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<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 19

<cal2>The Western Fairfax Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. This month our speaker is Virginia House Delegate from the 40th district, Tim Hugo. Newcomers are always welcome. Contact Betty Ann Olson, 703-263-1062.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 20

<cal2>2nd Flight Productions Theatre Company presents "Noises Off" at the Cramer Center Theater located at 9008 Center St. in Manassas. The play is about the frenetic on- and off-stage high-jinx of a second-rate British touring company. The story follows the acting troupe's progress from dress rehearsal to a ruinous closing night performance of a mediocre comedy, "Noises On." The performances will be on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or on-line at http://www.2ndflightproductions.com Tickets are $12 for Friday and Saturday performances and $10 for Sunday matinees. Call 703-927-5438.

Swing dance with King Cadillac. Dances held at the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 21

<cal2>Health and Wellness Fair: Centreville United Methodist Church (CUMC) will hold a health and wellness fair Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the church's new multipurpose room. Free health screening will be offered, and people 21 or older may obtain cholesterol, blood pressure or glucose-level screening (no fasting is required) on the spot.

Exhibitors will provide information about health and wellness services in the local community, and the Inova bloodmobile will be on hand. The Washington Redskins will give away an autographed football and an autographed jersey, and Trader Joe's is providing refreshments. CUMC is off Route 28 and New Braddock Road; the public is invited.

Wolf to Speak to About Gangs. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) will speak about gangs at the general meeting of the Fairfax League of Women Voters on at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway in Chantilly. Wolf will discuss how legislation he's sponsored is addressing the problem of gangs in Northern Virginia and the effect it can have in stemming the spread of gang activity.

The meeting is free and guests are welcome. Registration is required; call 703-404-0498 by Jan. 14. Wolf’s presentation will be followed at noon by a lunch at a cost of $25. For more information about the League, call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Luncheon and Program at International Country Club. The New Neighbors League Club (NNLC) will enjoy a speaking program by David L. Eno, a member of the Titanic Historical Society, who has researched the RMS, Titanic and mystery ship for over 20 years. Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. A social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Reservation checks must be received no later than Jan. 18. The International Country Club is located in Fairfax. Call 703-453-6116.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 26

<cal2>A documentary art exhibit is coming to the George Mason University Fine Arts Gallery located in the George W. Johnson Center from Jan. 23-27. The art exhibit will be on display in the GMU Fine Arts Gallery 222 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day. In addition, on Thursday Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. a presentation will be made by the head of the Chi Heng Foundation (CHF) about the Chinese orphans that created the exhibit.

The exhibit is entitled "Living Dreams in a Dying Village" and it dramatizes the plight of orphans in central China whose parents have died of AIDS from selling blood.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 27

<cal2>The Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., presents the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly on Jan. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Come for fine art and contemporary crafts, with more than 350 artists and craft designers offering works of outstanding quality. Craft demonstrations all three days along with food and other entertainment. Admission is $7 for all 3 days. Children under 12 admitted free.

Swing dance with The Fabulettes. Dances held at the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 28

<cal2>The Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., presents the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly on Jan. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Come for fine art and contemporary crafts, with more than 350 artists and craft designers offering works of outstanding quality. Craft demonstrations all three days along with food and other entertainment. Admission is $7 for all 3 days. Children under 12 admitted free.

Del. Chuck Caputo will host his first town hall meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Richard Frank room in the Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly. Del. Caputo will discuss his first few weeks in the General Assembly. More importantly, he wishes to hear his constituents' concerns and answer any questions. All are welcome. Call his Legislative Assistant, Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb, at the district office at 703-476-6944.

Fair Oaks Shopping Center will be ushering in the Lunar New Year from 1-5 p.m. with costumed dragons and lions, music, dancing, lantern displays, Kung Fu demonstrations, kids crafts, and more, representing a total of 10 countries. The event is sponsored by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center and will be held on Jan. 28 and 29 in the Grand Court at Fair Oaks Mall. It is year 4704 by Chinese calendar and is known as the Year of the Dog or "Bingxu" by its formal name. The official Lunar New Year starts on Jan. 29. Visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call (703) 359-8302

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 29

<cal2>The Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., presents the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly on Jan. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Come for fine art and contemporary crafts, with more than 350 artists and craft designers offering works of outstanding quality. Craft demonstrations all three days along with food and other entertainment. Admission is $7 for all 3 days. Children under 12 admitted free.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 1

<cal2>Step by Step Classes. The Center For The Arts, in Old Town Manassas invites adults and teens to expand their artistic interests in Watercolor from 7-9 p.m. without the investment of supplies. Each two hour session teaches students basic step by step techniques. $30. For more information conatact Louise Noakes at 703-330-2787. www.center-frot-the-arts.com

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 3

<cal2>Swing dance with Lush Life. Dances held at the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 4

<cal2>Town Hall Meetings. Sen. Ken Cuccinelli announced a series of town hall meetings, to be held at four locations in the 37th District. Meeting times and locations are as follows:

* Chantilly: Chantilly Library – Feb. 4, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. 4000 Stringfellow Road., Chantilly.

