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<mh>Wednesday, Feb. 6

<lst>* Groundhog’s Shadow. 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities to celebrate Groundhog Day. Ages 3-5 with adult. Free. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

* I Love You. 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities for children. All ages. Free. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

* Preschool Storytime — Groundhog Day. 10-10:45 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. Come hear the groundhog sing in a puppet play about the signs of spring. Take a short hike, look for your shadow, make a craft. Age 3-5. Reservations required. $2/child. At Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-9018.

<mh>Thursday, Feb. 7

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

* Stubborn Weight Syndrome. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free class taught and sponsored by doctors from The Health and Wellness Center. To register, call 703-319-2000. For specific questions relating to this class, call 703-534-7336. At Fresh Fields, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

* Nils Lofgren. 8 p.m. Singer/guitarist performs at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Purchase $25 tickets at The Barns box office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; by calling Tickets.com, 703-218-6500; or online at www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at 703-255-1860.

* Interesting and Amazing Animals. 4:30 p.m. Unusual animals and their habits. Age 8 and up. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

* I Love You. 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities for children. All ages. Free. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

* Kinderdance. 10 a.m. Free. At Border's Book Shop, Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Call 703-556-7766.

* Charles "Rahmat" Woods Jazz Duo. 7-9 p.m. Organic Jazz with Reeds and Keyboards. At Starbucks in the McLean/Chesterbrook Plaza, 6214 Old Dominion Drive. Call 703-241-9482.

* Woodsongs Coffeehouse. 8 p.m. With Rachel Cross, Gina Holsopple and Carla Ulbrich. $6. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Friday, Feb. 8

<lst>* Catholic Charities 20th Annual Ball. 7 p.m. at the Ritz-Carleton Tysons Corner. $250/person. Proceeds from the Ball will help Catholic Charities directly improve the quality of life for 40,000 individuals in Northern Virginia by providing food, clothing and financial assistance. Those interested in attending should call Gerry Welch, 703-534-9166, or Rita Trenga, 703-461-0305. For more information about Catholic Charities programs, call the office at 703-841-3833.

* Nils Lofgren. 8 p.m. Singer/guitarist performs at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Purchase $25 tickets at The Barns box office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; by calling Tickets.com, 703-218-6500; or online at www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at 703-255-1860.

* Ray Kaminsky. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Blues guitarist performs at Border's Book Shop, Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Free. Call 703-556-7766.

* Michael Johnathan. 8 p.m. Folk music. $10. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Saturday, Feb. 9

<lst>* Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding. Show begins 7:30 p.m., seating starts 7 p.m. Dinner theater performs at Holiday Inn Tysons Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Tickets are $49.50 and include a complete Italian wedding dinner and champagne toast. Call 800-944-JOEY for reservations.

* Walk in McLean. Register 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Course must be completed by 4 p.m. McLean Community Center and Virginia Volkssport Association sponsor free 5/10 kilometer walk. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by adult. Noncompetitive. At McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org or call Nancy Stegner of Virginia Volkssport Association, 703-631-8502, or visit www.walkvirginia.com.

* Landscape Design Series. Three sessions: Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 10:30 a.m. each day. Landscape designer Kathleen Wheeler discusses the design process and garden styles. Ideas and problems for plans and improvements to home landscaping featured. $40 for all three sessions. Reservations required. Call 703-255-3631. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Visitor Center, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

* Kristin Chenoweth. 7:30 p.m. Tony Award-winning actress and singer performs at The Barns of Wolf Trap as part of its Cabaret Series. Purchase $25 tickets at The Barns box office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; by calling Tickets.com, 703-218-6500; or online at www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at 703-938-2404.

* Stories of China. 11 a.m. Presented by National Storyteller Linda Fang. Age 5 and up. Free. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

* McLean Symphony. 8 p.m. "Love Is in the Air." An entertaining evening of theatrical and classical pops with a champagne and chocolate reception. Featuring an encore performance by "Love and Madness." At Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Tickets at door: $12/adult; $10/senior and student; $35/family.

* Ghoti Hook and Heal. 8 p.m. Rock music. $7. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Sunday, Feb. 10

<lst>* Bog Wanderers. Three seatings. 5-6:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m., tickets $12; 9-9:45 p.m., tickets $8. Irish ceili music at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, Great Falls. Call 703-759-3309 for reservations.

* Maple Syrup Boil-Down. Noon-2 p.m. Celebrate the coming of spring with an old-fashioned maple syrup boil-down. Free admission. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771.

* Victorian Valentines. 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about the history of Victorian valentines and make several replicas to take home. Age 10 and up. $4/person. Reservations required by Feb. 5. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771.

<mh>Monday, Feb. 11

<lst>* Wine and Food Pairing Class/Tasting. 7:30-9 p.m. Taste a minimum of five wines and dishes to accompany and complement them. $10/person. Reservations required with customer service at 703-319-2000. At Fresh Fields, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

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

* Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. "Stranger in the Forest" by Eric Hansen. Adults. Free. At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.

