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<cal1>Wednesday/ Dec. 7

<cal2>Holiday Wine Dinner from 6:30-10 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Call 703-442-4724.

Holiday trip to Strathmore Hall sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation Department will include a tour and tea. A charter bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. from Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. and return at 4:30 p.m. $45/residents and $56.25/non-residents. Includes transportation, refreshments and live music. Call 703-255-6360.

Great Falls Friends Holiday Breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Old Brogue Snuggery. Call 703-757-1719.

<cal1>Thursday/ Dec. 8

<cal2>The Newcomers Club of Vienna will meet at noon at Marco Polo Italian Restaurant in Vienna at noon. $17. The December meeting will feature holiday music and encourage visitors to donate to "Gifts For Hero's," an organization that collects items for those serving in Iraq. Newcomers are encouraged to come. Call 703-978-8572.

Educational Forum: Changing Face of Tysons Corner will be held at Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450 from 7:30-9 a.m. Learn about how the changes can impact your business. Free. RSVP to 703-790-0600.

<cal1>Friday/ Dec. 9

<cal2>"The Velveteen Rabbit" will play at the Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, at 7:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Holiday Cookie decorating for Vienna 6th graders will be held in Club Phoenix Teen Center at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., starting at 3:30 p.m. Cost is free and all of the materials will be provided. Call 703-255-6360 for more information.

Christmas Revels Concert will be performed at GW's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$40 and are available from www.tix.com or www.revelsdc.org. Twenty-five percent off of youth tickets.

2005 Law Enforcement Awards and Holiday Campain Kick-Off will be held at Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Dr., McLean, starting at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and there will be a continental breakfast and door prizes. Must RSVP by Dec. 5 by calling 703-893-0461 or e-mailing wrap@wrap.org. Visit www.wrap.org/events.html for more information.

Nancy Jemio and Machiko Shishido of McLean will display their crafts at the 18th Annual Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington. from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. General admission is $14, $13 seniors, children under 12 free. Visit www.craftsamericashows.com or call 202-249-3000.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 10

<cal2>Nancy Jemio and Machiko Shishido of McLean will display their crafts at the 18th Annual Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington. from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. General admission is $14, $13 seniors, children under 12 free. Visit www.craftsamericashows.com or call 202-249-3000.

Regino Madrid, a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra, will play "A Winter's Tale" with the McLean Orchestra at 8 p.m. at Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Road in McLean. He will perform the solo violin part in "Winter" from Vivaldi's concerto The Four Seasons.$23 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 & under. To purchase tickets, call 703-797-5751 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

This season McLean Orchestra is taking A Novel Approach. Bring new or gently used children's books to the Dec. 10 concert and give local children a chance to read and succeed. Toys for Tots are also being accepted. Bring a donation and receive a two-for-one coupon good at a future concert.

The Fairfax Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert features special guest host Doug Hill, meteorologist of WJLA-TV, and The Reston Chorale. The program includes the premiere of newly-commissioned piece by Dan Gawthrop, as well as seasonal favorites and a Christmas carol sing-along. At 4 p.m. at Concert Hall of George Mason University Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets at 703-218-6500 or www.tickets.com. Group discounts available, as are Flex Passes and half-price tickets for public school, parochial, home-schooled, and college students, teachers, military personnel and dependents, firefighters, police, and EMT personnel. Call 703-827-0600 for details. For directions, program notes, or information about programs and activities, visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Country Christmas at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls from 3-6 p.m. Visit Santa in the mill and peek at antique toys under the country Victorian Christmas tree. Shop in the unhurried atmosphere of the general store for unique gifts while partaking in crafts, caroling and roasting marshmallows. $4 ages 3 and up. Call 703-759-2771.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm will hold a holliday open house at the GateHouse Shop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hot mulled cider, butter cake and ginger cookies, an open bonfire and traditional Christmas music along with a selection of Christmas gifts to purchase. Check www.1771.org or call 703-442-7557.

The Gift, a Christmas concert, presented by the Vienna Choral Society will be held at the Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd., S.W., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/adult ($12 advance), $12/students and seniors ($10 advance), $25 family ticket. Call 703-255-5508 with any questions.

