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<cal1>THROUGH APRIL 19

<cal2>Fair Oaks Shopping Center takes on a magical feeling with the arrival of the Spring Bunny, a visit from Stuart Little and an array of L'il Folks programs. The spring bunny and Stuart Little appearances will take place from now through Saturday, April 19. Hours are Monday-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fountain Court. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 10

<cal2>Fairfax CASA will host its second annual "Light of Hope Celebration" at the Fairfax County Government Center, in the Forum, on Thursday, April 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This year's program of children's songs and family festivities will help to kick off the first of many public awareness and education activities across Fairfax County during the month of April to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The Fairfax County Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Call Maria Buscemi at 703-273-3526 or e-mail at mbuscemi@casafairfax.org.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 11

<cal2>MOY (Mothers of Youth) will be hosting a seminar with clinical psychologist and writer Patricia Dalton entitled: "Letting Go, Already! Raising independent, self-reliant children." It will be held Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at Saint John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The cost will be $10 and includes a light breakfast. RSVP: Mothersofyouth@aol.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 12

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, April 12 from noon to 4 p.m. You can 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. There is no admission charge. More information can be obtained by going to the Web site at www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

The Centreville Regional Art Guild will host a "Paint Out" at the cherry blossoms. If interested in attending, call Steve Beuttel at 703-830-4277 or email at scb@erols.com.

<cal2>An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 8 p.m. until midnight at the John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax City (next to St. Leo's). Basic dance lessons will be offered from 7:30-8 p.m. The Bog Wanderers will perform live Irish Music. Cost is $12 per person, $25 maximum per family. These dances are fun and for the whole family. Beginners, singles, couples and families are welcome. Ceili and set dances will be featured. Sponsored by the Washington Area Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the dances are held every second Saturday of the month during the school year (April 12, May 10 and June 14). Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.

A KIDSafe VA Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chantilly Mews Housing Development, 4151 Chantilly Lace Court, Chantilly. It is being sponsored by George Mason University social work students, in collaboration with the Governor's Office for Substance Abuse Prevention and Black Women United for Action. This event will provide safety resources and information to the 90 children who reside in the community. School violence, bullying, disaster preparation, substance abuse prevention, food safety, crime prevention and fire safety are issues to be addressed. Call 703-993-2030 or 703-922-5757.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 13

<cal2>Learn about Migrating Songbirds at the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Clifton on Sunday, April 13, from 2-4 p.m. Find out why millions of birds migrate through our region every year. Recommended for adults and older children. Fee: $5-$8. The Webb Sanctuary is located at 12829 Chestnut St., Clifton. Call 703-803-8400.

<cal2>The April Rain 100 (NSCA) Contest will be held Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

<cal2>The annual bluebell walk will take place Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. View a spectacular display of bluebells, with spring beauties and other spring wildflowers, along the Bluebell Trail. The guided hike is free and no reservations are required. Bull Run Regional Park boasts one of the largest stands of bluebells on the east coast. Call 703-528-5406.

<cal2>A GLBT Social Bowling event will take place Sunday, April 13 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Bowl America, 46940 Woodson Drive, Herndon. Cost is $10 per person (includes shoe rental). Reserve your spot on one of the lanes by emailing socials@equalityfairfax.org or calling 703-255-1552. Equality Fairfax is a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and advocacy organization.

The Centreville Regional Art Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. To celebrate the club's fourth birthday, there will be refreshments, a show and tell/critique of members' artwork, and elections of officers. All are welcome! Call Beth Latture at 703-802-1640 or email at beth.latture@verizon.net.

<cal1>TUESDAY, APRIL 15

<cal2>The New Mothers Luncheon Group in Northern Virginia offers 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Restaurant 7, located at 8521 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner. Reservations are required for all luncheons. Contact Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 or at eventbuilders@hotmail.com.

The schedule is as follows:

* Tuesday, April 15 — "Physical Movement and Your Infant," Chad Mussman, The Little Gym;

* Tuesday, April 22 — No lunch;

* Tuesday, April 29 — "Emotional Development of Infants," Tamara Balis, Essential Tools for Living, LLC;

* Tuesday, May 6 — "Nanny Agencies and What They Can Provide (more than what you think)" Susan and Jerry Milwit, Metropolitan Nannies;

Tuesday, May 13 — "Developmental Milestones — Birth to Age 1," Patti Turner, MS;

* Tuesday, May 20 — "The Importance of Estate and Financial Planning," Jennifer Holt, Attorney at Law;

* Tuesday, May 27 — "Toys! Toys! Toys!" Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/APRIL 16

