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<cal2>Local artist Barbara Haeme of Sully Estates will show her series of Dimensions in Mixed Media now through April 27 at The Women's Center atrium at Fairfax Inova Hospital. The show will feature a collection of three-dimensional, mixed media created from surgical instruments and X-ray film as well as other metals, paper and textural objects — priced from $75 to $500. Inova Hospital sponsors a different artist every month. The hospital is at 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. For more information or to purchase, contact: Inova Hospital's Tower Gift Shop at 703-532-8555.

<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 15

<cal2>Mothers First – Centreville/Chantilly is a support group for women making the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Activities include lectures, field trips, mom's night out, etc. Meetings are Thursdays, April 15 at 10:15 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>APRIL 15-22

<cal2>The Alliance Theatre of Chantilly is now holding auditions for its summer production of "The Music Man." Adult auditions are Thursday, April 15, from 7-10 p.m., and Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Chantilly High. Call backs are Monday, April 19, from 7-10 p.m. (High-school students wishing to audition for adult roles should attend the adult auditions).

Youth auditions are Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22, from 6-10 p.m. each night. Call backs are Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-noon. The two lead roles are already cast, but still needed are singers, dancers, actors and crew members.

Hopefuls will be asked to perform one-minute vocal selections — if possible, from "The Music Man." Vocal/dance combinations should be limited to two minutes. Actors may be asked to read from a script supplied by the director, and an accompanist and tape/CD player will be available.

The show will be performed July 30-31 and Aug. 1 at Chantilly High. Any questions may be e-mailed to PBKallman@allvantage.com or Ewilson16@cox.net, or call Kallman at 703-263-2085.

<cal1>April 16-May 1

<cal2>Noel Coward’s comedy, “Blithe Spirit,” opens at the Kellar Theater at the Candy Factory in Manassas on April 16. This hilarious English farce follows novelist Charles Condomine, played by Prince William prosecutor, Scott Bailey. Charles decides to research his next book by bringing in a medium to stage a séance. The results are not what he is expecting. “Blithe Spirit” is produced by the Center for the Arts’ Rooftop Productions and will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 16-May 1. The Kellar Theatre is located at 9419 Battle Street in Manassas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call the Center for the Arts at 703-330-ARTS.

<cal1>FRIDAY, APRIL 16

<cal2>Enjoy swing dancing every Friday night at the Dulles Hilton in the Solarium, corner of Route 28 and McLearan Road. Hosted by Sue and Gary Caley. Beginner's class from 8:30-9 p.m., followed by live bands from 9-11 p.m. Cost is $12 for the evening. Visit www.gottaswing.com.

Live Band Schedule:

* April 16 — Angel & Aces (Daria Matacia). Birthday dance for all April birthdays.

* April 23 — Fabulettes. A sock hop. Dress in '50s fun.

* April 30 — BG & Mojo Hands

* May 7 — Daryl Davis

* May 14 — King Teddy

* May 21 — Rockin' Bones and May's birthday dance

* May 28 — Lush Life

Twelve bands will compete in Fair Oaks Mall's first Battle of the Bands contest on Fridays, April 16, 23, and 30 from 7-9 p.m. The bands will be judged by the audience members and the winning band will receive $1,000 worth of Fair Oaks Mall gift certificates and headline Fair Oaks Mall's Teen Night on Sept. 25.

Performing on Friday, April 16:

* We Say Goodbye, Falls Church High students;

* Simonfalls, Lake Braddock students;

* Epicure, Madison High students;

* Shenanigans, Thomas Jefferson students;

Performing on Friday, April 23:

* How About Shirley, Robinson students;

* ETC, Paul VI students;

* 45th Loft, Langley High students;

* Sight Unseen, Annandale High students;

Performing on Friday, April 30:

* Random Hero, Robinson High students;

* Black Line, South Lakes High students;

* SKA Face, Oakton High students;

* Red Star, Herndon High students;

On Friday, May 7, the winner from each previous night will perform in front of a panel of judges selected by Fair Oaks Mall.

Visit www.shopfairoaksmall.com and click “mall events” for a list of schools and rules.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 17

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, April 17 from 1-5 p.m. Come and see the action on Northern Virginia's largest fixed operating "HO" scale model railroad featuring digital control, sound and smoke. Also visit the W&OD railroad's real caboose. The club is located in the historic Washington & Old Dominion Railroad station, 231 Dominion Road in downtown Vienna. Free admission. However, cash or check donations (at the door) are accepted. Visit www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com, or call 703-938-5157.

<cal1>APRIL 17-18

<cal2>The Fairfax Automile Credit Union New Car Sale will be held on April 17-18 at the GMU Patriot Center to benefit Arts & Education in Concert. The event is sponsored by the Fairfax City Auto Dealers, the Patriot Center and MCI Center. Hundreds of new cars representing 22 different brands will be available for sale Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than a dozen area credit unions will be on site to provide financing for customers. A complete listing is available at www.cusale.com.

