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<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 11

<cal2>Financial Planning for Separation and Divorce. 7-10 p.m. Financial adviser provides information on how to protect yourself with respect to income tax status, asset holdings and long-term financial security. At Brunswick Building, 7921 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. $35/members, $45/nonmembers. Call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org to register.

Introduction to Dynamic Walking. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Overview session demonstrates the importance of integrating walking with stretching and breathing exercises to increase vitality, improve circulation, relieve pain. $6/person. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Preregistration required. Call 703-255-6360.

We're About Nine and Cletus Kennelly. 8 p.m. Folk music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $6/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Meet the Author. 7 p.m. Dr. Christopher Harmon, terrorism expert and professor at Quantico's Command and Staff College, discusses his book “Terrorism Today.” Adults. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

Children's Yoga Class. 10-10:45 a.m., eight-week class at The School of Theatrical Dance, 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls. Open to children age 3-5. Integrates movement, story telling, music, creativity, imagination and more. Registration required. For information or to register, visit yogaforhealthyliving.com or call 703-758-0231.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 12

<cal2>Music for Teens. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Vienna-area middle-school students enjoy music with a guest DJ. At Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Free admission. Call 703-255-6360.

Jeff Greer Band. 8 p.m. Celtic rock music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $6/person. Call 703-255-1566.

“Sleeping Beauty.” 2 p.m. Kaydee Puppets presents a charming story that could be the "sleeper" of the year. All ages. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 73-356-0770.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 13

<cal2>Gaining Financial Peace of Mind. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Program explores individuals' perceptions regarding money, discusses options for savings and investments and outlines the contents of a financial plan. At Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $35/members, $45/nonmembers. Call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org to register.

Baby-Sitting Fundamentals Class. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Boys and girls 12 and up learn how to care for infants and young children, including bathing, diapering, games and activities, basic first aid and more. $25/person includes manual and certificate on completion. Bring bag lunch and doll. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Registration required. Call 703-255-6360.

"Lazer Vaudeville." 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Juggling, black light illusion, acrobatics, zany comedy and audience participation for the whole family. At the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 3 p.m. show costs $8/person ($6/McLean residents); 8 p.m. show costs $25/person ($20/McLean residents). Purchase tickets at Alden Theatre Box Office, 703-790-9223, or Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328. For information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Living Wreath Workshop. 10 a.m. Annuals on a moss frame become a living wreath as Atrium horticulturist Tammy Burke guides participants. $30 fee covers materials and supplies. Reservations requested. Call 703-255-3631. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

Rob Maletick. 8 p.m. Pop/contemporary jazz music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $12/$10/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Salting Fish. 1-4 p.m. Visit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family members as they clean and salt down their yearly catch of herring. Help scale, gut and pack the fish into jars, and learn about the important contributions the river made to Colonial farmers' lives. Weather permitting. At Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Colonial Farm Road, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $2/adults, $1/children 3-12 and senior citizens. Call 703-442-7557 or visit www.1771.org.

Pottery Clearance Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Clay Connection presents its Spring "Everything Goes" Pottery Clearance Sale. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Variety of handmade items. Vases, bowls, cups, casseroles, plates and platters. Free admission. For information, call 703-904-0541.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

Bird Watching. 9-11 a.m. Join a park ranger for informal stroll in the park to look for birds and muse over the seasonal migration. Meet in visitor center courtyard. Bring binoculars. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Spring Scavenger Hunt. 2-3:30 p.m. Join a park ranger to hunt for signs of nature while exploring the River Trail. Good program for families with children between five and 12 years old. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

U.N. Video. 3:30 p.m. The Committee to get the US out of the United Nations presents a free 50 minute video, exposing the real goals of the U.N. At Tysons-Pimmit Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 14

<cal2>"Dance into Spring." 5-9 p.m. Dance to he McLean Orchestra and the Tony Lewis Quartet. Supper club gala, silent auction and raffle. $125/person. At The McLean Hilton, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. For reservations, call 703-893-8646 or fax with credit card to 703-893-8654. For information, visit www.tmo.org.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

