<cal2>Experience a Hayride at Meadow Acres Farm in Brandy Station, VA. Belgian Draft horses will take groups on a hayride around the farm and then back for a campfire with hot mulled cider and doughnuts. Rides run at 7 and 8:30 p.m. every evening. Reservations required. Cost is $4 per child, $9 per teenager or adult. Call 540-825-6707. Reservation required. Visit www.cadcol.com/harmons.
The jury system: what’s the verdict in Virginia? Having looked at the national jury system in June, the Fairfax Area League of Women Voters will be discussing at its October meetings how the Virginia jury systems operate. The organization’s unit meetings will be held during the first and second week of October at 16 locations throughout Fairfax and Prince William counties. The League’s meetings are free and guests are welcome; no registration is required. Persons interested in attending any of the meetings can call the League at 703-658-9150 for the location of the meeting most convenient for them, or visit its Web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org.
Chick-fil-A at Fair Oaks Mall will be hosting "Family Night" every Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m. All are invited to share an evening of fun, crafts, face painting, musical entertainment and more. Chick-fil-A is located right inside the mall entrance between Sears and Macy's
The Western Fairfax County Woman's Club is selling the 2006 White House Christmas ornaments. This year's ornament honors President Chester A. Arthur who assumed the office of President after the death of James A. Garfield who died of wounds from an assassin's bullet. The cost of the ornament is $18 and all profits benefit charity. Orders can be placed through any club member or by calling 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.
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, asparagus and tomatoes, as well as a variety of craft items, chocolate, soap and candles.
<cal1>Now through Dec. 31
<cal2>The Sully Historic Site is featuring a new exhibit evoking the adventurous spirit of travel and trade, open daily except Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., to accommodate a time when Virginia is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Explore the global trade in the Federal period, across the high seas on the India Venture and recapture the spirit during a tour of the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee. The Sully Historic Site is located at 3601 Sully Road in Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully.
<cal1>Sept. 21 - Oct. 9
<cal2>The Big Apple Circus will return to the Dulles Town Center in Dulles, with an all-new production — Step Right Up! Tickets range in price from $16 to $40 for weekday evenings, $19 to $48 for weekend and Columbus Day performances, and from $16 to $24 for 11 a.m. weekday matinees. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.; Weekday matinees (11 a.m.) will take place Oct. 4-6. Columbus Day performances (Oct. 9) will take place at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or online at ticketmaster.com.
<cal2>Elephant Extravaganza. Oakton piano instructor Anna Mecik will perform at the Virginia Federation of Republican Women’s 2006 Elephant Extravaganza. Hosted by Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th) and state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis (R-34th), the event will take place from 7–9 p.m. at their home in Vienna at 2213 Aryness Drive. Contact Rebecca Pick at DPick@cox.net or 703-218-1015 or visit http://www.fairfaxgop.org/Events/OtherEvents.aspx.
"A Nightmare on Elm Street," is back on the big screen. At 8 p.m., fans will also be treated to "Freddy's Best Kills," a montage of Freddy Krueger's gruesome kills throughout the rest of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise, including sequels 2-6, plus "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" and "Freddy VS Jason" — that can be seen only in theaters during this special event. The movie will be shown at Fairfax Towne Center 10, located at 4110 W Ox Road. Tickets are available online at www.BigScreenBoxOffice.com or at presenting theater box offices for $10.
<cal2>The Capital Home & Remodeling Expo runs from 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and free for children 5 and under. Go on-line to www.HomeandRemodelingExpo.com. Nearly 100 businesses from all across Fairfax County will exhibit at the Capital Home & Remodeling Expo, the region’s largest fall consumer show of its kind.
The MOMS Club of Centreville-North welcomes all moms with young children in the 20120 ZIP code to the September meeting. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. Children are welcome. The MOMS Club is an international nonprofit support group for mothers and their children. It offers park days, lunches out, field trips, playgroups, monthly mom's night out and other activities. Contact email@example.com.
<cal2>The Alliance Theatre Performs at International Children's Festival. Under the direction of Elaine Wilson, the Alliance Theatre will be doing excerpts from "The Wizard of Oz" at 11:30 a.m. at the Children's Theatre in the Woods. The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Youth performing groups from South Korea, Hawaii, Turkey and the UK come to the stage. Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, as well as the New York Goofs perform. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Tickets: $10, ages 3-12 and senior citizens; $12, adults and teens. Visit www.wolftrap.org.
The Chantilly High School Boosters will hold its second annual "Raise the Spirit" 5K at 8 a.m. The money raised will benefit the athletic programs. The cost is $20 per person before Sept. 20; $25 after. Contact Kimberly McDonald at 703-362-8942 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Capital Home & Remodeling Expo runs from 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and free for children 5 and under. Go on-line to www.HomeandRemodelingExpo.com. Nearly 100 businesses from all across Fairfax County will exhibit at the Capital Home & Remodeling Expo.
The Chantilly community of Greenbriar will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Many of the 1,900 homes in the community will be participating. Greenbriar is on Route 50 west of the Fairfax County Parkway. The community is also accessible from Stringfellow Road at the intersections of Melville Lane, Poplar Tree Road and Point Pleasant Drive.
Sully Historic Site hosts the annual Harvest Moon Musical Celebration from 4-6 p.m. With the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee as a backdrop, listen to live bluegrass performed Shenandoah Travelers. Bring a blanket or chair and your picnic supper to enjoy on the lawn. Ride the hay wagon around the grounds and toast marshmallows at the campfire. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $10 or at the gate for $12. Canceled in case of rain.
