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Calendar: Jan. 10-16

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<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 10

<cal2>Please, Say Please! 10:30 a.m. at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Stories and activities about manners. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-757-8560.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 12

<cal2>Shane Hines and the Trance. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., W., Vienna. With guests The Sketches and Baba Gnush. All ages. Visit www.jamminjava.com.

Cliff Waldron & The New Shades Of Grass. Bluegrass. 8 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Admission: $12. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 703-435-8377.

Concert. Lorin Maazel directs Symphonica Toscanini’s “In the Footsteps of Toscanini: Symphony of the Air” 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. A free artistic discussion is 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. $55, $47, $27.50. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Open House and Fireside Stories. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverbend Park Nature Center, Great Falls. Gather around the fireplace while the naturalist tells a story, enjoy free play time and exploration, visit with exhibit animals, and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies while finding out more about our local wildlife. Runs every Friday in January. Reservations required. $5/child, $2/adult.

Terrific Twos. 10:30 a.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Stories, songs and activities. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-790-8088.

Pokemon League. 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave., Vienna. Learn and play. Age 5-18. 703-938-0405.

Bonita Lestina Series. Washington Saxophone Quartet plays 8 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. For more call 703-352-ARTS or visit www.fairfaxarts.org.

Jon Carroll & Love Returns. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $20. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 13

<cal2>Contra Dance. 8-10:45 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Ann Fallon calls a contra dance to the music of the June Apple Band. Beginners' workshop, 7:15-8 p.m. Admission: $7 (workshop free). Partner not necessary. Bring snack to share. Call 703-709-9121.

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun. 8 p.m. at The McLean Community Center's Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean. Legendary roots-rocker returns to the area. Tickets: $26/$22, McLean residents. Visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Children’s Art Workshops. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Reston Museum, Lake Anne, Reston. Free make and take projects themed for the season with local artist Pat Macintyre. Every Saturday. Visit www.restonmuseum.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 14

<cal2>Reston Community Orchestra Concert. 6 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, Reston. The Reston Community Orchestra will participate in Reston's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Maestro Dingwall Fleary, along with Soprano Ellyn Crawford, Pop vocalist Beverly Cosham and guest narrator Harold Scott will perform. Free. Visit www.restonchamberorchestra.org.

Chrysanthemum Growing. 2 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church. The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will present a one hour slide and descriptive program with Q & A viewing the newest Exhibition and Garden Chrysanthemum cultivars being introduced for the 2007 growing season. Open to the public. Free Admission and refreshments. Call Jim Dunne, 703-560-8776.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 15

<cal2> Book Club Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Reston's Used Book Shop, Washington Square Plaza, Lake Anne. For more information, visit www.lakeanneplaza.com.

Bob Brown: World On A String. 10:30 a.m. at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Watch this master puppeteer and his variety of characters. Tickets: $4 advance, $5 at door. Visit www.herndon-va.gov.

Holiday Dance. 7 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. For more information, call 703-448-8336.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 17

<cal2>Black & White. 10:30 a.m. at Dolley Madison Community Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Pandas and penguins. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-356-0770

Teddy Bear Time. 10:30 a.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly Community Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Stories and a craft. Age 2-3 with adult. 703-437-8855.

Miss Belle's Sing-Along. 12 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave., Vienna. Enjoy old favorites and original songs. Age 1-5 with adult. 703-938-0405.

The Subdudes. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 18

<cal2>Broadway Cabaret. 7:30 p.m. at the Herndon High School Auditorium, Herndon. The Show this year is called "Putting It Together" Cabaret 2007. This is an hour and a half of broadway songs from the distance past to the most current shows on Broadway. Tickets are on sale at the door for $5. Visit www.herndonchoir.com.

The Subdudes. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 19

<cal2>Dance Dance Revolution Tournament. 3:30 p.m. at Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Compete in the dance-off for prizes. Free. Call 703-255-6360.

Game On. 6 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave., Vienna. Runescape, pizza and soda at the library after-hours. Age 13-18. 703-938-0405.

Open House and Fireside Stories. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverbend Park Nature Center, Great Falls. Gather around the fireplace while the naturalist tells a story, enjoy free play time and exploration, visit with exhibit animals, and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies while finding out more about our local wildlife. Runs every Friday in January. Reservations required. $5/child, $2/adult.

"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

Musical Visions Chamber Series. 7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Town Center. The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) are pleased to announce the next program in their collaborative Musical Visions Chamber Series. The evening will feature the AYP Clarinet Quintet (string quartet with clarinet) as well as a discussion of GRACE’s current exhibition “Degrees of Abstraction.” All performances in the series are open to the public and will be held at GRACE, located at the corner of Market and St. Francis streets in Reston Town Center. Adults $10 and students/seniors $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting GRACE 703-471-9242,or at the door.

Johnny Winter. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 20

<cal2>Sushi Classes. 2 p.m. at Obi Sushi, Reston Town Center. Learn to make sushi with a Japanese sushi chef. Take home what you make; all materials provided. $40 per person. Limited classroom, adults only. Call 703-766-7874 for information and reservations. Visit www.obisushi.com.

Dancing. 9 p.m. at the Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Merengue dance lesson begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Call 703-430-6557.

