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<cal1>Thursday/May 5

<cal2>Space Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 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.

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.

* 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).

<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 Starbucks coffee. All proceeds benefit the MS Society — Closer to a Cure.

<cal1>Sunday/May 8

<cal2>Angel Kisses 5K/2K: In honor of Chantilly's Jeffrey Virostek who died of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), September 2003 at age 4, the second annual Angel Kisses 5K run and 2K walk will be held Sunday, May 8, at 8 a.m. at the Poplar Tree Estates swimming pool at Point Pleasant Drive in Chantilly. Registration is 5K, $18; 2K, $13, by Sunday, May 1. From then until May 7, it's $20 and $15. There's NO race-day registration. Register at www.angelkisses-5k.org.

Colonial Rug Hookers of Northern Virginia presents an exhibit and demonstration of traditional rug hooking from 1-4 p.m. at Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Free admission. For information about Colonial Rugs Hookers of Northern Virginia, contact 703-732-8708. Visit www.atharugs.org

<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.

The Chantilly Academy is holding a Hair Cut-athon for the public, Tuesday, May 10, from 3-9 p.m., at Chantilly High; enter through door No. 2. Top stylists from six salons are donating their time and talents to give haircuts and style men's, women's and children's hair. Appointments must be made in advance at 703-222-7487.

The cost is whatever donations the customers wish to make, and all proceeds will go toward sending five of cosmetology teacher Wayne White's students to the Skills USA national championships, next month, in Kansas City, Mo.

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. This year's Centreville Day celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. And the public is encouraged to join Centreville Day chairperson Sue Davis and other volunteers Wednesday, May 11, from 7-9 p.m. to help plan Centreville Day. The meeting will be in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. 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 (CCF) and planned by volunteers representing all aspects of the community. Beginning with the May 11 meeting, the committee will meet monthly, at the same place and time. The other meetings will be on June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. Call Sue Davis at 703-327-4392 (work) or 571-213-7298 (cell).

Fairfax Corner will host the Little Tots Summer Fun Series on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from May through September. The series will feature free children's entertainment at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Fountain Plaza located outside of the Fairfax Corner Cinemas.

* May 11 — Beale Street Puppet's "Shenanigans;"

* May 25 — Kid Singer Jim's POSITIVE-ly Fun Rock Concert;

* June 8 — Animal Ambassadors "Animal Buddies;"

* June 22 — Flumpa and Friends Live;

* July 13 — Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets "Circus on Strings;"

* July 27 — "The Little Gym and Mr. Chad Sings;"

* Aug. 10 — Oh Susannah's Musical Sing-a-Long;

* Aug. 24 — Beowulf T. Wonderbunny's Traveling Show of Mystery;

* Sept. 14 — "Wheels on the Bus" Music Show;

* Sept. 28 — Blue Sky Puppet Theater, "Rufus."

<cal1>MAY 13-15

<cal2>The Fifth Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will take place May 13-15 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. More than 300 fine artists and craft designers will be offering everything from pottery to fine art, jewelry and leather handbags. The show also features craft demonstrations of print making, iron forging, paper making and more. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $7/adults and children under 12 free. Visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

<cal1>Saturday/May 14

<cal2>Yard Sale. The Virginia Run community is holding a huge, multi-family yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up a treasure map at the corner of Wetherburn and Pleasant Valley Roads. No rain date. Call Paula Ferrara-Garcia at 703-216-6730 or Helaine Newman at 703-402-3134.

"Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee: The Night Belonged to Mosby" will be presented at 8 p.m. by lantern light in the village of Atoka, four miles west of Middleburg on Route 50.

The presentation features a series of short vignettes that present the life of John Singleton Mosby. Admission is free to the public.

Centreville's Boy Scout Troop 893 Totally Awesome Garage Sale starts at 9 a.m. at the Chantilly Expo Center (North Hall) in Chantilly, off Rt. 28 and Willard Road. Call 703-222-2333 to register your pickup for Saturday, May 7(Limited pickup area) or drop items off at the Expo Center. The Troop's Web site is: http://www.troop893.org/flea/.

Multi-Family Yard Sale. Meadows of Chantilly Community is holding a multi-family yard sale at Airline Parkway and Route 50 from 7 a.m. till 2 p.m.