<cal2>Easter Bunny to visit Egg Hunt at Bull Run Park. Children ages 2 through 8 may bring a basket and search for colorful eggs, then pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny at Bull Run Regional Park's egg hunt and spring crafts event on Wednesday, April 16. Children will check in at 10 a.m. and enjoy spring crafts. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. at the park located at 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville. The fee is $4 per child and $2 per photo with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required. Call 703-631-0550.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 17

<cal2>A free workshop on anxiety will be held Thursday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Gain a better understanding of why people suffer from panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness and obsessive-compulsive behaviors and discuss a non-drug treatment. The library is located at 14200 Saint Germaine Drive, Centreville. To learn more or to register, call the Quantum Healing Center at 703-937-3993 or email info@quantumhealingcenter.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 19

<cal2>Take Beginner Bird Walks at the Webb Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Clifton on Saturdays, April 19, May 17, June 21, from 8-9 a.m. Free. Enjoy a guided walk around the 20-acre facility, and look for spring migrants and resident birds. Walks take place rain or shine — dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. The Webb Sanctuary is located at 12829 Chestnut St., Clifton. Call 703-803-8400.

The Centreville Regional Art Guild will host a field trip to Frederick, Md., to visit the Community Bridge Mural. This trompe l'oeil transformation of a plain concrete bridge into a faux stone bridge complete with statues, carvings and many surprises is a sight to see. Visit the Community Bridge Mural web site at http://bridge.skyline.net/ for information about the bridge, and call Amy Mann at 703-631-1856 or email at amy.mann3@verizon.net if you'd like to attend.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 20

<cal2>A Spring Fling Skeet Tournament (NSSA) will take place on Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center. This will be a National Skeet Shooting Association tournament. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>MONDAY/APRIL 21

<cal2>The Centreville Toastmasters Club meets twice a month at the Centreville Regional Library, from 7-8:15 p.m., on Mondays, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 9, June 23. Toastmasters will help members speak confidently, listen effectively and think on their feet. Guests are always welcome. Contact Lynn Griesemer, 703-263-2468, greeze@juno.com.

<cal2>Emergency Management Specialist Gary Ball from the Fairfax County Emergency Management Office will the guest speaker at the Greenbriar Woman's Club meeting on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road. Mr. Ball will be discussing Fairfax County's plans of action in case of a terrorist attack that would impact Fairfax County citizens. He will also be discussing how individuals and families should prepare for and respond to such an emergency event. All Greenbriar residents and others from surrounding communities are invited to attend. Call Barbara Cale at 703-378-6009 or Lee Conley at 703-266-7032 for further information. The Greenbriar Woman's Club is a member of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs and its Virginia affiliate (GFWC-Virginia). Go to www.gfwc.org.

<cal1>FRIDAY/APRIL 25

<cal2>The MOMS Club of Clifton/Centreville will hold an Open House and Family Resource Day on Friday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centreville Fire Station No. 17 on Old Centreville Road. Find out valuable information from the MOMS Club and over 30 other family-friendly organizations. Special programs by Melody Kids at 11:15 a.m. and Puppets and More at noon. Visit the Web site at www.momsclubccva.org or call 703-266-2469.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 26

<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 893 will host its 30th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former site of the Lowe's Hardware Store, located at 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly — across from K-Mart and Babies R Us. Items for sale include: furniture, housewares, sports equipment, books, clothes for the entire family, electronics and white elephant merchandise. Plenty of parking! Donation are being accepted on the following Saturdays (April 12 and 19). They can be dropped off between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the site. Call 703-222-2333.

<cal2>CPR is being offered at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department on Old Centreville Road. It is being held on the fourth Saturday every month. The course includes the Heimlich Maneuver for choking and CPR techniques for infants, children and adults. This course is not for those who need the Healthcare Provider level. A donation of $25 is requested. Call 703-830-1479 and leave your name and phone number in the CPR mailbox.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 27

<cal2>A Bull Run Ramble will take place Sunday, April 27, 1-3 p.m. Meet at Hemlock Overlook Park near Clifton to search for native wildflowers and other signs of spring. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for some hills. Recommended for adults and older children. Fee $5-$8. The Webb Sanctuary is located at 12829 Chestnut St., Clifton. Call 703-803-8400.

<cal1>MAY 2-3

<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their annual Spring Used Book Sale on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 12-3 p.m. There will be a wide assortment of children and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visuals, all at bargain prices. Call 703-502-3883.

