To have community events listed in Centre View, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to email@example.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.
<cal2>Centreville High School Fall Orchestra, Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The string ensemble, concert orchestra and chamber orchestra will present their concert. There will be a cheesecake tasting at the reception following the concert as a kick-off to the fall fund-raiser. The public is invited. No tickets will be sold, however donations to help Katrina victims will be taken at the door.
<cal2>An Art Studio Open House will be held at Clifton Children's Academy, located in Centreville, on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. "Art Studio" is offered to all students in the community. Registration in the preschool or kindergarten is not required. Classes are Tuesdays, Wednesday or Fridays from 1-2 p.m. Children may enroll for four-week sessions. Information on "Art Studio" is available at www.childrensacademy.com or call 703-968-8455.
<cal2>Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don, at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, located at 112644 Chapel Road, Historic Clifton on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Come sing, dance, play instruments and have lots of fun. For all ages. Call Noodles and Noggins at 703-815-8600.
<cal2>Liberty Middle School will host a Scholastic Book Fair to help raise funds for the Liberty Middle School Media Center. The fair will be open during normal school hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening hours are Thursday Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. The fair will feature specially priced books and educational products, including newly released works, award-winning titles, children's classics, interactive software and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers.
<cal2>"Bell, Book and Candle," John Van Druten's classic comedy, is being presented by Vpstart Crow Productions from Oct. 21-23 at The Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Old Town Manassas. The production runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For individual tickets, contact Tickets.com or call 800-955-5566. For group sales, call 703-365-0240, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vpstartcrow.com.
<cal2>Area Rotary Clubs will be sponsoring a gala Monte Carlo Night on Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 -11 p.m., at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel. Proceeds will go to Rotary civic programs. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the food, the casino games, the silent and live auctions, and to participate in the door prize drawings, including a $500 cash prize. The attire is dressy — black tie and Halloween costume are also welcome. Tickets are $40 and are available at the door. Call Rotarian Ron Culberson at 703-742-8812. For directions, call the Hyatt Dulles at 703-713-1234.
The Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presents a Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction on Friday, Oct. 21 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Tysons Corner Marriott in Tysons Corner. The black-tie optional event features dinner, dancing and music. Tickets are $75 and available from any chapter member. Contact the chapter at email@example.com.
<cal2>Swing dance on Friday, Oct. 21 with Big Daddy 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.
<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Fall Used Book Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22 at the Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12-3 p.m. There will be a wide assortment of children and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visual, textbook, and reference materials all at bargain prices. Call 703-502-3883.
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<cal2>Rooftop Productions presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-Nov. 5. The production is at the Center for the Arts' Kellar Theater, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors 62 and over. Season tickets also available. Call 703-330-ARTS.
<cal2>Halloween Tea at Sully, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sully Historic Site. Children 8 and older. Wear your favorite costume to Sully for a spook-tacular day! Participate in activities as you take a tour, make a Halloween craft to take home and enjoy refreshments at teatime. Space limited. Prepaid reservations required by 10/19. Tickets are $20 per child. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Gala Art Exhibit and Auction, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Fr. Julius J. Cilinski Council to benefit Knights of Columbus charities, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. with a preview starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. The event is located at the Clifton Town Hall 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Call John Tillie 703 -968-6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit marlinart.com and all purchases will be credited towards the organization. Enter code 16050022 upon check-out.
<cal2>The Fourth Annual Oktoberfest and Craft Show, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Clifton at the corner of Union Mill and Compton Roads. A great variety of local arts and crafters, free Kids’ Fun Zone, silent auction, White Elephant sale, food and baked goods and door prizes. Call 703-817-1773.
<cal2>Volunteer Fairfax is offering residents the opportunity to help the local community by participating in the 11th annual VolunteerFest on Saturday, Oct. 22.
VolunteerFest is a community-wide day of service in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. This year’s theme is “Volunteerism in Action.” Projects include landscaping, assisting with children's programs, painting, cleaning, organizing, restocking food pantries, helping the homeless and much more. Last year, more than 800 volunteers participated. This year, Volunteer Fairfax needs more than 900 volunteers to successfully complete the 55 projects. Visit http://www.volunteerfairfax.org or contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460.
<cal2>Second Flight Productions Theater Company announces upcoming auditions for Michael Frayn's “Noises Off,” a slapstick comedy about the frenetic high jinx of a second-rate British touring company. The story follows the acting troupe's progress from dress rehearsal to a ruinous closing night performance.
Second Flight Productions is holding open auditions on Oct. 22 at 12 p.m. and Oct. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Chantilly High School in room 106. Those auditioning must prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue and be prepared for cold readings from the script. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Chantilly High School for lead roles. There are no roles available for children.
Call 703-531-9405 or visit www.2ndflightproductions.com
<cal2>Volunteer Fairfax is asking for volunteers to come out for VolunteerFest, Saturday, Oct. 22 to take part in community service projects across the county. The goal is to achieve 900 volunteers completing 55 projects in the area. Call 703-246-3460.
