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<cal1>MAY 8-14

<cal2>The League of Women Voters invites local residents to join members as they investigate and discuss three important elements of living in this area: parks, libraries and water supply. The League's unit meetings will review the organization, general operations, budget situation and major issues facing the Fairfax County Water Authority, Park Authority and Public Libraries.

The League's meetings will be held at 15 locations throughout Fairfax County and City, on May 8 to 14, including the Kings Park Library on Thursday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Mason District Government Center on Tuesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m., the Yen Cheng Restaurant (9992 Main Street, Fairfax) on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:15 p.m. and a daytime meeting in the Fairfax Station area on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. (Call 703-830-8198 or 703-730-8118 for location). Leading the May 14 discussion will be Winnie Shapiro, a member of the Fairfax Station Unit who is also chair of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. Following up on Fairfax Station's April meeting presentation on the transformation of the Lorton correctional facility, a tour of this property has been scheduled for Thursday, May 22. The meetings are open to guests, free, and no registration is required. Call 703-658-9150 or visit the League's Web site on www.lwv-fairfax.org for further information and other meeting locations.

<cal1>MAY 9-11

<cal2>Saints Andrew and Clare Council of the Knights of Columbus (#10947) is sponsoring the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville on May 9-11. Showtimes are Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $2 (discount children's tickets) to $22. Tickets may be purchased at the Little Italy Deli in the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center, Centreville; Play It Again Sports in the Colonnade at Union Mill Shopping Center in Clifton; and the K-Mart at the junction of Jermantown Road and Route 29 in Fairfax (K-Mart sales on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through May 4). Tickets are available online at www.tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-332-5600. Call 1-800-796-5672.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 10

<cal2>Melodykids presents a Mother's Day weekend community dance on Saturday, May 10 from 2-3 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library. The event is free, with reservations. Call MelodyKids at 703-222-2375. Join the fun for folk dancing — circle dances, reels, line dances and partner dances — and musical games for children and grownups. No experience necessary. MelodyKids is a young and exciting place offering music and movement classes for children from infancy through the elementary school years to begin a life-long love for music, dance and theater and have fun at the same time. Call Miss LiPing at 703-222-2375 to enroll or for more information.

<cal2>Sully Historic Site will offer a look back at history on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the War of 1812 Muster where war clouds loom on the horizon and the nation is being called to arms. Learn about military life on land and sea. In early America, military musters were a time of recruitment and training for the troops and a chance for citizen-soldiers and their families to socialize with their neighbors. Call 703-437-1794.

A Praise Band Concert and Picnic will be held Saturday, May 10, from 1-7 p.m. in the Bull Run Regional Park pavilion. Headlining will be Greg X. Volz, former lead singer of Petra. Hosted by Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), Floris United Methodist Church and His Glory Ministries, it'll be a fun-filled afternoon of contemporary Christian rock music. Two large grills will be provided, so attendees should bring picnic food and something to cook, plus lawn chairs and sunscreen.

Entry fee is goods to replenish WFCM's food pantry. Items needed are: Canned meats, fish, pasta, fruit and meat meals (such as stews and chunky-type soups), jellies, spaghetti sauce, fruit juices, apple sauce, dry pasta and baby and personal-care items.

An Irish Social Dance (Ceili) will take place on Saturday, May 10 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 (May 10 and June 14). Call Vicki Ryan-Barr at 703-521-4340.

<cal2>Fire Station Co. 17 is having a Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Centreville Fire Station Co. 17, located at 5856 Old Centreville Road in Centreville. This event will include car seat demonstrations, bike obstacle course (bring your own bike and safety gear), finger printing for children's IDs, bean bag toss and other presentations.

<cal1>TUESDAY, MAY 13

<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, May 13 — "Developmental Milestones — Birth to Age 1," Patti Turner, MS;

* Tuesday, May 20 — "The Importance of Estate and Financial Planning," Jennifer Holt, Attorney at Law;

* Tuesday, May 27 — "Toys! Toys! Toys!" Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys.

<cal1>MAY 13-15

<cal2>The Safeway on Westfields Boulevard in Centreville will conduct Free Osteoporosis Screenings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safeway and InterFit Health will provide comprehensive health screening services to customers. Screening tests and test panels include Cholesterol Profile with Glucose; Allergy Panels; Men's and Women's Health Panels; as well as Diet and Nutrition tests. Safeway is located at 5111 Westfields Blvd., Centreville.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY MAY 14

<cal2>As part of the Fairfax Station Forum series of talks on topics of Civil War history, Don Hakenson of Alexandria will be the featured speaker on the subject, "This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Va." Hakenson, author of this book, will talk about an area of Fairfax County and its Civil War sites that are seldom discussed in other Civil War books. His presentation will start on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Free, although donations are encouraged. Call 703-425-9225 or check the Web site at www.fairfax-station.org.

<cal1>THURSDAY/MAY 15

<cal2>The Clifton Homes Tour will be held Thursday, May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Clifton Community Woman's Club, the event is the club's annual fund-raiser which benefits local charities and scholarships. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. The boutique runs May 14 from 6-8 p.m. and May 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Antiques of Clifton, Baskets & Boughs, Cottage Art, Heart in Hand restaurant; Colonnade Shopping Center — Temptations Gifts; Burke Town Center — Temptations Gifts. For questions, contact 703-803-1425.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 17

<cal2>The Virginia Run community will host a communitywide spring yard sale on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. A bake sale on the same day will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the corner of Hidden Canyon and Knoll View Place. Anyone with questions concerning the bake sale or wishing to donate a baked good may contact Sally Spaulding at 703-631-4834 or e-mail sallyspaulding@msn.com.

