Springfield Community Theatre (SCT) presents its summer musical, "The 1940s Radio Hour," a nostalgic trip back to the Saturday night big-band era of the 1940s, at Bishop Ireton High School Whaley Auditorium, located at 201 Cambridge Road in Alexandria. Performances: Fridays, July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; Saturdays: July 20 and 27 and Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults , $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for any group of 10 or more. For tickets and information, call 703-866-6238 or visit SCT on the Web at www.sctonline.org.
Calling All Brides. Positive day and evening coaching classes designed to help brides effectively manage premarital jitters and stresses. Individual and group sessions available. Topics include "Do I Really Want to Do This," "Maintaining My Identity," "New Role Expectations and Worries," "Keeping Open Communication with My Partner," "So Long to My Single Lifestyle", "Changing Relationship with My Mother," "Keeping the Peace with My Divorced Parents," "Cultural and Faith Differences," "Second-Time-Around Marriage" and more. Convenient locations in Virginia. For registration and information, call Carolyn R. Krol, L.C.S.W., at 202-669-3249.
New Mom's Group starts July 18 at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. New mom and baby topics and concerns, including breastfeeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates the group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Ongoing, Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-noon. For the convenience of new moms, no preregistration needed. $5/session. Call 703-204-MILK (6455).
Individual Internet Training. Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. One-on-one introductory sessions. Age 12 and up. At Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-246-2281.
Learn to Dance. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Partners not required. Learn salsa, merengue, cha-cha, pop and more. At Rene’s Night Club, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Party follows, $5/person. Proper attire required. Free parking. For information or reservations, call 703-759-9380 or 703-856-1139.
Springfield Art Guild Classes. All classes are held in the Kings Park Community Room at the Kings Park Shopping Center located in the triangle formed by Braddock, Rolling and Burke Lake roads, Springfield. The entrance to the community room is to the left of CVS. Call Roberta Lintner at 703-321-8826 if interested.
Open Studio/Critique – First and third Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Bring own supplies. Tables, chairs, water and spotlights available. Set up a still life, work from photos, work on a painting in progress, come paint with other artists. Get a critique if desired. Call Carrie Cole, 703-455-6630, or Traci Oberle, 703-323-6994, if interested.
Exercise for Seniors. 9:15 a.m. HEP — Health Education Program. Award-winning physical fitness program for older adults. Low-impact aerobics, stretching, weights, walking and pickle ball. At George Mason University, Fairfax. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. $25/month. For information, call 703-993-3701 and leave name and phone number, or visit www.gmu.edu/departments/hfrr.
Personalized Internet Tutoring. Basic internet training for beginners. Call for appointment. Monday, July 1-Wednesday, July 31; Thursday, Aug. 1-Saturday, Aug. 31.
The New Neighbors League Club, a nonprofit social club, offers more than 30 activities including luncheons, cards, crafts, books, outings, wine tastings and more. For more information and to join, call Robbye Thomas at 703-278-8873.
Interested in joining a local Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing unit? Boys 7-20 (first grade and up) and girls 14-20 who are interested may contact Rick Hillenbrand at 703-913-7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
High Summer in the Garden, an exhibit of floral paintings by Harriette Winingham, will be on display at the Loft Gallery, located at 313 Mill St. in Occoquan, from July 1-Aug. 4. Her paintings range from intimate floral studies done from life to the vivid colors of sun-loving gardens. Winningham's paintings are in collections in Northern Virginia, along the East Coast and as far away as Florence, Italy.
Watercolor paintings by Great Falls artist Betty Ganley will be featured at the Manor House of Greenspring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Springs Road in Alexandria, July 3-Aug. 29. There will be an artists opening reception Sunday July 7, 1-3 p.m.
Portrait of a State, featuring the work of 13 artists from Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, will be on display until Aug. 27, at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, located at 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax. This is a mixed-media traveling exhibit that has been compiled for the Embassy of Israel.
Lee District Nights, free weekly concert series featuring a variety of acts from classic to bluegrass to folk to jazz. Held outdoors at the Lee District Park amphitheater, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-922-9841. For volunteer information, call 703-971-6262.
Flea Market, every Sunday from 9 a.m.-to 3 p.m. at The Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd. Sponsored by The Merrifield Lions Club and The Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge. No rain dates. 175 vendor spaces available for $15 per space on a first-come, first-served basis. For vendor reservations, call 703-560-3023.
Bingo every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Fire Station 3, Fairfax. Call 703-386-7877 for more information.
Downtown Fairfax Coalition Community Market, every Saturday morning from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 10500 Main St., First Union Bank parking lot. Call 703-430-6164 for more information. Every Tuesday morning from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. City of Fairfax Farmers Market, Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Highway. Call 703-385-7862 for more information.
Bereavement Support Groups presented by Haven of Northern Virginia offers three ongoing free bereavement support groups. The general bereavement support group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, starting July 3, from 7:30-9 p.m. The widow/widower bereavement support group has two groups. One meets on the first and third Thursday of each month beginning July 18, from 2-3:30 p.m., and the other meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning July 9, from 7:30-9 p.m. The suicide survivors bereavement support group meets the first Tuesday of each month beginning on July 2 from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit the Web at www,havenofnova.org.
