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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>DEC. 2-18

<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions will conclude the 2005 season with its annual holiday classic production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Dec. 2-18 at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and City of Manassas or Prince William County employees. Please contact Tickets.com or call them at 800-955-5566. For group sales or more information, please call Vpstart Crow at 703-365-0240 or visit us at www.vpstartcrow.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/DEC. 3

<cal2>The Lanes Mill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library. A special guest will speak about the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Prospective members are welcome to attend meetings. Contact Regent Van Lee at van_lee@comcast.net.

<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>DEC. 3-11

<cal2>Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents a brand new holiday Musical Theatre song and dance spectacular "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" at the Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale NOVA Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. This year's musical is the story of a young boy who has lost the Holiday spirit. Audiences of all ages will enjoy. Tickets are $12 for Students/Seniors and $15 for Adults. Dates are Dec. 3 at 1, 4 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.; Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 1, 4 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 1 and 4 p.m. Call 703-222-5511 or visit www.Encore-tap.org.

<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>Chantilly High School’s Performing Arts Department presents their Tiny Tots Concert in the auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 7. at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $4. Call Beth Frook at 703-631-2046, or download the reservation form at www.fcps.edu/ChantillyHS/.

<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>THURSDAY/DEC. 8

<cal2>Celebrate the holiday season with Santa at McDonald's on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. at McDonald's Centreville, 5931 Fort Drive, Centreville. Children receive a candy cane and coupon for a free item at McDonald's. Free to the public. Call 703-266-2741.

<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>A Holiday Art Sale will be held by the Northern Virginia Artists League on Sunday, Dec. 1. The show will feature original paintings, fine art photography, prints and cards. It will located at the Croan residence, 5144 Pleasant Forest Drive, Centreville, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This adult only event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Northern Virginia Artists League, check out our Web site at NOVALArt.com. All medias, watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, photography, etc, are welcome.

<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>WEDNESDAY/DEC. 21

<cal2>Celebrate the holiday season with Santa at McDonald's on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. at McDonald's Greenbriar, 13003 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax. Children receive a candy cane and coupon for a free item at McDonald's. Free to the public. Call 703-378-4631.

<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.

<lst>To have community events listed in Centre View, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Deadline is one week before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-917-6434 with any questions.