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<cal2>Through the end of April discover the African American presence at Sully Historic Site where tours will focus on the work of the enslaved community. Built in 1794, Sully was the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee. Without the work of 30 slaves, the fashionable lifestyle of the Lee family would not have been possible.

Tours of the house are given daily except Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children and seniors. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>Now through April 9

<cal2>Theatre for the Community (TFC) will present Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" now through April 9 at the Cramer Center, 9008 Center Street in Old Town Manassas. Produced by Steve Cramer and directed by Holly McNamee and Sylvia Lee, performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (65+) and are available at Cramer's Music and Art Supplies or at the door. Contact TFC at -703-365-8350 or cramercenter@comcast.net or visit www.cramercenter.com.

<cal1>Now Through April 15

<cal2>Fair Oaks Mall blooms into a festive spring wonderland complete with the Easter Bunny and a three-dimensional Central Park Display, now through April 15. Meet the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday and Sundays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. In the Fountain Court, 11750, Fair Oaks, Fairfax.

<cal1>Now through April 22

<cal2>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is a critical lifeline for Centreville, Chantilly and Clifton families needing emergency assistance. It keeps their utilities on and their rent paid, but the money it uses for these things is in serious need of replenishment. So WFCM is holding an Internet auction, "Catalyst for Spirit," from April 1 at 8 a.m. to April 22 at 8 p.m.

To participate, go to www.wfcmva.cmarket.com/ and bid on items including autographed footballs from Washington Redskin Clinton Portis and Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis, a weekend on Broadway in New York, a golf game with Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) and three guests, homemade gourmet dinners, hot-air balloon rides and more.

<cal1>Thursday/April 6

<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 meeting is April 6 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.

Noodles & Noggins presents Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, play instruments and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call 703-815-8600.

<cal1>Saturday/April 8

<cal2>Broadway Gallery, at 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive in Fairfax, will hold an opening reception for "Stepping into Spring," a group show, from 5-8 p.m. Focusing on a collection of new floral works by a variety of local artists, this show is free and the public is welcome. The exhibition continues until April 30.

Basic Obedience for Rescue Dogs. This class will help newly adopted dogs fit into their new homes, discussing owners' relationships with dogs and how it affects training. Learn positive reinforcement training theories and guide dogs through some basic obedience skills. A donation of $15 per-person is requested to cover administrative costs. To register, e-mail Claire Liston at Education@gooddogz.org.

Sully Historic Site will hold an Easter Egg Roll. For children ages 3-8. There will also be an egg roll reminiscent of what children may have done at the capitol during the presidency of James Madison. Visit baby animals, create a craft and indulge in yummy treats. Eggs will be provided at the site. Festivities start at 1:30 p.m. and the egg hunts are scheduled at 2 and 3 p.m. The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Call Sully at 703-437-1794 for information and reservations. The cost is $5 per child.

<cal1>Sunday/April 9

<cal2>St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church will hold a used-bike collection from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The public is asked to donate no-longer-wanted bicycles for shipment to nonprofit, community-development programs overseas. Donated bicycles are refurbished and distributed to low-income workers and students in need of affordable transport, helping them become more productive through their own efforts. Bikes for the World relies on volunteers to compact and ship bicycles. However, a tax-deductible $10/bike donation is requested to defray a portion of the costs. BFW will provide receipts for tax purposes. Visit www.bikesfortheworld.org or call 703-525-0931.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 12

<cal2>The Clifton/Fairfax Station unit of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will meet at the County Government Center to hear Merni Fitzgerald, director of public information, reveal how we are preparing for drastic demographic changes taking place in the county, and the means by which her department disseminates this to citizens. Meet in the Government Center cafeteria for lunch at noon, then at 1 p.m. in Room 8 for the presentation. Call Lois Page at 703-690-0908.

<cal1>Thursday/April 13

<cal2>Noodles & Noggins presents Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, play instruments and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call 703-815-8600.

Cabell's Mill in E.C. Lawrence Park will host "Eggs-citing Lawn Games" on. For children ages 3-8. There will also be storytelling and nature hikes on the beautiful Cabell’s Mill grounds. The first program is at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and repeats from 11 a.m. until noon. Advance reservations are required and the fee is $3 per child. Call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

<cal1>April 13-16

<cal2>The Mid-Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) — the nation’s oldest Greek-letter organization for African-American women — is hosting its 53rd Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Crystal City, April 13 –16 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel. More than 1,800 women from North Carolina and Virginia along with national guests will participate in leadership training and workshops. Call Shannon Marshall Chairman at 804-502-9390. Visit the Web site at www.mid-atlanticaka.com.

<cal1>Saturday/April 15

<cal2>Edward Tulane Rabbit will be visiting Fairfax Corner from 1-3 p.m. where he will be raffling off a live rabbit, doing crafts, games, cookie decorating and a reading from the book. For children ages 8-12. Edward Tulane Rabbit is the character in "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. The address is 11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax. Call 703-815-2121.

