "How Do Things Fly?" and Discovery Stations on a daily basis. For more information on the movies or to purchase tickets, call 202-633-IMAX (4629) or visit www.smithsonian.org/IMAX.