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To have community events listed free in the Laurel Hill Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Lea Mae Rice at south@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks prior to the date of the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call 703-917-6459.

Thursday/Aug. 3

Live in the Cellar. Basement D.J. dance party 10 p.m.-1a.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Free. 703-293-9600.

Outdoor Performance. The Hula Monsters perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of Braddock Nights. This swing band with a Hawaiian flavor perform at Ossian Hall Park located at the corner of Heritage Drive and Four Year Run in Annandale. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Outdoor Performance. The United States Navy Band perform their jazz style music 7:30 p.m. as part of Braddock Nights. Concert will take place at Lake Accotink Park located at 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Poker Night. The Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce has its first annual poker night with a cash bar in Williams Memorial Hall at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. $35 entry fee. Reservations required. 703-591-2450.

Know Your Ancestors. Make a family tree and start researching genealogy at 2 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 8-12. 703-293-6227.

Jonathan Austin. Ages 6-12 enjoy juggling, magic and unicycling fun at 7p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Daytime Discussion Group. Adults discuss "Ladies of Missalonghi" by Colleen McCullough at 12:15p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

African Performance. Nana Malaya and the Nubian Theatre, Dance and Music Co. perform at 7p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Dragon Tales. All ages enjoy storyteller Gary Lloyd introduce tales with a giant brass gong at 2p.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. Street Legal performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Theater Performance. The world premiere of "It Takes A Shoemaker," a musical for all ages at 7:30 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Parish Center Auditorium, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The show, which benefits Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services, features professional and local actors and The Fairfax Jubil-Aires. Tickets $10 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Call 703-860-8510 or visit www.saintjn.org.

Friday/Aug. 4

Bingo. 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3638 for fee.

Music Performance. The U.S. Navy Band and specialty groups will present "Commodores," a jazz ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. Call 202-433-2525 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil.

Outdoor Concert. Esencia Tropical performs Salsa music at Kingstowne Towne Center, 5955 Kingstowne Blvd., Alexandria at 7:30 as part of Lee District Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Faster Pussycat with Adler's Appetite and Banjo Tango performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30p.m. Ages 21 and up. $17 in advance and $20 at the door. 703-569-5940.

African Performance. Nana Malaya and the Nubian Theatre Co. performs 2:30p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Eden Falling performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Outdoor Concert. Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's German Band performs Bavarian music at 7:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax as part of Braddock Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Falling Sideways will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Theater Performance. The world premiere of "It Takes A Shoemaker," a musical for all ages at 7:30 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Parish Center Auditorium, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The show, which benefits Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services, features professional and local actors and The Fairfax Jubil-Aires. Tickets $10 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Call 703-860-8510 or visit www.saintjn.org.

Orioles vs. Yankees. See the game with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and seats are in section 13. Buses depart 3:30 p.m., return at 12 a.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, located at 12055 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, and depart 4 p.m., return 11:30 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. Alexandria. $79 includes motorcoach, admissions and lunch. Code: 316 391 5901.

Saturday/Aug. 5

Band Performance. Wednesday 13 with Bella Morte performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7p.m. All ages. $13 in advance and $15 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Band Performance. JAH WORKS performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Arts in the Parks. OTO Percussion Duo, a children's educational program. 10 a.m. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Free. 703-323-6601.

Band Performance. Down to This will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Theater Performance. The world premiere of "It Takes A Shoemaker," a musical for all ages at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Parish Center Auditorium, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The show, which benefits Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services, features professional and local actors and The Fairfax Jubil-Aires. Tickets $10 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Call 703-860-8510 or visit www.saintjn.org.

Wizard of Oz. Beat the heat with favorite characters from "The Wizard of Oz" at Shenandoah Music Theater. Buses depart 11 a.m., return 6:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, located at 12055 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, and depart 10 a.m., return 7:30 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. $96 includes motorcoach, admissions and lunch. Code: 316 392 1601.

