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<cal1>Ongoing Events

<cal2>Flea Market, co-sponsored by the Merrifield Lions Club and the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, located at 8421 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) in Fairfax. No rain dates. 175 vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations for vendors can be made by calling 703-560-3023. Charge for vendors is $15 per space.

Fairfax farmers' market is open Tuesdays, through Oct. 29, at Van Dyck Park on Old Lee Highway. For more information about Fairfax County farmers' markets, call 703-941-7987; TTY 703-324-3988.

Kingstowne farmers' market is open Fridays, 4-7 p.m., at Kingstowne Center off Manchester Lakes, Alexandria. For more information about Fairfax County farmers' markets, call 703-941-7987; TTY 703-324-3988.

Burke Centre farmers' market is open Saturdays, through Nov. 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Virginia Railway express parking lot at 5671 Roberts Parkway. For more information about Fairfax County farmers' markets, call 703-941-7987; TTY 703-324-3988.

Personalized Internet tutoring. Learn to use the Web or increase skill level, Sept. 2 through Sept. 30. 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, Sept. 2 through Sept. 30. Call for an appointment. Adults. At the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Personalized Internet tutoring. Learn to use the Web or increase skill level, Sept. 6 through Sept. 27. Adults. At the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610 for appointment.

Book Sale. Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria.

Book Sale. Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, at the Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Adults who finish 10 books by Sept. 8 as part of the adult summer reading program can exchange completed reading logs for a free item from the used book sale.

Practice English. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. Call 703-339-4610 to register.

Book Drive. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Safeway are hosting their annual book drive at participating Safeway stores in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. From Sept. 6 - 30, drop off new or gently used books at local stores. All books will be sold at the Literacy Council's annual book sale Oct. 3, 4 and 5 at the Literary Council office, 3431 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church. For more information, call the council at 703-575-7900 or visit www.lcnv.org.

"Jewels of the Occoquan." Featuring digitally interpreted photographs of Historic Occoquan by Springfield photographer David Ernst and sterling silver jewelry by Fairfax artisan Wayne Verity, the show will open Sept. 2 and continue through Oct. 6 at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Historic Occoquan. The gallery is open Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For gallery information, call 703-494-0584.

'Beyond the Monuments in Washington, D.C.' and "Factories, Schools, Prisons." Massachusetts-based photographer Michael Jacobson-Hardy's looks at race, class and gender will be on display at George Mason University's Johnson Center and Fine Arts Galleries through Sept. 17. A talk and reception will take place on Sept. 15. The campus is located at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123 in Fairfax.

"Oy!" by Richard Orloff. The season opener for the Center Company, the professional theater of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. A string of touching and funny vignettes. Reserve early and use a JCCNV room for a pre- or post-show gathering. Meet the playwright on Oct. 1 or come for Open Mic Joke Night on Nov. 1. Performances are Oct. 22. through Nov. 23, with the final performance on Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets on Saturdays are $22 members, $24 nonmembers, $18 students/seniors with a group rate for 12 or more people of $18 each. Tickets on Sundays are $18 members, $20 nonmembers, $16 seniors/students, $5 college students, with a group rate for 12 or more of $15 per person. Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. is sold out. On Wednesday Oct. 22 and Thursday Oct. 23, a special price will be available of two tickets for $24, limit of four tickets; individual tickets are $18 members, $20 nonmembers, $16 for students/seniors. Reservations require pre-payment. Tickets are not refundable. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Call the box office at 703-323-7965.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 4

<cal2>Football on the Big Screen at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 6 p.m. Half price food, rib specials Jets vs. Redskins. All ages. Free. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Senior Beacon InfoExpo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Springfield Mall. Hear expert speakers, gather information about local services and products for older adults, obtain free health screenings, and enjoy Internet training, entertainment and giveaways. Free parking and a free shuttle from the nearby Metro. The grand door prize drawing is for a five-night trip for four to Orlando, Fla. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-949-9766. Free.

Kamp Washington Literature Book Group. Talk books the first Thursday of each month. Everyone is welcome to share insights. 7:30 p.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for adults learning English. 7:30 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdown Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610 to register.

Nature Series 101- Amphibians 101. 7-8:30 p.m., at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065. For teenagers and adults. Explore with a naturalist. See live and specimen animals, explore outdoors and discover the bounty of urban woodland. Reservations required. $5 per session.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Bingo. 7:30 p.m., at Fire Station 3 in Fairfax City. Call 703-273-3638 for more information.

Great White, Korupt, Orion and Battle of the Bands quarter final round at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 7:30 p.m. 21 and over. Tickets are $25. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Julia Rose Live in concert in the Cafe. 8 p.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

Ready, Set, MOVE! with Kinderdance. 10:30 a.m., at Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. 703-924-4894.