<cal2>A multi-business Open House will be held on Saturday, May 17 in the Sequoia Farms subdivision by independent consultants with Discovery Toys (educational toys, books, and software), Tastefully Simple (convenient, easy-to-prepare gourmet foods), Pampered Chef (kitchen tools, accessories and supplies), and Creative Memories (photo-safe scrapbook albums, supplies and workshops). Each consultant will have the latest releases from their company, just in time for late-spring gift-giving needs and summer vacation plans ... also, hourly door prizes will be given away and product demonstrations will be provided. A portion of all proceeds from the Open House will be donated jointly by the consultants to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon, and 3-6 p.m. For exact location, call 703-606-6215 or email superopenhouse@yahoo.com.

<cal1>SUNDAY/MAY 18

<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.

<cal1>MONDAY/MAY 19

<cal2>The Centreville Toastmasters Club meets twice a month at the Centreville Regional Library, from 7-8:15 p.m., on Mondays, May 19, June 9, 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/MAY 21

<cal2>The Alliance Theater announces Summer Stars, a 2003 summer experience presenting the musical, "Oliver," for four performances July 11-13 at Chantilly High School. The play based on "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens won three Tony awards and the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture in 1968. There is an open call for actors ages 7 and above, plus adults. The first interest meeting is Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Auditions for specific parts will be May 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call backs will be May 29 at 7:30 p.m. The group will be rehearsing three evenings a week and Saturday mornings beginning June 1 at Chantilly High School. Child tuition is $250 and sibling tuition is $150. The show is directed and choreographed by Kathy Watkins and produced by Elaine Wilson and Patricia Boswell Kallman. For details, call 703-263-2085 or e-mail ewilson16@cox.net.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 24

<cal2>A picnic and fishing derby for children and adults with disabilities will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centreville. There will be a fishing derby, hayrides, archery shoot and air rifle shooting. The menu will include hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad and more. Prizes will be awarded for the fishing derby. Guests from the surrounding area schools are invited. If you know of anyone with a disability who would like to receive an invitation, contact Pamela Meara at kptj.meara@verizon.net, or call 703-330-8580 and leave names.

<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.

<cal1>MAY 30-JUNE 1

<cal2>The Quilters Unlimited 30th Annual Quilt Show will take place May 30-June 1 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. This is the largest non-juried quilt show on the East Coast. See the 600-plus quilts, dolls and art-to-wear garments on display in more than 75,000 square feet of exhibition space. More than 70 vendors will bring their retail goods and provide free product demos. Classes, workshops and lectures by nationally known quilt instructors. For more information and on-line class registration visit: www.quiltersunlimited.org. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To be held at the Dulles Expo Center North Building, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Admission: $5 one-day / $10 three days. Call 717-732-5813. Or e-mail Jscotravel@cs.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 31

<cal2>Dave Butz, former Washington Redskins all-pro defensive tackle and member of three Super Bowl teams, will host the fifth annual St. Jude Crush'n Clays" Clay Target Charity Classic. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31 at the Arlington/Fairfax Izaak Walton League Chapter in Centreville. The event has raised $86,000 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It is hosted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association and the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Centreville. The event, open to the public, will consist of four person teams and individuals competing in a trapshooting format. The format allows novices to compete alongside experienced shooters. Teams of four shooters can enter for $200, and individual shooters can enter for $50. For entry forms and more information, call Steve Canale at 703-742-8771.

<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.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 7

<cal2>The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Saturday, June 7, will be an offsite visit to the Olive Garden restaurant in Fair Lakes. Members and guests are encouraged to be at the restaurant by 12:15 p.m. Lane's Mill is a small but active chapter that offers a broad range of programs on historic preservation and natural conservation, education of our nation's youth, promotion of patriotism, and love of our country.

Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend meetings. Contact Jennifer Smith, Chapter Regent, at 703-961-1030 or visit the chapter site at www.dar.org under "chapters".

The Greenbriar Civic Association is holding a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is June 14.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JUNE 8

<cal2>The State Warm-Up 100 (NSCA) Contest will take place on Sunday, June 8, 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 and Short Flight Shooting Instruction. This will be a National Sporting Clays Association event. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>JUNE 10-12

<cal2>How are local transportation problems affecting you? Plan to join League of Women Voters members in looking at local transportation plans and funding for roads, transit, and other ways of getting around in the Fairfax area. See how current plans and constraints might help or worsen your commuting and other use of local roads and mass transit. What transportation problems and challenges do we face —and are they all problems of funding? Learn the facts and voice your opinion; attend one of the League's unit meetings on local transportation during the second week of June.

The League's meetings will be held at 15 locations throughout Fairfax County and City, on June 10 to 12, including the Kings Park Library on Thursday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m.; and the Beacon Street Restaurant at 13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax on Thursday, June 12 at 6:45 p.m. Daytime meetings are also scheduled in the Fairfax Station and Chantilly areas. 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 for further information and other meeting locations.

The League is a non-partisan organization, open to all persons of voting age, that promotes an active and informed participation in government. One of its citizen education activities is publication of a citizen information pamphlet, Facts for Voters, available at all Fairfax libraries and government centers.

<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.

<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 Dr., 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. For more information, call 703-830-2344.

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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. For fees and more information, 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. For fees and more information, 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..

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. For fees and information, 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. For fees and more information, 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. For fees and more information, 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.