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To have food and dining items happening in Fairfax listed free, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, or fax to 703-917-0991, or e-mail maweber@connectionnewspapers.com.

The Bailiwick Inn in Old Town Fairfax is holding a series of holiday events. On Dec. 12 there will be champagne and carols from around the world. On Dec. 19 there will be a flight of champagnes and carols. On Christmas Eve, DEc. 24 there will be a special Christmas Eve dinner as well as on Christmas Day. Tuesday, Dec. 31 will be the meal experience of 2002. For information call 703-691-2266.

The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City will be holding its annual Teddy Bear Tea, Dec. 14 and 21; at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A life-size bear will welcome children to the tea party, as Nanny Goat Productions performs a puppet show. Youngsters will enjoy hot chocolate, peanut butter and beary jelly sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, and pint-sized pastries, including meringue mice, a palmier butterfly, a brownie bear and chocolate caterpillars. Adults will have the traditional afternoon tea with a pot of tea, selection of tea sandwiches and assorted pastries. All children will receive a teddy bear and special gift bag.

The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City will hold its annual Brunch with Santa on Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests will be treated to a selection of foods, including cold salads, shrimp, crab cocktail and more. For the children, there will be a pint-sized buffet with many child-friendly foods, including chicken nuggets, curly fries and cookies. The children are also invited to make homemade cards at the arts and crafts station. The cost is $68 for adults and $30 for children. To make reservations, call 703-412-2760.

A Holiday Tea Party with Ritz C. Bear, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be offered on Sunday, Dec. 15, 21, 22 and 23 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. The cost is $42, including tax and gratuity. The teddy bear holiday party will include hot chocolate, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and teddy-bear-shaped cookies. Adults will enjoy traditional afternoon tea service. Each youngster will receive a complimentary photograph with Ritz C. Bear, a bear nutcracker and a goodie bag. For reservations, call 703-917-5498.

Join us for a fun event at eCiti on Tyco Road in McLean where you'll get to meet up to 25 other singles of the opposite sex for fabulous one-on-one conversation. Number of minutes for each encounter will depend on number of participants registered. Light snacks served. The event is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, with check-in at 7:15.

Preregistration required at www.briefencountersusa.com

Ages 26-38, cost $35, dress business casual. Call 703-524-8570.

The Nutcracker Tea will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner on Dec. 16, 17, 18 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. The Maryland Youth Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” and guests will be treated to a nutcracker-theme tea, with each child receiving a nutcracker. The cost is $42 per person.

For information and reservations, call 703-917-5498.

Brunch with Santa will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner on Sunday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 and 11 a.m. Characters such as Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, along with Santa and his elves, will entertain at the holiday brunch. Tickets are $65 for adults, $25 for children. Space is limited, and reservations are on a first-call basis. For reservations, call 703-917-5498.

The 2002 Virginia Wineries Festival and Tour Guide is now available from the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, part of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The free annual publication includes a listing of the state’s wineries, directions, hours of operation, maps and a listing of nearly 350 wine-related events. To receive a copy, call 800-828-4637 or visit www.virginiawines.org, or write to VDACS, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

Every Friday, future chefs from Stratford College’s School of Culinary Arts, 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500, Tysons Corner, invite the public to come and enjoy the fine cuisine that they prepare and serve. A different style of service — buffet, traditional or Russian — is highlighted each week. Lunch ($12) is served promptly at 11 a.m., dinner ($18) at 8 p.m., and a happy hour is available 6-8 p.m. Call 703-821-8570 for reservations or information.