Sunday/Aug. 6

Concert. Van Morrison performs live at the George Mason University Patriot Center. Tickets are $225, $125, $85, $65, and $45 plus service charges. Order by phone at 703-573-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Bass Fishing Tournament. The Fountainhead Bass Club will be holding a bass fishing tournament beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Occoquan Reservoir in Fountainhead Regional Park, Hampton Road, Fairfax Station. $40/boat.

Band Performance. Element of Addiction will perform at 10 p.m. at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292.

Theater Performance. The world premiere of "It Takes A Shoemaker," a musical for all ages at 2 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Parish Center Auditorium, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The show, which benefits Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services, features professional and local actors and The Fairfax Jubil-Aires. Tickets $10 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Call 703-860-8510 or visit www.saintjn.org.

Hagley Museum. Enjoy Hagley's riverside landscape in Wilmington, Del. with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Buses depart 6:30 a.m., return 8 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, 12055 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, and depart 7:30 a.m. and return 7 p.m. at South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. $92 includes motorcoach, guided tour and lunch. Code: 316 319 0101.

Cappies Musical Preview. "Edit:Undo" is a musical about high school, a tale of about teenage life, love, and technology at the dawn of the 21st century 2 p.m. at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax. The premiere will be performed be the crew of Cappies International Theater. $10, and can be purchased online at www.cappies.com/cit/. For more, e-mail K-K Bracken at kk.bracken@gmail.com.

Monday/Aug. 7

Nature Talk. "Flora Fauna Presents: Pond Life" at Hidden Pond Nature Center 3-3:30 p.m. Learn about the fish, insects and other critters that reside in the pond. For ages 3-5 years old. Free. Reservations required. To make reservations call 703-451-9588.

Nature Talk. "Gross Encounters: Scoop on Poop" at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Rodney Dungford reveals all his knowledge about scat, frass, droppings and poop left behind by wildlife. Rubber gloves provided. For ages 6 and up. Cost is $5. Reservations required. For more or to make reservations call 703-451-9588.

Singing Rocks, Black Light and Spectral Colors. Simple science activities at 10:30 a.m. Ages 8-12 at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Zany Theatre. Ages 6-12 help twist and act out two plays at 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Starlight Story Time. Ages 6-12 enjoy music, fun and stories and even make a craft for a trip to the beach at 7 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Umang Indian Dance Group. Performance for all ages at 7 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Open Mic Night. TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax, will have an Open Mic Night from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Must be 21 and up to attend. 703-591-9292.

Cappies Musical Premiere. "Edit:Undo" is a musical about high school, a tale of about teenage life, love, and technology at the dawn of the 21st century 7 p.m. at the Theater Lab of the John F. Kennedy Center. The premiere will be performed be the crew of Cappies International Theater. Tickets $20, and can be purchased online at www.cappies.com/cit/. For more, e-mail K-K Bracken at kk.bracken@gmail.com.

Tuesday/Aug. 8

Community Volunteer Fair. Talk to a variety of nonprofit organizations and Fairfax County agencies about volunteer opportunities 7-9 p.m. at the Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Over ten organizations will be participating in the fair. Contact Marsha Ashmore at mashmore@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3460.

Band Performance. Cellador with Engage and Tugnut performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages. $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Zany Theatre. Ages 6-12 help twist and act out two fairytales at 2 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Miss Belle's Sing-Along. All ages enjoy old favorites and orginal songs at 2:30 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Joe Pipik's Back Pack Puppets. Ages 3-6 enjoy a high-energy introduction to puppets with a pre-show sing-along at 10:30 a.m at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Band Performance. New music showcase at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

No Bills Night. Virginia residents may consult with lawyers free from 6-8 p.m. at the Falls Church law office of Reed Smith LLP. The phone number for the public service event is 703-641-4200. Sponsored by the Young Lawyers' Conference of the Virginia State Bar, the program offers individuals free, confidential, ten-minute telephone consultations with lawyers. Callers may ask the attorneys questions on any legal matter. Volunteer attorneys from around the area will not give legal advice, but will attempt to identify the specific legal problem raised in the conversation, and suggest available avenues for relief. Area attorneys interested in volunteering for “No Bills Night” can call Richard Holzheimer at 703-641-4205.

