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<cal1>THURSDAY/ JUNE 19

<cal2>The Amnesty International Fairfax branch will meet on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble on Fair Lakes Drive, Fairfax. Visitors are welcome to join in discussion of current human rights issues around the world. The group's special focus for the past few months has been Father Ly, a prisoner of conscience in Vietnam. Call 703-830-4194 for information, or write aigroup528@lycos.com

<cal1>June 20-21

<cal2>Virginia State Beekeepers Association and Maryland State Beekeepers Association will hold a meeting on June 20-21, at the Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus.

The meeting will begin Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m. in Colgan Hall, and the session on Saturday, June 21, will be held in Colgan Hall and Howsmon Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. The two sessions will feature guest speakers who will give talks on a variety of beekeeping topics. Registration for the two-day event is $25, which includes campus parking fees and refreshments during the meeting. Contact Alan Fiala by email at fialaalan@earthlink.net. Or visit the VSBA Web site: Virginiabeekeepers.org.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 21

<cal2>An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, June 21 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. Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.

<cal2>Balloon Day will celebrate the official start of summer on Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Fair Oaks Shopping Center in the Grand Court on the lower level of the mall. In addition to free balloons, everyone attending can enjoy a clown and special food offers for the day from Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard.

<cal2>"Rhythms of Nature," the DanceAbilities annual recital performed by children ages 3 to 17 with specials needs, will be presented June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the event will go towards DanceAbilities Scholarship Fund, providing therapeutic movement and creative expression classes for children with special needs. Contact Lynne Bauer, DanceAbilities

Director, at 703-218-0751.

<cal1>JUNE 21-22

<cal2>"Concerts 2003- A Tenth Anniversary Celebration!" presented by the Center for Ballet Arts, will feature ballets "La Boutique Fantastique" and "Prague Waltzes," as well as a selection of jazz, tap and modern dances works. Performances will take place on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m., at the Fairfax High School Theatre, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Tickets are available in advance or on performance day at the Center for Ballet Arts and will cost $10 for adults, $9 for students, and $8 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over. Call 703-273-5344.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JUNE 22

<cal2>Take a Wildflower Walk on Sunday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Cabell's Mill. Investigate the flowers of early summer and walk with a naturalist at the Park Authority's Hunter-Hacor tract in western Fairfax. The focus will be on the property's large field system, but floodplain and rocky outcrops will also be explored. Dress in long pants and hiking shoes; bring field guides, binoculars and a lunch. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Techniques in Printmaking, Sunday, June 22 from 4-6 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Centreville Regional Art Guild member Terry Shuping Angelotti will discuss intaglio printing and lithography techniques.

Professional beekeeper Dane Hannum will briefly discuss bees and beekeeping and harvest Walney honey the old-fashioned way on Sunday, June 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Enjoy a taste of comb honey and observe bees in a glass hive. Reservations required. Cost is $1/adult. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>MONDAY/JUNE 23

<cal2>The Centreville Toastmasters Club meets at the Centreville Regional Library, from 7-8:15 p.m., on Monday, 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.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/JUNE 23

<cal2>Cox Communications Northern Virginia, in partner with Disney and the Virginia Library Foundation, will launch its summer reading program, "Wolfing Down Books," which will feature Belle and several other characters from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." The characters will be reading "The Legend of the Viking Castle" on Monday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center's auditorium.

<cal1>TUESDAY/JUNE 24

<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, June 24 — "What New Moms Want to Know About Infant Sleep," Mary Peck, RN, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Center.

* Tuesday, July 1 — "Relaxation Techniques for Parents," Mary Peck, RN.

* Tuesday, July 8 —"Life's Juggling Act — Baby, Husband, Home, and Yourself," Janice Copeland, Unlimited Growth Potential.

* Tuesday, July 15 — "Taking Great Photographs of Your Baby," Johanna Waisley, Simply Create.

* Tuesday, July 22 — "Getting Fit After Baby," Nancy Karabaic, Fitness Coach.

* Tuesday, July 29 — "Sign Language for Infants," Stephanie Steffer, Time To Sign.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

<cal2>The Centreville Multiplex Cinemas launches its fifth annual "Bookworm Wednesdays," a summer reading program developed to encourage children to read during summer vacation. The program runs for eight weeks and entitles kids ages 6-12 to free admission to a children's film every Wednesday at 10 a.m. when they present a book report at a Multiplex Cinemas box office. Official book report forms will be available at participating theaters and online at www.MultiplexCinemas.com.

* June 25 — "The Rugrats Movie"

* July 2 — "Antz"

* July 9 — "Stuart Little 2"

* July 16 — "Hey Arnold! The Movie"

* July 23 — "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie"

* July 30 — "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimaron"

* Aug. 6 — "Space Jam"

* Aug. 13 — "The Wild Thornberrys Movie"

<cal1>Wednesday, June 25

<cal2>Join a naturalist in discovering the animals and plants that rely on the pond for life on Wednesday, June 25 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney Pond. Free. Call 703-631-0013.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 28

<cal2>The Caring Hands Animal Hospital will have an open house on Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don't miss the adoption fair, dog-wash fund-raiser, animal behaviorist and wildlife rehabilitator. Located at 5659 Stone Road, Centreville. Call 703-830-5700 or go to www.caringhandsvet.com.

A pig-roast, live band and Elvis impersonator are in store for those attending a fund-raiser, Saturday, June 28, from 5-10 p.m., at 14735 Jarnigan St. in Centreville. Cost is $25/person, and proceeds benefit The Brain Foundation. R.S.V.P. to Trudy Harsh at 703-830-8852. Tax-deductible donations payable to The Brain Foundation may also be sent to Trudy Harsh, 14735 Jarnigan St., Centreville, Va. 20120.

<cal1>Sunday, June 29

<cal2>Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey on Sunday, June 29 from 8-10 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Head out into the outback to search, capture, identify and release snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

<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 Drive, 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. Call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>AUGUST 12

<cal2>Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) Oakton Office will offer local information sessions on becoming a foster-care parent to special-needs children and youth on Tuesday, Aug. 12 and Monday Sept. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Call Sara Brandland at 703-219-2184.

NVRPA Jan.-May Media Digest — add 12

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. 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. 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.

The Clifton Horse Society will host and judge a pleasure ride on 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 forhorses@erols.com, or contact Wilma Kime at 703-222-8253 or wkime@cox.net.

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. 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. 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. 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.