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Thursday/May 4

Disney Live. Favorite Disney characters perform at 7 p.m., at George Mason Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $21-41 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.patriotcenter.com or www.disneylive.com. Disability seating available.

Used Book Sale. Kings Park Library, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Theater Performance. The George Mason University Players performs Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the Euripides tragedy "Trojan Women" at 8 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Directed by GMU faculty member Edward Gero, the play recounts the final moments of Trojan civilization. Tickets are $10 and $7 students and seniors. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Limited free tickets available to Mason students.

Theater Performance. W.T. Woodson High School students perform "Jabberwock" at 7:30 p.m. in the W.T. Woodson auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Tickets are $5 seniors, $6 pre-sale, $6 online at www.wtwdrama.org, and $8 at the door. For more, call 703-503-4759.

Ponderings. Learn about shrimp at "Ponderings: Stalking Freshwater Shrimp," 4-5 p.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. $4, reservations required. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday/May 5

Disney Live. Favorite Disney characters perform at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at George Mason Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $21-41 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.patriotcenter.com or www.disneylive.com. Disability seating available.

Encore Presentation. Encore Presentations of "The Battle of Chantilly" (Ox Hill) movie will start at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at the Cinema Arts Theatre in the Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Visit www.cinemaartstheatre.com, or call 703-978-6853. Tickets will be available for sale in person at the theater box office starting on May 1 for $5. DVDs of the movie will be available for $21 including tax before and after the show. Call or e-mail Bert Morgan at bertmorgan@cox.net or 703-378-9743, or Chuck Mauro at cmauro10@aol.com or 703-787-9879.

Used Book Sale. Kings Park Library, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Dance Performance. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble returns to the Center for the Arts on at 8 p.m., in a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society. Their performance, "Sacred Space/Margam – the Path," is a journey into the inner reaches of sacred Hindu temples. A pre-performance discussion 7:15 p.m. in the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $42, $34, and $21. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. For more, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Theater Performance. The George Mason University Players performs Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the Euripides tragedy "Trojan Women" at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Directed by GMU faculty member Edward Gero, the play recounts the final moments of Trojan civilization. Tickets are $10 and $7 students and seniors. A panel discussion exploring political, social and psychological responses to genocide follows this performance. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Limited free tickets available to Mason students.

Theater Performance. W.T. Woodson High School students perform "Jabberwock" at 7:30 p.m. in the W.T. Woodson auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Tickets are $5 seniors, $6 pre-sale, $6 online at www.wtwdrama.org, and $8 at the door. For more, call 703-503-4759.

Concert. La Salle Dance Orchestra presents an evening of dancing music from 8-11 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Part of the 2006 Spotlight on the Arts festival, the concert will feature tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, with free dance lessons between the orchestra breaks. Tickets $10. For more, call 703-425-7926 or visit www.lasalledanceorchestra.com.

Saturday/May 6

Civil War Weekend. The City of Fairfax, Historic Fairfax City, Inc. and re-enactment group Fairfax Rifles offer a weekend of Civil War events and activities at the historic Blenheim Estate, 3610 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Events include a reenactment of the famous Mosby raid, speakers’ and booksellers’ tents, children’s boot camp, and music by 2nd South Carolina String Band and Southern Horizon. Free parking and shuttle service provided at Democracy Square parking lot, 10340 Democracy Lane. Admission $3 for adults and $1 for children. Proceeds benefit Blenheim. For information, call 703-385-8414 or visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Disney Live. Favorite Disney characters perform at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at George Mason Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $21-41 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.patriotcenter.com or www.disneylive.com. Disability seating available.

Spring Dance. Equality Fairfax and Dulles Triangles are partnering to co-sponsor the annual Spring Dance from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., at Holiday Inn Tysons Corner Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, for appetizers, a no-host bar, and a sit-down dinner before dancing and socializing. Visit www.equalityfairfax.org.