Constituents are invited to bring questions and concerns to the town hall meeting closest to them. The Senator and a staff member will be available to assist constituents with issues in dealing with state government.

<cal1>Tuesday/Feb. 7

<cal2>"Entrepeneurship 1-1: Starting a Business in Fairfax County" seminars will continue in 2006 with nine dates for the upcoming year. The Fairfax Economic Development Authority conducts the workshop for individuals interested in beginning a business in Fairfax County.

The workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at FCEDA headquarters, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 4550, Vienna. Sessions begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking. Sessions are free but pre-registration is required. Interested participants can register on the FCEDA's Web site at www. FairfaxCountyEDA.org. The scheduled 2006 dates are: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7.

The FCEDA promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA assists businesses by identifying possible sites and facilities, and is a source for up-to-date demographic and economic information.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 8

<cal2>The Friends of the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will be hosting their quarterly forum, starting at 7:30 p.m. Ira Reed, a collector of Virginia railroadiana for nearly three decades, will tell some of the story of Virginia's railroads as seen through a representative selection of artifacts from his extensive collection. The talk will look at Virginia railroading through such items as hand lanterns, switch locks and keys, annual passes, timetables, dining car china and silver and the like.

The presentation will be at the railroad museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station Free. Call 425-9225.

Step by Step Classes. The Center For The Arts, in Old Town Manassas invites adults and teens to expand their artistic interests in Pastels from 7-9 p.m. without the investment of supplies. Each two hour session teaches students basic step by step techniques. $30. For more information conatact Louise Noakes at 703-330-2787. www.center-frot-the-arts.com

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 10

<cal2>Swing dance with King Teddy. Valentine's Heart Hop, Cupid, Special Dance Deliveries, Candlelight Desserts etc. Dances held at the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 17

<cal2>Swing dance with Soultones of Swing. Dances held at the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (located on the corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). Dance includes a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. The band plays three sets between 9 p.m. - midnight. Cost is $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 25

<cal2>Performances at noon and 2 p.m. with Virginia historian and interpreter Carson Hudson in a “show and tell” program about banjos and bones at Sully Historic Site. The origins and evolution of the banjo are highlighted. Hear tales of the African American influence on music in early Virginia. Cow bones found in the South Lane site of 18th century slave cabins may indicate that one or more slaves played this percussion instrument. Cost is $7 adults, $5 children/seniors. Prepaid reservations are required by Feb. 17. For more information about tours of Sully or these programs, contact the site at 703-437-1794. Sully Historic Site is located on Route 28 in Chantilly, VA. From the Beltway (495) take either I66 west to Rt. 28 North or the Dulles Toll Rd. to exit 9A (Rt. 28 South).

<cal1>Saturday/March 1

<cal2>The Naomi Project is having its training session for volunteers from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad Street, Falls Church. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Naomi Project is a free, confidential, interfaith program sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches who needs volunteers who will be trained to serve as mentors to disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. Mentors provide positive reinforcement, help clients learn about good health during pregnancy and safe practices after birth, locate needed information, services and equipment, model sound parenting skills, and support their clients as they plan for healthy, stable futures.

Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed.

For more information, please contact Pilar Jones at 703 860-2633 or naomiproject@hotmail.com, or visit www.naomiproject.org.

From Feb. 1, through the end of April discover the African American presence at Sully Historic Site where tours will focus on the work of the enslaved community. Built in 1794, Sully was the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee. Without the work of approximately 30 slaves the fashionable lifestyle of the Lee family would not have been possible.

Tours of the house are given daily except Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in February and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning March 1. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children and seniors.

For more information about tours of Sully or these programs, please contact the site  at 703-437-1794. Sully Historic Site is located on Route 28 in Chantilly. From the Beltway (495) take either I66 west to Route. 28 North or the Dulles Toll Road to exit 9A (Route 28 South).

Mothers First – Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. February's meetings are Feb. 9 and 23 from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

New Moms Lunch. Mothers and babies newborn to eight months old, please join us for lunch, speakers, discussions and fun - a different program every week! Bring a friend or come alone - a great way to meet other new moms and babies in the Northern Virginia area. Babies age newborn to eight months old are welcome.

