<cal2>The Naomi Project, a free, confidential, interfaith program sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, needs volunteers who will be trained to serve as mentors to at-risk pregnant women and new mothers. Mentors provide positive reinforcement and encouragement, help clients learn about good health during pregnancy, locate needed information and services, model sound parenting skills, and support their clients as they plan for healthy, stable futures.
The next training session for volunteers is four Thursday evenings — April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 — at the Fairfax County Government Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Contact Pilar Jones at 703 860-2633 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.naomiproject.homestead.com.
Mothers First — Chantilly/Centreville 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' nights out and lectures. April's meetings are April 7 and 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.
Mothers First — Lecture on Developmental Delays and Early Intervention. Lecture is at 7:30 p.m. at George Mason Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Open to the public. Visit www.mothersfirst.org.
Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don. New weekly kids series. Sing, dance, watch trains and have loads of fun with Mister Don. 3-4 p.m. each Thursday outdoors at Noodles & Noggins, 7145 Main St., Clifton, or in the Town Meeting Hall if it rains. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call the store for more information at 703-815-8600.
<cal2>The Accessibility Summit 2005, presented by Access Ministry, McLean Bible Church will be held Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. This sixth-annual conference for the Washington, D.C., area disability community brings together families and caregivers of those affected by disabilities, as well as faith-based organizations, professionals, community resource organizations and government agencies. Visit access.mcleanbible.org, or contact Jan Sanders today at 703-770-2938.
<cal2>The 25th Annual Fairfax Salvation Army Women's Fashion Show/Luncheon will be held at Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. A silent auction will also be held. Noelle Szkody, associate manager of Talbots at Fair Oaks, will coordinate the fashions for the show. Reservations must be made by March 22. Call Sylvia Laiti at 703-830-8849, Megan McLane at 703-750-3568 or Pauline Mitchell at 703-533-8739.
Swing dances are held Friday nights in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). All dances include a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. and then the band plays three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. It's all for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.
* April 8: Rockin' Bones;
* April 15: Jokers Wild (April Birthday Dance);
* April 22: Lush Life;
* April 29: Dagmar & the Seductones;
* May 6: Joker's Wild;
* May 13 Rockin' Bones;
* May 20: Terence McArdle & Jumpin Tonight (May's Birthday Dance);
* May 27: The Sevilles (Sock Hop);
* June 3: Jimmy & Blue Dogs;
* June 10: Joker's Wild (Hawaiian Shirt Night ... Luau Theme);
* June 17: TBA (June's Birthday Dance);
* June 24: Bad Influence;
* July 1: July 4th celebration;
* July 8: Swing Command (16-piece big band!);
* July 15: Big 4 Combo;
* July 22: TBA (July's Birthday Dance);
* July 29: Terence McArdle & Jumpin Tonight;
* Aug. 5: Rockin' Bones;
* Aug. 12: Daryl Davis;
* Aug. 19: Lush Life (August's Birthday Dance);
* Aug. 26: The Sevilles (Sock Hop).
<cal2>Equality Fairfax Second Annual Spring Dinner and Dance. 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn — Tysons Corner/McLean. Evening features hors d'oeuvres with cash bar, sit-down dinner and dancing. Tickets: $35 members/$32 non-members. Dance-only tickets also available. Visit www.EqualityFairfax.org or call 703-255-1552. This event is being held in cooperation with Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Equality Fairfax is a not-for-profit, social and advocacy organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Fairfax County.
National Scrapbook Day Workshop. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Hall, third floor. This event is sponsored by Creative Memories, an international direct-selling company with headquarters in St. Cloud, Minn.
<cal2>Assistance League of Northern Virginia, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, will host its spring benefit, “Great Escapes,” featuring wine tasting, Northern Italian cuisine and a silent auction, to raise funds for Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs. Great Escapes will be held at Dante Ristorante, 1148 Walker Road, Great Falls, on Sunday, April 10 from 4-7 p.m. Wine tasting will be presented by The Wine Seller located in Herndon. Silent auction bidding will take place from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 703-860-0412 or 703-914-2882 by April 5. Information about chapters and National Assistance League is available at www.assistanceleague.org.
<cal2>Brookfield Swim Club Public Forum. 7 p.m. at Brookfield Elementary. The board will discuss the construction of the new clubhouse and poolhouse expansion. Architect's drawings on display. Refreshments. Membership available at www.brookfieldswimclub.org.