Spring into Action Hike. 2-2:30 p.m. Join a ranger for fast-paced hike. View the falls, Mather Gorge, remnants of the Patowmack Canal and other features of Great Falls Park while getting some exercise. Covers uneven ground. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for very brisk pace. Participants must sign "agreement to participate" form. Meet at Visitor Center desk. Program is free, reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 15

<cal2>"Homebuyer's Strategies for a Competitive Marketplace." 7-9 p.m. Mortgage consultant Edwin Peacock and Realtor Matthew Cockerham explain the eight steps to a stress-free real-estate transaction, how owning will translate to tax savings, strategies to locate homes quickly, successful negotiating strategies. Free. Preregistration required. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

"Coalition Kids." 2-3:30 p.m. After-school program for fifth- and sixth-graders focusing on making new friends, learning team building, performing community service, being involved with anti-drug and violence-prevention program. Facilitated by Fairfax County Safe and Drug-Free Youth Section staff member, school counselors, volunteers from the community. Registration required. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

Vienna Book Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. "One Writer's Beginnings" by Eudora Welty. Books provided with advance reservations through Patrick Henry Library. Call Karen O'Meara, 703-938-0405, for information.

Sweet Dreams. 7:30 p.m. Bedtime stories and activities. Come in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Ages 2-5 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Share stories, songs and fun, ages 1-5 with adult. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. "Working at Play," by Cindy Aron. Adults. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

<cal1>TUESDAY/APRIL 16

<cal2>Matt Nathanson. 8 p.m. Pop singer/songwriter performs at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

Book Discussion Group. 10:30 a.m. Ask at the information desk for this month's title. Adults. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/APRIL 17

<cal2>Volunteer Fair. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Vienna Parks and Recreation, Vienna-Madison Community Coalition and Vienna Jaycees sponsor volunteer fair at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. For civic organizations with members of any age group. The event will be held in conjunction with the Community Center's summer job fair for teens. For information about participating in the fair, call Karen Evans 703-281-1255 or e-mail Vienna_Jaycees-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Blue Mountain Groove. 8 p.m. Jam rock music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $5/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Teen Job Fair. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Students 13 and older are invited to learn about employment opportunities for the summer and long-term. Information about volunteer opportunities also available. Businesses interested in reserving a booth should contact Susanna Flint 703-255-5721. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation and Vienna-Madison Community Coalition.

Pond Friends. 10:30 a.m. Frogs, ducks and other pond animal stories. Ages 2-3 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 73-356-0770.

April Showers. 1 p.m. Stories and activities. Age 2 with adult. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 18

<cal2>Atlantic City Trip. Charter bus leaves Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. and returns about 11 p.m. Reservation deadline is April 11. $30/person includes transportation and casino package. For information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

Lom Landa and the Paperboys. 8 p.m. Roots/rock music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $12/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Fine Art Series. 7:30 p.m. Great Falls Art Center holds program in studio. Open to public. Speaker reviews major trends in Spanish painting from the time of Isabella to the 20th Century. Featured paintings by El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso and Dali. Also notes Italian and Flemish influences on Spanish art. For information or reservation, call 703-759-3867.

"13 Common Mistakes When Managing Money in Retirement." 7-8 p.m. Seminar on how to maximize retirement income, minimize tax burden and ensure your money is spent as you wish. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Free. Reservations required. Call Jerry Booth or Shane Ostrom 703-821-9100.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 19

<cal2>Pete Orta CCM. 8 p.m. Pop music at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $10/person. Call 703-255-1566.

The Lunch Pack. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to stories. Ages 2-6 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 73-356-0770.

S.P.A.R.C. (Student Program of Arts and Recreation Combined). 6-8 p.m. Program designed with the sixth grader in mind. Combines recreational activities, arts and athletics as a way to build friendships, learn about teamwork, have fun and engage students in positive supervised activities. Participants take active role in determining and selcting program ideas. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Free, advance registration required. Call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 20

<cal2>Spirituality for Everyday Life. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Casual, interactive program, one at which participants share their experiences with each other and learn to trust their individual sense of spirituality. At Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E. $35/members, $45/nonmembers. Call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org to register.

Assertive Communication in the Workplace. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Listen to the insights of speaker Lisa Oviatt, director of Alexandria Office on Women, as she shares her secrets for behaving assertively without being pushy or unpleasant. At ManTech International, 12015 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax. $40/members, $50/nonmembers. Call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org to register.