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Cox Farms in Centreville for ages 3-5 and 6-9. Egg Hunt start times are 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For reservations visit coxfarms.com. Join the Easter Bunny and Farmer Cox for this year’s Egg Hunt at 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville. Each child will get their own basket and hunt for up to 6 eggs.

This event is free, but space is limited. Both markets are now open daily, with early spring selections straight from Cox Farms’ own greenhouses.

<cal1>Thursday/April 20

<cal2>Noodles & Noggins presents Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, play instruments and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call 703-815-8600.

<cal1>April 20-21

<cal2>The Alliance Theatre and Centreville Boosters present Summer Stars 2006 in "The Wizard of Oz." The Alliance Theatre, a western Fairfax community theater organization, offers a program called Summer Stars. It provides adults, children and entire families the opportunity to learn and experience the techniques, discipline and creativity of acting in a live, stage performance.

All who enroll in Summer Stars will be given a part. Auditions for this year's play are Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 7 and up, and adults, are needed. Call backs are Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Auditions are at Chantilly High. A one-minute vocal selection from a musical or another choice is suggested. Call Lynn Broadbent at 703-830-5647.

<cal>Friday/April 21

<cal2>Join Mom's Club of Centreville North for their monthly all-member meeting, followed by a presentation by speech-language pathologist and former mom's club member, Urvashi Varma, M.A. CCC-SLP. She will give a presentation on encouraging better speech and language skills for children with a follow up language activity involving arts and crafts. The meeting is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sully Government Center. Refreshments will be served. Contact Amy Yoham at gyohamii@earthlink.net.

<cal1>Saturday/April 22

<cal2>Basic Pistol Shooting Class. Learn about all types of pistols in a safe, responsible and fun way at the Basic Pistol Shooting class offered at National Rifle Association headquarters, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in Fairfax. This 10-hour class focuses on safety, operation, maintenance, purchasing, storage and shooting of different types of pistols.

Range safety test, range fees, and a range card are included, plus use of a pistol, eye and ear protection and ammunition. Certificate awarded for completion of the course may be used to apply for a Virginia concealed handgun permit. Cost is $125. E-mail: jamselle@nrahq.org or call 703-267-1567.

Just Right for Prom Night and Spring Fashion Show. A fashion show featuring local teens modeling the hottest looks for prom and the latest spring fashions from stores at Fair Oaks Mall at 2 p.m. “Gently-used” prom dresses will be collected and donated to financially needy high school students.

<cal1>April 22 - May 6

<cal2>Celebrate Fairfax City's Spotlight on the Arts 2006 with a visit to the Fairfax Art League Spotlight Art Show and Reception at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax from 2-4 p.m. In keeping with the theme for this year's Spotlight Program, "A Celebration of Youth", the art league will expand its regular exhibition to include works by Fairfax High School art students. The reception, which is free to the public, features refreshments and an opportunity to see award-winning works of art. Call 703-352-ARTS ext. 5, or visit www.fairfaxarts.org.

<cal1>April 23 - June 18

<cal2>The Family Zone is held on Sundays, from April 23 - June 18, from 9:30-10:10 a.m., at Centreville Elementary. It will offer local parents the opportunity to learn hands-on, how to teach their 4- to 9-year-old children about right and wrong. Call 703-502-1732.

<cal1>Sunday/April 23

<cal2>The Spring Fling in the Little Rocky Run community (formerly the Spring Egg Hunt) has attracted 200-250 families from the community. This year’s event is at noon at Recreation Center No. 3, located at 13900 Stonefield Drive. It's a free event for Little Rocky Run families and includes hot dogs, beverages and snacks, a visit from the spring bunny, egg hunts, moonbounce, face-painting and more. See www.littlerockyrunhoa.org.

'The Catalyst for Spirit' fund-raiser dinner with silent and live auctions benefiting Western Fairfax Christian ministries at 7 p.m. The dinner will be held at The Waterford at Fair Oaks, 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. Tickets are $40 before April 15 and $45 after. To RSVP call 703-352-3200.

<cal1>Thursday/April 27

<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 meeting is April 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.

Noodles & Noggins presents Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don each Thursday from 4-5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, play instruments and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call 703-815-8600.

<cal1>April 28-30

<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Spring Used Book Sale on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 12:30-3 p.m. A wide selection of children and adult fiction and non-fiction as well as audio visuals will be available, all at bargain prices. Call 703-502-3883.

<cal1>Saturday/April 29

<cal2>Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Clifton Coffee Mill and CBA will be hosting a community yard sale. If interested, spaces are available for $15 and tables for an additional $5. Contact Trisha Robertson 703-815-0992 or rtrishr@gmail.com for more information about reserving a space and/or making a donation.

<cal1>Sunday/April 30

<cal2>Children's book author Margaret Blair will be at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville at 2 p.m. Free. Call 703-830-2223 to sign up.

