Worth Noting

Worth Noting

August 1, 2002


<cal2>The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA) wants to establish a Chapter especially for "beginner" social or recreational ballroom dancers in the Centreville/Manassas area. If enough interest is expressed, a local steering committee will be formed to guide the project and enroll members. A special welcome will be extended to beginner dancers; and arrangements will be made to make "low-cost" weekly dance lessons available to them. Everyone will learn and dance together. Membership will be open to singles, as well as couples. Beginners of all ages are welcome. If interested in helping for a chapter, call 1-800-447-9047; send an e-mail to USABDACENT@aol.com; or write to: USABDA, P.O. Box 128, New Freedom, PA 17349.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a support group dedicated to sensible weight loss and the maintenance of proper weight. TOPS VA #606, Centreville, meets Thursdays at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department, Station 17 (upstairs), 5856 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Weigh-ins are held 6:15 through 7 p.m. with the meetings beginning no later than 7:10 p.m. Call Susan at 703-798-9461 or Tina at 703-830-9569. Information is also available at www.TOPS.org.

The Women's Club of Chantilly is offering an opportunity to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For a $50 coupon, receive a 1/2 hour massage, 1/2 hour facial, 1/2 hour with a personal trainer and a manicure. All proceeds will go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is tax deductible. The Women's Club is located at 14175 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly. Call 703-817-0700 for details.

Take the stage in the Pied Piper Theatre Summer Camps. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and are offered in both Manassas and Woodbridge. Theatre Express! for ages 8-12 is a musical theater day camp which runs for two weeks. Students receive training in acting, improvisation, voice, dance and stage combat in the morning session with a musical-production class in the afternoon. Footlights and Fairy Tales is a beginning musical-theater experience for ages 5-7. Will Shakespeare's Excellent Adventure and the Murder Mystery Workshop Whodunit? are offered for teens, 13-18. Voice for Actors and Acting for the Camera are new this season and are added to the How to Audition classes. For a brochure or to register, call 703-330-ARTS.

Enjoy a summer show of student artwork now through Aug. 26 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The exhibit will be open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address is NVCC, Manassas Campus, 6901 Sudley Road, Colgan Hall First Floor Exhibit Space. Free and open to the public. Cars without NVCC parking stickers should park at the parking meters.

Boat and recreational vehicle owners will find storage space available to rent at Bull Run Regional Park near Centreville. Residents pay $35 a month for each boat or vehicle 30 feet or less in length and $50 a month for each one 30 to 40 feet long. Non-residents pay an additional $5 per month for either size space. To arrange storage, call 703-631-0550, extension 101, and ask for Assistant Park Manager Dale Riggs.

A Parkinson's disease support group meets the fourth Saturday of each month in the Sully Senior Center at Centreville Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is free. The church is at 5690 Sully Road, in Centreville. Call 703-378-9213.

Persons 50 or over looking for permanent work in Northern Virginia are invited to seek help from Senior Employment Resources. Since 1983, SER has placed more than 7,700 seniors in area jobs, and many employers need their skills and experience. SER provides job counseling, resume review and fast referral to companies offering immediate employment. To schedule an interview with a job counselor, call SER Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 703-750-1936.


<cal2>Games and Pastimes. Roll hoops, spin tops, throw graces or just observe the fun in the pleasant setting of Sully Historic Site with costumed interpreters on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 11-1 p.m. Guided tour included. Cost is $5/adult, $4/student, $3/senior and child. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>AUG. 2-4

<cal2>Craft Fair. Buckler's Second Annual Christmas in August Craft Fair will be held Aug. 2-4 at the Dulles Expo Centre (formerly Capital Expo Center) in the Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 250 professional award-winning crafts people from 20 states will display and sell hand-crafted original items. Admission is $6 per person with children 12 and under admitted free. One paid admission is good for all three days and parking is free. A portion of each admission supports Teen Challenge, Operation Blessing, Freedom Village USA, homeless rescue missions, pregnancy centers, orphanages and children's organizations. Call June at 386-860-0092, ext. 10.


