<cal2>Mother's First - Chantilly/Centreville is a support group for women making the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Join Moms and tots of all ages for meetings, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. The Chantilly/Centreville group meets on the first and third Thursdays at the Centreville Regional Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
The Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) is seeking crafters, businesses and non-profit organizations to participate in Centreville Day on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Centreville Crossing shopping center in Centreville. Booth space fees for a 10 by 10-foot space are $85. Nonprofit organizations that do not sell items or give away food qualify for a free booth. For details and an application, visit www.centrevilleday.com. Contact Rosemarie Seymour at ReCmore@aol.com or 703-830-9582 with any questions.
The Greenbriar Woman's Club is selling the 2003 White House Christmas ornaments. This year's ornament honors President Ulysses S. Grant and his family who brought a stable image of peace, domestic affection, and the good life to the nation. The cost of the ornament is $17 and all profits benefit charity. Call 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.
<cal2>Cub Scout Pack 893 is now recruiting for all levels. The first pack meeting for the scouting year will be on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Centre Ridge Elementary School at 14400 New Braddock Road. Cub Scout Pack 893 is chartered by Centreville United Methodist Church and is part of the Sully District of the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America. To learn more visit www.boyscouts-ncac.org. Or contact Kristen Cox at 301-214-9165.
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<cal2>The 23rd annual Fall Manassas Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will take place Sept. 5, 6, and 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas. More than 300 fine artists and craft designers in 45 different craft categories will be on hand. Admission is $7/adults and children under 12 free. Visit www.SugarloafCrafts.com.
<cal2>The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Saturday, Sept. 6, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Centreville Library. The program will be on DAR's Project Patriot and the Constitution. Lane's Mill is a small but active chapter that offers a broad range of programs on historic preservation, natural conservation, education of our nation's youth, and promotion of patriotism, and love of country. Prospective members and guests are encouraged to attend meetings. Inquires should be directed to Jennifer Smith, Chapter Regent, at 703 961-1030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The chapter Web site is www.dar.org under "chapters".
<cal2>Come meet Maria Martinez, a finalist from Dance Fever, who will host the legacy dance company auditions for its all-star competition teams on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Washington Dulles Hilton. Auditions for dancers in grades 3rd thru 6th from 9 a.m. to noon, and 7th thru 12th from 2-5 p.m. Dancers will learn two dance sequences on Saturday and audition for placement on Sunday. Visit www.allstarlegacy.com and click on the dance company link or call 571-283-1001.
The Amish Country Quilts and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The sale will feature over 250 quilts, 500 wall hangings, pillows, dolls, artwork, toys, furniture, rugs, books and more from the Amish and other craftspeople of Lancaster County, PA. Free admission. Call 717-786-8487.
The 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B, will host a living history event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ox Hill Battlefield Park (corner of West Ox Road and Monument Drive, Chantilly). This event will commemorate the Battle of Ox Hill (or Battle of Chantilly), which took place on Sept. 1, 1862. The event will be open to the public, free of charge, and will have a medical display, civilian home skills of the 1860s, and military life and music, including live fire demonstrations of the musket by the 28th Mass re-enactors. Activities begin at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. at the park, Mr. Charles Mauro, author of "The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill): A Monumental Storm" will speak to all interested listeners, detailing the course of the battle, and the impact to the neighborhood today. At 4 p.m., the activities will conclude with a brief memorial service to honor the dead who fought at that battle, the largest battle of the Civil War that took place within Fairfax County.
<cal2>An Iron Man 250 will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration at the Bull Run Regional Park Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. 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.
<cal2>Northern Virginia Family Services Oakton Office will offer local information sessions on becoming a foster care parent to special needs children and youth on Monday, Sept. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Call Sara Brandland at 703-219-2184.
<cal2>Fairfax County Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is offering an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. The orientation session will take place at the Fairfax CASA office located at 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, in Fairfax. Fairfax CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supports adult community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. CASAs are appointed by a judge to speak up on behalf of abused and neglected children and work to ensure that the child obtains a safe, permanent home, where they can thrive. Call 703-273-3526, or visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org.
