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To have community events listed free in The McLean Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Mary Anne Weber at mclean@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

To have community events listed free in the Great Falls Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Mary Anne Weber at GreatFalls@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

To have community events listed free in the Vienna Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Mary Anne Weber at vienna@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2>Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dolley Madison Library. Join them to work on improving your communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey your message more concisely. Contact Melissa Adkins, vice president of membership, at work at 703-262-5373 or at home at 703-815-4304, or e-mail her at madkins@cnri.reston.va.us.

The Vienna Toastmasters meet twice a month at 7:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Participants will have the opportunity to improve communication skills. For more information, call Valerie Hall at 703-426-8073.

Toastmasters Saturday Morning. Too busy during the week for Toastmasters? Join this club, which meets Saturday at 10 a.m. twice a month in Vienna Presbyterian Church, Room 376. Improve communication and presentation skills in a supportive environment. Contact Viki Kinsman, 703-476-1736, or jvkinsman@aol.com.

The Great Falls Women's Club offers bridge lessons, a knitters and crocheters group, a tennis group and a book discussion group. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all Fairfax County residents. Call Patty Staas, 703-356-5845.

The Newcomers Club of Vienna and Friends is a women's social club open to everyone in Northern Virginia. The club has three non-smoking bridge events each month: a social bridge club held on the first Tuesday of the month and a duplicate bridge club on the third and fourth Wednesday of every month. All the events are at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna and include a buffet lunch. For reservations, call 703-281-4811 or 703-938-3505.

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires, members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, meet Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax. Visitors are always welcome. For information on membership, call 703-968-4292. For information on performance, call Mike Huddleston at 703-228-3250 or at 703-968-0263 or visit www.thefairfaxjubilaires.org.

Club Phoenix Teen Center at the Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Access Services, the Library Branch that serves individuals with disabilities, is sponsoring a new support group for seniors and people with low vision, at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Vienna Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Colvin Run General Store. Visit this restored building with fixtures from 100 years ago, and browse through the old-fashioned merchandise. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., every day except Tuesday. Call 703-759-3403.

The Women's Center hosts the Job Hunters Forum the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The forum offers support for women and men who are actively searching for jobs. Cost is $10 members, $25 nonmembers each session.

Open Mike Showcase at The Old Brogue, the first and third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.; sign-up, 8:30 p.m. 760 Walker Road. 12 artists per evening.

New Beginnings, a nonprofit support group for separated and divorced individuals, has six meetings a month in the area on different nights in various locations in members' homes. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia is a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m. Call toll-free at 866-716-7766 for more information.

JAM! Jazz McLean, a teen jazz band directed by Rob Holmes, meets every Monday, 6-8 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. Bring an instrument. For more information, call 703-893-0910 or visit www.geocities.com/jam4teensva.

T'ai Chi Practice every Saturday, 8-9 a.m., at McLean Central Park, located behind Dolley Madison Library, McLean. Open to all people and all skill levels, this free ongoing practice provides a chance to experience the benefits of the ancient art of slow, smooth, gentle motion for fun, health and relaxation. No special equipment or clothing needed. Sponsored by the T'ai Chi Study Center. Visit www.TaiChiCenter.com or call 703-759-9141 for more information.

Swing Dancing will take place every Wednesday night at the Potomac Swing Dancing Club Room, 146 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, across from Whole Foods. Beginning jitterbug/Lindy Hop lessons are at 7:30 p.m., and dancing continues 8:30-11 p.m. Club members pay $10 for the lesson and dance, $6 for dance alone. Nonmembers pay $12 for lesson and dance, $8 for dance alone. For more information, call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or visit www.erols.com/swing4me.

McLean Newcomers Club, a social organization made up of newcomers and some not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs. Create new friendships and socialize with the community. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at a private home. Potluck luncheons, a book group, bridge groups, play groups, local tours and more. Call 703 237-3138 or 703 734-1840 or visit www.geocities.com/mcleannewcomers.

Ranger Talks. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the weekends; see the daily program schedule for weekday times. Join a ranger at Overlook 2 to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River at Great Falls Park. Check daily program schedule for times during the weekdays. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Free.

Children’s Area. Children are urged to stop by the seasonal exhibits and activities to have fun learning about Great Falls Park. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Open daily. Free.

