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<cal2>Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dolley Madison Library. Join them to work on improving your communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey your message more concisely. Contact Melissa Adkins, vice president of membership, at work at 703-262-5373 or at home at 703-815-4304, or e-mail her at madkins@cnri.reston.va.us.

The Vienna Toastmasters meet twice a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Participants will have the opportunity to improve communication skills. For more information, call Valerie Hall at 703-426-8073.

Toastmasters Saturday Morning. Too busy during the week for Toastmasters? Join this club, which meets Saturday at 10 a.m. twice a month in Vienna Presbyterian Church, Room 376. Improve communication and presentation skills in a supportive environment. Contact Viki Kinsman, 703-476-1736, or jvkinsman@aol.com.

The Great Falls Women's Club offers bridge lessons, a knitters and crocheters group, a tennis group and a book discussion group. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all Fairfax County residents. Call Patty Staas 703-356-5845.

The Newcomers Club of Vienna and Friends is a women's social club open to everyone in Northern Virginia. The club has three non-smoking bridge events each month: a social bridge club held on the first Tuesday of the month and a duplicate bridge club on the third and fourth Wednesday of every month. All the events are at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna and include a buffet lunch. For reservations, call 703-281-4811 or 703-938-3505.

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires, members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax. Visitors are always welcome. For information on membership, call 703-968-4292. For information on performance, call Mike Huddleston at 703-228-3250 or at 703-968-0263 or visit www.thefairfaxjubilaires.org.

Club Phoenix Teen Center at the Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Access Services, the Library Branch that serves individuals with disabilities, is sponsoring a new support group for seniors and people with low vision, at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Vienna Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Colvin Run General Store. Visit this restored building with fixtures from 100 years ago, and browse through the old-fashioned merchandise. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., every day except Tuesdays. Call 703-759-3403.

Nature Escapes take place every day except Tuesdays, from 12-5 p.m., at Riverbend Visitor Center, Great Falls. Activities include crafts, exhibits and animal watching. Each month features a different theme. Call 703-759-9018.

The History of Great Falls is presented every day all through the day at the auditorium at the Great Falls Visitor Center. The program features a 10-minute slide show introducing 11,000 years of history of Great Falls. Ranger talks take place daily and on the weekends from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Overlook 2, Great Falls Park. Join a ranger to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River. The Children's Area is open daily for children to check out seasonal exhibits and activities at Great Falls Park. Children 7-12 are welcome to participate in the Junior Ranger Program and explore the park on their own.

The Women's Center hosts the Job Hunters Forum the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The forum offers support for women and men who are actively searching for jobs. Cost is $10 members, $25 nonmembers each session.

Open Mike Showcase at The Old Brogue, the first and third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.; sign-up, 8:30 p.m. 760 Walker Road. Twelve artists per evening.

New Beginnings, a nonprofit support group for separated and divorced individuals, has six meetings a month in the area on different nights in various locations in members' homes. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Bring binoculars and watch the resident and migratory birds every Sunday, 8-10 a.m., at Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather, rain or shine.

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia is a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m. Call toll-free at 866-716-7766 for more information.

JAM! Jazz McLean, a teen jazz band directed by Rob Holmes, meets every Monday, 6-8 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. Bring an instrument. For more information, call 703-893-0910 or visit www.geocities.com/jam4teensva.

T'ai Chi Practice every Saturday, 8-9 a.m., at McLean Central Park, located behind Dolley Madison Library, McLean. Open to all people and all skill levels, this free ongoing practice provides a chance to experience the benefits of the ancient art of slow, smooth, gentle motion for fun, health and relaxation. No special equipment or clothing needed. Sponsored by the T'ai Chi Study Center. Visit www.TaiChiCenter.com or call 703-759-9141 for more information.

The Northern Virginia Carvers will teach carving every first and third Sunday of August at Colvin Run Mill Historical Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Preschool Storytime. Every Monday in August, share stories and fun, 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Ages 1-5 with adult. Call 703-757-8560 to register.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn to use the Web or increase skill level. August. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call for an appointment: 703-757-8560.

Personalized Internet Training is available at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library during August. Tysons-Pimmit is located at 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088 for an appointment.

