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The Analemma Society, through a cooperative agreement with Turner Farm Park, hosts a weekly public viewing of night skies at the observatory. All ages are invited to join with experienced astronomers and their telescopes on Friday evenings to learn and observe, weather permitting. Call 703 759-9018 or visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa.
Men's Softball League deadline is Feb. 24 for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. Games begin April 10 at Vienna's Southside Park. $450 per team. Call Kieth Fees at 703 255-6352.
"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," presented by the McLean Theatre Alliance, will run from Feb. 17 through March 4 at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Based on the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schultz. Showings are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for seniors, students, residents and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office or by calling the box office at 703-790-9223 or Ticket Master at 703-573-SEAT. For information and group pricing call 703-790-0128. Visit www.mcleantheatrealliance.org.
Roller Skating for children ages 3-10 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Through Feb. 27 from 3-4 p.m. $.50 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult and furnish their own skates and safety equipment. Call 703-255-6360.
Family Skate Night will be held each Friday from March 3 to April 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Admission is $1 for ages 17 and under and $.50 for adults. Bring your own skates or rollerblades and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with their children and are welcome to participate. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation service available to taxpayers with low and middle income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. The program operates between now and April 17. This year, all tax returns will be electronically filed. All taxpayers must bring a government-issued picture ID and Social Security cards for all persons included on the tax return. Sites and hours have been expanded this year. SunTrust Bank of Vienna, 515 Maple Ave., is operating on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information call 1-888-227-7669 (AARP NOW) or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
The Historic Freeman Store and Museum, in conjunction with Historic Vienna Inc., is putting on their first-ever exhibit dealing with African American History in the Vienna area community, with the cooperation of the African American community. The exhibition begins Sunday, Feb. 5 and runs until March 31. Store hours and museum hours after Feb. 4 are Wednesday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Freeman Store and Museum is located at 131 Church St., N.E., Vienna. Call 703-938-5187.
The Sunday Celtic Concert Series is running Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12. Seatings are at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. by the fireside in the Snuggery of the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls. Space is limited. Book early.
Toastmasters International - Navygators. Group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, 820 Follin Lane. Helps people learn and practice the skills of public speaking, listening and thinking on their feet. Call Alan Payne 703-255-8208.
Mothers Against Unjust Law, (MAUL) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in McLean. Women experiencing legal abuse, difficult litigation, parental alienation or child custody evaluations should call 703-748-0072.
Art Classes. The Great Falls Art Center provides weekly classes in drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture and art history for ages 6 to adult. Contact the Walker Road Studio in Great Falls for a class schedule at 703-759-3867, or e-mail to email@example.com.
The Wakefield Chorale, a group which shares a love for performing all kinds of music in a friendly atmosphere, is looking for men and women for our 2006 spring and summer singing season. All rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:30–10 p.m. at Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Call Dale at 703-938-8044.
Class registration for McLean Community Center's Winter/Spring session began Jan. 10 with classes starting Jan. 30. Classes include culinary arts and a variety of children and adult classes. Visit www.mcleancenter.org.
The Potomac River Gorge Trail: A Globally Rare Environment. Enjoy a self-guided, two-mile hike along the Potomac River. Fourteen trail stops reveal secrets of the Potomac River Gorge. Begins in the Riverbend picnic area, near 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, and ends at Great Falls Park. Daily and free of charge. Offered from 7 a.m.-dusk. Ages 8 and up. Call 703-759-9018.
Kids Appreciation Night at the Silver Diner, 8101 Fletcher Ave., McLean, every Tuesday night from 5-8 p.m. Every Kids Night features activities such as face painting, balloon art, clowns and music in addition to food. All kids receive a free milkshake with their meal. Call 703-821-5666.
Vienna Presbyterian Church Young Adults Group meets every Wednesday at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 146 Maple Ave. from 7:30-9 p.m. Contact Amy Reeves at Amy.Reeves@viennapres.org.
Mothers & More of Northern Virginia General Meeting: Mothers & More is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. General meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the Fairfax County Government Center at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Free. Call toll-free 866-716-7766 or visit www.novamoms.org.
Evening Walking Group. An evening walking group for adults meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The walk is three miles long, along local trails and scenic paths. The program is free, and registration is not required. Call 703-255-6360.
