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<cal1>Event Cancellation

<cal2>The Willie Nelson and Nickel Creek concert scheduled for Oct. 31 at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been canceled. Refunds are available at place of purchase until Nov. 14. Patrons who ordered tickets through Phonecharge or www.ticketmaster.com will have their accounts automatically credited.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCT. 10

<cal2>"Virginia Potpourri," which will include information on everything from Virginia's geography, people, and history to its government, economy and taxes for new residents, will be presented by the Fairfax League of Women Voters at the Kings Park Library at 9:30 a.m. Free. No registration required. Call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.

Classified will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Free, anonymous mental health screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax. Participants will complete a written questionnaire and speak individually with a professional, who will provide referrals for follow-up treatment if appropriate. Call 703-204-9100.

Let's Hear it for the Girls, an all-female book discussion group will meet 7 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. The program is for girls 9-11 with adult.

CD Release party for D.C.-area artist Pernell Disney, who will perform one show at 10 p.m. at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St. in Fairfax. Disney's CD, "Severn Way," was released nationally on Oct. 8.

<cal1>FRIDAY/OCT. 11

<cal2>The Virginia Opera presents "Die Walküre", a Virginia Premiere Production and part of Richard Wagner's "Ring Cycle" at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Single ticket prices range from $42 to $78. The piece is sung in German with English super titles and all performances are conducted by Maestro Peter Mark. Call 703-993-ARTS.

Classified will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Korn featuring Disturbed and Trust Company at the Patriot Center, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Patriot Center box office. On-line orders: www.ticketmaster.com. Phonecharge: 703-573-SEAT, 202-432-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

The Old Town Hall Chamber Ensemble, featuring 20th Century music for violin, viola, cello and piano, will give a free concert at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at the Old Town Hall at 3999 University Drive. Contact 703-352-ARTS.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCT. 12

<cal2>Fall Festival Expo Basket Bazaar presented by the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 13. The event will take place in Old Town Hall on 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. This Chamber Fund-raiser presents a promotion opportunity for local businesses by bringing in theme baskets that will be judged on originality. Baskets should be tagged with the contents and name of the company. Table set-up is from 8-9 a.m. and a media reception begins at 9:30 a.m. Exhibit fees range from $225 to $650. For more information, call 703-591-2450 or e-mail cfcc@patriot.net.

Six semi-final winners and one wild card winner in the Battle of the Bands will perform at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road in Springfield. All ages. $7.

Classified will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

The Zonta Club of Fairfax County is sponsoring its 14th Annual Art Show and Auction to support the club's ongoing service project. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. at George Mason University, Student Union II Ballroom, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax. Attendees can preview the art while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, dessert, wine and live music starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 a person. Call 703-938-1240.

Art Exhibition and Sale. 1:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 6320 Hanover St., Springfield. All proceeds from this exhibit and sale will support the church building fund. For more information, call 703-719-0596.

Microsoft Word: An Introduction. 1 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-246-2281 to register. Learn the basics of operating a word processor. Ages 12 and up.

Springfield Spruce-up Day. An autumn clean-up day has been scheduled to clean-up trash and weeds around Springfield. Participants in this community partnership include Supervisor Kauffman's Office (Lee District), the Fairfax County Police Department (Franconia Station), the Clean Fairfax Council, Springfield Fire and Rescue, the Fairfax County Health Department, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Springfield Civic Association. Lake Accotink will serve as the hub for a larger-scale effort that will extend outward into the community. Lunch will be provided at the park from 12-1 p.m. Anyone interested in organizing a group or coming out for the clean-up can register by calling Lake Accotink Park at 703-569-0285 or the Office of the Lee District Supervisor, Dana Kauffman, at 703-971-6262.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCT. 13

<cal2>The Virginia Opera presents "Die Walküre", a Virginia Premiere Production and part of Richard Wagner's "Ring Cycle" at 2 p.m. The concert will take place at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. Single ticket prices range from $42 to $78. The piece is sung in German with English super titles. All performances are conducted by Maestro Peter Mark. Call 703-993-ARTS.

Kreator, Destruction, Cephalic Carnage, December, Psychotogen and Krass Judgment will perform at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road in Springfield, at 4:15 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. All ages. $17.

Newsboys featuring Zoegirl, Superchick, and By the Tree at the Patriot Center, 6 p.m. Tickets: $27.50 and $24, plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Patriot Center box office. On-line orders: www.ticketmaster.com. Phonecharge: 703-573-SEAT, 202-432-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

Fairfax Gay and Lesbian Organizing Project Fall Picnic. 1-4 p.m. at Hemlock Overlook Park. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of picnicking, games and casual hiking. Bring food and drink. Children and dogs are welcome. For more details, visit www.fglop.org or e-mail info@fglop.org.

