Worth Noting

Worth Noting


<cal2>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.

Craft Vendors are needed for the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road. Leased spaces for vendors are going quickly. Book your vendor space now! Contact novemberbazaar@hotmail.com or 703-830-2684.

The Western Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha is making available Monthly Self-Breast-Exam Stickers for your calendars as of Oct. 1. These stickers can be found in all branches of the Fairfax County Public Libraries and are located in the Libraries' Community Information Racks. Supplies are limited so please stop by and pick-up a free set today!

The Western Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in connection with Yoplait is collecting the yogurts' pink lids to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Pink Yoplait/ZTA drop boxes can be found at local Giant grocery stores including: 1) Sully Station at Stone Road in Centreville, 2) the Colonnade in Clifton. A drop box is also located at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road.

<cal1>Nov. 4-8

<cal2>Pumpkin Madness Days at Cox Farms. Pumpkin Madness Days begin Wednesday, Nov. 4, with the Pumpkin Drop and Pumpkin Catapult in action, in addition to the usual rides and attractions at the Fall Festival. Pumpkin Madness events will be added daily, culminating in Pumpkin Madness Weekend, Nov. 7-8. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $15 on weekends; $9 on weekdays. Children under 2 years of age are free. Cox Farm is located at Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road. Visit www.coxfarms.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 5

<cal2>Woman's Club Day Meeting. 9 a.m. Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst with the Cato Institute, will be speaking about her experiences and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the Fairfax Station Museum. Contact Membership Chair, Linda Beckman at 703-266-0213.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Under the Big Top. 6-9 p.m. Celebration recognizes adoptive families as part of National Adoption Awareness Month. Children who have talent and an interest in showcasing their talents at the event, are asked to contact Stephanie Pegues with the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7792. Clowns, face-painting, circus foods and prizes. At the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 7

<cal2>Burn-a-Thon. Starts at 9 a.m. Fund-raiser for diabetes. At Golds Gym Chantilly, 14290 Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly. Visit http://www.diabetes.org/tour-burnathon.

Relay for Life Meeting. 10 a.m. to noon. At the Clifton Café on Main Street in Clifton. The American Cancer Society invites the community to learn about its fund-raiser coming to Centreville High on May 22-23, 2010. Drop by and pick up information and talk to Co-Chair Marion Rantis.

Colonial Day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8/adults, $6/children. This family-friendly program highlights daily life in northern Virginia between 1775 and 1785. At Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794.

CASA Info session. 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to serve as Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). At Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Call 703-273-3526, ext. 22, or email ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

Lane's Mill Chapter DAR Meeting. Ladies interested in learning about the DAR and membership are welcome to attend. At the Sully Government Center, Chantilly. Email jsmithtot@aol.com

Book and Author Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $38/person. Presented by the Fairfax City Branch of AAUW. This annual event is sponsored by AAUW Fairfax City Branch to raise funds for scholarships for women in our area. At the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3445.

<cal1>Nov. 7-8

<cal2>DC Big Flea Market. More than 600 booths offering furniture, art, paintings, kitchen items, glass, silver, china, pottery, jewelry, toys and more. At the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Call 1-757-961-3988 or visit www.damorepromotions.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 8

<cal2>CPMSAC's 25th Anniversary. 3 p.m. The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee is celebrating its 25th anniversary. At the Fair Lakes Hyatt, Commonwealth Ballroom, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. Visit http://www.cpmsac.org. Contact Barbara Tyler at 703-450-2547 or btyler@nvcc.edu.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 10

<cal2>What’s New at NOVA? 7 p.m. An evening program for parents and students. Find out the latest information on majors, guaranteed admission programs, the NOVA placement exams, application process, transfer options, financial aid and much more! At Centreville High School Theatre. Contact Claire Leftwich, Career Center Specialist at Claire.leftwich@fcps.edu or call 703-802-5445.