Birthdays on the wild side at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. Choose to explore the world of reptiles and amphibians, uncover clues about forest animals, dig into dinosaurs, take an archeology adventure or go on an insect safari. Call 703-759-9018. For ages 3-11. Reservations required.
Duff and stuff trail guide: Families can take the bag and hike a quarter-mile trail and use the clues to investigate the habitat at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls. From noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free. Donations appreciated. Call 703-759-9018.
Nature Escapes: Take part in self-guided activities from noon-5 p.m. at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, Wednesday-Monday. Free. Call 703-759-9018.
Scavenger hunt is available for all ages at Riverbend Nature Center, 8814 Jeffery Road, Great Falls, from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesdays-Mondays. No reservations needed. Recommended for families and scout groups. Free. Call 703-759-9018.
Salsa Dancing. Free salsa dance lessons are offered every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at eCitie Restaurant and Bar, on the 8300 block of Tyco Road, Tysons Corner.
Library Disability Access Services. Library group serves individuals with disabilities and sponsors a support group for seniors and people with low vision at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Vienna Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Patrick Henry Library is located at 101 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna. Call 703-938-0405.
Swing Dancing takes place every Wednesday night at the Potomac Swing Dancing Club Room, 146 Maple Ave. E. Beginning jitterbug/Lindy hop lessons are at 7:30 p.m., and dancing continues 8:30-11 p.m. Club members pay $10 for the lesson and dance, $6 for dance alone. Nonmembers pay $12 for lesson and dance, $8 for dance alone. Call Donna Barker at 703-978-0375 or visit www.erols.com/swing4me.
Voce Chamber Singers, a 20-member mixed choral ensemble, is taking auditions for its 2005-2006 concert series. There are openings in all voice parts, and all soloists are selected from within the ensemble. Voce rehearses on Monday evenings, September through May, in Vienna and performs in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Auditions are scheduled by appointment. To schedule an audition, leave a message at 703-277-7772 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.voce.org.
The McLean Youth Orchestra has openings for all positions. Musicians ages 12-18 can schedule auditions by calling Pauline Anderson, director, at 703-451-2399.
Mothers First is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' night out and lectures. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
Foster Family Training. Northern Virginia Family Service offers summertime training for prospective foster families. NVFS foster and respite families receive: intensive training, certification, continuing education, child/parent matching, ongoing assistance and 24-hour support from professional social workers, financial reimbursement, help locating support services for foster/respite children, foster/respite parent support groups, and family activities. Call Ginny Snaider at 703-219-2184, e-mail email@example.com, or go to www.nvfs.org for more information or to join the next training class.
The Master Singers of Virginia is taking auditions for its 11th season. Singers in all voice parts are encouraged to audition. The Master Singers is the premiere a capella choral ensemble in Northern Virginia concentrating on 20th and 21st century choral music. This 28-voice ensemble performs three major concert programs each season, each of which is performed three to four times, as well as other engagements throughout Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area. Visit www.msva.org. To schedule an audition call Diana Manfredi, president, at 571-213-6306.
Arc of Northern Virginia now offers respite care at their Kidz Clubhouse in Great Falls. They offer after-school, evening or weekend care. Respite care is available for children of all ages with disabilities and their siblings. Rates are $15 per hour from 8 a.m.-11 p.m., $7 per hour from 11 p.m.-8 a.m. and $5 per hour for siblings, with no charge for overnight care. Call 703-438-8370, fax-703-438-8371, or visit www.kidzclubhouse.org.
St. John Catholic Church, 6420 Linway Terrace, McLean, operates a thrift shop for all residents of Northern Virginia. The shop is located on the lower level of Carlin Hall under the parish office and features clothing, a children's room, a kitchen and household room and a limited amount of artwork and "bric-a-brac." Hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations are accepted during hours of operation and Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Call 703-356-7420.
All women throughout the Northern Virginia area and the Department of Defense in the National Capital Region are invited to explore possible membership in the Pentagon Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Membership is open to any woman (military, civilian, spouse, or contractor) 18 or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct lineal descent from anyone who contributed to the cause of American independence. Contact Margaret Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Ellis at email@example.com.
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. Take book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share books and be part of a group with a different angle to book loving. For more information and next monthly meetup date, visit bookcrossing.meetup.com/72.