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo will address the Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 Sons of Confederate Veterans on "The Real Lincoln." Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. in the Fairfax American Legion Post, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. The 6 p.m. supper offers a choice of prime rib or honey glazed baked ham. Supper prices are: $20 for Camp members and adult guests under 65; adult guests over 65 pay $15; children ages 7-18 pay $10; and children under 7 are free. RSVP or submit questions to Mike Goodloe 703-971-6234 or by e-mailing jmgoodloe@starpower.net. Members will discuss and approve the 2002-2003 Camp budget.

<cal1>TUESDAY/OCT. 15

<cal2>Library Book Club. 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-246-2281 to register. Ask at the information desk for this month's selection. Adults.

Book Discussion Group. 11 a.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. "Gallileo's Daughter" by Dava Sobel. Adults.

Computers Demystified. 2 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. What is a search engine? An easy introduction to Internet search tools and strategies. Adults.

Book Discussion Group. 7:30 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. "River, Cross My Heart" by Breena Clarke. Adults.

Database Basics. 10:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register. Learn to use databases for homework, medical and consumer research without stepping foot in the library. Ages 12 and up.

Evening Book Club. 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register. "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson. Adults.

Outreach Meeting on Proposed Transportation Sales Tax Referendum. 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. The meeting will provide information about the proposed referendum. Speakers include Del. Jeannemarie A. Devolites (R-35th), Del. James A. Rollison, III (R-52nd) and State Senator Kenneth Cuccinelli (R-37th). For more information, call 703-385-7850.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/OCT. 16

<cal2>Registration for "Folk-style" Youth Wrestling Program for youths ages 6 to 15. 7:30-9 p.m. in the West Springfield High School Cafeteria. Practices will be at Lake Braddock High School and West Springfield High School two days per week for beginners and advanced levels. Practices start the first week in November and competitive tournaments begin in January through February with the season’s final tournament in early March. Bring a check for at least $100, a non-returnable copy of the child's birth certificate and the child's Social Security number. Call 703-913-7312.

Every Autumn Comes the Bear. 10:30 a.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-246-2281 to register. Stories and activities for ages 2-5 (with adult).

Rollicking Frolicking Fun. 1:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register. Sing favorite books. Ages 2-5 with adult.

"The President's Own" Chamber Ensembles of the United States Marine Band will perform at Springfield Estates Elementary School at 9:15 a.m. For a schedule of "Music in the Schools" performances, call 202-433-5814.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCT. 17

<cal2>"Strategies for Social Success: Skills for Children and Adults," a program hosted by CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. Cheryl Wietz, LCSW, will present the program at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Lecture Room at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. The program is free and open to the public.

Eric Martin, former lead singer from Mr. Big, E'Nuff Z'Nuff, and another band to be announced will perform at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road in Springfield. All ages. $15.

Small Town will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Brad Paisley, Tommy Shane Steiner and Andy Griggs will perform at the Patriot Center at George Mason University. 7 p.m. Tickets: $32.50 and $27.50, plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Patriot Center box office. On-line orders: www.ticketmaster.com . Phonecharge: 703-573-SEAT, 202-432-SEAT or 410-481-SEAT.

Friday Morning Music Club on Thursday Morning. Frank Conlon, piano; Bonita Lestina, Mezzo-Soprano; and a woodwind ensemble will perform Schubert, Duke and Ibert. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. Call 703-352-ARTS for more information.

The Fairfax Antique Arts Association will host its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Road in Fairfax. Tom Felt will speak about Flow Blue China. All are welcome and admission is free. Contact 703-323- 4803.

Invasive Species Removal, 1-4 p.m. Join the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust at Annandale Community Park, 4022 Hummer Road. Participants should wear long pants and comfortable shoes. Bring tools and gloves, if possible. For more information call Jeannie McPherson at 703-354-5093 or visit www.nvct.org.

Slightly Scary Stories. 10:30 a.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-246-2281 to register. Stories and activities. Ages 3-5 with adult.

"Lighters and Matches are tools for Grown-Ups." 1 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. Puppet show and safety tips from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue staff. There may be a surprise visitor. Age 3-5 with adult.

Rollicking Frolicking Fun. 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register. Sing favorite books. Ages 2-5 with adult.

The Fairfax City chapter of AARP will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Fairfax united Methodist Church on University Drive and Stratford Avenue. For more information, call Emilie Larson at 703-938-1379.

"1776, The Musical" will be presented by the Lord of Life Players at the Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Tickets are $10, or $20 for the "dinner theatre" shows at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 and 19. Sunday's performance is a 4 p.m. matinee. Call 703-591-4602 for tickets or purchase them at the door.

<cal1>FRIDAY/OCT. 18

<cal2>The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Southern Fury, and The Railriders will perform at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road in Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $20.

