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<cal1>THURSDAY/APRIL 21

<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.

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.

<cal1>April 22-24

<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 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.

<cal1>Friday/April 22

<cal2>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 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).

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, to Mrs. George Whipple, 11508 Yates Ford Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Call 703-978-4130. Or visit www.VAGardenweek.org.

Irish Big Band Ceili/Step Dancing. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall, corner of Main St. and University Drive, Fairfax City. The event kicks off with a step-dancing performance by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. The performance is followed by instruction in beginning step dancing, with audience participation, by Sean Culkin. The step dancing is followed by Irish Ceili and Set Dancing demonstrations by Branch members followed by instruction, with audience participation, led by instructor Marilyn Moore. The Bog Wanderers Ceili Band will provide the music. This event is free and open to the public. Call 703-978-8265

<cal1>Saturday/April 23

<cal2>Rachel's Tea Party. Supporting Teardrops to Rainbows, a nonprofit foundation supporting local oncology children and their families. The event is also in memory of Rachel Crossett, daughter of Meg and Jim Crossett of Centreville's Pleasant Hill community, who died of a neuroblastoma in July 2001 at age 6. The event will feature a fashion show by Talbot Kids, Bingo, dancing and games. 1-3 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville. Tickets: $20 Girl/$30.00 Family. Dressy attire with hats. Call Meg Crossett for tickets at 703-795-3340, or email MegLawless@cox.net.

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.

Scholarship Ball. The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter, will host their annual Black and Gold Scholarship Ball from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., at the Reston Hyatt Hotel. Seventy dollars per person donation is required. All profits support the scholarship fund. Contact Lawrence Davis at 703-830-0813.

<cal1>Sunday/April 24

<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. 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.

"Gardening with Native Plants" lecture and tour at Meadowlark Gardens, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. 2-5 p.m. Join Park Manager Keith Tomlinson for a tour of the gardens where he will talk about the many benefits of gardening with native plants, tips and techniques for helping them to thrive and advice on designing your garden. Visit www.meadowlarkgardens.org for an introduction to the park. Coffee and pastries will be provided, and a $10 donation is highly appreciated. The tour is limited to 25 people. RSVP to Whitney Butler at 703-354-5093 or wbutler@nvct.org. Meadowlark Gardens is located on Beulah Road between Route 7 and Route 123 in Vienna.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 27

<cal2>Legislators public meeting. Sully District Council will host a public meeting of Virginia legislators who represent citizens of Sully District. Sen. Kenneth Cuccinelli, and Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and Del. Tim Hugo, Gary Reese, Steve Shannon and Tom Rust will share important items from the 2004/2005 Virginia Legislative Session and how they affect Sully District. Question/answer period will follow. Meeting is 7:30 p.m. at the Sully District Government Center, the James Mc Donnell Room, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

<cal1>Thursday/April 28

<cal2>Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteer Informational Orientation Session. 7:30-9 p.m. at Fairfax CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200 , Fairfax. Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is offering an informational orientation session for those interested in learning more about how to be an advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Prospective volunteers are invited to meet current CASA volunteers and staff to learn about the Fairfax CASA program. Visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org, or contact our Recruitment Associate at 703-273-3526 or lmorley@casafairfax.org.

<cal1>Friday/April 29

<cal2>Ladies Bunko Night to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will be held at the Centre Ridge Community Clubhouse, intersection of Centrewood Dr. and Field Encampment (across from Sears Hardware). The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. until the last dice is rolled! Enjoy food, beverages, and great prizes. Cost is $20 to the MS Society. Call Astrid at 703-266-1225 to RSVP.

<cal1>April 29-May 1

<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.

<cal1>Saturday/April 30

<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. 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.

30th Anniversary Family Fun Festival. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Community College's Manassas Campus, 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas. The community is invited to a free Family Fun Festival on April 30 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.  Musical entertainment, moon bounce, face painting, games, balloons, community displays, picnic lunch, art shows, and more will delight attendees of all ages.  Everything, including lunch, is free and open to the public. Most of the activities will take place at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater and on the patio behind Howsmon Hall.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the first floor of Howsmon Hall. Free and open to the public. Call 703-257-6638.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 4

<cal2>Developing Mathematical Talent. Dana Johnson, author, winner of the Simon Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics, and instructor in the mathematics department and the school of education at the College of William and Mary will address some of the issues that face educators and families in the quest for appropriate experiences in mathematics for students K-12. Admission is free and open to all. 7:30 p.m. at Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna. Call 703-917-7960 or visit www.FCAG.org

<cal1>Thursday/May 5

<cal2>Space Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the 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. Visit www.nasm.si.edu/events/calendar.

