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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.

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

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.

Train Days. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum offers running trains 12-5 p.m. In the community room, the Potomac Module Crew will set up their H-O gauge, and Monty will have his Lego trains. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will have their N-scale trains running in the newly restored caboose. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Admission $2 adults, $1 children 4-10. 703-425-9225.

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. Seventh 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.

Train Days. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum offers running trains 12-5 p.m. In the community room, the Potomac Module Crew will set up their H-O gauge, and Monty will have his Lego trains. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will have their N-scale trains running in the newly restored caboose. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Admission $2 adults, $1 children 4-10. 703-425-9225.

Tuesday/Sept. 5

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

Community Forum. The West Springfield District Station Citizen’s Advisory Committe provides an informal forum for the exchange of information between police and citizens 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Springfield District Police Station, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield. Station Commander Captain Jack Hurlock presents a “State of the District” review. For more information, e-mail wsdscac@hotmail.com or call 703-644-5026.

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.

Piano Concert. The Washington International Piano Artists Competition opens its season with a benefit concert 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum of Alexandria, 201 South Washington St., Alexandria. Jim Allison and John Gardecki perform. Concert benefits The Festival of Music 2007 and The Fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition. Call 703-486-0071 to RSVP.

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.

Teen Party. All Fairfax County teens are invited to a "Back-to-School Blast-Off Teen Party" 7–11 p.m. at the Mott Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Free before 9 p.m. and $5 after 9 p.m. Teens must be a member of the Mott Teen Center and must be between the ages of 13-18. There will be refreshments and a D.J. To register with the Mott Center for free, call 703-278-8605, TTY 711.

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

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.

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.

Fun Festival. The 4th Annual Community Fun Festival is at St. John's Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Train ride, moon bounce, slide, games, crafts, vendor booths, food and free live music will be at the event. Children and youth will receive first 20 tickets free. Additional tickets are 5 for $1. Rain or shine. Call for more information 703-560-6655.

Live Performance. Aap Ka Sarror performs at the George Mason University Patriot Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150, $75, and $35. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com or call 703-573-SEAT for tickets.

Interior Decorating Seminar. Sandra Hambley, regional director of Decor & You, presents a seminar on Interior Decorating Tips from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Fairfax Home Building and Remodeling show, at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission; $5 donation to Home Aid of Northern Virginia is suggested. Call 703-749-1616 for more information.

Book Sale. $2 can buy an armful of books at the Friends of Richard Byrd Library Fall Book Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale includes books plus media offerings including books on tape and DVDs. Library is at 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Funds benefit library programs.

CPR Training. Registration required for CPR Training, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-385-7940 for price.

Sunday/Sept. 10

Vegetarian Gourmet. Learn to make healthy lactose-free snacks and desserts for lunch box 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.

Water Blast. Fairfax Community Church youth ministry offers "Water Blast '06" at 12:30 p.m. Located at 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax. For more information, visit www.waterblast06.com.

Grandparent’s Day Tea. Guests learn about tea customs of the early 19th century followed by free house tour home 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Children have hands-on activities with their grandparents to learn of family history. Children 8 years old and older. Reservations required. $25 for tea and tour of Woodlawn, $30 for tea and tour of Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. Call 703-780-4000 ext. 33 for more information.

Monday/Sept. 11

Crafty Kids. Craft activities, 3 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 6-12. 703-978-5600.

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

Cooking Class. Cooking class teaches kids and adults how to make nutritious snacks, 7 p.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Ages 6-12. 703-339-7385.

Moody Mondays. Stories and activities about feelings, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-644-7333.

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

Starlight Time: Cooking with Kids. Learn how to make nutritious snacks that are easy and fun to make. Ages 6-12 at the Lorton Regional Library located at 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. 703-339-7385.

Remembrance Ceremony. Fairfax County hosts its fifth annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Grove. Those attending should gather by 8:45 a.m. in the Forum area of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Rain site for the ceremony is the Forum. Regular meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors follows the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Auditorium. For more information about the ceremony or to request reasonable ADA accommodations, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Tuesday/Sept. 12

Two-riffic Twos. Stories and activities, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 24-35 months with adult. 703-978-5600.

