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<cal1>Ongoing Events

<cal2>Seasonal Splendor. The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Artist Maria Lynn Torpfer presents her latest exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings, through Jan. 5. Contact 703-490-1117.

A Merry Artful Holiday, featuring the works of 14 Northern Virginia artists, will continue through Jan. 6 at The Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Historic Occoquan. The gallery is open Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call 703-494-0584.

The Artisans United Craft Gallery will feature "American Autumn" in an exhibition and sale through Jan. 8, 2003 at Artisans United, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Sundays 12-4 p.m. until Christmas. The exhibition includes handmade and decorated pottery, baskets, porcelain and more. Free. 703-941-0202.

The Celebration Singers, an all-volunteer, 40-voice, three-part harmony choreographed and costumed women's show chorus, invite women interested in singing, including a potential backup pianist, to join them. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays and alternate between Heritage Hunt Club in Gainesville from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Springfield United Methodist Church from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 703-354-3788.

"La Sensual" Latin band will perform every Friday at Rene's Supper Club, located at 3251 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10. Proper attire required. Over 21 with ID. Call 703-759-9380 (day) or 703-385-0077 (evening).

Rene's House Band will perform every Saturday at Rene's Supper Club, located at 3251 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. $8. Proper attire required. Over 21 with ID. Call 703-759-9380 (day) or 703-385-0077 (evening).

"Luz De America" Latin band will perform every Sunday at Rene's Supper Club, located at 3251 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. $10. Ladies free before 10 p.m. Proper attire required. Over 21 with ID. Call 703-759-9380 (day) or 703-385-0077 (evening).

A Ceili (Irish country dance) sponsored by the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) will take place on the second Saturday of every month (except July and August) at the John Wood Center, located at 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. The Bog Wanderers Ceili Band plays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Members $10, nonmembers $12, ages 6-16 $6, children under 6 free. Maximum family charge $25. Coffee, tea and soda bread free. Soft drinks 75 cents. Call Vickie Barr at 703-521-4340.

Burke Toastmasters Club, which focuses on improving communication skills, meets at The Oaks Community Center, located at 5708 Oak Leather Drive in Burke, on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call Raj Manda at 703-426-8784 or Clint Conerly at 703-250-9504.

The Springfield Chapter 893 of NARFE, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, hosts a meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. The meetings include information on how to preserve economic security, the public's perception of federal workers, and how to strengthen political influence at both state and national levels.

Flea Market, co-sponsored by the Merrifield Lions Club and the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, located at 8421 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) in Fairfax. No rain dates. 175 vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations for vendors can be made by calling 703-560-3023. Charge for vendors is $15 per space.

Book Sale. Thursday and Friday, through Jan. 31, at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Books for all ages are available.

Personalized Internet and Catalog Training. Thursday and Friday, through Jan. 31, at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 for an appointment.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Thursday and Friday, through Jan. 31, at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 12 and up. Call 703- 246- 2281 for an appointment.

<cal1>FRIDAY/JAN. 3

<cal2>Bingo. 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax City Fire Station 3. 703-385-7877.

Supermack, Margret Heater, Ethix, Deficit, Hilukus, Kamara Cloud, Swythe perform at 8 p.m., at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at door. 703-569-5940.

<cal1>SATURDAY/Jan. 4

<cal2>Fairfax Art League Meeting, 1 - 3 p.m., at Wood Complex, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-352-ARTS.

Big Deal, TBA performs 8 p.m., at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 21 and over welcomed. Tickets are $5. 703-569-5940.

Microsoft Access. 2 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Learn how to use Microsoft Access, with an introduction to creating, modifying and mastering databases. Ages 12 and up. Call 703- 246- 2281.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 5

<cal2>Dog Fashion Disco, Mod Flanders Conspiracy, TBA perform at 2:45 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages. Tickets are $10. 703-569-5940.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 6

<cal2>Civil Air Patrol is looking for young adults, ages 12 to 17, to join its ranks. Meet CAP cadets and hear first-hand what it's like to be a cadet. Learn about the opportunities CAP has to offer, including flight training, leadership development, search and rescue, military drill, ceremonies and much more. Visit the Fairfax Cadet Squadron at 8 p.m., during its open house. The Fairfax squadron meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Fairfax American Legion, 3939 Oak St. in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-742-0146, write fairfaxsquadron@hotmail.com or visit the CAP Web site at www.capnhq.gov.

Commission on the Arts meeting. 7:30 p.m., at Wood Complex, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-385-7858.

Fairfax City School Board meeting. 7:30 p.m., at City Hall. 703-385-7910.

Fairfax Art League Reception and Exhibit. 7-9 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-352-ARTS.

ArtSmarts. 2:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Crafts for ages 6-12. 703-644-7333.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 7

<cal2>Tony Levin and The Michael Sheppard Group perform 8 p.m., at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages welcomed. Tickets are $20. 703-569-5940.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 8

<cal2>Historic Fairfax City, Inc., meeting. 7:30 p.m., at City Hall. 703-385-8414

Moms and Moppets Kids Club brings "Kidsinger Jim," store discounts and more at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., at JCPenney’s lower level in the Springfield Mall.

Let’s Build a Snowman. 10:30 a.m., at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Enjoy snowman stories and activities for ages 2-5 with an adult. Call 703-246-2281.

Computers Demystified: Part 1. 10:30 a.m., at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. This program is an easy introduction to bits, chips, memory and mice, and includes a computer-buying guide. Adults only. Call 703-978-5600.

M’m M’m, Good 1:30 on Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Warm up with "souper" stories for ages 2-5 with an adult. Call 703- 644-7333.