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<cal1>May 3-6

<cal2>The Centreville Community Foundation is sponsoring the first Flingfest, from May 3-6. The carnival and festival will be held at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. There will be fun for all ages, including live entertainment, rides, amusements and exhibits. Information is available at www.centrevilleva.org. Flingfest benefits the Centreville Community Foundation. The all-volunteer organization provides funding to Centreville area high schools for scholarships and supports local nonprofits, especially those with programs in the areas of art, youth, education, health, economic development and community improvement for the benefit of Centreville residents.

<cal1>Thursday/May 3

<cal2>Mothers First — Chantilly/Centreville is a nonprofit support organization dedicated to helping women transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Meetings are at 10:15 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. Contact 703-827-5922 or www.mothersfirst.org. Mothers First is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping women make the transition from careers to at-home motherhood. Activities include parent and child morning meetings and field trips, mothers' nights out, and educational lectures.

<cal1>MAY 3-4-5

<cal2>The Alliance Theatre invites children, teens and adults to audition for its summer 2007 production of "CATS." Children from age 7 through rising ninth-graders will audition to be part of the "Summer Stars" cast. Young actors work with counselors and professional artists to learn the performance skills necessary for their part in the play. There is a tuition fee for Summer Stars. Adult roles are open to actors of all ages beginning with rising high school sophomores. Auditions for "CATS" will be Thursday, May 3 or Friday, May 4 from 6-9 p.m. Call Backs: Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Auditions will be held at Chantilly High School. A one-minute vocal selection from a musical or another choice is suggested.

"CATS" will be performed July 27, 28, Aug. 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Chantilly High School. Go to www.thealliancetheatre.org, contact Elaine Wilson at ewilson16@cox.net or Marge Wheedleton at 703-378-8267.

<cal1>Saturday/May 5

<cal2>Bring your dog to the Reston Town Center on Saturday, May 5, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and buy a 2007 Fairfax County dog license while you're enjoying the day. The 7th annual Reston Pet Fiesta will be taking place at the same time. The event features a "Tails on Trails" dog walk and pet adopt-a-thon. The Fairfax County Animal Services Division will be present and will have dog licenses available for purchase. Go to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animalservices.

<cal1>May 5-6

<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 893 is gearing up for its 34th Annual Sale, slated for Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Donated items may be dropped off at the Dulles Expo Center-North Building on May 5-6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Are your donations tax deductible? Yes. The Boy Scouts are a registered charity and you'll receive a receipt for your donations. For pick-ups, call 703-222-2333.

What can you donate? Donations include clothing, toys, bikes, furniture (non-upholstered), lawn and garden items, cars, boats, tools and household goods. Items must be clean and in good condition. The Scouts cannot accept appliances, gasoline or propane items, heavy exercise equipment, tires, mattresses, particleboard furniture and car seats.

What happens to your stuff? The Scouts run a one day sale at the Dulles Expo Center on May 12. The proceeds support the program directly by paying for troop gear, summer camp, High Adventure activities and underprivileged scouts. Troop 893 supports 100 boys, encouraging them to be better citizens and members of the community. See www.Troop893.org/flea.

<cal1>Thursday/May 3

<cal2>Herndon's HomeGrown Farmer's Market, a weekly marketplace offering fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, jams and more — will be open for business on Thursdays, starting May 3 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Located in downtown Herndon, next to the red caboose on Lynn Street. Call 703-324-5390.

<cal1>Friday/May 4

<cal2>Swing dance on Friday nights at the Dulles Hilton with Sue and Gary Caley. From 8:30-9 p.m. is the introductory swing dance class, followed by a live band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $15. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

* May 4 — solarium Lush Life;

* May 11 — solarium, Daryl Davis (Mother's Day dance, "treats" for all the ladies);

* May 18 — solarium, Jamie Lynch;

* May 25 — solarium, Joker's Wild (May birthday dance for all May birthdays, cake etc.);

* June 1 — solarium, King Teddy;

* June 8 — solarium, Rockin Bones;

* June 15 — solarium, King Cadillac (Father's Day treats and June birthday's dance, cake etc.);

* June 22 — solarium, BG & Mojo Hands;

* June 29 — solarium, Daryl Davis (Patriotic Hop for July 4th wear Red white & blue, of course! Food decorations and surprises!);

* July 6 — solarium, Big 4 Combo;

* July 13 — solarium, Blue Sky 5 (Hula Hop ... Summer Luau theme, dress in tropical attire!);

* July 20 — solarium, King Cadillac;

* July 27 — solarium, Rockin' Bones (July birthday dance, cake);

* Aug. 3 — solarium, Daryl Davis;

* Aug. 10 — solarium, Joker's Wild (Gary's and all August birthdays dance, cake etc.);

* Aug. 17 — solarium, Cutaways;

* Aug. 24 — solarium, King Teddy;

* Aug. 31 — solarium, Lush Life (So long Summer Swing Dance).