Book Signing. Beth Carpenter, author of the novel “Behind the Eyes of Dorian Gray,” will be signing copies of her book from 3-5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at Fair Lakes Promenade. Carpenter’s book continues the story of the title character, first introduced in 1891 by Oscar Wilde in his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

Fund-raiser. A silent art auction presented by Marlin Art, Inc. and sponsored by St. Peters in the Woods Church, to benefit a 2006 Mission Trip to Honduras, starts at 6 p.m., at St. Peters in the Woods, 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station. $15/adult. Hors d'oeuvres and dessert and coffee will be served. Call Mike at 703-503-9210.

Used Book Sale. Kings Park Library, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Music Performance. Appalachia Waltz, made up of fiddler/composer and jazz player Mark O’Connor, cellist Natalie Haas and violist Carol Cook plays a hybrid of Americana, folk and chamber music at 8 p.m. in George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $42, $34 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. For more, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Theater Performance. The George Mason University Players performs Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the Euripides tragedy "Trojan Women" at 8 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Directed by GMU faculty member Edward Gero, the play recounts the final moments of Trojan civilization. Tickets are $10 and $7 students and seniors. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Limited free tickets available to Mason students.

Theater Performance. W.T. Woodson High School students perform "Jabberwock" at 7:30 p.m. in the W.T. Woodson auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. Tickets are $5 seniors, $6 pre-sale, $6 online at www.wtwdrama.org, and $8 at the door. For more, call 703-503-4759.

Cross-County Trail Opening. Fairfax County officials and community members will mark the official opening of the trail with a day of events across the county. Ribbon-cuttings are 7 a.m. at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Great Falls, 9 a.m. at Oak Marr RECenter Trailhead Area, 3200 Jermantown Road in Oakton, 11:30 a.m. at Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale, 2 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Road in Springfield, and 7 p.m. next to the Laurel Hill Golf Club, 8400 Lorton Road in Laurel Hill. Music will accompany the Laurel Hill event, which will be followed by a fireworks display at dark. For more, call 703-324-8662 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Model Train Weekend. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum offers train displays 12-5 p.m., at the museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Potomac H-O Module Crew and Monty's Lego model trains will run in the community room and N scale on the Northern Virginia NTRAK permanent layout in the caboose. Tickets $2 adults, $1 children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and under. For more, call 703-866-3036.

Theater Performance. The Capital Baptist Homeschool Players in Annandale present an evening of three short comedies 7 p.m. at Capital Baptist Church, 3504 Gallows Road in Annandale. They will perform Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," "The Apple" by Jimmy Brunelle and "Clown Court" by Judy Wicklund. Admission $4 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call Julie Montgomery at 703-730-6364 or e-mail tom.julielbc@comcast.net.

Concert. The City of Fairfax Band offers its annual Spotlight on the Arts concert celebrating freedom at 8 p.m., at Fairfax High School Auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Featured works include "Festival of Freedom," a walk through American history through song with the Fairfax High School A Capella Choir and Mark Camphouse's tribute to Rosa Parks, "A Movement for Rosa." Tickets are $10 adults, and $5 seniors and students. For more, call 703-757-0220 or visit www.fairfaxband.org.

Folk Concert. The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra will perform "Music for Peasants and Princes" at 7:30 p.m., at the Ernst Cultural Center of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Performers include Andrei Saveliev on balalaika and Anatoli Panchoshny on basso. Tickets are $20 regular admission and $18 seniors and students, and can be purchased at www.balalaika.org. or by calling 703-744-9151. For more information, call Joel Leonard at 703-549-2010 or e-mail joel-leonard@comcast.net.

Walk for Life. Catholic Charities’ annual Walk for Life will take place at Paul VI High School, 10675 Lee Highway in Fairfax beginning with check-in at 10 a.m. The walk, which is between 1.5 and 3 miles, raises funds for the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA). Participants will receive a T-shirt and picnic lunch. Basic registration, which covers lunch and four T-shirts, is $15, seniors $10, family for $40. Walkers are encouraged to collect donations, which are tax deductible and may be turned in on the day of the walk. For registration information, visit www.ccda.net or call 703-425-0100 and 540-371-1124.

