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To have community events listed free in the Laurel Hill Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Jon Whiten at south@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks prior to the date of the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call 703-917-6422.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 22

<cal2>Concert. Everyone But Pete plays at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Book Group. Calling All Guys, a father-son book discussion group, is at 7:30 p.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. For ages 11-16 with adult. Call 703-978-5600.

Live Concert. Alowishious Farhatt performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 23

<cal2>Live Concert. Midnight Spaghetti performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Concert. Evick and Seven From Sunday play at 7:30 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 25

<cal2>Concert. Welbilt plays at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 27

<cal2>Film. A film will be shown at 2:30 p.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call for title, 703-339-7385.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 28

<cal2>Concert. Matt Waller and Andrew Gorski play at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Stories. Stories, activities and a craft about snow, for ages 2-5, are at 10:30 a.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Live Concert. Mercy Creek performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 29

<cal2>Concert. Everyone But Pete plays at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Stories. Stories and activities about family, for ages 2-5, are at 1 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Crafts. The Winter Break Craft Extravaganza, for ages 6-12, is at 2:30 p.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-7385.

Dog Tricks. Jordan, the Jack Russell terrier, a registered therapy and agility dog, teaches dog tricks at 2 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Live Concert. Alowishious Farhatt performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Concert. Running With Scissors, Baba G'nush and Avea Disaster play at 8:30 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $5 in advance, $3 with valid college ID. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 30

<cal2>Concert. Random Access plays at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Live Concert. Jah Works performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Concert. Localpalooza, featuring A Life Among Ghosts, Angle On, Scott Norris, and Dysphoria, is at 2:15 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 31

<cal2>First Fairfax. A free evening of fun for all ages to bring in the New Year is from 6 p.m.-12 a.m., in downtown Fairfax. Call 703-352-2787 or visit www.fairfaxva.gov/bicentennial.

Live Concert. M-3-B performs at Fat Tuesday's, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-5717 or visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 3

<cal2>Meet the Chief. Fairfax County Chief of Police Colonel Dave Rohrer speaks at the monthly meeting of the West Springfield Police District Citizens Advisory Committee, at 7:30 p.m., at 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield. The public is invited. Call 703-644-5026.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 4

<cal2>Lunchtime Stories. "Lunch Bunnies," featuring stories, videos and activities, for ages 1-5, is at 12 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Bring a bag lunch. Call 703-339-4610.

Writers' Group. The Writers' Roundtable meets at 7:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. For adults, no registration required. Call 703-644-7333.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 5

<cal2>Book Group. An adult discussion of "Straight" by Richard Russo, is at 12:15 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Tiny Tots. Early literacy activities, for ages 13-23 months, are at 10:30 a.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-7385.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 6

<cal2>Concert. Finntroll, Sodomized and Cataclysmic Avatar play at 7:30 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Concert. The U.S. Navy Band's 29th International Saxaphone Symposium is at 8 p.m. in the Center for Arts Concert Hall, located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The concert is free. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Film Screening. A film is shown, for adults, at 11 a.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Bring a lunch, call for title. Call 703-339-7385.

Stories. Stories, songs and activities, for ages 13-23 months, are at 10:30 a.m., at Richard Byrd Community Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 7

<cal2>Concert. VH1 presents the 25th Anniversary Tour of Michael Schenker Group, with Leslie West, Doug Doppler and Black Widow USA, at 8 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Concert. The U.S. Navy Band's 29th International Saxaphone Symposium is at 8 p.m. in the Center for Arts Concert Hall, located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The concert is free. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Computer Class. "Computers Demystified," a class on basic computer skills for adults, meets at 10:30 a.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 8

<cal2>Concert. The U.S. Marine Band performs a free concert at 2 p.m., in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Ongoing Events

<cal2>Meet Santa. Santa Claus will be available for visiting, through Dec. 24, on the Lower Level of Springfield Mall, 6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 12-4:30 p.m. Call 703-971-3000.

Art Show. The Holiday Small Works Show runs through Dec. 31, at Broadway Gallery, 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-2388.

Art Exhibit. "Sunlit Days," an exhibit featuring oils and watercolors by Marcia Toepfer, runs through Dec. 31, at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Call 703-490-1117 or visit www.loftgallery.org.

