<cal2>The Center for the Arts in Manassas is offering several classes and workshops for children. Snap, Crackle, Pop-Art is an art class designed to bring the excitement of art to 5- to 7-year-olds. Students will make giant ice-cream sculptures, drip action paintings, and life-size murals. Classes begin on Wednesday, July 7 from 7-8 p.m., and continue until Aug. 11. Cost is $60 plus $10 supply fee.
Join Bingo the Clown for two workshops for ages 8-12 on the art of Origami and balloon creations. Magical Origami Creations is from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 8, and Magical Balloon Creations is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Each child will receive their own kit filled with supplies. $20 each plus supply fee of $5 for origami and $10 for balloon (includes pump). Visit the Web site at www.center-for-the-arts.com or call 703-330-ARTS.
<cal2>All Home Depot stores have a Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a free event where every child gets an orange apron, a wooden kit to build (and keep) with their adult partner’s help (backup is available for adults). Home Depot is located at 12275 Price Club Plaza, Fairfax — at the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway.
<cal2>Share your love of history with the future generation as you guide children on a journey through time. Volunteers are needed at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly to lead groups of school-aged children in hands-on activities and tours of the house and outbuildings. Teaching docents are needed to help transport children to life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information, contact Erin Chernisky at 703-324-8750 or apply on line at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
<cal2>Drop in babysitting is being offered to the community by the newly located Olympus Athletic Club on Friday nights. Children ages 3 months to 13 years old are welcome to attend Date Night. Offered from 6-9:30 p.m. each Friday of the month at $10 per child. Games, activities, sports, basketball court and much more. To register, call the Kids Club at 703-378-1155. Located off Lee Road at 14424 Albemarle Point Place.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking volunteers to join an active stream monitoring program. Choose a stream in your own neighborhood or you can be directed to a stream. Training and equipment are provided, and no prior experience is necessary. Volunteers are trained to assess ecological conditions in streams based on chemistry, habitat, and benthic macroinvertebrates (stream insects). Contact Joanna at 703-324-1425 or visit the Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/monitoring.htm.
<cal2>A Mindfulness Meditation class will take place Sundays from 7-8 p.m. No fee — donation based. Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main Street. Contact Erika Neil at ErikaKL@aol.com or 703-864-2807.
<cal2>The Centreville Regional Art Guild holds a model-drawing session every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is no instruction. The only fee is the cost of the model. Call Amy Mann at 703-631-1856.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) is looking for adults interested in mentoring a child affected or infected by HIV/AIDS through the agency's PALS Mentoring Program. Volunteers make a one-year commitment to a child and visit with their "Pal" twice a month. PALS mentors are needed throughout Northern Virginia for minority children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old. Training and ongoing support is provided by NOVAM and an agency funded background check is required. For more information on this volunteer opportunity, contact Briana Jordan at 703-746-0440 ext. 15.
The Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) is now accepting applications for the Centreville Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 11. Open to local businesses, sports and dance teams, clubs, homeowners associations, churches and other community groups, the parade leaves from Centreville High School at 10 a.m. and travels along Union Mill and Braddock Roads to Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center. This year's theme is "Celebrating Our Centreville Heritage." Parade applications can be completed online at www.centrevilleday.com or a printed application can be sent to you. Call Bob Hartman at 703-830-2134 or email email@example.com for an application.
The Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) is seeking crafters, business and community groups for Centreville Day, Saturday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Centreville Historic District. The theme is "Celebrating Our Centreville Heritage" and will include Civil War re-enactors, tales and tours of Historic Centreville, children's games and amusements (both old-time and modern), Taste of Centreville, live music (local talent) and a showcase of arts, crafts, local businesses and community groups. Booth spaces (10x10-foot) are $50 for applications received prior to July 31. Booth applications and additional information are available online at http://www.centrevilleday.com or by calling Renee Keener at 703-631-9834.