<cal2>Join Northern Virginia Community College's department of Recreation and Parks and The Fairfax County Park Authority at Burke Lake Park for the annual Ghost Train event on the last two weekends in October. The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5:15 p.m. each day. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on Oct. 22 and Oct. 30 from 1- 5:15 p.m. The train is accessible to all riders. Participants will take a ride on the Ghost Train, through the somewhat haunted woods, past the Witches Junction and through the Fairytale Loop. The train arrives at the infamous Pumpkin Patch where the pumpkins come alive. Costumes are encouraged. Programming is appropriate for children through the age of 10. Price is $3 per person and children under the age of two ride for free. Tickets available at the train station on the days of the event. Call 703-323-3230.
<cal2>The Cox Farm Festival returns to action offering hay rides, slides, rope swings, the fun tunnel, baby animals, food, entertainment and tons of pumpkins. New this year is a music stage for live performances and a young donkey. The festival runs from now through Nov. 6 and is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Now through Oct. 29) and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Oct. 30 – Nov. 6). Call the 24-hour line: 703-830-4121.
<cal2>Jr. Naturalists - Mmm, Minnows. (8-11 yrs.), Monday, Oct. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney. Reservations required. Tickets are $3. Call 703-631-0013.
<cal2>Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack for singing, dancing and fun will be held on Monday, Oct. 24 from 10-11 a.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, located at 12641 Chapel Rd, Historic Clifton. For all ages. Call Noodles & Noggins at 703-815-8600.
<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 email@example.com.
Upcoming events are:
v Oct. 24: “Early infant communication,” with Dani Waters of the Children’s Speech and Therapy Center.
v Oct. 31: “Great books for mommies and babies,” at A Likely Story Bookstore, Alexandria.
v Monday, Dec. 5 — “Pediatric Dentistry – Why should I worry about my baby’s teeth now?” Dr. Nillo Mofakhani, Pediatric Dentistry of Oakton.
v Monday, Dec. 12 — “Stroller Strides – How to get in shape and have fun!” Tabatha Mitchell, Stroller Strides.
v Monday, Dec. 19 — “Baby Splendor” Karen Robinson, Baby Splendor consultant.
v Monday, Dec. 26 — NO LUNCH — HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
<cal2>The Chantilly Community Coalition is a coalition of schools, parents, students and community members who are dedicated to fostering a safe community for children. It is made up of the schools which feed into Chantilly High School. The mission includes strengthening the family-community-school partnership as well as reducing violence, prejudice, and substance use in our communities. The new coordinator for the 2005-2006 school year is Carol Hoffman. The next meeting of the coalition will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Chantilly Library community room. All members of the Chantilly community are invited to attend and participate. Contact Carol Hoffman at 703-378-6155 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Singing Storytime with Miss Jacquie at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 112644 Chapel Road, Historic Clifton on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10-11 a.m. Sponsored by Noodles and Noggins. Sing songs, read books, make a craft, dance and have loads of fun. New theme each week. For ages 1-6. Reservations requested. Call 703-815-8600.
<cal2>The award winning Chantilly High School Orchestra will present its sixth annual "Spooked on Classics" Halloween Concert on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chantilly High School Auditorium. Admission is $3 and tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 703-222-7097. Concert proceeds will benefit the orchestra's competitive trip to New York in the Spring.
<cal2>Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don, at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 112644 Chapel Road, Historic Clifton on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-5 p.m. Come sing, dance, play instruments and have lots of fun. For all ages. Call Noodles and Noggins at 703-815-8600.
<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 Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
<cal2>A Big Halloween Bash Swing Dance on Friday, Oct. 28 with Daryl Davis in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon. Tons of spooky decorations, creepy refreshments, a costume dance contest, special performance by the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz, and also Gladys Day and her Pips!... and other fun surprises are in the works! All for a freaky $13. per person. Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882. The Dulles Hilton is located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road in Herndon. Visit www.gottaswing.com for directions etc. or contact email@example.com.
<cal2>An Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-4 p.m., inside the church gym at 14150 Upperridge Drive, behind the McDonald's, in Centreville. It's open to the public, and attendees do not have to belong to the church.
There'll be a moonbounce, hot dogs, Sno Cones, cotton candy and popcorn for the kids, plus a fire engine to climb on, coutesy of Fire Station 17. And adults will learn how to ready themselves and their loved ones for emergencies.
Booths and workshops will offer information and instruction on food and water storage, family communications and first aid. There'll be a demonstration of how to purify water for drinking and what to include in a 72-hour survival kit. Also on hand will be the Red Cross bloodmobile.
<cal2>Mount Vernon Lee Enterprises will be hosting its Second Annual Flea Market and Auction on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 3855 Centerview Drive in Chantilly. The auction will be at 11 a.m. MVLE is a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities and day support services for adults with disabilities.