Cappies Musical. "Edit:Undo" is a musical about high school, a tale of about teenage life, love, and technology at the dawn of the 21st century 1 p.m. at the Theater Lab of the John F. Kennedy Center. The premiere will be performed be the crew of Cappies International Theater. Tickets $20, and can be purchased online at www.cappies.com/cit/. For more, e-mail K-K Bracken at kk.bracken@gmail.com.

Wednesday/Aug. 9

Nature Talk. "Flora Fauna Presents: Toads" at Hidden Pond Nature Center 3-3:30 p.m. Learn about toads and meet some of the center residents. For ages 3-5 years old. Free. Reservations required. For more information or to make reservations call 703-451-9588.

Outdoor Concert. The Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute of Washington, D.C. performs Chinese music at 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park Ampitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia as part of Lee District Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Immolation with Skinless performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 6:30p.m. All ages. $16 in advance and $18 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Who's Awake in the Night? Find out what animals do while people sleep at 2:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Ages 6-12. 703-339-4610.

Cody and B.J. Jammin' Beach Party. All ages enjoy live music and parrot at 2:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Quarterly Forum. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Quarterly Forum will be from 7:30-9 p.m. at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Michael Mescher, an authority in the study of Civil War period toys and games will demonstrate period games for both children and adults. Free. 703-425-9225.

Career Opportunity. The national organizational leader of 2 Sisters Gourmet, Kathy King, will discuss available careers with her company at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Golf and Country Club at 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. www.twosistersgourmet.com/web/barb.

Thursday/Aug. 10

Dance Event. The Springfield/Alexandria Women's Connection offers "Dancing Like the Stars" 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club. Instructors from Arthur Murray's Dance Studio teach participants how to dance. The cost is $14 and includes lunch and free child-care. Reservations must be made by noon on Monday, Aug. 7. To reserve a spot, call 703-768-4186 or 703-569-4670 or send an e-mail to sawmcon@comcast.net.

Outdoor Performance. Reggae band Shango perform at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Braddock Nights Summer concert series at Ossian Hall Park located at the corner of Heritage Drive and Four Year Run in Annandale. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Who's Awake in the Night? Find out what animals do while people sleep at 7 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 6-12. 703-978-5600.

Martha's Castle. Enjoy Medieval revelry at 2 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Ages 6-10. 703-339-7385.

Who's Awake in the Night? Discover what animals do while people sleep at 2:30 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Ages 6-12. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. Street Legal performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Friday/Aug. 11

Nature Night Hike. Learn about the nocturnal activities of forest inhabitants at Lake Accotink Park, 8:30-10 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Dress for the weather and leave flashlights at home. $5/adult, $3/child under age 16. To register, send participants's name, address, phone number, age, program title and a check payable to FCPA, to Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Virginia 22150. Please call 703-569-0285 for credit card registrations or more information. Refunds issued only if hike in cancelled.

Outdoor Concert. Junkyard Saints performs Zydeco music at 7:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Towne Center, 5955 Kingstowne Blvd., Alexandria as part of Lee District Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Help For Nepal Benefit with Mukti N' Revival performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ages 18 and up. For prices, 703-569-5940.

Band Performance. Ordinary Way performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Arts in the Parks. The Goodlife Theater, a children's educational program 10 a.m. at Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Free. 703-323-6601.

Outdoor Concert. Rhodes Tavern Troubadours perform roots music at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield as part of Braddock Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Outdoor Concert. The Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition performs bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax as part of Braddock Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Random Access will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. The Trustfall and Fistfull of Fifties will perform as well. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Flora Fauna Presents Toads. Flora gives facts about toads as youngsters meet some of the center's residents 3-3:30 p.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. Springfield. Free. 703-451-9588.

Art Show Opening. "The Post Moderns" art group, made up of Annandale artist Jennifer Schoechle and students, celebrate the opening of their show with a reception 7 p.m. at MOCA Gallery in Georgetown, 1054 31st St. NW, Washington, D.C. Show runs until Sept. 1. Gallery hours Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Visit www.MocaDC.org.