The Center for the Arts is now taking registrations for the Summer Session of classes in the arts. It offers many exciting opportunities for adults and children this summer. For adults, it’s the perfect time to try something new, such as drawing, oil painting, watercolor and basket weaving.
To keep the kids busy and to help beat the heat, classes are offered in drawing, clayworks, quilting, and self-publishing. For those with a busy schedule, one-day workshops include origami, balloon creations, jewelry making, paper marbling and Ukrainian egg decoration. Summer camps, in drama or art are another great way to spend the summer. Most camps are 1 or 2 weeks, and are available in Manassas and Woodbridge. Visit the Web site at www.center-for-the-arts.com call 703-330-2787.
<cal2>The Clifton Farmers Market is now opened Sundays, from 8 a.m.-noon. It's on Chapel Road in the Town of Clifton, across from the fire station. It offers a wide variety of items including fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, soap, chocolate and even crafts such as handmade birdhouses, chairs and jewelry.
<cal2>Fairfax Corner in Fairfax will host a free Summer Concert Series each Saturday evening now through Sept. 4. The Concert Series will feature an acoustic performer followed by a different band each Saturday from 5-8 p.m. in the Fountain Plaza located outside of the Cinemas.
* July 10 — Cartoon Johnny, a cappella
* July 17 — Naked Blue, pop/rock
* July 24 — Cravin' Dogs, Americana/roots rock
* July 31 — Junkfood, party/cover band
* Aug. 7 — Almost Recess, a cappella
* Aug. 14 — Jessi Canning Band, pop rock
* Aug. 21 — Merchants of Cool, party/cover band
* Aug. 28 — Bens Bones, pop/rock
* Sept. 4 — Bicycle Thieves, pop/rock.
<cal2>Civil War life will return as part of Sully Historic Site's annual weekend encampment on Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11. Civil War military and civilian life will be recreated with visitors given the chance to become recruits to learn marching maneuvers as well as participate in games from the period. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost of activities is $6/adults or $4/seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal1>JULY 10 and 24
<cal2>The Center for the Arts in Manassas is offering The Art of Etiquette class for children. Learn about etiquette, table manners and the appropriate behavior for many social situations. Come to class well groomed and enjoy the gracious social setting in the Caton Merchant Family Gallery. Classes are offered on Saturdays, July 10 and 24, from 1-4 p.m. Ages 8 and up Cost is $30 Call 703-330-ARTS.
<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 Cindy Walsh at 703-378-1280. Upcoming meetings: July 12 and 26.
<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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Tuesday, July 13 – “Allergy Alert — What you need to know Early,” Kim Mulherin, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network;
* Tuesday, July 20 – “Healthy Eating for Babies and Moms,” Beth Potter, BS, RD;
* Tuesday, July 27 – No lunch.
* Tuesday, Aug. 3 — "Developmental Milestones: Birth to Age 1," Patti Turner, MS, OTR/L;
* Tuesday, Aug. 10 — “Kindermusik,” Pam Phillips, Kindermusik of Fairfax;
* Tuesday, Aug. 17 — "Vaccines: Why does my baby get so many?" Kris McHarg, NAPNAP;
* Tuesday, Aug. 24 — "Infant Communication," Diane Robey, MS, CCC;
* Tuesday, Aug. 31 — "Family Dynamics," Susan Pan, JSSA.
<cal1>WEDNESDAY, JULY 14
<cal2>Fairfax Corner will host the Little Tots Summer Fun Series the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from June to August. The series will feature free children's entertainment at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. in the Fountain Plaza located outside of the Fairfax Corner Cinemas.
* July 14 — Silly Socks Puppet Theater's "The Ugly Dragling;"
* July 28 — Flumpa and Friends Live;
* August 11 — Beowulf T. Wonderbunny's Traveling Show of Mystery;
* Aug. 25 — Kid-singer Jim's Positive-LY Fun Rock Concert.
