<cal2>More than 400 artists and craftsmen from 27 states will fill the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly with thousands of their original concepts and creations, Oct. 15-17, with the return of the Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival.
The event will showcase contemporary and traditional treatments of handthrown pottery, custom made jewelry, wood turning, fine art, decorative metalwork, leathercraft, basketry, toys, folk art, sculpture, photography, stitchery, furniture, musical instruments, ornaments, blown glass and virtually anything that can be conceived by a creative mind and fashioned by skilled hands.
Hours are Friday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission will be $7 for adults and $1 for ages six through 12, with same day free return and free parking. Visit www.CraftShow.com or by calling Gilmore Enterprises, toll-free, at 1-888-96-CRAFT or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Swing dances are held Friday nights at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (corner of Route 28 and McClearen). All dances include a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. and then the bands play three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. All for $12 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com. Hosted by Sue and Gary Caley email@example.com All dances are in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton.
* Oct. 15 — Daryl Davis Band and special one-year anniversary at the Dulles Hilton.
* Oct. 22 — Wolf, Cocuzzi and Maher.
* Oct. 29 — Jokers Wild. A howling Halloween bash with dance contest for those in costume.
* Nov. 5 — Rockin' Bones.
* Nov. 12 — Jimmy & Blue Dogs.
* Nov. 19 — The Sevilles.
* Nov. 26 — Lush Life.
* Dec. 3 — The Grandsons.
* Dec. 10 — No dance.
* Dec. 17 — Daryl Davis Band. Winter Holiday dance.
<cal2>A Child ID Finger Printing program will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Sully Station II Community Center, 5501 Sully Park Drive, Centreville. For children ages 18 months to 17 years. RSVP by Oct. 14 to reserve a space. Call or e-mail to register: 703-815-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>It’s time for the “4th Annual Teen Night” at Fair Oaks Mall. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m. in the Grand Court. “Sight Unseen,” made up of Annandale High School students and winner of the 2004 Fair Oaks Battle of the Bands, will headline with a performance at 6 p.m. A fashion show will follow and feature all the trendy new styles from popular teen stores such as Hot Topic, Free Styles, Express, Benetton and much more. Hot 99.5 DJ, Julian, will be on hand to host the show, play music and give away prizes.
<cal2>A Baseball and Sports Card Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tysons Corner Holiday Inn, 1960 Chain Bridge Road (Route 123). Admission is $3. Dealers with vintage and new "Hot" sports cards, autographed material and sports memorabilia and a selection of nonsports cards too. Special autograph guests are Washington Redskins stars of the past: Billy Kilmer (noon-1 p.m.) and Chris Hanburger (noon-1:30 p.m.) Call 301-990-4929.
<cal2>More than 20 Girl Scout troops from Northern Virginia are selling all types of handmade crafts, baked goods, used books and toys, etc. from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax. There will also be activities for children such as face painting, hair braiding, and weables. Crafts include: jewelry, knitted and crocheted scarves, fleece blankets, handpainted Christmas ornaments, decoupage candles, and more!
<cal2>The aircraft that stopped Hitler and the heroes who flew them will be part of a special "Tribute to America's Greatest Generation" during the 6th annual Festival of Freedom on Oct. 16-17 at Manassas Regional Airport, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. The Collings Foundation "Wings of Freedom" tour, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Billy Mitchell Bomber and B-24 Liberator, will be among an array of vintage "war birds" that will participate in the festival at the Freedom Museum, located in the airport's main terminal. The 6th Annual Festival of Freedom will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Donations of $10 per adult and $6 for children under 10 are requested (infants free).
<cal2>A flu shot clinic will be held Sunday, Oct. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the Little Rocky Run Rec Center #2, located at 6201 Sandstone Way in Clifton. Cost is $17/adult payable in cash or check. The clinic is sponsored by Damon Nicholas, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and the Little Rocky Run Homeowner's Association. Refreshments will be served.
<cal2>A gourmet gospel brunch featuring Out of Eden with special guest Anthony Evans will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Tickets are $34.99, which includes the brunch buffet and live music. The brunch includes slow-roasted steamship round of beef, grilled salmon filet in a red peppered basil cream sauce and three egg cheddar cheese omelets. To purchase tickets, call 1-877-793-9500 or visit www.melangepresents.com.
<cal2>Wild Birds Unlimited, located in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center at 13950 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Chantilly, 703-961-0198, will host three educational events during the month of October. They are as follows:
* Birdfeeding for Kids, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. Children will make an edible bird feeder while discussing and identifying local birds. Reservations required for adequate supplies.