Book signing by Don Chernoff of Vienna will be held at Wild Bird Center, 2934 Chain Bridge Road., Oakton from 12-3 p.m. He is the author/photographer of "Wild Washington:Amazing Wildlife in and Around Our Nation's Capital." Call 703-938-5788.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, will be performed at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. Tickets are $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticetmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Try-It Totally: Eco-Explorer is held at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria from 9-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore ecology and discover what animals and plants need to survive. Call 703-642-5173 to register. $10 prepayment required.

Family Holiday Craft Day for families will be at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, from 10-11:30 a.m. Fashion crafts and ornaments using nature items. Reservations and advance payment required. $10/family. Call 703-759-9018.

Country Christmas at Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned evening of family holiday fun with caroling, roasting marshmallows and crafts. Call 703-759-2771. Cost $4.

<cal1>Sunday/ Dec. 11

<cal2>Nancy Jemio and Machiko Shishido of McLean will display their crafts at the 18th Annual Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington. from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. General admission is $14, $13 seniors, children under 12 free. Visit www.craftsamericashows.com or call 202-249-3000.

The Palestrina Choir, under the direction of Michael Harrison, will give a concert of German Advent music, featuring works of Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, and Brahms, at 4 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia. All tickets $25. Call 703-519-1961.

Advent Music Concert at St. Luke's Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, with the Palestrina Choir at 4 p.m. $25. Call 703-356-0670.

The Vienna Community Band will perform a family concert at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. The free concert will last approximately one hour and will feature sounds of the season for all ages. Mayor Seeman of Vienna will be featured as our guest narrator. Contact Patricia O'Keefe at 703-281-4077 or visit www.viennaband.org.

Holiday Concert Trip sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Dept. to see the U.S. Army Band. A charter bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. and return at 6 p.m. Cost is $15/residents and $18.75/non-residents for transportation. Tickets are free. Call 703-255-6360.

Celebrate the birth of Christ at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, beginning at 11 a.m. It is the annual Creche Play. For more information visit www.redeemer-mclean.org or call 703-356-3346.

Join Dr. William V. Frame for a discussion on "The Two Worlds of John and Jesus" at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, starting at 9:45. Public invited. Call 703-356-3346 with any questions.

"Theocracy: The Path America Rejected (So Far)" at 11 a.m. at 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. Many of the Europeans who settled in America were fleeing religious persecution, yet began their life on the new continent by establishing their own religion as the only legitimate choice. Jone Johnson Lewis will talk about what we've inherited from both those initial theocratic impulses, the rejection of theocracy, and the current attempts that some interpret as trying to reestablish a theocracy. Free. Visit www.noves.org, or call 703-437-3161.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, will be performed at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. Tickets are $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticetmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Dr. Michael Good will discuss "The Search for Magor Plagge" at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, starting at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome. A discussion will follow. Call 703-356-3346 or check www.redeemer-mclean.org. Free and for everyone.

<cal1>Monday/ Dec. 12

<cal2>Make a Santa jar in a two-hour workshop at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. from 5-7 p.m. The fee is $30/residents and $37.50/non-residents plus a $12 materials fee. Call 703-255-6360 with any questions.

Estate Planning for normal people will be presented from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Attorney David Hoffman will discuss probate for the poor, simple wills and trusts, property rights of husbands and wives and dealing with bratty kids. Free. Call 703-255-6360.

Animal Ornaments at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Rd., Great Falls. Children ages 6-12 can use items found in nature to create holiday ornaments from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Reservations and advance payment required. $5. Call 703-759-9018.

<cal1>Tuesday/ Dec. 13

<cal2>The McLean Unit of the Fairfax League of Women Voters will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The discussion topic will be Program Planning 2006-2008 for the Fairfax and National League. The community is welcome. Call Anne at 703-448-6626 for further information.

<cal1>Wednesday/ Dec. 14

<cal2>"Music in McLean," a concert conducted by Cheryl Branham with soloists, orchestra, harpsichord and organ at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Free. Call 703-356-0670.

McLean Community Center's Governing Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. This is the combined Nov.-Dec. meeting. Those wishing to speak should call 703-790-0123 to be put on the schedule.

Task Force meeting will be held at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston starting at 7 p.m. This meeting will review the planning process of Hunter Mill Road. For information call Lindsay Mason at 703-324-1379 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/huntermill.

