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Thursday/Sept. 14

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 6-9 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. For more, call 703-293-6227.

Book Group. Mother and daughter book discussion group at 7 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 12-16 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Seminar. Seminar on economic development presented by the Office of Continuing Professional Education. 10 a.m., Prince William Campus of George Mason University, 10900 University Blvd., Manassas. 703-993-8335.

Dance Class. Beginner tap dance classes for Fairfax County seniors ages 55 or older start at 1:15 p.m. at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Classes also offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Free. For more information or to enroll in a class, call Raedina Winters at 703-370-1466.

Edible Fruit Arrangements Class. Learn to arrange fruit 7 p.m. at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road in Fairfax. Adults. $99, advance registration required. For more information, contact FCPS' Office of Adult and Community Education, 5775 Spindle Court, Centreville by calling 703-227-2274, faxing 703-803-2058, or visiting www.fcps.edu/aceclasses.

Women's Luncheon. The Springfield/Alexandria Women’s Connection offers an “Enhancing your Wardrobe with Accessories" luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club, Fort Belvoir. $14 includes luncheon. Child-care free. Fashion consultant Audrey Davidson shows how to use accessories to stretch a wardrobe and transform outfits. Willie Bongiorno is guest speaker as well. Reserve a spot by 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. Call 703-768-4186 or 703-569-4670 for reservations.

Town Meeting. Mt. Vernon's South County town meeting is 5:45-10 p.m. at the South County Secondary School Auditorium, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Includes a virtual bus ride with Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon). For more information, call 703-780-7518.

D.J. Dance Party. Dance to house D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Reggae Night. Street Legal performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlin's Saloon, 10675 Braddock Road, Fairfax. No cover with college ID. 703-385-5717. Visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Friday/Sept. 15

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 10-5 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Adelyn will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Kix performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Shotgun Class. Learn about defensive shotgun use in a safe, responsible way. This four-hour class will focus on safety, operation, maintenance, storage, transportation and shooting of standard defensive shotguns. Course taught by a National Rifle Association certified shotgun instructor at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. This is not an NRA approved course. For more information, call 703-267-1567 or e-mail jamselle@nrahq.org.

TheatreSports Competition. A team-based improvisation competition with high school teams from around the county participating 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Theatre at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. $5. Call 703-426-2123 for more information.

Bingo. Play bingo 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3638 for prices.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by Danny Schneible 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Junkfood spins live 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

D.J. Dance Party. Dance to house D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Sept. 16

Republican BBQ. The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club is sponsoring a BBQ dinner complete with beer, dessert and line dancing. Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will be in attendance along with local Republican dignitaries. The event will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 177 located at 3939 Oak Street in Fairfax. RSVP by Sept. 7 with a $40 check made out to WFRWC and send it to Sheila Turner at 14327 Brookmere Dr., Centerville, VA 20120.

Fall Book Sale. The Fairfax City Regional Library offers a book sale 10-4 p.m. at the library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Thousands of gently-read books for all ages in categories from architecture to military history to popular fiction. All books half price. For more, call 703-293-6227.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies for taking care of plants, 10 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Computers. PC computer workshop, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Lorton History. Learn about Lorton's local history, refreshments provided, 11 a.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. All ages. 703-339-7385.

Movie. Morning movie, 10:30 a.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. All ages. 703-451-8055.

Band Performance. Waking State and Fourth Element with others will perform at TT Reynolds, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. Call 703-591-9292 for show times.

Band Performance. Kix performs with other bands at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Shop For a Cause. All Macys' in Fairfax County offer a fund-raiser for area non-profits. Participating organizations sell $5 shopping passes and keep all the proceeds from ticket sales. Customers will receive shopping discounts, entertainment, special events and the change to win prizes. Nonprofits are encouraged to register their 501 form. Springfield Mall Macy's: 703-719-6100; Fair Oaks Mall Macy's: cheryl.boyd@macys.com.

