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Thursday/April 10

Circus. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. See www.patriotcenter.com.

Meet the Artist. Reception with Helen Dilley Barsalou at her show "Painted Places Near and Far" 6-9 p.m., at Gallery West, 1213 King St., Alexandria. 703-560-3977.

Irish Music. Jack Hidle performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Friday/April 11

Circus. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. See www.patriotcenter.com.

Art Notes Series. Lorton Arts Workhouse presents clarinetist Eugene Jones 6:30 p.m., with wine and gourmet dinner, at Madigan’s Waterfront, 201 Mill St., Occoquan. Tickets: call 703-495-0001 or e-mail kevinsheehan@lortonarts.org.

Ballet Performance. St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents "Carmen" 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $54, $46, $27. Ages 12 and under half price. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Jaxx Show. Bellamorte performs with Cab Ride Home, Almost Human, Atomic Foxtrot and others 6:30 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 6 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-568-5940.

Irish Music. Jack Hidle performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Café Cattail. Enjoy a relaxing evening at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center’s free coffeehouse from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme. Reservations required for performers only. Call 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

Ponderings-All about Snakes. Naturalist Casey shows off some of the Hidden Pond Nature Center’s snake specimens and covers life history, habitat needs and more from 4-5 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Saturday/April 12

Invasive Plant Removal. Learn to identify native plants and non-native, invasive plants in the landscape 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield and at Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria. Reserve a spot with Kathy Frederick at Katherine.Frederick@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8681.

Doodlebops Live. 12:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $22-45. Tickets: Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center Box Office, 703-573-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com.

Meet the Artist. Meet Susan MacKenzie, photographer at a reception for her show "Hawai'i on My Mind" 1-4 p.m. at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703 490-1117.

Circus. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. See www.patriotcenter.com.

Ballet Performance. St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre presents "Swan Lake" 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $54, $46, $27. Ages 12 and under half price. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Miss Virginia Pageant. Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Virginia pageant is at the Ernst Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 1-866-431-PGNT.

Jaxx Show. Great White performs with ZO2, JK47 and Sierra’s Faith 8 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 7:30 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $25/advance, $28/door. 703-568-5940.

Irish Music. Jack Hidle performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk. Take a free walk with a naturalist in search of hepatica, trout lilies, wild ginger and other wildflowers in bloom at Lake Accotink Park from 10-11:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot by the railroad bridge. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield.

Can You Canoe? Beginner canoeists, ages 8 and older, will learn the basic mechanics of canoeing with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment at Lake Accotink Park from 1-3 p.m. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-569-0285. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield.

Reinventing Your Neighborhood: Creating Supportive Communities for All Ages. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The free event will explore seven different neighborhood-based service organizations developed by and for people 50+, including the pioneering Beacon Hill Village in Boston. Speakers will describe their organizations’ development, operation, and services. Register is required. For registration and to request reasonable accommodations call 703-324-7746 (TTY 703-449-1186), e-mail April12@fairfaxcounty.gov or contact www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa/onlreg/reinvent.htm.

Sunday/April 13

Concert. The NOVA Community Chorus and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Sea Symphony" 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15/advance, $20/door, under 18 free. 703-845-6097, mwhitmire@nvcc.edu.

Cooking Class. "Soy of Cooking," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 9302 Hallston Court, Fairfax Station. Learn how to cook with soy and its derivatives. $45/person. Class includes recipes and food samples. Register at 703-643-2713 or see www.localdc.com/cooking.

Meet the Artist. Reception with Helen Dilley Barsalou at her show "Painted Places Near and Far" 4-7 p.m., at Gallery West, 1213 King St., Alexandria. 703-560-3977.

Keyboard Conversations. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel discusses and performs music of "Austria and Hungary: Captivating Continentals," 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Young Artists Musicale 6 p.m. in lobby. $38, $30, $19. Ages 12 and under half price. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Spring Fling. The Annandale Brass performs 4 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8300 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. 703-569-0973.