Original pastel and pen drawings of musicians by Northern Virginia artist Karen Francis are on display at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. The drawings feature musicians who have performed at the Monday night open mike at Jammin' Java as well as some who play at the Tuesday jam at Bangkok Blues Thai Restaurant in Falls Church.

Swing Dancing will take place every Wednesday night at the Potomac Swing Dancing Club Room, 146 Maple Ave. E., across from Whole Foods. Beginning jitterbug/Lindy Hop lessons are at 7:30 p.m., and dancing continues 8:30-11 p.m. Club members pay $10 for the lesson and dance, $6 for dance alone. Nonmembers pay $12 for lesson and dance, $8 for dance alone. For more information, call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or visit www.erols.com/swing4me.

McLean Newcomers Club. A social organization made up of newcomers and some not-so-new-comers from McLean and its environs. Create new friendships and socialize with the community. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at a private home. Potluck luncheons, a book group, bridge groups, play groups, local tours and more. Call 703 237-3138 or 703 734-1840 or visit www.geocities.com/mcleannewcomers.

History of Great Falls. Enjoy a 10-minute slide presentation introducing the 11,000 years of history of the Great Falls at Great Falls Park. Program will be shown in the auditorium periodically throughout the day. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Check Visitor Center for times. Free.

Ranger Talks. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the weekends. Join a ranger at Overlook 2 to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River at Great Falls Park. Check daily program schedule for times during the weekdays. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Free.

Children’s Area. Children are urged to stop by the seasonal exhibits and activities to have fun learning about Great Falls Park. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Open daily. Free.

Bird Watching. Rain or shine on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. Join an informal group of bird watchers to catch a glimpse of resident and migratory birds in Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Adult Co-Ed Kickball League. Begins Aug. 24 for age 18 and up. Doubleheader games will be played at Southside Park on Sundays at 10 a.m. The fee is $250, which includes umpires, equipment and awards. League is limited to 12 teams, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

Friends of the Great Falls Library. A group of book-lovers and library users who support special programs for children and adults at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The board meets monthly, September through June. For information on becoming a library "friend," call 703-757-8560.

Northern Virginia Senior Softball (NVSS) seeks men over 50 and women over 40 for fall ball, a September and October slow-pitch, 32-game season. Two seven-inning games are played Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Fairfax County fields. NVSS has 29 teams organized into three skill-level conferences; people are assigned to teams based on skill. $35 fee includes hat and shirt. Visit nvss.org or call Dave at 703-524-5576 or Joyce at 703-860-1867. Season begins Sept. 2.

The Golden Girls Women’s Softball Association is a Vienna-based organization for women in the metropolitan area who are 40 and over. League play is on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings during the spring and fall. Instruction and a less competitive atmosphere are provided for beginners. There are also traveling tournament teams and National Senior Games teams in five-year age brackets, beginning with age 50. Call Donna Packard, 703-938-0387, for more information.

The Vienna Woman's Club is now accepting applications for its 43rd annual Harvest Bazaar on Nov. 8 at the Vienna Community Center. Space is limited. For information or to request an application, call 703-938-7716 or 703-851-1313.

Walking Groups for Mature Adults. A walking group for mature adults will meet each Wednesday from Sept. 10-Oct. 29., 6:30-7:30 p.m., in front of the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Free; advance registration is required. Slower-paced walkers may request to be paired together. A morning moderate-paced walking group will meet Mondays, Sept. 8-Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. The fee of $5 for Vienna residents and $8 for out-of-town participants includes a guide and written materials. The new Friday morning group for moderate-paced walkers will meet from Sept. 5-26, 10-11 a.m., at four different locations around Fairfax County. The cost is $8 for Vienna residents and $10 for out-of-town participants. For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

The Vienna Women's Club is now accepting applications for its 43rd annual Harvest Bazaar to be held on Sat., Nov. 8 at the Vienna Community Center. Space is limited. For information or to request an application, call 703-938-7716 or 703-851-1313.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 13

<cal2>Preschool Singalong. Songs and fun with Miss Belle. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Dog Days of Summer. Stories and activities. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 10:30 a.m. at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

ABC, 123. Stories and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088 to register.

Howl! Miss Cathy's Children's Productions presents famous wolf stories with audience participation. Ages 6-12. 2 p.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088 to register.