Art Show. "The Spirit of Art," a show featuring the work of 14 area artists, runs through Jan. 2, at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Call 703-494-0584.

Art Show. A show featuring 99 works by instructor Penny McGrath and her students in Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education art classes is on display, through Jan. 6, at the Fairfax County Government Center's South Atrium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Most paintings are available for purchase. Call 703-227-2261.

Narnia Event. "Experience the Magic of 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' in the Snow Globes at Fair Oaks," a multi-sensory experience based on the film, is open from Nov. 15-Jan. 8, at Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax. Call 703-359-8300 or visit www.shopfairoaksmall.com.

Art Show. "Light Work," a show featuring landscape photography by Great Falls' Jan Bender and fused glass sculpture and jewelry by Sterling's David Barnes, runs from Jan. 3-Feb. 6, at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. Call 703-494-0584.

Singles' Dance. Hearts in Motion School of Music & Dance hosts Don and Colleen's Singles' Dance the third Friday of each month, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dances include cha cha, waltz, swing, hustle, El Paso, slow dances and line dances. Cost is $12 ($20 for a couple). Light snacks are provided, soda and water are available for purchase. The school is located at 8600 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call Colleen at 703-437-1190.

Open Mic. TT Reynolds hosts an Open Mic night each Tuesday from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Dance Classes. Learn the Social Dances (ballroom, Latin, swing, night club, country western, and polka) in Cy Richardson's group classes, Tuesday nights at the Oaks Community Center, 5708 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. The six-week sessions are $56 per person. Both singles and couples are welcome. Call 703-250-5360.

New Music Showcase. TT Reynolds hosts a New Music Showcase each Wednesday at 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Poker. TT Reynolds hosts Texas Hold-Em Poker each Monday at 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Kids Appreciation Night. Face painting, balloon art, clowns, music, and a free milkshake are part of Kids Appreciation Night, each Tuesday, from 5-8 p.m., at the Silver Diner, 6592 Springfield Mall in Springfield. Call 703-924-1701.

Thumpin' Thursdays. Mister Don leads a night of singing and dancing each Monday night, from 4-5 p.m., at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 112644 Chapel Road. Call 703-815-8600.

Girl Talk. The Jewish Social Services Agency sponsors Girl Talk, a weekly meeting for middle school girls to discuss school, family and peer issues. Ongoing group meets Thursdays at 5 p.m., at 3018 Javier Road, second floor.

The Jewish Social Services Agency sponsors social skills/therapy groups for children who have difficulty in social situations because of ADHD or other challenges. Call 703-204-9100.

Senior Center. Activities for seniors include fitness classes, crafts, bridge, discussion groups, trips and social gatherings. The Center is located at 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Call 703-359-2487.

Children's Programs. 11 a.m., Little Explorers, every Monday, features stories and songs. Every Friday, at 10:30 a.m., Kinderdance, features creative movement for children ages 6 and under. Borders, 6701 Frontier Drive, Springfield. Call 703-924-4894.

Mighty Mondays. Songs and dancing are each Monday from 10-11 a.m., at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. Open to all ages.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Ongoing programs, classes and social opportunities for all ages. The Center is located at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Call 703-323-0880.

Bingo. Every Friday at 7:30 p.m., bingo is played at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax.

Computers. Learn how to set up an e-mail account, send and receive attachments, and other e-mail uses 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Internet Training. Personalized Internet and catalog training. Basics for beginners. Call for an appointment. Adults. At the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or increase your computer skills at Kingstowne Library. Call for an appointment at 703-339-4610. Kingstowne Library is located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre.

Pohick Regional Library offers personalized Internet and catalog training classes for beginners. Open to adults. Call 703-644-7333 for an appointment. Pohick Regional Library is located at 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke.

Bookcrossing Meetup. Meet other local Northern Virginia BookCrossers monthly to discuss good books and the best places to leave and find books "in the wild." For the next meeting date, visit http://bookcrossing.meetup.com/72/.

Practice English. Kingstowne Library sponsors a conversation group for adults learning English. Classes take place on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Call 703-339-4610. Kingstowne Library is located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre.

Personalized Internet Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Open to ages 12 and older, and appointments are required. Call 703-293-6227.

Nancy Katz and the Stray Dogs host an Open Mic Jam on Thursday nights, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at The INN Zone, 7395-A Lee Highway. Call 703-876-6716.