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Recording artist Tatiana will perform "Emmanuel — The Story of Christmas" at Paul VI High School in Fairfax on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Fifty percent of ticket sales for the concert will go towards a scholarship fund at Paul VI High School.

Our Neighbors Child (ONC) is a local organization that provides toys and clothing for more than 500 families in the local area who are having a difficult time. Fairfax County determines which families have the greatest needs, and then local volunteers work together to meet them.

ONC is in its 14th year and is looking for groups or individuals to "adopt" the clothing needs of local families for the holiday season. Contact Tracy McInturff at 703-222-6669, or at gmfamily1@aol.com.

The WFCM Holiday Food Basket Program provides food for the holidays for needy families in the local zip code areas. Last year 325 baskets were distributed at Thanksgiving; this year the need far exceeds that number. Donors generously provide for families in need by donating holiday baskets or food gift cards. There are many ways to contribute. No donation is too small and no donation is wasted. Call or WFCM at 703-988-9656 or e-mail at wfcmholidayfood05@hotmail.com

<cal1>THROUGH NOV. 20

<cal2>Theatre for the Community, a professional theater company, will conclude its inaugural season by presenting Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Harvey," now through Nov. 20 at The Cramer Center, 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be a talk-back with the audience following the Sunday matinee on November 13. Tickets are $12 for Adults, and $8 for Students and Seniors, and are available at Cramer's Music & Taboret Art Supplies or at the door, subject to availability.

<cal1>Nov. 17-20

<cal2>Asian Food Festival from Nov. 17-20 at Super H Mart, located at 10780 Lee Highway, Fairfax. This festival will be a place where participating companies will introduce their fine food and products and their food culture through the taste-bud-pleasing food demonstration events. It will also include an Asian wine sampling event, a fresh tuna event with tuna sashimi and raw tuna. There will also be fresh seafood shipped from Korea. Call 703-273-0570 or visit www.superhmart.com.

<cal1>THURSDAY/NOV. 17

<cal2>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. The next meeting is Nov. 17 from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germaine Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>FRIDAY/NOV. 18

<cal2>Swing dance on Friday, Nov. 11 with Terrence McCardle and Jumping Tonight in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m.-midnight. Available for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOV. 19

<cal2>The 25th Annual St. Timothy School Fall Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 13809 Poplar Tree Road in Chantilly, is accepting ads for its show program. It will feature 150 artisans from around the Mid-Atlantic area. There are also a few more booths available in the craft fair. There will be a gourmet bake sale and coffee bar and a crafts raffle. Contact Karen Yee at 703-803-0460 or Kelly Schmank 703-222-3823 or the St. Timothy School Web site, www.sainttimothyschool.org.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOV. 19

<cal2>"Herndon Lights Up the Holidays," a family celebration of the season, will be held rain, snow or shine on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at Worldgate Centre in Herndon. Set against a backdrop of thousands of luminary candles, the holiday celebration includes a variety of professional and student entertainment, children's activities, refreshments, an ice sculpture demonstration, train display and food samples from Worldgate Centre merchants. The Arts Council asks for a $2 donation for photos.

<cal1>NOV. 19-20

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Mineral Club Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the Student Union II Building, George Mason University, Fairfax on Nov. 19 and 20. The hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking for the show is available in Lot F. Look for the signs to catch the shuttle van from the parking lot to the show. A map of the campus can be found at http://coyote.gmu.edu/map/ or http://coyote.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.html. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for Senior Citizens and Teens; Free for children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform, and George Mason University Students with ID. Call Diane and Jeff Nesmeyer at 703-680-7724 or e-mail nesmeyer@erols.com

<cal1>NOV. 19-20

<cal2>Greenberg's Train, Toy and Hobby Show, Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dulles Expo and Convention Center, Chantilly. Spend the day visiting operating train layouts by local toy train enthusiasts who represent a variety of scales and gauges. Admission is $7 for adults and good for both days. Children under 11 admitted free. Visit www.greenbergshows.com.

