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

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

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 1

<cal2>"It's Great Britain," an installation in the Alden Theatre's Travel and Adventure Film Series, is screened at 8 p.m., at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Tickets are $9/$7 McLean district residents. Call 703-790-9223, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Barns Dance. The Barns at Wolf Trap presents a general admission dance at 8 p.m. Live entertainment provided by BeauSoleil. Tickets are $22. For more information or for tickets, call 703-218-6500. The Barns is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Great Falls Friends December Holiday Breakfast Social. 8 a.m., at the Old Brogue in the Snuggery, Great Falls. Have a light holiday breakfast, network and select the new officer for 2005. Call Candace Bovee, 703-759-0375.

McLean Newcomers Club - a social organization made up of newcomers and not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs. Create new friendships and enjoy social events and the community. Many activities available, including bridge, tennis, book club, tours. Check http://geocities.com/mcleannewcomers/ Meets on Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at a member's home for coffee. Call Jackie, 703-790-8284. for information, or e-mail mcleannewcomers@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 2

<cal2>Barns Dance. The Barns at Wolf Trap presents a general admission dance at 8 p.m. Live entertainment provided by BeauSoleil. Tickets are $22. For more information or for tickets, call 703-218-6500. The Barns is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Holiday Homes Tour and Market Place 2004. Sponsored by the Woman's Club of McLean, proceeds benefit dozens of organizations in the greater McLean community. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. This year's tour takes viewers through four resplendent homes. The Market Place Bazaar takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at the corner of Westmoreland Street and Chainbridge Road, McLean. The bazaar showcases skilled crafters, a silent auction, seasonal delicacies and more. Visit Grandma's Attic and the consignment table. Tickets to the home tour are on sale at Mesmerelda's, the Golden Pineapple, Lemon Chiffon & Lemon Twist, Needlewoman East, Garden Of, and Karin's Florist.

The 22nd Annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show will be held at the McLean Community Center Friday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 14, good all three days. The show features a wide variety of handmade one-of-a-kind gifts and offers food service by La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe. Local school choruses will provide holiday music throughout the weekend.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 3

<Cal2>The Christmas Revels. Dec. 3, 5, 10 and 12, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Set in an ancient time, the 22nd Christmas Revels is a midwinter's tale of the King and the Fool, sparkling with the music of Hildegard von Bingen, featuring Washington favorite Mark Jaster as the fool. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $38, $25, $18; youths 18 and under, $20, $15, $12. Tickets are on sale at the Lisner box office and at Tickets.com, 703-218-6500. For discount information, call 301-523-9038 or visit www.revelsdc.org.

The Commonwealth Circle of Northern Virginia presents a Holiday House Tour and Tea on Friday, Dec. 3. From noon until 4 p.m., visit five homes decorated for the holidays. This self-conducted tour is in North Arlington's Country Club Hills Estates. Tickets are $25 from Degage, 1355 Chain Bridge Road, McLean; Serendipity, Lee Harrison Shopping Center, Arlington; and Prince Street Gifts, Lee Heights Shopping Center, Arlington; or $30 at the door, 3216 N. Abingdon St., Arlington. Proceeds benefit the St. Coletta Adult Day Support Program.

Madrigal Feaste and Program. On Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, the Choral Department at Langley High School presents its annual Madrigal Feaste and Program at 7 p.m. each night. This opportunity to make merry and feast together takes place in the great hall of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The price for a renaissance-style dinner and an evening of traditional 16th century entertainment is $25 per adult and $15 per child (12 years and younger).ÊThere is limited seating. Reserve tickets by calling 703-287-2822.

Great Falls Studios' Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar takes place Dec. 3, noon-5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Great Falls Library. The bazaar features the work of artists covering many different media. Several of the artists will demonstrate their craft during the two-day event. A percentage of the event's proceeds will go to support the library. Cash and checks accepted.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Used-Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Library. 703-790-8088.

Children's Holiday Shopping. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. Colvin Run General Store will be stocked with unusual and reasonably priced items, many $10 or less. Volunteers help children find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. Free wrapping assures a surprise for family and friends. Adults must wait on-site. Call ahead for groups of six or more, 703-759-2771. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.

The 22nd Annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show will be held at the McLean Community Center Friday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 14, good all three days. The show features a wide variety of handmade one-of-a-kind gifts and offers food service by La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe. Local school choruses will provide holiday music throughout the weekend.

Great Falls Studios' Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Great Falls Library. The bazaar features the work of artists covering many different media. Several of the artists will demonstrate their craft during the two-day event. A percentage of the event's proceeds will go to support the library. Cash and checks accepted.

