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Calendar, Dec. 3-14, 2008

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Sesame Street Live "Elmo’s Green Thumb"will be at George Mason University Patriot Center from Thursday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 14.

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Sesame Street Live "Elmo’s Green Thumb"will be at George Mason University Patriot Center from Thursday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 14.

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The McLean Community Center Holiday Crafts Show will run from Dec. 5 through Dec. 7.

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The McLean Community Center Holiday Crafts Show will run from Dec. 5 through Dec. 7.

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<b>Wednesday/Dec. 3 </b>

Melissa Ferrick. Folk rock. 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Gingerbread Time. 10:30 p.m. Gingerbread stories and cookie decorating. Age 2-5 with adult. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women Annual Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto, 1800 Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner. Linda Jewell will talk about life in the Foreign Service, and her efforts to promote equal treatment of women. Cost $29. Nonperishable food, paper goods and toiletries will be collected for Share, Inc. 703-356-0529 or www.mcleanaauw.org.

Around the World on Film. 6:45 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Adults. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Dinosaur Rock. 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library. Stories and activities. Ages 2-6. 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

Practice your English. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

Preschool Storytime. 1:30 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Stories and activities. Ages 3–5 with adult. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

Great Falls Friends Annual Holiday Breakfast, 8 a.m. at the Great Falls Library. Light breakfast, networking and conversation. Call Candace 703-759-0375.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 4</b>

Schooner Fare. 8 p.m. Maritime tunes and high-energy folk at The Barns. Tickets $25. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts | 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

Adrian Legg. Fingerstyle guitar. 7:30 p.m. $15. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

29th Annual Tiny Tots Concert, with the James Madison High School Wind Symphony and Color Guard. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $5 at www.jmhsband.org or 703-319-2110. Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. tinytots@jmhsband.org.

Tiny Tot Tales. 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adults. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

Thursdays for Twos. 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Stories activities and craft. Age 2 with adult. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Pokemon League. 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Ages 12-18 learn and play. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

‘The Rimers Of Eldritch,’ 7:30 p.m. at the George C Marshall School Auditorium, 7731 Leesburg Pike. Adults $8, stucents $5. 703-714-5409 or www.theatreatmarshall.org.

<b>Friday/Dec. 5</b>

Schooner Fare. 8 p.m. Maritime tunes and high-energy folk at The Barns. Tickets $25. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 1-877-WOLFTRAP.

The Master Singers of Virginia present Benjamin Britten's A Boy Was Born, 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, McLean. Season tickets are $38 for adults and $30 for seniors or students; individual ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors or students in advance ($2 more at the door). 703-655-7809 or www.msva.org.

The Kennedys. Acoustic/pop/folk. 7:30 p.m. $18. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Numa and Politicks. Rock/soul/reggae 10:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

29th Annual Tiny Tots Concert, with the James Madison High School Wind Symphony and Color Guard. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets $5 at www.jmhsband.org or 703-319-2110. Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. tinytots@jmhsband.org.

English Conversation, at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Practice your English. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

The McLean Orchestra presents Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Festive Sounds of Hanukah at 8 p.m. Celebrate composer Leroy Anderson's 100th birthday with Sleigh Ride, Trumpeter's Lullaby and more. Adults $30, seniors $25, youth $15. 703-893-8646 or www.mclean-orchestra.org

McLean Community Center Holiday Crafts Show, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crafts and food, live music. Admission $2 adults, $1 under 13. 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123 or www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.

‘The Rimers Of Eldritch,’ 7:30 p.m. at the George C Marshall School Auditorium, 7731 Leesburg Pike. Adults $8, stucents $5. 703-714-5409 or www.theatreatmarshall.org.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 6</b>

Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Annual Reindog Parade. 8-9:30 a.m. at Langley Shopping Center, 1364 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Canine costume contest, photos with Santa on the McLean Volunteer Station 1 Antique Fire Engine, and delicious canine ice cream. The Reindog Parade collects food and other needed items for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter; the Entrance Fee is cans of dog or cat food. Towels, toys, leashes and collars also appreciated. Register at www.mcleanchamber.org.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Annual Community Breakfast, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at 400 Center St. S., Vienna. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 age 5-12; under age 4 free. Pancakes, sausage, bacon and beverages. Santa Claus will arrive at 10:30 a.m. Tour the fire station, sit in the driver’s seat of the fire engine and ambulance. All proceeds will help purchase a new ambulance for Fire Station 402, VVFD. 703-827-5288.

‘The Rimers Of Eldritch,’ 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the George C Marshall School Auditorium, 7731 Leesburg Pike. Adults $8, stucents $5. 703-714-5409 or www.theatreatmarshall.org.

Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" 2 p.m. George Mason High School Theater, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Tickets $25. Call Linda Kintz 703-506-1039.