<cal1>Sunday/May 15

<cal2>The Cerebral Palsy Ability Center will be holding its annual Walk-n-Roll A-thon from 1-3 p.m., rain or shine at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Parkway. Call 703-920-0600 or visit the Web site, www.cpabilitycenter.org.

"Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee: The Night Belonged to Mosby" will be presented at 3 p.m. in the village of Atoka, four miles west of Middleburg on Route 50.

The presentation features a series of short vignettes that present the life of John Singleton Mosby. Admission is free to the public.

<cal1>Monday/May 16

<cal2>Assistance League of Northern Virginia will hold a multi-town membership meeting from 10:15 a.m.-noon at the Chantilly Regional Public Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Visitors are invited to participate in an Operation Hugs workshop after the meeting to learn more about Operation Hugs, which supports the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and the OB/GYN Clinic at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The Operation Hugs workshop will be held at McLearen Self Storage, 13800 McLearen Road in Herndon after a brown bag lunch. Contact the chapter membership chairman at 703-758-1085 or the chapter president at 703-758-8454. The Assistance League national Web site is www. assistanceleague.org.

<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. The homes on tour range from a French country estate to a farmhouse built in 1910. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. A boutique is open May 18, from 6-8 p.m., and May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A great escapes silent auction will be held May 18, from 6-8 p.m., and May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. Ticket locations are: In Clifton — Antiques of Clifton, Baskets and Boughs, Heart in Hand restaurant, and Cottage Arts; and in the Colonnade shopping center: Temptations Gifts. Reservations for lunch will be taken at the Heart in Hand and the Hermitage Inn. Call 703-803-1425 or see www.cliftoncwc.org.

<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, weekend getaways, and much more.

Fund-raising Vendor Showcase for MS TeamJoy's Angels. 2-5 p.m. at Greenbriar Community Center, featuring vendors including Creative Memories, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Southern Living at Home, Tastefully Simple, Osborn Books, Discovery Toys, Stampin' Up, Silpada Jewelry, Pat a Cake and Longaberger, as well as a bake sale, consignment corner and 50/50 raffle. Go to www.jozyangels.com. Contact Kim McDonald at kmbrlymcd@cox.net.

<cal1>May 28-29

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open House on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 1-5 p.m. The club is located in the historic Washington & Old Dominion Railroad station, 231 Dominion Road, Vienna. Free admission; donations accepted. Obtain additional information and directions at www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com, or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

<cal1>Saturday/June 5

<cal2>The Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC) invites one and all to a Fun Match (Sheltie Conformation and All-Breed Obedience) at Picnic Area #2, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. Entries taken starting at 9 a.m.; judging at 11 a.m. For complete information see PVSSC's Web site, http://www.shetlandsheepdog.us, or call Jan Stanley, 703-281-2828 or Diana Roughton, 703-830-8332.

<cal1>June 16-18

<cal2>The 4th annual Great American Scrapbook Convention will be held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The event features workshops, door prizes, make and take pavilion, learning pavilion, cropping parties, and products for sale by vendors. The hours are Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all-day crop party only); Friday shopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; workshops from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and crop party 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday shopping 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; workshops 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and crop party 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $9; cropping parties $20; workshops prices vary. Call 801-627-3700 or visit www.greatamericanscrapbook.com.

<cal1>July 15-23

<cal2>Cox Movies Under the Moon, a summertime outdoor film festival benefiting Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Special Love/Camp Fantastic at George Mason University’s Robinson Football Field. Cox will partner with 97.1 WASH-FM to promote the event locally. Gates will open each night at 6:30 p.m.

Movies will begin each night at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.). Spectators are encouraged to come early, bring a blanket and low beach chair, purchase food from the on-site restaurants (starting at 6:30 p.m.) to support the charities, and spend an evening watching a great movie.

Visit www.moviesunderthemoon.org or call 703-323-6333. Schedule:

* July 15: "Sound of Music" — G

* July 16: "Aviator" — PG-13

* July 17: "Sponge Bob" — PG

* July 18: "West Side Story" — unrated

* July 19: "Rocky" — PG

* July 20: "Harry Potter 3" — PG

* July 21: "Ray" — PG-13

* July 22: "Ghostbusters" — PG

* July 23: "Dirty Dancing" — PG-13

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2> "Painting on the Coast of New Brunswick, Canada," an exhibit of paintings by Amy Mann, done over the last few years in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and surrounding areas. On display for the month of May at Centreville Regional Library, Centreville. Call 703-831-2223

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.