Concert. American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras present "Virtuosity" 1 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $14/adult, $10/students and seniors. Music teachers free. E-mail mwallace@aypo.org or call 703-642-8051 ext. 22.

Jaxx Show. Hardcore Promotions presents 9th Corner, Lysergik Cross, Penance and more 4:15 p.m., at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 4 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-568-5940.

Eco-Savy Expo. Go to Huntley Meadows Visitor Center from 12-4 p.m., for a new family program and leave with the best native plants, bee boxes, rain barrels, wildflower seed mixes, shade-gardening tips, certain garden plant lists and wildlife brochures. The cost is $3 per adult. 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

The Kosher Nostra - There's a Criminal in Every Jewish Family. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington presents speaker Ron Arons 1:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Open to the public. $5 for first-time visitors. Visit the JGSGW Web site at http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsgw/ for information about programs and membership as well as driving directions. Schmooze Time is 1 p.m. For more information about this program or the society, send an e-mail to rpgersh@comcast.net or call 301-299-2943.

Monday/April 14

Young Explorers - Frogs and Toads. Through a story and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 3:15-4:30 p.m., children ages 6-8 learn about these master jumpers and evening singers. Reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

Tuesday/April 15

Concert. Avril Lavigne performs with Boys Like Girls 7 p.m. at The George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $42.50. Tickets: at Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT.

Music Performance. See Sophia Bass perform at 4:30 p.m. at Jazzman’s Cafe, Johnson Center at _George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Free.

Wednesday/April 16

Nature Detectives-Frogs and Toads. Through a story activity and crafts at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center from 10-10:45 a.m., children from ages 3-5 will learn more about these fascinating animals. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

Thursday/April 17

Irish Music. Jack Hidle performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Nature Detectives-Frogs and Toads. Through a story activity and crafts at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center from 10-10:45 a.m., children from ages 3-5 will learn more about these fascinating animals. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

Friday/April 18

Opera Performance. Virginia Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s "Lucia di Lammermoor" 8 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $86, $72, $44. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Symphonic Concert. The NVCC-Annandale Symphony Orchestra debuts "21," an original tribute to Sean Taylor, with other works 8 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8300 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15/adults, $10/seniors and teens. 703-569-0973.

Irish Music. Hit by Pitch performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Nature Night Hike. Take a nighttime hike over wooded terrain from 8:30-10 p.m. and encounter some of the "nightlife" in Lake Accotink Park. Participants will learn about nocturnal activities of forest residents. Dress for the weather. Meet at the park’s Visitors Center. Adults bring a flashlight. The hike is appropriate for children ages 7 and older. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 16. Prepaid reservations are required. To reserve, call 703-569-0285. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield.

Ponderings-Arboreal Animals. The Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalist shows folks the animals that call the treetops, tree limbs and trunks home from 4-5:30 p.m. He will even climb a tree in search of the camouflaged gray tree frog. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Family Movie and Pizza Night. Friends of Hidden Pond are having a family movie and pizza night in the Hidden Pond Nature Center. Pizza and drinks for sale and a showing of Walt Disney’s "Holes." Food sale proceeds benefit Hidden Pond Park. RSVP to fohpnc@yahoo.com. Come support the park, enjoy the movie or just have dinner. Hidden Pond Park is located on 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Saturday/April 19

Barbershop Performance. The Fairfax Jubil-Aires Barbershop Harmony Chorus presents their 52nd annual show, "Pick a Little—Sing a Little," 2 and 7 p.m. at NOVA Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. See www.fairfaxjubilaires.org.

Theater Performance. "Alice in Wonderland," with the Young People’s Theater, 12 p.m. at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. $15/lunch and show, $12/show only. See www.YPTNVA.com.

Canoe the Marsh. Explore the marsh with an experienced naturalist 8 a.m. at Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton. $25. Reserve a spot at 703-528-5406.

Arbor Day. Fairfax County celebrates Earth Day/Arbor Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Free. Call Rosemary Byrne, Clean Fairfax Council, at 703-324-5471 or e-mail Cheryl Robinette at crobinette@nvcc.edu.