The Women's Association of Northern Virginia luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The location will be the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax. Bridge will begin a 9:30 a.m. Peyton Walker, along with two other representatives of the Fairfax Electoral Board, will present a hands-on demonstration of the new electronic touch screen voting machines. These new voting machines will be used in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Arlington County beginning with the General Election this November. Guests and new members are welcome. Call Eleanor Bogner at 703-451-5247 by Sept. 5.
The changing picture of education in Virginia will be the subject of the Sept. 10 meeting of the Fairfax Station unit of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Call the membership chair at 703-335-9723 or the hostess at 703-631-1267 for directions. For a meeting at a more convenient day or time, call the League office at 703-658-9150. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, community based political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Any person of voting age is encouraged to join. The League’s Web site is www.lwv.fairfax.org.
<cal2>MOMS Club of Centreville North: Learn about play groups, social events, speakers, etc. for mothers and their children. Monthly meeting on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Sully Government Center on Stonecroft Blvd. Call 703-830-7580 or visit the Web site at www.momsclubccva.org.
The Soup & Fish Club, the VA chapter of the Wodehouse Society, meets Friday, Sept. 12 at 7:29 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, Fair Lakes. Come ready to discuss your favorite story / character of "Carry On Jeeves". Contact Deb Dillard at 703-815-9073.
<cal2>The Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Department and the O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) is sponsoring an Irish Traditional Music Festival at Van Dyck Park (between the John Wood Center and St. Leo’s Church) 3730 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. Three stages of traditional Irish music and dance. This festival is free to the public (donations will be accepted in order to pay the performers). Bring a folding chair. Call 703-7858 or CCE 703-978-8265.
A "Hope is on the Horizon" Luncheon to benefit the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research Fund will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at noon at The Hermitage Inn Restaurant in Clifton. Independent Longaberger Sales Consultants from the American Heirloom Branch have planned the luncheon. This event will feature basket weaving demonstrations from a Longaberger Basket-maker and guest speaker Darlene Parker will then relate her story of being a breast cancer survivor. Money for the charity will be raised through the following means:
* Raffle Ticket Sales — local businesses will donate prizes for the drawing;
* $2 for each "Horizon of Hope" basket sold will be donated by The Longaberger Company to the American Cancer Society;
* The Hermitage Inn has donated the $1,375 site rental fee for this event.
Contact Robin Garbe at 703-830-0855.
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon until 4 p.m. Come and watch the action on Northern Virginia's largest fixed operating "HO" scale model railroad. Featured lines are the "Southern Railway" and the "Western North Carolina Railroad".
The club is located in the historic "Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" station, 231 Dominion Road (at the intersection with Ayr Hill Road) in downtown Vienna. Admission is free. However, donations (at the door) are gratefully accepted.
Visit 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.
<cal2>September Sampler meeting by the Assistance League of Northern Virginia, Monday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Open to the public. The meeting will inform new members about the group's philanthropic projects. Contact Cindy Burgess at 703-758-8454.
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<cal2>The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area presents "More Power to You." The program, comprising four sessions explaining how local government works and how it relates to state government, will take place once a month from 7 to 9 p.m. in Fairfax Government Center. The sessions will be on Sept. 16, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The program costs $25. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate. Pre-registration is required; call 703-227-2231.
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<cal2>The Northern Virginia Long-term Care Ombudsman Program is preparing for its annual training for new Volunteer Ombudsmen. Volunteers play a key role in the program's provision of advocacy services to residents of long-term care facilities in the region. The volunteer is assigned to a specific nursing home or assisted living facility in their community and makes weekly visits. Using listening, observing and mediating skills, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff to ensure that the residents' rights are being protected. Training for prospective Volunteer Ombudsmen is scheduled for Sept. 18, 19 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Applicants must complete the training session and must be available to volunteer four hours per week, during regular business hours. Interviews will run from August to early September. Call 703-324-5435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and an application, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ombudsman.
<cal2>Westfield music students will be visiting neighborhoods on Saturday, Sept. 20 for the annual Tag Day event. Students from band, choir and orchestra will be requesting donations for the award winning music program for the 2003-2004 school year. Donations will be used to cover the costs related to instructors, instruments, uniforms, costumes and competitions that are not covered by Fairfax County.
Broadway Gallery, located at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive in Fairfax, announces "An Evening of Art" on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Stop in to see a still life painting demonstration by local, award-winning artist John Bannon. Bannon is known for the landscapes and still lifes he paints in the great tradition of western art. The event is free.