Bird Watching. Rain or shine on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. Join an informal group of bird watchers to catch a glimpse of resident and migratory birds in Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Friends of the Great Falls Library. A group of book-lovers and library users who support special programs for children and adults at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The board meets monthly, September through June. For information on becoming a library "friend," call 703-757-8560.

The Golden Girls Women’s Softball Association is a Vienna-based organization for women in the metropolitan area who are 40 and over. League play is on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings during the spring and fall. Instruction and a less competitive atmosphere are provided for beginners. There are also traveling tournament teams and National Senior Games teams in five-year age brackets, beginning with age 50. Call Donna Packard, 703-938-0387, for more information.

The Vienna Woman's Club is holding its 43rd Annual Harvest Bazaar on Nov. 8 at the Vienna Community Center and is calling for more crafters/vendors . The Club will use the proceeds for scholarships for high-school seniors graduating in 2004.

Call 703-938-7716 for information and an application.

If someone you know is gay, or you are thinking about coming out, join others in a discussion about the challenges you are facing. PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every second Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Beverly Hills Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd.  For more information, call 301-439-FLAG or visit the Web site at pflagdc.org.

Dynamic Walking Course at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor this course in dynamic walking and body exercises on Oct. 3, 10 and 17. Individual focus and hands-on coaching will help participants achieve health and fitness goals. $15 for Town of Vienna residents, $20 for nonresidents, including a pass to walk at the park each Friday through October. Call 703-255-6360.

The McLean Photo Club meets every second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. is followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Bill Prosser, president, at ProsserWM@aol.com or 703-821-2670.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm's Holiday Sale opens Saturday, Nov. 1, and runs through Friday, Dec. 19, offering the merchandise sold at the 18th Century Market Fairs and holiday items selected especially for this sale.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for an appointment. Adults. At Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for an appointment. Adults. Wednesday, Oct. 1-Friday, Oct. 31 at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088..

Open Mike with host Steve Key will take place every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8, www.jamminjava.com.

Mother’s First 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, mom’s night out, etc. The Great Falls group meets the first and third Wednesdays at the Great Falls Library. October meetings are Oct. 1, 15 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. The Vienna/McLean group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Patrick Henry Library from 10:15 a.m.-noon. October meetings are Oct. 8 and 21 (Tuesday) at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org. for more information.

The Auxiliary to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department is now accepting applications for its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the fire hall. The cost of a space is $30. For more information or an application, call 703-818-0555.

“Banjo Man.” Beginning Friday, Oct. 10, the Banjo Man, also known as Frank Cassel, will perform a musical children's show at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. The show runs every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for 45 minutes and features lively, engaging renditions of traditional folk songs. Children are encouraged to sing and dance along with the music and have the opportunity at the end of the show to strum the Banjo Man's banjo. A suggested donation of $5 per child is recommended. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

"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. Come for Open Mike Joke Night on Nov. 1. Performances are Oct. 22- 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 prepayment. Tickets are not refundable. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Call the box office at 703-323-7965.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 1

<cal2>Vienna Photographic Society will host Richard Nowitz, photographer for National Geographic, for a presentation on lighting and using flash outdoors. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna, in the lecture hall. The event is open to the public and requires advance registration. All levels of photographic experience welcomed. For more information, call Mo at 703-816-2423 or visit www.safeports.com/vps.

New Member Coffee for the Newcomers of Great Falls. An introductory coffee will take place at 10 a.m. at a member’s home and provide information about the club as well as a chance to meet other new residents of Great Falls. Contact Mary Wiltse at 703-757-1245 or visit www.greatfallsnewcomers.com. Children are welcome.

Safety day. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will give safety tips Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for an appointment. Adults. Every Thursday in October at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call to register, 703-938-0405, and take pictures of children on its antique fire engine, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. The Vienna Police Department will present educational seminars about children’s car seats. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department will feature inkless fingerprinting. Beth Scott, the 2000 Gold Medal Paralympics Olympic medalist, will sign autographs and share her experiences in Sydney, Australia. Water safety demonstrations will be featured. Free balloons, face painting and coloring books while supplies last. This fund-raiser will benefit the Paralymics Swim Team.

Personalized Internet tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or improve skills. Call for appointment. Adults. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

The Wheels Go Round. From planes to trains, stories and activities. 10:30 a.m., ages 3-5 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

Stories for All Ages. Stories and activities. All ages. 10:30 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call to register, 703-938-0405.