<cal2>Reptiles Alive. Reptiles Alive presents "Amazing Reptiles," a wild and exciting live animal show featuring a giant python, an alligator, a Nile monitor lizard, pine snake and albino pine snake, and many more colorful and exotic creatures. To be held at E.C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10-11 a.m. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>SUNDAY/AUG. 4

<cal2>Divorce Support Group. Divorce Care Support Group will start Sunday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at Westfield High School. The group, sponsored by New Life Christian Church, is for those going through the hurt of separation and divorce.  Each session includes a video presentation of useful information on some aspect of divorce followed by group discussion. The group may be joined at any time. Westfield High School is located at 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. There is no charge for the group and child care is provided. Call Ron Furgerson at 703-754-0107.

<cal1>MONDAY/AUG. 5

<cal2>Centreville Toastmasters is the place to improve your communication and leadership skills. The club will meet from 7-8:15 p.m. on the following Mondays: Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. These meetings will be at the Centreville Regional Library. Guests are welcome. Prepared speeches, oral evaluations and impromptu speeches (table topics) will be on the agenda.

Prince William Purlers Knitting Guild will meet on Monday, Aug. 5, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. All interested in knitting are welcome to attend.

Senior Swimming. Senior citizens, age 60 and older, are invited to swim free Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9 at any of the five outdoor swimming pools operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. The free swim week allows seniors to enjoy:

* Downpour at Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling; 703-430-7683, with a bucket full of 700 gallons of water that cascades over eager water frolickers every three minutes.

* Great Waves, the water park at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; 703-960-0767; which includes a wave-making swimming pool, giant water slide and swim-and-play pool.

* Bull Run Regional Park's Coconut Island and water slides, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville; (703) 631-0552.

* Pohick Bay Regional Park's spacious and colorful pool on Mason Neck peninsula, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton; (703) 339-6102.

* Upton Hill Regional Park's lap lanes and fun near Seven Corners, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; (703) 534-3437.

<cal1>TUESDAY, AUG. 6

<cal2>The New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia is into its summer 2002 series. It's an opportunity for mothers and their infants (up to 8 months old) to get together for lunch, a speaker and fun. The group meets every Tuesday at Seasons Restaurant in Fairfax City, with a different program each week.

Reservations are required for all luncheons. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 or at eventbuilders@hotmail.com

The schedule is as follows:

* Tuesday, Aug. 6 — "How do we balance our lives when our lives seem out of balance?" — Cathy Lange, President and CEO, Business Works, Inc.

* Tuesday, Aug. 13 — "Early Infant Communication" — Diane Robey, MS, CCC.

* Tuesday, Aug. 20 — "Babyproofing Your House" — Michalene Roeth, Baby Be Secure.

* Tuesday, Aug. 27 —"Safety Concerns In and Around Your House" — Officer Liz Barrington, Fair Oaks Crime Prevention Office.

* Tuesday, Sept. 3 — "Post Partum Depression, Your Questions Answered" — Brenda Gillette, MA.

* Tuesday, Sept. 10 — "Attachment: What it is and why it is important" — Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.

* Tuesday, Sept. 17 — No Lunch Today

* Tuesday, Sept. 24 — "Choosing Childcare" — Helen Brewer-Irons and Helen McCane, Fairfax County Office for Children/CCRS.

A Community Yard Sale will be held in Clifton Glen at Union Mills (across from the Colonnade Shopping Center on Union Mill Road) on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 7

<cal2>Wild Canines. Learn about the diverse family of animals called dogs at E.C. Lawrence Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 7-8 p.m. Discover the dogs that live in Fairfax County, including coyote and foxes. Explore dog habits and adaptations to living in urban and rural areas. Reservations are required for this free event; call 703-631-0013.

