<cal2>The National Capital Boat Show will take place March 6-9 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Some 40 dealers will be on hand with 150 booths of marinas, parts and accessories. What's featured are ski boats, pontoons, bass boats, jet boats, runabouts, deckboats and more. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 2-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $8/adults; children 6-16, $2; and under 5, free. Call 804-288-5653 or visit www.capitalboatshow.com.
<cal2>Bob and Dannah Gresh, authors of two books for teens, will be hosting a two-day sexual purity conference in the Centreville area. Dannah wrote the best-selling book entitled "And the Bride Wore White." More than 70,000 girls have embraced Dannah's message in either book or conference form.
She will be speaking to girls about living a life of sexual integrity and giving them the "seven secrets to sexual purity." An event for both boys and girls will be held Friday, March 7, from 7:30-10:30 p.m., at Chantilly Bible Church, 4390 Pleasant Valley Road in Chantilly.
Then Dannah will address the girls on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church at New Braddock Road and Route 28 in Centreville. Bob Gresh will be speaking to young men at the Chantilly Bible Church on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The guys' event is a high-contact, aggressive event to help them learn "seven winning strategies in the sexual gameplan."
A closing rally, with both boys and girls, will be Saturday, March 8, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Chantilly Bible Church. Some 15 area churches are joining together to host the conference, and it's open to the public. Register through any of the following church youth ministries or by calling Judy Wear at 703-802-3025.
Participating churches include:
Centreville Baptist, Centreville Presbyterian, Centreville United Methodist, Christ the Redeemer Episcopal, Chantilly Bible Church, Clear River Community, Church of the Apostles Episcopal, Truro Episcopal, Church of the Epiphany, Southview Baptist, New Life Christian Church, Pender Methodist, Christian Life Center, Church of the Holy Spirit and Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
The registration fee is $35 and includes a conference kit and lunch on Saturday (provided by Chick-Fil-A).
<cal2>An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, March 8 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 (March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14). Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.
<cal2>Got a hankerin' for some pancakes? The Clifton Lions Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 9, from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 6, and it's all-you-can-eat. The menu also includes orange and apple juice, coffee, milk, bacon and sausage. All the proceeds go to charity, and free sight, hearing and diabetes checks will be available to anyone interested.
<cal2>MelodyKids Music Summer Camp is having an open house on Sunday, March 9 from 2-4 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center. There will be free demos at 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. MelodyKids offers week-long full-day music summer camps for children ages 6-12, and half-day music summer camps for children ages 3-5. Campers will be doing lots of singing, dancing, drumming, acting out stories to music, and playing instruments. They will learn to read music, meet some of the great composers, play musical games and more. Camp space is limited. The Greenbriar Community Center is located on Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call LiPing Hudson at 703-222-2375.
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<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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The schedule is as follows:
* Tuesday, March 11 — "Mudpies." Location TBA. Additional cost for the mudpies.
* Tuesday, March 18 — "Safety In and Around Your House." Officer Liz Barrington, Fairfax County Police, Crime Prevention.
* Tuesday, March 25 — "Getting Back In Shape after the Baby." Charity Moreno and Patrick Avon, Sergeants Fitness Program.
<cal2>The League of Women Voters invites residents to help it celebrate Women's History Month by attending one of its March unit meetings, which will focus on a review and discussion of the role of women in history. The meetings will consider women's efforts and exclusion from history from a literary perspective, include a review of the women's movement in the United States, and highlight selections from the writings of persons active in the women suffragist movement and from Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own."
The League's meetings will be held at 15 locations throughout Fairfax County, from March 11 to 13, including the Reston Museum on Lake Anne Plaza on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. and the Beacon Street Restaurant at 13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax on Thursday, March 13 at 6:45 p.m. Daytime meetings are also scheduled. The meetings are open to guests, free, and no registration is required. Call 703-658-9150 or visit the League's Web site at: www.lwv-fairfax.org.