As Your Parents Age. Financial Planner Lisa Barbieri provides information on estate planning. Adults. 7 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call to register, 703-938-0405.

Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce political forum. 7 a.m. at McCormick & Schmick’s. All seven local candidates have confirmed participation, including Janet Howell and Dave Hunt, candidates for state senator, 32nd District; Vince Callahan (unopposed) for state delegate, 34th District; Gerald Connolly and Mychele Brickner, candidates for chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and John Foust and Joan DuBois, candidates for Dranesville supervisor. Following the program, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. Program concludes at 9 a.m. For information and reservations, call the Chamber office at 703-356-5424 or register online at www.mcleanchamber.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Davinci’s Notebook. Live music. Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $17. At Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8, www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Cecilia, pop/rock music. Tickets are $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 4

<cal2>Enchanting Turkey Festival and Bazaar. The McLean Community Center's fall cultural festival will be the Enchanting Turkey Festival and Bazaar. 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-9. The McLean Community Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. 703-790-0123.

Great Falls Discovery Day. A variety of activities highlight the natural, historical and recreational diversity of the park. Activities will include displays, interactive Ranger-led programs, performances by "Billy B." and Irish Fire and more. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $5 per car. For more information, call 703-285-2965.

Suicide prevention program. "Question, Persuade, Refer" (QPR), a suicide-prevention training program, will be offered 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. Those who wish to attend should register in advance by calling 703-281-3987.

Yard Sale. The American Association of University Women will sponsor a yard sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Wolftrap Elementary School, 1903 Beulah Road, Vienna. Funds raised will benefit the AAUW Educational Foundation. For more information, contact Kristin Moyer at 703-242-6428.

Make a Scarecrow. From 12-4 p.m., bring an outfit, and Colvin Run Mill Historic Site will supply the stuffing and a head. $5 per scarecrow at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Used Book Sale. A special selection by the Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Library. All ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Jimmy Landry. Beth Wood and Chris Rosser, singer/songwriters. Tickets are $12. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

Ballroom dancing with Colvin Run Dance Band. 9 p.m.-midnight at Colvin Run School House, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $12 per person. Rumba lesson, 8 p.m., $5. For more information, call 703-430-3342.

The McLean Orchestra under the direction of its new music director, Sylvia Alimena, will open its season Oct. 4, 8 p.m. at Langley High School. The concert, "Myths and Legends," will feature Wagner's “Entrance of the Guests” from “Tannhauser,” Brahms' Symphony No. 2, and music from Beethoven's “The Creatures” from “Prometheus.” McEnearney Associates, Realtors, will be the concert sponsor. Single tickets: general $23, seniors/students $20, youth (12 & under) $5. Season subscriptions are available. For more information, call 703-893-8648 or visit the Web site http://www.tmo.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 5

<cal2>Ski Chalet Swap. Skiing and snow boarding enthusiasts can buy and sell used sporting goods; a portion of the consignment will benefit local, nonprofit, volunteer ski patrols. 8338 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner. 703-761-3040. Benefits Timberline Ski Patrol of West Virginia.

Taste of Great Falls will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, 12-4 p.m., at The Village Green, located in The Village Center in Great Falls. A celebration of fine food, fine art and entertainment, this event will tempt with delicacies prepared by over 15 ethnically diverse Great Falls restaurants. Taste Tickets are $1 each, available at the gate. Admission and parking are free.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 6

<cal2>"Five-Step Estate Plan." Attorney David Hoffman will discuss wills, trusts, taxes and probate in easy-to-understand terms. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. Free; no registration required. For information, call 703-255-6360.

Preschool Storytime. Share stories, songs and fun. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. 11 a.m. registration followed by a 12 p.m. shotgun start. Moore Cadillac will give a Hummer H2 to any golfer who makes a hole in one on Hole 15. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, longest drive, closest to the pin, and putting contests, door prizes and an awards banquet. $740 per foursome. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Call 703-281-1333 to reserve spaces. Tickets of the 50/50 Raffle are $5 or seven for $25.

Open Mike with host Steve Key, 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 7

<cal2>Mid-Atlantic Independent Film Festival. Tickets are $8, $5 student. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 8

<cal2>Introduction to dynamic walking. This overview session will demonstrate the importance of integrating walking with stretching and breathing. Participants will learn to use a pedometer. 6-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. $8 for Town of Vienna residents, $12 for nonresidents. Registration required. Call 703-255-6360.

