The Natural Step. Lake Anne Community Center, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Learn the framework called The Natural Step, which defines sustainability through a set of basic principles. Sponsored by the Great Falls Group of the Sierra Club. John Whalen, a senior partner with Sustainable Value Partners, will lead the session. Guests are welcome, and refreshments and door prizes are included. Call Bobbi Beck at 703-241-2510.
Patty Reese will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
Vienna-area senior citizens are invited to have their blood pressure checked free of charge on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Members of the Medical Team will be available from 10-11 a.m. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.
The Great Falls Historical Society will hold its September meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m., in The Grange, located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. The program will be “History of the Great Falls Fire Department.” The speaker will be Milburn Sanders, lifelong resident of Great Falls and member of the Fairfax County History Commission, with 60 years’ service in the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department. Free. Call 703-795-2352.
The Fairfax League of Women Voters invites members and guests to attend its kickoff meeting for the 2002-03 program year at the King’s Park Library at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Guests and new members are especially invited to attend the meeting, which will provide an introduction to the League and its activities. Free. No registration is required. Call 703-658-9150, or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.
Asset Allocation: Building a Diversified Investment Portfolio. Learn how to develop an investment strategy to help minimize risk. 7-8 p.m. at 1600 Tysons Blvd., Suite 150, in McLean. Workshop offered by T Rowe Price. Free. For reservations, call 703-873-1250.
Angie Miller will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
Randy Barrett, an award-winning contemporary bluegrass, country and folk singer/songwriter, will perform with Alex Sens on dobro at the Starbucks at McLean/Chesterbrook Plaza, located at 6214 Old Dominion Drive in McLean. Visit http://www.shenandoahsacoustics.com/rbarrett, or call 703/241-9482
The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the George Mason Regional Library, which is located at 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. To register to speak, call 703-324-8321.
The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will offer a one-hour seminar and demonstration and Q&A presentation by award-winning grower Pat Piechocki, who will relate the successes and failures that she encountered on the path to achieving prize-winning blooms. The meeting will be held at the Falls Church Community Center, located at 223 Little Falls St. in Falls Church, starting with refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Door prizes. Call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.
Atlantic City Trip. Sept. 12 is the reservation deadline for a day at the casinos in Atlantic City sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. The trip is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19. A charter bus will leave at 9 a.m. from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., and return about 11:30 p.m. The cost of $30 per person includes transportation and buffet meal. Call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.
The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce invites all members and prospective members to attend the September luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bistro 123, located at 246 Maple Ave. E. The cost is $27 for members and $32 for nonmembers and walk-ins. Dr. Lee Frederiksen will speak about the Gemini Syndrome: Seven Secrets to Achieve Extraordinary Growth and Profitability. Call 703-281-1333 or visit the “Events” section of www.vtrcc.org.
Selah of the Creative Arts Ministry will perform at McLean Bible Church, McLean. For tickets, call 703-770-3834. Contact Melanie Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 703-770-2931.
Bob and Jerry will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 9 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women will sell used books, records, CDs, videos and software from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Mclean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean. Admission is free. The sale benefits scholarships for all women. Call 703-237-1035.
Surveying at Colvin Mill. Jim Daniel, the Colonial surveyor, will present a first-person portrayal of Lord Fairfax’s surveyor (ca. 1770) as he gives instruction in the basics of surveying and its technological limitations at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road. Event runs from 2-4:30 p.m., cost is $10, and reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.
The Vienna/Oakton Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) kicks off its 2002-03 year with a “Brownies and Blue Jeans Open House” at the Patrick Henry Library Community Room on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls and lifelong education, and seeks a diverse membership. Meet the officers and members of the Vienna Area Branch, visit displays of branch projects, and learn about branch programs for the coming year. Contact Sonya Mylls, membership vice president, at 703-620-4855, or Kirstin Moyer at 703-242-6428.
Bob and Jerry will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 9 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women will sell used books, records, CD’s, videos and software from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. at the Mclean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean. Admission is free. The sale benefits scholarships for women. Call 703-237-1035.
First Gospelfest will be held by The Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and program begins at 6 p.m. The festival will feature performances by Determined, The Nu-Sionettes, and the Angelaires. Sponsors plan to make this an annual event. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 10. Call 703-318-0621 or visit www.okkques.org.