Holiday Open House at McLean Governmental Center Community Room, 1437 Balls Hill Rd. from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Canned goods and new unwrapped children's books and toys for those less fortunate will be accepted.

<cal1>Thursday/ Dec. 15

<cal2>Rabbi Jack Moline will speak on Judaism Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. as part of an interfaith lecutre series at Church of the Holy Comforter Episcopal, 543 Beulah Road in Vienna. Rabbi Jack Moline has been a Rabbi since 1987 at northern Virginia’s Agudas Achim congregation, and before entering seminary was Director of Youth Activities for the Seaboard Region of United Synagogue and interim director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Virginia. Active in interfaith groups, Rabbi Moline has served as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and on the board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Call 703-938-6521.

Vienna's "Virginia 2007 Community Committee" will meet at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Ave., W., at 2 p.m. All interested residents, businesses and community organizations are invited to participate. Committee is also seeking old photos of Vienna. Call 703-560-6631 or visit www.va2007-vienna.org for more information.

Feed the birds at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria from 2-3:30 p.m. Make your own binoculars to watch winter birds. Children 3-5. Cost $5. Call 703-642-5173.

CanSurvive is a patient-led, drop-in, lunchtime, general cancer support group for those dealing with any type of cancer. From 12-1:30 p.m. at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Rm 1B. Call 301-610-9146 or visit www.can-survive.net. Free.

Orientation for host families will be held at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. This orientation is for prospective host families of orphans who will come overseas from Russia, Columbia and Kazakhstan to participate in a day camp and live in the US with a host family. This orientation goes from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 202-237-SAVE or visit www.kidsave.org.

<cal1>Friday/ Dec, 16

<cal2>Special event at Club Phoenix will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., for Vienna area middle school students. Cost is $2/person. Features a DJ who will play music, contests and Mexican food. Call 703-255-6360.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. Tickets are $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticetmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Saturday/ Dec. 17

<cal2>An opera in one act by Gian-Carlo Menott at 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703- 356-3346 or visit www.redeemermclean.org.

Holiday trip to Hershey Park. A charter bus will leave at 12 p.m. from Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., and return around 9 p.m. See the holiday lights on Candy Lane, the 50-foot tall Kissmas Tree and Chocolate World. Cost is $42/resident and $52/non-resident - includes transportation and admission to most rides and shows. Call 703-255-6360.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, will be performed at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. Tickets are $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticetmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Feed the birds at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria from 2-3:30 p.m. Make your own binoculars to watch winter birds. Children 3-5. Cost $5. Call 703-642-5173.

<cal1>Sunday/ Dec. 18

<cal2>"The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, will be performed at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This performance presents a musical adaptation of the story by Margery Williams. Tickets are $10/non-resident and $8/resident. Tickets can be purchased from the box office, ticetmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. For more information call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Harold Hofstad will discuss "Orthodoxy and Pietism: The Post-Reformation Lutheran Synthesis" at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, starting at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome. A discussion will follow. Call 703-356-3346 or check www.redeemer-mclean.org. Free and for everyone.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 21

<cal2>Elisabeth Von Trapp: A Joyous Holiday Celebration. Granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the renowned Trapp Family Singers. Her holiday program includes timeless ballads, Austrian, English and French carols and other traditional holiday music. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $22, $18 for McLean district residents and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Friday/ Dec. 30

<cal2>An opera in one act by Gian-Carlo Menott at 7:30 p.m., at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street, NE, Vienna. Call 703-938-9050 or visit www.viennapres.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 31

<cal2>OFTC Family Days. The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC), a satellite program of the McLean Community Center, is opening its doors to area families on selected Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy pool tables, ping-pong and other games; a large-screen TV with computer games; a computer room with Internet access; and musical instruments. Center staff show a G-rated movie at 1 p.m. Every family day features a special event for families, and prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. OFTC is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Road. Call 703-448-8336 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 6

<cal2>The Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and in other centers of power and prestige around the world. They then take a humorous look at serious issues while providing a laugh for millions. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $30, $26 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Chris Smither. Starting at 8 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $25. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 7

<cal2>The Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and in other centers of power and prestige around the world. They then take a humorous look at serious issues while providing a laugh for millions. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $30, $26 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Town Hall meeting with Delegate Steve Shannon will be held at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE, Vienna from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The discussion will focus on the upcoming 2006 General Assembly Session and all neighbors and constituents are invited. Call 703-281-5200 with any questions.