Sully Sleuths. Children ages 9-11 can experience an evolution of childhood activities from the 18th to 20th centuries and learn about the lives of children from yesteryear at Sully Historic Site. Bring a bag lunch; lemonade and dessert provided. Registration deadline is Aug. 2 and parents must complete permission and emergency forms prior to the program. The camp runs from Aug. 7-9, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per child and prepaid reservations are required. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 10

<cal2>Fairfax Symphony OTO Brass Quintet. Explore the designs of brass instruments as the Fairfax Symphony’s Brass Quintet demonstrates how valves, slides and tubing shape musical tones. This performance at E.C. Lawrence Park is from 7-8 p.m. Free. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>Aug. 14-15

<cal2>Sully Summer Stories. Children travel back in time at Sully Historic Site listening to stories of America’s past, then continue their discovery of history with a parent-assisted take-home craft. Stories read at 11 a.m. and noon. Reservations are required, $1 per craft. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Saturday, Aug. 17

<cal2>Alice McGill. In “Songs and Tales from African-American folklore and Other Cultures,” From 10-11 a.m., Alice McGill draws from a repertoire of more than 200 stories, chants, songs and rhythms to illustrate the commonality of folk traditions in many ethnic groups. For more information about this free performance at E.C. Lawrence Park, call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>Saturday, Aug. 17

<cal2>Meet Barbie in person at McDonald's. From 10 a.m. to noon at McDonald's of Centreville, 5931 Fort Drive. Bring your favorite Barbie doll and McDonald's will provide a Barbie picture for you to color, and then have Barbie autograph it. Barbie will read stories about herself. Enter drawings for a remote-controlled Barbie Corvette or two Barbie beach Cruisers.

<cal1>AUG. 17-18

<cal2>Model Train Show. Greenberg's model and toy train show will be held on Aug. 17-18 at the Dulles Expo Convention Center, formerly the Capital Expo Center, in Chantilly. The show will feature how-to hobby clinics, a super hobby market offering thousands of model and toy trains and accessories from leading manufacturers, and a "test track." The show also features Michael Solly, author of the new reference guide on Lionel trains from 1987-1995, Conductor Bill shows, and layouts built by the National Capital Trackers and Crescent Model Railroaders and the Prince William county Model Railroad Club and Piedmont Railroaders. The train show runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission for adults is $7 and $2 for children ages 6-12. Scouts in uniform or with an ID and children under 6 are admitted free. Call 703-378-0910 or visit www.greenbergshows.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 21

<cal2>Evening Explorations: Snakes. Slither and slide by the stage at E.C. Lawrence Park while learning about local snakes. Play games and activities and hear snake stories that separate fact from fiction. This event is Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7-8 p.m. and reservations are required; call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>Aug. 21-22

<cal2>The Work of Their Hands. Tasks such as spinning, butter churning, cooking or gardening performed by tenant farmers, indentured servants, and those enslaved at Sully are demonstrated in and around the outbuildings and representative slave quarter of Sully Historic Site. This event is Aug. 21-22 from 11-1 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 24

<cal2>Meadow Wildflower Walk. Late summer is the best time for viewing wildflowers. Walk in the meadows on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9-11 a.m. and around the pond of Cabell’s Mill at E.C. Lawrence Park and observe coneflowers, milkweeds, bush clovers, goldenrods, hawkweeds, and other spectacular plants. Sturdy shoes and a field guide are recommended. Reservations are required for this free event; call 703-631-0013.

Fairfax Symphony’s OTO String Quartet. Come on a musical adventure as the performing techniques and unique qualities of the string instruments are presented at E.C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10-11 a.m. Each instrument takes on a different role in each selection, much like characters in a play. For more information on this free performance, call 703-631-0013.

Ice Cream Making at Sully. Keep the freezer moving and sample flavored "creams" of the 18th century on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Guided tour included; 50 cents for an ice cream sample. $5 for adults, $4 for Students, and $3 for seniors children, call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>SUNDAY/AUG. 25

<cal2>The Fairfax League of Women Voters will hold a tea to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution — women's suffrage. The public is invited to join League members and friends on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2-4:30 p.m., at the Tysons Westpark Hotel, 401 Westpark Drive in McLean. Live music will be provided by recording-artist Michelle Vargo; there'll also be stories from the woman suffrage movement. Cost is $19 and reservations are required; call 703-256-8416 before Aug. 10.