<cal1>Thursday/May 4

<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. May's meetings are from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 am at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>Saturday/May 6

<cal2>The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter will host their annual Black and Gold Scholarship Ball at 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., at the Reston Hyatt Hotel. Eighty dollars per person donation is required. All profits support the scholarship fund. Contact Lawrence Davis at 703-830-0813. Call now to reserve your seat.

<cal1>Sunday/May 14

<cal2>More than 1,000 walkers and volunteers will gather in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m. for Y-ME's 1st Annual Walk to Empower, a three-mile non-competitive walk. The event is sponsored by Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. To take part, register at www.y-me.org to walk or volunteer at the Walk to Empower. Call 877-YME-7223, x2742 or visit www.y-me.org or call the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Hotline at 1-800-221-2141 or 1-800-986-9505 (Spanish).

<cal1>Thursday/May 18

<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. May's meetings are from 10:15-11:30 am at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

The Homes Tour, the annual fund-raiser to benefit local charities and scholarships, is sponsored by the Clifton Community Woman's Club. The tour runs from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the Tour. Call 703-830-3705 or 703-830-3418.

<cal1>Saturday/May 20

<cal2>Community Yard Sale. More than 100 Little Rocky Run residents will participate in this annual community yard sale. Community maps are available on the Web site (after May 15) including a guide to what people are selling and general directions. Go to www.littlerockyrunhoa.org.

Here are details about Vpstart Crow's new and improved 2006 theater season:

April 28 - May 14 — "The Comedy of Errors";

July 14-30 — "Anne of the Thousand Days";

Oct. 6-22 — "The Seagull";

Dec. 1-17 — A Christmas Carol".

All performances take place at The Cramer Center, a restored church-turned-theatre, at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas, on 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. Tickets are available through www.tickets.com or at the door (subject to availability) 30 minutes prior to performances. Reservations can be made by contacting Vpstart Crow at 703-365-0240 or vpstartcrow@comcast.net. Visit www.vpstartcrow.com.

Noodles & Noggins presents Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack each Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Sing, dance, and have loads fun. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Call the store at 703-815-8600.

Noodles & Noggins presents Fun Club each Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Enjoy some books, do a craft, sing songs and dance. A new theme each week. For ages 1-6 years. Suggested contribution per child. Call the store to register at 703-815-8600.

While the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary is always in need of volunteers to assist with various functions in the hospital, our current need is especially acute in the Thrift Shop at Fairfax Circle. Our Thrift Shop needs volunteers who can sort and price merchandise, stock shelves, process sales, and assist customers in various ways. Call 703-391-3659 for information regarding the next orientation for volunteers.

The Fairfax Meals on Wheels (MOW) group needs a volunteer to serve as Treasurer. This leadership position is responsible for the finances of the MOW group, including a monthly report to the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals (Monday through Friday) to senior adults in the following areas: Annandale, Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church, Manchester Lakes, Centreville/Chantilly, Fairfax, Tysons, Herndon/Reston and Little River Glen. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Volunteer drivers can choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or E-mail melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov

Volunteers are needed for day and evening hours to work one-to-one with adult learners in public libraries or adult learning centers. Additional opportunities are available working with adolescents in alternative school settings. The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP) trains tutors, assesses learners, and provides materials with follow-up support. VLP is a joint community project of the Fairfax County Public Schools (Adult & Community Education), Fairfax County's Juvenile Court, and the Fairfax County Public Library. Call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

Mocha Moms Inc. is a support network for stay-at-home mothers of color. Meetings are every first, third and fifth Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. www.restonmochamoms.org. All are welcome.

The Northern Virginia Artists League (NOVALArt.com) is a local group of artists and photographers who meet every month for an "Art Outing" and general meeting. The group meets monthly to encourage each other, critique each other's work, and share ideas for marketing the art. There are monthly art outings for plain air painting or photography. All medias, watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, photography, etc., are welcome.

The Centreville chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club is moving. The club will meet Thursday evenings at the Centreville Presbyterian Church 15040 Lee Highway, Centreville. TOPS is a non-profit, non-commercial weight loss support group open to anyone 7 years of age and older. At $20 per year, this is an affordable, supportive program for weight loss and weight maintenance. Weigh-in is from 6:15-7 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:10 p.m. Call Susan at 703-392-7937 or visit www.tops.org.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team adoption event on the first and third Saturdays and every Sunday of the month from 12-4 p.m. at the PetsMart, Fair Lakes. Cats and kittens need a loving home. Choose from a wide variety of loving cats. Visit the Web site a www.fancycats.org. E-mail to info@fancycats.org.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesdays with Noodles & Noggins Fun Club from 10 to 11 a.m. at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. A new theme each week. Listen to a story, make a craft, sing songs, dance, and have fun. Suggest contribution per child. Reservations requested. Call 703-815-8600.

Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don from 4 to 5 p.m. Sing, play, and get the wiggles out before dinnertime. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road.

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.

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