Yard Sale. Burke Centre Conservancy offers its annual yard sale on the Conservancy grounds, 6060 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke. The sale will take place rain or shine 8 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information, contact the Conservancy office at 703-978-2928.

Art Exhibit. Opening reception for Fairfax artist Amy Lin, 4-6 p.m. in the Fisher Gallery of the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St., in Alexandria. Lin's work is displayed until Saturday, June 10 in the gallery. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more, visit www.amylinart.com.

Puddle Jumpers. Preschoolers 3-5 can learn about their environment with naturalist Patricia Wood 1-2 p.m., at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. $4, reservations required. Call 703-451-9588.

Irish Music. Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts and the CCE O’Neill Malcom branch present an evening of Irish music and dance 7:30 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. Event features the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Music and Kilshaney. Free. For more, call 703-978-8265 or visit www.ccepotomac.org.

Free Comics. NOVA Comics and Games participates in the nationwide “Free Comic Book Day” from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at its location, 6324 Springfield Plaza in Springfield. A free comic will be available to everyone coming into the store, and Spider-Man will appear from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 703-912-6682.

Plant Sale. Hearts in Motion of Springfield presents a fund-raising plant sale 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Village 11 Shopping Center on Burke Road across from the Burke Post Office in Burke. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and soil available. Proceeds benefit competition dance teams.

Arts Festival International. Spotlight on the Arts presents “A Celebration of Youth” 12-6 p.m., in Old Town Hall and the Kitty Pozer Gardens, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. The festival features theater workshops, magic shows, a musical "petting zoo," dance workshops and more. For information, call 703-352-ARTS.

Sunday/May 7

Civil War Weekend. The City of Fairfax, Historic Fairfax City, Inc. and re-enactment group Fairfax Rifles offer a weekend of Civil War events and activities at the historic Blenheim Estate, 3610 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Events include a reenactment of the famous Mosby raid, speakers’ and booksellers’ tents, children’s boot camp, and music by 2nd South Carolina String Band and Southern Horizon. Free parking and shuttle service provided at Democracy Square parking lot, 10340 Democracy Lane. Admission $3 for adults and $1 for children. Proceeds benefit Blenheim. For information, call 703-385-8414 or visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Disney Live. Favorite Disney characters perform 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at George Mason Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $21-41 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.patriotcenter.com or www.disneylive.com. Disability seating available.

Used Book Sale. Kings Park Library, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Theater Performance. The George Mason University Players performs Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the Euripides tragedy "Trojan Women" at 2 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Directed by GMU faculty member Edward Gero, the play recounts the final moments of Trojan civilization. Tickets are $10 and $7 students and seniors. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Limited free tickets available to Mason students.

Model Train Weekend. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum offers train displays 1-4 p.m., at the museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Potomac H-O Module Crew and Monty's Lego model trains will run in the community room and N scale on the Northern Virginia NTRAK permanent layout in the caboose. Tickets $2 adults, $1 children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and under. For more, call 703-866-3036.

Band Concert. American Youth Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble performs 3 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. A Spotlight on the Arts event. For more, call 703-352-ARTS.

Concert. Music Link Annual Young Artists Concert and Reception 5 p.m., at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax. A Spotlight on the Arts event. For more, call 703-352-ARTS.

Plant Sale. Hearts in Motion of Springfield presents a fundraising plant sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Village 11 Shopping Center on Burke Road across from the Burke Post Office in Burke. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and soil available. Proceeds benefit competition dance teams.

Monday/May 8

Charity Golf Event. The Ninth Annual Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (BVFRD) charity golf tournament will tee off at 1 p.m., at Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and all proceeds will benefit local fire and rescue service in the community. Sponsorship support is available starting at $300. The fee for individual players is $175. Call assistant fire chief Dave Gudinas for sponsorship options or for more information at 703-980-2964, e-mail bvfrdgolftournament@cox.net, or visit www.bvfrd.org.

Nature Quest. Learn about reptiles 10-11 a.m., at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. $4, reservations required. For children 3-6. Call 703-451-9588.