Creek Cleanup. The Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) will conduct cleanups along 13 stretches of Accotink Creek during the day. For more information e-mail Duane Murphy at coordinator@accotink.org. Stream maps are at www.accotink.org/Adopt-A-StreamMap.htm.

Masterworks Series. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra opens its 50th anniversary season with a piano performance by Santiago Rodriguez at 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Concert features Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Subscriptions to the five-concert Masterworks Series are available at 703-827-0600. $15 for students 21 and under with ID at the door. Single tickets available through Tickets.com, at 888-945-2468 or by visiting the Center for the Arts box office.

Music Performance. Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer performs 7 p.m. at Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. Free. Contact Pamela Murphy at 631-907-2705.

Gospel Concert. The Music and Performing Arts Ministry of the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church in Fairfax presents Rev. Isaac Howard and the Combined Gospel Choir of Northern Virginia in concert at 5 p.m. at the church, 10185 Zion Drive, Fairfax. Features the Greater Little Workshop choir and other artists. Call 703-764-9111 for more.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by Stringer Folk 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Sunday/Sept. 17

Presentation. The Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Association presents a discussion 2-4 p.m. at George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Author and group leader Peter Tveskov draws on his experience growing up in Denmark to speak on why history is subjective. Reservations are appreciated, call Rebecca Prather at 703-534-2274.

Model Train Event. N Scale Model trains run from 1-4 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host their monthly display in the main station building and also in the caboose. Admission: is $2 adults, $1 children, and free for children 3 and under. Located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. 703-425-9225.

Constitution Day. Celebrate America's Constitution 12-4 p.m. at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck. George Mason was a primary author of the Constitution, yet he took a stand against the proposed document. Converse with characters from the past and take a mansion tour to find out why. Special tours at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Adults $8, seniors $7, students 1st-12th grades $4 and children kindergarten and younger free. Visit www.gunstonhall.org.

Heritage Rose Tea and Tour. Guests learn about tea customs of the early 19th century followed by free house tour home 12 and 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Reservations required. $25 for tea and tour of Woodlawn, $30 for tea and tour of Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. Call 703-780-4000 ext. 33 for more information.

Jewish Holiday Fair. Celebrate the fall Jewish holidays 1-4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Activities include making a sukkah, designing a holiday calendar, discovering how a wine press works, making a shofar and more. Music provided by the Machaya Klezmer Band. Free. Food available for purchase. Contact Laurie Albert at LaurieA@jccnv.org or 703-537-3064.

Lecture. The Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Association presents Peter H. Tveskov, author and group leader speaking on an “Object Lesson for a Senior Citizen in Why History is Subjective” from 2-4 p.m. at the George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Membership not required. RSVP to Rebecca Prather at 703-534-2274.

Benefit Concert. Medical Care for Children Partnership celebrates its 20th anniversary with a benefit concert and auction 3-7 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. Features four local bands, a reception, live and silent auctions and an awards ceremony. Tickets for the benefit celebration and concert can be purchased online at http://mccponline.org. Contact Meredith Eisenberg at 703-324-5194 or Meredith.eisenberg@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Monday/Sept. 18

Tea Tasting. Ellen DeCaro will be tea tasting and discussing the history of teas, 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703--978-5600.

English Class. English language conversation group for people learning English, 7 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Moody Mondays. Stories and activities about feelings, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-44-7333.

Children's Show. Old Town Hall Children's Performance Series presents "Barbara Effron: Still at the Seaside in September" 10:30 a.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-352-ARTS or visit www.fairfaxarts.org for more.

Havre de Grace. Enjoy the historic site of Havre de Grace on the Lantern Queen. The full day of sightseeing will stop at the local museums. Reservation required. $60 cost includes lantern Queen Steamboat ride, lunch and motor coach transportation which leaves at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Field Trip. Tour DAR Building and Museum and have buffet lunch at The Mansion for just $18. Reservation required for tour. Bus leaves for the place at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Tuesday/Sept. 19

Book Discussion Group. The group will discuss "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Adults. 703-293-6227.

