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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 Hwy., Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Chesapeake Bay Discussion. The Rotary Club of Springfield will host Kurt Rasuch as he speaks about the 2005 State of the Bay report issued last year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Rotary Club meets weekly on Thursdays, at 12:15 p.m., at Greenspring Village, Spring Village Drive, Springfield. All interested parties are invited to attend. Call 703-339-9736 or visit www. rotary-springfield-va.org.

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

Hip-Hop Performance. Mike Mess performs hip-hop 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.

Terminal Fest ‘06. Concert features local and national bands, such as Transition, The Hint, Madison Apart and Kill Ketura, from 2:30-11:00 p.m. at The Warehouse, 8354 A Terminal Road, Lorton. Tickets are $11 at the door, $8 during the presale. 571-239-1757.

Irish Music. Roger Greenidge performs traditional Irish tunes 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. "Warehouse" spins D.J. tracks 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

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 at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. 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.

Ballet Summer Concert. Virginia Ballet Company and School will perform at 3 p.m. at Russel Theatre at Robinson Secondary School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. call 703-249-8227 for more information.

Road Trip. The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department is organizing a trip to Atlantic City. Cost is $50 and participants must be at least 21 years old. To make reservations or for more information, call 703-385-7978.

Irish Session. Listen to Irish music 12-2 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Irish Music. Colin McMenamin plays traditional Irish music 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Dance party to Auld Shebeen D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

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.

Irish Concert. The Shebeens perform 6 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. Reservations recommended. Call 703-293-9600.

Monday/Aug. 21

Crafty Kids. Ages 6-12 enjoy a craft surprise at 4 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Stuffed with Fluff. Ages 2-3 with adult bring a stuffed animal for stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Once Upon A Dragon. All ages enjoy storyteller Gary Lloyd announce dragon tales with a giant brass gong at 2:30 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

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.

"Our Favorite Things" Sing-Along. Join the Fairfax Choral Society in singing your favorite choral works. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-642-3277 for more information.

Tuesday/Aug. 22

Book Discussion Group. Adults discuss 'Odd Thomas' by Dean Koontz at 6:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Grow! Grow! Grow! Children ages 2-5 with adult listen to stories and enjoy activities about gardens at 10:15 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.

Wednesday/Aug. 23

Children's Show. Flumpa and Friends Live! 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Fairfax Corner, Fairfax. Wendy Whitten, "The Singing Scientist," and Flumpa the tree frog perform their free interactive musical science show. Call 615-646-3644 or e-mail flumpa@aol.com.

Outdoor Concert. Randy Barrett performs folk and bluegrass 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.

Summer Vacation. 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.

Just Imagine. Challenge the brain with fun activities at 2 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Ages 7-12. 703-339-4610.

Library Writer's Peer Review Group. Adults who are seriously pursuing the path to publication gain advice at 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Burke Lake Junior Club Championship. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Course located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. An 18-hole tournmanent for all age divisions. Limited to 96 players; registration begins two weeks prior to event. Call 703-323-1641.

Thursday/Aug. 24

Outdoor Performance. The Continentals perform polka style music 7:30 p.m. as part of the Braddock Nights summer concert series. Concert will take place 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.

Stories Under the Stars. Ages 3-6 with adult at 7 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Fairytale Time. Ages 6-12 make a story come alive with fun activities and crafts at 2 p.m at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. 703-644-7333.

Friday/Aug. 25

Outdoor Performance. Alte Kameradan perform their Bavarian style music 7:30 p.m. as part of the Braddock Nights summer concert series. Concert will take place at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Outdoor Performance. Clarence Turner Blues Band perform 7:30 p.m. as part of the Braddock Nights summer concert series. Concert takes place at Royal Lake Park, 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax. Free. Call 703-324-SHOW for information on weather cancellations.

Outdoor Concert. Art Sherrod, Jr. performs jazz 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.

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

Band Performance. Spread Eagle performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Irish Music. The Flying Cows of Ventry perform traditional Irish songs 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. "Alan Has Radar" spins 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Aug. 26

Microsoft Excel. Adults enjoy an introduction to creating spreadsheets at 2:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Destro 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. The Vicious Martinis 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, featuring Envy Insane and other bands. Doors open at 2 p.m. $10 in advance, $11 at the door. All ages. 703-569-5940.

Pickin' on the Neck. A day of bluegrass sponsored by the Lion’s Club, at Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Contact Steve Mahan at 703-587-4575 for more information.

Constituent Services on Wheels. A member of U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11)'s staff will be available to assist residents with federal matters l0 a.m.-12 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call Meg Butterworth, director of Constituent Services on Wheels at 703-916-9610.

Irish Session. Listen to Irish session music 12-2 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Irish Music. The Flying Cows of Ventry perform traditional Irish songs 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Dance party to Auld Shebeen D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3971 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Clothing Donations. The Springfield Church of Christ will be giving away both clothing and school supplies from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at 7512 Old Keene Mill Road. Clothing is available for infants, toddlers and adults; though this event is geared toward helping students get ready to return to school. Call Carrie Leslie for more information 703-451-4011.