<cal2>Help Plan Centreville Day, Sept. 17, 2005! Join Centreville Day chairperson Sue Davis, and other volunteers on Wednesday, March 9, to plan Centreville Day. Centreville Day is an annual community event that includes entertainment, children's activities, a business and craft expo and food. Some 4,000 people of all ages enjoy the day. Held each September, it is organized by the Centreville Community Foundation and planned by volunteers who represent all aspects of the community. The planning committee will meet monthly in Chantilly at the Sully District Building (Police Station) on Stonecroft Boulevard, from 7-9 p.m. The planning committee meeting schedule is as follows: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 14. Contact Sue Davis, 703-327-4392 (work) or 571-213-7298 (cell).
The Women's Association of Northern Virginia will present a benefit Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring fashions by Draper's and Damon's at 11:30 a.m. at the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway, Chantilly. The cost is $30 per person with the proceeds going to Fisher House Foundation. Reservations are required by April 6. For more information or reservations, call Helen Gesiotto at 703-978-8757 or Martha Fitzpatrick at 703-644-7625.
Story Time. Story time plus more from Noodles & Noggins. Books, crafts, activities — no sitting still. Every Wednesday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. For ages 1-6 years. Suggested contribution per child to cover supplies. Reservations requested. Call the store at 703-815-8600 for details. April schedule:
* April 6: Frogs
* April 13: Dogs
* April 20: Read Me Something to Eat
* April 27: Safety
<cal2>Craft Day. Knit and crochet with the staff of Noodles & Noggins, 7145 Main St., Clifton. 2-4 p.m. For ages 6 and up. Cost: $20/person (includes all supplies). Reservation required. Call the store at 703-815-8600.
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house 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, Virginia. Free; donations 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>The 37th annual Bull Run Bluebell Walk will be held at 2 p.m. View a spectacular display of Virginia bluebells, one of the east coast's largest array of these blossoms, along the one-and-a-half-mile Bluebell Trail at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Park is located at 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. Call 703-631-0550.
The Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club (MAARC) is holding its spring mini-meet on April 17 at the Sully Station Community Center. Tailgate/swapping activities start at 12 p.m. with a program scheduled at 2 p.m. Anyone is welcome to participate and there is no cost. Bring your old radios and transistor sets; appraisals are free. Visit www.maarc.org for further information or contact Geoff Shearer at 703-818-2686.
<cal2>The Western Fairfax Republican Women will meet at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, at 7 p.m. Ron Koch, Sully District Planning Commissioner will speak on district issues. Contact Lois Koch at 703-830-2802.
<cal2>Musical. The Manassas Presbyterian Church will present the musical production of "Godspell" on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. The church is located at 8201 Ashton Ave., Manassas and tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under. For an additional charge, dinner will be available on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. Call 703-753-0065.
<cal2>The Town of Clifton has been selected for the site of the 72nd Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia: Home & Garden Tour, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five homes and gardens will be featured. Cost is $17 pre-tour; $20 day of tour. Send a self-addressed stamped, legal size envelope with check payable to The Garden Club of Fairfax, by April 13, to Mrs. George Whipple, 11508 Yates Ford Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Call 703-978-4130. Or visit www.VAGardenweek.org.
<cal2>A neighborhood yard sale to benefit Centreville's Fire Station 17 will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the station's parking lot, 5856 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Cost is $35 to rent a table and sell items. To rent space or for details, call 703-222-6049 after 5 p.m.
<cal2>The Eighth Annual Walk for Shea will be held Sunday, April 24, at 9 a.m. in Centreville's Virginia Run community. The daughter of Virginia Run's Larry and Megan Megale, Shea, 9 1/2, has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), a rare and terminal form of muscular dystrophy which has no cure. And the annual, 5K walk through the community will help raise money for research, in hopes that a cure might be found in time to save Shea's life and those of others like her.
The event begins at the Virginia Run Community Center, at Pleasant Valley Road and Wetherburn Court, off Route 29 in Centreville. It's held, rain or shine, and registration forms are available at the Web site, www.walkforshea.com. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 18; children under 2 are free; strollers and friendly dogs are welcome.
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<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Spring Used Book Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 12-3 p.m. There will be a wide assortment of children and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visual, textbook, and reference materials all at bargain prices. Call 703-502-3883.
<cal2>Backyard Gardeners Plant Swap & Sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ticonderoga Farms, 26175 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly. Door prizes, free plants being swapped, a variety of local vendors, and loads of fun, camaraderie, and information. If you don’t have plants to swap, bring any gardening-related item (books, etc.) or cookies, chocolates, etc. Free. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sylvia Setash at Ssetash@erols.com or at 703-203-7020.