Book Discussion Group. The group will discuss "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson, 11 a.m. atKings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion Group. The Group will discuss "The Rabbit Factory" by Larry Brown, 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Back to School. Stories and activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Ages 2-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Book Club. The Evening Book Club will discuss "Saturday" by Ian McEwan, 7:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Activity for Children. "'B' Is For Books." Learn about the letter "B" through stories and activities, 1:30 p.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. Ages 2-5 with adult. 703+451-8055.

Band Performance. Kamelot & Epica will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Wednesday/Sept. 20

Back-to-School Fun. Activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Book Club. Discuss "Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd, 7:30 p.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Band Performance. Face 2 Glass performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlin's Saloon, 10675 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717. Visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Thursday/Sept. 21

Book Discussion. Mother-daughter discussion group, 7 p.m., Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 9-11 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Book Discussion. Teens discuss favorite books and preview new books 7 p.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Ages 12-18. 703-339-7385.

Time for Twos. Stories and activities about farms, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Foster Care. Adolescent and Family Growth Center Inc. is open from 5-7 p.m. to talk with interested people about "Treatment Foster Care" with AFGC. Social workers also available to talk with those interested in becoming a foster parent. The AFGC picks up its foster children from school every day, so interested foster parents must live within a 15 mile radius of Springfield. AFGC is located at 8000 Forbes Place, Springfield. For more, call Larisa at 703-425-9200 or visit www.afgcinc.com.

Locals-Only Live. Eden Burns with Anamide and others will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $7 for over 21 and $10 for under 21.

Safe Boating Course. BoatSmart classes offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and power Squadron will be held at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road in Fairfax from 7-9 p.m. Instruction is free but there is a charge for registration and materials. Sessions on the following three Thursdays are 2 hours each. Register with Fairfax Parks and Recreation Dept. at 703-222-4664 or visit the Web site at http://www.usps.org/localusps/nva.

Golf Outing. Join a “fun and only fun” golf outing at Burke Lake Golf Course at 10:10 a.m. for $16. Advance registration required. If necessary, golf clubs, pull carts and handicap carts are available for nominal fee. Rain date is Friday, Sept. 22. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Visual Voices. Kuiyi Shen, art history expert, presents "Institutional Critique and After: Some Issues in the Art of 21st Century China" 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. in Harris Theater 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.

Live in the Cellar. Jah Works plays reggae 9 p.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Reggae Night. Street Legal performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlin's Saloon, 10675 Braddock Road, Fairfax. No cover with college ID. 703-385-5717. Visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Friday/Sept. 22

Bingo. Play bingo 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3638 for prices.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by Colin McMenamin 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. Dr. Fu spins live 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Sept. 23

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies for taking care of plants, 10 a.m. at Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Computer Class. Lesson on Windows Explorer basics, 10:30 a.m., Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Consignment Sale. The Fairfax United Methodist Church has a Little Angel Consignment Sale for gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment, costumes and maternity clothes. There will be a half-price sale from 11:30 to noon and proceeds will go to support local children’s and women’s missions of the church. The sale is from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax, VA. 703-587-4575.

Band Performance. Dokken with Bloodlines will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Ages 21 and up, doors open at 7:30 p.m.. and tickets are $25 advance and $28 at the door.

Artist at Work. Broadway Galleries hosts an exhibit featuring the work of artist Anastasia Carson. From 5-8 p.m. she will demonstrate her craft at Broadway Galleries, 12231 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax. Call Kim Huebbe at 703-354-2905 for more.

Phall on the Mall. The Washington Area Parrot Head Club offers its second annual "Party on the Nation's Patio: Phall on the Mall" 2-10 p.m. at the Radisson National Airport Hotel to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. Admission of $70/person for WAPHC members and $75 for non-members includes entertainment by two bands, food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Reserve a spot before Sept. 1 and receive a $10 discount. For reservations, e-mail reservations@waphc.com. For more, visit www.waphc.com or call 1-866-481-0854.