<cal2>Watch a short film on five-lined skinks (a reptile) and then assist a naturalist with a reptile survey on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 9:30-11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Head out into the outback of E.C. Lawrence Park searching, capturing, identifying and releasing reptiles. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native species. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>Visit the Walney apple orchard and do a little weeding around the trees on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Learn about the importance of apples at Walney farm. Prepare some apples by peeling and coring, zap them in the microwave and then enjoy applesauce! Reservation required. Cost is $3. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>New Mothers Luncheons are held every Monday 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 Mondays 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 703-273-5593 or e-mail email@example.com.
* Monday, Oct. 18 — “Traveling with a Baby,” Rochelle Goldberg.
* Monday, Oct. 25 — “How to Take Great Pictures of Your Kids,” Johanna Waisley, Simply Create Photography.
* Monday, Nov. 1 —"Great books for babies and parents,” Sheilah Egan, A Likely Story Bookstore.
* Monday, Nov. 8 — “Simplify and organize your life and your home,” Jill Peterson, Owner of Simplify! Organizing.
* Monday, Nov. 15 — “I know I am a mom – but who am I?” by Lisa Lyons.
* Monday, Nov. 22 — To be announced.
* Monday, Nov. 29 — No lunch. Happy Thanksgiving.
<cal2>Jacquie Lambertson of Noodles & Noggins in Clifton offers a story time with more for children. Enjoy some great books ... do a fun craft ... have fun! Toddler Time is for ages 1-6; cost is $5 supply fee per child; from 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Call 703-815-8600 for reservations or stop by the store.
* Tuesday, Oct. 19 — Pumpkin Patch Day. Put on your costumes and come on out for Noodles & Noggins’ Pumpkin Patch celebration! Meet regional storyteller Gary Lloyd who mesmerizes with “just-a-little-bit” scary stories and tales! Do a fun craft ... sing some scary songs! RSVP required. Call the store at 703-815-8600 to sign up. ($5 supply fee per child).
* Tuesday, Oct. 26 — Hippity Potamus & Blackety Bird. Have some “hippo & bird” story time fun and welcome Jim Evans and Walt Blackwell reading and signing their latest work, "Hippity Potamus & Blackety Bird." RSVP required. Call the store at 703-815-8600 to sign up. ($5 supply fee/child).
<cal2>Join members of the community on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m., for Conversation Cafe, a lively, hosted, drop-in conversation group that will make your cup of joe a little more interesting. The group discusses everything from everyday feelings and thoughts to actions as a society in this complex, changing world. Topic of the week: "Is it under-employment or over-education?" Location: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna (in the Glyndon Shopping Center between Safeway and Outback). Call 703-554-9595 or visit www.conversationcafe.org.
<cal2>Celebrate National Business Women's Week with business and professional women of Northern Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at Cabell's Mill in E.C. Lawrence Park, Centreville. Guest speakers are Marsha Clark and Dottie Gandy, co-authors of 'Choose! The Role that Choice Plays in Shaping Women's Lives.'? Both ladies will be available to sign books. Wine Tasting with finewines.com, a woman-owned business, will demystify the secrets of wine tasting and provide a selection from the wonderful world of wines to taste. Registration is $30 before Oct. 15; $45 after Oct. 15. Make check payable to BPW of Northern Virginia and mail it to: Pam Mossburg, 233 Meadows Lane NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. Send questions to: NRegionBPWVA@aol.com or call Debi Kabir at 703-733-3073.
<cal2>Mothers First — Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women that 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. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 21 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
<cal2>Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will hold its 11th annual scholarship fund-raiser on Friday, Oct. 22. This year's event is an elegant New Orleans-Style Masquerade Ball at the Waterford at Fair Oaks, which is located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Events begin at 8 p.m. with a gracious welcome, followed by the silent auction viewing, dinner, and a fulfilled auction. The evening will conclude with live music and dancing. For reservation to this black-tie event, call Joyce Green at 703-644-4483 or visit the Web site at www.fcac-dst.org.
<cal2>Come experience recent works of art by local artists Elaine Florimonte, Krister Killinger, Rory Marcaccio Schaffer, Pat Washburn, and Pam Young. The show will be open Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. A donation to the railroad museum is encouraged for admission. An opening reception will be held Friday evening from 6-10 p.m. The show will be open Saturday from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 703-994-9329 or email Artsgr8@aol.com.
<cal2>The Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library are sponsoring a Used Book Sale Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24. The library is located at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. All ages. Call 703-502-3883.