<cal2>In March, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will be celebrating women's history, a topic to be discussed by the 15 League units. The Fairfax Station unit, comprised primarily of residents of Clifton, Fairfax Station and Burke, meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. For directions and a copy of the discussion material, call the hostess at 703-250-9328 or the membership chair at 703-830-8198.
For a unit meeting at a more convenient day or time, call the League office at 703-658-9150. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Any person of voting age is encouraged to join. The League's Web site is www.lwv.fairfax.org.
<cal2>Equality Fairfax is sponsoring Food and Friends' annual Dining Out For Life fund-raiser to be held Thursday, March 13. Five Fairfax County restaurants are among over 100 metro-D.C. restaurants that will donate a portion of their proceeds from lunch or dinner on March 13th. Visit www.diningoutforlife.com and www.foodandfriends.org for more information. Equality Fairfax is seeking volunteers to serve as ambassadors at the local participating restaurants. Email email@example.com or call 703-255-1552 for more information. Equality Fairfax is a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and advocacy organization.
<cal2>An Antiques Show will be held at George Mason University on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 120 quality dealers featuring room settings decorated in the finest period American and European furniture and decorative arts. For sale is primitive and folk art, wicker, quilts, linens and vintage clothing, antique maps, oils and prints, rugs and tapestries, porcelains and more. Admission is $6.50; children under 12 free. The show is presented by Hospice of Northern Virginia in conjunction with Soroptimist International of Fairfax County. Held at the George Mason University Field House, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax. Call 301-654-6483.
<cal2>Breastfeeding 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Nursing Your Baby. Sue Tiller, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, is offering a free breastfeeding question and answer forum at the Baby-2-Teen store in Manassas on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum is open to the public and all women expecting a baby or currently breastfeeding are encouraged to attend.
Tiller is also introducing her new book, "Breastfeeding 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Nursing Your Baby." She will autograph books upon request.
Baby-2-Teen is located at 8612 Phoenix Drive, Manassas; call 703-369-0299. Visit the Web site at www.breastfeeding101.com.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, March 15 from noon until 4 p.m. Watch the action on the operating "HO" scale model railroads of the "Southern Railway" and the "Western North Carolina Railroad". The club is located in the historic "Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" station, located at 231 Dominion Road (at the intersection with Ayr Hill Road) in Vienna. There is no admission charge. More information can be obtained by going to the Web site at www.nvmr.org‚ by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
<cal2>The Centreville Toastmasters Club meets twice a month at the Centreville Regional Library, from 7-8:15 p.m. on Monday, March 17. Toastmasters will help members speak confidently, listen effectively and think on their feet. Guests are always welcome. Contact Lynn Griesemer, 703-263-2468, email@example.com.
<cal2>The Greenbriar Woman's Club will meet on Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbriar Community Center in Chantilly. The speaker will be Jodie Romano, director of development, Easter Seals Virginia. The Greenbriar Woman's Club, through its affiliation with the General Federation of Women's Clubs-Virginia (GFWC-VA), has long been a supporter of Camp Easter Seal-East. This camp for children and adults with disabilities was established by Easter Seals Virginia in the early 1980s. GFWC-VA has been a major financial supporter of this camp, providing funds for its initial development and the addition of new facilities through the years. GFWC-VA has committed to raise funds over the next two years to refurbish the camp's main building, Federation Lodge ($50,000) and swimming pool ($45,000), and build an outdoor amphitheater ($75,000). Romano will share information about the camp's programs. All are invited to learn about Camp Easter Seal-East and enjoy fellowship with women who are making a difference in the community. Membership is open to all women in Greenbriar and surrounding communities. The Greenbriar Community Center is located on Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call Barbara Cale at 703-368-7009 or Lee Conley at 703-266-7032.