Holiday Art Soirée and Charity Fundraiser. Ayr Hill Gallery, 141 Church St. N.W., Vienna. 703-938-3880 or info@ayrhillgallery.com

VTRCC Annual Children’s Christmas Party. 2-4 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center. VTRCC Board and members host children from area non-profits to make presents their parents while receiving Christmas gifts from Santa. 703-281-1333.

"Braddock’s True Gold," Providence Perspective Project and the Jamestown 400 Legacy Book Fairfax County Stories 1607- 2007, with Gerry Connolly, Sharon Bulova, Linda Byrne, Kathy Marinucci, Mary Lipsey, Cora Foley and more. 3 p.m. at the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Free. Registration required. 703-242-4020.

Historic Cherry Hill Farmhouse Children's Holiday Shop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. View the decorated farmhouse while children purchase and wrap inexpensive holiday gifts. 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. 703-248-5171.

Deck the Halls. 6 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Ages 9-12, help decorate the children’s section for the holidays. 101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna.703-938-0405.

Flint Hill Elementary Holiday Craft Fair, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 2444 Flint Hill Road, Vienna. Professional crafters, photos with Santa, book sale, and "Secret Santa" shop for children. Free gift wrapping. Cafe and bake sale. 703-242-6100.

The Kennedys. Rock for kids. 11 a.m. $8. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Tyler Hilton full band, Curtis Peoples and Dave Yaden. Pop/rock. 7:30 p.m. $15. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Solar System Exploration. 11 a.m. Multimedia program on NASA robotic spacecraft. Age 6 and up. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

David Baldacci, "Divine Justice" book signing, 9 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers , 2nd Floor 7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean. 703-506-2937

Legal Aspects of Child Support, Custody and Visitation, 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $55 non-members, $45 members. Support group available. 703-281-2657 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

The McLean Orchestra presents Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Festive Sounds of Hanukah at 3 p.m. Celebrate composer Leroy Anderson's 100th birthday with Sleigh Ride, Trumpeter's Lullaby and more. Adults $15, seniors $12, youth free. 703-893-8646 or www.mclean-orchestra.org

McLean Community Center Holiday Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Crafts and food, live music. Admission $2 adults, $1 under 13. 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123 or www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 7</b>

Santa Claus at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St. N.E., Vienna. 2-4 p.m. 703-938-5187 or fs@historicviennainc.org.

The Filene Center 40th Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 4-5:30 p.m. The United States Marine Band will lead the audience in traditional holiday songs. Free admission, no tickets required. Gates open at 3 p.m. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the entrance for Toys for Tots, but are not required. Bring bells and participate in a "Jing-A-Long," during which the audience will use their bells to join in on "Jingle Bells," and a traditional performance of "Silent Night," accompanied by a picturesque candlelight procession exiting the Filene Center. www.wolftrap.org.

Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" 2 p.m. George Mason High School Theater, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Tickets $25. Call Linda Kintz 703-506-1039.

Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest Awards Gala and Concert. 7 p.m. $7 in advance and for SAW members, $10 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Maverick Mosaics Student Exhibition and Sale, 12-4 p.m. at 145 Church Street N.W., Vienna. Free children's activities and demonstrations. A portion of the day's proceeds will benefit "Crafts for a Cure", a local not-for-profit organization that supports cancer research. Free admission. 703-938-1755.

George Mason University Holiday concert, 7 p.m. at the George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Old seasonal favorites, carols and an audience sing-a-long. The George Mason University ensembles performing include the Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, University Singers and Select Women’s Chorale. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. Charge tickets at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

McLean Community Center Holiday Crafts Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Crafts and food, live music. Admission $2 adults, $1 under 13. 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123 or www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.

<b>Monday/Dec. 8</b>

The Classic Crime, A Change of Pace, Jet Lag Gemini and Tyler Read. Rock. 6:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Brain Games. 2:30 p.m. Chess, Rush Hour, Battleship and much more. Age 6-12. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Writers’ Group. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library Adults. 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

<b>Tuesday/Dec. 9</b>

Wreath-making Workshop,10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Produce a seasonal holiday wreath using a variety of fresh greens and a selection of accent items. $40 fee includes all materials, instructions, and refreshments. Wear casual clothes or bring an apron. Pre-registration required. 703-255-3631.

MC Lars, MC Frontalot and YTCracker. Rap/punk. 7:30 p.m.$10 in advance, $12 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Game On Grown-Up Edition. 11 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Wii games for adults. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Great Decisions-China Trade. 2 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Discussion group. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Personalized Internet Training. 2:30 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

Practice your English. 7 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1116's annual Holiday Party, 12 p.m. in the Vienna Community Center. Good food, Hawaiian music and dancing. President Kathy Arpa at 703-205-9041.