<cal1>Friday/ Jan. 13

<cal2>Steve Forbert at 8 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $20. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Friday/ Jan. 20

<cal2>Kennedy Center Chamber Players. They return to the Barns to perform works by Brahms, Poulenc and Beethoven. Starting at 8 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $30. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday/ Jan. 21

<cal2>John Jennings and Friends. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $20. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Sunday/ Jan. 22

<cal2>Capitol Steps, a musical political satire troup, will perform at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, at 7:30 p.m. The performance benefits the All-Night (substance-free) Graduation Party for the Langley Class of 2006. Tickets are $30. Contact Trudy Fleit at 703-406-0603 or tfleit@hotmail.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 25

<cal2>"Irish Stories and Glories" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Sandy Mortimer. Such Irish favorites as soda bread and corned beef will be on hand for audience members. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Friday, Jan. 27

<cal2>Cravin' Dogs. General admission. Celebrating their 20th anniversary of great rock-and-roll with songs from their latest album "Roadtrip." Starting at 8 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $16. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday, Jan. 28

<cal2>John Eaton: The Founding Fathers. Glorious music of Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. Includes selections from "Show Boat," "Blue Skies" and "Cheek to Cheek." Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Cost is $25. For more information call 877 – WOLFTRAP or visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 29

<cal2>The Washington Balalaika Society, formed in 1988, is now the largest orchestra of Russian folk instrumentalists in North America. The group endeavors to pattern its sound and repertoire after the great orchestras of Russia while at the same time continuing to explore new kinds of music. The instruments include domras, balalaikas, guslis, accordions/bayans, wind instruments and percussion. 3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $16, $12 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 3

<cal2>Intimo: An Evening of Flamenco. Edwin Aparicio, Anna Menendez and Carmela Greco present an evening of dance and music. The trio is accompanied by gifted singer Jesus Montoya and guitarist Richard Marlow. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $20, $16 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 10

<cal2>Gregory Popovich and his acclaimed troupe of cats, dogs, birds and other animals have entertained audiences all over the world. A former member of the Moscow Circus, Gregory is a world renowned juggler and acrobat. 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $18, $15 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 22

<cal2>"Along the Continental Divide" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Gale Worth. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 8

<cal2>"Sardinia, Italy’s Mediterranean Isle" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Steve McCurdy. Italian specialties are served free of charge. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 29

<cal2>"Vietnam: A Land of Surprises" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Buddy Hatton. Vietnamese cuisine is served free of charge. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Friday/March 31

<cal2>Mad Agnes. From simple a cappella to complex instrumentation (guitars, bass, mandolin, keyboard), the genre-bending Mad Agnes delights, incites and heals. The trio is made up of Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders. Special guest will be singer/songwriter Lisa Moscatiello. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $16, $12 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 12

<cal2>"Hello Louisiana!" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Monty Brown. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Saturday/April 29

<cal2>Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. This music and dance revue celebrates the world of percussive dance from traditional step dances of Ireland, England, South Africa, Canada and the American South to ham-boning, hoofing and early jazz tap. The influences of these traditions come together in original, innovative choreography. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $20, $16 for McLean district residents. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 3

<cal2>"Corsica and the Rivieras" is being shown as part of the Travel & Adventure Film Series at Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. Narrated in person by filmmaker Stan Walsh. Light refreshments from the region will be served. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for McLean district residents. The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-790-0123; TTY: 703-827-8255. Purchase tickets at the Alden Theatre Box Office, or contact TICKETMASTER at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

<cal1>Saturday/May 6

<cal2>Hesperus: The Robin Hood Project. Hesperus accompanies Douglas Fairbanks’ 1922 silent film, "Robin Hood," with a live, newly created score of medieval and Renaissance music. Tina Chancey has selected dances and ballads from the court of King Henry VIII and medieval estampies from Italy and France and woven them into a musical tapestry to complement the classic silent film. 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Tickets cost $16, $12 for McLean district residents and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or through TicketMaster at 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. For information call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.