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<cal1>THURSDAY/Dec. 12

<cal2>Ronan Cavanaugh performs at 8 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Good Times will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

"Children of War" presented by Ping Chong & Company in association with Theater of the First Amendment. 8 p.m., at TheaterSpace at George Mason University. $25. May not be suitable for children under 12. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Sesame Street Live's "1-2-3 ... Imagine." 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $21-$13. Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

High School Symphonic Band Concert. 7:30 p.m., at the Lake Braddock Secondary School Little Theater. For more information, visit www.lbband.org, or call 703-426-1072.

Coping with the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Haven of Northern Virginia will present a free program to help deal with the upcoming holiday season. For reservations, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Investment Strategies. 7:30-9 p.m. Presented by the Fairfax Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Call 703-352-0400 to reserve a spot.

Stories from the Hearth. Stories and activities. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 10:30 a.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

Kittens & Mittens. Winter stories and activities. Ages 2-5 with an adult. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

W.T. Woodson High School Symphonic and Jazz Bands will perform their annual winter concert at 7:30 p.m. in the W.T. Woodson auditorium. Admission is free. W.T. Woodson High School is located at 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

<cal1>FRIDAY/Dec. 13

<cal2>Ronan Cavanaugh performs 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Good Times will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Potomac Brass Quintet. Old Town Hall Performance Series. 8 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Free.

"Children of War" presented by Ping Chong & Company in association with Theater of the First Amendment. 8 p.m., at TheaterSpace at George Mason University. $25. May not be suitable for children under 12. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Chanticleer. 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Concert Hall. $42-$21. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Technocolor and Parmalee. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Bingo. 7:30 p.m., at Fire Station 3 in Fairfax City. 703-385-7877.

Sesame Street Live's "1-2-3 ... Imagine." 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $21-$13. Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

Small One-ders. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 18-23 months with an adult. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

<cal1>SATURDAY/Dec. 14

<cal2>Ronan Cavanaugh performs at 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Good Times will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

"Children of War" presented by Ping Chong & Company in association with Theater of the First Amendment. 8 p.m., at TheaterSpace at George Mason University. $25. May not be suitable for children under 12. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert with internationally renowned tenor Jingma Fan. 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Concert Hall. $40-$18. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Sixth Annual Operation Lifesaver Santa trains. VRE trains will run on the Manassas Line from Manassas and Burke Centre. Each train will be an excursion. Passengers will return to the same station from which they began. This year, Santa will host a total of 12 trains to make sure that even more boys and girls (of all ages) can come along for the ride. Ride the Train with Santa, but don't forget to bring a toy to donate to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Tickets: $3, with proceeds benefiting Operation Lifesaver. Tickets can be purchased Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Burke Centre Conservancy, 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. (Cash only.) 703-978-2928. Burke Centre Trains depart from Burke Centre Station at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., returning at 11:25 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., respectively.

51 Peg. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Irish Country Dancing. 8 p.m., at the Wood Complex in the City of Fairfax. 703-978-8265.

Sesame Street Live's "1-2-3 ... Imagine." 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $21-$13. Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

“Nutcracker in a Nutshell.” The Center for Ballet Arts will present a condensed version of the classic Hoffman Christmas tale at 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax High School Theatre, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Tickets: $10/adults, $9/students, $8/children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Advance tickets are available by calling 703-273-5344.

17th Annual Rudolph's Red Nose Run 10K. Benefits the educational programs of The New School Parents Association. Begins at Van Dyck Park, Old Lee Highway and Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax. 9 a.m. $20 by Dec. 7; $25 after. 703-691-3040.

Breakfast with Santa presented by Personality Show Choir, West Springfield High School. Disney characters perform songs from "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and others. 9:30 a.m., in the school auditorium, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. After the show, children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus as breakfast is served in the school cafeteria. Free parking. Tickets: $7; $6 in advance. To order, call 703-913-9793.

Rummage Sale to benefit Lee High School girls' varsity lacrosse. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield.

<cal1>SUNDAY/Dec. 15

<cal2>Brook Yoder performs at 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

"Children of War" presented by Ping Chong & Company in association with Theater of the First Amendment. 2 p.m., at TheaterSpace at George Mason University. $25. May not be suitable for children under 12. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Canadian Brass. 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Concert Hall. $44-$22. Family-friendly performance — children under 12 half-price. Call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com.

Sesame Street Live's "1-2-3 ... Imagine." 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets: $21-$13. Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-432-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

“Nutcracker in a Nutshell.” The Center for Ballet Arts will present a condensed version of the classic Hoffman Christmas tale at 3 p.m., at the Fairfax High School Theatre, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Tickets: $10/adults, $9/students, $8/children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Advance tickets are available by calling 703-273-5344.

