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North County Calendar, Dec. 5

Reston, Herndon, Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

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Karen Danenberger’s crayon batik painting “The Grand Canal,” part of the Gifts from the HeArt exhibit, with a reception Dec. 9.

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“Winter’s Wonder,” the McLean Orchestra holiday concert, 8 p.m. at Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Road, McLean, Dec. 8 and 9. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children under 18; tickets prices for the Sunday matinee performance are $5 off the Saturday price. Both concerts include a mix of traditional holiday favorites and feature principal oboe Wesley Nichols. The Sunday performance features more family-friendly arrangements. Call 703-893-8646 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

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“The Velveteen Rabbit” opening night, Friday, Dec. 13. The Elden Street Players present the treasured holiday classic as part of the theatre for young audiences. Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre. Tickets: $10. Through Dec. 23. Visit www.EldenStreetPlayers.org.

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Wednesday/Dec. 5

Israel & Jordan: More Stories from the Holy Lands. With Dale Johnson, part of the Alden Theatre travel movie series. 8 p.m. at the theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $9, $7 for McLean district residents.

The Nutcracker opening night, performances by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Tickets are $20 adults, $16 youth. To purchase tickets, call 703-476-4500.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bon Iver. Acoustic/folk. $12 in advance/$14 at the door. 9 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Visit historic Occoquan: Leave the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, at 10 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The fee of $50 for town residents includes transportation, luncheon tea at the Pink Bicycle Tea Room and Gift Shop, and a short walking tour highlighting local history. Call 703-255-6360.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697. No meeting Dec. 26.

Toddler Storytime. Age 2 with adult. 10:15 and 11 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Catch Me If You Can! Listen to gingerbread stories and decorate cookies. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Dolley Madison Community Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

Holiday Storytime. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Great Falls library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Preschool Storytime. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 1:30 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Make a Gingerbread House. Age 6-12. 4 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Cinema Chez Patrick. Enjoy a French film with snacks and drinks. Adults. 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Friends’ Holiday Book Sale at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700. Begins Saturday.

Thursday/Dec. 6

The Nutcracker, performed by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Tickets are $20 adults, $16 youth. To purchase tickets, call 703-476-4500.

Art for Giving and Woodwind Quartet. Cette Quartette Chouette performs, 7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for students and seniors, free for children under 5; available by phone or at the door. Group discounts for 5 or more available. Call 703-471-9242 or visit www.restonarts.org.

Citrus Sale. The Great Falls Lions Club will be holding its semi annual citrus sale Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Navel and Hamlin oranges, tangelos, pink and white grapefruit will be on sale at $25 per box or $13 per half box. All profits from the sale go to support various local and national Lions charities. Call 703-880-5445.

Chelsea Lee, Scott Simons. Acoustic/pop. $10. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Preschool Storytime. Age 3-6. 10:15 and 11 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Animals that Hibernate! Stories about hibernating animals, songs and a craft. Age 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Spanish Chats. Informal refresher for people who want to practice Spanish. Adults. No registration is required. 7 p.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Girls Read! All-female book discussion. Call for title. Age 8 & up. 7:15 p.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Photo Lab: Holiday Workshop. Make original holiday greetings. Bring negatives and photos to print or tone. All chemicals and some photo paper provided. $14 for Reston residents/$20 others, registration required. 3-6 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Ages 7 and older. Contact Robert Arguinzoni at 703-476-4500 or robert.arguinzoni@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Friday/Dec. 7

The Nutcracker, performed by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Tickets are $20 adults, $16 youth. To purchase tickets, call 703-476-4500.

Holidays on the Green: Jingles, Bells and Tales with the Fairfax Academy for Communication Arts, 7 p.m. on the Vienna Town Green. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Call 703-255-6360.

Citrus Sale. The Great Falls Lions Club will be holding its semi annual citrus sale Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Navel and Hamlin oranges, tangelos, pink and white grapefruit will be on sale at $25 per box or $13 per half box. All profits from the sale go to support various local and national Lions charities. Call 703-880-5445.

The Dog Waggers. "Wassailing with the Waggers." $10. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Shane Hines and the Trance, Fools and Horses. Rock. $12. 9:30 p.m. late show at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Great Falls Tree Lighting. The large pine in the Great Falls Village Centre serves as the center of the event. The old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony includes a live Nativity pageant, hot cider and petting zoo animals. Mr. and Mrs. Claus make their grand entrance on a fire truck. Free. 6 p.m. For more information contact Christine Dziak at gfvcca@aol.com.

English Conversation. Group for non-native English speakers of all levels. Call for details. Adults. 10 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Adventure Club House! This month's presentation is about CPR for young children. Birth-5 with caregivers. 10:30 a.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly Community Library, 768 Center St., Herndon, 703-437-8855.

