<lst>Shirley Aman Blanchard, watercolors, will display "Adventures in Color" at The Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant Street, from Nov. 1- 26. Artist's Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 7- 9 p.m. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 703-319-3971, 703-938-8539 or visit

Long-time Great Falls resident, Jill Banks' first solo show, "Feast for the Eyes" at the Great Falls Library on exhibit throughout November. The opening reception takes place Saturday, November 5 from 3-6 p.m. for the exhibit that features drawings plus 30 still life and figure paintings including her portrait "Alice with a Bad Case of Wanderlust" that won first prize at the Torpedo Factory for the July 2005 All-Media Membership Show out of 591 entries. Banks will conduct a portrait painting demonstration in the Great Falls Library Meeting Room on Saturday, November 12 from noon to 3 p.m. Since seats are limited, email or call 703-448-3886 for that event. Call Jill Banks at 703-448-3886 or visit

Southern Accents 2005 Old Dominion Showhouse to open for tours at Spring Hill Farm in McLean. Tours are available to the public fthrough Dec. 4. The Showhouse is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can purchase $20 tickets at the door, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C. The Southern Accents Old Dominion Showhouse will be featured in the November-December issue of Southern Accents magazine, available on newsstands Nov. 1. Call 1-888-212-7050 for more information.

Vienna Theatre Company presents Broadway's thriller "Deathtrap" Oct. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m., which is a signed performance. Tickets are $9 general admission and $8 students/seniors. Held at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. For more information call 703-255-6356.

Kids Appreciation Night at the Silver Diner, 8101 Fletcher Ave., every Tues. night, 5 - 8 p.m. Every Kids Night features activities such as face painting, balloon art, clowns and music in addition to food. All kids receive a free milkshake with their meal. Call 703-821-5666.

Vienna Presbyterian Church Young Adults Group meets every Wednesday at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 146 Maple Ave., Vienna. 7:30 - 9 p.m.

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MOTHERS & MORE of No. VA General Meeting:

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 first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome. Free. Please call (toll free) 866-716-7766 or visit our website for more info.

The Women’s Center of Vienna is forming a support group to aid victims, as well as family and friends of victims who have been directly affected by the hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This support group will be free. Friends and relatives who are housing or helping victims are also encouraged to be a part of this support group. For more information about the support group, contact Jane Depopolo, support group coordinator, at 703-281-2657, extension 307. The Women’s Center is located at 133 Park Street N.E., Vienna.

Evening Walking Group. An evening walking group for adults meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Vienna Community Center, located at 120 Cherry St., S.E. The walk is 3 miles long, along local trails and scenic paths. The program is free, and registration is not required. Call 703-255-6360.

Historic Exhibit. Historic Vienna Inc. presents an exhibit of memorabilia on loan from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department until the end of 2005, Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon-4 p.m., Sundays, 1-4 p.m. The exhibit is at the Freeman House, 131 Church St., NE, Vienna. Visit, or call 703-938-5187.

Morning Walking Group. A morning walking group meets on Mondays, through Oct. 24, from 10-11 a.m. A fee of $5 is charged for Town of Vienna residents and $8 for out-of-town participants that includes a guide, trail maps and written materials. Call 703-255-6360.

A free Tai Chi beginners practice is held every Saturday morning, 8-9 a.m., now through Saturday, Oct. 29 at McLean Central Park, behind the Dolley Madison Library on Ingleside Drive in McLean. Open to all, including brand new beginners. Wear comfortable, casual clothing and footwear. Visit or call Warren at 703-79-9141.

Square dancing lessons. Offered Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The fee is $20/residents and $25/non-residents. Call 703-255-6360 for more information.

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

Create your own cookbook with the help of Diane King, former editor-in-chief for Pillsbury Cookbooks, and your family recipes, traditions, photos and memories each Friday, Oct. 28- Nov. 18 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. $30/residents and $37.50/non-residents will allow you to learn how to research, design and publish your cookbook and includes a take-home cookbook of recipe favorites. For more information call 703-255-6360.

Day trip to see “Wicked” at the Kennedy center. The trip is being offered through the McLean Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006. The day trip will depart from the center at 10:45 a.m. and return approximately at 5 p.m. The cost of the trip, which includes orchestra seats, transportation, lunch at Tivoli’s restaurant in Rosslyn and driver’s tip, is $172/non-resident and $162/McLean resident. “Wicked” tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch before Dorothy entered Oz. For information on how to register call 703-790-0123; TTY 703-827-8255 or visit Registration must be completed by Friday, Dec. 9.

Salsa Dancing. Free Salsa dance lessons are offered every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at eCitie Restaurant and Bar, on the 8300 block of Tyco Road, Tysons Corner.

Library Disability Access Services. Library group 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. Call 703-938-0405.

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

Voce Chamber Singers, a 20-member mixed choral ensemble, is taking auditions for its 2005-2006 concert series. There are openings in all voice parts, and all soloists are selected from within the ensemble. Voce rehearses on Monday evenings, September through May, in Vienna and performs in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Auditions are scheduled by appointment. To schedule an audition, leave a message at 703-277-7772 or send an e-mail to More information is available at

The McLean Youth Orchestra has openings for all positions. Musicians ages 12-18 can schedule auditions by calling Pauline Anderson, director, at 703-451-2399.

The Potomac River Gorge Trail: A Globally Rare Environment. Enjoy a self-guided, two-mile hike along the Potomac River. Fourteen trail stops reveal secrets of the Potomac River Gorge. Begins in the Riverbend picnic area, near 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, and ends at Great Falls Park. Daily and free of charge. Offered from 7 a.m.-dusk. Ages 8 and up. Call 703-759-9018.

Nature Escapes. Take part in self-guided activities including crafts, exhibits and animal watching. Each month is a different theme: falling leaves and seeds in November. Free for all ages. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, noon-5 p.m. weekends and holidays. Riverbend Visitor Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. Call 703-759-9018.

Mothers First is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' night out and lectures. For Call 703-827-5922 or visit

GriefShare seminar/support groups are held Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., through Dec. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. The nondenominational curriculum includes a Bible-based video series followed by support group discussion. $12 covers the cost of a workbook. Scholarships and childcare available. Call 703-356-3312.

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 or go to 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 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

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.

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 or Barbara Ellis at

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 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends and holidays at Riverbend Visitor Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. Follow the clues 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

Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 p.m. Churchill Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Rd., McLean. Join them to work on improving your communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey your message more concisely. Contact Kevin Whelan, 703-759-5009.

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.