<cal2>Mother's First - Chantilly/Centreville is a support group for women making the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Join Moms and tots of all ages for meetings, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. The Chantilly/Centreville group meets on the first and third Thursdays at the Centreville Regional Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org for more information.
The Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) is seeking crafters, businesses and non-profit organizations to participate in Centreville Day on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Centreville Crossing shopping center in Centreville. Booth space fees for a 10 by 10-foot space are $50 for applications received by Aug. 15. Applications submitted after Aug. 15 will be charged $85. Nonprofit organizations that do not sell items or give away food qualify for a free booth. For details and an application, visit www.centrevilleday.com. Contact Rosemarie Seymour at ReCmore@aol.com or 703-830-9582 with any questions.
<cal2>The Work of Their Hands at Sully Historic Site. Spinning, butter churning, cooking or gardening performed by tenant farmers, indentured servants and those enslaved, demonstrated around the outbuildings. Guided tour included. Cost is $5/adult, $4/student, $3/senior and child. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>The 15th Annual Labor Day Wine and Jazz Festival will be held Monday, Sept. 1 from 12 – 6 p.m. in and around downtown Herndon’s Municipal Center complex and historic area. The Festival, produced by the Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation Department and the Council for the Arts of Herndon, will feature performances by national and regional jazz artists, 10 Virginia wineries, fine arts and crafts vendors and gourmet food. The festival is being co-sponsored this year by Gutter Helmet Systems and Smooth Jazz 105.9.
The performances will represent a wide range of jazz styles and influences including urban groove, R&B, salsa, samba, swing, funk and African rhythms and feature a number of different instruments such as drums, percussion, piano and trumpet.
Festival-goers can sample and purchase wines from Virginia wineries including Barboursville Vineyards, Breaux Vineyards, Ltd., Farfelu Vineyards, Horton Cellars, Old House Vineyard, Prince Michel of Virginia, Rebec Vineyards, Tarara Winery, Windham Winery and Williamsburg Winery.
There will also be fine artists and craftsman selling a variety of items including hand painted wine glasses, wine charms, handcrafted silver serving pieces and jewelry, gourmet foods, photographs and paintings.
Admission is $3; admission with wine tasting is $13. Food will be available for purchase or picnics can be brought into the festival site. The Herndon Municipal Center complex is located at 777 Lynn Street. Call 703-435-6868 or visit the Town of Herndon’s Web site at www.town.herndon.va.us.
The Fourth Annual Cruising Clifton Open Car Show and Cruise-In will be held on Monday, Sept. 1 in Clifton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia, the show will be held on Main Street and is open to street rods, customs, antiques, muscle cars and classics. Registration is $12. There will be specialty trophies, entertainment, door prizes and food. Free Admission. Proceeds will benefit the Clifton Lions Club and other local charities.
<cal2>Cub Scout Pack 893 is now recruiting for all levels. The first [pack meeting for the scouting year will be on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Centre Ridge Elementary School at 14400 New Braddock Road. Cub Scout Pack 893 is chartered by Centreville United Methodist Church and is part of the Sully District of the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America. To learn more visit www.boyscouts-ncac.org.
<cal2>The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Saturday, Sept. 6, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Centreville Library. The program will be on DAR's Project Patriot and the Constitution. Lane's Mill is a small but active chapter that offers a broad range of programs on historic preservation, natural conservation, education of our nation's youth, and promotion of patriotism, and love of country. Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend meetings. Inquires should be directed to Jennifer Smith, Chapter Regent, at 703 961-1030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The chapter Web site is www.dar.org under "chapters".
<cal2>Come meet Maria Martinez, a finalist from Dance Fever, who will host the legacy dance company auditions for their all-star competition teams on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Washington Dulles Hilton. Auditions for dancers in grades 3rd thru 6th from 9 a.m. to noon, and 7th thru 12th from 2-5 p.m. Dancers will learn two dance sequences on Saturday and audition for placement on Sunday. Visit www.allstarlegacy.com and click on the dance company link or call 571-283-1001.