Imposter will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Alcanza College Fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Patriot Center, located on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. This is an opportunity for Latino high school students in the Washington metropolitan area to learn about the college process, opportunities available in higher education and how to obtain scholarships. More than 150 representatives from colleges and universities nationwide are expected to participate. Call 703-993-2400 or visit on-line at www.gmu.edu/alcanza.

How to Improve Water Quality through Land Conservation, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Clifton Presbyterian Church, 12748 Richards Lane, Clifton. Join the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and the Audubon Naturalist Society for a presentation on the role of land conservation in preserving water quality. Speaker, Katie Goldberg, is the director of land protection for NVCT. Refreshments will follow. No cost. For more information call Jeannie McPherson at 703-354-5093 or visit www.nvct.org.

Biological and Chemical Monitoring Demonstration, 3:30- 4:30 p.m. Learn about biological and chemical monitoring at Eakin Park while participating in a hands-on workshop sponsored by the Fairfax County Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information call Joanna Arciszewski at 703-324-1460 or e-mail jacise@gmu.edu.

"1776, The Musical" will be presented by the Lord of Life Players at the Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Tickets are $10, or $20 for the "dinner theatre" shows at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 and 19. Sunday's performance is a 4 p.m. matinee. Call 703-591-4602 for tickets or purchase them at the door.

"Super Mason Midnight Madness," the seventh annual celebration of the opening of George Mason University men's and women's basketball practices, begins at 10:30 p.m. with local band Brevity. Fesitivites continue with dance routines by the cheerleaders, relay races, contests and an indoor fireworks display at midnight when the basketball players are introduced. The activities concludes with a brief scrimmage. For all ages.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCT. 19

<cal2>The National Rifle Association is conducting a seminar and an instructor development workshop for its Refuse to Be a Victim program. The three-to-four-hour workshop is open to the public, starts at 8:30 a.m., costs $10 to attend, and will take place at NRA Headquarters. The two-day workshop, which concludes on Sunday, Oct. 20, is open to individuals who have completed an application process and costs $99 to attend. Call 800-861-1166 for information.

Hearts and Hands Bazaar hosted by Messiah United Methodist Church. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield. The event includes vendors, crafts, a silent auction and much more. The proceedings will go to local charities and mission projects. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-569-9862.

The Coastline Band (beach/shag music) will perform at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road in Springfield. Ages 21 and up. $10.

Imposter will perform at Blue Parrot, located in the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road in Springfield, at 9 p.m. Free for hotel guests; $5 for the general public. Call 703-971-8900.

Carolyn Donovan, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) advocate on women's issues to the United Nations will speak about the UN resolution on women, peace and security. 10 a.m. at Marshall High School in Fairfax. Free. Call Connie McAdam, president at 703-524-0571 or Elizabeth Parker, publicity chair at 703-521-0891.

17th Annual Holiday Showcase sponsored by Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school, 9200 Burke Lake Road. One hundred crafters and artisans sell their crafts, fine arts and holiday merchandise. Proceeds support PTSA activities. Call 703-426-1000 for more information.

Kings Park Library's 30th Anniversary Party. 1 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For more information, call 703-978-5600. Celebrate with activities, refreshments and fun for the whole family. All ages.

Greenbriar East Fall Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenbriar East Elementary School. This rain or shine event is sponsored by the PTA. Planned events include moon bounces, cake walks, raffles and a silent auction. A dunk tank will be available for children to test their aim at dunking teachers and staff members.

Franconia History Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franconia Elementary, 6043 Franconia Road in Alexandria. Come enjoy a day of local music, colonial-era children's games, BBQ and exhibits about Franconia history sponsored by the Franconia Museum. Free and open to the public.

"1776, The Musical" will be presented by the Lord of Life Players at the Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Tickets are $10, or $20 for the "dinner theatre" shows at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 and 19. Sunday's performance is a 4 p.m. matinee. Call 703-591-4602 for tickets or purchase them at the door.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCT. 20

<cal2>Springfield Chapter 893 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) meeting. 4-6 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. in Vienna. The NARFE National Secretary and the President of the Virginia Federation of Chapters will give presentations on protecting retirement benefits. For reservations, call 703-242-6681 no later than Oct. 14. Contact Chapter 893 president Ann M. Collins at 703-569-5224 or e-mail to NARFE893@aol.com.

Occoquan Rendezvous, 1-5 p.m. Join Northern Virginia conservation groups at Bull Run Marina off of Old Yates Ford Road in Clifton for a fun-filled day of guided canoe tours and hikes along on the Occoquan River, water quality monitoring demonstrations, presentations from conservation organizations, and a results tally from watershed monitoring activities taking place over the weekend. Hot dogs and chips for dinner, no cost. For more information, call Katherine Mull at 703-642-4625 or visit www.nvct.org.

"1776, The Musical" will be presented by the Lord of Life Players at the Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Tickets are $10. Sunday's performance is a 4 p.m. matinee. Call 703-591-4602 for tickets or purchase them at the door.