Junkfood. Live music at Fat Tuesday's at Tuesday's Raw Bar, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Tail-wagging Tales. Stories and activities about dogs. Age 2-3 with adult. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 6

<cal2>The Speaks, Bad Luck Idols, Cockfarm, Causing Effect, Axum at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $7. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Lake Braddock Marching Band Tag Day. All 200+ members of the award-winning Lake Braddock Marching Band and Color Guard, dressed in full marching band uniform, will canvas the homes in the Lake Braddock Secondary School district between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. requesting tax deductible donations. Rain date: Sept. 13. Proceeds from the Tag Day fund-raiser enable the band to continue to maintain the large inventory of musical instruments, equipment and uniforms, as well as replace aging, non-repairable instruments and uniforms. Tag Day proceeds also support various band activities throughout the school year. All contributors receive a free admission to one band concert during the 2003/2004 school year. For concert dates, visit the Lake Braddock Band Web site at www.lbband.org.

Little Explorers Storytime. Weekly story reading and activities for children. 11 a.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

The Flying Eyz. Live music at Fat Tuesday's at Tuesday's Raw Bar, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Spinning Spiders of September. Hidden Pond Nature Center's "Spider Staff" visits. All ages. 10:15 a.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055 to register.

Recital by David Brundage, bass, of Annandale, accompanied by Patrick O'Donnell, piano and Mildred Martin, double bass. 8 p.m., at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Songs by Handel, Mozart, Rorem with opera arias and Broadway songs. Free. 703-256-9295.

Sunset Cruise. Boat departs 30 minutes before sunset at Lake Accotink Park. Cruise the shoreline of Lake Accotink. An interpretive history of the area is included. Refreshments. Canceled in case of rain. Reservations required, $5 per person, $3 for children, babies on laps free. 703-569-0285.

Fairfax City Family Funfest. 3-10 p.m., at Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Entertainment and activities for all ages. Drive in movie, "Scooby Doo," begins at dusk — bring own seating. Shuttle buses will run from Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, from 2:45-10:30 p.m. Rain Date: Sept. 7. 703-385-7858.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 7

<cal2>Single Bullet Theory, Brick Bath, NDE, shadowdance. Live music. 2 p.m., at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. All ages. Tickets are $10. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Wilton Woods Memorial Concert. 4-6 p.m., at Wilton Woods Memorial Garden. The concert will be open to the public and will feature the 18-piece Mount Vernon Swing Band. The Garden is located at 3800 Ivanhoe Lane in Wilton Woods. Seating will be limited, so it is recommended that lawn chairs be brought. For further information, call 703-960-2276.

Fats Blues Band. Live music at Fat Tuesday's at Tuesday's Raw Bar, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Monday Night Football on the Big Screen at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 7:30 p.m. Half price food, rib specials. 21 and over. Free. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

It's Storytime! Clifford Off to School Storytime. Enjoy activities and crafts with Clifford, sponsored by Parenting magazine. 11 a.m., at Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. 703-924-4894.

Book discussion group. "Step Ball Change" by Jeanne Ray. Adults. 7 p.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055 to register.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 9

<cal2>Authority Zero, Agent 51, Living in Question at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 6 p.m. All. Tickets are $12. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

The Wakefield Chorale rehearsal. Sing in a friendly environment. 8-10 p.m., at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, room J106. Rehearsals will continue on subsequent Tuesdays. For more information, call Dale at 703-938-8044.

It's Mr. Knick Knack! Singer/storyteller Mr. Knick Knack brings his magical mix of stories, songs and fun. 11 a.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

Come Be My Friend. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227 to register.

Falling for Books. Stories, activities and a craft about the fall season. Age 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. To register, call 703-978-5600.

Computers Demystified. Afraid to touch the keyboard? Having trouble finding files? Want to figure out the Web? This class will help. Adults. 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. To register, call 703-978-5600.

Book discussion group. Reader's choice: "There Are No Children Here" by Alex Kotlowitz or "A Hope in the Unseen" by Ron Suskind. Adults. 1 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Springfield Music Club Program. 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m., at Jordan Kitts Music, 2748 Gallows Road, Merrifield. Panel discussion: S"upplemental Career Opportunities for the Private Music Teacher." 703-250-1862.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 10

<cal2>Estate planning seminar. Learn effective estate planning centered around the revocable "living trust" with the Law Firm of Steffan & Macdonald. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Holiday Inn, 11787 Lee Jackson Highway, Fair Oaks. Free. For more information, call 703-691-4310.

Death Angel, Dog Day Sunrise, Kilfast, Choptank, Skultamaphon and Battle of the Bands semi-final round at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 6 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $12. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Moms & Moppets Kids Club Program. At Springfield Mall in the J.C. Penny Court on the lower level. Featuring "Music for Kids" presented by Jordan Kitts Music. Free and open to the public.

Jaycees Book Group. Book lovers from all walks are welcome to attend, take part and help pick future book selections. 7:30 p.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

Marcel Almanzor. Live music at Fat Tuesday's at Tuesday's Raw Bar, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for adults learning English. 10:30 a.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdown Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610 to register.

1, 2, 3, Count With Me. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdown Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610 to register.

Small One-ders. Very short stories, finger plays and activities. Age 18-23 months with adult. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Canceled: The Imperial Acrobats of China originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been canceled. Refunds are available at place of purchase up until Sept. 28. Patrons who ordered tickets through Phonecharge or www.ticketmaster.com will have their accounts automatically credited.