The Amish Country Quilts and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The sale will feature over 250 quilts, 500 wall hangings, pillows, dolls, artwork, toys, furniture, rugs, books and more from the Amish and other craftspeople of Lancaster County, PA. Free admission. Call 717-786-8487.
The 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B, will host a living history event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ox Hill Battlefield Park (corner of West Ox Road and Monument Drive, Chantilly). This event will commemorate the Battle of Ox Hill (or Battle of Chantilly), which took place on Sept. 1, 1862. The event will be open to the public, free of charge, and will have a medical display, civilian home skills of the 1860s, and military life and music, including live fire demonstrations of the musket by the 28th Mass reenactors. Activities begin at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. at the park, Mr. Charles Mauro, author of "The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill): A Monumental Storm" will speak to all interested listeners, detailing the course of the battle, and the impact to our neighborhood today. At 4 p.m., the activities will conclude with a brief memorial service to honor the dead who fought at that battle, the largest battle of the Civil War that took place within Fairfax County.
<cal2>An Iron Man 250 will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. Call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Northern Virginia Family Services Oakton Office will offer local information sessions on becoming a foster care parent to special needs children and youth on Monday, Sept. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Call Sara Brandland at 703-219-2184.
<cal2>Fairfax County Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is offering an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. The orientation session will take place at the Fairfax CASA office located at 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, in Fairfax. Fairfax CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supports adult community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. CASAs are appointed by a judge to speak up on behalf of abused and neglected children and work to ensure that the child obtains a safe, permanent home, where they can thrive. Call 703-273-3526, or visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org.
The Women's Association of Northern Virginia luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The location will be the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax. Bridge will begin a 9:30 a.m. Peyton Walker, along with two other representatives of the Fairfax Electoral Board, will present a hands-on demonstration of the new electronic touch screen voting machines. These new voting machines will be used in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Arlington County beginning with the General Election this November. Guests and new members are welcome. Call Eleanor Bogner at 703-451-5247 by Sept. 5.
<cal2>MOMS Club of Centreville North: Learn about playgroups, social events, speakers, etc. for mothers and their children. Monthly meeting on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Sully Government Center on Stonecroft Blvd. Call 703-830-7580 or visit the Web site at www.momsclubccva.org.
<cal2>The Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Department and the O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) is sponsoring an Irish Traditional Music Festival at Van Dyck Park (between the John Wood Center and St. Leo’s Church) 3730 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. Three stages of traditional Irish music and dance. This festival is free to the public (donations will be accepted in order to pay the performers). Bring a folding chair. Call 703-7858 or CCE 703-978-8265.
A "Hope is on the Horizon" Luncheon to benefit the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research Fund will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at noon at The Hermitage Inn Restaurant in Clifton. Independent Longaberger Sales Consultants from the American Heirloom Branch have planned the luncheon. This event will feature basket weaving demonstrations from a Longaberger Basket-maker and guest speaker Darlene Parker will then relate her story of being a breast cancer survivor. Money for the charity will be raised through the following means:
* Raffle Ticket Sales — local businesses will donate prizes for the drawing;
* $2 for each "Horizon of Hope" basket sold will be donated by The Longaberger Company to the American Cancer Society;
* The Hermitage Inn has donated the $1,375 site rental fee for this event.
Contact Robin Garbe at 703-830-0855.
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon until 4 p.m. Come and watch the action on Northern Virginia's largest fixed operating "HO" scale model railroad. Featured lines are the "Southern Railway" and the "Western North Carolina Railroad".
The club is located in the historic "Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" station, 231 Dominion Road (at the intersection with Ayr Hill Road) in downtown Vienna. Admission is free. However, donations (at the door) are gratefully accepted.
Additional information and directions can be obtained by going to the Web site at Œwww.nvmr.org‚ by e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
<cal2>September Sampler meeting by the Assistance League of Northern Virginia, Monday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Open to the public. The meeting will inform new members about the group's philanthropic projects. Contact Cindy Burgess at 703-758-8454.
<cal2> Broadway Gallery, located at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive in Fairfax, announces "An Evening of Art" on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Stop in to see a still life painting demonstration by local, award-winning artist John Bannon. Bannon is known for the landscapes and still lifes he paints in the great tradition of western art. The event is free.