Summer Garden Party and Plant Sale. 6-9 p.m. at Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run. Follow the red plant-sale signs. Light refreshments will be offered. The horticulture group volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Call 703-847-0710 for more information.

Ani DiFranco. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $32 in-house and $26 on the lawn. For tickets, call 703-218-6500.

Estate Planning Seminar. Learn effective estate planning centered around the revocable living trust with the law firm of Steffan & Macdonald. 10 a.m.-noon at the Sheraton Premiere, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner. Free. For more information, call 703-691-4310.

Trip to the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The McLean Travelers will tour the museum, dine at the Army/Navy Club and tour the Anderson House. Cost is $125, $120 for McLean district residents, and includes transportation, a private showing of the DAR quilts, and lunch at the Army/Navy Club. Participants will meet at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Kaydee Puppets: "Be Your Best." Have fun getting ready for school; free goody bag for each family. 10:30 a.m. at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Silly Stories. Funny stories and activities. 11 a.m. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call 703-757-8560 to register.

Storytime Picnic. 11:30 a.m. Stories and activities for all ages. Bring a lunch, a blanket and join others at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405 to register.

Trinidad & Tobago Steel Band. A virtual trip through the islands through music. A Nottoway Nights performance. 7:30 p.m., at Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Road, Vienna. Canceled in case of rain. Call 703-930-7532 for cancellation information. Park is not lighted; bring a flashlight for a safe exit after dark.

"The Barber of Seville", presented by The Wolf Trap Opera Company, 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Tickets range from $18 to $54. For tickets, call 703-218-6500.

Cathy Fink and Cindy Marxer. Folk music. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets are $10. Call 703-255-1566 for more information.

Daffodil Presentation. 7:30 p.m., at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will feature a slide show given by Chriss Rainey, past president of the Washington Daffodil Society, on complementing spring gardens with various daffodil cultivars. Discussion to follow. Free admission. Door prizes. Call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776 for more information.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 15

<cal2>Dance and barbecue at Club Phoenix Teen Center. 6-9:30 p.m., a dance and barbecue for Vienna middle-school students will be held at Club Phoenix Teen Center, located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry ST. S.E. Cost is $4 per person, which includes food and music by DJ. Call Vienna parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

The Wildflower Festival: Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush and Lucy Kaplansky. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $30 in-house and $18 on the lawn. For tickets, call 703-218-6500.

Cathy Fink and Cindy Marxer. Folk music. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets are $10. Call 703-255-1566 for more information.

The Northern Virginia Home Education Conference, Aug. 15 and 16 at the McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike. There will be speeches, workshops and more concerning the present state of home schooling and information for those interested in learning more about it. Complete conference information including a list of vendors, workshop schedule, directions and registration for is available at www.novaconference.net.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 16

<cal2>Model Airplane Workshop. Build and fly a model airplane with the help of a team of experts. Ages 11-14. 1 p.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088 to register.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park with a ranger at Overlook 2. Wear comfortable shoes, and meet at the Visitor Center desk. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Canal Trail Hike. 2-3 p.m. Join a park ranger for a walk along the scenic Patowmack Canal Trail. Approximately one mile will be covered over even terrain. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center desk. Program is free. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Concert at Club Phoenix. 7 to 11 p.m., a concert for high-school students featuring live bands will take place at Club Phoenix, located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is $5 per person. Call Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

"The Barber of Seville", presented by The Wolf Trap Opera Company, 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Tickets range from $18 to $54. For tickets, call 703-218-6500.

The Northern Virginia Home Education Conference, Aug. 15 and 16 at the McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike. There will be speeches, workshops and more concerning the present state of home schooling and information for those interested in learning more about it. Complete conference information including a list of vendors, workshop schedule, directions and registration for is available at www.novaconference.net.

The Virginia Patriots, an 18-U fast-pitch softball tournament team, will have tryouts for the 2003-04 team from 2-5 p.m. at Falls Church High School. For more information, contact E.J. Thomas at 703-255-2125 or 703-255-2613. Tryouts will also take place on Aug. 23.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 17

<cal2> Tobacco Harvest. 1-4 p.m. at Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, located on 6319 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Help the farmer clean the tobacco leaves and watch how he cuts and splits the stems. Help gather the cut plants and hang them on tobacco sticks to cure. Admission is $3. For more information, call 703-442-7557 or visit www.1771.org. Weather permitting.