The Annandale Brass with John Wright and The Chris Johnston Trio with vocalist Ericka Ovette. 3 p.m. at Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Forum, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Children under 12 are free. Seniors and teens are asked to donate $7 and adults are asked to donate $10.

<cal1>MONDAY/Dec. 16

<cal2>Open Mike. 8 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Meeting on the proposed Mosby Woods Gifted and Talented Center. 7:30 p.m., at Kilmer Middle School group instruction room. For more information, call 703-846-8767.

Meeting on the proposed Providence Gifted and Talented Center. 7:30 p.m., at Rocky Run Middle School little theater. For more information, call 703-846-8767.

Dave and Jerome of Fidel. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

ArtSmarts. Seasonal crafts. Ages 6-12. 2:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Burke Conservancy's Holiday Bus trip and party for seniors. 1-5 p.m. Buses will depart from the Ponds Community Center, 9837 Burke Pond Lane. $5 per person. Open to Burke Centre residents ages 55 and older. Buses will tour Washington, D.C.

<cal1>TUESDAY/Dec. 17

<cal2>Dave Berry performs 8 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Battle of the Bands. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Book Club. 7:30 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-246-2281. Ask at information desk for this month's selection. Adults.

Book Discussion Group. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. 11 a.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600. Adults.

Book Discussion Group. "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 7:30 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Evening Book Club. "The Last Time They Met" by Anita Shreve. 7:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333. Adults.

The Robinson Tiny Tots Concert. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., in Robinson Secondary School's Russell Theatre. The Symphonic Band and Trombone Choir will present holiday music complete with visits by Rudolph and Frosty. Rumors have it that Santa may make an appearance. There is a small admission fee for the Tiny Tot performances with group seating available for area pre-schools and kindergartens. Call the band office at 703-426-2147 or e-mail bandwebmaster@robinsonband.org for information.

Holiday Concert by the orchestras of W.T. Woodson High School and Frost Intermediate School. 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Woodson High School, 2525 Main St., Fairfax. The high school’s Chamber Ensemble and Advanced Symphonic Orchestra and the intermediate school’s Advanced and Beginning Orchestras perform. Tickets $3, elementary students and seniors admitted free. 703-691-9243.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/Dec. 18

<cal2>Dave Berry performs at 8 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Pomodora & the Mushroom Men. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Tiny Tots. Very short stories, fingerplays and activities. Age 13-17 months with adult. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Inova Blood Drive. Free cholesterol screening with blood donation. Photo ID required. Appointments preferred. 2-7 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-698-3885. Adults.

Winter Orchestra Concert. 7 p.m., at W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

A Free Workshop on How to use the Non-Profit Nehemiah Gift Program to become a Homeowner. 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Fairfax Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Call 800-362-3878, code 4164.

Fairfax High School Music Department will offer an evening filled with holiday songs. The 7:30 p.m. concert, which includes performances by the award-winning Fairfax High School Chorus, Bands and Orchestra is free to the public and will take place in the Fairfax High School Auditorium at 3500 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. 703-219-2200.

<cal1>THURSDAY/Dec. 19

<cal2>Dave Berry performs at 8 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Second Coming will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Vienna VIP. Support group for visually impaired. 10:30 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

<cal1>FRIDAY/Dec. 20

<cal2>Dave Berry performs at 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Second Coming will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Georgia Ave. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Bingo. 7:30 p.m., at Fire Station 3 in Fairfax City. 703-385-7877.

<cal1>SATURDAY/Dec. 21

<cal2>The Annual Christmas Caroling on Horseback event will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Town of Clifton. (Snow caused a postponement from Dec. 7). Members of the Clifton Horse Society will ride in costume through the town, singing holiday tunes along the way. They'll end up in King's field, at the end of Chapel Street, where the public is welcome to join them for refreshments and more caroling.

Dave Berry performs at 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

Second Coming will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Fairfax Music Mart. 10 p.m., at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Holiday Musical Spectacular. John Lyon will host a holiday concert featuring The City of Fairfax Band, soprano Barbara DeMaio Caprilli and The Fairfax Choral Society. 7 p.m., at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Free. For more information, call 703-757-0220 or visit www.fairfaxband.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/Dec. 22

<cal2>Brook Yoder performs at 8:30 p.m., at Kate's Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road in Springfield. For more information, call 703-866-0860.

The Kings Park Concert Band, under the direction of John Pickeral, will present a selection of Christmas music at 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the Reston Box Office at 703-476-1111. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.