<cal1>MONDAY/NOV. 21

<cal2>New Moms Lunch. Mothers and babies newborn to 8 months old, will hold lunch, speakers, discussions and fun — a different program every week! Bring a friend or come alone — a great way to meet other new moms and babies in the Northern Virginia area. Babies age newborn to 8 months old are welcome. Meetings are every Monday from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Il Lupo Italian Restaurant, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. An Individual luncheon is $20, a four lunch series is $75. Here are a few upcoming events.

* Monday, Nov. 21 — “Resources for moms” with Amy Miller, Our-Kids.com. Call Rochelle Goldberg at 703-273-5593 or e-mail: eventbuilders@hotmail.com. Check out www.event-builders.com.

<cal1>MONDAY/NOV. 21

<cal2>”Compatibility By The Stars,” a tool to create compatibility with co-workers, neighbors, loved ones and acquaintances. Tips to lessen the stress of the holidays with everyone from exhausted sales clerks and frantic shoppers to relatives that make your teeth grind. Techniques anyone can use and will last a lifetime. Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax Volunteer Fire Dept., Fire Station #3, 4081 University Dr., Fairfax City, Williams Hall, 3rd Floor. Cost is $10 per person or $15 for you and a friend.

<cal1>FRIDAY/NOV. 25

<cal2>Swing dance on Friday, Nov. 25 with Soul Tones of Swing in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. Available for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>NOV. 25-27

<cal2>The 23rd annual Arts and Craft Showcase featuring unique items made by members of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. This event includes pencil drawings and note cards by local artist Bill Harrah. Show dates and times are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2.

<cal1>DEC. 1 - 4

<cal2>Used Book Sale. Find great treasures at bargain prices at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>THURSDAY/DEC. 1

<cal2>Mothers First in 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. December's meetings are Dec. 1 and 15 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>FRIDAY/DEC. 2

<cal2>Swing dance on Friday, Dec. 2 with King Teddy in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. Available for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>FRIDAY/DEC. 2

<cal2>Recording artist Tatiana will perform "Emmanuel — The Story of Christmas" at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax. The event features the singer/songwriter on keyboards, backed by musicians in an emotional portrayal of the birth of Christ. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Paul VI High School auditorium. Paul VI High School is located at 10675 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Call 703-352-0925, ext 348.

<cal1>SATURDAY/DEC. 3

<cal2>Used Book Sale. A special collection by the Friends of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088.

<cal1>SATURDAY/DEC. 3

<cal2>Broadway Gallery announced the opening reception for "Holiday Small Works Show," Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax. This event will feature mini masterpieces by a variety of national and locally collected artists. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Dec. 31. Contact 703-273-2388.

<cal1>SATURDAY/DEC. 3

<cal2>Clifton Candlelight Tour of Homes: This annual event — which also includes a Caroling on Horseback parade — will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Town of Clifton. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Clifton Horse Society. Local residents decorate their horses in holiday finery and parade through the town singing Christmas carols.

The homes tour is from 4-7:30 p.m. Four homes will be open to the public, as well as three churches and the Clifton caboose. And local choirs will perform in the churches, on the half hour, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale for prizes including dinners at local restaurants and a one-night stay at the Canary Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Clifton.

Tickets are $15, adults; $5, children ages 4-12. Ages 3 and under are free, but strollers are not allowed. Tickets may be purchased in Clifton at Baskets & Boughs, the Clifton Store, Cottage Art, All that Glitters, Noodles & Noggins and the Clifton Coffee Mill. They're also available at the Temptations gift shops in Burke and in the Colonnade Shopping Center at Union Mill.

<cal1>SUNDAY/DEC. 4

<cal2>The Centreville High School wrestling team will host a basket bingo on Sunday, Dec. 4. Basket bingo is a popular community event where bingo winners receive quality theme baskets that the wrestling families have filled with imaginative gifts and goodies. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the first bingo game will begin at 2:30 p.m. The ticket price is $15 and can be ordered by e-mailing a request to wildcatbingo@yahoo.com or call 703-266-9076.