Monday/Aug. 28

Nature Talk. "Flora Fauna Presents Animal Care" at Hidden Pond Nature Center 3-3:30 p.m. Learn about what the animals at the nature center like to eat. For ages 3-5 years old. Free. Reservations required. 703-451-9588.

First Page. Adults enjoy a group for all aspiring writers, novices and experts of all genres at 7 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Family Film Festival. All ages enjoy popcorn, drinks and a movie at 7 p.m. at Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

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. 29

Band Performance. New music showcase at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Must be 21+ to attend. Call 703-591-9292 for times.

Wednesday/Aug. 30

Choirs Auditions. Voce Chamber Singer openings in all voice parts. Schedule appointments by leaving a message at 703-288-7772.

Outdoor Concert. Arte Flamenco performs Flamenco dance 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.

Richard Byrd Explores. Ages 6-12 enjoy hands-on exploration of rocks and minerals at 1 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

Thursday/Aug. 31

Outdoor Performance. The City of Fairfax “Dixieland Band” performs 7:30 p.m. as part of the Braddock Nights Summer concert series. Concert will take place 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.

School Days. Ages 3-6 with adult listen to back-to-school stories at 1 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

Friday/Sept. 1

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

Art Show Closing. "The Post Moderns" art group, made up of Annandale artist Jennifer Schoechle and students, closes their art show with a reception 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/Sept. 2

Yard Sale. Boy Scout troop 1140 will hold a yard sale with furniture, toys, tools, clothes and more at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, and the event will run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m, rain or shine. 703-978-0246.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies for taking care of plants, 10 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Sunday/Sept. 3

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. Swythe performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10. Ages 18 and up. 703-569-5940.

Monday/Sept. 4

English Class. English language conversation group for people learning English, 7 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Open Mic Night. At TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Labor Day Car Show. 7th Annual Show "On the Streets" 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in historic Clifton. Open show. Awards, prizes, trophies. Proceeds benefit Fairfax County Police officers Vicky Armel and Mike Garbarino's family trust funds. $10/pre-registration by Aug. 30 and $12/registration at gate. Show and vendor information contact Jim Chesley at 703-830-2129. Visit www.customcruisernova.org.

Tuesday/Sept. 5

New Music Showcase. At TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Wednesday/Sept. 6

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

Writer's Roundtable. Writers discuss their work with other writers; new members welcome. 7:30 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Lunch Bunnies. Bring a lunch or snack and share stories, videos and fun. Ages 1-5 with adult and at the Kingstowne library located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria.

Thursday/Sept. 7

FamilySearch Introduction. Class on using the genealogy databases and the Family History Library Catalog to find information about ancestors, 2 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 13 and up. 703-293-6227.

Stars Under the Stars. Watch “Mission Impossible III” at NOVA’s Annandale Campus 8 p.m. at the soccer field, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Free. Contact Jessie Zahorian at 703-323-3484 for more.

Friday/Sept. 8

Band Performance. Semantic, Split and the Dreamscapes Project perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Saturday/Sept. 9

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies for taking care of plants, 10 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Windows Basics. Introduction to desk-tops, menus, toolbars and icons, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Real Estate Event. Come and meet local builders 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Marriot, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. Event also includes seminars. Bring children to enjoy time with a real magician.

Band Performance. Fánaí, an Irish band based in Alaska, performs from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5 cover. Ages 21 and up. 703-293-9600.

Benefit Auction. Parents and Associates of the Northern Virginia Training Center, along with the Fairfax Civitan Club, host fund-raising silent and live auctions starting at 8 a.m. at the NVTC gymnasium, 9901 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Funds raised will go toward needed items for residents with severe and profound mental retardation. Live auction begins 10 a.m. Items include passes to Disney World, washing machine, furniture and over 100 gift certificates. Free. Visit www.parentsandassociatesnvtc.com or call 703-726-0965.

Sunday/Sept. 10

Vegetarian Gourmet. Learn to make healthy lactose-free snacks and desserts for lunchbox ideas, brown-bagging, or entertaining, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. Participants receive goodie bags of manufacturers' samples to take home. $45/person; $80/two people. Pre-registration required. Call 703-643-2713 for availability.

Interfaith Picnic. Annandale-area neighbors come together at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of conversation and activities for children and adults. Bring food, drinks, chairs and/or blankets. Car pooling is encouraged. For more information call the Community Interfaith Office at 703-324-3453.

Church Picnic. The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church hosts an old-fashioned church picnic with food, fellowship and fun. 12:15 p.m. at 8508 Hooes Road, Springfield. Free. 703-451-8223.

Art Show Reception. Meet artist Claudette Downs at a reception celebrating her art show, "Skies," 1-4 p.m. at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Show runs until Oct. 1.

Art Show Reception. A reception for artist Marilyn Milici of Alexandria and jewelry maker Carol Holmes or Woodbridge will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan, to commemorate the presentation of their work, “The Scenic Route”. Show runs from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2.