Rose Discussion. The Arlington Rose Foundation presents “Old Garden Roses” at its meeting 7:30 p.m. at Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Highway in Fairfax. Nick Webber, OGR advisor to the National Arboretum and owner of the Heritage Rosarium in Brookville, Md., will give a presentation on the varieties and care of old garden roses. Free. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-860-0071.

Tuesday/May 9

Book Discussion. Author Richard B. Frank discusses the Pacific war. Starts 7:30 p.m. Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Free. To register, call 703-293-6227.

Wednesday/May 10

Junior Golf Tournament. Golfers ages 7-17 can compete in a junior golf tournament 3:30-6 p.m., at Burke Lake Golf Course, 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Closest-to-the-pin contests and prizes offered. Limited to first 48 players. $10 for members, $17 for nonmembers. Rain date Wednesday, May 17. Call 703-323-1641.

Thursday/May 11

Design Luncheon. The Springfield/Alexandria Women's Connection invites everyone to "Decorating With Style" on Thursday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Fort Belvoir Officer's Club. $14 includes the luncheon and free child-care for children 6 months old-6 years old. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 8, at 12 p.m., to 703-768-4186 or 703-569-4670 or e-mail to SprngAlexWmnConn@msn.com. Nancy Whiting, an interior designer who was selected to participate in the Loudoun Art Council's 2005 Designer Showhouse, will share easy and simple decorating tips.

Friday, May 12

Ponderings. Learn about skinks 4-5 p.m., at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. $4, reservations required. For children 6-10. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday/May 13

"That's Entertainment." Celebrate Communication 2006 with a free community event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts where more than 50 Exhibitors will be offering information on topics such as "Enjoying Music, TV and Theatre when you're hard of hearing," assistive Technologies, Sign Language, hearing aids, local support groups and hearing dogs. Rockin' Mother Goose will be there to entertain the children, along with "Music Together" of Vienna. Other children's activities will be offered as well as special vendor demonstrations and snack bar. For continuous updates, visit the Northern Virginia Resource Center at www.nvrc.org, call 703-352-9055(V), 9056(TTY) or contact Bonnie O'Leary at boleary@nvrc.org.

First Annual Daddy and Daughter Prom. Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Girls ages 10 and under and their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, or honorary fathers are invited to attend the dance, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. Prom admission is $50 per Dad and Date and $10 per extra daughter. The event will be split into two separate dances, with a dance for children 6 and under beginning at 5 p.m., and 6-to-10-year-olds' dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Contact Laurie Schaefer Boiardi, Event Co-Chair at 202-210-3812 or DadDaughterProm@aol.com.

Book Signing. Artist Howard Behrens will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. to sign copies of his coffee-table book, "The Best of Behrens" at Broadway Gallery, 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive in Fairfax. He will also unveil his latest collection of works, which will be on display throughout the month of May. Free.

Concert. "Rock Stars" will present an Indian concert 8 p.m. at the Patriot Center, George Mason University. Tickets are $250, $150, $100, $75, $55 and $35 plus service charges. Tickets available at the Patriot Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

Chorale Concert. The Springfield Chorale concludes its 30th anniversary season with a gala night of song and celebration 8 p.m., at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road in Springfield. The Chorale will present tunes from past seasons including folk songs, spirituals, Broadway show tunes, and American popular song. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts follow the performance. Tickets $20 advance and $15 at the door, with students $18 and $23 at the door. For information or tickets call 703-239-2180 or visit www.springfieldchorale.org.

Symphony performance. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will present its sixth Masterworks Series concert 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts. A free pre-concert lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $35-$60 and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-945-2468, visiting www.fairfaxsymphony.org, or by visiting the GMU box office Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Nature Walk. Wander through the stream valley with a naturalist 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. Free. Canceled if rain. Call 703-451-9588.

Yard Sale. Fairfax Station Swim and Tennis Club hosts a yard and bake sale fund raiser from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at 6203 Old Arrington Lane. Household items, clothes, toys, books, furniture available for sale, as well as baked goods. For more information, call 703-250-1314.