<cal2>The Town of Clifton will host its 6th Annual Haunted Trail on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m. The trail winds through Clifton’s 8-Acre Park and promises to scare visitors. Other entertainment will include free Monster Movies Under the Moon courtesy of Cox Communications, a tarot card reader, and warm drinks, food and Halloween items for sale. Not suitable for young children. Wear sturdy shoes. Call 703-968-0740.
<cal2>Lantern Tours add to the Halloween spirit at historic Sully. On Saturday, Oct. 29, gather around the lantern at Historic Sully and follow your guide through the first floor of the 1794 house, kitchen, other outbuildings and the slave quarter. Encounter historical characters bringing the past to life with their portrayals of humorous and curious tales of Sully’s past. Tours will be given at timed intervals throughout the evening beginning at 6 p.m. with the last tour at 7:45 p.m. Pre-paid reservations are required and group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale. Call 703-437-1794.
<cal2>Franklin Farm Village merchants are hosting free Halloween trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Franklin Farm Village shopping center from noon – 2 p.m. Pick up free trick-or-treat bags at the Sears Appliance & Hardware customer service desk or at Shiang Yu restaurant while supplies last. This event will occur rain or shine.
Franklin Farm Village is located at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Franklin Farm Road in Herndon.
<cal2>Nuts and Seeds - Winter's Store of Food (14 years and up), Saturday, Oct. 29 10-11 a.m., Cub Run RECenter, 703-817-9407. Fall in the forest is the time for leaf color changes and the drop of the annual nut crop. View the foliage and learn about local nuts and seeds and the wildlife that uses them. Reservation required. Tickets are $5.
<cal2>Halloween Haunting (8 yrs. and up), Saturday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8 p.m., Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney, 703-631-0013. Sit by the open fire roasting marshmallows and listen to ghost stories. Hear the tales of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's ghosts and share your own short ghost stories. Bring a pumpkin to carve. Dress in costume if you choose and prepare to be tricked or treated on a haunted night walk. Reservations required. Tickets are $3.
<cal2>Join Northern Virginia Community College's department of Recreation and Parks and The Fairfax County Park Authority at Burke Lake Park for the annual Ghost Train event. The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5:15 p.m. each day. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on Oct. 30 from 1- 5:15 p.m. The train is accessible to all riders. Participants will take a ride on the Ghost Train, through the somewhat haunted woods, past the Witches Junction and through the Fairytale Loop. The train arrives at the infamous Pumpkin Patch where the pumpkins come alive. Costumes are encouraged. Programming is appropriate for children through the age of 10. Price is $3 per person and children under the age of 2 ride for free. Tickets available at the train station on the days of the event. Call 703-323-3230.
<cal2>The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and the Fairfax County Public Libraries will present "Building a Safer World: Can America and the UN Work Together on World Water Resources" on Sunday, Oct. 30. The program will be held at the Pohick Regional Library and begin at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gerald Galloway, who will discuss water resources, terrorism, conservation and other topics about the world's supply. Currently at the University of Maryland, Dr. Galloway is a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. The Pohick Regional Library is located at 6450 Sydenstricker Road in Burke. Open to the public, free to attend. Call 703-644-7333 to reserve a seat.
<cal2>The Fairfax High School Baseball Team and parents are sponsoring the fourth annual art auction fund-raiser on Sunday evening, Oct. 30, at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Proceeds will be used to enhance the FHS baseball team uniforms, equipment and field maintenance. The auction is coordinated with Marlin Fine Auctions of Deer Park, N.Y., and features art in all media and price ranges. The preview begins at 5 p.m. with the auction commencing at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Music and a light dinner will be provided. There will be drawings for a door prize and raffle prizes. Call 703-278-8299 or 703-818-1429.
<cal2>The 18th Annual Mall-O-Ween at Fair Oaks Mall is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friendly, over-sized costumed characters will stroll throughout the mall, greeting children along the way. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.
<cal2>Whitlow's on Wilson will present its annual Fall Wine Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. featuring a five-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Robinson and wines selected from Chrysalis Vineyards. Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Residences Inc., of Chantilly a nonprofit organization that assists adults with disabilities. Tickets are $90 per person, and must be purchased in advance. Call Amy Miller at 703-276-9693 or 703-294-6916.
<cal2>Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will present the multi-media adventure The River of No Return, a journey down the Salmon River’s notorious Middle Fork with Mike Aronoff of CKAPCO (Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Company). The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1 at Fairfax REI at 11950 Grand Commons Ave. in the Fairfax Corner shopping center, and Nov. 2 at Bailey’s Crossroads, 3509 Carlin Springs Rd.
The 2003 American Canoe Association Instructor of the Year, Mike Aronoff has been guiding trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon since 1991. The river has some of the wildest whitewater on the continent, descending through the narrow canyons of the largest wilderness and most remote area in the lower 48 states. Reservations for The River of No Return can be made by calling REI Customer Service. The presentation is free however seating is limited.