Arts & Education in Concert (AEIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse and youth violence, will receive a donation for each car sold. AEIC will also provide entertainment for customers, offer performance CDs for sale and staff an information booth.

Washington Sports and Entertainment will provide prizes including concert and event tickets from the MCI Center and the Patriot Center, sports memorabilia, guest appearances and other fun family activities. For details, visit www.cusale.com or www.aeconcert.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 18

<cal2>MOMS Club Meeting. MOMS Club of Clifton/Centreville South will hold a monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Centreville Library. Learn more about their activities for mothers and their children living in the 20121 or 20124 zip code. Children welcome. Visit www.momsclubccva.org and click on Clifton/Centreville South Chapter.

<cal2>Take a Bluebell Walk on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. View acres and acres of fairy-tale-like, misty bluebells on the fields and creek banks at the 1,500-acre Bull Run Park. The bluebells at Bull Run are said to be the largest stand on the east coast. The naturalist-guided Sunday walk is free. Free, self-guiding tour pamphlets will be available at the camp center. Call 703-528-5406.

<cal2>The Equality Fairfax Jazz Brunch will be held Sunday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Mama's Italian Restaurant in Fairfax City, 9715 Lee Highway, Fairfax. RSVP to socials@equalityfairfax.org or call 703-255-1552.

Equality Fairfax is a social and advocacy organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Fairfax County. Visit www.equalityfairfax.org.

<cal2>Model Trains will be running on Sunday, April 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host their monthly display. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 4-10. The museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road. Call 703-425-9225.

<cal2>The Centreville Regional Art Guild's annual Open House will take place on Sunday, April 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate five years of creative fellowship and fun. CRAG artists will have work on display and refreshments will be provided.

<cal1>Monday/April 19

<cal2>The Greenbriar Woman's Club Meeting. The Greenbriar Woman's Club will meet Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center. The speaker will be Nancy Dezan from the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, giving an update on Alzheimer's research and "How to Reduce Your Risk of Memory Loss." Guests are always welcome. Membership in the Greenbriar Woman's Club is open to all women in Greenbriar and surrounding communities. Call Barbara Cale at 703-378-6009 or Lee Conley at 703-266-7032. The Greenbriar Woman's Club is a member of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs and its Virginia affiliate (GFWC-Virginia). For information on GFWC, visit www.gfwc.org.

<cal2>Centreville Toastmasters is the place to improve your communication and leadership skills. The club meets from 7-8:15 p.m. on Mondays at the Centreville Regional Library. Guests are welcome. Prepared speeches, oral evaluations and impromptu speeches (table topics) will be on the agenda. Call Lynn Griesmer 703-263-2468. Upcoming meetings: Monday, April 19.

<cal1>TUESDAY/APRIL 20

<cal2>Learn more about MOMS Club activities (playgroups, park days, social events, etc.) for mothers and their children living in the 20121 or 20124 ZIP code. Monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Centreville Library. Children welcome. Visit the Web site at www.momsclubccva.org and click on Clifton/Centreville South Chapter.

<cal2>New Mothers Luncheons are held every Tuesday for mothers and newborn babies to 8 months old. The group meets for lunch, speakers, discussions and fun — a different program every week. Bring a friend or come alone — it's a great way to meet other new moms and babies in the area. Meets Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Il Lupo Italian Restaurant, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Lunch is $20; four-lunch series is $75. Reservations required. Call Rochelle Goldberg at 703-961-9179 or email: eventbuilders@hotmail.com.

* Tuesday, April 20 – “Understanding Infant Temperament” Deborah Nackman, Ph.D.;

* Tuesday, April 27– “The Anchor in the Storm: Keeping Your Marriage Strong So That Your Family Will Thrive” Debbie Beach, LCSW;

* Tuesday, May 4 – “Infant Massage,” Sheila Hautbois, Massage Therapist;

* Tuesday, May 11 – “Nutrition for Infants and New Moms,” Beth Potter, BS, RD;

* Tuesday, May 18 – “Sign Language for Infants,” Stephanie Steffer, Time to Sign;

* Tuesday, May 25 – “Toys! Toys! Toys!” Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys;

* Tuesday, June 1 – “The Aches and Pains of Pregnancy and Beyond,” Dina Rosa;

* Tuesday, June 8 – “Smart Women Finish Rich – Tips for Planning Your Financial Future,” Deana Withrow, Morgan Stanley.

<cal1>APRIL 23-24

<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Spring Used Book Sale on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, April 25 from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a wide assortment of children and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visuals, all at bargain prices. Call 703-502-3883.