Kapoot Clown Theatre. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Chicago-based performers combine mime, expressionist theater and post-modern clowning at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $8/person ($6/McLean residents). Purchase tickets at Alden Theatre Box Office, 703-790-9223, or Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328. For information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Daylily Sale. 10 a.m.-noon. Varieties of colorful daylilies on sale for $4 each. Auction of rare, more expensive varieties at noon. Call 703-255-3631 for information. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

Brooks Williams. 8 p.m. Guitarist/singer/songwriter performs at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $10/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Great Falls Day Puppet Show. 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Library. Ask at the information desk about other Great Falls Day events. All ages. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

Inova Bloodmobile. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

Music for Teens. 7-11:30 p.m. Vienna area high school students invited to enjoy a concert by live bands at Club Phoenix Teen Center, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. $5/person admission. Call 703-255-6360.

Ballroom Dance. 9 p.m.-midnight. Ballroom dancing with the Big Band sound of Colvin Run Dance Band. $12/person. At Colvin Run School House, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. 8 p.m. Salsa/Mambo dance lesson for $5/person. For information call 703-430-3342.

Visit Blueberry Hill Cohousing in Vienna. 1 p.m. Learn about a modern version of an old-fashioned village, with no cars and a commitment to being friendly neighbors. Free, reservations required. Call 703-759-9501, email ddishon@erols.com or visit www.blueberryhill.org.

"Update Your Style for 2002." 1:30-3:30 p.m. Using "real people" models, local StyleMakers (consultants affiliated with Beauty For All Seasons) will demonstrate choosing the best of current fasions to suit your look and lifestyle. At DoubleTree Hotel, Tysons Corner. Benefits Suited for Change. For information and reservations, call 703-321-7539 or email morgans4@bellatlantic.net.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 21

<cal2>Michael McDermott. 8 p.m. Pop singer/songwriter at Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave., Vienna. $10/person. Call 703-255-1566.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band. 2-4 p.m. Smell the first blossoms of spring and tap your toes along with the band. Music moves to the barn in case of rain. Free. Donations accepted. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771 or visit www.colvinrunmill.org.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

Benefit for Jim Ahalt and Family. 1-6 p.m. Help Jim Ahalt and his family recover from physical and financial difficulties suffered after his debilitating accident. Music by Chris Polk, Smoke and Mirrors, Wichita Falls and Heavy Country. Silent auction, 50/50 drawings. Food by Hooters, Neighbors Bar and Grill, and others. $10/adults; $5/children age 12 and under; free to children 3 and under. At Vienna Moose Lodge. Call Kelly Davenport 540-937-2229 or Daphne Ahalt 540-582-8397 for questions, to donate money, food, auction items and services.

Spring Scavenger Hunt. 2-3:30 p.m. Join a park ranger to hunt for signs of nature while exploring the River Trail. Good program for families with children between five and 12 years old. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Wildflower Walk. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join biology professor Marion Lobstein for exciting and educational walk to learn how to identify wildflowers and the role they play in the ecosystem at the park. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Self-guided House Tour to Benefit The McLean Symphony. 1-5 p.m. Visit five newly remodeled McLean homes. $15/person. Advance tickets available at Degage or by mailing SASE and check payable to The McLean Symphony to: The McLean Symphony House Tour, 700 Belgrove Road, McLean, VA 22101. Tickets also available on tour day from noon-2 p.m. at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

"The Ethics, Politics and Science of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research." 6:30 p.m. Dr. Eric Meslin, director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics gives presentation in the Fellowship Hall at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 22

<cal2>Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Share stories, songs and fun, Ages 1-5 with adult. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

<cal1>TUESDAY/APRIL 23

<cal2>Palm Night 2002. Evening benefits The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Features The Palm's signature steak-and-lobster dinner, plus live and silent auctions sponsored by The Palm Restaurants; 6:30 p.m., cocktails and appetizers; 7:45 p.m., dinner; 8:30 p.m., live auction. Underwriting packages start at $1,000. Seating limited and reserved to 150 people. At The Palm Restaurant, 1750 Tysons Corner Blvd. at Tysons Galleria, McLean. For reservations and information, call La Shawn Lancaster, 202-371-0044.

