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<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 12

<cal2>Country Party. The Springfield/Alexandria Women's Connection presents "A Country Hoedown," from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Fort Belvoir Officer's Club, Richmond Highway and Belvoir Road. The cost of $14 includes a luncheon and free childcare. RSVP by Jan. 9 to 703-768-4186 or sprngalexwmnconn@msn.com.

Genealogy. An introduction to genealogy databases and the Family History Library Catalog, for ages 13 and up, is at 7 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Book Group. A mother-daughter book discussion group is at 7 p.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Stuffed Animal Pet Show. Show and tell, stories and activities about pets and stuffed animals, for ages 3-5, are at 1:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 13

<cal2>Concert. Naked Beggars, Wicked Sins and Sacred Realm play at 8 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Live Concert. The Old Town Hall Performance Series features Karen Johnson on flute and Carlos Cesar Rodriguez on piano, at 8 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxarts.org or call 703-352-ARTS.

Live Concert. Cobbler, RSRD and Baba G'Nush perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 14

<cal2>Concert. Todesbonden, Brave, Withersoul, Shroud of Bereavement and Xeper play at 7 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Computer Class. An introduction to creating and modifying databases with Microsoft Access, for ages 13 and up, is at 2:30 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Live Concert. Down to This, Summer Rain and Saturn Down perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Grand Opening. The Space, 6632 Electronic Drive, Springfield, will celebrate its grand opening starting at 6 p.m. Bands include Ampt and Hence Reverie. Free and all ages. Visit www.myspace.com/thespacevenue.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 17

<cal2>Concert. Sonata Arctica, Division, Engage and Encompass play at 7:30 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Book Group. An adult discussion of "Witness" by Karen Hesse, is at 7:30 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. No registration required. Call 703-293-6227.

Book Group. An adult discussion of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, is at 11 a.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Book Group. An adult discussion of "Devil in the White City" by Audrey Niffenegger, is at 7:30 p.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Stories. "Brrr, It's Time for Mittens and Hats," featuring stories and activities about weather, for ages 13-23 months, is at 10:30 a.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Stories. Stories and activities, for ages 24-35 months, are at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Book Group. An adult discussion of "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides, is at 7:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. No registration required. Call 703-644-7333.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 18

<cal2>Stories. "Let It Snow," featuring stories and activities about winter weather, for ages 3-5, is at 10:30 a.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Mythic Activities. Activities based on ancient myths, for ages 6-12, are at 4 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Stories. "Mitten Weather," featuring stories and activities about winter weather, for ages 3-5, is at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Stories. "It's Cold Outside," featuring stories and activities about the season, for ages 2-5, is at 1:30 p.m., at Richard Byrd Community Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 19

<cal2>Live Music. Join guitarist David Rastall, Patricia Rogers and pianist Barbara Cackler for the Friday Morning Music Club concert is at 11 a.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxarts.org or call 703-352-ARTS.

Stories. "Bundle Up," featuring stories, activities and a craft about dressing for the cold, for ages 3-5, is at 10:30 a.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Book Group. "Let's Hear It for the Girls," a mother-daughter book discussion group, meets at 7 p.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Book Group. An adult book discussion group meets at 7 p.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. New members welcome, call for title. Call 703-339-7385.

Tiny Tots. Short stories, fingerplays and activities, for ages 13-17 months, are at 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Small Oneders. Short stories, fingerplays and activities, for ages 18-23 months, are at 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Open House. Fairfax Civitan Club’s "Hors d’oeuvres and Civitan" open house will be open from 4-8 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center Complex in the Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Room 206A, Fairfax. E-mail President Steve Leonard at steve@leonardfamily.org or call 703-401-7741.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 20

<cal2>Live Performance. Charles Dutoit conducts a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25-$50, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 21

<cal2>Computer Class. "Computers Demystified," a class on basic computer skills for adults, is at 10:30 a.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Family Film. A family film is shown, at 10:30 a.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call for title. Call 703-339-7385.

Chilly Things. A Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalist discusses Fairfax County wildlife in winter, at 10:15 a.m., at Richard Byrd Community Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.

Live Concert. Rude Buddha and Ballyhoo perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Concert. The Fairfax Symphony, featuring David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $35-60, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25-30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Jazz Performance. Rick Whitehead, a Northern Virginia jazz guitarist, performs with nationally known bass player Joe Byrd 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at 49 West, 49 West St., Annapolis, Md. $20 cover charge. Call 410-626-9796 for reservations. Whitehead teaches jazz at George Mason University, Shenandoah University, Winchester and in his studio.

Concert. Downtown Singapore performs at The Space, 6632 Electronic Drive, Springfield. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. All ages. $8/person.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 22

<cal2>Blood Drive. An Inova Blood Drive, for adults, is from 12-5 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Photo ID required, appointments preferred. Call 703-698-3885.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 4 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Benefit Concert. Capitol Steps performs at a benefit for United Community Ministries at 4:30 p.m., at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria Tickets are available for reserved seating/$65 and unreserved seating/$35. Reserved seating includes appetizers, wine and waiter service. Capitol Steps is a popular musical political satire troupe who has performed for UCM for 13 years. Call 703-768-7106 ext. 346 for tickets.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 23

<cal2>Crafts. Snowy day crafts, for ages 6-12, are at 3 p.m., at Kings Park Community Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Call 703-978-5600.

