<cal1>THROUGH April 16
<cal2>The AARP TaxAid program, in conjunction with the IRS, will be sponsoring a free tax-preparation program at Centreville Regional Library three days a week. No appointments necessary. Hours are on Tuesdays from 1-8 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The library is located at 14200 St. Germaine Drive, Centreville. Call 1-888-AARPNOW.
<cal1>Through March 18
<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions will launch its 2007 season by presenting William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. Helmed by Patrick Torres in his Vpstart Crow directing debut, the production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors. For tickets, go to Tickets.com or call 800-955-5566. For group sales, contact Vpstart Crow at email@example.com or 703-365-0240, or visit www.vpstartcrow.com.
<cal2>La Leche League of Centreville/Chantilly will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. The topic is "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties". Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Meeting location is the Centreville Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive. Free. Call a La Leche League Leader at 703-471-7762 or 703-571-522-6181."
<cal2>Mothers First — Chantilly/Centreville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women make the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. Meets at 10:15 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
<cal2>The Anderson University Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road. The Wind Ensemble has toured more than 20 states in the U.S. and Canada. The tour highlights include a performance in Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert is free.
<cal2>The Alliance Theatre will hold open auditions for Lawrence Casler's comedy, "A Night in the Theatre," produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. The performances will be May 10-13 at the Liberty Middle School Theatre in Clifton.
Auditions will be held on March 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and March 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., or by appointment, at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Needed are two men and two women, ages 30s to 50s. Bring a monologue if possible and be prepared to read from the script. Contact the director, Pat Kallman, at 703-263-2085 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit The Alliance Theatre's Web site at www.thealliancetheatre.org.
<cal2>Members of the Shakespeare Troupe at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will lead workshops on the plays of William Shakespeare at "Shakespearience," a festival for students in grades 1-8, on Saturday, March 17.
"Shakespearience" will feature workshops organized and run by members of TJ’s Shakespeare Troupe. First- and second-graders will participate in "Shakespalooza" from 10 a.m. to noon, where they will make masks and wings for a production of "Midsummer Night’s Dream." The program for third- through sixth-graders runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for sixth- through eighth-graders from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a performance of Shakespeare scenes during the final hour. Parents and students younger than sixth grade are invited to watch the performance.
The program will be held at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria. There is no charge for participation and the program includes lunch. Donations will be accepted. Additional information and registration are available at http://tjshakespearience.awardspace.com.
<cal2>Several state senators and delegates will discuss and answer questions about the 2007 General Assembly session at a Richmond Wrap-Up event. It's slated for Sunday, March 18, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, near Fairfax.
Co-sponsored by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and SALT (Social Action Linking Together), the event is an opportunity to learn how state lawmakers have been responding to social justice and human services needs facing Virginians.
<cal2>The Democratic Women of Clifton will be holding a General Meeting on Sunday, March 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton. The topic will be Women’s Health Issues with guest speakers, 44th District Del. Kris Amundson and Ann O’Hanlon. All Democratic women from the Northern Virginia area are welcome. Contact the DWC at:email@example.com
Web site: http://www.DemocraticWomenofClifton.org
<cal2>George Barker, Democratic candidate for the state senate in Virginia's 39th district, will host his Campaign Kick-off Party on Sunday, March 18, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton.
<cal2>Learn the Art of Exotic Dancing. The Signature Workout Series is a four-week workshop guaranteed to tone, tighten and teach students how to stay in touch with their sensuality. The classes will be offered at Creative Dance Center in Chantilly at 10 a.m. To register or for more information, call 1-866-HIP-ROLL or visit www.aoed.com.
<cal2>The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) invites all Republican women in Clifton, Centreville, Fairfax Station, Burke and surrounding areas to hear their special guest speaker Eric Lundberg, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, at its March meeting, Monday, March 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Clifton Elementary School. Bring canned goods to donate to the interdenominational homelessness prevention group, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM). The RWC's mission is to foster the ideas of the Republican Party and support its candidates toward elected office, as well as to be involved in a variety of charitable causes. The RWC meets on the third Mondays at Clifton Elementary School. Contact Elizabeth Schultz, RWC President, at 703-266-2299.
<cal2>Interested in gardening? The next meeting for people interested in forming a garden club in the Centreville area will take place on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Sully District Government Center. All who are interested in gardening are invited and welcome to join. Gardening has something for everyone: Flower and vegetable gardening, indoor houseplants, container gardening and so much more. Some 16 people initially met at the Sully District Government Center on Feb. 19 and were enthusiastic about forming this Centreville club. Call Dolores Rooney at 703-818-9094.