Saturday/Aug. 12

Full Moon Cruise. Cruise the waters of Lake Accotink under a full moon from 9-10 p.m. while listening to an interpretive tour of the park's history and observing the local nocturnal life. All ages. Beverages served on board. Cancelled in case of rain. Reservations required. $5 per person. To register, send participant's name, address, phone number, age, program title and a check payable to FCPA, to Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150. Call 703-569-0285 for credit card registration. Refunds only if cruise is cancelled.

Band Performance. Snatch with JWP and Storm Pilots performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10 in advance and $11 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Genealogy and the Internet. Teens learn about ancestors at 2 p.m. Ages 13-18 at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Sun Dried Opossum performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Band Performance. 3 Star Karma will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Running with Scissors will perform as well. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Hershey Park. Spend the day in Chocolate Town U.S.A. with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Buses pick up 7 a.m. and return 10:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, 12055 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, and depart 8 a.m. and return 9:30 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. $102 includes motorcoach and admission. Code: 316 390 0301.

Sunday/Aug. 13

Full Moon Cruise. Cruise the waters of Lake Accotink under a full moon from 9-10 p.m. while listening to an interpretive tour of the park's history and observing the local nocturnal life. All ages. Beverages served on board. Cancelled in case of rain. Reservations required. $5 per person. To register, send participant's name, address, phone number, age, program title and a check payable to FCPA, to Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150. Call 703-569-0285 for credit card registration. Refunds only if cruise is cancelled.

Band Performance. Snatch with JWP and Storm Pilots performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $10 in advance and $11 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Genealogy and the Internet. Teens learn about ancestors at 2 p.m. Ages 13-18 at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Sun Dried Opossum performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

History Talk. Historian and collector Joe Stahl gives a presentation on the identification tags worn by Civil War soldiers at 2 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Free. 703-385-8414.

Monday/Aug. 14

Animal Tales, Old and New. All ages enjoy the Lorton Library Puppet Theatre bring folktales alive at 7p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Ages 6-12 enjoy activities and crafts at 2 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Book Discussion Group. Adults discuss the book "Birds Without Wings" by Louis De Bernieres at 7 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

Open Mic Night. TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax, will have an Open Mic Night from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Must be 21 and up to attend. 703-591-9292.

Tuesday/Aug. 15

Book Discussion Group. Adults come to discuss "Billy Bathgate" by E.L. Doctrow at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Book Discussion Group. Adults discuss the book "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" by P.D. James at 11 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. Adults discuss the book "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Wells at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Summertime Friends. Children ages 13-23 months with adult enjoy stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Family Theatre. Enjoy a film with children and their friends 10:30 a.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Evening Book Club. Adults discuss the book "Villette" by Charlotte Bronte at 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Band Performance. New music showcase at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Wednesday/Aug. 16

Outdoor Concert. Jinny Marsh's Hot Kugel Klezmer Band! performs Klezmer music at Lee District Park Ampitheater, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia at 7:30 p.m. as part of Lee District Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

Band Performance. Venom with DevilDriver performs at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages. $25 in advance and $28 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Story Telling. Donna Washington reads stories from around the world for all ages at 7 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

A Little Create Drama. Ages 12-18 enjoy a drama workshop given by actress and storyteller Donna Washington at 2:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Book Club. Adults discuss the book "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic & Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson at 7:30 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Every Step of the Way. Ages 3-5 with adult enjoy a fire puppet show performed by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue team at 10:30 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Thursday/Aug. 17

Outdoor Performance. Garry Hanson’s Take Note perform as part of the Braddock Nights Summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. at Ossian Hall Park, at the corner of Heritage Drive and Four Year Run in Annandale. Free. 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Nature Talk. "Nature Sleuth-Case of the Smiling Skull" at Hidden Pond Nature Center 10-11:30 a.m. Dredlock Holmes and Nurse Watson and their CSI team must solve a mystery and their only clue is the Smiling Skull. For ages 5-7 years old. $1. Reservations required. 703-451-9588.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. Stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Toddlerobics. Ages 3-5 with adult come and enjoy stories, activities and crafts about movement and exercise at 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Thursday Theatre. Ages 6-12 enjoy a film at 2:30 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Friday/Aug. 18

