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<cal2>"Return to Vietnam." The McLean Drama Company presents a show that combines romance, war and politics. June 17-26 at 8 p.m every evening, Sundays at 2:30 p.m. At the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. For information or to order tickets call 703-790-0123.

"Peter Pan." Tony-award-nominee and two-time Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby takes flight in the 100th anniversary production of the James M. Barrie tale at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. July 19-21 at 8 p.m., ticket level I; July 22, 23 at 8 p.m. ticket level L; July 23, 24 at 2 p.m., ticket level H; and July 24 at 8 p.m. ticket scale I. The center is located at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. General information, call 703-255-1900. Buy tickets at 800-955-5566.

"Don Giovanni." Laughter and pathos, love and obession, seduction, betryal and revenge — all are found in Mozart's comedy-drama. Play runs in Italian with English subtitles at the Barns at Wolf Trap July 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. and July 24 and 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $56. The Barns is located at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. General information, call 703-255-1900. Buy tickets at 800-955-5566.

Foster Family Training. Northern Virginia Family Service offers summertime training for prospective foster families. NVFS foster and respite families receive: intensive training, certification, continuing education, careful child/parent matching, ongoing assistance and 24-hour support from professional social workers, financial reimbursement, help locating support services for your special foster/respite child, foster/respite parent support groups and family activities. Call Ginny Snaider at 703-219-2184, e-mail gsnaider@nvfs.org or go to www.nvfs.org for more information or to join the next training class.

The Master Singers of Virginia is taking auditions for its 11th season. Singers in all voice parts are encouraged to audition. The Master Singers is the premiere a capella choral ensemble in Northern Virginia concentrating in 20th and 21st century choral music. This 28-voice ensemble perform three major concert programs each season, each of which is performed 3-4 times, as well as other engagements throughout Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area. Visit www.msva.org. To schedule an audition call Diana Manfredi, president, at 571-213-6306.

Arc of Northern Virginia now offers respite care at their Kidz Clubhouse in Great Falls. They offer after-school, evening or weekend care. Respite care is available for children of all ages with disabilities and their siblings. Rates are $15 per hour from 8 a.m.-11 p.m., $7 per hour from 11 p.m.-8 a.m. and $5 per hour for siblings, with no charge for overnight care. Call 703-438-8370, fax-703-438-8371 or visit www.kidzclubhouse.org.

St. John Catholic Church, 6420 Linway Terrace, McLean, operates a thrift shop for all residents of Northern Virginia. The shop is located on the lower level of Carlin Hall under the parish office and features clothing, a children's room, a kitchen and household room and a limited amount of artwork and "bric-a-brac." Hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations are accepted during hours of operation and Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Call 703-356-7420.

The McLean Farmers Market is held in Lewinsville Park on Friday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., now through November 18. All vendors come from a 125-mile radius of Fairfax County.

Falls Church City Farmers Market. The market is open Saturdays, through-Dec. 17, 8 a.m.-noon in the City Hall parking lot, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners also staff a booth at the market to answer gardening questions. Contact Recreation & Parks at 703-248-5077 or recreation@ci.falls-church.va.us.

Free T'ai Chi Beginners Practice is held every Saturday morning from 8-9 a.m. outdoors at McLean Central Park, behind the Dolley Madison Library, on Ingleside Drive in McLean, running through Saturday, October 29. The practice is open to all skill levels and ages. Wear comfortable, casual clothing and footwear. For more information and directions go to www.TaiChiCenter.com or call Warren at 703-759-9141.

All women throughout the Northern Virginia area and the Department of Defense in the National Capital Region are invited to explore possible membership in the Pentagon Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Membership is open to any woman (military, civilian, spouse, or contractor) 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct lineal descent from anyone who contributed to the cause of American independence. Contact Margaret Thompson at mvthompson1@hotmail.com or Ms. Barbara Ellis at bjellis@erols.com.

The McLean Community Center is seeking residents’ ideas for the next Fall Family Fun Cultural Festival, which will be held at the Center on Saturday, Oct. 1. The cultural festivals have been some of the Center’s most popular attractions. Last fall’s Moroccan festival was a huge success, drawing more than 3,000 visitors. Residents who are a part of a cultural group or association that can assist the Center in organizing the next fall cultural festival should contact community events director Sam Roberts at 703-790-0123 or sam.roberts@fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Duff and Stuff Trail Guide is offered daily from noon-4 p.m. at Riverbend Visitor Center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. Pick up the "Duff and Stuff" bag and hike the trail, using the clues in the bag to investigate the forest habitat. Especially suited to families with young children. Reservations suggested; donations appreciated. Call 703-759-9018.

Scavenger Hunt is offered daily from noon-4 p.m. at Riverbend Visitor Center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. Follow the clues as they lead you through the park in search of nature facts. No reservations needed; free. Call 703-759-9018.

Nature Escapes is offered daily from noon-5 p.m. at Riverbend Visitor Center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. Take part in self-guided activities including crafts, exhibits and animal watching. Each month is a different theme. Free. Call 703-759-9018.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is open for the season. The season features self-guided tours, three Market Fairs, other ongoing special events, apprentice programs, a farm skills educational program and internships. Group visits welcome. Farm GateHouse Shop also opens . The farm, located at 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, is open through Dec. 11, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and during inclement weather. Admission is free with Farm membership. Regular admission: $3 adults; $2 children and senior citizens. Call 703-442-7557.