Wild, Wild West. 1:30 p.m. Saddle up for stories and activities about the West. Ages 3-5 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 73-356-0770.

"The New Virginia 529 Tax-Free College Savings Plan." 7-8 p.m. Seminar on how to save for a child's college education and the benefits of the new 529 College Savings Plan. At Legg Mason, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean. Free. Reservations required. Call Jerry Booth or Shane Ostrom 703-821-9100

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/APRIL 24

<cal2>All Mixed Up! 10:30 a.m. Silly stories and activities. Ages 3-5 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Monkey Business. 2 p.m. Some silly simian stories and activities. Ages 2-5 with adult. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

Tom Stamp, storyteller-musician extraordinaire. 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation, in memory of 9/11 victim Shelley Marshall. All ages. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

Cooking Classes: Spring Cuisines of the World — the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. 8:30 p.m. Chef Curtis Ross explores the aromatic and vibrant spring cuisines of Africa, South America and the Caribbean in 8-week series of cooking classes. Food selections include sauteed seafood and Chef Curtis' signature Cape Malay flavorings. At Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 per class. To register, call 703-319-2000.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 25

<cal2>Vienna Book Club Meeting. 1 p.m. "Working at Play" by Cindy Aron. Books provided with advance reservations through Patrick Henry Library. Call Karen O'Meara 703-938-0405 for information.

Book Discussion. 1 p.m. "One Writer's Beginnings" by Eudora Welty. Adults. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 26

<cal2>"Conservation & Botanical Gardens in the 21st Century." 10 a.m. Tour Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and share gardens administrator Keith Tomlinson's overview of his work and travel to gardens in Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific. For fee information and reservations, call LLI at 703-503-0600. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

Internet Tutorials. 10 a.m.-noon. One-on-one, 30-minute sessions by appointment. Adults. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Dynamic Walking. 10:15-11:45 a.m. Three sessions: April 26, May 3 and 10. Learn Dynamic Walking and Dynamic Body Exercises. Individualized focus and hands-on coaching. $18 for all three sessions. Preregistration required. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 27

<cal2>Copper Trellises and Vines. 10 a.m. Atrium horticulturist Tammy Burke demonstrates how to make a trellis from copper tubing and explains propagating, growing and maintaining versatile garden vines, especially those with summer blooms. $5/person. Reservations required. Call 703-255-3631. At The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

Pitch, Hit and Run. 3 pm. Local baseball skills competition for children age 7-14 at Southside Park in Vienna. Hosted by Vienna Jaycees. For information, call Karen at 703-281-1255 or email Vienna_Jaycees-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

"It's a Girl Thing!" Six-week psychosocial support group for girls age 12-14 open for registration. Led by two licensed clinical social workers, designed to provide safe place for girls to explore, share, laugh and learn approaches to empowerment and effective communication skills. Issues cover friendships, self-esteem, personal responsibility, body image and family dynamics. For fee and registration information, call Mimi Weisberg LCSW 703-298-0631 or Amy Beckman LCSW 703-356-3239. Group meets Sunday afternoons in McLean starting in April or May.

Campfire Program, "Native American Indians." 7:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy the magic of Great Falls Park in the evening with a program about the area's first inhabitants. Limited space. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Ugly. 2-3 p.m. Learn more about the vultures seen soaring over the park. Park Ranger discusses the many images these birds have come to represent. Walk in the park, observing them in their natural habitat. Meet at Visitor Center desk. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

National Youth Service Day. Youth and families can contribute their time and energies to their own community. Garden with seniors, beautify the county libraries, participate in a walk-a-thon for the March of Dimes, work with developmentally challenged toddlers, or work on other projects. Projects range in age, space is limited. For information or to register, contact Judith Silverman at Volunteer Fairfax 703-246-3460, email jsilverstein@volunteerfairfax.org or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 28

<cal2>Sailboats at the Mill. 1-3 p.m. Decorate your own wooden sailboat and test its sailing abilities on the mini-lake. Call ahead to see if weather and wind permit this activity. Reservations by April 21. $6/boat. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771 or visit www.colvinrunmill.org.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Walk with a ranger to Overlook #2. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park. Wear comfortable shoes, meet at Visitor Center desk. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call 703-285-2966.