A World of Crafts. Things to make from around the world. Every Friday in July, 1 p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road Burke. Ages 6-11. Call to register, 703-978-5600. Every Monday in July and August
Fire Works Contemporary art quilts by Bristow artist Danette Bishop, and fused glass by David Barnes of Sterling, will continue through Aug. 5 at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., in Occoquan. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For gallery information, call 703-494-0584.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free, and open to the community. For schedules and more information, call 1-866-259-0042.
Burke/Springfield/Fairfax Compassionate Friends Support Group offers friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. The support group meets monthly at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 703 425-9504.
Computer Classes for Children
Computertots and Computer Explorers is offering special weekly summer camps for children ages 3 through 12. Classes begin the week of July 8 and are held at our Fairfax location in the Jermantown Square Shopping Center. Classes run Monday through THursday each week. Themes for the week of July 8 are Computer & Robots for Preschool and Kindergarteners and Technology Programming Sizzlers for 6-8 year-olds. Please call 703 691-1929 for more information.
Virginia Women: From Private Sphere to Public Life will bring educators from across the state to this year's Teacher Institute hosted by the Virginia Historical Society, July 8-July 12. This intensive week-long study about slave and freed women during Colonial times and about women's responses to the Civil War, post-war industrialization, and to rise of feminism in the 20th century will be led by Virginia Commonwealth University professor Kathryn Fuller-Seeley. Teachers are required to return to the Historical Society's research library sometime later in July and August for a second week of study to develop primary-source-based materials that will be used in classrooms statewide.
Virginia Housing Development Authority and Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington offers a free homeownership course. This two-part seminar, on July 10 and 17 at 6:30-9:30 p.m., offers information on budgeting, credit, qualifying for a home loan, applying for a mortgage, loan closings and other responsibilities that come with owning a home. The seminar will be held at the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, 8411 Arlington Blvd. Call the Homeownership Education Hotline to register, 1-888-643-2696.
The National Capital Art Glass Guild features the theme "Spirits Signs Symbols" at Artisans United Craft Gallery in a full time fine craft show and sale from July 12 through Sept. 4. On Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., four dozen-plus juried artisans will show and sell handmade and decorated pieces including pottery, baskets, glass, porcelain, carved wood and more. Enjoy a full-time fine craft exhibit and show during July and Aug. and see if you think it is "the best kept secret in Fairfax County". Located in Annandale Community Park near the Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Come to the Opening Reception Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Packard Center. Light refreshments served. Free. Call 703-941-0202.
Vyktoria Pratt Keating, an area acoustic rock singer-songwriter and guitarist who has won three WAMMIE Awards for her original music, performs 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Sundays, July 14-Aug. 11 at Starbucks in West Springfield. Call 703 866-9273.
Oil Painting Workshop. Every Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. taught by Karen Galleher. Cost is $12 per session, and students are asked to provide their own materials. Classes will be held at the Kings Park Community Room at the Kings Park Shopping Center located at the intersection of Braddock, Rolling and Burke Lake roads in Springfield.
Open Studio/Critique. Held the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open studio is free, and students are asked to bring their own materials. Tables, chairs, water and spotlights will be provided. Call Carrie Cole at 703-455-6630 or Traci Oberle at 703-323-6994.
Grief Support. Held at the Church of the Nativity at 6400 Nativity Lane in Burke the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The group offers free general bereavement support to all adults interested. For more information call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400, Ext. 17.
A Midsummer Night's Dream. Drawings by Woodbridge artist Charles Ott and silver jewelry by Pamela Browning of Manassas will be on display Aug. 6-Sept. 2 at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., in Occoquan. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For gallery information, call 703 494-0584.
Mother Goose and Friends. Very short stories, finger plays and activities. Age 13-17 months with adult. 10:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Book Babies. Very short stories, finger plays and activities. Age 18-23 months with adult. 11 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Jump, Frog, Jump! Stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 2-5 with adult. Call to register 703-246-2281.
La Leche League of Fairfax City will hold its next meeting on July 10 at 10 a.m. The topic is "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties." Pregnant and nursing women, as well as their children, are welcome to attend. Meeting location is Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St. (east of Old Town Fairfax). Free. For more information or questions, call 703-385-6433 or 703-385-0527.
Moms and Moppets Kids Club Program hosted by Springfield Mall at 10 and 11 a.m. in the J.C. Penney’s Court on the Lower Level. Join in for a morning of entertainment featuring "Mixed Up Magical Mysteries" presented by Magical Puppet Creations, store discounts and more. Free. Open to the public. Reservations unnecessary. To become a registered Kids Club Member, stop by the Information Desk or call 703-971-3000.
Marcia Weidler, a watercolorist, will be having a new art show, "Mystical Mountains," Aug. 6-Sept. 8. The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Call 703-569-5731 for more information.