* Free Workshop on Wills. 10-11:30 a.m. "Why Good Wills Go Bad." Attorney David G. Hoffman discusses Virginia will law, organizing your assets, when to change your will, talking to your executor, reducing probate, will copies, do-it-yourself tax plans and more. Advance registration required. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

* Charity Event for Alternative House. Feb. 11-15. Vienna Oaks Chiropractic Center, 2557 Chain Bridge Road, hosts Spinal Health Week. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Bazzarone give free initial exams (valued up to $150) to the public in exchange for minimum of two nonperishable food items to be donated to Alternative House, a nonprofit, temporary children's shelter in Vienna. For informaiton, call 703-319-1100.

<mh>Tuesday, Feb. 12

<lst>* Caring for Newborns. 6-8 p.m. Free program for expectant parents. Participants receive information on choosing a pediatrician, preparing the nursery, what to expect the first few days, nutrition, bonding with your infant, changing and clothing, carrying, bathing, umbilical cord care, car seat use, when to call your doctor. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

* Mindfulness Meditation Class. 5-5:55 p.m. Six-week class. Tuesdays through March 19. Improve health by paying attention to how you breathe, move, hold and release tension, eat, exercise and think. $30/Town of Vienna residents; $37.50/out-of-town participants. Advance registration required. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

* IndieGrrl Showcase. 8 p.m. With Meghan Cary, Mary Sue Twohy and Sarah Pinsker. Folk/pop. $6. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Wednesday, Feb. 13

<lst>* Job Hunters’ Forum: Informal Networking and Guidance. 7:30-9 p.m. Active job-seekers are invited to meet with a career counselor. Forum provides support, information and community needed while experiencing the challenges of job hunting. $10/members, $20/nonmembers. At The Women’s Center, 127 Park St., Vienna. To register, call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org.

* The Bobs. 8 p.m. Combining a capella music with crazy antics, The Bobs perform at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Purchase $18 tickets at The Barns box office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; by calling Tickets.com, 703-218-6500; or online at www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at 703-255-1860.

* Sealed with a Kiss. 10:30 a.m. Valentine’s Day stories, activities and a craft. Age 2-3 with adult. Free. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

* Toddler Time — Bushy Tails. 10-10:40 a.m. Meet local squirrels through a story, song and games. Serach for squirrels around feeders and nearby woods. Age 2-3 with parent. Reservations required. $2/child. At Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-9018.

* Cliff Eberhardt. 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter. $15. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

* Free Blood Pressure Check for Seniors. 10-11 a.m. Members of The Medical Team check the blood pressure of Vienna area senior citizens. At Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

<mh>Thursday, Feb. 14

<lst>* The Bobs. 8 p.m. Combining a capella music with crazy antics, The Bobs perform at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Purchase $18 tickets at The Barns box office, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; by calling Tickets.com, 703-218-6500; or online at www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at 703-255-1860.

* Hearts and Flowers. 11 a.m. A Valentine celebration of stories, activities and a craft. Age 2-5 with adult. Free. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-757-8560.

* Preschool Story Time — Groundhog Day. 10-10:45 a.m. or 1-1:45 p.m. Learn the story behind Groundhog Day. Participate in a discussion, game and short walk to teh groundhog hole. Age 3-5. Reservations required. $2/child. At Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. call 703-759-9018.

* Michelle Swan with Gail Collins. 7-9 p.m. Urban acoustic folk singer. At Starbucks in the McLean/Chesterbrook Plaza, 6214 Old Dominion Drive. Call 703-241-9482.

* Barbara Martin. 8 p.m. Pop/jazz vocals. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Friday, Feb. 15

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

* Guitarists Young and Rollins. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free performance at Border's Book Shop, Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Call 703-556-7766.

* Shane Hines and Fourth Man. 8 p.m. Acoustic pop artist and contemporary jazz. $6. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Saturday, Feb. 16

<lst>* Demonstration: Building and Planting a Trough Garden. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens horticulturist Laurie Short demonstrates the steps involved in building a trough garden and suggests plants that will flourish in this type of container. At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Horticulture Building, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. $5/person. Reservations required. Call 703-255-3631.

* Evergreen Hike. 9-11 a.m. Take a winter walk. Search for woodland evergreens including mountain laurel, hemlock, ferns, ground pine and partridge-berry. Adults. Reservations required. Cancelled in case of inclement weather. Free. At Scotts Run Nature Preserve, 7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Call 703-759-9018.

* A Visit from Winnie the Pooh. 1 p.m. Free. At Border's Book Shop, Tysons Square, 8311 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Call 703-556-7766.

* Groovelily. 8 p.m. Virtuosic pop/folk. $12. At Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E. Vienna. Call 703-255-1566.

<mh>Sunday, Feb. 17

<lst>* Charlie Zahm. Three seatings. 5-6:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m., tickets $12; 9-9:45 p.m., tickets $8. Scottish songs and shanteys at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, Great Falls. Call 703-759-3309 for reservations.

* Maple Syrup Boil-Down. Noon-2 p.m. Celebrate the coming of spring with an old-fashioned maple syrup boil-down. Free admission. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771.

* Separate But Equal: History of Colored Schools in the Fairfax Area. 2-3 p.m. Marian Dobbins discusses elementary and high school available to local colored children in the 19th and 20th century. Sponsored by Friends of Colvin Run Mill. $4/person. Reservations required by Feb. 14. At Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-2771.