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To have community events listed free in The McLean Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Joy Allen at mclean@connectionnewspapers.com, or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

<lst>To have community events listed free in the Great Falls Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Joy Allen at GreatFalls@connectionnewspapers.com, or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 19

<cal2>"Denmark and Sweden: The Kingdoms of Scandinavia," an installation in the Alden Theatre's Travel and Adventure Film Series, is screened at 8 p.m., at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Hosted by Jim Macdonald, filmmaker. Tickets are $9/$7 McLean district residents. Call 703-790-9223, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Snowballs and Mittens. Celebrate winter with stories and activities. Ages 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Toddle on Over. Stories and activities. Ages 15-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. To register, call 703-757-8560.

Evening Book Club. Ask for this month's title at the Information desk. Adults. 7:30 p.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Wonderful Ones. Storytime fun. Age 10-23 months with adult. 11 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

Mothers First Ñ Great Falls 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. 10 a.m.-noon, at the Great Falls Library. Call 703-827-5922, or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

McLean Newcomers Club, a social organization made up of newcomers and not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs, hosts a luncheon Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. The program features Regina Roman, co-founder and CEO of Sapira Inc., a resource for pilgrimages.ÊFor reservations, call Jackie at 703-790-8284.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park, and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes, and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

The American Antique Arts Association of McLean meets at 10 a.m., at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Bernice Egbert discusses antique silver. All are welcome to attend.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 20

<cal2>Live Show. Girlyman plus Kristin Cifelli perform at 8 p.m., at Jammin' Java. Tickets are $10. For more information or for tickets, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com. Jammin' Java is located at 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 21

<cal2>The Lunch Pack. Bring a lunch and listen to stories. Ages 2-6 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Live Music. Debi Smith and Friends perform at 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or online at www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Charity Citrus Fruit Sale at American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Friday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 a.m.-noon. Proceeds support local community youth, patriotic and veterans needs. Pink seedless grapefruit and navel oranges are featured. Visit www.mcleanpost270.org, or call 703-356-8259 for additional details.

Farewell Show. Commonbond performs their farewell show at 8 p.m., at Jammin' Java. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information or for tickets, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com. Jammin' Java is located at 227 Maple Ave., E., Vienna.

Family Fun Bingo Night. 7-8:30 p.m., in McLean Community CenterÕs Community Hall. The event is for parents and their children 4-12. Admission is $15 per parent and child ($10 per parent and child for McLean tax district residents) and $5 for each additional person. Advanced registration is required. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 703- 827-8255, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 22

<cal2>Fairfax Symphony Orchestra highlights Latin American music at its 8 p.m. concert at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The performance begins at 8 p.m., with a free, pre-concert lecture by Dr. Rachel Franklin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50 and may be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or at www.tickets.com.

Live Show. The Barns at Wolf Trap hosts an evening with Badfinger at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or online at www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Snakes Alive. Explore the habits and characteristics of these animals. Meet the ranger at 2 p.m., at Great Falls Park Overlook 2. If weather is inclement, meet in the Visitor Center auditorium. The program is free, reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

An Evening of Indian Dance, featuring Charu Narasimhan. Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18, $14 for McLean tax district residents. The Alden Theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. To purchase tickets, stop by the Alden Theatre Box Office, or to charge tickets by telephone, call Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT. For more information, call 703-790-9223, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 23

<cal2>Live Music. Folks/blues/gospel legend Odetta performs at 2 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or online at www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

High Water Marks. Dramatic floods seem to arouse one's curiosity about nature's power and explosive energy. Great Falls Park has had its share. Meet a park ranger at the High Water Mark at Overlook 2 to get the flood details. The program is free, reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

Young Soloists Recital. 3 p.m. Danielle Agress, 11, who studies with Mikhail Volchok of the Levine School; Alexander Stabile, 13, a student of Alexandria's Rosita Kerr Mang; Monica We, 15, who studies with Nancy Breth of Arlington; and violinist Erin Phelps, a student of McLean's Ronda Cole, perform in the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free.

The Arc of Northern Virginia Stars and Stripes Inaugural Ball. Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. Come celebrate the success of getting a record number of voters to the polls on Election Day. The black-tie-optional Inaugural Ball takes place on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University, at The Bistro, located in the lower level of the Johnson Student Center. Feel free to wear cowboy boots. Sponsorships are available. Tickets cost $25 a person, $5 for members of The Arc. Visit www.TheArcofNoVa.org, or call Lynn Ruiz, director of community relations, at The Arc of Northern Virginia, at 703-532-3214, Ext. 213, for more information.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 24

<cal2>Sweet Dreams. Bedtime stories and activities. Come in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. All ages. 7:30 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Preschool Sing-Along. Sing songs with Miss Belle. Ages 1-5 with adult. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

The New Dominion Women's Club's general meeting for members and guests takes place Monday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Life coach Robin Tucker speaks to the group about how individuals can find the confidence and tools to change careers, repair relationships or simply keep New Year's resolutions. Contact Kimberly W. Briggs, membership chair, at whitmorebriggs@aol.com to attend an upcoming NDWC meeting, or visit NDWC.org for more information.