Beyond the Basics:A Digital Video Workshop. How to make digital films, e-mail video attachments, capture still images from videos, and digitize and edit videos on PCs. Ages 12-18. 7 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Whooo's Afraid of the Dark? Wildlife Center of Virginia brings nocturnal animals and tells how they adapt to the dark. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. 11:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Fairfax School of Therapeutic Massage and Body Work. Membership Network Mixer and Grand Opening with Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. 10807 Main St., Suite 700 in Kelly Square, from 5:30-7 p.m. No charge, reservations necessary. Call 703-591-2450.
8 p.m. Fairfax Saxophone Quartet & Just Jazz Septet, Veterans Amphitheater, 10455 Armstrong St, Fairfax. Bring your own seating. Free. For more information, call 703-757-0220.
Let's Hear It for the Girls. All-female book discussion group. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Girls ages 9-11 with adult. Call to register 703-978-5600.
Charitable Giving. Learn how to give your money away and like doing it. Strategies on how to potentially reduce your taxes while increasing your ability to give more money to charitable organizations. Old Lee Plaza, 3871 Plaza Drive, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-352-0400. From 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday Flicks. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy movies. Ages 5-12. 11:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Rock Around the World. Richard Shine puts on an energetic show with music and stories. Tapes and CDs will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. 2 p.m. Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 6-12. Call to register, 703-246-2281.
Long-Term-Care Insurance: Control and Choice in Retirement Years. How to shop for a product and how this product relates to Medicare. Workshop for age 40 and above at Old Lee Plaza, 3871 Plaza Drive, Fairfax. For more information 703-352-0400. From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP) will be offered at the Franconia District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department for Virginia residents 55 and older. This eight-hour class covers safe-driving information for mature drivers. The course is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police officers. Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia state-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The next MODIP class is being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 per person for books and materials. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the Auxiliary Police at 703-924-3029.
Lady Lancer Golf Tournament for the Robert E. Lee High School volleyball team will be held at Green Dale Golf Course, located at 6700 Telegraph Road in Alexandria, on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $50 per person. Make checks payable to Robert E. Lee Booster Club. To sign up, send a check to Attention: Coach Meyer, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150.
Capital Christian Writers present a workshop with author John Jenkins on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m.-noon on "How to Write a Masterful Story: The Master Plot Outline." At Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. in Vienna. Call 703-803-9447 or e-mail email@example.com.
A monthly fishing clinic will be held at Fountainhead Regional Park, located at 10875 Hampton Road in Fairfax Station, on Saturday, July 13. Learn to identify largemouth bass, where to cast a line and more angling skills. Meet from 3:30-5 p.m. in the picnic shelter near the park’s upper parking lot. Workshop will introduce the art of fishing to beginners and review skills for experienced anglers. Free. Call 703-352-5900.
Braille Rallye. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, MG Car Club of Washington, Burke Centre Lions Club and Burke Host Lions Club will host the 41st annual Braille Rallye from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County. The Braille Rallye will allow approximately 30 children and adults who are blind or visually impaired to function as navigators and direct the drivers of vintage MG sports and touring cars along a challenging course on Virginia country roads. The competition is followed by a picnic and an awards presentation. Drivers will depart promptly at 10 a.m. and the course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Complimentary shuttle bus service to the park is available from various pick-up points; participants should call Melissa Thompson at 202 454-6409 for more information.
City of Fairfax Band, 7:30 p.m., Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Bring your own seating. Free. For more information, call 703-757-0220 or 703-941-1730.
Inova Blood Drive. Free cholesterol screening with blood donation. Photo ID required. Appointments preferred. Call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or 703-698-3885. 2-7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke.
A World of Fun. International stories, traditions and games. 2 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 6-11. Call to register, 703-978-5600.
Meet Corduroy. Very beary stories and a visit from a furry friend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Ages 3-6 with adult. 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Science to Amaze and Intrigue. The Maryland Science Center demonstrates experiments in sound, cold, heat and combustion. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Ages 6-12. 10:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-644-7333.
Evening Book Club. "If This World Were Mine" by E. Lynn Harris. 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. No registration necessary.
Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Benefits Information Coffee at the CFCC office from 8-9:30 a.m. Free, reservations necessary. Call 703-591-2450.
Book Discussion Group. "Corelli’s Mandolin" by Louis De Bernieres. 11 a.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call to register, 703-978-5600.
Computers Demystified. Using the Library's Web site as a gateway to the Internet. 2 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road Burke. Call to register, 703-978-5600.
Book Discussion Group. "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith. 7:30 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call to register 703-978-5600.
Annuities and How They Work. Shows how the accumulation and distribution strategies can work to your financial advantage. Located at Old Lee Plaza, 3871 Plaza Drive, Fairfax. For more information, 703-352-0400. From 7-8:30 p.m.
National Concert Band. Free. 7:30 p.m. One of many performances at Lee District Park Amphitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia. Take Beltway Exit 17A (Telegraph Road) to right on Telegraph Road (south) 2.5 miles to entrance on left. Follow sign to amphitheater. Call 703-971-6262 for cancellation information.
Common Grounds Coffee House. Music, games, food and more. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 12-18. Call to register, 703-978-5600.
A Visit to Redwall. Step into the world of Brian Jacques' Redwall Abbey for activities and crafts. 10:30 a.m. Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 6-12. Call to register, 703-246-2281.