Here are the upcoming events:

* Monday, March 6, – “Financial planning – saving for the future” Jennifer Fletcher, Certified Financial Planner

* Monday, March 13 – “Nutrition” The Women’s Club

* Monday, March 20 – “Getting Organized” Misha Keefe

* Monday, March 27 – “Stroller Strides – Keeping in shape after having a baby” Tabatha Mitchell, Stroller Strides

Reservations are required for all luncheons. Luncheons run from 11:45 a.m. - 2:00p.m at the Il Lupo Italian Restaurant, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Individual luncheon $20; 4-lunch series $75 (good for any 4 lunches)

For more information and to make a reservation, please call Rochelle Goldberg at 703-273-5593 or email: eventbuilders@hotmail.com. Check out www.event-builders.com for additional information.

Mocha Moms Inc. is a support network for stay at home mothers of color. Meetings are every first, third and fifth Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon at the Reston Regional Library,11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. www.restonmochamoms.org. All are welcome.

The Northern Virginia Artists League (NOVALArt.com) is a local group of artists and photographers who meet every month for an "Art Outing" and general meeting. The group meets monthly to encourage each other, critique each other's work, and share ideas for marketing the art. There are monthly art outings for plain air painting or photography. All medias, watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, photography, etc., are welcome.

The Centreville chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club is moving. As of Jan. 12, the club will meet Thursday evenings at the Centreville Presbyterian Church 15040 Lee Highway, Centreville. TOPS is a non-profit, non-commercial weight loss support group open to anyone 7 years of age and older. At $20 per year, this is an affordable, supportive program for weight loss and weight maintenance. Weigh-in is from 6:15-7 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:10 p.m. Call Susan at 703-392-7937 or visit www.tops.org.

Fancy Cats Rescue Team adoption event on the first and third Saturdays and every Sunday of the month from 12-4 p.m. at the PetsMart, Fair Lakes. Cats and kittens need a loving home. Choose from a wide variety of loving cats. Visit the Web site a www.fancycats.org. E-mail to infoatfancycats.org.

Starlight Starbright has teamed up with Starbucks across the country to collect books and toys to give to children in need. Centreville Starbucks, 5623 Stone Road, is kicking off the 2005 toy drive with a bang and goal of being the Starbucks with the most toys. They are challenging the community to donate a bicycle per week and the local Starbucks will match it. Call 703-502-4845.

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 third Wednesday of each month in Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, Burke at 7:30 p.m. The group offers children's and family activities, guest speakers, book club, mom's night out, movie night, chat group and much more. Call (toll free) 866-716-7766 or visit the Web site www.novamoms.org.

Mighty Mondays with Mr. Knick Knack. Come sing, dance, and have loads fun each Monday with Mr. Knick Knack from 10-11 a.m. The event will be indoors all this month at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. Open to all ages.

Wednesdays with Noodles & Noggins Fun Club from 10 to 11 a.m. at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road. A new theme each week. Listen to a story, make a craft, sing songs, dance, and have fun. Suggest contribution per child. Reservations requested. Call 703-815-8600.

Thumpin' Thursdays with Mister Don from 4 to 5 p.m. Sing, play, and get the wiggles out before dinnertime. For all ages. Suggested contribution per child. Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road.

The Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the areas of Chantilly/Centreville. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m.-noon and ensuring that the meals are delivered to the clients, usually by 1 p.m. Drivers can choose to deliver meals weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or to substitute as needed. Call the Volunteer Intake Hotline at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186.

A Mindfulness Meditation Class will be held every Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at the Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main St., Fairfax. Free. Contact ErikaKL@aol.com or call 703-864-2807.

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. Fun book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share books and be part of a unique group with a different angle on book loving. Visit bookcrossing.meetup.com/72/.

Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting community-minded citizens from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The role of a CASA is to investigate a child's situation and to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child in court. All CASA volunteers undergo training to prepare them for this role, and no prior experience in child welfare is required. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity and upcoming orientation and training dates, visit www.casafairfax.org or contact CASA's development and recruitment associate at 703-273-3526 or staffatcasafairfax.org.

Red Hat Society. A chapter of the Red Hat Society is now in Centreville. Women age 50 and up wear red hats and purple outfits and kick up their heels. Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. in the Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (inside Centreville Presbyterian Church, off Route 28 south, near the I-66 west exit). All area seniors are welcome to join or visit. Call Mary Doerman at 703-968-7889, Scotti Brennan at 703-378-5206, or Sully Senior Center Director Carma Ryan at 703-322-4475.

<lst>To have community events listed in Centre View, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Photos, especially color, are encouraged. Deadline is one week before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-917-6434 with any questions.