Park Discovery Walk. 2-3:30 p.m. Visit historical locations while also taking in the inspiring landscape. Join a ranger and hike to some unique locations. Strollers not appropriate. Program is free. Reservations required. Call 703-285-2966. At Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk. Charter bus leaves at 7 a.m. from Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. returns by 2:30 p.m. Set your own pace and enjoy the view alonng the 4.3-mile-long bridge. $18 for transportation plus $1 for shuttle bus service. No charge for walk. Reservation deadline is April 24. Call 7033-255-6360.

National Youth Service Day. Youth and families can contribute their time and energies to their own community. Garden with seniors, beautify the county libraries, participate in a walk-a-thon for the March of Dimes, work with developmentally challenged toddlers, or work on other projects. Projects range in age, space is limited. For information or to register, contact Judith Silverman at Volunteer Fairfax 703-246-3460, email jsilverstein@volunteerfairfax.org or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 29

<cal2>Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Share stories, songs and fun, Ages 1-5 with adult. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/MAY 1

<cal2>Cooking Classes: Spring Cuisines of the World — the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. 8:30 p.m. Chef Curtis Ross explores the aromatic and vibrant spring cuisines of Africa, South America and the Caribbean in eight-week series of cooking classes. Food selections include sauteed seafood and Chef Curtis' signature Cape Malay flavorings. At Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 per class. To register, call 703-319-2000.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/MAY 8

<cal2>Cooking Classes: Spring Cuisines of the World — the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. 8:30 p.m. Chef Curtis Ross explores the aromatic and vibrant spring cuisines of Africa, South America and the Caribbean in eight-week series of cooking classes. Food selections include sauteed seafood and Chef Curtis' signature Cape Malay flavorings. At Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 per class. To register, call 703-319-2000.

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2>T'ai Chi Practice. 8-9 a.m. Saturday mornings through March. Free T'ai Chi practice at St. Luke's Catholic School gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Open to all, including first-timers and visitors of all ages. No special clothing or equipment needed. For information, visit www.taichicenter.com or call 703-759-9141.

Ongoing Weekly Art Classes. Classes for children, teens, adults and seniors at Great Falls Art Center. Call 703-759-3867. Summer Art Camp during July and August, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For children age 6 and up. Includes drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, art history, swimming and outdoor games. For application, call 703-759-3867.

"Southern Exposure." April 18-May 25. Exhibition of contemporary photography inspired by the Southern landscape. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 1-5 p.m. Gallery talk with exhibition curator Carla Hanzal on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Public invited. Bill Dunlap, Southern artist and commentator performs "That's what I Like About the South" at 8 p.m. At McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-1953 for more information.

"The Perfect Crime." 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, April 19, 20, 26, 27, May 3 and 4. Great Falls Players perform at the Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. For information, call 703-759-6224, box office at 703-790-9223 or visit www.gfonline.org.

Lunch Bunch Aerobics. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays. Men and women welcome to this low-impact, high-intensity workout designed to meet the needs of all levels of fitness. $5 per session. Bring bottle of water and towel or mat. For information, call Nina Crissey 703-255-6360.

Family Skating. Friday night skating for the whole family, through April 12, 6:30-8, at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. $1/child, 50 cents for participating adults. Bring own skates or rollerblades and safety equipment. Parents must stay with their children. Call 703-255-6360.

Vienna Theatre Company Presents "Gigi," 8 p.m., April 26, 27, May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18; 2 p.m. performance on May 5. At the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, S.E. Tickets: $8/general admission; $7/students and senior citizens. Tickets available at the Community Center. For information, call 703-255-6390.

Internet Tutorials. Half-hour, one-on-one sessions, by appointment. Adults. Mondays at 7 and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 6 and 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays April 13 and 27, at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

"Celebrating Life." Vienna Arts Society Gallery displays artists' work in a changing show on view through May 19. Theme is "Celebrating Life," and the featured artist is Rita Bentley. Gallery is located at 513 Maple Ave., in the Village Green Shopping Center. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-319-3971.