<cal2>The Mom's Club of Clifton/Centreville is hosting their annual open house on Thursday, April 18 at 10:15 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. There will be a home safety speaker, giveaways and refreshments. Call 703-988-0245.
<cal2>Amnesty International, Fairfax branch, will meet at the Fair Lakes Barnes & Noble on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 703-830-4194 for information, or write firstname.lastname@example.org For more information contact Alice Foltz, Centreville, 703-830-4194.
<cal2>The Virginia Run Parents Group will hold its semi-annual Children's Clothing and Toy Sale on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Maternity and Infant Boutique opens at 8 a.m. The sale will be held at the Virginia Run Community Center (Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road). The sale will include baby equipment, kids clothing (sizes 0-14) and toys from more than 100 sellers. All proceeds are donated to Families In Need and leftover items are donated to local charities. Last hour is 1/2 price.
<cal2>The Pied Piper Theatre will present "Peter Pan" on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Making his first appearance with Pied Piper, Gracen Carroll of Clifton plays the Crocodile. Laura Fraase of Ormond Stone Middle School portrays Mrs. Darling and Karis Butler, Christian Mikkelsen, and P.J. Rechter add to the fun as the lost boys and pirates.
Don't miss out on this summer's Pied Piper Theatre Summer Camps. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and include musical theater day camps, acting for the camera, voice for actors, a mystery theater workshop and a teen Shakespeare workshop. For a brochure or for information, call 703-330-ARTS.
<cal2>The Hospices of the National Capital Region will offer a free day camp for area children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp session will be held Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centreville Baptist Church. It will offer group discussion, art therapy and recreational activities planned to help children and teens create new friendships while addressing feelings and memories related to the death of a family member. The church is located at 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville. For questions or to register, call The Hospices of the National Capital Region Point of Hope Grief Counseling Center at 1-800-255-3042.
<cal2>Sully Historic Site will host the fourth annual March for Parks on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and show your support for Fairfax County's cultural and natural resources. March for Parks raises funds for Sully's interpretive signs along its trails and a footbridge across Cain's Branch. The walk is free, however, donations are accepted and walkers may seek pledges from friends. For pledge forms, call Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Amazing reptiles will be on display on Saturday, April 20 from 10-11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Native and exotic reptiles will be introduced. Reservations required. Cost is $4. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>A Beginners Bird Walk will be held on the grounds of the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society. The guided walk will take place Saturday, April 20, from 8-9 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. Older children welcome. Located at 12829 Chestnut Street, Clifton. Free, but call 703-803-8400.
<cal2>The Dulles International Antiques Show and Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 at the Dulles Expo Center. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show offers 150 exhibitors from more than 20 states showing an extensive merchandise mix including jewelry, crystal, porcelain, silver, art glass, art nouveau, deco, paintings and more. Antiques for the Home features an additional group of room setting displays of antique and estate furniture, mirrors, lamps, architectural artifacts, posters and more. Admission is $6, good both days. Children 14 and under free with adult.
<cal2>The Spring Blast Sporting Clays Tournament will be held Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center in Centreville. Located at 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Michael Dirda, senior editor of The Washington Post Book world, will visit the Chantilly Regional Library Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. as part of National Library Week.
<cal2>The Flowers and Gardens of China will be the focus of the program presented by the Greenbriar Garden Club on Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. The slide program will give attendees an insight into how people live in the most populous country in the world. It will highlight some of China's major attractions, flowers and forests, and the effects on the country and people as a result of building one of the largest construction projects in the world — the Three Gorges Dam. The program is free of charge and open to everyone; membership is not required. To be held at the Greenbriar Community center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax, (near the corner of Stringfellow and Melville). Call Donna at 703-266-9526 or Diane at 703-378-0994. No RSVP required.
<cal2>Bob Woodward and Sam Donaldson will be the featured speakers at two "Presidents, Politics and Power" programs offered by the Fairfax County Public Library this spring. These live events are free and open to the public. Bob Woodward will lead a discussion of the presidency of Richard Nixon on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. Sam Donaldson will discuss the Reagan presidency on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m., also at the Fairfax County Government Center.
<cal2>The New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia is beginning the Spring 2002 series. The group is an opportunity for mothers and their infants (up to eight months old) to get together for lunch, a speaker and fun. It meets Tuesdays at Seasons Restaurant in the City of Fairfax. There is a different program each week. Reservations are required for all luncheons. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 go to email@example.com. The schedule is as follows:
* Tuesday, April 23 — "Everything you wanted to know about consignment shops."
* Tuesday, April 30 — "Ten tips to survive parenthood."
* Tuesday, May 7 — "Preserving your memories in a scrapbook."
* Monday, May 13 — "Take your mother (or mother-in-law) to lunch." Call for location.
* Tuesday, May 21 — "Healthy eating habits."
* Tuesday, May 28 — "Planning your child's financial future."