Writers' Group. "First Page," a group for all aspiring writers, is at 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. No registration required. Call 703-339-4610.

Book Group. A discussion of "Got Tape? Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape" by Elle Schiedermayer, for ages 11-16, is at 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Stories. "Starlight Time: Stargazers," featuring stories, activities and a craft, for ages 6-12, is at 7 p.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-7385.

Art Exhibit. "Living dream in a dying village," an exhibit of 25 drawings/paintings created by Chinese orphans with AIDS run through Jan. 27, at Gallery 123, Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive, on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. Visit www.gmu.edu/gallery.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 24

<cal2>Book Group. An adult discussion of "Handling Sin" by Michael Malone, is at 7:30 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. No registration required. Call 703-339-4610.

Stories. "Ice and Snow," featuring stories, activities and a craft, for ages 2-5, is at 10:30 a.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-7385.

Stories. Stories and activities, for ages 24-35 months, are at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Stories. Stories, activities and a craft about winter weather, for ages 2-5, are at 10:30 a.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Research Help. A session on business research using library databases, for ages 13 and up, is at 7 p.m., at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Call 703-293-6227.

Writers' Group. A peer review group for writers seriously pursuing the path to publication with short fiction, novels or scripts, is at 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. No registration required. Call 703-339-4610.

Stories. "Mitten Weather," featuring stories and activities about cold weather, for ages 3-5, is at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Call 703-644-7333.

Pet Psychic. Diane Roadcap, a pet psychic, will be doing readings of pet photographs, from 6-9 p.m., at Silver Diner, 6592 Springfield Mall, Springfield. The event is a fund raiser for Riverside Rescue, an animal rescue program. Call 703-924-1701.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 26

<cal2>Stories. "Moving Along," featuring stories and activities about action, for ages 2-5, is at 1 p.m., at Kingstowne Community Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Call 703-339-4610.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 27

<cal2>Stories. "Puppy Tales and Kitten Capers," featuring stories and activities about pets, for ages 2-5, is at Richard Byrd Community Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call 703-451-8055.

Live Concert. Bludshot performs at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Performance. The Mill Run Dulcimer Band 8 p.m., performs at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. Call 703-352-ARTS or visit www.fairfaxarts.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 28

<cal2>Concert. Method of Friction, Suicide City, Saint Diablo, Site of Suffering, Eden Burns, Undaunted, Age of Decay and In Alcatraz 1962 play at 2:15 p.m., at Jaxx Concert Hall, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Live Performance. The Black Watch and Band of the Welsh Guard perform at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $22-44, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Family Film. A family film is shown, at 10:30 a.m., at Richard Byrd Community Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Call for title. Call 703-451-8055.

Live Concert. Head performs at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Call 703-591-9292 or visit www.ttreynolds.com.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25-30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 29

<cal2>Live Performance. Jeffrey Siegel presents "Mozart and Chopin: Virtuoso Variations" at 7 p.m., at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $17.50-35, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 4 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Concert. The Young Artists Piano Musicale is at 6 p.m., at George Mason University's Concert Hall Lobby, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The concert is free. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Concert. The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra performs at 1 p.m., at George Mason University's Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 30

<cal2>Stories. "Starlight Time: Stargazers," featuring stories, activities and a craft, for ages 6-12, is at 7 p.m., at Lorton Community Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Call 703-339-7385.

<cal1>Thursday/Feb. 2

<cal2>Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 3

<cal2>Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 4

<cal2>Live Show. The Ahn Trio perform classical music at 8 p.m., at the Center for the Arts, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $20-40, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25-30, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Chocolate Lovers Festival. The festival takes place in downtown Fairfax with many activities including Chocolate Challenge, taste of chocolate, pancake breakfast and activities for children. Advanced tickets will be sold until Feb. 3, for $5. Visit www.chocolatefestival.net for activities, times and prices.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 5

<cal2>Theater Performance. Theater of the First Amendment presents "Lift: Icarus and Me," at 2 p.m., at George Mason University's Harris Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Chocolate Lovers Festival. The festival takes place in downtown Fairfax with many activities including Chocolate Challenge, taste of chocolate, pancake breakfast and activities for children. Advanced tickets will be sold until Feb. 3, for $5. Visit www.chocolatefestival.net for activities, times and prices.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 7

<cal2>Barney Live. "Barney Live! The Let's Go Tour," is at 6:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $18.50-$28.50, and are available at the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 8

<cal2>Barney Live. "Barney Live! The Let's Go Tour," is at 6:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $18.50-$28.50, and are available at the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 10

<cal2>Live Concert. The Old Town Hall Performance Series features Ensemble Gaudior, at 8 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxarts.org or call 703-352-ARTS.

Live Performance. The Mark Morris Dance Group performs at 8 p.m., at the Center for the Arts, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $22-44, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 11

<cal2>Live Performance. The Mark Morris Dance Group performs at 8 p.m., at the Center for the Arts, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $22-44, and are available at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 12

<cal2>Live performance. Capitol Steps performs 7 p.m., at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets are $25/person or $20/groups of 10 or more. Call 703-923-0132.

<cal1>Thursday/Feb. 16

<cal2>Concert. Third Day, featuring the David Crowder Band, performs at 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets are $27.50 and $17.50, and are available at the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Live Music. The Friday Morning Music Club concert is at 11 a.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Visit www.fairfaxarts.org or call 703-352-ARTS.