Northern Virginia Bookcrossing Meetup. These booklovers like to keep their books busy by reading, releasing and tracking their books' adventures with others locally, nationally and internationally. Take fun book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share books and be part of a group with a different angle to book loving. For more information and next monthly Meetup date, visit bookcrossing.meetup.com/72.

Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dolley Madison Library. Join them to work on improving your communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey your message more concisely. Contact Theresa Wadell, 703-801-7594.

The Great Falls Women's Club offers bridge lessons, a knitters and crocheters group, a tennis group and a book discussion group. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all Fairfax County residents. Call Patty Staas, 703-356-5845.

Access Services, the Library Branch that serves individuals with disabilities, sponsors a support group for seniors and people with low vision, at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Vienna Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Colvin Run General Store. Visit this restored building with fixtures from 100 years ago, and browse through the old-fashioned store. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., every day except Tuesday. Call 703-759-3403.

The Women's Center hosts the Job Hunters Forum the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The forum offers support for women and men who are actively searching for jobs. Cost is $10 members, $25 nonmembers each session.

Mothers Against Unjust Law, a focus/support group for women with an interest in promoting justice for parents and children of separation and divorce, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., in the library of McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Join them to share experiences as litigants in the courts of Virginia. Call 703-748-0072 or 703-421-6203 for more information. Free.

New Beginnings, a nonprofit support group for separated and divorced individuals, has six meetings a month in the area on different nights in various locations in members' homes. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Mothers & More of Northern Virginia is a support organization for mothers who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month in Braddock Hall at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, at 7:30 p.m. and the first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m. Call toll-free 866-716-7766, or visit www.novamoms.org for more information.

JAM! Jazz McLean, a teenage jazz band directed by Rob Holmes meets every Monday, 6-8 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. Bring an instrument. For more information, call 703-893-0910 or visit www.geocities.com/jam4teensva.

McLean Newcomers Club is a social organization made up of newcomers and not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs. The club meets at different locations throughout the month, both public and private, for various activities such as museum tours, coffees, card groups, book group, potluck luncheons, house and garden activities and much more. Call 703-790-8384, or visit www.geocities.com/mcleannewcomers for information on activities or to join the club.

Vinson Hall Treasure Shop. Vinson Hall Military Retirement Community operates its Treasure Shop in the building at 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Anyone may come to shop Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Look at glassware, dishes, pictures, kitchen items and jewelry. Additional hours are the second Saturday of the month. Call 703-970-3722.

Falls Walk. Take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2 at Great Falls Park, exploring the park's natural and cultural aspects. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Visitor Center desk. Saturdays and Sundays from 1-1:30 p.m. Call 703-285-2965.

Ranger Talks. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the weekends; see the daily program schedule for weekday times. Join a ranger at Overlook 2 to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River at Great Falls Park. Check daily program schedule for times during the weekdays. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Free.

Bird-Watching. Rain or shine on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. Join an informal group of bird-watchers to catch a glimpse of resident and migratory birds in Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.

Friends of the Great Falls Library. A group of book-lovers and library users who support special programs for children and adults at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The board meets monthly, September through June. For information on becoming a library friend, call 703-757-8560.

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every second Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Beverly Hills Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd. in Alexandria. For more information, call 301-439-FLAG or visit pflagdc.org.

Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web, work with e-mail, or use the library databases. At Great Falls Public Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call for an appointment, 703-757-8560. Adults.

Personalized Internet Training. Learn to use the Web or increase skills. At Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call for an appointment, 703-790-8088. Adults.

The Order of the Eastern Star, Herndon Chapter 55, whose district includes Great Falls, holds its closed, regular meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Masonic Lodge in Herndon at 8 p.m. For information, call Donna Sumpter at 703-437-0859.

Newcomers of Great Falls is a nonprofit, social, philanthropic and cultural organization through which members can meet and get involved in the Great Falls community. Membership is open to residents with a Great Falls address of those residing in the Great Falls/Langley High School district. Call 703-326-4382 or visit www.greatfallsnewcomers.com.

Swing Dancing takes place every Wednesday night at the Potomac Swing Dancing Club Room, 146 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, across from Whole Foods. Beginning jitterbug/Lindy Hop lessons are at 7:30 p.m., and dancing continues 8:30-11 p.m. Club members pay $10 for the lesson and dance, $6 for dance alone. Nonmembers pay $12 for lesson and dance, $8 for dance alone. For more information, call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or visit www.erols.com/swing4me.

'Banjo Man.' The Banjo Man, Frank Cassel, performs a musical children's show every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for 45 minutes at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. A donation of $5 per child is recommended. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Open Mike with Steve Key. Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-255-1566, ext. 8, www.Jamminjava.com.

Lunch and Lead TIP Group Meetings. Network, share leads and mingle at Shula's Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike, in the Tysons Corner Marriott. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Hosted by the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce. Cost: Dutch. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806.