<cal2>The Centreville High School Class of 2003 is sponsoring a car wash at the Fair Lakes Wal-Mart on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donations support the alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free After-Prom Party. Call 703-264-9473.
<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 893 will host its annual Flea Market on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (No early birds please). It will be held in a new location this year — the old Lowe's Hardware Store located at 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, across from the K-Mart and Babies R Us. Items for sale include furniture, housewares, toys, hardware, lawn and garden, clothes for the entire family, electronics and white elephant merchandise. There is plenty of parking. Call 703-830-7099 or 703-631-1997.
<cal2>Clifton Clean-Up Day and Spruce-Up Day will be held Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to meet anytime at the Clifton Caboose for assignments. The day will consist of flower planting, gazebo clean-up, painting, tidying and pruning. Call Jennifer Chesley at 703-830-2129 or Lynne Garvey Hodge at 703-322-1811.
<cal2>National Youth Service Day will take place on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. On this date, youth from all over the country will participate in various service projects to help better their local communities.
Fairfax County is also participating in this unique day. Youth and families can contribute their time and energies to their own community. There are many options to choose from, whether you garden with seniors, beautify the county libraries, participate in a walk-a-thon for the March of Dimes, or work with developmentally challenged toddlers, plus many more important projects.
It's not too late to get involved! Anyone is welcome to participate. Projects range in age and space is limited, so sign up today! Contact Judith Silverstein at Volunteer Fairfax at (703) 246-3460, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.volunteerfairfax.org.
<cal2>An AIDS Benefit concert will be held Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall at 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. It will feature local musicians, including Jared Abbott on viola, singers Susan Gaeta and Kaitlin Schneiderman, Randy Thompson and his band and The Robinson Singers. Proceeds will benefit an orphanage in Haiti that takes care of children with AIDS. Clifton resident Tom McNamara learned about the orphanage from his prayer group at St. Clare's Catholic Church. To help with the event, call 703-631-2060.
<cal2>Christmas and Sukkot in April, a volunteer program that repairs homes for low-income homeowners, is seeking applications for its next home repair workday, scheduled for April 27-28. Repairs are made by community volunteers at no cost to the homeowners. Work performed by the volunteers include interior and exterior painting, floor, wall and ceiling repairs, minor plumbing, electrical work, installation of ramps, grab bars and railings, trash removal and yard work. To qualify for the program, residents must own the home they live in and have a maximum income of $29,400 for a person living alone. Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and families with children. To apply, call 703-528-5606.
<cal2>Learn about Pamunkey Indian arrow making on Saturday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. In full buckskin attire, Michael Sottosanti will demonstrate how the Pamunkey Indians made bows and arrows when the first English settlers arrived in Jamestown. Demonstrations include: how to make flint arrowheads and natural glues, attach an arrowhead to a foreshaft and attach feathers to the arrow shaft. Cost is $6. Reservations required. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>Plans are in motion for the fifth-annual "Walk for Shea" Megale, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at the Virginia Run Community Center. Mark your calendars to meet at 9 a.m. — rain or shine. Shea Megale is a 6-year-old Virginia Run resident who has a rare and terminal form of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy for which there is no cure. Although she is confined to a wheelchair, Shea leads walkers on a 5-K walk throughout the community. All proceeds will benefit research for this disease. The cost is $3 for children under 18 and $5 for adults. Friendly dogs and strollers welcome. Pick up a registration form at the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court in Centreville or contact Mo Nieves at 703-815-2629.
The Centreville Regional Art Guild (CRAG) is celebrating its third birthday on Sunday, April 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. There will be an election of officers at this meeting as well as lots of food! Members are encouraged to bring their original art for viewing. CRAG is presenting an on-going exhibit of two-dimensional artwork at Jamie's General Bean Coffee Shop, 5967 Centreville Crest Lane in Centreville. For more information about the guild, contact Amy Mann at 703-631-1856.
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<cal2>The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held May 3, 4, and 5 at the Capitol Expo Center in Chantilly. The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. There will be 300 fine artists and craft designers — offering everything from pottery, handmade designer clothing, fine art, 14-K gold, jewelry and leather goods. Master craft designers will educate and entertain with demonstrations of woodturning, papermaking, iron forging, wheel-thrown pottery and more. Admission is $7 adults, with children under 12 free. Call 301-990-1400.
<cal2>The Clifton Farmer's Market begins its season, Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m.-noon, in the Clifton Post Office parking lot on Chapel Road. The Farmer's Market will be held each Sunday.
<cal2>Centreville Toastmasters is the place to improve your communication and leadership skills. The club will be meeting from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on the following Mondays — May 6; May 20; June 3; and June 17. These meetings will be held at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive. Guests are welcome. Prepared speeches, oral evaluations and impromptu speeches (Table Topics) will be on the agenda.