<cal2>The Centreville Regional Art Guild (CRAG) will host Clifton artist Paul Hennesy at its September meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. He will speak on the business side of art: getting into galleries, co-op galleries and outdoor shows; taking the step into prints and giclees; and Web sites and other marketing tools. He will also provide advice about framing and shipping artwork. Hennesy specializes in landscapes and seascapes, painting in North Carolina's Outer Banks as well as on frequent visits to France and Italy. He shares his Clifton studio with his father, Gerald, who also paints landscapes. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call Amy Mann at 703-631-1856.
The Capital Home & Remodeling Expo runs from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and free for children 5 and under. Go on-line to www.HomeandRemodelingExpo.com. Nearly 100 businesses from all across Fairfax County will exhibit at the Capital Home & Remodeling Expo.
Basic Pistol Class. Learn about handguns in a safe, responsible way. This 10-hour class focuses on safety, operation, maintenance, storage, transportation, selection and purchasing, and shooting of the basic 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. Certificate of Completion satisfies Virginia training requirement for a concealed handgun permit. Courses taught by a National Rifle Association certified instructor at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax. To register, e-mail: email@example.com or call 703-267-1567.
A Stamp Camp event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Sully Government Center. Hosted by Centreville resident Jeannette Swain, the stamp camp will include the stamp set, “A Light Heart,” and several make-and-take projects. For registration received by Sept. 14, the fee is $32. After that, due to shipping expenses, the fee will be $42. Bring scissors and adhesive. Contact Jeannette Swain, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator at 703-272-4825. Or call 1-800-STAMP UP (1-800-782-6787) or visit Stampin’ Up! online at www.stampinup.com.
The Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner is holding a Live Art and Sports Memorabilia Auction at 3 p.m. The preview starts at 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Dulles, located at 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd., in Herndon. Cost is $10/person and $15/couple. The auction is being presented by Ross Galleries. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided, as well as a door prize and raffle. Call 703-615-4477 or visit www.tysonscornerkiwanis.org.
The Greenbriar Shopping Center's new Sweethearts Restaurant will be the host for an Easter Seals Virginia Fund-raiser from 1-6:30 p.m. Help raise money to help fellow Virginians with "different" abilities.
<cal2>Local residents are invited to enjoy free events as part of All Fairfax Reads, a community engagement project sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library. All Fairfax Reads encourages adults to read the same book at the same time. This year's selection is "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" by Dai Sijie. Wendi Kaufman, a writing instructor at Johns Hopkins University, will facilitate discussions of the book at 10 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library.
The Central Fairfax Forum, a coalition of nonprofit human services organizations, government agencies and other interested groups in the central Fairfax County community, will be convening a training meeting with an anticipated attendance of 200 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The topic is “Volunteer Team Training.” It will be at the Centreville Baptist Church on Route 29. Speakers from Booze Allen, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia and Xerox will give presentations.
<cal2>Volunteer advocates are needed to make weekly visits to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Interviews for applicant 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. The Ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff of the facility, to promote the residents' rights and quality of life and care, they also 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.
Time for Tots at 10:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Stories and activities to get dancing. Ages 2-3 with an adult. Call 703-830-2223.
A meeting to discuss the Route 28/Braddock Road/Walney Road Intersection will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center. This is a follow up to the November 2005 meeting, and the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will present a proposal to modify Route 28/Braddock/ Walney and beyond. This proposal incorporates many of the citizen comments from the November 2005 meeting. Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, Del. Tim Hugo, and Del. Chuck Caputo are expected to attend. The address is 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, in the James McDonnell Room.
<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. The Ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff of the facility, to promote the residents' rights and quality of life and care, they also 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.
<cal2>Ready to Read at 2:30 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Stories and activities about hair for ages 4-5 with an adult. Call 703-830-2223.
<cal2>Amish Country Quilts and Crafts presents an Amish quilt and craft sale from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, South Hall, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. The sale will feature a large selection of 250 quilts, 500 wall hangings, pillows, dolls, artwork, toys, furniture, rugs, books, and much more from the Amish and other crafts people of Lancaster County, Pa. Free. Visit www.amishcountryquiltscrafts.com.
George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, welcomes Michael Fenstein in concert at 8 p.m. He is the premiere interpreter of "the Great American Songbook." Call 703-993-2787.
Join Sully Station's 20th Year Anniversary Celebration from 4-8 p.m. at the Sully Station Community Center, 5101 Sequoia Farms Drive, Centreville. During the last 20 years Sully Station has grown in both size and diversity, a blend of different cultures and backgrounds. Many of the local restaurants and merchants will be participating. Spend time with family and friends, old and new, enjoying the food, music and huge obstacle course and moon bounces for the kids.
Ponds of Clifton Community Yard Sale. The yard sale will take place in front of the clubhouse, and run from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Make some spare cash from your outgrown items and find something new to buy for your house.
<cal1>Sept. 30 - Oct. 1
<cal2>Wine. The 31st Annual Virginia Wine Festival, starting Sept. 30 through Oct. 1, is the oldest and largest wine festival on the East Coast. Highlights include a grand tasting from Virginia's award-winning wineries, educational demonstrations, live entertainment on the main stage and kids stage, and a veritable treasure trove of culinary and craft artisans in an al fresco show. Come out to the meadows of Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg to celebrate the harvest with Virginia's vintners and kick off Virginia Wine Month in style. Call 703-823-1868 or visit www.virginiawinefestival.org.