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<cal1>MARCH 22-23-24

<cal2>The Woodworking Show in Chantilly on March 22-23-24 will feature demonstration and sales of machinery, power and hand tools and supplies; seminars and free Masters' Stage demonstrations presented by Fine Woodworking and Marc Adams School of Woodworking and more, for the woodworking enthusiast, homebuilder/remodeler, woodturner or carver at all levels of expertise — beginner, advanced or professional. To be held at the Capital Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Place Center in Chantilly. Call 800-826-8257. Or visit the Web site at www.thewoodworkingshows.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MARCH 23

<cal2>The next Citizens C.P.R. Class will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the firehouse on Old Centreville Road. It is a heartsaver class for adult, infant and child C.P.R. Cost is $25/person donation. Call 703-830-1479 and leave a message.

<cal2>A pre-adoption dog class will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 1-2 p.m. at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Learn what breed and age of dog is best suited for your lifestyle and family, vet care and health, needed supplies, yearly costs and the importance of spay/neuter and adoption. Sponsored by Companion Animal Rescue & Education of Reston. Call Judy Kraft at 703-318-3292 or visit care@care-edu.org.

<cal2>The City of Fairfax Band will present a concert of Musical Legends on the evening of Saturday, March 23 in the auditorium of Fairfax High School. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are on sale. The event will feature a solo French horn performance by Caitlin Lyttle, a McLean High School senior who won the City of Fairfax Band's 2002 Young Artist Scholarship Competition. Guest conductor for the evening is noted composer and music educator W. Francis McBeth. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/seniors and students. The school is located at 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-757-0220 or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxband.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/MARCH 24

<cal2>The Centreville Regional Art Guild (CRAG) will have a general membership meeting on Sunday, March 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. Newcomers are always welcome. In April there will be an election of officers and a celebration of CRAG's birthday. The Centreville Regional Art Guild hosts a Paint-In on the first Thursday of every month from 7:30-l0 p.m. in the conference room, beside Michael Frey's office in the Fort Hill Building, 5900 Centreville Road (Route 28, just south of Route 29, next to McDonald's). Artists may work from a still life or bring something you'd like to work on in the relaxed company of other artists. Call Amy Mann at 703-631-1856.

<cal1>MONDAY/MARCH 25

<cal2>Spring Wildflowers and Birds of the Potomac Valley will be the focus of the program presented by the Greenbriar Garden Club on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. This popular slide program and speaker will give attendees an insight into the beautiful wildflower and birds in our area. The speaker, Dr. Stanwyn Shetler, is curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The program is free of charge and open to everyone; membership is not required. To be held at the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax, (near the corner of Stringfellow and Melville). Call Donna at 703-266-9526 or Diane at 703-378-0994. No RSVP required.

An Evening with Col. John S. Mosby — Reminiscences of Fairfax will be held Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Smith will present his "first person" impression of the Gray Ghost immediately following a brief general meeting of the Friends of Fairfax Station Inc. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd. Call 703-425-9225 or 703-278-8833.

In the Spring of 1997 the graves of six Civil War soldiers were unearthed during the construction of the Centreville McDonald's. The Historic Centreville Society invites the public to hear historical researcher Dalton Rector present his research on the identities of these soldiers. The public is invited, at no charge, to this presentation on one of Centreville's most interesting modern-day mysteries on Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centreville Volunteer Fire House, located at 5856 Old Centreville Road. Call Spencer Marker of the Historic Centreville Society, at 703-830-6123.

<cal2>Fair Lakes Children's Center will host a Bunny Hop "It's Time to Find a Cure ... So Let's Hop To It" fund-raising event on Monday, March 25 to benefit the American Diabetes Association of Washington, D.C. area. This exciting event allows children to help fight against diabetes. After collecting pledges from friends and family members, children will hop for a period of two minutes and then, based on the amount pledged per hop, they will have the chance to win some prizes. Call 703-818-9002.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/MARCH 27