Free Shoot. 6-9 p.m. Firearms and ammo will be provided. Military personnel and veterans will be asked to take a short range test if they have not shot at the NRA’s range prior to the event. Sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Space is limited. Email Sylvia Schneider at nrarangeadmin@nrahq.org or call 703-267-1402.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 11

<cal2>Quarterly Forum. 7:30-9 p.m. Friends of Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Patrick O'Neill, a professional archaeologist and historian, has done extensive research on Camp Humphreys, an Engineer Corp camp constructed in early 1918 just south of Mt. Vernon. He will discuss the many miles of narrow gauge and industrial rail track, corduroy roads, and plank roads constructed in this area, all training for constructing lines across the rugged European terrain during WWI. At 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Call 703-425-9225.

Open House. 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Clifton Children's Academy is holding a Registration Open House for Kindergarten and morning, afternoon and full day preschool classes. At 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Registration info at www.childrensacademy.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Roots and Shoots. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Come out and visit with some furry friends and talk to the Wildlife Rescue League. At Cub Run RECenter, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Contact Debbie Lodato, Volunteer Manager, 703-817-9423, Deborah.Lodato@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 17

<cal2>Open House. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Principal Joan Cargill will host an overview prior to classroom visits. At St. Joseph School in Herndon. Call 703-880-4350 or go to sjcherndon.org.

Open House. 10 a.m. to noon. At St. Veronica Catholic School, 3460 Centreville Road in Chantilly. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet the teachers and school parents and see classes in session. To RSVP for this event, call 703-773-2022 or by email to info@stveronicaschool.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Identity Theft. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Courtney Sweeney, Regional Director, Wells Fargo. At Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. RSVP to Christopher D. Allen, Advanced Financial Advisor, at 703-825-2382.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 19

<cal2>Open House. 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Clifton Children's Academy is holding a Registration Open House for Kindergarten and morning, afternoon and full day preschool classes. At 14315 Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455. Registration info at www.childrensacademy.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 21

<cal2>29th Annual Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Booths still available; crafters call 703-814-7986. At St. Timothy School, 13809 Poplar Tree Road, Chantilly. Contact Mary Kowalski, 703-502-9758 or mary.kowalski1@verizon.net.

JCCNV Gala. 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s, 29th annual fall gala benefitting the JCCNV’s Special Needs program which serves individuals and families with special needs including high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD/ADHD. Tickets start at $180 per individual/$360 per couple. At the Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly. Visit www.jccnv.org or call Sara Moore, 703-537-3024 or SaraM@jccnv.org.

Free Health Event. 2-4:30 p.m. "How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense." Vienna author and sensitivity researcher Mike Jawer will discuss the his book, The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion, with The NOVA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), and MVPS/ Dysautonomia (OI) Support Group. At the McDonnell Room, Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly. No registration required; free. Contact Elly at 703-968-9818 or CFSupport-owner@yahoogroups.com. Go to www.cfsnova.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 26

<cal2>Virginia Run Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. 5K race and 2K walk. Registration is available online at www.runwashington.com. Entry fee is $20 to run and $13 to walk if registered by Nov. 22. The fee includes a short sleeve T-shirt, post race snacks and raffle participation. Prizes are awarded to the fastest two males and females overall and in the Virginia Run residents' category. Proceeds go to Life With Cancer. The top two runners in the following age categories will receive prizes: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-29, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 28

<cal2>Peter Douskalis Performs. 7-9 p.m. Jazz Guitar Soloist performs at Pacino Ristorante. Free admission. At 5653 Stone Road, Centreville. Call 703-222-5885 or go to www.peterdouskalis.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 1

<cal2>Relay For Life Planning Meeting. 7 p.m. The American Cancer Society invites the community to learn about Relay For Life of Centreville-Clifton, coming to Centreville High School May 22-23, 2010. Visit the Planning Committee Co-Chair for a brief information session and then all visitors are welcome to stay for the Planning Committee meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Email CentrevilleRelay@gmail.com or visit www.CentrevilleRelay.org.

<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>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.