<cal2>The fifth-annual Gallery Walk in Old Town Manassas will take place May 2-3. Many local artists will have their works on display in 14 locations. A map will be provided. The hours are Friday, May 2 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the balloons.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 3

<cal2>Step by Step Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. together with The Shaken Baby Alliance is holding their third annual fund-raiser to raise money for Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention and education.

The Tot Trot is a walk-a-thon for infants and toddlers, their friends, families, neighbors that will take place Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. Each participant can walk, use a push toy or walker, ride in a wheelchair, stroller or backpack, or even be carried along a 1/10-mile "track" as many times as he or she is able. The participants will have sponsors from the community pledge $1 per lap of the track, or flat donations will be accepted. The early registration fee, due by April 19, is $12 per tot or $17 per family, which will include a special child's T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted.

It will be held in the parking circle between the Joseph Willard Health Department/Daytime Development Center and the Belle Willard Administration Building at 3750 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Shaken Baby Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness, supporting victim families and advocating for justice for the victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome, a tragic and preventable form of child abuse.

Call 703-222-2421. Or visit the Web sites at www.stepbysteppediatric.com or www.shakenbaby.com.

<cal1>MAY 8-14

<cal2>The League of Women Voters invites local residents to join members as they investigate and discuss three important elements of living in this area: its parks, libraries and water supply. The League's unit meetings during the second week of May will review the organization, general operations, budget situation and major issues facing the Fairfax County Water Authority, Park Authority and Public Libraries. In preparation for the meetings, members and guests will have the opportunity to review materials prepared by several of its members who serve in leadership roles in these organizations.

The League's meetings will be held at 15 locations throughout Fairfax County and City, on May 8 to 14, including the Kings Park Library on Thursday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Mason District Government Center on Tuesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m., the Yen Cheng Restaurant (9992 Main Street, Fairfax) on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:15 p.m. and a daytime meeting in the Fairfax Station area on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. (Call 830-8198 for location). The meetings are open to guests, free, and no registration is required. Call 703-658-9150 or visit the League's Web site on www.lwv-fairfax.org for further information and other meeting locations.

<cal1>THURSDAY/MAY 15

<cal2>The Clifton Homes Tour will be held Thursday, May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Clifton Community Woman's Club, the event is the club's annual fund-raiser which benefits local charities and scholarships. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. The boutique runs May 14 from 6-8 p.m. and May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Antiques of Clifton, Baskets & Boughs, Heart in Hand restaurant; Colonnade Shopping Center — Temptations Gifts; Burke Town Center — Temptations Gifts. For questions, contact 703-803-1425.

<cal1>SUNDAY/MAY 18

<cal2>The H&K Law Enforcement Memorial 100 (NSCA) will take place on Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 24

<cal2>The swimming pools open on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

* Downpour! At Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling, VA, 703-450-4655.

* Great Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA, 703-960-0767.

* Bull Run Regional Park Pool, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA, 703-631-0552.

* Pohick Bay Regional Park Pool, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton, VA, 703-339-6104.

* Upton Hill Regional Park Pool, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-534-3437.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 31

<cal2>The Prince William Art Society is seeking entries for its May 31 Fine Art and Craft Show. This event will be the art society's largest show of the year and will be held outdoors at Bethel Methodist Church (located on the corner of Minnieville and Smoketown Roads). The show will be judged and juried in both categories by professional artists. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to winners. For more information, call Jewel at 703-878-2246 or Madelyn at 703-670-9437.

For more information about the art society, call 703-590-1437 or check out www.pwcwweb.com/artsociety.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JUNE 8

<cal2>The State Warm-Up 100 (NSCA) Contest will take place on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>JULY 11-13

<cal2>The NSVA Virginia State Championship (NSCA) will take place on Friday, July 11-Sunday, July 13 at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction will sponsor this state championship contest. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For more information, call 703-830-2344.

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Dove Shoot 100 (NSCA)

Sunday, August 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration

Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Rt. 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Rt. 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd. and follow signs to the park.

Iron Man 250

Sunday, September 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration

Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Rt. 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Rt. 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd. and follow signs to the park..

Ducks Unlimited's Battle of Bull Run (NSCA)

Saturday, October 4, & Sunday, October 5

Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction will sponsor this National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and information, call

703-830-2344.

To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Rt. 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Rt. 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd. and follow signs to the park.

Octoberfest Skeet Tournament (NSSA)

Sunday, October 19, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration

Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Skeet Shooting Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Rt. 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Rt. 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd. and follow signs to the park.

Partner's Shoot

Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration

Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Rt. 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Rt. 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd. and follow signs to the park.