<cal1>SATURDAY/APRIL 24

<cal2>The 31st Annual Flea Market sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 893 of Centreville will be held Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Lowe's hardware store at 13955 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly — across from the K-Mart and Babies R Us. Enter from Centreville Road, off Route 50 west. Items for sale include: motor boats, cars, large and small kitchen appliances, furniture, housewares, sports equipment, books, clothes for the entire family, electronics and white elephant merchandise. Donations will only be accepted this Saturday, April 17, and may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the site.

<cal2>Maneesha Sathe, a renowned Kathak dancer, will give a dance performance on Saturday, April 24 at the Durga Temple in Fairfax Station. Sathe is an internationally acclaimed performer who has performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden, the U.K., Canada, Japan and the U.S. A food bazaar will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The dance performance begins at 8 p.m. Cost is $15/person. The Durga Temple is located at 8400 Durga Place, Fairfax Station.

<cal2>Fairfax ReLeaf, Fairfax County Tree Commission and the Virginia Run Home and Garden Club are all working together to enhance the appearance of Centreville. A tree planting project will take place on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help plant tree saplings at the intersection of Routes 28 and 29. Meet at the Newgate Shopping Center parking lot near Route 28 ramp onto Lee Highway. Look for the volunteers with orange vests. Bring some basic supplies: empty milk gallon jugs filled with water for watering the trees, shovels, hammers and bags of top soil. Contact co-chairs Mary-Rose Woodward at 703-222-2489 or Lvtoocook@aol.com or Judy Kelsen at 703-263-0576 or Judy@kelsen.com.

<cal1>APRIL 24-25

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild and Artisans United will hold its third Fine Arts & Crafts Spring Showcase on April 24-25 at Northern Virginia Community College. The show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1. Some 60 outstanding local artists and artisans have been chosen to participate in this exciting event. There will be stained glass works, handwoven shawls and throws, lamps made from old books, silver jewelry, hand-painted silk clothing, pottery, fine needlework vests, ceramics, photography and more. Contact Cele Sinnott at 703-938-8306.

<cal1>SUNDAY/APRIL 25

<cal2>The 7th Annual "Walk for Shea" Megale is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 at the Virginia Run Community Center. Mark your calendars to meet at 9 a.m., rain or shine. This is an activity for the entire family and a chance to give to the less fortunate. For those new to the area, Shea Megale is an 8-year-old Virginia Run resident who has a rare and terminal form of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy for which there is no cure to date. Although she is confined to a wheelchair, Shea leads walkers on a 5K walk throughout the community showing her determination and spirit for living life to the fullest. The cost is $4 for children under 18 and $6 for adults. Friendly dogs and strollers welcome. Log onto www.walkforshea.com.

<cal2>Hemlock Overlook Regional Park will host a Summer Camp Open House on Sunday, April 25 from 1:30-4 p.m. Parents and future campers may ask questions, tour the Center for Outdoor Education, learn about the center’s educational and team building opportunities and register for one of the Center’s Adventure and Outdoor Education Camps for 7- 17-year-olds. The Center is operated by George Mason University in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

<cal1>MAY 5-6

<cal2>Art Showcase. Art Showcase, an exhibition of original artwork, opens at Broadway Gallery in Fairfax on Wednesday, May 5 and continues Thursday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Broadway Gallery is located at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive in Fairfax. Stop in to see works of art by more than 60 different artists, featuring many new collections. Works include originals on paper and canvas, serigraphs and etchings. The event is free and all are welcome.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/MAY 5

<cal2>2nd Flight Productions is a new community theater company serving the Chantilly, Centreville and Manassas area. The company is a not-for-profit organization and was formed by local performance artists from Centreville. 2nd Flight is looking to bring high-quality performances and workshops to the Chantilly/Centreville community. Co-founders include Shannon Khatcheressian, also the theater director at Chantilly High School and Rebekah Frye, an English teacher at Robinson Secondary with B.A.'s in English and Theater as well as a Master's Degree in Theater and Dance Education.

2nd Flight Productions is looking to bring a sense of community involvement to the area along with bringing more opportunities for performance for local residents.

A meeting will be held for anyone interested in joining on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Chantilly High School (room 106).

2nd Flight Productions' premier performance will be "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" performed at the Cramer Center in Old Town, Manassas. The show will run through mid-August and auditions will be held in early June. The company is looking for individuals to work onstage as well as behind the scenes.

For details, call Shannon Khatcheressian at 703-927-5438 or visit www.2ndflightproductions.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 8

<cal2>Fairfax County Public Library Foundation Inc. will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting The Capital Book Festival at the Fairfax County Government Center on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; call 703-467-3000 or visit the Library Foundation’s Web site at: www.fcplfoundation.org. The festival will feature celebrity author presentations, writers’ workshops, autographed book sales and special children’s activities. Authors confirmed include:

* David Baldacci, best-selling author of "Absolute Power and Split Second."