Baby-sitting fundamentals for boys and girls 12 and older will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Learn how to care for infants and young children, including bathing, diapering, games and activities, basic first aid, and more. The fee of $30 per person includes a manual and certificate upon completion. Students should bring a bag lunch and a doll. Registration is required. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Freedom Hill Chapter, will host its first meeting of the 2002-03 season on Sept. 14 at noon at the American Legion Post 270, located at1355 Balls Hill Road in McLean. In celebration of Constitution Week, the program will feature Valerie Hirsch, an attorney for the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, who worked on the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution Commission under Chief Justice Warren Berger. Light refreshments will be served, followed by business session and program. Call 703-356-2370 or visit www.erols.com/denwards.
“I Do, I Do,” a musical about marriage, will be performed on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m., at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. Tickets are $16 ($14 McLean residents). Proceeds from the performance will benefit the James C. MacDonald Arts Scholarship Fund. Call 703-790-9223.
Oakton High School Band Boosters will hold their annual Tag Day on Saturday, Sept. 14. Band students will go door-to-door in Oakton-area neighborhoods, outline upcoming concerts and events in the band program and seek donations to help support the program. Contributions can be given on the spot or mailed in at a later date. Tag Day donations help pay for music, instruments, uniforms and training. Call Elaine or Len Wolfe at 703-648-3816.
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon-4 p.m. Watch the action on the operating HO-scale model railroads of the “Southern Railway” and the “Western North Carolina Railroad.” The club is located in the historic “Washington & Old Dominion Railroad” station, located at 231 Dominion Road (at the intersection with Ayr Hill Road) in Vienna. Free. Visit www.nvmr.org, e-mail email@example.com or call 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
Tag Day for the James Madison High School bands and Color Guard will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14. Members of the band and color guard will knock on the doors of residents of Vienna to thank them for their support of the band’s program in previous years and to solicit contributions for their upcoming band season. Call Amy Mann at 703-938-1675.
Mill Run Dulcimer Band Concert at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Take a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band in the lovely September weather. Free. 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted.
The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women will sell used books, records, CDs, videos and software from 12:30-4 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean. Admission is free. Books are $5 a bag. The sale benefits scholarships. Call 703-237-1035.
The Great Falls United Methodist Church, located at 101000 Georgetown Pike, is hosting a Rally Sunday breakfast on Sept. 15 to celebrate Christian Education Month. The program and breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will introduce the new fall curriculum. Meet the teachers and enjoy the fellowship of the church school members. The breakfast will be followed by Sunday church school classes for all age 3 and up with a nursery provided for younger children. Call the church office at 703-759-3705 or Tracy Miller at 703-444-2826.
The 28th season of the Rising Stars Concerts will begin on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. The free, 12-concert classical music series is sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library. All concerts will be held at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. For a full schedule of Rising Stars Concerts, call 703-324-8344, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
First Gospelfest will be held by The Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Doubletree Hotel, located at 7801 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and program begins at 2. The festival will feature performances by Determined, The Nu-Sionettes and the Angelaires. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 10. Call 703-318-0621 or visit www.okkques.org.
Dusty Rose will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
Free Synchronized Swimming Clinic will be held by the Northern Virginia Nereids, a nonprofit synchronized swimming team, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Audrey Moore Recreation Center in Annandale. The clinic is a major source of recruitment of new members. Swimmers must be between 7 and 18 and must be comfortable in the deep end. Call 703-569-0085 or 793-451-5391.
The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a meeting of McLean business owners on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m., in the Community Room of the Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road. Open to the public. A briefing will be given on the current Revitalization Plan, followed by a question-and-answer session on how these efforts will impact business. Call 703-356-5424.
The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 8-9 a.m., at the Chamber Office, located at 513 Maple Ave. W., second floor, Vienna. Free. R.S.V.P. required. Call 703-281-1333.
Barry Nelson will perform at The Old Brogue Irish Pub, located at 760 Walker Road, Great Falls, at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-759-3309.
The McLean Newcomers Club monthly luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Washington Golf and Country Club located at 3017 N. Glebe Road in Arlington. This social luncheon is open to anyone in the McLean area interested in learning about or joining McLean Newcomers. The cost of the luncheon is $31 for guests and $28.50 for members. Call 703-790-1775.
Tysons Business and Professional Women (BPW) will host executive coach Jean Stafford speaking at its monthly breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 7:30-9 a.m., at Prudential Securities, located at 1921 Gallows Road, Suite 300, in Vienna. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call Liz Simpson at 703-734-0342.
Propagating and growing salvias will be the subject of a lecture and tour of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens’ salvia collection by Meadowlark Horticulturist Tammy Burke on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. Burke will be addressing the McLean-based Holly Hill Garden Club meeting at Meadowlark Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Drive in Vienna. Free. Guests welcome, reservations required. Call 703-293-9887.