Tiny Tots. Short stories, finger plays and activities for children. 10:15 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 13-17 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Small Oneders. Short Stories, finger plays and activities for children. 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 18-23 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Book Discussion. The group will discuss "The Known World" by Edward Jones. 1 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. 703-644-7333.

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

Band Performance. Heavy metal group Celtic Frost kicks off its first North American tour in 15 years at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. $33 in advance, $38 at the door. All ages. 703-569-5940.

Guest Presentation. The Woman’s Club of Springfield, Inc. hosts a guest speaker from Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization at 7 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Topic is empowerment and peer support for women with breast cancer. Meeting opened to all women in the community. Visit http://hometown.aol.com/lrmdell/WCOS.html for more.

Wednesday/Sept. 13

Folk Music. Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson perform "Retro Folk" music for the family, 7 p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. All ages. 703-978-5600.

Band Performance. Celtic Frost performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. $33 in advance, $38 at the door. All ages. 703-569-5940.

Marriage Amendment Discussion. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area hosts an open discussion on the impact of the institution of marriage on contemporary society at 6:15 p.m. at the Yen Cheng Restaurant, 9992 Main St., Fairfax. Call Pier 703-256-1019 for more information. The study material for this meeting can be downloaded from www.lwv-fairfax.org.

Thursday/Sept. 14

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 6-9 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. For more, call 703-293-6227.

Book Group. Mother and daughter book discussion group at 7 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 12-16 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Seminar. Seminar on economic development presented by the Office of Continuing Professional Education. 10 a.m., Prince William Campus of George Mason University, 10900 University Blvd., Manassas. 703-993-8335.

Dance Class. Beginner tap dance classes for Fairfax County seniors ages 55 or older start at 1:15 p.m. at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Classes also offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Free. For more information or to enroll in a class, call Raedina Winters at 703-370-1466.

Edible Fruit Arrangements Class. Learn to arrange fruit 7 p.m. at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road in Fairfax. Adults. $99, advance registration required. For more information, contact FCPS' Office of Adult and Community Education, 5775 Spindle Court, Centreville by calling 703-227-2274, faxing 703-803-2058, or visiting www.fcps.edu/aceclasses.

Women's Luncheon. The Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection offers an “Enhancing your Wardrobe with Accessories" luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club, Fort Belvoir. $14 includes luncheon. Child-care free. Fashion consultant Audrey Davidson shows how to use accessories to stretch a wardrobe and transform outfits. Willie Bongiorno is guest speaker as well. Reserve a spot by 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Call 703-768-4186 or 703-569-4670 for reservations.

Friday/Sept. 15

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 10-5 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. 703-293-6227.

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

Band Performance. Kix performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Shotgun Class. Learn about defensive shotgun use in a safe, responsible way. This four-hour class will focus on safety, operation, maintenance, storage, transportation and shooting of standard defensive shotguns. Course taught by a National Rifle Association certified shotgun instructor at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. This is not an NRA approved course. For more information, call 703-267-1567 or e-mail jamselle@nrahq.org.

Gospel Concert. "An Evening with Donnie and Cece Winans" 8 p.m. at the Patriot Center at George Mason University. Donnie McClurkin and Cece Winans highlight songs from recent albums "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs" and "Purified." $43 plus service charges. Tickets available at Patriot Center box office, at www.ticketmaster.com and at 703-573-SEAT. Handicapped seating available by calling 703-993-3035.

TheatreSports Competition. A team-based improvisation competition with high school teams from around the county participating 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Theatre at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. $5. Call 703-426-2123 for more information.

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

Saturday/Sept. 16

Republican BBQ. The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club is sponsoring a BBQ dinner complete with beer, dessert and line dancing. Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will be in attendance along with local Republican dignitaries. The event will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 177 located at 3939 Oak Street in Fairfax. RSVP by Sept. 7 with a $40 check made out to WFRWC and send it to Sheila Turner at 14327 Brookmere Dr., Centerville, VA 20120.

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 10-4 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. All books half price. For more, call 703-293-6227.

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.

Computers. PC computer workshop, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Lorton History. Learn about Lorton's local history, refreshments provided, 11 a.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. All ages. 703-339-7385.

