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To have community events listed free in the Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail Lea Mae Rice at lrice@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks prior to the date of the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call 703-917-6459.

Thursday/Oct. 19

Disney on Ice. Disney on Ice presents "Princess Wishes," 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $65, 50, $27, $20 and $15 plus service charges. Buy tickets at Patriot box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 703-573-SEAT. For more information, visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Locals Only Live. Bad Apples, Dimestore Dandelion and others perform, 8 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $7/ages 21 and up, $10/under 21. 703-569-5940.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

The John Cowan Band. Bluegrass. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $22. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Friday/Oct. 20

Disney on Ice. Disney on Ice presents "Princess Wishes," 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $65, 50, $27, $20 and $15 plus service charges. Buy tickets at Patriot box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Peter Yarrow with Bethany & Rufus. Folk. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $22. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Saturday/Oct. 21

Disney on Ice. Disney on Ice presents "Princess Wishes," 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $65, 50, $27, $20 and $15 plus service charges. Buy tickets at Patriot box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 703-573-SEAT. For more information, visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Music Performance. Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs, 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Violinist Timothy Fain debuts. Pre-performance discussion 45 minutes before the concert in the Grand Tier. Tickets $50, $42, $25. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Band Performance. Bret Michaels, Turbulence and others perform, 8 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ages 21 and up. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $27 in advance, $30 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Choral Concert. The Fairfax Choral Society Youth Choruses present "A Choral Tapestry," 7 p.m., at Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Program ranges from Japanese folk songs to Mozart. Tickets start at $5 for students. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 703-642-3277 or visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org.

Harvest Festival. Mason Neck State Park hosts an "Old-Fashioned Harvest Festival," 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. Features arts and crafts, pumpkin painting and old-time skills demonstrations as well as hay rides and games such as three-legged races, egg toss, graces and more. Performers include the Skystone Bluegrass Band, Voices USA! a capella singers and instrumental musician Timothy Seaman. Food served by the local Lions Club. Free, $4 parking fee. For more, call 703-339-2384.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 2 and 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Sunday/Oct. 22

Disney on Ice. Disney on Ice presents "Princess Wishes," 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $65, 50, $27, $20 and $15 plus service charges. Buy tickets at Patriot box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Music Performance. Listen to George Mason University Band and Wind Symphony. at 2 p.m.. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Entrance fee is $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. Tickets are available through tickets.com, 888-945-2468, or in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For more visit www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.gmu.edu/departments/music.

Beans and Grains. Learn to cook with lesser-known beans such as azuki beans, and ancient "new" powerhouse supergrains like quinoa, amaranth, spelt, and kamut. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. Class includes recipes, food samples, manufacturers' coupons, and grains to cook at home. $45/person, $80/two people. Pre-registration required. Call 703-643-2713 for availability.

Music Performance. The U.S. Navy Band "Sea Chanters" chorus performs. 7 p.m.. at St. John's United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield. Free. Call 703-256-6655 or e-mail stjohns1@aol.com.

Music Performance. Ivo Pogorelich performs Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. An artistic discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets $44, $36, $22. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Benefit Concert. The Robynn Helzner Trio, the Machaya Klezmer Band, Flory Jagoda, Zemer Chai and Shir Energy perform, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Benefits Israel Needs through the annual campaign of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Admission is a tax-deductible donation, $25 suggested. Visit www.jccnv.org or contact Roz Engels at 703-537-3026 or RozE@jccnv.org.

Band Performance. Misery Index, Strong Intentions and others perform, 4 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 4 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 2 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Mountain Heart. Americana. 7 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $22. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Wednesday/Oct. 25

Dance Performance. Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company present “Images from the Embers,” 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, at Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. An artistic discussion is at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier. Sponsored by Wegman’s. Tickets $36, $28, $18. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. For more, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Celtic Fiddle Festival. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Featuring Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, Andre Brunet. Tickets: $20. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Thursday/Oct. 26

Visual Voices. Renee Stout presents printmaking discussion "Fragments of a Secret Life," 7:30-9 p.m., in the Fine Arts Building, B104 at George Mason University. Part of Visual Voices, a new professional art and art history lecture series at GMU. Free. Visit www.avt.gmu.edu/voices.html or call 703-993-8898 for more.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

"Man of Constant Sorrow: The Story of Ralph & Carter Stanley." 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Friday/Oct. 27

Band Performance. Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Offtrax perform, 8 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Spooky Movies. The 2006 Spooky Movie Film Festival opens with a double feature, "The Slaughter," at 9:30 p.m., and "Pervert!" at 12 a.m., at the Cinema Arts Theatre, Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Both films preceded by shorts. Admission to each film is $10 or $15 for both, available at the Cinema Arts Theatre box office. Visit www.thespookymovie.com or www.myspace.com/spookymovie.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 2 and 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

The Avett Brothers. Alt-Country. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $18. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Saturday/Oct. 28

Dance Performance. Tania Pèrez-Salas and her Compañia de Danza perform, 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, at Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Artistic discussion 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier. Program contains brief nudity. Tickets $36, $28, $18. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. For more, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Localpalooza. Cirkus From Hell, Timelord, Shizuku and others perform, 2:15 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 2 p.m. $10 in advance, $11 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Spooky Movies. The 2006 Spooky Movie Film Festival continues at the Cinema Arts Theatre, Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Visit www.thespookymovie.com or www.myspace.com/spookymovie.

