<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 100 metro-D.C. restaurants that will donate a portion of their proceeds from lunch or dinner on March 13. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
A Watershed Clean-Up Day will be held Saturday, March 15 between 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. for Big Rocky Run, Cub Run and Frog Runs. Be part of the stream team! Individuals, families and groups can help clear out the earth's arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered and scaled neighbors. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community project, so bring your friends and neighbors to help at one of these sites. Call to reserve a section of the watershed. Meets at Walney Visitor Center in E.C. Lawrence Park. Call 703-631-0013.
Research your African American ancestors on Saturday, March 15 between 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Sully Historic Site. Marion Dobbins, Sully volunteer, shares her family history and explains how she learned about her ancestors here in Fairfax County. Learn how to research your African American ancestors as you watch and listen to a presentation by a representative from the African American Museum of Fauquier County. Cost is $5/adult. Call 703-437-1794.
<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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
<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>The Westfield's Marriott is celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17 in Wellingtons Pub. Enjoy cold beer, your choice of specialty drinks and a special buffet. Call 703-818-3500.
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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 email@example.com.
The schedule is as follows:
* 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>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>A Weekend Jr. Golf Camp will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23 at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton. Camp includes six hours of professional instruction, including a session on the golf course. Learn, practice, and play. Cost is $100. Call 703-631-9099.
<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>The Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival will take place March 28-30 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. More than 400 craftsmen and fine artists from 31 states will be on hand selling their wares. Specialties include pottery, wood, fine art, jewelry, stained glass, toys, baskets, flags, birdhouses, butterfly boxes, needlework, furniture, sculpture, hand-painted tiles and more. Cost is $6/adults, $1 children 6-12. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 1-888-96-CRAFT.
<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.
Take a Civil War Van Tour — The Road to Gettysburg on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney, in Centreville. Accompany an historian to skirmish sites in Northern Virginia and West Virginia where cavalry and infantry clashed 140 years ago as Lee advanced toward Pennsylvania. Cost is $15. Call 703-631-0013.
<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>A white elephant/yard sale will take place at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine). Items for sale include clothing, furniture, books, toys, children's items, housewares and more. Proceeds to benefit Bethany House and NOVACO programs for victims of domestic abuse. The church is located at 14640 Soucy Place, Centreville (Braddock Road at Cranoke Street).