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<sh>'Fight the Flu' Clinics

<bt>Inova Health System is offering three, family "Fight the Flu" clinics at its area facilities. The clinics offer families an opportunity to have children vaccinated. The cost is $20 per flu vaccine.

The three family clinics take place Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church; Friday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Pediatric Lung Center, 3020 Hamaker Court, Suite 302, in Fairfax; and Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parker's Lane in Alexandria.

To find out more information about adult clinics that are offered through Dec. 19, visit www.inova.org.

<sh>'Let it Snow' at NOVA

<bt>Encore Theatrical Arts Project performs an original holiday show, "Let it Snow," the next two weekends, at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on NOVA's Annandale campus. Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults; they're available at the door, or call 703-222-5511.

This family-friendly, musical tale of Santa's elves at the North Pole is presented on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 and 4 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.

<sh>Annandale Community Dialogue

<bt>Residents of Annandale, Alexandria, Burke, Fairfax and Springfield are invited to attend an interactive mulicultural community dialogue. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Community Resilience project and the Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services, the dialogue takes place Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria.

Representatives from different faith groups have organized the dialogue, with help from George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Questions include the following: Since Sept. 11, 2001, how has the community changed? and How can one build a resilient community?

The event is free and open to the public. Participants can register through the end of business on Wednesday, Dec. 10. To register or to request more information, call 703-533-5388, TTY 711.

<sh>EZ Bus to Open in Burke

<bt>Virginia Railway Express plans to kick off its EZ Bus shuttle service with an opening ceremony on Friday, Dec. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Burke Centre VRE Station, 5671 Roberts Parkway in Burke. Virginia secretary of transportation Whit Clement will be on hand, along with members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, to help christen the new bus service. For more information about EZ Bus, call 703-324-110, TTY 703-324-1102.

<sh>Correction

<bt>In the article "Dance Teacher Stresses Life's Lessons," (Connection Newspapers, Nov. 27-Dec. 3) the military rank was mislabeled. Richardson was a colonel in the U.S. Army and not a lieutenant colonel. In the article, Richardson's quote saying that men are better dancers than women, was misinterpreted. He said that women picked up dancing with a greater ease. Also, Richardson's annual party is at The Landings community center on Sunday, Dec. 7, and not The Oaks community center.

<sh>Holidays for Cats, Dogs

<bt>This holiday season, pet lovers can donate food, toys and treats for dogs and cats at area shelters. Best Friends Pet Resorts Salons have set up "Angel Trees" with cards providing information about needy dogs and cats at local animal shelters. Last year, Best Friends collected more than $20,000 worth of food, toys, treats and pet care products. Only new items will be accepted. For more information, call Best Friends Montrose Pet Hotel at 703-425-5000. The program ends Jan. 5.