<cal1>MONDAY/DEC. 5

<cal2>New Moms Lunch. Mothers and babies newborn to 8 months old, come for lunch, speakers, discussions and fun — a different program every week. Bring a friend or come alone. Meet other new moms and babies in the Northern Virginia area. Group meets every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at Il Lupo Italian Restaurant, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Cost is $20, or a four-lunch series for $75. Reservations are required. Call Rochelle Goldberg at 703-273-5593 or e-mail eventbuilders@hotmail.com.

Upcoming events are:

* Monday, Dec. 5 — “Pediatric Dentistry — Why should I worry about my baby’s teeth now?” Dr. Nillo Mofakhani, Pediatric Dentistry of Oakton.

* Monday, Dec. 12 — “Stroller Strides — How to get in shape and have fun!” Tabatha Mitchell, Stroller Strides.

* Monday, Dec. 19 — “Baby Splendor” Karen Robinson, Baby Splendor consultant.

* Monday, Dec. 26 — No lunch; happy holidays!

<cal1>TUESDAY/DEC. 6

<cal2>Colleen Pelar, author of "A Family's Best Friends" will present and discuss dogs and their families at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Even is free. Call 703-502-3883.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/DEC. 7

<cal2>Authors Elena Patrice and Elizabeth Sills discuss getting published. Event is at the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Their book will be available for sale and signing. This is free. Sign up at 703-293-6227.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/DEC. 7

<cal2>Matt Bondurant, author of "The Third Translation," will be on hand to discuss and sign his book at the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Event is free. To sign up call 703-768-6700.

<cal1>FRIDAY/DEC. 9

<cal2>12th wedding anniversary dance with cake. Swing dance on Friday, Dec. 9 with Daryl Davis in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m.-midnight. Available for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>FRIDAY/DEC. 9

<cal2>Fairfax Women's Connection is holding a "Vision of Sugar Plums" luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Children will model the latest fashions. Vocalist Tom Larry will sing. This will take place at the Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston. Reservations are required and cost $17. Call 703-924-2825 or E-mail Fairfaxwmconnect@aol.com.

<cal1>SUNDAY/DEC. 11

<cal2>Give the gift of an original work art to special people on your holiday list. Visit the Fairfax Art League Holiday Show and Reception at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr. Fairfax (second floor). On Sunday, Dec. 11 from 5-7 p.m. Original paintings and photographs by area artists available for sale. Admission: Free. Refreshments served. Free parking in nearby city lots. Call 703-352-ARTS ext. 5.

<cal1>SUNDAY/DEC. 11

<cal2>The Fairfax City Regional Library will host more than a dozen local authors who will sell and autograph their work. Co sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library and the Fairfax County History Commission. Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Event is free. Sign up by calling 703-293-6227.

<cal1>THURSDAY/DEC. 15

<cal2>The Junior League of Northern Virginia is currently accepting new members for the 2005-2006 League year. The club is looking for women to help make an impact in the community. Send e-mail to mit@jlnv.org or call 703-442-4163. Visit the Web site at www.jlnv.org. Membership applications and dues must be received by Dec. 15 in order to join the Winter class.

<cal1>THURSDAY/DEC. 15

<cal2>Mothers First in 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. December's meetings are Dec. 1 and 15 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>FRIDAY/DEC. 16

<cal2>Holiday Sparkle Swing dance on Friday, Dec. 16 with Rockin Bones in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m.-midnight. Available for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2>Starlight Starbright has teamed up with Starbucks across the country to collect books and toys to give to children in need. Centreville Starbucks, 5623 Stone Road, is kicking off the 2005 toy drive with a bang and goal of being the Starbucks with the most toys. They are challenging the community to donate a bicycle per week and the local Starbucks will match it. Call 703-502-4845.