<cal2>The Centreville American Legion Auxiliary will meet on Wednesday, March 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. During the past year, Unit 1995 has sponsored three Spinoza Teddy Bears for local children with severe illnesses. A Spinoza is much more than a 17-inch Teddy bear; he is an effective therapeutic tool, concealing a cassette recorder that plays audiotapes with inspirational messages of hope, confidence and self-esteem. The American Legion is Spinoza's top-sponsoring organization and is responsible for nearly 10,000 bears reaching children in crisis. The world's largest patriotic organization of women, the American Legion Auxiliary was founded in 1919 and is open to female relatives of military veterans serving in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada/Lebanon, Panama and the Persian Gulf during eligibility dates determined by The American Legion. Female veterans are eligible through their own military service. Women wanting more information on membership can contact Cindy Adams at 703-818-0518 or e-mail VAUnit1995@aol.com.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 1

<cal2>April is International Art Glass Month and Stained Glass Works Inc. of Centreville celebrates with its ninth Annual Stained Glass Art Show and Competition. Rules and information may be obtained on the Web site at www.sglassworks.com. Entries must be received during the last week of March. Viewing will begin on Monday, April 1, and continue through April 28. Ribbons will be awarded on Monday, April 15. The entrants will be competing for prizes in beginner and intermediate/advanced levels. Most of the entries are made by current or former students and Stained Glass works is proud to show off their accomplishments. Stop by and cast your vote for your favorites. Also on display will be Tiffany reproduction stained glass lamps made by advanced level students. These lamps average from three to 12 months to create. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Stained Glass Works is located in the Old Centreville Crossing shopping center (near Glory Days) at 13840 Braddock Road, Suite E, Centreville. Call 703-222-5050.

<cal2>The Prince William Purlers Knitting Guild will meet Monday, April 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. All interested in knitting are welcome to attend.

<cal2>Centreville Toastmasters is the place to improve your communication and leadership skills.  The club will be meeting from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on the following Mondays — April 1; April 15; May 6; May 20; June 3; and June 17. These meetings will be held at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive. Guests are welcome. Prepared speeches, oral evaluations and impromptu speeches (Table Topics) will be on the agenda.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 7

<cal2>The Prince William Art Society is taking applications now for its Fourth Annual Spring Starving Artist Show to be held in Lake Ridge on Sunday, April 7. Works in all fine art categories (painting, drawing, fine crafts) are accepted. To receive an entry form, contact PWAS (pwas2@yahoo.com.) An entry form also will be available on the Web site at www.pwcweb.com/artsociety. The show will be held at the Canterbury Woods Community Center in Lake Ridge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include many works priced $50 and under. The show is free and open to the public. Partial funding has been provided by the Prince William County Arts Council/Prince William County Park Authority.

<cal1>APRIL 9-11

<cal2>The League of Women Voters invites guests to join in reviewing the League's positions on the United Nations at one of its 15 unit meetings on April 9-11. Meetings are free and held at locations throughout the Fairfax area. Call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org for the location in your area and further information.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 12

<cal2>The Christian Women's Club of Fairfax County will host a "Come Fly With Me" luncheon on Friday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. John Kaschy and Amy Antonson of Northwest Airlines will give tips on airline safety. The keynote speaker, Rebecca Womble, tells a story about being a world traveler living in a one-stop light town. To be held at the Hidden Creek Country Club and Reston Golf Club, 1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston. Reservations are $12 inclusive. Call 703-757-0801.

<cal1>APRIL 12-20

<cal2>Chantilly Regional Library is having several activities during National Library Week, April 12-20.

The Friends of Chantilly Library -sponsored events are as follows:

* April 12-13 — Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* April 14 — Used Book Sale Clearance from noon to 3 p.m.

* April 16 — Friends Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this program which features a talk on emergency preparedness.

* April 21— Author visit at 2 p.m. featuring Michael Dirda, senior editor of The Washington Post Book World.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 13

<cal2>A Civil War Sites Tour, Part 2, Hidden Heritage of Fairfax County will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a continuation of last spring's tour led by John McAnaw, president of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. Visit historically important sites, some on private property and rarely seen by visitors. All proceeds go to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Cost is $25 members and $30 non-members. Limited number of participants. Call John at 703-978-3371 or Joan 703-278-8833.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 14