Irish Music. Hit by Pitch performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Spring Birds and Bagels. Search for warblers, thrushes, waterfowl and a host of other birds at Huntley Meadows Park from 8-11 a.m., with the approach the peak of spring migration. Following the hike, recap the sightings during a continental breakfast at the Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and field guides. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 703-768-2525. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.

Habitat Restoration. The IMA (Invasive Management Area) program is a volunteer based project working toward habitat restoration. Join IMA volunteer site leader in a tree preservation workday at Accotink Creek Stream Valley from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn to identify both native and non-native plants at this site. Participants must be 15 and older unless accompanied by an adult. For information, call 703-324-8681 or e-mail Katherine.Fredrick@fairfaxcounty.gov. This workday is free to attend.

Wildflower Walk. During this free leisurely walk around Hidden Pond Nature Center and along the Pohick Stream Valley from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., naturalist Jim Pomeroy points out wildflowers and trees in bloom along with other natural happenings. Dress for the weather. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

The Nature Nook with a Book: Native or Not. Hidden Pond’s naturalist visits the Richard Byrd Library for this free, all ages program focusing on our natural world from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Librarians recommend books to fit the subject. Call 703-451-8055. Richard Byrd Library is located at 7250 Commerce St., Springfield.

Clifton Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Weaver House in the Town of Clifton. Rent a space to sell items ($15 per space) or donate them to the town's "name-your-price" area. Extra hands setting up, helping customers and cleaning up needed Proceeds from the yard sale will be donated to the Town of Clifton/Landscape Fund. For information or reservations contact Trish Robertson at 703-815-0992 or rtrishr@gmail.com.Robinson.

Sunday/April 20

Train Show. N-Scale model trains run 1-4 p.m. in the caboose and community room at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club hosts its monthly display. $2/adults, $1/children. 703-425-9225.

Theater Performance. "Alice in Wonderland," with the Young People’s Theater, 12 p.m. at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. $15/lunch and show, $12/show only. See www.YPTNVA.com.

Opera Performance. Virginia Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s "Lucia di Lammermoor" 2 p.m., at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $94, $78, $48. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com.

Digital Scrapbooking. "How to Create Dazzling Digital Albums in 1 Hour or Less," 3-6 p.m., at the Daventry Community Center, 7721 Painted Daisy Drive, Springfield. $10. Call 703-340-8375 or e-mail eetilley@hotmail.com.

Monday/April 21

Nature Quest-Turtles. See and feed the turtles at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. and learn how they live in the wild. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Tuesday/April 22

Chorale Concert. The George Mason University Chorale performs "A Night of Broadway" 8 p.m., at GMU’s Harris Theatre, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Free. See www.gmu.edu.

Fenwick Fellow Lecture. 7 p.m. at the Edwin Meese Board Room, Mason Hall, Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. The George Mason University Libraries present an evening with its distinguished Fenwick Fellows, Toni Michelle-Travis and Susan Trencher. Travis will talk about the evolving Color Line, as she contends that Americans increasingly challenge traditional views of race identity. Trencher will examine public anthropology through an analysis of popular press columns by the most famous anthropologist of the 20th century, Margaret Mead. The event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the parking deck adjacent to the Center for the Arts. For more, visit http://library.gmu.edu/events.

Thursday/April 24

Irish Music. Don Cobert performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Friday/April 25

Irish Music. Don Cobert performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Ponderings-Stream Study. Learn to appreciate and protect Pohick Creek through netting in the stream to see what lives there from 4-5:30 p.m. Dress to get wet. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Saturday/April 26

Masterworks 5. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Beethoven 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Mixed Martial Arts. Ultimate Warrior Challenge Invasion is 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $28.50-$128.50. Tickets: Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT.

Irish Music. Don Cobert performs at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Junior/Parent Golf Tournament. Compete in an 18-hole scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Compete in closest to the pin contests. Prizes awarded for first, second and third place teams in two age divisions. Adult/Junior 7-12: Adult/Junior 13-17. Registration begins two weeks prior to event and is limited to first 48 teams. Rain date slated for May 3. Cost is $55 per team and is due at time of registration. To register, call 703-323-1641. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station.