<cal2>Mothers First — Centreville/Chantilly is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter careers to raise their children at home. Activities include, lectures, field trips, moms night out, etc. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 14 at Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr., Centreville. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
Conversation Cafe, a lively, hosted, drop-in conversation among diverse people about feelings, thoughts and actions in this complex, changing world. The topic for Wednesday, July 14, 7:30-9 p.m.: "Who holds the responsibility for teaching ethics?" Caribou Coffee, Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, 11947 Grand Commons Way, Fairfax. Call 703-554-9595 for more information or visit www.conversationcafe.org.
<cal1>FRIDAY, JULY 16
<cal2>Area residents can test-drive cars at Moore Cadillac and Hummer’s fourth annual Summer Showcase on Friday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Reston Town Center. Experience the Moore Cadillac and Hummer 2005 line up, including the new Cadillac CTS-V, STS, Hummer SUT and innovative concept cars. Area residents can also enjoy live music, free food and can register to win great prizes like resort and golf packages, wine tours, round-trip airfare and more. All proceeds and donations, plus an additional $5,000 go towards Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow program. Visit www.moorecadillac.com or call 703-790-0950.
<cal2>Lori Knowles, mother of an autistic child, will share her success story in How Integrative Medicine Can Make a Difference: Treating Autism, PDD, and AD(H)D. Dr. William Shaw of the Great Plains Laboratory and other professionals will speak on how to successfully treat autism. The conference will be held at McLean Bible Church, Room 1400. Hours are Friday, July 16, from 7-8:45 p.m., and Saturday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 913-341-8949 or visit www.greatplainslaboratory.com.
<cal2>Cox Communications will present its second annual Cox Movies Under the Moon, a free summertime outdoor film festival benefiting Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Special Love/Camp Fantastic. The nine-day event will feature popular movies each night, from Friday, July 16 through Saturday, July 24. Scheduled to take place at George Mason University's Robinson Football Field. Movies will begin each night at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.). This year's vendors will include Red, Hot & Blue, Domino's and Baja Fresh.
The schedule is as follows:
July 16 — "Spykids 3D;"
July 17 — "Seabiscuit;"
July 18 — "Jurassic Park;"
July 19 — "Casablanca;"
July 20 — "MIB;"
July 21 — "Wizard of Oz;"
July 22 — "Lord of the Rings — Return of the King;"
July 23 — "Ghostbusters;"
July 24 — "Spiderman;"
Moviegoers should follow signs to parking lots A, J and K. Alcohol, pets and smoking are prohibited. Visit www.moviesunderthemoon.org or call 703-323-6333.
<cal2>Fair Oaks Shopping Center is cooling down this summer by serving up some hot jazz with a free, two-hour concert featuring the band, "Double Digit" on Saturday, July 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Grand Court. The event is in partnership with Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM WJZW and will be hosted by radio personality, Al Santos. Call 703-359-8302 or visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, July 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 next door. The club is located in the historic "Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" station, 231 Dominion Road (on the W&OD trail) in Vienna. Free admission. However, cash or check donations (at the door) are gratefully accepted. Visit www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
<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.
<cal2>Sully/Western Fairfax Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets the fourth Saturday of every month. The group meets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third floor of the Sunrise Assisted Living building at Fair Oaks. Adjacent to Fair Oaks Inova Hospital, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. For more information, contact Bill Robbins, 703-830-3823.
<cal2>Local Hair Cutterys will hold their sixth-annual Share-A-Haircut Campaign on Aug. 1-15. The program helps tens of thousands of children served by social services get ready for the start of the new school year with a brand new haircut. For every child’s haircut (up to age 18) purchased at any Hair Cuttery salon between Aug. 1-15, the company will in turn donate a free haircut to children from partner social service agencies around the country, just in time for the start of the new school year.
<cal1>AUG. 9-AUG. 13
<cal2>Seniors age 60 and older swim at no charge at all five NVRPA pool complexes from Monday, Aug. 9-Friday, Aug. 13. Bring proof of age. Call individual pool to confirm hours of operation.