Pokemon League. Learn and play! Age 5-18. No registration is required. 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Saturday/Dec. 8

Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club with Great Falls School of Theatrical Dance. 7 p.m. at the Waddell Theater, NVCC campus on Route 7 in Sterling. Second performance Sunday. Tickets are $15; call 703-759-5652 or visit www.TheatricalDance.com.

The Nutcracker, performed by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. Shortened, one-hour matinee at 11 a.m., regular matinee at 3:30 p.m., evening performance 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. To purchase tickets, call 703-476-4500.

Holiday Craft Fair at Fox Mill Elementary School, 2601 Viking Drive, Oak Hill. 38 vendors and a secret shop for children. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit www.foxmillpta.com.

Worldgate Holiday Workshop. 2-5 p.m. the merchants of Worldgate Centre host a free workshop for children to create holiday gifts. The event includes photos with Santa, holiday gift making, balloon artists, musical entertainment, temporary tattoos and a magical elf.

Holiday Model Train Show. Model trains on display at the historic Train Depot and the Herndon Municipal Center. Noon-5 p.m., continues Sunday. Sponsored by the Herndon Downtown Alliance and the Herndon Historical Society. Call 703-795-3964 or 703-437-7289.

"Meet Me at the Manger," a children’s musical teaching about the gifts of the wise men, is presented by Great Falls United Methodist Church. First performance Saturday, 7 p.m. at the church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free, donations welcome. Call 703-759-3705.

Fish of the Potomac. Want to learn some fun and interesting facts about the fish of the Potomac River? Find out where all the shad and sturgeon have gone; see how many species you can identify. 2-3 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center at Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call for reservations: 703-285-2965. Visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa.

Citrus Sale. The Great Falls Lions Club will be holding its semi annual citrus sale Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Navel and Hamlin oranges, tangelos, pink and white grapefruit will be on sale at $25 per box or $13 per half box. All profits from the sale go to support various local and national Lions charities. Call 703-880-5445.

Pull the Pin, Arden, I Saw a Ghost. $8. Noon matinee at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Schooling Hunter Horse Show Series. Beginner horse show for walk, trot and canter. Classes includes hunters, ponies, equitation and more. Held indoors, rain or shine. Spectators attend free. At Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101.

Country Christmas: an old-fashioned evening of family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, 3-6 p.m. Visit Santa in the mill and see the country Victorian Christmas tree. Join the costumed members of the 49th Virginia Infantry as they sing carols around the campfire. Enjoy crafts and roasted marshmallows. $6 for ages 3 to 93. Call 703-759-2771.

Winter Light: A Celtic Solstice Celebration with the OCEAN Quintet. In a program featuring 12th century Irish Christmas carols, Scottish pipe tunes, 19th century broadside songs, Irish jigs and reels, French and English carols, and original seasonal compositions, the OCEAN Quintet will transport you to the warmth of Yuletide celebrations of yore with soaring Celtic vocals and high energy instrumentals. 8-9 p.m. at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Tickets are $10. Call 703-787-7300.

"Winter’s Wonder," the McLean Orchestra holiday concert, 8 p.m. at Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Second performance Sunday. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children under 18; tickets prices for the Sunday matinee performance are $5 off the Saturday price. Both concerts include a mix of traditional holiday favorites and feature principal oboe Wesley Nichols. The Sunday performance features more family-friendly arrangements. Call 703-893-8646 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

Holiday Luncheon. The Reston-Herndon Branch of AAUW annual holiday luncheon and silent auction, 11:30 a.m. in the Lake Anne Community Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by the girls chorus from South Lakes High School. Proceeds will go to the AAUW Educational Foundation and the Legal Advocacy Fund. Guests and prospective members are invited to attend. Call 703-759-5543.

Sunday/Dec. 9

Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club with Great Falls School of Theatrical Dance. 1 p.m. at the Waddell Theater, NVCC campus on Route 7 in Sterling. Second performance Sunday. Tickets are $15; call 703-759-5652 or visit www.TheatricalDance.com.

Gifts from the HeArt opening reception. Reston Community Center’s annual exhibit, with sales benefiting Reston Interfaith. 2 p.m. at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at RCC Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston. Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through Jan. 2. Call Cheri Danaher at 703-476-4500, ext. 6175.

The Nutcracker, performed by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. Shortened, one-hour matinee at noon, regular matinee at 3:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. To purchase tickets, call 703-476-4500.

Holiday Model Train Show. Model trains on display at the historic Train Depot and the Herndon Municipal Center. Noon-4 p.m., continues Sunday. Sponsored by the Herndon Downtown Alliance and the Herndon Historical Society. Call 703-795-3964 or 703-437-7289.