Sunday/April 27

Muskets and Hardtack: Civil War Living History Day at Lake Accotink. Load a musket, sample hardtack and join in artillery drills at Lake Accotink Park from 8 a.m-7:30 p.m. Experience the life of a soldier, hear battlefield stories and examine the topics of Civil War-era medicine, leisure, food and more. This program is for adults and is perfect for educators involved in developing Virginia history lessons. The cost is $30 per person. Event takes place rain or shine. To reserve, call 703-569-0285. Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield.

Monday/April 28

Nature Quest – Snakes. Meet snakes at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. and learn about their habitat needs. Following the indoor portion, take a walk to search for snakes in the wild. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield.

Friday/May 2

Art Reception. Artists Traci Oberle of Burke and Karen Kozojet Ching of Fairfax Station, 7-9 p.m., at the Old Vale Schoolhouse, 3124 Fox Mill Road, Oakton. 703-860-1888.

Diavolo, a dance company composed of dancers, gymnasts and actors who collaborate with artistic director and founder Jacques Heim, appears 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Tickets for Diavolo are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and free parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Saturday/May 3

Cappies Show: South County. "Kiss Me Kate," 7:30 p.m. at South County Secondary, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. 703-446-1625.

Kidfest 2008. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clifton Town Park on Main Street between Chapel Road and Chestnut Street in Historic Clifton. Featured events include live entertainment, arts and crafts, activities, silent auction, raffle, and products and services for children. Admission is $5, parking is free. This year's event is expected to attract over 4,000 people from the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Proceeds from Kidfest will go to support events for children as well as local children's charities. For more, visit www.novakidfest.com or call 703-968-0740.

Diavolo, a dance company composed of dancers, gymnasts and actors who collaborate with artistic director and founder Jacques Heim, appears 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Tickets for Diavolo are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and free parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Friday/May 9

Concert. The Cure performs 8 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $57.50. Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center box office, at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT.

Art Notes Series. Lorton Arts Workhouse presents pianist Lynne Mackey 6:30 p.m., with wine and gourmet dinner, at Madigan's Waterfront, 201 Mill St., Occoquan. Tickets: call Kevin Sheehan at 703-495-0001 or e-mail kevinsheehan@lortonarts.org.

Saturday/May 10

Masterworks 6. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs Debussy, Bruch and Prokofiev 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Sunday/May 11

Meet the Artist. Linda Larochelle and her exhibit, ‘In My Arms,’ 1-4 p.m. at The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Show is May 6-June 2. 703-490-1117.

Pop Concert. Raven-Symoné performs as part of her "Pajama Party" tour 4 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50. Tickets: Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT.

Thursday/May 15

Golf Tournament. Lorton Arts Workhouse Classic golf tournament is 9 a.m., at Laurel Hill Golf Club, 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton. Registration 8 a.m. Call 703-517-4548 or 703-495-0001 or see www.lortonarts.org.

Saturday/May 17

Arthritis Walk. The Arthritis Foundation’s signature event features a three-mile and one-mile course at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Registration is 9 a.m. and walks are 10 a.m. For more see http://arthritiswalk.kintera.org/fairfax.

Thursday/June 12

George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) announces the first Mason Festival of the Arts June 12-29 on GMU’s Fairfax campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. This three-week festival includes performances by Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, The Fairfax Choral Society, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the World Children’s Choir. Ticket prices vary. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Saturday/June 14

Concert. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs "Dream of America" with Theatre of the First Amendment actors 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Saturday/June 21

Civil War Bus Tour. The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society hosts a tour through northern Virginia’s Civil War history, starting 8:30 a.m. at the Truro Rectory, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Led by Don Hakenson and Gregg Dudding with Thomas Evans. E-mail dhakenson@cox.net, wdudding@cox.net or call 703-971-4984 to register.