<cal1>May 4-5

<cal2>Old Town Manassas' Annual Spring Gallery Walk will take place on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Stroll the streets of old town Manassas and enjoy an intimate evening with some of Northern Virginias' most accomplished artists. Friday evening, 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Artists' receptions will serve up refreshments and give away free door prizes. Most exhibits continue through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.manassasgallerywalk.com

<cal1>May 4-5-6

<cal2>Some 300 craft designers and fine artists will be showcasing their wares at the seventh-annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival on May 4, 5 and 6 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. In addition, there will be demonstrations of glass-blowing, wheel-thrown pottery, iron forging, woodturning, papermaking, metal spinning and more. Admission is $7. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under 12 and parking are free. For details, go to www.SugarloafCrafts.com.

<cal2>The Friends of Chantilly Regional Library are holding their Spring Used Book Sale on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. A clearance sale will be held on Sunday, May 6 from 12-3 p.m. Call 703-502-3883.

<cal1>Saturday/May 5

<cal2>Capital Baptist Homeschool Co-op's Cornerstone Youth Theatre Project presents "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Princess and The Princess," and "Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark": An evening of heroes, heroines and knights with shiny stuff! Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Admission $5/adults, $3/students and senior citizens $15/cap for families of four or more. For reservations and information, call Barbara Schwartz at 703-267-9566. Capital Baptist Church is at 3504 Gallows Road, Annandale.

<cal1>Saturday, May 5

<cal2>The Sully District Police Station will be hosting a free defensive driving class for the mature driver. This is a special program offering driving tips to the older drivers in the community. It is presented through a cooperative effort between the National Safety Council and the Fairfax County Police Department. Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The class will be held in the Richard Frank community room. Seating is limited to 30 people. Call 703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264.

<cal1>Sunday/May 6

<cal2>The Clifton Farmer's Market starts the season on Sunday, May 6. The first free drawing will be for some of Dave's Candy Kitchen chocolates on May 13. To enter, send an email containing your name and phone number to plum1881@aol.com with Dave's Candy in the subject line or come down to the market and fill out a slip at Dave's Candy Kitchen booth. Only one entry per person, and yes, this will sign you up for the 2007 weekly shout out featuring market news and recipes. There are free drawings or contests every couple of weeks. The Clifton Farmer's Market runs Sundays from May to October, 8 a.m. to noon, located on Chapel Street in the post office parking lot, Clifton. Call Deborah Dillard 703-815-9073.

The community is invited to a traditional English Tea on Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center. The event is a fund-raiser for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Jozy's Angels. The Greenbriar Community Center is located at 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. The menu includes scones, finger sandwiches, savories, and sweets. Beverages included are traditional hot and cold teas. Cost is $30/person. RSVP by May 1 to Kim at 703-362-8942 or send email to kmbrlymcd@cox.net.

<cal1>Monday/May 7

<cal2>Meet local artists and view original artworks at the Fairfax Art League art show and reception Monday, May 7 from 7-9 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr. Fairfax. Featured artist of the month is Atti Vakili. Atti, who received her BA in fine arts from Academia Dei Belle Arti, Rome, works in oil and mixed media. She incorporates colorful natural materials in her collages for unique textural effects and creates works that convey her appreciation and excitement for her subjects. Admission to the reception is free. Refreshments served. Free parking available in nearby city lots. Show runs through June. Call 703-352-2787. Visit the Fairfax Art League Web site at www.fairfaxartleague.com.

Westfield Summer Stage is seeking teen actors, singers and dancers to audition for the Disney comedy "High School Musical," which will be produced this summer. "High School Musical" is open for audition to Northern Virginia students in middle and high school (rising 7th graders to rising first-year college students). Actors who plan to audition should attend an informational meeting on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Westfield Black Box Theatre. Audition songs and dances will be taught at the meeting. Auditions are Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No roles have been pre-cast and all roles are open. Actors should sign up for an audition slot at the interest meeting. Rehearsals begin June 27 and will be on most weekday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m. Performances are July 26-29. The workshop fee for Westfield Summer Stage is $250. All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at Westfield High School in Chantilly. Visit the Westfield Theatre Boosters Web site at www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com, e-mail lori.knickerbocker@fcps.edu or leave a message in the Westfield Theatre Boosters voice mailbox at 703-488-6439.

In the first of a series of discussions on immigration, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will discuss the economic aspects of immigration, immigrants in Fairfax County and the day laborer issue.