Outdoor Performance. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra "Dixieband" perform as part of the Braddock Nights Summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Outdoor Performance. Sior-Og perform their Irish music as part of the Braddock Summer Nights Concert Series at 7: 30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborogh Drive, Fairfax. Free. 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Nature Talk. "Gross Encounters-Scents and Scentability" at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 7:30-9 p.m. Local naturalist and scent expert, Jane Austin talks about plant and animal scents and pheromones. A walk outside in search of scents will be part of this fragrant program. For ages 6 and up. Cost is $5. Reservations required. 703-451-9588.

Outdoor Concert. Pietasters perform ska music at Kingstowne Towne Center, 5955 Kingstowne Blvd., Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. as part of Lee District Nights. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for cancellation updates.

There's No Place Like Home. Ages 2-5 with adult enjoy stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. First Ray performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Band Performance. Humanroom, High Speed Changer will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Humanroom, High Speed Changer and others will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Mike Mess Hip-Hop performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All ages. 703-569-5940.

Saturday/Aug. 19

Walk with a Naturalist. Enjoy a leisurely walk with naturalist Clara Ailes through the meadow and stream valley of Hidden Pond Nature Center 10-11:30 a.m. to discover the abundance of summer wildflowers in the park. All ages. Free. Cancelled if rain. Reservations required. For more information or to make reservations call 703-451-9588.

Canoe the Marsh. 8-10 a.m. Early morning is the best time to view wildlife visiting the lake for food, drink and shelter. Novices and experienced canoeists will enjoy the easy paddling through open water and marsh habitats. All ages welcome. Meet at the concession stand. Reservation required. Limit 15, minimum five. Cost $15/canoe, maximum three per canoe. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack if desired. Cancelled if rain. For more information or to register, call 703-941-1065.

Sunset Cruise. Cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink and observe wildlife 8:30-9:30 p.m. An interpretive history of Lake Accotink Park and the area is included in the tour. All ages welcome. Beverages served on board. Reservations required. $5/adult, $3/child, babies on laps free. To register, send participant's name, address, phone number, program title and a check payable to FCPA, to Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield Virginia 22150. Please call 703-569-0285 for credit card registrations or more information. Cruise cancelled in case of rain or gusty winds. Tour boats cancelled in case of rain. Refunds issued only if cruise is cancelled.

Meet the Harleys. Fairfax H.O.G.s bring their motorcycles to answer questions and give safety tips at 11a.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. All ages. 703-293-6227.

Insectamania. Hidden Pond Nature Center goes buggy for all ages at 10:15 a.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. Too Damn Big performs at 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlins Saloon, 10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax. All shows $5-$7. Ages 21 and up. 703-385-5717.

Arts in the Parks. OTO Brass Quintet, a children's educational program, TIME. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Free. 703-323-6601.

Band Performance. Welbilt will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Localpalooza at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 2 p.m. $10 in advance, $11 at the door. All ages. 703-569-5940.

Band Performance. Locals Only Radio at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $11 at the door. Ages 18 and up. 703-569-5940.

Grandparents Day. The Fairfax County Kinship Care Committee presents a pilot program for grandchildren who are being raised by grandparents 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. This program includes a respite day to provide a break for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and activities specifically designed for grandchildren. Free/ Pre-registration is required, call 703-324-5205, TTY 703-449-1186.

Ellis/Liberty Islands. Visit the U.S. Immigration Center and Statue of Liberty. Buses depart depart 5:30 a.m., return 11 p.m. at Fair Oaks Mall, 12055 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, and depart 6:30 a.m., return 10 p.m. at South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Fee: $93 which includes motorcoach, admission and ferry. Code: 316 390 0501.

Sunday/Aug. 20

Model Train Display. N Scale Model trains will be running from 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host their monthly display and the caboose and gift shop will be open. Cost for adults is $2 and $1 for children ages 4-10.

Band Performance. Baba Gnush, Kick in the Pants will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.