<cal2>Fairfax Amnesty International, Fairfax branch, meets Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., at the Fair Lakes Barnes & Noble on Fair Lakes Drive. Members and friends will be able to sign letters to support human rights prisoners. There will be an update on Father Ly, a Roman Catholic who has spoken out for religious freedom in Vietnam. There will also be planning for special events during the year, including the Reston Multicultural Festival on Sept. 18. Visitors are welcome. Call 703-830-4194 for information, or write email@example.com.
<cal2>The Le Vian jewelry trunk show comes to Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry, at its Fair Lakes Shopping Center location, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Browse or purchase jewelry and enjoy special refreshments, courtesy of Jared. For information, visit www.jared.com.
<cal2>24th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will take place on the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The event is a showcase of fine art and contemporary crafts. There will be craft demonstrations in addition to specialty foods and entertainment. For more information, contact Elizabeth Weiss at 1-800-210-9900.
<cal1>Sept. 10-11, Oct. 1-2
<cal2>The Center for the Arts' Pied Piper Theatre is holding auditions for children ages 8-18. Actors, singers and dancers are needed for "The Little Mermaid" and "Sleeping Beauty."
* "The Little Mermaid" auditions are Sept. 10 and 11, for performances Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21.
* "Sleeping Beauty" auditions are Oct. 1 and 2 for performances on Jan. 15, 16, 22, 23.
Call 703-330-ARTS for an appointment.
<cal2>Creative Brush Studio/Gallery will be having an art exhibit featuring oil paintings by the students of Linda Parker. The exhibit takes place at the studio on Center Street, Sept. 10-25. A reception takes place Friday, Sept. 10, from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to come for light refreshments and to meet the artists. The featured artists are Linda Allred, Jessica Bolton, Pat Cava, Mary Exline, Katie Horiuchi, Nancy Knoerl and Beth Wright. Creative Brush Studio is located at 9082 Center St., Manassas. Business hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 703-335-8005.
<cal2>Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will hold its 12th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a Classic Car Show with awards to the top 20 cars, a craft show, breakfast and lunch, a bake sale, silent auction, Lions Club Sight and Hearing Van and more. For car show information, call Steve Dodson at 540-351-0886. There will be a craft show as well.
<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>"Fashioned into Quilts," 31st annual Sully quilt show, featuring the wares of more than 50 vendors, takes place Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Sully Historic Site. Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee and enjoy a special exhibit that includes antique quilts and features 18th and 19th century clothing loaned by local collector Mary Doering. The exhibit is on display through the end of September. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Fairfax Symphony German Band, String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet. Hayfield County Quilters has designed and pieces a door prize quilt, quilted by Kathryn Gray at the Finishing Touch with materials donated by Total Crafts in Burke. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Fairfax County Park Authority will be holding a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. to present proposals for the management and development of Ox Hill Battlefield Park and Union Mills/Confederate Fortifications Historic Site. The combined hearing will take place in Room 106/107 on the first floor of the Herrity Building at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Proposals for Ox Hill Battlefield Park include an information kiosk, interpretive signage, landscape treatments, two new monuments, new trails and new parking. The proposals for Union Mills include an earthworks treatment plan, new trails and parking. The public is invited to speak on these proposals, which can be viewed online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks. For more information, or to provide written or electronic comments, contact the Park Authority Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Noodles & Noggins' Story Time will host a concert series this month for ages 1-6. Sing, clap and tap along! The series features a different performer from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Historic Clifton. $5/child fee. Call the store at 703-815-8600.
* Sept. 13 — Banjo Man
* Sept. 27 — Oh Susannah
<cal2>"Dog Days of Summer” Happy Hour. Hinge, Total Strategy and Canine Caterers are sponsoring this dog-centric happy hour on Monday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Pavilion, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles. The cost is $30 for owners. Proceeds from this “yappy” happy hour for dogs and their owners will be donated to Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) (www.hart90.org). Reservations are required. Call 703-378-9655 or email email@example.com.
<cal2>Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax hosts Joni Hannah, director of tennis at Westwood Country Club and captain of the 2004 U.S. Young Cup Team for Women 40 and over, to speak on the topic “Women and Sports”. The event takes place Monday, Sept. 13, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25. For information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Monday, Sept. 13 — “Safety in and around Your House," Officer Liz Barrington, Fair Oaks Office of Public Safety;
* Monday, Sept. 20 — “Another Branch on the Family Tree — Learn How to Trace Your Roots," Adeena Mignogna, Genealogist;
* Monday, Sept. 27 — “Attachment,” Lisa Friedman;
* Monday, Oct. 4 — “Mudpies,” Location to be announced.
* Monday, Oct. 11 — “Toys! Toys! Toys!” Susie Waterstreet, Tree Top Toys;
* 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.