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. May's meetings are May 5 and 19 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit

www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Friday/May 6

<cal2>Mothers First 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. May's meetings are May 6 and 27 from 10 a.m. until 11:45 am at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

Artists and merchants are coming together on Friday, May 6 from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate the arts in Historic Old Town Manassas for the seventh annual Spring Gallery Walk. Twelve venues have invited local artists to show and talk about their work. There will be paintings, pottery, sculpture, fine crafts and photography on display in Old Town Manassas. Call Louise Noakes at 703-624-5857 or email noakeslouise@yahoo or visit www.artbeatgallery.org.

<cal1>May 7, 8, 14, 15

<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.

<cal1>Saturday/May 7

<cal2>Clifton Clean-up Day will be held Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be planting flowers, cleaning up the bridge, painting, tidying and pruning. The meeting place is the red caboose. Call Jennifer Chesley at 703-830-2129 or Lynne Garvey Wark at 703-322-1811.

Free Kids' Planting and Craft Day at Cox Farms, Centreville Corner Market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children ages 4 and up can decorate their own pot and then plant it with something for mom to enjoy all summer long. RSVP by visiting the Centreville market or coxfarms.com.

DAR Meeting. The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. at the Centreville Library. A special program on Junior membership will be given. Prospective members are encouraged to email

jsmithtot@aol.com.

Bake sale to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Giant at the Centrewood Plaza in Centreville. Goodies include Kripsy Kreme donuts, home backed goods, and yummy Starbucks coffee. All proceeds benefit the MS Society — Closer to a Cure.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 10

<cal2>Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteer Informational Orientation Session. 7:30-9 p.m. at Fairfax CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is offering an informational orientation session for those interested in learning more about how to be an advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Prospective volunteers are invited to meet current CASA volunteers and staff to learn about the Fairfax CASA program. Visit the Web site at www.casafairfax.org, or contact our Recruitment Associate at 703-273-3526 or lmorley@casafairfax.org.

Mothers First Lecture. Topic is on fostering your toddler and preschooler's growth through music. Lecture is at 7:30 p.m. at SongCatchers, 100 N. Oak St., Falls Church. Open to the public. Visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 11

<cal2>Help Plan Centreville Day, to be held Sept. 17. 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: May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 14. Contact Sue Davis, 703-327-4392 (work) or 571-213-7298 (cell).

<cal1>Saturday/May 14

<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.

<cal1>Thursday/May 19

<cal2>The annual Clifton Community Woman's Club Homes Tour will be held Thursday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual fund-raiser benefits local scholarships and charities. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. Boutique open May 18, 6-8 p.m., and May 19, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Silent auction open May 18, 6-8 p.m., and May 19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Town Hall in Clifton. Ticket locations: In Clifton — Antiques of Clifton, Baskets and Boughs, Heart in Hand, Cottage Arts; Colonnade: Temptations Gifts. Reservations for lunch will be taken at the Heart in Hand and the Hermitage Inn. Contact: 703-803-1425.

<cal1>May 21-22

<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 volunteer@restonarts.org.

<cal1>Sunday/May 22

<cal2> Gourmet Dinner Gala and Silent Auction. 5–10 p.m. at Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly. Tickets on sale through May 10. $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10, cocktail attire. Contact: Adrienne Albers, 703-902-3157, albers_adrienne@bah.com

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction followed by Dinner prepared by internationally acclaimed Chefs Francesco Ricchi of Cesco Trattoria, Michel Richard of Citronelle, Giuseppe DiBenigno of Dante Ristorante, Roberto Donna of Galileo, Cesare Lanfranconi of Ristorante Tosca, Mark Lindquist of Lowes Island Club and Westfields Executive Chef Michael Sullivan. Entertainment by Jazz Greats Harold Mann, Ketter Betts, Michael Thomas, Jack Wolfe, Rick Whitehead and Wade Beach. Auction items include travel packages to wonderful destinations such as Hawaii, Dublin, Anguilla, Paris and London, tickets to sporting events including the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, week-end getaways, and much more.

<cal1>ONGOING

<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.

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 staff@casafairfax.org.

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.