Sunday, May 14

Mother's Day Cruise. Take a Mother's Day tour around Lake Accotink at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield. Reserve a time slot at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. Refreshments served on board. Boarding fee $3.50 for moms, $7 for other adults, $4 for children and free for babies on laps. Reservations required, call 703-569-0285.

Monday/May 15

Golf Classic. Vienna Youth Lacrosse will host its first annual Golf Classic at International C.C., 13200 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax. Registration starts at noon; shotgun start at 1 p.m. $160 per player; $600 per foursome; sponsorships available. Proceeds go to help fund the new coach training initiative. For details on how to play or sponsor, go to www.viennalacrosse.org or call 703-715-8778.

Golf Tournament. Food for Others is hosting the Marblex Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Club, Haymarket, Va. The shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and registration opens at 12 p.m. The format is a four person captain's choice. Cost is $500/foursome and $125/person before April 30. $600/foursome and $150/person after April 30. There will be a boxed lunch, gourmet Aloha dinner, and contests and prizes. All proceeds will be used to support emergency food service programs. Almost 98 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to food program expenses. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, visit the tournament Web site at www.tournamentor.com/foodforothers.

Book Signing. George and Michele Zavatsky present “Kids Love Virginia,” a travel storybook for children, 10:30 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lake Promenade Drive in Fairfax.

Food for Thought. Fairfax restaurant Dolce Vita presents “Cibo per Pensare,” an evening of food for thought from 7-9:30 p.m., at Dolce Vita Cantina, 10824 Lee Highway in Fairfax. Tom Head, former executive food and wine editor of Washingtonian Magazine, is the guest speaker. The evening includes a four-course dinner featuring dishes made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cheeses, paired with appropriate wines. Seats are $75 per person, including wine, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 30. To reserve a seat, call 703-385-1530 Credit cards accepted.

Wednesday/May 17

Art Show and Auction. The Clifton Community Woman's Club will host a prelude to its annual Homes Tour from 5-8 p.m., at the Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. The event features a boutique, silent auction and local women's art show and sale. For more, call 703-830-3705 or 703-830-3418.

Thursday/May 18

Home Tour. The Homes Tour, an annual fund raiser to benefit local charities and scholarships, is sponsored by the Clifton Community Woman's Club goes from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at several locations in and around Clifton including Baskets and Boughs, Willow Antiques, Cottage Art, Judy Ryan in Twinbrook Shopping Center and other locations. Tickets will be available in homes on tour as well. Call 703-830-3705 or 703-830-3418.

Combat Cancer with Cooking. The Cancer Project, a national non-profit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research, presents a "Breast Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Class" from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Whole Foods Market, 8402 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. Free. To register, contact Customer Service at 703-644-2500.

Book Signing. Devra Renner and Avira Pflock sign and discuss “Mommy Guilt” 8 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lake Promenade Drive in Fairfax.

Friday/May 19

Book Discussion. Author Frank Kurt Cylke discusses the latest in vision and hearing services. Starts at 10 a.m. Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Free. 793-324-8380.

Concert. The U.S. Navy Band presents a concert featuring the winner of the 2006 Navy Band High School Concerto Competition at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road in Springfield. Free. For more information, call 202-433-2525 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil.

Night Hike. Join bats, owls and foxes on a nature night hike 7:30-9 p.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., in Springfield. $5 for adults, $3 for children under 16, reservations required. Ages 7 and up. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday/May 20

Morning at the Movies. The Ashley Fister Cole Foundation invites the community to its fourth annual "Morning at the Movies" charity event 9 a.m., at the Lee Highway Multiplex in Merrifield. The event is a screening of the new DreamWorks animated film, "Over the Hedge," with bagels, donuts, coffee, juice boxes, and other food items available at a charity snack bar. All proceeds will be used to continue the monthly Melanoma Support Group begun in 2003. Advance tickets recommended; purchase by mailing a donation to the Ashley Fister Cole Foundation Morning at the Movies 2006, 9601 Hershour Court, Fairfax, VA 22032. For more information, call 703-323-4683 or visit www.ashleyfistercolefoundation.org.