<cal2>A Civil War Van Tour — Fire in the Valley will take place Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Follow the trail of Jubal Early's army from Leesburg to Cedar Creek as they fought detached commands and Phil Sheridan's army in the Shenandoah Valley from July through October of 1864. Discuss the burning of the Valley, John S. Mosby, Blazer's Scouts and more. Prepayment required by Oct. 9. Cost is $15. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax will present a Fall Dance Concert at The Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike NOVA, Annandale Campus, on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Featured ballets will be "The Wedding Scene" from "Snow White," "Twilight Dances" and "Slavic Symphony." A new modern piece, "Human" will be performed, along with the tap and jazz selections. Flamenco artist Estela Velez will also perform with The Ensemble. Tickets are available at the door, $12/adults, $11/students, $10/children and seniors, or at The Center for Ballet Arts, 11215 H Lee Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-273-5344.
<cal2>The "Friends of the Occoquan" organization is hosting its annual Fall Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The event will take place at four sites in Northern Virginia, including Clifton and Fairfax Station. For more information, and the specific locations, visit FriendsoftheOccoquan.org, or call 703-624-7124.
<cal2>A War of 1812 Muster will take place Saturday, Oct. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. At Sully's muster, drill with troops and learn about early military life, including the role of African Americans. Dance and play outdoor games and see what picnic foods are being prepared in the open hearth kitchen. Rain or shine. House tour included. $6/adult, $4/senior and child. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Tour the military camps and the home of Richard Bland Lee by lantern light on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Join with Ships Company Chanteymen in singing popular tunes of the day and take part in period gaming. Cost is $6/adult, $4/senior & child; combination ticket for both day (Muster) and evening programs (Lantern Tours): $8/adult, $6/senior and child. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Visit the apple orchard and learn about the importance of apples at Walney farm on Monday, Oct. 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Prepare some apples by peeling and coring, zap them in the microwave and then enjoy applesauce! Reservation required. Cost is $3. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>The Assistance League of Northern Virginia will hold a multi-town membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 25 from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a chapter of National Assistance League, a nonprofit, nonsectarian, volunteer service organization that promotes volunteerism through leadership training and education in 25 states. Contact Debbie Kiessling, membership chairman, at 703-758-1085; or Cindy Burgess, president, at 703-758-8454. Or go to www.assistanceleague.org.
<cal2>The topic: Everyone's Unique — Coming Out Journeys — An Introduction to the Celebrations, Struggles and Personal Truths of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax City.
Come hear personal stories and ask the questions you've been wondering: Why is it important to "come out?" What happens to the relationships between parents and their children? How can you have a relationship with God and be gay? Why is legal protection important? What protections are possible in Virginia? What is the difference between gay and transgender? How does this affect me?
This free, public town hall meeting is sponsored by Equality Fairfax, Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, Wellspring United Church of Christ and Equality Virginia, all organizations seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-255-1552.
<cal2>Join members of the community for Conversation Cafe, a lively, hosted, drop-in conversation group that will make your cup of joe a little more interesting on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. The group discusses everything from everyday feelings and thoughts to actions as a society. Topic of the week: "Why do you eat what you eat?" Location: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna (in the Glyndon Shopping Center between Safeway and Outback. Call 703-554-9595 or visit www.conversationcafe.org.
<cal2>A seminar on the five-step estate plan will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Chantilly Regional Library. Learn the basics of placing a value on your estate; choosing your executors, trustees and guardians; preparation of wills and trusts; following through and keeping your plan up-to-date. Presented as a public service by Childhelp USA. To register, call 703-267-6100.
<cal2>The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) has devised a method to answer questions such as: Confused about who makes 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?
The LWVFA presents “More Power to You,” an overview of how local government works and relates to Virginia state government. Four sessions are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center.
* Oct. 27 — Functions of the Fairfax County School Board.
Each class will have a guest speaker representing aspects of county government. The fee for the four two-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 can be arranged by calling 703-227-2231.
<cal2>Halloween Hunt at Bull Run Regional Park — Paint a pumpkin, decorate trick-or-treat bags and gather up a mass of candy — that's the Halloween fun planned at Bull Run Regional Park's Pavilion near Centreville on Friday, Oct. 29, with check-in and crafts from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the candy hunt at 7 p.m. Children ages 2-9 should come in costumes and be ready to parade for a costume contest. The fee is $6 per child. Children may pose for spooky pictures for $2 each and a meal deal of slice of Papa John's pizza and a beverage will be available for $2. Reservations are required by Thursday, Oct. 28; call 703-631-0550, ext. 103 or email email@example.com. Space is limited.