<cal2>The Clifton Horse Society will host and judge a pleasure ride on Sunday, 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. Contact Mary Flowers at 703-250-6188 or email@example.com, or contact Wilma Kime at 703-222-8253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Cub Scout Pack 127's Join Scouting Night will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. See the Pinewood Derby Track, the Space Derby track, and check out the cool camping trip planned on a retired WWII Submarine. Join To be held in the Centreville Elementary School cafeteria. There is no obligation to join.
<cal2>A Children's Consignment Sale will take place Sept. 25-26 at Church of the Apostles in Fairfax. The hours are Thursday, Sept. 25 from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing, toys, books and equipment for infants and children as well as maternity clothes at one of the area's largest consignment sales. Most items half-price on Sept. 26. Entrance between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 is by number. Numbers are given out starting at 10 a.m. The address is 3500 Pickett Rd., Fairfax. Call Carolyn Courtright Smith at 703-321-2210.
<cal2>Fall for the Arts, a juried, contemporary art festival, will be held Sept. 26-28, on the grounds of the Ellipse at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The event will feature 180 award-winning artists from across the country, as well as a wine tasting with eight of Virginia’s finest wineries. Tasty cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants and an entertainment stage with light jazz and a cappella round out the festival.
The festival will be open Friday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 , 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission for the fine arts festival is $5, with an additional charge for food and wine. Because of the shorter hours on Friday evening, wine will be available by the glass from individual wineries; admission for the wine tasting on Saturday and Sunday is $10.
Contact Celebrate Fairfax at 703-324-3247 or 1-800-880-6629. Visit www.FallForTheArts.com.
<cal2>Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Saturday (Sept. 27), 10 a.m., at Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (Route 28) Centreville. No charge. Patients and family members welcome. Call Darryl Edwards at 703-378-9213.
<cal2>The fourth annual Northern Virginia WAHMfest, the Work-At-Home Moms Expo, will take place Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Executive Conference and Training Center in Dulles. WAHMfest is designed to connect parents with helpful business resources and work-at-home or flexible opportunities, which will allow them to better balance their families and their careers. Visit www.wahmfest.org/nova, call 703-926-8576, or e-mail Henry at email@example.com.
<cal2>Ducks Unlimited's Battle of Bull Run (NSCA) will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5 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 National Sporting Clays Association event. Call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Sully District’s 6th Annual Boy Scout Golf Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Piedmont Club. The Piedmont Club, situated in the rolling hills of Haymarket, is a private, full-service, golf course designed by Tom Fazio. Sponsorship opportunities and a limited number of foursomes are still available. This is an excellent way to support Scouting and also entertain business associates or friends. Plus, you might even win a free Cadillac courtesy of Moore Cadillac. Other sponsors to date include Metropolitan Title and Escrow, Carteret Mortgage and Universal Power Systems, Inc. Call John Caskey at 703-814-8101.
<cal2>An Octoberfest Skeet Tournament (NSSA) will take place on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, 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 Skeet Shooting Association event. Call 703-830-2344.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, in partnership with the Fairfax County Public Library, Volunteer Fairfax will sponsor its ninth annual VolunteerFest. It will feature hands-on projects that may include organizing books, assisting with children’s programs, Internet tutoring, landscaping, creating displays, sorting book donations, cleaning, and more. The theme for this year is "Volunteers Bring Libraries to Life." Registration forms are due Oct. 9. Call 703-246-3460 or email at VolsRUs@volunteerfairfax.org or visit the Web site at www.volunteerfairfax.org.
<cal2>A Partner's shoot will take place Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration at Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. 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.
<cal2>A Ski Swap by Ski Chalet of Chantilly will be held for both skiers and snowboarders on Nov. 8-9. The swaps are hosted by Ski Chalet and the National Ski Patrol divisions from five mid-Atlantic mountain resorts. A Ski Swap is a charitable event where hundreds of enthusiasts buy and sell used sporting goods for skiing and snowboarders. All equipment, clothing, and accessories in good condition will be accepted. Admission is free. A percentage of all consignment sales benefits local nonprofit volunteer Ski Patrols. The event will take place at 14130 Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly. Call 703-631-7880.