<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. Stop by and cast your vote for your favorites. 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>The Alliance Theatre in Chantilly is holding open auditions for its next production, Paul Rudnick's "I Hate Hamlet." Auditions will be Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Chantilly High's black-box theater (enter on right side of school). Possible callbacks will be Wednesday, April 3, from 7-9:30 p.m.
The play will be performed June 21-22 and 28-29, at 8 p.m. each night, and June 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. each day, in Chantilly High's theater. Call Pat Boswell Kallman at 703-263-2085 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not call the school.
<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.
<cal2>The Super Pet Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly. It will feature a dog agility show three times daily, a pet trick contest, a petting zoo, educational seminars and 100 exhibitors. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Cost is $8/adults, $4/children ages 3-10 and free for pets and kids under 3. Visit www.SuperPetExpo.com or call 866-SUPER-PET.
<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 (email@example.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.
<cal2>The No Foolin' Spring Fling NSSA Skeet Tournament will be held at Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center on Sunday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The address is 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Spring Used Book Sale on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, April 14 from noon-3 p.m. There will be a wide selection of children's and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visuals, all at bargain prices.
<cal2>The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet on Saturday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. Lane's Mill is a small but 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. Call Lorraine Sims, Chapter Regent, at 703-815-2802 or visit www.dar.org. under chapters.
<cal2>The Suburban Safari (Hiking Safari) will be held Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Marina Parking Lot. The seven-mile hike will wind through hilly and scenic parkland along the Occoquan Watershed from Bull Run Marina in Clifton to Fountainhead Regional Park. Cost is $15. Meets in the Bull Run Marina Parking Lot, Old Yates Ford Road, Clifton. Call 703-352-5900.
<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.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>The Potomac Vintage Riders will sponsor a vintage motorcycle ride on Sunday, April 14. The Poker Run will begin and end in Clifton and cover some of the region's most scenic byways. The event is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. Though the ride is billed as a vintage event, modern bikes are welcome to participate. Sign-up begins at the Community Center on Chapel Road in Clifton at 10 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. Food will be offered by the Clifton Lions Club throughout the day. An array of prizes will be awarded to bikes that complete the 100-mile course. A special prize will be awarded to the oldest motorcycle completing the circuit. The top prize will include gift certificates to Clifton's Heart in Hand and The Hermitage. This year's featured marquee will be Norton; vintage Nortons will be on display along with other historic bikes.
<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.
<cal2>Sully Historic Site will host the fourth annual March for Parks on Saturday, April 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and show your support for Fairfax County's cultural and natural resources. March for Parks raises funds for Sully's interpretive signs along its trails and a footbridge across Cain's Branch. The walk is free, however, donations are accepted and walkers may seek pledges from friends. For pledge forms, call Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794.
<cal2>The Spring Blast Sporting Clays Tournament will be held Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center in Centreville. Located at 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<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.
<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 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 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.
<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.
<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.
<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. 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. Although she is confined to a wheelchair, Shea leads walkers on a 5-K walk throughout the community. 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.
<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.
<cal2>The H&K Law Enforcement Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot will be held Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center, located at 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>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 ages 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.
<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.