Turtles on the Go. Slow tales for autumn days. 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. At Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

Fire Truck Fun. Celebrate Fire Prevention Month with stories and activities about this favorite type of truck. Ages 2-5 with adult, 11 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Things with Wings. Stories and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Steve Key’s Birthday Concert with 46 musicians for his 46 years 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

“Othello.” Alden Theatre will present Aquila Theatre Company's production of William Shakespeare's “Othello” for one performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25; $20 for McLean district residents; $10 for students. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. Tickets are on sale now. Stop by the Alden Theatre Box Office, or to charge tickets by telephone, call Ticketmaster at 202-432-SEAT. For more information, call 703-790-9223, or visit: www.mcleancenter.org.

“Our Town.” The Vienna Theatre Company will present Thornton Wilder’s prize-winning drama at 8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Tickets are $8 general admission, $7 students/seniors over 65, available at the Community Center. Call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Stories for All Ages. Stories and activities. 10:30 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Call to register, 703-938-0405.

Seamus Kennedy, Irish acoustic music. Tickets are $17. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

The Tannahill Weavers will perform traditional Scottish music at 8 p.m. at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Tickets are $16. Call 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society. Prize-winning growers Gene Mertes and Bonnie Mirmak will demonstrate and discuss how to improve garden flowers for home and show presentations. The meeting will take place at Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, starting with refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free. Door prizes. Call Jim Dunne, 703-560-8776, for more information.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Antiques Show and Sale. Dealers will display a variety of furniture and collectibles, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is $4.50 per person. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Caroline Herring. roots/acoustic music. The Mammals, a pop/folk string band, will open. Tickets are $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

Karaoke Challenge. Vienna middle-school students can compete, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is free. Prizes are available. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

The Amazing Kreskin. Join this world-famous mentalist for an evening of predictions, illusions and hilarity. 8 p.m. at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Tickets are $16. Call 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 11

<cal2>Antiques Show and Sale. Dealers will display a variety of furniture and collectibles, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is $4.50 per person. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Custom Builder’s Council’s Parade of Homes. Come walk through over 20 custom homes in Northern Virginia, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet custom home builders, get new design and decorating ideas, see new products and materials, and learn what it takes to build a custom home. Tickets are $10 per person or family group. A ticket can be purchased the day of the event at any home on the tour and will be valid for all homes toured both Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House at Inova Fairfax hospital. See the map of homes at www.virginiaparade.com.

From Flax to Linen. Transform bundles of dry flax stalks into linen thread at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and learn what it means to rett, brake, skutch and hackle. Card some tow for the spinner, who will spin coarse linen thread. Weather permitting. 1-4 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, located on Colonial Farm Road, at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 3-12 and senior citizens. For more information, call 703-442-7557, or visit www.1771.org.

Common Bond, acoustic duo. Tickets are $12. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

Quander Family History Lecture. Freedom Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will host Rohulemin Quander for a lecture on the history of the Quander Family, one of the oldest African American families in the United States. Meeting begins at noon at the American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. The public is invited to attend. For membership information, call 703-356-2370 or view http://users.erols.com/denwards/.

Amanda McBroom, best known for her song “The Rose,” will perform her cabaret acts at 7:30 p.m. at The Barns of Wolf Trap. Tickets are $18. Call 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 12

<cal2>Antiques Show and Sale. Dealers will display a variety of furniture and collectibles, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is $4.50 per person. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert, singer/songwriters. Tickets are $16/19. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

Custom Builders Council’s Parade of Homes. Come walk through over 20 custom homes in Northern Virginia, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet custom home builders, get new design and decorating ideas, see new products and materials and learn what it takes to build a custom home. Tickets are $10 per person or family group. A ticket can be purchased the day of the event at any home on the tour and will be valid for all homes toured both Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House at Inova Fairfax hospital. See the map of homes at www.virginiaparade.com.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 13

<cal2> Open Mike with host Steve Key, 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 14

<cal2>The McLean Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees meeting at 12 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 123 Ingleside Ave., will host a new voting machine to be used in the upcoming November elections. An election official will demonstrate. Bring a dish for the potluck luncheon. For details, call 703-560-8648.

Martin Carthy, British guitar legend. Tickets are $15. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, Ext. 8; www.jamminjava.com.