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Mime Mark Jaster performs at the Kings Park library Monday, April 21.

To have community events listed, send to southcalendar@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-917-6449 with questions. Deadline is Friday.

<b>Thursday/April 17

</b>“High School Musical,” Lake Braddock Secondary School’s spring show. Tickets are $10, with reserved seating, call 703-426-1075 or visit www.freewebs.com/lbmusical. 7:30 p.m. at the school, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Continues through Sunday.

Springfield Writers’ Group. Share work 7 p.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Adults. 703-451-8055.

Reading across the Centuries. 7 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults. Call for title. 703-644-7333.

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.

<b>Friday/April 18

</b>“High School Musical,” Lake Braddock Secondary School’s spring show. Tickets are $10, with reserved seating, call 703-426-1075 or visit www.freewebs.com/lbmusical. 7:30 p.m. at the school, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Begins Thursday, continues through Sunday.

Clean It Up. 10:30 a.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Age 2-5 with adult. 703-451-8055.

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.

<b>Saturday/April 19

</b>“High School Musical,” Lake Braddock Secondary School’s spring show. Tickets are $10, with reserved seating, call 703-426-1075 or visit www.freewebs.com/lbmusical. Noon and 4 p.m. at the school, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Begins Thursday, continues through Sunday.

Invasive or Not? Learn about plants that take over 10:30 a.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. All ages. 703-451-8055.

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.

<b>Sunday/April 20

</b>“High School Musical,” Lake Braddock Secondary School’s spring show. Tickets are $10, with reserved seating, call 703-426-1075 or visit www.freewebs.com/lbmusical. 2 p.m. at the school, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Begins Thursday, continues through Sunday.

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.

<b>Monday/April 21

</b>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.

The Maestro. See mime Mark Jaster 2:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. All ages. 703-644-7333.

<b>Tuesday/April 22

</b>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.

Book Discussion. “Mandela: A Critical Life” by Tom Lodge, 7:30 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Adults. 703-339-4610.

Time for Twos. 10:15 a.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Age 24-35 months with adult. 703-644-7333.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday. Interactive workshops with the Shakespeare Theatre Company 7 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 12-18. 703-644-7333.

<b>Wednesday/April 23

</b>Poetry Fun. Celebrate National Poetry Month 4-5:30 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Age 6-12. 703-339-4610.

Peer Review. Writers share work 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Adults. Call branch prior to submit work. 703-339-4610.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday. Interactive workshops with the Shakespeare Theatre Company 7 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 12-18. 703-644-7333.

Travel Club. Bring lunch, 1 p.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Adults. 703-451-8055.

<b>Thursday/April 24

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

Dogs and More Dogs. 1 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-339-4610.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday. Interactive workshops with the Shakespeare Theatre Company 7 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Ages 12-18. 703-644-7333.

<b>Friday/April 25

</b>“Snow White,” working stage rehearsal for a full-length production by the Virginia Ballet Company and School. The performance is suitable for all ages. General admission tickets for the rehearsal are $10. 6:30 p.m. at NVCC Annandale's Ernst Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703 249-8227.

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.

<b>Saturday/April 26

</b>Auditions for “Hot Mikado,” Aldersgate Church Community Theater’s summer musical production, 2-4 p.m. at the church, 1301 Collingwood Drive, Alexandria. Come prepared to sing a 16-20 bar vocal selection, and dressed to move for a dance audition. Callbacks Monday. For information, call 703-660-2611 or visit acctonline.org. Additional audition Sunday.

“Snow White,” a full-length production by the Virginia Ballet Company and School. The performance is suitable for all ages. Tickets for reserved seating are $25 adults, $20 students and $15 children/seniors. 2 and 7 p.m. at NVCC Annandale's Ernst Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703 249-8227.

Let the Games Begin. Have fun with board games 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. All ages. 703-339-4610.

Fairfax County Stories 1607-2007. 3 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. All ages. 703-644-7333.

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.

<b>Sunday/April 27

</b>Auditions for “Hot Mikado,” Aldersgate Church Community Theater’s summer musical production, 7-9 p.m. at the church, 1301 Collingwood Drive, Alexandria. Come prepared to sing a 16-20 bar vocal selection, and dressed to move for a dance audition. Callbacks Monday. For information, call 703-660-2611 or visit acctonline.org. Additional audition Saturday.

“Snow White,” a full-length production by the Virginia Ballet Company and School. The performance is suitable for all ages. Tickets for reserved seating are $25 adults, $20 students and $15 children/seniors. 2 p.m. at NVCC Annandale's Ernst Theater, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703 249-8227.

Plant Sale. Pansies, begonias, impatiens, geraniums, potting soil, mulch, etc. Free delivery with purchase of 20 or more bags of mulch or soil. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

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.

<b>Monday/April 28

</b>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.

Writers’ Group. For all writers, 7 p.m., at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Adults. 703-339-4610.

<b>Tuesday/April 29

</b>Tell It Again. Stories in Spanish and English 7 p.m., at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Age 6-10 with adults. 703-451-8055.

<b>Thursday/May 1

</b>“Les Misérables,” Robinson Secondary School’s spring musical, combines the music and drama departments. Tickets are $10, visit www.RobinsonDrama.org. For information, call 703-426-2123. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the school, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, weekends through May 10.

<b>Friday/May 2

</b>“Les Misérables,” Robinson Secondary School’s spring musical, combines the music and drama departments. Tickets are $10, visit www.RobinsonDrama.org. For information, call 703-426-2123. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the school, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, weekends May 1-10.

Celebrate the Three B’s as the Northern Virginia and Annandale Chorales, presents Beethoven's "Mass in C Major" and selections from J.S. Bach and Brahms, accompanied by brass and strings. 7:30 p.m. at the Ernst Community Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for students. Call 703-239-2180 or visit www.northernvirginiachorale.org.

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.

<b>Saturday/May 3

</b>“Les Misérables,” Robinson Secondary School’s spring musical, combines the music and drama departments. Tickets are $10, visit www.RobinsonDrama.org. For information, call 703-426-2123. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the school, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, weekends May 1-10.

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.