Choral Concert. Fairfax Choral Society presents a concert 7:30 p.m., at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. The program includes 20th century choral works such as Holst's "The Hymn of Jesus" and Chilcott's "Canticles of Light." Tickets $23, with group, senior and student discounts available. For tickets and information, call 703-642-3277 or visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org.

Night Hike. Join bats, owls and foxes on a nature night hike 7:30-9 p.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield. $5 for adults, $3 for children under 16, reservations required. Ages 7 and up. Call 703-451-9588.

Charity Event. Build-A-Bear Workshop invites members of the public to stuff bears for Ronald McDonald House Charities 10 a.m. at the Fair Oaks Mall location, 11922L Fair Oaks in Fairfax. Stuffed bears will be donated to the charity. For more information, call 703-383-3140.

Book signing. Tom Jones, Walter J. Boyne and Robert F. Dorr discuss their latest books about aerospace and aviation at 2 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lake Promenade Drive in Fairfax.

Vegetarian Cooking. Veggie Gourmet presents a dairy-free dessert-cooking class and book signing 2-5 p.m. at 9302 Hallston Court in Fairfax Station. Fran Costigan, pastry chef and author of “More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally,” will teach techniques of baking without eggs and dairy. Cost $50 per person. Pre-registration required. For more, call Mimi Clark at 703-643-2713.

Sunday, May 21

Model Train Exhibit. N Scale model trains will be running from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host their monthly display. Tickets are $2 adults, $1 children 4-10, and free for children 3 and under. For more, call 703-866-3036.

Arts Expo. The Exposition of the Decorative Arts goes on display 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Memberships are available at the door, and paid garage and outdoor parking will also be available. For more information, visit www.adsw.org or call 202-298-1100, ext. 7.

Charity Gala. Fairfax-based GoodDogz.org will host "An Evening in Tuscany" at its second annual Gala and Silent Auction 5-8 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Tysons Corner Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Friendly leashed dogs welcome, unless rain moves the event indoors. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, a doggie treat bar, cocktails and a silent auction featuring items such as an Apple iMac G5 and a whitewater rafting excursion. Tickets $85 per person and $150 per couple. Proceeds benefit homeless dog rescue. To order tickets, visit http://www.gooddogz.org/events/gala.htm or call 571-233-4557.

Art Expo. The Art Deco Society of Washington offers its 23rd annual Exposition of the Decorative Arts at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA in Annandale. This year’s exhibit includes a collection of giftware and cookware from the Everedy Company, as well as a presentation on vintage fashions from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. For more, call 703-541-0700.

Wednesday/May 24

Concert. The West Springfield High School Band presents its Spring Concert, at 7:30 p.m., at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 703-913-3800 or visit www.wshsband.org.

Thursday/May 25

Concert. The West Springfield High School Band presents its Spring Concert, at 7:30 p.m., at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 703-913-3800 or visit www.wshsband.org.

Saturday, May 27

Sunset Cruise. See the sunset from Lake Accotink waters 7:30 p.m., at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield. Refreshments served on board. Boarding fee $5, reservations required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 703-569-0285.

Sunday, May 28

Dog Days. Lake Accotink Park offers a pooch-friendly cruise 2-3 p.m., at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield. Refreshments served on board. Boarding fee $5 and $3 for children 8-15. Not suitable for children under 8. Reservations required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 703-569-0285.

Monday/June 5

Charity Golf Tournament. Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia will host its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Westfields Golf Course, 13940 Balmoral Greens Ave., in Clifton. The tournament will benefit SCAN's child abuse prevention efforts in Northern Virginia. For more information, contact SCAN at 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org.

Wednesday/June 7.

Art Show. Phoebe Twichell Peterson of Clifton will display her art at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 330 Gallows Road, until June 30. The twelve boat paintings will be exhibited in the Women's Center on the second floor near the library. Contact Phoebe at phoebetp@aol.com.

NARFE Picnic. Springfield NARFE Chapter 893 hosts an annual picnic at Lake Accotink. Contact Chapter President Joan McDonald at 703-643-2658 or vpmjam@aol.com for more information.