<cal1>SUNDAY, AUG. 22
<cal2>Sun Stroke 100 Sporting Clay Tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Last entry). NVRPA’s Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. 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. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal1>SUNDAY, SEPT. 12
<cal2>A Fun Shoot: Iron Man Tournament 250 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. NVRPA’s Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. Take aim; enjoy the challenge at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Bull Run Shooting Center. Advance registration available. For registration, fees and more information, call 703-830-2344.
<cal2>Confused about who makes the decisions for Fairfax County? Don’t understand the tax system and who really has taxing power in Virginia? Don’t know why schools and roads are overcrowded or why elections occur every year? Ask these questions of many Fairfax County citizens, whether long-time residents or new arrivals, and they would probably acknowledge their confusion.
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) has devised an innovative method to answer these questions and empower county residents to become more active citizens. In cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education, the League will once again present “More Power to You,” an overview of how local government works and how it relates to Virginia State government. The four sessions, to be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center, will begin with “Activating Your Citizenship” on Sept. 15, followed by “Evolution and Powers of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors” on Sept. 29, “Navigating Authorities, Commissions and Departments” on Oct. 13 and “Functions of the Fairfax County School Board” on Oct. 27. Each class will be enhanced by the participation of prominent guest speakers representing various aspects of county government. The fee for the four 2-hour evening sessions is $25 which covers all materials. Participants who attend all four sessions will receive certificates of completion.
Pre-registration and payment for the classes is required and can be arranged by calling 703-227-2231.
For further information about the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and its goal of providing non-partisan voter information and services call 703-658-9150 or visit the Web site: www.lwv-fairfax.org.
<cal2>Everyone is invited to “Open A Book, Open A Mind” during the sixth annual Fall for the Book, a week-long series of events celebrating literature and the arts, Saturday, Sept. 18, through Thursday, Sept. 23, on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Leading the list of world-renowned authors attending this year, Tobias Wolff and Joyce Carol Oates will receive the Fairfax Prize for lifetime achievement in literature on the opening and closing days of the celebration.
Additional highlights range from an all-day family festival on Saturday to a reenactment of the famous courtroom scene from "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Sunday (as part of the first-ever All Fairfax Reads project) to a series of Thursday events centered around the 50th anniversary of the landmark court case Brown v. the Board of Education. For regularly updated information about Fall for the Book, visit www.fallforthebook.org.
<cal1>SATURDAY, SEPT. 18
<cal2>The Annual Upton Hill Mini-Golf Tournament will occur on
Sat., Sept. 18, Time TBA. NVRPA’s Upton Hill Regional Park, 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. Registration information and other details to be announced. Upton Hill Regional Park is located at the intersection of Patrick Henry Dr. and Wilson Blvd., one mile east of Seven Corners.
<cal1>SUNDAY, OCT. 3
<cal2>Battle of Bull Run Sporting Clay Tournament is taking place on
Sun., Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Last entry). NVRPA’s Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville.
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. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344. To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Route 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Route 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road and follow signs to the park.
<cal1>SUNDAY, NOV. 7
<cal2>A Fun Shoot: Partner Shoot Tournament will be held on
Sun., Nov. 7. The start time is 10 a.m. and entries will be allowed until 2 p.m. NVRPA’s Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville
Take aim; enjoy the challenge at this contest sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Bull Run Shooting Center. No advance registration. For fees and more information, call 703-830-2344. To reach Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Route 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Route 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road and follow signs to the park.
<cal1>FRIDAY, NOV. 19 - SATURDAY, JAN. 8
<cal2>Miracle of Lights will be run from Fri., Nov. 19-Sat., Jan. 8, It will be open from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. nightly at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA.
Santa, angels, the universe and an enchanted forest—the Miracle of Lights—Northern Virginia’s only drive-thru holiday light show, features five holiday theme groups and more than two miles of lighted entertainment. Admission to be announced. To reach Bull Run Regional Park, exit I-66 at Exit 52 (Route 29 at Centreville). Drive south on Route 29, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road and follow signs to the park.