* Peter and Cheryl Barnes, authors and illustrators of "Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse."

* Ric Edelman, radio talk show host and author of "The Truth About Money."

* Stanley Greenberg, political pollster and author of "The Two Americas."

* Laura Ingraham, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and author of "Shut Up & Sing."

* Alma Powell, author of "America’s Promise and My Little Wagon."

* Diane and John Rehm, authors of "Finding My Voice and Toward Commitment."

* Larry Sabato, political analyst and author of "Dirty Little Secrets and Dangerous Democracy?"

* Judge Kenneth Starr, author of "First Among Equals."

* Gaye Newton, author of "Past Presence."

* Gary W. Gallagher, author of "The Confederate War" and "The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862."

* Diane Chamberlain, award-winning romance novelist and author of "Her Mother’s Shadow."

* Alice McDermott, author of "That Night" and National Book Award winner, "Charming Billy."

Call the Library Foundation at 703-324-8300.

<cal1>SATURDAY/MAY 15

<cal2>An educational seminar on retirement planning will be held Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at 5870 Trinity Parkway, Suite 100, Centreville. Discover how to make the most of your retirement plan assets including:

* How to plan successfully for the retirement you've always wanted.

* How to take advantage of tax-free retirement income.

* What you need to know about your Retirement Plan Distributions.

* How your expenses will change in retirement and how to meet them.

* How to provide yourself with a stream of income during retirement.

You'll also receive an informational workbook you can use to assess your current financial situation.

This is an educational seminar. There's no cost or obligation. Space is limited. Make a reservation for you and up to three guests. Call 703-653-8942

<cal2>RESOLVE Adoption and Infertility Conference. "Road to Resolution 2004 — Adoption and Infertility Conference and Consumer Fair" hosted by the Washington, D.C., Area Chapter of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The one-day event offers the latest information on coping with both male and female infertility issues and recurrent pregnancy loss, medical information on the latest assisted reproductive technologies and complementary treatments, assistance with financing issues, deciding to live child-free, mental health issues and adoption. Sessions of special interest will cover Embryo Donation, Embryo Adoption, and Surrogacy. The event is $50 per person or $70 per couple for RESOLVE members, and $110 for individuals and $130 for non-member couples. Register online at www.resolvedc.org or call 202-362-5555.

<cal1>SUNDAY/MAY 16

<cal2>A Turkey Hatch 100 Sporting Clay Tournament will take place Sunday, May 16 starting at 10 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park. Take aim; enjoy the challenge at this National Sporting Clays Association contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Bull Run Shooting Center. No advance registration. Call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>THURSDAY/MAY 20

<cal2>The Clifton Community Woman's Club Homes Tour will take place Thursday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This annual fund-raiser benefits local charities and scholarships. The boutique hours are Wednesday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, May 20, from 9:30-5 p.m. Silent auction hours are Wednesday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Antiques of Clifton, Baskets and Boughs, Heart in Hand Restaurant and Cottage Art in Clifton; Temptations Gifts and Special Touch Gifts in Burke. Call 703-803-1425.

<cal1>MAY 22-23

<cal2>Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is calling for volunteers for the 13th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, May 22-23, at Reston Town Center. Contact GRACE at 703-471-9242 or, e-mail info@restonarts.org or, visit the GRACE gallery at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, in Reston Town Center. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, rated as on of the top 10 in America, features artwork to see and to buy from more than 180 of the nation's fine artists, a Children’s Art Zone, two days of musical performances, festival foods and more.

<cal1>JUNE 5

<cal2>The Seventh Annual Railroad Photography Competition, sponsored by the 10th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, will be held on June 5 in Old Town Manassas. All entries must have a railroad theme and the competition is open to the public. Entries may be submitted to: Historic Manassas Inc., Attn: Railroad Photography Contest, 9431 West Street, Manassas, VA 20110. Entries are due on Friday, June 4. Contact Gordon Tassi of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club at gtassi22193@comcast.net or visit www.mwcc-photo.org.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 19

<cal2>A Father’s Day 100 Sporting Clay Tournament will take place Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park's Public Shooting Center in Centreville. Take aim; enjoy the challenge at this National Sporting Clays Association contest. No advance registration. Call 703-830-2344.

<cal1>Sunday/June 20

<cal2>Judged Pleasure Trail Ride. The Clifton Horse Society will sponsor a Judged Pleasure Trail Ride, the third of six in the Crystal Crown Competition, at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Call 703-239-8590, email forhorses@erols.com or download an application at www.cliftonhorsesociety.org.

<cal1>SUNDAY/JULY 18

<cal2>A Lightning 100 Sporting Clays Tournament will take place Sunday, July 18 at 10 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park's Public Shooting Center in Centreville. No advance registration. Call 703-830-2344.