<cal2>Virginia bluebells will carpet acres of woods at Bull Run Regional Park in April, welcoming visitors to the 34th annual Bluebell Walk, on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. A team of NVRPA naturalists and park rangers will lead small groups along the Bluebell Trail, on one of the area's longest established nature walks. Self-guiding pamphlets will be available that day and throughout "Bluebell Week," April 15-19. Guided walks may be scheduled on weekdays for groups throughout the week. Call 703-528-5406.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 20

<cal2>The Hospices of the National Capital Region will offer a free day camp for area children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp session will be held Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centreville Baptist Church. It will offer group discussion, art therapy and recreational activities planned to help children and teens create new friendships while addressing feelings and memories related to the death of a family member. The church is located at 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville. For questions or to register, call The Hospices of the National Capital Region Point of Hope Grief Counseling Center at 1-800-255-3042.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 22

<cal2>The Flowers and Gardens of China will be the focus of the program presented by the Greenbriar Garden Club on Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. The slide program will give attendees an insight into how people live in the most populous country in the world. It will highlight some of China's major attractions, flowers and forests, and the effects on the country and people as a result of building one of the largest construction projects in the world — the Three Gorges Dam. The program is free of charge and open to everyone; membership is not required. To be held at the Greenbriar Community center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax, (near the corner of Stringfellow and Melville). Call Donna at 703-266-9526 or Diane at 703-378-0994. No RSVP required.

<cal1>APRIL 23

<cal2>Bob Woodward and Sam Donaldson will be the featured speakers at two "Presidents, Politics and Power" programs offered by the Fairfax County Public Library this spring. These live events are free and open to the public. Bob Woodward, Pulitzer-prize winning co-author of All the President's Men, will lead a discussion of the presidency of Richard Nixon on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. Sam Donaldson, a 34-year ABC News veteran and former White House correspondent, will discuss the Reagan presidency on May 13 at 7 p.m., also at the Fairfax County Government Center. The series kicks off with an analysis of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency on March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. The discussion will be led by research historian Dr. Harry A. Butowsky, author and George Mason University professor.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 27

<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 893 will host its annual Flea Market on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (No early birds please). It will be held in a new location this year — the old Lowe's Hardware Store located at 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, across from the K-Mart and Babies R Us. Items for sale include furniture, housewares, toys, hardware, lawn and garden, clothes for the entire family, electronics and white elephant merchandise. There is plenty of parking. Come out and support the local Boy Scouts. Call 703-830-7099 or 703-631-1997.

<cal1>APRIL 27-28

<cal2>Christmas and Sukkot in April, a volunteer program that repairs homes for low-income homeowners, is seeking applications for its next home repair workday, scheduled for April 27-28. Repairs are made by community volunteers at no cost to the homeowners. Work performed by the volunteers include interior and exterior painting, floor, wall and ceiling repairs, minor plumbing, electrical work, installation of ramps, grab bars and railings, trash removal and yard work. To qualify for the program, residents must own the home they live in and have a maximum income of $29,400 for a person living alone. Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and families with children. To apply, call 703-528-5606.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 28

<cal2>Plans are in motion for the fifth-annual "Walk for Shea" Megale, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at the Virginia Run Community Center. Mark your calendars to meet at 9 a.m. — rain or shine. This is an activity for the entire family and a chance to give to the less fortunate. For those new to the area, Shea Megale is a 6-year-old Virginia Run resident who has a rare and terminal form of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy for which there is no cure to date. Although she is confined to a wheelchair, Shea leads walkers on a 5-K walk throughout the community showing her determination and spirit for living life to the fullest. All proceeds will benefit research for this disease. The cost is $3 for children under 18 and $5 for adults. Friendly dogs and strollers welcome. Pick up a registration form at the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court in Centreville or contact Mo Nieves at 703-815-2629.

<cal1>MAY 10-12

<cal2>Quilters Unlimited will hold its 29th Annual Quilt Show on May 10-12 at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly. Some 70 vendors will be offering 400 quilted items, a silent auction, bazaar and raffle quilt. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5/one-day pass or $10/three-day pass. Call 703-812-0066.

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2>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 located at 5690 Sully Road, in Centreville. Call 703-378-9213.

<cal1>Persons 50 or over who are looking for permanent work in the Northern Virginia area 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 that offer immediate employment in Northern Virginia. To schedule an interview with a job counselor, call SER Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 703-750-1936.