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<cal2>The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area presents "More Power to You." The program, comprising four sessions explaining how local government works and how it relates to state government, will take place once a month from 7 to 9 p.m. in Fairfax Government Center. The sessions will be on Sept. 16, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The program costs $25. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate. Pre-registration is required; call 703-227-2231.
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<cal2>The Northern Virginia Long-term Care Ombudsman Program is preparing for its annual training for new Volunteer Ombudsmen. Volunteers play a key role in the program's provision of advocacy services to residents of long-term care facilities in the region. The volunteer is assigned to a specific nursing home or assisted living facility in their community and makes weekly visits. Using listening, observing and mediating skills, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff to ensure that the residents' rights are being protected. Training for prospective Volunteer Ombudsmen is scheduled for Sept. 18, 19 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Applicants must complete the training session and must be available to volunteer four hours per week, during regular business hours. Interviews will run from August to early September. Call 703-324-5435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and an application, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ombudsman.
<cal2>Westfield music students will be visiting neighborhoods on Saturday, Sept. 20 for the annual Tag Day event. Students from band, choir and orchestra will be requesting donations for the award winning music program for the 2003-2004 school year. Donations will be used to cover the costs related to instructors, instruments, uniforms, costumes and competitions that are not covered by Fairfax County.
<cal2>The Clifton Horse Society will host and judge a pleasure ride on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. The fee for pre-registered entries is $35; $25 for those 13 and under. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 13. For more information, contact Mary Flowers at 703-250-6188 or email@example.com, or contact Wilma Kime at 703-222-8253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Cub Scout Pack 127's Join Scouting Night will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. See the Pinewood Derby Track, the Space Derby track, and check out the cool camping trip planned on a retired WWII Submarine. Join To be held in the Centreville Elementary School cafeteria. There is no obligation to join.
<cal2>Fall for the Arts, a juried, contemporary art festival, will be held Sept. 26-28, on the grounds of the Ellipse at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The event will feature 180 award-winning artists from across the country, as well as a wine tasting with eight of Virginia’s finest wineries. Tasty cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants and an entertainment stage with light jazz and a cappella round out the festival.
The festival will be open Friday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 , 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission for the fine arts festival is $5, with an additional charge for food and wine. Because of the shorter hours on Friday evening, wine will be available by the glass from individual wineries; admission for the wine tasting on Saturday and Sunday is $10.
Contact Celebrate Fairfax at 703-324-3247 or 1-800-880-6629. Visit www.FallForTheArts.com.
<cal2>Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Saturday (Sept. 27), 10 a.m., at Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (Route 28) Centreville. No charge. Patients and family members welcome. Call Darryl Edwards for more information. Call 703-378-9213.
<cal2>Ducks Unlimited's Battle of Bull Run (NSCA) will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5 at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction will sponsor this National Sporting Clays Association event. Call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Sully District’s 6th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Piedmont Club. The Piedmont Club, situated in the rolling hills of Haymarket, is a private, full-service, golf course designed by Tom Fazio. Sponsorship opportunities and a limited number of foursomes are still available. This is an excellent way to support Scouting and also entertain business associates or friends. Plus, you might even win a free Cadillac courtesy of Moore Cadillac. Other sponsors to date include Metropolitan Title and Escrow, Carteret Mortgage and Universal Power Systems, Inc. Call John Caskey at 703-814-8101.
<cal2>An Octoberfest Skeet Tournament (NSSA) will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, 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 Skeet Shooting Association event. Call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>A Partner's shoot will take place Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. Call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>A Ski Swap by Ski Chalet of Chantilly will be held for both skiers and snowboarders on Nov. 8-9. The swaps are hosted by Ski Chalet and the National Ski Patrol divisions from five mid-Atlantic mountain resorts. A Ski Swap is a charitable event where hundreds of enthusiasts buy and sell used sporting goods for skiing and snowboarders. All equipment, clothing, and accessories in good condition will be accepted. Admission is free. A percentage of all consignment sales benefits local nonprofit volunteer Ski Patrols. The event will take place at 14130 Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly. Call 703-631-7880.