Worth Noting

Worth Noting

To have community events listed in Centre View, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412.


<cal2>Music Education Program. Offered through St. Johns Episcopal Church through the Royal School of Church Music. Learn to sing, read music and music theory. Grades 1-5 meet Sundays at 12:15 p.m. for rehearsal and study; Grades 6-12 meet Sundays at 4:30 p.m. for rehearsal and study. At 5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville. Visit www.StJohnsCentreville.org. Call 703-803-7500.

<cal1>Winter Break

<cal2>Winter Break Animation Camp. Stop Motion Animation Camp for children ages 8-11. Children will create their own cartoon character, motion toys, take pictures for their production and develop an art project. Two sessions of two days each: Dec. 23 and 24, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 30-31, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Chantilly. Cost is $130 for one; $220 for both sessions (includes supplies). Call 703-327-9370 or visit www.artsmartstudio.biz.


<cal2>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) will provide more than 1,500 holiday food baskets to families in need in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fairfax station. So it’s seeking local residents and businesses willing to either sponsor a family, by providing food for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, or donate supermarket gift cards in any denomination.

Gift cards may be dropped off at the WFCM food pantry at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly (near Backyard Grill and Bar). For more information or to sponsor a family, contact Pam Ryan at 703-988-9656, ext. 3, or via development@wfcmva.org.

To mail gift cards or send donations by check, add a note saying "food basket program" and send them to: WFCM, P.O. Box 220802, Chantilly, VA 20153. Checks should be made payable to WFCM.

Neighborhood Watch Training Dates — The Fair Oaks District Police Station is offering four training dates in 2010, for the Neighborhood Watch Program. They will be held at the police station, located at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, at 7 p.m. in the roll call room and will last approximately two hours. These opportunities are designed for communities that want to expand their existing Neighborhood Watch participation, those who wish to begin a new Watch program or those who would like a refresher course. We look forward to serving you and maintaining the quality of community and police partnerships that we have both come to depend on and enjoy.

The training dates are as follows:

o Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

o Tuesday, April 20, 2010

o Tuesday, July 20, 2010

o Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Our Neighbors Child (ONC) is the local organization coordinating holiday assistance (new toys and clothing gifts) for children of families in financial crisis in Centreville, Chantilly and Western Fairfax. Assistance is made possible through the generous support from local churches, schools, businesses and individuals each year.

In its 18th year, ONC is looking for groups or individuals to "adopt" the special needs of local children this holiday season. There is an especially urgent need for winter coats, blankets and other warm clothing. Specific information (sizes, etc.) will be available by Thanksgiving. If you are willing to help, contact Denise McInerney, ONC Clothing Coordinator at oncdenise@aol.com. For other volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.ourneighborschild.org.

The Western Fairfax County Woman’s Club is selling the 2009 White House Christmas ornaments. This year’s ornament honors our 24th President Grover Cleveland.

A finely crafted gold-plated wreath of snowflakes, painted in ice blue and white, frames the oval ornament that depicts a view of the White House from the south lawn. The first White House Christmas tree to be adorned with electric lights can be seen through the upstairs window.

The cost of the ornament is $18 and all profits benefit charity. If you wish to order previous years’ ornaments, just ask about that when you call to place your order. Orders can be placed through any club member or by calling 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.

<cal1>Dec. 10, 11, 12

<cal2>"The Music Man Jr." Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available during lunches on Monday through Wednesday. At Stone Middle School in Centreville. Call 703-631-5909.

<cal1>Dec. 11-13

<cal2>Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. More than 250 craftspeople to display handmade works. Master craftspeople will demonstrate their expertise in a range of media, including copper spinning, ceramics, and kinetic sculpture making. Admission is $7/online, $8/door. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly. Go to www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 8:30-9 beginner lesson; 9 p.m. to midnight dancing. With the Daryl Davis Band, a mix of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and swing standards. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon.

Parents Night Out. 6-10 p.m. For children ages 6-12. Swimming, movies, snacks, activities and games. $20/first child; $15/each. At the Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly. Contact Tiffany Daubach or Kevin Jackson at 703-817-9407.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 12

<cal2>Model Train Displays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is especially for families with children, and will feature multiple displays: Lionel, HO, Lego and a Wooden train area for hands on fun. At Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly. Call 703-263-1188.

"Furever Together." 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday pet food drive to collect pet food for needy pets in the area. Sponsored by the Westfield High School DECA. All donations go to the Humane Society's Ani-Meals program. At Weber's Pet Supermarket, 14508-G Lee Road, Chantilly. Contact Daisy Robles Johnson at daisy.johnson@fcps.edu or 703-488-6300

Care Packages Drive. 9 a.m. to noon. Drop off donated items at any local Moe's Southwest Grill for a big packaging party to support local troops. At Moe's Southwest Grill of Chantilly and South Riding.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Gift-Making Workshop. 3:30-5:30 p.m. An opportunity for children to make and wrap gifts for family and friends. At St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville. Call 703-803-7500.

Arches and Ridges for Boys and Girls. 11 a.m.-Noon. Over 800,000 children go missing every year, so keep your family safe by having your child’s fingerprints and other crucial information to give to authorities in the worst-case scenario. Sponsored by the National Child Identification Program, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I, this Eagle Scout project will help keep your family safe by conducting free fingerprinting of children from ages 4–18 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 13421 Twin Lakes Dr., Clifton, VA 20124. All fingerprints and other information will be retained by family. Parent/guardian must accompany child during the process. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win an iPod Nano or a Fuzion Scooter. Contact Life Scout Tejas Aralere at 703-830-7278.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 18

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8:30-9 p.m. beginner lesson; 9 p.m. to midnight dancing. $15 admission. With the band King Teddy, specializing in swing, rockabilly and jump blues. At the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road (Route 28 near the airport), Herndon.

Parents Night Out. 6-10 p.m. For children ages 6-12. Swimming, movies, snacks, activities and games. $20/first child; $15/each. At the Cub Run RECenter in Chantilly. Contact Tiffany Daubach or Kevin Jackson at 703-817-9407.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Education Planning. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Emily Dupre, MFS Investments. At Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen, Advanced Financial Advisor, at 703-825-2382.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 20

<cal2>Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers will count birds in a circle around Centreville. The area includes Manassas National Battlefield, Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas along Bull Run Post Office Road and Dulles Airport, and many other locations. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Visit www.audubonva.org or info@audubonva.org or call 703-256-6895.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 23

<cal2>Open House. Sponsored by Centreville Preschool Inc. Registration packets will be available for the 2010-2011 school year. Morning and afternoon co-op and non co-op classes are available to children who turn 3 or 4 by Sept. 30, 2010. A beginners non co-op morning class is offered to children who turn 2 1/2 by Sept. 30. At 13196 Braddock Road, Centreville. Call 703-830-5656 or email register@centrevillepreschool.com.