The organization's unit meetings will be held during the second and third week of May at 16 locations throughout Fairfax and Prince William counties. The League's meetings are free and guests are welcome; no registration is required. Persons interested in attending any of the meetings can call the League at 703-658-9150 for the location of the meeting most convenient for them, or visit its web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org. The study material for this meeting can be downloaded from the Web site.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both men and women, that encourages citizens to play an informed and active role in government.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 9

<cal2>Chick-Fil-A at Fair Oaks Mall is continuing to provide free fun and entertainment every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Come by and enjoy a nice family dinner together. Check out the month of May and try our new Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake, here for a short time! Chick-fil-A is located inside the main entrance between Sears and Macy's at Fair Oaks Mall. Call 703-279-1883 or email CFAEVENTS@aol.com.

Every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.

* May 9 — Michael's Craft Night;

* May 16 — Mr. Don's Sing Along;

* May 23 — Veggie Tales Giveaway!

* May 30 — Free Icedream!

<cal1>Wednesday/May 9

<cal2>The Friends of Fairfax Station will host its quarterly forum on Wednesday, May 9 from 7:30-9 p.m., at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Charles Mauro, noted local historian, writer and movie producer, will tell stories from his latest book "The Civil War in Fairfax County: Civilians and Soldiers." He draws on files from the Southern Claims Commission to tell how locals lived and struggled during four years of chaotic war and devastation. The book is a fascinating and enlightening account of how local county people survived these difficult years. Mr. Mauro is a gifted lecturer and will be available for book signing. The Fairfax Station Rail Road Museum is at 11200 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station. Call 703-425-9225.

<cal1>May 10, 12 and 15

<cal2>2nd Flight Productions will be holding auditions for its upcoming musical, "Aida." Auditions will be held May 10 and May 15 from 7-9 p.m. and May 12 from noon to 2 p.m. Lead callbacks will be on May 16 at 7 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars from a song of their choice and come prepared to dance. No songs from "Aida" should be used for audition pieces. Auditions will be held in Room 106 at Chantilly High School and will be open to performers 16 years of age and older. Piano accompaniment will be provided. The show will be performed at Chantilly High School Aug. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9. The role of Aida will be played by Keisha Spaulding, all other roles are available. The show is under the direction of Shannon Khatcheressian. Go to www.2ndflightproductions.com or call 703-927-5438.

<cal1>Friday/May 11

<cal2>Fairfax Women's Connection invites the community to an "Are You Too Busy?" brunch on Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rebekah Phelps of Extra You will explain how to get help with things you're too busy to do, don't know how to do, can't do or just plain don't want to do. Janet Fisher will speak on why communication is not just talking. To be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3950 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax. Required reservations are $17 inclusive and should be made by May 8. Call Fran at 703-815-4204 or email: fairfaxwmconnect@aol.com.

<cal1>Saturday/May 12

<cal2>Boy Scout Troop 893 will hold its 34th Annual Sale, Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center-North Building.

Kelsey Kallapos, a Liberty Middle School eighth-grader, is hosting a Dog Fair on Saturday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Little Rocky Run, Rec Center #2, located at 6201 Sandstone Way, Clifton. The goal is to raise money for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, and to help her earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. There will be agility demonstrations, a costume contest at noon (cost $5/dog), a raffle and more. Call 703-830-5998.

<cal1>Sunday/May 13

<cal2>More than 1,250 walkers and volunteers will gather in Bull Run Regional Park for Y-ME's Second Annual DC Walk to Empower, a three-mile non-competitive walk on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13 at 9 a.m. The event promises to inspire and empower all who attend, providing the perfect way to honor the survivors in your life, commemorate your own diagnosis and remember those who are no longer with us. Register at www.y-me.org to walk or volunteer at the Walk to Empower. Call 877-YME-7223 x2742.

4th Angel Kisses 5K to take place on Mother's Day

The 4th Angel Kisses 5K/2K Fun Run/Walk will be held Sunday, May 13, at 8 a.m., starting at the Poplar Tree Estates Swim and Racquet Club on Point Pleasant Drive in Chantilly. The race is in memory of resident Jeffrey Virostek who died of leukemia at the age of 4. All proceeds will benefit families fighting cancer. For additional information please visit: www.angelkisses-5k.org <http://www.angelkisses-5k.org/> Registration for the 5K is $18; 2K, $13, by May 9. Walk-in and race day registration is 5K, $25; 2K, $20.

<cal1>May 13-14

<cal2>Vpstart Crow Productions will hold auditions for Conrad Seiler's "The Wonderful Adventures of Don Quixote" on Sunday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m., and Monday, May 14, from 7-9 p.m., at The Cramer Center, located at 9008 Center St. in Old Town Manassas. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, May 15, from 7-10 p.m. The production will run July 13-29, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Cramer Center, with a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 16

<cal2>George Mason Republican Women will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. for a Luncheon at the Army-Navy Club (Fairfax), followed by a meeting. Speaker will be Barbara Hildebrand, Virginia Elections Board Member. Contact Joan Jacobs at 703-978-3218 for a reservation.