Toastmasters International, McLean Chapter, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 p.m. Churchill Elementary School, 7100 Churchill Road, McLean. Join them to work on improving communication skills, to become more effective in meetings and to convey a message more concisely. Contact Kevin Whelan, 703-759-5009.
The Great Falls Women's Club offers bridge lessons, a knitters and crocheters group, a tennis group and a book discussion group. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend. Membership is open to all Fairfax County residents. Call Patty Staas, 703-356-5845.
The Women's Center hosts the Job Hunters Forum the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. The forum offers support for women and men who are actively searching for jobs. Cost is $10 members, $25 nonmembers each session.
New Beginnings, a nonprofit support group for separated and divorced individuals, has six meetings a month in the area on different nights in various locations in members' homes. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.
JAM! Jazz McLean, a teenage jazz band directed by Rob Holmes meets every Monday from 6-8 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. Bring an instrument. Call 703-893-0910 or visit www.geocities.com/jam4teensva.
McLean Newcomers Club is a social organization made up of newcomers and not-so-newcomers from McLean and its environs. The club meets at different locations throughout the month, both public and private, for various activities such as museum tours, coffees, card groups, book group, potluck luncheons, house and garden activities and more. Call 703-790-8384, or visit www.geocities.com/mcleannewcomers for information on activities or to join the club.
Vinson Hall Treasure Shop. Vinson Hall Military Retirement Community operates its Treasure Shop in the building at 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Anyone may come to shop Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Look at glassware, dishes, pictures, kitchen items and jewelry. Additional hours are the second Saturday of the month. Call 703-970-3722.
Falls Walk. Take a 30-minute walk with a ranger to Overlook 2 at Great Falls Park, exploring the park's natural and cultural aspects. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Visitor Center desk. Saturdays and Sundays from 1-1:30 p.m. Call 703-285-2965.
Ranger Talks. 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. during the weekends; see the daily program schedule for weekday times. Join a ranger at Overlook 2 to learn more about Great Falls Park and the Potomac River at Great Falls Park. Check daily program schedule for times during the weekdays. Call 703-285-2965 for more information. Free.
Bird-Watching. Rain or shine on Sundays from 8-10 a.m. Join an informal group of bird-watchers to catch a glimpse of resident and migratory birds in Great Falls Park. Meet in the Visitor Center courtyard dressed for the weather. Call 703-285-2965 for more information.
Friends of the Great Falls Library. A group of book-lovers and library users who support special programs for children and adults at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. The board meets monthly, September through June. For information on becoming a library friend, call 703-757-8560.
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every second Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Beverly Hills Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd. in Alexandria. Call 301-439-FLAG or visit pflagdc.org.
Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web, work with e-mail, or use the library databases. At Great Falls Public Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call for an appointment, 703-757-8560. Adults.
Personalized Internet Training. Learn to use the Web or increase skills. At Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call for an appointment, 703-790-8088. Adults.
The Order of the Eastern Star, Herndon Chapter 55, whose district includes Great Falls, holds its closed, regular meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Masonic Lodge in Herndon at 8 p.m. Call Donna Sumpter at 703-437-0859.
Newcomers of Great Falls is a nonprofit, social, philanthropic and cultural organization through which members can meet and get involved in the Great Falls community. Membership is open to residents with a Great Falls address or those residing in the Great Falls/Langley High School district. Call 703-326-4382 or visit www.greatfallsnewcomers.com.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) uncovers all that can be found in the universe as mothers. Mothers of children ages birth through kindergarten are invited to be encouraged in their role as a mom, wife and woman. Each meeting includes teaching based on Christian principles, breakfast, discussion time with other mothers and a craft. The children will be participating in the MOPPETS program. MOPS meet two Thursdays a month, September through May, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Visit www.mcleanpres.org/mops.htm or call 703-821-0800.
Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes. Offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities at 24 locations in Northern Virginia. The cost is $40 per semester, textbook included. Call 703-534-9805, ext. 222, or visit www.ccda.net for schedule.
'Banjo Man.' The Banjo Man, Frank Cassel, performs a musical children's show every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for 45 minutes at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. A donation of $5 per child is recommended. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.
Waterford Weavers Gallery. Fairfax Arts Center, 3949 Chain Bridge Road, Studio 4, behind the post office. Original fiber art. Free parking, handicapped accessible. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays from noon-8 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Call 703-385-4800 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Cynthia Hull at 703-860-4814 or e-mail email@example.com.