Tangier Island. Cruise across the Chesapeake Bay around the Tangier Island for $75/adult, $64/youth 13 and under. Travel bus departs from City Hall of Redville at 7 a.m. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Kayak Trip. The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust offers a kayaking trip 9 a.m.-12 p.m. out of Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station. Contact Whitney Bailey to sign up or for more information at 703-354-5093 or wbailey@nvct.org. Visit www.nvct.org/adventure.cfm.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by Colin McMenamin 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

D.J. Dance Party. Dance to house D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Yard Sale. Crosspointe community offers a yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. between Route 123, Silverbrook Road and Hooes Road in Fairfax Station. Visit www.crosspointe.info for more information.

Sunday/Sept. 24

Blood Drive. Photo ID required, appointments preferred. noon-3:45 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. 703-698-3885.

Piano Recital. George Mason University Department of Music presents the Jean Carrington Cook Scholarship Piano Recital, featuring GMU faculty and students, at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater. $10 adults, free for students. Tickets available through Tickets.com, 888-945-2468 including service charges, or in person at the Center for the Arts box office, open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 703-993-8888, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.gmu.edu/departments/music.

Heritage Rose Tea and Tour. Guests learn about tea customs of the early 19th century followed by free house tour home 12 and 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Reservations required. $25 for tea and tour of Woodlawn, $30 for tea and tour of Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey. Call 703-780-4000 ext. 33 for more information.

Elton John Fundraiser. "Washington/Baltimore Lunch Around the World" raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation from 12-3 p.m. at King Street Blues, 5810 Kingstowne Center, Kingstowne. Lunch, birthday cake, bidding on rare Elton collectibles, and a game of Elton "Jeopardy." Free. For more, visit eltonjohn.com, under the "Charities" heading. E-mail diane.loves.elton@cox.net to register.

Acoustic Performance. Shotglass performs 9 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Monday/Sept. 25

Glue & Go Costumes. Author Holly Cleeland shows children and their parents how to make inexpensive costumes, 3 p.m. at Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 6-12 with adult. 703-978-5600.

English Class. English language conversation group for people learning English, 7 p.m. Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Adults. 703-339-7385.

Moody Mondays. Stories and activities about feelings, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-44-7333.

Cartooning Workshop. Learn to draw cartoons, 2:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 6-12. 703-644-7333.

Tuesday/Sept. 26

Children's Activity. It's raining cats and dogs, stories and activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton. Ages 2-5 with adult. 703-339-7385.

Genealogy Resources. Information presented by Elaine McHale of the Virginia Room, 2 p.m., Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Lunch 'n' Life. Shepherd’s Center Lunch 'n' Life from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with a guest speaker, Wayne Godwin, the Chief Operating Officer for PBS. Catered lunches $5 per person. For lunch reservations call the Shepherd’s Center Office at 703-941-1419 no later than Sept. 20.

Wednesday/Sept. 27

Here Comes Fall. Stories and activities for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. at the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Ages 3-5 with adult. 703-293-6227.

Band Performance. Powerman 5000 with Saint Diablo will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $17 advance and $20 at the door.

Theatre of the First Amendment. Professors in Mason's M.F.A. program present “Words at Night,” staged readings of literary works at 8:30 p.m. in Harris Theater at George Mason University. Professors include Courtney Brkic, Kyoko Mori and Sally Keith. Free. This is a Fall for the Book event. Visit www.fallforthebook.org.

Band Performance. Face 2 Glass performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlin's Saloon, 10675 Braddock Road, Fairfax. 703-385-5717. Visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Thursday/Sept. 28

Discussion. Discussion and activities for Banned Books Week, 4 p.m., Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Ages 12-18. 703-978-5600.