Sully District Station Open House. Event will include Moon Bounces Police Vehicles, food, Police K-9s, Motorcycles, then SWAT Team, Face Painting and Child Fingerprinting. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Free.
<cal2>Space Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly. An educational initiative established by Lockheed Martin, Space Day uses space-related activities to inspire and prepare young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 1,400 local sixth-grade students will participate in this year’s daytime program at the Udvar-Hazy Center. In addition, a broadcast will be distributed to some 140,000 schools taking part nationwide.
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<cal2>Center for the Arts Pied Piper Theatre presents: "Seussical the Musical." Saturdays, May 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, May 8 and 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Osbourn Park High School, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas Tickets $7 in advance/$8 at the door/Group tickets also available. Call 703-330-ARTS.
<cal2>33rd Annual Troop 893 Boy Scout Sale. To be held in a new location, at the Chantilly Expo Center (North Hall) in Chantilly. Pickups are set for the following Saturdays: April 16 and 23, and May 7. Start clearing out those garages and attics and watch for the flyer handout in early April. The Troop's Web site is: http://www.troop893.org/flea.
<cal2>14th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Artwork by more than 190 of the nation’s finest painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers will be available for purchase. Added attractions are musical performances on the main stage, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations. Children of all ages can experiment with techniques in the acclaimed Children’s Art Tent. The festival is produced by and benefits the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a not-for-profit arts organization, and benefits their educational programming, including Art in the Schools. Admission is open to the public. Suggested donation is $5. Call 703-471-9242 or visit www.restonarts.org.
GRACE is calling for volunteers for the Fine Arts Festival. Volunteer Registration forms are available on the Festival pages of the GRACE Web site, www.restonarts.org, or from the GRACE gallery at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, in Reston Town Center. Call 703-471-9242 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Noodles and Noggins offers themed storytimes featuring crafts and music for children ages 1-6 every Wednesday from 10-11 am. The story times are held at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Reservation requested. $5 donation to cover supplies requested. Call the store at 703-815-8600.
The Glory Days Grill of Centreville will host a fund-raiser for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, donating 10 percent of SCAN guests’ bills to the organization. Guests must ask a server for a copy of their bill and then drop off or send to SCAN. It will be held now through April 30 on Monday–Thursday from 4 p.m. to close; and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to close. Visit SCAN’s Web site: www.scanva.org.
Tax preparation and filing assistance will be offered at the Centreville Regional Library. Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons' Tax-Aide program will help low and middle-income taxpayers, and people age 60 and older, file their taxes electronically. AARP will have tax counselors available at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Call 703-830-2223.
The Meals on Wheels program is in immediate need of volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the areas of Chantilly/Centreville. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon and ensuring that the meals are delivered to the clients, usually by 1 p.m. Drivers can choose to deliver meals weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or to substitute as needed. Call the Volunteer Intake Hotline at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186.
Ballroom Dance Classes. The Center for the Arts, 9415 Battle St., Manassas, offers Ballroom Dance lessons, which began on Feb. 3. Classes meet each Thursday from 7:30-8:30, until March 24. Couples, singles, beginners, and those needing a refresher course are all welcome. The cost is $90 for singles and $126 for couples. Call the Center for the Arts at 703-330-ARTS.
A Mindfulness Meditation Class will be held every Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at the Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main Street, Fairfax. Free. Contact ErikaKL@aol.com or call 703-864-2807.
Northern Virginia Bookcrossing Meetup. These book lovers like to keep their books busy by reading, releasing and tracking their books' adventures with others locally, nationally and internationally. Fun book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share your books and be a unique group with a different angle to book loving. Visit http://bookcrossing.meetup.com/72/.
Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting community-minded citizens from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The role of a CASA is to investigate a child's situation and to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child in court. All CASA Volunteers undergo training to prepare them for this role and no prior experience in child welfare is required. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity and upcoming orientation and training dates, visit www.casafairfax.org or contact CASA's development and recruitment associate at 703-273-3526 or email@example.com.
Red Hat Society — A chapter of the Red Hat Society is now in Centreville. Women age 50 and up wear red hats, purple outfits and kick up their heels. Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month, at 11 a.m., at the Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (inside Centreville Presbyterian Church, off Route 28 south, near the I-66 west exit). All area seniors are welcome to join or come for a visit. Call Mary Doerman, 703-968-7889; Scotti Brennan, 703-378-5206; or Sully Senior Center Director Carma Ryan, 703-322-4475.