The Christmas Revels. Dec. 3, 5, 10 and 12, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Set in an ancient time, the 22nd Christmas Revels is a midwinter's tale of the King and the Fool, sparkling with the music of Hildegard von Bingen, featuring Washington favorite Mark Jaster as the fool. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $38, $25, $18; youths 18 and under, $20, $15, $12. Tickets are on sale at the Lisner box office and at Tickets.com, 703-218-6500. For discount information, call 301-523-9038 or visit www.revelsdc.org.

Madrigal Feaste and Program. On Friday, Dec 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, the Choral Department at Langley High School presents its annual Madrigal Feaste and Program at 7 p.m. each night. This opportunity to make merry and feast together takes place in the great hall of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The price for a renaissance-style dinner and an evening of traditional 16th century entertainment is $25 per adult and $15 per child (12 years and younger).ÊThere is limited seating. Reserve tickets by calling 703-287-2822.

Colvin Run Dance Band. Dance to the Colvin Run Dance Band's Big Band sound, 9 p.m.-midnight, at the Colvin Run School House, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $12 per person. Viennese waltz lesson, 8 p.m., $5 per person. For information, call 703-430-6657.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

Discovery Walk. 2-3 p.m. Curious about what lurks behind the Great Falls Park overlooks? Join a ranger for a one-hour hike to experience features unique to Great Falls Park. Wear hiking footwear and dress for the weather. Meet in the Visitor Center. The program is free; reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

"Everything but the Squeal: How the Hog Contributes to the Colonial American Farm." Saturday, Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m., at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Learn about the many contributions the hog makes to the pre-Revolutionary-era American working farm. Free admission with Claude Moore Colonial Farm Membership. Adults, $3; children 3-12 and senior citizens, $2. AAA discount. Weather permitting. 703-903-9330. Visit www.1771.org/directions.htm.

Designer Trunk Show. International jewelry designers and more than $20 million worth of diamonds will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., when Mervis Diamond Importers presents its annual Designer Trunk Show at its Tysons Corner headquarters, 1900 Mervis Way. Free of charge. Individuals are encouraged to register at www.mervisdiamond.com. For more information, contact Ronnie Mervis at (703) 448-9000, via e-mail at mervis@mervisdiamond.com or visit www.mervisdiamond.com.

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<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Children's Holiday Shopping. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. Colvin Run General Store will be stocked with unusual and reasonably priced items, many $10 or less. Volunteers help children find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. Free wrapping assures a surprise for family and friends. Adults must wait on-site. Call ahead for groups of six or more, 703-759-2771. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.

The 22nd Annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show will be held at the McLean Community Center Friday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 14, good all three days. The show features a wide variety of handmade one-of-a-kind gifts and offers food service by La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe. Local school choruses will provide holiday music throughout the weekend.

The Christmas Revels. Dec. 3, 5, 10 and 12, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Set in an ancient time, the 22nd Christmas Revels is a midwinter's tale of the King and the Fool, sparkling with the music of Hildegard von Bingen, featuring Washington favorite Mark Jaster as the fool. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $38, $25, $18; youths 18 and under, $20, $15, $12. Tickets are on sale at the Lisner box office and at Tickets.com, 703-218-6500. For discount information, call 301-523-9038, or visit www.revelsdc.org.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Ugly. 2-2:30 p.m. Learn about the vultures soaring over Great Falls Park. Meet a park ranger at the Visitor Center. The program is free; reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

Live Show. Jammin' Java presents "A Winter's Eve," featuring Alison Brown, John Doyle and Andrea Zonn. Show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20. For more information, call 703-255-1566. Jammin' Java is located at 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

Winter Concert. The Capital Wind Symphony performs at 3 p.m., in the auditorium of McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. For information, call 703-938-3521, or write to carroll@mailaka.net.

Designer Trunk Show. International jewelry designers and more than $20 million worth of diamonds will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., when Mervis Diamond Importers presents its annual Designer Trunk Show at its Tysons Corner headquarters, 1900 Mervis Way. Free of charge. Individuals are encouraged to register at www.mervisdiamond.com. For more information, contact Ronnie Mervis at (703) 448-9000, via e-mail at mervis@mervisdiamond.com or visit www.mervisdiamond.com.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 6

<cal2>Children's Holiday Shopping. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. Colvin Run General Store will be stocked with unusual and reasonably priced items, many $10 or less. Volunteers help children find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. Free wrapping assures a surprise for family and friends. Adults must wait on-site. Call ahead for groups of six or more, 703-759-2771. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.