The Dranesville District Democratic Women's Club will meet for lunch Monday, Jan.24, at noon, at Kazan'z Restaurant in McLean. Everyone is invited. For further information, contact Carole Herrick at 703-356-8223.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Book Talk for Book Lovers. "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi. Adults. No registration is required. 7:30 p.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Mothers First Ñ Vienna/McLean 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, mothers nights out, and lectures. 10:15 a.m.-noon, at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

Live Performance. The Barns presents International Guitar Night, featuring Brian Gore, Badi Assad, Martin Taylor and Peppino D'Agostino. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $22. For more information or for tickets, call 703-218-6500 or visit www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 26

<cal2>An Apple a Day. Stories and activities about staying well. Ages 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Book Discussion Group. Call for details. Adults. 7 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Call 703-356-0770.

Stories for Everyone. Stories, stretches, rhymes and songs. For children up to age 5 and adult. 11-11:30 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

Live Performance. The Barns presents Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, featuring Keola Beamer, John Keawe and Chris Yeaton. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20. For more information or for tickets, call 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Falls Walk. Visit Great Falls Park and take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2. Along the way, explore the natural and cultural aspects of the park. Wear comfortable shoes, and meet at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 27

<cal2>PJs and Popcorn. Family movie with free popcorn. Ask for movie title at the Information Desk. All ages. 7 p.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. To register, call 703-757-8560.

It's Story Time: Things That Fly. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 11 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

Live Performance. The Barns presents Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, featuring Keola Beamer, John Keawe and Chris Yeaton. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20. For more information or for tickets, call 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Ernest Furgurson, author of "Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War," speaks at 7:30 p.m., at Borders at Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 703-556-7766. Furgurson, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun and a Civil War buff, discusses his account of how the Civil War transformed Washington, D.C., from a small town to a rich, powerful and famous city.

Fairfax Genealogical Society Meeting. Lecturer Charles "Chuck" Mason presents "Rich man? Poor man? What does the value of his estate inventory say?" Jan. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., at Henry David Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna. Free; visit www.fxgs.org.

Live Show. Smalltown Workers, Pepperghost and Adelyn perform at 8 p.m., at Jammin' Java. For more information or for tickets, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com. Jammin' Java is located at 227 Maple Ave., E., Vienna.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 28

<cal2>Live Show. The Brazilian Guitar Quartet performs at 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or online at www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 29

<cal2>"Pig Tales," performed by the Blue Sky Puppets. Tales of pigs who learn to share. All ages. 11 a.m., at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To register, call 703-790-8088.

Live Show. The Barns presents "John Eaton: A Salute to the One-Hit Wonders of American Popular Music," at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500, or visit www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Discovery Walk. 2-3 p.m. Curious about what lurks behind the Great Falls Park overlooks? Join a ranger for a one-hour hike to experience features unique to Great Falls Park. Wear hiking footwear, and dress for the weather. Meet in the Visitor Center. The program is free, reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

Molasses Creek performs Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m., at McLean's Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Tickets are $18; $14 for McLean District residents. To purchase tickets, stop by the Alden Theatre Box Office, or to charge tickets by telephone, call Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT. For more information, call 703-790-9223, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Bluegrass Benefit Concert. Seldom Scene, Lonesome River Band, Dede Wyland and the Winchester bluegrass gospel group All4 Hym perform. The proceeds of the concert will benefit the Child Rescue Centre in Sierra Leone, Africa, which provides assistance to 140 children orphaned by war and poverty. 7 p.m., Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Reserved tickets $25, $35. Tickets: 1-800-594-TIXX, Monday-Friday, or www.seldomscene.tickets.musictoday.com. 703-793-9521.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 30

<cal2>The Washington Symphonic Brass performs its program, "Pictures in an Exhibition: From Russia with Love," 7:30 p.m., at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military, $10 for students. Call 703-243-1127.

Live Show. The Barns at Wolf Trap presents a general admission dance at 7:30 p.m. Buckwheat Zydeco performs. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling 703-218-6500 or online at www.wolftrap.org. The Barns at Wolf Trap is located at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Ugly. 2-2:30 p.m. Learn about the vultures soaring over Great Falls Park. Meet a park ranger at the Visitor Center. The program is free, reservations required. Call 703-285-2965.

A National Symphony Orchestra ensemble performs Beethoven and other pieces at 3 p.m., at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, as part of the free classical music series sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 31

<cal2>Preschool Story Time. Share stories, songs and fun. Ages 1-5 with adult. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m., at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 1

<cal2>Mothers First - Vienna/McLean 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 night out, and lectures. February's meetings are Feb. 1, 15 and 22, 10:15 a.m.-noon, at theÊPatrick Henry Library, 101 E.ÊMaple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922, or visit www.mothersfirst.org.Ê

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 2

<cal2>Mothers First - Great Falls 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 night out, and lectures. February's meetings are Feb. 2 and 16, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Great Falls Library. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

McLean Newcomers Club, a social organization made up of newcomers and not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs, hosts a coffee Feb. 2 at a member's house.ÊFor information, call Jackie at 703-790-8284 or e-mail mcleannewcomers@yahoo.com.