<cal2>The League of Women Voters will review recent changes in policies and programs in the area of domestic violence at its May unit meetings. The focus will be on programs and practices affecting the handling of domestic violence in the Fairfax area. Meetings are free and guests are welcome at the Thursday, May 9, 6:45 p.m. meeting at the Beacon Street Restaurant (13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax) or at any of the other 14 unit meetings scheduled for May 8, 9 and 14 at locations throughout the Fairfax area. Call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org for the location in your area and further information about the League and its activities.
<cal2>In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, many quilts were tucked in among the thousands of gifts and letters of support sent to the building. At least 16 of these treasured Pentagon Quilts will be on display for the first time to the public during the Quilters Unlimited 29th Annual Quilt Show.
Quilters Unlimited will hold its Annual Quilt Show on May 10-12 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Some 70 vendors will be offering 600 quilted items, a silent auction, bazaar and raffle quilt. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5/one-day pass or $10/three-day pass. The Dulles Expo Center is located at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Visit the Web site at www.quiltersunlimited.org. Call 703-812-0066.
<cal2>The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus will be coming to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville on Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of St. Andrew's and St. Clare's Council, the showtimes are Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale starting April 27 at the Fair Lakes Wal-Mart or visit www.tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-332-5600. Advance tickets range from $9 to $20, show day prices are $9 to $22. Call 1-800-796-5672.
<cal2>A War of 1812 Militia Muster will be held Saturday, May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly. Bring your blanket and basket to enjoy a picnic and muster with Federal period interpreters. Musters were traditionally a time for socializing — observe a military drill, hear period music, see a puppet show, play lawn bowls, learn about work and leisure in the Federal period and what foods the enslaved cooks at Sully would prepare for picnics. Cost is $6/adults, $4/seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>The Clifton Community Woman's Club will host its Annual Homes Tour on Thursday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each home has been carefully selected to illustrate the diverse lifestyles of those who call Clifton home. The Fire House will be a place to browse and shop. There will be a boutique with several vendors, a Great Escapes Silent Auction, a Clifton Closet, featuring home accessories, assorted neat stuff and Table Top Books; in addition, there will be a Membership Table for those interested in knowing more about the club and a Fairfax Station Museum Table as well. New this year will be a Doll's and Teddy Bears exhibit at the Primitive Baptist Church. Reservations for lunch will be taken at the Heart in Hand Restaurant, and the Clifton Store will be selling boxed lunches. The tour is the primary fund-raiser for the club; all proceeds go to local charities and scholarships. Call Diane Smith at 703-830-3428 or Dini White at 703-803-1425. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at Antiques of Clifton, Heart in Hand Restaurant, Baskets and Boughs or Cottage Arts.
<cal2>Walney Visitor's Center will hold its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. The event will include site tours, tobacco planting and garden tours, woodworking and smokehouse demonstrations and butter making along with tastings. Children's activities will include 19th century games, face painting and raptor and reptile programs. The park is located at 5040 Walney Road in Chantilly. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>The H&K Law Enforcement Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot will be held Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center, located at 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Celebrate Fairfax! is Northern Virginia's best entertainment, music and tech festival. This year's event, June 7, 8 and 9, on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, showcases the very best entertainment, crafts, exhibits, activities, carnival rides and food of any event in the Washington area. This event provides visitors a jam-packed weekend of music and entertainment while it highlights many features that contribute to the quality of life in Fairfax County. More than 2,200 volunteers give their time each year. To volunteer, call 703-324-3247 or visit www.celebratefairfax.com.
<cal2>The 28th Annual Antique Car Show will take place on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Classic cars from almost every manufacturer will fill the grounds and compete for awards. The show is co-sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. Cost is $6/adults, $5/senior, $4/child. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Take the stage in the Pied Piper Theatre Summer Camps. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and are offered in both Manassas and Woodbridge. Theatre Express! for ages 8-12 is a musical theater day camp which runs for two weeks. Students receive training in acting, improvisation, voice, dance and stage combat in the morning session with a musical production class in the afternoon. Footlights and Fairy Tales is a beginning musical theater experience for ages 5-7. Will Shakespeare's Excellent Adventure and the murder mystery workshop Whodunit? are offered for teens ages 13-18. Voice for Actors and Acting for the Camera are new this season and are added to the How to Audition classes. For a brochure or to register, call 703-330-ARTS.
<cal2>A Parkinson's disease support group meets the fourth Saturday of each month in the Sully Senior Center at Centreville Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is free. The church is located at 5690 Sully Road, in Centreville. Call 703-378-9213.
<cal1>Persons 50 or over who are looking for permanent work in the Northern Virginia area are invited to seek help from Senior Employment Resources. Since 1983, SER has placed more than 7,700 seniors in area jobs, and many employers need their skills and experience. SER provides job counseling, resume review and fast referral to companies that offer immediate employment in Northern Virginia. To schedule an interview with a job counselor, call SER Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 703-750-1936.