<cal2>CPR is being offered at the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department on Old Centreville Road. It is being held on the fourth Saturday every month. The course includes the Heimlich Maneuver for choking and CPR techniques for infants, children and adults. This course is not for those who need the Healthcare Provider level. A donation of $25 is requested. Call 703-830-1479 and leave your name and phone number in the CPR mailbox.
<cal2>The "All Aboard Quilter's Special" quilt show will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, from noon to 5 p.m. each day at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Sponsored by Friends of the Fairfax Station, a non-profit organization. Cost is $3 donation, to assist with improvement and upkeep of an historic railroad station. Call 703-425-9225.
<cal2>The huge Dani's Duds week-long spring consignment sale will take place beginning Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 29. During the week, the sale hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. On Saturday, March 29, all items are half price. The sale will be held where the Lowe's Hardware store used to be, 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly. For questions, e-mail Kathy @DanisDuds.com or Don@DanisDuds.com. Or visit the Web site at www.DanisDuds.com.
<cal2>The Greenbriar Garden Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. The club is open to all from Greenbriar and surrounding communities. Call Toni Moriarty at 703-449-0168.
* Monday, March 24 — "Water Gardening." Learn how easy and inexpensive water gardening can be. Plants, fish, installation, stocking, maintaining clear, clean water, and hot, new trends in water gardening will be discussed by Richard M. Koogle. Mr. Koogle has more than 20 years experience in the field of aquatic gardening. In addition to appearances on national television programs such as "Good Morning America" and "Fox Morning Show," Mr. Koogle has been featured in magazine articles such as "This Old House," and "Martha Stewart Living;" co-authored "Ortho's All About Building Waterfalls, Pools and Streams" (2002) and was an advisor for "Ortho's Garden Ponds and Fountains," "Taylor's Weekend Garden Guide," and "Water Gardens" by water gardeners Jacqueline Heriteau and Charles B. Thomas.
<cal2>Fair Oaks Shopping Center takes on a magical feeling with the arrival of the Spring Bunny, a visit from Stuart Little and an array of L'il Folks programs. The spring bunny and Stuart Little appearances will be from Saturday, March 29 to Saturday, April 19. Hours are Monday-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fountain Court. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.
<cal2>A Whistling Wind 100 (NSCA) will take place on Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., in 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 Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Fairfax CASA will host its second annual "Light of Hope Celebration" at the Fairfax County Government Center, in the Forum, on Thursday, April 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This year's program of children's songs and family festivities will help to kick off the first of many public awareness and education activities across Fairfax County during the month of April to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The Fairfax County Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Call Maria Buscemi at 703-273-3526 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>The April Rain 100 (NSCA) Contest will be held Sunday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., 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 Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>The annual bluebell walk will take place Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. View a spectacular display of bluebells, with spring beauties and other spring wildflowers, along the Bluebell Trail. The guided hike is free and no reservations are required. Bull Run Regional Park boasts one of the largest stands of bluebells on the east coast. Call 703-528-5406.
<cal2>A Spring Fling Skeet Tournament (NSSA) will take place on Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Take aim at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Bull Run Shooting Center. This will be a National Skeet Shooting Association tournament. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>The H&K Law Enforcement Memorial 100 (NSCA) will take place on Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., 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 Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>The swimming pools open on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
* Downpour! At Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr., Sterling, VA, 703-450-4655.
* Great Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA, 703-960-0767.
* Bull Run Regional Park Pool, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA, 703-631-0552.
* Pohick Bay Regional Park Pool, 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton, VA, 703-339-6104.
* Upton Hill Regional Park Pool, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-534-3437.
<cal2>The Prince William Art Society is seeking entries for its May 31 Fine Art and Craft Show. This event will be the art society's largest show of the year and will be held outdoors at Bethel Methodist Church (located on the corner of Minnieville and Smoketown Roads). The show will be judged and juried in both categories by professional artists. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to winners. For more information, call Jewel at 703-878-2246 or Madelyn at 703-670-9437.
For more information about the art society, call 703-590-1437 or check out www.pwcwweb.com/artsociety.