<cal2>Mothers First — Lecture "Allergies and Children with Dr. Laurence Murphy". Dr. Murphy will provide an overview of the causes and treatment of allergies in children. The lecture is Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Free. Open to the public. To RSVP, call 703-827-5922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Chick-fil-A at Fair Oaks Mall is continuing to provide free fun and entertainment every Wednesday (March 21 — Mr. Don's Sing Along; March 28 — Go-Go's Face Painting) from 5-7 p.m. Check out the month of March and ask to see the new dessert menu. Call 703-279-1883 or email CFAEVENTS@aol.com.
<cal2>The George Mason Republican Women's Club will meet on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Army-Navy Country Club, Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Guest speaker Dr. Ilene Robeck will talk about Women's Health. Call Bobbi Green 703-281-4655.
<cal2>The Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) will meet in the Lecture Hall of the Oakton High School on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Vienna. The meeting, presented by George Morgan, will feature a presentation entitled "Sterographs and Postcards: Adding visual Context to Our Ancestors’ Lives." Learn how the most popular photographic media from the 1870s into the 1930s influenced our ancestors, and how collecting and studying these images yields important contextual insights and clues for our family history research. Oakton High School is located at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna. Information about the meeting and FxGS can be found at http://www.fxgs.org/. Contact Richard Bishop at email@example.com.
<cal2>The musical, "Godspell," is being performed through the Centreville Presbyterian Church and Westfield High School Partnership. The cast includes Westfield High School students, CPC members and attenders, and members of the greater Centreville/Clifton/Chantilly community. Tickets are available online through the Centreville Presbyterian Church Web site, (www.centrevillepres.com) . Show times are Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday matinee, March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $10. Contact Don Halterman, director of Praise and Worship, at the church. Centreville Presbyterian Church is located at 15450 Lee Highway in Centreville. Call 703-830-0098 or www.centrevillepres.com.
<cal2>A Super Pet Expo will be held March 23-25 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Exhibits include toys and games, gourmet pet foods, exercise equipment, books, leashes and collars, bedding, housing, playpens and more. Reserve exhibit space by going to www.SuperPetExpo.com, or info@Super Pet Expo.com. Or call 301-564-4050, ext. 102.
<cal1>March 23-April 7
<cal2>The Center for the Arts’ Rooftop Productions brings Bernard Slades’ play, "Same Time, Next Year," to the Kellar Theatre stage at the Candy Factory. A romantic comedy, the play follows George and Doris, a couple who rendezvous each year at the inn where they first met. Married, but not to each other, they share their personal lives and react to social changes and politics throughout the next 25 years.
Directed by Scott Bailey, the play runs on Fridays and Saturdays, March 23 through April 7 at the Kellar Theatre, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas. Sponsored by Raven Services Corporation, tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors 65+. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.center-for-the-arts.org or at the Center for the Arts by calling 703- 330-2787.
<cal2>The Accessibility Summit 2007, presented by McLean Bible Church, will be held Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24, in Tysons Corner. This eighth-annual conference for the disability community brings together persons with disabilities, families and caregivers, churches, government agencies and community organizations. Working together to empower all people, organizations represented at this year’s summit include; National Organization on Disability, NISH, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inclusion Research Institute, HSC Pediatric Center, National Children’s Medical Center, The Arc, Down Syndrome Association, National Fragile X Foundation, Special Olympics and more. To learn more, go to www.mcleanbible.org.
<cal2>A Coffee House Cabaret will be held Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Presbyterian Church's new Fellowship Hall in Clifton. The cabaret will feature pop, folk, rock, opera and gospel music in a coffee-house cafe setting. Arlene Posner will be the master of ceremonies and stand-up comic. Performers include: the 2nd Baptist Choir, Helen Rusnak, Vernon Keen, Randy Thompson, Caitlin Schneiderman, Jamie McNamara and Erich Russell Robbins. The event is being orchestrated by the recently formed Clifton Arts Council.
An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Egg hunts are scheduled at 2 and 3 p.m. Children, ages 3-7, will fill their baskets in hopes of finding the special egg to exchange for a prize. Later, kids can roll eggs, much like the way children played during the James Madison presidency. Other activities include visiting baby animals, creating an Easter craft, and indulging in tasty treats. The cost is $5 per child and reservations are required. The rain date is scheduled for March 31. Sully Historic Site is located at 3601 Sully Road in Chantilly. Call 703-437-1794.