Preschool Storytime. Share stories, songs and fun. Ages 1-5 with adult. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. To register, call 703-757-8560.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 7

<cal2>Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sponsors support groups for injured victims and for relatives and friends of those who have been killed in drunken driving crashes. The next Injured Victim Support Group meeting takes place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. New participants are always welcome. Free. For more information, call 703-978-3025.

Ski Club of Washington, D.C. Happy Hour and Membership Meeting. 5:30 p.m., at Tysons Corner Westpark Hotel, 8401 Westpark Drive in McLean. Visit www.scwdc.org. Call 703-532-7776.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 8

<cal2.Gingerbread Time. Stories, activities and cookie decorating. Ages 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Time for Twos. Romping, stomping dinosaurs. Stories, songs and fingerplays. Ages 24-35 months with adult. 11 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 10

<cal2>The Christmas Revels. Dec. 3, 5, 10 and 12, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Set in an ancient time, the 22nd Christmas Revels is a midwinter's tale of the King and the Fool, sparkling with the music of Hildegard von Bingen, featuring Washington favorite Mark Jaster as the fool. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $38, $25, $18; youths 18 and under, $20, $15, $12. Tickets are on sale at the Lisner box office and at Tickets.com, 703-218-6500. For discount information, call 301-523-9038, or visit www.revelsdc.org.

McLean NARFE Chapter 489 will have its Annual Holiday Luncheon this year at the Culinary Institute of Stratford University, 7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, on Friday, Dec. 17. Attendees and their guests should arrive at 10:45 a.m. for the prompt 11 a.m. starting time. Installation of 2005 officers will follow the meal. The cost is $15.75 per person, payable by Dec. 10. Contact 703-560-8648 for instructions where to send a check with an SASE.

The Lunch Pack. Bring your lunch and listen to stories. Ages 2-6 with adult. 12:30 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Country Christmas. Enjoy an old-fashioned evening of family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site's Country Christmas, 3-6 p.m. Visit Santa in the Mill and peek at antique toys under the country Victorian Christmas tree. Activities including crafts, caroling and roasting marshmallows, abound. Shop in the unhurried atmosphere of the 19th-century Colvin Run General Store. Admission is $4 for those over age 3. For information, call 703-759-2771. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run will host a holiday open house at its GateHouse gift shop on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum and gift shop are located at 6310 Georgetown Pike in McLean. The holiday open house will showcase the newly expanded GateHouse and a variety of unique and affordable period merchandise. Carolers will provide entertainment, and light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Ugly. 2-2:30 p.m. Learn about the vultures soaring over Great Falls Park. Meet a park ranger at the Visitor Center. The program is free; reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

The Holly Follies. Visit the North Pole with Carousel Puppets. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dolley Madison Library. All ages. 11 a.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Toddle on Over! Stories and activities. Ages 15-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. To register, call 703-757-8560.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Kaleidoscope Theatre Company presents a play based on the book. Ages 6-12. 11 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. hosts an open house, 1-5 p.m., in the historic Washington & Old Dominion Railroad station, 231 Dominion Road in downtown Vienna. Come and see the action on Northern VirginiaÕs largest fixed operating HO scale model railroad. Featuring digital control, sound and smoke. Free admission; however, donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Additional information and directions can be obtained at www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

"A Child's Christmas," a concert by the Fairfax Choral Society Youth Choruses, is performed Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. $10 general admission; visit www.tickets.com or call 703-218-6500.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 12

<cal2>"An Italian Renaissance Christmas," performed by Chantry and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble. performs its program, "Lincoln Portrait," 3 p.m., at Saint Luke Catholic Church, McLean. Tickets are $25. Call 202-625-2855 or visit www.earlymusic.net/WCSE.

The Christmas Revels. Dec. 3, 5, 10 and 12, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Sts. N.W., Washington, D.C., near the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Set in an ancient time, the 22nd Christmas Revels is a midwinter's tale of the King and the Fool, sparkling with the music of Hildegard von Bingen, featuring Washington favorite Mark Jaster as the fool. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $38, $25, $18; youths 18 and under, $20, $15, $12. Tickets are on sale at the Lisner box office and at Tickets.com, 703-218-6500. For discount information, call 301-523-9038, or visit www.revelsdc.org.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

Build a River. 2-3 p.m. Curious about the river's currents? Build a clay river at Great Falls Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. The program is free; reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Sweet Dreams. Bedtime stories and activities. Come in PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. All ages. 7:30 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Preschool Storytime. Share stories, songs and fun. Ages 1-5 with adult. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 14

<cal2Mothers First of Vienna/McLean is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms night out, and lectures. December's meeting is December 14th from 10:15 - noon at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Avenue, Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.