Band Performance. Locals only live hip-hop showcase at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $7 for over 21 and $10 for under 21.

D.J. Dance Party. Dance to house D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Reggae Night. Street Legal performs 10 p.m. at Fat Tuesday's N'awlin's Saloon, 10675 Braddock Road, Fairfax. No cover with college ID. 703-385-5717. Visit www.fatsfairfax.com.

Friday/Sept. 29

Book Signing. Local author, Carolyn Rapp, author of "Garden Voices: Stories of Women & Their Gardens," presents her latest book and is available for book signings at Circa Home & Garden, 10435 North St., Fairfax. Part of the 2006 Fall for the Book Festival. Space will be limited, call Circa for reservations at 703-385-1995.

Bingo. Play bingo 7:30 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-273-3638 for prices.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by the Flying Cows of Ventry 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Live in the Cellar. That Guy spins live 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. $5. 703-293-9600.

Saturday/Sept. 30

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies for taking care of plants, 10 a.m. at Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Computer Class. PC security course, 10:30 a.m. at Kings Park, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Adults. 703-978-5600.

Hispanic Stories. Storyteller Gary Lloyd tells stories about Juan Bobo and La Cucarachita Martina, 2 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield. All ages. 703-451-8055.

Concert. Contemporary musician Michael Feinstein. Proceeds from the show go to support scholarship funding for students at George Mason University studying either art and visual technology, dance of theater at George Mason University. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the George Mason Center for the Performing Arts 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50. For tickets, call 888-945-2468.

Band Performance. Soulfly with Full Blown Chaos will perform at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. All ages, doors open at 7 p.m.., tickets are $25 advance and $28 at the door.

Book Signing. Local author Karla Vernon presents her historically based novel, "The Spy in Crinoline," and is available for book signings at Circa Home & Garden, 10435 North St., Fairfax. Space will be limited, call Circa for reservations at 703-385-1995.

Arts, By George! George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts and Center for the Arts offers a benefit to raise funds for arts scholarships. The event showcases young artists at work and features a concert by top Broadway vocalist and arranger Michael Feinstein. Art showcases with buffets and beverages begin in the Performing Arts building at 5:30 p.m., with the Michael Feinstein concert at 8 p.m. and champagne and dessert reception on stage with Feinstein at 10 p.m. All-inclusive tickets $200/person. For tickets or for more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact kbeyer2@gmu.edu, call 703-993-4188, or visit http://www.gmu.edu/cfa/artsbygeorge/index.html.

Concert. George Mason University's Center for the Arts offers Michael Feinstein in concert 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts building, with a pre-show discussion 7:15 p.m. in the hall's Grand Tier. Concert coincides with the "Arts, By George!" benefit. Tickets $50, $42 and $25. For tickets, call 1-888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more information.

Creek Cleanup. The Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) will conduct cleanups along 13 stretches of Accotink Creek during the day. For more information e-mail Duane Murphy at coordinator@accotink.org. Stream maps are at www.accotink.org/Adopt-A-StreamMap.htm.

Fall For Fairfax. Festival runs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. For more information, call 703-324-3247 or visit www.fallforfairfax.com.

Used Book Sale. 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Rt. 123 and Silverbrook Road, Fairfax Station. Wide variety of children, best sellers, fiction and non-fiction books. Call 703-690-3401.

Teen Trip. Register early to secure "Teen Trips" for bowling. The four-hour-long event starts at 6:30 p.m.. Registration fee is $10. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Music Performance. Lesson Zero performs at The Coffee House of Occoquan in a free outdoor concert from 2-5 p.m. at 202 Commerce St., Occoquan. Call 703-492-8976 or 703-455-6834 or visit www.myspace.com/lessonzero.

Irish Music. Hear traditional Irish music by the Flying Cows of Ventry 7-9:30 p.m. at the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

D.J. Dance Party. Dance to house D.J.'s 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in the cellar of the Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.