<cal1>Aug. 28-29

<cal2>Games and Pastimes. Roll hoops, spin tops, throw graces or just observe the fun in the pleasant setting of the Sully Historic Site with costumed interpreters from 11-1 p.m. Guided tour included, $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 7

<cal2>Classic Car Show and Community Festival. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will host its 10th Annual Classic Car Show and Community Festival. It will include the car show, bake sale, silent auction, health fair, door prizes, flea market, Brunswick stew, and a live band. Call 703-327-4461.

Vendors wanted for the 10th Annual Classic Car Show/ Flea Market and Crafts Show, Sept. 7, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Hwy. (Route 50) in Chantilly. Table space will be $12. Call Becky at (703) 631-9896.

The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. In celebration of Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23), there will be a special program on the history of the Constitution. Lane's Mill is an active chapter that offers a broad range of programs on historic and natural conservation and preservation, education of our nation's youth and promotion of patriotism and love of country. All prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend the meetings. Refreshments are at 12:30 p.m. Call Lorraine Sims, Chapter Regent, at 703-815-2802, for more information or browse the chapter Web site at www.dar.org. under Chapters.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Sully Quilt Show and Sale. Enjoy the East Coast's largest outdoor quilt show on the grounds of a 1794 house at Sully Historic Site. There will be quilt shops with fabric, patters, notions, and equipment for sale. The collector can invest in a new American-made quilt or in an antique quilt to add a decorative touch to a special room. A tour of the house includes a unique exhibit of quilts, both antique and contemporary. Lectures, demonstrations, children's activities and great music complete the day. The show goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. Call 703-437-1794.


<cal2>Centreville Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Centreville High School, traveling up Union Mill Road, left onto Old Braddock Road to Mountain View School. A review stand for competitive performances will be by Mountain View School. The day will consist of Historic District mini re-enactments, tours, hayrides from the shopping center to the Historic District. There will also be a Centreville firehouse celebration at the firehouse. The Reithoffer Carnival Show will take place Sept. 12-15 in Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center. There will be food, rides, crafts, businesses, flea market finds, entertainment and more. The event is sponsored by dedicated volunteers from the Centreville Community Foundation. Bring the family and be prepared to stay. Sponsors and volunteers are still needed. Your participation is encouraged. Bus routes will be announced. Visit the Web site at www.centrevilleday.com for more details.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 5

<cal2>Fall for Fairfax. From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Celebrate Fairfax will host its annual Fall for Fairfax festival on the Ellipse behind the Fairfax County Government Center. The event will include three stages of entertainment, interactive exhibits, pony rides, crafts, scarecrow-making, and hayrides. Admission and parking are free, but there is a charge for some activities. The festival needs volunteers for many of the activities; call 703-324-5303.

<cal1>Saturday/ Oct. 19

<cal2>Watershed Cleanup. Individuals and groups will clean the earth's arteries, by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered, and scaled neighbors. Participants should wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags are provided. Event takes place at E.C. Lawrence Park from 9-11:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>October 25-26

<cal2>Gather round the lantern and follow your cloaked guide through the first floor of the house, outbuildings, and representative slave quarter at Sully Historic Site. Meet historical characters that bring history to life with their mysterious stories from Sully's past. Tours are given at timed intervals throughout the evening. Tours begin at 6 p.m., last tour given at 7:15 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required, the cost is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Saturday/ Dec. 13 - Sunday/ Dec. 14

<cal2>Tour Sully Historic Site by candlelight and discover the spirit of Christmas past through Sully's 200-year history. Admire the delicate 18th century style decorations while engaging costumed characters. Enjoy the Victorian Christmas tree in the exhibit room. Outside, visit with Confederate troops by campfire as the recreate Christmas in the field. Learn how Sully's enslaved community spent the holidays as you visit the buildings they worked in. Refreshments will be served. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m., and the last house tour begins at 7:15 p.m.. Prepaid reservations are required, $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Friday/ Dec. 27 and Monday/ Dec. 30

<cal2>Enjoy traditional seasonal music of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries while seated by the Christmas tree in Sully Historic Site's East Wing exhibit area. Two separate seatings each day at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; seating is limited. House tour included. Refreshments served in the original 18th century kitchen. Prepaid reservations are required, to purchase tickets call 703-708-0861. Tickets are $6 per seat .