The NoVa Rainbow Freedom Chorus, an LGBT-and-allies chorus affiliated with Equality Fairfax, began its fall rehearsals on Aug. 30 from 7:15-9 p.m. Rehearsals will continue on Monday nights. The next rehearsal is Monday, Sept. 13 at Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, 10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to join this community chorus. For more information and to join, contact Jeremy McLeod by email at email@example.com.
<cal2>The Giving Circle of HOPE meets on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Reston Regional Library's Meeting Room. The meeting includes presentations by directors of FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services) and Reston Interfaith. The Giving Circle of HOPE is a philanthropic-service organization that provides funds and assistance to Northern Virginians in need. Giving Circle members combine time, talents and monetary resources to impact specific causes. First formed in January 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE is open to new members and can be reached through at www.givingcircleofhope.org.
<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.
* Sept. 15 — Activating Your Citizenship;
* Sept. 29 — Evolution and Powers of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors;
* Oct. 13 — Navigating Authorities, Commissions and Departments;
* 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>On Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7-8:30 p.m., join members of the community for Conversation Cafe, a lively, hosted, drop-in conversation group that to make that cup of coffee a little more interesting. Discuss everything from everyday feelings and thoughts to the actions of society. Topic of the week: "What changes have occurred in your life and your way of thinking about life because of Sept. 11?" Conversation Cafe takes place at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, in the Glyndon Shopping Center between Safeway and Outback Steakhouse. Call 703-554-9595 for more information or visit www.conversationcafe.org.
<cal2>The Broadway Gallery Art Showcase takes place Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Stop in to see works of art by a wide variety of artists, featuring many new collections. Works include originals on paper and canvas, serigraphs and etchings. Free. The gallery is located at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax; 703-273-3267.
<cal2>The Civil War encampments of the 1800s will come to life at Walney Visitor Center at E.C. Lawrence Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Experience Civil War camp life depicted by the 42nd Virginia and the 28th Massachusetts Infantry regiments. Gain a first-hand glimpse of the daily routine of the soldiers who once camped at Walney and in Centreville. Learn about the lives and diets of civilians during the war. The event is free. Call 703-631-0013. Walney Visitor Center is located at 5040 Walney Road in Chantilly.
<cal2>The Chantilly community of Greenbriar will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 25. Many of the 1,900 homes in the community will participate. Greenbriar is on Route 50 just west of the Fairfax County Parkway. The community is also accessible from Stringfellow Road at the intersections of Melville Lane, Poplar Tree Road and Point Pleasant Drive.
<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-5 p.m. Come and see the action on Northern Virginia's largest fixed operating "HO" scale model railroad. 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 WO&D Trail) in Vienna. Free admission. However, cash or check donations (at the door) are gratefully accepted. Additional information and directions can be obtained at www.nvmr.org‚ by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.
<cal2>“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.
<cal2>Slovaks of Slovak heritage, friends and neighbors, are invited to join members of the Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C., at its annual picnic to be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. The gathering place will be the home of Millie Schoepe and her husband Jim Evans at 12910 Westbrook Drive, Fairfax. Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 17 by calling Ann at 703-533-0088, or Millie at 703-830-3628. Members will be charged $6, non-members $8, children under 12 free. Persons with their last names starting with A-L are asked to bring a dessert. Those with last names starting with M-Z are asked to bring a side dish. If you have a special dish that has been passed down from the "old country," bring it along to share. Also bring your appetites for kolbasy (sausage), old world bread, and Slovak pastries.
<cal2>Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. Fairfax CASA will be presenting a volunteer orientation for prospective volunteers on Monday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30-9 p.m., at the CASA office located at 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. This event is for prospective volunteers to learn about the CASA program and to meet and talk with CASA volunteers who work with children. For more information or to learn how to speak up for a child, call 703-273-3526, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org.
<cal2>The GFWC-Western Fairfax County Woman's Club (formerly Greenbriar Woman's Club) has its first meeting of the new 2004-2005 club year Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Fairfax. This will be a new member social event. All women living in communities in the Western Fairfax County area are invited to come and learn about the club's involvement in service to the local community. Call Lee Conley, president, at 703-266-7032 or Barbara Cale, vice president, at 703-378-6009 for more information. R.S.V.P. appreciated.
<cal2>Fathers looking to spend more time with their children are invited to come and bring their children to an introductory meeting for the Y Adventure Guides (formerly known as the Y Indian Guides) on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at the YMCA Fairfax County Reston. The YMCA address is 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, across from Target near Fairfax County Parkway.
The meeting will last for about one hour and 15 minutes and will include the ceremonial opening and closing, a brief craft, game and refreshments. Mothers are welcome, too. The programs are for children from kindergarten through in grade 4, with additional programs for grades 5-8. Generally, groups known as "circles" meet once per month for an evening meeting and once per month for an outside activity such as camping, ice skating, bowling, etc.
For more information contact Bruce Hamilton at 703-378-9145 or visit www.yadventureguides-fairfax.org.