Herndon Depot Birthday Party. Birthday Party celebrates 150 year anniversary of the Herndon Depot and will feature birthday cake and Depot tours. Caboose also open for tours. Sponsored by the Herndon Downtown Alliance and the Herndon Historical Society. Call 703-795-3964 or 703-437-7289.

Bluegrass Jam. Players and spectators welcome, 1-4 p.m. at Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne. Call 703-435-9772. Second and fifth Sunday of every month.

"Meet Me at the Manger," a children’s musical teaching about the gifts of the wise men, is presented by Great Falls United Methodist Church. Second performance Sunday, 10 p.m. at the church, 10100 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free, donations welcome. Call 703-759-3705.

Junior Rangers. Children ages 5-12 can become a Great Falls Park Junior Ranger. A ranger will help children get started towards earning a badge and certificate. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center at Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call for reservations: 703-285-2965. Visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa.

An Evening with Tanglefoot, Mollie O’Brien. Folk. $15. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Holiday Concert Trip. Celebrate the holidays with the U.S. Army Band and guest artist Louise Mandrell at Constitution Hall. Leave the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., at 1:30 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are free; transportation is $18 for town residents. For information, call 703-255-6360.

Holiday Concert. The Vienna Community Band will present a holiday concert, 3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Music will be from "The Nutcracker Suite" and other holiday favorites. Mayor M. Jane Seeman will join the band in a performance of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Free. Visit www.viennacommunityband.org, or contact Pat O’Keeffe at 703-281-4077.

"Winter’s Wonder," the McLean Orchestra holiday concert, 3 p.m. at Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Road, McLean. First performance Sunday. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 children under 18. Both concerts include a mix of traditional holiday favorites and feature principal oboe Wesley Nichols. The Sunday performance features more family-friendly arrangements. Call 703-893-8646 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

Monday/Dec. 10

Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays. Judging 6-8 p.m. Neighborhood Decoration Contest throughout Herndon. Home decorations judged in traditional, whimsical, lights categories and more. Sponsored by the Cultivating Community Initiative. Call 703-435-6800 ext. 2084.

Open Mic hosted by David Cotton. Free. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. To sign up, e-mail david@jamminjava.com. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Wee Reads. Interactive story-time for parent and child. Age 11-16 months with adult. 10:15 and 11 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Mother Goose Time. Interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays for parent and child. Birth-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly Community Library, 768 Center St., Herndon, 703-437-8855.

Tuesday/Dec. 11

Paul Curreri, Devon Sproule. Roots. $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Book Babies. Interactive story-time for parent and child. Age 17-23 months with adult. 10:15 and 11 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Knitting for Beginners. Supplies provided. Age 9-12. 4 p.m. at the Great Falls library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Messiah Sing-Along with soloists and orchestra, Cheryl Branham conducting. Sing along or just listen. 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free-will offering. Call 703-356-0670 or visit www.musicinmclean.org.

Wednesday/Dec. 12

The Suedes. Rock. $10. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697. No meeting Dec. 26.

Toddler Storytime. Age 2 with adult. 10:15 and 11 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Preschool Sing Along. Sing songs with Miss Belle. All ages. 10:30 a.m. at the Dolley Madison Community Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

Toddle on Over! Enjoy books,fingerplays and songs with your baby. Age 15-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Great Falls library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Storytime for Fours and Fives. Help your preschooler get ready to read with these fun stories and activities. Age 4-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton, 703-242-4020.

Penguin Bob. Author Joe Jamaldinian presents his book and draws with the children. Age 3-8 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Book Discussion. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Adults. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, 703-689-2700.

Storytime for Fours and Fives. Help your preschooler get ready to read with these fun stories and activities. Age 4-5 with adult. 2 p.m. at the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton, 703-242-4020.

Evening Book Club. Ask for title. Adults. No registration is required. 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

Thursday/Dec. 13

National Ice Cream Day at Club Phoenix, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, from 4:30-6 p.m. The social will include ice cream, hot chocolate, and seasonal treats. Free of charge. For information, call 703-255-6360.

Songs Sung and Played on Guitar With People in the Room Tour: An intimate solo acoustic performance with Bob Schneider and special guest AM. $20. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Second performance Friday. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Holiday Gingerbread Houses. Construct a gingerbread house with the family, 6:30-8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $44 per house, $36 for McLean district residents, $30 each additional house. Decorating supplies and candies included. Contact Maggie Shea at 703-790-0123 or margaret.shea@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Friday/Dec. 14

KEVA Sculpture Night, 6-8 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston. Call 703-471-9242 or visit www.restonarts.org.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" opening night. The Elden Street Players present the treasured holiday classic as part of the theatre for young audiences. Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre. Tickets: $10. Show runs through Dec. 23. For showtimes, visit www.EldenStreetPlayers.org.