Trick or Treat. The annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat Parade," 10:30 a.m., at the Springfield Plaza shopping center, at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road and Commerce Street in Springfield. Registration starts at 10 a.m. in the Springfield Plaza courtyard on Commerce Street next to Dollar King. Families can register to win one of five $100 shopping spree drawings. Winners must be present. Rain or shine. Contact Kelly L. Hesaltine at 571-382-1283 or khesaltine@rappaportco.com.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 8 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Paul Thorn. Rock/Gospel. 7:30 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $20. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Franconia History Day. The Franconia Museum celebrates its fifth anniversary with “Franconia: Past and Present” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Franconia Elementary School, 6043 Franconia Road, Franconia. The celebration includes performances by school choral groups, the release of the third volume in the “Franconia Remembers” series, and a display honoring the members of the Franconia “lunch bunch” whose stories are included in the books. To volunteer or be a co-sponsor, call Delores Comer at 703-360-3129. Visit www.franconiamuseum.org.

JCC Annual Gala. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia offers its annual gala, honoring Phillip and Renee Dondes, 7:30 p.m. at the center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Benefiting the JCC's special needs programs, the gala features "Murder Upon Request," live auction and gourmet dinner. Contact Sara Moore at 703-537-3024 or SaraM@jccnv.org.

Bike Race and Festival. The Fairfax County Park Authority presents the first annual Monster Mash Mountain Bike Race 9 a.m. and the Children's Health Festival 11 a.m. at Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. Benefits Trips for Kids Metro DC. Features activities, demonstrations, and displays on nutrition, environment/nature and more. To register, visit www.active.com. For more visit www.tfkmetrodc.org or call 703-209-5721.

Sunday/Oct. 29

Spooky Movies. The 2006 Spooky Movie Film Festival closes with the East Coast premiere of Korean film “The Red Shoes,” 7 p.m., at Cinema Arts Theatre, Fair City Mall, Fairfax. Visit www.thespookymovie.com or www.myspace.com/spookymovie.

Magical Afternoon. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia hosts an afternoon of magical activities with magician Jay Mattioli, 2 p.m., at the center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. A hands-on magic workshop for children 7-12 precedes the show at 1 p.m. All ages. $7/members, $9/nonmembers. Workshop is $4. Contact Laurie Albert at 703-537-3064 or LaurieA@jccnv.org.

Theater Performance. GMU Players present "The Shape of Things" by Neil Labute, 2 p.m., in the Harris Theater at George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $12/adults, $8 seniors/students. For tickets, visit www.tickets.com or call 888-945-2468. See www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Chanticleer: Love’s Messengers. Choral group Chanticleer performs 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, at Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $44, $36, $22. For tickets, go to www.tickets.com, call 888-945-2468 or visit the Center for the Arts box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Tuesday/Oct. 31

Band Performance. Celebrate Halloween at Jaxx with Fireball Ministry, Artimus Pyledriver and others, 7 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Wednesday/Nov. 1

Band Performance. Arsis, All Shall Perish, The Faceless and others perform 6:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Golf Tournament. Play a round at the second annual Mount Vernon Community Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road, Alexandria. Box lunch 12 p.m. with reception and awards at 6 p.m. $75. Proceeds benefit trails and sidewalks in the Mount Vernon District. Call Ron Fitzsimmons at 703-360-3822 or Bryan Armstrong at 703-780-3565 for more.

Thursday/Nov. 2

Chad & Jeremy. Pop/folk. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $30. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Friday/Nov. 3

Zuill Bailey & Awadagin Pratt. Cello/piano. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $22. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Band Performance. Alabama Thunderpussy, Pistols and Daggers and others perform 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Saturday/Nov. 4

Music Performance. Barenaked Ladies perform, 8 p.m., at George Mason University's Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. For tickets, visit the Patriot Center box office or www.ticketmaster.com, or call 703-573-SEAT. For more, visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Calligrafest. White House calligraphers demonstrate the art of elegant writing at the Washington Calligraphers' Guild's 8th annual art show and sale, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Hand-lettered artwork, art supplies, ornaments and more for sale. $5/person, free for children under 12. Call 703-569-4331 or see www.calligraphersguild.org.

Rodney Crowell. Americana. 7:30 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. With guests Minton Sparks, Elizabeth Cook & Will Kimbrough. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Bo Diddley and Friends. The legendary rock’n’roll musician performs 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, at Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Part of the American Echoes series. $44, $36, $22. For tickets, go to www.tickets.com, call 888-945-2468 or visit the Center for the Arts box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more.

Band Performance. Hanzel Und Gretyl, Bella Morte and others perform 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Sunday/Nov. 5

Chamber Music Performance. Providence Presbyterian Church offers "An Evening of Chamber Music," 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Student prices are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets may be reserved for will call or purchased at the church office, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Contact Mary Ellen Moss at 703-978-3934 or provoffice@verizon.net. Visit www.providencechurch.org.

Tuesday/Nov. 7

Band Performance. Fear Factory, Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated perform 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $27.50 in advance, $30 at the door. 703-569-5940.

Wednesday/Nov. 8

Battlefield Band. Celtic. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $20. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Band Performance. Steelheart and others perform 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. 703-569-5940.