<cal2>On Wednesday Sept. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., join members of the community for Conversation Café, a lively, hosted, drop-in conversation group. Discuss everything from everyday feelings and thoughts to the actions of society. Topic of the week: "What's the state of marriage today?" Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, in the Glyndon Shopping Center between Safeway and Outback. Call 703-554-9595 for more information or visit www.conversationcafe.org.
<cal1>Sept. 23-Oct. 22
<cal2>The Big Apple Circus (BAC) is coming, Sept. 23- Oct. 22, to Dulles Town Center, bringing its art-inspired theme "Picturesque." The international cast of award-winning performers will be bringing the works of Renoir, Picasso, Calder and more to life through the use of sound and lighting. The BAC is a nonprofit that is able to provide free shows that entertain children with visual and hearing impairments through the use of special headsets.
<cal2>Remodeling and decorating ideas, inspiration and advice abound at Capital Home Show, Sept. 24-26, at the Dulles Expo Center. The Capital Home Show is the region's largest and most popular home show that provides local homeowners with new products, new ideas and expert advice. Highlights include appearances by Kia from Trading Spaces, Dr. Gadget, HGTV's Karl Lohnes, Annie Groer and Jura Koncius from the Washington Post/washingtonpost.com. Hours are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, 703-378-0910, www.dullesexpo.com. Admission is $9 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available during show hours. Discount coupons are available online at www.capitalhomeshow.com. For information, call 703-533-4848.
<cal2>The Navy Band performs at 7:30 p.m., at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Free.
<cal2>Join Russell Buddy Helm, author of "The Way of the Drum," for a drumming workshop on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7:30-10 p.m. It is a time of fun, rhythm and community. No drumming experience needed. There will be a few drums and percussion provided, but bring an extra drum. Any drum will do. Dessert and drinks provided. Cost is $35. For more information, call the church office at 703-263-7645 or visit www.unitylife.org. Universal Life Church is located at 14088-C Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly.
<cal2>Discover Market Vision and what the Web can do for your business. Attend a seminar Thursday, Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Market Vision Inc., 5268 Lyngate Court, in Burke. The cost is $55; pre-registration $40 before Sept. 1. Register online at www.mktvis.com or contact Eloise Lepesqueur at 703-425-4810, ext. 105.
<cal2>The Center for the Arts' Pied Piper Theatre is holding auditions for children ages 8-18. Actors, singers and dancers are needed for "Sleeping Beauty."
* "Sleeping Beauty" auditions are Oct. 1 and 2 for performances on Jan. 15, 16, 22, 23.
Call 703-330-ARTS for an appointment.
<cal2>The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will host a tour on Saturday, Oct. 2 of seldom seen Civil War sites in Prince William County. Stops include the 1st Military Railroad, Blackburn's Ford, Mayfield Fort, Confederate fortifications in and around the Manassas Museum, Jackson's famous Manassas Junction raid, the Canon Branch Fort, the Bristoe Station Battlefield, and more if time allows. Tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. from the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Via carpool. Cost $25/members, $30/non-members. All proceeds go to the museum. Bring money for lunch in Old Town Manassas. Call 703-425-9225.
<cal2>The Annual Fall Jubilee is a community-spirited, family-oriented event combining educational exhibits with interesting community and local information. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Historic Old Town Manassas. This year's Jubilee includes live music, Street Scenes featuring performances by local groups, and rides. The Washington Post’s KidsPost Corner will feature performances by children’s entertainers, an interactive robot, and other hands-on activities. More than 75 juried artists and crafters attend the event, providing a head start for holiday shoppers. The Tastefully Virginia section highlights vendors who offer regional foods such as Virginia food mixes, fresh baked breads, and Virginia wines. For more information, contact Maryanne Toal, Event Coordinator for Historic Manassas Inc., at 703-361-6599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>The Amish Quilt and Craft Sale takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center in the South Hall, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. The sale features a selection of over 250 quilts, over 500 wall hangings, pillows, dolls, art work, toys furniture, rugs, books and more from the Amish and other craftspeople from Lancaster County, Penn. Admission is free. Visit www.amishcountryquiltscrafts.com.
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:
* Backyard Birding, Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. Slide show and discussion of how to attract and provide habitat for birds in the back yard.
* Live Birds of Prey, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia will present an educational program exhibiting live owls, falcons and hawks.
* 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.
<cal1>SUNDAY, OCT. 3
<cal2>Battle of Bull Run Sporting Clay Tournament is taking place on Sunday, 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.
<cal2>Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. Fairfax CASA will be presenting a volunteer orientation for prospective volunteers on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30-9 p.m., at the CASA office located at 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. This event is for prospective volunteers to learn about the CASA program and to meet and talk with CASA volunteers who work with children. For more information or to learn how to speak up for a child, call 703-273-3526, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org.
<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. Call ages. Call 703-502-3883.
<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.
<cal1>SUNDAY, NOV. 7
<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.
<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.