<b>Wednesday/Dec. 10</b>

Graham Colton, Michael Tolcher, Bryan Greenberg and Tim Brantley. Acoustic/pop/rock. 7 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Preschool Sing-a-Long with Miss Belle. 10:30 a.m. All ages. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

Practice your English. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

Stars in the Sky. 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library. Stories and Craft, ages 2–6 with adult. 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, 7 p.m. at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., NE, Vienna. A group for anyone with multiple sclerosis, their friends and family. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Free. 703-768-4841.

<b>Thursday/Dec. 11</b>

VTRCC Annual Holiday Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Chima-The Brazilian Steakhouse, 8010 Towers Crescent Drive, Vienna. Santa Claus, The Madison Madrigals. Bring unwrapped new toys to donate to Toys For Tots. 703-281-1333.

Susan Mero Shelton, author of "A Most Reluctant Caregiver," 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Rd. Vienna. www.elcvienna.org.

Bear-y Good Stories. 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Stories and activities about bears. Age 3-5 with adult. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. 703-242-4020.

Holidays in Days Past: Traditions Retold. The McLean Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

The James Madison High School Jazz Band in concert with the Thoreau Middle School Band at James Madison High School, 2500 James Madison drive, Vienna, from 7-9 p.m. 703-242-8724.

The Newcomers Club of Vienna meets at Morco Polo Italian Restaurant in Vienna on the second Thursday of each month. Lunch and programs cost $20. Call Nancy Crowley to reserve, 703-938-4835.

Storytime for Tots. 10:30 a.m. Short stories and songs. Birth-3 with adult. Great Fall Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

Madeline Madness. 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Stories and songs, Ages 3–5 with adult. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna.703-938-0405.

Pokemon League 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Ages 3–18 learn and play. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Model Investment Club of Northern Virginia. 7 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

Financial Planning for Separation and Divorce, 7 p.m. at Investment & Resource Planning Associates, 10600 Arrowhead Drive, Suite 310, Fairfax. $55 non-members, $45 members. 703-281-2657 or www.thewomenscenter.org.

<b>Friday/Dec. 12</b>

Robbie Schaefer with John Jennings. Acoustic/folk. 8 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

English Conversation. At the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-938-0405.

Practice your English. 7 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd. 703-573-1060.

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

"A Christmas Story," 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre in McLean. 703-965-6141.

<b>Saturday/Dec. 13</b>

Santa Claus at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St. N.E., Vienna. 1-3 p.m. 703-938-5187 or fs@historicviennainc.org.

Lunch with Santa, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 at the Vienna Community Center. Hot dogs, chips and sodas. Turley the Magician will perform after lunch. $5.

Elizabeth, Phil, and Chris. Acoustic trio. 6 p.m. $12. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Jeremy Enigk. Rock. 9:30 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Mortimer’s Important Job at Santa’s Workshop. 11 a.m. KayDee puppet show. All ages. Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0770.

Flu Vaccinations. 10 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Shots $25 or Medicare part B, age 18 and up. 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. Call Inova for details 703-698-2424.

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree and the Gingerbread Man. 10:30 a.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Interactive stories with Miss Cathy. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

Holiday Open House. 2–4 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Music and entertainment for the holiday season. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

"A Christmas Story," 8 p.m. at the Alden Theatre in McLean. 703-965-6141.

Christmas Concert with Victor Lopez and the Lopez Performing Arts Youth Choir, 12-3 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Tickets $30-$75 at 703-787-0071 ext. 100. www.jamminjava.com.

Fairfax County Kinship Respite Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. will provide relatives who are raising a child for another family member a day off while providing fun for the children, who can be part of a theatrical production or participate in a variety of games, arts and crafts. Fairfax County children ages 3 -15 can be dropped off at one of three community centers, and the children will be bused to James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Road in Falls Church. Transportation will be available from:

*Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria.

*Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax.

*Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston.

Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch and two snacks will be provided for the children. To register, call 703-324-3517, TTY 703-449-1186.

Open Mic Night, 7-9:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Free admission, refreshments and table seating provided. The program is open to all ages and levels of talent. Sign up to perform by calling Jim Dowell at 703-268-3427.

Hobey Ford and his Golden Rob Puppets with Tales of Light, 2 p.m. at the Alden Theatre. $12, $8 for McLean district residents. 1234 Ingleside Ave., in the McLean Community Center. 703-744-9363 or www.mcleancenter.org.

<b>Sunday/Dec. 14</b>

Carrie Rodriguez full band and Carsie Blanton. Roots/country. 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. N.E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

"A Christmas Story," 2 p.m. at the Alden Theatre in McLean. 703-965-6141.

Kid’s Cookie Class at Wildfire with Allison Seymour, 1-2:30 p.m. at Wildfire Tysons Galleria, 3rd Floor, 1714U International Drive, McLean. $10 for a parent and up to two children. 703-442-9110 or wildfirerestaurant.com.