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<lst>To have community events listed free in the Fairfax Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Joy Allen at fairfax@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

<cal1>Rescheduled Event

<cal2>David Bowie’s A Reality Tour appearance at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. The concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003. Tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be honored at the rescheduled date. Refunds are available at point of purchase through Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

<cal1>Ongoing Events

<cal2>Personalized Internet tutoring. Learn to use the Web or increase skill level, through Jan. 31. Call for an appointment. Ages 12 and up. At the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227 to register.

Personalized Internet and catalog training. Basics for beginners, through Jan. 31. Call for an appointment. Adults. At the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or increase skills. Call for appointments. At Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, 703-339-4610.

Book Sale. At the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria.

Book Sale. At Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield, 703-451-8055.

Practice English. Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. Call 703-339-4610.

The Artisans United Craft Gallery is featuring the theme of "Bountiful Harvest" in a full-time craft sale and exhibition through Jan. 7, 2004. On Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and, until Christmas, Sundays, 12-4 p.m., over four dozen juried artisans will be showing and selling homemade and decorated pieces. The Craft Gallery features contemporary and traditional crafts and is located in the Packard Center in Annandale Community Park, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale. Free. 703-941-0202.

A Ceili (Irish country dance) sponsored by the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) will take place on the second Saturday of every month except July and August at the John Wood Center, located at 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. The Bog Wanderers Ceili Band plays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Members, $10; non-members, $12; ages 6-16, $6; children under 6, free. Maximum family charge $25. Coffee, tea and soda bread free. Soft drinks 75 cents. Call 703-521-4340.

"Do You See What I See?" This show, featuring works of 14 Washington-area artists, continues through Jan. 5 at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Historic Occoquan. The show includes watercolor paintings; drawings in pastels, graphite ink and colored pencil; non-traditional photography; etching; fused glass; basketry; stained glass; stoneware; porcelain; and silver jewelry. These award-winning artists' works are in private collections in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The gallery is open daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For gallery information, call 703-494-0584.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 26

<cal2>Behind the Scenes. 2-3 p.m., at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588. Naturalist Jon Engle shows the inner workings of the nature center's new exhibits. See what's needed for animal are and the equipment required to handle the maintenance of the tanks and cages. Reservations required. Free. All ages.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 27

<cal2>Walk with the Naturalist. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588. Winter is a great time to see the park, so join a naturalist for a walk in search of seasonal happenings. Canceled in case of severe weather conditions. Free.

"The Nutcracker," presented by the Virginia Ballet. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Reserved seats: $20 for adults, $12 for children and $15 for seniors. Order tickets by calling 703-249-8227. Parking is free and group rates are available.

103rd Annual Christmas Bird Count. The Fairfax Audobon Society encourages birders and nature enthusiasts to join volunteers in a wintertime tradition dating back to Dec. 25, 1900. The Audobon Christmas Bird Count pairs novice and expert bird watchers of all ages to tally birds within a designated count area. The results of the day's data collection inform scientists and decision-makers to set priorities for research and conservation needs. To help, contact the Fairfax Audobon Society at 703-256-6895 or fas@fairfaxaudobon.org. Volunteers will be grouped in teams, assigned a meeting time and an area in Manassas to cover.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 28

<cal2>Jane’s Addiction, featuring Marilyn Manson and The Used. 7 p.m., at George Mason University Patriot Center. Tickets are $48.50 and $45, available at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT.

"The Nutcracker," presented by the Virginia Ballet. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Reserved seats: $20 for adults, $12 for children and $15 for seniors. Order tickets by calling 703-249-8227. Parking is free and group rates are available.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 29

<cal2>"The Nutcracker," presented by the Virginia Ballet. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Reserved seats: $20 for adults, $12 for children and $15 for seniors. Order tickets by calling 703-249-8227. Parking is free and group rates are available.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 31

<cal2>New Year’s Eve at Jaxx Nightclub. Funny Money with Steve Whitman of Kix, the Blues Vultures with Ronnie “10-10” Younkins and Jimmy Chalfant of Kix, Torn. Free buffet. Brian Forsythe will join Ronnie, Jimmy and Steve on-stage at the end of the Funny Money set for a mini-set of Kix songs. At Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. Tickets are $20. Must be over 21. For ticket information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 3

<cal2>Occoquan Bicentennial Opening Ceremonies. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in Historic Occoquan. Historic Occoquan celebrates its bicentennial in 2004. The year-long celebration, themed "Salute Our Heritage," kicks off at Occoquan Town Hall 314 Mill St. The opening ceremony program includes music by the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet, convocation, flag raising, speak by Prince William County Board of Supervisors chairman Sean Connaughton, speeches by state officials, music by the Woodbridge Music Club Brass Band and a catered reception. Event is free. For more information visit www.occoquan.com or call Occoquan's Visitor Center at 703491-4045.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 4

<cal2>DC Films, Part 1. A screening of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," plus commentary by certified master tour guide Carol Bessette. Adults. 2 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 5

<cal2>Falls Church Business and Professional Women Meeting. Come at 6:30 p.m., for networking and business development, and hear Anita Riggleman, recipient of the Louise Whitman Foreign Study Fellowship, speak on the status of women in Thailand. The networking group has moved to a different restaurant. For dinner, choose from an open menu at Aldo's Italian Steakhouse, 7630 Lee Highway, Falls Church. Call Pat Evans at 703-239-2973 for more details. R.S.V.P. not required.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 6

<cal2>Business Breakfast with Del. Chap Petersen (D-37th). 7:30-9 a.m., at Cafe Italiana II, 10515 Main St., Fairfax. Petersen invites members of the local business community to discuss state tax reform proposals and the upcoming 2004 General Assembly. For more information, call Bonnie Arbour at 703-591-5133.

Winter Fest. The Northern Virginia WVU Mountaineer Parents Club hosts a Winter Fest at 7:30 p.m., at Fairfax High School in the multi-purpose room. A $200 gift certificate and two West Virginia University basketball tickets will be raffled off. This year, Corey Farris, assistant dean and associate director of residential education at WVU, presents information about student housing, including possible pitfalls of privately-leased housing, how to deal with landlords and how to open utility accounts. All WVU students and their families are invited. For driving directions or to R.S.V.P., contact Jim Woolwine at 703-751-3656.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 7

<cal2>Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. 10:15 a.m. and 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610 to register. Adults.

Moose on the Loose. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.