Broadway Cabaret. 7:30 p.m. at the Herndon High School Auditorium, Herndon. The Show this year is called "Putting It Together" Cabaret 2007. This is an hour and a half of broadway songs from the distance past to the most current shows on Broadway. Tickets are on sale at the door for $5. Visit www.herndonchoir.com.

Choral Festival. 5 p.m. at Oakcrest School, McLean. Oakcrest School is hosting the second annual ISCDA (Independent School Choral Directors Association) Choral Festival in an effort to promote a love of choral music among independent school students and provide a musically challenging and enriching experience for the more dedicated student singer. The festival will feature 150 middle and upper school students in two choirs from 14 area independent schools in the Greater Washington area. This concert is free and open to the public. Call 703-790-5450.

Geocaching at Riverbend Park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Riverbend Park, Great Falls. Secret caches are hidden. Your goal is to find them using a GPS unit. In this beginners session, find out what geocaching is all about and then try to find some caches. Some GPS units are available to share, but bring your own if you have one. $35. Registration code: 3571714101. To register www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.htm or call 703-222-4664.

Night Sky Festival. 6-8:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park, Great Falls. Activities include guided star gazing, looking through a telescope and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Become part of the solar system and join in other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and snacks will be available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing. Advanced reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. $4/person. Call 703-759-9018.

Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass. Bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Admission: $12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 703-435-8377.

Children’s Art Workshops. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Reston Museum, Lake Anne, Reston. Free make and take projects themed for the season with local artist Pat Macintyre. Every Saturday. Visit www.restonmuseum.org.

"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

John Eaton-The Swinging Thirties. 7:30 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $25. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 21

<cal2> Capitol Steps. 7 p.m. at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. As part of a fund-raiser for Rams2Scotland, the Capitol Steps will perform at Russell Theatre. The Capitol Steps is a musical political satire group. Visit www.capsteps.com.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 22

<cal2>"America's Great Road Trips & Scenic Drives." 1:30-3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Steve Lemon will narrate big screen DVD images of Niagara Falls, back roads of Vermont, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Florida Keys and more. Free. Call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 24

<cal2>Meet Me at the Movies. 10 a.m. at the Reston Multiplex Cinema, Reston Town Center. Join Reston Association on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a feature movie presentation. Refreshments and door prizes are provided prior to the movie, Prime. Free to those 55 years old and older. Call 703-435-6530 for more information.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Primitive Teachings. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Riverbend Park, Great Falls. Spend quality time at the park learning hands-on essential winter survival skills including wildlife tracking, friction fires, archery, building shelters and small traps and more. This session will teach the self-sufficiency needed to stay in the outdoors. $104 to register www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.htm. Call 703-222-4664. Registration code: 3571958201

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 26

<cal2>Primitive Teachings. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Riverbend Park, Great Falls. Spend quality time at the park learning hands-on essential winter survival skills including wildlife tracking, friction fires, archery, building shelters and small traps and more. This session will teach the self-sufficiency needed to stay in the outdoors. $104 to register www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.htm. Call 703-222-4664. Registration code: 3571958201

David Parmley & Continental Divide. Bluegrass. 8 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Admission: $12. Call 703-435-8377.

OAR. Rock. 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax. Tickets: $35.50. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 27

<cal2> Children’s Art Workshops. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Reston Museum, Lake Anne, Reston. Free make and take projects themed for the season with local artist Pat Macintyre. Every Saturday. Visit www.restonmuseum.org.

"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 28

<cal2>"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 2:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 30

<cal2> Brett Dennen. Folk. 8 p.m. at Jammin' Java. 227 W. Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets: $10. Visit www.jamminjava.com.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 2

<cal2>"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 3

<cal2>Dancing. 9 p.m. at the Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Jitterbug dance lesson begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Call 703-430-6557.

"The Last Night Of Ballyhoo." 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center's Centre Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Players newest performance. For tickets, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.rcp-tix.com, www.restonplayers.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 10

<cal2> Valentines Dance. 8 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center,

Ferndale Ave, Herndon. The Herndon Rotary Club welcomes one of the nation's most sought after oldies show bands 'The Fabulous Hubcaps' for a Valentines. Proceeds from this one-night-only event will be donated to local community charities. For more information and ticket purchases, call 703-579-5044, or e-mail herndonrotaryclub@yahoo.com.

Children's Fashion Show & Luncheon. 11 a.m. at the Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave, Vienna. This year's fashion show will feature women and children's spring clothing collections, an array of silent auction items. Individual seats cost $75. Reserve tables of 10 for $1,000. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or three for $25. Contact klaffies@aol.com.

<cal1>Friday/Feb. 16

<cal2>Chris Tomlin. Christian Music. 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax. Tomlin will perform as part of his "How Great Is Our God" Tour. Tomlin’s recent release See the Morning offers 11 tracks including “Glorious”, “Made to Worship”, “Awesome is the Lord Most High” and a cover of Brenton Brown’s “Everlasting God”. The album also includes a remake of the 1860 hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing”, “Glory In The Highest”, “Let God Arise”, as well as an adaptation of the classic song “Amazing Grace”. Tickets: $26. Visit. www.patriotcenter.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 17

<cal2>Dancing. 9 p.m. at the Colvin Run Historic Schoolhouse, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Samba dance lesson begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Call 703-430-6557.