Falls Walk. 1-1:30 p.m. Explore the natural and cultural aspects of Great Falls Park with a ranger at Overlook 2. Wear comfortable shoes, and meet at the Visitor Center desk. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Tiny Heirlooms Miniature Class. Decorate a doll house that fits in the palm of one's hand. All materials will be provided. At Tiny Heirlooms, 1401 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, 11 a.m.–noon. The cost is $10, and reservations can be made by calling 703-288-3544 or by writing to customerservice@tinyheirlooms.com. For more information, call Katherine Gavin at 703-356-9884.

Huey Lewis & the News. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $34 in-house and $20 on the lawn. For tickets, call 703-218-6500.

Screaming Puppets, improvisational comedy. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Tickets are $7. Call 703-255-1566 for more information.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 18

<cal2>Sweet Dreams. Bedtime stories and activities. Come in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Ages 2-6 with adult. 7:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Book Discussion. 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call 703-938-0405 for selection title.

Indigo Girls. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1551 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $34 in-house and $22 on the lawn. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, or online at www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 19

<cal2>Book Discussion Group. 10:30 a.m. Call for this month’s title. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

Tempest. Celtic rock music. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Tickets are $10. Call 703-255-1566 for more information.

Paul Taylor Dance Company. 8:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1551 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets range from $10-$30. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, or online at www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Preschool Singalong. Songs and fun with Miss Belle. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike.

Lunchtime Tots. Stories and fun for toddlers. Ages 1-2 with an adult. Bring a snack or bag lunch. Noon, at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088 to register.

James Madison Warhawk Flight School. A voluntary orientation program for incoming ninth-graders, the 'flight school' helps students make a successful adjustment to high school. Study skills and conflict resolution are among the topics covered. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bus transportation and lunch provided. Parents night, 7:30-9 p.m. in the school's auditorium; Dr. Lynda Beemer, a local psychologist, will speak about ways that parents can help their children have a fulfilling high-school experience. Call 703-319-2300.

“Baby Boomer Bash” with the Boston Pops Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1551 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets range from $18-$45. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, or online at www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 21

<cal2>Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. Rock and pop music group. A Nottoway Nights performance. 7:30 p.m., at Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Road, Vienna. Canceled in case of rain. Call 703-930-7532 for cancellation information. Park is not lighted; bring a flashlight for a safe exit after dark.

Russian Art. The Great Falls Art Center (GFAC) will take a look at Russian Art at 7 p.m. at the Art Studio on Walker Road. The presenter will be GFAC member Tom Cranmer, who recently returned from a trip to Russia, where he photographed several art collections, including the Hermitage. To make reservations, call 703-759-3867.

Travis Tritt with special guest Delbert McClinton. 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 in-house and $22 on the lawn. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, or online at www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 22

<cal2>Sea Chanters, a U.S. Navy choral group, at the historic Freeman House, 131 Church St. N.E. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Bring a chair or blanket. Call the weather line, 703-255-7842, for information about cancellation or change in venue due to inclement weather.

Family Movie in the Park. Beginning at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.), enjoy a favorite family movie outdoors at Vienna's Glyndon Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parents are required to stay with their children during the movie. For information about which G-rated movie will be shown, call 703-255-7842 after noon on Aug. 20. Admission is free.

Summer Concert on the Lawn. 6:30 p.m., the U.S. Navy choral group, Sea Chanters, will perform on the lawn of the historic Freeman House. Admission is free. Bring chair or blanket. Call 703-255-7842 for information on cancellation or change in venue due to inclement weather.

Jonasay. Rock music. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Tickets are $10. Call 703-255-1566 for more information.

Al Jarreau, Yolanda Adams and Najee. 8 p.m., at Wolf Trap, 1551 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $38 in-house and $22 on the lawn. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, or online at www.wolftrap.org.

Big Band benefit concert for the McLean Bible Church (MBC) Respite Center. Big Band Gospel artist Dave Boyer, the lost member of the Rat Pack, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. at McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner. Also performing are The Doc Dikeman Big Band and Ruth Simpson. All proceeds benefit MBC's Respite and Therapy Center for Children with Special Needs. Tickets are $18 and available at MBC's The Bookstore or 703-770-2944.