"It’s a Wonderful Life." Free showing of the classic holiday movie with sodas and popcorn. All ages welcome. 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 7628

Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. No reservations needed. 703-893-9220.

Holidays on the Green: James Madison High School Madrigals will sing holiday carols at 7 p.m. on the Vienna Town Green. Free of charge. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Songs Sung and Played on Guitar With People in the Room Tour: An intimate solo acoustic performance with Bob Schneider and special guest AM. $20. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. First performance Thursday. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Saturday/Dec. 15

The Snow Queen by Hudson Vagabond Puppets, for ages 5 and older. The "puppet ballet" features an 11 foot tall Snow Queen, a talking reindeer, a fierce snow monster and a witch with a green thumb in the this theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $14, $10 for McLean district residents. The Nutcracker, performed by the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. All-children cast. Matinee at 1:30 p.m., evening performance, 6 p.m. at the Madeira School Theatre, 8238 Georgetown Pike, McLean. To purchase tickets, call 703-715-8366.

American Indian Tools. American Indians depended upon the land for their survival. Join a ranger to see some of the tools used and learn how they were made from materials in the environment. Try your hand at using one. 2-3 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center at Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call for reservations: 703-285-2965. Visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa.

Breakfast with Santa. Light breakfast, face painting, crafts and a photographer for pictures with Santa. 9:30-11 a.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. $8 per child, $6 for McLean district residents, free for adults. Pay at the door or register in advance. Visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Lunch with Santa. Have lunch with Santa at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. For information, call 703-255-6360.

Mark Brutsché as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Annual one-man show returns to the Reston CenterStage, 3 p.m. Suitable for all ages. $16 all seats, all ages. At the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. For tickets, call the box office at 703-476-4500, option 3.

Santa’s Workshop. Enjoy holiday fun at Santa’s Workshop for ages 3 and up. Visit with Santa, holiday tattoos, games, and lunch. Parent participation encouraged. Registration deadline is Dec. 10. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. $7 per child, $3 per adult for lunch.

"And to All the Earth, Peace," the Voce Chamber Singers' December program, will have two performances. Alice Parker, arranger and composer, will be Voce's guest; her visit will feature the premiere performance of a new work commissioned by Voce, Magnificat. Voce will also sing some Christmas music by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. First performance Saturday, 8 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston; second performance Sunday. Visit www.voce.org.

Model Train Display. Annual display in Colvin Run Barn, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Watch G-gauge trains as they wind their way through the snowy scenery of a miniature western town. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, continues Sunday. Call 703-759-2771.

Sunday/Dec. 16

A Brass Ring Memory. Not so long ago, people came to Great Falls by trolley, viewed the river from a tower, danced to live orchestra music, walked down a "Lover’s Lane," and tried their best to grab a brass ring on the carousel. Join a ranger to catch a glimpse of Great Falls’ romantic past. 2-3 p.m. Meet in the Visitor Center at Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Call for reservations: 703-285-2965. Visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/grfa.

Thomas, Signature. $8. 2 p.m. matinee at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Johnny A, Peter and Alex Guitar Duo. Rock guitar. $15. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Just Jumper Horse Show Series. Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes. Held indoors, rain or shine. Spectators attend free. At Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101.

"And to All the Earth, Peace," the Voce Chamber Singers' December program, will have two performances. Alice Parker, arranger and composer, will be Voce's guest; her visit will feature the premiere performance of a new work commissioned by Voce, Magnificat. Voce will also sing some Christmas music by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. First performance Saturday; second Sunday, 4 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. Visit www.voce.org.

Monday/Dec. 17

Book Club. 7:30 pm Reston’s Used Book Shop. 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne, 703-435-9772.

Holiday party at Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy food and party games and activities. Free. Call 703-255-6360.

Michael Tolcher. Pop/acoustic. $15. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Tuesday/Dec. 18

An Evening with Circus of Saints. $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Wednesday/Dec. 19

The Tone Rangers. A capella. $15. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Senior Movie Day. Reston Association and Multiplex Cinemas present "Meet Me at the Movies" for those ages 55 and older. Doors open 9:15 a.m., showtime is 10 a.m. Visit www.reston.org or call 703-435-6577.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697. No meeting Dec. 26.

Thursday/Dec. 20

Surprise! Arizona, You, Me and Everyone We Know, Chelsea Grin. Rock. $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.