<cal2>Centreville Baptist Church's semi-annual Community Clothing Giveaway will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. until noon at Centreville Baptist Church, 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville. In order to demonstrate the love of Christ, free clothing will be given to anyone in need in the community. Call the church at 703-830-3333.
<cal2>Franklin Farm Village Center merchants are hosting free trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 30 from noon until 2 p.m. Free trick-or-treat bags are available at Sears Appliance & Hardware and Shiang Yu restaurant while supplies last. Children can visit GNC for arts and crafts and temporary tattoos. Chevy Chase Bank will host a drawing for a $50 savings bond. From noon to 2 p.m. “Kids’ Scoops” are 99 cents at Baskin Robbins.
Franklin Farm Village Center is at the intersection of Franklin Farm Road and the Fairfax County Parkway in Herndon. The shopping center includes Giant Food and Sears Appliance & Hardware.
<cal2>The 17th annual Mall-O-Ween takes place on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, at Fair Oaks Mall. Thousands of young ghosts, goblins, clowns, and other costumed children will parade through the mall from 4-6 p.m. Children and parents are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the mall at participating retailers. Friendly over-sized costumed characters will stroll throughout, greeting children along the way. For more information, visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.
<cal2>Clifton Horse Society is sponsoring the CHS Costumed Great Pumpkin Ride on Oct. 31, at Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station. Call 703-222-8253 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
<cal2>Centreville Baptist Church is hosting a Mom and Loving It! concert by 2MOMS on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 7-9:30 p.m. at 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville. This event is for "moms who love it — and those who want to." 2MOMS (Laurie and Sharon) are wives, mothers, speakers, singers, and sisters who have been sharing their message of hope all across America. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call the church at 703-830-3333 for tickets.
<cal2>Mothers First – Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women that 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. November's meetings are Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
<cal2>The next meeting of the Lane’s Mill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, is Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. This month’s meeting will take place at a member’s home and feature a program on “Sharing Family History.” Light refreshments will be provided at 12:30 p.m. for visitors and chapter members. Contact Jennifer Smith at email@example.com for directions to the meeting.
<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 30 is having an open house program "Webelos in the Woods" on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 1-7 p.m. at the Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. This is an invitation for boys 6th-11th grades to come and see what the Boy Scout program is all about. Potential candidates will experience a fun-filled day of hands-on activities side by side with Boy Scouts. The day's activities include: first aid/ emergency preparedness, whittling chip, knots, tenting, fires, and orienteering. Dinner and a closing campfire will conclude the evening, for the guest. Advanced registration is required. Contact Scout Master Richard Nash at 703-830-9125. The group meets Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Centreville Presbyterian Church located at Route 28 and I-66.
<cal2>Washington's top calligraphers will be demonstrating the art of elegant writing at the Washington Calligraphers Guild's Holiday Calligrafest, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. View demonstrations of calligraphy, frame gilding and fabric painting and shop for unique art supplies, hand-lettered artwork and personalized ornaments. Admission $5 (under 12 free). See www.calligraphersguild.org for more information.
<cal1>SUNDAY, NOV. 7
<cal2>The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee will celebrate its 20th anniversary of supporting excellence in minority students in Fairfax County Public Schools with a Scholarship Support Banquet. The event is open to the public and will be held Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. The reception will start at 3 p.m., followed by the dinner/program from 4-7 p.m. The combined cost and donation to support the event is $50 per person. Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships and academic achievement awards for the children.
<cal2>A Fun Shoot: Partner Shoot Tournament will be held on Sunday, 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.
The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee will celebrate its 20th anniversary of supporting excellence in minority students in Fairfax County Public Schools with a Scholarship Support Banquet. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. The reception will start at 3 p.m. followed by a Dinner/Program from 4-7 p.m. The combined cost and donation to support the event is $50 per person. Proceeds will help provide scholarships and academic achievement awards for the children.
<cal2>The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will host speaker Paula Elsey, who will be discussing her book "Stone Ground: A History of Union Mills" on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 7:30-9 p.m. Ms. Elsey will cover the Union Mills area of southwestern Fairfax County and will address the people, history and events occurring in this area as well as how both armies used it during the Civil War. The forum meets at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Call 703-425-9225. Bring a friend with you to hear this topic of local interest. Donations greatly appreciated. Ms. Elsey's book will be available for sale.
<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.