All Together Spent. Live music at Fat Tuesday's at Tuesday's Raw Bar, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717.

FamilySearch Introduction. Using genealogy databases and the Family History Library Catalog to search for ancestors. Age 12 and older. 2 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227 to register.

Let's Hear it for the Girls. All-female book discussion group. Girls 9-11 with adult. 7 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. To register, call 703-978-5600.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Bingo. 7:30 p.m., at Fire Station 3 in Fairfax City. Call 703-273-3638 for more information.

Canceled: The Imperial Acrobats of China originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been canceled. Refunds are available at place of purchase up until Sept. 28. Patrons who ordered tickets through Phonecharge or www.ticketmaster.com will have their accounts automatically credited.

Battle of Bands semi-final round, featuring Sould, Mod Flanders Conspiracy, Brutal Dysfunction and Sematic at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $7. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Ready, Set, MOVE! with Kinderdance. 10:30 a.m., at Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. 703-924-4894.

Nature Night hike. 7:30-9 p.m., at Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-0285. A romantic evening stroll to encounter nature's "night life." Dress for weather; leave flashlights at home. $4 per adult.

Clara's Fall Wildflower Walk. All ages, 10-11:30 a.m. Naturalist Clara Ailes leads a walk through the meadow and stream valley. Reservations required. Canceled in case of rain. Free. 703-451-9588.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 13

<cal2>Canceled: The Imperial Acrobats of China originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been canceled. Refunds are available at place of purchase up until Sept. 28. Patrons who ordered tickets through Phonecharge or www.ticketmaster.com will have their accounts automatically credited.

Estate planning seminar. Learn effective estate planning centered around the revocable "living trust" with the Law Firm of Steffan & Macdonald. 9-11 a.m., at Comfort Inn, 6560 Loisdale Court, Springfield. Free. For more information, call 703-691-4310.

Irish Traditional Music Festival. 12-6 p.m., at Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. The festival will offer three stages of traditional Irish music and dance. Free. For more information, call 703-978-8265.

ECHO yard sale. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church gymnasium, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. All items have been donated to ECHO and are not of use to its clients. Proceeds will go toward ECHO's plan to expand its facility to better assist clients in need. Vintage items include pottery, glass, linens, quilts and pictures; also, figurines and other contemporary collectibles. In addition, ECHO offers toys, jewelry, CDs, videos, scarves, hankies and purses. Boxes of new Christmas and Halloween items help get holiday shopping done early.

Clothing orchard. 8 a.m. Immanuel Bible Church, located at the corner of Backlick Road and Braddock Road in Springfield, will be distributing free clothing and household items. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 703-941-4124.

The Double-Man Conspiracy, Swythe, Graywall, Strawman, Steeple at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 7 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $7. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Burke Centre Conservancy Fall Festival. For members and neighbors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., after-hours 5-7 p.m. Includes a free shuttle bus from Burke Centre Parkway, WWA wine tasting, a Washington Caps caravan, antiques and crafts, ponies, rides, food, games and more. Visit www.burkecentre.org for details, or call 703-978-2928. Rain or shine.

Springfield-Terra Grande Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., off Alban Road and Rolling Road in Springfield.

Little Explorers Storytime. Weekly story reading and activities for children. 11 a.m., at Borders, 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. 703-359-8420.

Rocks and Minerals. Hidden Pond Nature Center shows and discusses local specimens; help with identifying personal collections as time allows. All ages. 10:30 a.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. To register, call 703-978-5600.

Nature Night hike. 7:30-9 p.m., at Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-0285. A romantic evening stroll to encounter nature's "night life." Dress for weather; leave flashlights at home. $4 per adult.

Puddle Jumpers. 3-5 years old. 1-2 p.m., at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588. Join naturalist Patricia Wood. Call for topic. Reservations required. $3.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 14

<cal2>Canceled: The Imperial Acrobats of China originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the George Mason University Patriot Center has been canceled. Refunds are available at place of purchase up until Sept. 28. Patrons who ordered tickets through Phonecharge or www.ticketmaster.com will have their accounts automatically credited.

Sons of Confederate Veterans annual barbecue. Frank Stringfellow Camp 822 Sons of Confederate Veterans will begin a new meeting year with its annual barbecue, 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. At 6 p.m. the historian and author of "Battle at Ball's Bluff," Kim Holien, will speak on "The Civil War in Northern Virginia." Barbecue is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for ages 7-18. Children under 7 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. $5 for lecture only. For reservations or information, call 703-799-9367.

Bobaflex at Jaxx Nightclub, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. 3 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $10. For more information, call the Jaxx Hotline at 703-569-5940.

Burke Centre Conservancy Fall Festival. For members and neighbors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., after-hours 5-7 p.m. Includes a free shuttle bus from Burke Centre Parkway, WWA wine tasting, a Washington Caps caravan, antiques and crafts, ponies, rides, food, games and more. Visit www.burkecentre.org for details, or call 703-978-2928. Rain or shine.