Movie. Morning movie, 10:30 a.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. All ages. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. Waking State and Fourth Element with others will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Kix performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Shop For a Cause. All Macys' in Fairfax County will be holding a fund-raiser for area non-profits. Participating organizations sell $5 shopping passes and keep all the proceeds from ticket sales. Customers will receive shopping discounts, entertainment, special events and the change to win prizes. Nonprofits are encouraged to register their 501 form. To obtain an application, please contact your nearest Macy's. Springfield Mall Macy's: 703-719-6100; Fair Oaks Mall Macy's: cheryl.boyd@macys.com.

Creek Cleanup. The Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) will conduct cleanups along 13 stretches of Accotink Creek during the day. For more information e-mail Duane Murphy at coordinator@accotink.org. Stream maps are at www.accotink.org/Adopt-A-StreamMap.htm.

Masterworks Series. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra opens its 50th anniversary season with a piano performance by Santiago Rodriguez at 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Concert features Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Subscriptions to the five-concert Masterworks Series are available at 703-827-0600. $15 for students 21 and under with ID at the door. Single tickets available through Tickets.com, at 888-945-2468 or by visiting the Center for the Arts box office.

Sunday/Sept. 17

Presentation. The Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Association presents a discussion 2-4 p.m. at George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Author and group leader Peter Tveskov draws on his experience growing up in Denmark to speak on why history is subjective. Reservations are appreciated, call Rebecca Prather at 703-534-2274.

Model Train Event. N Scale Model trains run from 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host their monthly display in the main station building and also in the caboose. Admission: is $2 adults, $1 children, and free for children 3 and under. Located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. 703-425-9225.

Constitution Day. Celebrate America's Constitution 12-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. George Mason was a primary author of the Constitution, yet he took a stand against the proposed document. Converse with characters from the past and take a mansion tour to find out why. Special tours at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Adults $8, seniors $7, students 1st-12th grades $4 and children kindergarten and younger free. Visit www.gunstonhall.org.

Heritage Rose Tea and Tour. Guests learn about tea customs of the early 19th century followed by free house tour home 12 and 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Reservations required. $25 for tea and tour of Woodlawn, $30 for tea and tour of Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. Call 703-780-4000 ext. 33 for more information.

Monday/Sept. 18

Tea Tasting. Ellen DeCaro will be tea tasting and discussing the history of teas, 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703--978-5600.

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

Moody Mondays. Stories and activities about feelings, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-44-7333.

Children's Show. Old Town Hall Children's Performance Series presents "Barbara Effron: Still at the Seaside in September" 10:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-352-ARTS or visit www.fairfaxarts.org for more.

Tuesday/Sept. 19

Book Discussion Group. The group will discuss "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Book Discussion Group. The group will discuss "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson, 11 a.m. atKings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. The Group will discuss "The Rabbit Factory" by Larry Brown, 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Back to School. Stories and activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Ages 2-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Book Club. The Evening Book Club will discuss "Saturday" by Ian McEwan, 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Activity for Children. "'B' Is For Books." Learn about the letter "B" through stories and activities, 1:30 p.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. Ages 2-5 with adult. 703+451-8055.

Band Performance. Kamelot & Epica will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Wednesday/Sept. 20

Back-to-School Fun. Activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Book Club. Discuss "Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd, 7:30 p.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Thursday/Sept. 21

Book Discussion. Mother-daughter discussion group, 7 p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 9-11 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion. Teens discuss favorite book and preview new book, refreshments are served, 7 p.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Ages 12-18. 703-339-7385.

Time for Twos. Stories and activities about farms, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Foster Care. Adolescent and Family Growth Center Inc. is open from 5-7 p.m. to talk with interested people about Treatment Foster Care with AFGC. Social workers will also be available to talk with anyone interested in becoming a foster parent. The AFGC picks up its foster children from school every day, so interested foster parents must live within a 15 mile radius of Springfield. AFGC is located at 8000 Forbes Place, Springfield. For more, call Larisa at 703-425-9200 or visit www.afgcinc.com.

Band Performance. Locals only live. Eden Burns with Anamide and others will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $7 for over 21 and $10 for under 21.

Safe Boating Course. BoatSmart classes offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and power Squadron will be held at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road in Fairfax from 7-9 p.m. Instruction is free but there is a charge for registration and materials. Three more sessions on the following Thursdays 2 hours each. Register with Fairfax Parks and Recreation Dept. at 703-222-4664 or visit the Web site at http://www.usps.org/localusps/nva.