The Centreville chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club meets Thursday evenings at the Centreville Presbyterian Church, 5690 Sully Road. Weigh-in is from 6:15-7 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:10 p.m. TOPS is a non-profit, non-commercial weight loss support group open to anyone seven years of age and older. At $20 per year, this is an affordable, supportive program for weight loss and weight maintenance. Call Susan at 703-392-7937 or visit www.tops.org

The Western Fairfax County Woman's Club (formerly the Greenbriar Woman's Club) is selling the 2005 White House Christmas ornaments. This year's ornament honors President James A. Garfield. The cost of the ornament is $17 and all profits benefit charity. Order yours now by calling 703-378-6841 or 703-378-6216.

Mothers & More is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, Burke at 7:30 p.m. The group offers children's and family activities, guest speakers, book club, mom's night out, movie night, chat group and much more. Call (toll free) 866-716-7766 or visit the Web site www.novamoms.org.

Two scouts from Scout Pack 1682 out of Chantilly (meeting at Virginia Run Elementary), want to do something for their scout peers in the affected areas of Hurricane Katrina. Those troops have lost everything — including their uniforms. Nathaniel, Webelos II level scout, and Jason, Bear level scout, came up with an idea. As scouts climb levels, they wear new uniforms and often don't have a use for the old ones. Nathaniel and Jason are now collecting uniforms and pieces — belts, hats, handbooks and anything else scout-related to send to the scout councils in those areas. Scouts who would like to donate should see their Cubmaster for details. If you had a past scout or would like to donate supplies, call Dede Schrader 703-222-0480 to arrange for pick up. Those who wish to donate a new hat/shirt/belt are also welcome.

Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack. Come sing, dance, and have loads fun each Monday with Mr. Knick Knack from 10-11 a.m. The event will be indoors all this month at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. Open to all ages.

Vpstart Crow Productions, a professional theater company, is seeking a "sixth" character for its next production, John Van Druten's classic American comedy "Bell, Book and Candle," which runs through Oct. 23, at The Cramer Center in Old Town Manassas, with rehearsals already underway.

Director Don Petersen is seeking someone (male or female) who can sing and play the piano. This person will sit at a piano stationed stage left in front of the proscenium and sing 1940s love songs before and after the show, during intermission and even during scene changes.

This person will be paid a stipend and specific rehearsal dates and times will be decided by the director once the role has been cast.

The production runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There will be a talk-back with the audience following the matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Those who are interested may contact Don Petersen at curmudgeondon@aol.com, assistant director Melissa York at melsiwelsie@yahoo.com, or Vpstart Crow Managing Director Steve Cramer at 703-365-0240 or vpstartcrow@comcast.net. Visit www.vpstartcrow.com.

The Centreville Regional Art Guild (CRAG) and Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) are producing a 16-month calendar with artwork of Centreville area landmarks, to be available in time for Centreville Day this September. The calendar features reproductions of member artwork, including works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and photography. CRAG is offering space to local businesses and artists to list their names and contact information in return for donations. In addition to the calendar listing, donating companies will receive CRAG's monthly newsletter, a link on CRAG's Web site and a "We support the local arts" window decal. Anyone interested in being included in the calendar can contact CRAG President Angela Kleis at 703-963-6771. The calendars will be available for a donation at Centreville Day and at local shopping centers this fall.

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.-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.

A Mindfulness Meditation Class will be held every Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at the Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main St., 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 books and be part of a unique group with a different angle on book loving. Visit 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 and purple outfits and kick up their heels. Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. in 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 visit. Call Mary Doerman at 703-968-7889, Scotti Brennan at 703-378-5206, or Sully Senior Center Director Carma Ryan at 703-322-4475.

Don Shim and his staff from Einstein Tutoring Service will be offering a free, two-hour SAT math class at Centreville Library to improve SAT math scores four Saturday mornings. Registration fee is $50 and a material cost is $50. Lecture is free. Call 703-968-8132.

Personalized Internet tutoring and Web page design throughout September for ages 12 and up at Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive, Centreville. Call for an appointment with a technology volunteer at 703-830-2223.

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